Jessica Guthrie Photography: Blog http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Jessica Guthrie Photography. All Rights Reserved. jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com (Jessica Guthrie Photography) Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:07:00 GMT Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:07:00 GMT http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u284824030-o588986197-50.jpg Jessica Guthrie Photography: Blog http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog 86 120 Jessica Guthrie Photography is moving... http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/jessica-guthrie-photography-is-moving

 

I realize that some people like short stories… and others like stories that are more detailed. So, here’s the short story for those of you who prefer brevity:

After much consideration, I am closing the studio at 101 S. Madison in Pittsfield, this month, and will start working from my home office, which is also in Pittsfield. There are several reasons, mostly personal, and a piece of my heart is breaking, but I do plan to continue to do the kind of photography I enjoy doing. This move will allow me to be more efficient with my time and resources and, in turn, better serve my fabulous clients.

And for those of you who like details:

I am finally admitting that I can’t do everything I want to do, all at once. It only took 40 years, but I guess I’m now finally mature enough to admit it. And now that I am (reluctantly) admitting that I am not Superwoman, I need to make some changes for my happiness and sanity, as well as that of my family.

Most people would assume the business isn’t doing well and that I have given up. I wish it were that simple. The business is doing surprisingly well for the amount of time I have been able to devote to it. And that last part is the important part: The amount of time I have been able to devote to it. With my husband working overseas, my kids deeply involved in sports, purchasing and renovating a home (which already has built-in office space), and having a large family locally, I often find that my time is not my own.

Any entrepreneur or small business owner will tell you that starting a business is very much like having a new baby. There is a lot of time, nurturing and resources that go into it. It becomes a sort of obsession. You eat, sleep and breathe your business, which I was fully prepared to do. Last fall I did not realize how much time I wouldn’t have to focus on building a business. On several occasions, I had to close the studio early, or for the day, based on my kids’ sports schedules and activities, or when my husband was coming home for a few weeks. That doesn’t serve my clients well, and I felt guilty for not providing the level of customer service my clients deserve by having regular studio hours. So, for the amount of time I was able to focus on the studio and my clients, the business has done very well.

I know some of you may have questions. I’ll do my best to answer them here. Yes, I will continue to be a professional portrait photographer for those who would like to use my services. I have worked out of my home office for a couple of weeks now and it has worked out very well. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with my clients these past several months and plan to do so even more in the future. I will do special projects, like the Tween Who I Am project, farm legacy projects and Just Gorgeous sessions. I will do full portrait sessions for families, seniors and kids. I will photograph special occasions, such as weddings and family reunions. I will have special events for the community, like Pet Photos with Santa. As for passport photos, I plan to do “Passport-palooza” events every so often so that anyone planning to get or renew their passports can come in and get them done. I won’t be doing passport photos by appointment any longer.

I will also no longer be doing mini sessions. There are plenty of photographers around the area who can take a few good pictures of your kids and family and burn them to a disc for you to use as you see fit. I don’t feel my best best work is represented by these quick sessions and I want to provide my clients with the best images I can create and the best service I can provide. I enjoy meeting with my clients before and after their sessions, getting to know them so I can create images they are proud to show off online, in albums and on their walls.

I will honor all gift certificates and gifted sessions as outlined on the gift certificate or awarding email. Simply contact me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or on Facebook messenger and we can set a time and talk about the kind of session you’d like to have. If you have a certificate for a studio session, that will not be a problem. I am bringing some of the studio equipment to my home and will have the ability to set up for a session. I’ll even have access to a brick wall. Or, we can plan for something on location, if you prefer.

I want to thank the community for taking a chance on me and allowing all of the opportunities it has afforded to me. I look forward to capturing even more of your favorite moments in the months and years to come.

Jessica

(Former Superwoman wannabe)

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jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com (Jessica Guthrie Photography) http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/8/jessica-guthrie-photography-is-moving Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:56:18 GMT
May 2017 Newsletter: More Tweens needed! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/may-2017-newsletter-more-tweens-needed Here is the latest news from the Jessica Guthrie Photography studio...

Sessions Booking Now

 

FREE Tween Sessions

It's a personal mission of mine to make females of all ages feel gorgeous, inside and out. Some of the toughest times in a girl's life are the Tween years... ages 10-12. In the hopes of making a difference in some girls' lives, I am offering the Who I Am Project again in May... with a twist. My 11-year-old son, Xan, thought it was unfair that only girls got to participate in this project... and I can't say  I blame him. How sexist of me to think that boys wouldn't love this opportunity, too! So, you'll see his images soon, but this project is absolutely, also for BOYS ages 10-12. You can learn more about these special, limited-time sessions here: Tween Sessions in May

 

 

 

 

Just Gorgeous Generations Sessions

A day of hair and makeup, portrait and laughter with the lovely ladies in your life? And the images to enjoy for generations to come? Amazing! Celebrate your mom, grandmother, daughter, by booking a Just Gorgeous Generations session. These sessions include professional hair and makeup application, individual and group images. Sessions are for up to four people and start at $259 per person, with a $150 non-refundable deposit per person required to reserve your date. Book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the deposit at the time of booking and the deposit goes toward the portrait products you choose... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks. You can also learn more about Just Gorgeous sessions by clicking here.

 

Birthday Mini Sessions June 10!

One Saturday each month I will be offering an afternoon of discounted studio sessions for birthday portraits of people of all ages. The only requirement is that their birthday be in the current, previous or following month! This is limited to six sessions each month, and the next one will be June 10 from 1-4 p.m.  May, June and July "babies" welcome! Check the ad above for details and book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the session at the time of booking... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passport Photos Available!

I can now take your passport photo! $12.99 ($14, with tax) will get you four 2x2-inch images within an hour. You can call to make an appointment, or stop by the studio anytime during regular business hours, which as Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I highly recommend coming in before 4:15 p.m. because natural light makes the best photos and the sun is going down way too early these days!

 

 

 

 

Give a timeless, priceless and VERY personalized gift with a studio gift certificate!

Birthday, anniversary, engagement, wedding... just because... Giving Jessica Guthrie Photography gift certificates mean you will give the gift of captured memories... and those are priceless, timeless and incredibly personalized!

I can have a personalized gift certificate ready for you in moments... just stop on by the studio at 101 South Madison on the historic Pittsfield Courthouse Square, or I can have it ready for you to pick up. Just call (217) 407-4448, send an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Spring Photography Workshops Continue!

