Charlotte King Photography: Blog http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog en-us (C) Charlotte King Photography belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:06:00 GMT Sat, 18 Nov 2017 21:06:00 GMT http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/img/s/v-5/u101323472-o611799200-50.jpg Charlotte King Photography: Blog http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog 120 80 Olivia Newborn | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/11/olivia-newborn-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Olivia was sweet as pie y'all!!  She was so squishy, headful of hair, and gorgeous eyelashes that were long for days!!  I really enjoyed posing her into all these pretty little poses, and capturing gorgeous moments for her mama and daddy!

Enjoy!  

As always, don't forget to click the link "contact me" to book! 

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Riley Newborn | Dothan, Al Newborn Photographer | Charlotte King Photography http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/10/riley-newborn-dothan-al-newborn-photographer-charlotte-king-photography Oh Riley <3  Those sweet sweet cheeks!!!  I've been photographing him since he was in his mommy's womb, at the hospital, and then for his newborn session!  I love being apart of these sweet babies lives and I am so thrilled to watch him grow!  

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belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) baby photographer charlotte king photography dothan dothan alabama dothan alabama newborn photographer dothan baby photographer newborn photographer taylor alabama http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/10/riley-newborn-dothan-al-newborn-photographer-charlotte-king-photography Sat, 14 Oct 2017 02:19:14 GMT
Kadence | Sitter Session | Charlotte King Photography http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/10/kadence-sitter-session-charlotte-king-photography Now that ALL, yes ALL of my little minions are in school, I can 100% share all the goodness I have captured these last few months!!  Y'all, we are seriously a month away from doing this sweet baby's one year session!  I can't wait to see what magic we make, and yet, I can't believe it has been almost a year since I photographed her mamas maternity session!  How crazy is that to imagine?  My CKP babies are growing way to fast on me!  

This year I had a lot of my baby plan babies start KINDERGARTEN!!  Babies grow up so fast, before you know it with a blink of an eye!  That is how I feel about Kadence, she has grown so much, from being born as a preemie, she has just passed all stages and are making those milestones her boss!  Also, I secretly want to squish her cheeks and just munch on them, not creepy at all lol!  I sure do love all them chubby babies!!

Enjoy her images!  If you are interested in booking a session, make sure to click this link and mention Kadence so her mommy and daddy can reap the referral reward benefits!  https://app.iris-works.com/customer/leads/new?ref=5546

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Owen Newborn | Charlotte King Photography | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/9/owen-newborn-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Owen was precious y'all!!  So was his sweet big sister <3  He was so little and just let me pose him so sweetly <3  I can't wait to watch him and his sister grow <3  Such a gorgeous family!! 

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Crystal Maternity | Dothan, Alabama | Charlotte King Photography http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/9/crystal-maternity-dothan-alabama-charlotte-king-photography I had an absolute blast at Crystal's maternity!!  My heart fluttered when they showed up with this amazing pick up truck!  I shot their session over the summer, along with sweet baby Claire, so I am just now getting around to sharing their maternity portraits!  Sweet baby Claire will make her debut later this week <3 

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Caraline Cake Smash | Dothan, Alabama Baby Photographer | Cake Smash Session http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/8/caroline-cake-smash-dothan-alabama-baby-photographer-cake-smash-session I always love photographing the Helms kids!  Caraline was a pleasure and such a happy baby!  She absolutely loved playing in her cake and my clawfoot bath tub!

One year sessions are so much fun!  We start off with an outfit or two for regular one year portraits, then we head straight for the cake, and then as a fun clean up and to fill a nice gallery, we splish splash in the clawfoot tub!  Every session is styled to your desire, and I love to design every session!

Enjoy Caraline's images!  She has a contagious smile and is just so pure of joy!

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Nash Newborn | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/8/nash-newborn-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Sweet Nash!!!  I can't brag on him enough, he was a perfect little angle and I am super excited to watch him grow!  His family is just as precious as they look!

