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2020 Announcements and Updates https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/12/2020-announcements-and-updates Hello!

10 years ago I made a Facebook page (Natural Bliss Photography) not thinking that it would lead me to anywhere since I was new to the photography field and didn't think any one would support or follow my work. I was inexperienced, had a standard kit DSLR camera and lens that my husband bought for me as a Christmas gift which by the way I still have to this day and I didn't know a whole lot about posing and all things related or impacts the product of an image. 

 

Fast forward to now. I still don't considered myself an advanced photog given that I've been in this field for 10 years. I am still learning, I love to self improve and work on areas that I may be lacking in. Capturing photos for others drives this self-improvement because I know how important it is to not only produce quality photos but to connect with each of my clients and their family or loved ones to give them the best experience. It's important to them to have these memories so the experience while I'm capturing their memories or milestones is also very important to me.

 

 

So.... with that said, in honor of my 10 year anniversary, I will be raffling away 10 $10.00 gift cards who book a session with me in 2020!! Drawing will be held on December 24th, 2020. Returning clients from the past, who book a session with me in 2020, will get 10 of their names drawn into this raffle. It increases your chance of winning! Those who are new in 2020, you will also have the opportunity to get more of your name drawn into the raffle too. Details to follow, but you must book a session and follow through with the session with me this upcoming year 2020 in order to participate in this raffle gift card give away!! The GC's will be 10 random stores: (1) Homegoods, (2) Target, (3) TJ Maxx, (4) Pick N Save, (5) Starbucks, (6) Wal-mart, (7) Macy's, (8) H&M, (9) Forever 21, & (10) Aldo. If you need more information, don't hesitate to contact me.

 

Now onto other updates and changes for 2020....

1. I have very limited open dates in 2020 (check my calendar link below in #2). This 2019 year was a huge challenge, with abruptly preparing and selling my 1st home (sad face) and moving into a temporary place which we found very last minute and the difficulty of living out of box's in our temp place...which ultimately caused a huge backlog of edits on my end. Therefore, I've decided to do less bookings in 2020 so I can focus my energy and time on finding my next home, enjoying the memories with my two boys in finding their forever home, and making it a home for them. 2019, I spent most of my days and times focusing on capturing memories and editing photos for others, that I forgot and neglected that same experience with my own little family. I hardly took any photos of my boys and loved ones (sad face again). 2020 will be a time to pause and reflect on my personal well-being. This is not to say I'm quitting. Though limited, I am open for bookings when I know there is a need for me to help others to invest in their memories.

2. Check my calendar daily for future or last minute openings here --> www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/calendar.pdf , I may potentially open up some dates depending on circumstances.

3. If you book a session with me in 2020, you will receive 1 Free 5x7 deep matte print with your session. This is the top of the line high quality type of print. I don't normally offer this type in my standard or wedding collections, except only in the Graduate Student Special Collection. Every year I try to do a free gift whether that would be for all (every one) or selected winners who book a session with me. This upcoming year, I decided to do both- for everyone (5x7 deep matte) and selected winners ($10 gift card give a ways to 10 selected winners). 

4. If you spend $100+ on any printing material product orders through my service, you will receive 1 free gift of your choice: 1 photo magnet, 1 photo button pin, or 1 photo key chain.

5. Signature 3 Collection is limited to 3 bookings in 2020. So, large family or groups, start thinking about what month, date and time you'd like to do your session if choosing me as your photographer.

6. Reschedules are going to be hard to do given that I have very limited open dates and times. Any reschedules will be on week days, not on weekends if not available. So, it is extremely important to stick to your secured date and time slot with me for 2020. I do have options in case of severe inclement weather. See me for details.

7. New prices and offerings for my Standard Collections went into effect November 27th, 2019. Click here to see my new prices. New prices and offerings does not affect already booked/secured sessions. Any bookings after this November 27th date will apply.

8. I will be servicing Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha counties until May 2020. After May 2020, I will only be servicing Milwaukee and Waukesha counties. Other counties outside of these two, travel and fuel charges will apply.

9. Mommy and Me, Christmas, and Summer Bubbles mini sessions may be happening in 2020. Event flyer for these special mini events will be announced 1 month prior to the chosen date and location. They will be priced at $110/each session, 1-4 ppl, 15 minutes, 4 images on CD, and 1 print release. 10% non refundable will be required to secure your time slot and it will depend on first come first serve.

10. For off season months (January 2021 - March 2021) .... with moving my family in 2020 to a new home, there may be a possibility for an indoor photo session option for these months. More to come on this, so stay tune!!! :)

 

Thank you all for reading and thank you for an amazing 2019 year. I can't thank you enough for those who book a session with me this 2019 year especially for your patience and understanding through my hardships. I really appreciate you guys and am forever grateful to have your love and support.

