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These photos are precious because there’s a story. I vividly remember when Alix started liking this cute boy at work when we were something like 18, 19? But, let’s back up a little; I know Alix from our Seton Keough High School days...
The details are a little fuzzy but, we had a mutual friend in high school, Katie, we both were involved in theater, took prom photos together, and always got along.

There was a night the summer after our senior year we were hanging out at Movie on the Pier in Fells Point and she was talking about this boy again; Katie and I were telling her to go for it and talk to him. Well, she totally did and it was fate because now they have the sweetest little family, which I have totally watched grow via social media. It’s crazy how life works out. 8yrs later they are on vacation and message me on Instagram about family photos.

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Making the move to full-time.

I'll make this short, because I am not one for long stories.

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No, there weren't 5 steps I took to get here. No formula that made sense. Let's rewind a little. There I was at the end of January 2017 with an LLC and a word from God to stop. But, stop what? Surely I hadn't taken the last 5 months to learn what it took to set up a legit business just to stop photography. After some reflection, I realized it wasn't that I needed to stop taking pictures, but I needed to stop comparing. It wasn't the kind of comparing you're probably thinking of because I knew I had a gift in photography. But, rather my path to everyone else's. I often felt like I was spinning my wheels trying to become a "real photographer" and I still felt stuck. Nothing was working. And it wasn't because of me, it was because I wasn't being ME. I would look to see what other photographers were doing and try fit that business model. So, I stopped.

I took a step back from pursuing my business, did a lot of self-reflection. I wouldn't seek after jobs, but if they came my way I would take them. In fall of 2017, I began to feel like I was blooming. Clients were coming left and right. It felt like God was just bringing me person after person. It had to be God because, I wasn't doing anything different really, except trying to focus on my own path. But, here they were, all these people who wanted me to take their picture, right in my path. 

There was I was at the end of January 2018 still with an LLC and a word from God to be unafraid, because spring was coming. Did I know what that meant? Nope, no I didn't. But, it was exciting. It wasn't until someone I trust very much put things into perspective for me when he said, "If you want to do photography, why don't you go do photography?" I had always thought about being a photographer, but I don't know that I ever truly believed I could have my own business.  After that, I really began to think about it and was unafraid. I had a dream, in the dream, I was trying to make a decision, I can't remember what decision, but I remember someone saying to me in the dream, "Claire, this is what you've been waiting for," and then I woke up.

So, here I am taking the leap. Believing and trusting it's time. God continues to open doors and make connections beyond my control. There are a lot of really cool details I left out, and I'd love to tell you some other time, but right now I am going to go watch a softball, then get wings with my husband and start my weekend. 

For anyone who feels like they are called to creative work, we are in a culture with an excess of people pursuing their creative inside ( we all have one ) and a visually overstimulated generation. Don't be too hard on yourself, don't force it, practice makes perfect, and it's cheesy, but being yourself is the best tool you have and the only tool others don't. Who are you when there's no Snapchat, or square to share? Unplug and embrace silence, it's where find your voice. 

 

Photo by JCanelas Photography

So, you had your session, got the gallery, and now you have loads of beautiful digital images. Now what? A lot of people never get around to getting their images printed, because they don't know where to start. Here are three ideas you can use in your own home or even office!

All photos shared are from our wedding day by Rachel Burkhart Photography.
*This post is not sponsored by the companies listed. 


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Prints - Okay, I know you're thinking, "duh", but stick with me here. You could just go to Walgreens orrrr you could try this. One of my favorite ways to print images is square. I love Social Print Studio. One, they have a few different sizing options, two, their pricing is great on a budget, and three, you can pull images right from your Instagram account. #easypeasy

A tradition I have is to order 24 prints at the end of each year, with images that illustrate that year. 

DIY Frame - This one's for you if you love DIY projects less than $30! I got this digital image from our wedding printed at Staples on a banner material for $19.

  •  4 wood blocks cut about 2 inches longer than the print I chose (they'll do that for you at Lowe's if you ask).
  •  2 hook screws
  • wood glue or nails
  • Twine.

You can use wood glue to fasten the banner to the wooden frame (two for each end), but I placed the banner between two pieces and nailed them together. Screw a hook on each side, tie your twine, then find the perfect spot. BOOM.

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Canvas Prints - Now, usually these can be pretty darn pricey, but I have a serious life hack; GROUPON. I got both of these canvas prints for $40 on Groupon. I was a little worried about the print/color quality but, they turned out great. There are a few different companies on there, my only advice is to always check the reviews!