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Picture of the Day: Martha’s Vineyard Portrait

 

I had the absolute pleasure to photograph Luke, his baby sister Penelope and their parents this week on Chappaquiddick (Chappy) Island.  It’s a tiny island off of Martha’s Vineyard that is only accessible by ferry or personal boat.  This portrait is filled with reasons why I love doing destination portraits for families.  I get to meet new people, explore stunningly beautiful landscapes and find inspiration in new surroundings.

Much of Martha’s Vineyard and Chappy are beautifully untouched landscapes.  Thick growth of shrubs and sand-loving flowers cover both islands and provide a natural backdrop empty of neon signs, block after block of commercial spaces or high-rise condos.  It feels as if you are experiencing it as it once was hundreds of years ago.

There aren’t many places on the east coast where you can find yourself all alone on a wide expanse of beach.  And I love that Luke brought along his best friend, his stuffed animal bear, T.

Hope you enjoy your sneak peek R family!  Can’t wait to show you the rest.

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Picture of the Day: 4th of July on Martha’s Vineyard

 

Happy 4th of July!  We’re celebrating in Martha’s Vineyard while we’re here for a working vacation.  Some portraits, some relaxation in my favorite place in the country.  Our day was full with a parade in Edgartown and fireworks later that night over the harbor.  It was such a great day, I thought I’d share some of the fun moments.

I know these are two different groups but there was something so “Monty Python” about these bagpipers being “chased” by a giant rat.

Cute kids on a pirate float.

Local island Alpacas made an appearance.  Don’t they look so festive!

The local fire departments presented the history of fire trucks.  It was really interesting and fun to see the technological advances in the trucks throughout the years.  This was the first one – a push-truck.  All 10 firefighters were needed to run this down the street.  I can’t imagine the scene of a fire blazing and having to wait on this truck to arrive by 10 exhausted firefighters.

The boats in the harbor definitely had the best view of the fireworks set off above the Edgartown Lighthouse.  The contrast between the day and nighttime shots is really neat.  The lights on the masts were like fireflies who wanted to join in on the celebration.

The Edgartown Lighthouse stands tall while the fireworks light up the sky.

Besides our great time on the 4th, the rest of our trip and our time here has been amazing.  Can’t wait to show you more pictures – my favorite place on the island, gorgeous sunsets, the oldest running carousel, fun family time and lots of pictures from the beach.  More to come…

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Picture of the Day: Turner Field Kids Portrait, Part 2

 

Earlier this week I posted the sneak peek from Reece’s Adventure session at Turner Field.  There were so many amazing opportunities for pictures that I had a really hard time selecting just one image from the session.  From the field to the clubhouse to the front pavilion, there were great pictures just waiting to happen everywhere we turned.  So here are some more highlights.

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This is Braves Country

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Having a little fun in the clubhouse.

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I think that a little explanation may be in order since Reece is wearing a Dodgers cap in the Braves clubhouse.  Sacrilegious, I know. But Reece’s grandpa used to work for the Braves and now works for the LA Dodgers so you can’t be upset with him anymore, ok?  Besides you knew you couldn’t be upset with that sweet face anyway.

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Batter up!  Dad pitches as mom and Devin watch from the stands.  Could this be a premonition of his future?

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Dad came up with this great idea.  Devin is 4 years old and Reece is almost 2 so sitting atop Jackie Robinson’s 42 is so appropriate, but what I love even more are the smiles and laughter.

Adventure portraits are for kids 3 and older, and are focused on a location and/or activity that explores your child’s interests at this specific age (or season.)  Some previous clients have had trips to the Atlanta Zoo, a pumpkin patch, an ice hockey rink, a baseball field, an ice cream shop and more. Rather than posing for portraits, your child will interact with the location and we’ll use our creative eye to capture a series of pictures that tell a story.  These portraits are so much fun and really memorable.

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Picture of the Day: Atlanta Braves Turner Field Kids Portrait

 

On Sunday I had the unprecedented opportunity to go to Turner Field with Reese, his big brother Devin and their parents.  The Atlanta Braves were away in Boston which gave us an opportunity to play some baseball.  I’ve never had an opportunity to access the stadium outside of game time and it was REALLY COOL.  The most interesting realization I had was that the field really wasn’t as big as I always imagined it would be.  I mean, it’s big, but it’s not any bigger because it’s “major league.”  For those of you baseball fans, you’re probably laughing at me now.  I know baseball fields are a regulation size, but being inside that massive stadium makes it feel so much bigger when you’re sitting in the stands.  But on the field?  No big whoop.  I could’ve pitched a ball across home plate, no problem!  Yeah, right.

