Winter Is Here!!

I am offering Petite Winter Sessions this year!!  I have had requests for snow sessions the past couple of years so here is your chance to get on my snow day wait list!  Bundle up, bring some hot cocoa and we will play in the snow!  I even have my old wooden sled from my childhood, back in the stone ages, that we can use for a prop.WInter session graphic

How this works; I will be watching the forecast this winter for snow, when it looks like we have a good chance I will call the names on my wait list to schedule your session and give you a time slot.  These sessions will be first come first serve, 30 minutes, 8 digitals, one outfit and one location (photographer’s choice.)  The cost of this session is $125 + tax.  Location will be in the Nitro/Cross Lanes area.  Due to the nature of snow being unpredictable these sessions will have to be a bit spontaneous.  You can let me know what days and times you would be more likely to be available, rest assured I won’t be calling you on Christmas morning or Thanksgiving day for a session.   These sessions are great for kids, teens, and seniors.  More than two people will require an additional fee.

Message me and let me know if you would like to be added to my wait list for this limited winter portrait session! Casslebaker@yahoo.com or 304-539-4214

Bittersweet Moments in Time

The first picture, first week, first month, first birthday, first day of school, first dance and first day of college.  There are roughly 18 years, 6570 days, 157,680 hours in that first sentence.  For parents that time goes as fast as it took for me to write it.  While we are living those 18 years the days are long but the years are oh so fast.  Something I have often said and heard others say is, “I wish I had taken more photos and recorded more of the memories.”  I thought I would remember every word and every expression.  Every laugh, smile and tear.   But the truth is, it all becomes a blur with certain highlights that stand out.

Photographs become our most prized possessions.  They are the things our heart would mourn (besides a loved one) if lost to natural disaster, fire, or flood.  We would get over the loss of our furniture, but not our pictures.  Our pictures are moments frozen in time, memories of times gone by.  They are what we cling to when our children are far away for one reason or another.

This is as much my story as it is many of yours.  My son never liked to have his picture made, his school pictures ceased in grade school and Senior pictures were out of the question for him.  I have often regretted not forcing the issue and  insisting that he have them made.  I was able several years ago to bribe him into letting me take his portraits.  Nothing will make up for those lost moments though.  My daughter has more than made up for his unwillingness to stand in front of a camera, she is addicted to having her portraits done.

I often hear of other mom’s that are having the debate of whether to have senior portraits made or not.  As a mom who has been there and regrets not doing it please don’t let this milestone pass by without having portraits made.  Senior portraits are so important to us as parents, grandparents and even future generations who love to look at images of their parents when they were young.  This is likely the last portrait milestone before your child gets married.  Don’t let it pass you by.

Mini Session Season

untitled-6321Let’s talk about Mini Session’s!! I know people love mini session’s.  I mean lets face it; you spend less money, less time and you get some really awesome images. What’s not to love? Don’t get me wrong, I love them too but I only offer them for very specific things. Mini’s last 20-30 minutes and that is just not enough for some situations.

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I use mini sessions mainly for kids, cap and gown, prom, and groupings of no more than two people.  I love mini’s for kids for a couple reason’s, kids have an attention span of a television commercial!!   You’re lucky if you get 20 minutes out of a kid, they want to get back to playing and exploring!  Parent’s are strapped and they don’t want to spend a fortune on those cute fall or Easter portraits but they want good quality pictures to remember these times in their littles lives.  Mini’s are great for cap & gown, prom and couple sessions.  Nobody needs an entire session for a cap and gown shoot, or a prom shoot so a mini is just the right fit to capture those important events.

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You may be wondering why I don’t use mini’s for families or seniors.  The main reason is time, 20-30 minutes isn’t enough time to shoot a family session or senior session.  I prefer to have at least 90 minutes to 2 hours with my seniors.  Senior’s don’t warm up and get comfortable until about the last hour of the shoot or until I fall off my stool or do something ridiculous. Senior’s like to change their outfits and locations to showcase different looks with their portraits and that is impossible to achieve in a mini session.  Families take some time to get everyone coordinated, take different groupings, wait on little sister to stop cracking up and everyone to be in sync together.  We really do have to have plenty of time to enjoy the moment and all the laughs because we do a lot of laughing.

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I you are interested in scheduling a mini, senior or family session for fall please send me an email: casslebaker@yahoo.com or call me at 304-539-4214 to set up a consultation.   I look forward to hearing from you!!

Dana Baker