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For the last few months I have been buried deep in the pages of my little moleskin journal. Writing furiously past the point where my little fingers ached. I have been on a mission. A mission close to my heart.

For the last few years I have been working with photographers all around the world to grow their photography business and even more than that, to inspire them to see their worth. Only, I was the one who was inspired most. Watching these girls not only achieve their dreams but often times surpass them, filled my heart in a way not much else could. It made me realize that I had a special way of doing things, a special way that could help so many more.

Only there wasn’t time. Mentoring takes so much of my time and right now my family needs me in a special kind of way. Between my family and running a full time photography studio there is not much time to invest at the end of my day. I just couldn’t wrap my heart around how to make this all come together and happen until one special conversation.

One day in late fall I was talking with my good friend and photographer, Jess of Jess Renee Photography. She encouraged  begged me to write a book. To share my process that had helped her grow her own business. That is when it hit me. I could do this. I could help others all while helping my own family. I was so inspired and thankful.

So the moment my portrait season ended I dug in. I started to get it all down on paper. I thought it would just take a few weeks. Boy was I wrong! It took months and months to get my heart and processes all down. When I finished the last page I teared up and I just knew that my system had the means to help. That is all I ever wanted.

Over the years when I have helped other photographers, there has always been one thing that is the same.  I could talk numbers all day long, but without working on who they were as an artist and their perception of what they were worth, it would never work. Their fear would remain and they may never gather the courage to run their business successfuly. So when I sat down to create this system, I knew I needed to create something different. Not another pricing guide geared solely towards the business side of things. That had been done. Instead, I wanted to create a profit system that was built on successful strategy and words from my heart to gently guide photographers to their worth. In the end, I feel that will create the greatest level of confidence to realize exactly what they should be charging to reach thier goals, their dreams, and why.

I believe I have done just that in creating Peaceful Profit with Serena Nicole.

Now I send it off into the big world. My only wish is to help those that need it most, to be that little voice that helps them reach their goals and dreams.

Come join me here: www.peacefulprofitwithsn.com

Until Soon,

SN

I am certain it doesn’t get more real than this.

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Jackson Birthday blog

I can hardly believe you are four years old today and at the same time I can barely believe you have only been in our life for four years because it feels like you have always been. You have grown so much this year. You continue to show me what love really is. How life should be lived one moment at a time and how the next or the last do not matter.

For your fourth birthday I wish for you:

– a year full of quiet snuggles that bring you peace

– a year full of belly giggles that make you laugh

– a year full of friendship that brings you connection

– a year full of family that shares your love

Love,

Mom

I am surprised sometimes when I get the email that asks about sessions with older kids. It always hits me the same, I do work with many families with small children. But that doesn’t mean that I do not LOVE working with families with older kids too. In fact, I love to.

Especially this one.

The kids had such a special connection it wasn’t hard to get them to show it to me. They had the best giggles, I know you will agree.

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I love big families and fitting all the pieces together…

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then spending some time one on one…

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followed by some fun family time…

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and ending with the two that started it all…

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it makes for the perfect session. I feel so blessed to have been asked to capture their love.

This school year I followed my heart. I couldn’t find the right school so I created one. I wrote a special social emotional curriculum and converted our garge into a full-on preschool. It has been an amazing journey with you. I was able to be there with you each step of the way. Helping you when you felt nervous, encouraging  you to push and grow, and giving you the words when you couldn’t find them.

You reached goals faster than we all expected. Growing faster in skills than your age. It was the perfect stepping stone between being at home with me and moving on to preschool.

It is exciting for me to say that you have outgrown our program. You are ready for a classroom without me by your side and to soar all on your own.

Before you go, I must say how thankful I am to have been able to watch these little moments with you. To see you laugh when your friends made you giggle, to watch as you learned to share and find the words when you needed them most.

But it is time. Time for you to grow on…

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The friends that joined us were so compassionate and patient. They were happy to play along and learn and sing with us.

I will say this has been my most rewarding teaching experience. Who would have known all those years in college and in the classroom were all just training for when I met you. It is all part of the perfect plan. I love being able to witness it all coming together.