Happy Mother’s Day!!!!

Whether you are a soon to be first time mom or have a whole crew of kiddos that you have been blessed with – I want to wish you a VERY VERY VERY Happy Mothers Day! Being a mom is by far the best thing in my entire life. I mean I LOVE being a business owner, a photographer, a wife, and a friend. But there is nothing that trumps being a mommy.  Getting to proudly cheer on #53 from the sidelines at lacrosse and beam through parent teacher conferences, giggle with my silly 5 year old, watch her do cartwheels over and over and over again,  and count down the days to her becoming a 6 year old (it’s 12 if you are curious) is amazing. I love exploring, creating, and laughing with my sweet little preschooler and laugh as he charms an old man who is out fishing to give him a pet snail, and oh to be the mommy of my baby girl. Those kisses, those chunky thighs, that sweet face and those bedtime snuggles. I am telling you there is NOTHING better than being a mommy. Every night I walk from room to room before I go to bed and cover them up with their blankies, and thank God for each one – all the joy they bring me, and because I know I am SO BLESSED to have them. And I know that so many of you feel the same way. So HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY Mother’s Day!

Because I do know that being a mom is amazing – I also know that it has it’s days! And sometimes weeks, and I am sure if you are the mom of a teen – probably even years!  So I want to give something to YOU. And hear me out on this. As a mom a lot of times we sacrifice everything for our kiddos, and a lot of times that means gym time, hair appointments, clothes shopping – you know what I mean. And we don’t always feel amazing, and we are tired. So – we are having a special day for moms – and moms only. We are going to pick one Friday night and we will have FIVE very lucky winners that get to come in. We will have wine, a professional hair and makeup artist there and we will  glam you up, make you feel beautiful and then do a little photo shoot. Just for you. Because we want to bring out all that amazing-ness that you don’t always see when you look in the mirror. This isn’t a bodouir session – don’t worry! This is a “beautify” session. This isn’t just for those women who just lost a bunch of weight and are feeling great (although we do want you to apply too!) it’s for everyone.  But definitely also for those of you who haven’t felt really felt beautiful since, well, your baby was born! This isn’t a deal where trying to win a session means you think you look gorgeous – but more or less that you want a fun girls night and a night for you! I wish we could open it up to everyone but because our hair and makeup artist are generously donating their time and talents to make you feel your absolute BEST – we are limited on time so we can only give this special gift to 5 people!

You wonder why I am doing this for Mother’s Day? Wouldn’t a family photo shoot or pics of the kids make more sense? It’s because I KNOW what feeling beautiful can do for you. When we feel beautiful we are confident, our work lives and home lives are better. Feeling amazing isn’t something you should lose when you become a mommy – but because we rarely look like the women on tv or in the magazines – it’s tough. I know this first hand – I would love to have time for the gym every day, and to get my hair done, and nails, and facials, but honestly there are days when I am lucky to get a shower in. Life is busy and because my kids and my husband are my priority – something has to give. And that is usually me. I know so many amazing moms who are out there giving their all to their kids, working to support their family, and giving back to our community – and I want to give something to them. And if I can give you some pictures that make you feel as beautiful on the outside as you are on the inside – than that makes me overjoyed!

If you even have a tiny feeling that this would be fun – please shoot me an email (contact@bosleycreative.com), find the post about this on Facebook and like it, message me – whatever! I know just taking the step to say “yes I want this done” can be intimidating – so please email me directly and don’t feel like you have to put it out there on Facebook if you aren’t comfortable with that!

The only other thing you have to make sure to do if you are a winner of this – is to plan a night out after your session – whether it is with your girlfriends or husband – because you are going to look and feel amazing!

Happy 3rd Birthday Drake!!

Celebrating a third birthday is such an exciting time!  If you’re like me you probably have thoughts of how fast time has gone, you are busy planning a party, deciding on a cake, picking up balloons and choosing the perfect gift. But for most of us – while it is a happy time – we probably take for granted that our little one is turning three. Because we have never even considered the thought that they wouldn’t.

My buddy Drake turned three years old today. He celebrated with an awesome fireman truck cake made by his mommy, and I am sure his smile beamed from ear to ear with his family all around him. But they are definitely not taking for granted his 3rd birthday. Because in their world – they can’t take a single day for granted, celebrating his 3rd birthday wasn’t a give-in. There were times they weren’t sure they would get to have this party. Drake was diagnosed a little less than a year ago with ALL (acute lymphocytic leukemia).  So now, their days are spent in and out of the hospital, hoping for good health and good counts so they can do treatment, and playing with tractors, firetrucks, “apps”, and bubbles while Drake fights the cancer that is attacking his little body.

Help us cheer Drake on and wish him a happy birthday by donating to Cure Search to help fund research so that the number of 3 years olds that don’t get to celebrate their birthday  goes down. Please donate – these kids and families NEED this research done. They need to know there is a treatment to make their child healthy again.  Your donation can save lives.

www.curesearchwalk.org/omaha/bosley

Giveaway Day 4!!

Ohhhh you guys are in for a treat! Andrea from the Pinkadink is giving away a little girls fabric tie dress!! These are absolutely adorable, can be worn in any season and you get to choose from all different fabrics to find your favorite! Make sure to check out her Facebook page and website to see all the cute things she has for sale! Added bonus – we also carry some items from the Pinkadink in the boutique at our studio – so the next time you are up there make sure to check it out! So by now you know what to do I’m sure – but just in case… check out our Facebook page, like or share our Pinkadink status and cross your fingers to be our next winner!

