Songs of Life: Blog http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog en-us SONGS OF LIFE PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO, LLC 2017 studio@songsoflifephotography.com (Songs of Life) Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:24:00 GMT Mon, 04 Dec 2017 19:24:00 GMT http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/img/s/v-5/u269546784-o1008110783-50.jpg Songs of Life: Blog http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog 120 120 The Sutarik Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/12/the-sutarik-family I know I say it often, but it is a wonderful thing to see families every year and to see the growth and change in their children. The Sutariks are one of those families! They have been with me since the beginning, and I have seen Luke and Jp grow from babies to the wonderful boys they are today, and the addition of Mason to the family. Thanks so much for giving me the joy and honor of photographing you, Sutarik family!

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Giving to Others http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/12/giving-to-others Love and ConnectionLove and ConnectionA beautiful example of a mother's love for her son.

December can be a busy, crazy month. Many are running around trying to figure out what to buy for friends and family in addition to all the other activities and day to day events that are a part of their lives. Many ideas exist on what to give friends and family, and many are different and not your typical gift. I prefer the different, not typical gift rather than ones that are "usual". Of course, any gift given is loved and appreciated because it comes from the heart. And, that is what is most important. But, have you ever considered giving the gift of time?

Read below to get some ideas for your next gift for Christmas, birthdays or any special time in your families and friends lives!

The Gift of Time

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Peyton and Wren http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/peyton-and-wren

I believe that every photo session is wonderful. Even though we come into them with certain expectations, we cannot predict how our children will react. Wren and Peyton are two beautiful, wonderful children, and we got beautiful images of both of them. Being a fun loving, full of life two year old makes it difficult to sit still, so we as the photographers need to accommodate that! After all is said and done, we captured the true moments of each of them. Beautiful children, beautiful images!

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The Muth Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-muth-family
I have know the Muth family for many years and even cared for Tess on occasion. Hoover Forest Preserve was the place, and even though the weather was cool and windy, it did not dampen our session. Beautiful family, beautiful images!

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The Shupe Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-shupe-family
Busy lives, busy family; but not too busy for a photo session. Riverview Farmstead was the place and the Shupe family, who own their own business, All Storm Solutions, found Songs of Life Photography Studio through the Oswego Chamber. Love doing business with other small business owners! Beautiful family, beautiful images!

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Alyssa http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/Alyssa

Alyssa is graduating in 2018! She came to me from a referral and we were able to fit in the last bit of fall color in our session. The light was beautiful and so is she and her family. All senior sessions include a mini family session, too, so the family took advantage of this during Alyssa's session at beautiful Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville. Congratulations, Alyssa!

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Snapshots or Portraits? http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/snapshots-or-portraits
Love and ConnectionLove and ConnectionA beautiful example of a mother's love for her son. Snapshot or Portrait? What is the difference? Is there any?

I have heard over and over again how everyone is a photographer. What does that mean? That everyone can take a photo? Well, if everyone has a smart phone with a good camera then, yes. But is that image a portrait?

Portrait: (I like this definition) A word picture of a persons appearance and character. Usually the head and shoulders. In other words,  a "likeness" of the person or persons. It could be a painting, sculpture or other form of art as well.

What is a snapshot?

Snapshot: an informal photograph taken quickly, typically with a small handheld camera.

So, is everyone a photographer?

Do you want a snapshot or do you want a portrait of your family hanging on the wall of your home that you can love in your home now and pass down to future generations? Perhaps, both. I have both in my home. Special portraits of my family that are hanging on the walls that are true heirlooms that I can give to my children in future years, and fun, small prints of them doing crazy things when they were younger. Both tell stories and both are priceless.

What Do You Value?

Think about that one. Usually, whatever you value you will be willing to pay for and invest time into. If you value your family and children, you will do what you can to be sure they have what they need. If you value your family and children, you will invest in them with time and money. When my children were younger, I was a whiz at figuring out ways to help them succeed. One of my daughters and I bartered mucking horse stalls and feeding horses every day in order for her to take horse back riding lessons. I cleaned a gymnastics facility in order for my daughters to take gymnastics lessons. We may not have money in order to invest in what we value, but we do have time.

How many families pay thousands of dollars each year to go to Disney World? That is a huge expense that holds a lot of memories and is an incredible experience. They value that so they will pay for that.

