Introducing Miss Daisy Mae, our new dalmatian puppy. She joined our family yesterday at 8 weeks old and already thinks she's a lap dog. She's the sweetest thing! Daisy will be keeping me company at the new studio this summer. She'll be looking forward to people stopping by to give her some lovin'.
The case of the cobbler's daughter strikes again. To say this year has been Crazy with a capital C for our family would be an understatement. Between moving to/from three different homes since February and still now knowing exactly where we are going to land for good, blessed, crazy busy work schedules, moving one child to an new place at college, having a senior prepping to graduate high school and taking on an exciting new project, there hasn't been one single free minute in life since last year.
This past weekend was (what I hope) the commencement of some of the craziness. We are temporarily in our rental house, our son has successfully moved to his new place for the next semester, our daughter has graduated high school and Saturday was her graduation party. She is considering a career in business with an emphasis on event planning. Knowing that, I had to throw her the best grad. party I could. Only problem, I had to find the time to carry it off. 3:00am bedtimes and 5:30am wake-up calls became the norm in order to keep up with my own senior client photos, sports photos and planning her graduation party. I had grand plans, most of which came to fruition but not without a few FAILS along the way.
Fail #1: I hoped to photograph the event after it was all set up. That didn't happen. In fact, 30 minutes after the party started, I was still putting out the food. Positive #1: I was able to get the few photos on my cell phone during the party. No professional, polished photos but I did get some photos.
Fail #2: There was a cake. Key word being was. We ordered a two-tiered blank cake that we decorated to match the purple and gold glitter theme. When it was time to load everything to take to the party venue, the cake wasn't packed level in the vehicle. When we opened the cake at the party, one side was entirely smashed and the second tier slid off. Positive #2: Thankfully I had baked plenty of cupcakes and the cake wasn't missed.
Fail #3: Just before moving, our garage refrigerator quit working. With all of the moving here to there, we haven't had a chance to replace it. I cooked all of the food for the party. That morning, I ran out of room for everything in the fridge so the cream cheese mints were set out earlier than desired. Half were coated in purple sprinkles. Half were white with purple sprinkles mixed in. When we went to set them out for the party, they were just warm enough that the dye from the purple sprinkles melted all over the white mints making them look less desirable. Positive #3: They were still edible even if they didn't look perfect.
Fail #4 (and probably the biggest of them all): I photograph seniors as my profession. I had a senior in high school this year. We squeezed in her senior photos on my birthday the first weekend of October 2016. I thankfully had super great holiday and spring portrait seasons so I postponed editing my own senior's photos until just before her party knowing the typical turn from my print labs. After a full day and night of editing, the photos were ordered and scheduled to arrive the day before the party. Perfect. Only, not so perfect when I got the notification that there had been an "unexpected delay" with the delivery and were then scheduled to arrive the day of the party. Positive #4: I was still able to set up and video slideshow of her images. And, the photos did arrive, albeit an hour after the party started. They weren't framed and hung perfectly on the walls, but they were there and set out for those that arrived later to the party. Just as the cobbler's children have no shoes, my daughter had no senior photos for her party...until she did.
All in all, the party was a success. We were blessed with many family and friends that were able to attend to celebrate our daughter and this great milestone in her life. There may have been many fails in the party process along the way. In the end, they just proved to be comical memories the added to the fun of the day.
With that, here is the video slideshow of her senior images that saved the day at the party:
And a few cell phone snapshots from the party.
If you made it this far, you get to know a little secret I've been keeping for awhile. Notice the building in the photos above where we held the graduation party. That is the new commercial location of Christy B Photography. There is still a bit of work to do before we officially open up the studio but it's getting there (and another reason things have been so crazy busy lately). I can't wait to share the finished product and to start shooting in the new space. Exciting things happening in 2017!
As you might have read in the last blog post, we just sold our longtime home. While the process of negotiating buying or selling a home is not always the most enjoyable, one thing that makes it tolerable is having a great real estate agent to help you through the process.
When we knew we were going to list our house, we dreaded choosing a real estate agent because we have so many friends that were realtors and we didn't want to have to choose between them. But, it had to be done. We weighed our options and decided on Sandy Lobdell of ReeceNichols in Belton. She had just received her real estate license prior to listing our house. I'm not going to lie, it was a little concerning opting for an agent that was brand new to the business. But we jumped in and didn't have a single regret.