 

-Choua, Natural Bliss Photography

 

 

 

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Cindy + Sean's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/10/cindy-seans-wedding Milwaukee, WI

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Becca + Cheusy's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/9/becca-cheusys-wedding Noah's Event Venue

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PK + Lucas's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/8/pk-lucass-wedding Brighton Acres Farm

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Ravi + Cheng's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/7/ravi-chengs-wedding Barn at Trinity Peak,

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Kalia + Josh's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/6/kalia-joshs-wedding Sepia Chapel,

Two Rivers, Wisconsin,

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Ajia - Class of 2019 https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/6/ajia---class-of-2019 Mequon Preserve Nature Center

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Katie + Adon's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/6/katie-adons-wedding Oshkosh Convention Center,

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Kaolee + John's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/6/kaolee-johns-wedding Blue Harbor,

Sheboygan, WI

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Choua + Bee's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2019/1/choua-bees-wedding Venue - The Crystal Room

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Marisol + Cesar's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/12/marisol-cesars-wedding Wedding Ceremony: Church in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (Cesar's dad performed the ceremony)

Bridal group pictures: Lake front pier in Milwaukee, WI near Discovery World (It is where Cesar proposed to Marisol)

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2019 Announcements https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/12/2019Announcements Hello Everyone,

I'd like to announce a few new things and changes that will take place in 2019, but before I do so... I'd just like to say THANK YOU to all those who took their effort and time in booking a collection with me and used my photography services this 2018 year. I can not thank you all enough for all the love, support and experiences this year. I'm grateful to have met many new faces and as well captured a few returning ones. It means so much to me to have all your trust and loyalty to have me capture the most important milestone in your life/lives. If you read my 'About Me' section on my website, you know I love to capture every single important milestone and this year, I had the opportunity to capture all that. It has challenged me to be a better and stronger photographer than I was in the previous years.

Now onto announcing a few new things and changes that will take place for 2019...

  • I will not be posting that many blogs anymore. It's been hard to keep up with all the blog posts. I'd rather use the time to edit and be fully in tune with you all in answering your questions, emails and messages. I will still post a few here and there but not every single session as I've done so in the past.
  • I will be very limited with bookings due to the demands of my full time job. That is why I now have a Calendar section available on my website for you all to check my availability. Don't be discouraged if a day says I'm not available or if it only shows for reschedules, please still inquire and we can definitely put something on the Calendar. I'd like to be as available as I can for those who absolutely need to have their memories capture. I'm all about helping others invest in their memories, so please continue to reach out and book your session with me.
  • I will be doing a FREE mini session giveaway for 6 people or less to kick start 2019 year. It will include 2 free images with digital download access but with no print release. I will have a flyer for this promotion soon. Be on the look out on my Facebook page for this.
  • If you book a Standard or Wedding Collection with me for 2019 and follow through, you will automatically get 1 FREE photo magnet included in your photo collection package. You can choose whatever photo from your session with me for this free magnet, however, it will have my watermark text display but not very visible to the eye. 
  • I will be promoting my printing products more for 2019. For example, I kicked start this promotion already, that if you buy $100+ in printing products through my photography service, you will get a free gift of your choice, either 1 free photo magnet, a photo button pin, or a 5x7 Deep Matte Print with white frames/borders around it. This free gift of your choice when you buy $100+ in printing products will not have my watermark display over. You do not have to book a session or have booked a session with me in the past in order to use my photography service. If you have a print release from the photographer who took your photos, I am more than happy to help serve you, but if it's not a session you had with me, a photographer's printing release must be shown. I will absolutely not print any photos without the photographer's permission. **If you want to order prints from a session that you had with me from years ago, indicate your name, what event, and if possible, year or date of your session taken and I can give you re-entry access to your gallery for up to 1 week at not charge, this will come with no digital download access and images will have my watermark display over for copyright reasons.
  • I do offer different printing sizes but only by special requests. Here is the full list of my prints in case you are wondering what sizes I can do. Just letting you all know that anything highlighted in Yellow are the typical and standard sizes that people usually buy, and therefore, it is what I promote/advertise the most.
  • My Standard and Wedding Collection prices are pretty much set for 2019 year and I will not be increasing my prices unless I absolutely have to. I like to set my prices comfortable enough for clients to return and have me capture more memories for them. That's always been my goal and motto since I started my photography. Memories should be invested with every chance you get, it should not be that you return once in a blue moon for a memory or milestone to be captured.
  • I would not be where I am today if not for my loyal clients referrals. 80% of my bookings is through referrals! I've kept track of this since 2016. Therefore, starting January 1st, 2019, I'll be starting a referral discount game where I give clients or someone a referral code, and that client mentions and uses that code for their session with me. That booked client will get $5.00 off their Standard Collection with me or $20.00 off their booked Wedding Collection (it will not be applicable to those who already booked and turn in their wedding contracts). Specific rules on how to 'play' this referral code will apply and these rules will be mention to the person who I'm giving this code to which they will have to sign and date that they understand the terms and conditions of it. Which by the way, this code or codes will be very discreet, it makes the game interesting and fun. Why am I making it discreet? because if I get a lot of booked clients who uses that code, that code will get tallied up and traced back to the person I gave that code to - in which that person who I gave that code to will get a FREE surprise gift at the end of the year. The free gift is worth very valuable, so those who play this Referral Discount Game will need to sign and date the form to validate their code. Contact me about this referral game and how you can play, serious players only! :)

