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Is There Artistic Value in Photography?

I believe there is.

But, I also see that it is very difficult for people to see an artistic value in photography when it’s possible to make nearly identical copies of the same image. An image can never be just ONE piece of artwork, like a painting, unless you print one copy and then delete the original file. With the influx of consumer DSLR's and the accessibility to purchase one, plus the incredible cameras in iphones and other android phones today, anyone can just "snap" an image and call it art.

But, what many do  not realize, is that many photographers, myself included, look to the art world for influences and for creating images in photography. Color, lines, texture, etc..those are all necessary in creating an image, and also in creating a painting, sculpture, or other art form. What makes a great image can also make a great painting.

What about Technical and Artistic Skills?

For me, the most beautiful and art worthy images are ones that have thought put into them, and are full of technical and artistic skill. There is a huge difference between a snap shot and an image that clearly had thought put into how it was going to be photographed. Technical skills were put to use, as was artistic ability.

Correct lighting is imperative. After all, the word, photograph, comes from the Greek, and means painting with light. So, in a sense, when we create an image, we should be "painting with light".

Impact. What does the image say to you or how does it impact you? The best images provoke some kind of emotion..whether that is anger, happiness, sadness, or sheer rage. There is an impact to it that brings the viewer into the image much like a Rembrandt painting from years ago.

So, when you are looking for a photographer to "make a memory" or "capture your memory" or "just take a few photos", remember that some of us to consider this an art form and are willing to use our technical and artistic skill, plus "painting with light" skills to create an art worth image for you.

I am in the business of photography and wish to give you artwork, that just happens to be your family, so you can love it in your home now, and pass it down to future generations.

There is a difference.

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Jesse and Michaela http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/9/jesse-and-michaela So honored and thankful I was able to be a part of this wedding. Traveling back to Michigan and seeing many people who I began a relationship with five years ago and seeing the growth they have all experienced was so joyful.

Michalea is one of my youngest daughter's best friends, and even though they now live in two different states miles away, I am certain they will continue their friendship. A beautiful wedding; a beautiful setting, and a beautiful couple.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Importance of Family Portraiture http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-importance-of-family-portraiture There is so much more to being a "photographer" than just picking up a camera and calling yourself a photographer. Photography is a craft, a skill, and has so many techniques that are necessary in order to capture the best image of you and your family.

My goal is to showcase you, your love, and each other and in order to do that, I need a certain skill set. I am in the business of photography, and I just happen to be a photographer that values you and your family. Choosing Songs of Life Photography Studio will not get you the cheapest photographer around, but over 35 years experience in the photography world, respect, unparalleled customer service, skill, technique, and a knowledge of my craft.

You and your family are worth investing in, and having a tangible heirloom that you can love in your home now and pass down to future generations is priceless.

Visit the following article that gives you a little insight into what it means to have art, that happens to be your family, in your home.

Your Family is Worth Investing In

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Ivonne, Samantha, and Mia http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/ivonne-samantha-and-mia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back in May, I offered a "giveaway" for those wishing to have images of their family. I asked to leave comments about why having a photo session is important to you and why.

Ivonne's response touched my heart. Here she is with her two beautiful daughters, Samantha and Mia. Beautiful family, beautiful hearts.

 

 

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Family Portrait Day http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/family-portrait-day

Every year, Songs of Life Photography Studio hosts a Family Portrait Day at a local forest preserve. Donation only sessions are held for 20 minutes and give all families an opportunity to have beautiful images of their family at the cost they decide upon. The donations collected are given to two different organizations: Mutual Ground, a Domestic Violence shelter, and  the Yorkville High School Senior Cross Country and Track scholarship for seniors wishing to run in college. Thank you to all who participated!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Carter at 9 Months http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/carter-at-9-months So, this little one is pretty adorable. Seeing how he has grown during the first year of his life has been incredible. And, now at 9 months having his first outdoor session! Can't wait to see him in another three months!

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The Kelly Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-kelly-family
  The Kelly family is wonderful. Connor is always happy, loving, and full of life. I have had the joy of photographing them several times, and I hope many more years to come. This session was a little different; using a solid backdrop instead of a scenic one. It puts the focus on them, where it belongs!

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The Miner Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-miner-family
So, what do you do when your family comes in from out of town? Have a photo session! Beautiful family, beautiful forest preserve, and a wonderful time.

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Morgan and Kurt http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/morgan-and-kurt There is something about watching your children's friends grow up that seems surreal. Beautiful setting, beautiful couple, and beautiful wedding at Whitetail Ridge in Yorkville!

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Alexis http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/alexis
Graduating from high school is a pretty amazing feat, and Alexis has accomplished much in all her years of education. She is off to Central Michigan University where she will be a member of the track and cross country athletic teams! Fire up Chips! And, congratulations to Alexis!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Messina Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/8/the-messina-family The Messina family are awesome people. Originally, they were to be the "models" at a workshop that I was hosting about photographing in harsh sun. But, that workshop never happened. So, we met for a fun photo session instead, in the harsh sun! Thank  you, Messina family, for sharing your day with me!

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Gnerational Sessions http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/7/a-wonderful-family GENERATIONAL SESSIONS When was the last time you had all your family members together in one place at one time?  And, when was the last time you were all photographed together?

 It might not seem like a valuable or important thing to do now, but as time goes on, this becomes much more priceless. Who is going to look at this image in ten years and wish they did not have this? My guess is no one. They will all treasure this moment and remember it well. It will bring to mind a wonderful time in their life when each family member was able to see each other one more time.

