Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Beautiful Boy

The joy of a child is contagious. I just LOVE the energy, spirit, LIFE they have, pretty much ALL the time. It's a beautiful thing.

Our nephew Max is two - he will turn three in October, and it's hard to believe how fast the time has gone since he was born. It feels like just yesterday we were in the hospital, waiting for his arrival.

He was the FIRST grandchild and what JOY he brought and still brings to our family. Since his birth, we've welcomed two more grand babies into the world - our sister Elysia's little boy Cooper - and my son, Eli. Cooper will be two in November and Eli will be one in December. Amazing these little boys are ... what gifts they are - blessings.

These are just a few recent photos of Max - in all his silliness and innocence. He's a beautiful boy with so much life and character. Can't wait to see the other two grow - and for the play dates ahead, with all three, together. :-)

Friday, April 22, 2011

A Little Self-Doubt - and Lady Gaga

There really are no guarantees in life. Sometimes, you just have to take those giant leaps of faith and HOPE and PRAY that they were the right ones. After all, you have this ONE life - this ONE chance to do something GREAT. While I must admit, those 'leaps' are sometimes the scariest moments in one's life, they can also be the most rewarding.

In recent days, I've been pondering this decision to continue my photography business. With so many AMAZING photographers in the area already, I often question if I'm really just setting myself up for failure. I wish it were easier some days - but I suppose anything that is worth fighting for, is often the most difficult. Plus, photography is a passion of mine - and honestly, I don't want to give up now.

Most days, I have to stop and tell myself to NOT compare myself to anyone. While that's difficult, and I'm sure we've ALL struggled with this at some point, it's truly a GIFT to realize what YOU have to offer this crazy world. And sure, I realize I'm not the best - but I'm ME. And that really should be enough. It's the 'believing it' that always gets me.

I love music. It lifts me up when I'm down - and there are songs out there that really speak to me in moments of self-doubt. One such song is a Lady Gaga song. I know, I know - she's a bit out there, maybe a little strange, but she took a dream she had and made it happen. She drowned out those that didn't believe in her music and she moved forward, making mistakes, I'm sure, along the way. You've probably heard her new tune out, Born this Way. It's one of those songs that makes you smile. It's incredibly catchy and the next time you hear it, listen to the words. They make the song even better.

It's a new day. It's a 'gift' to be able to be here and celebrate LIFE. So the next time you're feeling a little down - having a little self-doubt in fulfilling your dreams, look out the window, look up, say THANK YOU for this opportunity to live another day - and BELIEVE. Believe that you are a treasure - one of a kind - Believe that God absolutely and positively makes NO mistakes. You were 'Born this Way' for a purpose - HIS purpose. Be blessed! :-)

Monday, April 11, 2011

The Road Less Traveled

I remember, when I was a little girl, I often thought about the GREAT things that I wanted to do. For so long in my youth, I wanted to GET OUT of South Bend; I always thought that this place had nothing for me. I wanted to move to a BIG CITY somewhere, anywhere - any place but here.

However, as I grew up, got married, finished college, became a parent, and began my pursuit for these ‘GREAT’ things, the focus has shifted along the way. The ‘GREAT’ has taken on a new form – I am reminded that sometimes, the little things are what matter most. Sure, being in the spotlight might be appealing to many, because really, we just want someone to notice; notice what we do and NOT take it for granted.

But deep down, I think we all want to have made an impact on someone – to say someone else’s life is better because we took the time to LOVE them – to appreciate them – to help them see the best in themselves, even when sometimes they don't see the best in themselves!

I believe that no matter where we're at – whether in a BIG CITY, in a small town, or in South Bend – LOVING someone is the key to being 'GREAT', even when sometimes, you're the ONLY one who knows it.

The following is Robert Frost’s poem, ‘The Road Not Taken’; maybe you’ve read it, maybe not, but I must say, the words are poignant and give the sense that the ‘road less traveled’ does indeed, ‘make all the difference’. Believe in miracles ... and follow your dreams.

TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Hey Sisters! Photography Referral Program

We love our clients. They make us LOVE even more, what we have the privilege of doing. That's why we want to GIVE BACK - to say a huge THANK YOU for helping us to grow our business - and for letting us share in your lives, in such a special way.

We're starting something new - and we hope it's something YOU, our beautiful clients can benefit from. It's our very own referral program, and you can take advantage of it, as often as you'd like!

Here is the 411:
- For your first referral, receive a $25 credit toward prints at your next session, plus a 10% discount off the session fee.
- For your second referral, receive a 30% discount off your next session, plus a $50 print credit.
- For every referral AFTER, you'll receive a 50% discount off each session, plus FREE prints from your session, including [1] 8x10, [2] 5x7s, and [4] 4x6s.
- For a wedding referral, you'll receive a FREE, 8x10 canvas wrap, with the image of your choice from your wedding images. That's a $75 value!

Write a Review:
We love to hear from our clients on your experience with us. So we're offering an incentive if you write a review for us! First, check out our various online locations, where you can write a review:

- Yelp
- Submit a Review via Email to add to our website! 

Once your review has been submitted, you can take advantage of a 25% discount off your next session, plus a FREE 8x10 of your favorite image!

Be sure to tell your friends and family that YOU referred them to us to take advantage of these special offers!

If we haven't had the privilege of photographing you yet, we want to! So mention this blog post in your next correspondence with us, and receive a 15% discount off your first session! Plus, we'll give you a FREE, 8x10 of your favorite image from your session! We want to meet you - so contact us today!

Thank you for your continued support! ~Emily and Erin