So Much Good

There’s so much good right now.  There’s also so much busy but I’ve decided to only pay attention to the good and ignore the busy.  Busy brings on the good… no?

I’ve had the opportunity to meet several new families this fall which makes me oh-so-happy.  I really like the idea of creating new family photos so that they can shared during the holidays, be it as gifts or greeting cards sending warm wishes.  And it isn’t over – I have even more sessions at the end of this month and have lined up my November sessions as well.  It’s a sweet feeling to know that so many people out there like what I do that they’re willing to wait a few weeks to meet up with me.  I love them for it.

But this weekend, the fall family sessions are going on hold for a few days.  I’ve had it on my calendar for months, bought my ticket a few weeks back and now it’s finally here: I’m headed to Atlanta to spend the weekend shooting alongside Katie.

It’s funny how mine and Katie’s friendship started.  We seriously just happened upon each other’s blogs three years ago.  But a few short weeks after discovering new blogs to tune into, we learned that we worked in the same industry.  I was a TV buyer, she was a TV sales rep.  The rest was history.

I’ve never bonded so quickly with another person – we understood how our work influenced our personal lives and became each other’s sounding board.  We gave each other support when things got difficult in the office.  We celebrated when things were great.  And we celebrated even more when we actually got the opportunity to work together.  Katie became my sales rep – not only was she already my blog buddy, but we did business together.  Legitimately.  Phone conversations about TV stations in Houston, emails about preempts and affidavits… it’s was so nice to have such an understanding and warm person, a friend, as a sales rep.

From there, our friendship took on an even larger role as we continually supported each other through the ups and downs of starting our own photography businesses.  We’ve shared our frustrations, our discoveries, and have had Gmail chats and phone calls about how evil Photoshop is.  We talk equipment, vendors, things that we experience along the way.  Maybe the fact that we’re in different regions makes it easier, but Katie’s been my photog-confidant since day one.  And a non-judgey, super funny, wonderfully witty confidant she is.

While it might sound odd to some that I’m making the trek to Atlanta to spend time with Katie’s family and to photograph a wedding with her, everything feels right to me.  I know that she and I haven’t had the pleasure of shaking hands yet and that might scare some people, but it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.  I feel like I’ve known Katie and her family forever – I worked with her sister to get a shower gift to her, I’m familiar with her mother in-law’s art and refer to her husband and little boy as if I saw them only a few days ago.

Yeah, I’ve got butterflies but I can’t wait for this weekend to start.  There’s so much good in it.  And I’ve only got a few more hours to wait. :)

October 19, 2012 - 8:49 am

Susan - I am so, so excited for your two! You’re going to have SO MUCH FUN!

October 19, 2012 - 8:52 am

katie - I’m already on a full on countdown! Can’t believe you’ll be here in hours. So excited for this visit and know it’s going to be a blast.

October 19, 2012 - 9:47 am

Dawn - That sounds perfectly wonderful! You are going to have a blast this weekend. Enjoy!

October 25, 2012 - 7:58 am

That One Time I Went To Atlanta {the good} | Louisville Lifestyle Photographer | Shutterboo Photography | Shutterboo Photography - […] meet, visit and assist my friend Katie.  I’ve never been so excited to meet someone – we’ve been friends for years but never actually met in the flesh because of our distance.  I had butterflies out the wazoo and […]

Mary+Matt {love}

As much as I love to meet new folks, I get just as excited getting to photograph people I already know.  Especially those who I have a history with.  Mary is one of those.

I remember the first time I met Mary – she was a young, vibrant 18-year-old.  She was very talkative, ready to make friends and never turned down a moment to make a memory.  I say that because some of my favorite memories from college involve Mary and something ridiculously funny.  Heck, some of my favorite memories since college involve Mary.  Luckily, some things never change. :)

As a young couple, it’s easy to overlook something as simple as getting your photos taken, to capture you and your spouse together.  There may not be kids yet, but that’s no reason to not want to focus on each other and your love.  Mary and her honey, Matt, have been married for five years now.  And I was happy to get them in front of my camera, to focus on them.


I love Mary’s dark, warm eyes. I’m a sucker for brown eyes.

I had such a wonderful time with my friend and her husband.  It was fun to tell them my lame jokes, laugh at my lame jokes and just see them be together.  They make a handsome pair, round each other out and I’m happy that Mary has found Matt.  They make it look easy.

Gallery+Prints {product feature}

If you’ve been a client of Shutterboo Photography or have searched my portfolio site, you’d know that I provide a disc of images.  When I decided to offer photography services, I tried to think of the things that were important to me.  And being able to have digital copies of photos and the ability to print them how I like topped the list.  So I always provide my clients with a high-resolution disc of their final, edited images and a release so they can print them for personal use.

