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This little blog of mine is a little insight into the daily world of Elizabeth/Artistic Images. Sometimes it's personal, sometimes it's business...but it is all part of my life. I would love it if you would follow the blog so you will receive email notifications of any posts, but no matter what, when you visit here, please feel free to leave a comment or two. Thanks for Visiting!

Have a Blessed Day!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Baby and Child Portrait Contest 2011

Artistic Images Baby and Child Portrait Contest
Rules and Regulations
1. Call the studio to book your complimentary 30 minute session between January 1-February 28 @ 210-497-3809
2. Portraits are of one child only. Each sibling must have a separate session.
3. Portrait sessions include one outfit and one scene only. Portraits will be created in or outside the Artistic Images Studio.
4. Portrait sessions will be created during normal business hours and are not available on Saturdays or Sundays.
5. Elizabeth will decide how the child will be photographed after a brief phone consultation with the contestant's parent.
6. Session is complimentary and includes one image submission to the competition.
7. Elizabeth will choose which image is submitted to the competition.
8. Submitted images will also be put on Facebook and E-Blog for online competition and voting.
9. Contestant's parent must have online access to the E-Blog and/or be a Facebook "fan" of Artistic Images, Portraits by Elizabeth
10. Child must be between age newborn to 12 years of age.
11. Voting ends March 28, 2011 and the winners of the Artistic Images contest will be announced immediately following. The National Competition will not be finalized until July 2011 and we will notify you if you are a finalist as soon as we know.

One portrait session......TWO Competitions!1. Entering your child into the Artistic Images Baby and Child Portrait Contest will enter them into a National Competition of Professional Photographers through our fantastic professional lab. From the National Competition cash prizes will be awarded in these 4 categories:



Color
Black and White
Humorous
Special Needs

1st place $2000
2nd place $1000
3rd place $750
Honorable mention $500
Grand prize $5000

All cash prizes are given to the child's family. The photographer's work will be published but will receive no monetary compensation.


2. Entering your child into the Artistic Images Baby and Child Portrait Contest will enter them into an online competition hosted by Artistic Images.
The selected image will be put on our E-Blog and on our Facebook Fan Page. Visitors to the blog and facebook page will be able to vote for their favorties in each category. The images with the most votes/comments in these categories will win portrait credit to Artistic Images:

ages 0-2yrs.
ages 3-5
ages 5-8
ages 8-12
Best of our Special Children

1st Place $250 portrait credit
2nd Place $100 portrait credit
3rd Place $50 portrait credit

How do I enter?
1. Call the studio to chat with one of our design consultants and book your session
2. Only a select number of "contest sessions" will be photographed so call NOW to get on the calendar before it fills.
3. Become a Facebook "fan" of Artistic Images and "join" the E-Blog at www.portraitsbyelizabeth.com
4. Keep your first scheduled appointment as we only allow a certain number of "contest" sessions
What if I want to purchase some?
Of course you can purchase whatever you wish off of our Collector's Series Price List. Images may be shown immediately following your portrait session (by appointment only) or can be put online for you and your family to view and order from home. Images only remain online until April 12 so please make any selections during that time, as re-uploading them will incur a $50 fee.
How do I get votes?
The best way to get votes is to tell EVERYONE YOU KNOW to become a Facebook Fan of Artistic Images and vote by commenting on
YOUR CHILD's image.
Not on Facebook? Go to the E-Blog and vote by commenting on
YOUR CHILD's image.
Votes count ONLY when they are from different people(different facebook accts and/or email addresses)...EX: you, your husband, your mom and your aunt can all vote and each vote will count. YOU can NOT vote 53 times :)
The more friends, acquaintances, coworkers, etc that you know the more votes you will get!
PLUS...the fact that Artistic Images already has a lot of fans and Elizabeth has a lot of friends, people that you don't even know will also vote for your child's image.

So, it is simple
FREE SESSION
Chances to win CASH Prizes and PORTRAIT CREDIT at Artistic Images
You have NOTHING TO LOSE!

