Saturday, August 27, 2011

Time is short…

One of my Mentors David Anthony Williams is on a mission to educate folks on just how important  family photographs are. There is a slide show at the link above with his name. Please take a little time to enjoy it. After spending three days with him I can tell you he is one of the most genuine, generous and kindest people I have ever met. Vanessa & I share his passion and want to do our part!

I lost the person that had the biggest impact on my life a few years back to colon cancer.  Elliott Green was a friend who very patiently taught me some of the most important things I have ever learned. A favorite question he always asked me was “life’s a marathon, why are you sprinting through the first turn?”  He taught me to stop rushing past all the beauty in my life. To savor the days, hours and even the minutes.

When we look out every morning on a new day we should have a firm place to stand. That place is the past, who we are, who we were and who we want to be.

So how about committing a time to building your families place to stand? Yes time is short… make your memories  timeless. 

A few photographs to hopefully make my point Smile












Have a great day!

As always Thanks for stopping by!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Digital Negatives- Do you know what’s on your Disc?

Color Correction! Do you color correct your photographs? If your asking “what’s that” or “how do you do that” you may not be aware of just how important that is to your digital negatives!
Yes I said Digital Negatives Smile  So you get a friend to shoot your wedding and they put all your images on Disc just like we do Smile So far so good… well so far so good if they caught all the right moments, framed and composed your images properly and even better if they had off camera lighting to capture the best of you & your soul mate without all the harsh shadows of an on camera flash!
However… are those images that you have on Disc now in a format that has been color corrected, blemish removal such as dust or heaven forbid a pimple or two been tended to? Are they cropped in a fashion that allows you to use them or will you need to do some editing of your own?
The Digital Negative is the image you get on the disc – what format are you getting the negatives in? Maximized or just out of the camera? Everything in the days of film went to the lab to be processed and developed. Digital goes into the computer lab and is processed by the photographer of someone sub-contracted to process them. It is so very important to get those images in the correct format so you can print them and get the absolute best out of your photographs!
The Reds are Reds and The Whites are Creamy Smile
As Always Thanks for Stopping By!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Memories & Photographs Keeping It All Together!

What’s your system for keeping your old photographs safe? Shoe box? Maybe a photo album where the photo slides in our lives under a clear cover that sticks to the page?

Those are storage ideas and do very little to protect your images at all, in fact the latter can damage them. When you pull the cover back often times it takes parts of the photo with it. What happens if water manages to find it’s way to the location of your shoe box or photo album? Good things are not likely to happen…

What is the best safest way available to store your images from the past? Not the digital images, the old paper images from long ago. The memories of Grandparents, Great Grandparents and in some very fortunate cases Great Great Grandparents are fragile and as time goes by and they aren’t protected the risk is greater as the paper and chemicals begin to degrade that those memories could be lost forever. There is one inexpensive alternative that stands above the rest and that is to digitize those images as soon as possible!

We do offer digitalization of photographs onto Disc either CD, DVD or Blu-ray for our clients. We also do photo restoration if so needed. The process isn’t expensive, it allows families to create collections of images and share copies of those collections with all of their siblings and relatives.

If we can be of service to you in preserving your images please don’t hesitate to contact us for information on how you can digitize your photo collections!


Wouldn’t you hate to lose this image?


Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Gift Ideas for Your Special Someone & Great Thank You Gifts!


I know from experience how difficult finding a gift for that special person in your life can be. Plain old gift vouchers to clothing shops are nice, true enough and you won’t get into trouble going that route. Will it however impress? Will it show how thoughtful and considerate you are?

A gift voucher can be a lifesaver for those of us who struggle to come up with gift ideas, but the real secret to the success of any gift voucher as a present is the reason you got her that particular voucher in the first place! A gift voucher in a beautiful card with a hand written note inside that includes a hint about why you chose that voucher is the best way to go.

