Friday, December 12, 2008

The Final Hours

The Gift Certificate sale is almost over. This is the last chance to save on portrait sessions, wedding packages, wall art, fine art canvases and more.

Know one of our clients? This is the perfect holiday gift. They can use the gift certificate to purchase anything they want.

New client? Use your gift certificate toward any portrait, event or wedding package, or any of our Gift Shop items.

Looking for a unique holiday gift for your wife or mother? Use your gift certificate for a beautiful sterling silver photo necklace. She'll love you for it!

The 20% off sale ends at 6pm today. Contact the studio at 404-966-7272 or place your order here.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Cole's First Portrait

Before heading to hear Annie Leibovitz yesterday, I photographed Cole's first portrait. This cutie is so blessed with two mommies who's love for Cole is touching. His beautiful nursery is serene and with the rain outside, the warmth of their home was soothing. Cole has three dogs who all make appearances in the slideshow below. It's only right to photograph the first "babies" in the house! The Christmas tree was another great scene that I just loved capturing.

Enjoy the slideshow below by clicking on the picture.
The show is available for purchase on DVD or digital download. Simply click the DVD icon in the menu bar of the show.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Annie Leibovitz and me

I had the great opportunity to hear Annie Leibovitz speak last night at the Jewish Community Center in Dunwoody. She is on a tour publicizing her latest book, At Work. I recently saw a documentary about her on PBS and it was fantastic. Maybe you were lucky enough to see her exhibit at The High Museum last year. Tonight's book reading and talk were all about how and why she took some of her most memorable images. John and Yoko, the guards rolling up the carpet after Nixon's resignation, Demi Moore's pregnancy, and so many others. It was fascinating to hear how she originally got the idea to create staged storyboard portraits, or what she calls "Conceptual Portraits" - from a client! She was photographing poet Tess Gallagher in 1980 and Tess said that she had a horse and would like to be photographed with him. She also had masks all over her home and wanted to get dressed up. So Annie obliged and shot the image. It inspired her to start these types of portraits which have helped make her one of the most well-known photographers ever.

(iPhone picture) - waiting for the book reading to start.

Afterwords, we stayed to meet Annie and have our book signed. She was so nice to pose for a picture too.

Thanks to Marsha Brenner for the picture!

Friday, December 05, 2008

Holiday Special

Because you're so special, we're offering a special especially for you.

Gift Certificates are on sale!
That's right!
20% off all Gift Certificates
of $100 or more

The fine print: Sale ends Friday, December 12th. Gift Certificates will be mailed within 3-4 business days of purchase or you may pick them up at our studio by December 19th. Gift Certificates expire 6 months from date of purchase. Gift Certificates may not be transferred and have no cash value. Call the studio for more information 404-966-7272.

Holiday Card Design - The Stewart's

The Stewart's adorable holiday cards for 2008. White linen folded card with one image. The gray band at the bottom will not be printed. The front of the card features a black rough edge around the image which gives it a more finished look.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Memories of Thanksgiving

Really, it's hard for me to accept that it's December. I keep looking at the calendar trying to reinforce the idea, but it just won't sink in. Since I don't often go out of town on long vacations, I think our honeymoon just really threw me for a loop. I left town when the weather was my favorite - low 70's and sunny - only to return to 40's and 50's. Brrr! What happened to my northeast toughness, you may ask? I spent the first 18 years of my life in Baltimore, MD and then headed even further north to Rochester, NY for college. Four years of 8-month winters and "lake-effect snow" was enough to encourage my pilgrimage to Atlanta, but I always laughed when I saw people around town bundled up when the thermostat read 50-degrees. "You have no idea what cold is! This isn't cold!" Now, I've become such a wimp. I can't seem to get warm in our drafty house. And I refuse to go out for my nightly walks because it's just too cold!

I got a break from the cold weather over Thanksgiving when Nick and I went to Orlando to visit some of his family. The weather? Sunny and high 60's. Yay! We got to see the family, reminisce about our wedding, walk on the beach, eat a delicious Thanksgiving dinner, window-shop without coats, and the really fun part - we went to going to Disney! I haven't been to Disneyworld since was about 8 years old. (Everything wasn't nearly as big as I remember...) The Magic Kingdom was so fun. My favorite rides were Pirates of the Carribean, Peter Pan and The Hanted Mansion. Funny how I remembered The Haunted Mansion. It must have scared me so much that the memory of standing in the dark waiting for the car to arrive is burned in my memory.

Check out this warped picture of Cinderella's Castle.
My iPhone had had a couple by this point. :)

Nick and I in line for Peter Pan...
One of the few lines we had to stand in.

Me and Dumbo. I'm the one wearing sunglasses.

Disney Ducks! These were actual real ducks!
After seeing all the mechanical animals for hours, we couldn't believe our eyes.

I was talking with Nick in general about taking kids to places like Disneyworld. When kids are so young, there's no way of knowing if they will ever remember it. He wondered if it was worth spending upwards of $50 or $75 for admission, plus hotel and transportation on an experience they may not remember. Since most memories are based on the emotions you feel at the moment, I'm thinking that Disney is a very memorable place. Whether they scream on Thunder Mountain or stood in awe of Mickey Mouse, chances are if they're tall enough to ride the rides, they'll probably remember something. But more important than that is that they had fun while they were there. Since we can't know what kids will remember, isn't it worth it to have the most varied, fun, exploratory, educational, new experiences possible?

(And now for the shameless plug....hey, at least I'll admit it!) This is why photography is so important. I think we've all had the experience of not remembering something from our childhood until we saw a photograph of it. Or even more extreme, when our visual memory is directly tied to that photograph. What memories will your kids have? What will they have the opportunity to remember simply because there's a photograph of it?