Monday, January 24, 2011
TRAVELS TO THAILAND | Goodhart Photography, Northern Virginia Family and Child Portrait Photographer
In early January, my husband and I left our three children in the care of Grampy and took off for a short getaway to Thailand to visit my mother! It is a beautiful country, and I really enjoyed photographing it.
My mom has ten pet turtles, one parrot, one dog, and one cat. Here is one of her turtles:
The food in Thailand is so delicious! These are some of my favorite dishes, laab (a minced pork with spices) and crispy pork).
So when I came back from Thailand, I basically slept for 5 days -- no jet lag in Thailand as I guess adrenaline kept me going, but it hit with a vengeance once I returned. Now I am refreshed and energized and ready to create some beautiful portraits for my clients!
Parting shot -- windows on a Buddhist temple grounds.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Isn't she precious? I took these portraits in my Loudoun County studio, which is still a work in progress but at least my backdrops and lights and myriad props have a more permanent home.
Here's another little beauty.
Right now I haven't done any Vintage Valentines with boys, but I think they'll look adorable in Daddy's jacket and a tie, holding out a bouquet of roses.
Anyway, if you are interested in the promotion, please "like" my FB page so you'll get all of the details when they come out.
Planning to run a Vintage Valentine promotion in the next few weeks.
Monday, January 17, 2011
It is so hard to believe I have been photographing this baby sweetheart since he was in his mother's belly! You can sneak a peak back to those days by clicking here.
This was my first shoot of the year, and my first shoot in my under-construction basement studio. Baby J was totally on the go, and very interested in what was in the basement (toys and more toys) as well as my children who popped down a few times to say hello.
Here is a more pensive look:
We also took Baby J outside for a few natural light photographs in the snow. While Loudoun County didn't get very much snow this week, there was enough left to create the environmental portraits we wanted.
I hope you enjoyed your sneak preview!
So for Christmas my husband bought me Business Plan Pro software. I had so many plans to get that baby installed on my laptop and to have an epic plan in place to launch 2011.
But then I realized that in between a kitchen remodel, the holidays, and my recent trip to Thailand:
that my epic plan was just going to have to wait. I spent the last week in a jet-lag coma (12 hours time differential for Thailand) and only yesterday felt fully refreshed. That's when I realized that I can't actually find my business plan software, as I tossed it into a box with Lightroom 3 when the hardwood floors were being installed -- or maybe cleaning up for dinner Christmas Eve. But regardless, I still want to take this time to map out some broad, general business goals for 2011.
1. I resolve to pay my monthly sales tax on time. This goal actually encompasses a larger goal of business organization, because in order to pay my sales tax on time, I will have to have systems in place to track clients and payments.
2. I resolve to launch my wedding photography business.
I've spent almost a year second shooting weddings, and I just love it. Wedding photography encompasses all types of photography -- portrait, photojournalism, landscape/environmental, detail/macro -- and I get to do all this in beautiful settings surrounded by happy people.
3. I resolve to establish a permanent studio in my basement, rather than a make-shift one in my living room.
This will allow me to take clients in the winter, and offer my clients another option besides on-location portraiture.
4. I resolve to market my senior portrait photography business.
I love to photography high school seniors, as they are so creative and energetic and they want to look good.
5. I resolve to get a business plan written by February 4th. That gives me a few days to track down the software!
6. I resolve to blog at least 3 times a week. This also encompasses a goal of updating my blog and revising my website, combining the two into a blogsite.
So that's all for now. Hope all of your own dreams and resolutions come true in 2011!