As a small business we grow and prosper through the kind words of our customers just like you. Word of mouth advertising is one of the best tools we have. So we are not shy about asking our wonderful customers to refer their friends and family to us.
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You might ask how you can help us spread the word. Well we are always happy to get calls from people who say that one of our good customers referred them. So as you show off your portrait art from us be sure to tell about your experience with us.
We do understand that not everyone you meet will be trooping through your home looking at the cool art we've created for you. So we have some handy tools that will assist you with spreading the word. One of the best is a mobile album that we can create for you with your own app. We can put together a nice custom mobile album of 10-12 images for you to share with others. These are especially popular with our baby and high school senior portrait clients. We also have mini accordion albums that our clients love to share with family and friends.
Of course we are always happy when customers share their photos and experiences on social media. And we are grateful to customers who send us written testimonials that we can use in our own marketing materials such as this one from the Welch family (pictured): "Thank you so much for the beautiful portraits! We enjoy them every day." They got some great art created and framed hanging on the walls of their home. So we hope that they (and others too) are sharing this very sentiment with their friends.
To show our appreciation any new client that you refer to us will receive a complimentary session. We will also send you a gift certificate to use for any product or session the studio offers. So it's a win win for both of you.
Of course our absolutely best compliment is to see you again. Our second best is for you to feel comfortable enough with us to refer us to your friends.
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Capturing a great portrait of pet and owner can be difficult. Especially when the pet is a cat. We have been doing more cat portraits through our Springs Pet Portraits division. Cats have their own sense of timing and decide things on their own terms. -- much more than dogs do.
On of the kyes to a great portrait -- in addition to subject, lighting and posing --is color harmony; having the subject wear an outfit that matches the background so that all the colors work well together. And this is just as important with lour pet portraits as it is with people. In fact often a little more so as it is another element that must be addressed. And with smaller pets this isn't so easy.
For color balance in a pet portrait you need to think not only about fur color but the distinctive eye coloring as well. This subject slected tans and greens as the cat has very bright green eyes.
Color pet portraits, as with people portraits work best with coordinating colors. That said the subjects do not need to have on matching outfits, merely outfits whose colors look good together. We suggest that if all of the colors of the oputfits worn by the subjects were to be worn by one person would the colors look okay together? If not then you will want to make a wardrobe change. We also suggest colors that aren't too overly bright unless you are the sole subject or just you and a pet and you are working to match the eyes of your pet. Bright loud colors distract the eye form the subject matter. For example everyone in one darker color like navy or balck and one subject in bright red would be a distraction. Unless your goal is for the sole focus to be on that one person in red.
Ready to create yopur portrait? Call us @719.475.0160 and we will schedule a complimentary portrait consultation with you to assist you in planning for wardrobe, subjects and background.
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PHONE VS. FRAMED: HOW DO YOU WANT TO REMEMBER YOUR KIDS?
With the proliferation of cameras in tablets and phones everyone can take a photograph virtually anywhere they go. All the time. This is going down in history as the most photographed generation of all time. However most of the images taken will never be seen and never shared with the next generation.And that’s sad to me.
First off many people just don’t take the time to get prints made any more. Because when you do where do you store them or give them to? And not only that the images rarely get backed so the next time your phone freezes or the computer crashes there go the family photos.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have some great images on your phone AND beautiful portraits on the walls of your home as well? It’s okay to decorate your home with art depicting your family. Some people say they don’t have room. We say like any gallery you can show some work for a time then swap it out with others. And if you literally have zero wall space in your home why not a custom book or album?
Our customers come to us because they love having us create a piece of custom wall art for their home. That way every day they can walk by the portraits of the ones they love. Yes, we all like to have our photos handy and along with us on our laptop, tablet or phone and we can create some fun mobile albums for that very reason. However being able to walk by a large portrait hanging in your front living room of your children is just priceless. Not to mention that your children can own that art one day and share with their children. From wall art to custom books and albums we can help you preserve the memories of your family.
