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12 YEARS, CHANGE & FUTURE POSSIBILITIES

This year has easily been the hardest year of my life.  Sometimes things happen that you least expect and change your life whether you wanted it to or not.  I now find myself traveling a new, uncertain path that I never thought I would be on at the age of 46.  It’s scary, terrifying actually.  At the same time, occasionally I catch glimpses of hope and excitement for the new possibilities that may lie in my future.  

This July marks 12 years in business for Christy B Photography.  Twelve years of capturing memories for people I never would have otherwise had the opportunity to meet.  As some have noticed, Christy B Photography is no longer in it’s retail location in downtown Pleasant Hill.  One of the many hard decisions I’ve had to make this year was to give up my studio space.  I am extremely grateful for the two years I had in the space.  It was a long time dream realized.  While I already miss my perfect little space, I am excited to stretch my comfort zone, challenge my abilities and shoot more on location sessions. Now I will be traveling to my clients instead of my clients coming to me.  As they say, you aren’t growing if you aren’t trying something new.  Here’s to trying new things in all aspects of my business and life! 

Some of the exciting things in store for Christy B’s birthday month is the launch of a brand new updated website and blog.  County Fair mini sessions will be held next week, July 16th-20th at the Cass County Fair (NOW BOOKING).  Fair Fishy turns three (meet Fair Fishy at one HERE and two HERE).  Emmie Lou turns one (meet Emmie Lou as a puppy HERE).  And I will be announcing a new type of photo shoot specifically with businesses and bloggers in mind.  Stay tuned on the blog, Instagram (@christyBphotography) and Facebook (christyBphotography) for all of the birthday month fun.

Through all of the unexpected changes in 2019, one thing is still certain.  I still love the opportunity to photograph people.  It gives me the strength to break through my shy, introverted personality, step out of my comfort zone and interact with complete strangers turned clients and, with any luck, new friends. While my business model has had to change this year, my love for my business and the people I get the opportunity to photograph is still incredibly strong.  It’s one of the things that has helped occupy my mind and pull me through the not so fun times.  Thank you to my clients.  Thank you to those that follow along on social media and my blog.  Thank you for following my journey in the past and whatever will be in the future.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

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County Fair Mini Sessions

Ready to try something fun and different? Christy B Photography is offering carnival mini sessions at the Cass County Fair in Pleasant Hill, MO July 16 – 20, 2019.

20-Minute Mini Photo Shoots

$30 Session Fee (due at time of booking to hold session date/time)

any age – toddlers, kids, teens, seniors or families

*product pricing below*

Times Available:

7/16 7:00pm – 7:30pm – 8:00pm

7/17 7:00pm – 7:30pm – 8:00pm

7/18 7:00pm – 7:30pm – 8:00pm

7/19 7:00pm – 7:30pm – 8:00pm

7/20 7:00pm – 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Daytime sessions available upon request

COUNTY FAIR MINI SESSION PRODUCT PRICING

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER {JULY}

Sweet summertime! With summer comes shorts, tank tops and swimsuits. That means it’s back on the Keto diet for me. I find when I’m off keto, it’s too easy for me to fall back into my sugar addiction. And the addiction is REAL, y’all. Funny thing is, when I follow keto, I really don’t miss the sugar. No sugar = the cravings stop. No sugar cravings means I don’t dread wearing those shorts, tank tops and swimsuits…as much.

Today I’m sharing my monthly meal plan for July. While you may not be following the Keto diet as I am, hopefully this meal plan will help spark ideas for your own dinners. If you are following the Keto diet, I’ve included links to the recipe books I’m using. Happy summer, everyone! *Directions on how to use this meal calendar below.


A FEW NOTES:

NOTE 1:  The calendar below will change as the month change.  If you are viewing this post after July, just use the < > buttons to click back to July 2019.

NOTE 2:  Items marked with an (*) asterisk on the calendar below have recipe links you can refer to.  Simply click the item and a recipe link will pop up.

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$40 OFFICE TRANSFORMATION

Who knew a couple of gallons of paint could make me so happy? I have always loved my home office space. It’s on the main level as opposed to the last house where my office was in the windowless, cold basement. What I didn’t love about this office was the chocolate brown paint. It made the space feel so dark. My soul craves light and bright. One day, $40 in paint and a little elbow grease and now I smile every time I walk in to get work done.


