{ 3 week old bundle of sweetness }

I know that I am way behind on my blogging.:(I promise to start trying to catch up in the next couple of weeks. The holidays were a madhouse around here. lol! I also have a few new things in store for you. So, check back often!

The following post features a sweet little miss that came to visit me 2 weeks ago. She was already 3 weeks old, but she rocked her session completely! I just noticed while setting up these images that my babies tend to like one side or the other. Very rarely do they let me pose them on both. This princess preferred her right. I am thrilled with the way her pictures turned out and I hope her sweet Mama does, too. Enjoy!

A - January 25, 2011 - 6:20 pm

You take the most wonderful pictures! I wish that I could afford to get my daughter’s pictures taken by you.

Christy - January 25, 2011 - 7:06 pm

Thank you for the sweet compliment! I believe strongly in the value of my work, but I also believe in the benefits of the barter system. You never know until you ask:) Have a great night!

Brooke Richardson - January 25, 2011 - 8:41 pm

This brought tears to my eyes!! That picture with the Maroon is amazing!! How will I ever choose which pictures to buy!! You are so amazing, thank you so much for making my little girl look like a perfect little angel.

What I learned at my first visit to Imaging USA

The Houston airport is HUGE! Here I was hoping that my gates might be close. haha! My terminals were, what felt like, miles apart. I even had to take a monorail (!) to get from one terminal to the next. No, I’m not a seasoned traveler. I’ve never been out of the south. I actually used my passport for the first time ever on this trip just so I could actually pull it out. Quick!  Someone please take me on a trip out of the country before it expires in 4 years without a single stamp in it.:(

Taxi cab drivers really do drive like you see on TV. But, they can also be students who have 2 years left for an engineering degree.  Yes, I can start a conversation with just about anyone. In my defense, the ride was extra long because of so many road closures. There was a NCAA basketball game taking place Saturday night.

Take a buddy! Is it necessary? Surely not, but it did make it even more fun. Everyone needs a “partner in crime.” Once you start to mingle, don’t hesitate to hang out with new people. You never know where you might wind up. :P

You can’t just pick a class simply by the title. Research the presenter and their work. You might find that what works for them might not even be interesting to you.

Take notes during the presentations. You will not remember it all and valuable information is being given to you. WRITE IT DOWN!

As soon as you even begin to think you MIGHT want to take your photography hobby further, get into a business class. I’m having fun with the creative side. It’s the business side that is kicking my butt! One of my classes gave me the itch to come back and change everything. Well, almost everything.

If you are not used to walking or out-of-shape like me, you will get shin splints just from walking to class and strolling through the expo. Yes, it’s THAT big! 

If I am ever honored enough to be asked to speak at Imaging USA, I already know what my topic will be… “ YOU CAN be successful in a small town even when it seems like everyone is a photographer.” Seriously, if I heard it once, I heard it a dozen times, “I can’t do this because I’m from a small town.” “I can’t do that because I’m from a rural area.”  I live in a town with 5 red lights. Yes, 5. You just have to believe in yourself and what you have to offer enough to make it happen. Research your craft (find out what is working for others in your area,) educate yourself (learn your camera- get OFF auto, take workshops, go to conventions,) continuously strive to improve yourself, your skills, and your business. Does this mean that I think I am hugely successful??? Not yet, but I will be. The information that I learned this past week has boosted my self-confidence and given me the push to really make it happen. I believe enough in my God-given talent to invest my future in it.

Lastly, always remember to smile and be yourself. You never know who you might meet or where you might meet them.:)

Adrienne - January 21, 2011 - 11:06 pm

Thanks! I feel like I just got a really energizing pep talk. :) I’m glad you came back feeling so empowered.

Penny Eaton - January 24, 2011 - 1:54 pm

You’re coming here, remember? You’ll have 2 stamps!!!! 1 in and 1 out!!! Again, I LOVE all of your work. You’ve got it girl!

Jenna - January 27, 2011 - 4:06 pm

Love all of your insight to the competition, but kinda sad about the passport thing. I have been out of the country 3 times with mine and STILL don’t even have a stamp. What kind of mess is that?

Lonn - January 28, 2011 - 3:08 pm

I have to agree with you on all of this, it was so inspiring I am turning my look of my photography around and the way I operate as well. The shin splints and the walk I agree with you 100% and I was not that far from the hotel but my dawgs were killing me by the end of the day. I had so much fun I can’t wait to attend the next one. I went by myself to this one hopefully I can bring someone along on the next. This conference boosted my ego as well. God Bless

{ Best of 2010 } and the winner is…

Thank you all for participating in my 2nd annual “Best of” year-end contest. With over 3500 blog hits and over 400 votes counted, the winners are posted below. Congratulations! Thank you again for all of your support, comments, “likes” and recommending me to your friends. My business has truly exploded this year and I sincerely thank you for it! Next month, I will be attending a huge photography convention in Texas. I will be soaking in the knowledge that is presented. I hope to improve my skills, my business “sense,”  and to continue offering you  the best images that I possibly can. I have a few ideas for the New Year and can’t wait to share them with you! Until then, I hope you enjoy the holidays with your loved ones. Merry Christmas!

 

1st place

 

2nd place

3rd place (tie)

{ Best of 2010 }

Last month, I realized that it was time to start thinking about my year end contest. Through the past year, I have been dropping my favorite images into a folder just for this contest. This morning, I decided that today was the day. I opened the folder and thought, “Oh my goodness! How will I ever choose?!?”  There were tons of images in there. I was able to keep going back through the folder and finally narrowed it down to 45. I was stuck. I called my family in. Everyone had to write down their Top 15. I counted up the votes and still had trouble narrowing down to the final 18. I could NOT go any lower.

