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Welcome to 2017 with Vanessa G. Photography! It seems like 2016 just flew by, didn’t it? Sometimes it’s hard to believe that VGP has been a full time retail studio now for over 7 years. The beginning was so hard. I remember working 60-80 hour weeks and being completely overwhelmed with a new business and a tiny baby and a 3 year old at home. I ate, breathed, and dreamed about photography. Growing a business is not for the faint of heart and requires a tremendous amount of sacrifice. I’ve hired several part time employees, a few full time employees, and even another photographer at one point. The more you add to the mix, the more complicated it becomes. There’s all those extra taxes and paperwork, and all the personalities to manage. I’m officially back to a one woman show now, mostly due to finally getting control of my work load and saying ‘no’ to things I really didn’t have a passion for doing anymore. It’s been a great transition for me as a business owner. 2016 really forced me to assess what was important and to put focus back on my family where it had been lacking. I can honestly say that for the first time since I began this journey, 2016 was the year that I worked a normal number of hours, or less, and spent time with my children when the opportunity arrived instead of working on my to-do list at the office just a little longer. I’ve streamlined everything about VGP to the point that turn around times are super fast and a lot of the hands on tasks are now automated to make that possible. Everything I do now is with intention, and I’m feeling proud of that.

I’m still photographing several different types of sessions, but now purposely focusing more of my time on my favorite subjects: Newborns. Just this week I had a ‘moment’ in the studio working with a sweet baby boy. Mom and dad were completely trusting of me and even let me work with him in the studio alone. When it was just he and I, I stared at his sweet face and talked to him like I do every newborn baby. Yes, I know he doesn’t understand me and won’t talk back, but it’s part of the process for me. Our meeting and greeting and getting a sense of one another. Often I’m speaking in a soft tone that is probably inaudible to those in the studio with me. There is always this feeling that this person’s soul is so fresh and new, that one of the last conversations he had before ours, was with God. These tiny little people always feel like a gift and there is never a newborn session when I don’t have that ‘moment’ where I feel a spiritual consciousness of how we are all connected to something bigger than ourselves right from the very beginning of our lives. You have to have a deep appreciation for life to really love working with a newborn baby. They are cute and cuddly and new and special, but more than that, they are freshly appointed with a soul and a life from our Creator. In those sessions, I feel the most relaxed and peaceful and purposeful about what I am doing.

Thank you for following along on my journey. I hope to see you again soon.

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See more of the Newborn’s we’ve photographed HERE.

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Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.

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Merry Christmas | Newborn Photographers in Fayetteville NC

Another year has come and gone here at Vanessa G. Photography. It’s hard to believe that some of the first newborns I’ve photographed are now 2nd graders in school and are probably just as excited as I am about Christmas. So many sweet little ones have been part of my story as a photographer. It is truly an honor to be part of each family’s special memories. My Noah, was just a newborn himself when I opened the first studio and started working full time as a photographer.

Every year I try to capture a few updated portraits of my own family. It’s a challenge to say the least. If I can’t wrangle a friend or family member to press the button, I’ll set up my lighting, program the camera, put  it on a tripod and set the timed shutter release like I did for these of the four of us. We had some good laughs with me running back and forth to the camera. And parents, just so you know, kids always behave worse for their own parents with a camera than they do for strangers. My kids are no different.

From my family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Garrett, Vanessa, Levi(10), and Noah(7), and our fur baby DaVinci(3)

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us. If you are in need of a newborn photographer in Fayetteville, we are the only Certified Professional Photographer in your area specializing in newborn photography.

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Twins | Twin Newborn Photographers in Fayetteville, Wilmington, Whiteville

Twins amaze me. Over the years at Vanessa G. Photography, I’ve photographed at least a dozen sets of twins. They always feel like something extra special. Two tiny little people starting their life together from day one. They are mesmerizing to look at and compare.

According to the CDC’s report in 2014, we set a record for twin births in the United States that year. There were 33.9 twins born for every 1,000 births in 2014! That’s a lot of babies!!

Photographing twins, just like in all things twins, is more of a challenge than a singleton newborn. To capture them together we must be more patient because touching them together can cause one to move and change their position and then the process of posing starts all over again. These sessions take more time and patients but they are so worth it.

