Welcome 2018!

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Welcome 2018!

Good morning friends, happy Friday! Welcome to the first blog post of 2018! I wanted to take a minute to introduce myself to those of you that don’t know me personally, and also to tell you a little bit about my business.

My name is Cindy. I am a wife to my high school sweetheart, a mother to 3 crazy kids, a teacher to 70 6th grade students, a frozen yogurt business owner and a photographer. You could say that our life is a little crazy (and you would be right!) but we love it. When my husband (a police officer) and I are not working, we spend our evenings shuffling between dance, soccer, hockey and baseball for our kids, and our weekends snuggled on the couch having movie nights.

About 4 years ago, I had this silly idea that I wanted to break into photography. I originally thought that I would photograph mostly babies, with a few families thrown in there somewhere. My husband was very supportive. He bought me a new fancy camera, only shuttered a little when I started spending money on education classes to teach me how to use the camera, work with clients and eventually build my business. And he pushed and encouraged me when I lost faith in my ability to not only take photographs, but to take photographs that people loved and were willing to hang up in their houses or show off to their friends.

Throughout the last few years, my business has changed in many ways, even my subjects. While I once wanted to focus on babies, now my primary focus is on weddings and couples (though I still love to photograph babies and families). A few months ago, I took a leap and changed my business name and website, to focus on the new style that I was promoting. I feel more confident in the changes that I have made for not only myself, but for my clients.

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After all, that is who I am here for. I got into photography as a hobby, but over the past few years, I have learned and met so many people that I wouldn’t have before. I am able to experience the joy and stories of bringing home that new baby and figuring out how to get them to sleep or what every little cry means, when I photograph newborns and their families. I am able to watch couples grow from being married, dealing with love and loss and birth and toddler years and extending their families even more with siblings. I am able to photograph weddings and witness the marriage of not only two people, but two families.

When you photograph these milestones in the lives of people, some of whom are absolute strangers until the session, you become a part of their life. You see the good, the bad and yes, sometimes the ugly! And they become a part of your life. I am forever touched by each client that I photograph. Each session has a story behind it. I love stories. I love watching how those stories change over time. But I also hope that the images I provide to my clients allow them to hold on to those stories for just a little bit longer. Life moves fast enough as it is. Kids grow older, family moves away, and our everyday agenda has a way of making us forget those little moments when things were new. How special they were. How happy we felt. I am a photographer to capture those moments, to pause life and to remember what was.

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But as a photographer, I don’t just focus on the big picture, the family photos, or the entire or the  bridal party. My job as a photographer is to highlight the details of what made the session so special and what we tend to lose sight of as time goes by. The way the babies nose wrinkled when she yawned or how tiny her toes were. The flow of the dress of a new bride or the special engraving on the cuff links of the groom. Family and couples sessions do not just focus on standing and smiling at the camera, but the interaction between family members, the cheek snuggle, the whispering in the ear, the belly laughs, and even the moments when not a single person is looking at the camera, but focused on each other in a real, not posed inter,action. Why? Because this is real life. This is how we are everyday, when we don’t have a camera following us around or some stranger telling us to look at the camera and smile.

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Real life is important. Real life should be remembered and valued and celebrated. This is why I am a photographer. To stop those moments in time, to allow you to look back and reflect on how special your family is, not because of your pretty smile, but because of the love that shows in the little moments.

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Whether it is with me or another photographer whose work you love, I hope that you make it a goal this year to schedule a photo session with your significant other, your family, or even just a group of friends. Let us photograph those moments that you don't want to forget. 

