Month: October 2015

Don’t Miss Your Chance! Only a Few Spots Left! | San Diego Child and Family Photography

Now through 11.5.15, grab a family portrait session for just $179 (reg. $250), and get a bonus facebook cover photo!  There are only a few spots left on the calendar, if you’re needing to mail prints and cards to family, although I will continue photographing until the week of Christmas.  Check out the Holiday Schedule and Cut-Off Dates. San Diego is the perfect place for family portraits, and we enjoy beautiful weather most of the year, but do be aware, we are anticipating a little El Nino action, which may impact scheduled sessions.  So, don’t dilly-dally and wait until the last minute. 😉 To book your child or family session, contact: stefanie@trueblueportrait.com

How Often Should We Do Family Portraits?

How often should you do family portraits?  Well, the simplest answer is every year.  But some people go all out for their family photographs – large wall pieces, heirloom albums, and the works.  Their family portraits actually become part of the home’s decor.  And that can be quite an investment.  So is the expectation to do that every year? No.  While it’s great to track the family through the years, there are some years that the kids don’t change all that much.  For those times, it’s recommended to still have an annual family portrait – but keep it simple with smaller print packages.  Maybe you change out one of the framed prints on the wall, and a handful of images around the house on end tables, or on the mantle. So how do you know when family portraits should be updated in a big way? Here are a few simple guidelines to your family portrait updates: When you have a new addition to the family. Every year the first 5 years is a good guideline, …

HOLIDAY SCHEDULE & CUT-OFF DATES 2015

Can you believe it’s almost “that time” of year?  I swear it was 4th of July a couple weeks ago! In an effort to make sure this holiday season runs smoothly, that all the aunties and grandmas get their pictures of your cute little ones, and so that I’m not a complete crazy person with the people I love  – I’m posting all the important dates you should be aware of. WORD OF ADVICE:  Don’t put off until the last minute.  I won’t take on more clients than I can manage.  I strive to provide superior customer service, and the highest quality, and those will not be sacrificed during busy periods.  In addition, we are anticipating a rainy season, and some scheduled photoshoots will have to be rescheduled due to weather.  So schedule sooner, rather than later, to ensure the best possible family portrait this year! Nov 6th – heirloom album proofs must be approved for print to ensure holiday delivery.  Estimated delivery to you:  Dec 16-20th. Nov 23th – standard album proofs must be …

Focused on Frittata

It’s not too often that I blog my food photos, but this frittata was a first time experience.  I was so excited when it all came together that I had to set up a quick lil’ photoshoot! The frittata, a crustless quiche, was delish!  I went “off script” drawing in ideas from a couple recipes I was looking at – and with what I had available.  I loaded it with mushrooms, onions, spinach, and a touch of uncured bacon. I added the sugar plum tomatoes (sliced in half) almost as an afterthought.  Love the way they dressed it up!  I think I’m ready for another slice!  

25 Ways to Use Your Image & Elevate Your Brand

Most business professionals realize they need a good profile picture for LinkedIn, but fail to realize how many other opportunities there are to leverage their image and personal brand. Trust me, they think it’s just the profile image, and then I get calls a month or two later, with – “Help!  I need a shot for a magazine I’m being featured in!”  Well, that’s a good problem to have!  I want all of you to have “that” problem! So it helps to think ahead of time about all the ways you may be able to use your personally branded image to create more visibility for your personal AND business brand. Check out some of these brilliant examples: For those who position themselves as experts in their field, there are speaking opportunities, books to be authored, and products to be made – from webinars, CDs, and more. Industry leaders, speakers, authors, and other professionals who wish to elevate their brand will need their personal brand to resonate with their audience, while still reflecting their own authentic …