Blessed

 

Welcome to my new home. ¬†I know it is not as pretty or as shiny as the old place was but it is free so this will have to do for now.ūüôā I plan on re-decorating a bit after the holidays so check back!

I have been in the photography business for almost 10 years now and I have recently decide it was time to retire. ¬†Why? ¬†Well, I am really not sure. ¬†I have always loved what I do and I have always had the best clients but lately I feel like I am ready to try something new. ¬†I am not sure what that is as of right now but stepping away seems to be the right time. ¬†My website hosting was about to expire and since I would no longer need it for new clients, I made the decision to let my pretty website¬†go. ¬†The thought, however, of losing all my blog posts and client memories did not sit well with me. ¬†I searched for a way to keep them but not be investing in a business I no longer needed. ¬†This blog is the answer. ¬†I have never been a great blogger and I really don’t expect much from this one either but at least I have a place to come if I need a creative outlet. ¬† You won’t be getting an ERROR¬†message when you type in my name either, which was a HUGE¬†reason too if I am being honest! ¬†These last¬†9 years have NOT been a mistake and I did not want an ERROR taking up my space on the web!

I have been blessed to have shot many families, babies, weddings and best of all, ¬†too many wonderful seniors to count. ¬†I will miss being behind¬†my camera regularly but I am going to also make a conscious effort to shoot my own family more. ¬†Right now, I don’t know what the future holds but I do know I am excited to be a momma again and give my family my full focus and attention. ¬†No more late night editing marathons¬†(I will miss binge watching my favorite shows!)¬†or being gone in the evenings at dinner time. ¬†I also now have a wedding to help plan, which I am thrilled about!! ¬†I think I will find plenty to fill my time.

If you are a current client from this fall, don’t worry, we are not done. ¬†We still have snow pictures, graduation cards to design and cap & gown photos to take.

Thank you everyone who has read my blog in the past, let me shoot you in front of my camera, or have simply encouraged me in this journey.  I have loved every minute of it! I want to thank John, Abigail, Garrett, Jenna and Brayden personally for allowing me to be gone so much over the years while helping other families capture their memories.  I could not have done this without your support.  I love you guys and I am excited to see what the future holds for us.

I am blessed.

Snow Mini Time

It’s FINALLY time!!!

I am now booking 20 minute Snow Minis at my home studio!!

Already a TCP Client?  No Session Fee is required and I will add your images to a gallery for you to choose from with  Mini Session Pricing.

Not a TCP Client yet?  Book your Mini Session for $75 and you will also receive a gallery afterwards with Mini Session Pricing.

Want a BFF Session? Split the $75 session fee and come have a snowball fight in my yard!

Book your session here.

It’s SNOW TIME!

Dayton Senior Photography – Class of 2017

Class of 2017 it is almost your time!  I know right now graduation seems so very far away but really it’s right around the corner.  Your next year will be filled with lots of changes and exciting new things.  As you start to think about getting your senior pictures, I would love for you to consider becoming a TCP Senior.  Lots of changes are coming to TCP this year too and I am so excited to share them with you.

This past fall, I moved out of my downtown studio (which I loved!) and brought it here to my home (which I love even more!).  We moved to Spring Valley a little over a year ago and I love shooting here.  The lady who lived here before me had an amazing green thumb. She has flowers everywhere! I am NOT a very good gardener but I am trying to get better at it.  I have beautiful flowers we can shoot in, a pond, lots of green trees and a waterfall.  I just love our property and have lots of little places I love to shoot at.  I have set up my new TCP Senior Boutique right here on my property.

Another big change is I am not having “Senior Models” this year.  I have done this for years but this year I have decide to cut back a little and only shoot about 25 seniors total for the year.  Instead of having a model team and my other clients, I will just make ALL my clients a TCP Model! So anyone who books with me this year will receive the model treatment! I have a few fun things planned already!

