Child Portraits-A Year Makes A Difference

What a difference a year can make in the life of your young child! From the ages of 1 through 5 your child makes the most dramatic changes. The absolute biggest changes of course occur during the child's first year of life. That's why we offer a Baby's First Year package allowing you to come three times between newborn until your child's first birthday. This is a very affordable way to document for yourself these considerable changes.

But once people document their child's first year the time flies and before you know it the child is in preschool then kindergarten. Where did the time go? That's where our Creative Kid's Club comes into play. This is an incredible deal allowing you to bring your child in to the studio to get annual portraits done. There is just a one time club price of $149. This covers 5 sessions over 5 years of your child's life with a 5x7 print included with each session. Each club member also receives exclusive pricing on additional prints and studio products.

Why do we call it Creative? Well where else are you going to go to get amazing portraits of your child, hassle free in a relaxed setting? Not a chain portrait studio that's for sure. Here's a comment from one of our clients:

"I went to Sears thinking I could save money and it turned out horribly. My husband reminded me you get what you pay for!”

Needless to say it didn't take much for this customer to return to us and the great experience of child portraiture.

So yes a year can make a big difference in the life of your child. Pictured here is a child at two (right) and on the left the same child at three. So what are you waiting for? Call us to get in on the club action for your child. It's an affordable option for you to preserve these treasured memories of the life of your child. For more info on the club email us or call the studio @719.475.0160.

 

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Why Have A Professional Business Portrait?

Does a good business portrait really matter? Well it does if you want to be taken seriously in your chosen field of business. Perhaps you don't use your portrait on your business card but a business portrait is very useful on business networking sites like LinkedIn, your company website, for publications for your profession or if you've had a significant achievement that gets published in the paper.

And keeping your business portrait up to date is important as well. If you've aged more than 6-7 years from your last portrait or made a significant change (hair style, facial hair, weight loss etc) then you really should get an updated portrait taken. Or if you've started a new business or changed your career field it's a great time to get a business portrait taken

Are You A Team Player?

If you work as a team with others we can have the whole team photographed. This can be teams like realtors, mortgage or banking teams, financial planning teams, or even the whole staff. We offer special pricing for business teams so that you can get a team portrait as well as individual portraits at the same time. If you have a large staff we can even come to your business and do head shots of your whole staff at a special rate. Contact us for details.

Want Something Different? Or Outside?

Maybe a head and should portrait is not what you are looking for. We can design a creative portrait just for you. One that reflects your profession.

Sometimes a studio portrait is not a good fit either. We can take an Environmental Portrait of you in your place of business. Or we can go outdoors. Realtors, authors and others have asked to have their portrait taken outside.

What Should I Wear?

We get this questions a lot—for business portraits. So we've created a What to Wear Guide for business portraits below.

Why not put your best foot forward and get a professional business portrait taken today. For more info or to book your business portrait today email us or call the studio @719.475.0160.

Call today. We know you're busy so we will work you in our schedule to accommodate yours.  

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Paw Prints Calendars Are Here

Our annual fundraiser for All Breed Rescue & Training was such a huge success this past Spring that we decided we wanted to do more for ABRT. So we did. We created a calendar for them to sell to raise funds.

It was a lengthy process but we designed a nice 12 page calendar prominently featuring the pet portraits done mostly at this last Paw Prints Fundraiser. The 2015 calendars will go on sale this weekend at ABRT's annual Romp in the Park event. We will have some for sale here at the studio and various retail locations throughout the city will also have some for sale.

But we want to make it bigger and better for next year. So we are rolling our a Calendar Contest during our Paws event for 2015. Sure, we will still offer the usual mini pet portrait session for a donation to ABRT. But in addition --for those so inclined-- we will offer a chance for them to have their pet grace the pages of the 2016 calendar. Details are still be worked out but the plan is for people to select a month and plan their “photo shoot” of their pet around a specific month.

Of course for the calendar project we will also be looking for businesses and individuals to help sponsor the printing and production thereby allowing all of the funds from the sales to go directly to ABRT. We had some wonderful donors step up to the plate this year for the first ever calendar project and we are grateful to them for their support of ABRT.

We do pet portraits not just during the winter for our ABRT fundraiser but longer pet sessions all year long. We offer special pet session fees as well as print and product packages. Thinking of having your pet photographed? Email us or give us a call @719.475.0160 for a free pre-session consultation.

 

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Portrait of the Month-July

 

A Father's Love

Babies are tiny. Parents seems large compared to them, especially newborn babies. For newborn sessions I like the parents and baby to come in the first few weeks after birth. This is a great time as baby is so small and sleepy and we are able to get the baby to really pose well.

I love incorporating parents into a newborn session. Some parents are a bit worried about how they look –especially mom since she just went through a major ordeal. But I know that they will look back on this time in amazement and love having themselves with their newborn in the portrait. Babies change so much during even the first few months that it's great to get portraits made as soon as possible. And parents will look back in amazement that their son or daughter was ever really that small.

One of the things I love doing the most during a newborn session is to create a portrait of dad holding the baby. Dad is usually so large compared to tiny baby that it makes an impact. Sure we get plenty of portraits of mom holding baby but I love getting dad to hold the tiny baby. The selection of this image for Portrait of the month was really a no brainer. The tenderness of dad kissing his newborn daughter is priceless. A moment that the parents will cherish forever.

