November 30th, 2009

Custom Photography

The photographic art you choose to place on your wall is ultimately the result of the vision of the photographer. This vision, coupled with what you wear to your session, the environment, the lighting, even the mood the subjects are in at the time of photographing creates the work that you will want to proudly display on your walls forevermore.

What custom photography ultimately is all about is choice and experience (as in THE experience). Custom photography is about finding someone who will photograph your family, give you devoted 1:1 attention without worry of the next ‘in line’ or the feeling of a crowded portrait studio. A custom photographer will typically show you a fairly extensive gallery culled to only show the good images that meet the photographers’ creative sensibilities. Often the images are fully edited images-color corrected with blemishes and undereye circles removed. Custom photographers are also known as boutique studios, offering a range of products and unparalleled service. Think Lexus vs. Hyundai, think Nordstrom vs. WalMart.

Custom photography should have you, the client and your experience in mind

Often times clients will mention to their photographer that X studio in the mall/department store only charges $19.99 for an 8×10 “sheet” or they may mention other things related to discount photography chains.  The fact is those discount chains make their money on volume, not on customized 1:1 service.  In February 2007 leased photography retail space by a rather well known discount department store that started in Arkansas closed down 500 of their portrait studios across the nation?  The reason is simple, you cannot make money on 99¢ “professional” prints if you do not sell enough of them.  Interestingly enough – those same studios that offer the loss leader packages often charge much much more for their a la carte pricing (as high as $40-50 for an 8×10).  The whole reason the big department stores began offering portrait services in the first place was to get you, the savvy consumer, in through their door so that you could spend more money with them in other departments.  Your “PORTRAITS” are considered the “loss leader”.

Going to a chain studio, as a consumer, you don’t have the benefit of 1:1 attention for 2 hours at your home where your child is allowed to explore, play and be comfortable in their home environment, nor do you get the experience that many custom photographers are known for or the lovely captures of natural expressions.  You simply get a bare bones, “SAY CHEESE” experience.  Keep this in mind when selecting a photographer.

Keep in mind more than anything that the Lexus will never appreciate in value the way your portraits will.  The portrait art you become invested in from your custom photographer will no doubt increase in value and become more priceless as the years pass.

I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories.  The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment.

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November 29th, 2009

The "P" family's sneak peek

Some peeks for the "P" family I photographed last Monday. The boys were so darn cute.. I enjoyed every minute of it. :)

Enjoy your peek and I'm uploading them all as I type. :)

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November 28th, 2009

Miss A

My photo session with Miss "A"... she is such a doll. Every single one was a fav, but I managed to pick a few of my favorite favorites to post ;)

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November 27th, 2009

Three beautiful girls...

I had the pleasure of photographing these beautiful girls last Saturday. We had a beautiful, unseasonably warm fall day... so we got super lucky in the weather department.

Here are a few of my favs. :)

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The "E" Family

Some of my favorites from the "E" family's session last Friday. ;)

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November 25th, 2009

A covered bridge and two little darlings...

I have photographed both of these beauties before, so they are no stranger to me. The mom of one of the girls picked this location and I'm so excited that she did, that way now I know HOW to get to this fabulous place!

We had fun, especially the moms and myself. ;)

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November 24th, 2009

The Murray family

A few favs from the Murray's family session I did a week ago. They had the most energetic, beautiful children. ;)

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November 22nd, 2009

To my valuable and true clients

Just a note out to those of you that know me and are true and trusted clients. I have had a lot going on in my life, even though on the surface it doesn't show, some of you closest to me do know. Today my littlest woke with a fever. I had to cancel and session and unfortunately with no dates left to reschedule couldn't get the family in for their xmas photos. I was not happy to cancel, but had no choice. My family comes first, previous circumstances prevented me from being able to leave him with anyone else. I offered this "client" a set of 25 FREE xmas cards from a previous session that we did in October  to make up for the fact that I was cancelling and couldn't reschedule. She was not mature enough to realize that sometimes things happen that are not in our control and when you work out of your home, well your business and your personal life does entertwine. So this is just a note to those of you that know me, you know that I'm passionate  about my work, my clients and my family. If you hear negative things being said about me, please first consider the source, then if you feel the need, come to me for my side of the story. In the past two months I have had the horrible luck of having two customers that have proved to be thorns in my side. I dealt with them as best as I could in a professional manner, but for some reason, in a small town, there are still those that like to talk and bad mouth.

Know that I did try to accomodate this client, I was kind and apologized over and over for cancelling. The rain this year took the days  that I would have had to reschedule because I was rescheduling everyone else due to the weather. So those of you that know me, you know that I'm not what may be said, but if you don't know me very well, as I said, please consider the source and if you want, ask because I will explain everything to you. I have nothing to hide and will give both sides to the story.

I just felt that I needed to state that as she is bad mouthing me all over a social networking site and if she continues I suppose I'll have to check on the statute of slander.

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An important issue

An email I received this morning from an awesome family and client.


Good evening,


I am sending out a very preliminary email to my creative friends and asking for your ‘artistic donations’.  BAAWARE will be hosting an Art Show in May (Jax’s Birthday Month) 2010 to raise funds for our foundation BAAWARE.  We are looking for paintings, sculptures, and/or photography. 


If you would like to donate, please let me know. If you know of anyone that would be willing to donate their art, please forward the message.  We will send more specific details out as soon as we have them together so you can mark your calendars and invite others. We are very excited and think it will be a wonderful event!!


