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Summer by the old watering hole

Posted by [email protected] on June 4, 2014 at 10:00 PM

     Summer is here, how else should 2 boys spend their lazy days, relaxing and playing by the old  watering hole? Having picnics, fishing and launching paper boats into the water. Walking barefoot, enjoying just being boys. Michael and Carlos had fun with this session and I think others will two. This will make great wall art in your home.

      This is the theme for my second mini session this month, June 27th. Only 4 sessions left so hurry and book before they are all gone. Special session pricing for $149 includes a 45 minute session, and mini accordion book to enjoy with a free 8x10. 




 

              

Tea Party on the lake mini sessions

Posted by [email protected] on June 1, 2014 at 7:10 PM

Summer time is here and now is the time for tea partys by the lake!  I found the perfect tea party table, hot pink and all and couldn't wait to try it out. So I had to hire my model Aleah to test it out and she couldn't wait to start her photo session. We went to a local San Antonio lake and it was a wonderful day for tea by the water. 

 June 29th,  I will be having a one day mini session special, book now becasue only 4 slots are left.  You can wear a tutu, party dress, or old fashion dresses, plus I have boas, peals, jewels and more available to use.  My limited  session will include a 30 minute session plus my new mini accordion book and 1 - 8x10. This will be priced at $149 plus tax. Stay tuned I will also be hosting a special session just for the little boys. I will be posting more detais soon.

 

A girl and her dog...

Posted by [email protected] on May 30, 2014 at 8:15 PM

It's been a few years since I have taken pictures with pets, but I had Adrianna laughing because when trying to get her dog Kyras' attention, she said it sounded like I was trying to get a childs' attention, LOL! Meet Adrianna and her 8 week old Husky. You can really tell how much she loves her dog. She has been wanting a Husky since she was small, so when she turned 16, she got herself a job and with her first paycheck, paid for her dog all by herself. Here are some of our session portraits... too hard to pick just one!

New studio welcom signs

Posted by [email protected] on September 3, 2013 at 6:00 PM

Here is my new studio sign I created so I am easier to find when clients come to take their portraits. I also created the chalkboard to welcome all my clients with a personalized message!

Think twice before buying the photographer's "Photo Disk"

Posted by [email protected] on August 18, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Everyone thinks about it, you may have even done it. I did it. I’m talking about buying the photographers’ photo disk. I bought the disk from my wedding photographer because I wanted to edit them myself and print what I wanted. I printed an album of the key elements but haven't opened that CD since, and I’ve been married for 5 years now. I think the reason is we want to keep all of the photos and may not have enough money to buy each and every one. We think to ourselves , “I could print out everything I need for who I need." Ha! I wish it worked that way. Since the digital age of photos on a memory card, we just don't get around to printing every picture we take.

Take for example, before when we had film we were limited to about 24 shoots per roll. We would pick and choose our shots very carefully because we all knew developing was a little pricy. Then we would rush to the 1 hour photo lab to have them printed. Not any more, now we take dozens of photos of our kids, playing on the playground, eating an ice cream cone or as my child does, takes dozens of pictures of her knee, the wall, and the ceiling fan. But where do they all end up? On our pc's, never to be seen again! Ask yourself, when is the last time you pulled up your photos on your computer? Maybe if you are lucky and have a digital photo frame you can update it with new pictures every now and again. Like me, I think the last time I updated it with new pictures is about 8 or 9 months ago. With little ones changing everyday it's far too long.

Then comes that little nagging feeling, what happens to my photos if something happens to my computer?? I Hope that never happens to you. Well I have a cd of the prints, you say. Think about VCR tapes, slides and film reels. What do kids now know about theses much less have a way to play or view them? Can you imagine what will happen in a few years when your kids are grown and they find these little flat circle things? You now it will happen. Look at Hollywood video and Blockbuster. When is the last time you have stepped in to one? Steaming videos is growing more and more each year.

So this leads me to my topic. Why should we choose to have the photographer print our portraits for us when we have them taken professionally? Everyone gets dressed to look their best for their portraits. Let's say you do print them out at the local drug store. You get back your pictures and your husbands' head is cut off and your nice new haircut and color that looked so great that day is now showing up green! Like you dipped your hair in chlorine green! But they looked so good on the studio screen. Welcome to what all of the processing we do behind the scenes!

Our job is not finished when you go home. It’s just beginning. When we work on your order we look at many different things. Professional labs and drug store labs have different quality standards. Don't get me wrong, they do great for everyday photos (most of the time) but for those once in 10 year, everyone is together and looking their best, don't trust them to make your portraits look "professional". We, as your photographer, have to work with each photo when sending them to the lab for processing. When you are at home you may upload them, click 4x6 for each, click submit and done. We edit each and every image which takes up time. Sure you could print them cheaper down the street but the quality won't be there. You are paying for our time to take the portraits and work with each one individually.

Here are a few things we do with your portraits.

Composing- Some sizes don't print well straight out of the camera. Depending on your camera settings 4x6's usually come out as taken. Anything bigger and things start getting cropped off. Just like widescreen will show all details but standard 4:3 ratio chops the image. Sometimes it’s a head here, a foot there. So for every pose you select we have to edit each one manually on the computer. So nothing gets cropped out.

Coloring/Brightness- Here we have to make sure your hair doesn't have the green tint. We have to make sure the brightness is adjusted so your photos don't come out dark. The local drug stores do not adjust the coloring for each new batch of photos. Sometimes you have to uncheck the "turn off in store color adjustment" box or it will "fix" the coloring for you, resulting in green hair or blue coloring in all of your whites.

Editing-Clothing wrinkles, hair out of place, and the people walking in the background of your portrait are all things we have to fix while working on each and every image we take. Imagine a child running through your background, a pole coming out of the top of your head. These are all edited out for each print you order.

Quality- Difference between drug store and professional labs is the paper in which they are printed on. Glossy and matte make a huge difference in the look and feel of your portraits. The difference in quality can mean fingerprints and glare and sometimes how long the photo will actually last. Cheaper paper can fade or colors run if you get them wet or leave them in a sun filled room.

Prints- You will actually be able to enjoy them if you have them printed for you instead of put on a disk somewhere. Most people do not have time to print them, much less go through all of the above steps for each photo that you take and print. I can easily take about 50 poses depending on the type of session. When will you have time to print them form a dish much less edit each and every one individually?

 

If you have the time to do the edits and printing great! If not, let us do all the work for you, that is why we are here. I'm not saying to never use that drugstore down the street; they do good work for everyday prints. But when you want your portraits looking as good as you did on the day you took them, trust the professionals to get it right and on your wall so you can enjoy your beautiful work of art!

Weclome !

Posted by [email protected] on August 8, 2013 at 4:45 PM

Just would like everyone for stopping by to take a look around. My passion is is creating art for my clients that you can share for a lifetime. Most of us own cameras that take great pictures but think about how much greater they will look if you step out from behind that camera and join the fun? Self timers can only go so far and the photos always looked staged. Going to a professional will allow you to join in the memories and not be worried about a thing other then having fun.

I have had this passion for a very long time. My sister who shall remain nameless (otherwise she will want royalties, lol) said I should credit my love of photography to her since she was always taking pictures of me as a child. Maybe if I had turned out to be a model then yes, but since I work behind the camera, I don't know if that counts. I started taking classes in highschool and since have been the family photographer. I love creating memories and seeing reactions when the final prints are delivered! Priceless!

I hope I can bring you some interesting tips and stories along the way! Please feel free to comment with suggestions or tips of your own!


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