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Ingram Maternity | Dothan, Alabama Maternity Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/8/ingram-maternity-dothan-alabama-maternity-photographer This is a very special post for me, I met these two crazy love birds a few months ago, and it has been a nice ride, capturing maternity, Fresh 48, newborn, and many more memories to capture for them!  I would love to show the whole three sessions we have done, but we have to show one at a time so I can tease you all haha!  I had so much fun with Kayla and David, Kayla is just radiant, and she has such a lovely personality!  David isn't too bad either ;)  

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Linleigh Newborn | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/8/linleigh-newborn-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Linleigh was precious, and I mean PRECIOUS!!  She loved being posed and was just so sweet, the perfect baby!  Her mama had answered her questionnaire with the colors/theme of her nursery, but I still had a unicorn backdrop up, so we played with her on that one lol!

Don't forget to book your newborn session while you are pregnant, this ensures us plenty of time to style your session, but don't fret if your mind drifts and you forget, we will always be able to capture those perfect moments for you to hang on your walls, and albums to look at with your baby in your lap!

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belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) baby photographer charlotte king photography dothan dothan alabama dothan alabama newborn photographer dothan baby photographer newborn photographer taylor alabama http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/8/linleigh-newborn-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:14:24 GMT
Hey New Photographer! http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/8/hey-new-photographer Hey there!  Welcome to the wild world of photography!  It can be a fun one, but there is a huge learning curve ahead!  

You see, I really do care about other photographers, and I will be the first to admit that the industry is not as opening to newbies as it should be, but we do all have our reasons.

Every time I see a post of a cheap session it makes my heart break, it doesn't load me with jealousy, it seriously breaks my heart, especially if you have a family.  

When I first started my career you see, I was YOU.  I was the one who thought I could charge a cheaper price, and make good money.  Of course I was just starting out, so that is what I expected, my sweet husband even tried setting up a class for me with a local photographer so I could truly learn what to do correctly, and they said no, we were going to pay of course, I mean, nothing is free in this life right?  So I sat upon my journey, I tried the whole "$50, you get 1 hour of time, and all your images on a CD", but I soon learnt quickly, that you can NOT operate a business like that.  You are looking at it from the wrong angle, even clients look at that from the wrong angle.  

See, what I mean is, you really put more than 1 hour of time into that one person.  Just follow me as I break down some numbers would you?

 

Time spent on a one hour session (say this is for a milestone or family):

-Emailing/Calling/Text Messaging at least 2 hours

-Driving on location to and from 30 minutes (for me, if I come from where I live, that is 40 minutes if I'm going to Dothan).

-Session, 1 hour, you may go over, so always account for that.

-Uploading Files/Culling 1 hour

-Editing 3 hours

-Burning to a CD/Uploading Gallery 5-10 Minutes

Total Time = 6 hours and 40 minutes.

Hour rate $7.81

NOW, you have to pay taxes out of that, $4.50.

Did you have to pay a sitter?  My sitter charges me $10 per hour

Now you have $35.50.

How about that gas?  Lets shoot for $5 to get there and back!
 

Now you are at $30.50, so making $5.54 per hour.

Also, you gave them lets say, 50 images (which I'm kidding myself, because I remember giving like 100 plus starting out lol).

That means, you made .71 cent per image

Let that sink into your head for a bit, then move on to my next thing.

 

YOU are a business owner, so now you have expenses to make.  Here are some you have to have, you can't justify not having.

-License, you must have one for City, State, and County. $130

-Tax ID You HAVE to file taxes. (Free to get an ID, but take into consideration that you have to pay taxes out of your income, so that varies).

-Internet (I pay $80).

-CD $5?  I'm not sure as I don't sell them.


Now, let me list a whole bunch of expenses you never think of:

-Computer, Camera, and Lens upgrades, repairs, or rentals.

-Electricity (if you have a home based business, you are able to deduct a certain amount of this).

-Website

-Marketing

-Office supplies (Ink, paper, pens, CD cases, and so forth)

-Laundry detergent/Water (I wash my stuff constantly after contact with babies)

-Props, you know you want them ;)

-Car

-Gas

-Insurance

-Sitter 

-Editing Software

-Online Software

-Card Reader Fees

-Accounting Professional Fees

-Bank Fees

-Telephone

-Travels and meals

-Legal Fees

- Rent (if you are a store front like myself).

