Part 1 of my wannabe-rockstar-lifestyle shoot on a jet {lifestyle travel portraiture}

This lovely post has been in draft form since July 26th. You might think, “Oh, yeah. Isn’t that her kid’s birthday?” Fine, yes. But, NO. That was the day this little wannabe-cool-chick got to take a private jet and become a really-real-pinch-me-this-is-my-job travel photographer. I know. I still don’t believe it either.

First, the backstory. Once upon a time, the Bacles went to Paris.

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And Germany and Rome and Milan and Nice and Venice.

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What are these pics, you ask? These are evidence that back in the day, we used to do some COOL stuff.

And when I say back in the day, we took these on film (and not in the one-gear-bicycle-riding hipster way–the old person way).

We took at 6-year-ish break to raise these babies up, and then we started back up. In the meantime, I met my travelling, kindred spirit sister….

Really. This was on her Insta stories the other day, and this is my daily conundrum:

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She is my lovely friend Summer (aka MommyPoints), the rockstar-of-all-travelling; we met when we moved to Texas and joined something my formerly cool self never even knew existed: a mommy group.

I’m not sure exactly when I met this lovely lady, but this 2011 pic is the earliest photographic evidence I can find. (Sidenote: I love how this horse is posing for the camera and that the picture I find of my most fabulous friend is this hilarious one. Sorry, Summer, but you know I’m always gonna go for the laugh.)

summer and horse

So, when she was building her crazy-amazing-rockstar-travel-points brand…

**Pause. If you are at all interested in the travelling and points and miles world, head over to her blog. She has SOOO many great posts and advice on how to travel efficiently/safely/on a budget/using points/you name it. If you’re new to that world, she has a great beginner’s guide post: beginner’s guide. Also, she’s very modest and humble and would probably not want me to brag on her so much, but it’s my blog and I’ll brag if I want to.

…I would say things like, “I know you must not believe this, but I used to travel. I’ve got the travel bug, and one day when these babies are done nursing and out of diapers and probably 18 years old….”

I think I had her finally convinced that I’m serious about travelling as often as I can, so fast forward to this text I got at the beginning of the summer. (Is it bad that I haven’t updated her contact info in 6 years? Whoops.)

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By the way, she has inspired me to blog more often, so I’m breaking this into two (or three) posts and will put them up later in the week.

Stay tuned.

Love, Andrea

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

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before and after pics–a little Photoshop magic {Shoot with Passion™ photography coach}

Whew! We made it through summer. Did you have the best one yet? That was our goal, for sure. Are you still catching your breath? All unpacked from all of your adventures? Here’s the real question: Have you downloaded all your pics from your camera yet?? Have you been going through your summer pics and realize some of your shots need a little Photoshop magic?

  1. If you need something in particular edited, I am available for outsourcing.

OR…

2. Sign up for one of my “Shot by Momma” classes! There are three options:

  • A camera workshop for hip mommies (how to take your camera off auto)
  • How to take better pics of your kids (using your “good” camera)
  • Editing, organizing, and ordering your images (using Photoshop or your favorite editing software) **this option is available online or in person

Of course, the ideal solution is to get the shot SOOC (straight of camera), but sometimes the flash doesn’t fire, and it’s underexposed:

before and after hermione

Sometimes you want to add some artistic flare:before and after florida

Sometimes the baby smiles when you aren’t quite ready:before and after newborn boy

Sometimes you haven’t framed it just like you’d want:before and after 4 year old

And sometimes the sun has gone down and you’re out of light:before and after saved beach pics

This last one was taken by my oh-so-handsome second shooter (but he works for me, so he gave me the copyright and permission to edit). ;)

If you’d love to know how to work that big fancy camera you have sitting in the closet or how to edit those special shots, let me know, and I’ll email you the info. Or, follow me on Instagram or Facebook to get the info when I send out the latest class spots.

If you only took pics on your cell phone (which is totally cool, too), I will bug you about saving them and eventually printing them. How much would your kids love a little book to re-cap their super fun summer you made happen? I can help you print those or send you in the right direction if you want to DIY.

