JMurray Photography: Blog en-us (C) JMurray Photography (JMurray Photography) Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:15:00 GMT Wed, 11 Dec 2013 05:15:00 GMT JMurray Photography: Blog 120 77 Taylor Senior Taylor is my oldest nephew.  I've watched him grow from a baby into a young man. I can't believe its time to take his Senior pictures!  We went to a few different locations, downtown Indy and two places in Avon.  As always, he is fun to be around and full of character! Congratulations Taylor!! I'm so proud of you.


]]> (JMurray Photography) senior taylor Wed, 11 Dec 2013 03:45:49 GMT
Investment changes  

I want to have a little heart to heart with you.  As of late, I have felt the need for some changes to my business and so I wanted to write this post in order to share them.   I have high hopes these changes will make this business better and rekindle my passion for what I’m doing.  So please hang in there, as I explain these feelings.

Recently I’ve been in a slump.  I’m not sure if it was this busy fall season that drained me, but I’ve been hard-pressed to find my usual inspiration, drive, and yes that passion I mentioned above.  Please don’t misunderstand me. In my heart of hearts I still love photography. I love meeting new clients, having those continued relationships with returning clients, exploring my creativity through photography, the giddiness at coming home from a session and finding those images that I just can’t wait to edit and share with you. Lastly, my favorite part is reading just how much I’ve touched your hearts through my work.

But herein lies the problem. I’ve been stretching myself far too thin.  In addition to photography and full time job, I have 3 marvelous children at home.  For every hour I spend taking pictures I spend many more editing and doing everything else it takes to get them to you.  When I decided to share my love and passion with you all it did turn into a business and every business needs to reassess itself on occasion to stay viable.  I am the primary supporter of my family and my time away from them is more valuable to me than I could ever hope to put into words, as any parent can understand.  Children grow up far too fast to take for granted the time we have with them.  If I’m going to continue to share my talent and passion, I feel that I need do a better job of aligning how I go about charging for my talent and more importantly my time.   This is where I have trouble however, because I loathe the “business” side of having a business. 

When I first decided to take my love of photography from a hobby to a business I wanted nothing more than for my prices to be fair and affordable to all families who wanted to be able to preserve loving memories.  I truly do not want to lose the bonds I have developed with you all. I’ve so loved being allowed to experience and document so many of your little ones from the time they were newborns until now.  As anyone with a business does, I feared that by raising my prices, my current client base would stop coming to me and find someone who charges less. My hope is that people will choose me because they love my work, talent, and style and not only that I’m the cheapest around.  This love of mine never started out about the money and honestly it still isn’t.  That’s why I’ve decided the best way to go about this is to adjust how I charge for my time. 

By this point I am sure you are all wondering what the changes are so here you go…

1. Instead of offering a mini session and a full, I will now only offer one length of session and will be limiting how many images you will receive.  It will be up to one hour of Lifestyle photography for $200 and one high resolution CD of 25-30 edited images.  This fall I overbooked myself, not allowing me enough time to do my edits in a timely fashion, causing you all to wait longer to receive your pictures.  I need to be or should say want to be “at home” more with my family and not spending all my time there editing.  By shortening the time, I will have fewer photos to edit and more time to edit the ones I do take. This really is a good thing since it means I can focus more on each session giving them the time they deserve. It will still include everything else I’ve offered in the past.  However, I may still offer seasonal mini sessions.

2. I will be limiting the number of indoor sessions I offer.  Most of these are done during the winter and therefore the school year.  I just don’t have the time to put in each week like I did in the past.  This one is really important to me.  My two oldest started kindergarten and I absolutely love to volunteer in their classrooms, I want to be able to have the time to do that & to help with their school work at night.  I’ve learned that my true passion is in Lifestyle photography; going outside into nature, tromping in the mud, lying on the ground, scaling a wall or doing whatever else it takes to get the shot.  These sessions are my absolute favorite!

Thanks for taking your time to read this!  I sincerely hope these changes bring a brighter and better future for me and my business.  Thank you so much to all of you who have allowed me to be a part of capturing your memories in the past.  Without you this business wouldn’t be as rewarding for me as it has been.

]]> (JMurray Photography) 2014 changes for investment Wed, 04 Dec 2013 01:45:22 GMT
Roethe family We got lucky to have such a beautiful day for this session.  Reid, Michelle and their two sons met me at Hummel park for another family session.  My first session with this family was when Michelle was pregnant with her youngest.  Such a beautiful family and so fun to be around.  

]]> (JMurray Photography) Roethe family Fri, 08 Nov 2013 03:23:51 GMT
Adams family shoot Kelli and I met at work over at IU West.  Her and Sam asked me to take their family photos last year when Lilly was about 6 months old.  We took these photos over at Friendship gardens.  Kelli had her maternity photos taken here when she was pregnant with Lilly.  It was a beautiful, but chilly day.  Lilly gave me lots of smiles as any little girl would with the loving parents she has.  What a fun morning with this family :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) Adams Kelli Llly Sam Fri, 08 Nov 2013 03:09:32 GMT
White Family Last year when I met this family for the first time, Jennifer was expecting her baby girl, Kenzie.  These two girls are so adorable.  Katelyn and I had a lot of fun exploring Washington Township Park.  What a beautiful family inside and out :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) 2013 White family Tue, 05 Nov 2013 03:36:02 GMT
Meredith, Charlie and Rhianna Meredith and I have known each other for about 10 years.  She is a dear friend and I was so sad when she moved out of state several years ago.  She's back in Indiana and I was so happy to get to see her and meet her sweet kiddos!!  Charlie was full of energy and excitement.  Rhianna wasn't too peppy this morning but I loved that I captured her in her quiet, sweet state.  They sure do love their mommy as she does them! :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) Meredith family Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:37:05 GMT
Diamond Senior This beautiful girl was a treat to be around.  Just a few weeks prior I photographed her best friend, Lindsey.  We met up downtown Indy and walked around the canal.  So many beautiful places for photos!  


