It’s that time again! Holiday photo sessions at Rascals. This year the backdrop is grey/taupe velvet damask. It’s so very classic and neutral…it will go with everything! Drop by the store to spend a minimum of $50 to get your free photo session. The prints and digitals are sold separately and can be viewed on my website.
The fine details are…this is for kids 12 and under, with a maximum of 3 kids per photo session.
TGIFriday’s was my first real job. And I had to talk my way into it. I was working as a hostess trying to get into waiting tables, because anyone knows that’s where the real money is. I went to my interview and said I would prove what a great server I could be. I know I didn’t have any experience, but give me a chance. Nine months later I was realizing what a great server I wasn’t. But, you know what got me by? Being nice. I was never given the best shifts. Those are reserved for the bulldogs. Servers that bark orders in the kitchen and don’t take NO for an answer. And if you don’t tip them well, um. Look out. I was given the parties 12 or more. I was given the tables with the messiest kids. The shifts that were a bit on the slow side and known for difficult customers. Because I was nice.
My managers could count on me to give the best customers service. But over the years, I turned those crappy shifts waiting tables into a strength. Not everyone finds it easy to be nice. But, nice is my specialty. I may not be ferocious and I may not always end up on top, but a lot can be said for nice.
Figure out what your strengths are. Maybe you are ferocious and strong. Maybe you know how to take the bull by the horns and get things done. Or maybe your a mouse like me and you have oodles of patience. Things don’t bother you and it’s just easy to be kind. Whatever it is, play to it. Make it your trademark and figure out how to make it work for you.
Here’s a bit of what I’ve been up to lately with my mini-sessions around Long Beach and Orange County. And a big thanks to Stephanie who assisted me. Hope you enjoy seeing the finished product!
I just got back from another group of photo sessions by the bay. One of the moms commented on how her kids love each other the most when they’re with me. They are lovey and hugging and being sweet. Now, I’ve got to say I’m right with her on that one. My kids aren’t hugging and cuddling on the couch while we watch TV. But, they do love each other.
Part of my job is to get you to open up. Not in an unauthentic, cheesy way, but truly show me how much you love each other. Families respond to that. Especially if they’ve seen me a time or two before. They relax, have fun and show the love!
Guess what’s just around the corner!? Oh, just some of the cutest photos you’ll take all year. I mean, who can’t resist a baby dressed up in a fuzzy costume or a kid so proud to show off their face paint or their cape!?
The last two years, I’ve been at Rascals to Rebels offering this amazing deal to get photos of your kids in their Halloween costumes. It’s just $20 (cash or check only) for 3 digital images that will be emailed to you. They are big enough to print and cute enough to share! There are no appointments, so come by the Rossmoor store (12185 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach, CA 90740) any time between 3 and 5pm on October 27. It’s going to be a blast, so don’t miss out!
Two new holiday mini-session dates and locations! $100 for a 20 minute session…pricing for prints and digital images can be seen on my website. New digital packages this year! Email me (email@example.com) or call 562-980-6480 to book your session.
October 11 4:30-4:50, 4:50-5:10, 5:10-5:30, 5:30-5:50 Seal Beach Pier
October 28 4:30-4:50, 4:50-5:10, 5:10-5:30, 5:30-5:50 Laguna Wilderness
Crazy how life works, huh? I never in a million years would have thought five years ago that I would be a) photographing an event at Anthropologie and b) the event would be photographing dogs. I have loved shopping at this store for forever. Even just walking around the store is like sensory overload. The smells, the displays, THE CLOTHES! Anyway, after getting referred by my friend Laura a few years ago, I was so excited to get asked back. And on a side note, dogs are like kids right!? They move around quickly and they don’t hide how they feel. It was so much fun to capture each of their personalities and the love they have for their owners.
Just wanted to share with you a bit of what I was up to last week! Sometimes the simplest locations can be the best. Even though the beach can be tricky with lighting, using the shade of the pier will take away the harsh light. I love the soft look of these photos. Parks are also a no-brainer for photo shoots. I look for big trees to filter the light. Again, no harsh light. And a little bit of sunset back lighting doesn’t hurt either!
I was all set to blog about a striped vase that I made today. But, I thought I’d save that for another day and keep it real with you. Sometimes getting ‘the shot’ is hard. Sometimes you have to be creative. That’s real life.
Check this out…
Doesn’t he look so excited to have a new baby sister!? The truth is, while he is loving his baby sister, he really just wants to play. Pictures were not on his to-do list for today. BUT. M&Ms were on the to-do list. Soooo, I got creative.
M&Ms can be photoshopped out of pictures. Smiles cannot be photoshopped. So, we had a win-win situation here. 🙂
And this photo of Lauren’s beautiful family would not have happened without an awesome Nana working her magic behind me!