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“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”

― Andy Warhol

Why is photography so important?

Let’s face it. Today’s cell phone cameras are pretty amazing, 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.

For high school seniors, this is the last stop before truly no longer being a child, and they deserve an experience that really showcases all of their hard work, dedication, and highlights who they are and who they want to become.

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. We can create artwork that showcases you and only you.

I am not a “shoot and burn” photographer. I specialize in fine art portraiture. I create one-of-a-kind artwork pieces for your home. I create unique and high quality heirloom products.. I am not interested in giving you cookie cutter photos, and I spend countless hours researching, continuing education, and perfecting my skills to only provide the best quality experience while having fun doing so.. I will create an experience based upon you, your child, your family, and provide you with only the best products available. We will work together to create beautiful galleries. We won’t just do a session, post it online, and move on. I will work closely with you, get to know you, and if you have little ones, we will become best pals!

“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

Photo Studio

Located at the Park Trades Center Building in downtown Kalamazoo!

326 West Kalamazoo Avenue Ste 301
Kalamazoo, MI, 49007
United States

Parking is located on the street at the meters around the building (free after 5 and all day on weekends).

Directions from Kalamazoo:

When coming from West Main/Stadium Drive, go down West Michigan Ave. Turn left onto N Park Street (you’ll see the big green sign!). Once on Park Street, stay to the right and look for Eleanor Ave. Turn right onto Eleanor. Once on Eleanor, turn left onto Church Street. Cross W Kalamazoo Ave. and park at a meter around the building!

 
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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.


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1117243/Family-photographs-help-develop-childs-positive-self-image.html#ixzz576Di6sZj 

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"...but I only want digital files..."

Reasons for full-service photography

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. 

Hi. This is me. My name is Stephanie. What’s up?! :) Here is my best attempt at a self-portrait. It makes me feel so lame…I mean…I love taking photos of other people, but having my own photo taken…not so much…so I feel your pain if you feel awkward getting your picture taken!

(I totally practice what I preach…this is our most recent family photo from the amazing Tara Fletcher Photography!) We take family photos at least once per year, sometimes twice…these two change so much, and I want to freeze every second that I possibly can! These are my favorite people in the entire world…they are my reason for doing everything that I do. I plaster my walls in my home with pictures of all of these guys…they are the best.

(I totally practice what I preach…this is our most recent family photo from the amazing Tara Fletcher Photography!) We take family photos at least once per year, sometimes twice…these two change so much, and I want to freeze every second that I possibly can! These are my favorite people in the entire world…they are my reason for doing everything that I do. I plaster my walls in my home with pictures of all of these guys…they are the best.

ABOUT ME

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.

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KIDDOS

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.

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