7.19.2011

Me?? Organizer?!

Maybe it's the new house. Maybe it's the new studio. Maybe it's the nesting phase starting to kick in....but I feel the need to organize. I feel like I have lived in mass chaos for the past 6 years, if not my entire life and I really don't want to bring up my children in such a way. So I've been working at getting my new house in order as much as I can (with Mom and Hubby's help) focusing on my closet and my studio. The closet is another story but today I want to share some fun organizing finds that I plan to use in the studio. So cool they actually make organizing fun!

I recently found these file boxes in the fall issue of Better Homes and Gardens "Do It Yourself" magazine. Made from vintage record album sleeves and nestled in custom-made wooden boxes they hold almost any size paper work. You can find them here at freestylegifts.com

I, along with what seems like everyone else, have become obsessed with Pinterest. If you haven't checked it out yet, you need to! That is unless you have absolutely no free time...it's quite addictive. But I came across this clever idea for storage and must say how easy! My husband and I are coffee drinkers and I think those plastic "cans" it comes in from Wal-Mart would be perfect for this project. After a pretty coat of spray paint of course.

I LOVE BASKETS!!! And while shopping for craft supplies for the nursery at Hobby Lobby I found these awesome baskets woven from recycled magazine paper! Now I admit I am the hoarder when it comes to magazines. I don't know when to get rid of them! So I think I will find a youtube video on basket weaving and put those old magazines to work! It can't be that hard, right?? I'm pretty sure the ones at Hobby Lobby looked like the one above, but while I was googling I found some pretty cool alternatives...

I hope this post inspires you to get organized as much as it does me! Happy filing and storing!!

7.01.2011

Please Read!!

Hello All!

Today is July 1st which means a few things for me and my business. A) It has now been a little over a year since I have officially become a professional photographer! Yayyy!!! Don't think I have forgotten about that big giveaway that I mentioned before.... B) It's time to revamp the business including graphics, marketing, pricing, setting up a website, etc. & C) I'm officially on maternity leave until October 1st.

SO with that being said, the next 3 months are going to be committed to house-cleaning (so to speak) for Studio MJW. I will be catching up on all my editing, organizing the not so fun aspects (contracts, receipts, unlimited files), re-doing all my graphics, building a website and raising my prices (just a little, I think I deserve it ;) ). I will be answering e-mails during this time but shooting will be on hold until October 1st.

Starting August 1st, all sessions excluding engagements, bridals and weddings, are going to be $100. This fee includes an initial consultation, 1 hour shooting at the location of your choice, and approximately 20-30 edited photos in an online gallery for viewing and sharing with friends and family. This gallery will also be for purchasing prints. I'm no longer going to give the rights to photos (I have to pay bills too) but I am going to offer web-sized images for the purpose of social networking.

Wedding packages are going to change a little as well, with the smallest starting at $1,000. I am taking this time now to let everyone know of this change. ***IF you would like to book a wedding with my current rates I recommend doing so by JULY 31ST.*** This is only for weddings scheduled from October 1, 2011 to December 31, 2012.

I would like to thank all my clients for their business this past year and look forward to much more and lots of new clients in the years to come!

Hope everyone has a fun-filled holiday weekend!!