This summer flew by in a whirlwind and now back-to-school, pumpkin spice, fall leaves and sweater weather are upon us. This is my favorite time of the year when I love to enjoy time outside with my family sitting beside a fire, bike riding, or just curling up with a good book and a blanket under the stars. It's also, in my opinion, THE best time for a portrait session! The weather is cooler, the fall colors are gorgeous, and the sunlight has a beautiful warm glow to it which makes a beautiful backdrop for portraits. It's also a great time to get a jump on the Holiday season and get your family portraits updated and ready to put on your Holiday Cards. I have had the honor of working with some truly wonderful clients this summer and you can see some of my favorite images from those sessions below. If you'd like to schedule a portrait session, be sure to contact me soon, as my fall calendar is filling quickly! I'd love to meet you and your family and create gorgeous heirloom artwork for your home:)
Hi everyone! Spring has sprung (or we hope it has and is here to stay). The busy bees at Stacey Lyn Boutique Photography have been putting together a lot of fun events for Spring, we can't wait to get outside to shoot!
Here's what's happening:
Monday, April 30th
Application Deadline for Senior Model team, Class of 2019
We are currently accepting applications for our Senior Model team for the Class of 2019! If you are currently a Junior planning on graduating with the Class of 2019 (or a parent of one), you'll want to check this out! We are super excited about all of the cool things we have planned for this year's Senior Models. The deadline to apply is APRIL 30TH, 2018 so don't delay - get your application in today! You can check out who we are looking for, find out all of the details, and submit your application at https://www.slboutiquephoto.com/srrep/. Class of 2019 - you won't want to miss out on your chance to be a Senior Model this year!
Saturday, May 4th
Prom Portrait Day Sessions @ Oak Hollow Park
Details Here: https://www.slboutiquephoto.com/prom-2018/
Saturday, May 11th
Prom Portrait Day Sessions @ Twin Lakes Park
Details Here: https://www.slboutiquephoto.com/prom-2018/
Sunday, May 13th
"Mommy & Me" Mother's Day Sessions @ Monroeville Park
Details Here: https://www.slboutiquephoto.com/mom/
Lots more to come as the portrait and wedding season kick off...so keep checking our website and social media for new stuff. Until next time...
Announcing Holiday Mini Sessions for 2017!
I am so excited about our new Holiday Set!
This year's theme is "Sparkle for the Season" and was designed to show off your Holiday finery! This set is great for children, siblings and small families.
Our mini sessions are just like they sound, half sessions (20 - 30 minutes) at a special holiday rate and includes special collection pricing and products as well. You will not get a better deal at any other time of the year!
These sessions are very limited and will book quickly, so don't delay if you want to reserve your spot! To sign up, email the studio at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (412) 374-7359.
This year, I am offering BOTH indoor and outdoor sessions. Indoor sessions will take place on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. at Greensburg Country Club.
Outdoor sessions can be scheduled for any date/time and will include limited holiday props. I am only accepting bookings for 10 outdoor sessions at this reduced rate. Once they fill up, sessions will go back to my regular session and package pricing.
Select either the Digital & Print Collection or the Signature Collection. Pricing is as follows:
DIGITAL & PRINT COLLECTION
(10) Digital Images with Print Release
(1) 8x10 Fine Art Print
(2) 5x7 Fine Art Prints
(8) Wallet Size Prints (*must be of same image)
(10) Digital Images with Print Release
(1) 8x10 Fine Art Print
(2) 5x7 Fine Art Prints
(8) Wallet Size Prints (*must be of same image)
11x14 Print (matted in 16x20 frame) - Your choice of gold, silver, or black
HOLIDAY CARD ADD-ON
(Set of 50)
Add on custom-designed holiday cards to any collection! Select from several different design options (all new for 2017). Cost comes out to only $2.50 per card!
BONUS! Two-sided metal holiday ornament with every order over $400!
To reserve your session time, please email the studio at email@example.com or call us at (412) 374-7359. Let us be part of your holiday memories this year!
