I've been super busy the past two weeks. It seems like session after session (Wouldn't change that part!) and my little man has had a cold. You KNOW he doesn't feel well when he's sleeping 12 straight hours at night, and taking 3 hour naps. Usually, he sleeps about 9 hrs... waking up once or twice or even three or four times for snuggles and naps for about an hour during the day. I secretly LOVED the sleeping 12 hours a night without waking up...But felt a little guilty at the same time ;) Today he is feeling lots better, and I am able to whip up a little blog.
I'm going to stand on a soapbox now and vent a little...just because I can here;)
I decided that I'm going to be switching things up. I feel like I am so flexible with scheduling. and try to go out of my way to mesh with client's schedules and be able to find a time to do photos that works for them. Its not easy for me. I have to arrange someone to watch my son. A lot of the time my mother in law leaves work early so that I can work. She's amazing! But lately, whatever the reason, clients need to cancel, or reschedule. I get that. Things happen. BUT this leaves me in a sticky situation. Usually its not enough time to fill the opening. I don't know if people realize it, but this is my JOB. The income that I'm making from photo sessions goes towards my family. Whether it's food, toiletries or clothes for my little man. If someone cancels without a lot of notice, then I'm basically out of luck I don't get paid salary. I don't get paid hourly. From now on, I am requiring a non refundable retainer fee to hold your spot. Yep. That's right. I've put together a new contract that is required to be filled out before a session date is even set. BAM.
Another thing that has been erking me lately. Lets talk copywrite.
"All photos are copyrighted. The negatives and or digital images (hereinafter collectively the “images”) created by the Photographer and/or subcontractor(s) remain the property of the Photographer. It is illegal to copy, scan, reproduce, or post online in forums or elsewhere without the written permission of the Photographer. Violators of this federal law will be subject to its civil and criminal penalties. The Photographer retains the copyright to all images produced by the Photographer and/or the Photographer's subcontractors. If purchasing Hi-Resolution images on CD/DVD, Clients will be given a written release to make personal copies of images from CDs or DVDs. The client understands the images given on CD/DVD cannot be used for profit or advertising and all posting of images on the internet must be acknowledged as images by the Photographer."
This is a little something that I have started putting on each disc that I give out. I also added it to my contract for clients to sign. My photos have been creeping up on Facebook, and Instagram. I don't really care that clients want to share their photos. That's TOTALLY fine. Your grandma in Australia has a facebook and wants to see your family photos? Post them, Go for it! Tell her Villiados Photography says hi. Its when I'm not getting credit for the photos that drives me batty... or altering them by cropping, or changing the color, I work REALLY hard on each image. I spend hours going through each one to see which ones are best, and then enhancing them. To see them changed, or not to be given credit for them It kind of like a slap in the face to my small business. By posting your photos on facebook and giving a small shout out... as simple as "Taken by Villiados Photography" ... your step sister's cousin's uncle's neighbor could happen to stumble upon the post and think, "Hey, those are great! I want photos by Villiados Photography!" Giving me a little bit more business.
Anyway. Stepping down from my soap box now.
I worked with some really great families the past two weeks. I'm going to throw a bunch of images up and you can take a gander. This one first... Its my FAVORITE to date. The lighting was just dreamy, and the couple was so perfect. To be so young and care for each other so much is amazing. I hope that they are together for a very very very long time <3
I LOVED working with this little fam bam. Little Paisley and Benny were the the apple of their parents eyes! We tried to do a pinterest worthy photo shoot after their family photos at their house. It was my first "lifestyle" shoot, and I really enjoyed it!
Benny gave us a run for our money. But the photos turned out amazing anyways ;)
Two seniors I had the opportunity to work with. Both at the beach!
LOVED this maternity session. The sunset was beautiful!
These girls were stunning!
I just adore this one. Momma and her baby <3
Thanks for looking! Would love to know which ones were your weekly favorite on here. See you next week!