Brides… Get Ready to Obsess!
November 3rd, 2016

We are incredibly excited to announce our new line of album covers… wood!  Yes, that’s right!  We now have a real wood cover that comes in a variety of stains that we can exquisitely laser engrave with your names, a monogram, perhaps artwork from your invitations, or even a pattern from the design of your gown.  The possibilities are endless.

Watch the sneak peak to see the incredible quality and detail of the wood grain and the precision of the engraving.  I can’t wait to show my brides a sample when you come in next!

 

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A Much-Anticipated Family Portrait!
October 25th, 2016

Large Family Portrait

Talk about a session that required a LOT of pre-planning… what you see above is ALL of the Privette family!  Well, all meaning Paul’s parents, siblings and spouses, and the first generation of grandchildren.  This portrait is an absolute treasure for our family and is printed and displayed at over 5 feet long over Malcolm and Dee’s mantle.

This is an example of a Generational Panoramic Portrait.  When you want to include multiple generations in one portrait, it typically becomes necessary to start stacking people, meaning some stand, some sit on chairs, some sit on the ground… which can be beautiful.  But Paul wanted a way that looked a little more modern and where each family member could be close up within the frame.  What you see above is a combination of 8 separate images combined into one seamless panoramic portrait.

We asked “Nana and Pop”, Paul’s mom and dad, to share what the experience was like both planning and participating in a Generational Session. We sincerely treasure what they said…

from Nana… “To even imagine that my family of 27 could be in one picture together was a stretch of the imagination.  A dream. And Paul made the dream come true.  Kristin had sent us wardrobe suggestions and a color palette, so there were no surprises on the day of the shoot.  Each family had their turn in front of the camera.  What I didn’t know at the time was that Paul had a plan, an actual drawing of what he wanted the picture to look like — not only which family would be where, but where there would be a connection or a touch or a lean.  So, as we had fun posing and playing, he was subtly crafting a masterpiece.  How he seamlessly put us all together, I’ll never know.  It is a stunning portrait —  priceless — capturing this moment for us forever.  I am so grateful!”

from Pop… “This photograph – besides being of our awesome family and representing a great treasure to us personally, speaks volumes in its seamless presentation.  Everyone who sees it in our home catches their breath.  Nothing quite captures the spirit of our crew as Paul’s photographic artistry and magic. It appropriately enjoys a central place in our home.  Thank you, Paul and Kristin!”

Remember, October is Family Portrait Month so we’re donating our family session fees to the Children’s Advocacy Center.  If your interested in a Panoramic session, but need to schedule it around the holidays when your family will be together, as long as you make your session payment this month, we will gladly donate it to the CAC.

 

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We’ve Never Prayed for Anything Harder – A Personal Update
October 11th, 2016

I (Kristin) sit down to write this post and am unsure how it will even come together.  I don’t know where to begin, the words to use, how to give the story the justice it deserves… so I will just keep typing and see what happens.

About 8 weeks ago, Paul and I went in for our ultrasound to find out the gender of the baby.  If you’re tuning in for the first time, we’re expecting our third child.  Our two boys came with us of course, but they had to sit in the waiting room and play some games while we were back in the exam room.  The ultrasound seemed to take forever.  I’ve forgotten a lot because it’s been five years since our second was born, but I don’t remember this exam taking so long.  About half way through, the sweet ultrasound technician announced it looked like we’d be a house full of boys!  I had a sneaking suspicion I’d have three boys. 🙂

But she kept examining.  And measuring.  And then about an hour later, she said she would bring the doctor in so we could talk.  Oblivious to the fact that anything could be wrong, I offered to Paul to head on out and take the boys to the pond outside while I waited and talked with the doctor.  Unwise.

I’m going to type this part fast because this is when it gets tough…

The doctor walked in and shared that the baby had a cyst in his brain.  The cyst could be a marker for a genetic defect or it could go away and not cause any damage to the brain at all.  This type of cyst could possibly indicate Trisomy 18 and she recommended having a genetic blood test done.  I sat in the room by myself and admit that after the words “cyst in his brain” and “genetic defect” the room started spinning.  How does one compute this kind of news?

I thanked her, I think, and she left the room.  The technician who had done our ultrasound remained in the room and I asked her to stay while I called Paul and asked him to come back.  When he returned, she repeated all of the information to him and what would happen next.  I don’t remember much other than I felt like in that moment, life stopped.