I LOVE my job:) I am blessed to have so many amazing opportunities and experiences. No two days are alike and I am constantly pinching myself wondering how I got so lucky! A few weeks ago, I had the honor and pleasure of photographing the 54th National Convention for TREA: The Enlisted Association which was held in Pittsburgh, PA. TREA is a non-profit military veteran's organization serving the total enlisted force: Active Duty, Veterans, Retired, Reserves and National Guard. They are headquartered in Colorado and have over 30,000 active members.
The Convention took place over four days and the event was kicked off by Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto. The Keynote Speaker the first night was Dr. Howard Slaughter, Jr., President & CEO of Habitat for Humanity, who gave a very motivating and inspiring speech noting five reasons why people with military experience are more likely to be successful, as well as animatedly conveying humorous renditions of his days in the military.
The highlight of the second day of the Convention was a dinner cruise aboard the Gateway Clipper's Empress Riverboat and, although rainy and chilly, a great time was had by all. The dance floor was a-hoppin! Attendees donned the attire of their favorite sports team and, although most of the attendees were from out of town, the Pittsburgh Penguins, Pirates, and Steelers were well represented.
The rest of the Convention was a nice mix of meetings, luncheons, a BBQ dinner, an Awards Presentation, and, on the very last evening, a formal dinner with "After Five" attire. The dinner included a very moving POW-MIA ceremony to honor our fallen heroes. The attendees broke out in a spontaneous rendition of "Proud to Be An American" and this gal got choked up at the camaraderie, pride and patriotism that filled the ballroom. (Almost a HUGE embarrassing error on my part, when I almost picked a vase up off of the floor that was knocked over during the POW-MIA ceremony. Good thing I didn't because the knocking over of the vase was a crucial part of said ceremony...YIKES!)
I must admit, I had not heard of TREA before being asked to photograph the Convention, but, by the end of the four day event I had a newfound respect for these men and women who served our country and a swelled pride in our Nation. I met some wonderful human beings and walked away from the Convention a different person from when I walked in because of the experiences I had over those four days.
Like I said, I am blessed to be able to make a living doing something that I love to do, never knowing where it will take me, who I will meet, the experiences I will have and the opportunities that will arise.
Thank you, TREA, for all the you do and have done for our country...and...for what you did for me!
To see some highlights from the Convention, click here to view the Gallery.
Innocence & Wonder.
Princes and Princesses.
Fairies and Unicorns.
Monsters and Grim Reapers and Soul-sucking Dementors.
That about sums up my nieces’ first 5 Halloween costumes. They went from cute curly-haired princesses in frilly dresses to gory hideous monsters seemingly overnight. I’m not just talking about their Halloween costumes either.
That was just the beginning. Soon after, they wouldn’t dare be caught combing their matted hair, bathing regularly, wearing jeans without holes in them, or shirts that aren’t black and filled with wrinkles for fear that they look like they are “trying too hard” in front of their friends.
It blew my mind to find out that it’s actually a “style” to look like you have no style. The kids who pull it off best are the ones who look like they rolled out of bed and onto the school bus (and many of them have done just that).
My sister, much to her dismay, cried as she packed up all of the tulle dresses & puffy skirts awash in sequins and glitter and dropped them off at Goodwill in a black garbage bag straining from the weight.
Now…my sister isn’t a sentimental gal, but she sure wishes she had just ONE photo of her girls in one of those dresses looking sweet and innocent and girly. Then, just maybe, she would remember the way her oldest daughter’s hair would curl around itself and get so matted, it would take hours of combing to get it untangled. OR, how her youngest had those huge brown eyes and lashes for days that would get even larger when she smiled. AND…she would have proof (actual, documented proof) that at one time, even for a fleeting moment, those girls LOVED to wear those dresses.
That’s just one of the many things that me and my sister miss…the vision of those young girls so full of innocence twirling around the living room in their dresses, their tulle skirts billowing out as they spin faster and faster. I want that image in my mind forever, but as the years go on and those young girls grow into young women, that memory is getting harder and harder to conjure.
