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October 9, 2013

It’s been a hard day. You’re tired–and let’s face it–a little cranky. OK, a lot cranky.

So to cheer yourself up, you walk over to your computer and fire up the DVD of your recent family portrait session so that you can flip through the images. After seeing the slideshow playing on your tiny laptop, you can’t wait until the rest of the family comes over so that you can pass the computer around the dinner table.

Here’s another scenario, similar to the first, except for one crucial point: those incredible, indelible images are hanging on your walls. You see them every time you walk by; you smile every time you walk by. In each room of your home, the heirloom photographic art makes your heart swell, overflowing with the investment you’ve made in your family, the investment in adding permanence to your memories.

The impulse to purchase images on a disc instead of a canvas or a print is strong. We feel as if we don’t actually own something until we possess every image from our shoot, as if the only way to experience our family is by being able to make as many reprints of them as we want.

But images on disc sit around. They become stuffed into a desk drawer, until their media is rendered obsolete and the images cannot be accessed anymore. They remain untouched, until that day when we’ll have enough time to put them in an album or print them ourselves.

Finished products, on the other hand, are just that. They are ready to hang, ready to enjoy. They are instant–and constant–gratification. They are objects that can be passed down to your children, and your children’s children.

The tangible nature of fine art–that it is an actual object, hanging on your wall or sitting on your coffee table–is meant for enjoyment, for experience, not to be archived on a shelf in a plastic media case. A CD of all of your images is not fine art.

And the creation of fine art cannot be cheap. Crafting memories and creating personalized products that can be enjoyed for generations is a job that carries a lot of responsibility and weight, and demands finesse and skill. With professional photography, as with so much of life, you get what you pay for.

Photographic art is an investment, to be sure, but it’s one that you’ll never regret.

Source: www.designaglow.com/blog

Back to School Mini Session

Who’s loving that school is back in session? Not so much, huh? Well to make the early mornings and late nights of homework a little more fun we’re introducing our very first Back to School Mini Sessions for the entire month of September. These sessions are so much fun! We’ve created an adorable set featuring a chalkboard background that will feature your child’s name along with some other special information for this particular time in their life including their grade, school, teacher, some favorite things and any other info you’d like to include. How freakin’ cute is that?!

Here is the Session Info:

Sessions will be 20 minutes long

Session fee ($29) will need to be paid to book your session

Packages are as follows:

Traditional Print: $59
1-8×10
2-5×7
8-wallets
(Up to 4 different images can be used)

Digital Package: $99
3 Digital Images of your choice
Add all additional digital images for an extra $99

You will choose your package and pay for it on the day of your session. Your Session images will be available to view in an online gallery within 7 days of your Session. Your gallery will be available for 5 days and you will choose your package images during that time. Your friends and family will have the option to purchase items during that time as well.

These sessions are only available during the month of September so please book yours now as we’ll only be doing them after school so they will go fast. Call the studio at 843-245-7320 or email heather@infinity-images.com to book your session now. Remember this special time in your child’s life with these super cute portraits! We look forward to seeing you!!

Peace and popsicles!!

Heather

I’m so excited about this new weekly blog. Wall Art Wednesday was brought about after I made a delivery to one of my favorite clients. She’s been putting together a photo wall since her son was born 18 months ago (well longer since her maternity portraits were there too). She’s talked about it before during her sessions but I hadn’t seen it in a while. I was blown away by how much thought and effort she had put into it. She was on the Baby Plan so her son had his newborn, 3 month, 6 month, 9 month and 1 year portraits taken with us and they were all displayed along with her maternity portraits, family snap shots and a few from the Limited Editions they participated in this year. There were gallery wraps, small framed prints and larger prints all put together to make an amazing photo wall that I’m sure everyone loves to look at when they walk into her home.

Obviously I’ve gotten to know this mom over the past few years (I shot their wedding too) so I know that she is extremely crafty and loves Pinterest as much as I do. So it wasn’t a huge stretch for her to come up with something like this and execute it on her own. But lots of people have no idea what to do with their portraits and snapshots. They sit in a box or worse on a computer hard drive waiting for someone to do something with them. I thought it would be a great idea to help those people envision what their photos can look like and how beautiful they could be hanging on their wall. And that it doesn’t take a huge space to make a huge impact. So Wall Art Wednesday was born. Here on the blog I’ll post wall art that I find on the web or photos of my own clients’ walls. I hope to inspire people to take down the landscape picture of a windmill and replace it with beautiful pictures of your family. You’d be surprised how just passing by them can bring a smile to your face. I know mine do…especially when my kids are getting on my very last nerve.

Our very first Wall Art Wednesday is so much fun. I came across this idea on Bliss Images and Beyond’s Blog.

Portrait Wall Art - Photo wall

I loved the idea of adding a conversation starter as well as beautiful images. Using clocks below each of your child’s photos stopped at their birth times you are giving people something to talk about. Of course when someone sees it for the first time they’re going to ask what it means. It’s such a unique way to tell a story about your children and I couldn’t wait to share it with you.

