I am so excited; I finally get to blog about the beautiful Hovaizi newborn session. You may remember a couple of weeks ago I blogged about their beautiful home maternity session. I have been waiting until Mom was able to have her newborn reveal session and see her images for the first time before I could finally share these.Read More
I am so excited to be able to finally blog about this beautiful home maternity session I did for the Hovaizi family a couple of weeks ago. As some of you know I tend to not shoot much in client’s homes, this is because of lighting challenges and not knowing the space. However, for this particular session they had family coming in to town and the only way to make it work was to stage the session at their home. I am actually glad we did, they had a beautiful house with tons of light and many options for different locations to shoot in.Read More
One of my favorite passions as a photographer is creating fine art. How is fine art different from a normal portrait? With a fine art, I am creating a one of a kind piece of art. I do this a couple of different ways; sometimes it just is how I edit it. I like to play with different tones and textures. Other times I have a concept for the photo shoot, so it begins with the styling, how I shoot it, and the editing. My fine art work has been recognized by different online publications, through photography awards, and contests. Ultimately my biggest gratification comes presenting my clients with their unique one of kind piece of work.
Right now I really am obsessed with flowers; I have no idea where that came from. However, I love flowers. I have several floral bonnets for small children, I also have created floral pieces for adults to wear as well. I would love to create fine art for you the next time you book your session. Contact me now and let’s get planning!!
Gift Certificates Now Available online
I am so excited to announce that you can now purchase gift certificate online through my website. I have two options, one you can purchase a gift certificate in demolitions of $100-$500. These can be used by the recipient to apply towards a session fee, prints, or split between both. Then I have glamour packages. They include the $250 session fee and then you have the option to add $250, $500, or $750 for the recipient to use for prints. This really is the ultimate package since you are gifting the session and money towards prints. So the recipient is all set and all they have to do is call me to book. These are great birthday or Mother’s day gift ideas. You can either have them delivered via email or I can mail you or the recipient beautiful physical gift certificates.
First 3 people who book a Glamour Session get $200 Voucher towards prints
Finally it is time to open booking for my contemporary glamour session!! I am so excited to announce this and to kick off this new session I am gifting the first 3 bookings a $200 voucher towards prints. Get a full professional make over and get your portrait!! Then use the $200 voucher to purchase prints at your reveal session. **Voucher has not monetary value, can’t be redeemed for cash, session fee must be paid and contract signed to receive the voucher.
So be honest, when was the last time you were photographed? I mean really photographed, hair, makeup, styling…the works? I bet you will say your wedding or maybe senior photos, but let’s be honest how many years have passed since then? The time is now to get a new portrait taken that will be loved and cherished by your family.
This year my new project and the focus of my photography will be on getting women in front of the camera; making sure they exist in photos. This is so important because photos are our legacy. It is how generations will know who we are; it will be how your loved ones remember you. I am talking beautiful images that will be passed down from generations to generations. Trust, me all those selfies and cell phone pics will not be given a second thought years down the road. I equate those to the Polaroid pictures from 40s years ago. I don’t know a single person that has one of those hanging up anywhere. They aren’t because the quality was not archival and meant for long term display.
Ok, I can hear it now, the “I don’t look good in photos”, “I need to lose 20 pounds”, “I don’t have time”, and “I hate having my photo taken”. I get it and I understand your concerns. However, I am here to tell you that is why you hire a professional photographer like me. First, I have the understanding of lighting which makes all the difference, body movement, posture, and I know of ways to bring your best out in photos.
Something new I am offering now for all my sessions that will help you feel your best for you next session with me, is professional hair, makeup, and styling. You now do not have to worry about what you will wear, how to do your hair, or makeup. You will show up to your session ready to be pampered. You will also have access to my ever growing wardrobe and accessories by Chloe + Isabel. It is a full day of being treated like a celebrity.
To give you a little inspiration, I want to show you a session I just shot last weekend. This was a busy mom of two little girls. No different than the rest of us moms with young ones. Jennifer had never had her hair and make-up done, not even for her wedding. She is a beautiful woman that just needed a little pampering to help bring out her best. I am so in love with the portrait I captured of all three of them. See the before photo in the lower hand corner.
