My Must-Have Memory Card Wallet

When it comes to game changing photography gear, I am always quick to recommend a really good and comfortable camera strap, as well as a memory card wallet.  Not only are both practical and functional, but both help one look professional during a session and keep you very organized.  And when you are taking a lot of clients during fall season, staying organized is a must!  Especially when it comes to keeping your memory cards safe.

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My Must-Have Memory Card Wallet

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I have used my camera strap for years and, not only it is so comfortable and professional looking, but it also gets complimented on regularly by my photography clients.  I was so excited be sent a new strap and coordinating memory card wallet, complete with amazing personalizations!  I am a lover of monograms and was quick to monogram both my wallet and camera strap.  But my most favorite thing about my wallet is that you can place a hidden message inside the wallet, as a little source of inspiration every time you open your wallet.

“Jesus, let them see You in me,” is a sentence that I pray to live my life by as I mother my children, be a friend to another, and work with my photography clients.  I love that it subtly and beautifully reminds me of my focus, every time I open my wallet to sneak out or put in a new memory card.  Not only does my memory card wallet inspire me, but it also keeps me organized as it contains several tiny pockets inside to protect my memory cards.

When it comes to photography sessions, I have always used one memory card per session that I photograph.  If my day contains 3 photo sessions, I have 3 different memory cards for each and change out my cards between sessions.  I have always done this as a way to keep me organized after the session, when importing and editing images.  But also, I do this as a form of insurance to make sure I don’t put all of my eggs in one basket.  For example, should a card get lost or damaged, I would rather lose a single session of images than lose an entire day of sessions.

Because I use a lot of memory cards, my memory card wallet is a must have item.  And if you are getting ready to photograph a big day of sessions or a wedding, having a memory card wallet will be a game changer for you.  Plus, this memory card wallet is so much safer and cuter than you putting your memory cards in your back pocket or throwing them in your camera bag.

A good camera strap that is comfortable and a memory card wallet that keep you organized are both a must for a busy photographer.  Be sure to check out all the amazing colors and styles, plus ways you can personalize your strap and wallet!  You are bound to look darling at your next session!

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Photography Client Contracts : One Secret To Stress Free Contracts

As any entrepreneur will tell you, owning and running a business comes with highs and lows.  And sometimes those highs and lows occur throughout a single year or…on a single day.  One minute you can be celebrating the high of a wonderful session resulting in really happy clients, and the next you can be feeling the lows of a snippy email that leaves you doubting yourself.  While the past 6 years of owning my photography business have certainly been full of success and celebration, the years have naturally had their low moments sprinkled in between.  And at one of my lowest moments I was ready to shut down my business because of three nagging words: photography client contracts.

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At the lowest point in my business, I found myself crying all the way home from a session after a client literally crossed out sentences of my contract with a pen right in front of me, before signing it.  And being the people pleaser that I am, I smiled my way through it while my body was crumbling inside.  I remember thinking, “I just want to quit photography.”  But then, once I calmed down, I realized that it would be so silly to quit something that I am really good at over a paper with words on it that the client needs to sign.

If there is one thing I have always been a stickler on with my business, it’s having photography client contracts signed and filed for each and every session I’ve ever photographed.  Photography client contracts protect myself and my business, lay out the terms of the session, streamline deposits and balance payments, ensure my copyrighted ownership of all files and give me permission to use client images for marketing…with a lot of other words in between.  I have never had a client not sign my contract, because it is non-negotiable, but there have been a few clients over the years that have tempted a gray hair to grow during the signing process.

So what wasn’t working?  Up until this year, I had a paper contract.  My clients were given the contract at booking and were to turn it in.  More times than not, they would bring it to their session or sign a copy I would carry with me on session day.  While all my clients signed my contract, it was something extra I had to worry about collecting the day of the session and, for the handful of clients who were hesitant to sign, it was more to talk about and clarify on session day.

To be honest, it made me have a recurring thought: I really don’t want to think about contracts at all on session day.

