Yep...I haven't even finished blogging all of Class of 2013 and yet here comes the Class of 2014. I will....I will. Promise. This is Miss Kirby and she is cute and quirky and talented and funny and apparently I don't believe in commas. Kirby's session got cut a little short cause it was so darn windy and started to rain. So you will see more of Kirby when we shoot again soon. It is not too early to call to book your spring (which is getting away from us as are dates booking up if you haven't called to schedule yet), summer and fall senior photo sessions. My summer and fall dates book up very fast now that school is out or almost out depending on how many snow days you have to make up this year. Can I get another "Boooo!" for that pain in the butt Old Man Winter? So find Kirby, she is the cute and tall redhead armed with fist fulls of cards to hand out to help you save on your session. And if you don't get a card...no big deal. Call me....you can just mention that Kirby told you about how much she loves her photos and you want to love your senior photos as much as she does and even better your parents want to love them and save money on them too. There I go without commas again. So what are you waiting for? All the best dates to be taken? Then get on it. ;) 320-815-8174
When Mom Paula booked her son Ryan's senior session our convo went something like this: Paula: He wants to do something different. Me: Great! Paula: He really wants to put his own spin on his senior photos. Me: Even better! I love it when kids what to venture outside the box. Paula: He is thinking about an ape suit. Me: Wonderf....., wait, what? Paula: Yep. Me: Hmmmm.....how will people know it is him? Paula: Good point. Needless to say, the pressure was on. Me. As I said in my mock dialogue, I love it when seniors bring the real "them" to their session, and up until the day before Ryan's session I was prepared for anything and an ape suit. However, we started the session and no ape suit in sight and really I was sorta bummed. ;) But yet still up for the task to live up to Ryan's expectation, as well as pleasing Mom and Dad. It can be a fine line, people. So many great things in this storage attic we used and really wanted to take home with me...but I restrained myself. I mean there was metal numbers, letters, old film reels, weird metal things...and the strong smell of urine. Yes, the life of a photographer can be grimmy, dirty and dangerous. I have stepped on many a rusty nail only to come centimeters away from puncturing my foot, I have gotten poision ivy...more than once, billions of mosquito bites, horsefly stings, fell down ditches, stepped holes in the ground, stepped in thigh high snow, creepy onlookers while in a session, tripped over my own feet while looking through my camera attempting to get the shot. A photographers career....is NOT glamorous despite what you may think. Ok....back to Ryan's session..... Yes...the whole family. Again, with JGP you get a free family session with your senior session. It is a perfect opportunity to get everyone gussied up and snap some images of completely crazy you are. And when I mean crazy, I mean completely wonderful and would fit right in with my family. And this one was Ryan's idea. He wanted to jazz up the yearbook a little and by pointing at the next kid in the row of the senior pages of the yearbook. The idea was for the other kid (who will remain nameless...but you can probably figure it out)was supposed to do the same...but didn't. Wha-whaaaaa. And can I say, since my daughter came home with her yearbook yesterday, can we all agree there is some wonderfully, creative kids out there who are looking to express themselves in the yearbook?? Hello, kid on a dinosaur?? What?! :) And may I add....I am all for it, but do remember this, 30 years from now at your class reunion, you will be wearing a nametag that has your highschool pic next to your name so people will recognize you. Just saying. So if you are up for it, and your parents are too and it's legal...so am I. And now....we were racing to beat the sunset, and I am telling you I believe the sunset beat us as we were practically shooting in the dark. But it provided some moody, artsy-fartsy images from lovely downtown Alexandria. And living in a smaller town, anytime I shoot on Broadway or the side streets we get stares, waves, comments (good and bad), and whistles. Makes it interesting. Ryan is a talented film maker. Check out his You Tube videos HERE
Usually I am better about getting session on the blog, but this year....not so much. For those who don't know, I opened a studio here in downtown Alexandria. Which has taken every moment I have...which wasn't a lot to begin with in the first place. So here is to some making up to do.... Miss Anna's session. We literally shot until the sun went down. So much to do and the sun waits for no one. And just a reminder....every senior session gets a free family session when held the same night. So..bonus!!! And for those who graduate in 2014....the phone had been ringing over here. Don't let the all dates get taken...call now!!! 320-815-8174. End of my info-merical. Sorry, no Ginsu knives are included in this offer!
Sweet little Charlie came into the studio not long ago, well...her parents brought here she didn't stroll in by herself! So here is a peek just a few of the many images we got that day. Big brother Blake cannot get enough of his new baby sister. He was giving her kisses, which Charlie was "giving" right back! I love to see families grow, in fact here is Blake's newborn session a few years ago. Click HERE. I get many questions about when to schedule newborn photography. And I joke as soon as you see the "+" on the pregnancy test call to book your newborn session (or maternity session as well). But really, newborns are in fact best photographed within the first 12 days after being born. So to make sure we have a date within that time frame, I want parents to book early enough to work in my and your schedule. So if you are pregnant now, book now...one more thing you don't have to think about right before your due date or even after the baby is born.
You know that Mother's Day is less than a week away, right? You know you still have time to bump yourself to the "favorite kid" or "favorite hubby"...wait, what??? You know what I mean. Buy her what she wants...photos of YOU with YOU! I am bundling a gift certificate package, print credit and a bouquet of flowers from Creations, An Event Studio here in Alexandria, the perfect gift to make momma happy. And you know what they say, "If momma ain't happy...you are all in trouble!". Call now to reserve your gift now. The deadline is THIS Wednesday!! And if you are a mom reading this, most likely you are cause you are my demographic. ;) Send this link in an email, or on Facebook. And there is even a handy hint for you on my Facebook page. www.facebook.com/jenguentherphotography Simply just share the "mom's day special" image and it will show those kids and that hubby what YOU want for Mother's day. And if what you really want for mother's day is for everyone to get along, no problem...we can do that, in a picture hanging on your wall to give everyone proof that you all really do love each other. Call 320-815-8174
We had such a great weekend with our newborn workshop. My amazingly talented friend Jessica from JM Photography in the Twin Cities came up with her fantastic assistant Christin to teach photographers from all over Minnesota and North Dakota. It was such a fun weekend of learning, and meeting so many talented photographers in all various points in their photography careers. I was able to snap a few action shots of the group and the dynamic duo...Jessica & Christin! And I thought I would share just a few of the hundreds of images I captured of our little newborn models. In honor of this workshop and new found knowledge, I am offering a special for newborn sessions. If you are pregnant now...this is the sale you want to get in on. I am only offering this special pricing for 3 newborn sessions...first come, first go!! Please keep in mind newborns are considered under 12 days old, I book up a month in advance so you will want to schedule a least a month BEFORE your due date...not after the baby is born. Call 320-815-8174 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your newborn session.