Spring Splendor Enhances Portraits

Springtime at Graue Mill

The beauty of Spring flowers uplifts our spirits each year. But did you know that the soft green color of the new leaves can do the same? Lasting only for a few weeks, the translucent quality of the leaves as they begin to take shape gives a light, airy feel to the portrraits that can't be found any other time of the year.

Take time now to plan your upcoming outdoor portrait. The mild temperatures of May and June offer wonderful opportunities for family and children's portrait sessions. Our current portrait specials offer great opportunities for savings. May 9th is Mother's Day, and portrait gift certificates are a great way to give her what she really wants!

Call 708-246-4511 for information on the latest specials, or e-mail us and we will get right back to you.

Taking time for personal work

Those of you who know me well, understand that I always put my customers first. My obligations are many, and there is a lot more to my business than just the photography. It has been years since I have taken the time to photograph any personal pictures, the last being the ones I did of my cat Nicholas in 2003 before he passed away.

Without children of my own to photograph, it is the cats that become my subjects. We have four now, having lost our beloved Simba a couple of years ago. Of course, I had not taken any pictures of him, but being a very friendly cat who spent several months living at the studio, he did manage to work his way into a few customers sessions. In one memorable instance, we had to include him in order to convince a reluctant toddler to sit for a portrait.

In January, we learned that our sweet himalayan cat Kiersten, had a cancerous growth on her chest. Although we had it removed, we learned from the biopsy that the cancer would likely return and spread, threatening her life within another six to nine months.

These images were captured shortly before her surgery.Kiersten close upSpeedy and gracefulThe bounding kittyKiersten, the queen

Kiersten is a sweet, loving cat who is most comfortable sitting on your lap. At the same time, you can't let her beauty and grace fool you, because she is also a fierce huntress. We have only captured a few of her moves, here, but my goal is to have a comprehensive collection of her many personalities so that when I am finished, I can make a personal album to give to my husband Stan for a special gift. Kiersten is his cat, and he has had her now for 13 years. It will never be long enough for him, and I can only hope my gift will help keep her alive in his memory in the years to come. After all, that is our purpose in life (professional photographers). I do it for my clients, it is the least I should do for myself and my family.

Lori Sorrells

Winter Savings on Business Portraits

 Business Portrait    If you have been thinking about updating your business portrait, now is
  the time. A fresh, professional-looking image will positively affect the
  impact of your marketing pieces, and with social networking growing
  more important by the day, you can't afford to use snapshots and old
  photos anymore.

     Our standard session costs $210 and will include studio photography
  and basic retouching on your favorite pose. We'll e-mail you professionally
  retouched digital files within a few days of your order.

     For a limited time, you can receive a Free Backup CD, valued at $10,
  and a Free B&W Upgrade, giving you a second set of files from your
  retouched color pose. This normally runs $15, but if you book by
  January 31, 2010, you can get both for free, a $25 value.

                          BRING A FRIEND AND SAVE EVEN MORE!

   Not to say the session isn't fun, but how much more fun would it be if you brought along a friend? You probably have a partner or co-worker who could also use a portrait, if you book your sessions for the same date, you can each save $50 off the regular price of $210. You will each receive the free backup CD, so your total savings is $60 each.

   Don't wait, appointments are available during weekdays and weekends, but won't last long. Call now for more information 708-246-4511, or visit our Business Web Page to see more examples.

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2009 in-review. 2010 in the queue.

   As we make our way through another holiday season and 2009 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients for allowing us the opportunity to create something special for them. We’ve created many touching portraits this year, and look forward to the new ones yet to be made. We have started upgrading our equipment this year, in anticipation of the great moments ahead.

    With a new computer system as our foundation, we will be able to increase our speed and efficiency, making it possible to complete orders in a shorter time frame. We will also be posting selected images from some of our portrait sessions here on our blog to share with you. Look here, as well, for the introduction of some new and exciting products designed especially for our clients.

   To start the new year off right, we will be featuring a Business Portrait Special for the month of January. This will help you with your own marketing projects, social networking and promotional pieces. Look for this to be posted early next week, with an e-mail message sent to those of you on our mailing list.

In closing, we wish everyone a safe and prosperous 2010.


Let the beauty of Fall colors grace your next portrait

   Did you miss out on having a summer portrait taken? No worries, the fall season is upon us and offers one last chance for that outdoor portrait you've been wanting. You need to plan now, though, because the seasons can change fast, and colors won't last long.

fall family portrait

   Now through October 10th, you can book your session and take advantage of our lowest prices this year. Package includes the session fee (photographer's choice, regularly $175) and one 11x14 custom retouched portrait in our classic finish (valued between $195 and $245).  Prices are as follows:

$99  for one child

$119  for two children

$139  for larger groups and families

   You can book by phone or e-mail, we accept all major credit cards. Session dates are offered on a first come basis. Call now for the best choices of times. Weekends are available, including Saturdays and Sundays. Most popular dates are October 17-18 and 24-25.

   Visit our Galleries for more portrait ideas. Our Helpful Guides section will offer suggestions for choosing the right clothing. And, as always, I am available to help you anytime with your questions. You can reach me at my studio number daytime, evenings or weekends. I look forward to hearing from you, and hope we can together create a memorable portrait.

Lori Sorrells