Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Class of WHAT!?

It is that time, the class of 2014 is looking towards graduation next month and the class of 2015 gets to usher in a new year!  First up on that list?
Booking your senior photos!  
I am so excited about this season of senior photos, soooo many ideas and new backgrounds, locations and equipment to create with!
Be one of the first 3 seniors to book your senior session and I'll not only give you half off your session, but I'll throw in 24 FREE wallets!
Any senior session booked before June 1st will enjoy 50% off their session fee! 

Tips for your senior session:

Book it!
Don't wait to book your session, calling in May or June to book your summer or fall session will   help avoid scheduling conflicts.  My schedule fills up quickly, and so does yours!  Booking ahead of time will give you plenty of time to prepare and know that you have one more thing off your checklist!  Plus booking early gets you great discounts!

You chose Extreme Images for your senior photos for a reason, it's my passion and I strive to make your photos awesome and unique!  I'll show you how to pose and what to do, so don't worry about being a "model" just be yourself!  Sessions at Extreme Images are laid back and fun, so relax and let us do all the work!

What to wear
Of course its fun to go shopping for new clothing but don't go out and buy an entirely new wardrobe.  Try looking in your closet for those favorite outfits that you love and make sure you wear clothes you feel good in!  If you feel great you look great and your photos will be fabulous! Buying some new clothing is great but mix it with your own style and create outfits that are you!

Try to bring several different looks, sometimes you don't realize that your 4 favorite shirts are all blue until you arrive at the studio, try choosing a variety of different colors and bring them all along!  I suggest bringing a mix of casual, semi-casual, and dressy outfits. I can help you once you arrive to see what will look best! 

Ladies, accessories can make a big difference.  If you wear jewelry don't forget to bring it along! Belts, scarves, boots, bracelets, rings, jackets, all that fun stuff will put the finishing touches on your photos!

Guys, remember your belt, class ring (if you have one) and any other accessory you may wear normally.

I don't put a limit on how many outfits, but of course we do have time limits on the session, for a 1 hour session we can usually fit anywhere from 3-5 outfits and the 2 hour session we can fit in 4-8, if you are a quick changer and we have less large set-ups you can get more outfits in within the time frame.  Bringing a few extra outfits is great, we will go through them all and choose the best backgrounds and locations to compliment each one and have the greatest photos! 

All Inclusive
I love when you bring things that tell a story about you!  If it's your old truck or a new car, your bucket of baseballs, a stack of your favorite books, or your best furry friend, all are welcome!  I will ask about this during our pre-session chat so I can have ideas and locations/backgrounds in mind!

Hair (and Make-up)
Guys, this is pretty simple for you, getting a haircut about a week before the session will ensure a nice clean look without that fresh cut look, and in the summer will help avoid tan lines around your hair line. 

I suggest having your hair the way you want it when you arrive for the session, don't wear a hat to the studio, or plan to wet and comb it here.  We will have a brief clothing consultation when you arrive and then get started shooting right away so there isn't time for your hair to dry if you wet it.

Gals, I suggest you do your hair similar to the way you do it regularly when you do your hair. Make sure you bring your straightener, or iron along with any other products you may need for hair touch-ups along the way! I do have some that want straight hair and curly hair, this is possible, depending on how hard it is to switch from one to the other we could do this in the same day with two sessions or two different days (back to back or within the same week)

If you color your hair, don't go wild and change your color right before the session.  You want to look natural and like yourself.  I'd suggest doing color within the week before your session.

On make-up, if you wear it every day, you don't need much more than normal.  Make up can make a big difference though, if you regularly dont wear any make up, a little bit will help bring out your features! Think a little mascara, some blush and don't forget your lips! Even just a little toned lip gloss can make a big impact!

If you aren't used to wearing any make up and want some tips let me know, I have several make-up artists that would be happy to help!  You can also check at your salon, most salons have a make up artist and a lot of hair dressers can do your make-up as well! 

Break outs, we all have them, we all hate them, but don't worry, your images are always retouched so if that pesky pimple shows up the morning of your session, just laugh and know it will get zapped! 

