holidays

the end of summer

Posted by on Sep 24, 2014 in Blog, family groups, holidays | Leave a comment

Summer is over. Everyone is back in the city and settling in to routines, new schools, new extracurricular activities and classrooms.

My older son has just started public pre-k, which has meant bringing him to school every day (via bicycle trailer!), wearing a uniform, packing a lunch and carrying a backpack to school for the first time. It feels like the end of preschool and the beginning of – gasp! – elementary school. What happened to my baby?!! It seems like he was just learning to walk and talk! The time goes so quickly.

Here he is with his brother this summer. When did they both get so big?

This brings me to: The importance of recording time passing.

Sure, you probably take a ton of pictures of your child. Most of those pictures are probably on your phone, and the quality probably isn’t too bad. You can probably make the pictures look pretty decent with filters and with Instagram. (hey, I do that too!)

But there is one thing missing from those pictures: YOU. Your family as a whole.

The biggest problem with personal photography – and the reason I have a professional session done of my family every year – is that my children will not have a picture of me otherwise. I’m the one who is usually behind the camera, taking the pictures, documenting the life that is going on around me. But it doesn’t show my kids’ relationship to me, or any of the fun things we like to do together. And I schedule a session every year because our relationship and the things that we do together change rapidly. Last year I was pregnant during our session; this year I was trying to corral 2 kids into the frame.

What is better than having a document of you and your family every year – a book, a portrait on the wall, something – that shows your family growing and changing before your eyes?

Autumn is my busiest season, as many families like to use their photos for gifts and holiday cards. November and December are typically very busy for me. If you know you would like a session, please give me a call or email as soon as possible. I’d love to document your family!

it’s that time of year!!

Posted by on Dec 6, 2013 in Blog, deals, holidays | Leave a comment

I’ve been really busy with holiday shoots and the orders are coming in for Christmas presents and holiday cards.

Tiny Prints has given me a coupon for 25% off their cards, and another for free shipping. I think the free shipping one can be combined with other codes!

25% off site wide (ends 12/8): SW1208

free shipping (limited time, but no deadline set): HOLFS13

One Day Tiny Prints Sale!!!

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Blog, deals, holidays | Leave a comment

check it out!!

AND… you can order the cards now, and upload your photo later. Because I don’t know about you, but I still don’t have a holiday card photo for my cards.
Tiny Prints Holiday Card Collection

Holiday Mini-Sessions!!!!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2013 in Blog, holidays, mini-sessions | Leave a comment

The weather is cooling and the leaves are changing! Halloween is just around the corner. Before we know it the trees will be bare and thoughts will turn to the holidays.

If you have been thinking about booking a session this fall but don’t want to invest in a 2-hour session, consider a mini-session.

I will be offering special holiday mini-sessions on Sunday, November 3 from 9am-1pm near Grand Army Plaza.

How mini-sessions work:

  • Sessions are 20 minutes in length and are booked on the half hour.
  • Within 2 weeks of the session, you will have access to an online gallery with 5-10 watermarked proofs from the shoot. The gallery will be live for 2 weeks. You may share this gallery with whoever you choose and you may also order prints or other products from it.
  • Immediate family members and grandparents ONLY at the shoot. No extended family, please.
  • Cost: $100 for the session, gallery & 1 8×10 print OR $125 for the session, gallery, & 1 high resolution file. Session fees must be paid upon booking.

If you are looking for something more substantial, I have some full sessions available in the next few weeks. I offer gift certificates, too!

Tiny Prints Promotion Code

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Blog, deals, holidays | Leave a comment

I seem to be a day late posting this, but you have until the end of the day today to use the code!

Use the code 25DEC to get 20% off any Tiny Prints order, or 25% off orders over $149.

Tiny Prints Christmas

Tiny Prints Promotion – FREE holiday cards!

Posted by on Nov 12, 2012 in Blog, deals, holidays | Leave a comment

I am a little late to post this, but Tiny Prints currently has a promotion where you can get 10 holiday cards for free, though you have to pay shipping. Details below:

 

10 Free Holiday Cards from Tiny Prints

Offer: 10 Free Holiday Cards (A $24.00 value!) Flat cards only.

Start date: Now

End Date: Tuesday, November 13 at 11:59pm PT

Promo Code: HOLIDAYCHEER

Legal Stuff: Offer is limited to 10 cards per customer. This promotion cannot be combined with other offers and is valid for one-time use only. Shipping and handling charges will apply. Rounded corners, Pearl White Shimmer paper and Premium DoubleThick ™ Matte paper will incur additional fees. This promotion code applies exclusively to holiday cards and holiday party invitations and is not applicable to previously placed orders, Erin Condren products, William Arthur boxed sets, shipping, taxes or rush processing fees. Offer is only valid on Tiny Prints and is not applicable on treat.com, third party or partner websites. To prevent abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer at any time without notice. We reserve the right to cancel any order at any time. Offer expires 11/13/12 at 11:59 pm (PT).

Holiday Mini-Sessions to Benefit Sandy Victims

Posted by on Nov 4, 2012 in Blog, deals, holidays, mini-sessions | Leave a comment

I am offering last-minute photo sessions for next Saturday, November 10 from 10-2. I have yet to choose a location, but it will be near Grand Army Plaza.

I fear that this may be the last weekend that leaves are on the trees (most of them fell off during the storm) so this may be the last chance to get some pictures with fall foliage!

The purpose of these sessions is to give you the opportunity to get a professional photo for your holiday card. 50% of all session fees will also be donated to the Sandy relief effort.

Here is how it works:

Sessions are 20 minutes in length and are booked on the half hour.

Within 2 weeks of the session, you will have access to an online gallery with 5-10 watermarked proofs from the shoot. The gallery will be live for 2 weeks. You may share this gallery with whoever you choose and you may also order prints or other products from it.

Immediate family members ONLY at the shoot. No extended family, please.

Cost: $100 for the session, gallery & 1 8×10 print OR $125 for the session, gallery, & 1 high resolution file. Session fees must be paid upon booking.

Some fine print:
In order to stay on schedule, sessions must end on time. If you are late for a session, that time can not be made up. Cancellations may not be made except in the event of inclement weather and therefore the need to postpone.

I offer partnerships with the card companies Minted and Tiny Prints. If you would like to use an image on a card but do not want to buy a file, I charge $25 to upload an image to the card website for one-time use.

a deal from Minted

Posted by on Sep 30, 2012 in Blog, deals, holidays | Leave a comment

I have an affiliation with Minted, an online card company. They not only have great cards, but they allow independent graphic designers and artists to submit their card designs, making for much more unique and trendy cards. I like their work a lot.

They have just introduced their 2012 holiday card designs, and they are currently offering 20% off if you order them before October 5.

I realize this sounds ridiculously early to order cards, but you can actually buy the cards now but upload your photos later. A sort of pre-sale. They will keep the order open until you are ready to finalize the order. Pretty good deal, if you ask me! Just use the code PREVIEW2012.

20% off Minted Holiday Cards

Valentine’s Day Cards

Posted by on Jan 29, 2012 in Blog, deals, holidays | Leave a comment

One of my favorite memories from elementary school was Valentine’s Day. We all hung folders on the sides of our desks and then would distribute Valentines into each other’s folders. So. Much. Fun.

Of course, things are more sophisticated now and card companies will print personalized Valentines. Awesome.

Here is a link to Valentines Cards from Tiny Prints:

And another to Minted classroom cards.

Or get 20% off Valentines at Paper Culture: