The Tassle was Worth the Hassle

Posted in Uncategorized on January 29th, 2015 by Amy

Our first-ever senior day is coming!!! February 21st!!!

You can claim your $25, 15-minute time spot on sign-up genius now.
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(you can even have a best friend sign up for the same time slot!)

On the day of, just arrive on time and bring along a favorite outfit or two (we’ll provide the cap and gown).

After your photography time is over you’ll have the opportunity to view your proofs and place your order.

Easy!

And if you invest in a full senior portrait session at the time of your order, we’ll apply this $25 tassle mini-session fee toward the full session!

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We’re on Instagram

Posted in Uncategorized on November 11th, 2014 by Amy

Baby steps for now.

But we expect to reveal some really awesome images and events throughout the next year!

Follow us… and watch for the buzz!!!

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Busy Fall Season!

Posted in Uncategorized on November 4th, 2014 by Amy

The last few months have flown by! What a whirlwind of events, activities, and sessions!

I had one morning that I participated in the Shavano Park business/health fair. The weather was perfect. We were stationed under a bunch of old oak trees. It was a nice-sized crowd. And we had lots of people stop by, wanting to visit.

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The very next week, we had a great visit with a rep from our photo lab. We gave him a tour of the new studio, he took us out to lunch at The Dodging Duck, we got the scoop on a few new products, and we had a great visit over the industry’s joys, growths, and concerns.

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After spending all of July photographing sweet babies for the Hill Country Pregnancy Care Center, I finally started the hard work of editing the images, creating calendar pages, and putting together the layout. Barely beating the deadline, we were able to order thousands of 2015 calendars, for the center to give away at their annual gala… and for us to give away to our clients. Definitely a labor of love!

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Next up, we got our fireplace room decorated for Christmas. Tree, wreath, garland, ornaments, stockings, even wrapped presents.

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And then, right after my 40th birthday and party, I was surprised with chocolates and balloons for National Boss’ Day!

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And now we’re deep in the heart of Christmas portrait season! Will come up for air in January!

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The Evolution of Our Family Portrait

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27th, 2014 by Amy

I can’t explain the desire to put us through this each year. It’s just there. So everybody had just better play along. 😉

2003. Ben was born. I wasn’t a professional photographer yet. But I wanted it done, so we headed out Upper Cibolo Rd… and had my dad shoot a handful of images with his camera.

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2004. We loved the Pipe Creek Christmas Tree Farm. Why not take a pic there? And why not let my dad help us again?

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2005. I had now plunged into being a professional photographer. I had the backdrops, the lighting, the good camera. I had found matching clothes. But I hadn’t studied posing yet. Put Ben on a block. Hubby and I sat next to him. Had my camera on a tripod, on its timer. And my sister-in-law was in charge of making Ben smile.

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2006. How did we all happen to have pumpkin orange to wear?! We were so excited, we couldn’t help but snuggle so close that no one could breathe. 😉 Thanks to my camera’s timer and a tripod, we captured this “beauty.”

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2007. I was only a handful of weeks pregnant… and SO sick. But for some reason, I was determined to get out to Lost Maples. We’d capture the glory of the beautifully-changing fall leaves! But everyone else in the area had decided to do the same thing. And the leaves really weren’t that great. But I was happy with our camera/timer/tripod combo again (since Ben had totally learned to behave and look right at the camera).

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2008. A new little person was added to our family! And I went out of my way to find all of us some green to wear. I timed our portraits with this beautiful spot at the nature center. And my parents came to try to get both kids to smile. I still find this very rich, warm, and pretty.

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2009. Oops. Gray was a bad idea. A more dramatic lighting was a bad idea. Lesson learned.

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2010. I loved our colors, I loved the setting. Thanks to my parents, we captured another one for the books. And this was printed as a big canvas, that sat on our mantle at our old house, at the apartment we lived in for a year, and then at our new house. It was only just recently replaced.

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2011. These clothes were picked specifically with the beach in mind. But the weekend that we drove down to Port A was cloudy and rainy. So we changed gears and took the portraits at the studio a couple of weeks later. Voila! Great pic! My only regret was Evan’s haircut.

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2012. We decided to try the beach again. Fairly dark, terribly windy. But there was no rain. So we threw on our grays and purples… and headed out to capture this.

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2013. Tripod, camera, timer. Red, white, and blue clothes. Dog treats in hand and mealworms thrown all over the ground. Somehow got the perfect image of the four of us plus our dog, the two guinea pigs, and most of the ten chickens. Epic!

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But haven’t even thought about this year’s. Better get on it!

FINALLY Settled In!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on August 29th, 2014 by Amy

Would you like to know the chilling tale of why it took so long for us to finally call it done?