To all the mommies of multiples, we solute you. You accomplish the seemingly impossible. And you probably do it with less sleep than the singleton moms.

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See more of the Newborn’s we’ve photographed HERE.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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Beautiful Baby Plan | Baby Photographers in Fayetteville, Lumberton, Elizabethtown, NC

The Beautiful Baby Plan

The first year of your baby’s life is the most precious. Everything they do is new. They spend most of the first year in your arms stealing your heart and loving you back. After the Newborn Session in their first two weeks of life, the next best age to photograph is around 6 months old. This is when your baby can sit up independently, grab things with intention, and laugh back at you. The baby girl featured in this post is a perfect example of the Sitting Baby milestone age. Notice her expressive eyes and plump little arms. This age is so much fun in the studio. All the clothing and accessories seen here are from our studio prop closet.

The best way to capture baby’s first year is through our Beautiful Baby Plan. This plan includes three important milestone ages: Newborn, Sitting, and Standing. The Newborn Session is booked during pregnancy and takes place between 1 and 2 weeks of age. Next comes the Sitting session around 6-7m of age. Babies develop at their own pace, so this timing is flexible based on baby’s ability to sit up independently. At the end of the first year, you’ll have the Standing session. Hopefully, we catch baby when they can stand but are not yet running circles around the room. This happens around 11-12m of age usually. We’ll reserve time for you baby in advance and make sure you capture all the sweetest milestones of your baby’s first year.

Call or email us today if you’d like to book the Beautiful Baby Plan for your baby or as a gift  for someone else.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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Pretty Pixels | Wilmington Photographers, Fayetteville Photographers, Leland Photographers

Where have all the pretty pixels gone?

It’s that time of year again when I start dreading the digital download from my cell phone. I’ve yet to print a single picture from our summer vacation. Not one photo has been added to my children’s photo albums since the spring. It’s such a task, isn’t it? We take a bazillion photos on our phone, or pocket camera, post a few to Facebook and go on with life feeling satisfied that we shared our moments with the world. Where do they go after that? Have you ever gone back through your account to see photos from a few years ago? Do you worry about the privacy of your photos on social media? Would you like to save those favorites for your children to see one day?

Pixels make me sad. They are so easy to create and even easier to forget. Pixels have made our photographs cheap. It costs next to nothing to take and delete a photo. Now that there is no monetary value attached to the pixels it’s a lot easier to discredit their personal and emotional value as well. That is, until they are GONE.

In my last 7 years as a professional photographer handling millions of pixels, I’ve lost many of them. My computer hard drive has failed, my back up hard drive has failed, my memory card went corrupt, and I’ve even lost a cell phone. I’ve had to replace computers, cameras, and yes, cell phones. In a blink of an eye, the pixels were gone. Luckily, I keep triple back ups to protect my clients’ pixels.

Let’s make it a priority to PRINT our pixels!!

Here at Vanessa G. Photography we offer both professional high quality prints and products in addition to our digital files. You can choose whichever you’d like. If you choose the pixels, then I still challenge you to PRINT them. I am happy to do it for you. It’s my job.

For your cell phone memories, try a new printing app!

Groovebook, FreePrints, and Chatbooks are a few interesting looking apps that just might solve your printing whoas. Do you have a favorite?

Let’s stop wondering where all the pretty pixels have gone. Let’s make them tangible memories. Print them. Keep them. Touch them. Love them.

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See more of the Newborn’s we’ve photographed HERE.

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MORE ABOUT OUR STUDIO:

Vanessa G. Photography always has the goal of turning your most precious memories in life into art works for you to cherish on display in your home for a lifetime. We never want you to forget the milestones in life. Those happy times that define you, that changed you, and molded you into the person you are destined to become. We serve clients form Fort Bragg and Fayetteville, NC to Wilmington, NC and the coast. We operate by appointment only so that we can dedicate 100% of our time to you, making you our most important person, when you are in our studio. Our client’s have made us thankful to have been able to create photography treasures for their families, and their words have touched our heart. We’d love to do the same thing for you, and earn your words of praise by making sure you enjoy every aspect of your experience with us.

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Visit our website for Session information!  www.vanessagphotography.com

 910-874-0058