I really enjoy photography. Not just because it's how I make my living, but because it makes me feel like an artist. I tried painting and drawing and I never felt more than average, but when I pick up my camera - I can make it see the world the way I see it. This year, I challenged myself to shoot everyday. Not just with my iPhone but with my big girl camera. And you know that sucker is heavy - so toting it home everyday from the studio was already going to be new for me. The other challenge I made for myself is to photograph my children more. I wanted more photographs of them doing every day stuff, not just the glamorous things we do in the studio. To guide me and keep me on task - I joined a 365 day challenge with a group of professional and hobby photographers. Everyday we have a theme. Some days it's easy to work the vague theme into my scheduled workload of beautiful babies and families. But somedays, like today, that would almost never happen. Today's theme is: Potato. I immediately thought about photographing Mr. Potato Head. But we have all these heads and arms and NO EYES. So ironic. So with my trusty helper, Jefferson, we created this tiny masterpiece in my dining room this morning.
I love the dirt under his nails. I love that this tiny hurricane stood still for me and helped me complete today's challenge. It's nice to slow down and enjoy the little things with my little people. Happy Saturday!
Daphne Ellenburg is the owner of a bustling Portrait photography business called Ellenburg Photography located in Southern Alabama. Daphne has a supportive family and a fancy-pants NEW 2000 sq ft studio. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Apple. She also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Daphne is a proud member of PPA, WPPI, and the local chamber. Catch up with her at EllenburgPhotography.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. We love to read your comments.
My clients book in months before their baby arrives for delicious newborn portraits. We love it. There is so much infectious love everywhere when the new baby arrives - everyone just can't wait for portraits. But I think that deep down inside, they dream of their first family portrait. We love creating magical First Family Portraits.
Introducing sweet baby Michael the third. He was wide awake for his session. He didn't miss a moment of the fun.
Newborn portraits are our specialty. We are a newborn studio stocked with all the latest and greatest things to make your baby's first portraits perfect. Are you expecting your first baby? We schedule newborn portraits for you while you are 30-36 weeks and usually before your baby arrives. Newborn portraits are BEST in the first 10 days. Scheduling early ensures that we have room for you. We provide you with homework tested and tried to ensure that you will have a great experience and great portraits. Those first ten days are precious. Let us create magical portraits for you. To learn more about our newborn sessions, contact our studio and book a complimentary tour and consult.
It was such a joy to see sweet baby Rylie again today. She is growing and growing and is 3 big giant months old. Her eyes twinkle when she smiles and she likes to watch me take her portraits. She also likes to make funny faces at me while I work. I'm pretty sure she learned that from her big sister. Only time will tell.
Babies wrapped in white was my most favorite thing from 2017 and I'm bringing it with me into the new year. Sweet baby Rylie joined our Milestone Baby Club today. We are so excited to watch her grow and grow during this BIG first year!
The Milestone Baby Club is the Perfect way to watch your little one grow. All Baby Club Members are photographed four times during the big first year all about three months apart. It's a great way to document the BIG first exciting year. The Baby Club comes with four full sessions, prints each session and the most delicious album when when your graduate the program. And if you have more than one baby, it's a great way to watch your family grow and blossom. Siblings, Moms and Dads are always welcome to participate in the sessions. Being photographed with your child is the best gift you can give them. Let us show your love back to you in beautiful portraiture. We love babies!
Do you have a little one that is starting the Milestone journey? We would love to show you our studio and talk more with you about how we can help you document this very busy year!
How do you define success? For some it's constantly moving forward and climbing ahead. For some it's small victories each and every day. Thinking about success helps you plan. It helps you define what is important to you and who you are becoming.
For me | Success is Golden.
Success is doing the hard work that brings VALUE to your life. I'm very proud of my portrait studio. I'm proud to make a living doing what I love. When you come into see me, I'm a mirror. I reflect what you love the most and show it back to you with heart eyes. There is nothing more special to me than watching you look at your new portraits.
How do you dream of being photographed this year?
It's the coldest January in decades. Every morning I wake up wearing fuzzy Christmas socks to twenty degree temperatures and hope that my water hasn't frozen over. Then I thumb through my social media and see everyone's delicious snow and ice. Even though it's still cold here, it's still very green. If I step outside my door to take a twenty degree portrait, it still looks like spring. So, what's a girl to do? Pretend. Hard.
And nothing says, "It's cold outside" like MITTENS. This is my daughter Madison. She just turned Ten and is always up for some studio make believe. Pretending with a few props is the dream of every child. It gives that extra sparkle that helps make smiles even bigger. When I look back and reflect on my favorite portraits of the year, they are ALWAYS of smiling faces.
How do you want to remember 2018?