APRIL SPAULDING: Blog http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog en-us (C)www.aprilspaulding.com april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:35:00 GMT Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:35:00 GMT http://www.aprilspaulding.com/img/s/v-5/u300914820-o925693873-50.jpg APRIL SPAULDING: Blog http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog 120 96 Sully - Our Halloween Adoptable of the Day http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2016/10/sully---our-halloween-adoptable-of-the-day adoptables-cat-sully-7adoptables-cat-sully-7


Sully is an adoption return feline to the Polk County Humane Society on Oct. 14. He is approx. 5 months old. He was raised in foster care and has been raised around many other cats and dogs. He would make an excellent addition to any home. He certainly loves to play hide and seek.

For more information on Sully please call PCHS: 863.324.5227


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Humane Society of Polk County adopt adoptable cat http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2016/10/sully---our-halloween-adoptable-of-the-day Mon, 31 Oct 2016 18:45:00 GMT
She is such a Blessing! Adoptable dog http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2016/10/she-is-such-a-blessing-adoptable-dog


Female Labrador Retriever Mix • Aprox. 6 years old • Intake: Stray

To adopt contact:

The Humane Society of Polk County 
3195 Dundee Road
Winter Haven, FL 33884
Call (863) 324-5227

Meet Blessing! She is a labrador retriever mix who was brought to the Humane Society of Polk County as a stray back in March of 2016. She is black and white with smooth fur and is medium sized. She has to die for brown or auburn eyes and cute drooping ears and a long wiggly tail. She is a lovable girl who just wants someone to love her. Preferably a woman. She is talented and smart knowing how to sit, sit pretty for treats, shake hands and also gives high fives. When taking her photos I noticed she is super affectionate and loves to give kisses. I had to wipe my lens off several times as she wanted to give me so many. She is housetrained and up to date on shots and is ready for her forever home.


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Adoptable Dog Humane Society of Polk County Winter Haven paw-tography portraits http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2016/10/she-is-such-a-blessing-adoptable-dog Sun, 30 Oct 2016 18:22:09 GMT
Pageants helped me build self confidence - Auburndale Tiny, Little and Teen Pageant 2015 http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2015/4/pageants-helped-me-build-self-confidence---auburndale-tiny-little-and-teen-pageant-2015 Back in my pre-teen years I used to compete in pageants and I don't regret one bit of my participation. They brought out true inner beauty and self confidence in each of its contestants especially me!

Back in the early 90s the Miss Montana Pageant was held in Great Falls, Montana and since it was in my home town I wanted to enter. A friend of mine is currently Miss Montana and I am so proud of her. Go Tahnee Peppenger. She is quite the entrepreneur as well owning her own rodeo fashion company http://www.pinkspursco.com/.

Without doing pageants I would not have built my self confidence to speak in front of people. My confidence to just walk up to a stranger and strike up a conversation. My ability to be open and honest. My ability to sell...and own many different businesses throughout the years.

My mom, being a single parent at the time, told me that if I wanted to keep doing the pageants I had to pay my own way. This meant pay my entrance fees, for all my outfits and basically...everything! Well, this is where I learned to sell, sell, sell! I would do everything I could. Mow lawns, babysit, sell jerky at local bars and restaurants. I didn't get a fancy new ball gown but a beautiful used one from the Goodwill. If I remember correctly, my mom helped me a little with entrance fees but many were paid for because I sold so many ads in the program. It is crazy that if you really want something and it isn't given to you how much you can accomplish and learn from the experience. I really wish more parents nowadays were like my Mom. Make them work for it and they will appreciate it so much more.


dressingdressing Yes, I still have insecurities and I think we all do but being in pageants showed me that everyone is beautiful in their own way. I didn't win the pageant but took away more than I could have ever imagined at the time. 


Little MissLittle Miss

One of my favorite memories was doing my speech on some one I admired. Pretty funny when I really admired President Ronald Reagan. I thought it was pretty cool that an actor could turn President and that I thought he was so handsome. Not as the President but back when he was the "actor". 

moremore The Tiny-Miss Auburndale pageant was the first of it's kind for the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce and I think it was very well organized. Congratulations to all the winners and even the contestants themselves. You may not know it now but every time you are up on that stage you build self confidence and skills that you take with you for life.  For more information, call the Chamber at 863-967-3400.