 

I have published the spring schedule for photography classes and they started last month! Everyone must take Photography 101 first, but can then branch out and take any of the other workshops. The next Photography 101 workshop is coming up soon! Register by emailing me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com. Participants must be 14 years old or older. For details go to the Classes page of this site.

Do you get this news direct to your inbox?

Don't forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter... you'll get information like the stuff found here before anyone else, which will be helpful if you're interested in a limited-time mini session, class or special event!

Just Gorgeous Junque

If you like up-cycled furniture you'll be happy to know that the majority of the pieces in the studio are for sale! Everything for sale is tagged with a price... you can keep tabs of new things I've created by visiting the Just Gorgeous Junque Facebook page. Know of someone who might like my Junque but doesn't live nearby? Through Etsy Just Gorgeous Junque can ship just about anywhere in the States. CHECK OUT THE ETSY SHOP HERE.

In Conclusion

So you made it all the way to the bottom of this!? Whew! Thank you for your dedication! Be sure to join my email list to ensure you get the latest news and first crack at limited portrait sessions!

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Tween Sessions continue! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/tween-sessions-continue  

FREE Tween Studio Sessions continue...

It's not easy being a Tween... really! Tweens aren't quite little kids, and they aren't quite teens. Age 10-12 can be tough and awkward as they try to make that transition from kid to teenager. I know it was a tough time for me, personally. Because of that, I have a special place in my heart for this age group. In March I photographed nine fantastic Tweens... all the slots I had scheduled for this project! There were so many more people interested in this project that I've open up session times in May.

If you hadn't heard, here's the story behind the Tween sessions: 

I'm making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. It’s not easy being a Tween. The goal is to help tweens  - both girls and boys - look and feel amazing, and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high and high school… something I lost at that age. Here’s my story…. The “why” I’m doing this project... It Ain't Easy Being a Tween

 

Who I’m looking for

I am looking for models for my photography project, ages 10-12. I will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.

 

Why "Who I Am"?

I want to capture the the personality of these Tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young adults. I want them to realize how amazing they are so that they are confident in themselves before they hit junior high and high school. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your Tween’s self-image!

Sessions will only be offered the afternoons of Tuesday, May 9; Thursday, May 11; Tuesday May 16 and Thursday May 18, 2017 at this time.  Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience I provide. The in-studio session itself is complimentary and includes an 8x10 print of the Tween’s favorite portrait, as well as their personalized video on the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page (with the Tween's and parents' permission). My goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your child's spirit and soul!  Many people like to use these photos as birthday, Mother’s Day, and “just because” gifts. My portrait collections start at $159.

How to participate, or nominate a friend:

Please e-mail me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this.

Make sure you include the following information in your email:

Tween's Name:
Parent's Name:
Parent email address:
Parent phone number:
Session dates and times (from the list in red above) that work for your Tween's schedule:
Tween's hobby or sport:

Additional information that might be helpful:

 

After you email me, I will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your child.

Thank you for your interest!

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Christina's Bridal Boudoir Session http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/christinas-bridal-boudoir-session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christina's lucky fiancé is getting a gorgeous wedding gift: an album full of Christina's Just Gorgeous boudoir session. Here's a few images from this lovely lady's session...

 

 

 

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April 2017 Monthly Newsletter: Spring and Prom Mini Sessions http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/april-newsletter  

Click here for May's Newsletter

 

 

Spring sessions have kicked off and the studio has been busy with Just Gorgeous, Easter, birthday and tween sessions! 

Here is the latest news from the Jessica Guthrie Photography studio...

Sessions Booking Now

 

Spring Studio Sessions

I will continue to offer Spring Studio Sessions on through the end of the month For $129 plus tax you will receive a 45-minute session, five high-resolution images with a print release, and five 8x10 prints. Book your session by sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the session at the time of booking... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks.

Prom Mini Sessions April 22!

The studio will be open for Prom mini sessions from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, April 22! No appointment necessary... stop on in and we'll get some quick snaps. Images will be ready later that evening on the Jessica Guthrie Photography page to post and share. High resolution images will be available the following week via an emailed Dropbox link.  $1o per person. Want prints? No problem! You'll still get digital files with your print package: Print package A, which includes six 5x7s and a set of 16 wallets is an additional $30. Print package B which includes two 5x7s and a set of 8 wallets is $20. Questions? Email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. Fees must be paid on April 22.

 

Just Gorgeous Generations Sessions

A day of hair and makeup, portrait and laughter with the lovely ladies in your life? And the images to enjoy for generations to come? Amazing! Celebrate your mom, grandmother, daughter, by booking a Just Gorgeous Generations session. These sessions include professional hair and makeup application, individual and group images. Sessions are for up to four people and start at $259 per person, with a $150 non-refundable deposit per person required to reserve your date. Book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the deposit at the time of booking and the deposit goes toward the portrait products you choose... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks. You can also learn more about Just Gorgeous sessions by clicking here.

 

Birthday Mini Sessions May 6!

One Saturday each month I will be offering an afternoon of discounted studio sessions for birthday portraits of people of all ages. The only requirement is that their birthday be in the current, previous or following month! This is limited to six sessions each month, and the next one will be May 6 from 1-4 p.m.  April, May and June "babies" welcome! Check the ad above for details and book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the session at the time of booking... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks.

 

 

 

 

 

Tween Sessions were a Success!

I photographed nine tweens last month and it was so much fun! It's a personal mission of mine to make females of all ages feel gorgeous, inside and out. Some of the toughest times in a kid's life are the Tween years... ages 10-12. In the hopes of making a difference in some of these Tweens' lives, I am planning to offer the Who I Am Project again at the end of May. You can learn more about these special, limited-time sessions here: FREE Tween Sessions  

 

 

 

Passport Photos Available!

I can now take your passport photo! $12.99 ($14, with tax) will get you four 2x2-inch images within an hour. You can call to make an appointment, or stop by the studio anytime during regular business hours, which as Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I highly recommend coming in before 4:15 p.m. because natural light makes the best photos and the sun is going down way too early these days!

 

Give a timeless, priceless and VERY personalized gift with a studio gift certificate!

Birthday, anniversary, engagement, wedding... just because... Giving Jessica Guthrie Photography gift certificates mean you will give the gift of captured memories... and those are priceless, timeless and incredibly personalized!

