Last night we got about 2 hours of rest between both our kids being up all night, the bad dreams, teething, coughing, you name it. Instead of feeling frustrated and exhausted, I’m going to feel grateful and blessed that I have these two perfect babies to hold tight, to comfort, to love, and to soothe. Starting my Monday off on the right foot, by editing sneaks, working on a wedding, sending adjustments back to my website developer, and preparing for a editing marathon of a week! I love Monday’s, I just need an extra cup of coffee this morning 🙃
Spent the weekend in Bend with my hunny, shooting my last two jobs of the year and season! I am so excited to wrap up 2018 on such a high note, and I am so eager for 2019 and all the new adventures this job takes me on! Love you all so much, and again, and always, thank you for being here and allowing me to pursue this whole heartedly!
*Personal post + Story + GIVEAWAY* When I was little, my mom (a superhero of a single mom doing everything she could to protect my sister + me) struggled financially. By God’s grace, and the kindness of so many strangers, my sister and I were continually blessed with unforgettable Christmases. Our names used to be on the giving tree at the local mall, and one year, my mom answered a knock at the door to find BAGS of essentials. Not just gifts for my sister and me, but toilet paper, tampons, cash, food, socks… we never found out who that angel was, but every year I plan to pay that forward, and teach my children the importance of giving, loving, sharing, and remind them what Christmas is truly about. Last year I was able to raise money for the local foster care house in town, and this year, I’ve got contact information for four families in need. Single moms, grandparents who are raising grandkids, parents working two jobs and still struggling to pay rent, a family living in their car... Alex and I have planned to bless them as best we can, but with your help, we can really give them a Christmas to remember. My goal is to raise $2000, and in addition to what we’re able to gift them, I would love to provide these families with essentials, and with cash to pay bills. For every $5 you donate, you’ll get entered in to a drawing to win a free shoot with me! This is a $495 value, and it could be yours for just $5! But what’s WAY better than a shoot with me, is the opportunity to really change a family’s Christmas. To bless someone who needs help. To pay it forward and lead by example, teaching our kids, friends, and peers the value of giving and how that can change so much. So, donate $25, get entered five times! Every $5 counts as a single entry. I’ll also be giving away two mobile preset packs, so there will be a total of 3 prizes! (If a shoot is not something you’re interested in, this can also count towards a workshop seat, mentorship, or my video workshop). Please help me in paying it forward, and change someone’s life the way a perfect stranger changed mine. https://www.gofundme.com/monique-serra-photography-pay-it-forward
•EXCITING NEWS• As each year comes to an end, I make an intentional effort to reflect on the highs and lows, what I did and didn’t achieve, what I’m proud of, what I want to change, how I want to grow... about a month ago I was able to hire a team to redo my website (coming soon), and with that, came a lot of questions. Questions about my photography, my business approach, my brand; what makes me + Monique Serra Photography unique? So I’ve been working really hard on honing in on those questions. My why. I’m not rebranding, per sey (been there and done that a million times), but I am being more honest with this opportunity and focusing on the back end more than ever before. I don’t want to be another photographer in a saturated market. I don’t want to be a photographer you hire based solely on price. I don’t want to be a photographer you book because I have a pretty Instagram feed. That’s not what fuels me. Stay tuned (soon) for some new things + new changes + new opportunities + new ways I’m blessing YOU. **** at the very beginning of my career, @sadieblakecreative hired me to be her wedding photographer. I captured her proposal, engagement, and wedding, all within months of picking up a camera. She has been a constant support and encourager in my life. She is a client, turned bride, turned genuine lifelong friend. So when she announced a new business endeavor a few months ago, and decided to pursue calligraphy and branding, I knew I needed to hire her and pay that support and faithfulness forward. We worked on my new logo for a few weeks, and I just couldn’t be happier! I love you @sadieblakecreative
I’m so excited to be able to share a couple photos from one of the most amazing opportunities of my life... photographing my best friends labor 😭 it was a long couple of days, and this woman proved to be stronger and more determined than I ever could’ve imagined. I can’t wait for her to share her birth story soon, but for now, she gave me the ok to post a few photos of this life changing experience. Love you so much Kimsey family!
The past four days have been exhausting in so many good, scary, wonderful, and unknown ways. Remember that only certain parts of our lives get shared on social media, and that most people are enduring more than you probably realize. Excited to share some beautiful and exciting stuff soon, but for now, I’m spending time with my babies and getting some much needed sleep + rest ❤️
Spent the last three days OFF my computer, away from emails, and in beautiful Leavenworth with my closest friends. It was a weekend of celebration, joy, and just being present. I edited over 45 hours last Monday-Thursday just to be able to go and unplug. It was such a fun little getaway, in the most picturesque little Christmas town, with the best hot spiced wine and apple cider sangria. 10/10 recommend having best friends who travel together, adventure together, and support each other.
Up at 5am editing in a quiet house, drinking a peppermint mocha, and listening to the rain outside my window. One of my favorite ways to start my day! Happy Tuesday, friends!