“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”
Why is photography so important?
I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things in life is to look at old family photos. My grandparents' collection of albums are priceless. It is amazing to look back at their lives through photographs and be able to visualize them being my age and sharing my parenting struggles. It is so fun to look back at what everyone looked like...what my parents and aunts and uncles looked like as babies, toddlers, kids, teenagers, and be able to see it and experience it through their eyes and see it how they saw it.
In today's world, it may be easy to take photos on your cell phone, but really, are we going to hand down heirlooms of endless selfies to our children and grandchildren someday? I know as a mother, I look at my son and daughter right now, and it is so hard to remember what they looked like just one or two years ago. Everything is moving so fast, and professional photos are a way to slow things down and always be able to remember that moment....that age...their little faces...how they looked when they were laughing...how they looked when they were crying...how they looked when they were wondering and playing.
I capture that for you and give you something to pass on to your grandchildren. It's your legacy! What do you want it to look like? We can never get these moments back, but we can freeze them and always be able to go back to that exact moment in time and feel the happiness and love that we felt that day.
“Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever. It remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”
— Aaron Siskind
Park Trades Center
326 W. Kalamazoo Ave. Ste 301
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Hours BY APPOINTMENT
Family lifestyle sessions in home, on location, or in the studio. Family sessions are for up to two adults and four children and will include group shots, shots of mom/dad together, individual children, siblings together, and individual children with each parent. Minimum 20 images. Please inquire on pricing for larger groups.
· $200 Session Fee
· $300 Print Commitment
· 1-2 hours
Includes up to two locations. Location to be determined based upon client preference and meaning to the senior. Unlimited outfit changes. Minimum 25 images will be provided.
Available add-on: Studio session for sport/extra-curricular composite photo.
$250 Session Fee
· $350 Print Commitment
· 2 hours
· Composite add-on: $125
Baby's 1st Year
This package includes maternity, newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month, and 1 year milestone sessions! Option to exchange maternity session for 18 month session. This is a digital file only package with no print commitment.
Baby’s siblings & parents are welcome in all sessions! Newborn session includes choice of studio session or in-home lifestyle session within first two weeks of life.
· $175 per session for 6-session commitment
Capturing the magic of childhood is what the imagination series is all about! Based upon your child's personality and interests, a concept will be created and made into a fun work-of-art keepsake! The final product is the created image rendered onto a stunning metal print with float mount. Digital image is included. Prices below are all inclusive for session, metal art, free digital file, and sales tax is included!
8x10 package: $175.00
16x20 package: $225.00 (RECOMMENDED)
24x30 package: $335.00
Session to be completed within the first two weeks of life. Choice between having lifestyle, in-home session or styled session in the studio!. Families are welcome and encouraged to be a part of this special day. Most sessions last typically between 1-3 hours depending on the mood and needs of the baby.
$350 Session Fee
· 5 Favorite Digital images included
· 11x14 print included
No print commitment required with this session.
No-interest financing available! Terms vary based on client needs. Session fee due upon booking to secure date. Please inquire with specific requests. All sessions will include an ordering session following the session to choose the images for each order and review the available products. Please note that unless specifically outlined, digital files are a separate purchase from the session fee. Prices subject to change at any time without prior notice.
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Family photographs can help develop child's positive self-image
By Daily Mail Reporter
UPDATED: 05:58 EST, 15 January 2009
Children whose parents display family photographs in the home grow up with greater confidence and sense of belonging, it has been revealed.
Photography in the home reportedly makes children feel valued and gives them a rich understanding of where they come from.
Research conducted by Venture New Generation Portraits found that the number of photographs parents display of their children is heavily influenced by how many photos of themselves they remember in their homes when growing up.
A survey, questioning 1,000 parents, found that the UK is a nation obsessed with keeping loved ones close, with 78 per cent of us keeping between one and fifteen pictures of our family around the home.
However, those who have grown up without photos in the home are less likely to go on to display any of their own children presently, which could in fact be damaging their children's image of self as they mature.
Professor Geoff Beattie, Head of School and Dean of Psychological Sciences at the University of Manchester: 'We cannot underestimate the power of photographs to keep us feeling linked to others and belonging. They cement us into our networks.
