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navigating your way around this site | tina vega photography

In case you have only been viewing this site via a mobile device and perhaps missed some of the details not featured in that format, I thought I would share them in a blog post.  So you could have a visual.  First off, there are a ton of options for finding information.  In addition to several buttons at the top of the screen (Home, Portfolio, Links, Subscribe, Contact), there are many helpful links at the bottom as well.

search by category

Such as the ability to search by category.

monthly archives

Or sift through older posts.

monthly archives

You also have the option of searching for specific information with this button.

general search button

You will also find links to my five most recent blog posts and to my camera and other equipment that I use.

5 most recent posts

my main equipment

The icons featured at the top of this [bottom] section will take you to some of my favorite places to visit on the web.

other fun places to visit

Midway down, you will find links to help you find me Facebook and Pinterest. (You will also find a “slide-out tab” on the upper left side of the page with a tab marked “MORE INFO” – that’s how to find me on Twitter.)

social networking sites

You will find general information about photography sessions and pricing here.

other links mid page

You can even click on the link pictured below to subscribe to my blog feed, so you don’t miss out on any fun promotions or other news.

subscribe to receive updates

And if you are new to this blog and want to learn a little more about me and what I share here, click on the link pictured below.

first time visitor

Lastly, I am very excited about this latest feature…

printing recipe

Whenever I post recipes now, you can simply click on the “Print” button to get a properly formatted recipe to slide into your E-Mealz binder. How’s that for slick?

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love is in the air

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In the form of yummy treats and Valentine’s Day decorations.

valentine

Speaking of Valentine’s Day, here are some gift ideas for your honey:

1. This sweet pair of mugs from Barnes & Noble:

love mugs

2. Valentine’s Day Barbie.

valentine

Did you even know there was such a thing?

3.  How about this heart-shaped tea cup and saucer set?

tea cups

4.  This Rhinestone Heart Journal caught my eye as well.

rhinestone journal

5.  This book entitled, “10 Great Dates to Energize Your Marriage.”

great dates book

Looking back through the list, I guess it’s really more what your honey could get you because pretty much only women read this blog.  And I’m quite sure your man will not want a Valentine’s Day Barbie.  In that case, you could make cookies.

COOOOOKIES

Jam Rings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup superfine sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • JAM FILLING (ingredients & recipe below)

Instructions

  1. Place the butter and sugar in a large bowl and beat together until light and fluffy, then beat in the egg yolk and vanilla extract. Sift together the flour and salt into the mixture and stir until combined. Halve the dough, shape into balls, wrap in plastic wrap, and chill in the refrigerator for 30-60 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and roll out between 2 sheets of parchment paper. Cut out cookies with 2-1/4-inch cutter and place half of them on baking sheet, spaced well apart. Using a 1-1/2-inch round cutter, cut out the centers of the remaining cookies and remove, then place the cookie rings on the other baking sheet, spaced well apart.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven for 7 minutes, then brush the cookie rings with beaten egg white and sprinkle with superfine sugar. Bake for an additional 5-8 minutes, or until light golden brown. Let cool on the baking sheets for 5-10 minutes, then transfer the cookies to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. To make the jam filling, place 4 Tbsp. of softened butter and 1 cup confectioners' sugar in a large bowl and beat together until smooth. Spread the filling over the whole cookies and top with a small amount of warmed jam (you'll need about 5 Tbsp. of seedless raspberry jam to have enough for every cookie). Place the cookie rings on top and press gently together.
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sometimes getting things in order can look a little… disorderly

bin

I finally tackled the Christmas stuff yesterday. (Yes, our tree was still up!) I took my time sorting and organizing as I packed things up.

wizard of oz

And it made me wonder what life will look like next time I pull this stuff out.

tree skirt from grandma

Will grandma still be here? Will our son be driving? Will life be calm or crazy?

Then it struck me.

big mess

Sometimes when God has His hand in our lives – cleaning things up, perfecting His will, making me more like Him – it can look a little… messy. It doesn’t mean He’s not there, it doesn’t mean He’s not listening. The mess can actually be a sign He is busy working out the kinks. And before you know it…

no mess

Everything is cleaned up.

selfie

And you are left with a new appreciation and awareness of things usually taken for granted.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster,
to give you a future and a hope.
– Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

Crystal Satnik - January 31, 2012 - 10:12 pm

Thanks for this post Tina. I feel like my life is kind of messy right now…trying to play a lot of roles every day. I wouldn’t trade it for anything though.

