A Much Kneaded Massage

June 22, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

When I first met Katie (owner of A Much Kneaded Massage) we were meeting to connect about both being local business owners. We were chatting to discuss tips and networking ideas. We hit it off from the very first second. She's amazing! I was asking her about my low back problems and asked what services her office offered to help. She immediately said "lay on the table let's see what we're working with" Thats when I knew we'd be great friends. 

I have been to their office twice now and left feeling so great. I had a massage with Alex and she listened to me when I said all my muscles are tense and my lower back hates me most days. I hurt so good as I say, don't worry they won't hurt you but you know a good massage when you're like "WOW I really needed this". 

The table was heated, YES PLEASE, the calming music was exactly what my soul needed and there wasn't a sound in the group other than that. I'm sure if I wanted to chat Alex may have but she was totally professional. There were a couple times I asked questions, because well that is who I am, and she answered me with so much information. 

While I saw Alex for the massage I am in the books with Luis in a few weeks for a fantastic and much needed stretch. I am sure there is a more professional way of saying that but I'm not a professional when it comes to massage. 

If you are anything like me an don't take as much time for yourself as you should make an appointment today, you will not regret it and we all know you KNEAD to! See what I did there. This is the point of the post that my kids would be shaking their heads at me embarrassed at the person they call mom. So my job here is done! 

Here is the link! Be sure to tell them I sent you!!!! 

https://amkmtherapy.com/

Follow them on Facebook too! https://www.facebook.com/amkmtherapy

 

 


What a fun wedding!

May 30, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

What a fun wedding!!!!!

I loved my wedding, it was beautiful. My husband and I got married at a winery and it was so perfect. 

That being said, this wedding was the most fun, most gorgeous and yet the most laid back wedding I have ever been to. If you had been there that day, you would have thought the same thing. The funny (well maybe not funny to the Bride) part was we were all not prepared for the crazy winter we had and all the snow Lake Tahoe received this year. I got to the site and saw FEET of snow. Like above my head snow piles! Not one time during any of it was anyone panicked that the area we had planned for the ceremony to take place had been covered in snow a day before. 

The bridal party stepped into action and cleared all the snow so there was a perfect little area for everyone to stand. YAY Everyone! 

Let's take a minute to talk about the gorgeous bride. The day I got the call from her to book her wedding with me, we just hit it off. I liked her laid back personality, her "we will wing it" vibes and the not pressure she had for the whole process. I mean if I could have 100 more brides like her I may only do weddings! Taylor you're amazing!

There was so much snow (as you can see to the left and right of her here) and it was melting from the house. I just love this shot of her coming out and the umbrella keeping her from getting dripped on. As you can tell she was totally cool with everything and I can't emphasize how amazing it was! 

Oh their little fur child! He was so excited to see his mom coming down the aisle! He was trying to run at her but I can only imagine how that would have turned out LOL But look at him, SO CUTE!!!

Who doesn't want someone playing the guitar when you walk down the aisle? I know I do! Making mental notes for when I make my husband renew our vows in a few years ! 

 

WOW, I mean WOW! I can see why the picked this site. Lake Tahoe is really one of the prettiest places I've been. I'm not sure if I can go back when the mountains are covered in snow though. I say that now but I'm sure when I got back and they're not I'll still find so much beauty out there. It really is amazing and everyone should go at least once! But what a picture perfect *no pun intended* location for a wedding! 

The wedding party! WOW SUCH A FUN GROUP OF PEOPLE

I am not joking when I say it was the best wedding ever. Everyone was so chill yet hilarious. I could go to a wedding like this every day and like I said before if every wedding was like this one I may only do weddings! 

Thank you so much for choosing me to be your photographer for this very special day and everyone, Keep Being Awesome! 

 


Jennifer, Why Should we book with you?

May 26, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Jennifer, I’ve seen your name or advertisement places and I wonder why I should book with you?!

This is a subject I’ve talked about in a few other blogs of mine but I’ll just put it all here in one. There are several reason I’d love to be your photographer! As a photographer not don’t do I capture those special moments in each session whether they be sweet or funny and everything in between, but I focus on emotions! I am the type of photographer that is more focused on emotions and moments than getting those posed pictures. While I do of course do iconic posed pictures because we all still love those, I just try and have fun during the session in turn make sure you and or your kids do too! 

