A Slight Business Shift

Transitioning to documentary style photo sessions in and around Northern Delaware.

Alright everyone, it’s time for a change. Don’t worry though.. it’s not a huge change – only a slight shift. I am just continuing to follow my heart, embrace life changes, and tweak my business to fit my personal life & business goals.

Have you ever noticed how life is a continuous journey of self-discovery and endless changes? And every time there’s a significant change, you realize all the tiny details that you miss.. or simply just the tiny details that you are most grateful for?

Somehow I have a gift to notice tiny details as they’re happening, and it’s like they shine and sparkle and flash at me in slow motion- screaming to be captured. I’ve decided to transition my business into the photo-documentary world to hone in on this particular gift, and immortalize some of YOUR priceless moments and precious details.

Starting immediately (aside from any current inquiries & sessions scheduled), I will no longer be offering solely posed sessions. So if you’re looking for posed babies or a family session with a whole lot of “looking at the camera” type photos, I can suggest some truly talented colleagues to you. If you’re looking for documentary-style sessions, or even “lifestyle” sessions, then I’m your gal! Those of you who have already worked with me, you know that my sessions have always been heavy on the candid side anyway, so this isn’t much of a shift!

Moving forward, all of my sessions will be mostly candid, documentary-style sessions. These sessions are super flexible! Whatever is going on in your life is easily documented (maternity, birth, adoption, newborn, babies, general family/children, new home, new pet, etc). All sessions have a session fee of $100 per hour of coverage (with discounts available for sessions 3 hours and longer). I still offer a la carte options with no print minimums for fully customizable packages to meet your budget! Since I’m now charging a session fee, my print & product prices have been adjusted accordingly, so you’ll be spending around the same amount as you have in the past if you have a 1 or 2 hour session. (And sessions of 3 hours or more have discounted session fees to keep my rates reasonable!)

My schedule is pretty hectic for the next few weeks, so if you’d like to get on the calendar, you should contact me right away or take a look at my online calendar to book a consultation or get an idea of when we could do a session (contact me to book the session though, because I want to make sure we have plenty of time!)

With these new sessions, I’ll be blogging & posting a lot more, so stay tuned!

Smiles! ✨😉

2017 Beach Mini Sessions!

Jersey Shore mini photography sessions! Aug 2nd 2017 in Stone Harbor NJ


Hey everyone!! I know it’s been a while. I’ve been busy.. and I’ve totally neglected my blog and most of social media (aside from a couple posts here & there). Sorry for being MIA! I promise, all is well.. but I’ve been longing for a beach day- and one has finally been set up! Next Wednesday (Aug 2nd) I’ll be in Stone Harbor NJ doing mini sessions on the beach! I highly recommend you play hooky from work and swing by with the kiddos. We all need a mental health day from time to time, and the beach is the best place for rest, relaxation, and adorable family photos. (If you don’t believe me, take it from the mermaid.. 😍)

I’ll see you there?! Shoot me a message to set up your session!

 

Holiday Mini Sessions!

I cannot believe it is almost DECEMBER! When did that happen?! What happened to summer?! Ugh, to have warmth again. BUT we do have twinkly lights and hot chocolate.. and the movie Elf to warm our spirits for a month or so.. 😉

You asked about holiday mini sessions?? YOU GOT ‘EM. December 3rd and 4th at Hickman’s Tree Farm in Smyrna. If you want something up north (closer to Newark/Wilmington area), let me know and I’ll see what I can do. 🙂

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Any questions?

 

 

Cait’s Blessingway

Gorgeous Mother’s Blessing (blessingway) in Maryland to help Cait prepare for the arrival of baby Max!

This was SUCH a gorgeous day. Cait was surrounded by love and support from a small group of close friends and family. She received gifts of birth affirmations, birth beads, and sacred offerings to remind her of the love and support that would continue to surround her throughout the remainder of her pregnancy and the birth of her baby. At the time, her baby’s gender was a surprise.. but a few weeks after this beautiful day, Baby Max made his way earth-side. 💗

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The Bovee Family {maternity}

Maternity & Family session in Valley Garden Park

At the last minute (back in the spring), we decided to schedule a maternity session to capture The Bovee Family for the last time as a family of four + bump before Mr. Owen made his grand debut! If you follow my Facebook page, you probably heard a lot about Owen during the last few weeks of Kim’s pregnancy, and Owens early days/weeks because of his CCAM. You can learn more about Owen & The Bovee’s story here.

We had a lot of fun during this session, trekking through mud (sorry, Kim…) and dancing to Steve’s iPhone to get Sydney to actually smile. ❤

The Bovees are simply incredible.

See more here!

Anton Michael {newborn}

Maternity photos, belly casting keepsake and unique newborn photos in Wilmington, Delaware.

I met Renée & Stephen through my cousin Melanie. They were expecting their first child and we spent Renée’s first Mother’s Day doing a belly casting of her adorable baby bump at 37 weeks… and only four days later, sweet baby Anton arrived early! We could not have timed this project more perfectly! It took me a little longer to finish getting the belly bowl ready, but he still fit just perfect for his newborn photos almost two weeks later.

 

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The evolution of the belly cast bowl – raw cast with sharp edges, cut down then additional gauze added to make edges thicker, additional plaster added for stability, then sanded and painted for final product – READY FOR PHOTOS!

