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New Born Portraits – Including an Older Sibling into the Portrait

New Born Portraits – Including an Older Sibling into the Portrait Should you include older siblings into your newborn session? I think it depends. What are the goals of your session? Are you including family or just photographing baby? Will the older brother(s) and /or sister(s)  help or hinder during the session? Do they love being an older sibling? Do they love helping out with baby?  Or are they still jealous?   I would not suggest including them in all portraits, but oneView full post »

Why Hire a Professional Photographer?

  These days, photography is practiced by anyone with a smartphone, but it’s mastered by few. For everyday photos, you may be fine with a neighbor, a friend or your sister-in-law (no offense!). But when it comes to those once-in-a-lifetime moments—when you’ve got one shot at getting it right—you better make sure the person behind the camera is a pro. A proven professional photographer that is. There’s no greater proof than when the letters “CPP” follow a photographer’s name. TheyView full post »

Turning a Classic Portrait into a One-of-a-Kind Piece of Art

Classic Portrait Photography Doesn’t Mean Boring! Creative Textures & Overlays add Depth and Dimensions – Originating a stunning, One-of-a-Kind Piece of Art.   Sometimes I will enhance a Classic Portrait to create something unique.  Not every portrait warrants this kind of design finish, but the ones that do, really stand out and shine. I begin with beautiful lighting to give shape to a person, a great composition and even posing.  Yes, posing is an art form in and ofView full post »

Caring for your Portraits – The Effects of Glass Cleaner

Handle with Care Spraying a Glass Cleaner directly onto your framed portrait will result in it’s ruin. If you have one of our Custom Framed Portraits  or a Framed Gift Portraits with glass, please take a moment to read how to clean. Your portraits should only need to be dusted with a clean, soft cloth – free of any chemicals. If there are finger prints or build up of who knows what from over the years, first try wiping with a clean cloth.  Maybe a little elbow grease is needed,View full post »

A Little Satire for Those Who Think a Disk of Images is Better Than a Portrait

As the holidays are approaching fast and everyone is scrambling to get scheduled for their family portraits, I thought a little humor was in order. I have always believed that our portraits should be displayed in our homes, hung on our walls and preserved in albums, not on a disk, stashed in a door or forgotten on a hard drive. There is still time to create beautiful, custom portraits for holiday gifts, holiday and Christmas Cards, wall decor and more! Don’t be like this mommy andView full post »

Heirloom Artwork: Finish, Framed & Admired

Heirloom Artwork: Finished, Framed & Admired Showcase your Portraits and Enjoy them Everyday I know the trend with Photography for a while now is to have your portraits taken and be provided with a disk of the images.  Then what? Chances are your images will sit on your computer, be forgotten and never printed.  Even I’m guilty of forgetting to print our snapshots and vacation photos.  We all lead busy lives. The reason we have portraits taken is to remember and cherish a milestoneView full post »

Our latest Senior Portrait Album from Graphistudio

Our Latest &  Favorite Senior Albums High School Seniors deserve a fabulous Album to commemorate this special milestone in their lives. A special milestone in our lives is High School Graduation.  The celebration of completing 18 years of school and accomplishments and the turning point of becoming an adult. Graduation is one of those unforgettable moments, full of excitement and pride.  The  stepping stone of the ending of one of life’s captures to the beginning ofView full post »

Caring for your portraits

Handle with Care Your photographs are a piece of art.  Remember to handle them as one. Our Fine Art Canvas Wraps have a gel coating added to protect the canvas. To clean, simple wipe with a soft cloth free of chemicals. 1.  Handle the photographs by the edges, never touch the emulsion (surface).  The oils from your fingertips can erode the surface of your photograph over time.  2.  If you happen to leave fingerprints on the portraits, or when you need to dust,  gently wipe with a soft,View full post »

Finding Inspiration to Customize your Portraits

Finding Inspiration to Customize your Portraits by Maggie Messer Photography Design Consultations When a client commissions me to create their portraits, I will always begin with a Design Consultation. Inspiration is everywhere, if you just stop to look around.  Your furniture &  home decor  is an easy way to determine your style.  Accent pieces, fabrics, & textures all give us clues to what you love and help direct you to a portrait style. Adding color, might come from a piece of artView full post »