Three FAQ about photography sessions

Hi! Happy almost friday! I absolutely love the weekends because it always means family time and usually a photography session or event. I've had some beautiful sessions all around San Diego recently with perfect weather, right now is the best time (before it gets too hot) to have photos taken. Then again we always seem to have the perfect weather here!
This post it meant to help answer a few questions I get regularly, in hopes to make it easier for you to schedule your desired session with me! Again, if you have any questions about a session please don't hesitate to ask! I'm even happy to take you out for coffee to meet in person!

The first question/concern I'm going to address (also the most uncomfortable topic to talk about, so we'll get it out of the way first) that might be holding you back from a session is 

"I don't have the extra money to book a session!"

I totally understand not always having extra money for things that aren't in our budget. My best piece of advice for this is to plan ahead! So we're in the month of June, lets say you want to book a session for sometime in September, this gives you 3 months of setting aside some money. I require a deposit to book any session, typically $50-100, and that deposit will hold your date and time for you, so when I recommend booking your session now this doesn't mean you need to come up with all the money right now. I also accept credit cards now through which has helped tremendously with my workflow, contracts, and even other contacts in the creative industry.

The second question/concern I want to address is

"I don't have the time to set aside for a session"

Life gets busy, things come up and before we know it we haven't gotten around to doing all the things we wanted to! Again, plan ahead, this way we have something on the calendar and can plan life around this. Planning ahead can also set your mind at ease about saving money, finding outfits and sitting down with me to plan your perfect session!

The final question/concern I want to talk about has to do with our body image, not wanting to be in photos because we "need to lose a few more pounds", "hate the way my body, hair, face, mind is after having babies", "not liking my smile", "my double chin", "I'm not tan enough, skinny enough, pretty enough" 


I have said all these things at some point, I'm still a work in progress, but learning to love myself the way I am, double chin and all ;)
Please don't let this be the reason that's holding you back from getting photos done. I've had several of my clients tell me after a session, even boudoir, that they are so happy I captured this time in their lives and were happy they didn't let these issues or concerns hold them back. 
You won't get this time of your life back, time passes, kids grow, people change and your photos are such a beautiful, tangible way of remembering. I've gotten so much joy looking through old and recent photos of me with my loved ones that those concerns don't even matter at this point. 

James & Brianna-Engagement

This couple, all the heart eyes for them. It was such a joy and pleasure to shoot their engagement photos! It helps that they are both good looking and so in love, makes my job easy ;)I've known James for a very long time, he is a good friend of my hubby, and turns out I knew Brianna from my past, she was good friends with my little sister back in junior high!
One thing stood out to me while hanging out with them, was how attentive and caring James was toward Brianna. They have such a sweet, genuine and tender love that started out with a friendship, I'm so happy they found each other. Congratulations on your happy ever after!
I was so happy to work with another creative who provided the gorgeous flower crown Brianna is wearing, Ashley is currently building her portfolio so please let me know if you need any floral work and I can provide you with her info! 
Prepare for photo overload!! These were too good not to share. 



Hi! My name is Christy Golder, I'm an almost 30 year old wife, mama, Jesus lover, introvert, photographer, DIYer, sometimes blogger who loves wine, shopping, chalkboards, water coloring, crocheting, decorating my house, The Bachelor/Bachelorette, Mexican food and drinking coffee-while eating donuts of course.
For those of you that don't know me personally, that's a pretty brief description of who I am. Writing this is hard because I don't always think about what makes me, me. Also I tend to be very critical......bad Christy. I'm learning to give myself grace and to truly love myself just the way God made me. Yes, there is always room for improvement and growth. The honest/real me inside gets nervous in groups, loves dancing (ESPECIALLY if I've had a few), is a homebody, is self conscious about a few of my body parts and what people think of me, doesn't like confrontation, a people pleaser, I don't like other peoples feet touching me, oh and I get goose bumps when I hear Styrofoam rubbing together.  
I was born and raised in Chula Vista, CA in the same house that my parents still live in. I am one out of four siblings little sister(23 months younger) older brother (2 years older) and my older sister (almost 6 years older) and my parents have been married now for 44 years. Growing up the middle child, along with my older brother I was a tomboy through most of my childhood. One of my fondest memories from childhood was all the road trips we went on as a family, camping most of the time was where my love of the outdoors was established.
I met my husband at our church when I was 12, we started dating when I was 14, got engaged at 17 and married at 18. I can honestly say he is my very best friend and I couldn't imagine life without him, I know sounds so cliché. We've had our share of ups and downs these past 16 years dating, almost 11 of those years married. We waited 7 years to start our family and have Hunter who is 3 1/2 and River who is turning 2 in May.
I started on this photography journey when I turned 21, my sweet hubby bought me my first camera for my birthday. Since then I have saved and bought my lenses and finally upgraded to my Nikon D7000. I am mostly self taught, spending hours and hours of researching, going to classes and practicing to be able to take the photos I do. I've had opportunities to learn from other photographers both in the wedding and fashion industries. I've shot approximately 7 weddings and though I don't advertise myself as a wedding photographer, for a few reasons, it is a dream of mine to one day call myself a "Wedding Photographer".
I love photographing people. People in love, people by themselves, babies, kiddos, expecting mamas and families. Capturing a moment, a look, a feeling in time for someone to hold on to and cherish forever is my passion in life.
"Photography is the beauty of life captured."
Tara Chisholm