Leave your children a legacy and not just a hard drive. Call us today @719.475.0160 to schedule your family portrait session.
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Calling All Couples!
It’s that time of year again. Valentines is just around the corner. When was the last time you had a portrait with your significant other? Hopefully you will not say at your weddings (especially if your wedding was more than 10 years ago). Even if you had a portrait taken more recently like at a relative’s wedding you should get a nice portrait created--in a relaxed atmosphere—just the two of you and not rushed at a wedding ceremony of your cousin.
Usually once kids are on the scene the parents get pushed into the background. Especially where portraits are concerned. And once you are empty nesters you really lose track of time and seldom get a portrait created. So now is the time to think about a nice portrait of just the two of you. And don't think you have to be young to have a couples portrait--merely young at heart! In fact the 65+ crowd always get a deal at the studio.
Every year we offer a special near Valentines Day for couples. Couples Mini Sessions—in studio sessions with no session fee and 15% off of `a la carte pricing. This is a chance to get a nice piece of art created for your home of just the two of you. What could be better? So take advantage of this great deal from now through Valentines Day.
So call @719.475.0160 or email us today to schedule your couples session.We are offering a limited number of sessions for this so make sure you get on the schedule.
Most people that do business or networking of any kind need a business portrait. A good professional business portrait is so important to your business. Not just for LinkedIn or other social media networking sites but for your own business website and marketing materials as well.
And if you are looking for a job or wanting to move to a new industry your really need rot look your best. It’s not just realtors and insurance sales people that need a good business portrait these days. People like doing business with someone they know and or someone they can trust. In this day and age of internet people need to see whom they are working with (on your website or marketing materials) before they’ll begin to trust you and buy from you.
Need more than just the traditional head shot? We can help you out. Have a business team—we’ll get you in and out of the studio quickly with team portraits and individual portraits as well. On location? We’re there, wherever you feel works best for your business individual or team portrait. Need more than just head shots/team portraits? We’ll come to your business and photograph you in your environment for your marketing materials.
Are you an artist, author musician or other creative? We will work to create something unique for you to use in your marketing materials, website, book jacket, CD cover or other products. In the studio or on location, it’s up to you.
So there is really no excuse not to have a professional business portrait for you to grow your business. So this year in 2015 why not put your best foot forward and get a new business portrait created for you. We’ll get you taken care of. Call us @719.475.0-160 to schedule your portrait today.
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There is something about a portrait of a newborn baby with the father. Sure we take a lot of portraits of baby alone and baby with mom as well as both parents. But the image of a tiny baby being held by strong daddy speaks volumes. It shows scale, tenderness and love.
Maternity and newborn portraits are somewhat of speciality for us—both in black and white and in color. We do maybe 90% in black and white but some newborn portraits lend themselves well to color. Much depends on if we are doing the baby in a hat or outfit or not or along with mom and dad and it will depend on what they are wearing as well.
While it is super cute to take portraits of just baby we love adding in mom and or dad whenever possible. These are the portraits that really create memories as the parents look back and can’t believe they were really able to hold such a tiny infant in their arms. Plus when the child grows they can have a record of their parents at the time of their birth.
When is the best time for a newborn portrait? Well much depends on the size of the newborn but we recommend between about one to two weeks old. When they are that young they will often sleep a lot in the session which works well for posing. However some parents want the baby awake and it seems to be much easier to do when the baby is a little older. Is it too late to photograph your baby if they are older than 2 weeks? Not at all, we can create some wonderful portraits of babies older than that. This little boy was a little over six weeks old at his session and we still created some wonderful memories for the family. And even between 2 and 4 months we can get great portraits of baby sitting up in the parents arms.
If you are pregnant and thinking of having newborn portraits created give us a call. We will schedule a pre-session consultation to discuss the best time, clothing and products for you. If you already have a baby and still want a portrait we can schedule you in—we give priority to newborn and baby sessions. For more information check out FAC page on the website, email or call 719.475.0160 to set up your session today.
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