Need some help bringing YOUR memories to the forefront?
I have an assignment for you. Try it - right now.
Without looking at any old photos or videos, try to imagine your children 2-3 years ago. Close your eyes if you need to. What are they wearing? How were their features back then?
Now, what did you love MOST about them at that age? You can’t be vague here. Was it the way your son cried every time the grass tickled his feet? Was it the way your daughter would play dress up with your jewelry or the time she wore your engagement ring to school and you had to go retrieve it, all while trying not to have a panic attack?
I’m guessing your memories are all mashed together, and you can’t remember specific details. The memories are there, but you can’t seem to get them out.
Now bring out a photo or a journal entry, and the memories will FLOOD back! “Oh yeah! Little Siena used to wear that crazy neon green hat, and sunglasses that were too big and insist on carrying around that little rubber worm with the brown spots. We lost that worm at Disneyworld and she cried for days (all while still wearing those darn sunglasses)”.
“What can be done to hang on to those precious visions?”
Don’t worry! I got you:)
We all need prompts to open the floodgates of precious memories stored in the recesses of our brains for safe keeping. Photographs help us access the details of those memories.
Introducing "Boho, Baby!" Sessions 2017
What is it?
The result is something that will kick your memories back into gear, so you can experience what I just talked about, the emotions and memories you forgot you had.
"Boho, Baby!" Spring Sessions give your child a chance to experience something fun, magical and memorable while also giving you the chance to see them as they once were before they hit the “gore” stage. If you are one of the lucky ones and your child is still in the "innocent prince/princess stage" then this is the perfect way to capture that stage before they move on to the next (not so pretty) one! The 8x10 Inspiration Print will be a tangible keepsake of your child, full of wonder and in the “prince” or “princess” stage that flew by before you could blink. It will also serve as a daily boost of self-confidence to your child as they see their image along with the inspirational message and are reminded of all of the unique and special qualities they possess.
"Boho, Baby!" Signature Session, Credit and 8x10 Inspiration Print
- 25 - 30 minute portrait session with flower swing, mason jar full of “fairies” and other fun surprises. You also have the option to use the Studio’s wardrobe to create a boho styled session at no additional charge.
- $75 portrait credit toward your artwork of choice - great for hanging on your wall or giving as gifts. (In-person ordering session required)
- Free 8x10 Artist's Choice Inspiration Print - Your child’s image with inspirational text and graphics will make a unique art piece that will serve as a daily reminder to your child to be positive, stay strong, or be brave. A perfect piece to display in your child’s room to give them the self-confidence they will need to navigate the years ahead. (A $95 value)
- Price: $127
*Sessions are non-refundable
* $127 is the session retainer, $52 of that is used toward the session, the other $75 is used as portrait credit, the 8x10 Artist’s Choice Inspiration Print is free.
* Portrait Credit MUST be used during the in-person ordering session. After that time the credit will be forfeited.
"Boho, Baby!" Spring Signature Session FAQ
Who is this for?
These sessions are perfect for children of any age, either alone or with siblings! The floral swing makes such a fun backdrop for capturing your child's innocence and wonder! I will photograph siblings together, and individually for some great images that you and your children will love.
How do we book?
You can see our available session dates and times and reserve your session at this link. You will need to select your desired “day/time” from the available options, and check out with a credit card. If you prefer to book over the phone, feel free to contact me at 412.374.7359 and I will be happy to take your payment information.
What should we wear?
If you are planning to use the Studio's wardrobe, please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your session so that you will have time to change. A pop-up dressing room will be provided. Please bring a backup outfit in case your child's size is not available or the available wardrobe is not to your liking. Shoes and jewelry will not be provided.
If you plan to use your own clothing, I recommend a plain colored dress for girls (no patterns) and a button down shirt with a tie or suspenders for boys (again, no patterns). Shoes should be a neutral color, black, or metallic and jewelry should be kept to a minimum.
Some other things to consider:
Please remove chipped nail polish or touch it up before the session.
Please remove any temporary tattoos or stickers.
