Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Time To Choose, Specializing In Wedding/Child Photography

Here it goes. It was a hard decision to make, but I had a wonderful, fantastic, super fabulous photographer friend...(I won't mention any names Crystal George). Who has talked me through a few business lumps and bumps. However, she did stress one thing to me...and that was to specialize.
At first, I had no idea how to do that or what it truly meant.  Now that I have been on my own for nearly a year, I get it.
No photographer can do it all. A photographer can be good in a lot of avenues such as newborn work, seniors, children, brides, pets, sports, name it, there is a genre for it. However, I don't believe a photographer can be  THE BEST at all of these things. So, in the past few months as I have looked through the year I asked what work to I absolutely LOVE the most.

I categorized by:
Do I feel passionately about it?
Where do I enjoy investing most of my energy?
During a session..which one do I feel most alive in?
What's working?
What is the most fulfilling?
Where and I am working really hard to be better?

It came down to two areas: children and everything to do with weddings :)

I was surprised by this actually. Choosing children over some other categories, but I can see why now.  After a year of shooting various events and sessions, photographing children has brought me a sense of accomplishment.  My style and my personality definitely cater to making a professional child shoot work. I know what parents are looking for and I know what a child will love and hate. All this to say..having two children of my own to practice..never hurts! This also includes families. I feel they go hand in hand. While some people love to have their children photographed exclusively, some may also want to figure in a total family shoot. Of course!

From engagement shoots, client meetings to the big day..I truly love every aspect of it.  There is a challenge to produce high quality work in a fast paced environment and I truly enjoy it!
Furthermore, I adore the relationships it fosters. The brides are friends,  the families become a part of me and I don't say that because it sounds nice,  I say it because it's absolutely true.

Relationships are a lot about who I am and I find relating to children is very easy and fostering solid friendships with my brides and their families is making my life richer.

It's not to say that I don't enjoy other aspects of photography, but at this stage of my career, it's full throttle with children and "I do"...and it will be my passion to be great at both of these :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Cobleskill Best Western -It's Home For Your Next Event

Finding a venue for your next event or wedding reception just got easier.   Jessie Griffin and Nancy Spenello of the Best Western In Cobleskill- treated this photographer to a breakfast complete with corn fritters. That's right...corn fritters.  I was in love with the tasty food, I almost forgot why I was there!
In my pursuit to find local businesses that can help my clients achieve their desires, I found the Best Western in Cobleskill to be AMAZING (and not just because of the corn fritters).
First of all, despite it's national chain affiliation, the BW is all about local people, local business and local investments.  Jessie and Nancy both live and work in Schoharie and Warnerville respectively where together, they have dedicated over 30 years of service to the business that is their second home.  They are actively involved in the Schoharie County Chamber of Commerce and work hard to invest in the communities they live in.  Check out their Facebook Page to follow along!
The Best Western enhances your entire experience for just about any event.  They love weddings, but they shine in events such as birthday parties, retirement parties, anniversary parties, bridal shower and baby showers.  They also host conferences, retreats, scrap bookers and quilter weekends.  They don't stop there. This crew also hosts kids pool and bowling birthday parties.  Hold on,  It gets better. There is no extra charge for set up or clean up, table linens, center pieces, cake cutting, champagne pouring...and so much more.  No matter what the event there is a variety of decor options to choose from. Call today!!!