 

Belly casting was SO fun and Renée and Stephen were thrilled with the outcome. They have incredible pictures of exactly how their sweet baby fit in mom’s tummy, and they have a perfect keepsake to show him when he’s older! I’m so ready to do another belly cast bowl… who wants one?! 😉

The Johnson Family

Family portraits in Valley Garden Park, Greenville DE.

I haven’t posted anything in WAY too long. So we’re throwing it back to Spring and I’m catching up. These pictures were captured back in May. It was a gorgeous day, and this family is SO much fun. I think you can see how awesome they are in the pictures. 😉

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SPRING Beach Mini Sessions!

Spring BEACH Mini Sessions! Cape May NJ, Sunday May 15th!

Sunday, May 15th I will be in Cape May, NJ for beach mini sessions!! BOOK NOW!

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Each session booked will benefit Boots & Bellies or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (your choice of either charity when you book, since May is Military Appreciation Month and Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month). Find out more about Mini Sessions that Matter.

 

Mother’s Day Contests

We’re on the second Mother’s Day Contest over on my Instagram.. Last week a special mama won a custom 5×5 portrait drawing of one of her favorite pictures of her little one (see below!)

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This week the Instagram contest is for a mini session with prints!

And now we’re kicking off my email newsletter contest!

Winner receives their choice of
a 12×18 portrait drawing of one of their favorite images of their little one(s)
OR
a 16×20 print from a session with Katy Rose Photography (haven’t had a session with me yet? Book one today! No session fee for family sessions! Deposit required to book a session, but will be applied to your print order during the presentation of your images!)

A winner will be selected at random on April 30th, 2016 at 5pm EST.

ENTER NOW!

2016, already?!

Exciting plans for 2016! I just can’t believe it’s here already!

I. can’t. even. It seems like yesterday I was gearing up for 2015 and was getting ready to (FINALLY) graduate. It’s crazy how time flies.

Well I had a productive 2015, filled with love, laughter, family, friends and my beautiful clients. I thought I would have more time on my hands after I finished classes.. but looking back on the year, I see that I filled that time up with personal projects and some volunteering! And I’ve LOVED EVERY MOMENT. You may remember around this time last year, I created a “class ring” for myself after I finished at Wilmington University. I used metal stamps to engrave “be the change” on it. I wear it almost every day and often think about the difference I can make, even if for just one person. Well I started volunteering with a couple organizations (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and Boots & Bellies) to help me do just that, and as I started thinking about 2016, I decided that I can do even more to make a difference.

I’m making a few changes to my business for 2016. (Don’t panic- all good things!) The most exciting change: Minis that Matter. I usually do Mini Session days several times a year. They’re fun and easy.. and give you options for quick sessions at a variety of locations, a variety of packages, and starting in 2016: a variety of charitable organizations to help. I’m planning out my schedule for 2016, and I hope to organize at least one Mini Session day per month and each one will benefit a different non-profit or charitable organization. The details of that schedule and the organizations will be posted within a few weeks. If you have a favorite non-profit or charitable organization that you’d like me to consider, let me know!

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Another big change is for portrait sessions (maternity, family, children and general portraits). These sessions will no longer have a session fee! A deposit of $50 will still be required to secure a date and time on my calendar, but that will be applied toward your print and product order at your presentation & ordering session. Birth, Fresh 48, and Newborn sessions will still have a session fee due to the on-call nature of those sessions. All sessions will require a consultation an in-person presentation/ordering session (don’t worry, they’re not as formal as they sound 😉 ). Overall (between consultation, session and presentation) you’ll probably be investing about 2 & 1/2 to 3 hours of time with me, but this will significantly benefit you in the long run.

I’ve been testing things out over the last year and I’ve found the clients that have in-person consultations before their session, end up happier with their final images. And the clients that have in-person presentation & ordering sessions after their session not only end up with exactly what products they want, they also receive them MUCH faster because I assist in narrowing down images which really makes the decision-making easier. What historically takes clients weeks to do (if they’re given a link to their gallery), I’ve gotten down to a 30-45 minute process. Let’s face it, when we dedicate our time to one task for 30 minutes, and have help to narrow down the selections, it goes by a lot faster than if we try to steal 5-10 minutes at a time between our busy schedules. 😛

I am dropping my session fee for general portrait sessions for several reasons. I have always had a “100% guarantee” for my sessions, so if you’re not happy with the way your images turn out, I am happy to re-do the session or refund your money. Without a session fee, this just solidifies my guarantee. You truly have no risk in trusting me with capturing memories for you! Also, with my new workflow, the consultations will make it much easier for us to plan your session around what products you will be looking for at the presentation; This means less guess-work for me and faster turn-around from session to delivery of your products. And most importantly, your time is just as valuable as mine. I’m asking you to spend a little more time with me to help me create the best artwork for you, and in return you don’t have to pay as much up front! 🙂

If you have questions about any of these changes, please let me know!! I’m also considering adding an option for a pre-planned custom portrait packages that can be broken down into a monthly installment. For clients that know they do 2-4 sessions a year and typically order the same products each time (or if you do one session per year but order larger products), I’d like to offer the option of paying a small amount monthly rather than a lump sum after each session. If you would be interested in having me create a package for you, let’s chat!