Cyber Monday Special - 2013 Photography Classes

November 26, 2012

2013 Open Enrollment Photography Classes
For more info on Visions of Hope or Half the Sky, Click HERE.
Note: With the $25 discount, classes will be priced at $125 for "Get Out of the Auto Zone" and $175 for "Push Past Your Comfort Zone".

A Special Recipe - "Sunday Snapshot"

November 25, 2012

Savvy Workshop 2013 Sarah Looking at Reags BLOG
You know I love to cook almost as much as I love to take photos and I am always game to try out a new "recipe".
Special Recipe Gollage BLOG
Unfortunately, whenever life gets busy and hectic, I sort of stick to the ones that are tried and true..... the things I know how to make.
The "recipes" that are comfortable and easy.
Special Recipe Gollage 3 BLOG
When you make the same "recipes" over and over again, they start to become boring and no longer have the WOW factor that they once had when you cooked and served them up to family and friends.
Special Recipe Gollage 5 BLOG
With some help from my two cute little bakers, I found a "recipe" that I am anxious to try. We had some fun in the kitchen this weekend testing it out and we thought we would share it here with all of our friends who also love to cook photography.

Creative Image Savvy Workshop Final 1

Have you ever visited The Savvy Photographer?
She has an incredible blog filled with fabulous items and resources for anyone and everyone from the amateur photographer to the professional. She is also known for her love of all things pink and green:)

I have been following her blog for quite some time and each year she hosts a Savvy Sisterhood Workshop. 4 days in a beautiful location surrounded by a group of photography enthusiasts who are looking to soak up every ounce of knowledge and expertise from the panel of super talented speakers with booming photography businesses of their own.

I missed out in 2012, but there is no way I am missing out again in 2013.
And the icing on the cake?
There is a FREE seat to attend up for grabs!
I sure hope I have the winning recipe!!

If you are looking to add these "ingredients" to your "pantry", you might want to join me!
Click the button below to visit The Savvy blog for workshop details.

To receive daily updates and photography specials from The Savvy, head to her Facebook page and hit "like".
When you stop by, tell her I sent you!

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I am participating in my friend Stef's Sunday has been a while, but I am happy to be back:)

Ni Hao Yall

Favorite Photo Friday - "A Little Preview"

November 16, 2012

Is anyone else in complete disbelief that we are about to kick off the holidays next week with Thanksgiving?
I think so many of us were sort of taken back because it is not the last week of November this year.....and we all know that as soon as Thanksgiving arrives, Christmas is close behind.

I will admit, a little bit of panic mode has crept in as I have realized the growing list of things I need to do to prepare. In addition to Thanksgiving, we also have two special birthdays to celebrate next week. Sarah will turn 6 on Tuesday and Reags will turn 3 on Friday. After some thought and input from the girls, we decided that we are going to celebrate by taking both of the girls into NYC for their very first visit to the American Girl store. To say that the girls are excited is an understatement. Two catalogs arrived last week and they are already worn out. Even though they both have a certain doll in mind, I have a feeling when they walk into that store and see the rather large selection, they may not stand so firm on their decisions and that is okay. It is their special day and we will have plenty of time. We are doing the hair appointments for the dolls while there and we are doing the special birthday lunch. To be honest, my Mom and I are almost as excited as the girls. We can't wait to see the look on their faces when they walk in the door.
You can guarantee there will be a lot of photos take that day:)

I have been super busy each weekend taking photos for clients that are trying to get them in before Christmas for holiday cards and we had some fabulous weather last Sunday....almost 70 I fit in a photoshoot with my kids for our own card this year.

The outfits have been sitting in my closet for what feels like months, but the weather just has been so terrible or I did not have all three of the kids to be able to complete this task. Well Sunday all the stars aligned, perfect weather and three children that totally cooperated and worked it for their Momma.
(PS. A bit of bribery goes a long way...wink wink)

Usually, I will not unveil the Christmas card photos until the cards hit the mail, but I thought I would give everyone a preview of some of the behind the scenes photos I shot in between the ones that I will be using for our card this year.

Behind the scenes Christmas Shoot BLOG

No faces just yet, but you can get a sense of the vibe we went for and the way I stylized the shoot.
We tried out a new location and it was SUPERB. The light was out of this world and just added to the overall feel of the photos.

Kneeling down at the suitcase BLOG
The children's old world traveled vintage suitcase was a last minute find at a local antique dealer and I believe it helped set the mood for this series. Reagan loved it and if that suitcase was in her hands, then there was a smile pasted on her face. Unfortunately, you are going to need to wait just a few weeks to see this series in it's entirety......

But do you want to see just one??
Reags VIntage Suitcase Steel Station BLOG
See, I was not lying about that big smile on her face!!!