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Auburndale Chamber of Commerce Great Falls Miss Montana Pageant Montana Pageant self confidence http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2015/4/pageants-helped-me-build-self-confidence---auburndale-tiny-little-and-teen-pageant-2015 Sun, 12 Apr 2015 19:33:52 GMT
Auburndale Chamber of Commerce Leading Ladies Expo 2015 http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2015/4/auburndale-chamber-of-commerce-leading-ladies-expo-2015 One of my favorite things to do is network and meet new and fabulous entrepreneurs especially women! Well, before moving to Florida i did a little Facebook and Internet research and found a great group of women entrepreneurs in Polk County, Florida. They are called FAB and they welcomed me with open arms. I have been their guest at two meetings and am joining this Monday. Here is a little bit about them taken from their website:

"FAB – Females Advancing Business – is a networking group for women in the Greater Winter Haven area. Formed in 2010 by Dora Lovell, Kathryn Smith and Cynthia Rignanese, the group’s purpose is to provide an opportunity to get to know others who are serious about building their business through relationships and referrals — all in an atmosphere that is informal, relaxed, and educational. If you are a FABulous lady, and would like more information, please contact us at: FABwinterhaven@gmail.com"

Since networking with them I have photographed the Auburndale Chamber of Commerce Tiny, Little Miss and Teen Pageant and this wonderful event below. I can't wait for more opportunities to come!

The Leading Ladies Expo and Luncheon 

at the Auburndale Civic Center

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april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Auburndale Chamber of Commerce FAB Females Advancing in Business Leading Ladies Expo http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2015/4/auburndale-chamber-of-commerce-leading-ladies-expo-2015 Sat, 11 Apr 2015 14:24:57 GMT
Selfies for business owners are a thing of the past http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2015/3/did-you-know-i-do-corporate-photography-headshots-group-shots-promotional-pageants Today everyone needs a professional headshot.

If you are a business owner, you need a headshot.

If you are writing a blog, you need a headshot.

If you are in sales, you need a headshot.

If you are in the financial industry, you need a headshot.

Having a professional headshot on your profile, on your website or blog is the first impression a customer or client is getting about you.  

A professional image is very important and a cell phone "selfie" just won't cut it anymore in the online market. You want to portray your product as professional so you should also look professional. The only way to do this is to hire a professional photographer like April Spaulding to make you look your best. Correct lighting and posing will make you look fabulous and will also make people want to work with you. 

"It would be better to have NO photo than to have a "selfie."

Why not have a photo that is a true representation of who you are."

Your personality, style, passion can come through in a professional headshot. Whether you prefer natural lighting or in studio lighting there is still a drastic need (if not more) for these types of images.

"It PAYS to make the investment in YOU and in YOUR BUSINESS."

April Spaulding Photography not only does individual headshots in studio but can also set up a small studio at your place of business or on location such as a park or at a corporate or staff function. 




april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) corporate photography headshots selfie staff group portraits staff photography staff portraits http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2015/3/did-you-know-i-do-corporate-photography-headshots-group-shots-promotional-pageants Fri, 06 Mar 2015 19:26:22 GMT
Mike & Leslie - FunTana photobooth wedding fun http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/8/mike-leslie---funtana-photobooth-wedding-fun  

Mike & Leslie's Wedding ReceptionFunTana Photobooth fun with April Spaulding Photography

What can I say....Leslie was the best bride ever! Not only did she talk up the booth but passed out a ton of cards to her friends who just got engaged. Rhiannon was the booth attendant at the event and had a blast. Even though it was her first time she loved it!


If you would like to book the photobooth for your next event visit www.funtanaphotobooth.com or email april@aprilspaulding.com and I can help you.


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) FunTana Ryan's Dam great falls photobooth wedding http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/8/mike-leslie---funtana-photobooth-wedding-fun Wed, 06 Aug 2014 17:02:07 GMT
Only booking sessions through September 13 2014 http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/8/only-booking-sessions-through-september-13-2014 Everyone keeps asking "Why Florida?" and I thought I should explain. I have found the love of my life...one that challenges you, knock you off your feet, surprises me with my favorite chocolate wine and sushi...well you know that kind! Anyway, he is retiring in two weeks from the Air Force and his parents live in Lake Hamilton, Florida. He would like to be a little closer to them. It took some thought and a heck of a lot of convincing being all the friends, clients and knowing everyone in this part of Montana. But I said why not take the chance. I have never really lived out of state as an adult before. I lived in England when I was six but that is it. Tried moving to Vegas when I was 22 but got scared and changed my mind. So, without kids in tow and non-planned for now, I am taking the leap! 

Because I am moving to Florida in late September I have to stop taking sessions to schedule ordering appointments by September 13, 2014. 

As of today I do have room for two more seniors and about three more family portrait sessions. I am very sorry for any inconvenience but would love to book your session for next May and early June and give you a $100 portrait ordering credit to do so. 

I am looking forward to this new experience but a little scarred in starting my business over but I know I can do it! After all, if it doesn't work out I have all of you great Montanans to come home to!


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Florida Lake Hamilton book moving portrait credit session http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/8/only-booking-sessions-through-september-13-2014 Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:45:00 GMT
{WEDDING} DIGITAL DOWNLOAD SALE http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/7/-wedding-digital-download-sale {WEDDING} DIGITAL DOWNLOAD SALE: Won't happen again ever!

