Happy Sweet 16 to SBP!

November 4, 2019

 

 

Well I am just playing on words here because last year I forgot to acknowledge 15 years and next year is 17 which sounds super boring.  Therefore, I am celebrating my Sweet 16th Year in business!    That sounds SO long but it went SO fast.  I thought I would try to list 16 things about me and my business but I don't think I have that many things to say so I will try to reach half... 8 things about me and the history of SBP:

 

1.  I had the idea before I had the skill.  I knew I wanted to be a photographer well before I entered college.  I was talked out of majoring in Photography and talked into getting a Chemistry degree.  I basically self taught myself photography but I did take some basic classes, shadowed a couple seasoned photographers and attended countless workshops over the years. 

 

2.  Started this business venture in 1999 when I bought my professional equipment and started practicing on friends and family - those poor souls.  Then in 2003 quit my full time lab job to begin running SBP out of my basement in our home on the north side of Kenosha.  

 

3.  I stayed in the home studio for two years and then moved to the studio downtown Kenosha in 2005.  I have been there ever since.  14 years!  

 

4.  I started out photographing weddings and portraits but then trailed off into portraits only to keep the peace in the Baldwin Household.  The boys were young.. REAL young:  at one point they were 10, 8.6.4.2.and 0   After about five years of photographing weddings, I made a deal with my husband to shoot portraits only.  "Happy Husband/Happy Life" is a thing too.  

 

whew, half way done... here are just a few more random facts about me:

 

5.  As stated above I have a husband who has stuck with me for over 22 years and we have six boys.  Did we plan that?  Were we trying for a girl?  Do we homeschool?  Are we Catholic?  What does your husband do?  All the questions I get asked on a daily basis when someone realizes how many children I have.  So here are the answers in a nutshell: 

 

Did we plan that?  I can't remember

Were we trying for a girl?  I can't remember

Do we homeschool?  No, I am not smart or patient enough ( see, I think I even wrote that wrong.. isn't it suppose to be nor?)

Are we catholic?  Yes but pretty sure that had nothing to do with it

What does your husband do?  I can't remember but I do know where he works!

 

But in all seriousness, I just love kids and I would have kept going as long as I could.  Brian caught on to what I was doing and "we" decided our family was complete after 6. 

 

6.  My "coffee" is a Starbucks Chai Tea - must be hot - I don't care what time of year it is.   But I feel like I have to disclose up until about a year ago it was McDonalds Coke... it had to be coke, not diet coke and it had to a large coke in the plastic cup not the foam or paper cup.  I am so glad I am not that weird anymore.  

 

7.  My "cocktail" is Long Lemonade.. basically a Long Island but with Lemonade instead of Cola.  I am sure I probably didn't have to explain that but just in case. 

 

I can't even make it to 8.    That was exhausting talking about myself.  Thank you if you made it this far.  Here is to another 16!  

 

 

 

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