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8 New Lines of Holiday Greeting Cards

 

I am so excited to announce 8, count ‘em eight, new lines of holiday greeting cards to fit every style.  Holiday cards are great for sharing your family’s beautiful faces and they’re a really easy way to answer the question, “What will we do this year?”  And we promise that Grandma will love you for it.  (Our clients’ families have been known to frame these holiday cards – they’re so beautiful!)  They are sure to stand out among all the other holiday cards that are sent this year.

Contact us to schedule your fall session now (appointments are filling quickly) or use pictures from a session you did earlier this year.

Here are a few of my favorite designs.  Prices start at $85/package of 25 cards and envelopes.

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Picture of the Day: Atlanta Family Portrait

 

Every two years I visit this family and am reminded how amazing it must be to have a large family and live in such a tight-knit neighborhood.  The kids play with their neighborhood friends at any time of day, playdates happen spontaneously.  The sense of family and community is so strong here, and I was reminded of the neighborhood where I grew up.  We’d come home from school, grab a snack and our bikes and head out for hours until dinner was ready.  My imagination soared during that time and the sense of independence I felt was priceless.

The kids truly love each other, care for each other and love playing together – well, most of the time (let’s be real!).  I was struck once again by how much they watch out for the baby of the family, Levi.  It’s so darn cute.

Emma with her favorite toy, a music box that plays records!

Avi hanging out on his Star Wars bed

Zion sandwich!

Sometimes the outtakes from family sessions are more expressive than the intended shot – love this one

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Picture of the Day: Decatur Family Photos

 

Kinsley had me to her grandparents’ house a few days ago, the same house where her daddy grew up.  (Love that history!)  I spotted this chair through the front door before I even stepped inside the house and knew I had to incorporate it somehow into the session.  The chair has been in the family for generations, and I just love the contrast of the detailed wood-carvings with Kinsley’s beautiful baby complexion.  I love using items found around the house in portrait sessions – they personalize the pictures and are a great reminder of the special things that surrounded us as we grew.

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Soon after I arrived, I met her unusual favorite stuffed animal.  I’m not one to judge but a flying squirrel is definitely unique, Kinsley!  Her love for it is undeniable and I can’t really comment as I had a raccoon stuffed animal as a kid.

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Then we stepped outside into the beautiful backyard.  Winding paths, stone steps and lush plants provided a wonderful backdrop to this adorable family portrait of Kinsley with mom and dad.  My favorite part of this picture is Kinsley’s adorable feet and toes.

Hope you enjoyed this sneak peek of your session!  Can’t wait to show you the rest, Kinsley, mom and dad!

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Picture of the Day: First Day of School

 

This time of year in Atlanta always marks the end of summer and the beginning of school.  All the great time at the beach, meeting new friends at camp, playgroups, and visiting with family comes to an abrupt close.  Since I grew up in Baltimore, the fact that it is still in the 90’s and school has started again is so strange to me.  My memories of back-to-school start with waiting for the bus in my new fall shoes on a crisp morning. The cooler weather was my reminder that this was where I supposed to be because the beach wasn’t warm anymore.  But I really can’t complain all that much since our winters are so much nicer than they are up north.

Patrick’s first day of Kindergarten was Monday.  I have been photographing him since he was just 6 months old.  One of my happiest moments as a children’s photographer is the day I stepped into his house at his 2 year portrait, and his mom said to him.  “Do you have something to say to Sara?”  “Hi, Ms. Sara.”  I nearly melted right there.  This little boy had not only learned to speak real words since the last time I saw him, but to also learn my name and have the confidence to say it.  It’s a story I repeat again and again because it makes me realize how lucky I am to do what I do.  I get to witness a completely dependent baby grow into a little person who, in Patrick’s case, is now going to school for the very first time.

I hope you enjoy experiencing the morning of Patrick’s first day of school right along with him.

Oh, do I HAVE to get up?

Breakfast with his little sister, Clare.

Making the bed with mom.

Patrick told me that he knows how to tie his shoelaces but he’s going to let his mom do it for him anyway.  So cute.

So excited for his first day!

Walking down the driveway to the bus stop.

The bus was right on time and Patrick didn’t waste any time getting on.  In fact, he had to turn back a bit to give mom and dad hugs.
Who knew that this shy little baby would be so anxious for his first day?!

As the bus drove away, Clare realized what was happening and got upset.  So sweet!