I can have a personalized gift certificate ready for you in moments... just stop on by the studio at 101 South Madison on the historic Pittsfield Courthouse Square, or I can have it ready for you to pick up. Just call (217) 407-4448, send an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

 

 

Spring Photography Workshops Kicked Off!

 

I have published the spring schedule for photography classes and they started last month! Everyone must take Photography 101 first, but can then branch out and take any of the other workshops. The next Photography 101 workshop will be May 27th! Register by emailing me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com. Participants must be 14 years old or older. For details go to the Classes page of this site.

Do you get this news direct to your inbox?

Don't forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter... you'll get information like the stuff found here before anyone else, which will be helpful if you're interested in a limited-time mini session, class or special event!

Just Gorgeous Junque

If you like up-cycled furniture you'll be happy to know that the majority of the pieces in the studio are for sale! Everything for sale is tagged with a price... you can keep tabs of new things I've created by visiting the Just Gorgeous Junque Facebook page. Know of someone who might like my Junque but doesn't live nearby? Through Etsy Just Gorgeous Junque can ship just about anywhere in the States. CHECK OUT THE ETSY SHOP HERE.

Spring Studio Hours

Spring studio hours start March 6th! Jessica Guthrie Photography spring studio hours are Noon to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, and other times by appointment or special event. With the weather getting warmer, I'll be working more away from the studio! Occasionally I need to close the studio additional days for personal reasons. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my clients, but my family comes first! Even if the studio is closed, I will still check email and Facebook messages during these times, so feel free to send me a message!

In Conclusion

So you made it all the way to the bottom of this!? Whew! Thank you for your dedication! Be sure to join my email list to ensure you get the latest news and first crack at limited portrait sessions!

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March 2017 Monthly Newsletter: Free Tween Sessions and more! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/march-2017-monthly-newsletter-free-tween-sessions-and-more After sone down time with my family, I'm ready to start taking on a variety of Spring sessions! There is lots going on, from Tween and Senior sessions to Just Gorgeous Generations sessions!

Here is the latest news from the Jessica Guthrie Photography studio...

Sessions Booking Now

FREE Tween Sessions

It's a personal mission of mine to make females of all ages feel gorgeous, inside and out. Some of the toughest times in a girl's life are the Tween years... ages 10-12. In the hopes of making a difference in some girls' lives, I am offering the Who I Am Project during the month of March. You can learn more about these special, limited-time sessions here: FREE Tween Sessions in March

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Gorgeous Generations Sessions

A day of hair and makeup, portrait and laughter with the lovely ladies in your life? And the images to enjoy for generations to come? Amazing! Celebrate your mom, grandmother, daughter, by booking a Just Gorgeous Generations session. These sessions include professional hair and makeup application, individual and group images. Sessions are for up to four people and start at $259 per person, with a $150 non-refundable deposit per person required to reserve your date. Book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the deposit at the time of booking and the deposit goes toward the portrait products you choose... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks. You can also learn more about Just Gorgeous sessions by clicking here.

 

Senior Portrait Open House March 13th!

If you're a member of the Class of 2017 or 2018, it's time to plan for your senior portraits! I will have an open house at the studio from 7-9 p.m. Monday, March 13. Stop by and check out my work, tell me what you're looking for in a portrait session, and look at the fun portrait products available. Plus, I'll be giving sessions away.... For details, click here.

 

 

 

 

Birthday Mini Sessions April 1!

One Saturday each month I will be offering an afternoon of discounted studio sessions for birthday portraits of people of all ages. The only requirement is that their birthday be in the current, previous or following month! This is limited to six sessions each month, and the next one will be April 1 from 1-4 p.m. March, April and May babies welcome! Check the ad on the left for details and book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the session at the time of booking... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Passport Photos Available!

I can now take your passport photo! $12.99 ($14, with tax) will get you four 2x2-inch images within an hour. You can call to make an appointment, or stop by the studio anytime during regular business hours, which as Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I highly recommend coming in before 4:15 p.m. because natural light makes the best photos and the sun is going down way too early these days!

 

Give a timeless, priceless and VERY personalized gift with a studio gift certificate!

Birthday, anniversary, engagement, wedding... just because... Giving Jessica Guthrie Photography gift certificates mean you will give the gift of captured memories... and those are priceless, timeless and incredibly personalized!

I can have a personalized gift certificate ready for you in moments... just stop on by the studio at 101 South Madison on the historic Pittsfield Courthouse Square, or I can have it ready for you to pick up. Just call (217) 407-4448, send an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Do you get this news direct to your inbox?

Don't forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter... you'll get information like the stuff found here before anyone else, which will be helpful if you're interested in a limited-time mini session, class or special event!

Just Gorgeous Junque: More headed to new homes

I was thrilled to have sold some more Just Gorgeous Junque last month. I still have other pieces available, of course. If you like up-cycled furniture you'll be happy to know that the majority of the pieces in the studio are for sale! Everything for sale is tagged with a price... you can keep tabs of new things I've created by visiting the Just Gorgeous Junque Facebook page. Know of someone who might like my Junque but doesn't live nearby? Through Etsy Just Gorgeous Junque can ship just about anywhere in the States. CHECK OUT THE ETSY SHOP HERE.

 

Spring Photography Workshops Announced!

I have published the spring schedule for photography classes and they start this month! Everyone must take Photography 101 first, but can then branch out and take any of the other workshops. The first workshop, on March 25th, only has one spot left! Register by emailing me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com. Participants must be 14 years old or older. For details go to the Classes page of this site.

 

 

 


 

 

Help Wanted

I am looking for freelance hair stylists and makeup artists who would like to partner with me for Just Gorgeous sessions. These professionals should understand the techniques needed for photography and be willing to learn new styles, if necessary. 

Models Wanted

Thank you to those of  you who shared my request for models with your friends and family. I have had some great people who have stepped up to work with me.

I still have a few concept shoots I would like to do and need YOUR help finding the perfect “models!” Models for concept sessions must sign a model release allowing me to use their images (or their child's image) for advertising (I never sell my portrait images to third parties!) and will receive free digital images and discounts on image products showcasing the session’s portraits. Minors under 18 must have parental permission. If you are interested in being one of these models, please contact me with a photo of yourself (or child).

Red-headed young lady

I have found a blonde and a brunette for a concept shoot based on three medium-sized evening gowns I have. I now need a redhead/auburn woman age 16-21 who is size 6 to 8. 

