We had another "first" here at the farmhouse today.
I did my first photography session in the living room.
You might remember that I moved out of my studio in June.
We were planning to be all closed and moved by now, but that didn't exactly happen.
Instead, I am still unpacking boxes (getting closer!) each day and trying to get our lives put back together.
However, I had scheduled this session a while back, fully expecting to be moved in and ready to roll!
So this morning, I went to find my backdrops and equipment where we had stored them in town.
I found them and came home to start setting up.
My plan is to have the closet at the bottom of the stairs be where I store all of my photography equipment in the future.
It will be organized and easily accessible for sessions, yet stored away and hidden for every day living.
But I think it worked.
We had fun.
We got the inside half of a senior session done.
And the first Newkirk Photography session has now been completed in the farmhouse.
One of my favorite things to think about when I'm starting to decorate a room is what details I can add to really make the room "mine".
Today, I worked on the office nook.
I would say this room is considered "finished", except for whatever I might find in tubs over the next few days.
Hopefully I've got it organized enough now that I should be able to categorize any extra items and put them right away.
Some of the details that I really adore about the new farmhouse office nook include the herringbone plank clothespin board, the Rise & Shine sign, and of course, the typewriter Scentsy warmer.
I love the Farmhouse caddy sitting by my camera and the wire basket from Dollar General holding all of my Bible study items.
My childrens' picture on the "love" picture frame along with the funky desk lamp are both details that I enjoy.
Through the whole process of moving and planning and decorating, I'm trying to remember to take time for the details.
I wanted my office nook to be someplace that I can come each morning to spend time with Jesus.
To be able to load and edit photographs for my clients in a peaceful environment.
To be inspired in my workspace.
To pay attention to the details as I mold the space to fit exactly what I am visualizing in my mind.
I wanted to have a refreshing place to create.
And I think this farmhouse office nook will be just that place.
Several years ago, I embarked on a new adventure.
I opened my own photography business.
Our daughter was just turning a year old and I was sharing some photos I had taken of her with some friends. A few of them asked me to take some pictures of their children and told me that I had an eye for photography. They suggested that I could make a little extra income in this way.
I truly never thought it would turn into a full-fledged job, but lo' and behold...here we are.
This year, Newkirk Photography is turning ten.
My mission for Newkirk Photography is really two-fold:
Through the years, I've had many opportunities to capture important moments in life for friends and family members and eventually for people I had never met before.
A few teachers in my hometown asked me to do some senior photos for a senior girl who would never have the opportunity to have them done otherwise. It was the end of April before her graduation in mid-May.
A few sessions have been with families who had a family member on the brink of losing his or her battle with some sort of chronic illness. We captured memories that they can now relive over and over.
I've photographed families with foster-babies, adopted kiddos, five generations, and deployed family members.
My business has changed over the last ten years.
I started shooting in our spare bedroom before Baby #2 came along.
Then we built a wall in our detached garage and called one side of it a studio.
I eventually moved into a studio space in town and then another space and finally a third.
Last week, I moved out of the third studio space because in the farmhouse, I'll be able to shoot right in the living room, until we are able to pay off the rest of our small debt.
And then, if all goes as planned, I'll spend my time making memories and capturing my family's journey, with no need for a small business to make ends meet.
The studio started in our home and things have come full-circle as I downsize and move it back home.
P.S. I love how you can also see the transformation of my logo through the years.
At first, I didn't even have a logo, as I thought I would just be photographing for a few friends and family members. When I realized this venture would become a business and I got my first studio, I would just throw some text over the image to post them on Facebook, with no rhyme or reason.
I finally started using a cute little watermark with that pink scrolly design behind it, but eventually I realized that I wanted my logo to have more meaning. You can read more about that here.
When I created my own logo and included the two hearts to represent our two daughters, I knew that it would stick. In 2014, when we had Mattie, I added the third heart to my logo and that's how it is today.