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Laken Shea McCusker made her arrival on March 16th, and I have been snuggling her sweetness 24/7. Although life has changed drastically ( no longer a well planned out routine day ) we wouldn’t have it any other way! Gracelee is absolutely in love with her and want’s nothing more than to kiss her all day; it truly is the sweetest thing. So this is it, this is what my days look like now.. just loving on my babies! Even though I absolutely LOVE spending all day with my babies and I am cherishing every day with them until I come back from maternity leave in May, I am chomping at the bits to get my couples in front of the camera!

Once May comes you will be seeing a lot more from me on this blog :), but until then… I will continue to enjoy this

 

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These adorable onesies were made by an awesome friend over at Belle & Whistle ! Go check out her stuff, she is amazing at what she does!

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Ahh… I know.. I know.. so much for keeping up with blogging, huh? I am so sorry I have been slacking lately, but in my defense, I have had one heck of a January AND February. Getting ready for baby number TWO has been a lot more hectic than what I anticipated it to be. Not because I was not prepared ( luckily since the girls are 18 months apart I had kept all of Gracelee’s clothes and baby things ) simply because it is hard to to get anything done with an 18 month old running around. It was just enough for me to try and do a couple loads of laundry AND keep the house some what tidy. Besides the fact of setting back up Gracelee’s old nursery things and then to fix up Gracelee’s new “big girl” room, I have been having to deal with Laken not being able to decide when she wants to come out!  Since January I have been told to take it easy because one minute she would act like she wanted to come ( and at that point it was just too early ) to now when it is ok to come out and she doesn’t want to lol! So with all that being said I have had to cancel some shoots, and thus making me LAZY when it comes to social media. However, I am so thankful for my 2015 & 2016 brides who have booked with me the past couple of months. I will be coming back from maternity leave in May, and from there I have some pretty exciting engagements AND weddings to shoot and share with you guys. Thank you all for continuing to stick with me, and I will be blogging about my girls and little things to keep you guys updated!

 

Here are a couple images from Laken’s nursery. It was so sweet to see this set up again from when Gracelee was a newborn. I decided that we were going to give Laken the same nursery set up as Gracelee’s because 1 I love it so much and 2 the room we were going to use for Lakens nursery had a way bigger closet! I will show you some images of Gracelee’s new room in another post, however it will not be as nice and neat as this one because the child is like a tornado where ever she goes lol!

 

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Hey guys! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday and have been enjoying yourself. I have definitely been marking off resolutions off my list this year already and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I can’t even begin to explain how excited I am right now! Even the word “excited” feels like an understatement. This whole re-branding has been a long time coming, and I don’t know why it has taken me this long to put this in someone else’s hands. From the beginning I always just thought I could buy my logo off of Etsy and that would be the end of it (definitely not a bad thing, so don’t get me wrong). But I was realizing that once I bought it and used it for a couple of months it was not me, and got rid of it. After jumping on the RESTART workshop bandwagon (so glad I did), I realized that your brand is not your logo- it is  what defines you. So with that in mind, I knew that instead of picking a pretty logo, I needed to sit down and do homework on what represented me and my photography business! I ended up finding a wonderful graphic designer name Lindsey (love ya, girl!) who worked with me for a couple of weeks and we came up with the new Melanie Shea Photography! So to all you photographers who are not wanting to take the plunge or are scared to.. I say DO IT! It will be one of the best decisions you make in your business! I can truly say that when potential clients click on my page they will see a true glimpse of me and my style, and hopefully this will attract my new potential clients or repel the ones that were not meant to be!

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Laying here in my big comfy bed with the smell of freshly brewed coffee ready to be devoured ( at 6:00 P.M. ) I can’t help but smile when I hear the slight noise of crickets… ok.. almost crickets, but my little noise maker is with her MeMe at the moment so that means other than hearing Doc McStuffins blaring from the living room that I forgot to turn off before I hoped in bed, it’s pretty darn quite, and that’s nice. These past couple days have truly been hectic for James, Gracelee and I. We are not sure if it has anything to do the craziness from the Holidays or some type of growth spurt, but whatever it is, we have lost great amounts of sleep over it. If I had to guess she is preparing us for when Laken gets here!

This post is very exciting and nerve racking for me to write at the same time. Thinking about the goals I want to set for myself personal and business wise is very liberating, but on the other hand I need to remember that not everything will probably be met and that’s ok. If anything I know first hand what it feels like to fail at something multiple times. However with that being said I don’t think if I didn’t fail I wouldn’t be so passionate about what is in front of me. One of my absolute favorite photographers said something in her workshop that struck me so deep because every single word is so true and powerful. She says ” The more you fail, the more you succeed.. so here’s to many more failures.”

Here are my business goals for 2015. I have SUCH  a good vibe about bringing on the new year, and I know that 2015 is going to by MY year.

1. Book 15 weddings (already have 5 booked :)!!! )

2. Book at least 1 destination wedding

3. Network my business more

4. Create more photographer relationships

5. Shoot at least 4 personal projects to keep me inspired

6. Learn how to say no to lifestyle sessions

7. Attend more workshops! Knowledge is power and I’ve been craving it lately!

I can’t wait to come back to this post and see what all I accomplished, and also see if I added anything to this list. I hope everyone has a wonderful Holiday, and I hope 2015 is a good year to all of us!

XOXO-
Melanie

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One thing I love about my job is the ability to do personal projects for my creativity. I believe that for artists this is a must to keep your creative juices flowing. Katherine ( who I absolutely adore more than anything ) let me use her boyfriend Michael and herself to take part in a personal project. At the time I was in a serious funk and needed to get out, and this help me do so. I so wish I could of posted this a long time ago, but honestly I was waiting for the right time. Now having such a clear focus on where I want my career to go I think now is the time to get this beauty out there for the world to see! I am so ready to have my other project finalized and up in moving soon!

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