Watch Me Grow sessions ARE HERE! {Cleveland Newborn Photographer}

Something I’ve been wanting to put together for some time now has come to fruition!

Watch Me Grow sessions! These bundled milestones are such a time saver.

New from wendy b photos! Watch Me Grow!

If you belong to any of the “mommy” Facebook groups, you’ve no doubt seen countless last minute cries of, “I need a photographer for my child’s 6 month photos ASAP!!” Sadly, most professional photographers don’t have immediate availability, myself included. It’s so hard to try and keep up with daily life when you have a new baby I don’t fault anyone for only realizing what milestone is just around the corner too late.

The beauty of this Watch Me Grow bundle is that all our sessions are scheduled when we schedule your newborn session! This new bundle of sessions makes it easier than ever to make sure you never miss a milestone. Booked all at once and paid for over the the life of the bundle there couldn’t be a more simple way to get all your sessions in without worrying about them last minute.

You’ll have your newborn photos, 4 month milestone, 8 month milestone, and 1 year cake smash all booked and on the calendar ready to go without a second thought.  I’m offering them at a discount when you purchase the Watch Me Grow Bundle. Four sessions, one disk for each session with the corresponding amount of digital files and print release… only $575.

As with everything in life, conditions apply so check out wboycephotos.com or email wendy@wboycephotos.com for details!

Baby S’s 6 month milestones {Macedonia family photographer}

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I have a feeling I’ll be playing catch up on the blog for.ev.er 🙂 The N family came to me as a referral (refer a friend and you get $10 off your next session when your friend pays their deposit and they get 2 extra digital files for their disk!) and I’m so glad. Little fella Soren was six months old! SN-89wm

Seriously, have you seen a sweeter face?! Those brown eyes! So dang CUTE. SN-135wm

Soren was an expert sitter which blew my mind! Mom and Daddy brought his beloved stuffed bear, and we snuck it in a couple shots. I *love* when a family wants to personalize their session with something special to them!

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Ahh… love family sessions like this! I can’t wait to get back outside and work in the sunshine again. Old Man Winter, I’ve got a couple weeks left of tolerating these temps in the teens, but you’re going to have to BEAT IT. Anyone want to brave a snowy session once we get back into the 20s?

My feelings about #3 …

So, over on Wendy B Photos I shared an article by the amazingly talented Amy Tripple Photography. It’s a list of things photographers want their beloved clients to understand. It’s one of the few times that I thought YES YES YES. I wish I knew how to say this! But then I don’t have to say it, because Amy did it so well. I wanted to talk about #3 on the list.

It hurts my feelings when you joke about my pricing.

  • When you imply that my prices are getting too high, it feels like you’re saying that my work isn’t worth what you’re paying. I’m quite sensitive about my pricing and it feels incredibly vulnerable to have to put a price on my passion and art. There are so many parts of running a business that I can’t expect you to know about: taxes, a studio, equipment, website fees, a salaried studio manager… these are just a few of the things I’m desperate to tell you about when you make a joke that “this hour had better be amazing because we sure are paying for it…” I can’t, of course, so I try to remember that you probably don’t understand all the costs involved in running a small business and continue on with your session.”

While the above doesn’t happen to me during sessions, it stings when someone inquires about a future shoot and straight away asks, “What do you charge?” or they make comments like “when is your next sale?”; it makes me think that the person doesn’t put any value into the work; they’re only looking for someone who is “cheap” even if that’s not the case at all. I know cost is one of the most important things that potential clients consider, but it should never be the #1 most important. How much do you value your photos? I’m neither the most expensive nor the cheapest person working the block so to speak and I do the best I can to work with families for whom budget is the #1 deal breaker. ** if you are worried that you cannot afford my pricing, TELL ME. If you book out far enough in advance, I can gladly take small payments over time so that you can be paid up in time for your session**

I do *everything* I can to provide professional, affordable portraits be they family, maternity, newborns, etc. I do NOT believe that professional and personal photography should be a luxury only the wealthy can afford. There are a lot of people who could never afford to spend $400, $500, $1000 on photos. Does that make them less deserving? I don’t think so.

Does that mean that other photographers need to lower their pricing? ABSOLUTELY NOT. Each one of us sets our pricing in line to where it should to be for our specific needs. None of us will have the same pricing structure, even if we’re located in the same zip code. What works for one of us will likely NOT work for another.

