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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Toy Donations for The Elf Louise Christmas Project {San Antonio Portraits with Santa}

We are so excited to be able to GIVE BACK this Christmas!
Here is the low down:
*Bring a brand new, in the box, unwrapped toy at your Session with Santa (valued at no less than $20)
*Artistic Images will give you ONE COMPLIMENTARY GIFT PRINT (8x10 or smaller) when you purchase any of our Collector's Series Packages.
*Santa and Artistic Images will donate all toys to The Elf Louise Christmas Project once all sessions are complete.

If you wish...
Wrap your gift and have Santa unwrap it during your session!
That would make for some great photos and a great lesson in giving for your children:
Santa not only brings gifts to them, but delivers donated gifts to needy children too!
Be sure your wrapping paper looks FABULOUS with their outfit!

So...take your children shopping for a gift for others and spread the 
Giving Spirit of Christmas!

Monday, October 20, 2014

2014 Christmas Portraits with Santa Claus

T'was the Night Before Christmas
Sunday, November 9th, 2014
T'was the Night Before Christmas is a Classic Bedroom Scene. Santa will join the children in their room on "Christmas Eve", reading a Christmas book, helping them say their prayers and letting them tell him one last time what their Christmas Wish List has on it.
The colors are Browns, Golds and Reds. 
A fancy Christmas outfit or adorable Christmas pajamas are the way to go on this scene. 

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Santa's Christmas Cottage
Saturday and Sunday
November 15 & 16, 2014

Santa's Christmas Cottage depicts the outside of Santa and Mrs. Claus' Cottage at the North Pole. It is a snowy wonderland that not only includes the Big Man himself, but will also include an adorable Snowman to help build and a sled to sit on. 
Christmas outfits, sweaters, jackets, hats & scarves are all great choices 
for this Classic Winter Christmas Scene.


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5 Tips for the BEST FAMILY PORTRAITS!

It is that time of year.
The Holidays are upon us.
Sometimes we think of the holidays and we think of....STRESS!
Yikes! This shouldn't be the way it is, and it doesn't have to be this year!

While I can't give you a ton of advice on how to make the turkey, get your relatives to get along or get your shopping done in a timely manner, I CAN give you some advice on having your family portrait made.

Here is my advice for a STRESS-FREE family portrait:

1. Plan ahead. Book your session NOW and don't wait until the week of Thanksgiving to think "Oh my, I need to get my Christmas Card Photos done!"
2. Be flexible. This is the busiest season for portrait photographers. While we try to accommodate all schedules, it is not always possible. Remember to schedule your portrait session for your child's BEST time. This may not be after you get off work (in fact, we call this the "worst" time in my house). If your child is hungry or tired, there is no amount of bubbles and Elmo that will make that child happy. Plan for a successful session by keeping nap times in mind. If your portrait session is outdoors, lighting is important. While it may seem awesome to have your session at noon, most of the time this is the worst time to do outdoor portraits. Early morning or late afternoon is IDEAL for most environmental locations.
3. Don't obsess about clothing. Clothing is a VERY important factor in the success of a beautiful family portrait but it is not worth obsessing over. Clothing as simple as black and jeans is easy to find and looks great in a portrait. My favorite style, however, is to pick a color family and mix and match coordinating colors and patterns to make a great and stylish combination. For example: If you pick warm tones such as gold, camel, brown, pumpkin and cream you can intermix all of those tones within a family and it will look great together. Keep in mind BOLD patterns are not a good idea, but soft or small patterns add dimension and interest to the finished portrait.
4. Try not to "over" prepare your kids. Children are best if they come to the session knowing only that they are going to have their portraits made by Mrs. Elizabeth. Over coaching them to "sit up straight", "smile right", "don't bite your lip" etc will only result in a stiff child and we will not truly be able to capture their personality. Let them relax and be a kid....and allow myself and my fabulous assistant to work our magic!
5. Give yourself more time than you think you need. There is nothing worse than arriving at a portrait session late, sweaty, cursing at your significant other and mad at everyone in the car. If you will give yourself more time to get ready and more time to get to the session, you will come to the portrait session with a relaxed and ready spirit.

