Class of 2020 Senior Reps

I am so very excited for the next year to work with this amazing group! So many plans in the works. Sunflower sessions! Themed sessions and more! Stay tuned and make sure to follow my social media pages for all the details & previews!!!

Without further ado, meet the reps!!!!

Thanks for looking!!!!!!

XOXO,
Mandy

Playing catch up!

I always mean to blog after each session. So far, I have failed miserably. I apologize. I will do better. Well I will try to do better. 🙂

So, recently I captured a proposal. What a great time! I mean it was windy and pretty chilly but the images turned out beautiful and the love of the couple shines through!!!! Take a look:

You can’t even tell they’re freezing! haha!

Such a fun day. I captured my first proposal and I’m in love with the images. Win win!!

Thanks for looking! Check out my facebook :). Book me for a wedding. Either way, have a great Tuesday and I’ll do my best to blog more.

XOXO,
Mandy

Senior rep program (class of 2020)

Today marks the absolute last day I will accept senior rep applications and contracts. Tomorrow will be too late. If you haven’t signed your contract or finished app, please do so today. I don’t want to remove folks from the list but I have to put a stop in so I can get the program moving for those who have followed through already!!

Thanks for understanding and I am so excited for this!!!!!!!!!!

Mandy 😁

Snow days…

I had a vision of throwing a colorful flower on the white snow and capturing an image that would be amazing. I struggled so long. I never quit got THE photo I was looking for. I am not sure I know exactly what I am looking for! But here are a few shots from the great snow of January 2019 (the first one anyway). Thanks for looking!!

Just getting started…

Back when my kids were little, I was SHOCKED at how much it cost for school photos.  With 3 kids, I couldn’t afford all of the photos I wanted.  So I grabbed my kids, my point & shoot camera and we headed to the backyard.

I knew nothing about camera settings, lighting, composition or anything!  I just knew I wanted good photos of my kids without having to take out a loan!

Fast forward a bit and I LOVED my photos.  They weren’t perfect.  Looking back at them, they aren’t even good.  But I loved them.  I loved the experience of taking them!  So I started doing it all the time.

With my older kids being girls, they were all too willing to model whenever I wanted to practice shooting.  It was great.  We came up with backgrounds and poses and so much craziness.  TOO MUCH FUN!

Fast forward a bit and my kids are showing their photos to their friends.  I’m showing them to my friends.  Friends are volunteering their kids for my photos!  So now I have dozens of little models willing to stand (sit and jump) in front of my camera.

Then… a friend offers me money.  WHAT?!?  No way.  I’m just having fun.  Then another friends demands I take a few dollars for my time.  What?  I am loving what I am doing and folks want to give me money.  OK!

All of a sudden, folks I don’t know are calling me to see about my prices.  I don’t have prices.  I don’t have anything except a cheap point & shoot camera and time.  But people are interested.  Which has me interested in learning.

I start learning.  Reading.  Finding classes.  Anything that offers to teach me photography, I am signing up.

My husband buys me a fancy (to me) dslr camera.  I’m in love.  But I just leave that little dial set to “auto”.  I start messaging local photographers asking for help.  Not a single one responded with anything nice.  I still don’t understand why.  The idea of competition is ridiculous as I am shooting on auto and not charging a dime.  But it fires me up.

So, I keep learning.  I start a facebook page.  I get some “likes”.  I post allll the time.  Suddenly, I have a stranger ask for a session.  The price.  $25.  I’m over the moon excited. I am going to get paid to do a session.

That is the beginning.  I’ve made mistakes.  I have taken so many bad photos.  But I have loved it.  Things reached a point where I was overwhelmed and tired of dealing with people.  I dreaded sessions.  So I quit.

I still took photos of my kids and their activities.  I still took classes and read books.  Things got busy at my day job.

But it was always right there in my mind.  The love of photography.  So I found my way back.

I upgraded cameras (again) and offered my services to folks who were loyal clients.  I made it clear I was going slow and doing things my way.  I promised myself to do it as long as I still love it.  If I start dreading sessions, I’ll simply take a day, week or month off!

This is where we are.  10+ years later from that first crazy photo session with my kids and I’m loving photography.  I love that I get paid to do something I love.  I still make it a goal to always keep my prices where I’m affordable but also to value MY time!

So now you know my photography story.  Thanks for reading.

XOXO,

Mandy
Mom, Wife, Photographer, *Writer