Whoa - where did 2014 go?! CAUTION: LONG POST AHEAD!The last few months of 2014 were a whirlwind; although that may be a bit of an understatement. I've had to do something recently that I didn't want to do, and have never actually done before. It was very difficult, but I had to sit down and do the unthinkable - make some New Year's Resolutions :) I know, I know. You're probably thinking "duh, I do that every year," but I never really have, because things have always been...well..nice and easy. The crazy busy-ness that is my photography business is kinda booming, and I've now got the privelege to make some decisions as to what direction I'd like to head in (that's a good thing!) I've made 5 New Year's Resolutions for myself. But I'll get into that in a sec...2014 was the fifth year for this business (very part time for the first three or so, and now moving into "full time" hours). If you'd have asked me five years ago where I'd be in this whole photography thing, I wouldn't have had an answer. Business is a little like a marriage in some ways. It takes years to really know your partner. You have to live with them for years to fully understand their inner workings, their habits (both good and bad) and if you're a perfect fit for each other. I'm pleased to say that this business and I are a perfect fit for each other, and we're going to survive many, many more years together :)You're going to notice some changes with Lyndsay Doyle Photography going into 2015. I'm very excited to be able to announce these changes as I roll them out slowly over the next few weeks (Resolution #1 - Slow Down). You'll notice some new services, namely in regards to offering photographic services to small businesses (Resolution #2 - Focus On My Passion For Helping Other Businesses). You'll also notice the removal of certain services, like weddings (Resolution #3 - Focus on My Favorite Things, And Do Them Really Well). Don't get me wrong, I LOVE weddings, and I'm continuing to shoot them - as a second shooter for another photographer (yay!) However, in order to be the best at what I do, I've had to choose to focus on the things I love most: families, children and business. This leads into my next resolution (Resolution #4 - Provide Amazing Customer Service). This means different things to different people, so I'll try to explain what it means to me. It means booking less sessions each month so I can concentrate on providing my undivided attention to my clients. It means being able to answer emails and phone calls in a timely manner. It means returning your products to you quickly so you can share them with your family and friends while you're still super excited about them! It means taking time to advance my education and my skills in order to continue to provide top-notch artwork to you. In 2014, I spent more than 80 hours in the classroom (2 certificates, thank you very much!), and countless hours online, researching and learning in order to get better at my craft. I will continue to learn in 2015, this is my committment to you.And the last resolution? Well, it's all about me (Resolution #5 - Look After Myself). Again, open for interpretation, but here's the thing. At the end of 2014, I wasn't feeling great. A quick trip to my family doctor and a few tests revealed a few surprises about myself that I wasn't expecting. Don't worry, nothing major. But the point is that I was neglecting myself and my personal health. With my 35th birthday right around the corner, I decided it was time to make some changes to my lifestyle (better sleep, better diet, less screen time, more family time...) before I lead myself down a path I don't want to go down. And if I can figure a way to preach this to everyone I know, and make you all get yourselves healthy in body and in mind, trust me, I will :) I may need your support along the way on this one!So there you go. That's my New Year's blog entry to get you all up to date on what's happening around here. In summary: I'm going to be even more awesome this year because I'm finally figuring out my direction in business and in life. I'm going to look after myself better so I can look after you better. And the reason I do all this? My kiddos. Here they are:
Cute huh? Thanks for listening - you guys rock! Call me anytime, I'm available for long chats about life, business and family. I'm available for photography too :)Wishing you the best in 2015, in your personal lives and in your professional lives too.Lyndsay
Um, wow. Was that summer? Maybe it's because we were blessed with the never-ending winter this year, but summer seemed so short this year, didn't it? Of course, that doesn't mean I wasn't crazy busy photographing Halifax's most awesome families. But, you know what? It's all good because I love fall. And I love winter. And spring too. I love them all. And just because the warm weather is fading, doesn't mean the photos end. I'm all up for interesting family shoots in all kinds of weather, so don't let the cold keep you inside. I'm here all year round.Here are some of my recent favourites that remind me of the few hot summer days we had this year. Beautiful sun, and bright, cheery, jacket-free images. Ahhhh.....
Can you feel the warmth? Gotta love it!--Lyndsay Doyle is a photographer based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. She specialized in organic, free-range photography, and likes to coin new terms relating to her work. Contact her at email@example.com to schedule your gluten-free photo session (too much?)
**UPDATE** All time slots for the October mini sessions are full! If you'd like to be added to the cancellation list, please let me know by emailing me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Fall is right around the corner, and so are our mini sessions! Registration is LIVE right now, and will close when all spots are full. All sessions take place on October 18th, 2014 (3-6pm).Here's the info:
Sign up here:http://www.lyndsaydoyle.ca/fall-mini-sessionsA reminder that payment is due in full to secure your time slot, and sessions are booked on a first-come-first-served basis. All sessions will take place at my home in the Tantallon area on the afternoon of October 18th. Rain date, October 19th (but that won't happen :))Looking forward to seeing some new faces this year, as well as some of my most favorite "regulars!"
Any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time: email@example.com
Mini sessions not for you? I'm still booking full family sessions for the remainder of 2014. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for full details on family photo sessions.
It was a crazy foggy evening - and it was absolutely perfect for a family visiting from Toronto looking for a true Nova Scotian look for their family photos.
We had SO much fun. Lots of laughs, lots of running. Miss Ella is a bundle of energy, and I loved every minute of chasing her down and trying to make her smile. My efforts paid off and I am completely in love with this session. Did I mention they are all ridiculously good-looking?!
Tee hee! I love this one :) Those big blue eyes....
...and those curls, *sigh*
Love you guys, xoxo
Lyndsay Doyle is a family photographer based out of the Halifax area of Nova Scotia. She specializes in photographing children and relationships in a natural, fun, and relaxed style. Contact her at: email@example.com to book her for your family photos.
York Redoubt is one of my favorite locations for family photographs. Great old buildings with interesting stonework, lots of greenery, and of course, the view of Halifax Harbour! I was so happy when Heather suggested this location for our extended family session a few weeks ago!
It had been awhile since I'd seen little Ryan. He just keeps getting cuter and cuter :) He certainly gave me a run for my money (literally!) but I managed to keep up with him and get some adorable shots. Look at that face!! I especially loved watching him interact with his Grandparents, who were visiting from Edmonton.
Happy, colourful, energetic.... I love it SO much! My kind of family :)
Flowers will ALWAYS win my heart!
We had a beautiful evening, nice and warm with a little bit of wind (ok a LOT of wind!) Perfect Maritime weather! The big blue skies were just amazing.
Life is good, isn't it?!
Have a great week, friends!
PS. See that beautiful quilt up there in the first few photos? It was custom made for me by the very talented Tanya, at Mokemo Motif. Head on over to her FB page (https://www.facebook.com/MokemoMotif) to show her some love and check some of her other amazing handmade products. --Lyndsay Doyle is a Halifax family photographer. She loves the challenge of chasing down two-year olds, and is not afraid to do whatever it takes to make them laugh; including dancing, singing, making ridiculous noises, or breaking out some potty humour. Whatever it takes :)If you're interested in booking a session for your own colourful family, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org Lyndsay Doyle Photographyinfo@lyndsaydoyle.ca(902) 456-5826
Halifax, Nova Scotia