• Like us on Facebook

  • "And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all
    that you need, you will abound in every good work."
    2 Corinthians 9:8

I’m honestly not sure if I should post this because I may be overstepping some type of line on what I should share and what I should not share.  I’ve been feeling really discouraged lately about this business and this industry.  I’ve read a lot of comments recently about the cost of professional photography…comments from real people, not buzz feed articles, ha.  I’ve found it to be super discouraging, because I get this feeling that people think we are greedy or wow, they must be rolling in it.  Here is the truth though…We are not rich.  Not by a long shot.  We have REALLY been struggling the last two months.  And it is tough.  Sometimes the battle is with our own pride, but lately, it has been a financial battle.  So with all that said, we have been praying really hard for direction.  It is a not secret that we struggle to keep up with our lives and our business.  We both homeschool.  I have four kids at home.  Sarah now has three.  Life is crazy and tough sometimes. And we wonder, we seriously, seriously, wonder if this business is where God really wants us.  Wouldn’t we be able to better serve the Lord, and our kids, and our husbands, and our homes if we didn’t have this business?  Then the next day we meet some awesome, new family or photograph some sweet, new baby, and we push those thoughts away and roll on with this business that we really do love.  And this is our cycle of life.  Up and down and up and down and up and down.  My preacher recently preached on Psalm 5.  In short, what I took from it was his summary of the passage with, “Lord, hear me.  Lord, lead me.  Lord, protect me.”  And y’all, that is what I’ve been praying.  “Lord, hear my prayers of concern.  Lord, lead me where YOU want me to be.  Lord, protect me from the desires of my OWN heart and make me see past them to where YOU would have me to go.”   I know you are reading this and thinking, “TTF is about to shutdown…this is the announcement!”  No, it isn’t, ha.  With all the financial concern we’ve had lately, I’ve ran the numbers.  I’ve looked at our statements.  I’ve budgeted and figured out what we have to have to stay in business.  I almost blogged the numbers, but I thought I would try not to overstep my boundaries, too much.  But its a pretty good chunk for us to keep the doors open every month, and I’m not even talking about us getting paid.  I’m just talking about breaking even…getting the bills and taxes paid and staying legit.  Well, this morning, on next to the last day of the month, we were a few hundred shy of meeting that number…the breaking even number.  The we aren’t getting paid, but we are gonna break even number… and to top that off, satan attacked us today.  In the mail was an IRS audit verdict.  Something that was filed incorrectly in 2011 came back to bite us in the rear end, and we found out that we owe some dollars to them.  That came in the mail TODAY, and do you know when it is due?  Monday.  Yes, Monday.  But guess what else happened today?  I got a text this morning that due to some unforeseen circumstances, a wedding photographer had to back out of shooting a wedding and a replacement was needed at 3 p.m….today…TODAY.   So, I got to go shoot a small and lovely wedding this afternoon…and that met our needs.  I mean, something we were not counting on saved us from panic attacks and from the IRS.  And that right there, is what I hear the Lord saying to me today.  YOU, child, will NOT go hungry.  YOU, child, have to put your trust in ME.  I still don’t know if that means you need to trust me and know that if you shut this business down that I’m going to take care of your family, or you need to quit worrying so much and know that I’m not letting this business go under and will always meet the needs for it.  BUT, what I DO know is that our good and gracious God hears our prayers, and though we are completely, COMPLETELY, undeserving of it, HE cares! And I’m so, so, so thankful for that.  I just wanted to give Him the glory for today. 

Now I’m tired, and I have another wedding tomorrow.  I’m off to rest up for that, but I promise to answer messages and emails on Monday.  :)

We love seniors!   2015 holds so many changes, especially for our seniors.

The first thing is, we are starting a rep program, which is really going to be SO much more than just a rep program.  You can find out more about that here.

Second, we are going back to traditional session fees for our seniors.  We will be offering two options…

Option one :

$100

Up to two hours

3 outfits

$35 per additional outfit

 

Option two:

$165

Include professional hair and makeup

Up to two hours

3 outfits

$35 per additional outfit

 

That leads me to number 3… did you read that?  PROFESSIONAL HAIR AND MAKEUP!?  We are so excited to be able to offer this service to our senior girls!

