Thursday, March 1, 2012

Everything Happens for a Reason

So I have been crocheting for 2 months now. It seems like longer than that with all of the hats I've done. But I am really enjoying it! It all started with Pinterest and seeing a crocheted baby beanie that I pinned. I thought it would look cute on my Maddy. One minor detail I was forgetting was the actual knowledge of HOW to crochet. So I decided to turn to the ULTIMATE teacher: YouTube. BINGO! I watched a couple of videos and BAM I figured it out. I guess you could call me a fast learner. 

So now after 2 months I've sold almost all of the hats that I have made. And I don't even live in a cold city. Not too shabby! So a girl in my mom's group contacted me who is a part time photographer and that's where it really began to snowball. She asked if I would make her some props in exchange for the images. I said sure - it beats a blurry cell phone picture. So I made a couple and she has used them. Then she told me that I could do well with my hats by contacting other newborn photographers and selling my hats to them. Honestly, even after I made her the hats that thought hadn't crossed my mind. So I definitely have to give props to Noelle and I can vouch for her since the pictures below came out great. Go check her out Noelle MacGregor Photography 

Look at those sweet faces. I'm telling you, you add a baby to something and it takes it to a whole new level. Thanks again Noelle!! I appreciate the tip.

So with her helpful tip I basically started searching the Internet for "Houston Newborn Photographers". A whole mess of them came up. Who knew there were so many?? I wish I had known when my babies were little. I would love to have had some awesome pictures like these. My husband and I are horrible picture takers. I can't tell you how many trips we've gone on only to come home with pictures of the scenery. There's really no proof we were there. You would think we are trying to hide from the government by not being photographed. I assure you we're not. All of that stuff got cleared up and we are off their radar as of today. Woo hoo!!

So with all of the photographers I was bound to get ONE interested, right?? Well in fact I have about 4 that are interested! I got responses back and they are happy to find someone local instead of having to pay for shipping and wait a long time. So one photographer has already given me 6 hats to make and I couldn't be happier about that. The other photographer I just met with last night. Her name is Alisa Murray and she's fantastic. I met her at her home, which is exquisite to say the least, and she welcomed me with open arms....LITERALLY. She's a hugger! She's great, super easy to get along with and definitely has that Paula Dean southern belle twang going on. Anyway, we sat and chatted for about an hour and just went over what she wants from me and what I want from her. I ACTUALLY stopped her mid-conversation at one point and asked her "Why are you so willing to help me? You're so established and busy. I don't get it." Her response? "That's just who I am".

She's too good to be true. She shoots the covers of 10 different local magazines a month and she's booked a year in advance. This is definitely the right person to be in touch with. The best part?? I know you thought all of that was the best part....I did first. She wants me to do EXCLUSIVE items just for her use. She has no problem with pushing my normal hats to her clients. Her exact words were "I can sell these all day to my clients" Ok, Alisa go right ahead!!! But she really wants for us to work together and come up with really awesome props that you can't find anywhere else. I am so excited for that challenge. I couldn't ask for anything more - except maybe to move into her awesome house!!! I'll talk to her about that and see what I can do. 

Since her clients are high end they (and she) want that "IT factor" with their photos and I think we are just the right team to make it happen!! This is so much more than I had bargained for 2 months ago while browsing Pinterest. I didn't, but I am sure glad it did. I will keep you guys updated on how it's going.