Happy New Year

I receive a devotional everyday in my e-mail. This one really spoke to me personally so I thought I would share it with you all as we prepare to enter 2009. I know that the economy is bad, but it’s in God that I put my trust. He is my shelter, my refuge and my Provider. I find all that I need in Him. Here is wishing you all a blessed, happy and prosperous 2009.

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Adrian Rogers

Love Worth Finding

God’s Word brings us a comforting promise, along with an insightful command as we face a New Year: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

We can live this coming year without fear if we apply these four incredibly wonderful truths to our lives and root them deep into our hearts.

The Contentment of His Provision
Contentment is not getting what you want, but it is wanting what you already have. First Timothy 6:6-8 says, “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.” If you know Jesus Christ, you have contentment. If you’ve got clothes on your back, something to eat, and Jesus Christ in your heart, you’re rich!

Do you know why we have fear? Because we think our needs or the needs of someone we love are not going to be met. Or we fear that the things we think are meeting our needs are going to be taken away from us. The deepest need of your heart can only be met in the Lord Jesus Christ.

The Companionship of His Presence
I don’t know what I’m going to face next year. But there’s one thing I know, He will never leave me. Are you a child of God? He will never leave you either. Isn’t that wonderful!

What’s another reason we may fear in the coming year? Because we’re afraid we’re going to have to face something we don’t understand, and we’re going to have to face it alone.

When God’s Word promises that God will never forsake you, it literally means that He will never abandon you. He will not give up on you. We need to practice the presence of the Lord this coming year. When the devil comes and knocks at you heart’s door, you can simply say, “Jesus, please go answer the door.”

The Confidence of His Promise
We’re going to zero in on a little phrase in our verses in Hebrews, “He hath said.” A promise is no better than the one who makes it. Who says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee”? It is the omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent God. This is the confidence of His promise.

In the coming year, when you say, “God, I just don’t have the strength.” The omnipotent God will answer, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” When you say, “God, I’m afraid of what is going to happen.” The omnipresent God says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” And when you say, “God, I don’t know what to do.” The omniscient God will respond, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” He himself hath said it.

The Comfort of His Protection
Hebrews 13:6 promises, “So that we may boldly say, the Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Now, put that with verse five which says, “He hath said.”

Like I said earlier, I don’t know what you’re going to go through this coming year. But I know you can boldly say, “The Lord is my helper, so I will not fear what man shall do to me.” When you find your contentment, companionship, and confidence in Jesus. Then, you’ll find your comfort and courage in Jesus.

Jen Rinaldi Photography and Julie LawsonPhotography

I’m still editing pictures from Jen’s visit at the first of this month. My oldest daughter took the photos of Jen and I together so I wanted to give her a big shout out for doing that for us. On these pictures, I chose to use a texture to kind of “fake” the backdrop. I had used my white backdrop but didn’t like the look of it, so I had saved some textures that I had gotten from Flickr, then did an overlay on my image and erased the texture over us. I think they came out fairly well.

You can see several of the images that Jen has done of me and my family over at: http://blog.jenrinaldiphotography.com/

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Parke county cars

I’m not trying to “piggyback” on Jen’s post, but I thought it would be neat to get two different perspectives of the same subject. Of course, Jen was the brave one and actually got out of the car. I took these shots from the warm car. ;o)

Jen and I have talked about how we are “drive-by” shooters and have over the last two years came up with some pretty funny one liners about that. I’ll spare you those. lol Anyway, check out Jen’s version of these shots at the link below.

http://jenrinaldiphotography.wordpress.com/2008/12/28/indy-ghost-riders/

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Merry Christmas

I just wanted to share a few photographs from our Christmas. I also wanted to say a big Merry Christmas to all the readers of my blog. I am so thankful to everyone that I met, worked for and became friends with in the 2008 season. I am truly blessed to know each one of you.

So, without further ado…here’s a little peek into my world. ;o)

mini program at daycare

mini program at daycare

When Santa comes to my house, Id like to take a peek, but I know

"When Santa comes to my house, I'd like to take a peek, but I know

Hell never come until Im fast asleep

He'll never come until I'm fast asleep"

Jingle bells by the preschool at church

Jingle bells by the preschool at church

My Pastor telling the story of the candy cane to the children

My Pastor telling the story of the candy cane to the children

Merry Christmas and God Bless from my house to yours

Merry Christmas and God Bless from my house to yours

Last session of 2008

I’ve known the mom’s of these kids since 2000 and am so excited to be able to get them all together for a session. The two little boys are especially dear to me as their mom and I were pregnant at the same time. They were born a month early but you never would tell it. They are three weeks younger than my youngest. Of course you may recognize the oldest red head from the snowball dance pictures.

The girls are also in THCU and they took Grand Champion for their division. This team is simply amazing! I’ve seen videos that their mom brought in and wow!!!!!