BEFORE:


AFTER:

Welcome into my newly updated home office freshly painted in Sherwin Williams “Ice Cube”.

I still need to replace the ceiling fan with a cool light and maybe add a throw rug or two but if I waited to share until I felt everything was perfect, I would never share updates of the house progress.

My side of the office which I share with the doggies.

Everyone else’s side of the office.

And the office closet. My pride and joy. Not yet painted but perfectly organized. If you follow along with me on Instagram (@christyBphotography) you might have seen me in all of my organizing glory after I scored this $20 Craigslist filing cabinet. I spent three blissful hours with my label maker organizing paperwork for three businesses and my personal life. Everything in it’s place and a place for everything. I ❤ organizing. And I ❤ my new updated home office.

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FELIZ CINCO DE MAYO

I love an excuse to celebrate so today I’m partying with Mexico for their army’s victory over the French empire. Tacos and margaritas for everyone!

I’ll be enjoying my favorite margarita recipe on this beautiful spring day. If you can’t make it over, I’ll share the recipe with you here.


MARGARITA SLUSH

*individual serving

Crushed ice

8 oz. 1800 Margarita mix

1 shot 1800 Silver Tequila

Add all ingredients in a blender.  Blend until ice is finely crushed.  Enjoy!


I will also be making the Pioneer Woman’s Fried Chicken Tacos for dinner tonight. Diets are not observed on Cinco de Mayo. didn’t you know?

Viva Cinco de Mayo!

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER {MAY}

Happy May Day! The first day of the month means it’s time for a new monthly meal plan. Thinking of dinner ideas is one of my least favorite tasks. It ranks right up there with shopping for the groceries to make dinner. In the event that it’s not just me that dreads these tasks, I’m sharing my dinner ideas for the month with recipe links included. Hopefully this will help you in your dinner prep, as well. *Directions on how to use this meal calendar below.


A FEW NOTES:

NOTE 1:  The calendar below will change as the month change.  If you are viewing this post after May, just use the < > buttons to click back to May 2019.

NOTE 2:  Items marked with an (*) asterisk on the calendar below have recipe links you can refer to.  Simply click the item and a recipe link will pop up.

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HOW TO ORGANIZE YOUR PHOTOS

In this day and age we have the ability to take and save photos on multiple devices and social media platforms. The ability to capture life’s memories is easier than ever. However, with all of the devices and daily photos, it can also become nearly impossible to locate certain photos when you need them. Since taking photos is my actual job, it’s very important for me to keep my photos organized, safe and accessible. I thought I would pass along some of my tips and tricks to help you organize your personal memories and keep them safe.


1. Organize your digital photos – get your images off of all your devices and onto your computer in one main folder labeled “MY PHOTOS”.

Make sure you move photos from all of your devices:

  • Phone
  • iPad / Tablet
  • Laptop
  • Desktop
  • Camera
  • Memory Cards
  • Facebook / Instagram
  • CDs / USBs
  • Email

2. Group your digital photos – drag your photos into folders divided by YEAR, then MONTH, then EVENT.

3. Purge – go through the photos and keep only the best, most meaningful ones. Discard nearly identical photos and out of focus images.

4. Backup – make a duplicate copy of your “MY PHOTOS” folder and save the copy to an external drive for backup in the event your computer would crash or files become corrupt. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

5. Print your photos – get your favorite images out of your computer and into your home and office for all to enjoy. Print monthly to stay on top of the process. Print in multiple forms – paper prints, mounted / framed photos or photo books. Enjoy the memories you have taken the time to capture.

6. Organize printed photos – store your prints in a plastic box (keep photos safe from unexpected water damage). Use dividers to sort photos by YEAR / MONTH / EVENT.

7. Easily find your photos – keeping photos organized allows you to easily find a certain memory when you need it. Example: baby photos of your high school senior, wedding photos 25 years later of the anniversary couple, or the time little Jimmy lost his two front teeth. Keeping digital files backed up in multiple locations and via printed copies ensures your memories are safe for generations to enjoy.


Stay tuned for the part 2 of this blog series, “What to Do with Your Digital Photo Files” – Where to Print your Digital Files.

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