Book Review: Raising and Original

I received a copy of this book to review some time ago and have yet to get around to reviewing it. This is in part because I don't feel like I can totally give it a fair review yet, as I think it is geared for parents of children slightly older than my own.

That being said, I love the ideas of this book: that each child has a different personality and it is our responsibility as parents to understand those personalities and gauge our discipline and parenting based on that uniqueness. It sounds simple, but in practice can be difficult. That is why I like the practical steps and ideas that this book gives.

I think the theme of the book that I appreciated the most is this: God doesn't ask us to raise perfect children, but rather to raise purposed children. Carr does a wonderful job of integrating Scripture into this book as well, which I always appreciate as that is the only ultimate guide to this difficult job of parenting.

The reason I feel like I will benefit most from this book in a few more years is because it includes a Personality Trait Assessment Tool which asks questions about how your child interacts with their peers, does in a structured environment etc. Since all of my children aren't in school yet, I think I would best be able to complete that assessment later. I really liked the depth of the assessment though, and would equate it to a personality trait test that adults take.

Overall I'm excited to pick this book back up in a few more years to help guide my parenting.

BookLook provided me with a copy of this book but all opinions are my own.


Photography Gift Certificates

It's time to start thinking about Christmas gifts. Some of you probably did this a long time ago and are done. Bravo. If you're like me though, you still have some people pretty much everyone left on your list. Well, maybe I can help you out.  Last year I offered gift certificates for photo sessions, and I decided to do the same this year!

Scroll to the bottom--past all these BEAUTIFUL faces-- for details on your gift certificate. But scroll slowly because they really are beautiful people. 

Here's the scoop: 

Here are my 2017 prices: 
/ For one child/birthday/newborn session: $100/
/Engagement session: $150 for two locations/$100 for one location/
/Senior session: $150 for two locations/$100 for one location/
/Maternity session: $100/
/Family session: $150/
/For multiple family session [i.e. grandparents who want entire families etc] : $200+ 
These prices include up to an hour session and full rights to all edited images.

BUT, if you order a gift certificate for Christmas, the last two listed will be $25 off! 

[Family session = $125 and multiple family session will be $175] 

Maybe you want to buy your parents a multi-generation session. Maybe you want to give your daughter her senior pictures as a gift. Maybe you want to give your son and his wife a family session. Whatever! If you buy a certificate now it is good for the entire year of 2017.

For more examples of my work and the story behind my journey to photography, check out the photography tab in the top right [I haven't updated the pictures on there for awhile, sorry].

If I can help with your Christmas shopping, just let me know! I'll email you the gift certificate as soon as possible!

Contact me:
kelsey [dot] irwin [at] gmail [dot] com 

Thanks to everyone who keeps letting me take their pictures and do something I love. You all are the best clients! Also, stay tuned for a mini session idea I have coming your way this spring. :)