Archive for June, 2011

June 24, 2011

Neil + Violet = Engaged

I’ve been really excited to blog about this engagement session. Violet and Neil are the type of couple that a photographer wishes for. They were so loving and naturally affectionate with one another, even when I didn’t have my camera in their face. Actually, it was almost difficult to get them to just look at the camera and smile for more than a shot or two at a time! I told them this, and Violet responded, “Well, you told us to treat it like a date, so we are!” (Wow, I need to use that one more often!) hee hee. At one point, I turned my back for one second, and turned around to catch them in the middle of a very serious game of thumb war 🙂

They have such a beautiful story, too! They met on eharmony, and  “clicked”. They met at a local Starbucks on January 2nd, 2010. From that moment, they hit it off, and Neil proposed to Violet in June. They went to the beach and while we they were walking around in the sand, he asked her to “turn around and don’t peek!”.  When he asked Violet to turn around, it said “Will you marry me” in the sand. 

Violet and Neil are a unique couple, so I wanted this engagement session to be unique to their relationship. Some of the locations were selected based on where they met and where Neil proposed. Neil plays guitar a lot and sings, so he brought his guitar, and I was lucky to hear him play one of the songs he wrote. It was beautiful! They pamper each other with lots of love notes and flowers, so we hung some of the notes in the background of some of the shots, and Violet likes to go  muddin’  in her truck, which we had to include as well! She told me that her truck is her 3rd baby (Neil, her cat, then the truck). Oh! And the quilt in some of the pictures, was her baby blanket 🙂

I enjoyed this session so much, and I’m looking forward to photographing their wedding in August!

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June 22, 2011

Summer Mini Sessions

It’s the first day of summer, and I’m excited to offer summer mini sessions! Spaces are limited, so email me at joni@jonigirvanphotography.com to secure your session. If you cannot make it to any of the dates listed below, I am still booking limited regular $200 summer sessions through the end of August, even on some weekday evenings, and I’d be happy to include a disk of the images with your session.

I’ll be doing some more mini sessions in the fall, just in time for holiday cards! If you aren’t already following my blog, please subscribe to receive updates of mini sessions, discounts and other fun news 🙂 And please feel free to pass this along to friends who might be interested. I’m looking forward to photographing your family this summer!

June 7, 2011

Cowboy Vintage

I am sure I say it every time I post about this family. But it’s true. They’re my favorite. Not only were they my first “real” client, but they have been loyal to me ever since. I have the honor of photographing them a couple of times per year, when I visit my family in California. It has been so much fun seeing the kids grow up. The little ones (they’re twins) are at the age where they can follow directions, but still add a little of their own personality into every shot. Gabi, their older sister, is by far, the most mature and helpful fifth grader that I’ve met. Alan does a great job of making everyone laugh just at the right time, which gives natural emotion to the photos. And Randi… She is just the best at putting everything together. She does such a wonderful job with everyone’s outfits and props. It goes to show that with a little planning, you can really turn a regular family portrait session into a fabulous one. The other thing about this particular session, is that a lot of the clothes that Randi selected hold sentimental value to her. Randi’s boots were her moms from about 35 years ago. The girl’s outfits were made by her mom about 30 years ago, and the quilt was made by her great grandma over 50 years ago! You will see the quilt in all of their photo sessions – I just love that. Randi also ordered the most beautiful hair pieces for all of the girls from Love Crush Bowtique.

Okay, are you ready to check ’em out? Enjoy the pictures of this beautiful family!

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