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Be Featured: McKenzie Sacry of McKenzie Sacry Photography

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i lost my sweet biker mama bear just seven months ago. these kids were her whole world. they were the reason that she got out of bed each morning – the reason she fought SO hard to live. she loved them with her whole heart and she was NOT ready to leave them. even for a perfect heavenly home. a couple weeks ago i went to visit my mama and daddy’s grave. they lie side by side again. my dad passed away in 2008 and my mom in november, on my birthday, last year. yikes – last year. ouch. that seems so crazy to say. it feels like yesterday. emotions and grief and mourning are all still right here in my face – everyday. i never thought about it before – but when your parents are laid to rest there is a very small patch in between their graves. just a mere 12 inches. i laid on that patch, face up, staring at the sky, one hand resting on my dad’s grave and one hand resting on my mama bear’s still dirt rock pile. it hit me like a ton of bricks in that moment – this was the new “us.” we’d spent so many years, just the three of us, and this was the new normal. this is the new way, the only way, that we spend time together just the three of us. them down there and me alone, resting my hand on their graves. it hurts. i miss them so much. it’s so strange to be a mere 29 and an orphan. my kids are babies – and keeping my parents alive is a big job. they were so present in my everyday life – even as an adult – and now they are just gone. and my heart aches for them. and for my kids. mostly for my kids. i HATE that they won’t know how amazing they were. i HATE that my mama and daddy-o will miss their milestones, graduations, weddings – ugh. even just typing it brings that horrible cry lump to my throat and i’m trying to shove away the hot tears streaming down my face as i type this. it was also in that moment, lying on that strip of grass that this shoot came to life. i knew i wanted to honor my mom and dad in a way that was just beyond words. and i really feel like i’ve done it with this shoot. these bikes once belonged to my parents. my dad bought the orange bike (a 1200 sportster) and packed my mom all over the state of montana. until she realized she belonged on her own bike and was sick and tired of riding behind. so – my dad bought the silver bike (a wide glide) and my mom starting riding the orange one. they logged over 18,000 miles in two years. then, when my dad passed away, my mom gave the orange one to my husband and he’s been riding it since 2008. my mom rode my dad’s bike. and now that she’s gone – i ride it. and i love it. that feeling of getting your hair into the wind on a hot day – it’s incredible. the sound that only a Harley can produce, that warm sun shining on your face, the sound of the wind whipping around you… i’ve never felt closer to my ‘rents. and so – in tribute to my daddy-o and mama bear – i give you – my biker babies.

Photo credits: McKenzie Sacry

mckenzie sacryAugust 28, 2013 - 3:32 pm

thank you so much for sharing our story. i’m so happy and excited to have been chosen to be featured. thank you! <3


Be Featured: Carmen Strong of Carmen Garza Strong Photography

Carmen Garza Strong Photography | Facebook

I recently had the opportunity to photograph my first military homecoming. This session was special in many ways. I was working for my dear friend and fellow photographer Victoria Simmons ( Victoria Simmons Photography). The most special part was that Victoria’s husband had no idea that his little girl , Adalin, could walk yet. The joy and excitement I felt knowing that I was going to get to experience a family reuniting was amazing. Driving into Fort Stewart it was raining and I was terrified that my client wouldn’t get the beautiful sunny shots that she wanted. Once I arrived at Fort Stewart it was like I had entered a weather bubble. There was no more rain and it was sunny with clouds! I met Victoria and saw the excitement on her face! It was here! She was going to be able to hug her husband, to touch his face and hold him close. We anxiously waited for them to tell us that the buses were close. Then we heard it, the buses were 1 mile away! We ran to the median to watch the buses come in. She cheered and screamed and wondered if her husband could see her! Once they had passed we rushed to the field. The moment was here. The soldiers marched across the field and stood in formation for what I’m sure felt like an eternity. Then Victoria heard the words she had been waiting for ” Go congratulate these damn fine soldiers!” She cheered and screamed and held her sign high while we waited for her husband to come into clear view from the crowd of happy reunions. He ran over and picked up his baby girl, hugged his wife and held her. There family was whole again. I fought to hold back my own tears. I was so happy for them. Then Victoria put Adalin down and she walked to her daddy for the first time. The joy on her fathers face was a sight to see. I could not wait to get home to share these images with this family. The day was a challenge; the homecoming ceremony was at 3pm and the sun was very harsh. I learned that you never know what will happen at a homecoming and you have to be prepared for anything.

Equipment used: Nikon D60 with 50 mm f/1.8

Photo credits: Carmen Strong

DaveAugust 29, 2013 - 1:02 pm

Awesome photos and very emotional story


Your Photography Business on Paper



Y’all, I can’t even believe what I am about to say. This year’s planner sold out in RECORD time! I announced preorders for the planner on June 4. They were available for preorder until July 10. On August 9, I released them again for sale. And, they SOLD OUT by August 17!!!! I am floored & speechless. I never, ever imagined they would sell out so fast. THANK YOU!!!!


