Oh my goodness! So, a little background for my readers. Meet Emilie. I have known her for little over 2 YEARS. She first came to me when she found out she was pregnant(with Willow). She wanted to have me photograph her maternity pictures. I was excited(who wouldn’t be? She’s absolutely gorgeous)! She not only went with a maternity session, but also a newborn, 6 months and 1 year(oh, there was a 10 month in there too) bundle collection. I have been photographing these two lovelies since then.
Now moving on to the now. I got so excited when Emilie contacted me for a fall family session in the park. Jon and his son Donte and daughter Kenz just added to the fun and warmth already shared with Emilie and Willow. I just loved this session! So much happiness and laughs and smirks(everything that encompasses having kids, haha). They all made my day lighter(since at one point I stepped in a pile of dog poo…double ew…..it was a large pile). So, this blog is meant to give you a seat inside the mental workings of Jasmine Lea Photography.
They could all be stars in their own lil family show. Please, if you enjoyed viewing this blog, leave a comment and tell me your favorite image. I’d love to read your thoughts!
How do you establish yourself as a professional? What sets you apart? How do you make an impact? Where do you start? Round and round my head spun like a merry-go-round on a caffeine high. I had no idea- well actually that’s a lie. I did have an idea- many of them, in fact. I couldn’t get focused on one topic. Who was I? What was my style? What did I want my business to say about me? I decided a good place to start would be with a great business card.
Business cards give you an open door. They are more like the door handle. I mean, who doesn’t like a flashy door handle?! But at the same time your business card says a lot about you.
I started with a simple, and classy card. I had no thought put into it, no design of my own, no logo and I didn’t stand out. I simply filled in the blanks on an already laid out format. Bing, Bang, Boom and placed my order. Sure they were nice to look at; perfect color scheme but, really, said nothing about me. I stared at them as I opened up the little box they were packaged in. I knew I could do better! My ideas changed and so did my business cards!
I still wasn’t completely satisfied. I was beginning to become a business card hoarder. Really! I had issues. I just couldn’t decide.
These stuck for a while. But as I grew as a photographer, I realized my cards needed change as well. I still use these cards for folder inserts. I have had five styles. There are two I use now. Depending on what I feel my client needs, is what I pass out. I want my cards to stand out and say to my clients: “Who is Jasmine Lea Photography”
So are you wondering, where should I start in my new business? Start with a beautiful card that makes a statement about you. Don’t be afraid to take time to meditate either! Think it through so that your brand is every bit a part of you.
Oh and if you do go through change, keep a bit of that change for you to look back on and smile at your improvement.
Peyton is going to be a big brother!
My cousin, Dayna wanted to do a pregnancy announcement session and with it also a reveal of the gender. Of coarse, I was all about it! So the day we decided on the park just happened to be rainy and dreary…but no problem I had umbrellas!
I think he will much happier once his sibling arrives.
The reveal was done in their backyard. I just love the feeling clients have in their homes. I want everyone to be relaxed and comfortable in front of the camera.
Touchdowns or tutus???
Well, that just about sums it up!
Fun with that silly string. Look out, Peyton!
Congratulations Dayna, Matt and Peyton!
Sitting back, looking at these memories, I remember this day. It was 82 degrees out on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon in September. I felt compelled to take my girls to the park for our last walk before winter. The geese were having a social event. All were tumbling under the water – up-side-down. I had never seen them do that before. Splashing, honking and flapping their wings about! How amazing to watch my children as they embraced this sight. They giggled and pointed and honked right along with the geese! Erupting giggles from me! This was a moment indeed!
Their lives, their growth. What parent doesn’t want to remember their children’s lives? So for some reason, when we are older, we cannot remember. Not because we do not want to, but because we have lost the ability to do so. Our memories will forever be with us. A paperback novel~
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