Rocking Along to 2018 - Memphis, TN Photographer

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Rocking Along to 2018 - Memphis, TN Photographer

Ten Years Later....

2018 marks my TENTH YEAR as a business owner! And while I'm not exactly where I thought I would be I've definitely come leaps and bounds from when I started. There were a few years where I was only doing this part time, then had several life-altering events that put my plans the backburner for a moment (namely, becoming a mother and almost losing my father in the same year.) I've seen many folks come and go in 10 years, having to give up their dream, and not just within the photography business. Being a business owner is HARD y'all.  So I will forever appreciate being able to own a business that has managed to thrive year after year. It's a humbling experience. That is why I am always expressing my gratitude to my clients and supporters, without them I wouldn't have made it this far!

Not to brag, but the thing I'm most proud of is the fact that even if I had low moments, I never gave up! This as definitely been a lesson in fortitude, integrity, dedication and most of all faith.

My plan for next year is to keep on rockin' along. But there are other plans to share with you as well!

Without further ado, here's what you can expect in 2018:

  • NEW PRICING- Clients will have a choice of packages - digital, print + product or a la cart- to choose from during their ordering appointment post-session. There will be a session fee due up front that acts as a retainer. I'm also adding new real estate packages for smaller homes and multi-listing.
  • NEW POLICIES- Everyone will have to sign and acknowledge receipt of my contracts and disclosures before we can proceed to session, you'll receive copies for your records. All my real estate clients must provide a copy of my disclosures to their sellers if the property is occupied at the time of session.
  • IMPROVED DESIGN - My website will be updated and I will provide my clients with a welcome packet that will explain the process of working with RJI. Booking sessions will be even easier and seamless.
  • OFFICE SCHEDULE- Office hours are Tuesday-Friday 9am-6pm. Sessions are held by appointment only Tuesday-Sunday. Mondays my office will be closed in order to catch up on editing, office work, etc. No sessions will be scheduled on Mondays.
  • BETTER CONNECTION- My #1 goal is to communicate and connect better with my clients. They are so precious to me, they deserve more. I'm also making a concentrated effort to network and socialize more with other entrepreneurs, because it's so easy for me to become a hermit.
  • SESSION UPDATES- My sessions offered are as follows - primarily Portraits (Families, Children, Seniors, Couples) and Real Estate; Headshots; Editorial & Advertising. Sessions not offered are events, weddings & boudoir.

A Note of Thanks

Thank you to everyone who did a mini session with me this year! You were absolutely an honor to work with! I'm thankful to have new clients and repeats- you're all a blessing.

 

Special thanks to the following folks and companies who made this a fantastic year!

  • Grant & Co. New Homes
  • The Rusted Nail Boutique (Cottage Creek)
  • Suzanne Culpepper, Mike Murphy Realtors
  • Jenna Williamson, Keller Williams Realty
  • Andrea King, Andrea King Photography
  • Lauren Warren, blogger
  • Lindsay Ball, former owner of Memphis Moms Blog
  • Melba Wooten, Grant & Co. New Homes
  • The Chicken Salad Chick Restaurant
  • The Culture Trip, travel website
  • Jenna Bostick, Olivia Louise Shop
  • Allstar Property Management, rental & real estate company

And as always thank you to my husband Joe, my son Gabe and my family who always support me and have my back. You make me want to be the best version of myself.

Photo credit: Natalie Fuschi Photography

Photo credit: Natalie Fuschi Photography

 

 

 

 

 

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Toes in the sand - Memphis, TN Photographer

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Toes in the sand - Memphis, TN Photographer

Last week, I went on a trip to St. Petersburg, Florida with my family to celebrate mine and my husband's ten year anniversary. It was an amazing experience and I loved seeing my son have the time of his life! We went to the beach ALOT, visited Disney World and ate at some amazing restaurants. We even went on a dolphin boat tour! This was the moment my son saw the ocean for the first time, and he did not hesitate to jump right in!

Gabe in the ocean ©2017 Rebecca J. Imagery

Gabe in the ocean ©2017 Rebecca J. Imagery

One afternoon we visited beautiful Northshore Beach with my stepdaughter and grandbabies (yes I'm a grandma!) Staring out at the ocean, I was able to clear my head for the first time in a while. And suddenly, all the things that I was having trouble sorting out began falling into place, both personally and professionally. It's amazing how going to the beach seems to clear your head! Ideas began flooding in and I decided when I came back I would share with you some of them.

Beautiful Abigail ©2017 Rebecca J. Imagery

Beautiful Abigail ©2017 Rebecca J. Imagery

January 1, 2018 will be my TENTH year as a business and with it will bring about more changes that will make my life easier and my client's experience with me even better! While I can't share all the details yet, I will share a couple of things that you can expect:

  • Site Redesign - I will be fine tuning my website, making it easier to navigate and book sessions.

  • New Packages - I will be adding new products, options and custom orders.

  • Step into my office - Clients will be able to have one on one meetings, consults and ordering sessions in the privacy of my home office!

  • Home Studio - My dream of having a studio space in my home for headshots is alive and well! Piece by piece it's coming into formation.

There's much more to this so please be patient with me as I get my ducks in a row!