Who should come along with you to your session?  You can come alone or you can bring mom or dad, or come with a friend or two.  Someone who knows your hair syle and can make you smile is a great person to bring along!

Excited for your proofs?  It takes about 7-10 days to get your proofs back from the day of your session, in the meantime I will share some sneak peeks of my favorite images from out session on Facebook!

You can view last years senior sneak peeks here
Taste Every Moment and Live it Out Loud

Friday, March 28, 2014

Model Search!

Yes, I have been slacking on the blog posts, but I am going to get back on track!

I thought no better way to kick that off than the announcement of this years Children's Model Search!

Schedule your session now, times will fill up fast and limited space available!

Sessions will be stylized if given notice when setting up appointment!  Indoor or outdoor sessions (weather permitting)

I am working on adding some fun Children's items to be available during open houses, with drawings and lots of fun activities for the kiddos!  Stay tuned!

I have just returned from a little vacation with the whole family!  Yes we took both our 1 and 5 year old with us to the beach!  Some call us crazy, but everyone had a wonderful time and hopefully we brought some of that warmth back home with us!  So ready for spring and outdoor sessions!   I've got many new specials and announcements coming over the following weeks, make sure you check back and keep your eyes peeled for hidden giveaways! 

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Lil' Star Sweepers

Last week we talked about the Maternity Session.  What's better to follow than the Newborn and First Year!  I will start off with stating just how much of a joy it is to work with newborns!  I have spent the last 5 years perfecting my newborn techniques, collecting props, ideas, crafting and compiling a giant collection of items for newborn through one year! 

This post will answer many of the photo questions you may have as an expecting mom and for your sessions each time!

The Lil' Star Sweepers package is the first thing we will talk about.  This package covers your sessions every 3 months from newborn to one year!  Each session has one 5x7 included.  There are 25 custom made birth announcements and at the end of the year you have a beautiful coffee table album, again custom designed, to fit each different child!  I also include a free gift which can be any one of the items I have for sale in my office, crocheted hats, custom headbands, booties, all subject to what is available throughout the year.  You can choose this gift at any time throughout the year!  You also have an 8x10 which can be used with any session along the way!

 When do I need to set up my newborn session?  If we do a maternity session before baby arrives I will have an idea of when the little bundle is set to arrive.  If we do not do a maternity session, giving me a call or email during your third trimester is a good idea.  Newborn sessions are generally done within the first two weeks.  The sooner the better.  I suggest to all of my new mommies to call or message me when they get home from the hospital.  I can generally get you in within a few days of getting home, if I have an idea of when baby is supposed to arrive I can better fit my schedule to get your tiny one in!

What do I need to bring to a newborn session? You can bring anything you'd like, or nothing at all!  I have many hats, headbands, ties, wraps, blankets, furs, baskets, leg warmers, rompers, diaper covers and more.  Of course if you have any items you would like to bring along you are more than welcomed to bring them!  Sometimes there are hats or headbands you have been given as gifts, blankets or other items made just for you, I can easily incorporate these into your session if you wish!  Just let me know when you set up your session what items you plan to bring along so I can gather items that will complete the session! Newborn outfits do not typically fit a newborn (even though the size would suggest it will) so I always do wraps, rompers, hats, cocoons, and the like for this session.

These images show just a small sample of the items I have at the studio!

 What about my 3, 6, and 9 month sessions?  I've got you covered here too!  I carry hats, rompers and tu-tus, diaper covers, crowns, ties and headbands in all the larger sizes as well!  I also have many baskets, boxes, chairs, and suitcases to use with 3 month and up.  If they are laying, rolling, crawling, standing or walking I have props to help at any age!  If you have an outfit but need the finishing touches, I can make you a headband or hat to go along!  Just give me a heads up when booking the session! 

What do I do for the big One Year Session?  This is so fun!  I tend to go overboard on one year sessions, as this is the FIRST time your little one has a birthday!  You have made it through a whole year and both of you are still alive, haha! Why not celebrate in an over the top super fun way!?  We can do anything at all, but here are a few ideas!

