When Childhood Sparkles With the Glitter of Imagination

Princess (40)

This young princess reminds me of Wendy Moira Angela Darling from Disney’s movie, “Peter Pan.” She was spunky and lots of fun to work with! I love this age when childhood is magical and imagination still illuminates and sparkles at the fringes of the day. 

Princess (2)Princess (1)

Princess (4)

Princess (23)

Princess (5)

What did you dream about when you were a little girl? Did you believe that anything was possible? That the world was full of exciting possibilities? When did you lose that sparkle and glow? Who told you that it wasn’t possible? What if it is possible, and you are just a moment away from everything changing in your favor? Could you dare to be young at heart again and dream like you used to?

Princess (55)

Princess (41)Princess (42)

Princess (16)

Princess (17)

I hope this little blog post passes along a little bit of hope to dream big again. For you. For your little girl. 

Princess (15)

Princess (14)

Princess (9)

Princess (8)

Princess (19)

Princess (30)

Princess (26)

“Let us learn to dream again. To learn to dream again is to have big plans. To learn to dream again is to re-adjust, to look to God.” — T.B. Joshua

Princess (32)

Princess (35)

Tiny Princesses Rule!

Tiny princesses rule here in Arizona! This little princess was such a beauty and a sweetheart. Her mom purchased a photo session for her to celebrate her upcoming birthday. She had questions about Frederick, my prop frog. After all, you never know. During photo sessions, there is a chance that he might turn into a real life prince! I am looking forward to photographing her beautiful sister (who reminds me of Audrey Hepburn!) and her family this fall and winter.

Sophia-6

Sophia-5

Sophia-10

With princess photo sessions, I must have some that are back lit. Back lighting is my favorite kind of lighting to work with and creates that fairy tale glow I am always on the hunt for! It was tricky when I first learned how to in manual. You have to consider your f-stop, shutter speed, metering and the angle of the sun. Once it became a mastered skill, it became something I was known for doing and it’s something I love to offer to all of my photo clients because it’s so special.

Sophia-16Sophia-15

Sophia-18

Sophia-20

Sophia-27

Will Frederick turn into a prince or remain a frog?

Sophia-37Sophia-39Sophia-38

Sometimes, the magic isn’t found in frogs turning into princes, but in princesses discovering that they are the ones who carry royalty inside their hearts.

Sophia-50

Sophia-51

Where Have You Been, Beba?

Where Have You Been, Beba?

Allen-1 logo

It must have appeared like I fell off the face of the photo world. Actually, not exactly. While I haven’t been blogging or staying as up to date with social media, I have been staying busy with my photography business behind the scenes. The majority of my clients are from word of mouth referrals, so my business has been fruitful.

A big change came for me though, after I had my surgery in November 2016. Medical bills began piling up and in order to not drown under their weight, I returned to a full time accounting position during the day and switched to photographing part time.

I questioned God during that time because I knew He had led me to being a full time photographer in the past, but when I was at the height of my career, it seemed like everything with my health snowballed downhill at once. Was He leading me away from photography? Was this not the path He had chosen for me?

I wrestled. A lot. But over time and much prayer, I look back and am thankful that He allowed me to experience what I did. Not only did it make me a stronger person, but it also challenged me to look long and hard at my photography:

Was this how I envisioned it to be when I said I wanted to be an entrepreneur?

Was I doing the things I said I wanted to accomplish?

The answer is no.

I wanted to do more, be more, connect with more people. I realized in my time away while recovering, that the thing I love most about photography is PEOPLE. They are the reason I get excited to pick up my camera. I love helping them to see themselves differently and boost their confidence levels.

I wanted to podcast.

I wanted to blog.

I wanted to speak.

I wanted to expand my Beba Couture brand.

So many dreams and aspirations that I had tucked in my head, but my business model needed some improvement to make those things happen. Because, while I was staying busy with photo work, I wasn’t allowing any room in the margins to pursue my aspirations.

So that brings me to today.

Family2018-40 logo

What is going on and where am I with my photography business?

I’m still photographing. I was swamped during the Fall and Christmas holidays.

But I’m going to be taking another break soon. Not for surgery. This time for something completely celebratory and wonderful!

I’M GETTING MARRIED!!!

50966621_10213464338307726_2777161368678170624_o

I’ll be getting married this November and in order to enjoy the Bridal process and to focus on prepping for the big day, I’ll be photographing my very last time for 2019 at the end of May. After that, I won’t be picking up my camera again until 2020.

When 2020 comes, I hope to have clearer focus (No 20-20 pun intended!) and allow enough room in the margins for doing as much dream growing as I am actual elbow grease working. This may entail hiring someone for administrative and sales duties while I photograph. It may mean creating content ahead of schedule. It may mean blogging my wedding journey.

I’m not sure yet to be honest! But I do know that I’m not done with photography yet and photography is not done with me. When you drive over a few bumps in the road, you keep going and that’s what I’m doing. I’ll see you afresh and anew (and as a Mrs!) in 2020!