Back in January, I had planned to open the doors to my online photography course for moms this week with focused marketing efforts and a gung-ho approach. If we've learned anything the last few weeks, it's that life doesn't always go as planned, and more often than not, no matter what we perceive, we are not in control. As I've wrestled with the decision of whether or not to open the course this week, I've felt a range of emotion. In the first days, I felt intense guilt for even considering doing a launch or marketing of any kind. I quickly realized, however, that there are a lot of us who are looking for glimpses of joy and moments of fulfillment in new hobbies, getting outdoors, and sharing in quiet, safe moments with our families, which many are not afforded during this pandemic. I realized that perhaps, like me, there are others who could find peace in looking for joy in the small moments over these next weeks through the lens of their fancy camera or iPhone. That maybe, opening the doors to the course and adding to our community of moms who suddenly find themselves overwhelmed in this unexpected season could bring us TOGETHER, and help us find the beauty in the everyday. After all, this is what I love most about photography, and it's always been a bright spot in my life to share it with others, whether through in person sessions or teaching others how to do the same. Since in person sessions are not on the table right now, I hope that I can serve your family by moving forward with the enrollment period for the course. The Frame-Worthy Photo Course is OPEN for enrollment, and for the first time EVER, I'm offering it at a heavy discount of 30%. Be sure to use the code FRAMEWORTHY30 at checkout. In the nearly 2 years the course has been available, I never have and have never planned to discount the course price - not even for Black Friday - as I believe it's worth every penny and more, but I also recognize that we are all conscious of where our money is going right now, and I wanted it to be reachable to more people who have an interest in learning as we all suddenly find ourselves with more time on our hands. (CONTINUED IN COMMENTS)
It feels weird to post like normal on Instagram, since everything in the world is not normal. One of the weirdest sensations of all this is the realization that there are no bystanders. We’ve all watched disasters unfold in isolated areas of the world. We feel the pain and our hearts ache when we read the headlines, but more often than not we aren’t directly impacted by the thing itself. This is not the case with COVID-19, and each and every person in the human race has to step up right this very minute to be a part of the solution. I will be one of countless small business owners impacted by what’s going on and as much as that worries me, I know it’s nothing in comparison to what many will face as we work through these next weeks and months together. It’s my hope that we can all be reassured of the goodness in people in these coming weeks. It feels weird to do any kind of “marketing” right now, but I plan to post the beautiful images and moments that bring me joy in the days to come, because when you look, you can always find it. Tonight I go to bed feeling grateful that my babies are home, and that my husbands job is flexible enough that he can be with us too. I am praying steadfastly for the incredible healthcare providers who don’t have that option and are working day and night to care for everyone, and for those in essential services like our grocery stores, pharmacies, etc. who don’t have the choice to stay put in their homes. Let’s all come together and support each other in any way that we can!
Mamas, do you remember this feeling? Can you still smell your baby’s newborn smell if you close your eyes and remember those days? My hope is that when I capture an image like this for one of my families, it becomes the sweetest time capsule that instantly takes you back to the days when your baby was still teeny tiny. It’s so easy to forget all those little newborn nuances - the ease of cradling their whole body in your arms, the sweet smell of their little neck, and the softness of their skin. Those are the things I never want to forget about my own babies, and I know all the sweet mamas I work with will want to remember too. #courtneymalonenewborns
Their arms may be full, but I’m betting their hearts are overflowing 💙💙 I will never NOT be in awe of the gift of twins, or the strength of the parents who raise them. #courtneymalonefresh48
Home with little man today who has a double ear infection, and I’m enjoying every one on one minute with my sweet boy. 💙
Rhys 💙 Fun fact: James was home the morning we did Rhys’s portrait, which is not usually conducive to my least distracted work. But lately she has been imitating everything I do, and before I started photographing her buddy, she straightened out his shirt and pants for him, and was “waving her magic wand” to help him smile. And then I died of all the sweetness. Love this little buddy, and my budding photography assistant too #cmpheirloomportraits