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Cindy did such an amazing job making my fiancé and I feel as comfortable as possible during our shoot. Cindy assisted us with poses, in the best locations in Fayetteville and captured beautiful moments between my fiancé and I. I would use her a million more times if I could. I absolutely wish I could bring her back to NJ with us for future shoots. If you’re looking for someone reliable, warm hearted, joyful and personable Cindy is the photographer to go to! Thanks again! We really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy schedule for us!
— Jane, engagement client
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Thank you so much for enhancing the beauty of my gorgeous niece and her handsome fiancé. My absolute favorite is when they are walking, and a gentle wind whisper her dress as she is gazing lovingly into Scott’s eyes. Picture perfect. Thank you so much for sharing in their beauty.
— Mary Ann

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       When I started my photography business back in 2014, I struggled to find a business name that fit me. I didn’t want to use my own name. It just didn’t seem to have the flow that I was looking for. I tried to find something that wasn’t to cheesy, and that gave people a sense of the type of photography that I wanted to do. So I came up with The Simple Things in Life. It fit. I am a simple person. I enjoy the realness of families and couples. I didn’t (and still don’t) use a lot of props or staging for my clients. I think that the beauty lies within who you are, not with what I add to the photograph. I still have these same beliefs that I had just a few years ago.      So what has changed?     Well, first, my style of photography has changed. A lot. When I began, I tried to hard to imitate the other photographers that I was seeing. The poses they were doing, the props they were using (which went against my whole belief in style), because I thought that is what people wanted. Over the years, I have continued to learn from those photographers, but I have figured out what works for me. SImplicity. Just you, me and the camerWhen I started my photography business back in 2014, I struggled to find a business name that fit me. I didn’t want to use my own name. It just didn’t seem to have the flow that I was looking for. I tried to find something that wasn’t to cheesy, and that gave people a sense of the type of photography that I wanted ta. Even my newborn photography, represents a sense of simplicity. Neutral colors, no props, no fancy poses that a baby could never get themselves into but yet we try to manipulate them into anyways. Simple and organic has become my style. Real emotion has become my style.       

  

  	
       
      
         
          
             
                  
             
          

          

         
      
       
    

  


       Why Inwonderlust?    Over the past few years, I have found myself doing a lot of thinking, not about me (well that’s sort of a lie) but about people. What makes them tick? What makes them giggle? What makes them experience that from-the-gut laugh that makes everyone around them laugh too? What makes them blush? What makes them cry? I have been inspired with this thinking because of people like Jesh De Rox, a world renowned photographer and speaker, and Brandon Stanton, the creator of Humans of New York. In the coming weeks I will have a blog post up to explain these two amazing people in a little more detail, but they have helped guide my thoughts on all of this the past few years.      I have been doing a lot of thinking of myself (I told you it was a lie) and my family. I am the type of person that thrives off of change. Those that work with me in my classroom know that every week my class is going to be set up a little different than it was before. The desks may be in a different pattern, the walls may look a little different, even my teaching may vary from lesson to lesson. My husband, at home, never really knows what he is going to come home to! Will we still have all of the pieces of furniture  in the living room in the evening that we had this morning? Will it be located in the same spot it was before? Is he going to be able to find where the office supplies are when he has to jot down a few notes? I love change. I love wondering what will happen when one element is added or taken away from circumstances. How will that affect the overall feeling?     I wonder about my family all the time. Of course with my kids, who I am sure will be the topic of many blog posts to come, I wonder what was going through their heads when they thought that it was a good idea to do ________ (insert any of their crazy antics here)? I wonder how they got to be so smart. I wonder what they will make of themselves as they grow older. I wonder what I can do to make things easier for them, to give them all the things that they want, but not spoil them too much.  Most importantly, I wonder if I am doing this whole parenting thing right.     I wonder a lot.     I was browsing through Pinterest one day when I saw a board for wanderlust, the strong desire to travel. Of course that got me thinking. About travel. Where would I like to go? When will I ever be able to take these amazing vacations that I have planned in my head?  That is when it hit me. I have wonderlust,  the love of wonder. It sounded silly, it didn’t really make sense, but to me it was perfect. It was me. Therefor, Inwonderlust began.     As I was working on my new website the other day, my 8 year old, also a constant wonderer of many things, asks, “What does Inwonderlust mean?”     As I was trying to figure out how to explain this to her, my 6 year old says, “oh, does it mean a sense of wonder? Like you like to think about things a lot?”      How did he know that?!      “Why yes it does Landon. Yes. It. Does”     So there you have it. The short(ish) version of the change. What do you think?        Leave me a note or a comment. What do you find yourself wondering about? What is your _____lust?     

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From The Simple Things in Life to Inwonderlust...why the change?

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