I am priced as low as I can be, while still being able to cover my costs of doing business and as any other small business owner can attest, it’s not cheap doing business. There are times when I need to increase my price, or my product pricing but I have done and will continue to do everything I can to make professional photos available to as many people as possible.

I can’t thank my clients enough for being understanding of the ways in which I operate my business ❤ ❤

Morgan is ONE! { Sagamore Hills 1st birthday milestone photos}

Oh precious Morgan. I have loved seeing this little love muffin grow over the past year!

One year old!
One year old!

When I met Nichole, Tom, Lauren, Kyle, and baby Morgan. They could *not* have been more wonderful and welcoming and loving. Their session was full of laughter and silliness, “Hey! I don’t have diarrhea!” :*)

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Late last summer, Morgan was a bright eyed, squishy-cheeked 3 month old:

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Sweet Morgan, 3 months old

She loved her big sister but was a little unsure about the silly “motor boat” sounds Lauren made.

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At six months, Morgan was all big eyes, and shy smiles in my home studio:Morgan6m-107wm Morgan6m-21wmMorgan6m-65wmNo one wore that little pom pom hat quite as well as Morgan! She loved her toes, loved snuggling with the teddy, and was so clearly a little princess.

At nine months more of Morgan’s silly disposition shone. She was teething, and everything went into her mouth! Nichole brought along Morgan’s Belle baby and Morgan just gnawed on it. She had her fingers in her mouth and her tongue was just going crazy. It was so cute. Morgan had enough hair to pop it up in to her little whale-spout pony which I found out is a signature look! She made the perfect little backdrop model, if I do say so 😉

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crushing a whale spout like no ones business.

 

And then, before I knew it, Morgan was back in my home studio turning one. A whole year old ❤ Morgan was chatty, and smiling, and standing, and just a dream. The weather was really nice, and since we were at my home, I told Nichole I’d really like to take some photos of Morgan out in the yard. Nichole was totally willing to head out, plus it meant we got to use a couple more outfits (you should see the adorable outfits she would bring over for our sessions! It was hard often times to choose which to wear!).  Nichole brought along a quilt that was hers when she was a baby and I’m so glad we were able to use it. Morgan kept putting her head down and snuggling with it. I would say to her, “Night night, Morgan!” and she would pop herself right back up! There’s no napping when you’re a big girl!

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Morgan, 12 months old
Morgan, 12 months old

Morgan still plays with her tongue, but now you can see the tooth nubbins coming up. She still holds her hands to her mouth, as babies are wont to do ❤ She still has the cutest cheeks and the biggest blue eyes but you can see a bit of that baby face maturing. It has been my absolute pleasure not only getting to work with Nichole, but getting the chance to now call her my friend. Nichole has generously offered me use of an antique child’s sled for sessions, and the use of her gorgeous property! How awesome is that? I can’t thank you enough, Nichole for everything you’ve given me this year. I look forward to every session, and can’t wait to take your family photos again late this summer.

*If you want to capture all the sweet little milestone moments for your baby, please get in touch. There is nothing more joyous for me, than to hold time still in a photograph. I can be reached by email at wendy@wboycephotos.com *

Colin’s 6m milestone {Erie, PA baby photographer}

You’re going to see a lot of this little bubba! This is my nephew Colin. I just realized I never posted his newborn session, so keep an eye out for that on an upcoming #TBT. I went out to my sister’s house in Erie, PA for the first part of our session. I got our little set-up put together and Miss Georgia Bo came to make sure her brother would be safe:

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Strict set inspector

One the set was deemed safe, I put Colin in! At six months, most babies aren’t sitting independently very well yet, so I like to use a little basket to hold the baby (with mom or dad supporting the back side of the basket). I took one of my favorite photos to date of Baby Boy:

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Colin had just gotten some lunch 😀 We headed into the studio (which doubles as my guest room, use whatcha got!)
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Colin loves being naked, putting things in his mouth, and his feet!

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::nom:: I have this in one of his little photo collections, but I think it deserves its own spot!Colin-6m-81wm

He’s getting so big so fast. Milestone mini sessions are only $100 here in my home studio, and it’s so easy to fit them in. Babies grow and change so fast, and sure we can take 220,000 cell phone photos but milestone minis are keepsakes that you can print and display for years.

Give me an email and let’s get your milestone on the books! wendy@wboycephotos.com