Family Portraits 2014

Three of many reasons to get family portraits done this year.

1. You love your family and want them to have memories of you all together, and/or of the kids as they grow – for yourself, for your kids, and for your grandkids.

2. You have just realized they are pumping Christmas music at EVERY store you walk into already – because of course it is not Halloween anymore.  You suddenly realize you haven’t started Christmas shopping yet… well – photos are a great gift for family and grandparents.

3. You are looking through photo albums… and your 6 year old asks why you have 5 albums of you and your dogs, cats, lizards & fish…etc… but there is only 2 pages of them.  Whoops… time for more photos of your kids!lol

Of course I would love to see you for portraits any time of year!!!  Contact us to schedule your session at
jennyb@fototails.com or call 720-566-9770

We still have a few openings through November and the first week in December 2014!

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Don’t miss any time you can take photos of and with your family.

Don't miss any time you can take photos of and with your family.

My grandmother passed many years ago from cancer and this is the last photo I have of her, my mother and myself. It doesn’t matter who takes the photo… or the fact that there is a nice JELLO advertisement in the background!lol But it does matter that I have this image. It is one of my most cherished photos. Yeah – of course I wish we had nice professional portraits of the three of us… but this will due and just a reminder of how AWESOME she was. My grandpa is fading, but still around… but still love photos we have of him too.

In honor of all moms out there.

You are a mom, maybe a wife, you are the glue of your family.  You climb mountains for your family – and for that – we thank you.

YOU ARE WONDER WOMAN.

Tell a mom today “Thank you,” I love you, and give her a hug if you can.

Keep in mind mother’s day is coming up soon, but that is only 1 day out of 365 each year that she is working hard because she loves her family.  

Make her feel extra special whenever you can.

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Wonder woman’s job

buy stamps
pay house payments
stock bathroom with toilet paper
stock rooms with tissue
clean sheets
make beds with clean sheets
vacuum carpets
pay water bills
tidy up every room every day
set up play dates
drive kids to music lessons
plan parties and celebrations
notice when you need new clothes
shop for new clothes
recycle old clothes
dust furniture
plan menu for the month
make shopping lists
buy groceries
put groceries away
keep lists of groceries we need
rotate food storage
clean litterbox
clean fishtank
replace shower curtains
sweep and mop floors
pay allowance
take you to library
organize toys and games
pay power and gas bills
put gas in car
pay car insurance bill
schedule dentist and doctor appts.
drive you to doctor appointments
wait with you through doctor appts.
plan fun excursions
make packing lists for trips
buy plane tickets for vacations
sort dirty laundry
wash dirty laundry
dry clean laundry
fold clean laundry
put away clean laundry
fill empty water bottles
turn off lights you’ve left on
open/close windows to keep house cool
plant garden
water garden
weed garden
water lawn
rake leaves
pick fruit from garden
notice when you need new shoes
shop for new shoes for you
recycle your old shoes
organize medicine and first air stuff
buy dental hygiene items
keep memorabilia of your life
take photos of your life
edit and print photos of your life
clean bathrooms
find petsitter when we go away
feed cats

 

feed fish
buy birthday gifts for you and others
wrap gifts
make jam
clip your nails
make desserts
make dinner
make breakfast
make lunch
clean up after meals
set the table
make bread or rolls
take you to the beach
help you take care of your body
renew your library books
work in the office
pay cable bills
pay phone bills
reserve campgrounds for you
notice when you need new pillow
buy you a new pillow (or mattress cover)
find a babysitter for you
write thank you notes on your behalf
put money into your college savings acct.
email your teachers
help you write talks
help you with homework
help out in your school classroom
organize and maintain 72-hour kits
make cookies
take you shopping to spend your money
remove wallpaper/paint rooms
make vacation books
reserve rental car for vacations
notice when you need new backpack
buy you a new backpack/lunchbox/etc.
read books to you
take trash out
put in new garbage bag
pack lunches
prepare after school snack
walk you to school
pick you up school
pay preschool tuition
pay health insurance bill
pay dental insurance bill
buy new cat/fish food and litter
run errands
mend your clothes/blankets
take pets to vet annually
help you plan Halloween costume
prepare Christmas lists
print Christmas cards
write and mail Christmas cards
put money in savings every month
keep your bedroom organized
sort through and donate things
reduce reuse and recycle
take you to playgrounds
arrange for you to visit museums
chaperone your field trips

 

After this she may also work a regular job too.

