With Valentine’s Day being only a month away boudoir sessions are in full swing! I was lucky enough to photograph this stunning woman again. You might remember her from this past fall and her family portrait session. Well, she came back to surprise her boyfriend with some steamy boudoir portraits for Valentine’s Day…I think he’s going to be quite happy when he sees the book of all the images!
Once again it’s that time of year to make resolutions to better yourself and your life. Every year I make personal resolutions and business resolutions. I believe every business should always be continuing to grow and learn, that’s the only way to be the best you can be. So here’s my list of business resolutions for 2013:
1. Simplify my work flow. What does that mean? It means I’m going to get more organized so I can work smarter and not harder. I’ll be making checklists so I know what I’ve done and what I need to get done in order to expedite the portrait process. Now I know that you won’t see the checklists, but on my end it’s going to make the process a heck of a lot easier!
2. Referral program. I am working on rolling out a referral program that will earn current & past customers money towards future prints.So here’s how it will work for past clients: every customer that books a portrait session and tells me your name you will receive a $50 print credit good towards prints from a past session or a future session. For new and future clients, when you pick up your print order you will also receive referral cards. Hand them out to family, friends, your gardener…whoever you want. For each person that brings me that card and books a portrait session you will receive a $50 print credit good towards prints from your session or you can save them for future portraits.
3. New toys. I’ve been drooling over a few lenses starting with the Canon 70-300mm f/2.8 IS II USM and the Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro, so I’ll be working on saving my pennies to buy these two beauties. I’ve used both of them in the past and just love the images I can make with them, so they will be an incredible addition to my camera bag.
Above: taken with the Canon 70-300mm f/2.8 IS II USM
Below: taken with the Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro
When Missy first asked me to do some pin-up portraits for her, I have to admit I was a tad apprehensive because I had never done that style before, but since she’s a really good friend of mine I agreed. These were seriously SO much fun to photograph! We tried all kinds of poses and I have to say I loved every single image, it was so hard to narrow it down, so you guys get more images than normal. We had so much fun that even my dog, Piglet, wanted to join in!
After I showed her all the images, she had me design a hardcover book for her husband’s Christmas gift. I adored the book on screen, but once I saw it in print…oh my! She has one lucky hubby! That book is enough to keep anyone warm on a chilly night like tonight 🙂
Last week I announced that there will be some big changes come the New Year, most of them won’t necessarily be seen by all of you because they have to do with behind the scenes things like furthering my education with photography by becoming a Certified Professional Photographer with the Professional Photographers of America and learning how to run the business side of things more smoothly. I really appreciate all of you that have stuck with me this long and want to thank you because I’m constantly learning the business side as I go, but I’ve got a great network of other professionals helping with that part.
Now for the change you will see…Natty J Photography is getting a makeover! If you’ve been following me this year, you’ve seen the small visual changes that have occurred and the updated website is in the final stages of being completed. Check it out and let me know what you think so far! However the biggest revision is I’m changing my business name to Natalie Mae Photography. I think it fits more with the direction my photography is going. Below is the new logo to keep an eye out for, I’m so excited for it and the new cohesive look!
As far as social networking and other sites go, there’s been some changes in the URL’s, so I posted the links below to make it easy to find me.
This outfit would be gorgeous for a winter senior session! The contrast of the red against the white snow (hopefully we’ll have some this year), would just be stunning. I would love to do a session in the winter for someone with a dress like this, so if you’re a 2013 senior and willing to let me “experiment” this winter with your senior portraits, give Natalie Mae Photography a call. So what’s in it for you?! A free senior portrait session ($150 value), three fabulous web images to share with all your friends, and prints would be available for purchase separately.