LATER 2016 and HELLO 2017

Who's ready for the new year? I am I am! In fact, I'm so ready to start making things happen that I'm already blogging my first post of the year and it's only Jan 2nd, LOL, last year I only wrote 6 blog posts total, crap I suck! But it's a new year and I'm so excited as this will be my 8th year of shooting full time, and only my 4th year as Thomas Pellicer Photographer. The cool thing is, that I feel I'm just hitting my stride with my direction and skill which I think is freaking awesome!

Each year I feel the urge to be a better blogger and post my shoots and talk about random sh*t. I don't know what it is, but I always have the intention to do better at it, BUT then always fade away. NOT this year! One of my goals is to actually make blogging a habit, make social media a focus and really utilize my voice online. I know blogging maybe a thing of the past for some photographers, but who cares I'm going to do it anyways. Just like printing a photo, it's always great just to see my work out there and what better place then on my website/blog/instagram. I'm also going to start talking about my processes, how I edit, why I edit the way I do, the gear I use and why I use it along with random photos and stories. I will also be updating my personal journal right here on my website as well. I know that sounds like a lot and trust me this will be a hard habit to get into, but I have the will to do it, I NEED to share my knowledge, share my photos and why I do the things I do. However here is my disclaimer, I'm not a great writer, YET. I proof read, but sometimes I overlook things because I honestly believe I may have some kind of reading issue, but I have not been professionally tested to know for sure. So when time permits, my wife proof reads and corrects my mistakes, I feel like I'm 10 years old. Anyways.....I enjoy writing so I'm just going to go for it! 

So here we, I wanted to share a few photos from our holiday photo session, this year we did a little something different. I did an exchange with a fellow photographer and friend, last year I shot her family photo and this year when she approached me, I threw the idea over her way and there ya have it. Carrie is a rad baby and kid photographer based in Yorba Linda, you can check out her site HERE she was so great with our kids. We had such an awesome time, thank you Carrie we really love our photos!

Nerd stuff: 
Photos: By Carrie T Photography
Edit: I did a re-edit based on my new direction, I actually liked the originals and we used them for our holiday cards, but since I'm making a change over here I thought I would add the new style to our photos, sorry Carrie. The edit did not come out exactly as I wanted due to the fact I was editing an already edited JPEG file (not the RAW file). But it still came out pretty cool. I already have a planned post on my new editing style coming soon.

Just arrived // Rowan Grace Pellicer

I proudly introduce to you our newest addition, Rowan Grace. She was born on Feb. 2nd (yes, Groundhog Day) at 1:43. For those old schoolers out there, 143 is the code used for "I love you."  The moment she arrived, I was instantly IN LOVE with her, love at first site. It was so cute, when she came out she immediately let out this little cry that melted the whole room including Heather's doctor, Dr. Cough. 

I have to give it up to my wife, she absolutely kicked ass, I am so proud of her! I'm also so thankful and blessed she made the cutest little baby girl. Thanks my love, I am forever in your debt. You are amazing, I love you so much!

Here is a little summary about the day. We headed down to Saddleback Hospital at around 9ish, she was admitted in at 9:45. Upon arrival she was at 4cm and 100% effaced, once we were settled in and were waiting for the epidural, her water broke. When the Epidural finally arrived she was at 6cm. Since Heather's family was all down to support us and since it was going to take awhile we all left and got lunch at Ruby's across the street. About 45 mins after our return from lunch, Heather was like, "I think I need to start pushing." We told the RN and she confirmed she was at 10cm, and so it was on!!! Her Dr. arrived after about 10 hard pushes, she coached her for the next 30mins and BOOM, out came baby Rowan. The rest is history. She came out 19" long, 6 Ibs 5oz. and the cutest as could be. 

On a side note, about a month ago the family decided to put a little wager on when she will be born. The guess had to include date and time. Out of 14 people, the big winner just happened to be my son, Colton. His guess believe it or not was Feb 2nd at 2pm. WTF??? Just 17mins off. So yup he won the cash, BTW he's 3.5 years old. Oh and for those wondering her due date was Feb 12. So she was born 10 days early, my son was born 9 days early.

