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20142014…and I finally, FINALLY created the new website!  I was supposed to get that done in 2013, but better late than never, right?!?  I’m excited about the new, clean, look and feel to the site.  I’m just as excited to hear what you think about it, too, so let me know!

This weekend we were busy, busy with our holiday mini sessions. Our clients were festive not only with their spirit but their outfits too!It was a fun memorable weekend!

We have a new neighbor in downtown Sylvania. Kathy and I took a detour on the way into work the other day. We discovered a very cute and chic boutique, TK Lanes Boutique. They have a lot of holiday decor and great gift ideas. Kathy even found some unique air freshener for our client bathroom, Poo-Pourri No.2. We had such a great time looking at all the unique and reasonably priced items! Downtown Sylvania has a lot to offer for everyone ! Come down and start your holiday shopping and don’t forget to stop in and say hi to Photography by K! -Julie

Downtown Sylvania, Ohio was THE place to be this past Sunday, October 20th as the city celebrated the start of Fall with vendors, crafts, food, music and a fun parade! Here are a few images captured by Photography By K of the event:
The parade included the Town Crier, our sister city, Woodstock, Ontario and a princess and her court!
It wouldn’t be a Fall/Halloween parade without a few (dozen) zombies!
There was also marching bands and costumes, costumes, costumes! And candy for the kiddies, of course!
Last but not least, let’s not forget the animals, from all varieties of dogs in (and out) of costumes to, yes, your eyes aren’t fooling you – live camels! 
A great yearly event and Photography By K was happy to be a part of it!

Jayme and Stacia are a couple of local bloggers here in Toledo, Ohio.  Jayme writes at The Random Blogette and Stacia at Free to Be Stacia Lee.  Together, they also head up the Midwest Blogger Meetup, taking place in September 2013.  (Oh yeah, and Jayme is also my cousin, so yes…you’ve seen her before!)  Recently, the girls came to me because they needed some headshots.  Here is the result.  *Warning, results not typical. These girls are awesome and awesomely good looking. Plus…they were totally working it for the camera that day!  Ha!  🙂

What?  I had to do something to downplay their collective beauty and make them look more…regular. LOL!

I met Isabel and Leonard last year and was thrilled when mom called me to schedule another photo session to celebrate their 2013 birthdays!  Isabel is 3 and Leonard is 1.  These two had a blast in the studio sitting climbing playing on the furniture and hamming it up for the camera.  Oh, and Isabel just loves our little dog, Indy, so bribery didn’t come in the form of sugar for once.  (But Leonard? Wanted absolutely nothing to do with a dog, so that made the bribery a little…interesting…one gets to play, the other is shielded…ah well.  It worked out okay I think!)  Here is a quick little peek at their birthday session!

And a short video, too!

These two faces will be familiar to many of my followers, I’m sure!  Logan and Devin are brothers who are growing up way, way, WAY too fast!  I mean, just yesterday Logan was scooting (not crawling…LOL!) and Devin was a baby…right???  Where does the time go?  Here are a few of this year’s spring photo session (inside, because, well…brrrrrr!)

Oh, and I haven’t shared one of these slideshows in a while, but I’ve had a request to bring them back. So, here’s a quick video of the boys’ photo session. Enjoy!

This first post in the “Preparing for…” series starts at the beginning.  Brand new babies!  I love ’em.  You love ’em.  Ok, who doesn’t love babies???

Preparing for a newborn session can be quite daunting, so here is a brief list of how to prepare so that you will have a successful photography session with your little one!

1. SCHEDULE  

It is very important to capture baby in the first two weeks of life.  This ensures that baby will be all curlysnugglysquishy – a technical term in the photography world, I promise! – and able to be posed.  This means that you will need to call me approximately 1 month before your due date.  Yes, I said before.  Now, I know that the due date is not one set in stone.  The little one may grace us with his/her presence long before and sometimes after that date.  However, in order for me to properly prepare, I need to block out some time on my calendar for you…and then you’ll need to stay in touch with me. 🙂

2. SLEEP  

Once the bundle arrives, baby sets a schedule.  We will want baby to be asleep for the majority of the photography session – which lasts anywhere from 1-3 hours.  That means that we’ll need to schedule the session right after a nice full meal, and you’ll want to keep baby awake for the hour or so before that meal so that we achieve a deep slumber.

