Recently I did a session for a family that I have known for years. They are an awesome, fun-filled, love to laugh, giving family. I don't think I have ever laughed so much during a session as I did during their session. I was so honored and excited when they asked me to shoot their family portraits, which was a mother's day gift to mom. How awesome is that, what a great gift for a mother. Portraits that she can look at and treasure for years to come. I received a message with a picture showing how they are displaying their portraits. I have to say, it is so neat and well put together. Do you have space that needs updated family portraits? Fall is fast approaching and it's a great time with the cooler weather and amazing fall colors to take family pictures. They make great Christmas gifts too. Contact me to get on the schedule before it's all booked up. www.vanessawellsimages.com
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WHY I CHOOSE TO PRINT
When I was a senior in high school I didn’t get senior pictures. Actually I did, but since I was paying for this myself, I couldn’t afford much. I had them taken as required by the school/studio. A few poses were chosen and purchased in the 4x6 size. I made copies of the 4x6 prints, which resulted in very dark and over saturated pictures. Oh my… how wrong was I back then.
When Danielle, my eldest became a senior I knew she was going to have the senior pictures I never had. You know what I’m talking about. We all want our kids to have what we didn’t. The session was set up and we carefully picked the outfits that would represent who she was. A few weeks later and several hundred dollars and I have a beautiful senior portrait on my wall.
When it came time for Kiley, my youngest to have her senior pictures taken we did the studio session for yearbook purposes. But we also wanted something different. Not your typical studio look and feel. We wanted the on location look and feel. She was a soccer player and we wanted to incorporate that into her pictures. We hired a photographer, had the session and a couple weeks later we had the CD in hand with her senior pictures. We were so excited to finally have her senior pictures and get them hung on the wall next to her sister’s portrait. At the time, I thought this was the easiest and cheapest way to go. Easiest because I would not have to sit down with someone to pick and choose. I could do that from the comfort of my own home on my own time. I wasn’t accountable to anyone.
Many of you know what it’s like when you have a senior in the house. There are so many activities and functions and things on the calendar, this in addition to everyday life. You get busy and don’t have time for anything else..much less decide which picture you like the best and what size and who gets what and where to print. Graduation came and went as did summer then college. Needless to say, I didn’t print any of her senior pictures. To this day I still do not have any of her pictures on the wall. Sad but very true. It’s not because I didn’t like them. Time just got away from me. I wasn’t held accountable. You know what they say out of sight out of mind. The CD was put away and I forgot about it. Uber fail on my part. In fact I went and searched out the CD for this blog and I’ll be printing some out. Soon I’ll have both sisters’ senior portraits on my wall.
When I opened my business I knew immediately what I wanted my business model to be. I wanted to be a full service photographer for my clients. I want to ease the stress and for them to have a great experience from beginning to end. I mean really…who needs or wants more stress in their life. I want to help them pick their favorites images and sizes and know when they return from the lab the color is the same color as the pictures in their gallery. Not the dark or overly saturated ugliness. All my clients have to do is hang the pictures in their home. Easy peasy no stress, just pure excitement, joy and happiness. Your memories deserve prints.
If you would like a stress free fun session contact me at www.vanessawellsimages.com and we’ll get you on the books.
Photo credit would go to the studio, but I don't remember who the studio was or if they are still in business.
I attended the Bedford 2.8 Fotocon convention and had the opportunity to learn a little about "macro" shooting. I've always been intimated by that, so I must say it was fun to learn something new. There were some vintage camera's there and I was able to shoot them. My favorite was the Argus C3, which they have coined "The Brick". Macro gives you the ability to get extreme close-upphotography, usually of very small subjects, in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size. I will definitely explore this option more.