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My little Christmas Diva

At the beginning of December, Jen Rinaldi took E’s Christmas pictures. I took some test shots to check out the lights. E decided to wear her little boa and she looked so cute!!
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Pretzels covered in White Chocolate

Okay, so this is a little different for me, but I wanted to post some personal stuff too. I’ll be posting Christmas cookie pictures as well as other tempting goodies in the next few days. Every year at Christmas I try to make cookies, chocolate covered peanut butter balls and other treats to give out to my oldest’s teachers. I’m a little behind this year as school lets out on Friday. Yikes!! I better get crackin. lol

I pray that you all are finding Christmas in unique ways this year and that you take the time to reflect on the true meaning of this wonderful Holiday. It’s not about how many things are under the tree or fighting the crowds for the perfect gift. It’s about Jesus (He is the ultimate gift), our family and making wonderful memories that will be treasured for the rest of our lives.

New prices for 2009

I’ve updated the price list in my available dates section to reflect the prices as they will be in 2009, but I wanted to make sure to do a post letting everyone know.

My family sessions will remain the same.

For my Seniors, I’ve changed the price, but a 7×7 photo book will replace the 35 proofs that I’ve given them. It works out for both the Senior and for me. They will (potentially) get more photographs in a book form that they can show to their friends and family. Because I had so much fun with the Seniors I photographed in the fall, I encourage any 2009 Senior who hasn’t had theirs done to contact me as soon as possible.

My wedding prices have increased by quite a bit. Please contact me if you are interested in hiring me for a wedding so that I can let you know what is included in the wedding package.

The “C” Family~Christmas session

Indianapolis, Indiana

I just love this family. I can’t believe how much baby “X” has grown in just two months. And of course his sister “A” is just as cute! I can’t wait until Easter when I get to meet up with them again. I’m sure “X” will probably be sitting up by then. It is such a joy to be able to photograph this time in their lives. This is what makes this job so enjoyable. I get the privilege to be a part of families lives and get to build relationships that will hopefully carry on into the future.

This past weekend, “X” and his family celebrated his baptism. So we did some shots of him in his outfit for that event.

You may remember this family from our first session back in October. You can view that session here: https://julielawsonphotography.wordpress.com/2008/10/17/a-little-more-of-the-c-family/

God Bless you all and Merry Christmas!

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Now, here are some from their Christmas sessions.

Just look at her eyes…doesn’t she just melt your heart?

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Custom Lifestyle Photography vs. “traditional” photographs

I wanted to post this topic for awhile. I wanted my friends and blog readers to know what they get when they choose me to do their families portraits. If you look at the tab named, “Available Dates”, you will see what a family session costs. Now, some may say that it’s cheaper to go to the local superstore photography studio and get a package. We are all aware of the approach that these types of studios take. They offer you a package with X amount of pictures for a certain price. Then they typically choose the pose that is in the package. After that picture, they take all these creative photographs with props and backgrounds. (I’m not saying all are like that, I’m just sharing from my experience) What always bothered me about that was that they tried to pressure me into buying more than I needed or more than I could afford.

This is where I want to share with you all what Julie Lawson Photography is all about. I am a photographer and an artist. I make sure that your images are good  “in camera” but what happens after that is a true work of the heart. I always present to my clients my best work and will never give a client an image that I am not truly happy with. I take extreme pride in my work so that years to come my client has fond memories of our session. When I shoot a session with a client, I don’t hold anything back, I’m honest about what is working or not working, I give input and receive input from my clients. This is a joint effort so that the client is involved and not just “posing”. Lifestyle photography isn’t your mom and dad’s portraits sessions. This type of photography session is really becoming more and more wildly popular. People everywhere are loving the fact that we are capturing you, your children, etc…at their best as they are at that particular time. These types of images really do tell a story. It’s not cookie-cutter images. I do pose people in my sessions, but it’s the natural moments that I capture that are just so great.

Now, as for pricing. My session fee may cost more than your typical packages…but when you look at the whole picture, I feel people will see the difference. Once your session is over, I upload all images and take only the best images from your session. I then edit all images myself so that each person in the picture looks their best (minimal retouching). I usually try to give at least 50 images in your personal gallery to choose from. From there you are free to choose whatever pose you like. I prefer to go a-la cart on my prints. I also keep my print prices very very affordable for one reason only, I want you to be able to get beautiful pictures for not a lot of money.

Here is a quote from Anne Ruthmann that she posted on her blog and facebook about photography and the artist within us.

‘It’s a delicate balance- trying to be an artist and a business person at the same time. The artist mentally is quite obsessive and perfectionistic. The artist hates being bothered in the middle of being intensely focused because it can ruin a creative streak. The artist wants to simply shut out the world around her so that she can enjoy every little creation as it’s being made. The artist works on something until its done, not until the timer has run out. The artist has a lot of pride in her work and would be horrified if it were to be out there unfinished. Yet, we also have to be business people. We have to meet our clients needs and keep them happy, even if it doesn’t always give us the freedom to do what makes us happy. We have to set deadlines and meet them no matter what happens or else we lose our client’s trust. We have to answer emails and return phone calls in a timely manner so that our clients feel valued and respected. As a business person, we WANT to do all of these things because we care about our clients, and because without our clients support, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do!! We love our clients and we want to give them the best of everything. It’s just a delicate line we must walk every day, always trying to stay in balance- and sometimes we fall down, but we pick ourselves back up in the hopes that it is our accomplishments, not our failures, which will be the ultimate measure of our success.”

 

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