If you're looking for a real estate agent that will have your back every step of the way through the buying and selling process, you need to call Sandy. This lady knows her stuff, is the most organized, honest person you will ever meet and works her tail off for her clients. She doesn't miss dotting an "I" or crossing a "T" and she's going to catch it if the realtor on the other end of the deal does. Once the whole process was over, it was a bit of a let down not to hear from her every day. She became like family and we wish her much success in the business. After only a month in, it's pretty safe to say, she's going to be well known in the real estate community in no time flat.
Thank you, Sandy, and congratulations on the first of many accomplishments in your new "just for fun" profession!
I was honored to photograph Sandy's professional head shots last fall after she became certified. I bet we'll be seeing this photo around quite a bit in the future.
I'm officially declaring 2017 "The Year of Adventure".
You might have noticed it's been pretty silent here on the blog since last fall. It hasn't been for lack of something to do, that's for sure. I've had a few people ask me, "Are you still doing photography?". The answer is yes, Yes and YES! I thought it was time to give a little update on what has been going on in the world of ChristyB.
Last fall, during the crazy, busiest time of the year for a photographer, we decided it was time to put our house on the market and begin the process of building a new home. We listed right after Thanksgiving and, for the most part, all was silent (except the weekend I drug all of my Christmas decorations out and then got a call for a showing on the house which meant 2 hours to do what normally takes me three days of decorating to get the house back together for the showing). But literally, the day after Christmas, the phone was ringing off the hook for showings. After some back and forth in the coming days, we agreed on the sale of our home.
Did I mention my husband had a previously scheduled appointment for shoulder surgery after Christmas. The night before his surgery we learned that the buyers wanted possession in 30 days. Thirty days to pack up the previous 18 years of our lives without the help of my husband. If you know me, you know I love a challenge. Game on!
I am beyond thankful that this job of mine allows me the freedom to shift priorities when necessary and always put my family's needs first. So I took off the month of January to frantically pack up our home and my basement studio.
Now for the next adventure. While our new home is being built, we needed a place to rent. The perfect place fell into our lap, which just happens to be right next door to the lot we are building on. Only there's a catch. The owners of the potential rental are also building and their house isn't ready yet. So our life is packed up in boxes in storage units.
As has been the case throughout this adventure, God has taken care of us every step of the way. Until the rental is ready for us (hopefully very soon) we are able to stay in my Grandpa's home while he is away enjoying the warm winter in Texas. There are a few downsides, but we're taking it in stride. We are living out of the few boxes not in storage, as you can see from the photos above. It's kind of like doing a tiny house experiment (which I definitely wouldn't be able to do long term). The kitchen table serves the dual purpose as an office. A random box and the couch serve as a desk during the day. I cook dinner each night out of boxes lining the kitchen. There is one TV in the house which has been interesting. We typically compromise and opt for HGTV or The Food Network. It has been kind of fun to have the entire family in the living room each evening instead of each in our separate rooms watching our own TV channels. Let's just say internet in the country has been a challenge on the work front. (It took me 56 minutes to upload the photo above.) When we finally get back into town, I will appreciate my fast-speed internet even more than before.
The moral of this story is ChristyB and family is on a big adventure in 2017 and we're so excited to see how it all plays out. Hopefully, in March we will be back in town (just one mile from where we were before), with reliable internet, more than one TV, closets for our clothes and the studio back up and running for studio sessions. We should be breaking ground soon on the new house. We'll have a graduating senior in May (maybe I'll even get a chance to edit her senior photos we took back in October). Both kids will be in college in the fall. And with any luck, I'll talk my husband into adding a new family member in the form of a puppy just to keep things interesting. God is good and we are more then blessed!
If you would like to follow along on our 2017 adventure, be sure to follow ChristyB on social media.
In the meantime, I am continuing to shoot sports photos and location/outdoor sessions. Seniors, you only have a few months left to get those senior photos done! 2018 seniors, it's time to start planning YOUR senior photos. I'm hard at work planning one-of-a-kind sessions for ChristyB: Team '18. Want more info. on how to be a part of it? CONTACT ME and I'll spill the deets. I'm bound and determined to get back to regularly posting here on the blog. That gives me an excuse to frequent Starbucks while we are living in the country - I NEED their internet. Their drinks aren't bad, either. Stick around and enjoy the ride with me, won't you?
Well, the time has come. We are preparing to list our home of almost 18 years for sale. While I'm excited for what's to come, I still LOVE this house. It has been just perfect from day one for our family. And I'm 100% confident it will be just perfect for the next family to come.
Today I'm giving a tour of the heart of our home - the living room, dining and kitchen. I've previously shared the master bedroom and bathroom. You can see them by clicking on the links below.
Welcome to our home.