 

New Spring Studio Hours

Spring studio hours start March 6th! Jessica Guthrie Photography spring studio hours are Noon to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, and other times by appointment or special event. With the weather getting warmer, I'll be working more away from the studio! Occasionally I need to close the studio additional days for personal reasons. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my clients, but my family comes first! Even if the studio is closed, I will still check email and Facebook messages during these times, so feel free to send me a message!

 

Photo Tip of the Month

Sometimes portraits are more interesting when the subject is off-center. This plays in to the Rule of Thirds tip I shared in the November 2016 Newsletter. The human eye is so used to seeing symmetrical things that when something is slightly off-set, instead of directly in the middle, it tends to be more eye-catching. And don't we want all of our photos to be eye-catching? Of course we do!

 

 

In Conclusion

So you made it all the way to the bottom of this!? Whew! Thank you for your dedication! Be sure to join my email list to ensure you get the latest news and first crack at limited portrait sessions!

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Senior Portrait Open House March 13th! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/senior-portrait-open-house-march-13th

High School Senior Portrait Open House

7-9 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2017, at the studio, 101 S. Madison, Pittsfield

It's the annual Senior Portrait Open House! Come check out the senior portraits I have done in the past and chat with me about what you're looking for in your own senior portraits. This open house is geared toward the Classes of 2017 and 2018 and their parents, but if you want to get a jump start on planning your senior session, stop on by! And one lucky senior girl and senior boy will each win a free senior session! Must be present at the open house to enter!

Learn more about Just Me Senior sessions here: http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/just-us-seniors

 

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FREE Tween sessions! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/2/free-tween-sessions  

Here at Jessica Guthrie Photography, March is the month for Teens and Tweens. I've got a couple of things up my sleeve to make these kids feel special and here is one of them:

FREE Tween Studio Sessions in March

It's not easy being a Tween... really! Tweens aren't quite little kids, and they aren't quite teens. Age 10-12 can be tough and awkward as they try to make that transition from kid to teenager. I know it was a tough time for me, personally. Because of that, I have a special place in my heart for this age group.

 

I'm making it my personal mission to capture those lost preteen years. It’s not easy being a Tween. The goal is to help tweens look and feel beautiful and have unshakable confidence in themselves when they hit junior high and high school… something I lost at that age. Here’s my story…. The “why” I’m doing this project... It Ain't Easy Being a Tween

 

In comes the "Who I Am." project

I am starting the "Who I Am" photography project to fill in the forgotten portrait years while enriching the lives of pre-teens, also known as Tweens. The main goal is to make Tweens look and feel beautiful and be confident in who they are.

 

Who I’m looking for

I am looking for models for my photography project, ages 10-12. I will ask the model and their parents a few questions, then combine the text and photographs to create one impactful piece of art.

 

Why "Who I Am"?

I want to capture the the personality of these Tweens and record the last stage of their childhood before they become young adults. I want them to realize how amazing they are so that they are confident in themselves before they hit junior high and high school. Imagine the impact a single beautiful image can do for your Tween’s self-image!

 

How to participate or nominate a friend:

Please e-mail me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com by Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 if you are interested in having your child participate in this project, or if you would like to nominate a friend or family member of yours that you think would be perfect for this.

Make sure you include the following information in your email:

Tween's Name:
Parent's Name:
Parent email address:
Parent phone number:
Dates and times your Tween is available for the session:
Tween's hobby or sport:

Additional information that might be helpful:

Sessions will only be offered in March 2017. Please nominate people you think would enjoy the boutique experience I provide. The in-studio session itself is complimentary and includes an 8x10 print of the Tween’s favorite portrait. My goal is to create a gorgeous group of photos you’ll love and that truly show your child's spirit and soul!  Many people like to use these photos as birthday, Mother’s Day, and “just because” gifts for their Tween. My portrait collections start at $149.

After you email me, I will send you specific details and you can decide if this project is perfect for your child.

 

 

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January Newsletter: Love is in the Air! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/1/january-newsletter-get-ready-for-valentine-mini-sessions Happy New Year! 2017 has already kicked off a busy portrait season for me... thank you very much to the Pike County community for taking a chance on the new photographer in town! I appreciate the warm welcome my family, my business and I have received!

Here is the latest news from the Jessica Guthrie Photography studio...

Sessions Booking Now

Just Gorgeous for your Valentine... a special for January

Want to give your special someone a Valentine's gift they’ll never forget? A Just Gorgeous portrait session would be a wonderful way to celebrate! These sessions include hair styling and makeup application, and are stylized for each individual woman. These sessions range from contemporary glamour portraiture, 50’s pin-up, sexy boudoir… whatever session you have always dreamed of doing! Pamper yourself and let me show you just how gorgeous you are, inside and out! To ensure that your images will be ready to wrap for Valentine's Day, sessions must be completed no later than Jan. 31, 2017. Book your Just Gorgeous session by January 31 and get three additional images with 8x10 prints for FREE! Need details about these sessions? CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Valentine Mini Sessions Jan. 28

Grab your favorite little Valentines and bring them in for some heart-felt portraits! Sessions will be Saturday, Jan. 28 from 1-4 p.m. For $99 you'll get 5 high-resolution images and an 8x10 print. You can get custom Valentines or notecards for $29, too! I know family and friends would love a Valentine in their mailbox this year! Book your session for Jan. 28 by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the session at the time of booking... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks.

 

 

 

February Birthday Mini Sessions Feb. 11!

One Saturday each month I will be offering an afternoon of discounted studio sessions for birthday portraits of people of all ages. The only requirement is that their birthday be in the current month or the following one! This is limited to six sessions each month, and the first one will be Feb. 11 from 1-4 p.m. Check the ad on the left for details and book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the session at the time of booking... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Quincy Bridal Expo Jan. 14

Getting married soon? Renewing your vows? I will be at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 for the annual Quincy Area Bridal Magazine Wedding Expo. Come check out what products and services Just Gorgeous Weddings can offer you on your big day! You can go HERE to register for the event!

Due to preparation for this event, the studio will be closed Friday, Jan. 13. I apologize for any inconvenience.

 

 

 

Passport Photos Available!