I value great customer service, humility, and giving back to the community. So, I will invest in and pay  more for something if it is at a store that offers great customer service, is local (family owned business), and truly cares about it's customers. It does not have to be all about the lowest cost. But, then again, if that is what you value; paying the cheapest you can for something, then everything I just said does not matter to you.

So, why hire a professional photographer?

It depends on what you value. If you are just looking for the cheapest way to get someone to take your family's photographs, then you will find a slew of photographers who are hobbyists and weekend warriors doing just that. And, they will hand you digital images that you will now have to do something with. If on the other hand, you value great customer service, having an actual designed art piece in your home, and full service, then yes, hire someone who is in the business of photography who is trained and knows how to interact with your children and produce images that are different than the hobbyists.

Watching this video below will give you a little insight into that why.

So, the next time you are looking for a wonderful experience, great customer service, beautiful portraits of your family, children, high school seniors and heirlooms for your home, please give me a call.

 

 

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The Otto Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-otto-family
The Otto Family

Seeing this wonderful family every year has been a joy. Meeting Ryan and Mary for maternity photos started our relationship, and now, Henry is 2 and another Otto baby is one the way! Thank you Otto family for giving me the joy of photographing your family as it grows!

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The Rocco Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/the-rocco-family
The Rocco Family

Seeing Audriana and Vinny grow up for the last several years has been such a joy. The Roccos are one of the Legacy Partners with Songs of Life Photography, in that, they have been with me from the beginning through all the changes in the business, and I am truly thankful for that! I am so glad I get to see them every year!

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Sarah http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/sarah
Sarah

Songs of Life Photography Studio specializes in families, children, and seniors, but we have been known to photograph individuals now and then. Sarah is one of those individuals. She is a bank manager, in charge of many things at a local chamber, and has a beautiful family. We had a brief discussion about how we, as women, do not even think about getting our own portrait taken unless it is for a certain purpose. We are usually thinking of our family, or others and the need for a portrait of them, but not usually of ourselves. This session did have a purpose, and that purpose was head shots for Sarah. She is beautiful inside and out, and my goal next year is to help women see that they are beautiful inside and out by  offering sessions just for women. We need to know that we are just as valuable and having our portrait taken is just as purposeful and important as our families and children. Watch for more info coming next year, and in the meantime enjoy reading more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Does Displaying Family Portraits Increase Your Child's Self Esteem? http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/11/does-displaying-family-portraits-increase-your-childs-self-esteem How Displaying Family Portraits Increases Your Child's Self Esteem

Just a few examples above of wonderful, beautiful children being themselves during a session. How do you think these children will feel seeing these images on the wall or in an album in their home? What if they just lived on a computer or on a phone and they did not see them every day. Out of sight out of mind, right? Read on if you are interested in seeing the value of having your child's images displayed in your home!

How Displaying Family Portraits Increases Self Esteem in Your Children

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Mariah and Ron http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/10/mariah-and-ron Ron and Mariah

I do not consider myself a wedding photography only. Wedding photography is it's own entity in a way, as there is so much that goes into photographing a wedding. I love being at weddings and seeing the beauty of the bride and groom, the love that the parents share, and the connection with friends. Ron and Mariah had all of the above at their wedding day and the rain and tornado watch could not dampen anyone's fun or love. Beautiful day, beautiful wedding, beautiful couple.

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The Perona Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-perona-family October is one of the busiest months for photographers as families choose to have images taken in the peak color season. In my area, it is not very consistent with color in the fall. Even still, many families are able to have beautiful sessions even if the tree color is not changing. And, the Perona family is one of those families. The clothing colors Jody chose just  pop with the deep greens  of the grass and trees, great ideas were shared for posing, and the images turned out beautifully. Thank you again, Perona family, for a wonderful session!

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The Huff Family http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/10/the-huff-family

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Naperville  Riverwalk is a wonderful place to have a family photo session. Even though it is busy most of the time, there are plenty of places to sit down at, relax, read a book, and then do some photographing.

The Huff family came ready for all of the above. We walked to the bridges, found a secluded hill near the river, and an area for the girls to look at a book together.

Beautiful family, beautiful day, beautiful images! Thank you again, Huff family. It is a joy and honor to be your photographer~

 

 

 

 

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Artistic Value in Photography http://www.songsoflifephotography.com/blog/2017/9/artistic-value-in-photography

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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