Reese LOVES baseball and even though he’s not quite 2 years old, he’s got a great hand.  Already catching throws from dad.  There are so many great moments from our adventure portrait that I had a really hard time picking just one for a blog post.  So today is just the first.  There’s more to come later in the week.

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Reese stands on top of the dugout doing his thing – that is, looking adorable.

Thanks so much to the Atlanta Braves for allowing us into Turner Field, and to the lovely security guard who treated us so well and laughed along with us as we watched Reese and Devin live it up.

Adventure portraits are for kids 3 and older, and are focused on a location and/or activity that explores your child’s interests at this specific age (or season.)  Some previous clients have had trips to the Atlanta Zoo, a pumpkin patch, an ice hockey rink, a baseball field, an ice cream shop and more. Rather than posing for portraits, your child will interact with the location and we’ll use our creative eye to capture a series a pictures that tell a story.  These portraits are so much fun and really memorable.

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New Line of Photo Jewelry – Necklaces

 

Jewelry is something that can brighten your day, remind you of a special memory (like your wedding day!), and with our new line of photo jewelry, it can also remind you of your favorite people.  I love these new necklaces we started carrying around Mother’s Day.  Whether you like plain and simple, elaborate or antique-inspired, there’s something for everyone.

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All necklaces are made from sterling silver and many are blinged-out with Swarovski crystals.  Va-va-va-voom!

As always, we will continue to carry these beautiful antique-inspired bracelets…  I love these unique alternatives to charm bracelets.

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… and even gifts for the man in your life: cufflinks, key chains and money clips.

Contact us for more details!

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Picture of the Day: Decatur Family Portrait

 

This is Ariella and this is serious cuteness.

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Ariella is 8 months old and so sweet.  It’s rare that my little clients are so comfortable with me from the beginning.  Usually it takes some time; we talk, there’s a lot of staring:), we play and then they usually are totally cool letting me “in.”  But not Ariella.  During the initial planning meeting, she was so interested in everything and so comfortable, she crawled to me and stood up holding onto my leg.  While her mom looked through our sample albums, she was in my lap babbling and laughing.  I say “babbling” but we both know that babies are definitely communicating, just in terms we adults don’t understand. She was probably saying something like, “Ok, let’s talk about these pictures so you can get my best side.”

So, you could say I knew her first portrait session would be a fun one.  And I was not disappointed.  We had a great time taking pictures in their Decatur home in her nursery, with her favorite book, playing on mom and dad’s bed, and sitting with her dog, Sadie.  It was just a couple hours of real life and such a great way to document this age and all the excitement that goes along with being first-time parents.

Mom and dad, can’t wait to show you the rest!  Thanks for opening your home and allowing me to document sweet Ariella!

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Make this Father’s Day One He’ll Remember

 

Father’s Day is quickly approaching – Sunday June 17th.  In honor of dad, we thought what better way to remember this Father’s Day than to have a family portrait.  So we are having a gift certificate sale!

Save 10% on gift certificates up to $200.
Save 15% on gift certificates $200 or more.

What can your whole family can do together that will tell a story of Father’s Day 2012?  Think his favorite activities to make this all about dad!  A Braves game, fishing at a local park, a bike ride, mini-golf, or stay at home for a BBQ lunch and play in the pool.  The options are endless and completely personalized for him.  Contact us for additional activity suggestions.

 

The fine print:

Sale runs today through Sunday, June 17th.  Gift certificates expire one year from purchase.  May not be purchased with studio credit.  Sale gift certificates are not applicable to Martha’s Vineyard portrait packages or other special engagements/events.  Shipping is available.

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Client Rooms: Family Portrait Canvas Cluster

 

Ronan’s kids portrait in the Virginia-Highlands was a blast.  We first visited Fire Station #19 where he got to slide down the fire pole, sit in the driver’s seat of the engine and see how the hose works.  You could say it was a dream come true for this 2 year old.  After our adventure there, we headed down the street to John Howell Park and had a blast walking through the Highlands, jumping in puddles and playing on the playground.  Mom and Dad chose this beautiful Cluster on Fine Art Canvas to hang in their home.  Since they moved just days after I delivered their order, I didn’t have a chance to install it for them.  But I couldn’t resist getting some shots of it before it headed for San Francisco.

I love the asymmetrical layout of the Elmo Cluster.  Not many people are comfortable with asymmetry but if you are, this is unique, eye-catching and has a lot of “movement.”  I hear that it will hang above the piano in their music room.  I can only imagine how well the squares and rectangles will work with the curve of the piano.  Can’t wait to see it!

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If you’d like to learn more about how we can create a unique collection for your family, click the contact link above or send us a message at info (at) saraphotography.com.

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