They say a picture is like a thousand words...
I am just going to tell you right now, I like pictures. I like taking them, and I like looking at them. This is probably why I am a photographer and not a writer. I don't like writing much. But I do want to share with my visitors my pictures, maybe I will throw in a few words too.
So I have a tendency to get behind in my blogging. It's always a work in progress for me, my New Years goal is always to get better at blogging.
So if you see big gaps in my blogging it's because life has overtaken my goal of blogging. I will be back, I always am.
As a photographer, especially at an event, you get asked, why, how, what, etc, about your motivation to be a photographer. I get lots of questions and I never mind answering. The main reason I do photography is the creative outlet. The adrenaline rush of creating beautiful pictures. The art that I create that I know will be part of a family or a couple forever. I hear from time to time about me being the cheapest for the quality of work. I try not to let that bother me. I am not in it for the money. I am not booked full time. I am not advertising besides my website. It's word or mouth and Google that help me find clients. And sometimes I have slow months. That's ok. Because I have this business for me. I wouldn't want to over book myself and loose the creative outlet or have unhappy couples because I am too busy. I am not trying to compete with the other Bakersfield Wedding Photographers. I just want to help capture moments and celebrate with happy couples and families. I cherish getting to do my creative thing and the little bit of time I get away from being a stay at home mom with three kids. I am very fortunate that my husband supports my business and the time away when I am working. We have established a good balance for our family. As I continue booking weddings and growing in my business l am learning to interview the brides and grooms just as much as they are interviewing me. We need to see if we are going to be a good match on the wedding day. So I might pass on a wedding if it doesn't seem like a good fit. Because I am not in it for the money.
I don't do lots and lots of maternity sessions, but when I do they are super fun. It's so exciting for the mother to be and they always look so gorgeous. When my friend said she wanted to do a day in the life style maternity session I was thrilled. We had a super fun morning taking fun pictures of her day in the life being pregnant!
You know, just a little cereal in bed!
Watch out Kitty there is a new friend coming your way.
Waiting patiently for baby.
Soon this momma will have her arms full here.
Are we ready for this?
Any day now.
The glowing momma to be.
So if anyone has been checking, I haven't been blogging much lately. I don't know why it's so hard for me to sit down and type out some words and post some pictures. Part of the problem is we have been trying to sell our house. We put it on the market in November. Just in time for many people in Bakersfield to have the price of oil concern them and the market slowed waaaay down. So it has been an interesting journey in the purgatory of having your home for sale and being ready to move on but you are not allowed to. It's no ones fault but the market we in. So we will just keep cleaning and working on the house until it sells. Or if it doesn't we will make peace with that too.
Now if it does sell and we get to move, I will have the best location for portraits. Something that keep me motivated to clean my house every morning. Also hopefully there will be a garden, and some chickens, and maybe even some goats and pigs. A girl can dream right?
As for photography, which is why you are here, right? I have been busy with some fun shoots lately. I will post them here soon. I promise. And, to reassure you I am not leaving the area so I am still booking Bakersfield Weddings and even Central Coast Weddings. As well as family and senior sessions.
Talk to you soon...
Happy New Year!
I hope for everyone a fantastic new year. 2014 was an interesting year. So much to be thankful for, and many struggles to learn from. I have been focusing lately on all the positives in my life so that I may move forward with an appreciation for all of my blessings. Many changes coming for my family this year and I am looking forward to them.
Congratulations to all the newly engaged couples! I hope all of your wedding plans come together perfectly.
Thank you to all the families that had holiday sessions with me. It brings me great joy capturing your families as the years pass.
And a super big thank you to all my Brides and Grooms of 2014! I am grateful for your trust in me to capture your special day. I enjoyed working with all of you!
I am so very looking forward all of my upcoming weddings and family sessions in the year 2015!
So we are in October now! Wow, time has flown by.
I have been asked for ages "what are you going to do with all your free time once you get all your kids at one school?"
My response has always been, work on my business and get back into shape.
See if you didn’t know already, I am a stay at home mom to three kids. My youngest just started kindergarten this year. She is there for a half day which is pretty great! And for the last six years I was very involved with a co-op preschool. The experience being involved in a co-op preschool was awesome, but very time consuming. See, I couldn’t just do my work days, oh no, I had to be on the board and then serve as president for the last 3 years. It was essentially a job, I loved it. But I am loving my free time now too.
The good news is, I have been getting back into running. Something I hadn’t made time for myself in years. I really do love it.
AND, I have been working on my business. I have started an Instagram page @stephanie_horwedel_photography where I can post my work and interact with vendors and brides. I am an Instagram addict in my everyday life and you can find me and my crazy life @horwedelsa. The other change I made is with my packages. I have taken in all my meetings with brides and the weddings I have done and I realize the best way to serve all you brides is to make my business a wedding photography service. I am not going to sell you products or prints. I have all of that stuff available on my website if you want it.
I am going to photograph your day for you. Edit your pictures and then give you your pictures. EASY. SIMPLE. AWESOME!
So, if you are a bride and you want more info about my wedding day photography service, contact me! I will send you the details. If you want to go for a run, contact me, and I will try and keep up!