Hello, there! I'm Hannah Newkirk! Welcome to my space!
The idea for "School Picture Day" really has been a work in progress for a few years.
When I started this blog in March of 2012, I had three (well, FOUR including this one) fully-functional blogs and/or websites.
One for my photography business...it's still there, as a website only. (www.newkirkphoto.com).
One for my classroom...it was a blog, but will now be just a classroom webpage. (Classroom Website)
And one for my personal ramblings...it's gone.
As I spent time planning and posting for all three blogs...I realized that I was posting several of the same moments on all three blogs.
My personal life leaked into my photography life.
My photography life leaked into my school life.
My school life...you get the picture.
It was as if I was writing the same thing three times every few days or so. Add my other social media outlets, like Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and that makes for some serious time spent writing the same thing over and over.
But I just couldn't figure out a way to make it work. My photography website was really the face of my business and I didn't really think that displaying my third grade students' work on there would be super-useful to my photography clients. My classroom blog was being used as more of a communication device between my classroom parents and me. And my personal blog was a place of basic ramblings about the happenings of the Newkirk family.
And then it hit me.
At 4:00 a.m. one night in February 2012 when I just couldn't sleep.
School Picture Day.
It completely grasps the core of who I am!
I can relate to all sides of school picture day.
The teacher. I want my students to look adorable for their school pictures. I comb their hair, stand behind the photographer and make them smile, and pat them on the back for a job well done.
The photographer. I love capturing people's lifelong journeys through photography and I know that school pictures are part of that journey! I love seeing a parent's face when they look at the images of their sweet kindergartener for the first time. Ahhh...
The parent. My most important job is with my own family...my wife job and my mom job. I've been in the position of these parents who fix their children up and send them off into the school picture world. I understand the hopes and dreams of these parents and the fears of what will happen to their children (and what their children will say in public).
I needed a single place that I could speak with passion about all of these "jobs"...my teaching job, my photographer job, and my wife & mom job.
So you see...it's perfect.
School Picture Day.