3. COMFORT

On the day of the session, you’ll want baby to be nekkid…sans clothing…in the birthday suit…for a couple of hours prior to your session start time.  This helps eliminate sock lines on ankles, and sleepy crease marks from cheeks.  Also, plan to bring plenty of outfit changes (this is optional of course, and I do have some accessories like headbands, hats, bows and blankets that you can use during the session) and plenty of diapers, bottles, and blankets.  Oh, and one more thing.  Mom, dad, and anyone else along for the ride should dress in layers.  I’ll have the studio heated up considerably to keep baby happy and calm, but it gets a bit toasty for the rest of us!

4. PATIENCE

Yes, I schedule newborn photo sessions for a 3 hour block on my calendar.  No, not all newborn sessions last 3 hours, but baby is in charge here!  We are at his/her mercy, and we break, eat, potty, you name it, on baby’s schedule.  If baby needs to eat, we stop and eat.  If baby wants to snuggle, we take a snuggle break (the best kind!).  Etc.  And?  If baby is having a bad day?  We reschedule and come back for attempt #2.  I will have uber patience for you and your baby on the day of your session…I just ask that you come prepared for the same.

That about sums it up.  Anything on your mind that I didn’t cover here?  Shout out all questions in the comments below and I’ll get them answered right away!

A question that I get asked ALL. THE. TIME. starts out like this “What should I…….on the day of my session?”  There are a multitude of ways to fill in those blank dots.  Think “wear”, “bring”, “schedule”. The list gets quite extensive when you think about all of the different types of photography sessions that I offer.  So.  I’ve been thinking about the best way to answer all of these questions, and what a better way to compile and save ideas than right here on this blog!

I’m going to be answering these questions for newborns, toddlers/children, siblings, high school seniors, families, couples, pets, formal and informal headshots and even real estate listings over the next few days.

Get ready.  The “Preparing for…” series is coming soon! 🙂

  

Happy New Year!  Okay, so this post is a day (almost two) late…what can I say?  Today is my first day back to work after a looooooooooong vacation. 🙂  I spent my Christmas vacation not working, so I’ve been playing a wee little bit of catch up today!

If you follow me on Facebook and/or Flickr, you already know that I spent some quality time with the ocean over the break.  Lovely Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, was my home for 7 days and no, I didn’t really want to come back (to the snow! Yuck!).  While the weather wasn’t exactly warm (we averaged in the 50s), it was still warmer than home.  I may have played the lottery while vacationing.  I may have even played in every state on the way down and on the way home…just in case.  I’m home and working, so you can see how fruitful my lottery plan actually was.  Ha!

I think that the best part of the whole trip for me this year was the seafood* the people in the south.  Folks really are different in the south.  Things aren’t as rushed and people are more considerate and helpful.  Most noticeably, I found a change within me while visiting…I didn’t want to scream at everyone around me for being stupid  acting a fool  being cotton-headed ninny-muggins  acting unintelligent in social situations.  With all of the “Merry Christmas Y’ALL!” going on, there was no need for witty, under-the-breath comments as we stalked away, is what I’m saying.  It was refreshing! (*The seafood?  A very, very close second!)

I took some time today to actually WRITE out a to-do list.  I haven’t done that in a while, what with my iPhone and iPad near me at all times.  I haven’t actually crossed anything off yet, but when I do, I’m going to let out an audible sigh every. single. time.  Here’s a sneak peek from that list of a few things that are coming soon to Photography By K:

1. A Mission Statement…again, actually written down.
2. A brand spankin’ new website (well, I can’t guarantee how soon this one will come, but I’m excited about taking the first steps toward a new site for the first time in over 4 years, and I thought that I’d share my excitement with you, too!)
3. Oh yeah, and Blogging.  I’m going to keep that up, too.  In fact, it was my new year’s resolution this year:

P.S.  I joined a new challenge group.  It’s a photo-a-day group called Project Life 365, and I’m participating with iPhone pictures shared through Instagram.  Find the photo above here (and you can find me on Instagram under “kathyjaws”).  If you want to follow all of the Project 365 Lifers on Instagram or even Twitter, search #ProjectLife365.

How did you spend your Christmas vacation?  What are your 2013 plans?  I’d love to know!

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