For all weddings that were held previous to 2014 you can purchase your high resolution digital downloads per wedding for {only $200} with printing copyright release (some edited, some not). If interested please email me april@aprilspaulding.com and I can send you a paypal invoice then you will receive your link to download once paid in full.


***Note: not all clients have online galleries but please inquire.


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/7/-wedding-digital-download-sale Thu, 31 Jul 2014 19:12:17 GMT
MOVING TO FLORIDA...digital download sale & new referral program http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/7/moving-to-florida-digital-download-sale-new-referral-program
Digital download sale/Referral Bonus Program
Yes, I am moving to Florida in September but hopefully in hopes of becoming the youngest snow bird in Montana!! No, I just want the best of both worlds...so I want to still book weddings, families and seniors next year in Montana starting in May ... but in the mean time I want you to be able to have your images and I am offering incentives for referring me to your friends.
DIGITAL DOWNLOAD SALE $100 per session
For all sessions that were held previous to 2014
You can purchase the digital download with printing copyright release for only $100
Just let me know if you are interested and I can send you a Paypal invoice then the link to download your images. Please contact me via email april@aprilspaulding.com with the gallery you would like to purchase. (In case it is family that wants the downloads)
• refer a wedding to me I will give you $100 in print credit or $50 in cash for every wedding booked that you refer for May - September 2015
• refer a portrait session to me I will give you $75 in print credit or $25 in cash for every portrait session booked that you refer for May - August 2015 **only in conjunction with my weddings
If you have any questions at all please let me know.
April Spaulding


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) BONUS DIGITAL DOWNLOAD PROGRAM REFERRAL SALE http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/7/moving-to-florida-digital-download-sale-new-referral-program Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:27:43 GMT
Sweet sibling love http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/7/sweet-sibling-love

Love thy sibling. I just love it when siblings get along and play with one another. At first thought when I arrived for the session ... they must just be getting along for the pictures. Wow, was I ever wrong. They even began to dance with one another. When I arrived for the ordering appointment in their home Marcus was getting his fingernails painted by his sister! Then by the time I left they were jumping into the pool together. There is something so sweet to be said about this.

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) children brother sister gibson park http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/7/sweet-sibling-love Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:54:28 GMT
Happy 60th Wedding Anniversary Skoogs!! http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/happy-60th-wedding-anniversary-skoogs Wow...60 years?? Now that is a milestone that many don't see nowadays with so many taking marriage as a grain of salt. These two were so cute and I can see why they have been together so many years. They compliment one another. She is a talker and he gets down to business! The funny thing I have to mention is it was his idea for the anniversary portraits to give to the family and display at their party. Thank you Ginger and Arnie Skoog and also to the Bowman family for allowing me to capture this amazing milestone.

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) 60th Anniversary anniversary http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/happy-60th-wedding-anniversary-skoogs Sat, 24 May 2014 06:30:00 GMT
PAW-tography is here! www.paw-tographyportraits.com http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/paw-tography-is-here-www-paw-tographyportraits-com I am super duper excited to announce the new branch of my photography studio. It took a few years in the making to build up a portfolio but I have finally made the transition. The new branch is called PAW-tography. I not only photography pawed animals but also hooved pets and reptiles to birds. Stay tuned as I will announce our first pet model search! I know I will fill up fast as my studio hours have now changed to Monday - Thursday 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and an occassional Saturday. 

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) central montana pet photographer http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/paw-tography-is-here-www-paw-tographyportraits-com Thu, 15 May 2014 23:00:00 GMT
First Birthday Cake Smashes http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/first-birthday-cake-smashes First birthday cake smash sessions are one of my favorites (accept cleaning up the mess!) Not only are they encouraged to dive into the cake but also to paint with it! I can provide the cake for an additional fee and absolutely love Crooked Tree Coffee and Cakes. Leah and her crew are amazing at what they do. They are right down the street from me and very tempting to visit everyday!m

For more information or to schedule your cake smash session call me 406.750.8666 or email april@aprilspaulding.com. Mini sessions start at $45.


In the above session Momma "Melissa" brought in this lovely cake. I prefer white cake and white frosting so as to not turn you little one into a blue smurf! Cutler for some reason did not like the texture of the cake but loved his balloons instead. You never know what they are going to do and that is part of the fun.


10x20 Triptych10x20 Triptych


For the next session they brought in a custom cake for Hayden's first birthday made by Crooked Tree Coffee and Cakes and not only did she like it but we had help cleaning up the mess by their also one year old chocolate lab!




april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Cake Smash First Birthday baby http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/first-birthday-cake-smashes Thu, 15 May 2014 19:30:00 GMT
Albums are the hot new trend for High School Seniors! http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/albums-are-the-hot-new-trend-for-high-school-seniors If you are one of those that wants all your favorite images but also wants to do something with them to show off to family and friends; why not have April Spaulding Photography create an amazing album for you.