And this is where Honeybook completely saved my business.  Just when I was tempted to not accept another client, I learned of a way that my clients could sign my contract before booking me.  In other words, my clients had to get the contract done and signed before even placing their deposit and getting on my calendar.  And for the clients who don’t want to sign, I can politely turn down their session request.

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Honeybook allows me to simplify the booking process with my clients and take away the drama of photography client contracts.  In a click or two, I can send my client their session proposal, contract and invoice for them to complete.  And the best part, it has them sign my contract in order to book their session.  Now, I never have to worry about my clients signing their photography clients contracts because they can take care of it while they are placing their deposit.  I never even have to be involved in the contract process, as they can take care of it on their end.

This simple way that Honeybook has streamlined photography clients contracts literally saved my business.  It took the worst part of my business and made it something that I don’t even have to come into contact with, as my clients can simply sign and turn in their contract at booking.

No more contract reminders.  No more contract explanations.  No more drama.  No more contracts scribbled on.

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One of the best parts about Honeybook is that they have a wonderful support staff!  Upon signing up and becoming a member of Honeybook, they encouraged me to send them a PDF copy of my paper contract so they could load it into my workspace for me.  Before my very eyes, my paper contract that I had carried around on a clip board in my camera bag for years was turned into an electronic contract that clients could digitally sign.

Not only is my contract so easy now, but it looks very professional.  Clients can scroll through my contract easily and are shown where they need to fill in their information, place their initials and sign.  Within a few clicks from my client, I have a signed contract and a deposit placed.  The time I used to spend stressing about photography client contracts is now spent on more important parts of my business like editing and marketing.

Honeybook not only gave me one place to collect deposits and contracts, but it also gave me a breath of fresh air.  It took the most stressful part of my business and solved it within a few clicks.

While photography client contracts should be a non-negotiable part of every photography business, they shouldn’t be something that is a source of stress.  Allow Honeybook to streamline your booking process by giving your client a place to sign and place their deposit, while eliminating all the fuss.  I am not saying you won’t ever have a client question your contract or not be willing to sign, but you will be able to work with and hopefully solve their questions long before session day.  Plus, now you can save room in your camera bag for other things rather than contracts and pens and save your stress for more important things like getting toddlers to smile in their family photos!

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We Are Three! | A Pinkalicious Birthday Party

We are three!  It truly feels like days ago that we brought her home and now we are arranging 3 candles on the top of her birthday cake!  Our 3 year old’s birthday celebration was a very pink affair, as she requested a Pinkalicious birthday party.  I love how involved she could be this year, when deciding what birthday party she wanted, shopping for decor and party decorations, and anticipating her big day.  It made it even more important for me to bring her pink birthday dream to life before her very eyes, as I did many early morning checklists in the month leading up to her birthday.  Every detail was thoughtfully planned in pink, from her birthday cake, to the crafts the children did, to the decor.  When thinking about her birthday, our daughter repeatedly asked to share pink cupcakes with her friends with pink forks.  Easy peasy, check!  And because it was a very Pinkalicious affair, each cupcake was topped with a crown and served with a magical wand.  Plus, popcorn and pink lemonade.  There is something so delicious about popcorn with cupcakes, as a little salty to the sweet.  And to make sure it was a completely pink affair, all of our birthday guests wore their best pink outfits!  To know where I found the decor and details that brought this Pinkalicious birthday party to life, be sure to view the source list found further down within this post.

To learn more about how I photograph our everyday and use my camera to bring everyday moments to life, be sure to read The Everyday Photograph : The Art of Seeing Beauty in Ordinary Moments.

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We Are Three! | A Pinkalicious Birthday Party

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This year, she wanted to help me take pictures of her birthday decorations prior to her guests arriving.  As I snapped a few images of the details that brought her party to life, she stood right along side me with her own little camera.  It was a heart melter.

After getting our party pics and realizing we still had plenty of time before the party, we took some time to read Pinkalicious and get some actual birthday portraits.  In the months of patiently waiting for her birthday to arrive, her eyes were completely sparkling as she realized it was actually her big day…finally.