A little note from our very talented designer…

I’m Andrea Hydeen from the pinkadink, and I’ve been creating fun stuff for kids for just over 3 years now. I graduated from college with degrees in Spanish and Elementary Education, but after one year of teaching decided I just had to be home with my babies instead. My husband, Steve, and I have three kids: Lillian, Josiah, and Brielle. I’ve also been doing daycare in my home for the last 4 years. At the end of this month I’ll be transitioning into running my business full time instead, and I”m excited to see how it grows! You can check out my website (it’s sorta under construction…sorry) at www.thepinkadink.com, or be a part of my giveaways and contests by liking my facebook page!

Hello all! Where did the day go?!! Three out of my four kids are in bed so we are finally getting Day 3’s giveaway up for you all to have a crack at! I wish I was winning this one – I love this local Etsy shop!! Today’s giveaway prize is a $25 gift card to Kari Machal Designs. She makes the cutest prints that I can’t do justice by describing on my own… So you will have to drop by her shop to check them out! Believe it or not $25 is more than enough to get you an 11×14 and cover the shipping on a lot of her prints! So you know the drill by now – drop by www.facebook.com/bosleycreative and find the status that talks about this giveaway and like and/or share it for an entry to win!! And as a thank you to Kari for hooking us up with such an awesome gift if you can drop by her facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/karimachaldesigns and like that we would be grateful!

A note from our gracious designer…

Hello! My name is Kari Machal and I am a stay-at-home mom of 3 from Nebraska. I have a BFA in graphic design and worked in the advertising industry for over 10 years. I also made wedding cakes for 14 years…. Most recently I have dusted off my graphics skills and opened Kari Machal Designs. I love making special family trees, birth date prints, wedding guest book prints and subway art to hang in people’s homes. Thanks so much for taking the time to look at my shop – I so appreciate all of my customers!!

http://bosleycreative.com/3564/

Giveaway day 2!!

It’s day 2 of giveaways over here and I am really excited about this one! My friend Khara sells Thirty-One, and I am sure you have seen their adorable bags. I don’t think I have been to a baseball game with out seeing them scattered through the bleachers – they were a God-send last year for us! They are perfect for every lifestyle! Diaper bags, sporting events, knitting, beach bound, vacationing, you name it! And did I mention they are super affordable AND you can personalize them?!! Okay – so she has graciously donated an awesome “summer fun kit” to give away to one lucky person to help us celebrate our 5 year anniversary!

There are a couple ways you can enter to win – and each thing you do gets you an entry! So you can potentially get up to 3 entries on this one!!

1 – Go to our Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/bosleycreative – and find the status about this giveaway and “like” it.

2 – Go to our Facebook Page – www.facebook.com/bosleycreative – and find the status about this giveaway and “share” it on your wall.

3 – Shoot me an email at contact@bosleycreative.com – with your email address so we can add you to Khara’s email list. (I am on her list and trust me – she doesn’t bombard you with emails!)

A little bit about Khara in her own words…

I have been a Thirty-One consultant for 2 years. It is something that I do totally for fun, and to help pay for my 3 kids’ activities. I also have had an in-home child care business for 6 years! I have been married to my hubby , Tad, for 17 years. (wow, now I feel old! ) We have 3 beautiful daughters- Caitlyn, 12, and twins Rylie and Emma, 5. As far as hobbies- what are those? ;)…..I love to get lost in a good book, and go to jazzercise so I can feed my chocolate addiction!

Khara Perman
Thirty-One Gifts, Independent Sales Director
h: 402-339-1536
c: 402-415-5146

Happy 5 years to us!!

Well we couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating our golden 5 year anniversary on May 5th of Bosley Creative Photography!

Five years ago after what must have been a very convincing and enticing power point presentation, my husband agreed to let me venture out to Rockbrook Camera and the Apple store to gather the necessary tools (a camera and computer) to start up Bosley Creative. With no prior business owner experience (well other than Jackson’s fix it shop when I was 6), expecting baby #3, a dream of quitting the 9-5 at some point, and my only real goal just being “not failing” – you can understand his hesitation. However with the support and encouragement of him, my parents and family, colleagues and friends we bought a domain name, my buddy at work helped me learn basic coding and how to build a simple website, our friends let me snap pictures of their kiddos for my portfolio and off we went, officially launching and sending out our first email on May 5th. I will never forget the excitement of getting my first “real client”. And through the years – we have been so blessed with friends becoming clients, and clients turning into friends. I can’t tell you how many days I get done with a shoot and think “Am I playing hooky? This can’t seriously be my real job.” While I won’t lie and say it is easy, or stress-free, I do love it more than anything and can’t imagine how different my life would be today if we hadn’t taken that leap of faith 5 years ago.

I have to SINCERELY thank all of you that have trusted me to capture memories for your family, passed my name along and referred me to your friends and colleagues, and helped to support and encourage me through the years. It still brings me so much joy every time I see a “like” or “comment” on our pictures. I love what I do and being able to share it with all of you has been so rewarding. I literally thank God every day for giving me this talent and a way to share it with others, and for allowing me to have a business and career that I adore so much.

I will stop rambling on for now… and get to the stuff you really care about. Our giveaways! 🙂 Here is the scoop, we started our 5 days of celebrating yesterday with a mini shoot giveaway that is still up for grabs. All you have to do is check out our status on our Bosley Creative Facebook page and like the status, and/or share it on your wall for an entry. Pretty easy stuff!! Keep watching though because we have a new giveaway coming up soon and more the rest of the week!!

Thank you all again for supporting my business and making this dream a reality for me!!