The rooms are surprisingly spacious and are now more of an open concept since we removed the doorway between the two and opened up the adjoining wall as much as possible. When we moved in, the living room and dining area had OFF-WHITE carpet. I lived trying to keep OFF-WHITE CARPET clean for 15 YEARS before we were able to put hardwood flooring throughout. 15 YEARS of cleaning up dirty footprints, spilt drinks, kid's puke and Mastiff doggy drool. Have I mentioned how much I LOVE my new hand-scraped hardwood floors?
The popcorn ceilings have been removed in each room. Every piece of 1980's thin, brown trim and doors have been replaced throughout the house and painted a fresh, bright color of white.
You can't tell from the bright sun, but the living room windows have pretty custom wood blinds.
The hallway features old photos of the kids to embarrass them as they grow older.
The dining area in the kitchen has room for the gigantic farm table I insisted I wanted, even though a nice round pedestal table might have been a better choice. There is even room to add the table leaves when we have family get-togethers.
We added the window bench for extra seating and storage.
And then there's the kitchen. It's the only room we never really touched over the years other than replacing the brick-patterned vinyl with hardwood. We replaced the dishwasher a couple of years back, too.
The "old-fashioned oven" (as named by one of our daughter's friends) must be part Energizer Bunny because it just keeps on going and going like it's brand new.
For additional storage and extra counter space, we have this rolling butcher block island in the kitchen. Our neighbor custom made to perfectly fit in the kitchen. When we need more room in the kitchen, we just roll it to the garage.
It's not extra fancy but it's been more than adequate for our family over the years. Now it's time to pass it on to another family. House listing coming in the next few weeks. I'll share more rooms in our home here soon. Thanks for joining me on my little home tour.
Fall is officially upon us. While I'm 100% a warm weather fan, I enjoy the slight chill in the air and wrapping up in cozy sweaters (for about a month). Fall, to me, screams comfort food like pumpkin bread, potato soup and these sauteed apples. This recipe is super quick and easy to make and is perfect for those homemade family Sunday dinners. You can find the recipe HERE. Happy fall!
Christy B Photography will once again be at Lauren Alexandra World for holiday photo quick-takes this year. Simply make a $100 purchase at Lauren Alexandra now through October 22nd, and sign up for a 15-minute photo time slot. Hurry, openings fill up fast!
After the photo sessions on October 22, images from the day will be posted online for viewing. Various print packages, digital file options and custom holiday card designs will be available for purchase.
Thank you to the Moore family for modeling for this year's set!
Lauren Alexandra World, 322 W. 63rd, Kansas City, MO 64113 816.822.2539
Even though it's only the 2nd week of October, it's time to start thinking about holiday photos and Christmas cards! Christy B Photography will be holding holiday mini sessions in-studio October 27 through November 20, 2016. For those that don't need a full photo session or prefer a holiday set-up for Christmas cards, holiday minis are a perfect option. Limited weekday, evening and weekend appointments available.
Set design shown below will be arranged to suit families and children, as needed.
Booking for the holiday minis now open. Due to the limited availability, openings will fill up fast. CONTACT US now to book your time slot before they are gone. $50 of the package fee due at time of booking to hold your session time. Let's get this holiday season started!
Last week was homecoming week for the Holden Eagles. To add a little extra hype to the week, we coordinated a homecoming inspired photoshoot complete with homemade sugar cookies, piggie back races and a color powder fight. The final product was a ton of super fun images to share with you now.
Thank you to everyone that participated! I hope you had as much fun as I did and that these photos will always remind you of the fun of your high school homecoming week.
First off, a little video of the photoshoot. (press play)
Here are just a few of my fav images.
Holden, let's celebrate your homecoming week with a unique photoshoot opportunity. We've done this in Pleasant Hill for the past 2 years and now I want to offer it to you! We will be offering a complimentary photoshoot for any HHS students that would like to participate in our special homecoming themed shoot featuring a royal blue powder fight. This is your opportunity to see what a photoshoot with Christy B Photography is all about. And the best part, you can experience it with your friends!
The photoshoot will be held in Holden Sunday, September 18th from 6:00pm - 8:00pm. The theme is perfect for both guys and girls. I promise, it will be a blast and you might just end up extremely blue. For anyone interested, CONTACT CHRISTY B by Monday, September 12th. Photos from the shoot will be featured here on the blog and on social media throughout homecoming week. Be sure you are following ChristyB everywhere. Different images will appear on each social media outlet.
I hope to meet you on the 18th for a super fun time kicking off the beginning of HHS homecoming week 2016!