Feeling All Warm & Fuzzy Inside

My to do list these days is endless.  Crystal Starr Photography is absolutely exploding!  What a ride!  The blessings God is bringing me through my camera are exhilarating…. and exhausting!  It isn’t always easy keeping up with what is essentially a full-time business, a husband, and three children (two of whom I am homeschooling and the third of which I exclusively nurse).  I rise early and fall to my pillow late.

The most important business related item on my to-do list this evening was delivering a print order to a recent client.  I usually love delivering prints.  I love the ooohhhs, aaaahhhs, and smiles.  It is fun to bring a bit of happiness into people’s lives.  The conversation tonight over the open box of prints did not disappoint.  The family was happy with the final product.  Horray!  But then Mom held the 11×14 print of her gorgeous daughter near the spot on the wall it will soon grace.  Suddenly, for me at least, the photo came alive and took on new meaning for me.  It became not just something pretty on my computer screen (as I see my creations on the computer FAR more than any other place I have the opportunity to see them – it is the nature of the digital photographer).  But something precious for this family.

Jeanette is growing up. She’ll be off to college soon.  Her whole life awaits her.  I know it sounds corny and kooky and what have you, but I can sort of imagine Jeanette’s future children – and dare I say grandchildren – admiring these photos and gushing over how gorgeous she was when she was just a young lady ready to strike out into the world.  No they won’t think of me the photographer during those moments.  But something I created will be enjoyed and have precious meaning for a long time to come.  That just makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I’m not sure I can look at this photo in just the same way ever again.  Thank you to Jeanette’s family for blessing me with so much with just this one photo shoot.

FAQ: What do your spiral bound photobooks look like?

In the past I offered something called a session album as part of a couple of my packages.  I found the description must not be very clear because most of my clients asked me what exactly that was.  So I’ve decided to rename the product. I think Spiral Bound Photobook is a bit more accurate.  It features front and back custom designed sturdy covers.  These books are absolutely adorable and perfect for toting around in your purse and sharing with others.  They make fantastic gifts as well! I feature the 5×7 version in my packages but they also come in 4×6, 5×5, and 8×10.

Since a picture is worth a 1,000 words I thought you’d appreciate a visual of exactly what I am talking about.  I created this album for one of my recent clients.  I was quite pleased with how it turned out.  Of course, I did have a gorgeous model gracing the pages.


What a stunning young lady!

I recently had the opportunity to photograph Jeanette.  What a privilege it was to have her stand before my camera.  Not only is she absolutely gorgeous!  But she is also a total sweetheart.  Of course we chatted it up during our session.  This young lady is absolutely full of grace and glass.  Jeanette is a stellar student and athlete.  She is captain of her math team for goodness sakes!  Jeanette, thank you for a fantastic session! Have fun with your senior year.  I’ll be looking forward to updates about you as you graduate high school and step out into the world.  I have no doubt you will go far!  I hope you enjoy Jeanette’s photos as much as I enjoyed creating them.