Love, Andrea

andrea.bacle@gmail.com or 508.768.5808

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headshots when you Shoot with Passion™ {photographer and small business coach}

Hey, hey, friends! Raise your hand if you’ve had one crazy-fun summer and are rejuvenated to dive back into work. Person Raising Hand: Light Skin Tone on Apple iOS 10.3

I’m so super excited to get back to my Shoot with Passion™ work with my most fabulous coaching clients. If you’ve been thinking about signing up for private coaching with me, please make sure you contact me before September 1st. I’m still going to do private coaching, but I’m adding group coaching, so my private prices will go up significantly.

So, when you sign up with mentoring with me, you get a complimentary set of new headshots. (If you are doing coaching long distance, I will arrange headshots with a local photographer, or I’ll do my best to turn it into a visit and travel to you! If you’ve followed me for a minute or more, you know I’ll find any excuse to travel.)

This is the oh-so-beautiful Yahaira of Photography by Yahaira. <–Here’s the link to her Facebook page.

We tried to do a variety of shots. Which do you like?

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Of course I would love to take the credit and say it’s my fabulous photography that makes her look so gorgeous, but that’s all her. I can’t responsibility at all. :)

Here’s one she took of me:

yahairas pic of me

Have you been stuck in your business? Have you been wanting to change things up? Refresh? Fall back in love with it? Give me a call. I might be just the gal to give you a swift–but loving–kick in the rear to get you back on track. At a minimum, you should definitely jump over and join my little Facebook community of fabulous ladies, where we talk about all things small business.

Love, Andrea

Contact me at 508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com. Better yet, now that the kids are back in school, let’s schedule a little coffee meeting at a cute cafe. :)

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Pearland, Texas, newborn goodness

First comes love, then comes marriage,

then comes a romantic picnic in the park,

and THEN comes the wee babe in the baby carriage.

And, OH. MY. GOODNESS. He is soooo squishy and snuggable. I love these newborn shoots, because I totally get my baby fix. I do sing and rock and do my shhh-shhh-shhhes, but then sometimes I leave the shoot thinking: Dang! I need a baby that I can just hold and cuddle for a while–all that was hard, sweaty work!

Attention friends, go ahead and get pregnant now, so I can cuddle your babies and then give them back when they cry. Thanks, dudes.

Doesn’t this make you want to reach out and stroke his little hair? newborn baby boy the woodlands photographer

Ah, my kids are all grown up. :) There is nothing in the world like expanding your team of two to a trio to make you feel like you’ve finally become an adult. The first time I felt like a real-life grown up was when I rented a car on a work trip before I was 25 (they gave me a pass because I was active duty). The second time I felt like a real-life grown up was not college/marriage/grad school/active duty/full-time teaching/business owner but when I was almost 31 and we brought our first baby home.
So, now I’m thinking I just became a grown up in my 30s, my middle-aged age is going to be closer to 60, right? That will explain the future convertible for my 60th birthday. new parents snuggle newbornnewborn on mom and daddy bednewborn straight into the cameranew mommy daddy snuggling bedspreadnew momma kissing baby boynew family of three snuggles

Ugh. You know the ones with Momma and Baby are my favorites. momma and baby big bed cuddles

Baby’s first antlers. newborn surrounded by antlers

If you take a look at their wedding pics, you might spy with your little eye something green….wedding tie newborn

Family, I think it goes without saying that I kind of love you guys. I am not exaggerating when I tell you I’m so very honored to experience all these moments with you. And, of course, I’m so proud of you, too. I hope you love these, and I hope you are over-the-moon in love with that dude. Congratulations!!

Love, Andrea

 

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before and after underwater editing

My poor, sweet children. They already have a camera in their faces 24/7 and now I’ve added picture taking into our pool routine. Oh, well. I let them live in my house. And I give them lots of snacks. :)

I wanted to share this before and after from my GoPro. If you’re into underwater photography and need some help with edits, give me a shout. With a little Photoshop magic, you can turn some good shots into I-need-to-print-these-out-and-hang-them-up images.