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Pinkalicious Birthday Party Source List

gold wands | purchased here

3 balloon | purchased locally, similar item here

balloon decor | kit purchased here, but purchased more balloons

balloon pump (necessary!) | purchased here

crown cupcake toppers | purchased here

circle garland | purchased locally, similar idea here

crown head clip | similar item here

tutu dress | similar item here

popcorn boxes | purchased locally, similar item here

Pinkalicious book | available here

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No birthday is complete without a photo of my girls with their letter board.  In all honesty, I was moments away from totally forgetting it this year.  Luckily, it came to mind at the very last second and I was able to quickly arrange the letters and get some photos of her before her friends arrived!  Whew!

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While planning birthday parties usually involves a little stress, a lot of coffee, and many checklists…seeing the excitement and wonderment in our girls’ eyes on their big day makes all of the finely detailed planning worth it.  Much like Christmas morning, it seems like months of planning and preparing are for a party that seems to fly by in the blink of an eye.  It was nice to be able to savor the morning and enjoy her day.  I am thrilled with how this Pinkalicious birthday party played out and, as the girls continue to grow and become more involved in planning their parties, I cannot wait to see what ideas they have in the future for their fun day!  There is something so wonderful about making their little idea come to life and watching them realize, “Hey, this was my idea and it is really happening!”  It’s a special thing.

Happy Birthday, little one!  You are so loved!

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A Classic Baby Book : How To Document Every Baby Milestone

Before my first daughter was born, I spent a really long time searching for a classic baby book to document all of her milestones in.  I wanted something that’s style would be simple and would stand the test of time.  Everything that I found was loud and splattered with cartoonish characters, or gave me the impression that it was a fad item.  After quite a bit of time searching, I finally came across a classic baby book that was simple, timeless, and so organized inside.  In fact, it is so organized that it walked me through documenting my daughter’s milestones because it told me exactly what phases and important dates to write down.  I love this book so much so that I bought it again for our second daughter, giving the girls matching books.  And that thrills me to pieces.

Need help knowing what photos to take of your baby during the first year?  Be sure to read The First Twelve: A Guide To Photographing Your Baby’s First Year, where I give you a step by step guide to photographing each and every milestone your baby will have during their first twelve months.  Plus, I will share how to edit in an editing video!

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A Classic Baby Book : How To Document Every Baby Milestone

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Protective Sleeve

While simple, one of my favorite things about this classic baby book is that the front simply has two little feet on the cover.  Simple and timeless, without loud letters or characters.  To preserve the beautiful white cover, this classic baby book comes with a protective sleeve to keep the book in.  Even though this concept is simple, it is something that I really appreciate.  I put a lot of time into my girls’ baby books and I want to ensure that they remain in perfect condition, to be enjoyed by them and their own children in the many years ahead.

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Detailed Milestone Layout

This classic baby book is not only simple and traditional, but it is very well organized inside when it comes to page layout.  To be honest, this classic baby book isn’t going to allow you to miss a single milestone or important date in your baby’s first year.  And I love that!  As new mamas, we are busy and tired enough as it is to remember each and every thing, so this book is a wonderful assistant in reminding you what to document and what dates are important.  From documenting your family history, important details about you and your spouse, your pregnancy and how you announced, the day your baby took their first breath, first foods, teeth, talking, walking, and details of their first birthday…this classic baby book literally covers it all!

One of my favorite things is that this book has specific 3 month check in’s, where you really document the details of your baby’s everyday.  Things like what your baby is eating, how they are sleeping, things they took to right away, things they took their time mastering and things you always want to remember.  If you are a parent, you know that things like eating and sleeping change drastically for babies within the first year, so it is really fun to document these little specifics, as they are fleeting.

Don’t forget your must have copy of The First Twelve: A Guide To Photographing Your Baby’s First Year, where you will be shown exactly how to photograph each and every detail of your baby’s first year that you will want to remember.  Don’t regret a moment with your camera, and learn how to document your baby and their every detail, before they grow!

