How can it be over already? Where did the year go? 2017 started out like any other year. I set lots of goals, pondered a few dreams, and like usual life shows up to the party. Some of you know that at the beginning of my busy season my Dad passed away and left a little storm for me. Although we were had a complicated relationship that kind of knocked me off balance for quite while. So many of you were patient and understanding when things didn't go as smoothly as they had in the past. I THANK YOU for that.
Goals that suffered a bit, were the blog and the workshops. My 2018 goals, of course, include getting back on track with them. I hope this is the year the Kids Workshop will hit the studio, as that has been a dream of mine for quite some time.
Goals that were met were, working with so many great people. I photographed just shy of 100 sessions and donated several others. That just blows my mind! Just 5 years ago my goal for the year was 20! New this year has been working with graduating seniors who are in foster care and might not otherwise be able to experience senior portraits. That has been such an amazing opportunity and experience. I met so many new wonderful people this year and developed even stronger relationships with my return clients. Clients who I now consider my friends. The best part of my job is YOU! Thank you for your continued support. Your referrals, Facebook shares, opening the emails, and sharing. The list really goes on and on. I am grateful!
I am taking a break til mid January to regroup and re-energize! Wednesday is Purge Day at the Curry house. I can't wait. The dumpster is coming and lots of junk is going in, both physical and mental. Am I the only one that gets excited about getting rid of junk? Going into 2018 with a clutter free house and mind! Easier said than done...right?
Happy New Year Everyone! I look forward to spending 2018 with you.
Blessing ~ Monique
I have wanted to do Milk and Cookies/PJ sessions, whatever you want to call them, F O R E V E R! I just think they are so stinking cute. Ironically this year has been the most stressful, but I was determined to make it happen! If not now, when? So in the midst of a challenging Christmas setup I decided to round up my daughter, her best friend and set it up. I also secretly wanted some images of them to use as blackmail when they are in high school ;) We hunted for some jammies for her and finally found some we could both agree on. Her little friend showed up with a 2 pack of coordinating Elf on the Shelf jammies and instantly I knew she just had to wear the other pair. After all that was the book I had for the kids to read. I did also maybe have to lie to her and tell her that they were a boy/girl set, but that is neither here nor there. I knew these two would just be having a blast. They both love to act silly and they have an infectious laugh . That's when the lightbulb went off and I decided I also wanted to video their session. I believe the magic of these sessions is the kids really do enjoy them and I wanted to show that. I shot this session in just shy of 12 min from start to finish. It took twice as long for these 2 yahoos to go to the bathroom and back :) After I weeded out the crazy ones and I was still left with over 40 great images and a lifetime of memories.
So the question is...Do you love these as much as I do? If so join me in the studio on Dec. 2nd!
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I can hardly believe it's almost November. I also can not believe it's been a over year since I posted on this blog. Shame on me... And the sad part is there were so many things that happened already in 2017. Perhaps I will save those for an end of the year post! For now let's talk about CHRISTMAS!!! Once again I will be doing up the studio in lots of Christmas cheer. Santa will make another appearance ( this was so awesome last year ). I have 2 brand new setups this year and I adore them both. It's going to be a great season!
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Christmas Studio Mini Sessions (NOVEMBER 5TH, 18TH AND 19TH)
20 Min Studio Session
5 Digital Images w/Print Release (Back in time to order your Christmas Cards!)
Up to 4 people (family shots available)
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so that I can allow the proper amount of time.
Online Gallery w/option to purchase additional images/prints
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I had the pleasure of photographing this little man for his 1st Birthday. His family came to me by referral and I am so glad they came my way. There were lots of laughs during our 2 sessions. Yep 2! In the morning we captured all the craziness that comes from a cake smash in the studio (let's just say the studio always needs a good scrubbing after) and then we met again later that evening to capture some beautiful outdoor memories. Little man "D" was trooper through it all! I can't wait to see the little toddler he grows into!
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Another year, how do they go so fast? I was fortunate to be able to photograph the "P" family again this past Fall. These girlies always make me smile. Two completely different personalities! Mama always has them all picture perfect and ready to rock the session! I also love photographing in apple orchards, both in the Spring when the blossoms are around for a week or so and in the Fall when all the apples are on the trees. So looking forward to the ground drying up! Please no more SNOW!