]]> (JMurray Photography) Diamond Senior Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:24:42 GMT
Brooklyn and Bronx It was a chilly morning at Friendship Gardens in Plainfield when I met up with these two cuties!!  They didn't mind the cold at all and had all smiles for me.  I loved the sunlight this morning, it was just right :)  The stuffed doggies are Brooklyn's favorite furry friends.  


]]> (JMurray Photography) Bronx Brooklyn Stansbury Thu, 31 Oct 2013 14:13:20 GMT
Generations This amazing group of women are a part of 5 generations.  What a wonderful reason to gather for some photos!!  It was a beautiful day at Friendship  Gardens in Plainfield.  I loved being a part of such a special event :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) Generations Reynolds Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:53:03 GMT
Lucas and Aly Lucas has been a big brother for 2 months now.  He is full of energy and has a great imagination.  We had a great time running around the property exploring.  Aly is so precious!!  Love, love, love taking pictures of little ones!




]]> (JMurray Photography) Aly Lucas Mayhorn Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:37:17 GMT
Pandya Family It was so nice meeting this family.  We had a lot of fun on this beautiful day!! We captured some pictures of sweet Sanaya with each family member.  She did a great job smiling at her photo shoot :)  Loved her halloween costume.  Little lady bug! 


]]> (JMurray Photography) Pandya family Thu, 31 Oct 2013 13:23:38 GMT
Hetzler family I went to High school with Dawn and during this photo session I met her husband and children for the first time.  This is actually their first time trying an outdoor photo shoot.  We all had so much fun getting to know each other!  Those kiddos are so stinkin cute :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) Hetzler family Wed, 16 Oct 2013 03:00:15 GMT
Fortunak Family What a beautiful day for this family photo session!  We headed out to some property near my church and took these photos.  I have had a session previously with Jessica, her husband and son,  and just met the rest of her family this day.  Everyone was so laid back and fun.  I really enjoyed being with this group :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) 2013 Fortunak family Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:48:22 GMT
Summers Family Sylvia has been a close friend of mine for many years.  I have watched her family grow and with these photos I realize just how old I am! Her family truly is beautiful inside and out.  With that said, we always have a lot of fun at our sessions and usually end up belly laughing at something funny one of her kids says or bloopers that occur during the shoot.  I am honored to be Sylvia's friend and absolutely love being asked to photograph her family.


]]> (JMurray Photography) 2013 Summers family Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:34:19 GMT
Taylor Senior Pics Taylor is so sweet and beautiful.   We had so much fun at her grandparents house taking these photos!  She has been involved with 4H since she was  little and so we wanted to place some of her ribbons in a photo.  She also has been an editor in her Plainfield High School news magazine, The Quaker Shaker for the past 3 years.  I was so honored to get the opportunity to photograph her :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) Pennington Senior Taylor Wed, 16 Oct 2013 02:01:38 GMT
Lindsey Senior pictures This beautiful girl was so much fun to photograph!  We walked the canal downtown Indianapolis and found some great locations.  It's that time of year where senior pictures are popular and I love taking them :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) Lindsey pics senior Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:44:07 GMT
Bryce and Ryan This shoot was so much fun.  Something I've never done before.  These brothers enjoy skateboarding so I met them at the skate park to capture them in action.  Looking good guys!


]]> (JMurray Photography) Bryce Ryan skateboard Wed, 16 Oct 2013 01:31:49 GMT
Zimmerman family I have known and been friends with Jenny since working at Methodist 13 years ago.  Her and I would have conversations about not having kids.  Well look at us now! :)  Jenny and Jon have 2 beautiful children and I was so honored to photography them all together.  Seeing the love in this family brings such a big smile to my face.  I love watching their children grow up.  Thanks to our friend, Michelle who let us use her beautiful property for the session.  

]]> (JMurray Photography) family zimmerman Sat, 14 Sep 2013 17:32:24 GMT
Peters family Super sweet family!  I have known the Peters for quite some time.  We both go to the same church and Stacey was my high school math teacher.   Isabelle and Simeon are full of energy and a blast to be around.  I could photograph Isabelle's beautiful eyes all day!  Simeon was my little helper as you can see him holding the reflector so I could take a picture of his daddy :)


]]> (JMurray Photography) family peters Wed, 11 Sep 2013 19:46:36 GMT
Congratulations Ryan and Carley! I had the honor to photograph Ryan and Carley's wedding last weekend.  These two were high school sweethearts and an adorable couple :)  They were married in Beech Grove at Simple Ceremonies and we ventured out to a park a few miles down the road for some group portraits.  They continued their celebration with family and friends back home.  What a fun group! 


]]> (JMurray Photography) Carley Ryan and wedding Tue, 10 Sep 2013 14:43:53 GMT