“La Bella Vita!”

Celebrate “The Beautiful Life!” onSaturday, February 4, 2012, at Artistic Life Photography, Inc.

There are only 10 available sessions that will be scheduled on a first-come/first-served basis.  The $30.00 session fee, due at the time your session is scheduled, covers your makeover, your before/after portrait session, a 5×7 gift print, beverages and hors d’oeuvres, and an elegant gift bag containing samples, coupons and sweet treats.

Vickie Speight, an Aesthetician and Mary Kay consultant, will transform you for your breve e dolce (short and sweet) portrait session.  Your appointment is expected to last a total of approximately 45 minutes, and you can sample an Italian-themed menu and browse through samples and products while you’re there.  You may even find some great Valentine’s gifts as we debut our “ALP Inspirations” gift product line.

You are welcome to bring friends with you to share in the fun, and have a taste of “The Beautiful Life!”, however, makeovers and portrait sessions are available by advance appointment only.

We welcome walk-ins who want to come in to see what all the excitement is about and may want to sign up for information and updates for future events and promotions.  Gift bags will be reserved first for those who have scheduled appointments, but extras will be given out as long as supplies last.

When you arrive, we will take a quick head-and-shoulders “before” image.  Light hors d’oeuvres, Italian soda and citrus water will be available while you prepare for your session.  When Vickie has completed your makeup application, we will take an “after” head-and-shoulders image.  You will then receive a complimentary breve e dolce portrait session lasting about 10 to 15 minutes.

The best images from your session will be uploaded to an online password-protected “La Bella Vita!” gallery approximately one week following your session and you are welcome to choose your complimentary 5×7 gift print from the available selection.  You will receive instructions regarding how to access this gallery at the makeover event.  You are under no obligation to make any purchases, but are welcome to do so if you love your images!

To prepare for your session, you need to come dressed for the portrait session with your hair already styled according to your preference.  Also, make sure you have a clean face, ready for fresh makeup application.

As a reminder, the $30.00 session fee is required at the time you schedule your session.  This is a non-refundable retainer fee to reserve your appointment on the calendar.  If you are unable to keep the appointment, the $30.00 retainer fee is forfeited to compensate photographer and makeup artist for their time since there are only a small number of sessions available and, once reserved, session appointments are no longer available for other potential clients.

We would love to have you visit the studio and join in the fun!  Submit your information using the contact form accompanying this blog post, then we will send you a session contract and will contact you regarding payment information and your selection of appointment time.  We prefer debit or credit card payment to expedite reserving your desired time (your appointment is not guaranteed until we have received payment for same), but we can also make arrangements to meet you at the studio if you prefer to pay by cash.  We respect our clients’ privacy  – be assured that any information you submit to us will remain private, will not be shared with any outside parties, and will never be sold.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me at katrina@artisticlifephotography.com.  In the alternative, you can call 704-986-0341.  We look forward to sharing “The Good Life!” with you!


Happy New Year!!

The twinkling lights and the sparkly ornaments are tucked away for another year.  We shared a toast and a New Year’s kiss atmidnight, and ready or not – 2012 is here!  Where did 2011 go?  It seemed like it was only a few months ago (not 12!) that we were at the studio taking the last year’s Christmas tree out of the window.  The year seems like it has literally flown by, but so much happened and we have been blessed beyond measure in both our personal and professional lives.

Miami – Trump Hotel … view of the ocean from the pool area


We had an awesome trip to Miami in May, we attended the “Red Velvet Tour” workshop (a crazy-fun boudoir workshop) with Kay Eskridge in September, I got a hug from Jerry Ghionis in February at the Power of Passion Tour, we attended an over-the-top vendor networking/soiree event in January in Asheville and we also attended Sandy Puc’ “Creative Edge Kids Tour” as well as the Sallee/Nordstrom “Turn The Key” tour.

Red Velvet Tour – Silhouette image of model Meaghan

Red Velvet Tour – Model Ciara in front of the backdrop we won at the workshop; can’t wait to use this in our own studio sessions!


One of the biggest changes we’ve made in the studio this year has been transitioning to in-studio viewing/ordering sessions following client’s portrait sessions.  I enjoy every aspect of what we do (except, of course, for the paperwork and the taxes), but I do believe that the in-studio viewing/ordering sessions are becoming my favorite part of the whole experience!  Our collaboration with the client and everyone’s hard work to make a great session culminates in that moment when we see our clients’ faces as they see their custom-designed slideshow set to music for the first time.  We’ve seen smiles, heard laughter and wiped tears, and I’ve loved every minute.

