The Connecticut National Golf Club in Putnam, CT was the setting for the wedding reception of Marie and Josh yesterday. What a beautiful day it was. There was warm brilliant sun, then a few clouds and cool winds - but the day was joyous and fun. Here is just a few photos from the day...MORE to come SOON.
Maternity PhotographyI love it when my wedding clients call and ask about Maternity Photography. I treat these sessions like a regular portrait session, except that I am more inclined to summon up some "fashion designer wanna be skills" to create something special like in this image below. I created this dress on the spot by wrapping my subject in material I keep around to create a dreamy dress for her. Meet Petra, one of my former wedding clients. Petra and husband Derrick are expecting in a couple of weeks! Isn't Petra a beautiful mother to be? I could not wait to share it with you. Please feel free to leave your comments here, I would love to know what you think, too.
Mother's Day Gift Ideas.It is not too early to start thinking about Mother's Day Gift Ideas. Mother's Day is on May 8th this year. How about something personal and experiential? Considered gifting Mom a Family Portrait? You know she would love it, but probably won't have time to do the leg work. It is easy - just call me and I will send you a gift card in an envelope for a special Mother's Day Family Portrait Session.
Here's the Deal- Special $99 Session fee for Mother's Day (a 50% discount)Purchase a Gift Certificate Card for Mom before May 1st. That is a 50% savings on a full session fee. You may schedule the session anytime between May and October 15th. A 5x7 print of your choice is included. OR, if you would like to surprise Mom on Mother's Day with photos of your kids - please contact me ASAP to secure a session time before Mothers' Day at this same special price. April vacation is a great time to sneak this in! $99 session fee plus 5x7 print. Call for more info - 860-230-8828. *All additional prints, wall art or books will be at regular pricing. Give a Family Portrait Gift Certificate for a future date this year. It could be spring, summer or fall! She can choose.
Working From Home: My Ideas for Staying on TaskWorking from home as a professional photographer has had it's rewards for the past 10 years. It is really practical and convenient since I am a very small business and I run most everything myself. I love it - most of the time, however, there are times when working from home is not helpful and I can become less productive. That said, here are some ways to shake it up.
1- Get dressed for work.This may seem obvious when working from home, but it was not for me. If you spend most of your days working from home, it is very easy to just throw on your comfy jeans, a pair of slippers and get down to work. Most days you may do fine, but, if you feel stuck or uninspired, try dressing up. Wear what you would normally wear if you worked in pubic, or at least, what you might wear out to lunch with a friend. This makes a huge difference for me. I feel more awake, energized and professional. This past Monday was a very blah morning for me. So, I dressing up for work. I went down to my office re-energized for the whole day. What a shift! I highly recommend it.
2- Make a plan the night before.When I do this, it really helps me stay on task. I put the plan in my iCal and make alerts sounds to remind me. Set a reasonable time-frame for each task, if you go over time, that is ok. (The plan is in place and you can constantly check on or adjust your progress.) I find that writing it down does not work that well for me, especially if I am in a groove editing photos, I tend to loose track of time (and pieces of paper). Those little beeps from iCal help keep me on task. Plus, all my apple mobile devices are synced so I get 3 beeps from my computer, iPad and iPhone. Much harder to ignore.
3- Take small bites out of your tasks.I love this! Try spending a shorter time on each task and go to the next one, etc. etc. It has helped me to get all my tasks done each day. I don't get stuck in one thing and loose my energy. I think the brain gets refreshed by a new job to do. If you have a ton to do in one day, take a bite out of each one and keep rotating with a fresh start through all of them until you finish. Even if you don't finish, the work has started on all your tasks. You can even try to finish certain ones completely and know that you did start the others, so the next day you are not beginning from square one again. This is big. Try it! Hey, I just got a beep on all my devices telling me finish up with this blog post and start my last task of the day! I better get on it! 🙂 Please share your helpful tips if you work from home- no matter what your line of work is. Here is another link to a HUBSPOT post if you are interested in more ways be productive working from home.
Remember, there is NO obligation to use me as your HS Senior Photographer. You would be helping me me with fresh looks for my upcoming senior season. So, come on in and join the fun!
Please call or text NOW for more info about this opportunity - 860-230-8828. Don't wait as I plan to start photographing these sessions really soon in preparation for summer and fall Senior season.Kim