Image Box- Allentown, Pennsylvania Family Photographer

I am So excited!  I’ve spent the last few months researching tons of photo products, to help determine what I will offer my clients.  I made some decisions and ordered some samples.  Let me just tell you, to say that I feel like a kid at Christmas every time a package arrives is putting it lightly!  There have been a few things that I wasn’t thrilled with, either because of the design or quality, and a few that blew me away.

One item that I am just loving, is the image box!  The one that I ordered, I am using as a sample and therefore included images from previous sessions.  I am kicking myself!!! I love it so much that now I need to order one for my personal images!  The best part is that these boxes are fully customizable!  I am so impressed with the quality of the image box, I can’t wait to design some for my clients!

If you are looking for an Allentown, Pennsylvania family photographer, be sure to hit the contact button!  I’d love to hear from you!

This is the 5×7 image box that holds 20 mounted images:

The cover is made from a soft touch matte paper and it is so smooth.

It is a little over 3 inches deep

The interior is lined with black cloth and has a ribbon to ease removing prints.

You can see the thickness of the mounted prints.  They are very hard and won’t be bent or damaged easily.

I’m including a little stand with the image box so you can display your images!

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Holiday Traditions

When I was seven years old, I spent a weekend at my Aunt Alice’s house to do Christmas baking.  We went through twenty five pounds of flour, doubled, tripled, and quadrupled recipes (usually because of a mistake I made),  and made way more cookies than our extended family could eat.   Little did we know that weekend was very special, as it was the first year we did our Christmas baking together…the first of MANY.

Over the years our Christmas baking has evolved in many ways: we’ve perfected our kiffle making process, we’re more efficient, and we don’t make as many cookies.  Do we really need to make 50 dozen cookies?  Unless they are kiffles, they answer is no!!!

We’ve had many people join us throughout the years but the core group has always been, my three cousins, Aunt Alice, and I.  We’ve kept up this tradition throughout our high school and college years and now into adulthood.  This year, although crazy because my aunt’s double oven wasn’t working to full capacity, was a special one.  It was special because it was my twins first year joining us.  Our core group has officially expanded to 3 generations! 

I just knew I wanted to document today because it was a first, because it was a tradition, and because I want to remember the details of something that has been a part of my holiday traditions now for several decades. 

This time of year is full of family traditions.  Here’s 5 simple tips to help document them:

1. Capture the details

2. Be aware of your light source

3. Change your perspective (try different angles or get on your subject’s eye level)

3. Keep your camera nearby so you can grab it when you need it

4. Don’t spend all your time behind the camera!

 

 

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How it all came to be…

The spark was lit after I took a mentoring class with one of my personal favorite photographers, Lindsay Beagle of Pics and Giggles Photography.  I ended up having a one-on-one mentoring session, a serendipitous event resulting from the winter weather.  I spent the entire day asking anything and everything I could think of relating to photography and starting a business.  (So much had changed since my college photography classes and days spent in the darkroom.)  I was like a sponge, absorbing the entire experience.  It was such an amazing day!!!  At the end of the class, Lindsay encouraged me to set up some of my own sessions and put myself out there.  (This was something that was already in the back of my mind but a little encouragement was all I needed to move forward.)  I left that day feeling like a kid at Christmas!  My mind was racing about my next steps.

Still on the high I experienced from an incredible day with my mentor, I gathered up my courage and asked my friends if they would allow me to take pictures of their twins after the birth.  Yes, you read that right!  I decided my first ever photography session was going to be with newborn twins!!!  I truly had no idea what I was getting myself into, but I had over a month to figure it out and prepare!

During the next month, I bought equipment and props, watched tons of videos, read everything I could, and studied other newborn photographers’ work.  A whole new world was opening up to me.  The night before the shoot, I practiced setting up my equipment and put together different set ups.  Then I got all my stuff together, checking and double checking to make sure I didn’t forget anything.  I was getting so nervous!  What if the babies screamed the whole time?  What if I didn’t get any decent pictures? Ahhh!!! 

The day of the shoot finally arrived!  My friends must have thought I was moving in, with all the stuff I brought!  As the babies were being fed, I set up my equipment and props.  Then the time came to start photographing these two beautiful babies!  Once I started shooting, I could feel myself relaxing.  I loved this!  The babies were great!  Yes, I did get peed and pooped on, but that’s all part of dealing with naked newborns!

Most importantly, I ended up capturing these precious images:

Looking back, I wish I would have tried more poses because the twins were great sleepy babies.  I was nervous to move them too much and wake them up.  You have to start somewhere, and I was pleased with the results of my first “official” shoot.  Most importantly, my friends were too.

I knew after that session that I was hooked. And so began Jessica Stopper Photography….

I look forward to sharing more stories with you about my photographic journey.

 

 

 

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