Closing up “shop”

  • January 9, 2015

This is going to be a bittersweet post. The short version is that I am getting out of the photography business. Continue reading if you want to know why.

I have been doing my photography business for a while, but it has never been super successful financially, mostly because I’ve not been able to attract enough clients. I’ve tried a bunch of different things (lower prices, higher prices, advertising, etc.) and nothing really changed. I love taking photos and working with all the wonderful clients that I’ve had the chance to work with, but it’s just not working out business-wise. So it’s been a long time coming, I think, but today it’s official; I am no longer accepting new clients.

Current clients, rest assured we’re still going to make beautiful photos together. Nothing changes for you. Now I get to focus my energy on making your sessions the best they can possibly be and on new adventures, both personally and professionally.

I will always remember the good times I had while photographing all of my clients. I’ve made new friends and reconnected with old ones through photography. It’s been a fun ride with good memories, such as:

The time Andrea’s father built a bridge to a tiny island in his lake for his daughter to get married on to Jacob.

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Being a part of Carley’s lifelong wish of being married at her grandparents farm to the wonderful Spencer.

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All of the beautiful bouquets of my brides, especially Hannah’s (girl, that was an amazing bouquet).

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Even tho it was hot and bugs were flying up our noses, Amy + Matt were troopers and took sunset photos on their wedding day.

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Using my past soccer skills, to run backwards with all my equipment to get these amazing shots of Caitlin + David’s sparkler and rose petal send off.

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Photographing my childhood friend, Erica’s wedding to Brandon was magical.

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Sneaking away for a few minutes to get even more gorgeous photos with Katie + Kaleb.

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The cutest backyard wedding of childhood friend, Christina to John, bringing her back into my life.

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The glorious 80 degree January wedding of Alyssa + Colin was mighty fine.

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The elopement turned into a family session of Sarah + Mike. How wonderful to have your family there for such a special day!

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Meeting Rachel + Kevin and finding all the things we have in common still keep us friends. So happy I photographed your wedding!

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The vineyard wedding of Tirzah + Bob that got me my first newborn session. Your family is adorable and I am so happy I got to document not only your wedding, but your family as well.

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Laura + Brandon, you were my first wedding that wasn’t a family member (lol). Thank you for having me document your day.

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And many more!

To all the couples when I first started, thank you for believing in me and having patience as I was learning my new craft. I couldn’t have done it without you.

To all the seniors and families, I have many great memories of you all too! (didn’t want to have a crazy long post, so I’ll omit the photos)

To my family and friends for letting me practice on, I’ll still be taking photos of you for years to come. :)

And a HUGE thank you to Jackie Cooper. I remember that day we met for breakfast to see if you would take me on as an intern. I was so nervous, but hopeful that I could work and learn from you. And boy did I! Thank you for taking me on and teaching me all that I needed to know. You are an amazing photographer and I am so glad we worked together and are still friends. Thank you!

And lastly, Tanner, you have been through it all with me. From my beginners mistakes, to my triumphs, to this time now as you held me in your arms as I asked if this was the right thing for me to do. You have always been there and supported me and were my number one fan. Thank you. So very very much. Thank you.

I’m not gone forever from the internet world, you can follow my adventures on my personal blog lovelytomeetyou.com

Angela + Doug | Wichita, Kansas Maternity

  • May 30, 2014

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After the baby shower for Angela I did some maternity photos of these two lovebirds. Sadly the beautiful sun from earlier in the day went behind a cloud and it got super chilly out, but that did not stop A+D from walking around downtown (aka, my backyard). :)

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Styled Maternity Shoot | Wichita, KS

  • May 14, 2014

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A little while back I got asked by a fellow photographer if I wanted to join her, with several other photographers, to come along a styled maternity shoot. I couldn’t of been more giddy, nervous, and excited all in anticipation of meeting some rock star photographers last Monday evening. We talked about our cameras, how we go about posing people, but mostly we just had fun. I was in awe at how others went about their style and I learned so much. It was a magical evening and I am glad to say I now have 7 more photography friends. :)

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Angela + Doug | Dallas, Texas Maternity

  • May 3, 2014

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My beautiful sister is going to have a baby!!! I am beyond excited for her and Doug. They are going to be awesome parents and I’m gonna be one cool auntie! hehe. I took a road trip down to Dallas to have some sister time and to help them put together their new apartment and nursery. We chilled, they took me to some cool coffee shops, Angela and I went and saw Beauty and the Beast Musical (which was awesome) and had our long sister chats. I love these two so much! On the second evening there we drove a few blocks away to get the Dallas cityscape for a few maternity photos. I’ll be taking more of them when they come up in a few weeks, but why not take as many as I can! So without further ado…Dallas-Maternity-Angela+Doug-1

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Cox Family | October 19th, 2013

  • November 2, 2013

Cox_Family_Blog-frontpicI can’t get enough of this family (as seen here, here, and here). Karen is preggo with baby boy #2 (photos of the little guy to come soon). We cut it real close to getting these family photos…like reeeeal close…like the evening before baby was born close! We didn’t plan it that way, but with them moving to their new home the week before (thinking it was going to be a month before baby was born) and wanting photos at their new place, weather, etc, etc. We finally got some time to take a few of them and even tho it was cutting it close, it is pretty special to have these photos of them on their last night of being a family of 3.

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