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6 months of adventure and new plans!

March 27th, 2015

WARNING: A personal, short, mushy post is below.

6 months ago today, I was lucky enough to marry this handsome guy.  I can brag on him all day so I’ll spare you and just say he’s a rare breed of man and where my weaknesses lie, he more than makes up for them.  He’s also super good looking ;)

Griggs Wedding by Michelle Lange Photography

On September 27, 2014 in Charleston, SC, we exchanged vows and celebrated with our closest friends and family.  It was a day I would love to redo once a month (but my wallet can’t handle that).  The last 6 months have been the biggest, most exciting adventure yet.  I don’t think either of us were prepared for what God had for us.  We were very happy and content with where we were in our lives and the plans we’d made for ourselves.  Luckily, His plans are much bigger and robust than ours.  He has placed people in our lives that have been such a blessing to our story making it possible for big changes.  It has been a little intimidating to follow through so we pray, hold on to each other and are in the process of jumping.  I know I am being VERY discreet here but I promise to reveal more really soon about new plans going forward.

Griggs Wedding by Michelle Lange Photography

Griggs Wedding by Michelle Lange Photography

Griggs Wedding by Michelle Lange Photography

Griggs Wedding by Michelle Lange Photography

Griggs Wedding by Michelle Lange Photography

What I’m trying to say in short is I’m SOOOO over-the-moon excited for what’s coming and I can’t believe I get to do it all with this guy!  It’s only been 6 months of marriage so I can’t imagine what 6 more or 60 more is going to look like.  Jordan, you have my heart forever and ever!

A ginormous thank you to Michelle Lange for all of the beautiful, jaw dropping photography.  ANDDD if you have an extra 15 minutes, here is our full length wedding video from the amazing Iron Kite Films!  I cry and smile so hard my jaw hurts every time I watch it.

Jordan & Brittany – Full Length from Iron Kite Films on Vimeo.

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Attendee reviews – The Business of Newborn Photography Workshop

March 17th, 2015

Did you catch my recap of our very first ‘The Business of Newborn Photography’ workshop?  If not, you’ll want to check it out.  Now it’s time to see what our attendees are saying.  We had 5 lovely ladies that traveled from different parts of the country to be with us in Jessica’s studio in Alabama.  They were all eager to learn how to take their newborn photography business to the next level.  See what they had to say about their 2 day experience with us!

Best photography workshopErica of Erica Mark Photography (website coming soon!)

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Meredith of Meredith June Photography

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Amanda of Photography by Amanda Nicole

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Britney of 1,000 Words Photography by Britney Moore

Alabama Newborn Photography Workshop

Melissa of Modern Birdcage Photography

We are so excited about our upcoming workshops on May 5-6 and July 7-8 in Alabama.  You can find more information here.  We would love to have you join us.  You can email me at brittany@brittanylaurenphotography.org with any questions and to reserve your spot!

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New Workshop dates! – The Business of Newborn Photography Workshop

March 3rd, 2015

Jessica and I are so excited to be planning our next The Business of Newborn Photography workshop.  The first one went so great that we already planned the next TWO which will be even better than the first.  We designed this workshop to make sure you learn how to accelerate your newborn photography along with your photography business in one workshop.  You get all things newborn photography – shooting, posing, studio lighting, setup, working with parents, wrapping and more - with Jessica Mitchell Photography and all about running your photography business – business plan, financial plan, pricing for profit, products to offer, marketing, client workflow and more –  with me, Brittany Lauren Photography!

Newborn photography workshop

DETAILS ABOUT THE WORKSHOP!
The Business of Newborn Photography – from start to finish – will be a 2 day work intensive workshop that you’re not going to want to miss.  The next 2 workshop dates are May 5-6 and July 7-8.  It will be held at Jessica Mitchell’s studio in Valley, Alabama with workshop hours of 8am – 5pm.  There will only be 4 seats available for each date to ensure we can give each of our attendees and their business the attention they deserve.  Jessica and I will be complete open books about our businesses.  No topic is off limits, seriously.  We will also be customizing our teaching materials to specific items you want to learn.  This isn’t a one size fits all kind of workshop.  We want to know what you need for your photography and business the most!