Do you have a pre-teen or teen in your life that might be struggling a bit with self image or confidence?  One of our gift vouchers for a Portfolio Shoot can be a real confidence builder! Everyone should have great pictures of themselves, the look good feel good factor is so important to all of us yet we seldom take the time to action that idea.

A Family Photography Session is one of the most versatile gifts anyone can buy. It works as a Thank You gift, it works as a birthday gift, it works as an anniversary gift! It is so personalized it’s like buy the perfect pair of gloves for anyone and everyone! Almost any occasion the family photography session voucher is certain to be a success.

Newborn Babies, how quickly they change from day to day and to have professional portraits rather than snapshots is a real must for new parents!

Glam l’amour   Albums – fun, fun, fun, confidence building, self affirming and inspiring are some of the words used to describe our intimate sessions. Ladies this makes a great gift for the man in your life. Discreet, Classy and Tasteful. 

Event Photography- Birthday Parties, Retirement Ceremonies, Award Presentations all are important dates to document. Everyone that should be in the pictures is in the pictures rather than behind the camera!













Thanks for stopping by!

Please let us know if we can help you with a gift voucher.


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Adrenalin Rush Anyone?


Sometimes you need a cold slap in the face to get motivated! Or alternatively you could do a turn on the ropes at Closer To The Edge! They are absolutely the best when it comes to running courses for team building and self confidence.

They have a few different experiences and a quick check of their Web Site will show you just what a great experience can be had. We went to one of their locations and covered an event by providing photographs of the participants as they participated in the confidence courses!

We are always available for this type of photography! Getting outside and climbing and covering our clients in these confidence building courses is a thrill! If you have an event that you would like us to cover please don’t hesitate to contact us! Having proof of just how brave you really are is never a bad thing!






Closer To The Edge !

Monday, August 22, 2011

Wedding Packages?

Vanessa is brilliant!

We have always had a variety of photography packages for our wedding couples to choose from. They are intended to help them chose their photography coverage. There are so many possible combinations of albums, coverage hours, and services it sometimes felt like we were pushing our couples towards an existing package.

So…what was Vanessa’s brilliant idea?

 The Foreverly Wedding Photography Planning Calculator!    


New for 2012 - Vanessa developed this easy to use, self explanatory, custom calculator. It gives our couples the control to plan their photography coverage. You plan the length of the coverage, the type and size of the album and how many photographers to cover the day. Input that information and it will give you the cost of the wedding photography coverage you want.

We are always available to help you tweak package if need be to further maximize your budget.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Family Photography Question

How many Family Photographs do you have that every one is in the photograph? Who is usually behind the camera? Mom or Dad?

Some one missing from a family photograph means it’s not a family photograph… it’s a photograph that has every one in it but a family member that is critical to that family and the composition of that family.

It’s really difficult to recreate moments when you don’t have everyone in the photograph. What the heck was Dad thinking wearing those pants? Or those crazy sideburns he had that year. The point is the person behind the camera should not be a person that belongs in the photograph.

I know there are occasions other than Christmas and weddings  where the whole family gathers together and we cover those events! We love doing family reunions or family gatherings. It isn’t something that requires a huge amount of time. Each family has access to all of the images online and on disc and if each family is splitting the cost it really is a value you can’t pass by.







Thursday, August 18, 2011

Facebook Head Shots

Everyone needs a good profile pic for LinkedIn or Facebook and other online social networking sites  right? Well yes definitely right!
What is it that attracts us to just about anything we buy, love and wear? How it looks! Our business presence on line is no different. If you have a blurry or poorly lit photograph representing you or your business and company what does it say about you?
That you couldn’t be bothered? Because it’s easier to pull out your camera phone? But they should definitely consider you and your services!  
Well good news for all you people that think it costs to much or is to much trouble to get a professional portrait made!
We are going to be doing our Family Mini Shoots again in September! We will be offering “Headshots” on those days in conjunction with the family shoots. So you can show up and have a professional business headshot and receive the digital file of that head shot in a full resolution format and a web sized version. Permission to print is included!  
Interested? Email or call for Details!
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