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Big Changes

I’ve been trying to write this blog post all day, and I just can’t seem to find the right words to express everything I wish to say. Let me start by saying I’m extremely happy and grateful right now. It’s been a rough (almost) 4 years since moving across the country to North Carolina. I’ve spent a lot of time wondering exactly why we were supposed to move here, and as much as I’ve wanted to move back home several times over the last few years, we’ve had the overwhelming feeling that we’re supposed to be in NC. But things have really come together in the last couple of weeks, and North Carolina is finally starting to feel like home.:)

Since moving here, I’ve poured an awful lot of my time, heart, and effort into building Shadeleaf Studios. I’ve met some truly lovely families and built so many great relationships with clients whom I now consider friends. However, in spite of all that work, I just haven’t quite been able to get my business to where it needs to be to help provide for my family…

I’ve been offered the opportunity to work as a senior associate photographer for a local studio that I have admired for YEARS, and I’ve decided to accept the position. As of today, Shadeleaf Studios will no longer be accepting new sessions, and I will be the newest senior associate photographer at Tamara Lackey Photography.

Tamara’s studio is amazing, and her philosophies about customer service and the “experience” of having a portrait created are true to my heart. I really feel like the move to Tamara Lackey Photography is the best thing I can do for my family and for my career as a photographer.

I’m SO incredibly grateful for the amazing families who have chosen me as their photographer over the last 4 years, and I would love to continue working with all of you. The next time you’d like to schedule a session, you can find me over at Tamara Lackey Photography – give us a call, and Sarah, our fabulous studio manager will schedule your next session with me.

Those of you who have already scheduled a session with Shadeleaf Studios, don’t worry. I’ll still be honoring your sessions as well as the print and digital file prices that were in effect with Shadeleaf Studios at the time your session was scheduled. The same thing applies for my 2012 SpokesMamas – I would still LOVE to work with all of you. The only difference will be that your SpokesMama cards and your mini brag books will say “Shallyse Gastelum for Tamara Lackey Photography” rather than Shadeleaf Studios.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via phone or email. And if you’d like to schedule a session with me in the future, I would absolutely love the opportunity to work with you again.

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Vintage Lucy’s | Durham, NC Child Photographer

I had SO much fun styling these two photo sessions for one of my favorite clothing lines, Vintage Lucy’s. If you want something fun, colorful, and retro-inspired for your child’s next portrait session, be sure to check them out online. They offer adorable handmade printed t-shirts, dresses, and onesies. The printing is vibrant and doesn’t fade in the wash, and the shirts are well-made and will stand the test of time.

This little Kewpie Dog shirt was perfect for a red and black themed photo session. I’ve wanted to do a session featuring balloons for a long time, and this shirt was just the inspiration I needed.

I absolutely LOVE this clover shirt. My little redheaded girl is OBSESSED with hearts and rainbows. Clovers remind me of leprechauns, and we all know that leprechauns hide their gold at the end of the rainbow. It was so much fun to create this backdrop and style her outfit for a rainbow-themed photo session. I think some of these will probably be featured on her birthday invitation.;)

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Outdoor Maternity Portraits | Durham, NC Maternity Photographer

Andrea reserved my Belly to Baby collection, and when we discussed the location for her maternity session, we discovered that we live within a couple miles of each other. She mentioned a location right down the road that I had never seen, so I headed over there a couple days before our session to do some location scouting. I fell in love with the location right away! It’s a hidden little gem practically within walking distance of my house! I just love the beautiful tall grass and the way the sunset glows behind the tree line!

This session is actually from last autumn – I’m still playing a little bit of catch-up after falling behind on blogging during the busy holiday season. Andrea’s in-laws live in South America and don’t get to experience the change of seasons like we do here in North Carolina. She wanted to make sure that we captured some of the beautiful fall colors during her maternity session, so we began the session at a local park near our homes where the trees had begun to change color.

If you are looking for a Durham, NC maternity photographer or a newborn photographer in Raleigh, NC please visit Shadeleaf Studios at www.shadeleafstudios.com for more information about scheduling a portrait session. Shallyse Gastelum is a professional photographer with over 9 years of experience. Shallyse has two conveniently-located studio spaces – one in Durham, NC and the other located inside Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique in Cary, NC. In addition to standard sessions, Shadeleaf Studios also offers a Belly to Baby (maternity and newborn) collection, as well as a Milestones (Baby’s First Year) portrait collection. Shallyse’s portrait specialties include maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography, child photography, family photography, and high school senior photography both in studio and on location. Shadeleaf Studios offers portrait sessions in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Wake Forest, and surrounding areas.

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Pretty in Pink | Raleigh North Hills Newborn Photographer

This sweet family reserved my Belly to Baby Collection, so I first met them when the beautiful Miss “A” was still a bun in the oven. You can see their maternity session here.

Miss “A’s” mama and daddy requested an in-home newborn session, so I brought a selection of baskets, blankets, wraps, and my trusty ol’ beanbag to their cute apartment in North Hills. Their breakfast bar made the perfect backdrop stand, and “A’s” daddy did a fantastic job holding my light and softbox since I accidentally left my light stand at home. He was an amazing sport about the whole thing, and I think he got a pretty fantastic arm workout out of the deal.;)

Sweet baby “A” was such a good sleeper. She slept beautifully through several backdrop changes, a couple of different backdrops, and even through various poses with her mama and daddy. Their walls were the perfect color to use as a backdrop, and I just love the poses we were able to create with her parents.

If you are looking for a Raleigh, NC newborn photographer or a baby photographer in Cary, NC please visit Shadeleaf Studios at www.shadeleafstudios.com for more information about scheduling a portrait session. Shallyse Gastelum is a professional photographer with over 9 years of experience. Shallyse has two conveniently-located studio spaces – one in Durham, NC and the other located inside Sweetbottoms Baby Boutique in Cary, NC. In addition to standard sessions, Shadeleaf Studios also offers a Belly to Baby (maternity and newborn) collection, as well as a Milestones (Baby’s First Year) portrait collection. Shallyse’s portrait specialties include maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography, child photography, family photography, and high school senior photography both in studio and on location. Shadeleaf Studios offers portrait sessions in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Apex, Cary, Morrisville, Wake Forest, and surrounding areas.

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2012 SpokesMamas | Cary, NC Photographer

Thank you SO much to all the amazing women who applied to be a 2012 SpokesMama for Shadeleaf Studios. It was SO tough to choose, but after lots of thought, I have selected my 2012 SpokesMamas. Sooooooo, without further ado, here they are:

 

 

  • Newborn – 6 Months:     Christian Sullivan
  • 6-9 Months:                     Mary Horowitz
  • 1-3 Years:                         Kristen Halstead
  • 4-7 Years:                        Lisa Marshall
  • 8 -13 Years:                     Malise Terrell

I’m so excited to work with all of you this year. Keep an eye on your email – I’ll be sending you an email with all the details shortly.

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