Washington Reminder

Just wanted to remind any Washington readers out there that I do have time to take on some sessions while I am here. After driving around now for over a week I’m dying for a photo shoot! There are so many ideas running through my mind!

Offer only available until July 21, 2012. Please try and book a week in advance if possible. Whatcom County area.

If you would like to pass this information on to friends/family please use this link: http://linnyjo.zenfolio.com/washington  It takes you to my website rather than this post. Thank you so much! Looking forward to taking some great photos while I’m in this beautiful place!!

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Strawberry Pickin’ {Boxx Berry Farm}

Monday my niece and I visited Boxx Berry Farm to pick our own strawberries from their fields. I’ve never done this before and with “homegrown” and “organic” being on the rise I was excited to do it.

First of all, let me just tell you how blown away I am by all the GREEN around here!! It’s so beautiful!

We grab our bucket, get told which aisle to start on, and get to pickin’!! Well, obviously Amanda gets started while I’m snapping photos.  Aunt Chris if you get to read this….I now know how you felt when we were growing up and why you always had that camera of yours out!!

Here is my niece’s shot of me! Not too bad, eh?!

We ended up picking almost 5lbs. of strawberries! But at less than $2/pound it was well worth it.

I had the nice young lady working there take our photo. We wanted to start eating them on the drive home but decided we’d better wash the dirt of first! It was worth the wait to have them as our dessert after dinner. They were the best strawberries I’ve ever eaten!! I honestly didn’t know how terrible store bought berries were until now. I don’t think I can ever eat those again!

If you are in Whatcom County and haven’t been to Boxx Berry Farm I highly suggest doing so! It’s a great venture to take the kids to while they’re out for summer.

Hours: Mon-Sat 9-5:30 pm,  Sunday  10-3:30 pm.  You must show up a half hour before closing to pick.

I looked ahead and the raspberry season will open sometime after July 5th. Blueberry season will begin after July 15th. I’ll be back to pick those for sure!!

Cheers to happy and healthy eating!

A Powerful Symbol {the Eagle}

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

I left my camera at the house. We were only going to buy groceries, right? I didn’t need it.

As we’re driving around the bay I see a man with a nice camera and zoom lens aiming up high and shooting away. My heart sank. He sees something good. Yep, there it was sitting atop a tall tree overlooking its territory….the bald eagle. I pulled over and immediately began kicking myself in the you-know-what!

I try to video chat a couple of people from Texas, I had to share this experience with someone! I get my brother on the line but the video is too pixelated and he can’t see it. Okay that does it, we’re turning around to retrieve my camera. That bird better still be sitting there when I get back.

I drive the 25mph speed limit…kill me now I’m in a hurry!…back to the house. I run upstairs and grab everything. I’m speaking out loud positive thoughts to my niece sitting next to me the whole way back. “He’ll still be there.” “He’s not going anywhere.” “He’ll still be there, right?” I’m nervous and want that dang bird to remain seated and I have no clue of my odds of this actually happening. We don’t have many (any) eagles flying around Brock, TX.

Again, 25mph back around the bay and I’m chanting the whole way…”He’ll still be there. He’ll still be there. He’ll still be there. ” And it isn’t until we are right up on that tree that I spot that wonderful creature and let out a “Whoop Whoop!”

I jump outta the Jeep and start snapping away. I don’t have a wonderful zoom and am now kicking myself again in the you-know-what for not buying that one before I left. Oh well, I make the best of it. I don’t think anyone could tire of seeing these massive, almost mystical, birds. They seriously stop me in my tracks. Every time. God is amazing. His creations are amazing. Amen.

Worship on the Square {Granbury}

Tonight tonight tonight!!!

I will be taking photos and enjoying music and worship in Granbury on the Square! If you’re able to come I’d love to see you’re beautiful face there!

The event starts at 7pm and goes until 9pm. It’s sure to be a wonderful evening outdoors!

Debra Camp Ministries is leading the worship and she’ll have other artists there as well. So come out, bring the family and friends, and have fun!! See you there!

Travel Deals {WA State Only}

I can finally say in 7 days I’ll be on my way to see my sister!!! One week baby!! I’ve been looking forward to this for months now and pretty soon I’ll be leaving the Texas heat for my water front getaway….sorry Texas peeps!

Funny enough I just received a call last week from the wonderful family that I met and took photos for last year. We’re gearing up to update the family photo…can’t wait!!

