Client Favorite Photo Products {Layflat Book} LinnyJo Photography

There are many amazing products that my lab offers…many. The layflat book is definitely one of them. The structure is flawless as well as the quality. The pages don’t crease and client images don’t get lost in the middle.

_LJP0433 _LJP0434 _LJP0435 _LJP0436 _LJP0437 _LJP0438Each album is customizable for each client. The books showcase the best, if not all, of the photos from the session.
_LJP2235 _LJP2237 _LJP2240 _LJP2241 _LJP2242 _LJP2243 _LJP2244Clients love opening the book for the first time and feeling how luxurious the pages feel. What a special album to treasure forever!

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Layla {Weatherford Newborn Photographer} LinnyJo Photography

Miss Layla was my last session in my town studio and boy did she end it with a BANG!! Just take a look for yourself and you’ll see why…online bench online_LJP1647-3online_LJP1647-2 online_LJP1648

online_LJP1674online_LJP1684She was a little fussy that day so she got lots of snuggles from mom, dad, and myself. I can’t complain though…I mean look at her!!! After a long fuss she finally caved in to sleep while I rocked her. We were able to get the shots of her with the bonnet and as I snapped a few I turned to look at her parents, they were so in awe of their little girl. That moment is why I LOVE what I do.

To schedule a newborn session please visit my website LinnyJo.com for details.

Kendall {Weatherford Newborn Photographer} LinnyJo Photography

I had the utmost pleasure of photographing little Kendall after she had quite a long stay in the NICU. She’s all healthy and to-date weighing in at 10lbs (She was only 5 lb and some change at the time of the session).

Please view her photos below and if you feel so inclined, leave her some love in the comments for her family to see!

online_LJP1147 online_LJP1150 5x7_LJP1149online_LJP11855x7_LJP11408x10_LJP11325x7_LJP11538x10_LJP1222For more information about booking a newborn session please visit www.linnyjo.com

 

New Prop Shop {Quaint Lil’ Props}

Since I’ve started making and selling props for photographers I LOVE it! If you know me personally you probably know that I love to craft. I’ve been crafting since I was little. My sister and I would hand make Barbie clothes!

My Etsy shop got a mini makeover these last several months. Yesterday it changed from plain “LinnyJo” to Quaint Lil’ Props.

Screen Shot 2014-01-15 at 10.37.10 AMI think the name gives shoppers an idea of what my products are before they even scroll through them all. My newest product is a mini yo-yo quilt prop.  I adore these so much!

_LJP1053I hand make each little yo-yo and then assemble by hand sewing each one together. These are very time consuming to make but are so worth it.

_LJP1055If you are a newborn photographer who loves to add a vintage touch to your sets then these are just what you need! Who didn’t have a great grandmother who had these yo-yo quilts??

_LJP1079 online_LJP1076Because these are time consuming don’t expect me to have a lot ready to ship. I currently have two that are ready to ship. I also will be taking preorders.  They are not an Etsy item. Head over to my new store on Big Cartel to purchase. Why a new shop you ask? I love Etsy but I’m ready to transition to a different selling platform. I’ll be slowly moving my items over this year. So bookmark the new store to know when I add new mini yo-yo quilts!!

 

 

Why I don’t offer digital images

It’s the question of the day for any photographer. As soon as anyone becomes even slightly interested in booking a session these five little words usually flow right out…”Do you offer a CD?”

Get ready for a completely no holds barred view of this topic.

I offered CDs in the very beginning like any other newbie with a camera. “You want to hire me?” OMG! “You’ll pay me $50 for the entire session plus images on a CD?” WOW I’m rolling in the dough!! “You mean I can spend only a few hours from session to basic editing to delivering the disk and get paid?” Call me a photographer because here I come with my DSLR! (How this has become a standard practice in becoming a photographer is beyond me and I wish it would stop)

When I became a legit photographer, meaning I set up a business, and began running it as a business not just someone taking photos, I quit selling CDs. I researched professional photography labs and ordered samples. I studied how images looked on my monitor vs what they sent me. I signed up.

There are several reasons why I don’t offer digitals.

1) Once I hand over that hi-res digital my earnings stop. That little tiny digital image caps my sale. It’s over after that. Unless you realize drug store prints suck and then you’ll BEG me to order for you. Therefore, my price will have to be high enough to make me okay with never seeing another penny from you until the next session.

2) Chances are very high those digitals will sit on that CD or flash drive in your purse, desk, junk drawer, wherever and not get printed. Oh your intentions are good, but life happens and well all that money you paid me to take your newborn, family, senior’s portraits is pretty well wasted.

