Week One: In the Beginning | Omaha Lifestyle Photographer

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Recently, I signed on to participate in a 52-week photo challenge.  Guess who's already almost three weeks behind?!  Gah!

Week one's theme was "in the beginning."  I think part of the reason why I fell behind is because I was trying so hard to think of something really unique to capture and nothing was coming to mind.  Until last night.  I began editing a new baby girl's photo session from December and, as cliche as it sounds, was moved to a few tears at THIS new beginning.

Marla, her mama, and Marla's birth mother.  New beginnings for all of them.


2013. | Omaha Photographer

Monday, January 7, 2013

I'm not much of a writer, so I'm not exactly sure where to begin this post.  Perhaps it's best just to start.

2012 was a huge learning year for me.  I made some incredible strides in my business.  I also made a lot, and I do mean A LOT, of very large mistakes.  Mistakes, I'm sure, lost me a few clients.  Mistakes that cost me a lot of money.  Mistakes that caused me to lose some friends.  Mistakes that cost my family.

I'm sure I don't need to go into specifics of these mistakes, but the basis is:  I got too busy for my own good and, thus, I over-promised and under-delivered in every relationship in my life.

At the end of last month, I took some time to self-reflect and re-priortize and organize my life.  I found all that working I was doing was paying (literally) only for me to keep on working as much I was.  That same day, I came across this quote (and, if you know me, you know I'm a quote-fanatic!):

What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.

Whoa.  Powerful, isn't it?  Read it again:  What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it.

What I want to do is exchange my days for days spent with my husband; days with my kids; days making my house a home; days with my friends; days spent traveling; days spent reading; days spent cooking wonderful meals; days spent photographing for myself; days spent living a lot less stressed.

So, with that, in 2013, I will be taking one session per week.  I am currently booking through May and am already about 1/4 of the way full.  (That means contact me ASAP for a session!) This year, I will say "no," not because I want to, but because I have to.  

I want to spend more time with the sessions I do take and make them incredible.  I want to make each session an experience, and a great one at that!  I'm going to do a whole lot less posing and a whole lot more moving, capturing that genuine emotion.  I'm going to worry less about the subject looking at the camera, and more about the expression on their face.

Check out some of my favorite images from 2012.  These sessions are those I wish to replicate.  [note:  I started going through sessions in alphabetical order and came out with over 50 images before I made it 1/4 of the way through all of them.  These are not ALL of my favorites.  Now I'm inspired to do a faves of 2012 post!]

If you are interested in working with me at any time this year, please email jenniedphoto@hotmail.com

Lots of love to you all!  Cheers to a new year!