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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! 😉

     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!

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