I can now take your passport photo! $12.99 ($14, with tax) will get you four 2x2-inch images within an hour. You can call to make an appointment, or stop by the studio anytime during regular business hours, which as Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I highly recommend coming in before 4:15 p.m. because natural light makes the best photos and the sun is going down way too early these days!

 

Give a timeless, priceless and VERY personalized gift with a studio gift certificate!

Birthday, anniversary, engagement, wedding... just because... Giving Jessica Guthrie Photography gift certificates mean you will give the gift of captured memories... and those are priceless, timeless and incredibly personalized!

I can have a personalized gift certificate ready for you in moments... just stop on by the studio at 101 South Madison on the historic Pittsfield Courthouse Square, or I can have it ready for you to pick up. Just call (217) 407-4448, send an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

 

Do you get this news direct to your inbox?

Don't forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter... you'll get information like the stuff found here before anyone else, which will be helpful if you're interested in a limited-time mini session, class or special event!

Just Gorgeous Junque: Sold my first piece on Etsy

I was thrilled to have sold the two heart-shaped Victorian chairs I up-cycled! They have a new home in Los Angeles. I still have other pieces available, of course, like the chest of drawers pictured here. If you like up-cycled furniture you'll be happy to know that the majority of the pieces in the studio are for sale! Everything for sale is tagged with a price... you can keep tabs of new things I've created by visiting the Just Gorgeous Junque Facebook page. Know of someone who might like my Junque but doesn't live nearby? Through Etsy Just Gorgeous Junque can ship just about anywhere in the States. CHECK OUT THE ETSY SHOP HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet Photos with Santa was a success!

Thank you to all of the families who brought their furry family members to the studio for Pet Photos with Santa! Together we raised $200 and a check was delivered to the Pike County Animal Shelter last week. If you participated, but haven't picked up your 5x7 print yet, it's here waiting for you! And, yes, I do plan to do this again in December 2017! To check out all of 2016's photos just click this link.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Photography Workshops Announced!

I have published the spring schedule for photography classes and they start in March! Everyone must take Photography 101 first, but can then branch out and take any of the other workshops. Register by emailing me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com. Participants must be 14 years old or older. For details go to the Classes page of this site.

 

 

 


 

 

Help Wanted

I am looking for freelance hair stylists and makeup artists who would like to partner with me for Just Gorgeous sessions. These professionals should understand the techniques needed for photography and be willing to learn new styles, if necessary. 

Models Wanted

Thank you to those of  you who shared my request for models with your friends and family. I have had some great people who have stepped up to work with me.

I still have a few concept shoots I would like to do and need YOUR help finding the perfect “models!” Models for concept sessions must sign a model release allowing me to use their images (or their child's image) for advertising (I never sell my portrait images to third parties!) and will receive free digital images and discounts on image products showcasing the session’s portraits. Minors under 18 must have parental permission. If you are interested in being one of these models, please contact me with a photo of yourself (or child).

Newborn model

8 to 12-day old baby, boy or girl for a newborn session

Three ladies

I need three women; a blonde, a brunette and a redhead/auburn for a concept shoot based on three evening gowns I have. I need ladies who are size 6 to 8. If you happen to be friends or sisters or family members, all the better.

Studio Hours and Closures

Regular Jessica Guthrie Photography hours are 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Fridays. I do work other days and times by appointment or special event. Occasionally I need to close the studio additional days for personal reasons. I apologize for any inconvenience this may cause my clients, but my family comes first! Below are dates that the studio will be closed. I will still check email and Facebook messages during these times, so feel free to send me a message!

Friday, Jan. 13 - Closed for Quincy Bridal Expo Prep

Tuesday, Jan. 17 - Closed

Tuesday, Jan. 24 - Closed

February 14-22 - Closed

Thank you for your understanding!

Photo Tip of the Month

You may have heard of Golden Hour, but do you know what it is? It is the hour before sunset, and on sunny days it has the softest, most complimentary light for portraits. So, Google search the sunset time for the date and place you are, and plan to start shooting an hour before. That means you'll need to be out there and ready to go, so plan to be at your shooting location about a half hour before Golden Hour starts so you can get the lay of the land and get your "models" ready to go.

 

In Conclusion

So you made it all the way to the bottom of this!? Whew! Thank you for your dedication! Be sure to join my email list to ensure you get the latest news and first crack at limited portrait sessions!

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Pet Photos with Santa a Success! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/pet-photos-with-santa-a-success

The first annual Pet Photos with Santa was a success! Despite the need for a date change due to terrible weather and icy roads, we had 14 families with 18 dogs come to see Santa on Dec. 21! In total we raised $170 for the Pike County Animal Shelter. I'm rounding up and presenting a check to the shelter for $200 on Jan. 6. Thank you to all of the pets (and their owners!) who made this fundraiser possible! I do plan to do it again next year, so keep an eye out for details in November 2017!

In the meantime... enjoy these images!

 

 

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Pet Photos with Santa Postponed http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/pet-photos-with-santa-postponed Due to icy weather and hazardous road conditions, Pet Photos with Santa to benefit the Pike County Animal Shelter have been postponed to Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 3-6 p.m. I apologize for any inconvenience but want pets and pet owners to stay safe.

Wednesday is Pet Photos with Santa!

Plan to bring your favorite animal family member to the studio for Pet Photos with Santa from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., this Wednesday, Dec. 21. A $10 donation to the Pike County Animal Shelter gets you a digital image on Facebook and a 5x7 print. There are additional options... CLICK HERE for details.

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December Newsletter: Pets Photos with Santa; Birthday Mini Sessions and more! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/december-newsletter-pets-photos-with-santa-birthday-mini-sessions-and-more www.thealbumcafe.com

Well, it's full speed ahead this holiday season, with Christmas a mere 11 days away...

Give a timeless, priceless and VERY personalized gift with a studio gift certificate!

Speaking of Christmas, do you need a gift for a special someone? Giving Jessica Guthrie Photography gift certificates mean you will give the gift of captured memories... and those are priceless, timeless and incredibly personalized!

I can have a personalized gift certificate ready for you in moments... just stop on by the studio at 101 South Madison on the historic Pittsfield Courthouse Square, or I can have it ready for you to pick up. Just call (217) 407-4448, send an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

Do you get this news direct to your inbox?

Don't forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter... you'll get information like the stuff below before anyone else, which will be helpful if you're interested in a limited-time mini session, class or special event that has limited spots!

 

Saturday is Pet Photos with Santa!