All the dresses they are wearing are from my wardrobe collection. You will have access to them as well.
So I challenge you to #existinPhotos. What will your legacy be? What will your loved ones have to remember you by, do you want it to be that awful cell phone picture or do you want it to be a beautiful portrait taken by me?
What a crazy last 24 hours it has been for me. I can’t even believe it myself. I was contacted yesterday by Parent.com regarding the beautiful maternity shoot I did in the snow last weekend. See my dear friend Lianna is pregnant with her first baby. Last summer when we found out, the first thing that came to mind knowing she was going to be pregnant over winter, was doing this epic winter shoot. I mean we live in New England after all, snow shouldn’t be an issue, right?Read the Parents.com Article Here / Read The Bump.com Article Here
Well, only it was almost an issue. See do to our schedules around lighting and such the only time we could do this kind of session was on a weekend. However, snow never seemed to hit on a weekend. We would get some snow during the week, and then a warm front would come through and melt it away. We were just not getting the epic storms we had imagined. However, we still pressed on with our planning.
My friend purchased her dress off of Etsy and the headpiece is from another Etsy craftswoman I use for my floral bonnets. We shared ideas back and forth regarding color scheme and locations. We initially were thinking of having to head up to northern New Hampshire, because I really had envisioned evergreen trees.
As things were coming together, the one piece we were missing was snow. So as a back up to our plan we decided on a studio shoot and milk bath photos. We shoot those the weekend before the big snow storm. At the time we had no idea what might be in store for us in the next coming days.
Then Thursday when the first storm hit, we were texting each other back and forth. Epic winter maternity session on!! However, we had a small window of time to do it. So Saturday my friend, her hubby, and sister came over to my place. We went down to the edge of my property and in a matter of 30 mins made magic happen.
Now I have seen comments about whether she was naked, freezing, and about the dress. She wore underwear, fully covered. Same amount of clothing one would wear to the beach. How I posed her and then with a little PS magic was able to hide unsightly panty lines. My husband did the dress throwing over and over until I felt we had nailed it!! The only person freezing was my friend’s support crew and me. LOL
I posted the final image to Instagram Tuesday night and by Wednesday I was contacted by a writer for Parents.com about using it to write up a story about it. I was on cloud 9 all day yesterday; I couldn’t believe it was happening. I was actually afraid to tell many people in case Parents.com might change their mind and not run the story. Then later in the day, it was there. Then last night they posted it to their FB page where it has over 2K likes.
This is my passion. This represents my goals as a photographer. I don’t just want to make pretty photos; I want to capture images that will be my client’s legacy for generations. It isn’t about producing a photo for today that will be forgotten tomorrow…it is producing an image you will be sharing with your grandchildren and their children. I want more women to be brave and daring…to exist in photos. I too felt this, I regret that I really don’t have many photos of me pregnant. I was so afraid of how I looked…now 11 years later that is my biggest regret. We can’t keep making excuses. Our loved ones want images of us…Getting a professional image done makes all the difference. We have the right lighting, gear, and ways to captures you at your most beautiful. Please be inspired by my friend Lianna, don’t be afraid to exist in photos!!
This has been a long week; I am just getting over a really bad head cold. My hubby had it last week, so I guess I couldn’t be left out of the fun. So this week was my turn for the fun of being sick. This really didn’t fit into my plan since I had a long list of things I wanted to accomplish. On top of this, throw in a snow storm and, well, you get the idea. Thankfully today I woke up feeling better and was able to get a few things done. One thing on my list was to get a new blog posted. So this post will give you a peek into the changes coming this year. I really can’t wait for you to see what I have in store.
