20
Feb

We are beyond excited to have Kelly from Birdie Shoots here to share her thoughts on the importance of written thank you notes!

In a time when email and text dominate the lines of communication, the written word has become a lost art form. Blame it on the speed and ease of technology, or the fact that most of us just don’t have the time to sit down and actually write. This form of gratitude was instilled in me at a very early age. I can remember my mom letting me pick out special stationery to send to relatives and friends after a birthday party or celebration. I would carefully plan out what I wanted to say then jot down my personalized greeting, ending each one with a simple “thank you”.

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For the holidays I wanted to be able to send out a few extra special thank you’s to certain people in my life who had gone above and beyond to support me during the year. Instead of turning to my stack of boxed thank you notes, I opted for something with a bit more sentiment.

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One thing that sparked my interested was the variety of personalization features they offered when designing a card. Everything from the greeting to the text to even the option of adding an image is all available to you.

The process could not have been easier, their design program walks you through each option, letting you save or edit as you navigate through each card. I loved how each of the inside messages could be customized, instead of generic. In my opinion, the sentiment inside a card is the most important part.

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Often times I think people get too caught up in the fear of not knowing what to write in a thank you. My advice? Keep it simple and personal. People want and look forward to hearing from you, and I can assure you your message will go a long way!

Several birthdays, holidays, and graduations later I still dedicate the time to extending my thanks. Whether it be to a client or a friend I know my appreciation is received. Although this may be cliche, I’d like to sign off extending a thank you to my mom. Your encouragement to push me towards life’s simple forms of gratitude will forever be instilled in my mannerisms.

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19
Feb

We are delighted to have the talented Jessica Bender with us today giving you tips and ideas on how to shoot maternity photographs of the mom to be. Jessica is a photographer located in Victoria BC, Canada specializing in maternity, newborn, children and family photography.

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  1. How did you get your start in the industry?
  2. I started my journey as a professional photographer in June 2012. Before 2012, I was an avid hobbyist, and had the privilege of photographing pregnant family, and friends. To these families, I am eternally grateful. I was able to learn what works, what doesn’t, and to develop my own personal style.

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  3. Favorite perk of the job?
  4. Helping pregnant women to see how beautiful they are. At the end of a pregnancy, most women are feeling pretty tired, and not much like themselves. I LOVE it when a client responds to viewing their gallery with phrases like “I look quite pretty,” or “I didn’t realize I still looked sexy.” Heck yah you do, and work it!!

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    maternity-photography-ideas

  5. What are your favorite maternity photography trends right now?
  6. My favorite maternity trend right now is boudoir, or what I like to call momoir. I guess it ties in with the question above. I just love it when a mama to be embraces her sensuality, and her bare beautiful belly. Some of my maternity boudoir clients have been so generous to allow me to share their images, and have been a true inspiration to new clients of mine, who ask specifically for this kind of session.

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  7. What location is your favorite to shoot maternity sessions?
  8. The ocean for sure. I am so lucky to live somewhere that has some of the most gorgeous landscape on earth! The way the wind blows, the light, the colors; I could shoot at the ocean each, and every day.

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    maternity-photography-ideas

  9. When in the pregnancy is the best time to do a maternity shoot?
  10. I personally suggest between 32 and 36 weeks, favoring the latter. You want to catch that nice full belly, but you don’t want mom to be too uncomfortable yet. I also take birth history, medical conditions, and mom’s general health into consideration.

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  11. Please share in detail your favorite maternity shoot you did.
  12. My absolute favorite maternity shoot was in the Summer of 2014. I met the clients at a local field, an hour before sunset. The sun dips below the trees, and completely lights up a long grass field. Mom arrived in a cream colored, boho dress, long hair flowing and flower crown, and I knew then; the light, the outfit, the land, it was a recipe for amazingness. I had mom walk amongst the tall grass, and down the paths that ran between. She was an amazing subject, using the foliage, and the light like a pro. It was one of those moments of flow. Everything else was forgotten.

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