I have also decided to simplify my business quite a bit.  I have gotten rid of all my session choices to eliminate confusion and now only have ONE SESSION.  It is an all inclusive session that gives you the digitals and a whole lot more!  I searched and searched for just the right keepsake box and I finally found it!! I love these boxes!  They are a beautiful driftwood gray color and I have two different fonts for you to choose from.  Here is a sneak of one of them.  You will receive the keepsake box, your USB with all your digital images and your senior slideshow loaded on it for your personal use.  You will receive a 5×7 print of each of your images and your very own Senior App for your phone.  You will pick up all of this at your Premier Ordering Appointment about 2 weeks following your session where you can spend your $400 in credit toward other products.  I have added a few new luxury products to the line up this year that I am so excited about.  I will be featuring those soon on the blog.

To see more about my “One Session” option this year visit the investment page for all the details.

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Dayton Senior Photography – Once Upon A Time

This is our fun “Once Upon a Time” shoot from back in the summer.  We had Belle, Cinderella, Snow White and Alice in Wonderland show up!  We rented costume from The Costume King shop in Jamestown, Oh and she has EVERYTHING you could possibly need!  Trista provided hair and makeup again for us and did a phenomenal job as always!  We used my yard again for these, except for one trip to the Dayton Art Institute for Cinderella.  She needed stairs to lose her shoe on … right?

Snow White –  Taylor Neeld (Xenia High School)

Alice in Wonderland – Bailey Johnson (Xenia High School)

Belle/Little Red – Rachel Stute (Greenon High School)

Cinderella – Lauren Goodman (Xenia High School)

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Dayton Senior Photography – Boho Chic

This is the second of our model shoots this past summer.  This is my beautiful Boho Chic models. Trista of Trista Noe Makeup Artisty helped us with makeup again and Ashley Rose of Hair by Ashley Rose did hair for us this time. I love working with these talented ladies! The girls were asked to bring their favorite boho looks for the shoot.  Jordan brought us the amazing blanket that we hung from my pergola and used as a backdrop.  We started in my yard and our new puppy wanted to be in a few pictures as well. This shoot had to be cancelled once due to bad weather and we were threatened yet again by rain.  After going back and forth with my makeup and hair team and the girls, we decide to go for it.  You might not be able to tell {until the end} but it DID rain on us throughout the day.  Luckily we had umbrellas and  a huge tree in our front yard we were able to hide under for most of the yard shots.  It cleared up for a little while but just as we were heading out for our final location, it started raining again.  We could have called it a day because I had lots of great pictures already but instead we decided to just play in the rain! We might have ruined all the beautiful work Ashley had done for us but it was a blast! Thanks ladies for dancing in the rain with me!

Meet Brooke, Elaina, Jordan and Saige!

Dayton Senior Photography – All American Girls!

This post and the next two are a long time coming!  Sorry girls! My 2016 models met with me over the summer for their stylized shoots and I am just now getting a chance to blog them. These girls are beautiful inside and out and it was a blast to work with each of them this year. We did three themed shoots over the summer at my home and I have to say that these are some of my favorite images EVER!  Each group was given a theme for their shoot and the girls brought outfits that coordinated with each theme. We had hair and makeup provided by Trista Noe, our fabulous stylist from Trista Noe Makeup Artistry!  I will be featuring the other two sessions here shortly as well over the cold dreary months ahead. Something to brighten up the blog for sure! First up is the “All American Girl”!  What do you think of when I say “All American Girl”?  Maybe softball, ice cream, football and a little American flare?  Well these girls pulled it off beautifully! Meet Morgan, Lauren and Deborah!

Dayton Senior Photogapher – A Piece of My Heart

     There are a few changes coming to TCP in the next few months that I have been wanting to share with you. I have been wanting to write this post for awhile now but just did not know how to put what was in my heart into words. After much thought and lots of prayer, I have decide it is time to cut back a little.  I am NOT by any, means closing my business but I will be moving the studio to my home in Spring Valley and will be taking on a limited number of sessions next year.