  • Balloons, and I mean a LOT of balloons!  We can cover the background and floor with balloons and place the birthday boy/girl in the middle!
  • Crowns! I can custom create a crown and setting just for your little birthday prince or princess!  I have many ideas to do along with this, indoor and outdoor!
  • The popular CAKE SMASH!  Have the bakery make you a small cake, or make one yourself if you are handy in the kitchen!  Bring this cake along and let little one go wild!
  • All of the above!  If you really want to take it over the top, we can do all three and more!
Of course there are many other ideas we can do for a one year session.  I also like to do a few "normal" shots as well!   I really like to stylize this session, so if you have colors, an outfit, or ideas that you want to bring to life, just share your ideas and I can help make it a reality!  I make custom banners as well so if you want to add a little banner in the back, or frame a write up about your little one, I can do it all!

What if I have twins?  With two babies at each session we are doing two sets of individuals as well as some together, since the sessions are at the same time I offer $100 off the second package, both children will have their own album, and each still gets a 5x7 with each session, free gift, and 8x10.

What If I need more than the 5x7 in the package?  You can order any extra prints you'd like.  You can locate the Children's Price List on my website,

When do I have to pay?  The Lil' Star Sweeper package amount is due by/at the newborn session.  You can pay it in advance before baby arrives or at our newborn session.  Any orders after that are due when the order is placed.

 Baby's first year is an amazing time, and every milestone should be celebrated. This is the biggest time of change in a child's early life, going from a tiny little newborn to a walking talking mini me, the changes are drastic, in looks and developing their personality.  I find great joy in freezing these memories in portraits to treasure forever!  If you are expecting a baby, I hope you will give me a call and allow me to commemorate that first year through my gift of photography!  You won't regret it!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

The Bump!

No matter if it's your first, second, third or later pregnancy, you may be curious about the Maternity Session. Thinking about a maternity session, but not sure?  Read on to get all the information; what is a maternity session, when to do it, what to bring, who is in them and what to wear.

What is a Maternity session?
Maternity sessions can be done a couple different ways.  First some people like to do a fun announcement with a photo shoot, there are so many ideas and options for this kind of session.  Searching pinterest can give you some ideas and there are always new fun ideas going through my mind that I am just waiting to use!  Here is an announcement card I did for some great clients and the announcement we did for our second baby.

The most common version of the Maternity Session is to show off that beautiful baby belly!  This session I like to do around the 32-36 week mark.  This time frame is about perfect for comfort of mom, late enough in pregnancy that you have a beautiful baby bump, and early enough for those babies who just can't wait until their due date to get here!  To assure we have an opening in the schedule at the perfect time, I recommend calling or emailing when you are about 29/30 weeks along.  During June-Oct months it wouldn't hurt to call a couple weeks earlier.

Do I need to bring anything?
Some parents like to bring along baby shoes, a baby outfit, or ultrasound photo, which can be fun, but you do not have to bring anything like this along with you if you don't want to!  Here are some samples with props like this.

What do we wear?
The best thing you can wear for a maternity session is something that makes you comfortable!  Having two babies I know that sometimes your closet can be your worst enemy the later in pregnancy you get.  There were always those 2-3 items that were my go to when I had to wear something besides yoga pants and a t-shirt!  Those clothes that you feel great in are what I would highly suggest to wear.  You will feel good, and feeling good and comfortable will make the photo session that much better!   Once you pick out moms clothing, just find something in dads closet that goes with it!

Can our other kids be in the photos?
Absolutely!  I love including other children in these images, after all they are "expecting" too!

What about bare belly photos?
Bare belly photos are something that some like and want to do and others would never want to do.  This is totally up to you.  If you wish to do some bare belly photos, just let me know when you set up your session.  I do not do bare belly photos unless you request to do them, as I don't want to make anyone uncomfortable during the session.  We will get beautiful images with covered bellies or bare bellies, but don't feel like you have to do any bare if you don't wish to do so!  There is always the fear that those dreaded stretch marks will show, however some computer work will help soften or even remove those marks if you wish!  That beautiful little bundle will make you forget all about those marks the moment you hold him/her in your arms! 

The proof is in the photo!
You only get to go through this pregnancy once, and it is truly amazing!  You will miss that feeling, that belly (believe it or not!) and this is one beautiful way to capture that moment to treasure forever!  These images are something you will look back on for years and some day can show that little one what you looked like while they were still in your tummy!  (if they believe it or not!)

