it’s time to grow up

Growing up into “adulting” is tough stuff!

SMP business brand

Graduating from high school and deciding what to study for a profession is a grown-up thing to do {I’m on my third big girl decision}.

Getting your college degree or starting your own business is definitely a grown-up choice.

It’s hard to believe that some of my first high school seniors have + are graduating from college or out in the world making big grown-up decisions.

Some of your choices were easy. “Do I run to Chipotle for dinner or tear open that mac-n-cheese box in my cabinet?” While some have been tough – “Should I take that internship with XYZ or go to summer school to graduate sooner?”

One choice might cost you $9 {but Chipotle guacamole is awesome, so maybe $11}, and the other could be thousands.

Back in January, I needed to make a decision – one I’d been putting off for the last six months…”Should I add this line into my tiny business, or stay where I’m at?”

Most times I choose to say I’m a “tiny” versus a “small” business, because it’s a one-woman show over here. Adding in another piece to my business is a BIG GROWN-UP DECISION.

How do I grow with the high school senior photography I love + continue to serve longtime clients in the future? How can I balance all the tasks involved with my business AND not lose family time?

After months of researching, planning, and organizing, it’s about to happen…Coming soon, SMP is growing up!

This internet thing seems to be sticking around, and the buzz words of influencer + branding are everywhere, alongside the growing group of entrepreneurs. It’s a new way to market, where small businesses can compete right up there with big businesses.

It levels the playing field for all of us!

If you know how to do it right.

I’ve always loved small groups or one-on-one interactions in my business. I’m drawn to the conversations, different personalities + their stories.

Let me draw you a picture of what I mean…

We go clothes shopping for different reasons.

Scenario 1:: You run into Target for a quick outfit to wear to that BBQ you forget about after work. No help on what to buy, you just grab an outfit that’ll work. Pay. 💰 Leave. 🚗

Scenario 2:: You wanna create a sparkling outfit for a party, girls’ night out, or date night. For that outfit, you beeline to your favorite boutique where you get individual attention. They help you design a stunning outfit because they have a passion for it. They LOVE creating outfits JUST FOR YOU!

I’ve shopped both ways, but there’s no question – I love + wear the outfits most often that I bought from the boutique.

So it’s no surprise that I’ve designed my photography business around that small personalized boutique model.

It’s feels more individual and one-on-one for me.

SMP senior photography is one-on-one, tailored attention. My new business piece will help add another chapter to your story after the high school years and guide you through branding yourself + your business through story. I’ve been branding my business for years, and now, through my photography, I want to help you do the same.

I’m finishing up the details of my Personal Brand Story Sessions.

Whether we run our business full-time, part-time or 3/4-time, having a resource to help you keep moving forward + present professional images to tell a curated business story is invaluable in our fast-paced marketing world.

Branding is a creative art.

Branding your business mixes the palate of you + your business with your unique twist on the product or service you offer.


The first round of SMP Personal Brand Photography is rolling out in July. More SPARKLE coming soon!

So for now, you can get on the SMP Brand List so you don’t miss

one. single. detail.

Cheers & and Whole Lotta Sparkle to your day!


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