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Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #17!

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #17!

Happy pre-Halloween weekend! We aren't gonna lie...we kinda almost forgot Halloween this year. Mostly because well...parent mush brain? Does that work as an excuse?! If not, it does now so deal with it people! Thankfully, Walmart saved the day with a ridiculous assortment of licensed character costumes! Nothing says FUN! like dressing up in clothing made out of cheap plastic table cloth material for an hour or so and coming home with enough candy to send an elephant into a diabetic coma! We can't wait!

With Halloween comes Halloween parties at school! Megan (bravely) volunteered to help chaperone Olivia's First Grade Halloween Spooktacular. They had tons of fun playing games, doing Halloween word searches, and eating way too much sugar! It was an awesome time to get some "girl time" together, meet Olivia's school friends and teachers, and have a blast!

We also had Parent/Teacher conferences this week. Duh, duh, duuuuuh... (cue intense music). Ok they weren't that bad, but because this was our first time EVER doing them, we didn't really know what to expect. All we really knew about Parent/Teachers conferences is what we remembered as kids...which is basically these were a special time for parents and teachers to get together and conspire about how to make your elementary school life completely miserable for the remaining 6 months of the school year. You can understand our shock when, in actuality, this was NOT how these little meetings went. To our complete surprise, their teachers were totally normal, awesome people who love our kids and know all their little personality quirks ALREADY! We brought each of them a little package of Megan's (soon to be) World Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies because bribery never hurt anyone, right?! It was interesting to see the whole experience as a parent and we are proud to say, the kids are doing pretty awesome in school! However, we can't guarantee we didn't conspire just a little bit with their teachers to make their lives a little bit miserable. ;-) After all, that's part of any healthy childhood right?!

Finally, we had one of our first ever Premier Nights this week! We had so much fun with the Ward Family! It truly is one of the most rewarding parts of what we do when we get to sit down with a family and do their image reveal.  We really want this to be a special moment for each and every family we photograph. We love hearing their reactions, seeing the tears of joy, and helping them use their images to turn their house into a home! It really was a special time, and we are so glad they loved their photos...but we're even more glad that we got to hang out with them, get to know them, and help them celebrate their beautiful family! If you'd like more information about what we do, or what our Premier Night is all about, go ahead and contact us and we'd love to share our vision for photography, family, and how you can use your photographs to showcase your beautiful family!

Have a safe and happy Halloween weekend everyone! We'll catch y'all again on Monday!

Fri-Yay! Weekly Recap #16!

Fri-Yay! Weekly Recap #16!

Hi Friends! It's Fri-yay and we are excited for another weekend! 

Last week we shared our secret about being nervous to get in front of the camera for our family photo shoot. We (ok, just Megan) couldn't figure out what to wear and we stressed about whether or not our outfits would look good. Well we are happy to report that our session went amazing!  Mostly because of our amazing Photographer Lauren, of Lunabear Studios, was absolutely charming and put up with our crazies like a boss! We are now waiting on pins and needles for our photos to come back and its given us a taste of our own medicine because...We. Are. Dying. To. See. Them. We may or may not be stalking our email and Facebook to see if she's posted any.

Wednesday we talked about how to take better photos with your phone. Most people whip out their phones and just hit the button and don't think twice about it! We understand that not everyone has the time to invest in lighting courses, composition seminars, exposure triangle tutorials, or advanced editing techniques. But that doesn't mean your phone photos have to look horrible!! So instead of you investing tons of hours and dollars to learn loads of super fancy photo techniques, we have decided to help you guys out and share some of our favorite tips! Go read it, you will be glad you did!

Busy portrait season means, client orders are rolling in and we are LOVING it! It's seriously like Christmas morning every time FexEx or UPS rolls up...except the presents aren't for us, they're for our beautiful clients! The quality of these prints are amazing and the colors are perfectly precise!  We love them so much, the struggle is real to not keep them all to ourselves! Keep your eyes open for some more sneak peeks of product orders. They are all beautiful and will be such a great addition to your home!

Finally, we're excited to say that IT'S UPGRADE TIME! We have a couple lenses for sale because we are committed to using the best possible equipment we can to give our clients the best possible images we can! That said, we are selling a couple of our old lenses that we don't really use anymore so that we can buy ourselves a shiny new one. We have a Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 and a Canon 50mm f/1.4 for sale. Both are great upgrades from the average kit lens you probably got with your camera. They are both in great condition and come with original boxes and accessories. If you want one of these little beauties, we'll even throw in a FREEBIE 30-60 minute mentoring session to teach you the basics of your camera! All you gotta do is shoot us an email and they're yours!

That's all from us! Have a safe and happy weekend everyone! :-)

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #12

Fri-yay! Weekly Recap #12

Another week is in the books and we are here to deliver another Fri-yay weekly recap for your reading pleasure! We are settling into fall out here in the desert and are enjoying the slow change in the seasons. School is in full swing for the kids and fall sports have started. We are also gearing up for a super fun and exciting Fall portrait season and we can't wait to share a few fun changes to our business with you all soon! In the meantime though, it's Friday and, for us, that means we take a few minutes to look back at the week that was and share a little bit about ourselves!

This week was the beginning of our fall sport season and our oldest son Eli started soccer practice this week. Every time we do recreational sports in our community, we feel like we are checking off some sort of box on the "typical American family" checklist. Sometimes we even contemplate eating apple pie whilst also drinking Budweiser and having a hot dog while attending these "all-American" events, but we don't want to overdo it. Kidding aside, we love getting out in our community, meeting our neighbors, and just making new friends. In this age of social media and globalization, it is refreshing sometimes to get out and meet the people who live in the same neighborhoods that you do. 

NOT a picture of soccer practice because well parents of the year. But his little face makes up for it... <3

NOT a picture of soccer practice because well parents of the year. But his little face makes up for it... <3

We also took the boys to get hair cuts this week for the first time in like a century. For real though, their hair was starting to look like a cross between a wet cat had a fight with a bunch of octopus tentacles and then they made up and decided to make a home on top of our kid's heads. We'd show you before and after pictures but they're seriously too graphic. This is a family establishment after all. You can understand our excitement when we found a local barber shop and evicted the octopus and wet cat that resided on top of their heads and made them look totally handsome again! Eli is always such a joyful child... can we say pre-teen???

Finally, fall family portrait season is in full swing around here and we are here to encourage all of you to get in front of the camera this year (especially you moms!) and take pictures with your family. Life is so fleeting and preserving the moments we have together in photographs is something that is near and dear to our hearts. We also want to encourage all of you to PRINT those pictures and HANG 'EM UP! They aren't doing anyone any good tucked away in some black hole on your hard drive. We would love to help you get in front of the camera and get some photographs of you and and your family this fall! And we'd also love to sit down with you and help you get some of those photos up and displayed in your home where they belong. We firmly believe that every family has a story worth telling. Let us help you tell yours.

Have a safe and happy weekend!