3) Loss of professional control. I can hoot and holler and give clients all the information about copyright laws, but there is no way I can ever know when someone does something they’re not supposed to.  I’m talking down to cropping an image that I shot with a specific composition or changing a color image to a horrid interpretation of B&W thanks to some free software. When someone sees my work and it’s been changed it stills reflects ME and dangit I want my work to look awesome!

4)  Touching on what I mentioned in reason #1…drug store print labs (Walgreen, Walmart, CVS, etc) are NOT going to print your images the way I edited them. You are going to be 100% happier with images ordered from my professional lab.  Don’t believe me check out this link or this one. I don’t want your time and money wasted on this issue.

When people ask about the CDs I try and figure out why they want it and offer a solution without offering the disk.

– “I want to share online” Great! Your photos are fabulous and I don’t blame you for wanting to share with friends and family. LinnyJo Photography gives you social media sized, watermarked images of the files you purchased to upload and share. We also offer a personalized App for all your devices with your entire gallery of images. The app can be downloaded to an unlimited amount of devices so everyone in the family can have it if they want!

– “I want to print cards/books/etc” LinnyJo Photography offers many products including books, announcements, cards, framed prints.

– “I want to print my images cheaper somewhere else” Oooh, well see my reason #4 above. Also, my services are not for deal seekers. Plain and simple. I offer more of a service to my clients than just a cd of images.

With all this said I still understand the “want” for digitals and am currently trying to find a compromise to satisfy my clients and keep me in business.

You might be thinking “Geez this lady doesn’t want a lot of clients if she’s picky about offering digitals.” Well, I don’t need a lot of clients I just need the right clients. I love photography but I don’t want 30 sessions a month. This year I’m focusing on quality not quantity. I also value my time…a lot actually. My husband is gone a lot with work and I love to have an easy schedule where when he’s home we can spend time together.

Anyhow, I hope this sheds some light on my business and how I think.  I love all my clients and look forward to this year!!! Please leave me any kind of feedback in the comment section.

Newborn Photographer Quick Tip {Little Hand} LinnyJo Photography Weatherford Tx

Hi! I wanted to share a quick tip to help you during your newborn session. Newborn sessions are a bit stressful when you’re still in the early stages of learning. This is just a little tip that can take a photo to “ok” to “I got it!” and it’s super easy.

What’s funny about the photos I’m going to use is that this isn’t a newborn, he’s actually 3 months old but the pose is a newborn pose so it still works.

online_LJP0852Here I’ve placed him on my newborn poser bag and have slightly padded under his head. I was so fearful of waking him….he had just fallen asleep and I desperately wanted this shot…so I did minimal movements with him.

I kept his diaper on and tried to tuck his knees and cross his ankles but this was as far as they would go with all the bulk. You can still see plenty of back creases so I was happy with it.

The tip is about his little fist in front of his mouth. This was a strong characteristic of little man…hand in the fist…hand in mouth. So I told mom I would take a safe shot and then try to move it. Taking a safe shot is good advice, too. If there’s just one or two little things that you want to change, wait. Take a safe shot, then make those final adjustments. That way if the baby startles while making those movements and wakes up, cries, doesn’t fall back asleep at least you’ve got that safe shot.

online_LJP0857All I’ve done here is move his little hand up under his cheek. From doing just this one little change you can now see his full face.

blogHere’s a good close up of the difference. Now mind you I didn’t quickly pick up his head and cram the hand under. It’s takes a few minutes and several slow precise steps, but be patient you’ll get there!!blog newborn handNow here’s an example from a past newborn session. I had to dig through the archives to find a good one. See what a difference it makes?!

//Tech specs (for top set of photos):

Camera Body – D600
Lens – 50 1.4mm
Focal Length – 3.5
ISO – 125
Shutter – 1/200
Alien Bees Flash used.

I hope this helps you!!

Newborn Photographer Ashcraft Twins {LinnyJo Photography} Weatherford Tx

My first set of twin newborns are in the books! Boy was I nervous! Turns out twin sessions aren’t so bad! _LJP8006 _LJP8011 _LJP8056 _LJP8060 _LJP8070 _LJP8090 _LJP8101 _LJP8104 _LJP8116 _LJP8147Their dad is a firefighter (if you couldn’t tell) and mom and dad brought in all the props. Not only was it my first twin session but also the first time I’ve had a mom and dad want in the photos. I wish more parents jumped in with their newborns! I HIGHLY recommend it!!

2014 A little change is a good thing

I’m coming up on my one year anniversary of opening my studio. We moved in in February. IMG_6853 IMG_69352014 is going to be our sink or swim year. We’ve poured a lot of our personal money into running the studio and if the cash flow from the business doesn’t start really sustaining the company then, well, the doors will close.