Northshore Beach, St. Petersburg, FL ©2017 Rebecca J. Imagery

Northshore Beach, St. Petersburg, FL ©2017 Rebecca J. Imagery


Fall Minis Updated Information

Lastly, if you would like to book a Fall Mini Session please let me know ASAP! Currently, October is all filled up unless I have a reschedule or cancellation. I've decided to open up all weekends in November for sessions and some weekdays as well! The last weekend for minis is December 2 & 3rd. If you would like a mini but do not have a deadline to have them for Christmas card photos or gifts, you can schedule a mini until December 30th. Mini sessions are $125 and come with 10 images + print authorization.

Gift cards are available for purchase if you need a gift idea for a loved one! You receive a printable online receipt with a special confirmation code. If you would like an actual gift certificate complete withgift box, they are available at my office starting November 1st.

Thank you all for your continued support! xoxo

 

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Party of Five - The M Family At- Home Lifestyle Session (Memphis, TN Photographer)

The M Family has a special place in my heart, I've done many a session for them over the past few years. They are the sweetest people you'll ever meet! This year was a doozy for them as the not only decided to move back home from Nashville but they were becoming a party of FIVE! Introducing Myles! Here he is just two weeks new:

Photo by Rebecca J. Imagery ©2017

Photo by Rebecca J. Imagery ©2017

To commemorate, they wanted an at home session. I am falling deeper in love with at home sessions and their intimacy and comfort. It's not only easier for the parents but it gives the kids the freedom to be themselves, which is all they want anyway!

Here's sweet Kylee being the best big sister ever, something she's quite accustomed to:

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Ryder is new to the big brother scene but he took right to it like a champ! He was very protective of his little bro, making sure to never get too far away:

Photo by Rebecca J. Imagery ©2017

Photo by Rebecca J. Imagery ©2017

Thank you M family for allowing me to capture your beautiful family of five!

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Fall Minis 2017! Memphis, TN Photographer

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Fall Minis 2017! Memphis, TN Photographer

Hello my lovelies! Due to the amount of inquiries I'm already receiving regarding fall sessions, I decided to go ahead and share the dates I have available for them now and open for booking!

Here's the deets:

-Sessions last up to 30 minutes, on location, during the late afternoon/sunset hours (although I'm totally down for early morning sessions as well!)

-Location, times and backup dates are discussed during the booking process.

-Session fee is $125.00 and it covers: session time, date, 10 digital images with print authorization and private gallery for downloading. I do not provide discs or delivery via dropbox. You must provide me with an email address to send the link to!

-Should you choose to purchase any prints through your gallery, you get 15% off your total!

-Session fee must be paid up front in order to reserve your spot.

-I realize some folks work on the weekends, so if you need a weekday date please let me know and I'm happy to work something out with you!

ALSO! November 11th & 12th have been devoted to CHRISTMAS TREE FARM MINI SESSIONS at the Merry Christmas Tree Farm in Nesbit, MS! As of today I only have ONE spot left so if you want it, better scoop it up! (Note: Saturday, November 11th is full.)

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If you would like to go ahead and schedule your session fill out the form below! This goes directly to my email, you will not be solicited and your information is never sent to third parties.

Mini Session Form

Name *
Name
Phone
Phone
Please let me know the best times to call and if it's ok to text!
Please provide how many is in your party, any location preferences and any questions you have.
Mini Session Date *
Please check which date or dates you prefer.

 

 

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Meet me Half-Way {Memphis, TN Photographer}

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Meet me Half-Way {Memphis, TN Photographer}

As I look towards the last half of 2017, I sit in awe of what an amazing first half of the year entailed. To say I'm grateful is an understatement! I get to do what I love and I cherish it more and more each day. Today I want to share highlights from the past few months and what you can expect for the remainder of 2017!

Lauren

Lauren and I collaborated on a couple of shoots for her up and coming blog. She's a Memphian who wants to share with the world her love of travel, fashion and the importance of self-love, all while making us think outside our comfort zone. She's a dangerous mix of sweet and sexy, smart and silly, high maintenance and down to earth. I'm thankful to call her my friend!

Jeremy

Jeremy is a childhood friend who needed headshots for a personal project he's working on. I was so excited when he recruited me for help! We managed to squeeze in our shoot in perfectly between rainstorms back in June. Best of luck to you Jeremy!

The J Family

This precious fam just welcomed their third baby and first ever boy! So naturally they wanted to document this special occasion. Mom and Dad thought it best to do an at home lifestyle type session and it could not have been a better decision. When you have littles, they love the comfort of their own environment. It makes them feel grounded and free to be themselves, even with a big camera in their face. The girls were so excited to show me their room, their vegetable garden and their toys! This session was one of my all time faves. Lovely.

The V Family

When I last did their family photos they were a party of 3! But now the V Fam has a new arrival, and I was thrilled to work with them again! I'm beginning to fall deeper in love with lifestyle sessions.... it's easy to understand why!

 

There were houses, too!

I cannot forget about all the homes I've shot! Here are some of my fave shots from these listings:

Over the past 6 months, I have been studying and practicing new techniques for my real estate photography that will take it to a whole new level. So be looking for some changes to my aesthetic!

Going forward

For the remainder of the year I have shared at least the highlights of the coming months on my News page. Check it every so often to find out about any changes, specials and scheduling information. I have listed on their my new shooting schedule. The biggest change I've making Mondays a non-shooting day and being closed one weekend a month (except in the Fall.)

Thank you everyone who has made the first half of this year amazing! I will have more to write about but in the meantime have a wonderful weekend! xoxoxo

 

 

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