What’s included
Lots and lots of learning
Breakfast and lunch both days
Workshop notebooks
Goodie bags!
All attendees will be responsible for their own transportation and hotel accommodations along with dinner both nights

WHAT THE WORKSHOP IS
Day 1 – The newborn session with Jessica
-Studio setup
-Photographing newborns (2 models will be arranged)
-Studio lighting
-Soothing techniques for newborns
-Posing and session workflow -Working with parents
-Basic editing

Day 2 – Newborn photography business with Brittany
-Pricing for profit
-Products to offer clients
-Client experience
-Client workflow
-Marketing
-Scheduling
-Favorite resources and vendors
-Customized agenda for attendees

WHAT THE WORKSHOP IS NOT
-In depth editing
-Full business makeover
-Natural light photography

 

****HOW TO SIGN UP****
For the 2nd and 3rd workshop dates, we are still offering our special introductory workshop price of $1400.  Registration is now open.   To sign up, you will need to email Jessica at jessicamitchellphotography@yahoo.com.  The first 4 to email for each date will be sent an invoice for a $500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your seat.  The remaining balance will be due 30 days before the workshop.  Photographers within 100 miles of Valley, AL will not be able to attend.

 

We are so excited about the next workshops and what it will bring to your newborn business.  We hope that you will join us.  Please email Jessica or me with any questions.
Brittany - brittany@brittanylaurenphotography.org
Jessica - jessicamitchellphotography@yahoo.com

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The Business of Newborn Photography workshop in review

February 27th, 2015

The first Business of Newborn Photography workshop is a wrap (no pun intended)!  It was the best 2 days having 5 awesome ladies join us at Jessica‘s studio in Alabama for non-stop learning about everything newborn photography and business related.  I feel blessed that these women trusted us to take their newborn photography businesses to the next level.  We worked hard for those 2 days, no naps and lots of coffee and Essential Oils.

The Business of Newborn Photography

Day 1
The first day was all about photographing newborns with the lovely Jessica of Jessica Mitchell Photography.  She walked us through how she chooses her setups, color combos, textures, backdrops and props.  Attendees were able to see how she works with the parents at the beginning of each session and her entire workflow.  We had 3 newborns throughout the day.  Jessica worked with each attendee on different poses they struggle with during their sessions and how to improve them.  I love watching Jessica at work.  She is the best of the best when it comes to working with newborns and I learn something new from her every time I’m at her studio.

At the end of the day, we showed everyone our general editing workflow and walked through a few images from the 3 sessions.  Every attendee had their laptops and followed along asking questions as they came up.  We spent a little more time hanging out that night and learning than we expected but we wanted to make sure everyone got what they need for their business!

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In depth newborn workshop

Newborn photography workshop

Day 2
The second day was all about the business side of things with me, my favorite!  Going into this day, it was heavy on my heart that I be completely transparent, open, encouraging and supportive in each photographer’s dreams.  I’ve had some amazing mentors over the last 3 years and they have all been honest, open books to me.  That’s how I learn, that’s how I relate and that’s what I wanted for everyone at our workshop.  I was busting at the seams to teach easy, simple, practical information that they could apply to their businesses as soon as they got home.  I’ve made plenty of mistakes in my business and have a desire to help others avoid them if at all possible to reach their goals faster.

We started the day strong with making sure everyone understood if and how to setup their business properly.  We went over everything from Business Plan and Goals to Financial Plans/Budgeting, Pricing, Products, Marketing, Branding, Client Workflow and more.  There was a lot of note taking and filling out step-by-step worksheets along with lots of questions.  We dug deep, talked about the hard stuff and dreamed about where their businesses are going.

I feel blessed to have been a part of each of these women’s lives and businesses.  With everything we did at the workshop, I know each attendee will be able to take back what they learned from both days and grow their business.  I can’t wait to watch each of them and their photography journey!

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A HUGE shout out to all of the AWESOME, AMAZING, TALENTED vendors that contributed to our grab bags!  Our attendees LOVED them and Jessica and I secretly wish we had one too.

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happy workshop attendees
Business partners
Rachel Brenke – The Law Tog
Leah Remillet - The Thriving Photographer
Feuza – Get Found with Fuse
Millers Lab
Artsy Couture

Prop Shop partners
Kissing Frogs Photography Props
Zellashop
The Crafty European
Intuition Backgrounds by Becky Gregory
Jax & June
Greater than Gatsby
Birdie Baby Boutique
Infiniti Foto Fabrics

FOR THE NEXT WORKSHOP DATES, CHECK OUT THIS POST! (I’ll give you a hint – May 5-6 and July 7-8)

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Thank you 2014!

