I am excited to introduce this week's small business spotlight, FIT4MOM Front Range! FIT4MOM's goal is to help moms make strides in fitness, motherhood, and life while connecting with other moms. Darcy of FIT4MOM Front Range opened her first location in Fort Collins on September 18th of this year and just opened a second location in Windsor. FIT4MOM Front Range is a female veteran-owned business. Darcy's husband sustained a traumatic brain injury while deployed and is unable to care for their children for himself, which forced Darcy out of the US Marine Corps. This horrific accident led Darcy to FIT4MOM and this mission of helping moms find themselves in the chaos we call motherhood. Darcy put it best, "Moms fill their children with love and laughter everyday. If they don’t take the time to make themselves healthy and happy, they will run out of steam. My goal is to fill the cups of every mom on the Front Range!"
FIT4MOM Front Range offers classes specifically geared to benefit moms in all stages of motherhood and are backed by sponsors such as Luna, Plum Organics, Resource Water, Snooze Shade, BOB, gDiapers, and Episcencial. They connect moms with other moms, creating friendships and accountability to maintain a healthy lifestyle beyond the instructor-client accountability. FIT4MOM Front Range creates a band of moms who are all there to improve themselves and to make their families healthier. The kids in their Stroller Strides classes also become great friends! All of their instructors specialize in pre- and postnatal fitness. They help moms gain back the strength and posture they lost during pregnancy, as well as focus their training on the aspects of fitness they will need the most in motherhood, such agility, postural strengthening, carrying strength, and lifting strength.
Classes currently available include:
Stroller Strides: Fitness for mom and fun for baby! Moms workout while entertaining their children! Instructors include learning themes so the kids not only see their moms working out, hear songs, but they also learn about letters, numbers, shapes, colors, the seasons, etc.
Body Back: An 8-week results-based program for moms who want their body back! They provide 2 intense workouts a week, nutritional guidance, and 24/7 support for all of their moms. They track weight, measurements, and fitness with our before-and-after assessments and pictures.
Body Back Down & Dirty: A 3-week version of Body Back to keep your metabolism burning calories between the seasons!
“Run, Mama, Run!” Marathon Training Program: 18 week training program in preparation for the Colorado Marathon in Fort Collins on May 4th.
FIT4MOM Front range is currently offering the following specials:
Special Event Series: FIT4MOM Front Range is offering a 3-week Body Back program between Thanksgiving and Christmas (“Body Back Down & Dirty” ) to burn extra calories between these two meal-centric holidays! Moms can purchase 3, 6, or 9 classes. Click here for more information.
The Early Mama Bird Special ends on December 15th for our “Run, Mama, Run!” Marathon Training program that starts on January 2nd. We will train to run the Fort Collins, Colorado Marathon on May 4th. The class specifically designed for beginning and novice runners, but all levels are welcome. Click here for more information.
This family drove down from Cheyenne for family photos with me! It was a good thing they did, because the weather was apparently really bad in Cheyenne that day, but we had great weather! It's amazing what a difference 60 miles can make!
This week's Small Business Spotlight is Sweet Pea Boutique! Trista of Sweet Pea Boutique makes clothing and accessories for babies and children, including girls' peasant dresses and onesie dresses, boys' bow ties, neck ties and suspenders, burp cloths, bibs, pacifier clips, sippy cup holders, teething necklaces and children's aprons. Trista started Sweet Pea Boutique 2 years ago after her daughter, Kinsey, was born. She gave up my career in public relations to be a stay-at-home mom, but felt she needed something to keep herself busy, so she resurrected the sewing skills her mother taught her a young girl. She started making things for my own daughter, which blossomed into creating all kinds of adorable items for little ones.
Sweet Pea Boutique's creations are inspired by the concept of dressing little boys and girls like miniature versions of adults. Trista sees no need for little girls to wear babyish prints when they look adorable in bold fabrics and what little boy doesn't look dashing in a bow tie?
Trista also make a couple of items for children with special needs, which have been inspired by Kinsey, who has Trisomy 18 (it's a miracle that she is here and growing and learning and doing new things every day)!
Photo provided by Sweet Pea Boutique
Interested in checking out Sweet Pea Boutique's adorable handmade clothing and accessories for your little one? Visit her Etsy Page and don't forget to like her Facebook page!
One of my favorite families came out for fall minis this year. They were my first one and it was COLD, but they toughed it out and we got some cute shots!