We raise our children to become responsible adults and live their own lives and that often means having them live out of state or even hours away. We miss them and hope that some day, we can all be together again. So, in those moments that you are not together, and not close distance wise,  you can look at images like the ones here, and see yourselves together again. Remember the  moments and remember the times you had, and hopefully, in the future, make new memories with each other.

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Serena http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/7/the-christensen-family Sometimes you just meet people in life and you feel like you have known them for years. Meeting Serena and her mom, Julie for the first time felt like I had been a part of their family for years. Her mom, Julie, and I first met as I was working with a local company promoting my business. Julie is an awesome person, and Serena is just the same. The beautiful connection we have is something I hope never goes away.

Serena is an aspiring musician who performs at local venues and is only a junior in high school! The local venues were asking for digital images so they could make posters to promote her, so I had the honor of photographing her for those posters. She is active in drama, music, summer school classes, and working part time at a local restaurant. She is busy, ambitious and has hopes to attend Belmont in Nashville when she graduates from high school in two years! No doubt she will go far.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Printing and Showcasing your Digital Images http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/6/printing-and-showcasing-your-digital-images By now, many of you know that I value having a piece of your history that you can pass down to your family and friends, and showcasing your beautiful family by having a tangible piece of art work that you can love in your home now. Just read "The Lost Generation" article, or "Why Physical Prints are Preferable to Digital", and see for yourself!

Songs of Life Photography Studio offers many ways for you to showcase your images. Come visit me at the studio and see!

 

Why Physical Prints are Preferable to Digital

The Lost Generation

 

Songs of Life Photography Studio

3 W. Rickard Dr.

Oswego, IL. 60543

630-636-9107

studio@songsoflifephotography.com

Songs of Life Photography Studio serves the greater Chicago land area including Oswego, Yorkville, Aurora, Sugar Grove, Minooka, Elburn, Geneva, Batavia, and Naperville.

SONGS OF LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO was voted BEST OF THE FOX PHOTOGRAPHER in the Kendall County area in 2017

 

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Evelyn is 4! http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/6/evelyn-is-4 You cannot help but laugh when you see this image. Evelyn's expressions were full of life at her birthday session here at the studio. She is 4! And, like Owen, I have known her and her family since she was a baby and get to see her and her brother, Lincoln every year. What a joy! Happy birthday, Evelyn!

Being four is a bundle of fun!

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Owen is 5! http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/6/owen-is-5 Owen is five! Owen and I have a little bit of history considering he was a part of my "daycare family" when he was a baby! I have seen him grow from a three month old to the handsome guy he is today. And, the best part about it is I still get to see him and his family.

Thank you , Jackie and Kevin, for sharing your lives with me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is fun when you are 5!             

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The Arteaga Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/6/the-arteaga-family Riverview Farmstead in Naperville is one of the best locations for photography. Not only do they have one of the biggest red barns I have ever seen, but they have a beautiful walking path, two older historic homes, and plenty of history and beautiful open areas for fun and photography.

And, I met up with one of my favorite families there! The Arteaga family; Erica and Jose, and their two adorable children, Noemi and Joel.

Beautiful children, beautiful parents, and a beautiful setting. Thank you so much, Erica and Jose!

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I am Good Enough http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/6/i-am-good-enough I am Good Enough. Yes, that is right. I am good enough.

Recently a facebook post went viral. This video showed a middle schooler presenting a "poem" about how she was "good enough" to be herself. How she tried to be like others. To fit in. To put on the many "masks" we wear in order to be what others want us to be, or what we think we need to be for others. Or, to fit in.

In Middle School.

We all think of this happening just in middle school, or high school, but I can say it happens all your life. Especially to women. If we are not doing whatever the culture deems impressionable and important, then we are not good enough.

If we do not dress like those who the culture deems important or "in", then we are not good enough.

If we do not follow along and keep up with the Joneses, we are not good enough.

If we do not actively follow you and do what you ask me to do, then we are not good enough.

If we do not appear like those who are deemed important or who have set the cultural norms, then we are not good enough.

Ugh. I am so tired of this. I am so tired of the rampant bullying and exclusion that is in the world today. And, I am not even talking about the political environment today. I am talking about the small scale, in my hometown type of activities that are representative of the above statements.

And, it happens all through adulthood and does not stop in middle or high school.

So, my personal project is going to be "I Am Good Enough". I will be looking for people who wish to participate in my project; showcasing their true, authentic selves just like they are. Because you are good enough.

Check my facebook page for a posting about this soon.

 

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The Ethan Bell Band and the Party Bus http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/6/the-ethan-bell-band-and-the-party-bus My son  is an extraordinary person. I guess I am a little biased because after all, he is my son. But, that is not really the reason he is so incredible. Here he is at age 25, married with four children, a husband, father, musician, teacher, business owner, and band member. He wears a lot of hats and has accomplished so much already.

He and his band have a new single coming out June 22 called "Party Bus", so stay tuned for more info about how to get that single, but in the mean time, enjoy a few images from a recent photo session with a "real' party bus.

My son, Ethan Bell. :) And, in case you are wondering; he is the one wearing the white and red striped shirt.

 

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Best of the Fox http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/5/best-of-the-fox My words do not adequately express my gratitude to all who voted for Songs of Life Photography Studio in the recent "Best of the Fox" contest. There were many wonderful photographers in the category, and you, the people of Kendall County and others in different areas were kind enough to vote for Songs of Life enough times that we came out as "Best".

I am truly honored and so very thankful that you have given me this award. I hope to serve you all to the best of my ability and become your choice photographer for your family, business, and events.

My dream is to eventually have a brick and mortar studio that will also house a Community Arts Center and Children's Art Gallery and can be a place of refuge and education for the community. Thank you again for giving me this great honor!

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