I am offering special, WA only, photo packages just for my trip. Here are the details:

$95

(3) 8x10s (3) 5x7s and a bonus gift

$120

(1) 11×14 (4) 8x10s (4) 5x7s and a bonus gift

 

If you are interested in hiring me please email at linnyjodesigns@ymail.com with a potential date that you would like to reserve. Typically I ask for a deposit but since the prices are so low I’m asking for the entire session be paid for in advance to reserve your date. I want to make absolute sure that I’m not wasting a vacation day with my family for a client who may or may not show up. I know you’ll show up, but it will put my mind at ease if we play by the rules 🙂

I really hope to meet more people on my extended visit. I really love it up there. Oh my geez….before I go on and forget one of the most important sessions I hope to do up there….SENIOR 2013!!! I have a wonderful senior package and know that most schools require seniors to have their sessions completed early (new to me, please correct me if I’m wrong). Please email me for further info on Senior 2013 photo sessions. Photographing seniors is so different and fun than anything else I photograph!! I’ll be there for 5 weeks so I can definitely fit you in! So go shopping, get your props ready and let’s have some fun!!

Please note that if you are in Canada I can travel to you or vise versa. So all you near Blaine, WA like White Rock, Langley, Surrey, Delta….you’re within decent driving distance. However, I only take US dollars hehe! 🙂

Washington…and Canada….I’ll be seeing you real soon! 🙂

2 Years and Counting…

I was so busy last week that it didn’t even occur to me that my business anniversary was coming up and I missed it!! It’s been 2 whole years since I established by business and 8 months since taking it full-time.

I guess it’s true what they say….time flies when you’re having fun! It has been fun…along with scary, trying, confusing, frustrating, enjoyable, rewarding and a gazillion other things.

Yep, these past two years have been a revolving door of changes. Not only dealing with growth but who I am and what my photography is. Learning where to set goals and how to accomplish them. Finding great online resources and soaking up as much info as possible and trying to determine how to apply that information to my business. Just because something works wonders for one photographer in one area doesn’t mean it will for everyone. I’ve learned the beginning is A LOT of trial and error.

For those clients who have repeatedly used me throughout these years during all this THANK YOU! You have no idea how much I appreciate your loyalty and continued support. I only hope that I’ve given photos and an experience that exceed the previous and make you want to stick around for all the wonderful things that are yet to come!!

If you are a photographer reading this and you’re thinking it’s too hard, there’s too much to learn, you’re not good enough, the business side of photography isn’t fun, and you wondering if you’re making the right decisions….I want you to know that those are all valid and common fears that we all have!! Trust me! I’ve thought all those things. But you can do it! If it’s your passion and you feel drawn to it like nothing else then it will work out, if you work at it!

I have found Jenika over at Psychology for Photographers to be a remarkable source of information. I never miss a post and soak up everything she writes. She’s genuinely wants her readers to succeed and it shows!

The same can be said for Elizabeth over at ElizabethHalford.com Right now she’s teamed up with Lightroompresets.com for a 10 video photography series. If you’re just starting out or thinking about becoming a paid photographer I highly recommend watching the videos. She tells it like it is, in plain english that we all can understand.

I’m nowhere near where I want to be but I feel very confident at this point where I am. I understand nothing happens overnight and although I enjoy my “job” it is still a business and I have to treat it as such with lots of hard work. It’s wonderful knowing its all mine but scary knowing if I don’t do anything nothing will get done.

I’ll end with saying lots of wonderfulness is coming and I’m really excited!! Along with a couple of cute shots of my nephew…well just because he’s so darn cute!

“Did a grasshopper just jump into my camera?” He’s checking it out 🙂 We only have a million grasshoppers in our yard so it was slightly believable!!

Composites and some changes

I wanted to show you real quick how the composites work. Mostly so you could see that the baby was safe the entire time. Please note that this was my very first time so don’t judge too harshly! 🙂

Last week I came across a really good blanket editing tutorial and for the life of me I can’t find it again. As soon as I do I’ll update this post because it’s totally worth sharing. I wanted to see what the image looked like with a girly pink blanket. This let me realize how yellow her skin was, reflection of all the yellow around her plus a tiny bit jaundice. I was able to tone it way down. Maybe yellow isn’t the best newborn color. Eh you live and learn. I like the image either way. What do you think?

I’ve done this pose once since capturing it here. We were outside and baby was in a bowl. I didn’t push to get both hands under chin so we did it with just one and I cannot wait to share it!!! Meeting with the mom soon so keep an eye out for the post!

Also there’s a lot of hoopla going around regarding Facebook and it charging business pages to promote their pages. I’ve always known not to rely on Facebook as my main source of marketing, but it was just so darn easy and convenient!! So with this new change it’s forced me to make changes of my own….that I’ve been putting off. I will be posting more frequently here and updating my website to host for information. Facebook is now 3rd on my list.

If you haven’t yet already subscribed to my blog please do so. This will send you a little email every time I make a post so that you don’t miss anything!! If you’re viewing this from a computer there’s a small box to the right where you can enter your email. If you’re viewing this from your phone scroll all the way down past the posts and you’ll see the box.

One last thing….on Facebook if you go to my page hover over “Liked” and click – “Show in News Feed” you’ll have a better chance of seeing my posts.