 

See, there probably are a good bit more that I am missing out, but you see, there is a lot that goes into running a business.  I would love to invite you all to join us once a month, as we meet at my downtown Dothan studio, our meeting will be next Wednesday and we would love for you to join, it is absolutely free, and a great way to mingle, and learn from us seasoned professional photographers.  I hope this blog post gave you some insight and will motivate you to change the way you tend to do business.  I always want to post on this topic, but there is the fear of always having at least one person who reads and  takes this the wrong way, but it is simply an eye opener.  We have to open our minds to learn to be better, there should never be a point in your job that you stop learning, it simply does not and should not work that way <3  

 

Have a blessed week! 

 

 

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Nash Fresh 48 | Charlotte King Photography | Dothan, Alabama Baby Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/8/nash-fresh-48-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-baby-photographer With the kids being back to school, I can pour myself in catch up blog work and sneak peeks once again!  I am so pleased to be able to show some of Nash's portraits from the Hospital!  This sweet baby has my heart and I can't wait to watch him grow!  There is something about making connections with families and being selected to capture these sweet moments for them!  

Nash has so much love around him, from his parents, to his grandparents, to his aunts, and uncles!  Everyone was there to love on that sweet baby and it was a sight to see the excitement on everyone's face!

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Cash | Cake Smash Session | Dothan, Alabama Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/7/cash-cake-smash-session-dothan-alabama-photographer Cash was a blast to work with!  I have been photographing their family since I started my photography business and it is a joy to have those that grow with you!  

 

This custom storyboard was designed for his mama, it was printed as a 20x20 and looked amazing in person!! 

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belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) baby photographer charlotte king photography dothan dothan alabama dothan baby photographer one year smash cake session taylor alabama http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/7/cash-cake-smash-session-dothan-alabama-photographer Thu, 20 Jul 2017 01:23:56 GMT
Connor Newborn | Charlotte King Photography | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/connor-newborn-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Okay, so I am going to toot (toot toot) my own horn haha!  Now, I'm not saying that I am super special or anything BUT Connor seriously came in WIDE awake to his newborn session, he was already three weeks old, which in the Newborn Photography world can be hit or miss, you have some babies who sleep like they did or they are very alert and awake.  After swaddling him up and shushing noises, he fell asleep quite quickly.  Wrapping is a go to for me to be able to secure baby (they love the feel of security), and they usually go straight to sleep when done nice and snug!  We then went to the bucket prop, and to the wagon, then wrapped up on the beanbag!  He also had the best squishy lips and beautiful skin!!

I hope you enjoy his gorgeous session, and if you are looking to book your custom portrait experience, click here and mention CONNOR in the contact form so that his mommy and daddy can reap the rewards of my referral plan!  https://app.iris-works.com/customer/leads/new?ref=5546

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Grace Headshots | Dothan, AL Photographer | Charlotte King Photography http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/grace-headshots-dothan-al-photographer-charlotte-king-photography Grace came in from a referral and she was so much fun!  It is not every day I get to take headshots for little girls so this was a fun little break for me!  I just loved her curly little hair, and girlfriend was active haha!  There was nothing stopping her and she let her light shine so bright!  Can't wait to see how she does in her next pageant with her new head shots!  

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Cole Newborn | Charlotte King Photography | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/cole-newborn-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer I loved snuggling up this sweet pea <3  He totally broke my heart with no bum up in the air pose, but I will be okay since I got a sweet little smile in the crate shot!  

This custom storyboard will be displayed in his nursery <3  How sweet are all those little details?!  Loved Cole's session as much as we did?  Make sure to contact us to schedule your custom portrait session here and mention COLE so his mommy can reap the referral rewards, and eventually you can too!  https://app.iris-works.com/customer/leads/new?ref=5546

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belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) Baby Photographer Charlotte King Photography Dothan Alabama Dothan Alabama Newborn Photographer Dothan baby photographer Newborn Photographer Taylor Alabama dothan http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/cole-newborn-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Mon, 05 Jun 2017 14:15:00 GMT
Whitley Newborn | Charlotte King Photography | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/whitley-newborn-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer I love an itty bitty baby girl <3  She curled up so perfectly, but after a failed attempt of the frog pose, went to sleepy baby pose, she pooped all over everything haha!  I always love to see parents have that face where they feel so bad then go into apologizing and I am snickering inside as I totally am prepared to get crapped on.  Maybe someone can make me a shirt that says #poop #pee #spitup #newborntoglife  I mean, that would describe things to a tee and keep me tickled all the time lol!  

