Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being the BEST and LOUDEST cheerleaders! Wow! What a year for Jenny Dinky Photography. It was full of ups and downs but it finished on a HIGH NOTE with my best holiday season yet! According to my records, I increased my sessions from 72 in 2018 to 104! That’s amazing! And so MANY of those sessions were repeat families! I love you all! Thank you for trusting me with every moment and milestone. Not only that but so many of my NEW families came to me as referrals from my trusted repeat clients. So I thank you from the bottom of my heart for being such a great support!
So what did I learn and how did I grow in 2019? I did my first birth session which was exciting and fun. It is AMAZING to watch a little one join our big crazy world. It was a joy to watch a family being created right before my eyes. Birth sessions are typically not something I offer and not something I will be adding to my products but it was a great experience to have. Maybe someday.
I have continued to hone my craft and my style. Feedback that I receive from clients and potential clients all say that they love the candid moments that I capture. So I have made that the focal piece of my branding and style. While I always capture traditional portraits during sessions, I love getting those intimate and authentic moments between parents, with their children and between siblings themselves. It’s so important to me that we also document how we really ARE during our sessions. For that reason, I invest on educating myself and practicing how to best capture those moments so that YOU will continue to love my work and use my services.
What’s Happening in 2020?
I want to give you options! Last year I tried to run with Petite and Deluxe sessions. Up to 30 minutes and up to 60 minutes. I found that running 30 minute sessions just didn’t give me the time to truly connect with client and provide the BEST experience and results so I won’t be offering abbreviated sessions beyond Mini sessions events taking place in SPRING, FALL and HOLIDAY months. I always encourage everyone to try a full session even when you think minis are perfect! A full sessions gives us time to breath relax and let your personalities SHINE!
FIRST- Currently, I offer up to 60 minutes with a gallery and a set number of images to download as part of the Session fee. That will still exist but tweaked a bit. Starting January 1, I created a stand alone session fee with digital bundle options. Now YOU will have the choice of 3 digital packages that fit your budget and needs. Details on that will be revealed shortly so hang in there!
SECOND- Did you know I offer products and wall art? I do! And they are GORGEOUS! My booking and workflow process will have a little more time spent on letting you know about my product line so that you can order one of a kind wall and display art from your session. One of my personal goals this year is to print more images. Albums from vacations, family moments and milestones. My kids don’t have a visual record of their lives and that’s on me. So I really want to encourage prints and albums. No added pressure or obligation. Just raising awareness.
THIRD- CLIENT CLOSETS AND STYLING!
I started this process in 2019 but I really want to go there in 2020. I absolutely love vintage lace gowns and other boho inspired fashion. So much so that I started purchasing gowns from a dressmaker on the west coast who is just blowing me away. I even wore one of her gowns in my own family images. People RAVED about the look so I want to offer it to everyone. I currently have 2 of her gowns in my collection. I am adding more soon! Plus I will be making my own throughout the winter for Spring and Summer Sessions. They are GORGEOUS for family, individual portraits, couples you name it! But my favorite people to put in them are hands down my MAMAS TO BE! All of my gowns fit from a size 2-16. Most will even accommodate a smaller 18. My curvy women that wear 18+, don’t fret, I have access to gowns that fit 18-24. I’m always adding to my collection as well. I have added 3 new gowns that are more fitted and simple yet still very boho and carefree. I also have a fantastica whimsy wardrobe for girls ranging from 1 year sitter rompers up to 4t boho country inspired dresses. My 2T range fits 3t as well!
Fourth- A new offering! I really want to capture Motherhood. Not just stylized motherhood but REAL motherhood. Bathtimes, play times, meal prep and feedings. So I have a new offering called “A Mom’s Life". These will be available in 2 and 4 hour sessions. You’ll hear me talk about this in more detail in future blogs for sure!
So that’s it for now! Thank you so much for making 2019 a massive success. I’ll be very honest that there were some times where I was starting to let doubt creep in but you all held me up and helped me grow my business and art to another level!
Here’s to 2020 and all the new and exciting ventures that are coming with it!
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Thanks everyone and CHEERS!