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Friday, November 29, 2013

Booking for 2014!!

2012 & 2013 I had been blessed start booking sessions starting in November just a couple months before the year was over & was booked full for both years by February.  It's not that I'm booked every day or week of the month.  I take on only 1 or 2 jobs a month.  I wish I could book more, but you see I am already fully busy with 3 blessings that drive my Star Portraits passion.  My most important title I could ever be blessed with is Mommy*.  I take great pride in feeding, dressing, wiping & loving my 3 baby loves.  I have assumed that once they were all in school I could take on more jobs.  Then my oldest who is in 2nd grade started cheer leading this year.  Cheering for the city, cheering for school football & basketball camps, my middle daughter started pre-school & my oldest also started PSR.  Suddenly Monday, Tuesday, Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sunday were eaten up by their activities.  I added chauffeur to my resume this year.  As well as "Cheer Mom"!  Most families also have a dad who works a Monday thru Friday job with 9 to 5 hours who can help out most evenings or weekends.  I often feel like a single mom.  Our daddy works 6 days a week & long hours.  We can't complain as he has given us a beautiful home & the ability for me to stay home & be the sole care giver of our lovies.  And while I hate his schedule I also hate that he often misses out on cheer games, school events, etc...  While the new schedule was hectic it was also amazingly fulfilling.  I can't imagine how busy we will be when everyone is in school & into various activities.  While I was slightly concerned that more hours of my day were taken away I quickly learned this did not interfere with my current work schedule, but definitely did not seem like I was going to be able to take on more work in the future??  I'm not sure really yet?  I am only certain that my babies come first.  Because we don't have a baby sitter they also come to work with me.  The are a package deal & my L's have become very good working assistants now!  When it comes to Star Portraits I make sure that the time I set aside for that passion is solely per job.  I do not like working on multiple jobs at once & spreading myself thin.  I shoot a session, I take the time to give my full editing attention to that session & right down to shipping before I shoot my next session.  I reserve my calendar not just for work, but with ample space to allow for our own family items of not just our weekly schedules, but I leave room for our family birthdays & holidays, ( the shopping of, getting ready for & celebrating ), I include some open times in case of doctor appointments or illnesses, that hopefully nothing ever interferes with a job I am working on.  I give any job all my time and attention.  I sometimes get an impression from people when I tell them sadly that I am booked for that month or for the year that they are mad.  I don't know if they don't care I have a family of my own too?  I don't know what it is?  Perhaps I read into it because I am a people pleaser & am always worried of not making people happy.  I always say I wish I could clone myself.  A me for home & a me for work!  No matter what the schedule holds for Star Portraits in the future my priority will always be my baby loves 1st ~ that includes my husband who is truly my biggest baby.  I hope & I think most people get this because when  they see the work I do for them I devote that time to capturing the essence & importance of your family forever.  Having made all that clear I am humbled to say that once again I have already started booking for 2014.  I don't expect to be booked for the year always again by February.  I just hope for the understanding that while I have a passion in capturing memories with quality for your families, please know that I have my own family that needs me too.  I have hopes to one day to be busier with Star Portraits, but even if that never comes to be it doesn't matter.  That time will happily be spent with my children who are growing all to darn fast.  Book now or don't be mad later if I'm booked up.  Please remember I am a mommy too; with a wonderful husband who works late & 6 days a week.  Most of the home & children duties are all on me.  This also means when I get to focus on Star Portraits that time working on your portraits is my zen time!  My time to get to do something for myself that I truly enjoy.  You can be sure if you were blessed enough to get a session with me that I work on your session fullheartedly.  Thank You!!!  (P.S ~ Fighting one of my infamous migraines today.  I'm feeling better, but I apologize if I jumped all over the place & any run on sentences.  Lol! )  I'm going to zone out the pain with some laundry!  {{Hugs!}}

