I had the privilege to take newborn pictures of little Noah Etheredge recently! Noah was quite determined to be awake the entire session, so this session was a little different than many of my previous newborn sessions. :) Continue reading
So, life is a bit crazy right now. :)
On the photography side, I’ve been blessed to be fairly busy. About once a week I’m going to take commercial pictures for my relative’s business (W.W. Nash). I love doing it because it’s fun, easy, and I get to see a lot of my family members. :) I also get to go to fun locations like the University of Richmond’s basketball stadium, the Richmond Raceway, etc. Taking these architectural pictures has kept my photography fresh and also challenged me, which is always good.
Another thing with photography that’s keeping me busy, is trying to get all the stuff needed for me to legally be in the photography business. I haven’t ever made a whole lot from photography (it was more of a hobby) but I’m starting to ramp up a little bit. :) I don’t like the idea of taxes, (though I know they’re a necessary evil), mainly because it’ll take more out of my paychecks, and, thus, I’ll have to charge people more so that I can still make some profit and keep the business from drowning. The older I get and the more I get into photography I start to understand how people can charge thousands of $ for a wedding and a couple hundred $ for a portrait shoot. Photography is expensive! From equipment, resources, time, gas, and money it’s just very demanding. Gotta’ keep the equipment clean, stay on top of emails and blogging, need to upgrade some equipment, and the list goes on. And this is when I’m still a very small business!
So, do you want to read a boring list of what I need? Okay, here it goes:
I need a new camera bag. The two zippers that keep the equipment safe on my camera backpack have broken. So, I have to get another one and I think I’m going to go with the Shootsac. Which costs almost $200. Yikes!
I also could really use a lower f-stop telephoto lens. Like the 70-200mm which is almost $2000. My 55-200mm just doesn’t have a low enough aperture for the things I need it for.
I need to get my equipment clean, and heavens knows how much that’s gonna cost. All my lenses haven’t been professionally cleaned since I got them…just spray a little magic potion here, wipe, and go! That’s not good enough for photography…any dust you have in/on the lens affects the pictures.
I need to get my business certified legally and I have no idea how much that’s going to cost. Thankfully I think it’s going to cost less than I was originally thinking.
I need to get someone to help me with my website. I’ve had a friend who said he would help but it just hasn’t worked out, so I think I’ll have to hire someone. More $, but it’s an investment.
I really could use another speedlight so I can work on my Off Camera Lighting. I know virtually nothing about my speedlight and that’s very scary when you have a wedding in November that’s an evening wedding and inside, with fluorescent lights!! I’m tired of the way my reception pictures look, I want them to look better because my clients deserve better. Oh and the speedlights cost a couple hundred dollars…and that’s not counting the light stand I would need to get with it. :) (or I could just use Lexi as a stand hmmmm….)
So there you have some of the things I’m looking into/doing with my photography business.
On the personal side, I’ve been busy too!
I work Mon.-Wed. teaching school to 2 kids from church for 3 hours a day.
I ride a horse 3 days a week (which takes up about 2 hours a day) in preparation for a dressage show. I was going to show this weekend, but I just changed horses, so I need some more time to get to know her and improve my riding. :)
Combine those two things with my photography things, and I keep pretty busy! What a blessing that I have the ability to do all these things. So many people can’t find jobs and have so little, yet I work at two different places and have the opportunity to do what I love.
What a blessing!
Guess what? Mama had her baby! Her name is Cassilyn Faith and she is absolutely, positively, precious!!! Of course, we had to pose her and do a mini photo shoot as soon as we could. So, all these photos were taken when she was just a few days old. :)
For those of you who love stats, Cassilyn was born on Easter Sunday at 9:49 P.M. at home. :) [I was actually in the room when she was born.] She weighed 7 lbs. 8 oz. and was 20 inches long. She is a pretty quiet baby (finally!) but when she cries it’s really high-pitched and oh so pitiful!! I love my new little sister…what a little gift from Heaven she is!
P.S. – I just realized that somehow I uploaded all the unedited version of the pics, instead of the ones I edited. Oops!