Plan to bring your favorite animal family member to the studio for Pet Photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., this Saturday, Dec. 17. A $10 donation to the Pike County Animal Shelter gets you a digital image on Facebook and a 5x7 print. There are additional options... CLICK HERE for details.

 

 

 

Now Offering Monthly Birthday Mini Sessions!

One Saturday each month I will be offering an afternoon of discounted studio sessions for birthday portraits of people of all ages. The only requirement is that their birthday be in the current month or the following one! This is limited to six sessions each month, and the first one will be Jan. 7 from 1-4 p.m. Check the ad on the left for details and book your session by calling (217) 407-4448, sending an email to me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or messaging me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You must pay for the session at the time of booking... I accept credit and debit cards, cash and local checks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just Gorgeous Junque now on Etsy

If you like up-cycled furniture you'll be happy to know that the majority of the pieces in the studio are for sale! Everything for sale is tagged with a price... you can keep tabs of new things I've created by visiting the Just Gorgeous Junque Facebook page. Know of someone who might like my Junque but doesn't live nearby? Just Gorgeous Junque is now on Etsy and can ship just about anywhere in the States. CHECK OUT THE ETSY SHOP HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

Passport Photos Available!

I can now take your passport photo! $12.99 ($14, with tax) will get you four 2x2-inch images within an hour. You can call to make an appointment, or stop by the studio anytime during regular business hours, which as Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. I highly recommend coming in before 4:15 p.m. because natural light makes the best photos and the sun is going down way too early these days!

Dec. 22 Ornament Workshop

The ladies had a great time with the class Dec. 6 and I still have materials left! So, I will offer the workshop on more time! Create three wooden block ornaments using 12 to 16 of your favorite wallet-sized images... Just bring your prints and all of the other materials are included! Space is limited to 10 people. Participants must be 14 years or older. $20 per kit of three ornaments. Additional kits can be purchased as supplies allow. The workshop is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 22 at the studio, 101 South Madison in Pittsfield. You can find the Facebook Event HERE. Email me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com to reserve your spot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Photographing Kids Workshop Jan. 12

This workshop is for anyone with any type of camera (even a smart phone!) who wants to learn some tips and tricks to better photograph children (and even pets!). It's from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 at the studio. You can find the Facebook Event HERERSVP by emailing me at jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com so that enough materials are prepared. Participants must be 14 years old or older. Please leave your children and pets at home.

 

 

 

 

  Quincy Bridal Expo on Jan. 14

 

Getting married soon? Renewing your vows? I will be at the Oakley Lindsay Center in Quincy from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14th for the annual Quincy Area Bridal Magazine Wedding Expo. Come check out what products and services Just Gorgeous Weddings can offer you on your big day! You can go HERE to register for the event!

 

 

 

Help Wanted

I am looking for freelance hair stylists and makeup artists who would like to partner with me for Just Gorgeous sessions. These professionals should understand the techniques needed for photography and be willing to learn new styles, if necessary. 

Models Wanted

Thank you to those of  you who shared my request for models with your friends and family. I have several lovely ladies who have stepped up to work with me.

I still have a few concept shoots I would like to do and need YOUR help finding the perfect “models!” Models for concept sessions must sign a model release allowing me to use their images (or their child's image) for advertising (I never sell my portrait images to third parties!) and will receive free digital images and discounts on image products showcasing the session’s portraits. Minors under 18 must have parental permission. If you are interested in being one of these models, please contact me with a photo of yourself (or child).

Newborn model

8 to 12-day old baby, boy or girl, for a Christmas-themed image. This child needs to have been born in the last 10 days.

Snow Bride

I need a woman who is between the ages of 25 ad 35 and doesn't mind braving snow in a wedding dress. She must be between a dress size 6 and 12 and have long hair. I have several dresses that would work for this session so size is flexible .(This session will take place once we have significant snowfall.)

Valentine Siblings

Looking for a boy and girl siblings, roughly ages 18 months and 4 (doesn't matter who is older), for a Valentine promo shoot. This session will happen mid-January.

 

Sessions Booking Now

Just Gorgeous for your Valentine... a special for January

Want to give your special someone a Valentine's gift they’ll never forget? A Just Gorgeous portrait session would be a wonderful way to celebrate! These sessions include hair styling and makeup application, and are stylized for each individual woman. These sessions range from contemporary glamour portraiture, 50’s pin-up, sexy boudoir… whatever session you have always dreamed of doing! Pamper yourself and let me show you just how gorgeous you are, inside and out! To ensure that your images will be ready to wrap for Valentine's Day, sessions must be completed no later than Jan. 31, 2017. Book your Just Gorgeous session in December or January and get three additional images with 8x10 prints for FREE! Need details about these sessions? CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Tip of the Month

Cloudy skies and snowy days got you down? Don't let them! As long as the clouds aren't too dark, they actually act like a giant diffuser of sunlight, wiping out nasty harsh shadows that would normally give you dark circles under your eyes and other not-so-flattering places. Also, snow on the ground can act as a natural reflector, popping light on faces, just where you need it! Just be careful not to drop your camera... melted snow, also known as water, is not good for cameras!

 

In Conclusion

So you made it all the way to the bottom of this!? Whew! Thank you for your dedication! Be sure to join my email list to ensure you get the latest news and first crack at limited portrait sessions!

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Holiday Session Sneak Peeks! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/holiday-session-sneak-peeks It was a whirlwind couple of weeks as families came into the studio - or I headed out to their farms - to capture those special holiday moments. Here are sneak peeks from those special sessions:

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Studio Grand Opening Success! http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/12/studio-grand-opening-success  

Despite the stormy weather (is that a sign, since it was my 40th birthday, too?!) an estimated 70 people attended the Jessica Guthrie Photography studio Grand Opening Ceremony Nov. 22. I was incredibly excited to meet members of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, local dignitaries and lots of local citizens out to wish the studio luck! Thank you to everyone who came... and thank you to those of you who dropped a note or sent a gift. It was truly a wonderful day and a fantastic launch for the studio. I have been busy ever since!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WBBA Radio Interview http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/wbba-radio-interview In case you missed the Coffee Talk interview yesterday morning (ahem, Mom...), here is me listening to it from my hotel room. Forgive the quality of the video :/

 

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November Newsletter: Grand Opening, Mini-sessions and Workshops http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/november-newsletter-grand-opening-mini-sessions-and-workshops  

 

These next few weeks are going to be exciting ones for Jessica Guthrie Photography! Let's jump right into what's going on!

