Hello all – Danielle and I have taken some time to look back at what we have accomplished in this very short time (thanks to all of you and your beautiful babes) and reflect a bit – go over what we loved, what we didn’t love so much, where we want to go from here…. Things got a little hectic back in March when we realized we were, um, “popular”. Honestly, we started doing this because we LOVE it – never thinking that we would come so far so fast…. I know – I’m rambling…. The point of all this is that we had a little sit down (well a few…) and decided what we really want to focus on in our company…. we do not want to dis-include anyone and we think we have come up with a solution that can work for all – where we can avoid getting so crazy booked with shoots no one can get in and we can focus on what we want our “specialty” to be…. all the while being able to stay focused on what we love even more – our familes…
March was tough – I was moving – we were booking 4 -5 shoots a week – I have another full time business to run – and we have our families which combined equal 5 children under 13 and then the 2 men (who sometimes whine more than the kids – lol – but not really kidding)… The shoots take up our day time – the scheduling even more – then the editing, the hours of editing… It was just too much. Too many shoots. Too much time for our kids to spend with babysitters. Too many age groups – we were going from newborn to siblings to maternity to toddlers and back to newborns all in one week – that’s a lot of kids…. plus dealing with our own. So for April we cut back a bit – Well, we cut back a lot – and had our sit down….
Newborns – Newborns – Newborns – WE LOVE <3<3<3 NEWBORNS! Yes, they take more time… on average we spend about 3 hours photographing a newborn – but they are our passion…. It’s what we love….
That being said – we have decided to focus on Newborn to First Birthday – it’s always been our “plan” as we only have ever advertised for that with our “packages” – but now we are kinda sticking to it…. Some have recently called to inquire about older children, multiple children shoots, ages ranging all over the place, and although we love to photograph the big kids too (as our own kids fall into the “big” kid category) it will not be our “focus”….. and sadly we have said no to bookings as of late….
Now – all that being said – we do NOT want to NOT photograph BIG kids - we would like to keep some things open for kids of all ages – because frankly, although ages over 1 will not be dna’s “focus”…. we love them just the same. And anyone who already has a shoot booked with us for over the first birthday mark we will of course keep the appointment – no worries there!
Mini shoots – ah yes, mini shoots – they are perfect for the big kids…. and the most requested session for older age groups I might add. So, we propose to open 2 days at least 3 times per year for strictly mini shoots – where we will take 4 bookings per day for a total of 8 appointments…. open to all ages!
Our first mini shoot days will start in July – we will post on our Facebook page and probably also here on our blog all the info once we have decided on the dates, times and a location. The shoots will be booked on a first come first serve basis and will require prepayment to guarantee the session. We will enforce this rule so that everyone who really wants to get in with us can.
I truly hope you all understand and we realize that 8 shoots 3 times a year may not get everyone in – but we have to stick to what we know will work for us and our families. We love you all, all of your support, all of your beautiful babies….. we wouldn’t be here today or made it this far, this fast without you all.