Later that night, about 9 or 10pm, we get a text from Paul’s dad that all of the Privette children, along with his mom and dad, connected over FaceTime around the country and prayed together for over 40 minutes.  They each took screen captures of themselves and the series of images starting coming through over Paul’s phone.  We wept in gratitude.

Over the course of the next few weeks it was very quiet around our house.  We had to tell the boys gently what was going on and they, in their precious little voices, started to pray every night for “their little brother to be strong and healthy forever”.

I can’t even begin to share what it is like praying, or begging for the life of a child.  Hearing that he could either be perfectly fine or that he could have a genetic defect was hard to comprehend.  We prayed for peace and trust and healing and wisdom and strength.  What we’ve learned is that we needed to have peace and trust even if the outcome wasn’t a good one.  Trusting and feeling peace shouldn’t only happen when things go our way.  That is a terribly painful realization.

A couple weeks ago the baby’s blood test came back and results showed “low risk”.  Then yesterday morning we went back in for another ultrasound.  The cyst is gone.  Baby boy Privette is now developing perfectly normal.

I now have a glimpse of what it was like for Paul’s mom and family to lose their baby girl.  And how my mom and dad felt when she miscarried at 22 weeks.  Yet I have only a small glimpse. I still can’t imagine what it would be like to lose a child.  I felt like my life was ending and yet I still had hope.  Many do not.  To the women and families who don’t get good news, my heart goes out to you.  My perspective will forever be changed.

So I end this message with praise and gratitude for the answered prayers for this precious baby boy.  Paul and I feel like we can breathe again and be excited about what’s to come.  For the few of you we shared this with and who have been praying for us, we cannot thank you enough.  God heard every prayer and we are so grateful.

Here he is… no name yet (or at least we’re not telling 🙂 )

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Family Portrait Month is Beginning Soon!
September 22nd, 2016

photographers in gainesvilleIt’s that time again!  Last year, during the month of October, we raised over $1500 for the Child Advocacy Center.  We’d like to think we’ll surpass that amount this year and give this precious ministry the help and support they desperately need.

Starting in the month of October we celebrate Family Portrait Month, a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait, or portraits of your children, and help to make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children in our area.  When you schedule your session in October, we will donate your session fee to the Child Advocacy Center, located in Gainesville.  The CAC is a safe place for abused and neglected children.  Their goal is to improve the community’s response to child abuse and to minimize the trauma to children and their families.  Paul and I (Kristin) recently toured the center and it was an incredible experience.  We’ll be sharing more about this special organization throughout the coming weeks and let you know even more ways you can get involved.

We look forward to seeing how our community will come together to support this wonderful organization!  Call us this month to schedule your session for October!

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A Lakeside Engagement Session – Haley and Riley
September 20th, 2016

These two were an absolute a blast to photograph.  It did take some convincing of the benefits of an engagement session, but when we decided on a short session with drinks and barbecue after… they were sold!

Haley and Riley met in Seattle through some online mutual friends.  They bonded over several heated games of skee ball and pinball.  They would tell you it was love at first sight! Riley’s proposal to Haley included a game of Madden and a cheese ball – love these guys. Haley shared with us how it all happened…

“The day before – over beers at one of our favorite breweries in Seattle – he told my parents all the reasons he loved me and asked for their permission. That really felt like the proposal for me, but of course he still had to actually propose. The next day, while my mom and I took my dog for a walk, he hid three glasses of champagne and waited for us to come back. When we walked in he was playing Xbox (it was a long walk), and I asked why there was champagne hidden on the bookshelf (I’m smooth…). He quickly got on one knee, pulled out a cheeseball with the ring in it from his pocket (really..I jokingly told him that morning he should hide it in food when he proposed and he actually obliged), asked me if I would “be weird together for life” and once I said “duh,” he returned to his game of Madden.”

We love the energy these two have and are anticipating a ridiculously fun wedding.  The countdown has begun… the wedding is just a few weeks away are we’re honored and excited to be a part of it!

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Haley and Riley, thank you for giving us the honor of capturing your lives during this special time.  We already adore both of you, and can’t wait for the fun that is to come!

Love Haley’s make up?  A special thanks to Danielle Drake for a beautiful job!

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