We offer a Baby's First Year plan. Your baby will change so much that first year, in fact greater change than at any time in their life. This plan is a great way to get affordable portraits at key stages in your baby's first year of life. Some of the most expressive baby portraits are taken between 6 and 9 months of age. Your baby will be able to actually look at you and smile much more easily. Pregnant or know someone who is? Contact us (719.475.0160 or email us) today to schedule a free no obligation consultation for the best newborn portraits ever.

 

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Creative Kid's Club & Child Mini Sessions

Anyone who knows kids knows that they change a lot in a short amount of time. The most a child will change in their lifetime is during their first year. That's why we offer the Baby's First Year Collections.

However we do know that children change dramatically during their first few years as well. Maybe not as much as during that first year but quite enough to really take notice.

If you don't photograph your children frequently during their first several years of life you are really missing out. We've had clients that come in frequently during this time frame (1 to 7 years of age) and many more who are too busy or simply forget. The next thing you know your child is leaving grade school and moving to Middle School. Wow, when did that happen—just yesterday they were missing their first teeth.

That's why we've created the Creative Kid's Club—to help in the process of documenting your child during these important formative years. The Creative Kid's Club is a great way to get on a schedule to get your child's portrait taken during these years. Not to mention affordable. The Kid's club is an amazing deal—for a limited time club membership is just $95 (until Sept 1) and that includes 5 sessions over 5 years-no session fee beyond the initial club fee. Not only that you receive a 5x7 custom print from each session. These are short mini sessions—20-30 minutes and you have the option of placing your order immediately following the session. Kid's Club members have special pricing on duplicate prints as well as 4 print collections from $199 to choose from.

We also offer special Child Mini Sessions without any club membership. They are $50 for a session fee and then you may choose from 4 print packages beginning @$250. Child mini sessions are only available weekdays until 4 PM for children ages 1 through 16.

Both of these child sessions—either Kid's Club of Mini Sessions are a great way to capture portraits of your child without waiting to schedule a formal family portrait. These are perfect for showing off a new outfit, missing their first teeth, getting braces or for a holiday card.

Interested in getting portraits created of your child. Call us at 719.475.0160 or email us for help in choosing which children's plan is right for you.  

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Baby's First Year

There is something magical about photographing newborn babies. They're so tiny and fragile. And I love positioning them in dad's strong arms to show scale of size. We often photograph newborn baby's in the first few weeks of life—that just seems to be the best time for newborn portraits. Lately we've begun suggesting people who either already have had newborn portraits or didn't get them to come between 4-8 months of age—we are finding better expressions on the baby at this age. It is also a great time for a family to do a Black & White Relationship Portrait with their new baby.

Since baby's change more in their first year of life than really at any other time in their lives we are offering Baby's First Year, a series of portrait sessions taken at strategic times during your child's first year of life. Our Baby's First Year Collections offer 3 session taken anytime during your child's first year. Some choose Newborn, 6 months and 1 year and others 4, 8 and 12 months. At one year we also give the option for a “Smash the Cake” session which is always fun.

Baby's First Year is a very affordable way to capture special once in a lifetime moments in your baby's life. Collections begin at $450 which if you think about it it a pretty incredible price for 3 portrait sessions and product.And we have some cool products that will allow you to keep those precious memories for the rest of your life and hopefully some day pass on to your child when they've grown.

Expecting or know someone who is? Pass on this information, we'd love to take some time to sit down and talk about some of the ways we can make your Baby's First Year one you'll remember forever. Call 719.475.0160 or email us today about information on this special deal.

 

 

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What To Wear?

So, you are thinking of getting a portrait created but you are wondering what to wear. Not to worry, we are here to assist you with every step of the portrait process. In fact we will ask you to come to the studio (if possible) for a pre session consultation. This is where we discuss your desired outcome for the portrait. Is it a piece of art for your wall, part of an album of images? We walk you through the various options then once we get your input for what you'd like us to create we will discuss location, backgrounds and clothing.

Timeless Treasures

If you are going to create art for your home you want to wear something that is fairly timeless. Meaning you don't want the latest trendy clothing, hair styles and the like. You don't want to look at this piece of art in 10 years and laugh at the clothing you wore. That is why we work very hard to create timeless art portraits for our clients. Something classic and timeless that will look as good in 10 or even 20 years as it does today.

Getting back to clothing. For our contemporary color portraits we always suggest coordinating your colors as a family. Not always necessarily matching, although that isn't always bad either as with the two brothers to the right. But simply selecting clothing with colors that would look good if worn all by one person in the family. Having your portrait taken outdoors, we suggest either earth tones (depending on the season of course) or colors that work with your environment. For summer perhaps something like the family pictured here in Garden of the Gods park who matched the summer blue sky.

For black and white all black is not a necessity. In fact we often prefer that at least one or two persons wear a darker solid color that is not black such as gray, maroon, navy blue and the like. This helps to keep the subjects from blending into the background.

Rest assured that we will assist you with planning your portrait especially with your wardrobe. Have any questions about clothing options for portraits? Email or call us @719.475.0160.

 

 

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