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Rita + Mark | Richardson Engagement Photographer

These two are so cute! We had such an amazing time on their engagement session. This little park in Richardson was flooded with portrait photographers, but we managed to sneak through the crowds and grab some gorgeous shots. We also must say, doesn’t Rita have the most beautiful natural smile! GORGEOUS! We are so excited for their wedding next month at the Alexander Mansion in Garland, TX!

 

 

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Cat Neumayr

What a beautiful couple! True love, photographed perfectly!

Laura

They are so cute! You can just see the love radiating from both of them. What a lovely couple! (And beautiful shots, too. ;)

Bethany McDonnell

fabulous job!

Stella’s First Easter

I am finally getting around to sharing some pictures from Stella’s first Easter. Could she be any cuter in her little sailor dress??? We had a great day going to church, spending some time with Pop Pop and Aunt Courtney, and of course eating yummy food. Stella even got to wear her new sunglasses from her Easter basket, even though the rest of the family ate all her candy. 

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Yall are the CUTEST. And that last picture is to die for!

Can I keep her? She’s the cutest!

Laura

I want a sailor dress! She’s so cute! <3

Elaine Joy McDonnell

She looks precious in her sailor style dress! Happy Spring!

Caitie Sheppard

Oh I just LOVE, LOVE these pictures! The one of Stella and Pop Pop is just DARLING! <3 <3 <3.

Krista Morgan

As always they are great pictures! But the last one is just adorable :) Love the facial expression.

Jennifer Gable Poncavage

such a doll baby! Adorable!

Joan Pitcha

What a cutie.

Faith Saylor

Soooo Cute!

Sooo adorable! I love her little smirk w/ her auntie :) The shopaholic in me knows where you got your dress from ;)

Michal Senora Stewart

Oh, my goodness! I love her precious little face! Her eyes are so awesome! Miss you guys! Looks like everything is going so well!

Celeste & Jonathan | Fort Worth Engagement Photography

Celeste and Jonathan met at the gym that they both worked at. Jonathan was a trainer and Celeste worked at the front desk. It didn’t take long before they were chatting at the desk and Jonathan was offering to help Celeste in the gym. These two are so cute together and we are so excited about their July wedding in Fort Worth.

We had such a great time with the two of them during their engagement session at the Fort Worth Botanical Garden and the Fort Worth Water Gardens with a tiny bit of downtown as we were finishing up. Don’t these two look fabulous!

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Raul olivo jr

Omgosh celeste congrats :) to both of ya .. Ya make a really cute couple me and my wife wish ya the best and may ya’s love over shine everything always ..tough times come but its these moments we have to keep alive the promises we make to each other your really nice and beautiful celeste i grew up with you and im really happy to see you full of happiness and moving foward keep up the good work… jonathen congats bro you look like a really good guy and handsome and i could bet money you are so best wishes to both of ya
iris and raul olivo

Laura

Love the first B/W shot! :)

Abigail Carcich

So, as a new photographer, I’m just wondering if you directed them not to smile? They aren’t smiling in any of these. Lovely job by the way! Love the first 4 best!

Tammy Damore

The street shot is my FAVORITE, and I love how natural they look in all the photos.

Jill Carestia

I love them all but my favorite is the black and white picture!! Best wishes to the couple!!

Jeremy Schmucker

haha Abigail we didn’t even notice. We just love the “model face” and these two were so good at so I guess we were drawn toward those images. We definitely have more where they are smiling…

LOVE these! They look soooo fabulous! :)

Why and How I Quit My Job…

If you follow our business page on FACEBOOK you may have seen a few weeks ago that I (Jeremy) quit my other job. In all honesty, we never thought it would come this soon. There are hundreds if not thousands of rising photographers who need/want to make this shift as well, and so I hope this article inspires you to do the same when the timing is right.

We knew for a while that I wanted to work our photography business full-time, but we did not know when it would become a reality. Mainly, I wanted to be home to be able to spend more time with Kristin and Stella. As many of you know I am still in graduate school working on my second master’s degree and working a part-time job plus photographing weddings on weekends plus spending time with my girls led to crazy busy weeks. A few months back we watched a photography workshop online by Zach and Jody Gray (on CreativeLIVE) and Jody said she knew it was time to quit her job when she felt like she had no life outside of work. That isn’t living.

I felt so consumed between my current job, and helping out around the home with our business, that literally each day was jammed pack with a to-do list, and “personal” time usually only came on Sunday afternoons, which often just resulted in a nap. We decided things needed to change…and quickly. This wasn’t healthy for our marriage, our business, or our family.

