Happy New Year! (almost 2 months late!) After the whirlwind of holidays, and trying to find any possible space to cram their newest toys, we celebrated two of our kids’ birthdays in January. I love my kids to pieces, but man, we did NOT plan that well. Thank goodness that my third (and last!) child is not a January baby. I know most photographers take December off to catch up and spend time with families, but I really need January too. And before I knew it February was here and snow, snow, and more snow… and then tax season. Needless to say, here I am – at the end of February … better late than never, right?
Anyway, back to business…. I have to be honest, at the end of the year I really wasn’t sure what the future would hold for Rebecca Cote Photography. There were many days and times that I said to myself, “it’s time to close up ‘shop’, there’s just not enough time for it”. And then I would remember, I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. Unfortunately for me, there’s a lot more than just photography in this business — SO much more. At times, I feel like there’s just a teensy bit of photography and the majority is just administrative stuff, which is probably why I’m incredibly good at putting things off … oh like 2015 prices (sorry for those that have been waiting, they are posted here). After no price increases in 2014, I did change things a bit and have raised prices. I see so many ‘shoot and burn’ photographers out there, I am NOT like that. I really invest myself into each and every shoot. I value my work — and if you become a client of mine, I want you to value it as well.
A couple of big changes for this year — I will be focusing on outdoor portraiture, and won’t be offering studio or newborn portraiture until further notice (except for those on baby plans needing to finish their remaining sessions!). I’m sorry if this news disappoints anyone. There are several reasons for this decision: 1) TIME — Photography is my second ‘job’, I work full-time and have three kids, and since newborns can take up to 4 hours, which doesn’t even include set-up, breakdown, or editing, I just can’t fit them into my schedule at this time. 2) SPACE — I don’t have a dedicated space to shoot these precious babes, maybe someday I will own a studio *wink wink hubby* 3) TRAINING — Newborn photography is like no other. It takes a lot of practice and I don’t get a lot of practice (see reasons 1 and 2). While I have taken a newborn workshop in the past, I need and want to take more. These sweet little beings change so quickly and deserve the best of the best, and even though I’ve had some really great newborn shoots, I become a ball of nerves before them and I’m not okay with that. If you want newborn photographer recommendations during my newborn hiatus, please get in touch with me. I know some really great ones in the area.
Another change for this year – I’m now offering ‘Short & Sweet’ Sessions. These sessions are 30 minutes and have to take place close to my home either in Auburn or Chester, NH. Keeping the sessions ‘short and sweet’ (pun totally intended) with little travel time allows me to offer these at a better price. These sessions are great for capturing small changes throughout the year, or if you just want a few updated photos for over the mantel or a holiday card photo. Do not fret because I can still get a LOT of images in 30 minutes, so don’t feel like you’re being short-changed. Have you seen this session? I shot the whole thing in 10 minutes and they got plenty of photos. I’m also considering doing some Lifestyle sessions — but need to recruit some friends to do a few shoots first to see what they would look like and how they would work, so stay tuned for that!
I am very much looking forward to this year — and to seeing all of your beautiful faces in front of my camera. As in years past, I hope that I will get the opportunity to photograph a few personal projects and share with you some of my own kids’ photos, like these favorites of my personal trio. I just had these made into 20×30 canvases. I know everyone wants digital these days, but it is so so SO important to get your photos printed. Joy is seeing them hung on your walls, rather than stuck in your computer, or worse, your email!
Because I didn’t get a chance to do a ‘Best of 2014′ for my business, I will leave you with this song by JJ Heller. It’s a new fav of mine. Happy New Year.
“Train our eyes to find the light, and make this year the best one yet.”