Wednesday, May 26, 2010

SpokesMAMA Contest (2-3 years old) - EXTENDED

Originally the SpokesMAMA Contest for mamas of 2-3 year old kids was to end on Friday, May 28th. Due to Memorial Day, we've decided to extend the contest another week to allow more mamas the chance to enter.

Don't miss your chance to win a free ABC Storytelling Portrait Session, discounts on your second session package, T-shirt and more. Read more details about the SpokesMAMA contest here.

Apply to be a SpokesMAMA by completing the application.

Contest ends Friday, June 4th.
Good luck!

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Outdoor Movie Night

On Saturday night, we had some friends over for one of my favorite things to do: movie night. Watching a movie outside under the stars is like having our own private Screen on the Green with great food and drink, a clean bathroom and without the crowd. Our house is unique in that our deck is surrounded by our house on three sides. It makes for a perfectly private relaxation spot and a great place to project a movie onto the white wall of our house.

We ate and drank and watched "Men Who Stare at Goats" (weird but funny flick, hard to believe any part of it is true) with George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey. After we finished that, the second feature was the new Star Trek movie with Sylar/AKA Zachary Quinto (yay, Heroes fans!) and Chris Pine. [Basically it was a night of hot men, but don't tell my husband Nick that.]

Munchies included homemade guacamole, onion dip and chips (thanks, Rachael!), hummus & veggies (thanks, Brooke!), zucchini & corn casserole and toffee bars for dessert. So fun and delicious. Thanks for coming over Rachael, Joe and Brooke!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Picture of the Day

Little Sophie was baptized on Saturday and I had the honor of photographing the lovely morning at St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Decatur. It was clear from the moment I entered the building how loved she is. Her parents glowed with pride and love like only parents can. She was surrounded by dear friends and family who were overjoyed to celebrate this rite of passage.

And just like an angel, Sophie slept through most of it.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Are Digital Files Included With My Photography Session?

We are often asked about digital files from portrait sessions. It seems like such a simple question but unfortunately the answer is not so easy. This article on is a great explanation.

Surely you’ve noticed an increase in the number of photographers giving away digital files. As a customer, should you expect them to be for sale? Why don’t all photographers include them in the session fee for free, or at least make them affordable? Don’t the files belong to you anyway?

Thursday, May 13, 2010

New SpokesMAMA Contest: 2-3 year olds

Announcing a new SpokesMAMA contest! Are you a mama to a 2 or 3 year old child? If so, you could be our next SpokesMAMA.

Who is a SpokesMAMA?

She's a mom who loves her kids and adores professional portraits of them. She loves the candid and artistic style of our photography and the emotions that it captures. She is active in her community, meeting with other moms at mommy groups, church/synagogue groups, at daycare and school, at work and online. She frequents Facebook and Twitter, parenting forums and list-serves for her community. And she thinks our portrait photography is awesome.

If you are chosen, you will receive a FREE ABC Storytelling Portrait Session ($500 value), $250 credit for any beautiful item you purchase from your session,
discounts off your next portrait package, a SpokesMAMA t-shirt and more!

Contest ends Friday, May 28th.
Good luck!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Picture of the Day

Hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Whether this was your 1st or your 41st, I hope you has some quality time with your kids in whatever form that took.

I had the honor of photographing Devon and his parents at Piedmont Park this Mother's Day. It was a beautiful day in Atlanta and he had a great time playing baseball, playing with his trucks, getting ice cream but most of all - getting hugs from mom and dad. There were so many great moments that truly show Devon's personality but this one is my favorite.

What did you do this Mother's Day? Did you go out to eat? Go for a bike ride? Have brunch at a local restaurant? What was the best part of the day? (Click the "Comments" link below to leave your response. We love hearing from you!)

Friday, May 07, 2010

Nominate us for Best Atlanta Family Photographer

Nickelodeon's Parents Connect website, also known as is holding a readers' poll. Please take a moment to nominate us for

You can vote daily and leave a review if you'd like. The winning studio gets great advertising and bragging rights. And we love the "Best of" stamp of approval as you know.

Simply click the "nominate me!" link at the top of the page and follow the instructions. You'll be asked to confirm your vote by email. Thanks for your support!

Best Atlanta Photographer is Sara Speert Photography

Thursday, May 06, 2010

Children's Businesses and Non-profits in Atlanta

We've partnered with some wonderful businesses, non-profits, daycare centers and schools in Atlanta. We love supporting local operations because when we do, everyone benefits. Businesses get more exposure, schools and non-profits get funding, clients get great information and discounts, and we get awesome new clients!

So be sure to check these out and if you want to suggest one, please let us know. We love donating portrait sessions to silent and live auctions, putting up displays of our work to generate donations for non-profit organizations, selling gift certificates to retail stores as thank you gifts and donating our photography services to fundraising events. And, one of my favorite things to do - think outside of the box to create new events, benefits and advertising opportunities for your organization.

Intown Jewish Preschool

Fernbank Museum Lost Oasis
Fernbank Museum's Lost Oasis benefit for children's programming

Virginia Highland Civic Association

Congregation B'nai Torah, Atlanta

Shearith Israel

Monday, May 03, 2010

Congratulations to our new SpokesMAMA!

Thanks to everyone who entered the SpokesMAMA Contest for mama's to 4 & 5 year old kids. The response was wonderful and we are thrilled that so many great families want to help support our studio.

We're thrilled to announce that the winner is Lisa Stephens!
Congratulations, Lisa!

We will be holding SpokesMAMA Contests throughout the rest of the spring and summer so sign up for our mailing list (if you haven't already) so you can be notified when the contests are announced.