We will be adding newborn pics soon, but for now I love these shots. 

Photo by Sarah Fast (sis in law)

Photo by Sarah Fast (sis in law)

Jumping into the New Year

Happy New Year! I can't believe we are 14 days into the New Year already....SAY WHAT??? It's all good, I'm happy to report things are starting to line up and my game plan is coming together for the year. But before I get all down and dirty and talk about my changes and new plans, I just wanted to get my first blog post out for the year. So instead of talking about business, I just want to talk about family.

The end of last year was absolutely nuts for me, I honestly had about 3 or 4 days off of work total from the end of October to January 1st. I'm very thankful for being that busy, my body was a little beat up, but it really took a toll on my family life. I barely saw them, which not only sucked for them, but it really was hard on me not to be able to spend time with them. I absolutely LOVE my family time and so it was a huge sacrifice. Thankfully I have an understanding wife and son that support me and so it made it a little easier to get through. Tell ya what, I was stoked when January 2nd rolled around because I took some much needed time off. Yup I was checked out, mentally and physically from my business and it felt amazing! Although, not going to lie, it was a little hard to go from full on work mode to doing nothing, but luckily I survived LOL. No, but honestly, the beauty of it all was the time I got to spend with them each day, it was truly priceless. We are all in a happier place these days. Thanks babe for hanging in there! 

During that time off got me thinking....I really need to make more of an effort to devoting time for my family, we strayed from our dedicated family day towards the end of last year, so now I think it's time to start implementing that again. Come February we will are expecting our little girl to join the family, so having a schedule in place before she gets here will make things easier. One of my plans for this year is to bring on some help for my business, I mean for real this time. This should not only help run my business much more efficiently, but should allow time for me to hang with the fam, but more on this later.

I hope you are all off to an amazing 2016, take care and talk soon!

Here are some moments from our time at Boomers/mini golf on January 2nd.
(Taken with my Fuji X-T1 and 23mm, shot JPEG and no edits we were made at all)

Good Bye 2015 - Hello 2016

What a year it has been, I can't believe I will be completing my 6th year as a full time professional photographer and my 3rd year of going back on my own. I feel so blessed to be able to do what I do each and every day. This "job" has taken me to places I never thought possible, it has introduced me to a ton of awesome people and it has challenged me in so many ways with the highest of highs and lowest of lows. Running this business all on my own has taught me to be very resilient, to take challenges head on and at times to step out of my comfort zone.

This year was no different, I focused on learning, evolving and honing my skills not only with my camera, but with running my business. Overall, I feel that I was successful, was I perfect? NO WAY! Do I feel I have room to grow and get/be better? HELL YEAH! So ending this year on a positive note, I say, "Good Bye 2015 and Hello 2016!" BUT before I say my goodbyes, I want to gratefully say, THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart to all my clients, family and friends that have supported me not only this year, but throughout all my years in business, without you none of this would be possible. I want to specifically thank my own family for allowing me to chase this dream, to be away from you guys days on end is not easy I understand, so thank you for hanging in there and supporting me.

Like most of you, I too have goals for the new year, but no worries I'm not going to list them all out here. What I am going to mention is that I will be doing some serious changes over here, all of which was part of the learning and evolving processes I went through this past year. Some of the changes are going to be in the style I photograph weddings/portraits, how I use social media, how I run my business, the style of how I market my business and the big one hopefully bring on some hired help. My goal is to slowly introduce these changes right here on the blog and on my website. So please hang in there and stay tuned, I will have some down time in January so my hope is to blog a ton. 

Things on my blog list for January and February:
- Past weddings
- Past portraits
- Best of 2015 weddings, couple, families
- Commercial work
- Working with my new FujiFilm camera system
- My evolving business and the changes ahead

Here's to an amazing 2016, hope to see you out there and have a great year!

Business aside, the image below is what I am MOST thankful for, 2015 was a great year for my growing family. Come Feb.12th we will be welcoming a new addition to our little family, her name will be Rowan Grace.

Photo by Michelle Ford

Photo by Michelle Ford