September 16th, 2011
Let me introduce you to Noah and his adorable parents. He is going to be London’s future boyfriend, I am sure of it. He’s such a nice mannered, smiley happy, and cuddly little guy! Not to mention he’s pretty handsome too. Look at them baby blues! We met at the park last month to photograph him at the big 6 month mark. I love this age not only as a photographer but also as a parent. They’re sitting up on their own and gaining a small bit of independence. It’s fun to be able to sit back a little and interact with them on their own level.
I was happy to see the weathered yellow caboose parked right in the middle of the grass. Looking forward to coming back next summer and photographing him next to it to show how much he’s grown.
It’s great to know that Noah and London already share a passion for books. See, I knew they’d be fast friends!
I’ll see you all in a couple months when this handsome guy hits the 9 month mark!
October 12th, 2010
Mom called me to schedule this session and I was interested to learn what they do as a family. How they spend their time, what sorts of things their kids will remember when they’re older and will definitely want documented. You see I love to photograph families in pretty settings but a goal I’m always striving towards is to show the dynamics of the relationship. The little things, the laughter, the quirks, the love.
We decided to document a hobby of this family’s, going fishing. We decided to go “fake fishing” since the area we were at didn’t allow fishing. Who knew we would still catch two frogs even without bait. I have to explain too, no fish were harmed in this photo session. They were gently taken off the hook and released back into the wild but not before we documented the excitement. You can see below, even the dog was into the action.
I love these images! A complete juxtaposition between girly girl and and tomboy. Sister in her frilly skirt that Mom says she constantly wears combined with her blue nail polish holding a huge frog.
This family was so full of fun and personality. I was entertained the entire night. So sad to see the sun set and our time together come to an end. I hope they are thrilled with the results from our evening together. I hope they see the beauty and love between each other and can come back to that feeling every time they view these images.
October 10th, 2010
I’m excited to announce the 2010 Mini-Session information on the blog today. Just what is a Mini-Session you ask? It’s a great time to update that family photo without scheduling a full lifestyle photo session. All of my clients know that a full session with me usually takes 1-2 hours and we spend plenty of time together photographing to capture your family’s true essence. Mini-Sessions are 20 minutes and we quickly snap updated images to use in your Holiday Cards or prints for Holiday gifts. These are great for Grandparents!
We’ll have my favorite vintage sofa out and ready to go. I love using this piece but due to it’s size I’m not always able to transport or unload it. So if you’ve dreamed of having your photos taken on a funky, vintage sofa in a beautiful outdoor setting, here’s your chance.
Ready for the details now? Sessions will take place on Saturday, October 23rd, 2010.
The $85.00 session fee guarantees your spot and includes the following:
- 20 minute session yielding 5-15 images for review in an online gallery
- One box of Holiday cards utilizing photos from this session (check out the 2010 Card choices)
- 10% off ala carte pricing
Just a few specifications, these are situations in which it’d be best to book a regular session:
- Mini-sessions can include families of 5 people or less.
- Sorry, due to time constraints pets won’t be included
- Payment is due to reserve your spot and is non-refundable. However, should you decide to cancel it will be applied towards a regular session to be used within the following year.
To sign up for your Mini-Session just email me – cbyatesphoto at me.com. I have morning and late afternoon/early evening times available. The remaining slots are sure to go quickly so don’t hesitate!
And before I end this post I’ll share some past client images captured with the funky sofa. Wardrobe choices are always fun to choose based on the color incorporated in the fabric. If you need clothing ideas I’d be happy to share some with you.
October 5th, 2010
Cooler temperatures, football games, and beautiful foliage, we all know what these things have in common . . . it’s fall! With this time of year comes fall family portrait sessions and let me tell you, I’ve been busy with a bunch already. I still have some slots available for weekday mornings or weeknights in October and early November. Drop me an email if you’re interested!
I wanted to get the 2010 Holiday card samples posted to get people ready for what’s right around the corner. So proud of all my families that have already had their session done. All they have to do is choose their images and we’ll get their cards created. They’ll be on the ball once December hits and will have more time to enjoy the Holidays with their family.
Want to check out the choices a little closer? Head over to the proofing section of the website. This is also where you can place your order. As soon as your session is proofed and loaded to your private gallery I’ll send you an email with the link and password. From there you can choose which card you’d like and which photos you want to include. We can also customize the greeting, family names, date, etc.
I’ve left the 2009 card design choices online too in case you’d like more to choose from. I know that some of the designs seem specific to the type of shoot, example: wedding or newborn photography. Please feel free to look closer and know that even though those are the images shown doesn’t mean we can’t customize that card design with images from your family photo shoot.
Most of my clients order cards year after year but in case you haven’t seen them yet here are the specifics:
- Press Printed Cards are not photographs, but are produced on state of the art digital printing presses. The printing facility uses real liquid ink, not toner like a color copier as some other printers use, to give the cards the look and feel of a very high quality printed piece.
- Cards are double sided (more room to show off your gorgeous photos!)
- Size is 5″x 7″
- Ordered in increments of 25
- Pricing includes envelopes
- There are multiple paper finishes available (matte, glossy, watercolor paper, and pearlescent)
- Custom cards are $55 per box of 25 cards
- Quantity Discounts for multiple boxes
|3 – 5
|6 – 9
I am always excited to place orders for the Holiday cards. I love customizing the cards with images we’ve taken in the past year and waiting to see the end product. Everyone loves receiving them since they’re such a personalized item. And the other good thing about these cards is all you have to do is address the envelopes and you’re ready to mail. No signing needed since cards are printed with your name!
Holiday cards are available for all clients that have had a session or Wedding within the past year. If your session was earlier this year and you’d like to order cards please drop me an email and I’ll be happy to reinstate your gallery for you.
March 15th, 2010
Having just returned from a week long trip to WPPI in Vegas I’m fresh from the desert, full of inspiration. I was initially scheduled to photograph this little guy’s birth but he decided to arrive just as I was boarding the plane. Heartbroken, I realized it just wasn’t in God’s plan and I told Mama I’d be over just as soon as I got home.
While at WPPI I took a class by Amber Holritz that really opened my eyes to the way I photograph families. I always strive to capture real life while it occurs showcasing the bond between parents and children but I want to take it a step further. I want to spend even more time with the families I photograph getting to know how they spend their time together. I want to document how they *love* each other. My goal in this is what Amber explained to us. She said the portraits she had of herself growing up told her what she “looked like”. Instead, she wanted to see what her “life looked like” and “how she was loved”. I instantly related to her thoughts thinking of how I don’t have many images of my mom and I together since most often she was the one taking the photograph.
I photographed baby R’s newborn images and then I hung around to showcase the new dynamic this family has having added one more child to love.
These images are my favorite. Everyone in Mom and Dad’s room getting “cozy” as big sister K would call it. She’s dressed in her PJ’s with accompanying ballerina skirt and accessorizing the third child with a feather boa. This is *their* family. This is how they spend their Saturday afternoon together. It isn’t scripted . . . it’s real and I hope these pictures will stir up memories for these kids someday when they’re grown. I hope they can feel the laughter and love and silliness going on here. I hope they see the looks on Mom and Dads faces and know how much they’re cherished.
Thank you for inviting me in to document and be a part of it.