'For children in particular, looking at photographs is part of the socialising process; learning who you are and where you fit into the family. By displaying photographs of our children at different stages of their lives, we are making a very public statement that we are proud of them.'
The majority had a favourite photo and of those, 58 per cent said it was taken with family, a partner or another loved one, and 45 per cent said it reminded them of a happy time.
Professor Beattie adds: 'It's very significant that the two reasons people give for loving a particular photograph is that it reminds them of a happy time taken with family. These things are so important to us.'
Richard Mayfield, Director of Photography of Venture New Generation Portraits, adds: 'Our research shows how important it is to find the time to capture the real essence of a family. In today's time-pressured world it is becoming increasingly difficult to spend good quality family time, however when we look at photographs, we remember how we felt when that picture was taken.
The survey found that 38 per cent of those who grew up with no photos in the house now don't display family photographs in their own homes.
Professor Beattie said: 'When children grow up surrounded by photographs, it gives them a richer understanding of where they come from, which helps with confidence.
'Until recently, people often thought of photographs as almost trivial, but actually they are an incredibly important way of connecting with our sense of self, with each other and with times gone by.'
Previous research has also found that 71 per cent of parents thought that having pictures displayed around the home boosts a child's self-image and self-esteem, with 90 per cent stating that they believe children to be more aware of their own image than 10 years ago.
"...But I only want digital files..."
I hear this about 95% of the time. I am guilty of this as well. As a photographer, I take thousands of pictures of my own children. Most of them are digital files, and most of them are on a hard drive somewhere, never to see the light of day again. One time, my dog knocked the hard drive over, and...GASP...EVERYTHING WAS GONE!!! Photographers are not responsible to hold your files after delivery, so what would you do?! CRY! That is what I did anyway...
WHY ARE PHYSICAL PRODUCTS IMPORTANT?
This is your legacy. This is your family. This is you! This is your family's record. By printing your photos and ordering tangible products, you are preserving your family's record and ensuring that your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have your record. You want it in your hands. You want it displayed. You should be proud of what you have created! I practice what I preach. I have walls and walls of framed photos, Story Blocks, gallery wraps, and metal prints proudly displayed in my home. My children love seeing them! They tell people who visit about their photos. At family gatherings, we remember the days together when we took our photos. These are our memories. These are your heirlooms! It is your art. You want to own it.
"But other photographers do digital files only...all I need is a usb or dvd..."
Photographs stand the test of time. It was not that long ago that we had VHS, large camcorders...no cell phones!! Wow! USB drives didn't even exist that long ago! The digital age is upon us, and its future evolution is unknown. Things are being stored on smaller and smaller devices. We have countless logins to cloud storage, social media...these things actually make our photos less accessible in the future. Will you give your children and grandchildren passwords and logins to cloud-based storage when you are old and gray? Are we going to gather our grandchildren around in a circle and pass around a laptop or tablet? (Do we even know if laptops will exist in the future?) One thing is certain in our technology-based world - physical prints, gallery wraps, albums...these things will continue to exist, and it is so important to preserve your history.
You guys,,,I am totally informal. When you have a session with me, we are hanging out. I am all about making people comfortable and having your session not be a whole thing… Yes, you can dress up and look beautiful, but I want you to have fun and feel as though you are just spending time with a friend. If you have little ones, I am going to be on their level and making him/her/them feel special. Little ones are my people, ESPECIALLY toddlers. I LOVE toddlers and babies. We just get each other…if you have had a bad experience in the past with photos, I promise you that I will take the time and be very patient to get things right so that the outcome of your session is one where you have so many images that you cannot possibly choose, and that you cry when you look at your pictures because you feel that emotion come through.
As a mother of two kids under age 5, there is not much that makes me bat an eye. You don’t have to act perfect with me. My daughter is a nut, so there is nothing that can phase me! NOTHING! :) :) I want this process to be easy, fun, and worth it for you. I am not a salesperson…I am not judgmental…I am just here to make people happy and share my talents to give you something that you will be able to have forever.
These are my two skunks, Piper and Max. They are pretty cool. I am a big fan of them. You’ll see lots of photos of them in my galleries because they are my models, and I think they are pretty adorable.