Asheville Vendor Soiree – Attendees gathered in the Century Room and were treated to sodas, drinks, cake and bluegrass music.  We later boarded a trolley and were taken to the Grand Bohemian …

Asheville Vendor Soiree – Grand Bohemian ballroom gorgeously decorated and featuring fabulous sushi and fruit bars along with vendor samples and a wonderful DJ

Asheville Vendor Soiree – Grand Bohemian Terrace where more hors d’oeuvres and wine were served along with more vendor networking


There will be more exciting things coming to ALP, Inc., in 2012, including a before/after makeover event in February (with additional events being scheduled if the first one goes well), we will be debuting our “ALP Inspirations” gift line, and we will be releasing details about our newest project – “ALP Chrysalis/Boutique Boudoir – Be*You*tiful”.  To be among the first to find out about events taking place at the studio, you can “like” Artistic Life Photography, Inc. on our Facebook page at:  http://www.facebook.com/fbartisticlifephotography

ALP Inspirations – Oval sticker we are considering using for packaging and labeling for our gift line of products


We appreciate those of you have supported and encouraged us, and we are grateful for the clients who entrust their precious memories to us.  Thank you – each and every one of you – in whatever positive way you’ve touched our lives, and may your coming year be filled with abundant blessings!


New Year’s Prayer

-Author Unknown-

May God make your year a happy one!

Not by shielding you from all sorrows and pain,

But by strengthening you to bear it, when it comes;

Not by making your path easy,

But by making you sturdy to travel any path;

Not by taking hardships from you,

But by taking fear from your heart;

Not by granting you unbroken sunshine,

But by keeping your face bright, even in the shadows;

Not by making your life always pleasant,

But by showing you when people and the causes

Need you most,

And by making you anxious to be there to help.

God’s love, peace and joy to you for the year ahead.

Teach the children…

Late one Christmas Eve, I sank back, tired but content, into my easy chair. The kids were in bed, the gifts were wrapped, the milk and cookies waited by the fireplace for Santa. As I sat back admiring the tree with its decorations, I couldn’t help feeling that something important was missing. It wasn’t long before the tiny twinkling tree lights lulled me to sleep.  I don’t know how long I slept, but all of a sudden I knew that I wasn’t alone. I opened my eyes, and you can imagine my surprise when I saw Santa Claus himself standing next to my Christmas tree. He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot just as the poem described him, but he was not the “jolly old elf” of Christmas legend. The man who stood before me looked sad and disappointed, and there were tears in his eyes.

“Santa, what’s wrong?” I asked, “Why are you crying?”

“It’s the children,” Santa replied sadly.

“But Santa, the children love you,” I said.

“Oh, I know they love me, and they love the gifts I bring them,” Santa said, “but the children of today seem to have somehow missed out on the true spirit of Christmas. It’s not their fault. It’s just that the adults, many of them not having been taught themselves, have forgotten to teach the children.”

“Teach them what?” I asked.

Santa’s kind old face became soft, more gentle. His eyes began to shine with something more than tears. He spoke softly. “Teach the children the true meaning of Christmas. Teach them that the part of Christmas we can see, hear, and touch is much more than meets the eye. Teach them the symbolism behind the customs and traditions of Christmas which we now observe. Teach them what it is they truly represent.”  Santa reached into his bag and pulled out a tiny Christmas tree and set it on my mantle. “Teach them about the Christmas tree. Green is the second color of Christmas. The stately evergreen, with its unchanging color, represents the hope of eternal life in Jesus. Its needles point heavenward as a reminder that mankind’s thoughts should turn heavenward as well.”

Santa reached into his bag again and pulled out a shiny star and placed it at the top of the small tree. “The star was the heavenly sign of promise. God promised a Savior for the world and the star was the sign of the fulfillment of that promise on the night that Jesus Christ was born. Teach the children that God always fulfills His promises, and that wise men still seek Him.”

“Red,” said Santa, “is the first color of Christmas.” “He pulled forth a red ornament for the tiny tree. Red is deep, intense, vivid. It is the color of the life-giving blood that flows through our veins. It is the symbol of God’s greatest gift. Teach the children that Christ gave his life and shed his blood for them that they might have eternal life. When they see the color red, it should remind them of that most wonderful gift.”

