I offered this in January this year and it had a good response. The families I've met are wonderful. There's something to be said for meeting the mama before she has the baby. I took a couple of maternity classes this summer with the amazing and talented Ana Brandt, world renowned newborn and maternity photographer. I felt like I was falling flat with my maternity sessions and she helped me find new inspiration and some beautiful new dresses as well.
Do you know, if you have a maternity session with me, I offer dresses for you to wear at no extra cost. Maternity sessions are usually $175 on their own and the newborn sessions start at $275, so together they're $450. My deal until September 16th is my mid-sized package which is the $375 package and includes 20 digitals. So what a deal!
The complementary maternity session includes 10 maternity digitals, All this, plus the use of my gowns for FREE with the purchase of a newborn session for $375. WOW!
Happy September. What a great summer it's been here at Millie Dee Photography. I photographed a record number of newborns and visited a few new beaches with my family including Asbury Park, which is actually new to them, not me; we also visited Outer Banks for the first time ever. We stayed in a town called Duck, and yes, it was beautiful, the sunsets were breathtaking and we of course at the donuts, too.
That was the last week of summer. We came back and it was a rush to do back to school shopping then of course school started and this week is my kids' first full week of school.
With having a few hours back during the days now, I've started planning our mini photosession for the fall and holiday season for this year.
I've obtained a permit to Waterloo Village and am so excited to be photographing in that beautiful space, I haven't been there to work in 7 years and it is absolutely beautiful, so i'm happy to be offering this area to my clients. I'm also planning a day at the State Park in Hopatcong, NJ. Its on the water, the lake and fall foliage make a beautiful backdrop for portraits.
If anyone is interested in booking, the Dates are October 5 & 19th so far. You can email me for availability: 973.668.9861 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beinga small business owner, wife, mom, PTA member, kids in scouts, and multiple sports, my life is gratefully very full with loads of wonderful activities, however, when do I find time for other things that need to get done? Laundry? dr. appointments? Exercise??
Exercise has been a huge outlet for me over the past several years; I was always active; did some runs and mini triathlons some decades ago, but after kids, its even more challenging to find the time. I heard something once that stuck with me as soon as I heard it. "You'll never FIND time, you need to CHISEL the time out of your day". Yes, that's what I've done... I CHISEL it out...and sometimes, the chiseling hurts other areas, temporarily usually, however, it's a necessary 'evil'.
Yesterday, I 'chiseled' time out to get a mani/pedi with my daughter, who wanted special nails for her birthday. So we met another mom and daughter, her bestie, there and we all had our nails done. of course, I was a little late because I had to peel myself from editing. This is the first summer i'm realizing the benefits of summer camp. My kids were never in camp; I was able to stay home with them and we'd take off and do things with or without the hubby and depending on his work schedule. We'll go visit family down the shore, or wherever, plan fun excursions with their friends or cousins, or just have people over in the backyard pool.
More chiseling, I get my exercise done early in the morning; I took several years off from exercising, ended up gaining 30 pounds and also gained a crabby attitude and some weird body pains, too. I knew I had to start up again, and I have never regretted it; I know if I go a few days without exercising, the crabbiness comes back, so I try hard to stay consistent, however with the start of summer and owning a small and gratefully growing business, something had to give, so I took about 3 weeks off from exercise and it was a necessary evil, but I told myself I wouldn't go an entire month without. Thankfully I have friends that like to exercise too and one invited me to yoga on the beach on sundays and the other invited me to join her in a bootcamp class that is outside on the docks on lake Hopatcong, near @Alice's Restaurant and the Miss Lotta. If you're ever in the area, definitely take the class, or if you're not into exercise, take a trip on the Miss Lotta! Its a great time. Anyway, this month I did have to lean on my friends for help in putting a fire under my you know what to get back in the game. I'm so grateful for that. I told myself once I got back into shape and lost my weight, I was going to hold onto my health for dear life. Sometimes its a struggle to chisel out that time, but it helps keep my mind body and spirit balanced.
This is also the first year we didn't join our local beach, and good thing, since we live in Landing, which is the part of Roxbury that resides on Lake Hopatcong, and there is no swimming or fun activities except boating on the lake currently due to the "Algae bloom" issue. How sad.
Anyway, its around 2:30, I need to pick my son up from camp at 4:30 and I've been on the computer editing and catching up on emails for 3 1/2 hours now. So trying to get some balance and have a late lunch and a few minutes of downtime before the next wave of activity starts; which will include dinner and folding 4 loads of laundry that have been patiently waiting downstairs for me since last night.
Does anyone have some great ideas on how to keep your life in balance? I'd love to hear it! I think many of us could use some good ideas for that, right?
Millie Dee Photography, Roxbury, NJ, Morris County, NJ Flanders, NJ, Newborn Photography, Maternity Photography, Family Photography, Seasonal Photography, Holiday Photography, Baby Photography,
I am just trying to figure this all out...at 11:04pm while everyone else, even my extremely loyal dog that never leaves my side has gone off to bed...
So, I'm doing it again; pulling a Cher, or a Madonna, or Swift or a GaGa...Re-inventing myself; re-booting my business...i've been in photography since high school, yes, i keep showing my age here. After a few degrees and a few decades in the science field, I left the pharma world and became a Stay at Home mom, and because of the way of the world, it was difficult to find a job with a home/life/work/life balance, because everyday, the juggle is a struggle, let's be real.
I opened a photography studio, dove in i'd say like most SAHM's do with a business, get good enough so people will want to pay you and make a few bucks here and there until the juggle becomes too difficult and you have to drop something...yes, for me that was work...we found out when my son was around 2 that he had severe and multiple food allergies; by multiple, i mean 7 PAGES of allergies; everything from broccoli and tomatoes, to wheat, corn, soy, eggs, dairy, nuts, chlorine, grass, the list was crazy! we learned the hard way that there's wheat in play-doh! (oh yes there is!)..., so i left the little job i had, that i was passionate about, and getting to make a few bucks with because my main jjob was the kiddos, we have 2 running around this house....years later, after the allergies had left his body...(that's an entire other story that ill be happy to share someday), I decided i needed something for me...so, i went back to work, as a photographer again...This time, I actually opened a studio and i didn't know WHAT would happen....luckily i still had clients and the were coming back and sending their friends and family members and word of mouth, a few ads and some hustling later, I am very busy...but not just with work; with home stuff, because what i realized is...i never gave anything up; im still the one taking care of the household and volunteering at school, taking the kids to sports, birthday parties, and all of their other activities plus in addition to....i'm now a business owner, trying to grow a business, and keep a balance; however, realizing just how hard it is. im 4 1/2 months into this and needing editing help....the taking photos is one thing; the culling, sifting, editing afterward is another ballgame; i it so much, but the time...its so time consuming
so i'm trying to figure out...what to give up....like, what if instead of hiring an editor, i hire a cook to cook meals for my family, or dog walker or house cleaner, gardener, etc...where my money be best spent? and where would my time be best spent? that's where i'm at right now, trying to figure it all out...so, for those of you out there that are familiar with 'burning the candle at both ends', how do you do it, besides getting no sleep? I already wake up at 4:30 am to take a morning exercise class, and hustle all day long...this is not good for my health,this lack of sleep and lack of eating correctly, what has worked for you? I'd love to know. i should add we don't have family to help; grandparents have matured out of the years of watching kids and our siblings all have families and multiple activities and jobs to juggle as well...and honestly, is it worth it? if i start paying for a cook and house cleaner, will all of my profits be going to them? so what's the sense? how do i make this work?? how did YOU make it work??