Hope you all have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend.
I am off to go visit some teachers today....parent teacher conferences.
Oh and just one more quick reminder, if you have not checked out our first "Fill Their Stockings" giveaway bundle, you might want to do so before midnight tonight. You can still enter to win and at the same time give back and help the orphans in China by supporting a foundation that is near and dear to my heart, Half the Sky.
For all of you photography fans, this is a bundle you will not want to miss.
Click HERE to view and consider making a small donation.
Thank you.

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Favorite Photo Friday - "Tinkerbell and Rapunzel in the Studio Space"

November 8, 2012

rapunzel on the ladder3 BLOG
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Halloween did not go exactly according to plan, but never fear, these two princesses definitely did not go without the sugary and chocolatey goodness that every child looks forward to.

Tink and Rapunzel BLOG
They both definitely had their fill....and then some:)

Princess Sisters BLOG
This year they both picked out their own costumes.

the disheveled princess BLOG
We actually ordered them online and when they saw all of the matching accessories pop up, they had to have them.

Princess Sarah BLOG
We ended up with light up shoes and crowns for both of them. A wand for Rapunzel and some wings for Tink.

Tink looking out the window BLOG
But as luck would have it.... Tink, was not a fan of her wings, crown, or her shoes.....she just wanted to wear her "pretty tutu".

Lensbaby Princess Crossed Arms BLOG
Rapunzel decided that she did not need her crown complete with long braid.
Besides, who needs a long braid for climbing, when you already have a ladder:)
(truth be told, she loved the crown, but it was huge on her and not very comfortable so she opted for her very favorite shabby flower compliments of Sophia Jane Boutique)

Tinkerbell Up Close BLOG
After the girls were dressed up, we jumped in the car and went over to the new studio space above the 2 Hip Chics boutique. It as really the first time I have shot in there and can I just tell you.....

vintage tink4 BLOG
I am in heaven with the gorgeous light and all of the old charm that fills the third floor space...oldistressed hardwood floors, Little doors and crawl spaces, old radiators and lots and lots of windows.

This space will certainly come in handy this winter when it is too cold to shoot outside. It is pretty empty and bare right now, but I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. I have been frequenting some antique dealers in my travels looking for some fun props that we could use up there...... so you might be seeing more of this light filled room and some of the antiques too:)

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!! It sounds like we might get a bit of a warm up here in the northeast..... it has been bone-chilling cold. If all the stars align, I might even get my Christmas Card photos done this weekend. Fingers Crossed....toes too!

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Favorite Photo Friday - "Silver Shoes and Tutus"

November 1, 2012

Leaning to the Side BLOG
Last weekend I had my first official "2 Hip Chics Photography" photoshoot with this little cutie!

Big Smile With Teeth on Steps Harlow BLOG
She is about to turn 1 and her Mom wanted to document the big occasion with some photos.

Cute as Can Be Harlow BLOG
It was a completely overcast day and it even drizzled a bit, but not long or hard enough to get in the way of our one hour session.

light and the leaves Harlow BLOG
We knew it was now or never because "Sandy" was going to wash away those leaves and gorgeous Fall colors in one foul swoop!

Hands and Knees Centered Harlow BLOG
It took this cutie pie a little bit to warm up to the camera...

beautiful eyes sitting on the walkway BLOG
but once she did, OH MELT MY HEART... She totally turned on the charm.

silver shoes harlow BLOG
I was dying over the jeweled silver shoes and had to get a close up of those sweet feet!

Looking down on the steps Harlow BLOG
She was not a big fan of the shoes and kicked them off about halfway through:)

Looking over her shoulder Harlow 8 x 10 BLOG
Baby "H" had the kind of eyes that just drew you in....
I could not get enough of this beautiful girl and would stayed out in the park with her all day.

Tree Light Harlow BLOG
She was definitely a girl on the move and was intrigued with all that was around her.

on the ledge Harlow BLOG
She loved the leaves and lit up like a Christmas tree when someone would walk by with a Dog. Some of the best smiles we saw that day were as a result of a cute puppy passing by:) I would love to take credit for getting this girl to grin, but it was the Puppy Love that brought out the big beautiful smiles.

Hand Out to the Side On the Steps Harlow BLOG
This was one of those sessions that we went into hoping just to get a few..... well we got way more than a few and now Mom is going to have a hard time choosing which photos she would like to print. I definitely have my favorites....and since the "2 Hip Chics" website is still not completely finished, I decided to share my favs here instead.

Hope everyone had a wonderful week and has a fun weekend ahead!
With any luck I will get some photos of the girls in their Halloween costumes in the next few days and take some photos to post next week. All Halloween activities were postponed due to the storm:(

Enjoy your weekend everyone and try not to eat too much Halloween Candy!

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