We jumped into the studio space on a leap of faith. We weren’t financially prepared. Really we weren’t. It was available and the location and building were my DREAM! The lease was signed. First a six month trial. It ended and we signed on another 2 years. Eep!

My pricing went up. I lost clients to cheaper photographers. I gained new clients.

2014 will see my pricing change again. I have more overhead than the average shoot and burn photographer. I have to make a profit to keep my studio. I have to. I can’t offer discounts or deals to everyone. I can’t. I cannot shoot a session and give a cd of images with a print release for $50, $70 or even $200. I can’t.

Even though I have a studio I’m not into the typical studio set ups. So if you’re ever wondering where the cute little seasonal backdrops and props are…it’s not my thing. I could do it but it’s just not how I want to shoot. And what’s the point of the whole thing if I’m shooting things that I don’t like?

I’m so excited to offer new things to my clients this year. Starting with a Baby Plan that will follow a child all the way from belly to their first year!

The price list will get a facelift and a more simplified look. Ordering is daunting enough so I’ll do my best to make it as easy as possible.

I also want to know what you as either current clients, past clients, or potential clients would want? Leave a comment below or email me at linnyjodesigns@ymail.com. I can’t give you want you want if I don’t know what it is!!

I really hope 2014 is awesome. I know God has a plan for it all and I rest easy knowing He’s in control.

“So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.” 1 Peter 5:6

Thank you all for reading. I just want to be open and honest with you.

Melinda

Baby Nate 6 Month Session {LinnyJo Photography} Weatherford TX Child Photographer

I was so excited when baby Nate’s dad scheduled his 6 month session! I hadn’t seen him since their newborn ordering session and Nate was so very tiny.

Now, at six months he has gained weight and is beginning to sit up!FB1_LJP9026Dad had to be right behind him because Nate was a bit wobbly!a_LJP9041a_LJP8998These tummy shots were fun because he kept rolling over to his back! Let’s just say dad was very busy!a_LJP9007 a_LJP9029He fit so perfectly in this little sleigh and it kept him propped up!

I can’t wait for his 1 year cake smash!!

Christian Women Holiday Gift Guide

Thanks to the wonderful world of Instagram I have found a wonderful community of women entrepreneurs who also are followers of Christ. Often times you’ll see this written in the limited space Instagram gives you for your profile.  It’s amazing -not to mention encouraging- to be able to peek into these women’s lives and see the wonderfulness of things they produce.

They tackle production, marketing, running a household, marriages, and motherhood all while proclaiming their love for Jesus. Often times struggles are share and in return many prayers are sent up. Sometimes the internet and social media can be a bad thing but I’ve seen countless wonderful things out of this community.

I gathered a list of these women (not to say there aren’t more, I just haven’t personally discovered them yet) and what they make/sell. Take a peek and maybe give them your business and support.

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Jessica offers unique vintage silverware that she hand stamps to personalize each piece. Her most popular design is the lower left corner, “a little bit of coffee & a whole lotta Jesus” spoon. She recently made Lauren Conrad a personalized spoon for her and her new fiancé and has gotten A TON of awesome exposure, because…well, obviously LC loved it!!

RaisingUpRubiesraising up rubiesJaime makes the most amazing paper goods. From garlands to gift tags you’ll be in her shop browsing for quite some time. Her wood slice ornaments and mason jar tags are very popular already before Thanksgiving is even here!

Grace and Lacegrace and laceOh my goodness I could do some damage to my bank account here! These are definitely on my Wish List for Christmas! Honestly though I don’t know if I could choose which to get. The boot cuffs are a nifty little accessory. Not to mention the company is a TEXAS company….yeehaw!!

Take the CannolitakethecannoliShe inspired me to make a hoop design for myself and my husband. I believe it was used in the wedding decor but with that day being a big blur I can’t be certain. Her designs are so so so cute.  Follow her Instagram account for updates on new listings. (Everything is sold out at the moment!) Who wouldn’t want one of those hanging on their wall?!

NS PotterynspotteryOkay if you loved the Jesus spoon then you’ll love that these two artists have partnered together to offer a handmade latte mug with one of Jessica’s spoons. Natalie also has the cutest “cup of love” latte mug. When you’ve downed your last drop a beautiful heart waits for you at the bottom of the mug. Make sure to browse her jewelry line as well. Personal fave….scalloped teardrop necklace.

I have MORE to share but will have to continue in a Part 2 post. Let me know in the comments if you know of a woman owned Christian handmade business that I may have missed! My Instagram is @linnyjo I love connecting with new people!