Just before Thanksgiving our family got the best Christmas gift ever!! My niece was born. The first little girl in the family in quite a while so we are all very excited!!!! My little brother, Anthony, had a baby girl. Well, actually he didn’t do much. My sister in law, Nina, had a baby girl and Anthony supported her in her breathing and pushing. Baby Daisy came into the world as perfect as she could be and I flew out to Chicago to do her newborn photos at about the 8 day mark. Here are some of the photos from the session.
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Yep, we’re doing some mini sessions at the studio for Halloween !! I wanna see your costumes!! Best costume of the day will win a $50 print credit too!!!
Call the studio to reserve your spot. They’ll go fast!!
Here is a sweet little angel I photographed while I was visiting family in upstate New York. We had great light outside so we took this little cutie out in the grass and used all natural light. She was the happiest little girl during the whole session and she had us all completely wrapped around her fingers (when she wasn’t chewing on them) Thanks for spending time with me & my camera little Corina. You are absolutely beautiful!
I often say dogs lead me to the nicest people and so often this is true. Hercules is one of those dogs. Herc has a very interesting story to tell. I’m not a great storyteller, but I will try. In June of last year I got a call from his mom Leslie. She called me to set up a portrait session for Hercules, her 5 year old pit bull and his best buddy Kylie, her 2 year old daughter. Herc had cancer and probably didn’t have long to live. Leslie wanted photos of the two of them together so that Kylie would have some way of remembering their special bond. I was so saddened to hear about Herc’s condition and sadder to think that he would soon leave a little girl heartbroken. Herc had already lost a leg to cancer so we scheduled the session right away. We did the session and the images got some media attention. My favorite is an article that was published on the Best Friends site, written by Roni Raczkowski. You can read all about how Herc came to his home with Leslie and Kylie. It is an interesting tale about the power of love.
Our meeting spawned a little arrangement whereby I photograph pets for FOCHP pro bono and the images help the pets to get adopted quicker. The FOCHP folks are wonderful and I love being able to help in some small “photographical” way. You could say Hercules led me to FOCHP and led me to do more work for rescues. Well, to the surprise and extreme delight of us all, Hercules is still with us!!! He is doing very well and the cancer is in remission. At least for now, he gets to enjoy his family and the wonderful life that Leslie has given him. I get to see Herc sometimes at adoption events and/or photo sessions for FOCHP fosters and I have vowed to photograph him and Kylie every year that he is with us. It’s the least I can do for a dog, a breed, and a family who has inspired me so.
From the session one year ago
Hercules and Kylie Today
A child is a gift. I look at mine and I think sometimes why am I so lucky. So lucky to have them, to be a part of their lives and to watch them grow. For me, photographing children is also a gift. I get to meet them – play with them – to “see” them and capture what I see so that others may see it also. I like to catch the subtleties of their little personalities and I try to turn their essence into art. I must admit I wasn’t one of those “kid-crazy” people when I was a teen or in my 20’s, but now I am finding that they bring me so much happiness. Just looking at them makes me sigh. Funny how we change. Our priorities shift and we see things differently. I think we see a bit deeper through wiser eyes. Here are some images from a recent session. This little boy is as sweet as he is beautiful. He is just about 18 months – all action, curls and the biggest eyes around.
Yep, it’s hot, it’s summer and the perfect time to think about Christmas. No I haven’t been standing in the sun too long. I mean it. If you really wanna get a jump on your Christmas “to do” list start by booking a session for your family portraits this summer in July or August. It’s the perfect time of year to do portraits, you’re tan, the days are longer (so you have more shooting time in great light outdoors) and you have lots less to do now than in November or December. To nudge you just a bit we’re offering a special limited edition “Christmas in July” promotion. Book and complete your session in July or August and you get a studio session and a set of 24 amazing cards for $175 (location sessions offered at $225 for the session and cards). That is $75 off the regular price!! Fa, la, la, la, la!! If you don’t want/need Christmas cards then you can substitute two 8×10 prints for the cards. (fine print: Card design/print order must be completed by 9-15-11. No procrastinating!! Session fee must be paid at the time of booking to hold your spot. This offer valid for family portraits up to 5 people, pet portraits or childrens portraits. A limited number of bookings will be taken. Once our shooting schedule is full, no more Christmas in July sessions can be obtained for 2011.) Call the studio to book your session at 714 255-1382.
It’s that time of the year. Christmas cards, baking, decorating and Shopping!! I’ve been super busy thanks to all my wonderful clients and I’ve met so many new kids and fur-babies too. It’s really been a blast of a season so far. Some of my clients asked for a gift card to give to their relatives and so I’ve put together two gift cards that are perfect for the holidays. They both include a studio session and a “gift” product. The nice thing is the recipient gets to choose their photo product. They can choose a photo bag, custom notecards or two 8×10 custom prints. The value of the gift card is $250 but I am selling them for a limited time for $175 for the pet session card and $200 for the children’s session card. The cards can be purchased by calling the studio at 714 255-1382 or by e-mail request using PayPal (just send and e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive a PayPal bill) Your gift cards will be mailed to you or to your recipient. Each gift card has a specific serial # and does not expire. The best thing is . . . you can even buy one for yourself to use. Self serve Santa frequents my house often : ))
Every once in a while you gotta do a photoshoot just for the fun of it . . . and then you gotta make a rockin’ slide show from the fun image you get.
There is nothing cuter than a baby, but add a cake, a tutu and her best friend and then you have something really sticky sweet! Here is Roxanne in her first birthday photo session. She thoroughly enjoyed herself and her doggie did too.
Sometimes I photograph a kid and they just have the best face! I mean all kids are cute. Seriously, I think they are all adorable and I just love photographing them and bringing to light their unique beauty. But there are certain kids who just give you a huge “range of face”. This boy Lucas has got it all going on man!! I originally scheduled a modeling session with his little brother but his mom sent photos of each of them and there was something in those pix that I knew I needed to get in front of my lens. I am so glad I asked her to bring both boys along. (both super cute) I got the best shots. Here are just a couple, with more to come. I’m just swamped right now and literally stealing moments to edit them. I also shot some for a promo I want to do, so I won’t be showing those off ’til later . . .
Color or Black & White . . . Can’t decide which I like better.
And here is the little brother, Rylan.