Here are a few practical steps we agreed upon for “when” the “right” time would be for me to dive-in full-time.

(1) – We wanted at least 12 weddings booked for this year that we haven’t photographed yet. Ideally 15, but 12 would be okay. We had 12 when I gave my 2-week notice to my boss…and we had 15 by the time I quit. Isn’t God awesome?! We are praying for 24 weddings for 2013.

(2) – We wanted to pay off a small debt. Ok, we are not trying to get into a financial debate here…haha…but occasionally we do those “12 months free financing” deals. We not recommend doing those unless you plan on paying them off within the designated time (according to Dave Ramsey, 88% of free financing plans are not paid off on-time). But we always paid them off on-time and simply wanted to eliminate this small debt that was looming over us.

(3) – We wanted to have X dollars in our savings account. We sacrificed a lot over the last few months to save as much as possible to be our “safety net” when I quit. We know and realize that some months are going to have high revenue and some low…..so we needed this amount in savings to ensure we were okay for a while.

(4) – We wanted to have good photography equipment. Equipment is REALLY expensive. We have probably invested over $10,000 already and we still have a huge “wish list” but there were certain items that we wanted to make sure we have before we are 100% dependent on our photography income.

That’s basically it. We didn’t want to go into this stupidly but rather with a plan. It is REALLY scary to realize we don’t have a “steady” income anymore, but our potential is limitless. If you are thinking about a career change or quitting your job to pursue your dream….I don’t recommend doing it on a whim. Pray over the matter and make sure the timing is right. And then when you do make this decision…charge forward! There is no looking back. Don’t give yourself the option to fail. If failure is not an option then you WILL make it work and you WILL succeed!

We are very excited to be able to work together and provide even better service to our wedding couples!

Happy Monday!

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Laura

Yay! So proud of you both! :) Keep those pics coming!

Congrats! I am sure it will work out perfectly! Funny – i just quit my little side job last weekend as well :)

So excited for you guys! Being a business owner is the way to go!

Malissa Pacheco

How inspiring and so happy to see the dedication you put into your work. You two make some of the most beautiful images I’ve ever seen and even on such a busy schedule! How amazing that you exceeded your years’ wedding goal just in time! What a blessing and good luck with your business!

Melissa Fuller Hughes

Love your reasoning…and it sounds like God is blessing you! Thanks for your images and your honesty.

Jaclyn Hooper

What a great plan you guys had! Sounds very wise! Praying you lots and lots of weddings!

Janice Davis Thomas

So happy for you guys!

Laura Yang

So, so glad for you and your family that you were able to make the leap! God is going to provide everything you need. :-)

Amber Olsen

Way to go!

Cat Neumayr

Congrats guys. Been following you both on this journey and I am so excited about what the future has in store for your family and your business! XOXO

Stephanie Grooms

“Don’t give yourself the option to fail. If failure is not an option then you WILL make it work and you WILL succeed!” I LOVE THAT! great article!

Kristin Schmucker

Thanks Cat!

Kristin Schmucker

Thank you!

Laura and Shawn Rodgers

Jeremy: We could not have been happier with everything you have done for us, and know that others will feel the same way. I hope that you get some referrals from our wedding photo fans!

Kristin Said Y’all

So yesterday we had a gorgeous engagement session up in Richmond, TX and while we were getting to know Rita and Mark, Kristin casually asked “so how did y’all meet?” I about flipped!

The reason this surprised me so much is that I am from Illinois, and Kristin is from Pennsylvania. We are “Yankees” to most of you southerners. We met in college in Florida and refused to conform to southern lingo. Well after 6 years in Florida and now nearly being in Texas for one year I openly say y’all all the time, but I have yet to hear Kristin conform. Because really, up north, “you guys” works just the same.

Needless to say I think this climactic event officially ordains us as southerns ;) Here’s a sneak peek of the cute couple from last night.

Happy Friday!

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WELCOME TO THE SOUTH :)

Corinna Huff

Beautiful couple y’all!

Genny Martin Holmes

I’m really glad y’all are acclimatin’ to Texas now, ya heah?

Jeremy Schmucker

haha maybe too much so – but we love it here!

Bethany McDonnell

being southern is hard to resist :)…(beautiful picture, by the way.)

Cat Neumayr

Richmond? You were so close to us. We’re about 35 minutes away. We could have totally met up!

Jeremy Schmucker

Oops – it was in Richardson…sorry for the confusion ;/