The Empowerment Project

What started as a small photo session between friends turned into an amazing journey for women in the photography community. Let me enlighten you before we get empowered…

From the outside, photography is amazing! It’s quirky, you can be yourself! I mean, hello!!! You get paid to make art! What could be more fulfilling than that? Nothing. Not a single thing.
If anyone ever asks me if I like what I do, I never hesitate, I shout “OH MY GOSH YES!” But enough about me—-see my post here for more about why I do what I do.

Of course, as with any field, there are issues. There is “draaamaaaaaa” And it seems like it’s worse within the dominating portion of the photography industry-which so happens to be the female portion.   Instead of building each other up and celebrating each other. Some spend the entire time talking about “She’s awful! She’s a joke! She’s stealing my customers!!!  She’s undercutting the industry! She’s ruining it for everyone!”  This was my first experience with another professional in the industry. I quickly assumed that’s how it was and I ducked my head and hid from the others in the interest of self preservation. I am not the only person this has happened to, and I was lucky to find a group of professionals that changed my mindset and enlightened me. But not everyone is that lucky!

Well there you go. That is a VERY brief (although it may not have seemed brief) explanation of the problem that we have facing this industry. It’s not “shoot and burners,” it’s not “newbies who got a camera for Christmas” it’s not “overpriced photographers.”

It’s US. We’re ruining our own industry. We’re imploding our own way of life.  This started out as an empowerment project for female photographers. But it’s not just about photography-it’s about women. One day we hope to spread it to the entire female population, because isn’t that true for everyday life? It’s not just photography, it’s everywhere. Women are the biggest bullies of their own gender. We would pounce on a man and beat him with sticks if he said ONE of the 1000 things that we say to ourselves or about other women on a daily basis.

The purpose of this project is to show that even though we compete, even though we are in the same field, even though we are WOMEN; we love each other, we empower one another, we build one another UP instead of tearing each other down.

 

The Empowerment Project

This project is the brain-child of three female photographers: Emily Hale with Captured by E&B, Kalyn Newberry of Photography by Kalyn, and myself. We started small with one session that included ourselves and one other local photographer, Emily Ball, who is still in highschool but has already made an amazing presence in the photography industry with her sports photography! We will continue soon with more, and then keep going! The response was amazing, so much love!! And guess what? It brought us closer together, and it did it’s job.

 

 

IMG_5816 copySee, realizing that someone who I thought was absolutely stunning, someone that I was so jealous of; didn’t see what I saw; they see flaws, they see things they want to change they see SOMETHING…but I didn’t see that!  Seeing this changes the way you think about yourself when you see others insecurities and perceived flaws, because you start to realize that what you see when you look in the mirror isn’t what others see. They see you as you really are! And that’s an amazing feeling.

 

 

 

Emily BallSo what does that have to do with the female photography industry? Nothing? WRONG. Everything.

When you start to see your competition as a person instead of just someone who’s “Out to get you” you humanize them. They’re not your enemy. When we learn to work together, to EMPOWER one another, we become a force to be reckoned with, and we can kick this industries ass a lot easy if we’re working together instead of against one another.

 

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And you know what? Realizing that you are surrounded by intelligent, funny, beautiful women-who all share a common goal and will always have your back?? Well…that’s pretty damn amazing. Are you a female photographer in the Tazewell County area? Are you interested in joining us as we go on a mission to empower one another, to join forces and take over this industry together?

 

 

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Well then let us know! We know a lot of people, but we don’t know everyone, and we want as many involved
as possible. We are currently in the process of planning our next shoot and hope to have it happen
in the next 1-2 months. PLEASE get in touch with us.

 

 

 

We’re currently in the process of responding to those
who have already contacted us, so if we don’t immediately respond, please don’t give up on us! We can’t wait
to see what this project becomes. And we can’t wait to meet you!

So amazingly lucky to get to know these amazing people, and I’m proud to call them my friends and colleagues.

 

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Spring/Easter Mini Session Recap with Little Crow-Little Crow Photography Studio-Richlands VA

 

 

Children’s mini sessions are so much fun for me. I get to spend a whole day (sometimes more) with my smallest customers. I’m always exhausted after a full day of being goofy and laughing myself silly for 8 hours. This set of spring minis was my favorite set yet. So many sweet little ones came to see me in my new studio; all of them dressed in such amazing colorful clothes and with the colorful little personalities to match. I adore each and every one of my littlest visitors. Can’t wait to see you all again! I created the colorful kite backdrop just for them and it worked so perfectly!!

 

Some favorites from my weekend of minis!!

 

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See you again soon!

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Do you wanna build a snowman? Little Crow Photography Studio: Richlands VA area Newborn and Maternity Photographer-Pregnancy Announcement!

I was so very very very excited when a certain someone shared their super secret news with me!

I had never had the privilege of being in on such an amazing secret, not to mention-I had yet to get to do a pregnancy announcement! We wanted to shy away from Pinterest style ideas and do something that hadn’t been overdone.
So we built a snowman…a “baby” snowman 😀

You have no idea how hard it was for me not to share any of these. SO HARD!

Sam is so sweet, and her husband is hilarious. We had so much fun, even though we froze to death. You would never guess from the images that it was so cold!