For starters, if you’d like to contact me, you can send an email to jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter... you'll get information like the stuff below before anyone else, which will be helpful if you're interested in a mini session, class or special event that has limited spots!

The Studio has an Address and Phone Number!

When the October newsletter came out, the Postal Service still hadn't issued the studio an address... but it has one now! You can find Jessica Guthrie Photography at 101 South Madison in Pittsfield. And the phone number, which will be active Nov. 22, is (217) 407-4448.

 

 

 

Grand Opening Celebration Nov. 22!

The Grand Opening Celebration is almost here! IT kicks off at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 22 with a ribbon cutting with the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, and then is immediately followed by a reception until 7 p.m. You'll be able to tour the studio (If you haven't already, you can see the sneak peek "before" video here), enjoy refreshments, and check out my favorite images I have captured over the years. I will also have limited discounted sessions available (the lowest prices I will ever offer!), and an opportunity for you to win a Just Gorgeous session for you and a friend! Gifts, giveaways, food from local businesses on the square... so much going on! I'm looking forward to seeing you there!

www.thealbumcafe.com

 

 

Just Gorgeous Junque

If you like up-cycled furniture you'll be happy to know that the majority of the pieces in the studio are for sale! Everything for sale is tagged with a price... you can keep tabs of new things I've created by visiting the Just Gorgeous Junque Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 26 is Small Business Saturday across the country and shoppers are encouraged to #ShopSmall! The studio will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and all of the tagged Just Gorgeous Junque will be 30 percent off! Yep! 30 percent off! If you've had your eye on one of these unique up-cycled pieces I have created, then this is the time to get it because prices won't be this low again until next November's Shop Small event! Haven't heard about Just Gorgeous Junque? Check out the Facebook page!

Dec. 6 Ornament Workshop

Create three wooden block ornaments using 12 to 16 of your favorite wallet-sized images... Just bring your prints and all of the other materials are included! Space is limited to 10 people. Participants must by 14 years or older. $20 per kit of three ornaments. Additional kits can be purchased as supplies allow. The workshop is from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6 at the studio, 101 South Madison in Pittsfield.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 3 Christmas Mini Sessions

As of right now, I have three sessions available in the afternoon. Get those Christmas cards crossed off your holiday To Do list!

 

 

 

 Girls Night Out Appreciation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Girls Night Out event was a huge success for me! Hundreds of ladies stopped by the studio, many of them pausing long enough for a Quick Portrait, which were posted to the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. Congratulations to Racheal Stout who was the Just Gorgeous portrait session winner! Thank you to everyone who stopped by!

Help Wanted

I am looking for freelance hair stylists and makeup artists who would like to partner with me for Just Gorgeous sessions. These professionals should understand the techniques needed for photography and be willing to learn new styles, if necessary. And in case you haven't heard the rumors, the pay is pretty good...

Models Wanted

Thank you to those of  you who shared my request for models with your friends and family. I have two lovely ladies who have stepped up to be the "model with a horse," and "model with long hair." I can't wait to show you the images from those sessions at the Grand Opening!

I still have a few concept shoots I would like to do and need YOUR help finding the perfect “models!” Models for concept sessions must sign a model release allowing me to use their images for advertising (I never sell my portrait images to third parties!) and will receive free digital images and discounts on image products showcasing the session’s portraits. Minors under 18 must have parental permission. If you are interested in being one of these models, please contact me with a photo of yourself (or child).

Newborn model

8 to 12-day old baby, boy or girl, for a Christmas-themed image. This child needs to have been born in the last 10 days.

A family of three generations of women

Daughter (teens or 20s), mother and grandmother, who would like a portrait session together. (This session will take place in January)

Snow Bride

I need a woman who is between the ages of 25 ad 35 and doesn't mind braving snow in a wedding dress. She must be a size 8 and have long hair. (This session will take place once we have significant snowfall.)

Sessions Booking Now

 

Just Gorgeous

Want to give your special someone a gift they’ll never forget? Or maybe YOU are on your Christmas list this year… either way, a Just Gorgeous portrait session would be a wonderful way to celebrate! These sessions include hair styling and makeup application, and are stylized for each individual woman. These sessions range from contemporary glamour portraiture, 50’s pin-up, sexy boudoir… whatever session you have always dreamed of doing! Pamper yourself and let me show you just how gorgeous you are, inside and out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Family Portraits

Start thinking about Christmas cards! A beautiful family session among the fall color would be fantastic… there is still a little bit left out there! I can create custom cards that suit your style. I also do snow sessions... if we happen to get an early snowfall (hopefully not!) you can truly have a “white Christmas” family portrait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan Landscape Prints Now Available

Looking for a unique holiday gift? I created an online store for clients who would like to purchase the landscape images I captured during my time in Japan. Simply head over to the gallery shop and start browsing!

Photo Tip of the Month

There is a quick way to make your photos look more professional... the technique is called the Rule of Thirds. Instead of placing your horizon line (where the sky meats the land or water) or subject (person or thing you're taking pictures of) in the middle of your frame, try off-setting them like in the diagram below. The rectangle is your viewfind or smartphone screen.

Offset images are more interesting to the human eye and are considered "better" because they are more appealing.

 

In Conclusion

So you made it all the way to the bottom of this!? Whew! Thank you for your dedication! Be sure to join my email list to ensure you get the latest news and first crack at limited portrait sessions!

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The Lacey Family's Fall Session http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-lacey-familys-fall-session The Laceys will always hold a special place in my heart, as they are my first Just Us Family session in Pike County. We took advantage of the early fall color and captured so many fun images of these lovely people... thank you for entrusting me with your memories, guys!

 

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jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com (Jessica Guthrie Photography) County Pike Pittsfield autumn fall family holiday http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-lacey-familys-fall-session Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:29:52 GMT
The Landolts' Christmas Mini Session http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-landolts-christmas-mini-session My first Christmas mini session in Pike County was with the adorable Landolt Family, who were kind enough to allow me to use their images for my mini session marketing this season! Check out some of the images from the session, as well as the sample custom Christmas card I created for them... I do have sessions available for Dec. 3 as of now, so contact me soon to grab your appointment time! Details below!