Thanks in advance!


Then you can go to the website and learn a little about it. I think it is brand new, so you can only get a little history, but I know that I will be donating. I'm challenging my artistic friends to donate as well. This is for a good cause... if you have children or do not, it's a good thing.

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November 21st, 2009

Mommy and Daughter session last Saturday

My early morning mom/daughter session from last Saturday. What a little cutie this darling was...she was busy, but we wouldn't expect anything else. :)

Taken at the gorgeous Presbyterian Church in Crystal City.

My early morning mom/daughter session from last Saturday. What a little cutie this darling was...she was busy, but we wouldn't expect anything else. :)

Taken at the gorgeous Presbyterian Church in Crystal City.

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November 20th, 2009

And the winner is.....

Krissi! You have won the sprayed and mounted 16x20.

I'll email you with the details!

Thank you all, I have the best clients EVER!!!!Oh and Jack enjoyed being the "drawer" he cut out the names and placed them in the hat, and then drew the name. He kept drawing but I had to remind him that mommy could NOT give everyone a free sprayed and mounted print. :)

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November 19th, 2009

Breanna's senior session

My favorites from Breanna's session. We did hers in two parts as well and I think I like that we did. Gave her a chance to do her hair curly one day and straight the next and a whole different set of lighting as well.

I also did a few with her and her friend, that's her at in the last photo.

I'm off to New Moon! Can not WAIT!

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November 18th, 2009

Second part of "J" session

The rest of my favorites from this session. They were all so good, it was hard to choose only a few to post.

The rest of my favorites from this session. They were all so good, it was hard to choose only a few to post.

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November 17th, 2009

Part one of "J" session

Did a family/newborn session with this family last week. They are such beautiful people, inside and out. I have so many favorites that I need to do two entries and I'm still editing.


So here is my first set of favs. ;)

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Sweet Mr. "S"

What blue eyes this little guy has... I'm so glad that I got so many of him looking at me, of course the one photo of him from the side looking down is one of my very favorites, the light, the angle... *sigh



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November 16th, 2009

Jen and kids

Another friend session but this friend and I go WAY back... way way back, right Jen? :)

Love her and her kiddos.... xoxo

Some of my favs

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November 15th, 2009

Fabulous Family Session

This was the most fun and a new beautiful location to boot. :) A beautiful church, the grounds were GORGEOUS, big huge trees, there is a really neat bridge that is cobblestone and we went down to shoot the one big family photo in front of the bricks... (love bricks by the way)

Anyway, as you could see, little Miss G was a big poser for me and I hope to photograph this beautiful family again. xoxo

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Something Exciting!

So, I'm feeling generous. ;)


Here's what I'm offering... leave me a comment here on this entry, include your email address and on Friday I will "draw" them out of hat and the winner will win a 16x20 sprayed and mounted photo ($60 value)  from your most recent session.


This will end Friday the 20th, so come on, give me some love so I can make someone happy. ;)



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November 14th, 2009

Sunday's early bird session

I've photographed the first little one once before, but she was a lot smaller... they grow so fast and being someone who might only see them once every three months or so, it's amazing when you do see them again, to see the changes, the milestones, etc.

What a DOLL she is. And then the cousins, I did a big family shot with all of her cousins in their Christmas "best"


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November 13th, 2009

A fun family session

A change in location for this session ended up being a GOOD THING. The family was to come down to my house but all of our trees are bare and the leaves that are on the ground are brown. This park is 60 miles north of us and still is so pretty and the grass is green, it's a beautiful park. I think we all made the right decision. :)


I can not tell you how fun this session was, simply because the whole family was relaxed and laid back and FUN. When the picture taking was over, we were discussing different photos on my site and I received the best compliment that anyone could ever give me, and I know I have thanked her a million times, but I'm going to tell everyone here as well what she told me. She said "I love your photography, it's not just photos, it's art" maybe not word for word but what I do remember clearly is that she views my photos as art and that is EXACTLY what I strive for. That meant so much to me, as a frustrated artist (at times) it means that someone finally does "get it" I know that most of my clients do get it or they wouldn't come to me for my style, but I think that liking my style and "getting me" is different and for that I thank you Jackie... from the bottom of my heart. And as a photographer and the fact that I use that as my tag line, it means that it is getting out there as I want it to, that I am taking your memories, your precious family photos and making them into art.

Ok, I've rambled enough. A few of my favs from this session.

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More from Megan

We finished up last Saturday with Megan's senior shoot. There were a few more spots that she wanted to be photographed at, so I agreed, of course, she is an awesome model and anything to photograph in high grass, right Megan? :)

Enjoy my favorites. I love photographing seniors.... I think they are my new favorites.

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November 12th, 2009

Miss Katey

What a pleasure to photograph this little beauty. I have known her momma since we were in school. I love to be able to record memories for my clients, but especially those near and dear to my heart. I can't wait to photograph her as she grows.


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November 11th, 2009

The "T" family

So behind in posting, but I think I'm running good now.

This is my session from last Tuesday. Such a beautiful family, I enjoyed photographing them. ;)

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November 7th, 2009

Sunday's senior session
My last session on Sunday was Megan. I love doing senior shoots. So much fun. These are just a few of my favorites, I couldn't post them all here, I would run out of room. This will be here for a while, I'll catch up my session posts soon, my blog is acting up and they are supposed to look in to it so bear with me.

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