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painfully beautiful

If you’ve been following my blog for some time, you might remember me sharing a prayer request for this photographer.  Her 8-week old son had contracted Pertussis and died less than two weeks later.  Natalie recently shared a link to these images (taken by fellow photographer Jonathan Canlas) of her son’s funeral and I was deeply moved by them. 

His little life is reflected so powerfully in the emotions captured here – everything from his mother’s heartwrenching sorrow to tiny glimpses of joy.  It makes me want to purpose to live more fully.

To love more fully.

Because life is but a breath.

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
Remind me that my days are numbered—
how fleeting my life is.
You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
My entire lifetime is just a moment to you;
at best, each of us is but a breath.”
- Psalm 39:4-5 (NLT)

karen k - February 3, 2012 - 2:48 pm

oh that was the most beautiful thing ive ever seen. now i need to go get more kleenex. thoughts and prayers go out to that family.

Tina - February 3, 2012 - 3:14 pm

I so hear you, Karen. It react the same way no matter how many times I’ve seen it.

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2012 spring weekend scrapbooking retreat

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There are FOUR SPOTS is ONE SPOT still available for the Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat which will take place the weekend of Friday, March 23-Sunday, March 25, 2012.  A $50 non-refundable fee is required to hold a spot, with the remaining balance due February 1, 2012.  (Refunds of the remaining balance will be issued only if the spot is filled by someone else!)  The cost for the Spring Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat is $145; you can SUPERSIZE IT by adding Thursday, March 22 for an additional $30.  All meals and beverages are included except for one food item you will be assigned to share.  If you’re interested in attending, let me know ASAP!
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standouts, float wraps & the large wall mosaic

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In case you were unfamiliar with the products listed in the digital collections and print packages, I thought I would share a few examples with you here.

Standouts

You will find a 20×30 standout as part of the Large Print Package and a collage of four smaller images (pictured below) as part of the Large Digital Collection.  (Click HERE for details.)

close standouts

There are several side options for the standouts – white (as shown), black, natural, and stainless.  The standouts are about 1/2-inch deep and extremely lightweight, which makes hanging a breeze.  Standouts are also available a la carte in sizes listed below:

8×8, 8×12, 10×10, 10×20, 11×14, 12×12, 12×18, 16×20, 16×24, 20×20, 20×24, 20×30, 24×30, 24×30, 24×36, 30×30 & 30×40

Float Wraps

You will find a 16×24 float wrap as part of the Medium Print Package.

full float wrap

Float wraps are made with an image wrapped around a thin, padded surface which are then mounted to a lightweight board.  (Float wraps can be upgraded to canvas as well.)  The float wrap itself stands about 1-1/2-inches away from the wall, as seen below.

float wraps wall

Float wraps are also available a la carte in sizes listed below:

8×10, 8×12, 10×10, 10×20, 10×30, 11×14, 12×12, 12×18, 15×30, 16×16, 16×20, 16×24, 20×20, 20×24, 20×30

Large Wall Mosaic

The large wall mosaic is part of the Extra Large Print Package.  It is made up of 9-16×16 images (glass frames included) and is pictured and the wall behind the lamp in the image below:

large mosaic collage

A smaller version of it is here:

small mosaic collage

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pricing

The EVERYDAY FAMILY SESSION is a popular session format for families looking to capture meaningful everyday moments.

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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 unfolds.

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While I may still “orchestrate” a few shots, most of your session will be 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 50-100 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of session.  This fee includes the entire image gallery on disc along with a print release!  [*There is an additional fee of $10/per person for groups of 8 or more.]

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

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Clients often come to me with ideas and we work together to create a unique collection of images that celebrate a milestone or moment in their child’s life (birthdays, sisterhood, holidays).

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The fee is $250 ($225 for returning clients) and includes preplanning, personalized backdrops and/or props, and up to 2 hours in my home with approximately 40 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of session.  This fee includes the entire image gallery on disc along with a print release!

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

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The fee is $275 ($250 for returning clients) and includes up to 3 hours in your home with approximately 60 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of session.  (A handful of images will be ready within days of the session for use in birth announcements and sharing on Facebook.)  This fee includes the entire image gallery on disc along with a print release!

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

birthday parties
prom
school programs
family gatherings
graduation parties
sporting events
autumn yard clean-up
cookie baking
dance classes
band concerts
game night
sleepovers
Christmas tree decorating
pool parties
bonfires
winter fun (sledding, skating & snow play)
nursing home visits
holiday parties
Baptism/First Communion/Confirmation

The cost is $250 ($225 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.  [Click HERE for several image examples.]  This fee includes a downloadable image gallery and print release!

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 60-75 images posted to a password-protected gallery within 20 days of session.  (A minimum of three outfit changes is recommended for a wide variety of images.)  This fee includes the entire image gallery on disc along with a print release!

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, who believe in the potential for beauty in every circumstance.

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Legacy Session 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 its most difficult moments (hospice, chemotherapy, and hospitalizations).

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 any further obligation. (If you are interested in purchasing the entire image gallery on disc, it will be available for only $100/plus tax.) Click HERE for more information.

COMMERCIAL PHOTOGRAPHY for publications or websites.

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