PS: Elizabeth has won more awards than most so with your child in her hands....Your chances to win something are AMAZING! And if you win nothing at all, you have had some beautiful portraits of YOUR Child that you will cherish FOREVER!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Upcoming Holiday Hours and Events

It is hard to believe but it is only 11 days until Christmas! 
I feel pretty prepared...Christmas shopping DONE, Christmas cards are in but not addressed...but I am still not ready for the day to come, yet!  For Christmas this year, all three Homan boys are getting a TRIP to DISNEYWORLD! Shhh, if you see them before Christmas, it is a surprise and they will open up a big box on Christmas morning stocked full of Disney paraphernalia.  We leave Christmas night for a 7 day family vacation to the magical place.  We are so excited!!
So what is happening at the studio? 
We will be CLOSED beginning Christmas Eve and will reopen on Tuesday January 4th. All of the staff has been working overtime and will enjoy a well deserved break.

When we start up again in January we will hit the ground running with our
DOUBLE YOUR DOLLARS DAY
On January 11, 2011.
Don't miss out on this event! This is a great way to save LOTS of money on your
upcoming portrait sessions in 2011!

Keep your eye on your email inbox and your regular mailbox for all of the special events that are happening in January and February as well as some new Destination Portrait Adventures we have planned.
If you are not on our email list please email us at info@portraitsbyelizabeth.com. Emails are never shared with others and we promise not to clutter up your inbox!

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holiday....Problems?

Wow!  The Christmas season has been a busy one for us.  Between all of our Christmas Collector's Series events, Home for the Holidays events at the Missions, Weddings and regular portrait sessions (including hiking 10.6 miles at Lost Maples State Natural Area) there has been no time to update my blog!
With all of these sessions under my belt, the next step is editing and getting them prepared for you, the client, to see. I did a rough estimate and not including the Christmas Collector's Events from Nov.19-28 I took about 7800 images!  That includes two weddings in one weekend, 16 family portrait sessions and 2 high school seniors. Now let me tell you, I am not getting any younger. This spending hours and hours staring and concentrating at the computer screen has NOT been a good thing for my poor eyes.  I have always had great vision, but this year I hit the magic number that caused my eyesight to start failing me. Thank goodness for those auto focus cameras!!
So off I went to my trusty eye doctor (Dr. Diana Gonzales at Vision Source) for her to share with me the bad news.  How bad was it?? Honestly, not too bad. It turns out I just need a stronger prescription for my reading glasses while I am on the computer. I am hoping that this helps take the eye strain away and I can continue my quest to finish the work that still lays ahead of me.
In the midst of all of this, some lovely person has decided to hack my Artistic Images Facebook Page and send out free iphone/ipad links every few hours to all of my fans. Sweet! What is in it for them??? Who knows!  I have changed passwords and emails 3 times to no avail so have had to close it until time allows me to start all over again! Bummer. I still have my personal account under the name Elizabeth Cruger Homan if you would like to "friend" me, I will accept. I am sending updates regularly and I do some special things that are only good for my Facebook Friends.
All in all, the Holiday season has been a fabulous one!  I am blessed to continue to do what I love and love what I do!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Fall Family Portraits...Urban Chic Family (San Antonio Family Portrait Photographer)

This very Urban Chic Family looks amazing at this fabulous San Antonio location!
I have photographed this family for several years and WOW how these kids are growing!
Check out how cute they are...And their clothes are ADORABLE from












Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Lost Maples/Enchanted Rock (San Antonio Family Portrait Photographer)



Lost Maples
 is an extremely beautiful park with miles of hiking trails. Each trail leads to different areas like caves, lakes, streams and "wheat" fields. Since San Antonio doesn't have many types of trees that turn color in the fall, this is the place to be for Fall Family Portraits. Currently, I am looking at possible dates for an excursion to Lost Maples. It is about a 1 1/2 hour drive so it is not a place I frequent. I would love to take 4 families (or other types of sessions) with me when I go. I already have ONE commited and TWO interested which means I might only have one spot left. I will warn you: there is quite a bit of walking involved. In fact, the cave area is super cool but is about a mile or two trek down the trail. I might suggest no high heels!
Check out some of the images I have created from years past:






Enchanted Rock
 is a beautiful location of giant rocks and rock formations.
I have only been there once to photograph and it was a Maternity session.  So even though that is all I have to show, you can imagine that families would look fabulous in this location as well.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Urban Senior Portrait Safari (San Antonio Senior Portrait Photographer)

