Jessica Guthrie Photography | January Newsletter: Love is in the Air!

January Newsletter: Love is in the Air!

January 10, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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


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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 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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