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Friday, August 14, 2020

Music Box Dancer {San Antonio Portrait Photographer}

 Our first ever "Music Box Dancer" Limited Edition is here!

If you have a little one who loves to dance, this is the perfect session.

With a Nutcracker theme, your child can choose to be The Sugar Plum Fairy or The Toy Soldier. Or you can bring your own costume as well. There are two different backgrounds to choose from: The wintery Land of Snow or our Center Stage setting.

These images would make beautiful painted pieces for your child's room or a prominent spot in your home. These would also be amazing gifts for grandparents, Christmas Cards and truly a wonderful experience for your tiny dancer.

I know many dancers didn't get to have their recitals this year, so this is the perfect way to commemorate the year and wear their own costume.

Reservations open August 18th. 210-497-3809

Center Stage as Sugar Plum Fairy

Center Stage as A Toy Soldier
A Toy Soldier in the Land of Snow


The Land of Snow in your own costume

Sugar Plum Fairy in the Land of Snow


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

The 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON at Artistic Images {San Antonio Portraits with Santa}

ANNOUNCING
The 2020 HOLIDAY SEASON at Artistic Images!

The Covid-19 Situation has given us a challenge with our Santa Portraits that no one could ever dream of. We know our clients come to visit Santa not only for the resulting portraits, but for the EXPERIENCE of talking with the REAL Santa Claus.
Let's be honest, Santa Claus is AWESOME. 
No one wants to miss out on a year without Santa Portraits.

We have diligently been working on our themes and ideas for this year. We have sent out surveys (Thank you to those who participated) and listened to your comments. We have formed brainstorming zoom calls with other portrait artists who create portraits with Santa in other cities and states and have come up with some great ideas.

What you will see this year is a product of our LOVE for all things SANTA and our PROMISE to keep our clients as safe as possible during our interactions. 

Here are the changes and precautions* for this year:

~We will only have ONE session type this year. It will be a 20 minute session that is booked at 30 minute  intervals. This will give us 10 minutes to sanitize and usher one client out and the other in.

~The foyer area will not be open for "waiting". Please wait in your car and text us when you arrive. We will let you know when it is time to come in. 

~Masks must be worn by parents/adults that are attending with the children. Only 2 adults/guest per session please. Masks will not be worn by Santa or the children during the session.

~Elizabeth and staff will be wearing masks during the sessions and washing hands in between sessions. Santa will be washing hands or changing out gloves in between each session.

~Hand Sanitizing is mandatory. A hand sanitizing station will be provided to sanitize prior to your session.

~Santa is an old man. Please do not bring your child to the session if they are sick. Also, please do not allow yourself or another adult to attend if they have any Covid-19 symptoms. We are happy to reschedule if possible or refund your booking fee if your child is sick for his/her session. 

~A Social distancing Santa Portrait is virtually impossible. Our indoor scenes would be quite the challenge to make this happen, however there is always the option to do your session without Santa in the scene. If this is your preference, you would need to let us know upon booking. However, there is the chance to do some images with Santa at a good distance (maybe not a full 6 feet though) in our OUTDOOR setting. Again, please let us know your preference so we can plan accordingly.

~Santa will be unable to hold Babies. Your baby will need to either be able to sit in the scene (either alone or in a prop of some kind) or be held by a parent or sibling.

~We have added a 3rd Santa Setting this year in SEPTEMBER. Our thought was to have one option early in the season, just in case their was a surge in cases as Winter approached.

~BOOK NOW. Because of our limitations on sessions per hour, we will book up quickly. Snag your spot and then share with your friends. 210-497-3809

~Viewing your portraits. We value your time and health, but also know that most of you love the advice and insights Elizabeth provides during your order appointment. 
You will have TWO options: 
In Person Order Appointment, the week following your session. We will take one appointment at a time (of course, since Elizabeth can only do one at a time) with time in between to clean and sanitize. These will take place in our large presentation room with masks worn. 
PROS: You can see all of the products we offer in person. You can view the portraits large on our projection screen. CONS: You have to come into the studio and you must wear pants :) 

OR 

Virtual Order Appointment, the week following your session, via ZOOM or GO TO MEETING from the comfort of your home or office. Both situations allows Elizabeth to take the time needed to assure you are getting exactly what you want. Both situations require an appointment that should take about 1 hour. 
PROS: You can wear your pajamas. You can be at your home or office
CONS: You are limited to the size of your computer screen. You can not touch and feel the products in person. Must be done on a laptop or desktop...tablets or phones will not be suitable.

Attendees Agree to Sign Waiver

*precautions taken based on CDC recommendations which are subject to change.

With all of that, we now share with you our
2020 Holiday Season Options:



*Please keep in mind these sets are designed for Children. 
When adding adults in, sets tend to get crowded and be a posing challenge.
If you are planning on having your family be a part of one of these scenes, 
I would recommend The Farmhouse Christmas or The Magical Snowman 
as they both have less space limitations. 


*Booking Fee: $300 +tax
($50 session fee, $250 credit towards portraits)

*Magical Snowman Booking Fee: $450
($50 session fee, minimum of a 14" portrait ($400)


BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN!

Call 210-497-3809
or
or


For more images and information click HERE.
Tuesday, August 4, 2020

6 Tips to Booking your Fall Portraits with Artistic Images

Fall is the Season for Family Portraits

Cooler temperatures make for more pleasant outdoor portrait session because none of us want to be a sweaty mess in our family photos. However, I am only ONE person and can only accommodate so many sessions during the month of November (our busiest month every year).

Here are my tips for you during this 2020 Fall Portrait Season:

1. BOOK IN ADVANCE: Whether you want your session in September, October, November or even December. Book it NOW. Times will fill up and you don't want to miss out.

