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Happy Friday from this carb-loving, bagel-searching, Broadway-wannabe, cello-playing photographer who's ready for this weekend and all it has to bring me! (Aka: a very full schedule!). #kdowlerphotography #fridayintroductions #nyc πŸ“· @awhippleintime PS. All about our trip to NYC will be on the blog next week! 😍

It's Friday. I'm supposed to be excited, aren't I? That's what everyone else's little squares say. But Instagram world, I'm about to get honest. Because today? I'm discouraged. I'm down (it feels like for the count). I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere or like my dreams are all coming true. I feel like I'm stuck. I do what I'm "supposed" to every day and yet I'm just not seeing the payoff. What am I doing wrong? I love my business, being a photographer and my clients with all my heart and yet I'm stalling. I love mommas and babies and sweethearts in love. How do I move forward? πŸ˜” Someone send help. Or yummy cupcakes and pretty flowers. πŸ’ I know that the day will end and tomorrow will feel better. But right now, I'm sad. I'm discouraged. I'm worried I'm not enough- not good enough, not strong enough to make everything I want what I want. Is it because I want too much? πŸ˜– So. That's my real talk for the day. I'm off to re-evaluate my to-do list and try to turn this negative energy into something positive because it's all I can do, right? πŸ’• #kdowlerphotography #risingtidesociety #babybossladies #realisbetterthanperfect #realtalk

It's been one of those weeks where I really just need to be back in the salt air. #kdowlerphotography #outerbanks #nagshead #babyworldtravelerkd

Guys, this is what running a business looks like in my house. It's not stylized or perfect or organized but it's mine. ❀️

(Image picked by my almost 3 year old niece) ❀️ 2016 has been a lot like this little guy- sweet, sometimes sour, full of energy and life and happiness. I'm so excited to be ringing in 2017 with this little guy and his big sister (the one who helped pick out this picture). Family is so important. While I'm missing my family tonight, I'm so happy to be with the other side of our family and celebrate with Ryan for the fourth year! I can't wait to see what 2017 will bring us! #kdowlerphotography

Trying to think happier thoughts as I work on taxes. πŸ˜– My least favorite part of the year! #kdowlerphotography #babyworldtravelerkd #royalcaribbean

Happy Fri-yay to all of you out there! I thought I'd take a minute to introduce myself for my new followers--I'm so glad you've found me!! πŸ’• My name's Kristina and I'm a wedding, maternity and portrait photographer based out of NOVA. I love my job every single day and am hoping it'll become a full-time one before too long! I'm always looking to collaborate and help out my fellow creatives. Beyond being a photographer, I'm a new wife (6.27.15), a fur mama to two cats, in a house hunt (yay for a future home office!!), an amateur cook and baker, avid reader and puzzle do-er and Disney lover (obviously based on the picture from our honeymoon!). I love traveling (a blog post will be on the new website before too long about that!) and have such a bad travel bug, it's awful (but I'm the best way). That's me in a nutshell! Questions? Ask! πŸ’• Interested in working together? Message me! Tell me about who you are!! 😍 I can't wait to meet you! #fridayintroductions #kdowlerphotography #disneyland #californiaadventure

This absolutely stunning #momma is on the blog today for our #MorningsWithMoms series! {link in profile} @mrschurch1019 - you are so beautiful and SUCH a fantastic mother, I hope to one day be half of the woman you are! πŸ’™ #kdowlerphotography #kdowlermommas #kdowlerfamilies

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Having updated headshots is an important (and easy!) way to keep your online presence current and fresh! Nervous about taking headshots? Check out yesterday's blog post for a few easy tips to make things a lot less scary!β €
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Headshots can be tricky photoshoots for both the subject and photographer but today on the blog I'm sharing 3 tips to make your headshots a little bit easier! Need updated headshots? Let's chat! β €
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How is it Monday again? Another weekend with this guy has gone by too fast. Busy week ahead for me - probably for all of you out there too!- but so excited to see my sweet niece and nephew this weekend! And another week starting means we're another week closer to finding out if Baby D is a boy or girl! πŸ’•πŸ’™ Good luck with your Monday out there!! πŸŽ‰ PC @rosie.omar β € ...β €
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I honestly don't know if I'll ever stop sharing these family portraits! I just love them so much - their outfits were so summery! Even though I love fall and cooler temps, I'm always sad to see these colors go! 😭 At least I've got a few more weeks to enjoy them! β € ...β €
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I can't believe the new website is LIVE! I worked for months on this quietly, wondering if I'd ever be ready to share it with the world. And I have and I am so happy with the reaction so far! πŸ’• Hop over to my Facebook page to tell me what your favorite part is and be entered into a giveaway! Book a session with me this month and receive $50 off as a celebration and thank you for the support! πŸŽ‰πŸ’• I honestly can't thank everyone enough who loves me and supports this crazy idea of mine!!! πŸ“·β €
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Running a business while navigating your first trimester of pregnancy is anything but easy. Today on the blog I'm starting a new series - okay, really just a chance for me to ramble - about being a pregnant boss owner and what I've learned. I'd love to hear what you have to say! Link in bio!β €
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I know I say this a lot but I promise new blogs are on the way! I've been thinking a lot about the topics I'm sharing and discussing because I want them to be worth your time to read BUT my blog is currently being migrated to my new website which I am soooooo excited to share, so I can't post until that's done!! πŸ’™ Not to mention this baby has been more content to munch on strawberry cheesecake ice cream than work in the evenings. (Don't worry, we're having a talk about how hard momma needs to work to make this business soar! πŸ˜‚). β € ...β €
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Are you a business owner who is in desperate need of a view like this? Need an extra hand with your busy season or handling some of the tasks you don't love? Monday, I wrote a blog about what being a virtual assistant is like + how adding someone like (or adding me!) to your team could be a huge help to your business! Check out the link in my bio to learn more!β €
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Beyond being a photographer, I work as a virtual assistant for other small business owners - a journey I started almost a year ago! On the blog today I'm talking about what a VA does, why a business owner might want one and how folks have found me! Click the link in bio to find out more! PC @amandahedgepethobx β €
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I am SO excited to share our big news! Our greatest adventure to date, parenthood, starts January 2018! Ryan and I are so excited to be welcoming our little nugget into our lives! We already so filled with love for this baby!! I am so glad it's not a secret anymore!!!! πŸ’•πŸ‘ΆπŸ»πŸ’™ ...β €
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Guys, sometimes being a business owner and someone who also tends to lean towards more "perfectionist" standards can be hard. Where are my other Type A business owners? πŸ™ŒπŸ» I've been working for months on a new website that I want to really show off who I am and who my business is. And I think it's just about done. And yet I am terrified to show you. What if I share it the wrong way? What if it still isn't quite me? What if I forgot to fix a font or didn't pick the perfect images? It makes me crazy, self-conscious and anxious. I can't and don't want to feel that way!β €
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I have to remind myself that my business, my choices, my style, my systems are all fluid. That there is a time to share my hard work, be excited and still want to improve. It's hard to remember I don't have to be perfect for this to work: I just have to be ME. β €
If you're struggling with sharing something you're working on or worried you're in a rut, remember that things will change and it's okay to not feel perfect. What can I help cheer you on for? What project can I help you celebrate? Tell me! I want to hear what you're ready to share! πŸŽ‰ β € ...β €
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This sweet grandma and her grand babies are on the blog today! I just love summer family sessions and this one is definitely a new favorite! πŸ’•β˜€οΈβ € ...β €
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