You may have heard…. we had a baby! Who hasn’t heard? I feel like that’s all we’ve been talking about the last 3 weeks since Everly entered the world! We love her, and we love being her parents! We also LOVE taking pictures of her! One of the most stressful things that I’ve encountered in preparing for our first baby was figuring out how I want to document her life! I know that sounds silly…. and trivial even… but it’s true.
I care so much about preserving her first weeks, her first months, her first year. I’m a journal-person. So I want to write to her and remember how things felt and save as many memories as I can of this fleeting time. However, I also want to be present, and I don’t want to have an unrealistic expectation put on myself for how I preserve memories of Evy’s life events and milestones! That’s the last thing I need to be stressing about!
So, there are a lot of things I’m doing, that I’ll share eventually (once I get the hang of them!), to save memories and her pictures and my thoughts! However, this post is where I’m going to focus on how to preserve all of the IPHONE PHOTOS that we take all day everyday!
I remember someone asking me at a workshop once if they should have a PERSONAL account on Instagram and a BUSINESS account. Well, I immediately said “NO” to the personal account and here’s why! I whole heartedly believe that your business should include your personality! People love getting to know those that they are investing in. We have had nothing but AMAZING success from sharing personally online!
So why do I have a FAMILY INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT?
I created a family Instagram account when Evy was born because I knew that I was going to be an over-sharer, and there has to be a BALANCE! I also think that a “Family” account is different from separating “Business” and “Personal”! If you look on my mail account HERE…. you’ll see that I definitely don’t stray away from personal posts! Every other post is personal!! There are even some baby posts on there! However, I know that not EVERY post can be baby oriented or else that will hurt my business in the long run. I want people to see our life and hear about how much we love our baby girl… but I also want them to see the love we have for our clients and our business.
Our family Instagram account actually serves multiple purposes!! We didn’t JUST create it because I can’t help sharing pictures of Evy… we created it because :
So, if you’re a new momma and you’re stressing over how to preserve these little, everyday moments that you’re capturing on your iPhone, maybe consider creating a family account for the sake of creating a book! I don’t think TWICE about curating my “Top Nine” images for our family account and it’s so freeing!!
Ps. Mommas…. I tend to post new photos on this account during late night nursing sessions because it helps me stay awake!! :) Also, if you don’t want people seeing your family photos, make your account private! It will still work with Chatbooks printing!
When I’m scrolling on Instagram or looking through images after a shoot, some images just stand out and capture my attention more than others!
I don’t know if I have ever photographed a more gracious bride in the most horrendous heat! Seriously, Kelsey is a literal angel on earth. She brought her entire family to Virginia from South Dakota for this portrait session and was so incredibly kind even in the midst of 100 degree heat and humidity!
Lenses are NOT cheap, so when you invest, you want to make sure you’re choosing the best option!
If you think about a wedding day and the part that makes you cringe is having to interact and direct the groomsmen, I get it.
This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen, but the timeline didn’t quite pan out like we had planned.. The rings got lost, hair & makeup went long, storms were rolling in and there were some stressful moments!
You’re not going to believe this but this session was probably our easiest DC engagement session to date! We had glow, no crowed, a beautiful setting and the most wonderful couple!