As of today, Christmas is only 11 weeks away.
You've got time, but don't hesitate.
Make your appointment TODAY. Go shopping for clothes tomorrow.
 Leave the rest to US!
210-497-3809

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Destination...BIG SKY, MONTANA {San Antonio Destination Portrait Photographer}

I have been asked to go to Big Sky, Montana for an extended family portrait session.
The dates are August 8-15, 2015. 
I would LOVE to see Montana, and what better time to go than August? When it is 105 degrees in San Antonio, it would be lovely to feel a cool breeze and see the mountains.
The location I will be going to is about 45 minutes from the west entrance of  
Yellowstone National Park and is near the Gallatin River.
So, if this area is a place that interests you for your next family portrait, 
give us a call to chat about details.
Here are a few images of  the area (provided by a friend that has been there)
to give you a taste of the amazing scenery!


Click here for more information about Destination Portrait pricing and details.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fall Family Portrait Options {San Antonio Family Photographer}

FALL is HERE!!
And I am excited about the cooler weather 
AND
the AMAZING new locations for this fall's family portraits!

Here are some examples of the BEAUTIFUL locations that we will be heading to this fall.
ALL of the Portrait Events still have openings as of today.
There are TONS of images, so be sure to see them all!


I have yet to photograph a family at Enchanted Rock, so the only samples I have are this beautiful dancer. If you are concerned about hiking, don't be. Most of the locations shown are super close to the parking lot!





























Sunday, September 21, 2014

A Magical Miracle {San Antonio Family Photographer}

Two years ago, I had the pleasure of photographing a wonderful family that I have known forever at DisneyWorld. We had an ALL day adventure as we photographed at The Magic Kingdom, Epcot, The Grand Floridian and The Beach Club Resort. It was a fun, adventurous and exhausting day for all of us. However, it was especially exhausting for the littlest girl, Claudia.

Now, I do not know all the details but here are the basics: Claudia has an unknown medical issue that has taken away her ability to walk. In fact, she could only stand completely assisted by her sisters during our portrait session in 2012. Speaking with her mom over the years, they have had many tests and tried many different medications to help Claudia but none worked. Until late 2012.

When Claudia and her mom WALKED into my studio to pick up their album, I was shocked and completely unaware that Claudia had made such AMAZING progress in such a short time. I know this wonderful family is jumping for joy and praising God for this miracle for Claudia.

Fast forward 1.5 years and we were planning our trip to Disney again. Turns out, we were going to be there at the SAME time again. Are you kidding me? That was it, I KNEW what we had to do. This "princess-at-heart" needed portraits at Disney...Walking. Standing. Skipping through the Magic Kingdom. So we did it!

So here are some of the images from 2012 and then some images from 2014.

I was SO lucky to be able to capture this for this WONDERFUL family and to document this miracle.



 And now for this past summer 2014...








And Congratulations to oldest sister, Danielle for her graduation from Disney's College Program!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Maui AGAIN? {San Antonio Family Portrait Photographer}

We have been on an "every other year" visit to the Hawaiian Islands which lands us to the gorgeous beaches on even years. HOWEVER, we have already been contacted by TWO families who would like me to go with them to Maui next year...2015.

This wasn't in my travel plans, but I am trying to make it work ( I guess I can be persuaded). We are heading to Europe for several weeks and already have 3 sessions BOOKED with a couple more that are "thinking about it". In order for me to make Hawaii work too, I will need to have at least THREE sessions in Maui.

So, if you are interested in joining us in Maui (tentative dates July 1-6, 2015), please contact us so we can talk about the details. 210-497-3809

Check out some portraits in Hawaii...nothing compares!