Celebrate your valentine styled.

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LOVE VALENTINE SESSIONS

Painted feet, and crowns, vintage cards, hugs and kisses… we are making these Valentine’s sessions all about the love and loves of your life.  Fully styled set that will be beautiful and fun for kids, couples, or families – and the PERFECT images to customize some Valentine’s Day Cards too!

WE HAVE GREAT THINGS FOR BOYS AND GIRLS, AND FOR COUPLES TOO!  ALSO MAKES A GREAT “SAVE THE DATE” SESSION FOR WEDDING COUPLES!

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January 22nd (a Wednesday) from 10am-2pm

January 26th (a Sunday) from 9:30am-2:30pm

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OPTION 1 – HUGS & KISSES
$99 mini-session.
30 minute session + $50 print credit

OPTION 2 – ALL HEARTS
$250
1 hour session
2-digital files
$50 print credit

to book your appointment call 720-566-9770

or e-mail us at jennyb@fototails.com

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VALENTINE: for the love of life

LOVE VALENTINE SESSIONS

Painted feet, and crowns, vintage cards, hugs and kisses… we are making these Valentine’s sessions all about the love and loves of your life.  Fully styled set that will be beautiful and fun for kids, couples, or families – and the PERFECT images to customize some Valentine’s Day Cards too!

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January 22nd (a Wednesday) from 10am-2pm

January 26th (a Sunday) from 9:30am-2:30pm

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OPTION 1 – HUGS & KISSES
$99 mini-session.
30 minute session + $50 print credit

OPTION 2 – ALL HEARTS
$250
1 hour session
2-digital files
$50 print credit

to book your appointment call 720-566-9770

or e-mail us at jennyb@fototails.com

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To be a child.

We can’t let go of what it feels like to be a child.  It is what keeps us young, it is what gives us hope, it is what makes us believe in people, and it is what allows us to chase after our dreams. If you want to be inspired by love and life – give a child a stage. ~ Jeanine Thurston

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How does your memory work? The power of a printed photograph.

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How does your memory work?

“How does your brain lay down and retrieve memories? Your brain is made up of 100 billion neurons. As you grow and develop, these neurons are ‘wired up’ to each other, and communicate through thousands of connections – synapses. Memories are formed when certain connections are strengthened.” ~sciencemuseum.org.uk

Regardless of the times when you talk and think nobody on the planet understands you – humans do remain great communicators.  We use language by way of symbols and words that represent our feelings, ideas, actions, and qualities.  This is complex – and yet our lives are becoming seemingly more complex and the flood of information and memories can get ‘filed’ in rarely recovered folders in our mind.

A photograph has the power to recover memories, increase mood – reminding ourselves of positive times that improve how we feel now. Looking at a printed photograph is valuable – people hold them or look at them in an album or on a wall and reminisce about the past.  What is an experience 20-30+ years ago – and possibly long forgotten can create a “remember this” in your mind and bring stories increasing bonds between people.  A printed photograph can make you remember your daughter bursting with laughter on the floor, the way your son loved to run fast as he could,  completely free, and it can bring back stories of your grandmother and how she would hug you or the smell of fresh-baked bread.  It revives your senses, it re-files your memories putting more pleasant thoughts in the current files of your mind.  It brings you tears at times too – and that is what makes a photograph valuable.

It’s not just a piece of paper.  It is lifetimes of vivid book marks connecting your memories.   A printed photograph is one memory that connects many memories and sorts them in a more pleasant order…. that is what makes one photograph so special.

Think about your favorite few photographs that come to mind and take a minute to reflect on the emotions that those photographs provoke – that is the power of a photograph.

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Germany & France looking forward

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Europe and have an awesome adventure planned this year to Germany & France.  I’ll be posting a little here and there until the trip late April 2013, and of course will be posting TONS of images during and after my trip too.  I have some amazing clients that live in Germany will be photographing a number of dancers in some amazing places.   Then… a quick trip for a few days into Paris & Versailles for an intimate wedding and I just got word from the bride that she found her dress.  How exciting!!!!!

Here are some of the locations I’ll get to play with while I’m photographing:

Kaiserslautern Germany, Frankfurt Germany, Versailles Castle, Paris, Mackenbach Fields.

Landstuhl Castle may be one of the playgrounds… how beautiful is this?!!!

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Wealth of knowledge or over loaded?

In a day when we can go to the internet or scour youtube for much needed information, I would like to pose a question.  Are we blessed with a wealth of knowledge at our fingertips or over loading our brains with too much information?

It’s easy for me to see both sides with what I do for a living.  I can learn faster, and as an artist my style has developed and changed faster because of all the images that pass by my eyes in a given day.  But just about every week, I take a moment an pause and think about how much time I may be spending “gathering” knowledge and try to put the brakes on to see how it may be hindering time that I’m actually learning on my own.

Absorbing knowledge or photo-copied knowledge. 

I have to enter into this from an artists point of view because that is who I am, so I apologize for using my own reference points and hope you can relate it to your own.

I can look at an image from another photographer, or I can see a certain “pose” that I’m fond of done by someone else – and trying to remember a specific thing like a pose makes me cringe.  Every time in the 25 years that I’ve been a photographer that I have tried to mimic an image of another, it is a struggle, it is uncomfortable, it isn’t me.  I see some photographers out there trying to “duplicate” an inspiration shot and part of me says they are learning and the other part of me says they are just photo-copy machines.  They can make their images look good only because they are copying what they have seen.

Trying to find yourself as an artist.

People ask all of the time “who inspires you” and I think the question that prompts me to look at myself is actually “what inspires you.”  What inspires me is how people move, the colors in nature, the personalities of a person, and the study of light and how it bends around a room.

Inspiration boards.

Pinterest – although definitely is an additive endeavor; allowing you to hoard all of this eye-candy of inspiration onto a single page right before your eyes is defeating in personal inspiration at times to me as well.  Clients bring in sheets of what they love, but as an artist it can definitely stunt your creativity – you are trying to make your work look like “the board” and then I have to ask.. how much of YOU is in your work?

LOVE OPEN DISCUSSION.

While I personally find it more important in my own growth to study the basics of light, shadows, colors, smells, and movement/interaction to help me find my best work.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the instant access of “how to’s” available to us as photographers or artists and if you find it more as an inspiration or push to grow or if spending so much time “looking” and quick learning may defeat the purpose of your own art?

For photographers:  When it comes to the actual session and you are creating a portrait – what is in your  mind?  Are you thinking about trying a “pose” or are you studying your subject how they move, how the light is on them and how you are going to get them to respond to you naturally?

ok… now… your turn.

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A fun day of play at the studio.

JS_JTP_005Sometimes you need one of those creative days when you can just shoot what you want how you want to.  It helps when you have some amazing people to work with too.  Viqui Westenhaver from Skye Salon and Spa whipped up an amazing hair day for Jill Scott – who got to be model and MUA for the day.  Image

Thanks for the fun ladies and getting us all out of a “cleaning” day! lol

Maternity portraits.

Photographer: Jeanine Thurston

Maternity portraits can be a full portrait session or even one of our Thursday morning Quick Takes sessions… but don’t let it pass you by.  It is an amazing thing that your body is creating a new life and is a miracle to remember for sure.  Check out our galleries on our website FOTOTAILS for ideas of what you like best – formal, fun, wraps, studio or outdoors with a vintage look too.  Plan your maternity portraits around 32 weeks “give or take a couple weeks.”  It is a beautiful way to remember your pregnancy!!

We can help you plan it however you want.  Some even like to make it a mini-makeover day to feel extra nice and pampered before the new addition to your family.