 

This is the short list to be honest… 

 

 

A message to new photographers.

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To any new photographers out there. Please do not WORRY about the competition. It is way more important to create what you love, not what someone else loves. You will rise to the top much faster by being true to yourself and only comparing yourself to what you were yesterday – with your eyes continuing to look at how you can improve yourself tomorrow.

~Jeanine Thurston

 

Photography forward project. Happy Camera Monsters 1.0

THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING GREAT.

My mind was a jumble of thoughts on my way home from the studio one afternoon.  I had a million ideas in my head.  One of which was some art that our very own “Jenny” had posted about a friend of hers.  Now, she has told me over and over how talented her friend was… and sometimes it takes the right time and place for that to connect to you personally or professionally.

Back to the drive home…. I had one of those awh haaaa moments when if I didn’t tell someone I would bust so called Ms Jenny to bounce some things off of her – particularly about her friend Karen’s art.

So it begins the Photography forward project.

FEBRUARY 14TH, 2013… yes, we are starting this on Valentines Day.  10 custom created pieces of “domino art” will be dropped off at various locations in Denver & surrounding areas.  This each piece of art is called “Happy Camera Monster.”  Each piece of art is a little different, a very custom piece of art – and I have to say – they alone should make you smile.  They will all be numbered and will be attached to a card with exact details and information too.

In a nutshell.  On February 14th, 2013 I’ll post some hints to locations where they will be… or an un-suspecting person may just happen upon one.  If you’re watching our blog and facebook pages you may just get a jump on being the first to get to a location.

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YOUR BONUS: If you are one that finds or is gifted one of our Happy Camera Monster dominos, call us at (720)566-9770 or e-mail jennyb@fototails.com and you will get a free 1 hour studio portrait session at our Denver, CO studio.  Catch is… to get the session you have to bring the domino to your portrait session so we can take one image with the domino.

CHILDREN’S TREE HOUSE BONUS:  If you choose to purchase any prints from your session, with your first online print order we will donate $10 to Children’s Treehouse Foundation of Denver.  To learn more about Children’s Treehouse Foundation please click here to find out what an amazing organization they are in helping families dealing with cancer.

THE PAY IT FORWARD BONUS.  At your portrait session we will take one image of you with the Happy Monster Art that you have.  Now… after your session, we will put that piece of art on a new card for you to pass along to anyone you know for them to use for a free portrait session.  The catch?  It always has to be someone new, you can’t use a Happy Camera Monster more than once yourself – but you can pass it to whomever you see or know that would love a portrait session for them or their families.

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Over the coming year we will be keeping track of our Happy Camera Monster dominos and are hoping that they make their way all around the Denver area or maybe even to people just visiting.

As you can see our Happy Camera Monster Art is currently in progress with the very talented hands of Karen Windness!  I can not WAIT until they are all complete with their cards, and I’m even more excited to start dropping them off at locations in a few weeks.

Every time we get one of our Happy Camera Monsters pass through the studio we will share a photo and blog post too!

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Our favorite stories.

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January 2013

About a year ago we decided that we would do a calendar project to benefit a children.  We finally have our first calendar complete.  It was our first year – and after all of the work and organizing put into it…. Jenny up and says… “so… are we doing this again next year?”  Of course me… “I think so.”…. Jenny “Because if we are, I think I need to start on that NOW.”

Ok… enough said I think with that – it was obviously a huge project and took a ton of people, organizing, prop shopping and construction, photography time, editing time.  But in the end – yes, my first thoughts is OF COURSE we will do it again for a 2014 calendar because it was just way too much fun not to.

We had great little subjects who participated.

Then of course we had a few very gracious vendors that supported some of our shoots too.

Anything But Vanilla was amazing with some cupcakes in the “Everything nice” shoot.  She makes some of the most amazing flavors of cakes & cupcakes I’ve ever tasted.

Cake Pandemic – Christine Godsey Black 720-235-2008 made us a BUNCH of pies for the Little Jack Horner shoots.  They were so yummy, and looked beautiful… that is before the boys dug in and destroyed them upon command!lol

Kimber at Kim’s Designs is my go to tutu vendor.  Amazingly creative and custom makes tutus for our shoots.  I can’t say enough about her work.

