Footstone now has a new way of photographing every generation of your family. As parents of young children, we see our parents changing in their new role as grandparents. The love and relationships between them and our children is just precious and we truly feel it’s an incredibly important milestone to capture. How many of you have professional portraits of you with your grandparents? Everyone SHOULD! I have one printed picture of my Granny that’s a small 3×5 print of her with my oldest son, before she passed away. I absolutely treasure this image, but what a gift it would be to have something like this of my Granny, with her seven children and the 3 generations of her grandchildren.
The evolution of our families is a beautiful thing. Paul and I have been exploring how to modernize the large family portrait in way to highlight the expressions and personalities of each individual in a closer up and interactive way. We’d like to introduce our Generational Panoramic Fine Art Session.
Here’s how it works! Each family unit is photographed individually. Then, we create a composite of all the images together in one frame. This way, everyone’s face can be close up and you can see the details of their expressions in the final image. This creates a more interactive and dramatic look. Watch the video below to see how Paul does it!
Call us today and we’ll start designing the colors and look of your Generational Panoramic Session. We are thrilled to have such a unique and beautiful product to offer you and would be honored to share this with your family.
Most of you will recognize the precious family we’re featuring today! Stephanie is a vital part of the Footstone team and she and her husband, Geoffrey, recently welcomed baby Carolina to their family. When Stephanie first found out she was pregnant, she wanted to document the way her family looked like before the new addition. Honestly, I think she wanted a special session just for Reba, their rambunctious, four-legged first child.
Stephanie and Geoffrey’s “pre-baby” session was photographed on a gorgeous dirt road in Newberry, Florida. Their snuggly maternity session happened on a cold February morning in our very own Haile Village and Carolina’s newborn session happened 3 weeks earlier than Stephanie and Geoffrey planned, in our warm and cozy studio. Surprise!
Stephanie has returned a few days a week to the studio and we are SO grateful! We are sincerely impressed with how she has gracefully stepped into motherhood and we cherish Carolina being a part of our lives too. It was an honor photographing Carolina just a few days after she was born and we’re excited to capture all the milestones as she grows. She’s a lucky little girl to have such a strong and amazing woman to teach and love her.
Last fall, we hosted a Family Portrait Month where all the proceeds of your session fees were donated Dando Amor, a very special charity that serves orphanages in Ecuador and Haiti. We were able to donate thousands of dollars last fall and we absolutely plan on doing the same event this year! This month, we wanted to do something special in honor of our Mothers and thought it would be nice to use the money directly in our own community. I soon realized exactly who I wanted to give this money to; an organization that I feel has enabled me to be more of the mother I want to be.
When our oldest little boy, Win, was coming of school age, this presented quite a dilemma as it does with most parents. The first time you have to make the decision of where your “baby” goes to school is incredibly difficult. What made it slightly more difficult is that Paul, as many of you know, was homeschooled all the way through school. His oldest brother, Robert, was actually the first home schooler accepted as a freshman at the University of Florida. I think Paul always hoped we could homeschool our children, but when we looked at our lives and how Footstone was such an integral part of it, how was that possible? It seems impossible to work and homeschool your children, doesn’t it? But it’s not.
Cornerstone Academy has allowed our family to structure school around our lives, instead of vice versa. If that makes sense? Win goes to school only 3 days a week and the other 2 we homeschool. What that means is when Paul and I are working most Saturdays, it’s ok… because I have Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at home with my boys. Now, I can share personally with you how our homeschool days are structured if you’d like more details, so we’re not technically just “off”, but I’m so grateful that Paul and I have been able to continue pursuing our dreams with Footstone, while our family remains a strong priority and has not sacrificed one bit.
The vision statement of Cornerstone’s is “To further impact this community and the world with young Christian leaders who think clearly and listen carefully with discernment and understanding; who reason and articulate precisely; who are capable of evaluating their range of experience in the light of the Scriptures; and who do so with eagerness in joyful submission to God.” Win has loved every moment of going to school as the environment is so incredibly loving while absolutely challenging. They not only challenge him academically, but they challenge our entire family emotionally and spiritually. We’re given constant reminders about where our focus should be.
My family is so grateful that we have the love and support of the amazing administrators and teachers, plus the encouragement and friendships of the other parents. I’m challenged by these woman, especially, to be my very best for my husband and children. The most unbelievable part is that Paul and I are able to stand firm together in our roles in Footstone and that’s something that both of us cherish.
So our offer is… for each family or baby portrait session in the month of May, we’re giving the proceeds of your session to Cornerstone’s Scholarship Fund. I personally know families that would cherish the opportunity to attend this school, but would need the financial support in order to make that possible. Paul and I would be incredibly honored to work with your family this month, so please call me at the studio today and we’ll start planning! I’m also more than willing to share personally with you about Cornerstone and Win’s experiences so far.
