Blair Turns One!

 For Miss Blair's One Year session, we created some classic portraits too, but I just loved this outfit and that beautiful expression!

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A Classic Portrait

In today's world where it seems almost everyone is a photographer, the concept of " a portrait" has been reduced to a snapshot with some type of color adjustment added in Photoshop. Connie and I believe that when you invest in a portrait of your children, it should be something you will be proud to display on your wall for generations. Here is a recent classic portrait of a handsome brother with his two sisters. Yours doesn't have to be a classic portrait. Classic or contemporary, casual or formal - there are many ways to create a beautiful portrait that will become the finest piece of artwork in your home. Snapshots - they're are for vacations.

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You Never Outgrow a Mother's Heart

Recently, we had the priviledge of doing a Black and White Relationship session of a mother and her son.  During the session, we took several different poses, but there was one in particular that really spoke to me. 

In the words of the poet "the years would feel like moments after you had grown." I thought this poem was a perfect match to go with this portrait.

 
Though You Are Grown
 
I remember years ago,
you were so little then.
Sometimes,
I can't help but wish,
that you were small again.
I've cried when you've faced heartaches,
and saw, that as you grew,
nothing broke your Spirit,
instead it strengthened you.
I'm filled with mixed emotions,
as I hold back all the tears
and, with much pride remember,
back so many years.
When I first held you in my arms,
if only I'd have known,
the years would feel like moments,
after you had grown.
You aren't a child,
though in my eyes,
I guess you'll always be,
that baby boy who changed my life,
and means the world to me.

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The Printed Memory

Recently,  there was a special on PBS about the White House Photographers through the last few presidents. They were recounting stories that were the highlights of their years photographing and documenting the president and his family and staff. There was one part in particular that really stood out to me and it solidified mine and Connie's heartfelt belief that portraits need to be printed and displayed for their full impact and enjoyment.

The documentary confirmed this when they described the changing of the photographs on the walls that occurred several times each year and said it was a HIGHLIGHT DAY out of all of the things that happened in the White House. All of the staff came  in to see the new images-it was like an unveiling of a famous art piece. These photographs were large, framed images that the photographer picked out to be displayed on the walls. People milled around, chatting, laughing and commenting on each image. You could see the joy and excitement on their faces. Isn’t that the reaction we want with our images? Can you imagine if the White House photographer brought these images in on his iPhone or iPad for the unveiling? Somehow it just wouldn't be the same.

So, this brings me to the same conclusion that Connie and I have been talking to our clients about for many years and that is that portraits need to be printed, framed and hung on the wall for the ultimate personal enjoyment. Thinking about my own experience, I love walking through our den, seeing the portraits of our two dogs who passed away over the past several years. What memories! Then I walk to other rooms of our home and see the portraits of our girls. My, how different they looked at that age. I remember how beautiful our daughter Amy looked in her bridal gown as I enjoy her “framed and printed” wedding  portrait. Continuing through the house, I see the portrait we did of our daughter Emily and the experience of that session (She was 15, need I say more?). Memories…. In our bedroom, the images there celebrate our marriage through the years with images of the two of us at various times in our lives.

Each time I look at these images, the pleasure I receive is priceless. That is the value of a printed piece versus a digital rendition. Do we have digital images anywhere in our home? Actually, we did have a digital frame in the kitchen, rotating our snapshots of Christmas from last year, but it stopped working after several months. But for us, that is where digital imagery fits…it helps us display our snapshots, but it will never take the place of beautifully printed and framed portraits of our family.

If this is how you feel, we would love to help you accomplish that.

 

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The Overton Family

Anybody can take a picture, we want to celebrate relationships.  This slideshow illustrates what we strive to accomplish with our Black and White Relationship portraits.  Notice how there aren't any "camera" smiles, no bright and trendy clothing or stale props to take your eye off the subject.  Just precious, timeless portraits of a father and his daughters.

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A Forever Portrait

For those of you who are long time clients (or those who peek in to the blog often -there are many professional photographers), you know that the ideal portrait, to me, is focused on the child. There isn't one RIGHT way to do this...I just feel that inherent in any good portrait are some essentials - like good lighting, proper composition, color harmony, etc...  That doesn't mean everything needs to be stiff and posed.  We all need a variety of portraits to accurately capture all aspects of these little people we love so dearly.

But, there is a time and a place for classic portraiture.  I feel that time is for your child's "Forever Portrait".  A Forever Portrait is that one very special wall portrait that you intend to display on your wall for years to come.  While there is no exact age to capture a Forever Portrait, for this mom and her girls, that age was 5 years old.  (We photographed this little girl's sister back in 2006.)

Don't miss out on your child's Forever Portrait.  Sit down and plan when you want that special age to be.  Then call us.  We would be honored for your child's Forever Portrait to be " a Hill Portrait".

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Cayson

We have photographed all the children in this family and they have all been  adorable.  Cayson is no exception.  We just thought we'd share one from his 12 month session.

Notice that while he still wearing plaid outfit, this is still a very classic portrait.  A portrait you could display for years and never grow tired of it.


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