I am so excited to share with you my newest baby: the Folio Box, an exquisite, top-shelf image presentation and storage solution. Perfectly crafted, wrapped in black nubuck like leather and flawless fitted to your entire photo selection. Words do not do them justice; these are soooo beautiful. You just need to feel, touch, smell…them. They are pure luxury. These Folio Boxes will be the new way you purchase your images. These boxes hold up to 20 11x14” mattes which hold perfectly proportioned 7x10” prints. Every photograph is a legacy printed at archival quality, so each memory will last for generations. Not only for storage, these Folio Boxes can be staged on any bookshelf for when you’re ready to rotate out the images you have on display. You can also present photographs to family and friends: every image comes ready for framing. Another great feature of these boxes is an included crystal USB Flash drive, containing a digital copy of every photograph purchased during your session. As you’d expect, the flash drive fits perfectly in a holder within the folio box.
I had mentioned in an earlier blog that I will be moving away from impersonal online galleries and moving to in person reveals. I actually call them “Reveal Parties” and that is what they will be. I will serve refreshment and at this little party you will see your images for the first time. They will be fully printed and matted; ready to purchase right there and take home that day. You will have the option to purchase individual images or I have packages of 5, 10, and 20 which will include the box. You will also have the option to place orders for enlargements, gallery wraps, and if you would like to purchase reprints of any image your purchase. You will be able to look at my studio sample at your next session; here you will see just how special this box really is.
Referral Program, Earn $50 Voucher per Referral
As part of this series of changes, I am rolling out a new referral program for 2017. So much of my business has come from the wonderful referrals you have provided. Well, I want to give back to you for recommending me to your family and friends. Starting this year, for every referral you give and who pay/book a session, you will receive a $50 voucher. You can use the vouchers to put towards a session or print order. Save up your referrals and use them at once. They will be good for 12 month from the date of issue. So go ahead, tell your friends and family about the experience you had with my services. Make sure whoever you refer that they mention your name. Once they book/pay for their session, I will send you a voucher. Easy as that.
Spring Sessions, Book Early and get $50 Credit toward prints
I know it doesn’t feel like spring will ever come, especially as we may see another major storm in a couple of days. However, before we know it warm weather and green grass will be here. Before you know it, Easter and Mother’s day will be upon us. Right now is the best time to book your session if you want the best selection of dates and times. If you contact me before 31 March and book as session you will get $50 credit towards your print order. The session doesn’t have to be a date before the 31st of March, you just need to make the appointment before the 31st of March. **Session fee will need to be paid within 24 hours of booking to qualify.
Until my next posting…stay warm, stay dry, and stay healthy!! Make sure you follow me on social media for the latest!!!
So it has been a few weeks since my last blog, I had hoped to be a little more regular with them. However, I have a great excuse and I can’t wait to share what I have been up to. Kind of Top Secret, but I can give you a little sneak peek if you promise to keep it a secret. So as I mentioned in my last blog posting, I am changing somethings up with PixL-Photography. This year I will be focusing on my new mantra, “exist in pictures”. Getting women to make sure they have a beautiful portrait taken that will be cherished for generations. This new service, Contemporary Glamour, will be focused on providing the full experience: hair, make-up, and styling. I am beyond excited on this new direction. I still will do family portraits, but I am adding this whole new service and I think it will be very popular.
To prepare for this change I have had to shift gears and source local businesses to support the new service. In that, I’ve been fortunate to meet amazing local female business women willing to work with me that are absolutely phenomenal. I found a great hair artist who works at a local salon and is at the top of her game. Then I was lucky to meet two incredible make-up artists from Billerica, keeping it local has been my goal. Additionally, I was also able to join forces with a Chloe + Isabel accessory merchant who have offered up her amazing catalog of jewelry for our shoots. The pieces are classically on trend, look expensive, and are just the thing to make an outfit pop. Great thing about this, if you like the jewelry you can purchase it.
I will be taking new bookings starting in March in time for mother's day gift ideas, so make sure you follow me on social media and keep a look out in your email box for the announcement; I will be planning a little promotion for the first three sessions. More details will follow.
While I continue to get all the pieces together and make some changes, I want you to see example of this new service. This past weekend I got my glam squad together and we did our very first “Contemporary Glamour” session!! Our beautiful model, Vanessa, was fantastic. She is a new mommy to a 4 month old baby boy. I took her maternity session this past summer, so it was an honor to follow up with her. She is so sweet and was just wonderful. See the before and the after. Stunning!!
