Back from Sunny South Florida

I met this family years ago when I photographed their youngest in her baptism gown and soon after that, they moved away to south Florida and their kids got so big! We met up at All Saints in Thomasville while they were in town visiting relatives. Their kids do not like taking pictures that much but with a little silliness and some awesome “magic” candy their parents introduced me to, they did great! Thanks y’all for sharing your vacation time with me and for coming back after moving so far away!

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Age 2

I met this little guy last year for his first birthday and I didn’t even recognize him this year when he came in for some updated portraits. He has changed so much since then but he still has a super sweet disposition and smile. I have to give a few props to his parents, especially his Dad, for acting super silly to get these adorable grins. Thanks y’all!

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A Visit from the Boys

Oh…these twins have grown up so much since I last saw them. They have grown so much blond hair and they have gotten so much taller and thinner and they look like little people now and not babies anymore. I have never raised 2 two year olds at once but their momma does it so flawlessly and I love that fact that nothing bothers her and she is determined to let the boys be themselves and be boys. These two were not too fond of each other the day they came in but we got super cute individual pictures with their adorable outfits (I want those pants for my boys….). Ok…prepare yourself for cuteness:

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First Pictures with Her Little Sister

This mom contacted me soon after her second was born for some updated portraits and with the craziness of having a newborn in the house, it just didn’t happen right away. I remember those times when you blink and your baby goes from one month to three months and it was all just a blur in that sleep deprived/crazy busy state. But, I was thrilled when mom contacted me again a few months later and she brought her girls in for the little ones first pictures as well as their first pictures together. So sweet!

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She’s Backkkkk….

The August studio special has had such a wonderful response and I have enjoyed seeing so many old baby planners in for some updated portraits. Miss cutie pie here is now 20 months old and she has changed so much as now she has a headful of beautiful hair but I am glad that she still has those super cute chunky legs and cheeks. She’s a big girl now Momma….

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Making it Your Own

Today we live in the world of Pinterest. Great recipes we can’t wait to try, DIY projects that can turn junk into gems, kids activities and party ideas that are creative and amazing and lots and lots of awesome photographs of everything you can imagine. I myself love Pinterest and I am one of those crazy people that actually tries many of the recipes they pin and get party and school ideas from there as well. It was also very helpful in building the house as I could pin styles I liked as well as specific lighting fixtures, paint colors and decorating ideas. But, as a photographer, I have a whole other opinion of Pinterest.

I love when my clients have great ideas for pictures and moments they would like me to to capture. I get excited over cool new prop finds as well as other fun things that make the session pop. But, in this ever changing society, sometimes it can be discouraging to get an email full of Pinterest pictures from various photographers and sessions and  (and sometimes all my own prior sessions) with the hope that we can replicate these pictures in their own session. Why does this make me sad? Well, the problem is that with this expectation, the client will always be disappointed, no matter how great the pictures are. Why? Because it is impossible to replicate a picture. Your child/self will never look just like that subject nor will they have the same clothes, location, backdrop, props, editing, etc. Just the natural light alone can vary so much from one day to the next based on cloud cover, season and time of day. Even the best session ever with all the same props and backdrops is still never going to be the same as the original.  Plus, we have already seen that same picture before so some of the excitement just isn’t there. And, I remember once spending a good 10 minutes at a wedding trying to replicate a specific picture and it just wasn’t happening (it is actually a pretty funny story if you ever want to ask me in person) and then my second shooter moved on to try herself for another 10 minutes while I had moved on. Imagine the amazing pictures we could have used that 20 minutes for? So, I have decided to think of Pinterest as an inspiration in life but one to use only for slight guidance with a twist of yourself to make things truly an original.

In the case of this family, we chatted many times about doing a lifestyle session to capture who they are and what their life is like right now…at this special and fleeting moment in their lives. Their mom wanted pictures of the family just being themselves and enjoying each other and that made my heart sing. She also wanted to include nursing pictures (which turned out amazing and those pictures will stay private) which means a lot to this mom of two. But, before we decided what and where to shoot around their home,  I did a little research and showed them some images of other nursing/lifestyle pictures to get an idea of what I was envisioning and to see this family wanted a similar style. Mom loved the ideas so we set out to capture something wonderful. But, once we started, the clouds shifted and all of the key pictures we had looked at were taken in the bedroom and by this time it was simply too dark. So, I took that concept and then used my client’s amazing house and we found where the natural light was streaming in to get the look I knew we all wanted. The result? Pictures I love and even more important is that my client loves them. After viewing the gallery a few times, she texted me that she wanted to wallpaper her house in them. I love that. Of course, her awesome decor, super cute family and killer natural light (plus a little studio light help from me) resulted in something special, one of a kind and completely unique.

Thanks to this amazing family for letting me capture your family at this special time:)

 

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$29 August Special!

So…you may wonder why I am just now announcing the August special we are having here at the studio but the reason is that we first released it to all of the newsletter subscribers at the end of July. If you would like to be the first to hear about specials, mini sessions and all kinds of good stuff, please follow this link to sign up for the newsletter HERE.

So…more about this awesome August special.

$29 Session Fee in August

  • One person, child or pet (you can add on up to 2 more for $20/each)
  • 30 minute session
  • Must be inside (2 backdrop choices) or directly outside the studio in the grassy area
  • Weekdays only in August 2014
  • One outfit
  • $50 minimum print order

 

We have had a great response to this special and I wanted to make sure the newsletter subscribers heard about this first and got their pick of dates. We do have spots open and we would love to get you in for a session. This is a great way to get an updated portrait of your child for their birthday or to celebrate back to school. Or, maybe you need a portrait of your sweet new puppy or a headshot for work. Give us a call at 229.379.6357 or email us at ursula@ursulapagephotography.com too book your session today!