 

Last but not least, just a reminder that if you've booked a session and or used my photography service this 2018 year, check out my Facebook page on January 2nd, 2019 to see if you are the lucky winner of two FREE 8 inch digital picture frames by Nixplay!! Check this 2018 raffle list to see what is your #/s. You can have multiple #s attached to your name. Contact for more information of if you need clarifications.

 

That's all I have so far for 2019, I want to make these announcements now so you all can start thinking about booking a session with me for 2019 year. I hope to see some returning faces and meet many more new faces as well! Please reach out for any questions and for any of your photography needs.

 

 

Thank you for all your love and support!

 

 

 

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2018 Models https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/10/2018-models Che Lia,

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July Family Sessions https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/10/july-family-sessions Hart park,

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Mike + Vang's Wedding https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/9/mike-vangs-wedding Green Bay,

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Jamee + Cheming https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/9/jamee-cheming Whitnall park + Botanical Gardens,

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Kadietra + Sabino https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/9/kadietra-sabino Buckley park,

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Home Sweet Home: Kitchen & 1st Floor Project https://www.cxynaturalblissphotography.com/blog/2018/8/home-sweet-home-kitchen-1st-floor-project Hi All,

It is finally here, the long awaited blog about my kitchen and 1st floor renovation project that was done back in 2017. I've been meaning to post a blog all about the journey of this project when it was completed back in August 2017, but there were a bit of life changing things that occurred which prevented me from sharing the experience. But, it is finally here!

Now I know this is not "photography" related, so If you're un-interested in reading further, I'm sorry and thank you for checking in. If you are interested, thank you for your time and effort to read this post. I hope by sharing my personal experiences, you can get to know me, the person behind the camera, just a little bit more and to perhaps be inspired. 

I want to start off by saying that this kitchen and 1st floor renovation was something I've always wanted since day 1 of moving into this house back in 2009. Before buying, when we looked at this house I did not like the cosmetics of it at all as I knew it was going to be a lot of work and effort in trying to make it semi-perfect to how we would like it to be. So, to me it was a huge deal breaker. However, my husband promised that he'll make changes and will make it however we want it to be in order to make it our very own. It did have a lot of potentials for us being 1st time home buyers, so after much convincing from the husband, eventually we were sold on it!

The changes we made to our house didn't happen overnight, every year was always a new project or something new hindering us from completing this huge renovation. It finally took 8 years to see the vision or promise come true. Oh by the way, if you haven't already yet, you can read the previous blog posts about my home renovations and projects by typing in the search field (top right corner) - Home Sweet Home.

Let me take you back to the past on how this house use to look like... this was our past owner's furnishings and how it looked like the day we came to take a look at it.

Carpet in the dining room? yuck! I hate carpet, it is a lot harder to maintain. I wanted all wood or ceramic surfaces throughout this entire 1st floor and wanted everything to flow into the kitchen. It's not a very big space either so I knew that re-doing the flooring wasn't going to cost us an arm and a leg. It was the kitchen itself that I was more worried about since we needed to gut out everything and get all new things.

Below is a picture of the living room, right off or next to the kitchen; this was how it looked before all the renovations began...

Here it looks like during renovation. Carpet and everything's been ripped out.

Here is a inspiration picture of what I wanted for my kitchen. I wanted dark flooring, white cabinets, white counter tops, silver handles/hardwares, grey walls, and stainless steel appliances. I love white cabinets and it was an absolutely must have for the new kitchen.

We often got asked why we didn't just paint over our old cabinets as it will save us some more money. We did paint over them to a brown dark color when we moved in, however, our cabinets was not functional anymore. It lived its time and was completely falling apart, leaving us very little storage and room to store any of kitchen supplies and utensils. We pretty much did not have a choice but to buy all new cabinetry. A handyman even suggested it wasn't worth fixing and for us to just buy all new cabinets. Take a look...