I hope that this post has helped answer your questions and really hope to hear from you to set up your maternity session!  Next blog post - NEWBORNS!  Stay Tuned!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Family Inspiration!


With the family special under way I get asked often for outfit suggestions, so I thought I would pull up some images that have inspired me with color combos and just downright cute clothing! Some of these images are pulled from some of my favorite photographers that I draw inspiration from, hopefully they will also inspire your outfit choices!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Squeezed Daily

Ain't that the truth!!??  These little jewels get so much love and affection I thought this was the perfect way to throw a little twist on the lemonade stand, and on such a hot day it was quite refreshing too! 

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Freezing Time

The title of this post has many meanings!  Sometimes I wish I could freeze time, not just in photos but literally freeze time as I realize my babies are growing up way too fast!  Come tomorrow Bria will be 6 months old, halfway to one year and Miss Mailee will be halfway to 5 years this month also.  Hoping that I can get her 6 month photos done this week, it's kind of crazy being a full time mommy and full time business owner.  You may say to yourself, you can't be full time with two things, but I am, home with my kiddos any second that I am not shooting sessions, and working when they nap, or have some down time.   It's absolutely crazy but I wouldn't have it any other way.  Often times on Sunday evening I wish I could freeze everything and have enough time to just spend with them relaxing before the work week begins again yet there is so much work to catch up on, especially this time of year!
Averaging about 8 sessions a week right now (by choice, much more than that and I would not be able to keep my head above water editing, I mean I am only one woman!) we are deep in the senior season and keeping up with several "Lil' Star Sweepers" along the way.  Throw a few older kiddos, and an engagement session mixed in with some wedding editing and we have a good variety to keep me on my toes!  I had some super fun seniors this week with lots of neat unique shots and loved on two little newborns as well!  Got to do a promo session with Karen's Massage Oasis here in town for her new Ashiatsu massage, I haven't got those images ready to post yet, but I cannot wait to share them with you, this massage looked AMAZING! Finished up the week with an engagement session with two of my dear friends, one of which I have known since Kindergarten and grew up with in 4-H and school who is marrying another of our classmates that joined us in Middle School (for those of you out there who went to Griswold MS/HS you will know the Lewis/Elliott rivalry, Lewis rocks!) Either way, they are both amazing people and I am excited to join them for their wedding this fall!

Also excited to get started on a couple new specials, the school picture special and bookings for Sept family special!

Another meaning to freezing time: Freezer meals!  I got hooked on doing freezer meals when I was pregnant last winter.  Ive done about 4 rounds of freezer meals since then, each time I spend a weekend making about 2-3 weeks worth of food.  Of course we don't eat a freezer meal every time we eat, but on those busy days when you get home and are super hungry they are the BEST thing to have!  We had run out of meals about a month and a half ago and have super missed having them, so I made some this weekend and have planned to make a few more next weekend.

My top choices for freezer meals: (with just 2.5 of us eating each meal I make a normal batch but split it into two 8x8-9x9 pans for each meal, less waste and more umph out of each meal prepared!)
-Chicken Lasagna
-Beef Lasagna
-Enchiladas (beef or chicken)
-Shredded Chicken (I usually stock up when chicken is on sale, buy the breast with ribs then boil them with carrots, celery and spices, then you can separate the meat from bones, and better yet, you have broth!  Just strain the veggies off and voila!  I freeze as many 2 C bags of chicken broth as I do 2 C bags of shredded chicken each time I make it, then you have that broth for any recipe you ever need, no more buying the store broth that tastes like plastic)
-Beef Stew
-Just add noodles Chicken soup (use of broth again! and the carrots and celery that you didnt boil with the whole chicken pieces!)
-Meat Balls
-Twice Baked Potatoes
-Campbells Cheesy Chicken and Rice
-Pulled pork or beef
-Sweet Corn!  (of course this has to be in season!)

If you want recipes on any of those, let me know I'll be glad to post them, and if YOU have any yummy freezer meals, leave me a recipe in the comments!  Im always looking for new stuff to add to my stock!