Santa found a silver bell in his pack and placed it on the tree. “Just as lost sheep are guided to safety by the sound of the bell, it continues to ring today for all to be guided to the fold. Teach the children to follow the true Shepherd, who gave His life for the sheep.”

Santa placed a candle on the mantle and lit it. The soft glow from its one tiny flame brightened the room. “The glow of the candle represents how people can show their thanks for the gift of God’s son that Christmas Eve long ago. Teach the children to follow in Christ’s foot steps…to go about doing good. Teach them to let their light so shine before people that all may see it and glorify God. This is what is symbolized when the twinkle lights shine on the tree like hundreds of bright, shining candles, each of them representing one of God’s precious children, their light shining for all to see.”

Again Santa reached into his bag and this time he brought forth a tiny red and white striped cane. As he hung it on the tree he spoke softly. “The candy cane is a stick of hard white candy. White to symbolize the virgin birth and sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock the foundation of the church, and the firmness of God’s promises. The candy cane is in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth. It also represents the Good Shepherd’s crook, which He uses to reach down into the ditches of the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray. The original candy cane had three small red stripes, which are the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed, and a large red stripe that represents the shed blood of Jesus, so that we can have the promise of eternal life.

“Teach these things to the children.”

Santa brought out a beautiful wreath made of fresh, fragrant greenery tied with a bright red bow. “The bow reminds us of the bond of perfection, which is love. The wreath embodies all the good things about Christmas for those with eyes to see and hearts to understand. It contains the colors of red and green and the heaven-turned needles of the evergreen. The bow tells the story of good will towards all and its color reminds us of Christ’s sacrifice. Even its very shape is symbolic, representing eternity and the eternal nature of Christ’s love. It is a circle, without beginning and without end. These are the things you must teach the children.”

I asked, “But where does that leave you, Santa?”

The tears gone now from his eyes, a smile broke over Santa’s face. “Why bless you, my dear,” he laughed, “I’m only a symbol myself. I represent the spirit of family fun and the joy of giving and receiving. If the children are taught these other things, there is no danger that I’ll ever be forgotten.”

“I think I’m beginning to understand.”

“That’s why I came,” said Santa. “You’re an adult. If you don’t teach the children these things, then who will?”

~ Author Unknown ~


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.  ~Roy L. Smith

May you never forget what is worth remembering.

Warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with abundant blessings!

Through The Looking Glass



“Life is your art.

An open, aware heart is your camera

 A oneness with your world is your film.

your bright eyes and easy smile is your museum.”

~ Ansel Adams ~

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

The Prologue

[The Short Version]

We are a husband and wife photography team located in Downtown Albemarle, North Carolina.  Specializing in pet portraits, high school seniors, BELOVED sessions, ALP Chrysalis Boutique Boudoir and Trash The Cake/First Year Celebrations, we opened our doors in 2005.  We relocated to our boutique studio location at142 West Main Street,Albemarle,North Carolina, in 2008, and are available for most of North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia areas.  We are pleased to offer unique portrait sessions and quality products and gifts tailored to your photography needs.

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

Want to know a little more? …

We Believe . . .

. . . you can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things:  a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas lights.

. . . that sometimes life gives you a second chance, and if you’re truly blessed, a third.

. . . the best things in life aren’t things.

. . . life is not measured by the breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

. . . you can tell more about people by what they say about others than what they say about themselves.

. . . God’s angels often come to us disguised.

. . . that teaching a child not to step on a caterpillar is as valuable to the child as to the caterpillar.

. . . you have to be careful not to stare at a closed door too long – you may not see the window God opened.

. . . friendship isn’t a big thing … it’s a million little things.

. . . sometimes the shortest distance between two points is a winding path walked arm in arm.

. . . the price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.

. . . that love isn’t about finding the right person, but being the right person.

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

And if you really want to know the “dirt” …

[The Unabridged Version]


Calvin is an absolute whiz with numbers.  He can often figure out totals before I can punch them into the calculator.   ….Spelling?  Not as much.