This week's small business is House of J. House Of J provides delicious, organic and GMO free baked goods that are packed with nutrients like B vitamins, omega 3s and fiber. Most of House of J's treats are gluten free and they also offer dairy free and vegan varieties. Jahna of House of J wants to help others make healthy eating choices without giving up taste and satisfaction, no matter what their dietary needs may be. Jahna hand selects every ingredient and puts love into every single ingredient choice. She buys local as often as possible (and always uses local honey). There are never any genetically modified ingredients nor chemical colorants or preservatives and almost all ingredients are 100% organic certified. All of House Of J packaging is sustainable and/or recycled materials.
House of J offers a variety of treats, including nutrient enriched super cookies (great for lactation), nutrient enriched granola & granola bars, gluten free mocha java flax brownies, and infully sweet organic sweet cream caramel.
Image provided by House of JInterested in buying some of House of J's delicious treats? You can visit her webpage at www.House-J.com. She'll also be at the Front Range Food Show November 9th and the Northern Colorado Beekeeper's Association Bee-zar on Dec 6th. She'll be doing free gift wrapping for the holiday season! Don't forget to like her Facebook page!
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I addition to making her delicious treats, Jahna is active in the local community. She is passionate about growing our local economy and loves networking, sharing and donating as often as she can. She even started a networking group for local small businesses run by moms, Northern Colorado Mom Owned Business Association, or NoCo MoBa. Three Ladybugs Photography is a member of this group, along with many of the other businesses you will see spotlighted here in the coming weeks! Like the NoCo MoBa Facebook page to stay up to date on these awesome mom-owned local businesses!
I had the pleasure of shooting this senior's session a few weeks ago. He an his family were so easy going and a pleasure to work with! Class of 2015-start planning ahead now! I will be looking for seniors reps for next year in a few short months!
Because supporting local small businesses is important to me, I have decided to add a regular feature to my website. I will be spotlighting local small businesses in Northern Colorado on my blog a few times a month. I am also adding a recommended local businesses page to my site as a resource to my clients. Please check it out and come back regularly as more will be added over time!
My first small business spotlight is My Blossom Bottom! Audrey of My Blossom Bottom offers cloth diapers to local families from her in-home shop in Greeley. My Blossom Bottom opened in April 2011 after Audrey lost her job as a nurse and, as far as Audrey knows, is the only deaf-owned cloth diaper business in the country! Audrey communicates with her customers mostly through text and email, but can use videophone and ASL interpreter when needed. In person, she speaks and lip reads very well and provides an awesome, personal customer service experience!
My Blossom Bottom has the most comprehensive selection of cloth diapers available in Northern Colorado. I visited her shop a few weeks ago to get some cloth diapers to use in newborn shoots and she definitely had a great selection! She welcomes shoppers into her store by appointment to pick out diapers or you can purchase them online and make an appointment to pick them up! My Blossom Bottom also offers layaway, a gift Registry, and gift certificates!
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Interested in learning more about My Blossom Bottom? You can visit her website at www.MyBlossomBottom.com, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. or text her at (970) 313-3401. She does not have set hours, but you can make an appointment online or via text to visit her shop. Please also be sure to like her facebook page, www.facebook.com/MyBlossomBottom and sign up for her newsletter to be sure you get her special offers when she sends them out!
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I have been photographing this adorable little girl since before she was born...really. I shot her mom's maternity a little over a year ago, then her newborn session shortly thereafter. I got to shoot her with her siblings at 6 months and 9 months. So, when her mom asked me to come shoot her 1 year photos before her party then stay for the cake smash, I was excited to do it! Then, the 2013 floods hit. The day of her party, almost all of the roads in and out of their town were closed due to flooding and many people didn't make it. Fortunately, I made found a way through and was able to photograph her on her special day. We took her 1 year photos at the park next to her house and then the cake smash in their backyard. We faced a few challenges, including
VERY wet grass, little shade and a very bright and direct sun that we hadn't seen in days which decided to make it's appearance right before our shoot. However, as adorable as she is, we were still able to catch some cute shots!
I am finally getting a chance to blog this adorable family's session. It was so sweet to see this little guy light up interacting with his mommy!
I have been thinking about changing my pricing structure for some time. After piloting a new structure with a few clients, I feel like it was less complicated and worked better for both the clients and myself, so I am implementing it for all clients starting September 1st. The biggest change? No more session fees! A deposit of $200 +tax will be required to book your session, however, 100% of your deposit will go directly toward your order, so you only pay for the prints and products you order! Some Adjustments have also been made to print and product pricing, which can be viewed from my Investment Page. In addition to this new pricing for all sessions, stayed tuned for an announcement about my Fall Specials!