Wednesday, March 30, 2011

On Monsters and Superheros

So I've been doing a little thinking these days. And that is really dangerous, because I haven't been doing much sleeping these days, and thinking without sleeping can go very, very wrong. As can blogging. Which is where tonight's disaster begins...

No seriously I am kind of on the tired side, but I don't think this will be a disaster. These past two weeks I've been swamped and working late every night to finish a giant project and wrap up editing a wedding, but for now, I just want to show you this picture.

And I want to show you these pictures.

And I want to tell you that I don't feel guilty about posting more pictures of my boys. And that I want to kiss Brody's little belly in that first one.

For a little while there, I was feeling bad. See, the thing is, I'm a photographer and I work at nighttime. Much like a superhero, you might be thinking, and you would be correct. But right now I feel like the superhero whose powers are weakened and whose spandex is too tight. The problem is that a year ago, I could easily work from 8pm till 2am, and now most nights I find myself falling asleep at the computer at 10:30. And the other problem is that even if I could stay up past 10:30, I don't have too many sessions to edit these days. And the third problem is that I used to look cute in spandex.

But then I remember why. It's because I am a full-time mom by day, and the Monster I spend time chasing doesn't really care what my spandex looks like- he still thinks I'm really awesome. And it's because I only have a few years to be a daytime superhero and I have lots of years to be a nighttime superhero. And it's because I just (yep, still saying "just") had a baby and spandex doesn't lie.

Now of course some of you reading are friends and family that love to see pictures of my Little Monster. And some of you are clients and peers who enjoy it from time to time. And maybe some of you hate it, in which case I would advise that you find a different blog to bookmark, cause this Monster is pretty popular here. : )

The point here is (remember, I'm tired and rambly) that THIS IS STILL MY WORK. I'm not turning into a mommy blog, and I'm still gearing up for a summer full of clients. But I was reminded by another photographer today that the pictures I take of my own family and friends are not any less important than those I take for others. They are not any less an example of my photography. They are not any less an exercise in creativity or a source of inspiration in this season of my business. In fact, they help me to get even closer to being the photographer I want to be. They teach me to be more intentional in each and every session. They remind me why I started photography in the first place.

So forgive me if you see a lot of Monster pictures these days, (and feel free to send him a little thank-you note after you realize your next portrait session with me is your best one ever). And forgive me if my blog posts aren't as frequent as they were last year. And forgive me if you see me in spandex because, really, it's just not time.

Thursday, March 24, 2011


I made a teensy new little friend last week. I love him and his teensy little ears and nose and toes and mouth.

This guy is super-excited about his new playmate. Actually, he hasn't the faintest idea what is going on, but fingers are tasty.

Night night.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Normal wedding picture

Oh wait, is it not normal for a bride and groom to be photographed on the field of a professional ballpark?

My mistake.

Happy 16-day anniversary Megan and Geoff! Full preview coming soon to a blog near you.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Luck o' the Irish

Guess what? If you missed the spring sale... you are in luck!

Because I am feeling guilty for not having any Guinness in the house or wearing any green today, I'm bringing the Spring Sale BACK through Saturday at midnight. Wahoooo!!

All March, April, and May sessions booked by 11:59 p.m. on March 19 will receive $50 off a $200 print/product order! Whether you're ordering canvases, a disc of digital images, prints, albums, or mini-books, you get MORE for LESS, and that's always a good thing.

And for those of you that were hoping for later sessions, I've stretched it through May. If you've already booked a session for May, surprise, you get the discount, too! Other than that, same details apply: Session must be booked by March 19, 2011 and take place by May 31, 2011. Discount does not apply to previous sessions. $50 off applies to a minimum $200 print and product order before taxes or shipping charges. $50 credit will be applied to total before any other discounts or promotions. Only valid on print and product orders from this session. No cash value.

E-mail or call me to get set up!

I can't give out pots of gold and I don't know any leprechauns personally, so this is the least I can do to celebrate St. Patty's... I didn't even make any green cookies. And I may be married to an Irishman but there will be no corned-beef or cabbage in this house today. (Or ever.) So Happy St. Patrick's Day!

And since I am really busy editing the wedding I shot and haven't pulled out any images to share with you yet, here is an Instagram of my kid. Standard blog-filler. Will this still be acceptable when he is 15? Is this actually acceptable now? Probably not... : )

Wedding preview coming soon!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Off the grid

I may have dropped off the grid there for a few days... my apologies. But I'm not really sorry cause it was a good kind of off the grid. That kind that involves no Baby Monsters, as much as the Monster's mommy might love him. Thank goodness for Monster grandparents.

I was busy prepping for and shooting an incredible wedding in Philadelphia (more on that soon), and then off galavanting throughout NYC with my partner in crime. Except I don't think we committed any crimes... maybe jaywalking... the point is hello, I'm back on the grid.

Enjoy a few of my fave Instagram snaps from The Big Apple.

(And if you're an Instagram user, follow me! : karinsc)

And my apologies to those that e-mailed while I was gone... totally forgot an out-of-office message, and I didn't have consistent internet. If you haven't gotten a response yet, you will shortly!

Thursday, March 3, 2011


four years since we said i do.

i didn't marry him for his good looks , the way he cooks scrambled eggs, or his crazy-good daddy skills. but they are a nice bonus. happy anniversary.

image by sara parker photography. i chose a picture from two years ago 1.) because i loved this photo session so much and 2.) almost every picture of us since then has included a giant belly or tiny person. note to self: need new pictures.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Hi March

Well hello March. I look forward to you every year! And not at all because of basketball... I don't do basketball. But March is good for other reasons. March is the month I got married. March is the month that spring starts. I think there's a good reason that February is only 28 days- people wouldn't live for another three. I'm no winter-hater but I think that February just gets blahhh. Now that I've gotten my final snowstorm of the year I am ready to move on. It's like closure. March is neat just cause it's March. It feels like warm weather is in sight off in the distance and there's a tinge of hope that someday, the plants on my back porch will (crossing my fingers) turn green again. It means that we get to do spring cleaning soon, and you guys KNOW how much I love cleaning.

...aaaaaand I can't think of a good segue into my promo announcement, other than I also love March because I am running a great special.

Yep that's right, all March and April sessions booked by March 15 will receive $50 off a $200 print/product order!

Now I don't mean to get all technical, but let's follow the rules. In case you can't see the image above: Session must be booked by March 15, 2011 and take place between March 1, 2011 and April 30, 2011. $50 off applies to a minimum $200 print and product order before taxes or shipping charges. $50 credit will be applied to total before any other discounts or promotions. Only valid on print and product orders from this session. No cash value.

If you've got any questions, feel free to call or send me an e-mail. Yaaaay spring photo sessions!