Monday, July 27, 2015

Super Hero Birthday Party

I've had these images in a draft forever.  Thought I would finally post them for posterity sake.  We did a super hero party for Brody's 6th birthday (so yeah over a year ago).  It was a lot of fun although I overestimated how many kids would come and I made WAYYyy too many superhero capes.  For activities we had the kids play "build the skyscraper" and whoever had the tallest before it fell, won.  They also had their own masks that they decorated how they wanted and then of course we did a photo booth.  I can't remember if there was anything else at this point.  Good times!
(The announcement I obviously spent several weeks on. Heh heh.)
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Summer Time

I've wanted to fill our jet tub up for the kids to play in since we moved here.  Summer is the perfect time for that!  So we put their swimsuits on and added some bubbles.  Our summer has been great so far!
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

One month old

Remember how I did these for H?  And I did them for my daughter and posted them all on instagram (@connieballuff).  One of these days I might get a whole post up of hers for posterity sake.  Well, I couldn't get my last child grow up without at least making one "blue blanket picture".  I wish I had the time to do one every month but that ship has sailed!  This was taken nearly a year and a half ago.IMG_9602- Greyson.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Happy Summer

I hope your 4th of July was wonderful as was mine.  We had my brother and his family over for a BBQ and swimming/slip-in-sliding and the day before I got to take my kids to see the "Candy Bomber" make his potential "last drop".  It was a great weekend!

I wanted to add:  I love my life and my family.  I WISH I had all the time in the world to accomplish everything ever... including blogging every. little. thing.  I never left this space because I didn't love doing that- I left it because I wanted to refocus and live my life without a blog post being scripted in my head.  It's been so refreshing and wonderful to do that.  Instagram has been helpful in blogging less/not at all.  I can log the most important stuff without having to spend so much time writing posts.

Anyway it's hard to believe by year's end I'll have 9 years of marriage under my belt, a 7, 5, 3, and 2 year old, 6 years of my photography business, AND next month I'm turning 30 (that part kinda freaks me out).  It's a good little life!
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Monday, March 16, 2015

Photography and Me: Rebranding {Part 5}

I thought I was done with this series but it turns out I'm never done talking about photography.  Ha!  I've been thinking lately... branding a business is one of the hardest things to do as a business owner.  I've had so many looks it's hilarious!  I used to think of it as a weakness (like I was indecisive) but I've learned that it's actually the best thing you can do.  Think about it!  Even multi-million dollar corporations rebrand from time to time.  You have to keep up with the market and what draws people in.  Of course the most important part is having an unbeatable product or service... but a logo can really help make a good (or bad) first impression.

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I think it's important to rebrand each time you reach a new point in your business.  For me, as I've gotten better at what I do, gotten better equipment and so forth, I've been able to raise my rates.  As I've raised my rates and improved what I offer, I've found it beneficial to rebrand.  Not only has my style evolved but I've found that the more professional I've gotten in my work, the more professional I want my brand to appear.  Also, the older I've gotten the less frilly I've wanted my logo to be (;

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I changed a few things recently (probably not for the last time but for now this is where I'm at!)  This time I made a larger change and that was:  going by my full name!  I did this for two reasons.  One, I was finding that a large number of my clients didn't even know my name- and two, I think it's more professional.  I chose "Connie B" originally to be unique... "Connie B Photography" has a ring to it.  I also chose it mostly because it was easier for people to say.  Now that I shoot film I had to make a major change and that was it.

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So there you have it.  I started offering film photography to my repertoire, I changed my look, changed my name, and I'm loving it.  Ba-da-buh-ba-baaah. (Had to.)  So grateful there's a company like Tiny Prints that can offer custom business cards!  I was wanting something very specific and they were able to do it.  It was really hard not getting a folded card or square shape.  I loved all the variety to choose from. I chose the pearl paper for a pretty sheen.  So fun!IMG_0399
How about this blast to the past with old logos I used to have!  My how things have changed... (Go to my photography website to see my newest logo in action;)

Monday, March 9, 2015

Our First Couple Months in Utah

Our first couple months in Utah were so fun.  Tony's new job didn't start until the beginning of this month (March) so we got to spend sooooo much time together exploring and it also has given me the opportunity to do a lot of shooting (www.conniebphotography.com).  These images were shot on film although I admit I'm not crazy about the lab that has processed my film this year.   We haven't seen a whole lot of cold and snow but we've loved the times we did!

Good times.

Well, here's a reminder about the giveaway going on on instagram @connieballuff for a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins!
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

My baby + Freshly Picked Moccs! (GIVEAWAY)

This is my fourth baby.  Isn't he adorable?  I can't get enough of him... he really is awesome everyday (when I saw that shirt it screamed Greyson and I couldn't pass it up).  Also, when I tried these sunnies on him he cried when I took them away so I also had to get those.
Anyway, since having four babies I can honestly say the hardest part of having a baby (once they start walking) is protecting their feet.  Either shoes easily fall off or seem to hurt their feet in some way... OR it seems the shoes are keeping them from walking normally (you know the ones) and when they're just learning how to walk, I don't want shoes making it harder.
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I kept these shoes on my baby all winter and just layered with socks and he never seemed to have a problem being cold.  I would recommend these to anyone who needs a fashionable and smart shoe for their littles.

Freshly Picked has so generously has donated a pair of moccs to one of you!  You'll have to follow me on instagram to enter (@connieballuff).  I'll be posting the giveaway March 9th!!