Archive for Maternity-Pregnancy

As a photographer AND a Mom, I must admit that I don’t appear in many family photos. Someone’s gotta take the photo, right? On our last family vacation to Europe, I posted many photos on my page for my Dad to see along our trip, but all he ended up doing was asking me if I had been ill on the trip because I wasn’t in any of them. So I asked my Dad: Who do you think took the photos? Ok, note to self, buy one of those lamo selfie sticks next time.
 
But then I think about when I do newborn sessions in my studio and have Moms who don’t want to be photographed because they don’t think they don’t look good. LADIES, pleeeeeeease give yourselves a break. You JUST gave birth and bringing a child into the world is a frickn’ miracle. Your child(ren) don’t care if you have dark circles or having lost the baby weight (especially after one week, c’mon get real). EXIST in photos and live your life in the moment. Join the movement: GET IN THE PHOTO! Your family will thank you for it and you’ll be glad you did too. Watch this video for a giggle and a good reminder. 🙂
 
photo
 
Facebook
Twitter
Google+
Comments (0)

As many clients do ask this questions I thought I would share this everyone….

“Can I Just Get the CD?”-a letter to a potential client (by Missy Mwac)

Dear potential client,

I have no crystal ball, yet, I know you will be calling me this week for information about what I do. You might have seen one of my displays or my website or, hopefully, was referred by a friend. And you will have liked what you saw-otherwise, you wouldn’t be calling me. And for that, I am truly happy.

And we will speak together on the phone: me asking questions to better understand what it is you are needing, but more importantly, what you are “wanting.” The wants are always more important than the needs when it comes to Art. And we will speak of the love you have for your family and ideas for your session and I will share your excitement, for this truly is an exciting time.

And then, dear potential client, you will ask that question that is asked every day in phone calls to photography studios everywhere: “Can I get just the CD?”

I don’t blame you for asking this. I really don’t. It’s become as common as “Would you like fries with that?”

And when I first began to hear this question, I reasoned I had to come up with a simple response. It couldn’t be wordy or lengthy-just a one or two line answer as to why I don’t do that. But I couldn’t fit my response into just a couple sentences, because to do that would be to answer simply, “no,” without helping you to understand why, and that’s not fair to you.

See, my dear potential client, anyone can “just give you a CD.”

Anyone. It takes no special skill.

And you must know that, as that was part of your inquiry. And may I be completely honest? If all you want is someone to snap off some images and hand you a CD, well, you don’t need me. Seriously. Anyone can do that for you. There are thousands of people out there willing to make a quick buck by “shooting and burning.” Or shooting and uploading to a cloud. Heck, you can do it with your own iPhone. No need to pay for that. That would be silly, right? If all you want is a hot dog, why pay good money for a steak?

My clients come to me because they want more than that.

See, I don’t believe in selling a CD filled with images that will be shared a few times and then stuck in a drawer with other CD’s. Think I’m wrong? Let me ask you-when was the last time you printed the snapshot photos you’ve taken with your camera phone? Exactly. We’re all guilty of it.

You called me, dear potential client, because, hopefully, you like what I do, and in order to get what I do, you have to let me do it. See, I don’t believe the photography experience is over until I place a print in your hand. And not just any print, but an image created with great care and attention to detail, and edited the same way. I didn’t run it through a bunch of Photoshop actions, slapped it on a CD and called it a day. Oh no-again, I believe photography isn’t about that. I went over this image inch by inch-softening skin, removing fly-away hairs, calming down white tennis shoes, brightening eyes and teeth, making sure the image is as warm and pleasing as possible. And then, I have it printed. And, once printed, if it doesn’t meet with my expectations, it is redone until it does.

Why?

Because I know how it is supposed to look and I won’t settle for anything less than perfect. That’s why clients come to me. And, because unlike the drugstore or Walmart or one of the countless online sites from which you can get a print, it’s important to me that your prints be the best they can be. This is not “just paper.” I would be doing you a great disservice to hand off digital images for you to “finish.” What artist of merit does that?

You told me at the beginning of this conversation that it had been years since your last family portrait. We talked about how quickly the children are growing and how difficult it is to get everyone together and how important this is to you.

And that, dear potential client, is exactly why we will print them-so that 20, 30, 50 years from now you, your children and grandchildren won’t be holding a CD or hard drive that refuses to open, but will, instead, hold a glorious image in their hands, thankful that you cared enough to preserve it for them in print.

Now, my dear new client, lets make something together that’s going to last…

xoxo

image

http://missymwac.tumblr.com/post/80795592634/can-i-just-get-the-cd-a-letter-to-a-potential

Facebook
Twitter
Google+

Comments (0)

I was thrilled to hear that Maylayne, a former Diva client, was pregnant with her first child and wanted to book a maternity + newborn package with me. We had a fabulous time photographing her Retro PinUp session and I was honoured to have been chosen to capture this incredible milestone in her life. What was an even bigger honour was the fact that her & her partner Mike drove two hours from Pembroke to have a maternity session with me. Not only that, but they were also planning to make the trip back to Ottawa for their newborn session once their baby girl would be born. Sweet Pea Photography is lucky to have such wonderful, loyal clients!

 

Sweet-Pea-Photography-MAT263Sweet-Pea-Photography-MAT51

Sweet-Pea-Photography-MAT287Sweet-Pea-Photography-MAT66
 

Facebook
Twitter
Google+

Comments (0)

A few years ago when I first opened my studio, I bought this beautiful green antique chair from Krista & Neil.  They had it listed on Kijiji & when I inquired about it, they graciously offered to deliver it to me (even though they lived in Kemptville).  When they came by, I soon discovered that Krista was pregnant with her first child. I offered them a maternity session and the rest is history!  A few of their images still remain on the Sweet Pea Photo & Design website because they are still favourites of mine. Now they have come back for their 3rd session (second maternity session) with their first born son, Nolan, and another baby boy on the way!  Seeing Nolan again was quite a kick! I can’t believe how he has grown. Making connections with clients and watching their families grow makes my job so worthwhile.

[like]

Comments (0)

Pregnant with her 3rd child, Christiane looked stunning during our maternity portrait session. She came all the way from Wakefield and was a little nervous about her portrait session. I’m always up for a challenge when a client claims they are not photogenic!  I think I changed her mind… 🙂

                    

Comments (0)

Marie & Rick are expecting their first child and you can see the excitement in their eyes!  They are both busy professionals, so when they came in for a maternity session I knew I had to be efficient, but without skimping on quality. Mission accomplished, if I do say so!  I look forward to meeting their little one when he or she arrives in February!


[like]

Comments (0)

Reva & Joey are expecting their second child and came to our studio for a maternity session with their 2 year old daughter. Mila ran around the studio like a little monkey and wanted nothing to do with smiling at the camera, but I still managed to get some anyway thanks to my secret weapons!  We’ll see if my tricks still work when they come back for the newborn session. See you soon!

[like]

Comments (0)

This is the fourth session that I have had with Zena, Eli & Evana during the past two years and I am thrilled to have them back in the studio! The first time I met Zena & Eli was when they were expecting little cutie-pie Evana. I then did her newborn session and then last November we did a special Christmas portrait with Evana & her Daddy for a Christmas CD that he was recording for friends & family. They are now expecting their second child and wanted to come back for another maternity session. You know how I love a challenge! Why is it a challenge? Well, we would have to create new & exciting ways to photograph this maternity session to make it just as unique as the first time… and we did (I thought it was the perfect opportunity to christen a new backdrop)! I can’t wait to find out if it’s a boy or girl and I look forward to our FIFTH meeting — the newborn session!

[like]

Comments (1)

Had a great photo session with Chantal today. Her hubby surprised her with a maternity & newborn session package. Awwwwww, what a thoughtful husband!  Chantal can’t wait to meet her little one and neither can I!

Categories : Maternity-Pregnancy
Comments (1)

Lindsey and Scott were high school sweethearts and have been together since they were 16.  Look at these photos, they look as happy as ever.   Soon two will become three…

Lindsey and Scott expecting their first child

Lindsey gave Scott the cross pendant the first year they met and he still wears it to this day.  Romance is alive  ♥ 

LindseyM_MAT119LR

Comments (0)

Check us out on Facebook