Dizzie Izzie makes amazing pedi-skirts and much more.  The kids just love twirling in them!!!

And then my thought catcher & arranger and set designer too: Jenny Bonfiglio

THE STORIES.

PRINCESS & THE FROG

SUGAR & SPICE AND EVERYTHING NICE

LITTLE MISS MUFFET

BED IN SUMMER by Robert Louis Stevenson

RAPUNZEL

LITTLE BOY BLUE

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

JACK AND JILL

WYNKEN BLYNKEN & NOD

LITTLE JACK HORNER

For each copy of the 2013 Calendar sold between October 20th, 2012 – February 1st, 2013 a portion of the proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

PURCHASE YOUR 2013 STORYBOOK CALENDAR BY CLICKING HERE!

Jeanine Thurston

Let the photographer be an artist for you.

In this – I speak only for myself, I can’t say that every photographer feels the same; however, after photographing for over two decades it is how I work best.

Let the artist create.

As an artist – inspiration is a beautiful thing.  When you schedule a portrait session – tossing out ideas that you like or maybe sending a photo that you adore is a great direction to give a photographer so that we know the style that you like. Brainstorm with your photographer about themes and the things you love best about your child, you as a couple, your wedding so that we get your energy and what makes you excited and happy.   But I have to say – my best images and best sessions have been when the client then comes in and says… do what you do best.  Personally it opens my mind faster, and allows me to create images that I love and in the end – the result is typically the showcase images you see on the walls or in the albums, or submitted into professional photographic competitions.  While a real professional photographer can re-create nearly anything he or she sees – it takes away our art and becomes nothing special to us.  I don’t like copying – I get asked a lot to do shots by another and typically nod my head and do a quick shot and then move on to images that are how I see it best.  Nobody has the same body type, no child is the exact same, and no image should be copied.  When I shoot – I read personalities, most of the time I develop shots in my head based on the subject’s natural expressions or the way they react back to me – and THAT is when you get the best images out of an artist.

So story boards are great for inspiration – but replication to an artist is tying their hands…. and wouldn’t you rather have something completely you and unique anyway?

A letter on my door step: waves formation.

I’ve decided to continue on with 3 more posts on “A letter on my door step.”  This will be post 3 of 5 total before the end of this blog heading. I feel like after the mass distribution and hundreds of thousands that have graced the pages, e-mailed me, and all of the amazing stories that I’ve had the chance to read, that I need to follow through for all that have started following my blog because of the post.  In case you’ve missed any up until now, here is the order or far and what to expect coming up.

1. A letter on my door step: Portraits are more than paper

2. A letter on my door step: The follow-up

3. A letter on my door step: Waves formation (the post you are on right now)

4. A letter on my door step: Picture the results (coming soon)

5. A letter on my door step: Family (coming soon)

So obviously I’m sure to most that have been reading my recent posts and seeing the mass response – my personal view of what has happened is best described as a wave formation.  Lovely description of such a thing in nature can be found at Action Sports Maui.  I have personally had such extreme highs and lows the past 3 days – but I stand strong in the fact that I believe I did the right thing by posting the letter.  The stories/experiences/feelings that came pouring in to me are overwhelming, while giving me such renewed faith in human nature and the the value of family, love and the healing power a photograph can give to them.

Emotions that have been expressed mostly by communications to me from viewers: Belonging – Love – Sorrow – Pride – Calm – Gratitude/Thanks – Empathy – Will… and that is just to start.

Call to action was what amazed me the most.  I’ve had so many people telling me they picked up their cameras to photograph their loved ones immediately.

I guess from here, I would love to share a few images from my readers out there.  If you happen to have picked up your camera and have taken a shot of a family member because of reading this post – or if you had some images taken at a portrait session, please share.  Feel free to e-mail them to me at my gmail account: fototails@gmail.com.  I of course can’t post everything everyone sends, so don’t feel slighted if I don’t post yours – but would love to post a few on my next post.  I’ll just take the first 6 or 7 images I receive.  Please – if you send something that a professional photographer took, also send a release with it and if you are the photographer, please include a logo on your image so you get credit.  Only rated “G” photos please!  If you have a little paragraph to go with an image about you or how this impacted you – I would love to add a little about it too.

Jeanine Thurston Photography

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