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!

 

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!

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!

20150829-Mulhearn-IMG_4458

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!)

IMG_3751

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!

minis that matter

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!

My New Website!

Oh my goodness… It took me five years to finally get around to learning WORDPRESS! And thanks to the help of an awesome graphic designer friend (shout out to Jayne!) I finally managed to update my website to this stylish & functional beauty 😉

Thanks to Errol for the great photos illustrating consultations, sessions & presentations with me! And of course thank you to all of my lovely clients for allowing me to share a piece of your spirit with the internet… in order to showcase my abilities and the images I’ve been able to capture so far. ❤

I’ll be updating the galleries regularly after new sessions and I’ll continue blogging once or twice a month (once a week is just too much for me! 😀 ) I even copied over my old blog posts to this new blog too.. so everything is all in one place!

In the last few weeks, I’ve had quite a few inquiries for birth and lifestyle sessions – so if you’ve been thinking about booking.. now is the time!! Want to chat about it before you book? No problem! My info is at the bottom of the page!

OH- And just a reminder about tomorrow (Saturday, May 30th)! I’ll be at the Pike Creek Reiki MBS Fest! Stop by and see me!

Do you work out?

During my weeks of not blogging, I’ve had lots of photo sessions, I’ve been working on a few personal projects, and planning out some updates to my website (which will probably take a another few weeks to finish). Also I started doing yoga again.

I was talking to a photographer friend about how hard it is (physically) to shoot sometimes.. We got to talking about how much our bags and gear weigh, and how we can really feel sore the day after a session. Anyone want to take a guess on how much my bag weighs (with all my gear inside)? Or how much my camera weighs with the lens attached? I haven’t weighed either yet.. but I have to know now! 😛

To get ready for the spring rush, I started doing yoga again back at the end of March/beginning of April. I usually only do it once a week or so, with other random exercises thrown in another couple days a week. The funniest part of doing yoga for me, is how difficult it is to simply hold my arms out straight for extended periods of time. How is that so hard to do?! LOL. My biceps stay in pretty good shape carrying my heavy camera (and lifting toddlers sometimes helps too ) but my deltoid muscles apparently are non-existent! Until now, at least. I also signed up for another new adventure that took place a few days ago… I took an introduction to aerial training class over at Ascend Flow Arts. If you’ve never heard of this, don’t worry… I hadn’t either until a few weeks ago. My friend changed her profile picture to this amazing picture of her gracefully hanging upside down from a trapeze bar. When I went to the website she gave me, I saw more amazing pictures of people “dancing” from large pieces of silk fabric and posing on huge circle hoops in the air. Alternative fitness that looks like art? Yes, please! So I had no idea what to expect, but it was SO fun. But oh my goodness, I HURT TODAY. I want to take more classes.. so if you’re interested in trying it too, let me know! P.S. A note to others trying this (and a reminder to my future-self), if you don’t consider yourself a “muscular” person, or don’t work out seriously on a regular basis… don’t wear a belt the following day. For some reason that is one of the more troublesome parts of the day after- trying to get my belt undone and back on for bathroom breaks. Also opening & shutting heavy doors (aka car doors, fridge doors, etc). Pretty much anything that uses shoulder muscles and or “crelbow” muscles (thanks, Tammy for that wonderful word…) ;p

What are you doing on May 30th?? Come visit me in Pike Creek! I’ll have a vendor booth at the Pike Creek Reiki Mind, Body, Spirit Fest! I’m still planning out my booth.. I think it’s going to turn out looking really awesome so you should come see! I’ll also have a raffle and a giveaway going, so those are more reasons to stop by!

Also- May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness month, and if you’ve checked out my Instagram, Facebook (or blog!) then you’ve probably seen tons of pictures of Miss Kylee Rose.. She has both cystic fibrosis and spinal muscular atrophy. I posted a blog showing a little more about what a typical day is like for her, you can see that here. And if you’d like to learn more about CF and the CF Foundation, you can do so (and donate ) here. I’m also running an Ava Anderson Non Toxic fundraiser this month, 20% of all purchases will be donated to the CF Foundation. You can check out the products here. If you’d like to make a purchase, please use party code #65729 at checkout. If it asks for consultant id, mine is 8216.

 

 

Kylee Rose

I have a very special little lady in my life. She is almost 4 and you have probably seen several pictures of her on my Facebook, Instagram, and my website, and blog. Last year I had a photography assignment for one of my last classes at Wilmington University and Kylee was the star. It was a photojournalism class, and the assignment was to tell a story using only images.

Kylee has Cystic Fibrosis and Spinal Muscular Atrophy. She is an incredible little girl, tough as nails and honestly a huge inspiration for me. She’s very creative and has a great imagination… but she deals with a lot on a day-to-day basis that most children don’t have to. Regardless, she is full of smiles, funny stories and tons of love.

Here are the final images I used to tell Kylee’s story. “A day in the life of CF & SMA for a toddler”. These images were taken over a period of several days last June (2014). It’s crazy how grown up she looks now and it’s only been about 9 months!

New Client Mother’s Day Contest

new client contest

What?! A SECOND Mother’s Day Contest?! I must be going crazy! 😉
I think it’s spring fever, but I want to share the love with all the beautiful mommas that I haven’t had the pleasure of photographing yet.

So here we are: Enter to win a Deluxe Mother’s Day Mini Session ($228 value) Includes a 30 minute on-location session within 30 miles of Wilmington, DE as well as 1-11×14, 1-8×10, 2 5×7 and 4 wallet sized prints.

All you have to do is sign-up for my newsletter HERE, then in the comments below, share a blurb about you and your little one(s) and why you would like to win a photo session with me (feel free to include a cute picture of you and your baby(or babies!)! Want to win this session to give as a gift? Tell me about the person you want to win it for!
Last day to enter is March 31st! A randomly selected winner will be announced on April 1st! Make sure you check your inbox for the announcement! 😀

*Please note this contest has ended! I’m transferring all of my my old blog posts over to my new blog – so I apologize if you are getting notifications about these old posts!*