Hey there! Me again, and I’m super excited to share some awesome news with all of you today! But first, why is it that we pay so much money for a photo session, only to find out that the “professional” photographer we’re paying is still in school!  Seriously, shouldn’t they know what they’re doing if they’re charging hundreds of dollars for an hour of their time?

Haha, I find it so amusing that each time I post something about growth, education, learning, etc. I lose at least five followers on social media.  It’s funny because people don’t want to follow someone who’s learning, they want to follow the experts! But, what they don’t know is that the experts are the ones who invest in their education and continuing education! A know-it-all photographer goes stale over time and their work becomes dated and predictable.  The photographers everyone is swooning over on social media are most likely the ones who are members of photography forums and organizations. These are the photographers who are spending their profits to attend workshops, learn more, and invest what they’ve learned back into their business so that they can provide you with the beautiful fresh images you so desire!

“Do the best you can until you know better.  Then when you know better, do better.” – Maya Angelou

Photography school is for passionate photographers of all skill levels.  A photographer who is serious about the art of photography will stay humble, remain teachable, and keep learning!  The amateurs will work hard to become experts.  The experts will keep learning to perfect what they already know – trying fresh and new ideas, such as those creative jaw dropping images you might find in a magazine, museum or gallery exhibit.  These great photographers are a community that strive for community over competition, they help each other, appreciate each others styles, collaborate together to create stunning images, and they grow that passion for the art of photography by educating their clients and other photographers.

So what’s the big news? I’m sure that by now you’ve guessed that in all of the piles of laundry and dishes, in the hustle of taking kids to school and extra curricular activities, in spending time in faith and worship, cooking and cleaning, working and maintaining a business, running errands, planning, marketing, blogging, attending workshops, researching, etc… I’m going back to photography school!  Yes, I’m adding one more thing to my already busy life and overflowing plate.  But the payoff will be so worth it and as I often say (because I’m always looking towards improving) I’m excited for new things to come!

Stay tuned for another big announcement, thanks for reading, and I’m so glad to have you all on this journey with me!

 

Little Tin Hen is based out of St. Augustine, FL // serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Orlando, and other North and Central Florida locations.

Lifestyle Photographer Specializing in Newborn Photography & Baby’s First Year

Phone: (904) 345-9329 | Email: info@littletinhen.com

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Hey guys! I know it’s been quite some time since my first blog post, but as I said, this was going to be another big year! We recently sold our very first home (the home we brought all three babies home to) and relocated to St. Augustine, FL. Although we only moved about 25 minutes from our last house, moving with the littles has certainly been an adventure! As soon as we moved in we began unboxing our things and attempting to make this new place feel like home before we left for our Tennessee/Georgia vacation in the beginning of August. Of course… unpacking your things and finding a place for them in a new space can be quite the task when you’ve got three adorable minions running wild and being kids! Needless to say, we’re still working on getting situated.

The first day after we got back from vacation, our oldest started her very first day of VPK and made a brand new friend in the neighborhood, our son started taking Taekwon-do, and our little one decided that it was time to bring out a whole new level of sass. Woah! Can we say “SURPRISE!”? How on Earth did I expect for everything to go so smoothly and still manage to run my business without any sort of struggle? I guess that’s just what us moms do! We set those expectations super high and then we do everything in our power to make it all happen and crush those goals… but realistically we know that things almost never go according to plan. Haha, I know, kinda like this post right?

So why are one year olds my absolute FAVORITE subjects to photograph? Well, I can give you one really good reason… They’re stinking’ cute!

I recently had someone ask me why I enjoy photographing this age so much more than others; after all “they’re so difficult at that age” aren’t they? Well, to be honest, that’s what I love so much about one year old babies… they’re completely and 100% unpredictable! Almost anything I try to get a sweet expression out of them is reciprocated with a fresh new look I’ve never seen before.  Some babies make me laugh, some make me swoon… not gonna lie, some make me wanna look in a mirror and figure out what is making them look at me that way, haha! But really, they keep things fresh and interesting!

I love the one year milestone so much because (hopefully) by this time I’ve been able to see these babies grow from a newborn, to a crawler, to a sitter, and then sometimes I get to see them take some of their very first steps right there at our session! My heart floods with so many emotions as I’m capturing these moments and memories for my clients; and it makes everything I’ve set my career around that much more rewarding!

The image above was actually captured during an extended family session at St. Augustine Beach.  This sweet girl was not at all about smiling for the camera, but when I told her she could sit on my little wooden crate, she took full advantage and did so with no issue at all… No problem lady, I’ll sit on your crate – with my back to you. Oh you adorable little thing, those curls are everything I wanted to capture!

 

Little Tin Hen is based out of St. Augustine, FL // serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Orlando, and other North and Central Florida locations.

Lifestyle Photographer Specializing in Newborn Photography & Baby’s First Year

Phone: (904) 345-9329 | Email: info@littletinhen.com

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Hey guys! So the blog is here and I finally have this little space in the world to fill you in on all the fun and exciting things that are happening with Little Tin Hen!

Actually, 2016 was a big year for me. I lost my status of being a mommy with “three under three”, I took on a job as a real estate photographer for an awesome local realty group and I became a legitimate business and began working as a full time photographer… I have to admit, I wasn’t prepared for the time and investment this business would demand of me. Sure, starting a photography business sounds fun and exciting, but there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes! Managing a business with three fairly new little ones is certainly tougher than I thought; but, stick with me guys, I’m still trying to figure this mom life out!

Oh, for those of you who don’t know me; Hi, I’m Megan. Proud (artificial) southern girl, mommy to three adorable babies and wife to the most amazing man I’ve ever met. I’m a 29 year old Mamapreneur with a passion for photography and storytelling. You’d think that by the time someone owns a business they probably have their whole life figured out… or at least they want you to think so. Well, that’s not exactly the case for me. I’m on a journey and I’m embracing the adventure. Meanwhile capturing your family’s most precious moments and sharing a few of my own special moments with you.

Life is messy! Life with kids is extra messy and that’s part of the reason I love working with my clients so much.  I love hearing their story and I love being able to tell that story with images that are truly emotive. I started my journey as a photographer thinking that every image had to be perfectly composed, that everyone had to be looking directly into my lens, all smiling at the same time… While all of that is great, I learned through my own endeavors that I prefer images that tell a story, images that are led by emotion, not posing. If there is one thing I want my clients to take with them when they leave a session it’s the memories I was able to capture, because years from now that’s what they’ll want to remember.  It’s not just about what you or your children look like, what you were wearing, or where you’re standing. It’s about the smell of the air, the texture of Baby’s hair or that blanket they’d been swaddled in five million times, it’s about the innocence in your child’s eyes, the love in your hearts and the connections between you!

I can say from experience that kids grow up FAST. They certainly don’t stay the same for long and they are constantly changing! Be sure to check back on the blog from time to time for tips on getting great shots of your children as they speed through childhood, as well as other topics such as dressing right for an upcoming session, bringing home a new baby, finding motivation, and more!

2017 is going to be another big year, and I’m ready for it. Here goes nothin’ y’all (I don’t ever say that, I’m not really southern, I just like to pretend I am… I couldn’t live without Target or Starbucks and I’m deathly afraid of spiders).

 

Little Tin Hen is based out of St. Augustine, FL // serving Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra, Orlando, and other North and Central Florida locations.

Lifestyle Photographer Specializing in Newborn Photography & Baby’s First Year

Phone: (904) 345-9329 | Email: info@littletinhen.com

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