Mother's Day and Father's Day are coming May 10 and June 21. Recently we photographed the Case children for the parents.As I looked at the images we had created, I realized what great gifts they will be for grandparents. We chose one of the three together and I think you will agree that we captured their personalities.
We decided to print them in an enhanced black and white . It concentrates all the attention to the kids themselves. Color images sometimes take away from the impact that the faces can have.
Kids change so quickly, we need to capture each stage of their growth. I have so many wonderful memories of my kids growing up and they are prompted by portraits I had done as they grew. If you want to check out the "7 Stages of Childhood" go to our newsletter last month and read all about them.
Our good friend Kitty Cunningham, the Executive Director of the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce, is retiring this week. We have enjoyed working with Kitty for the past three years. She has been the driving force behind the Chamber and she will be greatly missed. She has become a personal friend as well as Ed's golf buddy. We wish her luck in her retirement and are envious of her travel plans...a cruise through the Mediterranean, what a great trip!
We coerced her into coming into the studio last week so we could do a nice portrait to put with this blog. If you see her, wish her luck and a good retirement.
One of the things we love to do is to portray people with something about which they are passionate. For many people this is their business. John and Kay Sullivan are behind the development of Winthrop Square and the homes in that area of Riverview. When we were asked to photograph John for his portrait as Chairman of the Board of the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, we asked if we could also do his portrait at Winthrop. The building behind John is The Times Building - one of his favorite buildings in the plaza.
One of the best tools to use in the marketing of your business is an image that reminds your clients of who you are. That could be a head and shoulders portrait or it could be one of you working in your own environment. Statistics show us that when people can associate a face with a business, they are more likely to call that business. In an economic time like this, we need all the help we can get. Use your image on everything you do in the marketing part of your business - your business cards, your website, your brochures, your emails. It is important to keep your name and face in front of your clients. Plan on something each quarter in the year. Put it on your calendar so that you don't forget when the time comes. The way to have repeat business is to keep your past clients thinking about you.
Wanted to share with you an image we took of Savannah and Brennan for their parents. Sometimes we are just lucky and get the greatest kids and I think you will agree we were able to capture the love of these two for each other. We had such a good time with them and I love the way you can see their personalities just shining through in the image.
We were honored to photograph Tammy and Paul Holmberg and theeir family at the beach right before Christmas. Tammy is the Honorary Mayor of Brandon and is seen everywhere. We had the most perfect day at the Beach and the image we captured is awesome, if we do say so ourselves. We just had great clients.
Jake ended the morning chasing the birds on the beach. Sometimes it's fun just to be a kid.
Since Christmas we have been traveling a bit and working hard. We went to San Diego right after the first for a week to visit with family and friends. We traveled with a group of friends when were living in California. We went to China, Africa and all around the Southwest - Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park and the like. We had not seen them since 2003 and it was a grand old reunion.
We also visited Ed's Dad and some of his buddies in the San Diego area. Once we got back here we have been busy with the usual end of year stuff for the business.
Yesterday was Plant High Panthers day in the city of Tampa. The team and school were honored by the mayor and a banner flew at City Hall. We saw Austin's parents at a Ruskin Chamber event and they were telling us about it. They are so proud of the team and so are we. We feel honored to have been a very small part of Austin's senior year and thus a part of Plant High's success.
What a great Christmas we have had! It is so good to have family all together again. Before Ed left to go to Virginia to spend Christmas with his daughter and family, he did a portrait of Betty's family. In fact, we spent all Sunday morning doing portraits both at the beach and in the studio. Aria and Clay have grown so since the last one done the fall before we left San Jose back in 2004. We'll attach a few of the images to this blog to show you the family. We spent Tuesday going to MOSI and the Dali Museum over in St. Petersburg. That was fun. There was a scavenger hunt for the little ones as they looked for different things like ants, flies, eggs and soft clocks in Dali's paintings. They received a prize at the end.
These first images are from the beach. We went to our usual spot at Little Harbor in Ruskin. The children love the beach.
The cousins were perfect subjects for the camera.
Once we got to the studio we changed into the burgundy and black and did a whole group of images.
These are Betty's three kids. The boys still live in California - one in Watsonville and the other in Santa Cruz.
Aria and Clay have such a good time together. They spent a lot of time riding two wheel bikes and doing art projects. The house will be quiet when Aria goes home on Saturday.