Sunday, March 29, 2009

Spring Special

Now through May 31st. I am having a spring special which includes a personal 30 minute sitting, 2-5x7 and 4-4x6 prints with minor enhancing all for only $24.95. Other packages available with advanced enhancements.

Our store is located at 1428 W. Main St. Albert Lea. 507-377-6130. Call to set up your appointment. You may also email me at Store hours are Wed. thru Fri. 10am.-5:30pm. After hour sessions available.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Baby Jali's Baptism

Recently our little one year old granddaughter was baptized. Using only my on board flash and harsh lighting conditions at the church, gave most of my photos a rather yellowish tint. My wife Tammy decided to bring Jali down to our studio to get better shots and also to take some pictures of us with her since we never got any at the church. Again I only used my on board flash but given that the lighting was so much better I was able to produce a wonderful shot and transpose the photo with a sepia texture. We loved how well it turned out and now proudly display her on our wall.

"And God spread his hand upon the earth and gave onto us the gift of a child for which we baptized in his name."

Michael J.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A picture is worth a thousand laughs

I'm sure we have all been there at least once in our lives. You go in to have your pictures taken hoping to capture that one image to display proudly on the mantle for all to enjoy. You do your best to give that certain pose or drop dead smile that makes people say "WOW."

Unfortunately there are those times when it seems that things never go right and you dread the idea of seeing your portraits. Either your eyes squint or your having a bad hair day. Perhaps you've come to the studio not realizing your infant son or daughter has given you some of their baby formula to wear from a prior feeding.

What ever the case, I have a friend who came into the studio to have portraits taken with his son. He said from the beginning how much he hated having his picture taken cause he could never smile right. It started out great, and my flash could hardly keep up to the wonderful expressions I was getting from their son. Then came Judd's turn with his son. I shot through my lens telling Judd to keep looking at me with a smile while trying to keep his sons attention on me. After the sitting was done I asked everyone to gather around my computer to view their pictures prior to the enhancements which I would do later.

It started out great and we saw so many wonderful shots of their son Dane. But when it came to a few shots taken with Judd and Dane the house came crashing down with uncontrollable laughter. I realize I am suppose to be a professional and keep my emotions in check but when I saw that I could not keep it in, especially when everyone else was busting a gut.

Well when things finally calmed down and we finished wiping the tears from or eyes I asked Judd who was being a very good sport about the whole thing, if I could post his photos on my blog so that everyone could see them and hopefully get a good laugh themselves. He agreed and I have also cropped his son out of these photos as to protect the innocent.

I want to personally thank Judd and his family for taking time out to come into my studio and allow me the privilege to take their portraits.