Thanks for stopping by today! Do you love photos in the apple orchard? Message me to get on the list for Spring. The blossoms only last a few days!
'til next time ~ Monique
This winter seemed to go by super fast for me. That's a good thing for me because I loathe winter. I do like the little break it gives me to recharge my batteries from the crazy Christmas rush. It gives me time to catch up on some personal projects also. Typically because I try to not reveal on social media a client's entire session prior to Christmas card season (there is just something fun about the surprise of those Christmas card gracing your mailbox) I will highlight a few families after the rush. WELL this year I am a little late with it. To be fair I have spending a lot of time volunteering and working on some personal goals. I thought for the month of March I would highlight a few of my favorite photographs on the blog. So you might be bombarded this month! My goal every year is to blog more, and I am not off to a great start.....I try! Please enjoy some of my favorite captures from this session.
Th G family is a crazy busy family of 6! All 4 kiddos have a very unique personalities and it's hilariously funny to watch them all come out. Especially the youngest. Well she is only the youngest by a few minutes, but she came into the world the last child birth right and she owns it! Originally I photographed them as part of large family session, but as happens from time to time with sessions of 15+ people not all that personality is captured. So Mama contacted me and we took another run at! Second time was a charm! Blessed is the Mama who can get these kiddos all picture perfect on short notice. We decided to do it quick on rare and warm random November presented us with. These turned out to be some of my favorite images of 2015! Are ready looking forward to Fall color!
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Make the most out of your snow photos!
The snow is here and here to stay for a while. Truth be told I didn't mind that it arrived a little late. I am not a cold weather gal. I do love taking photos in the snow however. I love how the snow provides a simple white backdrop to highlight the subject. Shooting in the snow can be tricky so here a few tips!
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I am like a broken record, but seriously how is it Christmas already!
I have been slacking terribly on blogging, but with Christmas upon us I thought I would share my tips for capturing Christmas morning. I tend to only shoot a few key photos on Christmas morning and then I put my camera away.
I hate being stuck behind the camera missing all the fun.
1. Prepare a few days before: Prior to Christmas, make sure you take note where you are going to take your Christmas morning photos. Is there clutter? Do you need to move furniture out of the way? Is the room well lit. Make a list of shots you want to get. Also, the night before, make sure your camera is ready to go. Don't forget to make sure you have extra batteries!
2. Check your settings: Adjust your White Balance BEFORE you start shooting. This is where step one can come into play: you can practice a few mornings before to make sure you will get it right. All cameras are different,but you can often find your White Balance in the settings. Typically indoors Incandescent and Tungsten work well. Also, remember to adjust the ISO to let in as much light as possible and make sure your shutter speed is at LEAST 1/125.
3. Use natural light: Open up all the blinds and curtains, so you can use that natural light as much as possible. Turn your pop up flash off if possible.
Create a Story: The story for your kids might begin the night before with cookies for Santa. Position yourself so that you can capture them coming around the corner to see the presents under the tree. Document family, expressions, and what Christmas morning means to your family.
5. Get down: Get on a child’s level to capture the morning from their perspective, especially when opening gifts.
6. Capture the details: Don’t forget the little things like ornaments, discarded wrapping paper, lights on a tree, and little hands opening gifts.
7. Put your camera away : After you have captured the photos you need (thanks to preparation and that shot list), put down your camera and enjoy your family. Merry Christmas!!!
In the next few weeks I will be using my downtime to post some of my favorite photos from the sessions at the end of the year. I tend to like and wait until all the Christmas cards and photo gifts have gone out, so I don't spoil any surprises ;)
Don't forget to mail me your Christmas card to be entered into the drawing for a free session in 2016!!!!
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year.
Today I am thankful for so many things. One of those things is YOU!
I want to send out a giant cyber hug and say THANK YOU. Thank you for choosing me year after year, as your photographer of choice. With so many options on every corner I am truly honored when you choose me.
Words will never be able to express my gratitude.
From our home to yours we wish a very joyous and blessed day of giving thanks!