Bye, Patrick!  Have a great day!  I don’t know how Roger and Sandra held it together.  I was teary-eyed.

The going-to-school session is included in Patrick’s “Off the School Annual Package” which includes annual portraits from ages 2 through 5, and a documentary session on the first day of Kindergarten or 1st grade.  If you’d like more information about the session or the package, contact us.  Availability of these sessions is limited.

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New Album Release: Memory Book

 

We are so excited to announce the release of our newest album – The Memory Book.  This beautifully classic album features fine art paper pages, hand-stitched binding, and your choice of cover material.  After many requests for a large album without all the details of the CoffeeTable Album (like graphic designed page layouts and text), we bring you this beautiful addition to our collection.

The pages are thick fine art paper that lay flat when open.

The inside cover leaves are available in a variety of papers.  This one is called “clouds.”

These albums feature one image per page just like the fine art photography books you love.

And you can choose the image border to give it that added touch of style:
whimsical (two above), watercolor (above) or classic key line in any color.

We’re happy to offer this line of albums as a mid-range option to our existing album lines.  Now there’s an album for every budget and style.  Books start at $1500.  Contact us for more information.

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Picture of the Day: Rollerblading Adventure Portrait

 

Let me just say….I love the varying interests and creativity of my clients.  This year has been filled with new and unique adventure portraits.  I love learning about my little clients interests and sculpting their portrait session around that.  (Adventure Sessions are for children 2 years and older)  Just last month, I photographed baseball-loving Reese at Turner Field (here are even more moments from that memorable day).  I photographed a family portrait on the beach in Martha’s Vineyard. We did a portrait session of Ronan who loves fire trucks at the Virginia-Highland Fire Station.  And just this last weekend I met Zach.  He loves rollerblading so what better way to capture life for this 7 year old than with a fun session at the park?

He is so photogenic!

How cool is this graffiti?  So bright and vibrant.  I especially love the octopus above their heads.

Thanks for a fun morning, Zach!  Hope you enjoyed your sneak peek!

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STuFF: Episode 36, Summer Camp Memories

 

STuFF (Sara’s Totally Fantastic Finds) posts are our chance to post fun things, not necessarily photography-related, that we like.  Everything from interior design to recipes to music – really it’s a free-for-all and who doesn’t like that?!

This year marks 21 years since I was a CIT (Counselor-in-Training) at my summer camp.  For 7 summers from ages 8 – 15, my favorite place to be was Pinemere Camp in Stroudsburg, PA.  For anyone who’s been to Jewish overnight camp, you get it.  The friends I made, the experiences I had, the things I tried for the first time, the responsibilities I learned to take on, the confidence I gain, everything added up to the best time of my life.  I have such great memories of camp and when a friend mentioned last summer that it had been 20 years since we were CIT’s, I decided we needed to get back.  So I arranged a reunion for my CIT’s of 1991 a few weeks ago.  I hadn’t been back to camp since then so I was downright giddy to see what it looked and felt like to be back on the grounds, to see old friends and show Nick where all my camp stories came from.

The “Lower Maple” is this beautiful sprawling tree surrounded by a sitting platform.  It is the main meeting place at camp and was the spot where the entire camp would gather every Saturday morning (Shabbat Sing) to sing camp songs.  (Shabbat Shalom, Frankie & Johnny, The Cat Came Back, Mountain Dew, Rattlin’ Bog…)  I often find myself still singing these songs when I’m having a particularly good day.

Nick and I sitting at the Lower Maple.  So excited to be back at camp!!!

Pinemere was my first experience away from home.  It was scary and uncomfortable and filled with all these new things that I just didn’t know.  As a shy little girl, it was really hard to make the adjustment.  Thanks to my brother for all those hugs and talks!  But as soon as I did make the adjustment, my world opened up.  I learned that I could do things I never even imagined and I gained an unbelievable amount of confidence.  The friends I made there are some of my favorite people and reuniting with them was better than I ever imagined.  It was as if no time had passed when we met by the Lower Maple.  It was truly amazing to experience that bond all over again.  Isn’t it amazing how some friendships never change no matter how much time has passed?

We hiked up to one of the overnight camp sites for our lunch cookout.  A Pinemere camping tradition is mushburgers.  Chopped veggies mushed up with burger meat, pounded flat, and thrown on the fire.  It was just as delicious as I remembered.  On the left, Marc and his adorable son.

