Well this post has been a long time coming, well about a year coming I guess. I didn’t mean for it to be this long, but it took a few years to lead up to this moment. If you hate to read I won’t know if you just skip down to the photos ðŸ™‚
For some reason I really got caught up in work and I put off getting photos of my new, not so new anymore, studio! Â I also put off posting these photos, because it isn’t what I call 100% complete! Â It is about 95% complete at this point. Â I am offering a few awesome new products that I need to hang on the wall and then it will be complete, for now that is!
I tried to keep this blog short, but when I talk about my business it is never short ðŸ™‚ Â This ride I have been on the last few years has been absolutely amazing and I thank God daily for opening my eyes and allowing me to follow my heart and do what I love doing!
My journey started about 8 years ago when I went to Best Buy and decided to buy a DSLR. Â I honestly had no idea what I was doing with it I just wanted to take pictures of my kid and them not be blurry. Â YES I thought the camera would keep my photos of Rylynn from being blurry! Â I know everyone reading this has thought the same thing before! Â Oh, if I get a good camera I won’t have blurry pictures. Â Well that’s not the case! Â That can be another post in itself LOL Â So yes I bought this camera, Canon 30D. Â Knew nothing about it. Â This is the camera my husband said we should get! Â His Grandpa was a wonderful photographer for those of you who didn’t know, so I just assumed he knew what was good. Â Plus, he likes to sit on the computer and research things FOR HOURS!!!! SO I bought this camera and hated it. Â There were way to many buttons and way too much to do with this thing. Â I flipped it to auto and went to town. Â I “thought” I was taking some great photos. Â ðŸ™‚ Â So I played with this thing for a while. Â Then one day I actually started researching how to use this camera. Â I was looking at a lot of amazing photographers online who were making a living out of photography and decided hey this could be fun! Â I played some more and then started taking pictures for people. Â For free of course! Â Now I look back and thankfully those photos were free. Â I had no right to be charging a penny for some of my work!
About a year or so after Raylee was born I REALLY got serious and spend HOURS and I mean HOURS doing online training and learning what my camera could do. Â It turns out my husband bought me a fantastic camera and when I learned how to switch that auto button things completely changed for me. Â I started improving and people started paying me. Â I shot my first birth in the summer of 2010 and this is when things really started rolling. Â I knew in my heart and soul I was suppose to be a newborn/birth photographer! Â This was it!!!!! Â Only one thing held me back. Â To be a birth photographer you have to be on call 24/7 for 4 weeks. Â I had two little kids at home. Â No family close to me and my husband was working his tail off Â and not counting all the time he spent on the road going to and from work. Â It wasn’t falling into place for me. Â I prayed about it, but nothing was happening. Â I decided that maybe this isn’t what I am suppose to be doing! Â I continued to shoot newborns and started adding weddings into the mix. Â UGH I don’t know what I was thinking! Â Well, yes I do. Â I was thinking that was much easier because weddings are on Saturdays and I have someone to watch my kids on Saturdays.
In November of 2012 our world got rocked and I have never been so scared in my life! Â Right after Reed was born the company David works for was sold. Â Well the St. Louis market was sold and we were pretty sure he was without a job. Â We spend a good 12 hours not knowing what was going on. Â It was the middle of Nov so I knew I wouldn’t be able to get a teaching job at this point. Â It was pretty scary knowing you have three little kids at home and your husband may be out of a job. Â I will spare you all the details on this, but God was really watching out for us. Â David was one of the few that still had a job, but we would eventually have to move. Â
Of course, early in 2013 my business starts taking off and I gained a lot of new clients. Â It really stunk because I knew I would be moving and I would have to start all over again. Â I had worked so hard at this point that starting over seemed terrible! Â This is when I started praying. Â A lot! Â Once I started praying about my business and this move I started feeling peace. Â David kept telling me he thought things would be fine. Â Finally I thought that myself. Â I think I was more afraid of leaving my first home. Â The home I brought all three of my kids home to, Â the awesome school district we were in and my wonderful friends. Â I wasn’t too concerned with my business at this point.
As things started moving along with the move I told David the only request, besides where the kids went to school, I had was I had to have a walk out basement that could be my newborn studio! Â A studio was in my 5 year business plan. Â I actually opened my business in 2011, so I had until 2016. Â He agreed and the rest is history. Â LOL Â I had these amazing idea’s of what I wanted, but it was hard finding the land we wanted and getting moved out here. Â We found a house that was in the process of being build and that was it! Â It all fell into place! Â We moved in on September 10, 2014 and my studio was ready for clients in April of 2015. Â The moment that a dream you have had for years comes true is amazing! Â I was over joyed. Â I am also over joyed to say that my business has taken off here and I have all the business I can handle right now! Â I quit doing wedding’s last year and decided to specialize in births and newborns. Â I am still trying to get the word out around here about births, but it is happening slowly ðŸ™‚ I have been published three times in online magazines in the past three months so that helps! Â I still take on a few family sessions as well as seniors sessions, but no more weddings or events. Â There are several wonderful photographers here that do that stuff! Â Which brings me to the photographer community here! Â I have met some really great photographer friends here! Â Everyone is in the business of helping out! Â It has been fantastic.
Now for the real reason why I am writing this post is to show off my studio. Â It is small, but it is mine! Â All mine and I LOVE IT!!!!! Â It wasn’t easy! It took a lot of sweat, tears and money to get here, but I made it ðŸ™‚ Â I know some people say they wouldn’t like having it in their home, but with having three kiddos, this is just easier for me right now ðŸ™‚ It is my perfect little studio!
My goal is for parents to feel at home when they walk in. I know what it’s like having a newborn and how tired you can be! I encourage parents to grab a snack, sit down and relax. They can watch a movie or catch up on email, or even take a nap if they want ðŸ™‚
Here it is!!
For those that would like a little coffee while they wait! I made this awesome coffee bar. My wonderful husband built the Keurig holder for me!
I know sessions can be long so I keep snack and water available for everyone! My snack tray looks better than this before a client comes ðŸ™‚
This is where the magic happens! My husband also build the stand and whitewashed the barn wood for me:)
Changing area so parents have a place to dress babies when they are finished.
Parents are free to watch as I work or sit down and relax during the session.
I supply all the props for the session. No need for parents to bring anything along!
I even have a few outfits for my little sitters.
This is my favorite IKEA purchase. This cart has been so handy!