January 2nd, 2015

2014 was a fabulous year for BLP and personally.  It was the studio’s first full year in Charlotte and I was blown away.  I got to work with some of the most wonderful people that have impacted and changed my life for the better.  Every family, every baby, every senior are so different with a story to be told.  I feel lucky to be able to tell so many.  This year, my goal is to provide an even better experience to all of my new and current clients.  I never want to stop learning, growing, doing, creating, inventing and expanding.  This year will be full of new things – some I’m ready for and some that truthfully scare me but I know it’s time.  When I started this little business of mine, a wise mentor told me to get comfortable being uncomfortable and I’m heading in to 2015 ready for a whole lot of that.  I want to volunteer my services more, mentor other photographers in their businesses, teach, learn from some of my favorite photographers in the industry and deepen my purpose through photography.

On a personal level, it’s been a year I’ll always hold close.  Jordan and I bought our first home/condo together.  We adopted our sweet dog, Ella.  I married the love of my life September 27.  We went to Pebble Beach and Fiji for our honeymoon.  Penelope the cat randomly found her way to our household to become part of our family too.  Those are the highlights and lots of good stuff in between.  We traveled, saw, laughed, drank, ate, loved and embraced every minute of it all.  Together, we have some personal projects that I’m super excited about and can’t wait to announce.  2014 was awesome so 2015 has big shoes to fill but I can’t wait to see what God has in store.

Thank you to everyone that made 2014 so wonderful.  I hope to see you all in 2015!

Charlotte Family Photographer

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The Business of Newborn Photography – from start to finish!

November 20th, 2014

It’s finally here!  Jessica, of Jessica Mitchell Photography, and I have been talking and dreaming about this for a while.  We wanted to create an intimate newborn workshop that brings you the ultimate newborn photography learning experience.  With my business background and Jessica’s newborn skills, it seemed like the best fit to create The Business of Newborn Photography – from start to finish.best newborn workshop

all images by Jessica Mitchell Photography

A little about me
It’s been almost 3 years since I left corporate America to follow my dream of photography.  Starting in NYC and now in Charlotte, it hasn’t always been the easiest road but it’s worth it.  I can now say I love what I do and have learned how to create a successful business I enjoy that works for me and my clients.  Being a successful photographer is more than just knowing how to use your camera.  You have to understand the business side of it which, in my opinion, was harder than learning my camera.  Graduating with a Finance and Accounting degree makes it a little easier to understand what goes into making a business successful but it’s still so much more than that.  Over the last 3 years, I’ve made plenty of mistakes that you don’t have to.  I’ve learned many things the hard way.  That’s why I’m so passionate about the business side of photography and helping other photographers develop a business that works for them without some of the hurdles I had to face.  I’ll be sharing it all in this workshop!

A little about Jessica
Jessica has been in the photography business for a little over 10 years.  She’s been specializing in newborns and children for the past 4 with no looking back!  There is so much magic in capturing the first moments of a baby’s life.  She loves the flaky skin and snuggling with those chubby newborns.  As a photographer, you are given the opportunity to freeze moments in time for the family that they’ll always remember how special that time was.  Everyone starts off somewhere and her goal in this workshop is to help you perfect your weaknesses in order to excel in newborn photography.  Then you can feel the love and joy of capturing these timeless moments.

best newborn workshop

Details about the workshop
The Business of Newborn Photography – from start to finish – will be a 2 day work intensive workshop February 10-11, 2015 that you’re not going to want to miss.  It will be held at Jessica Mitchell’s studio in Valley, Alabama with workshop hours of 8am – 5pm.  There will only be 4 seats available to ensure we can give each of our attendees and their business the attention they deserve.  Jessica and I will be complete open books about our businesses.  No topic is off limits, seriously.  We will also be customizing our teaching materials to specific items you want to learn.  This isn’t a one size fits all kind of workshop.  We want to know what you need for your photography and business the most!

What’s included
Lots and lots of learning
Breakfast and lunch both days
Workshop notebooks
Goodie bags!
All attendees will be responsible for their own transportation and hotel accommodations along with dinner both nights

How to sign up
This is our first workshop which means a special introductory price of $1400.  Registration will open on Friday, November 21 at 9:00am CST.   To sign up, you will need to email Jessica at jessicamitchellphotography@yahoo.com starting at 9:00am CST.  All emails before 9am will not be considered.  The first 4 to email will be sent an invoice for a $500 non-refundable deposit to reserve your seat.  The remaining balance will be due 30 days before the workshop.  Photographers within 100 miles of Valley, AL will not be able to attend.