The making of the mushburgers.  Toby, in the blue shirt on the right, is the camp director, and was so amazing to spend the afternoon with us.  She is relatively new to camp and has really taken the traditions of Pinemere to heart.  I was so happy to hear that things I loved about camp continue to be an important part of the camp experience.

My girls!  Me, Riki and Lisa in the Rec Hall.  While we took this picture, Bunks N and O girls were scattered throughout the Rec Hall painting signs for “Sing” the next night.  Ah, the memories!

Inside the CIT unit, we found our plaque.  The gang (L to R) Me, Marc Blumberg, Lisa Wolf Levine, Eric Frank and Riki Mitzner Josepf.

In my last year as a camper, I was in Bunk O, the oldest girls bunk.  I was so excited to see the bunk especially with two of my girls who were also in the bunk with me.  The rustic bunks, screened in with rain flaps, metal twin beds, wooden bookcases and years of history.  It was fun to see who the current heartthrob was – when I was a camper I think it was Tom Cruise.

(Hope the Bunk O girls don’t kill me for posting this of their beds!  But how neat and clean is this bunk!?)  When I saw the job wheel, I giggled out loud.  Every day the wheel spins and the campers are assigned different responsibilities to keep the bunk clean.  These job wheels were my first experience with chores that made me feel like I was part of a team.  I mean, my mom and dad used to have me make my own school lunch, but cleaning the toilets in my bunk gave me a totally new perspective!  Such a great way get the bunk campers to work together, bond… and complain about that gross bathroom floor!

The whole gang with spouses and kids! (minus two kids playing in the sand nearby)

Marc, Eric, Lisa and Riki, thanks for making the trip, bringing your families and making our reunion so special.  Can’t wait to see you again soon.  25th reunion???

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Marc Blumberg - Sara…Thanks for putting this together! It was such a fantastic day!

Darcie Scheffler - Amazing, how is it possible that everyone really looks so much the same as 21 years ago? I would love to make it up for a 25 year anniversary! Thanks for the blog post I am smiling and singing Mountain Dew in my head :)

Rebecca Borris - These pictures are so great! I was a bit younger – CIT of 95, but you totally captured Pinemere in your post. Glad to see that everything looks the same – even those of you that I recognize!

Sara Speert Edelstein - Thanks everyone! Marc, I have a great picture of your family. I’ll send it your way soon. Darcie, we really missed you! Rebecca, thanks for that great complement. Means a lot!

Benjamin L DeMeo - I had to comment even though I don’t have my own Facebook page (temporarily stole my husbands). My name is Emilie Frechie (CIT of 96) and I was sent a link to this by my older sister Lu Sonder (CIT of 87). While the pictures brought back a wave of nostalgia, it was your captions that really moved me to tears. I’ve often expressed the same feelings about what camp has done for me and what it helped me to reveal in myself at such a young age. Seeing your photos reminds me of how long ago and yet how close in my memory the experience was. Thanks for posting it!

Sara Speert Edelstein - Emilie! It’s so great to hear from you. I’m so touched by what you wrote. I was so emotional being back at camp and it means a lot that I was able to convey some of what I was feeling. Please stay in touch (even if it’s through your hubby’s FB account.)

Lucien Sonder - I loved seeing the Ufberg family sign on the Bridge! I wonder if the Palace has any naming opportunities? Or the Hilltop Steps? You guys all look great, it’s still hard to believe that I was your counselor, Sara! And wow–Hi, Darcie, I still remember your great smile and laugh!

Sara Speert Edelstein - Lu, it was really neat to see recognizable names like the Ufbergs all around camp on signs. Hilltop steps were redone and there is a sign there but I’m sure there are still places that need sponsoring. The Palace would be a funny one. Thanks for saying hi!

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Picture of the Day: Superhero Birthday

 

I met Ethan last Fall for a family portrait session in Piedmont Park.  As Cub Club members, his family gets discounts on our popular items (Cluster, Collages and Albums), a free wall photo calendar, and this – a free birthday session.  Ethan just turned 4 years old and loves superheroes – The Hulk, Thor, Superman and Spiderman.  I loved getting a glimpse into his world during our 1-hour session – there were flying aircraft, lots of battles and crashing, and injured Superheros who needed an ambulance to take them to the hospital (Superman kept loosing his leg).  I love this age of unlimited imagination.

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Happy Birthday Ethan!

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