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Blogging | A Personal Post

September 22, 2015

Hey Everyone!  I am currently in the middle of what I lovingly refer to as my crazy season!  I have so many mixed feelings during crazy season.  I love my clients…love what I do…love the beautiful situations I get to be in and constant shooting, BUT I miss my family, miss all the football games my little girl is cheering at, miss going to bed at a reasonable hour, instead of sitting in front of the computer editing.  🙂  It’s a trade off for sure, but thankfully I have gotten better over the years in finding balance and most Sundays are committed to my family.  I’m even getting better at switching off the computer at dinner time and spending the rest of the evening helping the little with homework and getting in our quality time (and then turning it back on after everyone is in bed).  The key to that was setting more realistic goals for myself – including increasing my turn around time (and I appreciate all of you so patiently waiting for your images).  As the sole person running this business, there is so much more to it than just shooting and editing – my photog friends can testify to this.  Being a business owner has always been a dream of mine and I truly thrive on it.  What I hadn’t realized are that business hours are more like 16 hour days at times – truly.

So after explaining all of that, you’re probably wondering why I would take this time to commit to blogging more?!  That is what I’m doing today.  🙂  It’s because when I’m in the midst of this crazy season – I tend to feel a little disconnected from you!  I’m not the person who FB posts or tweets every move I make – (ex. “Out shooting”, “editing and album building”, “time for lunch”…you all know that person).  I’m not trying to look busy – I am busy.  We all are!  Who wants to read about how busy someone else is.  But I do want to share!  I want to share all the fun and beauty that I’m shooting, along with some of the fun stuff going on in my personal life!

I used to be great about blogging and I miss that!  I know a few of my friends/clients who miss that, too!  So here is my promise – to take that half hour 2 or 3 days a week and spend it here!  I hope you’ll follow along.  As always, I will let you know on Facebook when there is a new blog post, but if you want to be kept in the know through email, you can subscribe here.

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xoxoxo to you all!  Have a great Tuesday!

 

 

Photography is not just what I do, it’s who I am.  My camera is in front of my face nearly everyday, so I thought it would be fitting to make my final post for the best of 2011 be a personal one.  It’s easy to see who my favorite subject is, but aside from (constantly) taking pictures of my daughter – I am capturing my very own memories.  Our trip to Rehoboth Beach, a ride on The Polar Express, the arrival of my newest nephew, a first dance recital and much more….here’s a little bit of my world.

Olivia & her best friend, Chase

My Funny Valentine

My little shutterbug has several cameras of her own. She'll be assisting me in no time.

She learned how to wink right before this and now she's not afraid to use it. 🙂

Dance like noone is watching!

She loves to direct how her sessions go...this was her shot idea. I love it.

We love dress up around here.

Showday at her first recital!

Riding on the train...

On the beach in Rehoboth with my nephew

My newest nephew

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die! - Despicable Me

1st Day of Pre-k

Our tea party (well, tea and strawberry milk) + some monster cupcakes

Her fifth year posing in my wedding gown. 🙂

It was a big Dorothy year and obsession with The Wizard of Oz. In fact, she's wearing that outfit as I write this, so it's not over, yet.

They blew up the bridge down the road, so, of course, we had to go take pictures of it.

Her best friends just happen to be the kids (and family) of my best friend. 🙂

The Polar Express

Yes, she can hear it ring and so can I. 🙂

Not always happy to be my model, but even with that sassy face - she's workin' it. Lol

Our elf on the shelf - Jeremy

Christmas Eve

Three of my favorite elves.

Nothing better than having dolphins painted on your face.

Happy New Year, everyone!!!  Thanks for a fantastic 2011!

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2012 MMGPhotography | Michelle Galazia

 

 

Wow, where did 2011 go?  What an exciting year it has been!  I was just re-reading my post from last year and it just doesn’t seem like I wrote it 12 months ago.  Such a full year both personally and professionally…maybe that’s why it went by so fast (?).  Anyway, I’ve decided to split up my “best of” post this year into several posts, so stay tuned for a couple more.

I find myself, once again, very excited for the coming year.  Referrals this past year were through the roof and I thank you all for that.  That is one of the biggest compliments I could possibly receive.  2011 was a year full of familiar faces and it will be, again, this year, because of that.  Most of you know that my focus is on wedding photography, but I felt a slight shift this year as I seemed to be shooting more of everything (and loving all the families, children and newborns that I got to work with).  Some great updates will be coming to the site gallery and I have many blog posts to catch up on, so that you’ll be able to see all of the fun and gorgeousness I’ve had lately.

So this post will be about the many lifestyle sessions I had this year.  I don’t know if I consider them my best, but they are for sure some of my favorite.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2012 MMGPhotography | Michelle Galazia

 

It has been a very busy year and what can I say – my business has enabled me to do what I love and provide for my family at the same time.  For that, I am truly blessed.  But a few weeks ago as I was heading out for another shoot, my little girl said to me, “mommy, can I please schedule a session with you this week?”.  It just about broke my heart.  Although, I am home for her when she is not in school, I have been working….a lot and there hasn’t been a whole lot of time for us to do much together.  Weekdays and weekends have been filled with weddings, sessions, late-night editing and consultations and, again, I am not complaining.  I feel incredibly blessed to be working, but it is definitely time to schedule a vacation/session for my little girl and my family.  Which brings me to the point of this post – as of the 19th (my birthday 🙂 ), I will be taking a break until after the New Year to devote to them.  You will still be able to reach me, all sessions that have been shot prior to that time will be edited and posted.  I will be taking consultations up until that date.  Any sessions that have not already been scheduled will have to wait until after the New Year.  I appreciate your understanding.  I wish you all the greatest Holiday Season with many blessings of your own!!!

The best reason for a break. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2011 MMGPhotography | Michelle Galazia

Vacation in August was awesome!  Now that the weather is really getting chilly, it’s nice to sit back and think about the beach.  We spent it with my brother and his extended family and I got in a few sessions while we were down there!  First some fun stuff from our trip…

Not how I usually process, but this boardwalk pic was just begging for a vintage touch.

This candy shop smelled amazing!

 

David & Liv stopped to pose for me at Penny Lane Mall.

More candy apples. This time at Serendipity Restaurant.

David took this while Livy and I were on the dock.

and my nephews…you might remember William and James from this session last year.

Teddy Bear Picnic

My adorable nephews.

I'm one and I'm gorgeous!

Love the face his making in the one on the right and his hat is awesome. 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2011 MMGPhotography | Michelle Galazia