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"One photo out of focus is a mistake, ten photos out of focus are an experimentation, one hundred photos out of focus are a style. " ~Author Unknown

Friday, November 30, 2007

what's new? *November 2007 edition*

thank you, thank you, thank you!

I can't thank you guys enough for such a great holiday season. Being my first year in business, I never could have imagined having such a strong client base of amazing families! You guys have kept me so busy with session after session and I thank you for that!

available sessions:

I am now booking for the months of January and February. In order to spend the holiday session with my friends and family, I am limiting December sessions to maternity and newborn sessions only. I will be spending holidays all over Indiana and Ohio and will then be heading to Florida for a family vacation to DisneyWorld over New Year’s, so I will only be shooting in the first couple weeks of December.

new pricing for 2008:

In an effort to stay competitive with other photographers in the area and still give you the quality of photos you have come to love, prices will be going up. My new pricing for 2008 will go into effect on January 1st. I will continue to run specials every so often as well. The new price list includes a variety of new session packages, portrait collections, and boutique items.

The sessions are now divided into several types of sessions starting at $150 for the basic weekday session. The “Little Miracles” package has been reconfigured to include a “tiny album” upon completion of the package and the “Milestones” Package now include a 10x30 “Milestones” collage upon the completion of the package. By popular demand, I am now adding a special birthday session as well.

“Smash the Cake” Package

includes a 1-2 hour weekday birthday session at your home,

a small cake, 10x30 birthday collage

$200 ($310 value)

Based on previous client orders and feedback, the portrait collections have been switched around a little as well to include a forth collection. This new collection covers all the bases with a little bit of everything to go around.

Portrait Collection 4

(1) 16x20, (1) 11x14, (4) 8x10s, (8) 5x7s, (8) 4x6s, (4) wallet sets

$450 ($617 value)

To view the complete price list with all of the new products and services for 2008, log on to the website at www.babystepsstudios.com and click on “the bottom line”.

introducing my new assistant:

Things have been getting so busy around here that I have decided it is time to hire an assistant. My dear friend, Cindy Badon, has applied for and accepted the position of my new assistant. Cindy has been a great friend of mine for the past several years. She has been one of my biggest “cheerleaders” to help me get this company up and off the ground. She lives in Worthington with her husband, Chris; their three children, Chandler (9), Kate (4), and Logan (1); and their family dog, Sparky. Cindy will be taking care of preparing invoices, packaging orders, booking sessions, and general bookkeeping.

All orders placed from here on out should be sent to orders@babystepsstudios.com .
If you need to contact Cindy, you can email her at cindy@babystepsstudios.com .

charity news:

I have been trying my best to reach out and help those in need. This month I donated several prints to the CafeMom Photo Gallery Charity Event with the proceeds going to breast cancer research.

I have finally been accepted into the American Child Photographers Charity Guild. This organizations pairs families of premature babies, terminally ill children, and NICU patients with area photographers willing to donate their time and talent to give these families a gift they can cherish for a lifetime. Many of these children don’t survive long so it is important to help them to remember these babies as a part of their family. You can visit the ACPCG website at www.acpcg.org for more information.

I have also joined with a new organization called Think Pink Photography. Think Pink Photography was founded in October 2007 to support individuals and their families who have been touched by breast cancer. We are a non-profit organization that serves two main purposes - celebrating life and supporting the cause. Through our photography network, we are helping breast cancer survivors and their supporters to celebrate life with charitable photography sessions. Any individual that has been diagnosed with breast cancer or completed treatment within the past 12 months qualifies for a Think Pink session. Sessions are available to document the fight before or during treatment or to celebrate the victory when treatment is completed. Clients will receive a complimentary session, (20) small prints, and a discount off additional print orders. You can visit the Think Pink Photography website at www.thinkpinkphotography.org for more information.

new and noteworthy:

Congrats to Jamie and Trent who welcomed baby Lucy this month and Veronica and Andy who welcomed baby Drue last month!

Happy birthday goes out to Kyan and Logan who both turned 1, and Chasen and Katie who both turned 4 this month.

don’t forget:

* I am now booking for the months of January and February. December sessions will be limited to maternity and newborn sessions only.

* Maternity photos are best done between 32 and 36 weeks. Schedule your session early to make sure we can fit you in before the baby arrives.

* Newborn sessions are done within the first 10-14 days after the birth. Please be sure to call me as soon as the baby arrives to schedule your session.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Sneak Peek: "Baby E"

I am finally posting the sneak peeks from this session on Monday with "Baby E". She was such a strong little girl...even at 11 months. She knows what she wants and what she doesn't want, that's for sure! :-) "Baby E"'s mom is a librarian and had a ton of cute ideas of photos with all of their books. It really was a lot of fun watching "Baby E" attack the stacks of books over and over again...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Sneak Peak: "The H Family"

You may recognize this little girl from a few weeks back. I had the opportunity to photograph FOUR generations in this session. This family was such a riot! It was hard to believe there were four generations present. They were cracking jokes and telling crazy stories the whole time. Here are some of the shots from our session of seven month old "Baby A" with her father, her grandmother, and her great-grandfather.

It will be like losing a leg...

In an effort to save my own sanity and keep my family from revolting, I will be detaching my computer from my hip over the Thanksgiving weekend. I will continue to check email and such, but I will not be working on proofing or processing orders.

If you have a session in the proofing stages and would like your order to be processed prior to Thanksgiving, please get your order in now. All orders placed and paid for (via Paypal) by noon on Wednesday will be processed and sent to the lab Wednesday evening. All orders placed or paid for after noon on Wednesday will not be processed and sent out until Monday or Tuesday of next week. Please keep in mind that orders are averaging 1-2 weeks for processing after payment has been received. Please contact me if you have any questions. There will be no exceptions to the Wednesday 12:00 PM deadline.

Sneak Peak: "Little S"

Look out world..."Little S" is making his modeling debut! This little guy has got to be one of the cutest kids out there. He was a little shy at first and wasn't too keen on having his pictures taken but we had a lot of fun playing around anyway. He even cried when it was time for me to leave! Anyway...I am loving the results of this session, so check them out. You may be seeing more of him in the future! :-)

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sneak Peak: "Baby L"

Check out this brand new baby girl. Little "Baby L" was only 12 days old for this shoot. She wasn't so sure she wanted to be a model at first but after a couple diaper changes (okay more like 4) and breaks to eat, she was a natural! We had a lot of fun trying out some new shots with her.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

My baby is ONE today!

I can't believe it has been a whole year since Kyan was born! It seems like it was just yesterday and then I realize how much has changed in just one short year. Watching him run around in the basement and jump in the new ball pit made me realize he's not a baby anymore! Here are a few (okay more than a few) photos from his "smash the cake" session. Enjoy!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Sneak Peak: "Little A"

I just realized I have had a ton of "A" children lately! :-)

This was a fun but tough session with "Little A" at Franklin Park Conservatory! He was so determined to see the trains and see only the trains that it took a little bribery on mom's part to get him go along with our plans but I think we got some great shots out of him. He has such a cute smile when he isn't saying "CHEEEEEESE!!!!".