Monday, September 29, 2008

Announcing: Halloween Mini and CONTEST!!!

{The sessions will be short and I will put the packages together. There will be no online galleries for this event.}

Everyone from the Halloween Mini Session will be entered into a contest here on the blog!! So, break out your best/cutest/scariest costumes and come get your picture taken. The winner of the blog contest will receive a $25 gift card from BJP to use at a future session!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Well, I had planned to get out to our sunflower field and take some great pictures. But I didn't get there in time. But I went out last week after the flowers had started to droop and turn brown. There are a few stragglers so a few pretty ones left. I snapped a couple and that was it. Really, who doesn't love a sunflower?

Monday, September 22, 2008

Digital Negatives

There is an ongoing debate in the realm of professional photography as to whether or not we should offer clients the digital files of their pictures. There are great arguments to both sides so it will continue to be a discussion for many more years. I've decided to leave the debates to those who have time to discuss such things. I'm going for the more cut and dried approach...let my clientele decide!

I just want to serve my clients and give them what they want and need. So tell me...would you be willing to pay more up front to be able to have a digital file of your photos. Would you want to buy your entire session on one CD or buy them individually because you really only want one or two. Should I do away with prints altogether or would you like the option to buy prints from me as well?

I'm not going to mislead you, it would be more expensive to buy the digital files outright from me. However, you would then have the ability to print out as many pictures in any size you want for as long as you want. I don't have details worked out because I really just want to know if this is something you want or if you'd rather just see your prints come directly from me. Vote in the poll at right and let me hear it! THANK YOU for your feedback!!

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Happy Birthday Emma!

My sweet girl turned 7 today. She's quickly becoming a beautiful young girl with all the extra trimmings that come with that...helpfulness and sass, eagerness and stubbornness, knowledge wrapped up in innocence. She squeals when she's happy, growls when she's mad, guffaws when she laughs. She knows way more than I do (if you ask her), but still likes a good snuggle sometimes. She's reading at nearly a second grade level and is just absorbing everything she learns in school. Emma is taking gymnastics and wants to take tennis lessons...but she can also hit the golf ball further than me, loved playing t-ball this summer, and has no desire to take up dance like I want her to. She's all about kittens/cats this year and has a favorite stuffed animal named Purry. If it's girly and pink, she probably wants it. I am so proud to be her momma and hope that she'll continue to grow and learn and share life with her friends and family. She's a beautiful girl, inside and out! Love you, Emma!! Happy Birthday!!

Friday, September 19, 2008

New Session Type Offered at BJP

a day in the life of Tell the story of your family from sun up to sun down. Bed-head, mealtime, playtime, bath time, story time, bedtime and everything in between--capture your family as it is. Includes a day of coverage (around 6 hrs.), 100 images in the gallery, a DVD slide show of the images set to music, and a 5x7 proof set (around 30 images). Additional prints/products may be purchased at a 15% discount.

With fall harvest just revving up in this part of the country, I am excited to be offering this new session. Every farm family can appreciate recorded history of their farm and knows how much it means to each generation to know what the farm was like. I'm going to tag along for harvest for a couple of days on our own farm...a record for our children to look back and enjoy, a way to share with the world what life is like on the farm during this busy time, and a document to preserve these precious, fleeting memories.

Harvest days are filled with cool, dewy mornings, and long, hot afternoons. The wind will blow, no doubt. Everyone will be praying for a later frost and full grain bins. Sunsets are more gorgeous and painterly every evening and the full moon seems to cap off each harvest. Smiles and laughter, tears and frustration, excitement and disappointment. It's all a part of harvest. And even though it drags on forever some times, it will be over before we know it. your "day in the life" session today and remember the harvest of 2008 forever! Look for a preview from our family next week!!

Call/email for pricing and more details!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I love this shot...

...and I admit, it's all because of the little one. With those curls, and the backward glance at her grandparents...aww...I just love it. Just wanted to share...

A few Christmas cards

Here are a few samples of the Christmas cards I'll be offering this year. These are not just pictures...they are printed on beautiful papers and look amazing! These are all 5x7 flat cards and will be customized to your specifications. There will be plenty of cards from which to choose, and I will have a gallery for them on my website soon. I just wanted to give you an idea of what I'll be offering! Book your Christmas Mini Session today...I will only be booking 5 sessions for each day. Once they are booked, I will close that day!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Sneak Peek...K Family

You may recognize the daughter in these family pictures...she's my cover model! We got together last night for some great family portraits. Since they were fun and willing to try about anything, we got quite a variety. These are just a few I pulled off the card. Enjoy your sneak peek!!!

Thursday, September 11, 2008

She's almost 7!

I took Miss Emma out so I could practice some sunset/backlit shots the other night. She usually relunctantly agrees and then turns into a supermodel diva...she loves having her picture taken. It's just convincing her to quit whatever else she's doing that takes some work!

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Sneak Peek...of my family!

My in-laws celebrated 35 years of marriage yesterday! To celebrate, this weekend we all got together for family pictures. We haven't done that since their daughter got married...which was before any grandkids came on the scene. It was a little tricky using the self-timer and getting everyone to look at the camera at just the right time, but I think we did it! Happy Anniversary!

Monday, September 8, 2008

Christmas Mini Sessions!

Christmas Mini Sessions, $200
Limited dates, appointments available!
October 18-19, October 25-26
These mini sessions will take place at my home-studio and will last around 20-30 minutes. You will have 8-10 proofs in your online gallery from which to choose for your package. There is NO SESSION FEE!
I will have three "sets" from which to choose for your family Christmas portraits. Two will be outdoor sets: a casual barn set with hay bales and pumpkins; a more formal wrought iron and greenery set; and a studio option.

$200 includes the session, the online gallery, 50 custom Christmas cards, (1) 16x20 signed, mounted and sprayed print (upgrade to canvas for $65). Take 10% off a la carte items. To reserve your appointment, you must pay a $50 deposit which will be credited toward your order and is non-refundable. The balance of $200 is due the day of the session; balance of the order is due upon ordering.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Join the club!

Well, not a club so much as my Email List. I am going to be sending out newsletters on occasion and need your email address to do so! I have gotten several email addresses when you filled out paperwork for your sessions but it may not have been entered into the database yet (read: I've been too busy to do that!). It's really easy...if you want to sign up to receive my newsletters, go to: Click on the little envelope in the bottom right-hand corner, and enter your information. I promise I won't share your email with anyone else! And the newsletters will be fun and informative and full of news. I will usually include specials in the newsletters before I announce it on the blog. So you'll be the first to know! Sign up today! My first newsletter will have all the info about Christmas mini sessions in it!!!