And meet the new TTF hair and makeup extraordinaire…Mrs. Kellee Price!   Kellee has been beautifying folks since 2008.  She loves God, her hubby, Brad, and animals, especially her dog Madden.  She is precious and loves getting to know and chatting with people.  We are so happy to be adopting her into our TTF family.   When she isn’t doing her magic at TTF, Kellee can be found at Serendipity by Valerie in Columbus.   Kellee can be reached at 662.552.3296 or at the salon at 662.245.1050.

blgwmH42A0674

 

 

 

 

 

DEADLINE TO APPLY :  March 2nd, 2015

We are SO excited to announce we are starting a senior rep program this year!  If you are a current junior and want to learn more about this awesome opportunity to be part of our team, to earn amazing rewards, get exclusive invitations to TTF events, and be a voice for what seniors want from their senior photographs, experience, and what products you want to see offered, then read below to learn more.

 

What does being on the TTF Senior Team mean for me?

Being on the TTF Senior Team means you are representing and promoting Twice The Focus Photography.  All you have to do is show off your senior session images to your friends!  We will supply you with digital referral cards and social media images to share.  You will also be our senior panel when we need opinions on new ideas and products we are thinking of adding to our senior menu.  That’s it!  And guess what?  You can earn amazing rewards JUST by sharing your photos!

 

Do I have to pay the regular senior session fee?

Yes, however, you can earn the session fee back as a print credit!   PLUS, you get an exclusive invitation to our FREE spokesmodel shoot, which includes free professional hair and makeup!  This session is for all our team members.  Group shots AND individual shots are included.  This session has to be completed the Spring semester of your Junior year.  The spokesmodel shoot is separate from your actual senior session and is used for your promotional images.  We will be hosting exclusive events for our team members, which will be for fun and not a requirement that you attend, but we hope you do.  We may even have a beach trip in the works for those who can attend!  A personalized swag bag is given out to each senior chosen to be on the team.

 

What is required of me?

Being a fun and outgoing senior who loves to be photographed.

Representing Twice The Focus Photography exclusively throughout the 2015-2016 school year.

Posting and sharing your images on social media.

Posting, tagging, and referring any seniors you think would be interested in a senior session with us.

 

Didn’t you say something about rewards??

Sure did!

Each time a senior mentions your name while reserving their session, you will get $25 CASH after the completion of their session.

On your 3rd booked referral we will credit your session fee back to you to spend on prints and products.

On your 5th booked referral you can choose between a BFF mini shoot with 1 to 3 friends of your choice or a $100 prepaid visa gift card.

On your 10th booked referral you get an Apple iPad mini.  Yes…an APPLE IPAD MINI!

If you are the team member with the highest number of referrals, you are in for an awesome reward!

How do I sign up?

If you are interested in learning how to become part of the team, please email us at twicethefocus@hotmail.com or through our contact form at the top.   We will send more info and an application for you and your parent or legal guardian to review and fill out.

 

 

 

 

 

Y’all…if you haven’t signed up for the TTF newsletter, you need to read this!  (If you are already signed up, just complete the other two steps.)

 Just make sure you complete all three rafflecopter steps by following the instructions and clicking the verification buttons, such as, “I visited” so the next step becomes available to you.  That is all you have to do to be entered!

Signing up for the newsletter doesn’t have a timestamp on it, but the sooner you sign up the better!  On Friday, February 13th, we will draw a random winner from our list of new subscribers… for a $25 gift card to a local boutique + a $25 print credit from TTF + a free minisession to your choice of any one of our 2015 TTF minisessions.   Be sure you follow the contest rules below and if we get more subscribers, we will give away more, so let your friends know about this contest!  For every 100 subsribers (over the first 100) we will give away another $25 TTF gift certificate.  For example, if we get 400 subscribers, we will give away the original grand prize, plus three $25 TTF gift certificates.

This newsletter will be filled with all kinds of info you will want to know about, but we have so many plans for 2015 that we are just having to try to stay laser focused on one thing at a time.  The first thing is SENIORS.  BIG changes are coming for seniors…changes you will love!  SO, if you know high school seniors but ESPECIALLY if you know current juniors or parents with high school students, make sure they know about this contest AND our newsletter.  They will NOT want to miss our first newsletter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway