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Remember when…

… I would blog 2-3 times a week?

It was pretty regular, too.  Sometimes 2-3 times a day!  Oh, yeah.

But I got behind, and busy, and didn’t have as much time to do it anymore.  And I still don’t.  But you will start seeing them again soon.  The best reason I can give you for why you will see them is because I have been asked to do so. So, here goes…

First, before I start in on blog entries for the sessions, weddings, and more, I have a couple of new projects we are getting ready to roll out.  Both take full advantage of the fact that we have a super, large studio with state-of-the-art facilities and lots of space.  Having a studio gives us a unique opportunity to create new stuff that we sometimes can’t do on-location.  Once we’re ready to reveal them, you’ll know what I mean.  One of the projects has been in the works for about twelve years, and the other going on three years.

Happy Birthday Shaftora

Some news items for you, too. Diana’s birthday is November 6.  Please feel free to wish her a happy birthday. We won’t be at the studio on her birthday (it’s a Sunday), but will be all this week thru Friday.  She likes purple, Scottie stuff, and sugar-free licorice. 🙂  We will also be closed on Saturday, November 5 so that we can celebrate her birthday in style.

Thanksgiving Turkey

There are really no holiday cutoffs this year.  However, if you want your print products for Christmas gift delivery, they need to be ordered by December 17.  A few items should be ordered earlier than that, such as books.  Please ask if you aren’t sure.

The studio will be closed for Thanksgiving and the remainder of that weekend.  We’ll reopen on Tuesday, November 29. The studio will be closed for Christmas and New Year’s from December 24 through January 2.  As always, we will be happy to try to accommodate your holiday portrait requests during those times, but we won’t be at the studio for you to pick up or place orders during those dates.

Model calls.  We have three model calls coming up.  One is for a model for one of the two projects I discussed above.  We have one model already, a young lady we have photographed before, but we’d like to have another to kind of round things out.  The next is for newborns… this is not specifically a model call, but we have changed a lot of things about our newborn photography, and we welcome anyone whose had a baby, and who is no more than ten days old, to contact us about getting a complementary session.  The last is for next year’s high school seniors (Class of 2013).  Senior models get two full sessions, free products, cash, and discounts on their future orders.  For any of these, email me or call 304-263-3100 and talk with us (or just leave a message).

I think I’ve said enough for one email.  Hope you’re looking forward to the new blog entries as much as I am.

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My hairstylist


Renee (Hair Designs) has been doing my hair for a long time. She’s like a good bartender, though, and will listen to your problems, give advice, and make you feel good about yourself.

Diana and I adore her.

A new way to blog

When I first set up this blog, it was my hope to update it as often as there was something new to talk about. Well, in addition to several new posts coming this week, I will also be able to post from anywhere via my phone.


Here’s a picture of the screen for a post that you can see on Monday morning. Let’s see what else I can get into. 🙂


Jeweler Extraordinaire

I have the privilege of doing some work for the area’s premier “style magazine,” Valley Homes and Style.  I have photographed many of the covers, several articles and more.  This particular assignment, though, was for an article on a craftsperson who is an artist and something of an expert on jewelry in general.

This original piece was designed specifically for the jeweler for which she works.

We used the shop as our background. It's where she does her best work.

Snow Moods

It’s no secret that the northeast has been pummeled by snow over the last couple of months.   In our area alone, some 5-6 feet of snow has fallen in under 60 days.  And while some areas of the country laugh at such “small” amounts, it is an overwhelming amount of snow for an area that is used to more like a foot or so TOTAL over an entire winter.

But one of those old sayings comes to mind: “When life gives you lemons…”, well you get the idea.  I went out after the snow stopped on Saturday, February 6.  It was later in the day, the sun was beginning to shine through and I took a picture that I really liked.  I spent a little time working on some of the “moods” that I wanted to achieve, and thought I’d share them here.

This is the original image, captured essentially from the front walk.  What I like so much about it is that the ice on the branches is glistening with the light coming through.  It’s peaceful, serene, and c-o-l-d!

I was looking to capture the elements of warmth in the image, at the same time keeping the frozen stuff from looking too yellow.  This did what I hoped for.  It served to highlight the mood of hope… which is what we needed after two feet of snow.

I was also intrigued by the blues of the cold… something about looking at light through snow that really envelopes a quality of blues that you just don’t see at any other time.

Finally I wanted to see this in black and white.  It was a virtual winter wonderland that served an enormous purpose toward my wanting to keep up with my personal photography.

Switching Blogs…

There comes a time when you just need a little change. I guess I’ve reached that time. I’ve been using one blog system for a number of years, and it has served me well. But for a number of reasons, I have decided to change the way my blog works.

1) We are now hosting our own blog on our website. The blog address is This gives us an opportunity to control how much we can do and from whence our images go and are stored.

2) Improved automation. A lot more things are available for the new blog system that I find more advantageous for the type of blogging I do.

3) Remote handling. I can do just about anything without having to “log in” to do it. I’m all about making it easier to do.

I like simple and smart.