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It’s Thanksgiving Eve, and like many of you, there is so much I am thankful for. My husband and son top the list, hands down. However, hovering near the beginning of the round-up of things that are most special to me is, without a doubt, this beautiful young woman. She is my beloved niece, and I remember the day she was born as if it was yesterday. I have watched her grow into the most incredible young woman, and I am so excited to watch her grow up and find her life. This year more than ever, I’m so happy to have her in my life.
I am also extremely thankful for all of you. Customers, clients, fans, friends, and even those of you who have been kind enough to stop by the comments section of this blog to share a few thoughts, from the bottom of my heart, I truly thank you. This work that I do helps support my family. I don’t go to an office building every day, I don’t work for a large corporation or even a small business…this is just me, doing my thing, and somehow being blessed enough to carve out a living doing it. To be able to experience such luck in this lifetime is exceptional, and without a doubt, I would not be able to do the work I love if it weren’t for you. My cup truly runneth over.
Cheers, blessings & good health to you and yours this Thanksgiving!
Much Love, PB
Hi gang…guess what, I’m doing Mini-Sessions! Yes ma’am. Yes sir. That’s right….
If you’ve been with me for any length of time, you know that I stopped accepting commissioned family sessions about 3 years ago during the holiday season because, well, it just became pure madness. I was trying to be a full time mommy to a VERY active toddler, while trying to be a wife to a husband who was finishing his Masters/working full time and traveling about 30% of the time for work, I was trying to be a good neighbor and friend to my Air Force Wife buddies (you can only truly understand what that type of thing entails if you’ve been married to the military….it is truly impossible to explain, but let’s just say there is a lot of cooking involved) and I was running 2 tiny (but still demanding!) businesses all by myself. Out of my son’s playroom.
You’re probably worn out just from reading that paragraph above, so you can imagine what it was like living it. Picture a pressure cooker. Not one sitting on a shelf in some pretty little kitchen store, but a well-used, nearly worn out one on a flaming hot burner with steam bubbles seeping out of it’s lid, and making that squeaky hissing sound that a teapot makes when it’s boiling. That was pretty much our life. And I gotta be honest, there was a little actual hissing involved, too. Clearly, something had to give. Or we were going to have to hire a nanny and a maid. And let’s face it, how many of us can really justify a nanny and a maid when we are working part time?
Not I, my friends.
And besides, I didn’t want to. It’s totally cool if you do. In fact, if you’re working part time from home, and happen to also employ both a nanny and a maid, my hat’s off to you girlfriend. And I mean that with all sincerity. Bravo, sister! But that wasn’t my story. I wanted to spend as much time as possible with my little one, and in retrospect, I am so glad I did. It was a wonderful nearly-six-years of preschool life.
But then something wonderful happened. It came along at just the exact time I felt that I was really needing a change, and it now allows me to do things like work out at an actual gym, blow dry my hair, and cook with wine. It’s called KINDERGARTEN, and gang..let me tell you…if you haven’t experienced it yet, it is life changing. Tough at first, I admit, but trust me…you’ll get over the hard parts.
So, this allows me a little more time to shoot pictures, and I’m announcing mini-sessions, Patti-style. I’m not going to do a marathon weekend of 30 minute sessions. I would be really overwhelmed doing something like that. So instead, I’m going to offer sessions for $350 each, Monday-Thursday evenings throughout October and early November, at a location near my home in southern York County. Sessions will be laid back, fun, and will last between 30-40 minutes. You can have up to 6 people (Mom, Dad, and up to 4 kids) and you’ll receive around 15 different digital full res/full size/fully edited images that you can use for anything from gift prints to Christmas Cards to wall-papering your upstairs hallway if you so choose. I’ll also let you know where to get them printed for best results, and will help you with any issues you have. For a better look at what a family mini-session would look like, check out my last post here and have yourself a little looksee. That session took 40 minutes total. Quick. Easy. Simple. (Happy!)
If you’re interested, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for full details and to discuss availability. We’re traveling a lot this fall, with trips to Texas, Charlottesville, and the Outer Banks planned, so contact me sooner rather than later if you’re interested. I know I’m posting this a little late, so I don’t expect to get a ton of bookings this year, so it’s likely I’ll be able to get everyone in who is interested, but if you email me on Wednesday for a Thursday session, let’s just say, it probably won’t work out.
Thanks, gang! Until next time….
That pretty much sums up this family. Along with fun, sweet, adorable, flat out pretty, and totally easy to work with. I thought that our family had the corner on seriously pretty peeps, but alas…we don’t hold a candle to these folks. I mean, that is some amazing DNA at work right there. Let’s just say, had these not turned out, there would have been only one person to blame. And it’s not anyone pictured below. I did change up my editing a tad in these images – trying out something a little softer and more natural for the time being. Hope you all enjoy!
I also wanted to share an update for those of you who have followed this blog for a while now, and for my newer friends, I wanted to let you all know that after a 3 year “hiatus” I will be shooting mini-sessions again throughout October and early November! They will be 30-40 minutes long (the above session lasted about 40 minutes) and will be held near the Bethel/Hampton Highway intersection in Yorktown. I won’t be doing a marathon Saturday, but rather I’m going to schedule them Monday-Thursday evenings starting next week. Pricing and details to follow later this week. In the meantime, email me at email@example.com if you’re interested, and of course check my Facebook Page – it’s a great way to stay in the know.
Thanks so much! – PB
Yup. It’s been forever and a day. I know it.
What can I say. I’ve been busy. SUPER busy. Lot’s going on. That’s why this particular post is at least 2 weeks overdue. And a post in general is probably at least 2 months overdue. Hopefully, it will be worth it.
These girls are absolutely adorable and I had the sincere pleasure of photographing them a few weeks ago to wrap up summer. They are just beautiful, they are. But, when we combined them with a lovely naturescape sprinkled with (LUCK!) some beautiful deer grazing…well…what can I say. It was a fun shoot.
I still have a few spots left in my September 27th mentoring class, and the code: photoshop will still get you $30 off. Keep in mind, it includes on-going access to the exclusive video library (which covers everything we go over in class) as well as a $50 gift card to Kaleidoscope and a complimentary set of textures designed exclusively for attendees. So it really is a great value. The raves have been radically good as well, which I’d be lying if I said didn’t make me feel a little proud.
More soon. Or relatively soon. Or (who am I kidding) as soon as I get to it. There. That’s honest.
In the meantime, as always, thanks so much for stopping by.