Just wanted to share the slideshow of his session. I really love this song and how wonderful they go together!
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These three kids were so much fun to work with. They were truly a great ending to my first day of mini sessions. It’s such a pleasure to work with siblings who are so sweet to eachother and seem to really enjoy what they are doing. I adored how each child had their own personality and was absolutely in love with the hairstyles of the girls. I know… random. Secretly I think I was so much in love with big sister’s haircut/hairstyle the most because I had a very similar haircut in middle school… sadly she totally owns it way better than I ever did. Big brother had the most amazing freckles ever! I’m such a sucker for freckles! Of course we cannot leave the littlest one out
either- who doesn’t think she looks like a little Cindy Loo-hoo?
While visiting my sister in New Mexico, I had a great chance to work with several families for mini sessions. I’m sure people wonder why I’d want to work on my vacation and I’d likely ask the same question. I love meeting new people and working with new locations. Working in the same environment over and over tends to lead you down the same road. I’m blessed to have had wonderful families who entrusted me with their family portraits.
This family was the first one from the day. Two little rambunctious boys definitely set the mood for a fun session. The oldest informed me of his superior tree climbing skills that truly made me jealous! The littlest one was quite the shy one, but boy did he give gorgeous smiles! I cannot wait for them to see their entire gallery soon.
Earlier in the month, photographer Jeanine Thurston shared a beautiful letter that she received from a client on her doorstep. She stated,
“This letter wasn’t mailed – it was at my doorstep when I got home a couple months ago. I read it, I cried, and read it again – probably a hundred times by now. It wasn’t easy to read – and honestly, as much as it validates what I do for a living – I wasn’t sure I was going to share it either.”
I have wonderful clients, and I appreciate every single one of you. Sometimes we [as photographers] come by a handful of potential clients who want pictures of their family but don’t think they look their best. Or perhaps little Johnny is missing his front teeth and want to wait until they come back. But let me tell you… You are not too fat, you don’t need the make-up, you don’t need to find the perfect outfits… you just need to take the time and get IN the pictures with your family. In 20 years your children won’t look at the pictures and talk about how you could have been skinnier, how your hairstyle was crazy… they will be smiling and so thankful that they have a portrait of you with them. So whether you decide to get professional portraits done or simply candid photos you take on your own… GET IN THOSE PICTURES!
July 2nd, 2011
Today I am writing for a couple of reasons. I have some quiet time at the moment and need to get a couple of things off my mind. I will leave this for my husband to deliver to you when he is ready.
You photographed my wedding, you photographed my first pregnancy and my first baby. I contacted you awhile back to photograph my 2nd child and family. After getting prices and realizing I would want all of the pictures as we love your work – I decided against spending $500+ – which is what I normally spend for portraits and prints with you.. Please know it is not because I don’t value your amazing eye, or how much we love the experience.
That week that I decided to NOT do a session with you, this is how I spent some money.
On Sunday I called and cancelled our session. Monday I went out and got my hair cut ($39+tip), and colored ($65), Thursday I had my nails done ($24), my family went out to dinner at a somewhat expensive restaurant for no particular reason costing us $79 + tip. This was just 4 days since canceling our session, already totaling over $200 for un necessary things. My nails only lasted about 2 weeks, my hair is gone, and seven weeks passed when I got the phone call from our doctor. It was not something I expected and the cancer has spread very quickly. I will be leaving my husband, my 6 year old girl and my now 2 year old – not by choice. It is very hard for me to talk about it which is why I need to write you.
I watch your Facebook page and your posts about the value of a photo and if I could give back all of those things that I purchased this few weeks after I cancelled my session with you, knowing what I know now, and have that session, well… I would do it in a heartbeat.
Now my time is done and there are no more chances for me. The next time someone cancels a session – my wish is that you forward this letter to them. Time is fragile, it is gone before you know you had it. If you charged $200 for one print it wouldn’t be enough for what it is actually worth. I cringe to think that my priorities were a manicure over a memory to pass onto my babies and husband.
My love and thanks for what you have given us from past photos. I am so sorry that I did not see it as more than paper until now.
