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life-altering software for photographers {IRIS Works}

Any of you who know me-know I absolutely love people.  And-one of my favorite things about being a photographer is the amazing people I have met doing this job.

Meredith, the creator of  iris Works, has been my partner in crime, my confidant, my second-shooter, my cheerleader, my listening ear, my dependable secondary viewpoint, and my constant business advisor since I began this whole journey.  She is absolutely one of the most amazing women I have ever known-and what she has created in IRIS Works has absolutely BLOWN me out of the water!!!!indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0523indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0521

Ok-so I already said if you know me you know I love people…and if you REALLY know me…you know that organization and the timely fashion of checking tasks off a “to-do” lists are just not my thing…as much as I sooo wish they were!;)

Since starting my photography business the one thing I have learned is that there is not one single program out there designed for the portrait photographers of the world. Yes-if you are strictly a wedding photographer-you have probably invested large amounts of money in some sort of software that promises to organize your life, and even larger amounts of time navigating said software.  All of which has most likely left you extremely underwhelmed.indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0515

Enter  iris Works.  IRIS Works was created FOR photographers, BY an actual photographer.  The features within the program blow me away.  IRIS has everything from workflow management to automated messaging with invoicing, client galleries, and document managing all IN THE SAME PLACE.

For those of us who loooooove photography-the actual creative process that goes into a shoot before, during, and after…we probably have a love/hate relationship with everything else that goes into running our business.  Keeping up with emails, finances, and so much more takes away from what we actually love.  IRIS Works is sure to free up soooo much time for us passionate photographers to get back to why we started this whole ‘owning our own business’ in the first place.  To simply enjoy the art that is photography.indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0513indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0517indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0512

To know that while I am busy planning a session for my clients, interacting with them during the shoot, and post processing their images; IRIS is busy sending out questionnaires to new clients, reminder emails about each shoot on the calendar, the thank you emails I always mean to send out right after a shoot (that I never seem to remember to do-or sneak up to my computer to do), invoicing clients, tracking new leads from potential clients, AND keeping a daily/weekly/monthly “to-do” list active for me based on MY personal workflow for each type of session…well that is just HUGE!!!!!!!

I have noooooo words for how estatic I am to start using iris Works and all of its’ incredible features to run my business so much better.  I have no doubt that it will save me time and tears and allow me SO many more meaningful hours to do what I truly feel inspired by…capture beautiful images for amazing people.indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0514indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0516indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0518indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_irisworks_applesandhoneyphotography_0520

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welcome to the world {dawson’s birth}

danielle and i met a few years ago when our kids started a “mom’s day out” program together.  i watched her go from two little ones, to three little ones, to three littles with a forth on the way.  i loved our little chats in the halls and they became more frequent this year when grady (her oldest) declared his love for my hallie!;)

i have photographed so many amazing things over the last few years.  however, i had never photographed a birth until last month.  danielle had asked me if there was any chance i would consider photographing the arrival of their 4th baby.  of course i said YES…while secretly being slightly terrified.  i know that i have given birth twice…but witnessing a birth, i could only imagine, was a whole other story!

the week leading up to damson’s arrival danielle and i texted a lot…she thought he may even come early-so i was *ready* a couple times!;) when i received the actual “come to the hospital” text i was SO excited!!!  danielle and kevin were both so calm and relaxed.  once the pushing began it all seemed to go pretty quick and seamlessly (remember i was an outsider this time…not the one giving birth);) and just like that-their 4th baby; 3rd boy…came into this world.

as calm as mom and dad were…i was a different story…my whole body was shaking and i was crying.  i literally told danielle when i left that i wasn’t even sure if i got one picture through my tears!;) but indeed…i did…and i love them.

this whole experience was just amazing.  God is SOOO present in moments like these.  i feel sooo blessed and sooo honored to witness such a miracle.  so danielle & kevin…thank you so much for allowing me this wonderful experience.  dawson is perfect and i hope life as a family of six is just the best! xoindianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0557indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0558indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0559indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0560indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0561indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0563indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0564indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0565indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0566indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0567indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0568indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0569indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0570indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0571indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0572indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0573indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0574indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0575indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0576indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0577indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0578indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0579indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0580indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0581indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0582indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0583indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0584indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0585indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0586indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0587indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0588indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0589indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0590indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0591indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0592indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0593indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0594indianapolis_zionsville_photographer_birth_newborn_applesandhoneyphotography_0595

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an explosion of color & love {parker’s newborn session}

I absolutely love walking into the home of a new client and just knowing that everything is a perfect fit.  Photographing this family made my heart smile.

When Andrea contacted me she knew that she wanted a lifestyle photo shoot in her home.  And for me…lifestyle shoots don’t get much better than this.  There were SO many beautifully, unprompted, sweet glances of love exchanged between Andrea & Rob…and between the both of them and their precious newborn baby girl.  I could not stop taking pictures.  It was beyond an honor to watch them sink so easily into their roles as new parents and just simply soak in every single ounce of their beautiful baby girl.

Andrea & Rob-I adored meeting your family and documenting such a special time for you!!!  Enjoy this post of some of my favorites from your session!!! xoindianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0482indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0477indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0478indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0479indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0480indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0481indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0483indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0484indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0485indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0486indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0487indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0488indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0489indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0490indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0491indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0492indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0493indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0494indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0495indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0496indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0497indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0498indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0499indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0500indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0501indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0502indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0503indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0504indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0505indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0506indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0507indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0508indianapolis_zionsville_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0509

 

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smiles + stripes {everett 6 months}

This face.  I mean seriously.  HE. IS. THE. CUTEST.

It always amazes me how many changes happen within that first year of a little one’s life.  And there is just something about the 6-10 month stage that I can not get enough of.  Everett just reminded me of exactly why!!!  His sweet innocent face, his infectious little smile, his observant deep brown eyes, his teeny tiny hands-grabbing his squishy little feet.  I could go on and on!!  Ashley & Andrew…it was SUCH a pleasure to meet your adorable family and capture this super special time for the three of you!!!  Everett could not be any cuter and I am SO excited to see you guys again this summer when he turns ONE!!!:)

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the perfect tree {hill family}

This family.  I love them.  They live 3 houses down and God knew that I needed someone just like Emily in my life.  She is so incredibly kind and so very very real.  She has absolutely saved me loads of money on therapy-and our conversations about anything and everything always fill my heart to the brim.  I have photographed this sweet family before…and told their story-which is still one of my all time favorites…so they make look familiar to some of you.  If not, be sure to look back at this post to read more.

Hallie (my sweet one) and I followed Emily, Nick, and their beautiful little ones; Claire and Audra around Dull’s Tree Farm one chilly December afternoon.  The goal of this shoot was to simply document a special time for a special family.  I wasn’t shouting orders…or placing people in the perfect spot.  Overall, I just followed them around and snapped away.  To an extent-it is different then the way I am used to shooting…and sometimes stepping back and not having “control” over a family is just what I need.

Emily & Nick-I love you guys and I adore these pictures of your family!!!  I hope you do as well!!:)xoindianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0437indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0438indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0439indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0440indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0441indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0442indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0443indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0444indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0445indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0446indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0447indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0448indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0449indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0450indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0451indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0458indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0452indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0453indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0454indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0455indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0456indianapolis_zionsville_fishers_newborn_lifestyle_photographer_applesandhoneyphotography_0457

Katha Dulhanty - January 21, 2015 - 11:06 am

loved seeing the family photos at the Dull farm!