High School Seniors
This is it!  The session you have been waiting for!
URBAN SENIOR PORTRAITS
This location is supremely cool!
Chic!
Modern!
Probably the total opposite of what your mother wants!
But I know one thing your Mom will like:
THE PRICE!
This 30 minute session at our Urban Warehouse downtown San Antonio is a FABULOUS Deal!
NO SESSION FEE (save $300)
NO FEE to use the location (save $75)
Only a $200 portrait order requirement (Usually $1200 for location sessions)
Check out the amazing images that we can capture at this Location:







Tuesday, October 12, 2010

My Family Portraits (San Antonio Portrait Photographer)

I love my job....LOVE LOVE LOVE it!  But photographing my own family is about as challenging as it gets.  Let me paint you a picture:  Sunday morning 6am- I am up getting showered and ready to look as good as I can look for a family portrait. 6:45am-My kids are up getting dressed...or rather I am getting them dressed myself since they are too tired (aka lazy) to do it themselves.  Get Jacob up, fed, dressed, medication. Trey can get himself ready and does a great job helping me get the kids ready too...He deserves some credit here!
Get my camera, CF cards ready, batteries charged, etc.  Load up the car.  I am in charge of coffee (why do I do this to myself?) so we take a detour to Starbucks to get a Traveller.  Live and learn...Travellers should be called in ahead of time...15 minutes later, a Pumpkin Spice Nonfat Latte and a Traveller and we are off to Guadalupe River State Park!
I made it on time! Yay...me!  Whatever happened to the cool weather we had?  Humid and hot and I am sweating my rear end off (oh...I wish) layered in a sweater jacket to hide the multitude of chocolate and lack of working out that I do. My sweet friend Karrie is there to photograph this crowd...Mom and Dad...Brother/Wife/Two Grown Boys...Single Sister...Sister/Husband/Four Boys ages 4-14...Me/Trey/Three Boys with bad attitudes and One with obsessive-compulsive chewing disorder!  We are a sight to see!
My mother has some trouble walking down all the rough terrain and is quite funny to see a train of people coming down the hill to get her to the water's edge.
Luckily my brother's two boys brought their sweet girlfriends who sang(if you can call it that), did power ranger kicks, climbed trees and almost anything else to get these little boys to smile.  Ahhhh the fun!
To top all of this off, Jacob (with the OCD biting disorder) bites my mother right on the leg...drawing blood and a few tears.  Needless to say, we are DONE! 
Fun times!  And luckily we have some awesome photos of the whole event, since it might be awhile until we attempt this again.
So, if you are thinking your brood is just not photo worthy, THINK AGAIN!  I have seen it all and my family generally is worse than any other family I have ever photographed.  Call me today to book a session that will freeze time and create a wonderful memory that you can cherish....or at least laugh about later!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Santa Portraits (San Antonio Photographer)

It is hard to believe but it is THAT time again!
CHRISTMAS TIME!!
Artistic Images believes in doing Christmas up BIG and
this year is no exception!

We have 4 Christmas events this year:  2 with Santa Claus and 2 without.

In addition to our brand NEW set designs we have brand NEW packages and products that will have all of your friends supremely jealous (unless you opt to let them know about us too and then they too can share in the Christmas awesomeness)!!
This year our packages even INCLUDE our
brand new ePix....small digital files
so that you can email, put on Facebook or even put them
in your own digital frame. 
Exciting stuff here!
We have brand new jewelry, Christmas ornaments and
some adorable little purse Brag Books.

As if that is not enough....we have NEW Christmas Card designs, Incredible Storybooks of your whole session and a fabulous special deal on a beautiful frame to go with your new Holiday Portrait Decor.

I know, I know, I know....it's just too much to handle!
So, let us help you with your selections and offer our suggestions by making a viewing and ordering appointment with one of our Portrait Design Consultants instead of viewing and choosing online. 

Either way, you don't have to wait in line at the mall and you will
have your Christmas Portraits done and delivered before some
people even think about putting up their Christmas Tree. 

Whew...Check that off your list!

