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Location Family Portraits – Jonestown, Texas

As always, when planning, we want to incorporate a location that is meaningful and personal. It doesn’t always have to be at your home, but sometimes your neighborhood offers the perfect location. This was a beautiful spot that offered, color, texture and depth and simplicity. With classic colors, this portrait will is also timeless. A canvas collection was the perfect way to display these portraits.   Custom Family Portraits in Lago Vista, Jonestown, Leander, Cedar Park, AustinView full post »

An Easy Solution – Find A Stud to Hang your Wall Portrait

An Easy Solution – Finding a stud to hang your Wall Portrait DIY Tips & Tricks You’ve made an investment in a family wall portrait.  Now it’s time to hang it on the walls.  Remember your Portraits are a work of art and the need to be treated as one. You never want to just add a nail or screw to the wall and hope it’s secure enough to carry the weight of your portrait. Ideally, you want to find a Wall Stud to secure your Portrait to the wall.  If you can’t findView full post »

February Studio Special – $50 off a Business Headshot

Marketing & Branding Your Business in 2016 It’s time to look at your photography for all your Marketing & Branding.  Is it up to par? Like most Business Owners, you have probably been spending January closing out your books for 2015 and working on our marketing for 2016.  Preparing your marketing calendar, updating your website with new products and services and fine tuning your company branding, just to name a few of the never ending business tasks. As you review your marketingView full post »

Time to Update Your Business Headshot

Business Headshots: Why, What & How   Why do I Need a Headshot? Whether you’re a corporate executive, small business person or aspiring musician, your headshot is your logo. As one of your chief marketing tools,  this logo gets you noticed and gets you work by connecting people to your brand through an image of you that reveals your personality and conveys your approachability, friendliness and professionalism. You only get once chance to make a first impression. Why not makeView 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 »