May Newsletter

Hey friends!

A new blog thing I am starting is a newsletter!  Ideally these will publish on the 1st of ever month but obviously that just didn’t happen this time!  I’m sure by reading the updates below you can figure out why I’ve been slacking on the blogging!

Buying a Home.

Ever since Josh and I got married I have fostered a passion for owning a home.  I am so happy to announce that our home ownership days are finally upon us!  We just purchased the most adorable cape cod home in Janesville, WI and close on June 2.  Why did I want a house so bad?  Not for your usual reasons.  My passion for wanting a home is really a passion for wanting a yard.  I’m also so excited about the tax benefits since we’re self employed and so excited to transform the space into something that’s all my own and blanketed by my design but it is the yard I was really after.  I wanted a fenced in and spacious yard so I can left dogs and kids run free and safe and so I can fully pursue homesteading.  What is homesteading?  Homesteading is fostering your own food sources.  For me, this is a garden.  Some day I would love to add chickens to the mix, but one step at a time!  My dreams for my garden is to feed my family with homegrown, organic fruits and veggies through most of the year.

Working at Mocha Moment.

I am a full time photographer.  But working out of my in-home studio can get pretty depressing.  When my husband is on tour I sometimes don’t see another person for days at a time.  A person starts getting weird when they don’t see another person after a few days.  Well there’s this coffee shop in town that is our favorite thing ever.  One day it occurred to me that I would love to work there a day or two a week as a means to get me out of the house and around people.  As timing would have it, mine was perfect!  I started work there a few days later and I am in love!  It is so fantastic to step away from editing and into the cozy environment of a coffee shop.  Not only does it get me face time with folks but it fuels my productivity back at home.

Having a baby.

I am 35 weeks pregnant and getting so excited to meet this little one kicking around in my tummy!  With a move on June 2 and a due date of June 11 with wedding photography season hitting full force right after my due date I am in for a crazy summer’s beginning!  It’s a good thing I’m comfortable flying by the seat of my pants 😉

BRAVA Magazine.

Sometimes I do freelance photography for publications.  I’ve been freelancing for BRAVA Magazine since October and recently started pursing other publications that can call on me to photograph more fun in the Madison area!

Wedding Season.

As mentioned briefly above, wedding season is knocking at my doorstep!  In the good ‘ol midwest, my work life is bonkers from May to December.  Come January the photographing and editing slows down enough so I finally get to address the list of To Do list pertaining to the business side of things.  After a brutally cold and wedding free 2014 so far I am excited to get back at it!  Starting June 22 my wedding photography madness begins!  Look out brides and grooms, this photographer is excited and energetic about serving you with buckets of creativity and passion!

Attention High School Seniors.

I am looking to expand my volume of high school senior portrait photography.  I am cheaper than the portrait studios I’m familiar with and I like to think I’m more fun!  Contact me at asunshinemoment@gmail.com (subject line “senior portrait photography” please) to get more info about booking me for your session.  I mean, only if you want to have fun during your portrait session though because that’s what I do!

And now, my friends, it is essential that I get my booty out the door to go sign some more papers for the house in order to also get to my home inspection on time!

Have a blessed day!

Kaia Calhoun

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a Photo a Day | April 7 – 13

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Photo 1:  My 8MO session with Scarlett!

Photo 2:  With the nice weather I opened the windows in the studio… I look over to see Haley trying to get as close to said window without falling off the couch.

Photo 3:  A spread of my photography in BRAVA Magazine‘s April issue!

Photo 4:  BRAVA Magazine gifts all their freelance photographers an ad once a year.  Mine ran in the April issue!

Photo 5: Our house is a busy place with Josh hosting music lessons and me conducting my in-home photography studio.  I made this sign so I can welcome his students into the house without having to drop my work to go answer the doorbell.  I figure this will be particularly necessary when we have a dozing baby!  You wake the baby, you die! Just kidding.

Photo 6:  I also made this palette board map art this weekend.  Since we can’t paint our walls in our apartment I wanted to get the baby’s colors incorporated into our space somehow!

Photo 7:  An attempt at a prego selfie (31 weeks pregnant).  All you folks who have mastered the prego selfie, I don’t know how you do it!  I find it very troublesome standing sideways while holding the camera in a place that won’t block anything and still manage to snap the picture without dropping my phone…

Featured on the cover of BRAVA Magazine!

My boudoir photography is featured on the cover of BRAVA Magazine this month!  Take a look 🙂

A few more of my photos are featured within the magazine in the article Great Sexpectations.  CLICK HERE to see that!

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