Posts from the ‘Auburn’ Category

Change can be Great!

As many of you know, Barry and I remodeled our studio gallery space a couple of years ago to bring in more of our personality and photography style.  But if you look closely, we have done it again.  More changes.  There are even subtle changes in this image of the new direction taking place.

We’ll come back to this in a moment.  The changes I really want to share have to do with an entirely new expansion.  It couldn’t have come at a better time too.  Now, I know some of you have had the chance to see it for yourself and even during the  construction phase.  But I love showing it off just the same.

We finally did it.  We expanded the studio gallery to our upstairs space.  approximately 900 sq. feet of space.  More than I ever dreamed of having.  The perfect amount to give our studio families all the room they need to relax and prepare for their sessions and reviews.

So, why the addition?  Why not keep everything cozy in the original space?  Why change anything at all if it is working?

This is the cool part… Everything we do is about our customers.  How comfortable we can possibly make your experience from the consultation to the photo session, to the review, and even picking up your orders. 

We had always been comfortable having everyone come into the house and make themselves at home.  But now we are able to really take it to the next level.  We have a full kitchen with a huge variety of refreshments including juices, waters, tea, sodas, etc.  Little ones are able to play on the amazing floor space with a selection of toys and puzzles.  We have a walk in closet for hanging outfits.  Our bathroom has a full size mirror and plenty of space for moving around and changing.  We even have a bedroom fully equipped with everything you need during those precious newborn sessions.  Blankets, hats, diapers, and all those little needed details in between. 

We love change.  Barry and I enjoy challenging our senses and exploring new directions.  It is how we keep growing and improving our photography style and personal customer care.  We have always said our customers are our studio family.  There isn’t a better way than to give you that true feeling of being home.  We love seeing everyone just take a deep breath and relax as soon as they come up stairs.

Oh, and coming back to the first picture of our down stairs studio space… our brides and grooms have their own place to focus on just wedding details.  Now they do have the opportunity to enjoy the experience upstairs as well.  Especially for their engagement sessions.  We have even had a wonderful couple use our kitchen for their session while they prepared a dinner for each other.  That will be another blog coming to you shortly.  It was perfect!

I have to really thank our studio family.  Without your continuing returns and referrals to our little place in the country, we would never have dreamt of taking on this adventure.  My “Boys” (all three of them), are quickly learning that Mom now has her own get away spot.  Forget the Man Cave idea.

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Giving from the Heart

Yes, we are officially into the “Giving Season”.  And yes, we know there are so many opportunities and options for giving back to the community including food drives, coat drives and toys drives.  We are always eager to help where ever we can.  But this year, we really wanted to take it a step further and include our studio family in supporting local families that are only asking for basic needs.  We are loving the fact that other kids besides our own boys are participating and learning about how big a family can truly be when they open their hearts.

Here are some of the items we would still like to add to our collection for our Adopt a Family for the Holidays.  The last day to drop your items off at the studio is Sunday, December 12th.  Please remember, the items can be very simple.  A sweater, a package of socks, a pair of sweats, etc.  We are not asking for large items or expensive clothing.  Just warmth.

Warm Clothes for a little boy age one (size 18 months), little girl age five (size 4t), little girl age one (size 2t).

Diapers and wipes sizes 4 and 5

Family Gift Cards for K-Mart, Ross and Pack & Save.  The cards can be simple amounts of $10, $15, etc. 

Feel free to send us a personal email or call the studio directly and let us know how you can help out these two families.  Thank you for all the support we have been receiving already.  This has been an amazing experience already.  A little goes a LONG way if we all contribute.  And who doesn’t love to shop for little kids’ clothes? 

Thank you for all the giving and support this holiday season.  We have the best studio family and friends around.

Rebecca, Barry, Zach and Sam

It’s Santa Paws Time Again

One week away!  Santa will be here to take pictures with you and your family.  And we mean fur family members too!