I hope you enjoy this new series and get something out of it. Please feel free to comment and let me know your thoughts. I’d love to hear from you. And please send a photo if you have a gorgeous wall in your home or if you create one using the inspiration you find here. You can email it to heather@infinity-images.com. I can’t wait to see what we create together!

Thanks!

Heather

Sometimes the thought of blogging makes my hyperventilate. You see, I’m not a writer..never have been. I’ve always struggled with putting words together. People that know me know I have trouble tying words together when I speak..no really. The words get twisted in my mouth and I get tongue-tied. I feel the same way when I write. Nothing makes sense when I go back and proof read what I just wrote. The problem is that I write just like I speak. Some people say that’s a good thing; that it’s easier for people to understand. But then they’ve never heard me speak.

I want to keep my blog up to date and provide my readers with wonderful insights on all things photography related so I’ve committed myself to push through the fear of writing and just write. Sometimes it won’t make sense (and please feel free to ask for clarification if needed). And sometimes I may have a panic attack while pushing the edit button. But I’m dedicated to giving my clients and everyone else out there the best of me…and sometimes the worst. So from now on I will be posting more here about sessions I’ve done, wedding planning ideas, venues, frequently asked questions I receive, personal stuff and lots of other things I think you might be interested in. Please let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see here and I’ll be glad to add it to my writing schedule. Yes, I have a writing schedule. I told you I’m committed! And I can’t post without a photo so here is one from my most recent newborn session. She’ll get a whole post to herself very soon. Enjoy and show this lovely lady some blog love! Thanks so much!

Beautiful Newborn Photography

I’m so excited about our new E-book! I know how frustrating it is when you want to get a really great picture of your child and things just aren’t working out the way you want. As a mother of 2 children, there have been moments when I’ve almost (ok sometimes I have) lost my cool with my kids because I just wasn’t getting the image I was envisioning. And I realize that not all parents have a digital SLR camera or as most people call mine..a fancy camera. So these tips will work for everyone, no matter what type of camera you have. They are very basic suggestions that you will be able to apply immediately even when using your cell phone camera!

I’m offering the E-book at no charge and all you have to do is sign up to have it emailed to you. I hope you enjoy it and Happy Shooting!!

Sign up to receive your FREE E-book “5 Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Your Kids.”

I’ve always loved animals…any kind. So I’ve been working on a way to help the less than fortunate animals out there because I can’t bring them all home (that’s what Daniel tells me anyway). After the story broke a couple of weeks ago about the Chesterfield County Humane Society workers shooting dogs instead of using humane euthanizing methods, I just knew I had to do something to help these poor animals.

I’ve always thought so highly of the Darlington County Humane Society. We picked out our cat, Cricket, a few years ago and the whole process was amazing. The people that run the shelter actually care about the animals and know all of the stories that go along with each one. Like our Cricket was left in an abandoned mobile home that was being repossessed with only an open bag of cat food. After a couple of weeks the neighbors could hear her crying inside but the doors were locked so they couldn’t help her. They called the police and they found her inside dehydrated and emaciated. The shelter nursed her back to health and she has been our kitty for 3 years now. Without the love and attention from the shelter volunteers and workers, we wouldn’t have our Cricket and I just couldn’t imagine that. Please contact Jackie at 843-398-4402 if you’d like to find out more about the adoption process. She will be more than happy to help you find your perfect pet.

So I will be holding a Pet Days Charity Event during 2 separate weekends, one on Saturday April 30th & Sunday May 1st and then another on Saturday May 14th and Sunday May 15th. All donations will go directly to the Darlington County Humane Society. We hope that this gives everyone the opportunity to have some wonderful portraits of your furry babies and also help out the less fortunate animals out there that don’t have forever homes yet. Please call 843-245-7320 to set up your appointment now before they are all gone. I know these will book up fast. Find more details below or give us a call if you have any further questions.

Darlington County Humane Society Charity Event

So I hope by now everyone has seen our new Designer Frames. They are curvy, spunky and sooooo much fun! Who wouldn’t want a wall full of these awesome frames?! Well, I’ve decided to do a really fun giveaway for this super cool 8×10 frame. Our frames are available in over 50 colors so you will even get to choose which color would best fit your decor. All you have to do is head on over to our Facebook Fanpage here and “like” our Page. Then comment on this post letting us know you “liked” our Fanpage, who’s picture you would put in this frame and where you would hang it in your home. It’s that easy! One super-lucky winner will be chosen by a random drawing on Friday 2/18/11. We’ll announce the winner at 12pm. Good Luck!!!!

Frame Giveaway

Frame Color Chart - New Colors

Frame Color Chart

Hi!! I’ve crawled out from under my rock and finally feel some sunshine on my face. Metaphorically speaking of course, because as we all know, the weather here in SC has been anything but warm and sunny lately. It’s just for the past few months, I’ve been working my tail off trying to get a space of my own up and running. It feels like a century has gone by. I’ve had to slack off on my workload just to get everything done. I’ve had the help of my wonderful boyfriend, Daniel, our kids, Gage and Lindsay and our friend Chris. Everyone has really put 100% into getting this space ready for me and I can’t tell you how much I appreciate them for caring about me and my vision so much.

