There was a 7.2 magnitude earthquake in Anchorage this morning. We were getting ready to take the kids to school and stood in the doorway of their bedroom closet to wait. It was by far the longest and strongest earthquake I’ve experienced so far...pretty intense! So far I’ve heard about some damage to roads and buildings but thankfully nothing deadly. We had very minor damage at our house and our family is fine. Please keep the Anchorage area in your prayers! The tremors are still going on and they are a little scary, hoping that they stop without getting big again. 🙏🏼
Spent Black Friday helping Minhee & Travis elope and Small Business Saturday photographing a half-day long Family Lifestyle session (see image 2!) No shopping for me this year, but I’m ok with that.
If you scroll my feed here, you’ll notice that I don’t share many newborn/maternity/family shoots...although I do a lot of them, and I really love doing them. 👶🏼 I guess the main reason for under-sharing is that for 10 years I’ve really poured myself in to my identity as a wedding photographer. It hasn’t been until the past few years that I’ve been investing more into the Family Life side of my business...I especially love photographing people in their homes and doing everyday life things together. ✨ Anyways. This summer I booked a newborn and maternity session with a couple and before the newborn shoot (after the baby was born) one of them emailed me with some questions about exactly HOW I do the newborn shoot. Would I be bringing a backdrop? What kind of props do I provide/which ones would they need to get? 😳 Now, I had sent all of this info to the other parent when they booked me, but that had been a long time earlier and I didn’t reinforce it again as the shoot got closer. ...it became clear real quick when I explained again that I don’t use any props or backdrops that we weren’t a good fit. This is 100% my own failure to communicate well with my clients. I made assumptions that people would do their own research of my style on social media and my website, while in reality it is totally my job to communicate every. detail....twice. ❤️ For the first time ever I cancelled a shoot and gave someone their deposit back. I’d rather refer them to a talented studio photographer in Anchorage than give them photos that they weren’t going to love. Since then I’ve been meaning to share my newborn and family work more regularly here...and I created a highlight in my profile with a bunch of newborn portraits for easy access. 🤰🏻 When I do family life sessions I want to create beautiful, timeless portraits that are full of emotion and images that will tell stories when you look back at it in 10, 20, 30+ years. I know that my style isn’t for everyone, and that is 100% ok. I love it when My People find me.