See our beautiful New Scenes below:



Thursday, September 30, 2010

Family Portraits-San Antonio Family Portrait Photographer

It has been a long, hot summer but Fall is in the air and I, personally, am so excited to push my summer clothes away and start wearing some fabulous fall wear (can't wait to put on my leopard boots again...LOVE 'EM).  Can't wait to not sweat when I step outside in the morning, to drink Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks and to enjoy the cool, crisp air! 
With the fabulous Fall weather, we also are starting the crazy season at the studio.  From now until December 24, we will barely catch our breath as we are busy photographing families, children, Santa portraits and several weddings.
I know you have been waiting for the PERFECT time for your family portrait and may I just say this:  There is no perfect time.  You will never be thin enough, have your schedules be free enough, etc, etc. Don't let time pass you by waiting around for the perfect time because before you know it, your children will be grown and out of the house and you will have never gotten that family portrait that you always wanted.  It is amazing to me how fast my kids have grown and how thankful I am that I take regular portraits of them (especially as my memory fades...getting older stinks)
So here it is the very last day of September and, before the Holiday Season grabs ahold of you and flings you quickly through the madness that is Christmas time, you need to give me a call to set up your personal consultation.  We have many Family Portrait Special Events coming up including:
Fall Family Days:
Urban Warehouse   October 16
Guadalupe State Park   October 17


Home for the Holidays  
November 27 and December 23 at the San Jose Mission

Above Special 1 hour sessions are a $350 session fee which is ALL applied to your order.  That is a savings for you of $350! Plus you don't have to pay the permit fees for the Warehouse or the Missions.

Enchanted Rock and Lost Maples
Two separate locations that we are taking a list of people who are interested and will book the dates once we have enough people to make it happen. Call to get on the list!


In addition to all of these fabulous locations, we can go anywhere at anytime that is convenient for you and your family.  Keep in mind Saturdays are almost all booked up (except the special dates listed above) and Sundays are reserved for my family (so they don't forget what I look like)
Check out some images below for examples of the locations and
CLICK HERE for a video of many examples.


Urban Warehouse October 16


Lost Maples

Home for the Holidays  November 27 & December 23

Enchanted Rock

Guadalupe River State Park October 17

Monday, September 27, 2010

Fall Family Portraits San Antonio


Check out the video for all of the fabulous locations we are featuring this Fall.
From Contemporary to Traditional, Casual to Formal...We have thought of everyone this year with our various array of portrait locations. And just to sweeten the pot...the newsletter was worded incorrectly. Your $350 session fee is ALL APPLIED towards your order.
That makes your session $350 OFF of the normal price!!!
Not only do we have all of these location options, we also have a TON of new product offerings.
I hope to be able to see you this holiday season at least once during our
 Family Specials or our Christmas Collector's Series.
Happy Fall Y'all!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

September Secret Door Sessions 50% off

You are beautiful!  You are amazing! 
Secret Door Sessions are artistic portraits of women designed to
truly capture your inner beauty!
A Secret Door portrait is designed specifically for you during our personal consultation. It matters not your age, size or shape.  I will capture you at your best and create a work of art that you can be proud of!
Retouching is always included and is done tastefully and beautifully.

Here are some samples of some Secret Door sessions.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Earth Angels

Introducing

Artistic Images

newest Angel Portrait Session

"Earth Angels"

One Day Only Saturday October 2

This session is perfect for newborns to 8 years. It is starring our brand new Chocolate Ostrich Wings that are sure to make your little one
be the most beautiful angel!
We have the clothing, we have the headbands and we have the wings. All you need to do is bring YOUR beautiful angel to us and we will
make the magic happen!

Choose from our incredible line of Christmas Cards to send to family and friends and have that task checked off your list before the
holiday madness begins.

This session is part of our Collector's Series.

Session fee is only $35
$150 minimum portrait order

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Maddie...Senior 2011!

Ok, Ok...I know she is gorgeous and I could never take a bad photo of this beautiful high school senior, but I LOVE her photos.  She is so adorable in the simplest of outfits.  She has an amazing smile but also a captivating serious look.  Maddie was so easy to work with too!  She makes every pose look so natural...totally making me look good!  Thanks Maddie, for choosing Artistic Images!!