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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Shannon - April 15, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Congratulations! I can’t wait for my family session.

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