But sometimes it can become overwhelming to print images.  Sure, you can print them off at your local department store or pharmacy, but sometimes the prints just don’t look that good.  And there are a lot of online printers these days, which is why I usually recommend my favorite to my clients.  The quality of prints can differ and I’ve seen it all: over saturated, under saturated, and the worst offense of all, skin tone is just not right.  So if you’re taking the time to print photographs to hang on your wall, you want them to look great, right?

I’ve made it even easier for you to order prints if you want to use a professional printing-house and take all the hassle out of it.  It’s how I roll.

This year, I decided to take my client galleries to the next level.  I wanted them to have a clean look, have a nice professional feeling and be easy to share.  So far, I’ve loved the gallery and I always get excited to send to my clients after I finish editing their sessions.  Seeing their images in the gallery platform just gives me goosebumps.  I keep all the galleries private (password protected) but you have the ease of sharing your link and password with whomever you like – sharing is super easy.

But the cool thing is that you, and the people you share with, can order prints right from your gallery.  The whole gallery can be purchased, individual photos can be selected… it’s just like using any other online printer only you don’t have to wait for the upload or worry about how the photographs will turn out.  Because each image is color corrected at the printing-house and if anything happens to your prints when they’re mailed to you, the printing-house has a guarantee so that you’re always satisfied.

There are several options available to print – wallets, 4×6 to 8×10, even 16×24 – I upload the full-resolution images to your gallery so that your prints will be outstanding.  I also offer standouts through the galleries; prints that are mounted on light foam core and gives you a frameless piece to hang.  Anything that has to do with prints on photography paper can be accomplished through your gallery.

I haven’t had this gallery feature for very long (I think since May), so every now and then I print some test images to see how they look.  The most recent prints are from Marybeth and Oscar’s wedding and I thought they were perfect.  Several different sizes, they were crisp and colorful and I was most pleased with the tone of their skin.  And I really liked the wallets – it’s a fun option for moms and dads that don’t like their kids’ school photos.

Nothing too fancy, but just an easy way to print without worry.  Perfect for gifts, for yourself, for your home – and it’s at your fingertips!  Don’t forget to check out your gallery next time you pop in!

More details on available products and features coming soon.  And stay tuned for a client giveaway!!!

Laura+Adam {family}

I love meeting new people.  But having a friend in common always makes it more fun, no?  Laura said she heard about me through the grapevine at work and we discovered this week that she actually works with my good friend Amber.  (You remember Annabella, right?  Amber is Annabella’s mom.)  It’s a small world indeed – and it’s one of the things I love most about Louisville.

Louisville is large enough that you don’t know everyone and constantly meet wonderful new people, but it’s just small enough that you quickly learn you already have a friend in common.  This never ceases to make me happy.

So I met Laura and her son Adam for the first time last Sunday.  And all I wanted to do was take Adam’s curls and twist them around my fingers.  He’s such a sweet boy and rather shy – he tried his best to keep his back to me, to not meet my eye and maybe even hide his five-year-old smile. But his mom had other plans and slowly he came out of his shell.

I love this one of Laura and Adam.  This fella kept me on my toes but I was thrilled to capture such a happy photo of them together.

Like most little boys that I photograph at Locust Grove, Adam instantly began climbing the wicked tree they have on the grounds.  He was in his element, exploring and on the move and having fun.  These are my favorites of Adam.  Because his shyness disappeared – he wasn’t worried about where I was, but instead was just being a little boy.

*my fave*

I really think if we had spent more time together, I would have been able to photograph Adam playing his guitar that he brought along.  But that’s the thing about mini sessions – you are working against the clock.  I’m hoping to meet Laura and Adam again soon… and I’m hoping he brings his guitar again… and still has those cute blonde curls.

October 11, 2012 - 10:01 am

katie - What a cutie! Looks like the first mini session was a success!

Sneak Peek: Mini Sessions

After last fall’s minis, there was no question of whether I’d do them again – I had my October date highlighted for months.  And I was right to have them again this year because everything went perfectly.  PERFECTLY!  The weather played nice, we had most of the grounds to ourselves, I had a lot of fun just being me but the best part were the folks.

Such an awesome group of families yesterday.  Some new, some acquaintances, some referred – all totally awesome.  I can’t wait to dig in and spend some time culling through their images.  But until then, here are some sneak peeks from yesterday’s mini sessions.

There may be more on Facebook later this week… so stay tuned!

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