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jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com (Jessica Guthrie Photography) Christmas County Pike Pittsfield card holiday mini session http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/11/the-landolts-christmas-mini-session Mon, 07 Nov 2016 22:12:16 GMT
I got the key to the studio! And other news... http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/i-got-the-key-to-the-studio-and-other-news

Renovations on my new portrait studio aren't yet complete, but are far enough along that I was able to take advantage of family who was available to help me move some stuff in! And just in time for Girls Night Out on the Pittsfield Square Thursday night! So, I have my work cut out for me this week as I get ready for this fun annual event (click here for details about that if you're local).

So, in order to be able to move stuff in, I had to get a key... and so I got one.... to keep! Yay! I'm so much closer to a dream of mine! The location is in a historic brick building that, in recent history, was a hardware and appliance store. I got the appliance and office part of the place, and since it's never been a stand-alone business before, there wasn't an address until this week! Now it's 101 South Madison. I love it... simple, yet refined. Ha! And while being a former hardware and appliance store doesn't sound too swanky, it is definitely coming together to be a really cool place that embraces the historic with the modern. Can't wait to show it off once the remodel is done!

But until then, I hope you plan to come to the 7th Annual Girls Night Out event from 4-8 p.m. this Thursday, Nov, 3... it'll be my first community event for my business here in PIke County! I will have information about my upcoming Grand Opening celebration Nov. 22, wine, quick portrait sessions (think photo booth, only classier), special pricing on Christmas card mini-sessions, samples of my work, wine, some of the furniture I have up-cycled under the Just Gorgeous Junque moniker, oh, and did I say wine? And, of course, one lucky lady will win a free Just Gorgeous session for her, AND a friend (must be 18 to enter)! Hope to see you there!

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jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com (Jessica Guthrie Photography) http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/i-got-the-key-to-the-studio-and-other-news Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:44:27 GMT
October Newsletter: Girls Night Out, Models Needed and Selfie Portrait Tips http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/october-newsletter-girls-night-out-models-needed-and-selfie-portrait-tips  

 

Jessica Guthrie Photography has been officially open for business for a month now! Wow, the time has flown by! I have had my first Pike County clients, have three sessions planned for this week and am enjoying the lovely fall color popping up all over the area. Autumn is definitely here!

If you’d like to contact me for a fall session next week (when the leaves are scheduled to peak), you can send an email to jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter. And don't forget to sign up for my free monthly newsletter... you'll get information like the stuff below before anyone else, which will be helpful if you're interested in a mini session, class or special event that has limited spots!

News

I plan to have my studio open on the historic courthouse square in Pittsfield by Thursday Nov. 3… because that's the night of the 7th Annual Girls Night Out event! I can't wait! From 4-8 p.m. I plan to take free portraits of you and your friends and then post them to my Facebook page for you to share (and maybe even use as your next profile pic!). But mark your calendars and keep your schedules free for an open house event the following week!  You'll be able to tour the studio (If you haven't already, you can see the sneak peek "before" video here), enjoy refreshments, and check out my favorite images I have captured over the years. I will also have limited discounted sessions available (the lowest prices I will ever offer!), and an opportunity for you to win portrait packages! Stay tuned for details!

Help Wanted

I am looking for freelance hair stylists and makeup artists who would like to partner with me for Just Gorgeous sessions. These professionals should understand the techniques needed for photography and be willing to learn new styles, if necessary. And in case you haven't heard the rumors, the pay is pretty good...

Models Wanted

Thank you to those of  you who shared my request for models with your friends and family. I have two lovely ladies who have stepped up to be the "model with a horse," and "model with long hair." I can't wait to show you the images from those sessions!

I still have a few concept shoots I would like to do and need YOUR help finding the perfect “models!” Models for concept sessions must sign a model release allowing me to use their images for advertising (I never sell my portrait images to third parties!) and will receive free digital images and discounts on image products showcasing the session’s portraits. Minors under 18 must have parental permission. If you are interested in being one of these models, please contact me with a photo of yourself (or child).

Newborn model

8 to 12-day old baby, boy or girl, for a Christmas-themed image. This child needs to be born the first or second week of November for a late November session.

A family of three generations of women

Daughter, mother and grandmother, who would like a portrait session together. (This session will take place in January)

Sessions Booking Now

Just Gorgeous

Want to give your special someone a gift they’ll never forget? Or maybe YOU are on your Christmas list this year… either way, a Just Gorgeous portrait session would be a wonderful way to celebrate! These sessions include hair styling and makeup application, and are stylized for each individual woman. These sessions range from contemporary glamour portraiture, 50’s pin-up, sexy boudoir… whatever session you have always dreamed of doing! Pamper yourself and let me show you just how gorgeous you are, inside and out!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fall Senior Sessions

 

 

These sessions celebrate the soon-to-be graduate! Let’s sit down and design the perfect photo shoot that shows off your personality and accomplishments! The stunning leaves of autumn will make a great backdrop… so book now! I have both standard portrait and Just Gorgeous portrait options available.

Fall Family Portraits

Start thinking about Christmas cards! A beautiful family session among the fall color would be fantastic… and I can create custom cards that suit your style! I also do snow sessions... if we happen to get an early snowfall (hopefully not!) you can truly have a “white Christmas” family portrait!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Japan Landscape Prints Now Available

This month I created an online store for clients who would like to purchase the landscape images I captured during my time in Japan. Simply head over to the gallery shop and start browsing!

Photo Tip of the Month

Want your face to look slimmer in selfies? Have the phone's camera lens about equal with your forehead, tipping it toward your face slightly. Be sure to look at the lens straight on when you snap the shot. Turning your head actually makes your face look wider (more cheek is seen), and looking at the lens makes it a more engaging pic for your audience. That move will slim the cheeks and chin and make your eyes appear larger. Don't have the phone too high, though. It will be obvious you are looking up, or make it look like your head is too big for your shoulders (yikes!). Take a few practice shots... that's all you should need to perfect it!

In Conclusion

So you made it all the way to the bottom of this!? Whew! Thank you for your dedication! Be sure to join my email list to ensure you get the latest news and first crack at limited portrait sessions… there is one for Christmas coming up soon!

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jessica@jessicaguthriephotography.com (Jessica Guthrie Photography) newsletter http://jessicaguthriephotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/10/october-newsletter-girls-night-out-models-needed-and-selfie-portrait-tips Mon, 17 Oct 2016 15:34:43 GMT