We can’t believe we are in our 5th year already supporting this incredible organization call AAARF.    The event this year is going to be bigger and better than ever including a bake sale, raffle, crafts and a variety of vendors supporting your pets and family.

Your family picture with Santa is $12 and includes a 5×7.  All proceeds go to AAARF to support their endless animal rescue efforts.  Their facility is amazing and the volunteers supporting this organization are even more incredible.  Every time we visit their facility, we are always blown away by how clean and inviting the surroundings are.   It is a true haven for these animals.

We have even added an additional hour since the support for this benefit continues to grow every year.  We look forward to seeing everyone next Sunday, November 14th from 10am to 3pm.

Families Helping Families

It’s Official!

Ford Family Photography and our amazing family of studio customers will be adopting two local families for the holidays.  All the official details are coming in as we speak.  But to start, here are some of the basic details for all of you “planners” that want to get a head start.

Family Blue (for two little boys, of course) have a 2-year-old boy and 1-year-old boy.  The primary request is for warm clothes and diapers. 

Family Pink (girl power here) have a 5-year-old girl and a 1-year-old girl.  The primary request again is for warm clothes and diapers.

We will have tags for everyone to select specific items for toys, sizes, colors, etc.  Please feel free to contact us at the studio directly if you would like to start donating now.  Many of you will be coming through the studio for family sessions in the next couple of weeks and can select your tags then.  We will have tags for the Mom’s of the children as well.  We find that food gift cards are usually the necessity and most desirable.

Thank you for all the amazing support on this new adventure.  We have already been receiving so many calls and offers to help out these two families for the holidays.

A Little Too Cute!

I couldn’t resist posting a couple of images from a session we just had of a little darling that is truly growing up in our studio right before our eyes.  We had the honor of photographing her parent’s wedding and they have honored us again with bringing little Miss Brynn to us since she was just a week old.

Believe me when I say nothing tickles us more than little smiles and giggles all around our place.  Good thing we have plenty of room for the all the fun they can have.   

I can’t wait to find a place for this little lady on our New Studio Gallery wall.  (More on this later…)  Now, which one do we select? 

Thank you Mom and Dad for always bringing a smile to our day when Brynn comes up!

A Country Wedding

 

This summer we have been spoiled with some stunning weddings and Allison and Joe’s was no exception.

We found it very challenging to select only a handful to share.  The couple was married at Allison’s family home in the foothills.  The grounds included heritage oak trees, lush green fields, a pond and even a duck dressed for the occasion.  (He was black with a white chest as if he had his own tux fitted especially for him.)

The weather, of course, was spectacular for a summer wedding.  But the other treat of the day was Allison being able to have some very personal and special images taken with her show horse, Spider.  What a thrill for us.  Growing up in the foothills myself with horses, cattle, etc.,  I am immediately at home with little adventures such as this.

The decor of the day was very simple and complimented by local vendors including O’Shays Flowers in Auburn and Divine Desserts in Loomis for the cake.

Thank you Allison and Joe for the honor of being part of your amazing day and sharing your joy and excitement with your family and friends.  Congratulations on such a beautiful future you will have together.

Jen’s Dance with Summertime

 

We just took Jennifer’s senior model session yesterday and I couldn’t wait to post a couple of images.  She was an absolute dream.

Jen is a senior at Roseville High School and she loves to dance for Roseville High’s Dancin’ Feet’ which she has done every year and has advanced to TA for beginners.

Her favorite classes are Science, Photography, Creative Writing, and Dance (of course).  She is also very active in Roseville League Soccer playing both indoor and outdoor and she has been with the same team for 8 years. Working year round officiating soccer games, she is one of the few female youth referees who have worked with national referees and has had finals in the State Cup Tournament.


Jen’s pastimes include listening to music, hanging out with friends, shopping, and volunteering for Great Pyrenees rescue.


Thank you Jennifer for such a perfect time and we can wait to see you again soon.