Homecoming and My Dynamic Mod Squads

There has been so very much going on over here at JLP. I am in full swing of getting back into the school routine, schedules, & more. I wanted to take a little break to show off a couple of things going on. Homecoming and even more exciting, my Dynamic Mod Squads.

Last week was one of my favorite weeks of the year……homecoming (in my amazing singing and yodeling voice). Here in Texas, football should have it’s own season! Spring, Summer, Friday night football, Fall, and sometimes Winter. Then in the middle of the Friday night football season is a week long celebration, and should be considered a holiday, called Homecoming!

We love homecoming. There are dress up days each day of the week for our kiddos attending school. A community wide tailgate party, where everyone, including the local businesses and churches, come out with food and festivities. At this tailgate party is where the annual Texas tradition of the mum exchange occurs. Oh these Texas mums. The bigger, the better! At the end of the tailgate party is the pep rally. Homecoming court nominees are recognized, we cheer on our favorite Tiger football players, cheerleaders, & band. Then we get to kick back and enjoy an amazing firework show put on by the amazing Davis & Miller Fireworks!

Thursdays, and sometimes Friday, of that week are for decorating the floats in the parade. Friday we have a full day, including an early release from school. The community parade starts shortly after, which by the way, shuts down our major highway coming through our small town. As a result, we travel a mile through town throwing candy and whatever we feel like to our friends along the streets. Next is the annual volleyball game at our high school, also a barbeque fundraiser, and finally, the big football game!

You are probably wondering what a Dynamic Mod Squad is. First of all, a long time ago I started thinking about doing a model rep program. In the photography world, a model rep program, in a nut shell, is a model or group of models, that represent your brand of photography. I never did anything but sit on it for a couple of years. Then this spring I saw a fellow photographer’s program, and it sparked my interest once again. This time, however, I looked at more than just the traditional programs. So rather than follow the traditional programs (which I really dislike this term for this group), I decided to tweak the several that I saw to make it my own.

Now, I’m so proud to introduce these girls to you! I broke them up into 2 groups: Dynamic Mod Squad consisting of 12th through 10th grade girls, and my Junior Dynamic Mod Squad consisting of girls in 9th through 7th grade!

Makenna, Neelie, Phoebe, Lana, Kiley, & Hayden

Above all, these girls are amazing. They were hand picked to be part of this exclusive program. We have the best laughs at our sessions. Even more, they truly mean the world to me, and I am so thankful to have them be apart of this new journey. We have so many great plans and sessions for these next few months. The best part is they get to be a major part in the entire planning process. I want their lights to shine, their creativity to flourish, and just be themselves!

Addison, Aubrey, Peyton, Kinley, Berkeley, & Kendall

These girls are so special. I look forward to building a lifelong friendship with them. Get to know their hearts, what they are passionate about, and what drives them. Being a tween/teen these days are incredibly hard. I remember how hard it was for me, and we didn’t have social media. I pray for them, and I hope you do too.

Finally, congratulate them on getting chosen to be with me on this new adventure. I can’t wait to share everything we do! Now that HOCO, or homecoming, is over, we can all breathe a little, and start preparing for our next fun session. Love each of you, and thank you for reading my blogs!

Why I No Longer Offer Mini Sessions Year Round

Why I No Longer Offer Mini Sessions

I’ve done it. I no longer offer mini sessions year round. Why???

Because I started thinking about YOU! You are probably like, wait, what? Yes. So here’s the truth. I’ve done mini sessions for several years. I’m not trying to bash my fellow photographer friends. Many of them are very successful with mini sessions. Mini sessions are great and can be super creative, and can even capture some really cute photographs in a short amount of time. However, not long ago I realized that they are not personal.

What does that mean?

Well, I’ve been doing tons of research on how to make my clients and future clients happy. I determined that mini sessions are quick and easy, BUT I don’t get the opportunity to meet you. Also to learn who you really are. What it is that you love and like. What do you do everyday. Who makes you, you. I also don’t get the chance to learn about your home. How you have it decorated. What your likes and dislikes are, and most importantly what you plan or want to do with the photographs you receive. Yes, I could create a lengthy questionnaire for you to fill out online or to mail to me, but there again, it’s impersonal.

Furthermore an important detail I need to know that I can’t get from offering mini sessions….What do you want from me? That is huge. How can I possibly be everything you want me to be if I don’t get to know you?

Stop and think about YOU!!!!

There are millions of photographers world wide. All offering the same thing. A photograph. Have you ever sat down with a photographer and actually felt like you were instant friends. Getting to know one another over coffee, tea, or chocolate covered strawberries. Actually talking about what your final artwork will look like. Where you would love to put it. How you would love to share it with everyone who comes in your home. Can you get all of that from a mini session? Most likely your answer is no.

Also, after your mini session. How do you receive your photographs? Do you view them in an online gallery (how I’ve always done until now)? Do you just get an email with the photographs to download to sit on your phone, tablet, or computer? What do you do with these digital photographs once you have them? So many questions, but I am willing to bet that you show them on social media, and then that’s about it. As a result, no artwork to add to your walls. No gorgeous albums to look through with your kids and grand kids. I will admit that I am even guilty of not printing my digital photographs.

Therefore, all these things are hopefully making you stop and think. It’s ok if all you want is a quick in and out session. Like I said, I have tons of photographer friends who do this, BUT what I hope you understand why I have decided to not offer year round mini sessions anymore. From this point forward, I am a full service, luxury, fine art photographer wanting to design photography sessions and artwork all about you, and what you deserve!

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Floral and Tire Swing Minis

Ok, I know, a tire swing AND a floral swing seem rather simple, but this mini session will be packed with lots of smiles and fun for all ages!!

A while back I started thinking to myself about how I can have an adventurous boys’ mini session. Last year I designed a gorgeous floral swing for 2 of my favorite little ladies that come to see me each year. So I thought, hey, why not have both in one mini for brothers and sisters, one or two, cousins, friends, or whatever. So last week I finally got to use this tire swing for a sweet little boy that is turning 5, and oh boy did he love it instantly. He jumped on it, and immediately said that he was having tons of fun. That’s the beauty of tire swings. They bring out the child in all of us. Then I get to capture not only your favorite person, but I capture them in a natural way of fun. No need in posing. Nothing to worry about. Just fun!

What You Need To Know:

• Sessions are 15 minutes long & good for 2 people at a time. Let me know if you will have more than 2. There is a discount for 2 or more sessions reserved times

• Session Fee is $200 & due at the time of reserving

• Payment reserves your spot, is nonrefundable, and if not paid within 48 hours of reserving, your reservation will be canceled

• 3 digital photos come with the session, with the option to purchase more. You choose from an online gallery of 15 – 20 photos. The online gallery will be emailed 1 – 3 weeks after the session for you to view and choose your photos

• Tutu du Monde and Dollcake dresses are provided for girls, if you would like

• Boys are recommended to be shirtless with jeans or overalls, but not required

How To Reserve:

https://julieleonardphotography.pixifi.com/booking/2017childrensminis/

Click on the link above. It will take you to sessions that are being offered right now. Scroll down until you see the floral swing picture and click on the box that says Reserve This Session. Choose a time best for you. Once you click on the box to reserve, follow the steps to “check out.” If you decide against the first time you click on, clear your cart and go back to choose a new time. If you need more than one session back to back, contact me at julieleonardphotograp[email protected]