We were actually on the ball. We had lots of improvements being done as we were moving in. We had lots of help to get things out of the old place and into the new. And we busted our tails to get things unpacked and into their new places. The hold-up was a buffet (the dreaded, beautiful, turquoise buffet).

The first one arrived just a couple of weeks after our move-in date. But it was broken. The second one arrived just in time for our ribbon-cutting. But it was broken. The third arrived just a few weeks later. But it was broken. And they were all so smashed, there was no hope that our handyman skills could fix them. Finally, the fourth just arrived before summer drew to a close. It was also broken. BUT, it was in good enough shape to use! Yay! So it was official… we were FINALLY done!

Want to see the place?

First, we changed the drab outside. Hired Lara Painting & Stain to build shutters for the windows and then paint the entire house. Next, we had Dream Image Landscape & Design come in to spruce up the nonexistent landscaping. Voila!

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Once you open that front door, this is the wall that you see. This was the space we left empty for three months, just waiting for the buffet.

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If you turn to the left, you’ll walk into a living room-like space. It’s now a camera room. We created our garden scene. We put up our barn wall. We made a cozy, girly spot. And we set up a “photo booth” couch, where clients can now have fun with the props on their way home from their portrait session.

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The other room to the left was a bedroom, closet, and bathroom that we turned into our office and a small playroom. I’ll save those pics for another day.

Now, if you head right from the front door, you’ll find the entire rest of the house. First you run into the kitchen/dining room. The kitchen is now the retail space for From Scratch Farm. I’ll save those pics for another day. The dining room is now a camera room. Our big turquoise rug, a tile wall that I spray painted silver, and lots of background options.

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Next, you’ll find the second bathroom. And I bought a shower curtain cute enough for portraits. 😉

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Then we changed a bedroom into another camera room. We hung our wall papers, moved our small fire place in, and decorated it as colorfully as we could.

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We kept a tiny bedroom as a bedroom. Moved in a bed, bedding, and cute curtains. I absolutely adore this girly set-up. But don’t worry- we have other colors of bedding and decor, for the boys too.

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We turned the last small bedroom into a nursery. Set up a crib, a vintage stroller, and other baby items.

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And last is a second living area, complete with beautiful wood floors, gorgeous windows, and an old stove/fireplace. Fell in love with this room immediately. And couldn’t wait to change out the lighting for our chandeliers… and move in all of our colorful backdrops, tile wall, and our big couches.

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Of course, there’s lots more in the backyard I want to show off. Not yet. But I’ll post soon.

Best of the Best- 2014

Posted in Uncategorized on July 25th, 2014 by Amy

We won GOLD again!!!!!!

BEST PHOTOGRAPHER in Kendall County, three years in a row!
Included as one of the best of the best all ten years in business!

THANK YOU to everyone that takes the time to vote… and for considering us as the best in the area!

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Our 10-Year Anniversary Party and Ribbon-Cutting

Posted in Uncategorized on July 23rd, 2014 by Amy

What a neat night!

Got to visit with friends, family, clients, and other business owners. Enjoyed the amazing food from Boerne Cooking Cottage and an incredible cake by The Exclusive Cake Shop.

Over and done. Ready for the next ten years!!!!!!!!

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10 YEARS!!!!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 17th, 2014 by Amy

10 YEARS OF DREAMS, BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS… AND FUN!!!

THREE YEARS OF TRYING TO WORK OUT OF MY LIVING ROOM AND GUEST BEDROOM. THREE YEARS OF WORKING OUT OF OUR RENOVATED GARAGE. FOUR YEARS IN OUR UPPER BALCONES STUDIO. AND A RECENT MOVE TO OUR NEW PLACE ON JOHNS RD!

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A COUPLE OF YEARS OF PARTNERING WITH THE BOERNE STAR.

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A HANDFUL OF DIFFERENT EMPLOYEES… AND THE STAFF PICS THAT WENT WITH THEM.

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DOZENS OF RACES/WALKS- FABRA 5K’S, KOMEN RACES FOR THE CURE, BERGEST FEST 5K’S, ST. PETER’S FALL 5K, THE RUN AT THE RANCH, THE HILL COUNTRY FLOWER WOMEN’S 10K, AND THE COCOA WOMAN’S HALF-MARATHON.

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DOZENS OF MARKETING EVENTS- RAINBOW PLAY SYSTEM’S EASTER EXTRAVAGANZA, THE BEST OF BOERNEFEST, THE OUTDOOR FAMILY FAIR, THE HILL COUNTRY MONTESSORI’S BUCKAROO BREAKFAST, AND MOPS SHOP.

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A COUPLE OF LADIES’ NIGHTS.

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A FEW PARADES.

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A HANDFUL OF BOERNE EDUCATION FOUNDATION, CIBOLO NATURE CENTER, AND CHAMBER GALAS.