What is the 8x10 Artist's Choice Inspiration Print?
It is a print of your child’s image with inspirational text and graphics. The combination of images, text and graphics will make a unique art piece that will serve as a daily reminder to your child to be positive, stay strong, or be brave. It is the perfect piece to display in your child’s room to give them the self-confidence they will need to navigate the years ahead.
How do I use my print credit and order more prints from the session?
2-3 weeks after your session, we will schedule your Ordering Appointment. where you will see 6-10 images from your session. Your print credit MUST be used at the Ordering Appointment or it will be forfeited. Additional prints and products may be ordered during this appointment as well.
Am I required to order a package or additional prints and products?
Absolutely not! There is no obligation for you to order additional prints or products, however, most people find that it is hard to choose just one image from their session and often purchase additional items. Most clients spend between $500 - $700, including the session fee.
When should we arrive?
We recommend arriving 10-15 minutes before your scheduled session time, especially if you are using the Studio's wardrobe. Since the sessions are on such a tight schedule, anyone arriving more than 5 minutes late for their session will forfeit their session retainer.
What happens if we need to cancel or reschedule?
Because we have such a limited time frame for these portraits, the session retainer is non-refundable. If we have more available dates specific to the "Boho, Baby!" sessions, we can reschedule as long as you give us at least 48 hours notice. No-shows forfeit the entire session retainer. Anybody more than 5 minutes late for their session will forfeit their session retainer.
Can I give this session as a gift to my wife or mother?
Absolutely! Just go through the checkout process and book at this link, using your own information. After you successfully purchase the session, pop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org letting me know you are using this as a gift. At that point I’ll mail you a certificate you can give as a gift.
Can I include all of my children so that they can be photographed together?
You sure can, however, any group with more than 3 children needs to purchase two back-to-back sessions. A larger group will take longer to photograph. You will get the complete benefit of two sessions (double the product credit and two identical inspiration prints)
Can we get in the pictures and can we include grandma too?
I am happy to do a quick photo of you and Dad with your children, however, since this is a mini-session, I am unable to include grandparents or other relatives due to time constraints. You can email or call us about a traditional portrait session if you would like a complete set of family portraits. Our traditional portrait sessions include portraits of your children together, individuals of your children, you and your partner, and can include grandparents too!
Any other questions? Feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 412.374.7359.
Welcome to my revised website and new home of The Birdie Blog! I am so excited to launch my new website with all new content, images and session options.
Big things are happening at Stacey Lyn Boutique Photography in 2017 and I can't wait to share them with you. Be sure to check here often for the latest news. It's going to be a wild ride...
Spring is just around the corner and that means Spring Signature Sessions. I am working feverishly on my set! For the first time, I am building it from scratch so it will be completely custom and one-of-a-kind. It is going to be gorgeous!! When I get it done, I will be posting pics on the blog and will start accepting bookings. I expect the available session times to fill up quickly, so don't delay in calling to reserve your time.
I am currently booking for my regular Spring sessions as well. If you need your family portrait updated (you know, the one on your wall from 5 years ago) give me a call and we can get you scheduled. Again, sessions fill up fast this time of year so don't delay!
High school Juniors...it's time to book your Senior sessions! You're almost "officially" the rulers of the school...what better way to make a statement than to get some great images of yourself!
Recently engaged? Planning your wedding? Photography to capture your wedding is one of THE most important details to book as soon as possible. Your Wedding Day goes by in a blur and my past clients are so happy to have images from their day to help them remember. It's a fact that most couples wish that they would have invested more of their wedding budgets into wedding photography because photos are the single best way to relive your wedding day in your mind. The moments that I capture will serve as a fond reminder of your day for years to come and those images will be seen and cherished by your children, grandchildren and many more generations. I'd love to talk with you about capturing YOUR memories!
I'd love it if you'd check out the rest of my website and send me a quick message to let me know what you think. If you're thinking about photography of any kind for 2017, let me know and we can meet for a cup of coffee (my treat!) to talk about it. I'm here to help in any way that I can.