I laugh as I write this headline above because I truly believe Mother’s should be celebrated every single day. And many families already do that and I applaud you! Paul’s family is so good about reminding their mother, Dee, daily how much they appreciate her and I’ve always been so inspired by their outward and sincere affection towards her. Malcolm, Paul’s father, refers often to the Proverbs 31 verse… “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Every Sunday, at minimum, we applaud her and praise her for her love and dedication to her family. Now as I’m writing this, perhaps weekly isn’t enough?
I cherish the mothers I have in my life. My own mother, Joni, has always been my absolute role model and I continue to strive to be like her. She went back to school with two young children, while working full time of course. She never missed a home cooked meal and I look back and realize how much she endured while raising our family. At the time, I barely noticed and didn’t even realize my mother was staying up all hours of night studying. I guess that’s a testament to how well she took care of us. Now, she has created for herself an incredible career and has influenced many in her field. I’m so proud of her and so grateful she is my mom.
We’re dedicating the entire month, not just this upcoming week, to our mothers! We’ve created a special package that with your portrait session this month, every mom will walk away with a beautiful gift basket including spa gift cards, make up goodies, restaurant gift certificates, along with personalized gifts from Footstone.
Not only are each of one of moms walking away with this special gift, we are donating session fee proceeds to a very special cause. I’ll share tomorrow about this amazing organization that has changed our family’s life and even the type of Mother I am.
I want every mom to feel celebrated during the session as we capture the sweet stage that your family is in at this point in your lives. Paul and I would be honored to celebrate with you this Mother’s Day and work with your precious family! Please call the studio and set up a 15 minute planning appointment with me and we’ll start creating the vision for your session!
There is still time to order a portrait from your wedding day for Mom! Give her the gift she really wants… a reminder of how much your appreciate her. We can even add a sweet message to your image like the one shown above, or we can keep it traditional and print a beautiful stand alone portrait.
Email us at email@example.com or call the studio at 352.246.4641. The deadline to have them here by Mother’s Day is this coming Monday so email or call us today!
In honor of our incredible mothers, we will be offering a special family session package. If you schedule your session in the month of May, not only will you receive beautiful artwork of your family, our moms will receive something extra special. We’ll share all of the details on Monday.
We recently saw a family portrait on a friend’s wall that was from ten years ago. It was beautiful and it should absolutely stay on the wall forever; but it’s time for an updated one to display by it’s side! If you’re laughing because you know I’m speaking directly to YOU, let’s go ahead and put it on the calendar this month and make the experience even more special.
Call the studio today at 352.562.3066 and arrange your planning appointment with Kristin.
It’s almost May (hard to believe) and time to celebrate our mothers in an unforgettable way. In honors of Mother’s Day, we’re working on a meaningful project to make our family sessions more special than ever. Keep checking the blog this week for more details or sign up on our contact list here to make sure you get all the details! Moms… you rock!
Many of you followed Paul and Kristin as they journeyed with their two young boys to Italy last summer. The main purpose of that trip was to begin building a new type of portrait session that would be like nothing else the photography world has seen. This year, we return to Italy and will stay in the Northern part of the country near Venice and at the foot of the Alps. ONE more family can join us for an experience of a lifetime! We head over the first week of July and the last dates we have available are the 6th through 8th. To read more about this exciting adventure, visit our Destination Portrait Sessions blog post and consider a summer trip like no other!
Husband and wife, Sally and Patrick, joined us last year and acted as our guinea pigs as we explored how to create an international portrait session. We spent the day in Sienna, Italy walking the iconic narrow and steep streets, visiting the spectacular Duomo and il Campo Square, not to mention eating the best food we’d probably ever have in our lives.
Please talk with your spouse and family and consider joining us THIS July in Italy! We’ll help you get started on the planning process and before you know it, we’ll be riding in a gondola in Venice. Call our studio at 352.562.3066 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details!
Many of you are following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram… If not, please do! We recently announced the exciting and special news we received from Professional Photographers of America. This January, we have been given the honor and responsibility of speaking on a national platform at one of the largest photography conventions in the country! For the past seven years we’ve been attending Imaging USA learning from the greatest photographers in the industry. There is always more to learn about our craft, but this year we’ll have the opportunity to share Footstone’s journey and our advice on building a successful photography business.
Some of you know this already, but Paul and I both worked for Herff Jones, a yearbook printing company before opening Footstone. I worked on the sales and printing side; Paul worked for the photography division. We both had the opportunity to work with students around the state and teach design and photography. Teaching and sharing have always been a passion for both of us and so having the opportunity to speak to peers is incredibly special.
We’ll keep you updated on other teaching projects too! We’ve been given two additional opportunities through PPA to share our experience and passion for this industry to new photographers. More fun details to come! We consider all of this a great honor and responsibility and we hope we make you proud!
We are thrilled to announce we have our first couple who have decided to join us in Italy this summer! Meghan and Jeremy are long time friends of ours now after we photographed their wedding in 2007. We are truly honored that you’d decide to make this journey with us and we’re counting down the days already!
*Image courtesy of Meghan & Jeremy
If you’re interested in joining this year’s Destination Portrait Sessions in Northern Italy, email email@example.com or call us at 352.562.3066!
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