2. BOOK EARLY: This year we have an added stressor...COVID-19. We don't know what will happen as the weather gets colder. Book your session in August or September at the cooler times (Sunrise is best, Sunset is 2nd best) and check "family portrait" off your to-do list before any of your friends even start thinking about it.

3. LOOK AT OUR PORTRAIT EVENTS: We have several every fall at different locations, so check out the options at the bottom of this post and save yourself a little bit of money on your session fee. 

4. DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Our Luxe Collection is growing in popularity and is a fabulous addition to your wall decor. Dress up in formals and tuxes and WOW everyone with your sophistication and style. These portraits are created INDOORS and are perfect no matter what the weather is doing.

5. HAVE YOUR  PORTRAITS DONE AT HOME: Where have you been spending all of your time this year? What a great memory of this year, to capture your family at home. Either inside or outside...or both!

6. THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX: Your Ranch, the Lake, with your Airplane or your Favorite Car, hiking at Enchanted Rock or in the Vineyards of Fredericksburg... I love to do things differently and would embrace your ideas!

Let's meet up for a consultation...I am happy to do them in-person or virtually....and discuss the possibilities!   210-497-3809 or email me here.




Tuesday, July 21, 2020

The LUXE COLLECTION {San Antonio Portrait Photographer}

Our new "LUXE COLLECTION" is all the rage this year.

The simplicity is engaging.
The colors are soothing.
The style is personal to each person.

This Collection is created in our studio with simple backgrounds that put the focus on YOU and YOUR FAMILY. It can be light and airy, dark and mysterious or anything in between. Our design consultation with help me to create something that is the PERFECT fit for you and your home.

Here are a few samples of images created as part of our LUXE COLLECTION:









My Three Sons Portrait Collection of Framed Gallery Wraps




Images can be in Color
Or Black and White





Check out this article about using Black in your home decor

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Business Headshots are SO much more than that! {San Antonio Portrait Photographer}

Business Headshots. They are everywhere. Facebook, Linked In, Business Cards, Billboards, Magazines. Anyone can take a selfie and use it as a "profile pic", but should you?

Obviously, I am in the business of taking portraits, so my answer is NO. Selfies have a purpose, but it is not to be used in a professional environment, for your work or to promote yourself to others.

But it can be so much more than just a photo of what you look like. 

Here is one of the very best examples of why you should Begin with the End in Mind.

This is the story of Jim. Jim is a writer. A good one. Jim has already written a few published fiction novels, but his next project is his biggest yet. His publisher said, it is time to update your "About the Author" photo for the back of your new novel. So Jim called me. We chatted for a few minutes over the phone, reminisced about the family portraits I created for him over 15 years ago and set a date for his new portraits. He wanted a casual, happy photo of himself outdoors. Great! We did the session and he selected a favorite image. This image is below.

A wonderful and professional image of Jim wearing a favorite color and looking relaxed, natural and happy. Exactly what he told me he wanted. 

Two days later I received a phone call from Jim. The image we created was not going to work. His published specifically said, "I don't want a photo that looks like Mr. Rogers". And that is exactly what we had created.
Our discussion led us to dig deeper into the story of the novel that Jim had written. Mystery, Intrigue, Action and Adventure. The image we had created above did not give the idea that this author could produce a believable novel with those elements. That photo portrayed a writer who may have written something closer to a Hallmark Movie. 
So Jim came back in. With a different look and a different mindset, we created the image below.


Now THIS is what the publisher wanted!
If we had begun with the end in mind, we could have saved ourselves some extra work and little frustration. It is such a great reminder to me, to ask questions and get to know my subject a little before just "taking a photo". 
You have heard the saying "A picture is worth a thousand words", right? We just need to be sure we are telling the story that wants/needs to be told.

Here is the link to PREORDER Jim's amazing book:
Infinity's Gateway
https://www.amazon.com/dp/1631951106/ref=cm_sw_r_sms_awdb_t1_-iL.Eb5T29CCS
Monday, July 6, 2020

The Wedding of Teri and Ranbir {Bringing Cayman Islands to their Backyard}

This 4th of July was a BIG celebration!

Teri and Ranbir made their official commitment to each other with friends and family by their side and sand under their feet.
The original plan was to travel to Grand Cayman, but Covid-19 gave them different plans. This couldn't have been a more perfect Plan B!

It is so great to watch these two, so obviously Happy in Love, surrounded by the love of their families and friends. Two separate families now celebrate as ONE.

It was my extreme pleasure to capture their story and I am happy to share a few of my favorites below.


















Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Schedule your family for a BEACH GETAWAY!!

If you are anything like me, you love to travel in the summer! So this world shutdown has really put a damper on your travel plans. Mine too. So. Many. Cancellations. Major Bummer.

But I have GOOD NEWS to brighten your day!
We are still going to the BEACH! We have been doing beach portraits EVERY year for the past 25 years and we MUST getaway, stick our toes in the sand and feel the ocean breeze. We aren't going to let this pandemic get in our way!

The DATES are UP TO YOU!


I have checked...plenty VRBO's available for rent, so LET's DO THIS!

We have already visited the beach this summer and it was FABULOUS! We are ready to go again, so just give me a call to discuss your ideas!  My preference is Sunrise (less people on the beach and the sun rises over the water), but Sunset is possible too if you just aren't a morning person.

210-497-3809 or
EMAIL ME HERE

Details:
Sunrise/Sunset Session Fee: $450
Minimum purchase: $1000
(hotel for Elizabeth extra unless 2 sessions booked on the same trip)
Both are due to hold your spot.