Last year when I offered my Holiday mini sessions I had an epiphany!! My holiday cards were GORGEOUS but my announcement cards were...meh! So, I spent some time over the holidays redesigning and revamping the selection I offer. They will all now be premium foil (gold, silver and rose gold options) flat cards that will most certainly stand out! Next time you're in the studio, check them out!! (* all identities have been changed *)
There is so much more to Nicola Jane Photography than I ever imagined when I first opened my doors in 2014! Running a small business is very time-consuming and sometimes overwhelming, but definitely worth the effort! Over the years I have tried and failed at many different things, but along the way I have learnt SO much. One of the most important lessons was to reach out to people not only for help, but to help other people! We small businesses must stick together and help one another in order to survive! So my plan this year is to meet people, sample their products and services, and then bring those people to you! Together, maybe we can keep some small businesses alive!
Please first welcome Bundled Joy Baby Gifts! I first met the owner of this small business last year, and over coffee she wowed me with her 'why'. The reason why she started this company was to be able to raise money to help fight childhood cancer! I mean.. wow!! EVERY sale she makes, 30% of the profit goes to a children's hospital of her choice for childhood cancer research!
But then, I took a look at her products which were just adorable and so I asked her how I could help. Long story short, I now have a shelf in my studio with her products for you to purchase (at a special NJP price!!).
I carry a selection of carseat/nursing covers (I really wish these were a thing when I had my babies!), and baby/toddler blankets. You can buy everything but the fox..... the fox is mine!!! (It's sooo cute!)
So anyway... you came here for a giveaway!! Well, Dr. Chen (owner of Bundled Joy!) generously donated a gift basket for one of my lucky followers to win! Whether you want this for your own little one, or could gift this to someone you know, all you have to do it leave a comment below. That's it!
On January 31st I will randomly pick one lucky winner. So please, comment and share this post (you will receive one extra entry for your share!) but most of all, go visit the website and see what other fabulous products she offers (I may have done a little shopping there myself!)
What's new in 2020?
When a new year arrives, it natural for us all to reflect on the past year and set goals for the year ahead.
Last year I had a fantastic year! My main goal was to be able to put some money aside to take my family on holiday. Thanks to your support, I was able to take a break and take my boys to California for Fall break!! It was their first time at the beach and I treasured every moment.
Last year was a good year for giving back too. I love to support local schools and was able to donate sessions and packages to a handful of schools in my area. In addition to that, I had a wonderful time at the puppy mini sessions, raising money and awareness to 'Hope for Paws Colorado'.
This year, I would like to do MORE, so if you have a charity or organization that you would like to raise funds for, contact me and let's work together!
Stay in school!!
Last year the stars aligned and MY favorite photographer came to Colorado to give a workshop. Well come on...how could I not go?! It was magnificent to be in the company of some amazing newborn photographers and to learn some more tips from one of the best in the business!! Here are some of the images from that day (posing by Amy McDaniel of Dewdrops photography, edits by Nicola Jane Photography):
Goals for 2020
The biggest challenge for me over the past couple of years has been keeping on top of managing the business and delivering galleries in a timely manner whilst being a one-girl-show! There is a LOT to do behind the scenes, and I am slowly figuring out how to make things go a little smoother. Last year, I spent a great deal of time figuring out different systems to make communications, bookings and payments more automated and this has helped considerably! However, there are certain things like editing that there is no short cut for and I'm a perfectionist when it comes to this!! So my main goal for this year is to continue with tightening things up, to allow me more time for editing and get your galleries to you faster! Pinky promise!
I have big dreams again for NJP this year, and I am truly grateful for all the support and referrals I get! I LOVE my job! I get to cuddle tiny babies and capture the precious moments in your lives! Thank you for letting me do what I love! I hope you have the most amazing year and that you get to find happiness in all your days too. Here's to a great year!