Posts Tagged ‘Children’

Newborn Session in Chicago

January 28, 2017

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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When I was about 23 I gathered my brothers and went to a pro photographer to get a portrait done of the three of us. I can’t tell you how much she loved it. She cried (the ultimate test of a good “mom” present). Now I’m a bit older (uh-hem, friends and fam, no need to give away how much older) and one of these portraits hangs in my home today. It was a perfect gift for mom but more than that it is now a gift for the whole family. I treasure it. I only regret that I didn’t do it more often. So this might seem like a no-brainer “gift idea” but we all need reminding. Whether mom’s kids (or your kids :) are tiny little babies or pretty much all grown up, she loves photos of them. So whether you book a session with me for Mother’s Day or any day, do it. You will always be glad you did. And Moms reading this, we do offer gift cards and we are used to dealing with husbands/dads who are clueless as to what to get you for Mother’s Day. Just send them our way and we will handle the rest.

Here are some images of “kid” portraits for mom . . . forever.

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Seeing children . . .

July 28, 2011

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.

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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 info@lisascarsi.com 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 : ))

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Fashion Diva Photo Shoot

November 9, 2010

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.

It’s Black and White

February 10, 2010

I don’t show a lot of black and white in my portfolio.  Maybe it’s because I do have a strong preference for color.  But I think some of my hesitation was that I wasn’t always excited about the results of my conversions.  This past Monday I attended a workshop and learned a few new tricks from Brianna Graham.  One of the little golden nuggets I got out of the day, was better  black and white image conversions.  Brianna showed us her methods for tinkering with the images so that  you can get more tones in the conversions and retain a lot more details in the dark and light areas.  Here are two examples of my images that I converted today.  I think these look amazing . . . lots of tonal range . . . good snap.  Just better all the way around.  Of course it helps that the models are gorgeous! Wonder who they are?

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This first one is a little more contrasty but you can still see all the tones in her scarf, hair and hat.

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This next one is a little less contrasty and a bit warmer but there is still a ton of detail in the shirt and hair.