I was contacted a couple of weeks ago by Brittney who was interested in doing an OpLove session for her husband who is currently deployed overseas. She was absolutely a doll to work with and had the most gorgeous smile ever! We were blessed with some great weather from the “cold front” that came through. We really could not have asked for a better day. Who doesn’t love playing with balloons and fabulous outfits? I really think her hubby will love these portraits and definitely get a much needed moral booster- What do you y’all think?
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I’m guessing you may have seen the behind the scenes video of this wonderful family- now it’s time to see some super cute sneak peek portraits to go along with the video! All three kids play instruments and decided that they wanted to bring them along to get portraits taken with them- hey I was game! I love when kids decide to incorporate something into their photos. The two youngest are also both in choir (kids after my own heart!) and are both a joy to work with. Their mom said that they had been looking forward to this session for a while and the part they couldn’t wait to do was jump in the water. Enjoy their great session here locally in Tampa. I couldn’t decide which ones to show, so there is quite the selection!
Oh how I love my iPhone… but I love photos just as much. My poor phone has been living in a decent case for a while, but it was one of those “need a case real quick” kind that I got from Target. I love target, don’t get me wrong; but I also love being able to show off portraits. Since I don’t have a studio where I can show off all of my beautiful clients (I bring products to sessions), I wanted a way to personalize my phone. I’ve been loving the custom iPhone cases I’ve been seeing around on the net and finally took the plunge! I just ordered my own personal one today and when it comes in, will likely create one for my iPod. Check out the current designs I’m offering for your iPhone or iPod touch. These designs are good for both the 4G and 3GS. I’ll be working on iPad cases soon too. Please be sure to contact me if you’re interested in purchasing one for you or a family member. These can be made with your previous session images or a future session!
Wow, we’re going to have one busy month of June for The Lucky Duck Studio. Not only are we hosting the first annual Picnic in the Park Mini Portrait Sessions on June 19th, we’re also hosting Free Mini Maternity portraits on June 5th for anyone due in July, August, or September that book a newborn session . It’s a great time to get a few maternity portraits before the arrival of your little one! Check out the details below and be sure to book ASAP! The following time slots are available and are first come first serve- sessions will be in Hyde Park, Tampa.
7:15am, 8:00am, 8:45am, 9:20am 5:40pm, 6:15pm, 6:45pm, 7:15pm
20 Minute Maternity Mini’s are good for mom-to-be (and dad-to-be) only.
You’ll receive your maternity images on your Newborn Session CD (15-20 files) printable to 8×10.
Free 8×10 wall portrait of my favorite image!
Just remember, you’ll need to book/pay for your upcoming Newborn Session first by May 31st, we’ll pencil
you in for around your due date to get you on the calendar and then you’ll pick the time you’d like for your mini session!
I love having themed sessions, but often times they are so arduous in setting up that you really wish more people could enjoy them. I’m starting what will hopefully be an annual or semi-annual occurrence- Picnic In The Park Mini Sessions in the Tampa or Safety Harbor area. I’m currently still testing out a few parks to see which will meet the needs of the session. I have my eye on one in Tampa and one in Safety Harbor, so we’ll see which one wins.
Mini sessions are sessions shorter than an average session and are great for those who have never had custom boutique portraiture and are wanting to try it out but not have as much investment as a traditional session. They’re also good for families that have young children that would typically only last 20-30 minutes anyways. Mini portrait sessions area also a great way to just update photos of your child or family instead of a traditional full session- it allows a family to do a mini session or two throughout the year between the ‘major’ full sessions.
The picnic in the park theme is just some summer fun. We’ll have a couple of handmade quilts out in the grass, picnic basket (feel free to bring some picnic like snacks), some tea party china, a small selection of dress up clothes for girls 2 and up (fancy dresses, tutus, and costume jewelry), fun decorations- and lots of room for little ones to run as well. Mini sessions will go quickly and are limited in number. The main date is June 19th (Sunday) with time slots ranging from 7:15am-9:20am and 5:45pm-7:00pm. Hurry up and book your spot or email me with any questions! whitney @ theluckyduckstudio.com (minus the space). Also for a few more sneak peeks of a picnic in the park session, check out Jada’s.