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    This blog contains updated content about pretty much all the coming and goings of the studio. It also may contain some rants and raves depending on whether there is a full moon. Feel free to leave me a comment. You can also pass these images onto Facebook or Twitter if the spirit moves you!


Hi Ladies!

Here it is!  Once again, I am offering the amazing $99 portrait session special.  This outrageous special is a hot one, so act fast to get your preferred space.  My “Back to You” special revolves on getting women back into portraits again by offering this amazing opportunity to get photographed professionally in a “Vanity Fair” style photo shoot.  I believe all women should take time for themselves at some point in their lives to have an image made of them that simply rocks.  This is the image that in maybe 30, or 40 years, you and your children will hold this image dearly in their hearts.

This promo will last until October 24th for this price.  However, you will have until November 23rd to complete your session.

Here is what is included:

  • A wardrobe consultation a few days before to decide the best outfits to bring.
  • A professional makeup artist to glam you up with a natural look flair before your session (about 45 minutes long)
  • A 2 hour photo shoot in my studio with me where you will be instructed on the best way to be stand, express yourself and yes, even body language to guide you throughout your photo shoot.
  • Up to 3 outfit and background changes
  • A special in person viewing session two weeks after your actual photo shoot.
  • With your portrait order, you will receive one of the most talked about items in the portrait world this year… The  8 x 12 beautiful desk metal print.  These hot new items are the latest in displaying portraits!  This is a $295 value in my studio!
  • An awesome selection of fine art professional portraits to choose from.
  • I will gladly send you a PDF of my price list which includes both packages and al la carte items.
  • All of your images will be professionally retouched for that fine art look.

**All sessions must be paid for in advance.

Call NOW.. 215.968.5220  Although there are unlimited amounts of these sessions available, there are only so many days of the week until this ends in November!

Questions?  Don’t be afraid to ask!


Check out some other images on my brand new website under “Couture”!


  • Janet Dotson - I’m am inetrerested, but could you send me your PDF of portraits price options first? Also can you do a couples portrait of myself and my Husbamd?ReplyCancel

New Website...  Finally


Actually, it is the word of the year!  After a very long time existing with a very outdated website, I buckled down and created a new one.  The old site… which is listed under the old domain.. “” was a dinosaur.  I have been wanting to do it for quite some time now, but honestly… dreaded the amount of time I had to put into it.  This new website… is built around a Pinterest kinda theme.  I wanted a simple, clean looking site that was easy to navigate and could easily be found on social media and cell phones.  Will there be more tweaking?  Of course.  But for now, it’s up.  Check it out and tell me what you think.

I recently received a call from a previous client to do some updated portraits of her son who just graduated high school.  I had done portraits of this young man 3 years ago with his sister.  My client’s son had just graduated and had taken a strong interest in spending time at the gym and perfecting his body lines.  I love when kids take an interest in health and make the effort to stay in shape.  James had worked very hard and perhaps is even thinking of taking his look to a professional level.  His mom and I had discussed various ideas as to what James would wear and together, we came up with a few “looks”.  In the three years that I hadn’t seen James, it was evident, that this young man had put in the effort and it definitely shows.  I wish him the best.

I choose to show you all black and white images.  Why?  Because I strongly believe that when it comes to body sculpture, the eye tends to go to the art of the image rather than be distracted by the color of the jeans or shirt.



Bubble time

I have super powers.  I’m not tooting my own horn as you may very well think.  My super powers come from the ability to pick up my camera and document a life in a way that they and family members will cherish for years.  You can’t buy super powers.  Nor, can you steal them from anyone.  You can only attain them through education and of course, the immense desire to teach others the value of a great portrait.  I am not a pompous person or declare to see through buildings.  What am I is… a professional photographer.  Not a millionaire.  Far from it.  I believe that what I do brings everlasting joy.  The portraits that I make are worth a million to that certain person or persons.  That one person who wants to remember the joy over a bubble machine that costs $10 and hours of giggles.  Maybe we all should remember that life is only temporary.  Youth is even shorter.  Put away the Pokeman game.  Turn off the television.  And yes, create a memory.


Santa Cruz coast line

I will be the first to admit, that burn out comes very easy when you are self employed.  Especially as an “artist”.  So, I always recommend that you either step away from your craft for a little bit, or do something with your craft that made you fall in love with it in the first place.

When I was in California last year for business, I built in some extra time for me to drive the coast line.  I found myself not taking as many photographs as I thought I would which surprised me.  It wasn’t that I wasn’t motivated to, but rather just enjoyed the moment and the views.  I do go back to my files occasionally and pull out a few photos to work on.  Here is a one that I thought was breath taking.  The house on the right has an amazing view and yet, it wasn’t one of those mulit million dollar homes.  Lucky them….  Me…., I would be enjoying coffee in the morning on the patio, and dinner in the evening listening to the Pacific ocean and it’s music.

It never hurts to dream.  Working on these types of images gives me a break from the business of photography.  The paperwork, the computer work, the client work, so on and so forth.  So, this is my outlet.  What’s yours?

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