     I opened the studio 5 years ago and have loved every minute in my space. Having my own studio had been a dream of mine since starting my business and I definitely saw advantage to having the space. Having a space to meet clients, do hair and makeup, conduct ordering appointments, and having an indoor shooting space has been a huge advantage. I loved getting to decorate the space to match my brand and have a space to display my beautiful client’s portraits. Since we moved to Spring Valley a year ago, however, I have started shooting there more often and have even used it for hair and makeup when we have been shooting close by. We bought this beautiful property in Spring Valley almost a year ago and finally the light bulb went off one day while shooting there. Why not move my studio here?

     I originally opened the studio because I could not run a business from my home in Xenia (which I had no idea when starting) but here in our new home, I can! It has actually been a doctor’s office and dentist office in the past. Shooting here will be extremely convenient as well. I have a perfect shooting area in my own backyard and a fantastic urban area just down the street. I will do hair and makeup here and client meetings as well.

     While I am sad to let the studio go, I am thrilled I won’t have the overhead that goes with it and I don’t have to worry about shoveling snow in the winter. (If you’ve noticed, I was not very good at that anyway!)

     Since I have decide to let the studio go, I have also decide to cut back on the amount of seniors I shoot each year. When I started this business 7 years ago, I had no intention of it becoming a full time business which it definitely has. I am first a wife, mom and homeschool teacher and once this business took off like it did, I have watched those other areas start to suffer. I want (no, I NEED) to change that. I am so thankful after years of shooting any and everything that I have finally found my passion in shooting seniors. When thinking about the changes I wanted to make for the coming year, I had a brief thought of closing down the studio all together but thankfully that thought was BRIEF. The thought of not shooting seniors actually made my stomach drop. I adore helping senior girls get ready for their shoots and seeing them step out of the makeup chair filled with confidence and excitement. While I don’t think girls need a ton of make up to be beautiful, the confidence they gain while sitting in that chair is what makes them beautiful. I love seeing them get pampered and the whole process of having their hair and makeup done adds to their senior session experience. They get to feel like a model for the day and who doesn’t love that!!

     I also don’t want to give up shooting guys either because they are just plan cool.  Seeing how most of these guy interacts with their mommas, just warms my heart. Having two son of my own, I know without a shadow of doubt, most are just there to make their mommas happy and I like making it as painless as possible for them but still making them look cool to their peers.

     So since I obviously can’t give it up, I have decided a healthy compromise would be to take on a limited amount of sessions next year. I will be rebranding a bit and changing up a few things over the winter months for my new seniors coming in 2016-2017.   If you are one of those lucky seniors, email me now to get on the list for when those limited dates will be released. I can promise you, they will go fast!  I completely sold out of my Fall dates during the summer of this year and spring is already filling up. I will be taking on about half of the number of sessions I have done in the past. To insure you get one of those limited spots, get on my VIP list now. I will release those dates, early spring of next year.

     By the end of November, I will be moving out of my downtown location and into my home studio. I will be selling lots of studio backdrops, props, furniture, etc.  If you are a photographer, contact me for what I will have available. In my new space, I will have room for a small shooting area but all my large backdrops will be sold. I will be posting on my Facebook page too what all is being sold. If anyone is looking for a space, I know of a fantastic place that will soon be available! ūüėČ

     Now that you know about a little piece of my heart that I will be leaving behind at 117 West Main Street in Xenia, please continue to follow my on Facebook & Instagram so you can see pictures of the new space.  Since I don’t have it ready yet and every post needs a few pictures, here are some unedited iPhone shots I took on our recent trip to New England.  We ran up to New York for a few days then went over to Boston and Cape Cod. We had a great time but as you can see from the pictures, it was gloomy, cold and rainy!! Those cute faces are three of the reasons I am cutting back next year.  Our older two kids stayed home for school and the dogs but they are a big part of my decision too.  I love photography but I miss being a mom and wife sometimes too.  I do not want to be staying up to all hours of the night either {like I am right now!}  That will definitely be a plus!

     Thanks for hanging in until the end and hearing about what has been in my heart lately.  Thank you also to all my clients and friends who have help make this journey so rewarding and fun.  It is definitely not over, I’m just traveling down a new path now that I am very excited to explore!