Jessica Guthrie Photography | December Newsletter: Pets Photos with Santa; Birthday Mini Sessions and more!

December Newsletter: Pets Photos with Santa; Birthday Mini Sessions and more!

December 14, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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 or message me through the Jessica Guthrie Photography Facebook page. You can also find me on Instagram and Twitter.

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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 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 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 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

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