Family Portraits


When I was a little girl my parents took photos of me and my siblings with our first dog, photos of the times we traveled for my dad’s job, or on vacations.  I treasure these old photos.

How can I remember these good times so well?   How can I remember what my Grandmother looked like as she held a bottle as she fed my younger brother?  How can I remember what it felt like to hold my baby sister, the beauty of my mother when she was a young woman, or how handsome my dad was when he was in the military?  I can remember them because my parents had them printed and I could hold them in my hand, or view them on the wall.

The printed photo is timeless.  

When my babies were little we took countless portraits of them.  Being full time professional baby photographers, we photographed them when we had a moment’s chance.  One of my regrets is not photographing them more often.

Many of the portraits I had printed.  I now hang them on our wall or place them in albums.  I look at them all the time.  I cherish my portraits of our children.

Our Daughter Emily
Our daughters Josie and Emily

A picture is worth a thousand words.

Many of the portraits of my children we did not print because we got busy.  Those portraits remained stored on computers, CD’s and negatives.  Along the way, the computers have broken, the CD’s no longer work (or our CD player is broken), and the negatives are stored in an envelope somewhere.  Some of the lost portraits remain on facebook.  However, facebook minimizes the size of the portrait which minimizes the quality over time. The portraits look pixelated.  The originals are lost forever.

Prints are family heirlooms.

The ones we had printed are still vibrant.  I can relive moments with my babies that I treasure.  I still love the ones we have hung on the way and sit in frames.  I have whole walls decorated with portraits of family vacations we took in gallery wrapped frames.  I can relive all those amazing times just by entering a room.

Memories can get lost in the digital world.  They get lost on social media, hard drives, and “in the cloud” and are rarely seen by loved ones

We believe life belongs in print!

The fact of the matter is a few months after the wedding, when the social media buzz is over, your dress will have been worn and put away, the cake eaten, and the party will be over.  Guests will forget what great conversations they had or how great the music was.  But every visitor in your home will see the artistic prints of your wedding, family or baby on your wall.

The power of prints.  Consider these facts.

  • Prints will make you think of your wedding, treasure the memories of your family and friends more.
  • Prints will help you relive the best moments of your life.
  • Prints make artful and beautiful decorations for your home.
  • Prints personalize your home.
  • Prints will initiate conversations about your wedding.
  • Family portraits can improve a child’s self esteem.
  • Not all your portraits you post on facebook will be saved in your facebook memories.
  • The quality of the facebook post depreciates and pixelates with age.
  • Do you really trust facebook to keep all your family pictures for years to come?
  • What if decide to cancel your facebook in the coming years?  Your pictures will be lost forever.

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Fall Portrait Photography Tips

New River Gorge Fall Portrait


Fall Is So Fleeting!  Don’t Miss Out This Year!  

Fall is a glorious time of year.  This is such a sense of nostalgia this time of year.  We think of pumpkin spice lattes, and hot apple cider, snuggling with our families in the cool or the evening as we watch the sun slowly set over the mountains.

Fall Baby Portraits
Fun Fall Family Portraits

One storm blowing through will take out the leaves.  Schedule your fall portrait sooner than later.  

The spicy smell of the leaves adorning the forest floor on long rail trail walks, the golden hue of the sun as it shines through brightly colored leaves.  West Virginia comes alive in the fall!  There is no place better to take one’s family portraits.

Fall Family Portraits

Use Your Fall Portraits As Christmas Cards!

Her mountains look like they have been draped with one of Grandma’s patchwork quilts.  Reds, golds, and yellows adorn the beautiful West Virginia hills.

Fall Family Portraits Great for Christmas Cards

Already There Is Fall Color Here.

This year has the promise of being the most beautiful fall West Virginia has ever seen.  Already there are trees turning bright red.

Fall Senior Portraits
Fall Senior Portraits


Fall Senior Portraits

Fall Foliage Is So Fleeting!  Schedule For Portraits Today!

Family portraits in the fall make wonderful Christmas cards.  Because of their vibrant color, you will treasure your family portrait amidst leaves and pumpkins.  Who doesn’t look adorable buried in leaves?  

Fall Family Portraits

Fall Is The Best Time Of Year For Portraits!

Fall is the best time of year for portraits.  Don’t miss out by planning too late!  The trees only remain beautiful for a short amount of time.


What Do I Wear For A Fall Family Portrait?

Wear something with neutral colors: blue jeans, and white shirts, or everyone in red for fall Christmas card picture!  Wear pumpkin colors or fall colors to match fall leaves! It is really hard to go wrong.  

Dress Appropriately.

Fall portraits look best when you are wearing fall clothing.  You want to fit right into a “fall” type portrait with a sweater or jacket, or something snuggly and warm!

Bring Your Fur Baby In For Portraits!

Many of us consider our fur baby another one of the family.  A pet picture in the leaves would make a beautiful wall hanging in your home.  After all, we are only given our fur babies for 15 years at the most.  We want to remember them just as we remember our children.