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And here we are, the final post on the blog. This is by far the hardest blog post for me to type.  Many know that my studio lease was set to expire this year and that I was waiting for the leasing company to send over an extension.  After what seemed like an eternity and several phone calls, I did finally receive that extension.  However, once I actually had it there was something inside of me telling me to not do it.   The idea of another three years tied to a lease suddenly terrified me.  The truth is, I have been thinking of my age and how that plays into making the most of my future for a while.  With everything so uncertain right now, I often think about what I would do should something happen to my husband, or if he were to lose his job (many at his job just did).  As much as I love posing newborns, my business model never really brought in enough to cover us in that way.   It was a labor of love more than anything else, and the realization hit that I need to get myself into the workforce while I am still viable.    So, here I am following my gut instinct that’s telling me to move on.

To say that I am sad right now is an understatement.  I loved posing newborns, and meeting such wonderful families! It has been incredibly rewarding to create beautiful images of your little ones over the years and I am sincerely going to miss it. However, I do trust my gut and feel like this is the right decision.  I have one last session to shoot and will be selling off the contents of my studio.  You still may see a post on Facebook or Instagram from me from time to time while I am finishing up.    I want to thank all of the families I have worked with over the years and built relationships with.  Your support has been so appreciated. I used to brag to my husband how I worked with the best families in Metro Detroit….and it’s true! I’m going to miss all of you and your adorable little ones!

 

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Cruz’s Newborn Session

Cruz was such an adorable baby boy!  In true August baby fashion, he was a bit of a stinker about posing for me….but also so incredibly cute! He is part of one gorgeous family too.  I just loved big sister Skye. She is the prettiest girl and also the sweetest!  She loves her baby brother so much and loves to help out with him!  Big brother Sonny was not a huge fan of me and my camera, but he is 2 and that is normal at this age.  He was still super cute and I was thrilled that we got some photos with him! Cruz may not have loved posing, but he did give me some of the cutest smile shots I have gotten in a long time.  He was also a pretty big fan of being wrapped!

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Grace’s Newborn Session

I have been working with the Sommerville Family for the last nearly 5 years! I first worked with oldest brother Jack as a newborn and for his cake smash session. Then along came Abby a couple years ago who I also worked with as a newborn and again for her cake smash.  Now we have Grace in the family and she reminds me so much of both of her siblings as newbies!  Grace was not a big fan of her photographic debut.  She was a bit of a wiggler and even had us working hard during her sibling images!  She was also super adorable and spent some time awake!  It’s always great to see this family and I had enjoyed my time with their newest family member!

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Brody’s Newborn Session

Brody was the first of my August newborns and the first to show me that August babies are a little grumpier than the rest.  All joking aside, he actually did great for his session!  He had just some gassy moments and opinions on being posed.   There was just a noticeable trend that the August freshies made me work a liiiiittle harder for their sessions.  Even though we worked hard for Brody, he was absolutely adorable and we got so many wonderful images!  One of my favorites is the black and white image with Brody in his daddy’s hands.  That is a shot I haven’t done in a long time, and I admit I was super worried that I wouldn’t get it!  Luckily, we decided to give it a go right after he had a feeding break and was much more relaxed.  It came out so perfect and I am so glad that I was able to get that for his momma!

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Aria’s Cake Smash Session

Aria’s Cake Smash is the last cake smash session I will shoot, but I am so happy that it was also one of my favorites.  Aria is one of the most easy going one year olds I have worked with over the years. Cake smash sessions are generally pretty tough as one year olds often lose interest in me pretty quickly (they also don’t always love cake as much as their parents think they will!).  Aria on the other hand loved to ham it up for me!   Her session didn’t come without a challenge though!  The jumbo balloon that her momma loved and wanted for her session had popped shortly after I brought it to the studio for her session!  In normal times, I would have been able to run to the store and get another.  However, this session was shortly after restrictions have been lifted and I think everyone in the metro area was getting balloons filled for parties!  Even trying to get the balloon scheduled for filling a couple days before the rescheduled session was not possible.  Luckily Viviano Florist was able to do it for me (huge thanks to them!)!   It was all worth is because her session really came out so perfectly. Her momma had a vision, and she picked the most perfect outfits.  Of course Aria was the star and was just so much fun and this session came together so perfectly!

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