Loved Whitley's session as much as we did?  Make sure to contact us to schedule your custom portrait session here and mention WHITLEY so his mommy can reap the referral rewards, and eventually you can too!  https://app.iris-works.com/customer/leads/new?ref=5546 

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belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) Baby Photographer Charlotte King Photography Dothan Alabama Dothan Alabama Newborn Photographer Dothan baby photographer Newborn Photographer Taylor Alabama dothan http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/whitley-newborn-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer Sun, 04 Jun 2017 14:00:00 GMT
David Cake Smash | Charlotte King Photography | Dothan, Alabama Baby Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/david-cake-smash-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-baby-photographer We had a great time at David's cake smash!  He is so cute and I absolutely adored his one year theme of "Sock Monkey"!  I love when parents bring some creative ideas to the surface!  

A close up of his cake!!  How adorable is it?!

Storyboards and albums are my clients favorite items to purchase at the one year!  This storyboard was created for David's room! 

Loved David's session as much as we did?  Make sure to contact us to schedule your custom portrait session here and mention DAVID so his mommy can reap the referral rewards, and eventually you can too!  https://app.iris-works.com/customer/leads/new?ref=5546 

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belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) Baby Photographer Charlotte King Photography Dothan Alabama Dothan baby photographer Taylor Alabama cake smash dothan one year smash cake session http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/david-cake-smash-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-baby-photographer Sat, 03 Jun 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Henry Newborn | Dothan Alabama Newborn Photographer | Charlotte King Photography http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/henry-newborn-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer-charlotte-king-photography You guys I loved photographing Henry and his gorgeous family!  His big brother Riley was so sweet, and come on guys, does dad not look like Mr. Big or Peter from Sex and The City or The Good Wife????  I kept wanting to call him Peter lol (quick backstory, I was currently at that time binge watching The Good Wife, its a good watch ;)  ).

A quick little note as I have had TONS of new parents come in and grandparents make comments on how it is fascinating that babies just "stand up" like this with their hands on their chin.  Here it is to show you that a well trained professional handles this.  I put them in the frog position, keeping my hands on baby the whole time holding up their hands on their chin, supporting their body, and then I have mom or dad come over and hold the head up, my hands never leave baby until they are comfortably holding them.  In Photoshop CC I combine both the images and it is called a composite, this pose should NEVER be attempted unless the photographer knows 100% what they are doing, and thus for the main reason you should hire a true professional newborn photographer!  

Loved Henry's session as much as we did?  Make sure to contact us to schedule your custom portrait session here and mention HENRY so his mommy can reap the referral rewards, and eventually you can too!  https://app.iris-works.com/customer/leads/new?ref=5546

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Nolan Newborn | Charlotte King Photography | Dothan, Alabama Newborn Photographer http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/6/nolan-newborn-charlotte-king-photography-dothan-alabama-newborn-photographer What can I say other than Nolan and his family were 100% just perfect!  Every member was just as gorgeous and sweet as can be!  Nolan let me pose him in every way possible, and his head full of hair and sweet cheeks completely won me over <3  At the end of his session he woke up and we got to see those big ole beautiful blue eyes!  

Loved Nolan's session?  Go to https://app.iris-works.com/customer/leads/new?ref=5546 to book your custom portrait session today and make sure to put NOLAN in the comment section so his mommy can reap the benefits!  My reward system is amazing!  

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Piper Cake Smash | Dothan, Alabama Baby Photographer | Charlotte King Photography http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/5/piper-cake-smash-dothan-alabama-baby-photographer-charlotte-king-photography Piper was amazing and loved her ice cream cake smash!  So much fun to style and she gave me so many laughs with her switching around from the cake, to the cone, and to the ice cream!  

 

 

To book your custom fine art session, just shoot us a message from the contact tab!  Make sure to mention PIPER in the comments so her mommy can reap those reward benefits!  My referral benefits are the best in the area and will help go towards that custom wall art piece or collection of your choice!  

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belliestotoddlers@gmail.com (Charlotte King Photography) Baby Photographer Charlotte King Photography Dothan Alabama Dothan baby photographer Taylor Alabama cake smash dothan one year smash cake session http://www.charlottekingphoto.com/blog/2017/5/piper-cake-smash-dothan-alabama-baby-photographer-charlotte-king-photography Mon, 22 May 2017 23:24:46 GMT