New Year, New You

New Year, New You And Then Some

January is the month of new beginnings and I too have been going down that road. I have been in business as a photographer for 4 years, but as a business owner I have found that you need to be more than just a good photographer to be a successful business woman. And you actually need to talk to people, which is not easy for the introvert in me. Don’t laugh, I know you all think I’m this super quirky outgoing personality, but it really is only when I have to be. Otherwise, I’m being super cranial and working up thoughts in my head where nobody can hear. The point is, the common thread to being successful is to work on your goals.

I actually took last year off from my business, as we moved to Northern Washington. Since we had to live in transitional housing so many times before we moved into our house, I’m glad I took the time off, but now it’s time to plan for the coming year. I have been studying goal planning techniques from other photographers and have found many practical techniques that can be used for any business.


The first one that Sue Bryce teaches is to visualize your goals but make them tangible. She suggests trading in the Dream Board in for a Goal List of congruent goals. In other words, make your goals realistic, but also meaningful to you staying afloat in your business. So you do need to reach for your goals, just not be unrealistic about them. For instance, one of my goals is to have 3 clients a month.  This is a realistic goal and it will help me meet my monthly obligations. While saying my goal is to buy a beach house in Southern California is not a realistic dream for this year.

In order to reach those goals you need to break them down. That’s where the 90 Day Sticky Note Plan comes in. I’m not who authored it, but my Business Coach, Galicia Virgin says this process has helped her business tremendously. Get a pack or two of sticky notes and brainstorm goals for your business, then sort them into categories. Next,  you are going to label 3 Sticky Notes of another color 30, 60 and 90 and stick them to you wall horizontally. After that it’s just a matter of picking from your brainstorm notes and sticking them under the 30, 60 or 90 day labels.  You will want to work on the ones that will benefit your business the most for the next 3 months. As Tom Conrad, CTO of Pandora says, “What would be stupid for us not to do in the next 90 days?”  For my business, I am working on getting my social media working. (That’s why I am finally writing this blog post after a 2 year hiatus!)


Reaching goals, however, is not just about action, (making goals and working towards them), reaching goals is about over coming your own obstacles. I can and have “worked” on my business and not been successful. This year, I’m going to work on me and my attitude about allowing myself to be successful. This will mean working on my photography, dealing with fears, and making sure my business is set up for success. And it will also mean clarifying why I love to photograph women, families, professionals and seniors, and how it helps them see their own significance in this big crazy world. I hope you will join me on my journey as I explore new photography techniques in lighting, posing and editing, but also as i “go deep” as they say.  The introvert in me says, “don’t do it”, but the business woman in me say that it’s the only way.


Country Family Mini Session

Ring Ring! “Hello?”
“Hi Teri, this is Kristin. My kids are home, my husbands off work, can we do our mini session this weekend?”
I usually like to plan my sessions a little further out, but if the timing is right, then you just gotta do it, right? I’m so glad we did, too. We met on a Friday afternoon at sunset at Casper’s Wilderness Park in front of their fun country wind mill. A little standing here, move your arm this way, laying on the ground by yours truly and BAM! 20 min’s later you’re done. What a great way to keep your family portraits up to date!

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The Moore’s live in the Pacific Northwest, but that was not a problem for this family. They took the opportunity while here in Orange County , visiting family, to have some family portraits done. Their location of choice was none other than Grandma’s backyard! Once I arrived on the crisp cool December day, I was escorted to the back yard to scope it out and allow mom time to finish getting ready. This was a perfect opportunity to get to know 5 year old L a little better and to pick out a few nice areas for me to work in.
First up, was Grandma and her grandkids posed beautifully in front of the outdoor fireplace.

Then we added the rest of the family members for a full group shot. Which I processed with a little more sophistication knowing that Grandma would be wanting to hang these in her home.

Whoops! that was the silly pic. How about this one?
Then there was a little more time to take some candids. Little Z had so much fun being entertained by her older cousin. This was a perfect time to get these sweet images.


So next time you have a family gathering, just remember that these sweet times don’t last forever; kids grow older, family moves away and opportunities are lost. It is up to us to take time in the present to create lasting memories like these, print them and hang them in your home to help us remember how truly precious family is.


Volkman Family Session – (Riley Wilderness Park)

Baby Love At The Park

When this family first called to book their session I have to say that i was a little nervous knowing that their baby would only be 12 weeks old.  However, this little sweetheart was as good as could be.  First she gave us nothing but love and smiles with her eyes wide open, and then she fussed for about 2 seconds and fell fast asleep.


2016-01-07_0011But that was not the end of the session as inspiration is around every corner.  I ran to my wagon and pulled out my crate and the hand knit blanket which I purchased from the amazing Jennifer Larson. My vision was a sleeping beauty in the forest.  I fantasized about inserting some forest friends into the image but opted not to.