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Amanda and Ryan are getting married this summer and they couldn’t be any cuter or nicer.  Seriously, they are some of the sweetest people I have ever met.  We went out to Amanda’s uncle’s property near Roberts, Montana for their engagement session with their puppy.  It was beautiful, especially with all of the fall foliage.  They were up for anything during our session; swinging, jumping, dancing!  Such good sports :).  The loves of their life include their dog, the outdoors, and running.

Hey everyone!  I haven’t been able to blog since August if that gives you an indication of how busy I have been (prepare yourself, that means I will be blogging like a mad women soon, trying to catch up).  This past year of business has been wonderful AND overwhelming at times.  After much deliberation, I knew it was time for a change.  So I decided to take the plunge and open up my own studio, hire an assistant, and go for it!  What does this mean for my business?  It means that I have my very own office that is clean and fully supplied with all the pens my little heart desires (love my kids, but they would steal every single pen I had at my home office… it’s the little things :)), a space to shoot, a space to meet with my clients, and a space to work with the best assistant in the world :).  Also I can finally breathe, I won’t lose any more sleep wondering how I will get everything done!  It also means that having my assistant help me will free up my time to shoot more.  My passion will always be weddings, but now with my space and extra time I will be taking on other types of sessions too.  So don’t be afraid to ask.  We moved in the beginning of this month, set up shop (lots of antiquing and furniture shopping, YAY!) and this past weekend I had my first family shoot in the studio.  It was a lot of fun and I look forward to the other sessions we have coming up :  maternity, newborns, and boudoir (ooooo, la, la! – perfect Valentine’s gift).  So if you are looking to book please contact me at mirandamurdockphotography.com/698.7152 or Allison at amkazmierski@gmail.com/671.4661.

So are you asking, “Who the heck is Allison?”.  Well, how do I sum up Allison?  Allison Kazmierski is funny, kindhearted, a free spirit, and an amazing dancer, and talented photographer + graphic artist (she also has her own business).  Allison usually second shoots my weddings with me when she can and last year she also designed my new logo.  She has been such a help and huge blessing to me and I am soooo excited and happy to have her on board.  You all need to check out here work here too : http://www.krop.com/amclean/#/.

Here she is doing her bestest to help tame some bridesmaids dresses, as you can see here, always a joy to work with!

And throwback to our trip to California this passed summer shooting a wedding:

And here we are having fun, like always :

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We are really excited to share our new space with you and as we are busy planning an open house, we thought we would give you a little sneak.  We are located at 2702 Montana Ave. in the Oliver Building (where Anytime Fitness is located).  We are on the second floor, Suite 203 and we are by appointment only.  Thanks for all of your support over the passed 4 years and I look forward to seeing you at our new location!!!!

And special thanks to:  Miss Mikayla Kovash http://www.metrorealtorspc.com/agent/mikayla-kovash/(amazing friend and excellent realtor:)) for helping me find my space and for helping me roll out some paint!  Sam Kazmierski, owner at Steadfast Builders, for his expertise and mad painting skills, Allison for a gazillion things, and to my hubby, Chris for his support, his muscles for moving, and his attention to detail while putting together furniture:).

So as I sit staring at my computer trying to edit holding my 3 month old in my arms, I just have to spill my guts… I am tired.  I am tired of not having enough hours in the day to get everything done in life that I think I need to accomplish.  I am tired of choosing work over my kids, and housekeeping over my work, and working out over my housekeeping, and everything over spending time with my husband… and the circle goes round and round!  Oh and I do love sleep too, which is trumped by everything else as well.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, I love my kids, I don’t love housekeeping, but I love having a clean and organized household, I hate working out, but I love losing this baby weight, and I love my hubby, but what I don’t love is constantly choosing one thing over the next.  I want to find balance in my life!  Anybody else feel the same way?!

I have always been a busy bee, putting way too much on my plate and then challenging myself to be good at everything.  In high school I played three sports, in college I couldn’t play just one, I had to do 2, all while juggling home and school.  When I became a mom I decided to stay home with my babies, but I would always do something outside of the home as well.  Whether it be coaching high school sports or teaching fitness classes (my degree is in exercise science).  Heck, I can remember when I coached softball with my good friend Lisa and in-between innings I would have to sit in the dug out and pump (pump what?  you who aren’t mommies may ask. my babies nursed… off of me – google it ;)).  As long as I can remember I have always done two things at once (that’s what she said, SORRY, I couldn’t resist!).

Well, now I have 4 kids, a hubby, and a business and within that business I thought that I could do everything.  Although I enjoy photographing high school seniors, newborns, families, maternity, boudoir & weddings (man, I just get exhausted listing all those categories), there is only one that I can say that I truly love, love, love  and that is weddings.   Trust me, I thank God every day that my business has really taken off and that I have been consistently booked up for the past year.  But in the past year I have moved and had a baby.  I have lived in this house for almost 6 months and I have no pictures or paint on my walls and my so-called maternity leave never happened.  My house is messy, I am tired, and I am fat… plain and simple, I will be burnt out soon if I don’t change.  I love photography and I have decided to focus only on Engagements and Weddings (and a side of boudoir for my brides).   I will have lots of changes taking place in the next few months: rebranding, new blog, new website… OY VEY!  I know it sounds like a lot of work and it will be, but in the long run I will be happier and more importantly I will be able to give my brides & grooms the time they deserve, my family more time and possibly even start hanging out with friends again (I’ll keep holding my breath for that one and so should you).  Oh and maybe even myself some me time.

So I know some of you have gift certificates and some of you are already booked with me and you are freaking out a little, but don’t worry.  To my clients that I am already committed to I’m not going to break up with you ;).  I just won’t be taking on any new clientele that doesn’t fall into my  specialty.  Trust me, this hasn’t been an easy decision, but I am so ready for the change!  And to any new clients that are looking for a photographer, I know a few great ones and I would love to pass on their info.  Don’t ever be afraid to ask.

My friends always ask me how I do it all, well, I don’t and I won’t try any more.  I LOVE weddings and this will be my focus :).  And you will see why in the months to come.  Thanks for listening.  I encourage you to make a change in your life if you are feeling overwhelmed.  I know it is hard, but we can do it together!

:)Miranda

When Kelly approached me to take pictures of her for her new website, I was thrilled!  She is from Billings, but now resides in Midland Texas where she is getting ready to open a piano studio where she can teach others.  I am so excited for her!  I got to photograph her at her old stomping grounds at Cecile Hall located at MSUB.  I made her play for over a half hour while I snapped pictures of her (ok, maybe I got what I needed 10 mins. into the shoot, but I wanted to hear her keep playing :)).  She is amazingly talented, she played without any sheet music and it was all beautiful.  I told her that it was quite inspiring creatively to take pictures of her while she was playing.  Now if she could only strap a keyboard to her neck and follow me on every shoot :).  Kelly is smart, talented, and as you can see gorgeous.  All that and she is still one of the nicest people you will ever meet.  Good luck Kelly on your new adventure, I know that you will do great!