Rita is one! — hudson valley photographer

I got to be a part of another first year of life! So my heart is happy : )

Babies change so much … and I LOVE getting to watch them develop and just continue to make their parents fall more and more in love with them as the year rolls on.

For this plan, we did newborn, six months, and one year. And precious little Rita was right on schedule for all the big stuff: Snoozing during her at-home newborn session, sitting up and looking mighty cute for her six month session at Longwood Gardens, and just taking some big-girl steps for her one-year session at Valley Forge park.

We were actually going to be shooting her session in April … but then a random 72-degree day happened in February, one day after her actual birthday, and I’m so, so happy we were able to do it then! February is way too early for flowers, but thankfully, Rita’s Grandma is a talented florist and so we had lots of blooms to work with. And then we even happened upon a patch of white flowers along the creek. So strange for February!

As I’m sitting here typing this blog post up, I’m listening to the freezing cold wind up against my window. It was 11 degrees last night here in the Hudson Valley. And it’s only supposed to be 27 tomorrow. So that 72-degree, flower-patch-sitting-in day was SUCH a tease!

And I have to mention that Rita’s Grandma made her cake. And it smelled GOOOOOOOD. Rita very generously flung a piece or two in my direction and I was very tempted to eat it, gluten and dairy and all : ) I didn’t. But she was a good sharer and gave some to her Mom and Dad, too 🙂

Happy Weekend!
Kate

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Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.

5 places I want to visit this year — hudson valley photographer

Welcome to day five of my 30-day writing challenge.

I’ve gotten quite behind in my writing challenge! But I know if I don’t hurry up and get caught up, I’ll never finish. January and February are the months where I do the least shooting … so it’s when I try and do more writing. But poof! Just like that, February is almost gone!

The topic to write about today is 5 places I’d like to visit.

I’m going to switch that to 5 places I’d like to visit … this year. After all, there’s nothing quite like goal setting!

1. South of France – If all goes right this year, I’ll be announcing photo shoot openings in the south of France for December and January. Or, possibly, January and February. I’ve wandered around the streets of Paris before, and have spent five fabulous weeks in Normandy when I was a University student. But I have yet to make it to the South … and I feel like it’s time! Maybe after a few months there, people will stop asking me if I’m Canadian when I speak French to them. Maaaaaybe I’ll actually suck in that beautiful French accent! Or at the very least, you can be sure I’ll be sucking in some croissants! I don’t do well with wheat or yeast, but I’m told by several gluten-free folks that they do great in Europe. So here’s hoping!

2. Maine – My grandfather’s home on Damariscotta Lake doesn’t feel the same without him there : (I’m hoping that this year, maybe it will feel a little easier.

3. San Diego – I love the sunshine, the bark beach, the plethora of healthy food stores, the laid-back attitudes, drives on the Coastal highway, a visit to my Egoscue therapist, hikes in the desert. Deep down I feel like I was meant to live in San Diego … but for now, regular visits always heal my soul.

4. Northern California  and Washington – I think I HATE the direct squishy, 6-hour flight to San Diego almost as much as I desperately WANT to visit Northern California and Washington State. (I’m 5’10 and I truly don’t understand how it’s possible for people taller than me to fit in airplane seats. My legs are so smashed into the seat in front of me that I can’t imagine how someone taller than me can fold his or her legs into that little space? How?!) So this time, I’m hoping to stay out longer, make my way up the coast, and make that horrible plane ride really count!

5. Montreal – Right around this exact time last year, we braved the streets of Montreal. It was -50 degrees that weekend. And no, I’m not exaggerating. It actually was -50 degrees! Which is just silly. And of course, it’s not typical. We had a fun trip … but while I was running in between stores and restaurants, I VOWED to myself that I’d be back this year … but this time, in the Spring or Summer.

So there’s my ambitious travel plans for the year. How about you? Where do you want to go this year?

XO,
Kate

p.s. Dear Female Photographer, If you want your photography business to succeed, you’re going to have to change your focus. 

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Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.

 

What to do if you want to quit your day job and go full-time with your photography business … but you’re nervous your business won’t cover your life expenses

Dear Female Photographer,

Please … please … please … say “no” to excuses.

They sound like this:

“That’s really nice that she was able to do (insert really cool thing here) with her business, but I can’t because of (insert excuse here).”

OR

“I would really love to (insert amazing thing here), but I can’t because of (insert excuse here).”

The biggest problem with excuses, I think, is that they feel so dang legitimate!

This is particularly true when it comes to money.

Maybe you want to quit your day job and go full-time with your photography business … but you’re nervous your business won’t cover your life expenses. That is, in fact, a very legitimate concern!

Or, maybe you’re a full-time photographer and your business IS currently NOT covering your life expenses. Do you throw in the towel? Get three part-time jobs? Find a sugar daddy?

Only you can say, really.

One really, really (oh man, REALLY) great place to start though is with an honest self-examination of your current expenses and spending habits. (Frankly, this is a great place to start whether you’re currently sitting on a pile of cash or not.)

The other day I was listening to a Tim Ferris podcast and I was introduced to Mr. Money Mustache. Have you met him yet? His blog is home to hundreds of articles that I’m currently finding to be incredibly inspirational.

Often times, we don’t need to make more. We just need to spend less. We just need to be SMARTER with our money.

It’s possible to discover incredible financial freedom even while we’re earning little. And this is particularly important during the beginning or growth stages of your business when money may not be flowing in as quickly or regularly as we’d like.

Fight the urge to complain!

It might feel good to make excuses and complain. But only for a moment. The truth is … it’s completely and totally NOT productive and isn’t getting your ANYWHERE.

So, fight the urge to complain. Fight the urge to use money as an excuse for where you currently are with your business. Instead, be more productive with your energy and check out Mr. Money Mustache. With some adjustments to your spending habits, you may not NEED to get a second job while you’re growing your photography business. You just might be able to get by quite well (happily, even!) with what you’re currently earning. And with your positive attitude and continued efforts to build your business, you’ll be earning more in no time.

If his words don’t speak to you, try Suzie Orman. And if that doesn’t work … keep searching until you find someone who can inspire you to go with less so that you can do MORE with your business even during lean times.

What are your thoughts? Is there any advice that has helped you along the way? Share below! I’d love to hear about it!

XO,

Kate

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Kate Callahan is an on-location photographer who LOVES to capture authentic memories for families. She’s available for weddings, senior photos, child photo sessions, and family photography. Kate works with clients throughout the Hudson Valley, NYC,  Delaware (and the tri-state area), and beyond. She also writes motivational books for photographers. Find them at Dear Female Photographer.

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