I’ve been wanting a space like this for some time. I have been shooting on-location and meeting couples for bridal consultations at my home for a long time and just really needed somewhere to call my own. I feel quite sure my family is thrilled to have all of my photography stuff out of our house. It was literally taking over.

I thought it would be cool to post before and after shots so everyone could see just how far the little place has come. Of course, I still have some spaces to fill on the walls. I’ve got a few wall galleries on order that will be in this week but who knows when I’ll get the opportunity to hang them. So I just wanted to go ahead and take some images and put them out there. Let me know what you think!! And thanks again for making my dream of photographing people come true!

Before and After Studio Entrance

Before and After - Studio Entrance

After-Entrance to Studio

Another shot of the Entrance

Before and After Office Area

Before and After - Office Area

Before and After - Studio Bathroom

Before and After - Studio Bathroom

Before and After - Studio Bathroom

Before and After - Another shot of the bathroom

Before and After - Sales Area

Before and After - Sales Area

After-Product Showcase

After - Sample Product Showcase

Before and After - Camera Area

Before and After - Camera Area

Before and After - Camera Area

Before and After - Camera Area

After-Storage area

Finally have a place for all of the newborn stuff

After-Kids' area

Kids Play Area

Ok, so I know I still have lots of work to do. But it’s a start and I’m so proud of my space. I hope everyone will come out to our Grand Opening Party that we’re planning for March. I’ll post the details very soon! Thank you for stopping by!!

-Heather

I have been soooo excited to share these with you. I just sent this set out to a recent client that LOVED them. I almost didn’t want to part with them and they weren’t even images of my children! Each album set is custom designed for you. The album is 3″ x 3″ and actually has a magnet inside to keep the front and back secure when it’s closed. They also come in these adorable little clear cases that protect it when you carry them in your purse, etc. I also love the idea of using them as fridge magnets. I’m sure there are plenty of other great ideas but I’m sure Grandmothers won’t need one as long as they can reach into their purse and pull out this little gem! We are going to use them for all different types of sessions/events such as, newborn, families, seniors, weddings, engagements, bridal portraits, child sessions, pet sessions, maternity and boudoir portraits. I can’t wait to start handing these little babies out to all of our clients.

Mini Accordian Albums

Mini Accordian album

Mini Accordian Albums

Mini Accordian Albums

New Studio Pics

June 18, 2010

I’ve been wanting to share some photos of the new studio for some time. But I really wanted to wait until it was a little farther along in the remodeling. I just couldn’t wait any more! I decided that it wouldn’t hurt to share pictures of the work in process. Then I can take more as it becomes more complete. This has been a dream of mine for a long time and it’s finally coming true. I won’t be using the studio for traditional portraits. I will be doing all of my consultations and sales presentations there along with newborn and boudoir sessions. I still love the fresh, fun images I get with doing children and families on location so that won’t change. I just needed a place to call home (as far as my work is concerned). I can’t wait to share more as the project progresses. The owners live in Atlanta and are “living” there during the remodel. I feel so bad for them because it doesn’t have central AC yet so they are literally roasting with 2 small window units to cool the whole building. Well, hopefully it will only be a couple of more months before it’s finished. Let me know what you think!

This is the view from just inside the front door. It's quite a mess!

This is the view from just inside the front door. It's quite a mess!

This is a view to the right of the front door. It's a pretty big room that I will probably use as a waiting area.

This is a view to the right of the front door. It's a pretty big room that I will probably use as a waiting area.

This is the entrance into the main part of the building just after you pass through the front room.

This is the entrance into the main part of the building just after you pass through the front room.

A small storage area in the bathroom. I can see props going here!

A small storage area in the bathroom. I can see props going here!

A shot of the unfinished bathroom.

A shot of the unfinished bathroom.

Another shot of the unfinished bathroom. I think this room will be finished last. Can you really blame them?

Another shot of the unfinished bathroom. I think this room will be finished last. Can you really blame them?

This was taken from the back of the building looking towards the front. If only they would leave me the big screen!

This was taken from the back of the building looking towards the front. If only they would leave me the big screen!

A shot of the kitchen area. They are getting ready to install new cabinets next week.

A shot of the kitchen area. They are getting ready to install new cabinets next week.

Yes that is a garage door! That is coming out and french doors are going to be installed along with a couple of floor to ceiling windows on either side.

Yes that is a garage door! That is coming out and french doors are going to be installed along with a couple of floor to ceiling windows on either side.

The stair leading to the second floor.

The stair leading to the second floor.

The second floor...kind of small but lots of potential.

The second floor...kind of small but lots of potential.

Another shot of the second floor looking in the opposite direction. The stairs are in the middle of the room.

Another shot of the second floor looking in the opposite direction. The stairs are in the middle of the room.

Well, that’s the tour. I hope to be adding some more images as the work is completed. I really can’t wait to get everything decorated and my work hanging on the walls! When it gets closer to completion, I will start planning an Open House so I can invite all of my clients, friends and family over to get a better look. I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!