Katrina may be the queen of spelling, composition and all of those other ugly language things.  You know, all of those things we hated in school.  Just don’t ask her to measure anything, who the heck knows what “three itty bitty marks” means anyway. [I know there are plenty of people out there who will agree with me that that is a valid form of measurement! – Kat]

Calvin is one of my grounding forces.  When my plans and ideas get lofty and involved, he helps me see more than just one side of the equation.

Katrina has a visionary mind, she can see what she wants, not necessarily the complexity of putting it into action.  For her to have such a visionary mind, however, she has no spacial perception.  Don’t ask her to think about the size of anything or know if “that object” will fit into “that space”.  She knows what she wants, and most of the time knows how to get there.  She makes things interesting for me, and I enjoy figuring out her ideas.

Calvin is a great encourager.  When I’m feeling disheartened – about business, about people, or about life in general – he helps me focus on the positive aspects of myself and the blessings that surround me daily.

Katrina is the rope that binds.  She does keep me on track, even-keeled, and encouraged through many things.  She encourages me to follow the dream and for that I am very thankful.  I may not like what she has to say sometimes, “Get that seatbelt on!”, but 99% of the time she is right. [Finally!  I have it in writing AND on the internet – “ … she is right”!  This is great!  After all, you never know when a reminder will be needed.  -Kat]

Calvin is a fighter! He is a six-year cancer survivor (and counting, thank The Good Lord!).  Diagnosed with an aggressive form of throat cancer two weeks after returning from our honeymoon in 2004, he has endured draining “boost” radiation treatments (42 treatments in a 30-daytime period) and all the acute and chronic complications that come along with it, as well as the multiple medical and surgical procedures along the way –including a major ten-hour surgery to do a bone/skin/vein graft in his left jaw area to replace a 40mm long piece of dead bone caused by the intense radiation treatments.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t say a prayer of thanks that he is still here to walk along life’s path by my side.

Katrina has stood through many days of uncertainty, not knowing what the next problem is going to be with my health.  While I have been blessed to have survived, I am more blessed to have her by my side – not in front, not behind.  She deserves the Medal of Honor for being the best wife that I could have asked for.  With all I have been through, she has been through it with me.  Praise be to God for giving me the wife I need, and also the wife I want.

Calvin is a softy.  He’s not one to let on about it, but he is.  I’ve seen him wrapped around the paws of each and every one of our four house cats –he will only admit to one, “Blackie Kitty”, our first and original diva.  However, “Garfield Kitty”, “Shadow Kitty” and “Itty Bitty Kitty” know they have him just where they want him, too.  I’ve seen his eyes well up with tears at the plight of some local animals, I’ve witnessed the deep sadness he’s had at the loss of family and friends, and I’ve seen him engage wide-eyed young children in conversations about even the smallest, most seemingly insignificant things.

Katrina thinks she has me figured out; however, she has a heart for what she loves, a passion for pets, and a love for nature.  I have threatened to put some wildlife to permanent rest as a food item and she is the first to tell me, “I don’t think so!  Those are furry babies and that makes them pets!”  I have an application into the court system to have her name changed from Katrina to Elly May.  For those of you that are mature enough to remember, Elly May Clampett had her flock of pets on the television show, “The Beverly Hillbillies”.  [ I think I could totally rock the name “Elly May”! -Kat]

Calvin has both a student’s and a teacher’s heart, all at the same time.  Whether he is thinking over something our pastor has said, learning a new photography or editing technique, delving into the world of blacksmithing, researching heirloom seeds for planting in the garden, learning a new woodworking skill, or having an “Aha!” moment as a machining/sales engineer, he will dig into something, set his mind to it, and eventually master it – or at least come very close.  On the same note, he is generous with others with the things he’s learned – whether it’s the best tomato seed/fertilizer he’s found, how to build a positive relationship, or a new shortcut he found in machining a part.

Katrina is always on the quest to learn new things and to try to make herself better at what she loves to do, to be the best artistic photographer.  She has the drive to pursue and learn new techniques, and not let a day go by that she doesn’t learn something.

Calvin is a gentleman. Even after several years of marriage, he still opens doors for me (yes, car doors, too!), puts himself between me and the road if we’re on a side walk, gives me “hello”, “good-bye” and “just because” kisses, calls to check in if he’s traveling, fills my car up with gas if he drives it, and even helps with laundry, dishes and other “chores” without being asked.  And yes, as a matter of fact, I have tried to get him to consider taking his “show” on the road with a Husbands 101 workshop (classes to include: “Yes, you can relinquish control of the TV remote”, “The broom and mop – yes, you can learn how to operate them”, “The dishes didn’t get dirty by themselves”, and “Date Night – it’s not just a myth”.)  Are there any takers on advance registrations for your husbands, ladies??