So that’s it. Just Kidding! Another reason to book with me is because I am a create your own type of photographer. While my super efficient software sends out reminders for your session, I also send a long list of other things. For instance I send out a link with location ideas. You are not required to pick any of my locations, I am ALWAYS up to new fun locations ! Honestly some of my favorite locations are places my clients picked out! It’s a win win ! Locations are tough and I usually try and take the weight off you by trying to get a plan of what you’re looking for. For example, water, tall grass, a city look or all the above?! Ha well unless we drive in to San Francisco the last option is a bit of a challenge but believe me when I say I will work to make it happen! 

When booking with me I send a link for things to wear and things I suggest not wearing. This makes planning those outfits a little easier. I mean I still get super stressed picking out my families outfits each year LOL Pictures almost always a stressful enough but when you have to plan your own outfits without the help of anyone else it seems daunting. Let me take that off your shoulders by laying out clear plans for color schemes and patterns. I’ll even suggest you text me pictures of possible options and I’ll tell you which I feel will photograph best! I also say wear something you’re comfortable with, like don’t wear a long maxi dress if you mainly wear jeans and a hoodie and it doesn’t represent you at all! I had a session once that broke my heart because we planned their outfits and after the session she said I just feel like our outfits aren’t “Us”. Don’t let that be you, you should BE YOU for the session but maybe a little extra ;) 

Here is another part, I have a client closet. While it is limited to women and kids dresses at the moment I have several items that would coordinate with just about any other item of clothing for members of your family I don’t have sizes for. This works great for expecting moms, I can send a link to that list of dresses if you’d like. As for non expecting ladies, I have several gowns that are just fun! We all deserve to have a fun session where we wear a dress that is so awesome we want to cry! 

I may add to this blog at a later day, but these are just a few reason I’d love for you to consider me to be your go to photographer!


What if we did membership plans?!

May 26, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Membership Plans?

Ok hear me out! 

Often people tell me "It's been 3-4 years since we last had our pictures taken, I wished we did it more often" What if I said I've been working on the plan to offer membership plans if you will. So you'd be booking and paying for those milestone sessions for the little kids in your life ahead of time. If you're expecting a new baby, you'd book that maternity session, newborn session then those milestone sessions ahead so you're not having to worry about the last time you did sessions. Families with multiple kids, each kid has a different birthday, well in most cases I have a lot of family members that share the same birthday (Hey sis, did you and I plan that?) so knowing Johnny needs pictures schedule for January, Stephanie needs pictures in March and Bobby needs pictures in August then of course family photos once a year! Who has time to plan that?! The answer is ME! Message me to work out some amazing bundle/membership/subscription however you'd like that worded DEALS! 

The way this is going to work is you pick how many sessions you want a year then we work out the discount and give the option for a monthly payment plan or bi monthly however you'd like to work it. How does it work if I cancel mid year? Well if you're already thinking that, this may not be the plan for you! This plan is meant to be kept for everyone's sake! This will keep you on track for making sure those pictures get scheduled! Let's say Stephanie gets sick right before her session and she needs to reschedule for a few weeks later, totally fine! We'll reschedule NOT cancel! Let's say you're like me and you're a military family. Guess what?! You're moving and you can't keep those 2 sessions you have scheduled for the rest of the year, but you've had two sessions already that years. We'll work out a deal to squeeze in one of those last sessions in at a discounted rate! 

Let’s get to talking about what you’re all here to find out… PRICING!

The way this is going to work out is the price will be based on the package you’d like and how many sessions a year you’d like. Let’s say you’re expecting a new baby and you’d like a maternity session, newborn session and a couple of milestone sessions after the baby arrives. The way this plan will work out is for sake of simplicity you pick my $550 package option and you want 4 sessions booked for the year so you don’t have to worry about planning last minute. Don’t worry dates are always flexible as things come up but getting in my books gets you in for my few make up days I have for sessions that are changed, delayed due to weather and so on.

Booking 4 sessions in advanced not only is easier but you’ll save some cash in the meantime. Below is a little bit of a chart breaking down it even more if you want a different amount of sessions booked for the year. If you book the $550 package once a year it’s $550. If you book 4 sessions with me each session breaks down to $475 each with a booking multiple sessions in advance discount. I am now offering payment plans too. So instead of booking four sessions and paying $475 for each session each time you can maybe monthly payments. Again for simplicity sake you can book four sessions and break it down monthly to around $158 a month. You may think why in the world would I want to pay $158 a month for pictures. Couple of reasons, ONE that $158 will most certainly remind you to check with your dates and make sure you’re still good on the dates. TWO it will really be on top of booking those yearly sessions you may almost always forget to do.  