A few weeks ago, I wrote this blog post about leaving Girl hearts camera, and now that the planners have sold out, that transition will begin happening a little faster. Girl hearts camera was always meant to be an inspirational site that encourages and shows off the work of the photography community, not a site that is constantly trying to sell you a product (even if I happen to think the product is pretty awesome & helpful). I appreciate y’all being so supportive & loving my little dream for the planner as much as I do. This planner has certainly evolved from the first time I thought of this idea way back in the very beginning of 2012. Designing this year’s edition required a lot of soul searching, and I am so proud of this product that I personally created. I love that it’s original, that it’s my original idea with all of my original touches. Each & every detail was created & designed by me personally…that’s what makes it so incredible. When you use your planner, you’re not using a product that was created by a team of people each bringing their own thoughts & ideas to the table. Aside from Erica (love that girl!!), the only person I consulted when designing the planner was ME ♥ Having a product that is 100% entirely yours feels pretty darn amazing, especially with how fast it sold out. I know the planner isn’t perfect (I completely own all of the flaws), and I will continue to grow it & refine it. But the beauty is that it’s a dream I can constantly tweak and work within my own time frame, while enjoying every precious second I can with my family. I know I sound like a broken record, but your support means the world to me.


As I prepare to officially say goodbye to Girl hearts Camera, I would love for you to follow me to my new page that was created just for the planner & my custom design work. Over the next few months, I plan on adding some fun, free downloads to compliment your planner & workflow.

And, if you would like a peek into my life, I welcome you to follow me on instagram. (though, I’m really not that exciting & my life is far from charmed or perfect LOL)


I would also love to GIVE AWAY the final planner. That’s right, this is the ONLY planner left of this edition, and at this point I am not sure when the next release will be. I have already started working on a few changes, but at best I can estimate it will be at least after the holidays before a new edition is released. Between my custom design work and working on new Snapfish designs, I just won’t have the time to dedicate for the planner.


This giveaway is going to be pretty easy & straightforward. Simply make sure you ‘like’ Your Photography Business on Paper on Facebook, and then there is also a photo on the Your Photography Business on Paper’s facebook page that you can ‘like’ & ‘share’ for extra entries. (the photo on the facebook page is the one shown below)

And, that’s it. The giveaway ends on Thursday and the winner will be announced on Friday with their planner shipping on Saturday.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

LornaAugust 24, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Congrats Monica!

Miranda GlaeserAugust 21, 2013 - 10:14 pm

Done! Fingers crossed…

DeniseAugust 21, 2013 - 9:25 pm

Liked and shared. Going into business next month – this would be amazing to help me organize and plan:).

LoriAugust 21, 2013 - 5:48 pm

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Emilia V.August 21, 2013 - 5:44 pm
Amanda PAugust 21, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Liked and shared! Would love this!

Allie HickernellAugust 21, 2013 - 1:28 pm

Liked and Shared again! :)

SavannahAugust 20, 2013 - 6:34 pm

Liked and shared!

Allie HickernellAugust 20, 2013 - 3:48 pm

Liked and Shared! I just recently found out about your planners and I would love love love to have one! Of course, who wouldn’t? Since they’re already all sold out, it’s awesome that you’re giving this one away!

KristyAugust 20, 2013 - 3:12 pm

Second day of sharing the picture

LauraAugust 20, 2013 - 10:50 am

I liked and shared the photo on Facebook! Thank you for hosting this giveaway!

brendaAugust 20, 2013 - 10:46 am

Liked and shared. Would love to win this!

Jennifer BlakeAugust 20, 2013 - 10:30 am

I liked and shared the giveaway! Thanks for the giveaway, I’d LOVE to win!

Jamie DeatonAugust 19, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Liked and shared! I was just about to buy a planner today and saw that they were all gone. Bummer. Maybe I’ll get lucky, though! Good luck, ya’ll!

Kristy MatternAugust 19, 2013 - 2:02 pm

Liked and shared! Thank you so much for the chance to win! It is incredibly generous of you and super exciting!

kristenAugust 19, 2013 - 11:12 am

Love your planners! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

leannAugust 19, 2013 - 11:03 am

Thanks so much for this last chance:)

Victoria HershmanAugust 19, 2013 - 10:58 am

You are awesome. Always.

Charis-AnneAugust 19, 2013 - 10:27 am

Thank you for the opportunity! I shared and will everyday! <3

SteviAugust 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

I shared on my photography facebook page (! I would absolutely love to win a planner, they look so cool and helpful!

Heidi HeaphyAugust 19, 2013 - 10:10 am

Liked and shared, and would love to win! Thanks so much!

Terri BryantAugust 19, 2013 - 10:09 am

Thanks so much for the wonderful giveaway! I “liked” and “shared” on my business page –


Tara ReinersAugust 19, 2013 - 10:09 am

Liked and Shared! Thanks for the opportunity- loved last years!

Monica ReynoldsAugust 19, 2013 - 10:09 am

Liked and shared and really, who doesn’t want to win?!


Be Featured: Lindsey Riley of Elle Riley Photography

Elle Riley Photography | Facebook

This session was very special to me and my favorite to date. The most inspirational by far. The day of the shoot was Crystal’s 30th birthday . Her and her husband wanted to celebrate her life and not the fact they shaved their heads and that she is fighting stage 2 breast cancer.They are beautiful souls and I know she is a fighter and will beat this. She is the most positive person I have ever met and a true inspiration to everyone . I have learned to love life and to not assume amazing photographs cannot come from something negative. She even wrote me a note thanking me for making her cancer beautiful I am still in tears from that!

Equipment used: I used a Nikon d800 50mm1.4 , 105mm, 24 to 70 mm 2.8

Photo credits: Lindsey Riley