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Important Dates and Keepsakes

While not pictured, my absolute favorite thing about this classic baby book is that it gives you a teeny tiny envelope for your baby’s hair, to be kept from their first haircut!  On the haircut page, it gives you room to include before and after photos of your baby’s hair, as well as a little place to preserve their tiny baby locks.  That tiny and simple detail was what sold me on this book because I knew at that point that this classic baby book would preserve and document every moment that I mama really holds close to her heart.

As well as a small envelope, there is a bigger envelope placed inside of the baby book that I find very useful, when wanting to keep non-photo keepsakes.  In this envelope, I keep the girls’ hospital bracelets, first birthday invitations, and other sentimental items from their baby years.

And when it comes to dates, there is no way you will ever miss an important one.  This classic baby book literally tells you every date to document, which is so helpful in reminding you what things to look out for during your baby’s first year.  I also goes beautifully hand in hand with The First Twelve: A Guide to Documenting Your Baby’s First Year, as you photograph all your baby’s milestones to place within your baby book.  It gives you plenty of room to place photos of your baby’s first year.

One of my favorite pages is the Growing page, where you can document their growth.  It is so fun to see how much they grow during the first few years, and I make a habit out of writing these details in their book after each visit to the pediatrician.

Picking a baby book is really hard, as you want to make sure it stands the test of time and documents all of the details that you truly want to savor.  This classic baby book is the only book I recommend, as it is truly timeless and beautiful, while being very detailed and thorough in terms of documenting milestones.  This book will literally not allow you to miss a moment with your baby, as it gently reminds you of what to document.  I hope this book brings your family as much joy as it has brought mine.

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Timeless Girl Easter Basket Ideas

It’s that time of year again, when my shopping cart fills with all things pastel, as I hop around the store and admire all things Easter.  As is every year, my goal is to create a timeless girl Easter basket for each of my girls, focusing on things that they need…as well as a little bit of fun.  This year’s baskets are full of something cuddly, something educational, something to wear, something useful, and something that will surprise.  And of course, little eggs help fill their baskets and end up providing a whole day of family fun as we hide and find them.  I am having so much fun being a mama of two girls and love putting together timeless girl Easter baskets.  I feel like this year’s baskets are really going to create some excitement this year, as I added little gifts to each basket that truly define our girls and the stages they are in right now.  And to keep Jesus at the center of Easter, I found something fun for our whole family that I am really excited to do this year.  If you are looking for timeless girl Easter basket ideas, be sure to browse the source lists below for basket ideas for a 1 year old and a 3 year old.

Getting ready to photograph your easter egg hunt?  Be sure to check our daughter’s first Easter egg hunt for a little inspiration!

And click here to see what 5 photos you should take when coloring Easter eggs!

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Timeless Girl Easter Basket Ideas

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Lovely Lavendar Easter Basket for 1 Year Old

Zoe the Unicorn Knit Doll | courtesy of Cuddle + Kind

Lavendar Velvet Bow Set | courtesy of Cammi and Co

Floral Shoes | can be purchased here

Brush | similar item found here

Our favorite bubble bath | can be purchased here

Babies Love Easter Book | can be purchased here

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Pretty Pink Easter Basket for 3 Year Old

Ella the Unicorn Knit Doll | courtesy of Cuddle & Kind

Chunky Pink Velvet Bow | courtesy of Cammi and Co

Pink shoes | can be purchased here

Pastel Dot Dot Markers | can be purchased here

Brush | similar item found here

Purse | can be purchased here

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And to keep Jesus the focus of Easter, I found these beautiful The Journey to Easter cards with a little stand to hold them in.  I am excited about them because they can help teach the girls about Easter in the years ahead, as we walk through the cards.  They are to be started the Sunday before Easter and end on Easter Sunday.  The cards help encourage conversation about the meaning of Easter, teaching about Jesus and the truths of Easter.  While the girls will not understand them much this year, I am looking forward to making this part of our Easter tradition in the years ahead to teach the girls that Easter isn’t just about baskets and bunnies, but it is the most powerful love story.

I hope this post encouraged you with timeless girl Easter basket ideas and that you have as much fun creating baskets for your sweet ones, just as I did!

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