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12 YEARS, CHANGE & FUTURE POSSIBILITIES

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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$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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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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National Pretzel Day

In honor of National Pretzel Day, I share with you today the holy grail of pretzels – Dot’s Pretzels. You know, in the event that you’ve been living under a rock and never heard of them. Even if you don’t care for pretzels, I urge you to try Dot’s. They are not like regular pretzels. They have a special seasoning on them that makes them oh so yummy. Buy a bag today in honor of National Pretzel Day. You can thank me later.

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CJ SIGALA {SENIOR 2019}

It’s been awhile since I shared a recent photo session on the blog. With grad. season upon us, let’s start with a high school senior.

CJ has big things ahead in his future. After high school he will be going into the Navy’s submarine electronics computer field. How cool is that!? Wishing him the best of luck in the future in all that he accomplishes. So thankful to have been his senior photographer.

Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com
Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com
Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com
Christy B Photography {Seniors}
Pleasant Hill, MO
816.935.4961
www.christyBphotography.com

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Unique Photo Gifts for Mother’s Day

If you’re at a loss for Mother’s Day gift ideas, photo gifts are always a safe bet. What mom doesn’t love getting photos of her family for Mother’s Day? Let me help you take this year’s gift giving up a notch with ten unique photo gift suggestions for your momma.



1. Photo Pallets


How fun are these photo pallets? They are lightweight and easy to hang. Definitely a unique option that mom will love to show off to her friends when they visit. Tip: The company is currently having a 55% off sitewide sale and free shipping on orders of $30 until May 2nd. Click HERE to learn more.


2. Hanging Canvas Photos

If you follow me on Instagram (@christyBphotography), I shared this deal on my InstaStories the other day. You can order custom hanging canvas photos using your digital images. The same company also offers pre-made hanging canvas signs with just the right saying for mom. Tip: They are currently on sale marked down from $135 to $29 and free shipping! Click HERE to learn more.


3. Photo Magnets

When you were little, chances are your mom proudly displayed your artwork on the refrigerator. (Unless, like my mom, she didn’t allow anything stuck to her fridge. In which case the drawings were proudly collected in a folder in the cabinet. I’m not scarred or anything. ?) Now mom can proudly display photos of her family, young or old, on the refrigerator with these cute photo magnets. Click HERE to learn more.


4. Glass Prints

Hang them on the wall, display them on a table. Glass prints are a new way to display photos throughout the home – clean, modern and unique. Tip: The company is having a 25% off Mother’s Day sale through May 12th. Click HERE to learn more.  


5. Golden Square Prints with Wood Block Display

A simple way to display photos with a touch of glam. Include several photos so mom can change out the image displayed often. Tip: The company offers 10% off your first order when you provide your email for their newsletters. Click HERE to learn more.


6. Photo Journal

Does mom like to journal, sketch or make “to-do” lists? These custom journals are fun. Click HERE to learn more.


7. Photo Strips

Because photo strips are just fun. Mom can use one as a bookmark, tacked to the bulletin board next to her desk at work or stick them on the refrigerator – you know, if she’s the kind of mom that does that. (I’m kidding, mom!) Tip: The company is offering free shipping on orders of $25 or more through April 30th. Click HERE to learn more.


8. Ceramic Tile Prints

Another unique photo product. Mom can display her photo tile on an easel, propped up on a bookshelf or even grout it into her tile wall if she really loves you. Ordering is extra easy when you order using an image from your Instagram account with their Easy Instagram Photo Importer. Click HERE to learn more.


9. Photo Book

There is always the old faithful photo book option for Mother’s Day, as well. This company makes designing a photo book super easy by linking directly to your Instagram, Facebook, Dropbox or uploading directly from your computer. No confusing software needed to create a book. Tip: Get $5 off your first photo book with code FIVECB. Click HERE to learn more. 


10. Custom Photo Phone Case

Give mom something she carries along with her pretty much everywhere she goes – a custom photo phone case. Ordering is very easy linking directly to your Instagram or Facebook accounts to pull photos or allowing you to upload from your computer. Tip: Get 20% off your order with code LUCA20. Shipping is free over $35. Click HERE to learn more.

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