Look at those sharp needles sticking out. I got poked by those on several occasions (too many times). So unsafe! :(

Looking at those photos, I can not believe I had that kind of kitchen and stuck with it for 8 years! How did I even managed? My biggest pet peeve in a kitchen is "cluttered" counter tops. Because of our broken drawers and cabinets, we had little room for storage so we had no choice but to clutter our counter tops with things. It was overwhelming and such a huge eye sore. Oh, and we didn't have a dishwasher too, so installing one was on the TOP of our must haves for the new kitchen. I spent 8 years scrubbing dirty plates, pots and pans and standing for hours on my sore feet while doing so. Before this project, I've always wanted a dishwasher that could spare me some more time with my kids.

The above picture was what Home Depot had originally designed for us and it was the layout I absolutely wanted. It was the ideal layout for our tiny kitchen. However, after speaking with several contractors, it was going to cost us a ton of money to do that exact layout. We were on a tight budget with this kitchen and 1st floor renovation so we ended up not doing this layout. I was pretty heartbroken, but my husband and sisters did point out that this isn't our forever home. If it was, then yes, we'd be happy to spend the extra $10,000.00 on it. And, Yes, it was going to cost us that much, 10 grand extra on top of our original budget for this project. So, no way!

We eventually went with a different contractor, a small business local one: RBS Kitchen & Bath Designs in Racine, WI. What is our experience with them aftermath? Lets just say, I will never ever recommend anyone to use their service for any kitchen or bathroom makeovers. After all that was done, I regret going with them in the first place. The struggle and headaches caused on their part was extremely traumatizing and emotionally damaging. If you google them, you'll see really bad reviews and if you're on Yelp, you'll also see a very bad review on there too. I hate them, especially the owner  Mark B. I don't want to elaborate it on this post, because I can go on forever and will never end how I strongly feel about their corrupt business and professionalism. So, I will leave it like it is.

 

Anyway, continuing on...the cabinets we chose is the Koch Express in white. I love this style! I think it paired really well with the hard wares I chose. I ordered the hard wares from Home Depot and the contractors were able to installed them for us. We also updated all new lighting fixtures. Finally, the boobie-like lights are finally gone! :P

The counter top we chose is granite. I forgot the actual name of it, but it has a pretty tint of blue/grey and little sparkles of gold and silver in it. Can't see it in pictures, but in real life the counter top is actually really pretty!

We also re-did our patio door too. Our old one was super heavy, dirty, and had a few broken things to it. We could barely slide it open and close it. We got the new patio door and frames from Home depot and they came and installed it in two days.

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And, here is the final reveal of my kitchen and 1st floor!

The flooring is laminate and it is a grey color by Inhaus. My husband chose this type of flooring and color. He did a great job choosing the right flooring for our kitchen, which by the way, it was his only job. We got the flooring from a small local flooring business, called R & B Carpets and Flooring. They did a fantastic job at answering our questions, installing our laminate and cleaning up after themselves. I would totally recommend them for any of your flooring projects.

All decorations are from Hobby Lobby, Target, Home Goods, H&M, and Ikea. Oh and I spray painted the bar stools to a silver metallic color. It saved me some money from having to buy new bar stools. They aren't cheap either, roughly around $50-$150/one bar stool. Personally, that's a lot of money for one bar stool. Might as well just spray paint them to save me some dollars.

I absolutely LOVE love LOVE my dishwasher! It takes about less than 5 minutes to load and then it does its thing! No more standing on my feet for hours on end trying to scrub, wash, dry and put dishes away. I do love the little extra time I have with my two boys. It is truly the best investment ever and is probably my favorite thing about this kitchen now!

Here is the finished look of our family room. My bookshelves needs to be styled a little bit more, I am still working on it. That is an electric fireplace, which is unplugged at the moment due to my naughty 2 year old son who just loves to press those buttons on it. Most of the decorations are from Homegoods, Target, Amazon, and Wayfair. The black and white area rug and electric fireplace are both from Wayfair.com. I wanted the same area rug in this room as the one in our Family room so that it has a better flow throughout our house. I also spray painted the baskets underneath the end tables to a gold metallic color. They were a mint green color before and I'm so glad I spray painted them to that gold color. I think it toally brightens up the room.

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So there you all have it. This long awaited huge project is finally over and done with, but our house is not perfect or even close to perfection yet. We still have some minor paintings to do but we've been procrastinating on it for awhile now. We'll probably get to it sometimes this fall season, or if not, then next year? we'll see? ;P

Hope you all enjoyed this blog post and is inspired by it. One advice for you all though... if you are looking to hire a contractor to do your kitchen project... do your extensive research and ask for the contractors references! It'll save you the headache and drama in the long run, and good luck!

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