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I heart giving

4 Mar

Oh happy day!  (yes, when Jesus washed my sins away!  But also these joyous times when I get to let the blessings He has given me pass THROUGH me!)

This last weekend my husband & I attended an amazing conference in Orlando, FL by Professional Athlete’s Outreach, for about 400 NFL players & their wives.  For those of you who don’t know, my husband has been in & out of the NFL over the past 4 years.  I am so incredibly proud of my hubby, who is THEE most disciplined, driven, integrous, loving, handsome man I know.  Rawr.  Even though it sure has been a roller-coaster ride in the NFL these past two years of marriage, God has been supremely gracious to us & provided for all of our needs & more.

So during this conference, one of the speakers said something that made me think in a way I hadn’t specifically thought of before: “Don’t ask God to give blessings TO you, until you’ve told him how they will pass THROUGH you.”  I know all of you have heard it, but maybe didn’t realize this phrase came from Acts 20:35- “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”  So that is my prayer for this year; for my photography business to be a rich blessing to others, because of the blessings the Lord has given to me.  I’ve already started compiling a list of giveaway ideas for this year, including ideas for helping families with their adoptions, military families, families with terminal pregnancies, etc.  If you have any ideas, feel free to let me know!  “Love isn’t love until you give it away.”

NOW on to why I’m writing about all this today…. I’m giving away a FREE SESSION this Monday!!!  To enter, first “like” my Facebook business page “Cashmere Photography,” tag “@Cashmere Photography” in your status letting your friends know you’re entering to win a free session, and then comment on my giveaway post on the page!  ADDITIONAL entries can be made by posting a comment on one or more of my blog posts, and TWO entries for sharing this post on Facebook.  (comment to let me know you’ve done this.)  But those entries will not be counted if you haven’t tagged the page on Facebook & commented on the giveaway post first.

So have fun, and I hope YOU win!!!

In His Grip,

{Laura}

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I’m here to stay!

2 Mar

Goodness gracious it’s been awhile!  As I’ve been sooo busy traveling (my hubby got a job in DC, so we were there for a month then spent a month visiting our families in OR & CA,) doing shoots, editing, researching & updating gear, getting new products for my clients, trying to figure out this whole world of technology I’m supposed to understand as a photographer…. (I think you get where I’m coming from,) I’ve neglected this blog a bit!  So after a ton of trying new things out & getting this blog redesigned, I’m here to stay!  I feel like I’m finally getting to a place where I can interact with current & future clients more, and not just in reference to scheduling their shoots or mailing their pictures out to them.  Seriously, I gotta holla a thanks to everyone who has been SO supportive of my getting my feet under me, figuring out this business world of photography, and letting me discover my style along the way!  I’m still developing my brand style, so be patient with me, dear friends, but I hope you always love what you see!

My biggest news is that I recently purchased the Canon 5D Mark II (just typing it makes me giddy!) and I cannot wait to use it this weekend for its inaugural shoot!  (Should I bring a champagne bottle….?)  I am LOVING this baby.  In combination with my newest lens, the 35mm f/1.4, I am getting some YUMMMMy shots.  Aren’t you excited for your next session??

Along with my new camera & all the deliciousness it will bring to your session, all of my clients now receive a customized disc in a keepsake case from Loktah Natural Media Packaging.  Check out one of my most recent ones:

As this reminds me of maternity photos…. I’ve decided to do a fun giveaway.  I’ve started producing & selling more of my homemade body butter that I’ve loved for awhile & after my pregnant sisters got hooked & started talking about it, others got pretty interested too!  So for all my clients who get a shoot on the books this month (doesn’t have to take place this month, just scheduled!) you’ll receive a free jar of my wonderful body butter!  ($25 value)  Here’s the deliciousness:

{It is made up of all organic, fair trade ingredients: cocoa butter, coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, and about 10 other wonderful oils.  Every purchase/gift comes with a full list of ingredients & their beneficial properties.  It comes in an 8 oz blue cobalt jar.}

I’ll be back soon to share some of my recent photography!

In His Grip,

Laura

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