I was so bad at keeping up with our blog last year, but I wanted to share some of our favorite sessions. Mom called me to schedule M’s birthday session. Every year we do a session that is all about her playing, just being her. We then design a book for mom. They are like a yearly progression of M’s life. Each year there are new toys, or new activities, depending on what she is into that year. This year I wanted to try a tent. So, I made a patchwork tent. Mom took the idea and ran with it! We started with a little fishing expedition to the pond. Such a little actress! No hook on the end, but she was pulling like there was a big old fish on the line!
Next, we went back to the ‘camp’ and had her build a fire! Mom had gathered stones and sticks and an old lantern to add to the set.
Little brother usually gets in on the act at some point during her session. Roasting marshmallows seemed to be the perfect time to add him.
Even mom and gram got in on a few marshmallow photos.
It was such a fun session and it is truly an honor to be able to document a child’s life like this. We really do love our clients, and think of them as part of the family.
*Please note that the fire was edited into the images later for safety reasons*
Right before Christmas we got a call. Do you shoot pets? Yes! We love to shoot pets! Especially dogs. Both Ed and I had dogs growing up. He’s got one now, and I have 3. Mine are spoiled 100 pound monsters! So, we are pretty much ready for any dog that comes in here.
In comes 3 dogs. Two Weimaraners and a Collie mix. If you’ve never been around a Weimaraner, they are very energetic dogs that were originally bred for hunting, and are beautiful dogs.
We had so much fun with this shoot! We would get two dogs to listen, and the third would not cooperate. Or we would get the dogs, and their people were talking. The more people (and pets) you add to an image, the more of a challenge it is.
That being said, We had to include some of the outtakes. Those are always my favorites!
Charlene and John, thanks so much for bringing your furry family. I had a lot of laughs doing this shoot!
March 9 will be Easter Bunny Photos/Easter Sessions
Our very own Ed will be donning the rabbit costume. These will be 1/2 hr sessions. You will have a 15 minute shoot, then about 15 minutes to choose your favorite out of the 5-10 images we proof. For $50 you will receive an 8×10, 2-5x7s, and 8- wallets all of the same pose. You will also receive 10% off any other purchase made that day. Your $50 is due at the time of booking to hold your time.
Our other Mini Session Day is March 16 for Mother’s Day photos. These will be 1/2 hr sessions. You will have a 15 minute shoot, then about 15 minutes to choose your favorite out of the 5-10 images we proof. For $60 you will receive an 8×10, 2-5x7s, and 8- wallets all of the same pose. We also include an extra 5×7 to give to the newspaper. You will also receive 10% off any other purchase made that day. Your $60 is due at the time of booking to hold your time.
First date for cutoff for the paper is March 22. Second cutoff date is April 5. Prints from the Mother’s Day session will be in to make the March 22 cutoff date.
Book a session for each day and get them for $50 each!
Please pass our link on to your friends and family!
Spencer was one of the last seniors of 2013 to call us. We booked him for Sunday morning. I was hoping that the sun wasn’t too bright, reflecting off the snow. We ended up with fog instead. Lots of fog, which made for a more dramatic image.
This little guy has been coming to us since he was born. Every year we do his birthday photos as well as his Christmas photos with his older sister. His mom and I discuss briefly what the theme of the portraits will be. Mom isn’t much into the traditional, sit and pose formally images. She usually brings some kind of toys for the kids to play with and we just document that. These images will be her children, as she remembers them playing.
This year M turned 4. You may not think so, but 4 is so much older than 3. He is talking so much more. Telling us stories, and asking us to play with his diggers and dump trucks. Are you having fun? “totally” is his reply. haha
Mom always gets a book of the session. Not only are books a great way to get all or most of the images from your session, but it’s almost a yearbook of your child. You can look through each book and see the progression to toddler-hood to tween to teen to young adult. The books are the memories the children will have long after we are all gone. I am so honored to be a part of this family’s life and get to document the children growing up.