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thankful Part III

To wrap up Star Portraits month of thankfulness I of course must thank my clients!!!  Some of you are friends & family who became clients & many of you are clients who also have become very dear friends.  In my 5+ years of being out to the public I have never paid to advertise or market myself.  I am honored to say that in thanks to all of you I am continuously booked each month & year & it's pointless to advertise when I don't have any extra openings.  I have been thrilled to watch your families multiply & your children grow from infants into remarkable children.  Thank you!  You have also seen me grow in my skills as a photographer.  Thank you for continuing on this journey with me & allowing me to grow & learn with such patience & most importantly LOVE.  I have the most amazing & loving friends/clients!!!  I end this 3 part blog entry wishing my past, current & future clients nothing but joy, love, happiness, good health, good fortune & many many blessings always.  ( I think I've said that many a times in the past & it won't be the last! )  I've always had a passion for photography...but I am filled with true love for my work because of you.  Thank You!  Thank You!  Thank You!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful Part II

 Continuing this months blog of thankfulness in regards to Star Portraits & my photographic journey.  Today I would like to thank those who have inspired & helped me to become the photographer I am today.  Some I am blessed to know personally, some I am blessed to know at least cyberly?  Lol!  ( some of you for years now from back in our days of Flickr!! )   & a few may have no idea who I am, but I think you are awesome & your work continues to spark my own love for photography.  Blessings & gratitude to you all!  xoxoxo

Rob Drago 

Sherry Solara

Skye Hardwick

David Schwartz

Beth Simmons

Makenzie Lee

Shana Rosengarten

Amber Rogers

Skip Trombetti & the employees of

Heather Reiber

Annie Manning

Victoria Caverhill

Colleen Waiter
With A Click of Bliss

Rosie Fluegel

Kim Andelkovic

Melissa Bulfone

Kelley Ryden

Johnna LaFaith

Kristen Nicole


Dale Dominic

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Still Shining!!

It's amazing how swiftly time flies.  Seems like just months ago I was taking Miss C's newborn pics.  She's still a tiny doll, but my goodness!  How smart she is!  At 2 years old she knows all her colors & talks so well.  I went into the session & even prepared her parents that 2 year olds run the photo session & candids are probably all we will achieve.  Of course she went & proved me wrong & was happy with each scene change, hair accessory, etc...  I can only imagine how proud her parents must be of such an amazing, tiny person & as always she brightens my days of work with her tiny self too.  Many, many more birthday blessings to Lil Miss Sunshine!  I know you are going to grow into an amazing young lady too!  

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Thankful Month

(Amazing I still have this.  The very 1st picture I ever took with my very 1st camera.  My daddy's family.  Christmas Eve ~ 1986  xoxo)
I got on the thankful train almost 4 years ago.  I try to be grateful for things all day long & at night I try to remember to write down at least 5 things from the day that I am thankful for in my gratitude journal.  But I thought for my blog this month it might be nice to share what things I am thankful for in regards to Star Portraits & my photographic journey.  Today I would like to thank those who put the wheels of being a photographer in motion for me.  
I can't remember which of my Sovich uncles got me my very 1st camera on Christmas Eve back in 1986.  I was 10 years old & I still remember that Kodak Disc camera as being my fave gift that year.  I remember my Daddy being annoyed when I would keep asking him to develop or buy me more film.  
To my sister who had said she had liked my pics best from her wedding.  That sparked my inspiration though at the time that spark was too tiny for me to notice & do further with, but it still meant very much.
To my boyfriend who noticed I had a knack for taking pictures of his band & that I seemed to really enjoy it.  For our 1st Christmas as soon to be husband & wife he bought me first Nikon pro film gear.  Camera, lens, filters, flash, etc...  & being the blonde that I am I stillll didn't start putting the sparks together!
To my friend who asked me to do pictures of her baby girl.  Being a photographer never occurred to me other than that I enjoyed spending that time with them & just the taking of pictures.  That day will forever remind me to "Always Relax & Enjoy It".
To my neighbor who had seen some of my photos & hired me to do her youngest sons wedding.  You inspired me to upgrade to a digital camera.  
To my photography teacher ~ David Schwartz because once I got that digi cam I was too intimidated to use it.  And for your zeal for photography.  It was very catching.  
For my children.  You were finallllly my "Aha!" that turned those many sparks into a fire of photographic passion.  Thank you for being most patient & willing models.  
And once more to the boyfriend who became my husband who let me close out my retirement fund ( I know, that was bad!  Oh well!  Lol!! ) So I could start up Star Portraits LLC!  
Blessings & thankfullness to you all!  xoxoxoxoxo