Child's First Birthday Portraits

During the first year your baby will grow and change more than most any other time during their life. It’s just incredible the changes that take place even in your child’s first few months let alone the rest of the year. They go from not even being able to roll over to crawling, sitting, standing then walking.

These are important memories and that’s why we off a Baby’s First Year Collection to assist you in capturing these once in a lifetime milestones. The Baby’s First Year program can include your newborn session but it doesn’t need to. Basically it’s a package of three sessions during your child’s first year. Some choose newborn, 6 and 9 months while others pick 4, 8 and one year sessions. We love doing smash the cake photos as the baby’s first year session. But it’s equally as fun having images of your child standing and walking. They literally run all over the studio but have the most fun posing for the camera as this little girl did.

The Baby’s First Year program is an affordable way to capture these truly wonderful memories. You have the option of paying for all 3 sessions up front or in payments as the sessions occur. And there are no session fees—it’s all included in each package. And each collection offers wonderful products for you to preserve these precious moments in your child’s life.

If you’re not interested in the Baby’s First Year Collections, or maybe didn’t get started in time, that’s okay we can still do your child’s one year old session. With or without the cake. If you want cake, you bring the cake and we’ll take care of the rest. Yes it can get a little messy but that’s all part of the fun! If you want more information about either Baby’s First Year or other child sessions email us or call 719.475.0160.

 

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Portraits of the Month-November

Portrait of the Month-November

 

                              

This month was extremely difficult to pick a a winner. So many great images—especially of children. However the little boy in the tuxedo was so cute he had to be the winner. 

The young man had been in a wedding this past summer and his parents wanted to get him in for a portrait before he out grew the tux. Fortunately for them he is ion our Creative Kid’s Club so it was super easy to get him scheduled and a portrait taken—and they got the added bonus of having a complimentary 5x7 as part of the club. 

For Kid’s club we are all about the child’s session—short—largely because of attention spans and efficient. However we are also happy to accommodate family (for a small additional fee) and this family took us up on the offer and got a great portrait of mom, dad and little boy at the same time as well as shots with each parent.  The Club is an amazing deal at only $149 for 5 mini sessions over 5 years and includes a 5x7 print with each session—that is a deal that is hard to beat!

If you have a child between the ages of 1 and 7 why not join our Club—these years are when a child changes so rapidly it’s hard to keep up. For more info on our club go to this link here

Getting a child to stand still can take a bit of creativity but this little guy pulled it off in spades and gave great smiles in his little tux. Have a child you would like a portrait of? If you don’t care to join the kid’s club we also have great mini session deals for children. Go to this link or email or call 719.475.0160  for more info.

Categorized In: child portrait photographer | creative child portraits in colorado springs | fun and cool children's portraits | kids pictures

Creative Kid's Portraits

There is no doubt about it, children at certain ages change dramatically from one year to the next. We try to make it easy for parents to keep track of these significant changes by offering a few plans for your child’s portraiture. The most popular one is our Creative Kid’s Club for younger children. If your child is between the ages of 1 and 7 they can join the club which offers a 5 year annual portrait plan for your child, a complementary 5x7 print and access to amazing kid’s club packages for any additional prints and products for family. All for one low fee to join the club.

We also offer Child Mini Sessions—these are really great for those who are not pleased with the school portraits or just want to get your child in for a session with a new outfit, birthday portrait or any other special occasion. There is no club fee for these sessions just a low session fee and great packages to order from. These are offered weekdays until 5PM and for children from ages 1 through 16. Learn more about both of these session types here.

Unlike school portraits we take the time to get a little bit more from a child in these mini sessions—both the Child Mini Sessions as well as the Kid’s Club. Though we try to stick to one backdrop and one outfit per child we can still get some really fun images that bring out the personality of your child. And that’s really what it’s all about-capturing the essence of your child to remember forever.

So next time you think “wow, I can’t believe how fast they are growing up!” stop and think about getting that moment captured in a piece of art forever. You’ll be really glad you did. Call us today @719.475.0160 to join the Creative Kid’s Club or book your Child Mini Session.

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Christmas Time Is Almost Here!

With the weather we’ve just had it really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! The holidays (Thanksgiving through the end of the year) are always a great time to think about having a portrait taken if family is visiting from out of town. Sometimes really good family portraits of extended family are taken only about every ten years and people can change a lot in that time--especially children.

We have some limited sessions times averrable on the weekend after Thanksgiving (Friday 28th and Saturday 29th) so call 719.475.0160 to book your session today.

Thinking of holiday cards? We can help you with that task. If you’ve had a portrait taken by us this past year we can show you what your portraits would look like in a custom designed press printed card. This year we are offering new custom foil stamped cards. This is a really nice way to show off your family portraits to friends and relatives. Christmas tree ornaments are also another fun way to celebrate the family. We have some really nice photo ornaments to decorate your tree. 

