Just in time for the weekend!  A fun craft to do with your favorite image or images as the case may be.  I just may try this out myself since the walls in my office are completely bare at the moment.  You’d think a photographer would have the walls covered wouldn’t ya??

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I will before you know it I’m sure.  I just keep going back and forth with what I’d like to do.  I’d really love some sort of interchangeable Instagram wall so if any of you find a good project that will fit that bill – hit me up!!  I found a couple just not the right one.

This would definitely work as well.  Hmmmm…decisions, decisions.  :P  If any of you give this a try be sure to let me know.  Id love to see what you did with it!!

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This is really important y’all!  It’s the number one thing that ALL photographers should be doing to grow their business!  Grab a pen, listen close…..are you ready???

It’s so simple really.  Here it is….respond to your prospective clients!!  I can’t tell you how many inquiries I receive both via email as well as by phone and the first thing my future client says to me is, “Thank you so much for responding! I have contacted several photographers and you are the first one who actually got back with me.”

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I always act shocked at these statements which isn’t an act.  I’m truly amazed that they have so much trouble getting a call or email returned.  On the upside…these inquiries are ALWAYS instant clients for me!

In this day and age of texting, emails and social media people don’t like to wait for a response.  We are used to pushing send and hearing a “bing” response almost instantaneously.  That said, replying to multiple inquiries both via phone and email (or via social media) can be daunting.  It’s a great idea to schedule 15-30 minutes a couple of times a day to sit down and reply to emails as well as make phone calls.  An email response within 24 hours should be fine but no response is just flat not good for your business!!  Put yourself in your clients shoes.

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Click here for a great article by the Sprouting Photographer, Bryan Caporicci, on how to convert inquiries into clients.  Its’s full of lots of great tips and information!!

I am all about sharing information, empowering each other and growing together and I hope this little tidbit of information helps your business sparkle and shine!!

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Backaches, sleepless nights and swollen feet don’t bother this pretty Mommy-to-Be one bit.  Despite their best efforts including fertility treatments, the doctors and all of the experts told Stacy that motherhood would probably not be in her future but she never gave up hope!

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Stacy requested a western theme for her maternity portrait session so we headed to Heritage Park in Montgomery, home to the Texian Heritage Festival.   The morning was perfect!  Sometimes you just flat luck out with the weather around here.  ♥

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I am in love with those little John Deere boots!!  So precious!!  Little Wyatt is one loved baby!!

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Our session was actually a DOUBLE maternity session as Stacy’s sister-in-law is also due soon!!  I will post those maternity portraits in the next few days.  I thought they each deserved their own special time to shine!  Or glow as the case may be!  :P

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Wyatt made his grand entrance into the world since our session and I can’t wait to get all his little toes and cute little nose behind my lens!!

Congratulations Stacy & Chris!

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Nestled in the heart of Historic Montgomery you’ll find the Cozy Grape.  The delicious food, great atmosphere, excellent service and a super friendly staff makes this fabulous restaurant a must try to satisfy your inner foodie!

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One of their most popular items is the Tomatillo Chicken enchiladas (rolled white corn tortillas stuffed with shredded chicken, monterey jack cheese, topped with fresh tomatillo sauce. Served with jasmine rice and black beans).  It is definitely full of YUM!  I especially love the black beans.  :P

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My personal favorite however is the Trout Almandine (trout topped with sliced almonds, served with roasted red potatoes and fresh haricot verts).  I could eat this everyday!  One mouthful of goodness after the other!

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I’m also a huge fan of  French Onion Soup and theirs is the best I’ve had.  I have no idea what makes it different but it’s amazing!  Even in the summer….I can’t get enough of it!

And don’t forget dessert!!  Creme Brulee!  Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm!

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The Cozy Grape also has a fabulous selection of wine which includes local favorites from Montgomery’s own Cork This Winery.

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The restaurant is a perfect venue for groups and celebrations but is also great choice  for a quiet dinner for two.

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If you are out browsing Montgomery’s shops and antiques and just want a quick snack, stop in….their appetizer menu will certainly fit the bill for that as well.  They feature such yummy goodness as Carmelized Apple and Bleu Cheese Crustinis (diced apples sauteed in butter and honey topped with blue cheese crumbles) or some savory Shrimp Scampi (five gulf shrimp sautéd in white wine and parsley butter, with la baguette) as well as several other equally delicious offerings.

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The Cozy Grape also has a Sunday Brunch each week from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with Mimosa’s for just $5.  Recently they have also added a lunch schedule to their hours featuring $5 wines to enjoy with your delicious Panini!

Now that I’ve typed all this I’m hungry!  I think I’ll head on over there for a delicious break!  Stop in soon & tell em Di sent you!!

Hope to see you there!!!

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High school senior portrait photography is always such fun!  Seniors are not only fun but they are always in a great mood, full of ideas and changes of clothes.  Their excitement shows in their images and Morgan was no exception!

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Morgan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Clear Falls High School and was active in the Latin Club, Varsity Golf,  Honor Society and various civic groups on campus.  She is headed to the University of Texas (http://www.utexas.edu/) as a Plan II Honors student this fall.

We held her senior portrait session at a park in Seabrook, Texas and she brought along family for a senior and family portrait session combo and we had a great time!

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Congrat’s Morgan and best of luck!!!

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