WOW! What a year it's been! I can't begin to express my gratitude and love for each and every one of my clients from this past year. 2014 surpassed all my dreams and goals....I had over 50 sessions...met so many new families, and worked with a lot of families I've already known. There is nothing more fulfilling then knowing you are capturing memories for families that will last a lifetime!
Last year, I posted a very similar blog with my 2014 goals and I am so happy to say that I think I met each of those goals. If you missed last year's post, check it out here. So this year, as with tradition, I'd like to share my goals and dreams of 2015 with you all. Please hold me accountable for them all, as I know that will only make me a better photographer and business woman.
There are two new organization's I've joined in the later part of 2014 that I know will help Shannon Mulligan Photography thrive in 2015.
The first one is Welcome Them Home. WTH is a group of photographers who donate their time and talent to photograph soldiers homecomings, free of charge! It's the least I can do for those fighting daily to keep me free and safe. If you know of anyone who may be returning home from a tour, please contact me and I'd love to set something up! These photos will speak louder than any words.
The second organization I've become a part of is the National Organization of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP). This is a group of photographers around the world who share the love and passion for newborn/child/family photography! I know being a part of this group will allow me to improve and sharpen my photography skills as well as learn from some of the top photographers around the world.
Speaking of learning from some of the best, this coming March, I will be attending my first ever in-person workshop with Heidi Hope Photography. I have been following HHP since the beginning of my journey and I am so excited to say I get to spend 3 days learning from her, in her studio, in Rhode Island! This is going to be an amazing learning experience for me and I cannot wait to incorporate what I learn into upcoming sessions!
As we all know, learning never ends. In 2015, I plan to continue my learning via books, online workshops, Creative Live classes, and of course, hands on photo sessions! With each and every session I have, I learn something new...so let's surpass 2014 session count so I can learn a new thing or two!
Over the past year, I've come to the realization that I don't want my clients to just purchase the digital photos, toss them in a draw at home, and never print their images. So this year, Shannon Mulligan Photography is going to have all new packages and bundles in which you can choose from. Most of these will include prints or canvases so all you need to do is hang them on your wall and enjoy your new art. Al a' carte items are also still going to be offered.
I am also no longer offering CD's so if you do purchase the digital images from SMP, they will be arriving on a customized USB. The reason for this is that many MAC computers or laptops no longer offer a CD drive, therefore it makes me nervous that you'd never be able to upload photos. So I've made the switch over to USB's and I could not be happier! I've sent a few out over the last month or so to clients, and I've heard only positive things about them!
SMP will also be accepting all major credit cards! This is a huge advantage for my clients and I could not be more excited to share it with you! You will be able to pay your deposit, session fee, and/or print products in a secure manor. Be sure to mention if you'd like to pay with credit card and I will get that set up for you!
I mentioned it briefly in my last newsletter (if you are not signed up, be sure to sign up here!) that I will be offering Stylized Sessions. I did one this past summer and fell in LOVE with it. I picked out the outfit, got hair/makeup done, and worked specifically with one child to create a photo session of a lifetime. If you'd like to learn more about this type of session, please contact me and let's start chatting!
Speaking of session types, newborn sessions will now be held in my in-home studio only. There are many reasons on why I am making this change. When you come to my in-home studio (located in North Haledon, NJ) you will have a choice of every prop, headband, hat, blanket and backdrop I own. This is a HUGE advantage from me coming to your home with limited items. I also know the wonderful, warm, lighting I get in my studio for those perfect newborn photo's. We won't have to worry about picking a spot in your home with the best lighting, that may still not be "the best". And lastly, I'd love for you not to worry about what your house may look like or if you have the space. I welcome you into my studio, so you can sit back and relax while I snuggle and cuddle your new little one. I have couches and coffee pot that never goes empty! If you want to take a little snooze and not worry about the laundry and dishes piling up at home, I welcome you to do so, during your newborn's photo session. If you are an expecting mama, please contact me to set up a session that will melt your heart each and every time you look at the photos!
WOW---I hope I have not lost you yet...this is quite a long post. These New Year's posts are always an inspiration to me and give me so much motivation for the year to come! Throughout the year, new things will be popping in and out of Shannon Mulligan Photography, so please be sure to sign up for my monthly newsletter to get all the latest and greatest! With that, I leave you with a year full of good health, laughs and lots of smiles. I hope to see you (or meet you) in 2015. Here's to another AMAZING year!