PS. We still have random Christmas decor around the house that didn’t make it into the storage area. 🙂 It will get there, eventually.

Annette Nagel - January 31, 2012 - 10:42 pm

Tina,
Thanks!! I really needed to be reminded of that particular bible verse in my life presently. Hope all is well with you.
Annette

Alice - February 1, 2012 - 8:23 am

Your new site is beautiful. You are so talented my dear Tina!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Happy Belated Birthday, Annette!!!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Thank you Alice!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Life is CRAZY messy with a baby, Crystal, and it is a beautiful thing!!! (Or as blogger/designer Elsie Larson calls… a beautiful mess.)

Rene' - February 1, 2012 - 8:52 pm

Thanks for your words of wisdom my friend. Beautiful new website!

Tina - February 1, 2012 - 11:26 pm

Thank you, Rene’!

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pricing & packages | tina vega photography

© Tina Vega Photography

1) The EVERYDAY FAMILY SESSION is for families looking to capture meaningful moments. [You can learn more about my moment-focused style by clicking HERE.]

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The Everyday Family Session centers around an activity or location that engages family members. I am there to capture life as it happens.

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I will arrange a few shots along the way but most of the session is spent making memories with each other.

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The fee is $250 ($225 for returning clients)* and includes up to 2 hours on-location with approximately 75 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of the session. This fee includes the entire image gallery on a flash drive along with a print release allowing you to order prints/enlargements on your own. [*There is an additional fee of $10/person for groups of 8 or more.]

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2) The SENIOR SESSION is exclusively for high school seniors.

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The fee is $300 ($275 for returning clients) and includes up to 2 hours on-location with approximately 50 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of the session. A minimum of three outfit changes is recommended.

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This fee includes the entire image gallery on flash drive along with a print release allowing you to order prints/enlargements on your own.

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3) The MATERNITY MINI is a 40-minute mini session for the momma-to-be with approximately 20 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 15 days of the session.

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The fee is $175 ($150 for returning clients) and includes a downloadable image gallery and print release.

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4) The NEWBORN SESSION is a relaxed, in-home session designed to capture the precious early days surrounding the birth of child.

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Newborn Sessions take place within the first two weeks of life and are best scheduled months in advance to ensure availability. (We choose a date in close proximity of the due date, making adjustments down the road if necessary. Your date on the calendar guarantees a spot within the two week window.)

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The fee is $275 ($250 for returning clients) and includes up to 3 hours in your home with approximately 50 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of the session. A handful of images will be ready within days of the session for use in birth announcements and sharing online. This fee includes the entire image gallery on flash drive along with a print release allowing you to order prints/enlargements on your own.

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5) The MILESTONE SESSION is for infants and young children. These sessions take place in my home and include unique backdrops/props.

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Clients often come to me with ideas and we work together to create a session that celebrates a milestone or special moment in their child’s life (birthdays, holidays, sisterhood).

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The fee is $250 ($225 for returning clients) and includes preplanning, presonalized backdrops and/or props. The session will take up to 2 hours in my home with approximately 40 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of the session. This fee includes the entire image gallery on flash drive along with a print release allowing you to order prints/enlargements on your own.

6) The MOMENTS SERIES is a session format designed to help you capture moments like these:

birthday parties
prom
school programs
graduation parties
autumn yard clean-up
holiday baking
dance classes
bridal or baby shower
band concerts
sleepovers
bonfires
nursing home visits
holiday parties
winter fun (sledding, skating & snow play)
baptism

The cost is $275 ($250 for returning clients) and includes three 40-minute mini sessions with approximately 20 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 15 days of each session.

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This fee includes a downloadable image gallery and print release.

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7) The LEGACY SESSION is for those wanting to document and capture life-altering stories. It is for those looking to create a permanent visual record of a significant moment in time and who believe in the potential for beauty in every circumstance.

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Legacy Sessions ideas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • documenting a battle with cancer, an illness, or disability
  • birth stories after having faced infertility or pregnancy loss
  • saying goodbye to a faithful, furry friend
  • stories involving painful life transitions
  • celebrating life during life’s most difficult moments (hospice, chemotherapy, hospitalization)

Due to the sensitive nature of this type of session, the session fee is waived; you will receive my time and 10 digital images as a gift without further obligation.

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If you are interested in receiving the entire image gallery on flash drive, it is available for only $100/plus tax.

8) COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY SERVICES for publications or websites.

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Contact me by email for more information.

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9) I take on a small number of WEDDINGS each year.

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Contact me by email for availability and a personalized quote.

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