After Glam Squad
Make-UP by Deanna Elyse Makeup Artist, http://www.deannaelysemakeup.com/
Accessories by Chloe + Isabel, Katie Elias, https://www.chloeandisabel.com/boutique/katieelias
Hair by Kayla Casey, SalonOz Bedford MA
Hello 2017!! Goodbye 2016. I can't believe we are going on to the second week of the new year. 2016 seem to have flow by and now I am looking forward to 2017. I titled this blog "New Year...New Beginnings", because for Pixl-Photography that is what 2017 represents.
2016 I think flew by so fast, because it was by far my busiest year in my 3+ year old business. I wouldn't be where I am today if it wasn't for all my great clients that trust their family photography needs with me. Whether it was maternity sessions at Minuteman Park, birthday parties at home, or cool dance shoots on Kings Beach, we sure have had some great times shooting great images.
I am really excited when looking ahead to new things I have in the works for PixL-Photography. Things I have plan I believe will improve the service your receive, the experience you have, and ultimately the images I produce for you. I want to be your go to photographer that you trust to document your life.
So the first new thing for 2017, well more than one thing. If you haven't notice, I have a new website. This has been a long time coming and I finally bit the bullet to get it done. I am pretty proud of the results. Let me know down in the comments what you think about it. Then the other thing you might have notice, I have a new logo!! I am pretty excited about that as well. I feel these two new things together really helps kick off 2017 and are the first beginnings of the changes you will start to notice with PixL-Photography.
IN PERSON REVEAL-
Another big change in the works that you don't see yet, but you will. Starting in Spring I will be moving from online galleries to in person reveals and sales. I truly feel this will improve the service I provide you. The online gallery has been rather challenging, especially for print ordering. I have felt like I haven't been providing you the best customer service by just uploading images to a gallery and letting you try to figure out how to order prints not knowing what a crop ratio is, what the difference between print papers, ect. So the new process will be better for this since we will do it together, I will be able to explain all your options. How this will work, is after your images are completed I will schedule a reveal session. At this session you will get to view your gallery in person with me. I can then answer any question you might have. We can talk about print sizes, paper finishes, and other products you might be interested in. This will help you get want you really want without any guessing.
To continue my goal of providing the best service and experience, I have created new print packages. I have eliminated the sale of digital images and digital image packages for a better way of receiving your images. Now with every image you get as a print, you will receive a copy of the digital file to keep. No paying extra, no having to chose between buying digital image and then trying to figure out where to get it printed. You will get your prints from a professional lab, high quality, then you will have a copy of the digital file to keep to print more of the images, to post on social media, or share with friends and family. I am making things so much more simpler.
EXIST IN PICTURES-
The last big change for 2017 I will be rolling out is the Contemporary Glamour session for you or the women in your family. Too many times women put themselves last in life, they put their children and the family ahead of them. They also tend to shy away from having their portrait taken because they don't like how they look or feel the look in a photo; or are overwhelmed with the idea of trying prepare themselves for their session. I am happy to announce I am going to offer a full pampering experience along with a portrait session. I will be providing hair, make-up, and styling services as part of the session. I want to encourage women to make sure they take time to do something for them, to make them feel good about themselves and how they look. I also want them to see how beautiful the are to those who love them. We women need to make sure we exist in pictures and in quality images. Future generations want to be able to look at a beautiful portrait of their love ones not and not a grainy out of focus unflattering cell phone picture..
I think this is the one change for 2017 I am the most excited about. I will be in the process of booking 5 complementary sessions, they will include hair, make-up, and styling services along with a $100 voucher for your print order. This $300+ complementary session will be for your time and my use of the images. So please make sure you keep an eye out on my Facebook page and newsletter when I put out the call for these sessions. The call will go out sometime this month, for sessions over the next two months.
I hope you are as excited as I am for 2017. I can't wait until our next portrait session together. I think 2017 will be a great year.