Flossing...and not the dance move

I have to share this post here (even though it is a post from my other business). We have been going to Citizen Dental Hygiene since we returned to Calgary. I’ve been so impressed by their staff and particularly Lace, one of the co-owners. Her passion for her job came through immediately as she started to talk about the importance of flossing. It had both of my children's attention as well as I learned something new. To help their business, we decided to video her flossing talk. It’s educational and entertaining…and might I add, Lace did this on the first take:).

I have attached the full blog post...in case you’re interested in the business part of the story. But I will also include a link to the flossing video that Lace did on the first take. I think there is great value there for everyone:). Also, try to spot her tooth tattoo:).
http://www.jodyboryski.com/…/how-is-video-being-used-educat…

My Mini Session Perspective

I participated in the This Girl Can Expo this weekend. I was really honoured to get to represent family photography there. The objective of the show in a nutshell was to help empower girls to be who they are, to highlight what makes them unique and to have confidence in who that is. It was a fantastic show with amazing speakers doing just that. And with this being the backbone of my business/es…highlighting what makes you (and your relationships) special and show it back to you…I felt that it was a good show for me.

The topic of mini session came up with a few people at the show so thought I would share my perspective.

I’ve done them. And even 30 min ones...usually run into an hour with me. It’s not how I shoot. And it’s not the experience I want to give your family. Running you through like cattle is not the pace I like to go.

I believe that your memories need more care than that. And with my style being capturing your family’s personality and relationships, it is pretty tough to get there in 15/30min sessions. We need time to settle in together - even if you have been coming to me for years...and actually especially if you have been coming to me for years… I want to know what is going on with your family.

Yes, if you are just looking for a line them up, everyone looking at the camera, perfect picture for Grandma...then we can definitely get that in the first 15... but if that is all you are looking for...I am not the photographer for you. I am shooting for the squeezy hugs and the in between moments that only happen when everyone feels comfortable which can take time.

I did some market research this year and realized that people need shorter sessions and fewer images to wade through so that you can come more often and capture all the moments. So I did listen and created the “Keep It Simple” package both in and out of the studio. This hour long session is as mini as I am willing to go to still be able to deliver the images that I am proud of and so that I’m not worried about watching the clock during your session.

And for those who still like to hang out with me at a slower pace or like to do art with me, there is still the “classic” session. I will go through and describe more about each of the offerings and really who they are best for in the next post.

Here is a few images from a recent Keep it Simple session that would not have happened in a 15min session.

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NEW WEBSITE!!

WAHOO!!!! It's finally up and running!! I've been wanting to update and add an online booking calendar to my website for awhile...it's finally all come together. Unfortunately it did mean losing 10 years of blog history but seems worth it to make it easier for everyone to book. 

I know how busy all of us are and the going back and forth with me to check calendars seemed really archaic...the new booking page (HERE), will allow you to choose the type of session that you would like, choose the date and time, deal with the contract and pay the deposit (which I've standardized for simplicity). 

Now, you might be panicking because you don't have your hockey schedule for September yet...as before, this does not mean that you can't reschedule. However, it does make sure that you get a spot...and it allows me to make sure that everyone's sessions get edited (I'll adjust behind the scenes if a month is starting to get too busy).

Thank you to everyone for your patience with all of this!! Please let me know if something is not working right and I will get it fixed ASAP. 

There will be things added and adjusted over the next little while...some of the copy and I will be adding how to use the pictures more. Also let me know, if there is anything else you would like to know about.

Oh and HAPPY SPRING!!!!

Nicaragua

We love Nicaragua! We headed back there this February as I knew my family would be having a tough time with our first winter back in Canada. Seriously, what a winter back to re-introduce them to. Anyway, we headed back for some surf, sun and relaxing...as much relaxing as I do anyway:). We got the opportunity to be introduced to an amazing charity (CREA) through friends of ours. Long story short, we took a bunch of supplies down on their behalf to a local library that they are connected to. It was so cool to see all of the kids enjoying this library and the services that went along with it...I learned from the Director that as they were doing research in the area to see what the local needs were, of the 200 households that were canvassed only 7 books were found. The stats then went on from there in regards to education. Needless to say, there were a huge need in the area for this and it is so amazing to see the effect that it is having on the community. 

As we were leaving the library, my son mentioned that he noticed one of the boys in a soccer jersey so he wanted to bring some soccer balls down next time for them. I let the director know and she thought that was awesome and mentioned that they also needed ball pumps. So my son is on a mission this summer to raise money mowing lawns to purchase balls and pumps.

I then decided that I would also take a portion of my revenue to donate to CREA Nica as well since they are already outgrowing the space that they just opened last summer and have plans to expand. So Tot Shots will be donating 10% of all session fees in 2018 to this cause. I love that despite my contribution being small, it will have more of an effect there and my children will be able to see some progression with our donations.

Here are a few of the pictures from CREA and of the local kids that it is helping:).

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Newborns

I am so far behind sharing sessions! I wanted to share this session as I would love to see a bunch more babies this yearJ. This is my cousin’s family...aren’t they adorable! I was so excited to get them in the studio in January…yes, January. I was not able to take a lot of newborns while I was living in California because I couldn’t get back on their timing. I’m so excited to now be back and available for more babies. It really is such a special time to capture as they are not small for long…and now with a 13 year old who is as tall as I am…it really does go so quickly!

Here’s a few favourites from this session. If you know any expectant mamas, please send them my way!!

 

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