The Saturday after Christmas I got a text from our friend Angela from . Her friend Tatiana wanted to book a session. Her brother was in from boot camp, and was going back on Monday. It was a last minute decision to get the family’s photo done. Would we be able to do it? Absolutely! We went in the next day.
This family was so much fun! We all joked around during the shoot. Once we got what we needed, we gave them a challenge. Every time the flash goes off, you have 5 seconds to find a new pose.
This led to a lot of silliness and laughing. These ended up being some of their favorite images. We ended up making collages with these.
Thank you to the Lamberson family for being so cool! And thank you Angela for the referral!
Lauren’s mom called us for an appointment for senior photos. The leaves had been long gone and the weather was colder. We decided to go to Moffat Estate, then back to the studio for the indoor images. The day of the shoot, mom called to see if we should still do the shoot. It had been snowing and she was worried about it being too cold or too snowy. I assured her that we would be fine to shoot and we would get some great images. Little did I know how great the images would be!
We took a little hike down to the covered bridges. I was still doing radiation, and had finished chemo not too long before this, so it did not take much for me to get out of breath. I made a couple short pit stops on the way down. When I caught up with the group, they were discussing angles and images.
Once we got everything at the bridge, we took a slow walk back up the hill, stopping to shoot along the way. Some of my favorite images are from this portion of the shoot.
Once we got back to the cars, we were able to warm up on the ride to the studio. One of the things I love the most about shooting seniors, is that we can make each session so different. We can use the same location and get so many different looks to it!
February 14th is Valentine’s Day. Who didn’t love the Valentine’s Day parties at school? You would make your little valentine holder and decorate it. Then you would walk around the room and deliver your valentines to the class. There was always a party, with cupcakes and cookies and other goodies. Party days at school were always the best! After you received all of your valentines, you would look though them all to see what you got. You would look to see who had the coolest valentines. Some were hand made, some were duplicates of others. Some had cool, popular characters from current movies. We think our valentines would qualify for the ‘cool’ pile. How can they not? They would star your child!
January 26 we are having a mini sessions day. The theme will be Valentine’s Day. These are quick little sessions. No session fees. For $75 you will receive 5-10 images to view, 1-8×10 for you, 2-5x7s, perfect for grandparents, and 24 wallets, great to hand out to the class for valentines! Wallets can be personalized, so the other students can be sure to remember your child! You will also receive 10% off any other prints purchased that day.
We do expect these sessions to book, so please call early to book your session. $75 is due at the time of booking.
As you all know, we do a baby contest every year. We take all the babies from the previous year, post one image from each child and have their friends and families vote for their favorite. The winner receives a $100 gift certificate. This year was a tough race. There were a few that could go all the way, but in the end baby C pulled it off.
Baby C’s mom and dad were one of our wedding couples, so we have known them a few years. We did their engagement session, their wedding photos and have done the family and the baby’s photos a few times. They are always fun to have in the studio and are pretty much up for anything.
Little Man was just about 6 months old, so he was just about able to sit up. For about a second! Mom and dad, along with Ed, were around him in case he fell over.
He is the cutest little guy we have had here in a while! Love that smile. Can’t wait for the cake smash when he turns 1!
Photobooth that is! Our photobooth has taken a life of it’s own! We’ve been so busy with it that we built a second booth to keep up with the demand.
If you haven’t seen or been in our photobooth, then you must be living under a rock! Seriously, we have have been all over the place with it. Hazelton, Penn’s Peak, Sand Springs, Milford, Montdale Country Club, Nay Aug, Moffat Estate and even my own back yard for my daughter’s graduation party.
If you want to check out our booth, join us at Studio 32 in Wilkes Barre on Aug 19th, Nay Aug Park on Aug 20th, or the GDS fair from Aug 27 – Sept 3.
Below are some of the images from some of the crazy people who have been in our booth.