 Katrina has tried to get me to write a series of “Husband Books”, and while that may be one of my retirement quests, I have the need to be by her side in pursuing the business of our company.  Yes, I could write a series of books, and maybe I should.  However, she has the first option of writing the rebuttals.

Calvin is patient and understanding.  He may tell me, “Okay, you need to come to bed and get some rest”, but he knowingly and patiently understands when I need to get “just one more thing done”, and he often pitches in to help out whether it’s taking care of something around the house, or helping me with paper work for the business.

Katrina has said many times that I burn the candle at all four ends, yes four ends. [Kat here…I agree, all four ends … he cuts his candle in two and lights all four ends at once!]  She has labeled me as having the need of a wax truck.  “… By the way … where is that truck; he’s late with the delivery!  And who loaded that truck?   Don’t they know what a full load means?”  Katrina is as much of a workaholic as I am and that has its dangers.  She has as much if not more, going on than I do.

Calvin is not a push-over by any stretch of the imagination, but he has an absolute heart of gold willing to help anyone in need at the drop of a hat.  Perhaps it’s set-building for Vacation Bible School, a donation for a needy family, or helping me out with Optimist Club obligations – if he sees a need, he does all he can to help.  He’s even overcome his squeamishness to help me in several emergency situations including a bad wreck/multi-roll-over in front of our house involving a law enforcement officer that we feared would not make it through the night (but he did make it and is doing extremely well!), or assisting an elderly lady who had fallen in a restaurant and had hit her head and broken her wrist.  I’m convinced he would literally give the shirt off his back to someone if he knew they needed it.

WOW, how do I come back on that?  I have seen Katrina back a doctor in the corner and demand an explanation.  I have also seen her back down and give way to let someone else have their say.  Katrina is a vivid, bright, intelligent, and very lovable woman.  She knows that I am not as smart as her in many ways, but then she knows she is not as smart as I am in other ways.  Smart + smart = a very good mix;  yet knowing that even together we don’t know it all – there is always something new to learn.

*   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *   *

In a huge, overloaded nutshell, our love for each other and our fervor for life, coupled with working seamlessly together with our mix of skills, attention to detail and ongoing education, can’t help but spill over the boundaries of our personal lives into our business lives and our studio.  We want our clients to feel valued and appreciated, and we want to partner with them to make their portrait experience a memorable one, and their portrait art beautiful and meaningful heirlooms that will be treasured for generations to come.

Calvin and Katrina






ATTENTION! Class of 2012! Artistic Life Photography, Inc., is now accepting applications for ALP Senior Style Representatives.




     *Fun and creative individuals who have an involved and outgoing presence.

     *Students who are comfortable in front of the camera and are willing to try new poses and bring your own flair and    ideas to the session.


     *Students who are excited about their sessions and excited about promoting us to their friends.





     *We select two awesome Senior Representatives from each school (usually one guy and one girl).

     *We provide a set of 100 personalized, custom-designed referral cards to give out to your friends.  The referral cards will have your name and image, and our studio contact information.


     *You pass out the cards to all your friends, show them images from your session, and be excited about your photos.


     *We offer free wallets to all the seniors that come to us with your name.


     *They give us the referral card.  When they schedule, pay for and complete their own senior portrait session, you receive portrait/product credits towards your own order.






     *A complimentary one-hour session, usually scheduled the summer before, or the fall of, your senior year.


     *An additional complimentary session of your choice (as scheduling allows).  Choose from a BBF (Besties! Buds! And Friends!) session, a Prom/Rock The Dress/Rock The Tux session, or a Cap & Gown/ Graduation session (scheduled any time after you’ve received your cap, gown and tassel from your school).


     *Five (5) complimentary (lo-res, watermarked) images to use on Facebook or other social media. [A Social Media Acknowledgment will need to be signed before  images are released].


     *$20.00 credit earned for every student referred with each paid session fee (at the regular session price) and completed session and viewing/ordering appointment.  This allows you to earn wall portraits, wallets, jewelry, custom graduation announcements, an amazing senior album or guest register book to display at your graduation party, and many other products.  (Booking student must return a referral card for you to receive credit for the session).