Thinking of some other stocking stuffer type of portrait gifts? We have fun photo cubs and mini gallery mounts (wood mounted triptych or individual portrait). Again, we can custom design these gifts just for you. We also offer gift cards that go towards any product or session at the studio. And don’t forget Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) we will have a special offer that day so stay tuned for that announcement. 

The deadline for ordering prints, holiday cards and ornaments is noon on December 12 so that you will be sure to have your gift in time for Christmas. Of course ordering early is even better—gives you time to address, stamp and mail those cards!  Call us today to arrange a time for us to show you our fun holiday card designs and other gifts.

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Portraits of the Month-October

                

It was hard to choose just one image for the Portrait of the Month for October. We had so many cute kids in on Halloween as well as some great pets (which will appear in our Pet Blog over on the Springs Pet Portrait site). So these three get the top billing, primarily because they are not only too cute but their costumes were pretty original. The young girl at left as a pirate was wonderful. Her mom found most of the outfit in various area thrift stores and made some of the rest (including the necessary pirate treasure map). The little guy as a bee was also in a handmade costume.

One of the great things I love about working with young children is getting to see their imaginations. It doesn't take much for them to be totally transported into another realm. Apparently the pirate girl dresses up in various costumes at home all the time. Our Kid's Club is a perfect venue to bring in your child and allow them to just be themselves (or someone else if they'd prefer!). Membership of only $149 includes one session per year from children ages 1 through 7 plus one 5x7 from each session. Children can join the club up to age 7. This is a time when children change so rapidly it's hard to keep up with them. That's why we offer the club with annual sessions. We don't leave out the older kids either. If they want to come along to the club sessions there is a minimal fee to add them (or mom or dad for that matte) into the portrait. We also very affordable week day mini session for school age kids to age 12. 

Thinking of having portraits made of your young ones? You can choose from the Club or our weekday mini sessions. The important thing is having a great portrait created of your child as they age.

 

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Making Halloween Safe For All

Halloween is a fun time for kids to use their imagination and dress up as fairytale characters. And some kids have really great imaginations. We offer a free mini session to capture your little one in costume. This year on Friday October 31st we are trading a mini session and 5x7 print for a donation of two non-perishable food items for the Springs Rescue Mission. For a list of most needed food items the info on our blog specials & info page.  

We are also photographing pets in costume so if your pet looks cute in a costume you can bring them as well. We are scheduling these even though they are short—so no one is standing around. You will be able to make your choice of pose right after your session. If you are interested make sure you call (719.475.0160) soon as the sessions slots are filling quickly. 

If you are taking your child around this year make sure you follow a few guidelines to make your Halloween safe as well as fun. If your child is less than a teenager then adult supervision is a must, especially after dark. Too many unsavory types out this time of year for a child to be safely on their own. Of course make sure they can see out of their costume for safety crossing streets in the dark. Pets need safety too. We discuss this on our Springs Pet Portraits blog site as well. Basically we recommend pets staying at home for their safety and if going to always be on a leash. Did you know that many types of sugar substitutes commonly found in candies are poisonous to your pet? So keeping pets away from candy is very important. It’s not just chocolate that can make your pet very sick.

We hope to see you next Friday if you’d like a portrait of either your child or your pet. But most of all we want to see you safe this season!

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Outdoor Portraits Part II

So you want an outdoor portrait. As previously discussed we’ve covered clothing and planning ahead with children for location portraits. Timing is another important factor for outdoor portraits—whether you are in a public park or in your yard. 

Sometimes the best timing for you and the best timing for outdoor lighting is worlds apart. Of course when you have young children involved it’s always a good idea to try to get on their schedule. However if you are aiming for some particular bit of scenery to be spotlighted by great lighting then you need to plan ahead. Let’s take Garden of the God’s park here in town as an example. You can get great lighting on the East side of the park with a nicely lit Pike’s Peak in the background only in the morning. If you are aiming for those cool rock structures on the West side try for the afternoon. And we want to make sure if possible that the light isn't directly into your eyes so you are squinting in the photo.

That said, the light changes throughout the year by a few hours early and late in the day so that also has to be factored in. This time of year the best outdoor portraits tend to be created either between 8-10 in the morning or 4-5 in the afternoon. The sun begins to dip over the trees heading toward Pike’s Peak around 6. Now the time changes in a few weeks so there will be even less daylight then the best afternoon light dims out around 5.

Thinking of scheduling an outdoor portrait? We photograph outdoors year round when the weather cooperates. Find your best location and watch the light then let us know and we will get it scheduled. 

Categorized In: fall family portraits | family outdoor portraits | outdoor portraits in colorado springs