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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Back to School Event

Today I am announcing the Back to School Event. I've been so excited to host this event, ever since last spring when I got the idea from some awesome clients. This event is for parents who are tired of the same old portraits they get from the contract photographers at their children's school. Here's how it will work:

I will be taking appointments for 10-minute mini sessions - with NO session fees! These appointments are available for two days only: August 29 and 30. These mini sessions are for individuals only (no groups) in the school-age range (Kindergarten through 12th grade.) If you have a pre-schooler that you would like to include, please call and discuss it with me first.

After the sessions, I will be posting the images in a group gallery on my website. You will actually get to see and choose your image for your package before you order! The images will be available for one week, after which I will archive ONLY the images that have been ordered from. The portrait packages will range in price from $20 to $65, with the option to add a'la carte prints as well. I will also be offering images on disk for those "do it yourself-ers."

This is a fantastic opportunity for your school portraits to be works of art! I will require a $20 minimum order deposit (per child, plus tax, non-refundable) to reserve your session. As these appointments are VERY limited, you need to call today to be sure you don't miss out. And don't forget to spread the word to your neighbors, family, and friends, as this is a website/blog event only. Also, because of the nature of the highly discounted packages, referral certificates will not be eligible for this event.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Hanging Four!

I just received my results for the national PPA print competition I entered this year. All four of my images were accepted into the General Collection of the 117th International Exhibition of Professional Photography. Because all of my prints received this recognition, I will also be receiving the Photographer of the Year award at Imaging USA: an annual convention of over 8,600 professional photographers and several photographic associations. My work will be on display at the Phoenix Convention Center, January 11-13, 2009, in Phoenix, Ariz.
Here's what PPA has to say about the competition: Approximately 4,514 entries were submitted to Professional Photographers of America’s (PPA’s) International Print Competition, from which a panel of more than 40 eminent photographers from across the United States selected the images that would comprise the 2008 General and Loan Collections...the most prestigious awards. These images constitute the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.
I've often heard of the prestige of "hanging four" (having all four of your images accepted) but I never dreamed it would happen to me this year. Thank you so much to my beautiful models!

"Blue-eyed Bloom"

"Lace and Ivy"

"Seventeen in September"


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Finding the Muse

I've said it before: I shoot until I feel like I've gotten something special. Well, by the end of H's session, here, I was feeling pretty good about the images we had created together. This session was born of a need to update her acting portforlio, so I was trying to keep things very simple, and dedicated to the task of a traditional head-and-shoulders. After we had accomplished that, I thought we were done. I was putting my camera away and suddenly got the idea that I haven't used my fan in a while, and she has really great hair. I said, "I lied, I'm not done!" and we started working again. I am so glad we did, because I LOVE the last few images, and even if they aren't what you had envisioned for your portfolio, H, they are sure going to beef up mine!!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Perfect Addition

Whenever I do a newborn session, it always makes me laugh when the parents are horrified that their sweet little baby has pooped all over my studio and their selves. Trust me here - it happens EVERY time you take the diaper off. All normal body functions aside, however, they are still so sweet when they're this tiny. This little girl is as sweet as they come, and I always marvel at how good her Papa is with newborn babies. He is truly the Baby-Whisperer, and I could tell that this one has already got him wrapped tight around those tiny little fingers. Thanks, A&C for everything!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Loyalty Counts

I was just thinking tonight about how many loyal friends and clients I've been blessed with this year. I can not tell you how much it means to me when a family comes back to me time and time again. When someone tells me that I am their family photographer, it is the highest compliment that I ever receive. I am thinking in particular of two or three ladies and their families who have had multiple sessions in just the last 9 months. I know money is tight throughout the nation these days, and that my services and products are considered a "luxury" item, but it's still MY bread and butter, and it's you awesome dedicated, loyal families who are providing for my little ones. Sorry to get so emotional, but I just had to say I LOVE YOU and THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart for trusting me with your memories. :-) Kris

Never too late

This is the wonderful D family. C&M were married 15 years ago, and since they didn't have professional portraits done on their wedding day, they asked if I would do some on their anniversary. I love this family. They are so fun to be around, and if anyone ever had a kindred spirit to my husband, it would be C! Congratulations on your 15 years.

The title of my post also means it's never too late for me to post a sneek peak! I'm sorry this has taken so long. I hope you still love me! :-)

Thursday, July 10, 2008

She is Five, going on Eighteen

There are certain ages that I want to create special portraits of my children: infant (blessing clothes), 5 years (before the teeth start falling out!), 8 years (baptism), 12 -14 (can you say awkward stage?), and their senior portraits. I decided for their 5-year portraits, I want to do a location session of them doing what they love. My son loves playing video games and drawing. Since neither of those situations lends well to photography, I did a portrait of him with his fishing gear (which he also loves.) My eldest daughter was a no-brainer: she is 100% pure ballerina. So, we gathererd up her dance costume and headed out to the State Capitol for her 5-year portrait. I asked her cousin to come with us to try for some more dance samples. Being able to create images of my children like this is truly the best fringe benefit of my job!