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DOZENS OF SCHOOL, TEAM, CLUB, AND ORGANIZATION SPONSORSHIPS- FABRA ELEMENTARY, CIBOLO CREEK ELEMENTARY, CURINGTON ELEMENTARY, AUE ELEMENTARY, FABRA ELEMENTARY, KO CHEER, SCOUT PACK 102, ST. MARK’S FUNDRAISERS, THE HILL COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL’S FUNDRAISERS, THE BOERNE EDUCATION FOUNDATION GALAS, AND MORE!

SO MANY CONFERENCES, SEMINARS, AND WEBINARS.

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PLENTY OF GOOFY PICS IN OUR PHOTO BOOTH.

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LOTS OF TEAM OUTINGS AND LUNCHES… EVEN A BEACH VACATION!

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ONE “BILLBOARD!”

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A WOMAN OF THE YEAR AWARD FROM HILL COUNTRY WOMEN IN BUSINESS. AND A BEST OF THE BEST AWARD FROM THE BOERNE STAR EVERY SINGLE YEAR IN BUSINESS!!!

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THANK YOU to all who have put up with my woes and worries. THANK YOU to all who have been by my side, helping me change and grow into my vision. THANK YOU to all of our clients who are loving what we’re doing and are sharing the word about us to their friends and family. THANK YOU to everyone that voted for me every year in the Best of the Best contest. THANK YOU for helping me get to a 10-year anniversary. What a ride!!!

To come see our new studio, grab some munchies, and celebrate the big anniversary with us, please join us at our ribbon-cutting and grand opening!
Tuesday, July 22nd
5:30 pm
720 Johns Rd.

Our Beach Trip!!!

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14th, 2014 by Amy

The first part of celebrating Shutter-Happy’s 10-year anniversary was a trip to my happy place.

Emily, Allison, and I (and honorary employee, Lindsey) packed up and headed to Port A on Friday. Enjoyed lunch, walked the beach, sat along the shoreline, took staff portraits, took a dip in the pool, spent the night, and enjoyed a little more time on the beach on Saturday.

It was so great to get away with my girls. So awesome to have a vacation without kids. So funny to have bloopers from our portraits. 😉

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It’s Not All Fun & Games (but sometimes it is) ;)

Posted in Uncategorized on July 14th, 2014 by Amy

Of course we’ve been super-busy with portrait sessions, the normal day-to-day duties, and moving to a new building.  But we’ve had lots of fun outings too!

In March, we celebrated National Employee Appreciation Day with a lunch at Dodging Duck.

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Allison and I also set up our displays and our photo booth at the Outdoor Family Fair.

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We participated in the Relay for Life event.  And I ran the photo booth all night.

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And we attended the annual Boerne Education Foundation gala.

In May, we moved to our new studio.

We hosted Emily’s 40th birthday party at the studio in June.

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And we just got back from a beach trip.

Maybe we’re having too much fun!

2014 National Charity Model Search

Posted in Uncategorized on April 25th, 2014 by Amy

Wow! Dozens of entries this year! And ten finalists!

CONGRATS to all of these CUTE KIDS!!!

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Our 6th Boerne Education Foundation Gala

Posted in Uncategorized on March 31st, 2014 by Amy

Oh what a night!

As our 6th-annual BEF gala, we purchased a table in Shutter-Happy’s name, donated a BIG gift certificate to the silent auction, donned our cowgirl boots, and snagged our husbands and some of my best friends.

The food was wonderful. The conversations were fabulous. The dancing was a blast.

Such a wonderful way to spend an evening as a staff!

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Better Late Than Never

Posted in Uncategorized on February 18th, 2014 by Amy

What’s going on when you haven’t written a blog entry since October?!

Christmas portrait season, our Christmas portraits, raising chickens for 4-H, holidays, family outings, a snow vacation, several auctions/events, a half-marathon, and the Chamber’s annual awards gala!

Lots of that was the staff busy with day-to-day work and family activities. But, the cool Shutter-Happy stuff…

Donations:
We were proud to donate to several auctions, including the fundraiser for Brea Hines, who is a local girl fighting cancer.
More gift certificates will be auctioned off in upcoming events for cystic fibrosis, the local Boerne schools, etc.
We’ve committed to participating in and having our photo booth at the Outdoor Family Fair on March 15th.
And we’ll be donating our time and our photo booth to the Relay for Life event on March 28th/29th.

Event:
And we spent an evening with the Chamber, for their annual gala. Several people were recognized and thanked for their contributions to the Chamber. Businesses were highlighted. And business owners received awards for their involvement in the community and business world.
I was honored to be nominated for Businesswoman of the Year again!

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What to Wear 2

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27th, 2013 by Amy

Did I mention we LOVE color?!  😉

Here are more ideas on what to wear to your next session…

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What to Wear

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27th, 2013 by Amy

We LOVE color!!!!

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