Don’t you love his little zen-meditation-look-momma-I-can-sit-on-the-bottom-of-the-pool pose? Such a cool kid. What are the pool tricks your kids have? Our current faves (other than sitting on the bottom) are throw-the-rings-and-watch-me-go-get-them, swim across the pool in one breath, and twisty-turny underwater spinning. DCIM100GOPROGOPR0487.JPG

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Do you love this cool overlay of sun rays? If so, hop over to www.thecoffeeshopblog.com and download it for free from my lovely friend Rita (she offers Photoshop and Photoshop Elements options). You might even spy two little kiddos you recognize. :)

Guys, I hope you’re in the middle of the most fabulous summer ever. Do you have any travelling planned? Up next, I’m doing shoots in Perdido Key, Atlanta, and Steamboat Springs. People ask me–usually once a day–how I manage to book so many of these paid-for-working vacations. Each situation is different, but I have some general tips and secrets I’ll share in another post. If you’re serious about wanting to become a paid travel photographer, get on my schedule and see if we are a good fit for coaching, and I’ll teach you all of my ways. :) https://secure.scheduleonce.com/andreabacle

Love, Andrea

PS, I’m already almost fully booked for the rest of the summer for photo shoots. Fall is still wide open, so give me a call now if you want to schedule a family sesh for those dreaded oh-so-lovely Christmas cards. xoxo

andrea.bacle@gmail.com OR 508.768.5808

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Miss Camille’s “girly-girl” antique boutique sisters {Old Town Spring, TX}

Since I’m in the middle of my work/life balance series in my Facebook group, I have to make this a quick post to get it up and get off to bed. I’m determined not to spend another summer staying up until 2am working every night! :)

Now, YOU. Off to bed! But first, check out these cuties at Miss Camille’s. Surely you know about Miss Camille’s store by now. This family and I have done tons of shoots outside, so they took me up on my Mother’s Day sessions, so we could have a different background. The shabby-chicness off Miss Camille’s store provides a soft, pretty backdrop for these gals in front of a vintage vanity. I love all of the pastels. 
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This little cutie attitude cracks me up everytime I look at it. You should check out Camille’s Etsy page for hats available for purchase.blog post camilles mini girls dressed in hats

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What a fun morning in the shop! These girls loved running around and checking out all of the “girly-girl” items–that’s what Miss Camille calls them. :)

And then sometimes when you’re really lucky, your beautiful momma lets you have ice cream at the end of your session.

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This is one of those photoshoots that I want to recreate with my own kids. The lovely momma of these two girls came up with the idea, and I think it turned out super cute!ice cream sessions old town spring

Thank you, sweet family, for a fun morning. And thank you, my sweet Miss Camille, for opening the shop early for us. Photographers, if you’re interested in booking her shop for a shoot, you can contact me, or drop in on her shop and chat her up. I’ve been telling her that I might be sending more photogs her way soon!

Love, Andrea

P.S. If you want your own #icecreamsession this summer, call soon! My bags are already packed for all of my summer trips (okay, not really–I’m a last-minute-packer kinda gal), but I don’t have much availability. Happy summer!!

508.768.5808 or andrea.bacle@gmail.com

 

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join our group of fabulous lady bosses {small business coaching}

Hey, friends! Have you joined my Facebook group for women with businesses yet? I talk a lot about how to help photographers, but we end up talking about topics that relate to business life in general. Join us here!andrea bacle coaching

I wanted to do a special post on here about doing free work for “exposure.” Here’s the link to a quick 5-minute video to help remind you that YOU ARE WORTH what you charge. Don’t undervalue and disrespect yourself. Remember, you show people all the time how to treat you. Teach them that you deserve RESPECT, my ladies!

If you are needing to hear this message, I hope you are really listening. If you need additional private coaching, I’d love to set up a time to have a discovery call to see how I can help you grow in your success.

You can use this link to book a spot on my calendar right away.

Love,

Andrea

 

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