This session had all my favorite things, a beautiful couple, a unique twist, and SNOW! I love snow images.

A few of my favorites

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Congratulations! I can’t to work with you more in the future and ABSOLUTELY cannot wait to meet this sweet little one! I’m sure he/she will be absolute perfection.

 

 

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Couture Maternity Session Limited Time Special-Little Crow Photography Studio: Richlands VA Photographer

To celebrate the opening of my new studio space I’m having my own personal March Madness 😀

Usually my session fee for Maternity images is $250 dollars. This gets you, the client, an hour of shoot time with unlimited access to my selection of maternity gowns and unlimited outfit changes. It comes with 6 gift prints (any print 8×10 and under) and a $50 Print Collection Credit.

However

For a limited time I will be offering you ALL of your images for the price of my session fee alone!
You will receive

-One hour of Camera Time
-Unlimited access to my collection of maternity gowns
-Unlimited wardrobe changes
-Family and sibling poses
-Variety of poses using my gowns or your own clothing
-ALL of your final edited images on a custom disc with a print release.

This is a $900 value typically and I’m so excited to share it with you!

I love maternity-Every woman experiencing pregnancy deserves a couture maternity session. Trust me-motherhood looks great on you! Let me show you how gorgeous you are!

The session can be scheduled with this deal for any time in the future. Session fee is due at the time of booking to reserve your time.

Maternity Sessions

Contact me to book your session! Sessions are best scheduled around the 32nd week of pregnancy.

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Sarah’s Maternity Session-Little Crow Photography Studio: Tazewell County Maternity and Newborn Photography

Sarah found me just in the knick of time! I usually get maternity clients in around the 32nd week of pregnancy, Sarah was a little further along but that made not a single difference in this session, everything was perfect.

Her little girl was in no mood at first, which can happen with young children more often than people realize. But my assistant and I quickly won her over with our sheer lack of humility and willingness to act like fools just to get a smile. If that’s what it takes for a happy kids, I’m all for it! Talking Ginger App is the best download I’ve ever had from the iTunes store!

The weather hasn’t cooperated so Sarah never got to see the video slideshow that I present to all of my clients at their viewing session. Please take a moment to enjoy the highlights from Sarah’s Maternity Session with me and see a few of my favorite images! Sarah had a combination of her clothing and my couture maternity clothing! All beautiful!

Sarah’s Video Slideshow

And my favorites from their session!!

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Thanks for looking! If you’re interested in a maternity session with Little Crow simply contact me. Click on the Contact Little Crow tab at the top of the page for several different contact methods.

Natasha’s Maternity Session-Little Crow Photography Studio: Richlands VA Area Maternity Photographer

I met Natasha when I did her youngest son’s birthday session. See his session here. When I put out a maternity model call she was kind enough to volunteer, and I immediately said “OF COURSE!!”

I’ve fallen in love with a lighting technique called backlighting. It creates this dreamy, ethereal glow around the subject which renders some amazing results! It doesn’t hurt when your subject is amazingly gorgeous either! The initial plan was to get a few shots with backlighting, but she was so stunning and it fit the mood of the shoot so perfectly, so we used it for the entire session!

I had so much fun at this session, we just relaxed, and talked about being Mommies, and really just had fun. Natasha is the perfect model, up for anything and she trusted me to be as creative as I wanted! I can’t wait to meet her sweet baby girl, who should be making her arrival TODAY! Yay!

Please enjoy the video slideshow of Natasha’s maternity session with Little Crow as well as some of my favorite images and join me in congratulating them and wishing them love and best wishes as they complete their family today!
Music is “A Story of Love” by Dan Phillipson. Very fitting as they bring this baby girl into such a loving and amazing family!

And some of my favorites

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If you are interested in booking a Couture Maternity Session of your own please contact me, I would love to meet you too!

Congratulations again Natasha! You have a beautiful family and I can’t wait to meet that sweet baby girl!

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If you’re having trouble streaming the HD version of the video check out the lower quality version here.

Milestone Mini Sessions: Little Crow Photography Studio-Richlands VA Children’s Photographer

Announcing Monthly Milestone Minis.

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Starting March 2015 the first week of each month I will offer Milestone Mini Sessions! These are the perfect sessions to capture those tiny milestones!!!
These will be a full one hour session-the only thing mini is the price!  See below for price and what’s included.

Typical Milestone Sessions take place at:

3 months:

Pushing up from belly position
Big Smiles
Rolling Over
Grabbing Feet

6 months:
Sitting up unassisted
Crawling (possible)
Scooting

9-10 months
Pulling up to stand
Standing Unassisted for brief periods
Crawling/Possibly walking!

You can schedule at any time. Your child doesn’t have to be a specific age or meeting a certain milestone. The above list is just for suggestion.

If you’re interested in a milestone mini session just contact me! I’ll get you set up! It’s the first week of each month at my new studio space.

Sessions are $125 and include 5 high resolution digital files with print release and (5) 3.5×5 prints of your choice (perfect for the baby book!!) $350 value if you purchased a regular session.

DISCOUNTS!
Book at least 2 milestone mini sessions and receive $50 off a Children’s session!

I look forward to seeing you and your precious babies soon!

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