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this year | Auburn, NH Family Photographer

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?

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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!

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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.”

 

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won’t you be my neighbor | Auburn, NH Children’s Photographer

We moved about 4 months ago… we plopped our house behind another and basically stole their wooded backyard view. Jerks, right? It was the last lot left in our neighborhood and we SO wanted it, it was perfect for our little family. The whole time I’m thinking, “the neighbors are going to hate us!” As it turns out, the neighbors have three kiddos just about the same ages as ours, and to put it mildly — they’re awesome (and they don’t hate us!) Our kids became fast friends always letting us play on their swing set, and our husbands play basketball and drink beers together (and are currently devising a plan to put in a pool and turn our houses into some sort of BBQing, beer drinking, basketball playing, swimming compound, ummm… ) Anyway, I digress, here’s their littlest guy, and he just turned ONE! Normally, I don’t shoot in December because it’s just too busy with the holidays, but since they could just pop over while my kids were still around, it was pretty easy… (sort of like this drive-by mini here.) Does he not have the most beautiful blue eyes??

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This was one of my favs… so sweet.LMBlog3

You may not have been able to tell, but this is sort of how the session went… he just learned to walk and was all like, “SEE YA!!”… and his mama had to return him to the set  a million times. Hey, I’d be like that too if I just figured out how my legs work and was having portraits done in another kid’s playroom.
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You can see evidence of my kids’ playroom in the photos below… BUT we got some cute smirks so we just went with it:-)LMBlog6LMBlog7

And these two below just make me smile… “GET ME OUT OF HERE”  and  “Nah, it’s all good”.LMBlog8

Happy Birthday sweet little boy! I can’t wait to see you grow over the years! LMBlog9

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frosty morning | Londonderry, NH Children’s Photographer

Wow… November. How did that happen? It has been such a busy year for me personally and time is just flying by, but I’m so happy to sneak in sessions when I can — even if on frosty November mornings. It was was so great catching up with this family, it had been over a year since our last session. Little C has gotten so big and ‘more boy’ and ‘less baby’ — which is good since he’ll be a big brother soon!

If you ever wonder how sessions go with three year olds — they start out like this, all buried in mom’s coat… and then…

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Good luck choosing your fav, because I couldn’t!
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For some reason, I just love this photo below… not set up or anything, they all just walked away from a family pose like this.CBBlog10CBBlog11(5)CBBlog11CBBlog12CBBlog13

It was so nice seeing all of you! I hope you enjoyed your extra long sneak peeks!

 

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bit of whimsy | Auburn, NH Children’s Photographer

This shoot was a little different for me and simply done just for fun. And despite the fact that I didn’t have an entirely willing participant, I’m happy with how it came out. And look at me, blogging it like a big girl! I RARELY (or ever!?) blog anything just for fun or of my own kids? (guess I need to look back to see if I have!) Meet my daughter. She’s 4 going on 16. You could say that she is the epitome of sassy. When I finally splurged on a Tutu Du Monde outfit, I told her about it and how I wanted to do a REALLY special shoot with her – she was all game. But alas when the day arrived she gave me about 5 mins of her time and then told me she’d rather play with our neighbors. Such is life with a 4 year old. Never fear, dear friends — this outfit will be with me for a long time so I’m hoping to get some other sweet girls in it!  Thank goodness for those 5 minutes and her semi-attention, because I was able get a few shots that I will forever cherish.

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You can see our sweet neighbor in a few of these, I had a separate little mini shoot with her as well, which I hope to post at some point. These two have only known each other just over a month – they are peas in a pod. I sort of can’t wait to watch them grow up as friends– and then whip out photos like these when they’re teenagers and in the Jimmy Fallon “ew” and “oh my gah” stage. They’ll either love me or hate me. For now, I will suck in every last ounce of sweetness they will give me. I love her. I love them. THIS is why I love photography.
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Kathie - October 8, 2014 - 10:47 pm

The 5th one (a center one) after your paragraph..I have seen that same face on Maddy. These came out great

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drive by mini | Auburn, NH Family Photographer

What’s up with the name of this post?? Well, it sort of went down just like that. A friend who has been wanting some updated photos for quite a while texted me to see if I was around because it was a perfect autumn evening for photos. I was home and actually toting my camera for my kids and neighbors’ kids as they played in the yard, so she piled her family in the car and was at my house in 10 minutes — and when I say she arrived at the BEST and most precise time for evening photos, I’m not kidding… the light can not get any better than that my friends!

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Get out of here with these two perfect kids! GAH. They were so good. We busted these photos out in 10 minutes and they didn’t make a peep as we hurried through poses to catch the last bit of sun.

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Maybe you’re saying — Wow, did they walk through the woods to find that awesome spot? NOPE. This was literally on the side of my driveway (get it? drive by mini? ♥) We have massive amounts of landscaping to do at our new house but I got to tell ya, we have these amazing pockets of light and woods and just all things I love for photos… so when I’m planning my landscaping over the coming years, you can pretty much guarantee that I will be planning little photo sets for each deliciously lit spot. I might even shed a tear or two when these fallen trees go, they make a perfect bench… unlike my husband who will probably cheer while they’re being heaved into a wood chipper.BeckBlog3

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“I want a mini session! I want a mini session!” I know I’ll get a few inquiries after this post so I’ll just say it right now, I don’t typically book random mini sessions. I have found that they aren’t entirely cost effective for me and they go against the way I like to shoot and run my business. In most cases, even if I keep the session short (which I have a hard time doing since I’m a huge over-shooter!), I still spend nearly the same amount of time traveling/editing/posting/managing orders as a full session but I’m getting paid less! And I’m not a huge fan of back-to-back minis either, I know some photographers who will do 10 or more in a day — and that’s just not me. I like spending time with families, letting kids warm up to me, finding cool spots, walking around, etc., without worrying about my next 15 minute time slot! And let’s talk about light for a minute… golden hour, that’s my favorite time to shoot — AN HOUR! Which makes it nearly impossible to shoot all day. And can we say, stress? Yuck. I like shooting, I LOVE it, I like looking for light and at your pretty faces, not at my watch for my next time slot. So, there you have it, I’ve never had a ‘day of minis’ in the past.

I’m making no promises but here’s the deal, I live in an awesome neighborhood now and there are SO many good places to shoot — never thought my driveway would become a favorite spot – weird! In any case, shooting in or near my neighborhood eliminates travel time for me which is a big deal since I’m trying to minimize time away from my family, so I’ll be re-thinking this whole idea of mini sessions and likely trying to work it into my 2015 plan/pricing or find some sort of middle ground so that it doesn’t compromise the way I like to run my sessions. Hopefully that’s a glimmer of hope for those of you who have been trying to get on my calendar!

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