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Yes, the foliage changes quickly here in Northern Nevada. The shot above was taken in late May/early June a couple years ago, when the greenery was just about at its peak and the grasses were tall. If that’s the look you’d like, book early!

But this year, you can save $65 on your session, and you can schedule the session for anytime from April through August! All that’s needed is to reserve that session by April 30th.

So give us a call!

February 24th, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Comments Off | Permalink

Senior portrait time is just around the corner, and one of the last things you’re probably thinking about now is what to wear for your session. But now isn’t a bad time to start planning– and maybe even having it stuck in the back of your mind when you’re out shopping for the soon-to-be-here warmer weather this spring. Wardrobe is more important than many think, as it can either add to or detract from your senior portraits. Clothing choices really should be well planned. And although it unfortunately isn’t always given the attention it deserves, we’d like to help a bit. When you come in for your consultation, we’ll be able to be a bit more specific about directions to take, but this post should give you some ideas and allow you to start looking around with a bit more confidence.

In photography, clothing can be used to achieve different things. Two of them: Emphasizing a specific part of your personality (or some of your favorite activities, which of course are part of your personality), and setting a mood. Are you outgoing, perhaps even flamboyant? Or are you usually more quite and contemplative? (And no, “quiet and contemplative” doesn’t mean using bland and boring colors!!! The differences here are more about how colors are used and combined than anything else.)

Sometimes we need to plan wardrobe carefully to achieve our goals. If you have an outgoing personality, f you like to make a statement with what you wear, it’s great to be able to use color and a style of dress to highlight that part of you. (After all, these are photographs, so what can be better than visual clues to help tell your story?)

On the other hand, we want to tone down the clothing for some things. For instance, sometimes we’ll want to subdue the clothing so the viewer’s eye goes immediately your face and eyes and not allow what you’re wearing to hijack the scene instead! This doesn’t mean the clothing has to be plain and ordinary so it will fade into the background, it just means for the most part that the colors and color combinations should compliment your face and hair so they aren’t what draws the viewer’s attention.

Depending on the locations we’ll be going to, a couple more colorful outfits and two or three more subdued changes would be our recommendation. When we book your session and have a consultation, we’ll be able to go into more detail and fine-tune some guidelines according to the aspects of your personal style and personality.

(And don’t forget, you can save $65 on your session by booking it before the 15th of April–no matter how far down the road this summer you may want to schedule the actual photography.)

February 24th, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Comments Off | Permalink

Somewhere along the line this past winter, I learned about Shopbop, and got on their mailing list. They have quite a collection of items, and for each email featuring a certain line or designer item, they put together several looks featuring items from different sources. Now Shopbop can feature some truly costly pieces ($300+ jeans and $700 shoes), but the looks are all very contemporary and full of fresh ideas that you can use for inspiration in pulling together your own looks. Below are some samples from Shopbop.

Don’t forget about simple, more formal dresses like the JCrew dress below:

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February 24th, 2013 at 2:31 pm | Comments Off | Permalink

Are you a fan of cheesecake? I grew up loving Sara Lee, and for all that can be improved about it, that creamy style with a sour cream topping (I definitely don’t care for “cakey” cheesecakes!) remains my favorite.

When our family lived in Cincinnati, Shillito’s was the department store, and the following recipe is from their restaurant and bakery. (It’s perhaps best described as Sara Lee on steroids.) Shillito’s, like Johnny Fever and WKRP, is gone now, although you can still find their recipes here and there on the Web.

SHILLITO’S CHEESECAKE

Crust

  • 18 single graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter

(Note: I found the original crust was barely enough to cover the dimpled bottom of the springform pan, and after a couple adjustments, eventually ended up doubling the above quantity to yield a thickness of around 1/8″- 3/16″. If your pan bottom is flat, this may not be as much of an issue.)

Filling

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 24 oz cream cheese*
  • 5 eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons real vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice (don’t skip the lemon juice!)

* You can save a few calories here with Philly’s Neufachelle. I often dislike the taste of “low cal” products, but (at least Philly’s brand of) Neufachelle is not at all objectionable.

Topping

  • 1 pint sour cream
  • 1-1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoon real vanilla extract

Mixing

  1. Mix together the crust ingredients and press into a 10″ Springform pan.
  2. In a mixer or food processor, mix together the sugar and cheese.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, and stir in the vanilla and lemon juice.
  4. Pour over crust, bake in a preheated 300F oven for 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until set and puffed.
  5. Stir together the topping ingredients. Remove cake from oven and spread the topping.
  6. Return to oven for 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Cool and chill.
  8. Dig in!

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