Summer Status | I’m a Little Chrysalis

"We may lose, and we may win. But we will never be here again."

Where have I been? What have I been doing? Maybe you've been wondering. Maybe you haven't. Anyway, I'll tell you -- I'm taking it easy for the summer.

Summer status for me means jumping off the prep-shoot-cull-edit-share-ogle-design hamster wheel and taking a big, deep breath.  Any photos I take are personal ones.  Honestly, most of them are with my phone.  I'll be tap-tap-tapping away at my laptop in my little beach bungalow making things happen behind the scenes, but the magical family session cycle has been put on pause. I'll be catching up, recharging the batteries, working on the business side of things, and spending good quality time with my family and friends. I'm meeting one sweet newborn family later this month, and after that I’ll be back in late August, ready to hit the ground running for a crazy fall.

You can still keep up with me here on the blog (just keep scrolling to see the latest), where I’ll be getting back to sharing about a gajillion spring sessions, and possibly penning an occasional thought on life and photos and whatnot now and again.

So, what's new to look forward to when this little caterpillar emerges from the chrysalis as a beautiful butterfly?  A whole new look and name for this little venture formally known as LYYP.  That's right, folks.  I'll always be motivated to capture "the life in your years", but from here on in I'll be doing it as little old me. Jaye McLaughlin. As Jaye McLaughlin Photography. (Cute metaphors aside, this won't happen as a grand reveal, but rather as a more of a gradual fixer-upper type process.  Please excuse any construction mess in the meantime).

Can't get enough of my ramblings and this summer pace just isn't doing it for you? Well, if you’ve got travel plans, you'll definitely want to have a look at this article I wrote for the National Association of Professional Child Photographers about how to take photos on your trip that you’ll treasure forever. I shared some thoughts recently about what family travel means to me now -- as a mother of 'big kids' -- that you might enjoy.  And you should also check out the free dowlnoadable guide I wrote for taking better photos of your kids, "Freeze Ray Basics."   If that whets your whistle for some more in-depth photography instruction, check out the workshops I offer for parents during the winter months and get on the list for info when dates are announced.  If organizing and printing your personal photos is on your to-do list for the lazy days of summer, you might enjoy my  "Cobbler Series" on the blog.  And whether you’re traveling or staying home, take a second for a refresher on my favorite crazy-time-of-year advice -- It’s become a bit of an LYYP tradition for me to share this twice a year at Christmastime and every summer. So many people have told me they’ve enjoyed it and taken it to heart, I’m continuing the tradition. (You know you’re curious. Go ahead, click on over. You won’t regret it. Promise).

That's all for now, friends.  If you'd like to book or to chat about anything at all, be sure to use the "contact" button above or shoot me an email.  I may be a bit slower to reply, but I promise I'll get back to you.  Any updates are always shared in my monthly-at-most  newsletter --  sign up for that here.  My annual Christmas Card Micro Mini Session event will be back this year, and clients who have already booked a date for 2020 will get first dibs on those slots when they're announced in  September.  And one more thing! My personal photo-diary of sorts lives on Instagram -- come on over and follow me there for a behind the scenes peek at what McLaughlin summertime looks like in 2019.  Exciting stuff, I tell you.

Thanks for stopping by!


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