     * Your parents are eligible to receive a family session at 50% off the regular session fee and 10% off any prints/products ordered at the viewing/ordering portion of the family session.






     *Have great style, lots of personality, and be comfortable in front of the camera.

     *Be a rising/current high school senior graduating in 2012.


     *Be willing to represent Artistic Life Photography, Inc., in a fun but responsible way.  Hand out your referral cards, show your images and be excited about them, but bad-mouthing other photographers will not be tolerated.


     *Agree to represent ONLY Artistic Life Photography, Inc., and use the images taken as your Senior Pictures.  Other than the normally-required yearbook photo, you will be asked not to have senior pictures taken by any other photographer or studio – you are being compensated and contracted to represent Artistic Life Photography, Inc., only.


     *Have your parents or legal guardians sign a photo release form on your behalf.





     *Copy the following into an email with a subject line titled:  “SENIOR REP 2012”:


          1)    Name:


          2)    School:


          3)    Address:


          4)    Your Phone Number:


          5)     Your Email:


          6)     Parents’/Guardians’ Names:


          7)     Parents’/Guardians’ Email:


          8)      Parents’/Guardians’ Phone Number;


          9)      School Organizations/Activities You Are Involved In:


          10)   Outside Organizations/Activities You Are Involved In:


          11)   WHY You Think You Would Be A Great Senior Rep:


          12)   A Creative Idea For Your Shoot (scour some of your favorite magazines, find some fun images that speak to you, and if you’re chosen as an ALP Senior Style Representative, we’ll try to incorporate some of these ideas into YOUR session!)

Email the above info to:  katrina@artisticlifephotography.com





     *If a Representative position is available for your school, and if you are chosen as a finalist, you will be asked to schedule a time to come into the studio to meet with us personally and have a quick mini session lasting about 15-20 minutes.  There is no charge to you or your parents for this session.


     *If you have been chosen as an ALP Senior Style Representative once final selections are made, we will email you an ALP Senior Style Representative Agreement and a Senior Portrait Profile Questionnaire for you to complete and return.  The information you provide on the Questionnaire will not only assist us in finding out what makes you “You”, it will also give us material to use on our blog when we do a profile write-up introducing you.


     *We will work with you to schedule a mutually-convenient time for you and your parents or guardians to come in and speak with us, sign the required Agreements and Releases, answer any questions you may have about the ALP Experience, and schedule your first ALP Senior Style Portrait Session.  This will also give you and your parents the opportunity to see, first hand, types of products we offer and begin thinking about the things you’d really like to have. (Don’t worry about “affording it all” right now – remember that depending upon your success in the Representative program, you may earn enough credits to get most, if not all, of the items you want!)


     *At the time of your first portrait session, we will work with you to schedule a time for you and your family to come back into the studio for a viewing/ordering session.  We will have some light snacks for everyone present, you will view a custom-designed slideshow of images from your session and you will get a peek at what your custom-designed Representative cards will look like.  You may also want to consider scheduling your second session at this time to make sure the type of session and the date you want are available.


      Big congrats to you on this huge accomplishment!  You are now a SENIOR!!  Remember this incredible time with portraiture and products from sessions that will be uniquely YOU!




Your life doesn’t fit into a cookie cutter …


Why should your pictures?


Christmas In July!

              … Wait!  What?  Christmas?!?! 

            I know, I know … the calendar says “July”.  But think about it … if the calendar says “July”, what does that mean? (*humming the Jeopardy theme…).  It MEANS that there are only six – count ‘em – six months left until Christmas!  Hey!  No sand-throwing!  Play nice! I’m just the messenger, or the pointer out, or whatever you want to call it. 

            Before you know it, the days will be getting shorter, the temperatures will be getting cooler, and we’ll be trading grass-mowing for leaf-raking.  Okay, so we generally go with the “naturalized look” – the leaves land where they land and they are happy there and … oops! Sorry.  Bunny trail. 

            Christmas!  Right!


Merry Christmas From Posha and Lulu! (Front of custom-designed Christmas card)


          Now, be honest – how long has it been since you’ve had a family portrait done?  Have you ever had personalized portrait Christmas cards?  Ever?!?!  If you have, have you updated them recently?  Within the last five years?  Tsk, tsk, tsk … for shame!  I’m sensing some guilty faces out there and a lot of deer-in-the-headlight looks.