$550 one package $550 

$525 two packages booked in advance= $1050

$500 three packages booked in advance= $1500

$475 four packages booked in advance= $1900

Well Jennifer, I’m not expecting why would I need 4 sessions a year? Well you may not. But do you have kids? If so how many? More than one? Well you’ll want milestone pictures or birthday pictures if they’re older than 1. Do you want at least one family session a year? Well there is at least 3 sessions there. 

Jennifer I have one kid and do not plan on having more. What package do you recommend ? Even with one kiddo in your life you’ll still more than likely want at least two sessions a year if you want to stay on top of birthday pictures and family photos. Let’s be real kids change so much over a year by the time you get to family photos the kids have already changed! I speak from personal experience because I blink and my kids have grown up before my eyes !

 


What I'm working on (with Nicole)

May 26, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

What I'm working on with Nicole Eib

I should say by working on I mean I'm taking pictures why she does almost everything else! Of course the amazing contractors she's working with are doing a lot of work too. It's a fun project to be on. 

I have always loved home renovation shows. My husband and I have even redone/updated a couple of houses we've owned. This is different because I get to be part of the process but without being financially responsible for any of it! In fact I get paid to be part of it! LOL You can't beat that! Each time I've been to this house to see it from start to now in progress I get so excited because you can just see what great potential it has! Already with a couple of coats of paint it's made a drastic change. These are just the first steps to get the house looking incredible. 

Let's take a minute to talk about Nicole Eib. She's amazing, I've said that but really she is SO dedicated to everything she does. She's selling and listing houses during this and putting 110% into each thing. She is not being stretched to give 33% of herself to each project. I will even say I told her the other day that I can't believe how quickly she responds to my messages. Even though I dread calling or texting her only because I feel bad adding another task for her, she NEVER has not answered the call or text without enthusiasm and care. 

She is a realtor that knows the area and knows the business. She is incredible at what she does. Her business is built on relationships. Relationships with her clients, relationships with the contractors she works with daily and even relationships with people who may or may not be clients of hers. She is a people person first. We've talked about how she works and even after she's worked with someone with a house she still talks to them even YEARS afterwards because she becomes so close to everyone. 

Recently I was around when someone asked her if she has a "that client" story that sticks out to her, as in a moment she's dreaded working with someone or she's learned a lesson to not do again. Her response was so genuine when she said "Honestly, I have loved every person I have worked with and have never had a situation that I didn't love the client and they didn't love working with me" It was so amazing to hear, because she had an honest response to what could have been a dicey answer. 
When working with people on a daily basis we all have the opportunity to learn those moments of what not to do or what people to steer from, this hasn't been the case for her and that says a lot about her! 

 

Ok sorry let's get back to this house! I'll try and keep my posts to just a couple updates here and there to keep it simple. The big dramatic finish will be amazing! Here is a collage of the before, As I'm posting these I cannot believe how much it's already changed since I took these! 

I should be posting an update to this blog in the next few days. While I have take a round of in progress pictures it's 2nd or 3rd in line of edits. It's been a surprisingly busy couple of weeks with sessions so updates and blogs have been moving a little slower! 

 

UPDATED PICTURES ROUND ONE

Wow it's been a while since this first round of updates were done. I'm just so behind on editing and blogs lol 

I think the first round of pictures was taken almost 2 days after the before pictures, though the kitchen was already a big difference this was just about what was done in the first few days. It made such a difference ! Every day I just can't wait for the final results. I can't imagine how everyone else is feeling during this! Then again I'm sure they're all so used to renovations that it's an every day thing for them. I do know Nicole Eib is definitely as excited if not more excited to watch the progress every day! She has done such an incredible job that she makes me super happy to work with her on future projects! 

I just can't believe how fresh and bright this white kitchen is! It was outdated before but wow! This just makes the whole area seem so much bigger and brighter! Even though the new counters are already in (going to go photograph them today) this still is a huge improvement! 

 

UPDATE TWO

PAINT! Exterior paint was in progress, new floors were getting laid and more work on interior paint was being done as well. I think so far the laundry room is a big surprise of difference for me. I didn't add any before pictures of that at least I don't think so, but it seems like such a random room to be as dramatic of a change for me but it was! It makes the room feel so much bigger and of course way less outdated! Bathroom demos are coming along too! I can't wait to see what has been done when I get out there today! Stay tuned for update three in the next several days!  

UPDATE THREE

These pictures are just a small peek of the dramatic changes from this house. The front of the house was almost unrecognizable when I went by! I had to look for the house number though I've been there several times! What a difference it made to paint ! 

It has been another good minute since I've updated. All these "small changes" have made SUCH a big difference! I am looking forward to doing the final pictures soon but here are more updated images until the FINAL REVEAL!!!!