These can be used to show case your amazing session at your graduation party. You can even create a graduation guest book using your images! Albums are included in some of the top senior packages or can be purchased separately. We order most of our albums from H and H Color Lab as their quality is amazing and they are our lab of choice!


Click the right hand bottom corner to turn the page!

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) Montana Seniors class of 2015 http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/albums-are-the-hot-new-trend-for-high-school-seniors Wed, 14 May 2014 19:00:00 GMT
2015 Seniors now is the time to BOOK!!! http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/2015-seniors-book-now Save your spot this spring and summer as we have very limited sessions for the 2015 seniors and you don't want to miss out. We will only be taking 30 seniors this year at April Spaulding Photography and all sessions must be taken by August 15th!!!! Please email me for our latest session/product catalog and schedule a pre-consultation either by phone or by coming into the studio to see all the latest products. Email april@aprilspaulding.com or call 406.750.8666. Mention seeing this blog post and receive a FREE 5X7 GALLERY WRAP.

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/5/2015-seniors-book-now Tue, 13 May 2014 18:30:21 GMT
Josh & Ashlee - FunTana photobooth fun http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/3/josh-ashlee---funtana-photobooth-fun

My valuable photobooth attendant assisted guest on Feb. 22, 2014 at Josh and Ashlee's wedding reception at the Columbus Center in Great Falls. They initially booked 2 hours with us but when that was over they wanted more so they booked another 2 hours. Oh what fun was had. Check it out...



april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) FunTana great falls photobooth http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/3/josh-ashlee---funtana-photobooth-fun Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:42:15 GMT
Newborn baby Beckett http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/2/newborn-baby-beckett I love it when the whole family joins in to welcome their newest edition to the family. The two older brothers are so proud of their new baby brother and who wouldn't be. Ashton looks amazing after just giving birth and dad was such a help with the first session. Grandma came for the second session and the power of the grandma touch! She had Beckett to sleep so fast and he wasn't going anywhere. I highly recommend keeping a grandma in your pocket for sessions like these...lol!

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) baby baseball newborn newborn photography http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/2/newborn-baby-beckett Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:15:00 GMT
James at 9 Months ~ He's a mover this one! http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/2/9-month-hes-a-mover-this-one After this session I sure hope he was wore out because Mom and I sure were. It could have been us curled up in the laundry basket taking a nap. At 9 months he was crawling, walking, walking, and of course teething. He was just fascinated by the pipe we used as a portion of the background. I could tell it felt good on his gums as he kept licking it like an ice cream. 

One thing is for sure, his dimples are just adorable and mom has her hands full! But good thing James has 3 older brothers to take care of him and keep him busy!

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) 9 months baby http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/2/9-month-hes-a-mover-this-one Fri, 07 Feb 2014 19:00:00 GMT
Born Feb. 2, 2014: Our Super Bowl Baby Davin James http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/2/born-feb-2-2014-our-super-bowl-baby-davin-james

It wasn't beer drinking and indulging on super fatty snacks for me on Feb. 2, 2014 when the Seattle Seahawks met the Denver Broncos in New York, nor was it much of a game. So it was worth while to miss it for this beautiful experience. Even though Marissa and Aaron were rooting for the Broncos to win, they were well occupied at 9:59 p.m. when Davin came into the world at Benefis Hospital South Tower. 

Even though I was tired, my adrenaline kicked in and I didn't want to miss a minute of his birth and all the tender moments after. The staff at Benefis made these moments even more special taking care of not only momma and baby but also making sure I got every shot. So thankful for them! I finally left the hospital at about 1:30ish. It is nice to now live in Great Falls so I don't have to wait at the hospital for hours and hours of labor. They can now call me and I will be there in 10-20 minutes.

I am so happy for you both on your first child and wish you all the best. Thank you for allowing me the pleasure of documenting these special memories. ~ Hugs, April Spaulding

april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) benefis birth photography hospital newborn http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2014/2/born-feb-2-2014-our-super-bowl-baby-davin-james Thu, 06 Feb 2014 22:38:57 GMT
Wedding season is here...full swing http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2013/1/wedding-season-is-here-full-swing I really enjoyed the Bridal Journey in Great Falls last weekend. This was my 4 or 5th year being a vendor for it and I can't tell you enough how awesome Cheryl is. She gave me a primo spot. I am trying something a little new this year by being a vendor at the Bridal Extravaganza at the Mansfield Center in Great Falls this Sunday, January 13. It all begins at 11 a.m. I am nervous to see where they put me! Come and check out our booth and specials. 

Here is a little recap of my weddings and engagements. 


april@aprilspaulding.com (APRIL SPAULDING) http://www.aprilspaulding.com/blog/2013/1/wedding-season-is-here-full-swing Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:00:57 GMT