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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Which Portrait Should I Select for my Wall? {San Antonio Portrait Photographer}

Which image should I select as my wall portrait?
We get this question each and every day. While, there is no right or wrong answer, there are some guidelines that I like to follow.
PS: This is only MY opinion :-)

1. You never want the head(s) to be LARGER than life size.
It could be the most beautiful image in the world of this child, however, if it is larger than life, it just looks TOO big. Close up portraits are great for your desk, piano, wallet or in a small grouping. Full body images make better large wall portraits such as this example.

Too Big of Head size

Good Head Size

2. You want to select an image you will love today, tomorrow and forever. I like to think of it as capturing the "spirit" of the subject and not just a "roadmap" of the face. In other words, I want the image to capture WHO they are as opposed to WHAT they look like.
Although this is a beautiful image, save this one for the Christmas card and 8x10 desk portrait. You may tire of looking at yourself smiling back at you after a few years.

The action going on between parents and child captures a moment of innocence and sweetness that will not last forever. As this child grows, this portrait will only grow more valuable.

3. Give the subjects room to breathe in the image. In art, rarely will you see the head at the top of the canvas and the feet at the bottom. There is usually scenery to give them some space and show the "scene" that they are in.
An old Masters painting. Love the use of space. the posing and the use of light and shadow.

We are often asked to crop the image in, losing the space and scene that gives the image a pleasing composition. They seem crowded in this crop and make me feel a bit claustrophobic.

The image cropped as designed and shown during the Order Appointment. Using the rules of composition and design, this image has a much more pleasing look than the cropped version above.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

We are not promised a tomorrow

In the wake of the happenings of the last week in the world and in my own personal life, I am reminded that today could very well be my last day on earth.
The Boston Marathon bombing has once again stunned the world with these evil, senseless acts of terror.  The whole country is on edge wondering, "What will come next?"
Personally, the world lost a great man, father, husband, grandfather and brother on April 12. His family was my long time photography client. He was only 47. Today I attended his funeral and watched his family and hundreds of friends grieve over the loss of him. He was a great, faithful, full-of-life, christian man. I was most affected by the words of his children. Words of love. Words of respect. Words of gratitude for giving them an amazing life. He was taken too soon from them, yet he left a lasting imprint on their hearts. He taught them to work hard, love greatly, treat others with respect and live life to the fullest. Each of them called him their "best friend".
I wonder how many of us can say that our dad is our best friend?
How many of our children would say that about us?
I truly hope my children would say that about me, and I strive to work hard to make that my legacy.

Instilling in them these principles is my mission:
Work Hard
Love Greatly
Treat others with Respect
Live Life to the Fullest

None of us are promised a tomorrow. We need to make the best out of every day we have on this earth.
Although we all grieve the loss of such a great man, his passing has made us all realize what kind of legacy we will leave when we leave this earth. Thank you Bill Chalker for that message.

Please say a prayer for all those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombing and for the entire Chalker family.

Thankfully, the Chalker family had a portrait session not too long ago. I feel blessed that they chose me to capture these memories, now even more than ever. 

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Sweet Siblings {San Antonio Chld Photographer}

Love, love, love these two little ones!
And we are so excited that they are having a brand new
little sister in a couple of weeks!
They couldn't be any more adorable!


Wednesday, April 3, 2013

May Mini Sessions {San Antonio Portrait Photographer}

We are so excited to announce a BRAND new session idea:
The MINI Session!
This session is a mini version of our regular Lifestyle Sessions.

This is PERFECT for those who sometimes get overwhelmed by the amount
of images I can create in a regular portrait session.

PERFECT for those who might be on a budget,
yet with the same quality that our studio has become known for.

PERFECT for those who are wanting to update their family portrait.

Currently, we are sprucing up the grounds and investing in some amazing new props that we can use in these new MINI sessions.
Check out our new Vintage Bike:

Call today to schedule your MINI consultation with me!