            What do “Christmas In July” and family portraits have to do with each other?  No, I’m not on another bunny trail!  I’m glad you asked … but … we’ve got good news and bad news.  Bad news first?  Okay.  Bad news is:  it won’t be long before you’re trading those flip-flops and ice-cold lemonades for warm, fuzzy socks and mugs of hot chocolate.  Yes, I heard the groans.  Sorry.

            Don’t leave yet!  There’s still the good news!  Actually, there’s lots of good news!  Schedules will resume, the humidity will relinquish its choke-hold, and we get to start planning all of the family get-togethers.  …What?  I think I actually heard more groaning – what’s up with that??

The inside of Posha and Lulu’s card …
       You know you can’t wait to start planning menus and digging out the “good China”, and lugging in boxes of decorations, and battling the crowds at the malls!  What was that?  You can wait?  Okay, yeah, me too.

Posha and Lulu - Back of Christmas Card

               However, what could be easier for you (and more treasured by them) than giving gifts of portraiture?  You and your familywill have so much fun planning and creating a customized session that is as individual and unique as you are.  Are you thinking “fall leaves and crisp air”?  Awesome! We’ve got several locations in mind already, and would love to hear your ideas, too.  But you’ll want to schedule that October session soon because those dates will fill up quickly.  …Maybe an outdoor session with your horses on the family farm?  September would be a great month for that.  Oh wait!  Just maybe you’re thinking about bringing a little “summer” back into your Christmas … perhaps “Lemonade & Lollipops”, a “Front Porch Session”, or “Bubble Blast” is more your family’s style.  We can make that happen!  (AND design a fantabulous Christmas card to showcase your images!)  Just be sure to book that session in July or August to make sure you’re still reveling in the warmth of the summer sun (somehow, lemonade, flip-flops and goosebumps just don’t seem to go well together).

Vanderflute Custom-Designed Christmas Card - Front


            With your imagination and our creativity, the options are almost endless.  Um … well … one note of disclaimer – we are open to the options of almost anything, but we do have to draw the line at things like snakes, parachuting out of airplanes (although we will be glad to stand on the ground and welcome you when you land), and anything else that may be considered dangerous, questionably inappropriate or downright illegal.


Vanderflute Card - Inside

           When your session is finished, the fun will continue when you are NOT battling crowded malls, but are instead, choosing from a wide array of options for custom-designed gifts from your great images!  We have gallery wraps, Gallery Blocks, jewelry items, coasters, mugs, mouse pads, key chains, gift prints, wall portraits, purses, calendars, ornaments, water globes – just about anything for most everyone on your list.  Oh! And we gift wrap and gift package, too … at no extra charge!  That office supply store with the “easy button” doesn’t have anything on us!


Vanderflute Card - Back

            Session fees start at $375.00 for the “Memories” collection which includes a pre-session consultation (so we can get to know each other, we can answer any questions and hear all the super-fun ideas you have), the customized family session (photographers’ time and talent during the session and preparing your images so they look their absolute best), an in-studio viewing/sales session (where you can see and touch the products before ordering), a custom-designed DVD slideshow and proof DVD delivered in a double leather folio and elegant, satin-lined keepsake box, and a print/product credit for you to use towards your order. 

            Wait! It gets better!  The session fees are always a great way to save money instead of purchasing these services individually – but we’re celebrating “Christmas In July!”, right?  Right!  So, for a limited time, if you contact us during the month of July to schedule your family session between July and November 13th, we will be taking $100.00 off of each session price!!  And if you reserve a “Legacy” session, which includes a $500.00 print/product credit,  you will also receive 10% off of any portraits or products you order at the time of your viewing/sales session!


Ready for Santa


             Family fun … Christmas DONE!  And saving money, too? What could be better than “Christmas In July!”?

             Contact us at 704-986-0341 to schedule your “Christmas In July!” session.


Congratulations  Graduates!

There is a good reason they call these ceremonies “commencement exercises.” 

Graduation is not the end; it’s the beginning.  ~Orrin Hatch

North Stanly High School Class of 2011

While we’re in the process of transitioning from our previous blog to our current one, I thought I would post a quick little teaser image from last week’s graduation.  Best wishes to all the high school and college students graduating this year.  More images to follow later.