The images you see below have all touched me. You will even notice one couple is represented twice. I couldn’t discard either picture. I loved them both. This past year has been truly unbelievable. I shot over twice as many sessions as I did in 2009. I owe all thanks to God for this amazing gift he has given me, but I also thank each and every one of you! Every time you have commented or “liked” a picture, you gave me self-confidence. Every time I seen you repost your pictures and proudly declared that Southern Expressions took your pictures, I was honored and speechless. When I took a peek at the blog counter at the bottom of this page and saw that my little blog has had over 63,000 hits since March. I am completely in awe. Word-of-mouth had been my biggest and greatest advertisement. So, again, I send each and every one of you a HUGE thank you! My business would not be what it has become without you. ♥Christy

P.S. Be sure to become a “liker” on my Facebook fan page (click here) to see more of this years’ work:) Thank you!!

Because charity is also a big part of my business success. I feel that it is extremely important to give back and give a hand up to those who may need it. Please take a look at these two sites:

Click here to help Build a Miracle League Field in Camden County for special needs children. Even if you are local, please vote for this worthy cause.

Click here to learn about sweet, little Dalton Luder. His family needs help with prayers, finances, love, and support. Thank you!

Now for the fun part…

One vote per household.
Voting will be for one week starting today with the winner being announced on December 22nd.

1st place -
*free session ($150 value)
*$50 print credit

2nd place-
*1/2 session fee ($75 value)
*$50 print credit

3rd place-
*$50 print credit for a future session

View the images, then go below, make your selection, and click “vote.” Remember, word-of-mouth is the BEST advertisement. Let the voting!

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#18

Liana Nixon - December 13, 2010 - 7:11 pm

Great photos!! :)

Mark - December 13, 2010 - 8:07 pm

Beautiful babies! Number18 appears to be Angels!

Juanita Butler - December 13, 2010 - 8:11 pm

Beautiful pictures!

Pam - December 13, 2010 - 8:19 pm

Cutie Pie….

Shannon Steedley - December 13, 2010 - 8:35 pm

Love me some Griffin! Go # 8

Kat:) - December 13, 2010 - 8:46 pm

Sisssy!!!!^^^

Kat:) - December 13, 2010 - 8:48 pm

# 8 wooot woot(:

madison mullis - December 13, 2010 - 9:00 pm

by far the best of my beautiful kenzie!!!(:

Christine - December 13, 2010 - 9:12 pm

Go Lene!

Misty - December 13, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Love all the photos…but got to vote for my girl Makenzie…

Amanda Yarbrough - December 13, 2010 - 9:38 pm

These Babies Are The Cutest. They Deserve To Win. Casie Love You Did An Amazing Job. Give Them Love

Connie - December 13, 2010 - 9:39 pm

I love my boyfriend & I think his pictures were just amazing! (:

leelee Campbell - December 13, 2010 - 9:42 pm

Love this photo of my beautiful granddaughters –Looks like an advertisement for the Beach

Alex - December 13, 2010 - 9:43 pm

#18 i love you boys.

Tasha Ostman - December 13, 2010 - 9:51 pm

there all so great :)

Casie - December 13, 2010 - 10:17 pm

All these are beautiful pictures!! U have such wonderful talent Christy!

lori - December 13, 2010 - 10:40 pm

hes a nice young man

Rollene Coley - December 14, 2010 - 8:53 am

Pictures are gorgeous!

Debby Dinkins - December 14, 2010 - 9:27 am

My beautiful neice!

Sheila Smith - December 14, 2010 - 11:01 am

Lovely Pictures!

Nicole - December 14, 2010 - 4:13 pm

I Think Cody Deserve 2 Win!!True Definition of Handsome!!He’s a Great Guy Inside & Out!!

Lorretta - December 14, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Absolutely gorgeous picture of Cody!

S. K. Campbell - December 15, 2010 - 10:07 am

All photos are so good!

sheila - December 15, 2010 - 12:05 pm

LOVE MY GRANDBABIES!!!!(#18) Christy you did a wonderful job with them.

Myra D. - December 15, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Absolutely Beautiful!!!

MARTHA MCCORD - December 15, 2010 - 2:16 pm

THEY ARE ALL WONDERFUL! WE LIVE ON THE WATER AND THERE IS NOTHING LIKE “WALKING ON THE BEACH” BAREFOTTED!
THESE GIRLS ARE PRECIOUS! THANKS

L J Yates - December 15, 2010 - 4:12 pm

All are beautiful! Great photography.

Mimi - December 15, 2010 - 6:54 pm

This is a special young man!!!!

Carolyn Fisher - December 16, 2010 - 8:51 pm

Beautiful girls!!!!

Felicia - December 21, 2010 - 10:13 pm

Beautiful Beach Shot

{ Meet Ryan } 5 days young

 
Yesterday afternoon, I had the pleasure of snuggling sweet, little Ryan. He was a star for his very first photo session! I was blessed to get so many awesome shots of him for his sweet Mommy. Hope you enjoy your sneak peek.:)

Debbie Trey - November 23, 2010 - 8:58 am

You dia n absolutely awesome job with this. I have been telling everyone about you. Thanks so much for posting the photos!

Sharon Gibson - January 26, 2011 - 9:18 pm

Ryan’s pictures are beautiful! Thanks so much for letting this proud Nana watch you in action! You take amazing photos and I am amazed at the shots you get! I tell everyone about you and your amazing photographs!

Christy - January 26, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Thank you, Sharon! He was such a sweet, good boy:)

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