WHAT THE WORKSHOP IS
Day 1 – The newborn session with Jessica
-Studio setup
-Photographing newborns (2 models will be arranged)
-Studio lighting
-Soothing techniques for newborns
-Posing and session workflow -Working with parents
-Basic editing

Day 2 – Newborn photography business with Brittany
-Pricing for profit
-Products to offer clients
-Client experience
-Client workflow
-Marketing
-Scheduling
-Favorite resources and vendors
-Customized agenda for attendees

WHAT THE WORKSHOP IS NOT
-In depth editing
-Full business makeover
-Natural light photography

We are so excited about this new workshop and what it will bring to your newborn business.  We hope that you will join us.  Please email Jessica or me with any questions.
Brittany - brittany@brittanylaurenphotography.org
Jessica - jessicamitchellphotography@yahoo.com

 

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Newborn boy at home | Charlotte newborn photographer

August 27th, 2014

Photographing this family was a dream!  Their home is beautiful and every family image looks like we were styling for a magazine cover.  It also helps that baby Beale is the cutest thing ever.  He smiled so many times while I was in his nursery.  Could have been baby gas but, either way, it’s adorable.

family newborn pictures on bed with dogs

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Visit our website here to view more of our Charlotte newborn photography. To schedule and design your perfect newborn photography session, email us at brittany@brittanylaurenphotography.org or call the studio at 803-487-7508.  We offer sessions in our studio and at your home for flexibility.  Limited sessions are available each month. Charlotte newborn photographer located in Charlotte, North Carolina serving surrounding areas in North and South Carolina.

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Baby girl Nora | Charlotte area newborn photography

August 22nd, 2014

Baby Nora is a gorgeous, very loved little girl.  I just adore this little family.  Their home was the perfect backdrop to capture this time in their lives.  I’m a sucker for good light, clean color palettes and the family pup.  All of those mixed with a beautiful family is the perfect combination for a newborn session.

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Visit our website here to view more of our Charlotte area newborn photography. To schedule and design your perfect newborn photography session, email us at brittany@brittanylaurenphotography.org or call the studio at 803-487-7508.  We offer sessions in our studio and at your home for flexibility.  Limited sessions are available each month. Charlotte newborn photographer located in Charlotte, North Carolina serving surrounding areas in North and South Carolina.

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Salem | Charlotte Senior Photographer

August 20th, 2014

School is starting for a lot of the seniors in my area today.  I remember my last first day of school.  I was so excited to drive to school and park in the Senior lot.  I couldn’t wait to graduate and go off to college.  Senior year was one of my favorites.

To celebrate, Salem’s Senior photo session is featured.  She graduated with the class of 2014 and will be heading to Queens University to start her freshman year of college.  Salem has a heart of gold, is sweet as pie and a very talented young lady.  It was an honor getting to know her and photographing her Senior portraits.

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Senior photos at horse barn

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fun senior photo series

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Visit our website here to view more of our Charlotte senior portraits.  We have a limited number of Senior 2015 sessions available.  To schedule and design your perfect senior photography experience with Charlotte Senior Photographer, email us at brittany@brittanylaurenphotography.org or call the studio at 803-487-7508.  Limited sessions are available each month.  Located in Charlotte, North Carolina serving surrounding areas in North and South Carolina.

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Baby Girl A | Charlotte baby photography

August 18th, 2014

Baby girl A had one of the prettiest nurseries I’ve ever seen.  It was light and airy with the perfect amount of color and the softest fur rug.  I wanted to take a nap right in the floor it was so soft and comfy.  Mom and Dad even got to enjoy some time relaxing in their room with their baby girl.

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Family in nursery with baby girlVisit our website here to view more of our newborn photography.  To schedule and design your perfect Charlotte baby photography session, email us at brittany@brittanylaurenphotography.org or call the studio at 803-487-7508.  We offer sessions in our studio and at your home for flexibility.  Limited sessions are available each month. Charlotte newborn photographer located in Charlotte, North Carolina serving surrounding areas in North and South Carolina.

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