Sometimes you want the flexibility to change out your displays and the quality and beauty of a set of heirloom prints. The Heirloom silk box is one of my favorite products. It’s beautiful, unique, a little bit modern while a little bit classic. You can hang all twenty in your favorite frames or you can rotate them in and out. Image the options! And even more special, imagine your grandkids one day having some of these to display of their dad’s childhood. So cool. Grandma and Grandpa would love nothing more than these sweet little albums or some small prints of their favorite little people. The Half-pint is beautiful, simple and classic and the Adorables are simply that-adorable! For everything else, see the Product Menu
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There is nothing quite like snuggling up with your child and paging through a beautiful album together; albums are a love letter from you to their sweet hearts. Our albums are not only stunningly beautiful, but they are strong, sturdy and archival as well. You can let your five year old turn the pages of her second birthday book without fear she will bend the pages. If you are anything like most of our busy clients you will be so glad to have someone create this beautiful piece of history for you to enjoy for generations.
Albums capture the moments of joy that wouldn’t quite fit in our wall gallery or are “just for us” to remember. They are a priceless treasure. A legacy for my children.-Laura Wessels
The Modern Album
All collections beyond the Sugar come with a Modern Album. Modern Albums are beautifully simple 8×8 albums with 30 pages, one image on each page. Covers can be leather, linen, or custom image wrap. See all album prices here.
When is the last time you purchased something special that was just a little bit extravagant? Wall galleries and custom albums are a wonderful treat that will not only bring a smile to your face every day but will say to your children “You are someone special and you make me happy every day.” They are like love letters from you to them. Let’s start building on that love!
Sometimes Walls of Love are created from just one fantastic session. Alternatively they can be built over a number of years and sessions. We recommend starting with at least 7 prints in various sizes, with 10-15 being a really great beginning.
Layered galleries are custom designed to best fit your space and session photos. The photos are printed on a masonite hardboard and then laminated for durability and to resist little fingers. The prints are prepared for installation with foam backing of different depths to give the layered look.
Not everyone loves the sweet chaos of the layered galleries. For those of us more drawn to clean lines and tidy borders, grid galleries, either a series of squares or rectangles that are all the same size or the Mixer, that uses long and short photos to create a pattern are the perfect choice.
If you think a Wall of Love is the perfect expression of your family’s crazy life here are a few quick steps to take before you meet Anna for your order:
- Choose a space. It can be as grand as the focal wall in the great room or as intimate and cozy as the little wall between bedrooms in the hall.
- Take a photo of the space with your smart phone and send it to Anna. Try to stand as close to straight-on as you can. Feel free to send a few options.
- Do a quick measurement of your space, top to bottom, side to side and possibly the placement of light switches or door frames.
- Sign into your gallery using a unique email and favorite anywhere from 10-30 favorite photos you think might work for your display. Anna can help you narrow it down to the ones that work best together and in your space.
- Sit back and let Anna create some magic for your walls. It’s a unique luxury you’ll smile about for years to come!
Outfitting your family can feel like a Herculean task, but with a few simple tips you can be ready in no time & with minimal stress. I promise.
Getting ready is easy– just be yourself. Anna has an eye that makes your everyday look glamorous AND it captures your life the way it is, not matchy and posey (unless that is really how your life is).- Lai-King, Milwaukee
Plan, but don’t overthink it.
Remember that the goal of your photo session is to capture the joys, tears, laughter, connection and fun you have together, not to show off the latest and greatest fashions. What you wear matters, but not so much it’s worth tears. Keep calm. It’ll be okay.
Don’t match. Coordinate.
Think of outfitting your group as you would put together a single outfit. Select a piece, perhaps your daughter’s patterned dress, and use the colors to find coordinating pieces. Even your favorite throw pillow could get you started. Designers know what works; trust them!
Consider your location.
Think about the colors that will be part of your session location. For instance, at the park, green will dominate so consider that color a part of your palette.
Flowing white shirts and khaki pants on the beach? Yawn. Think to yourself … Would I ever find my family wearing these outfits for something other than this shoot? Do we go out on the town in matching outfits? If the answer is “no” then you shouldn’t be wearing it for the shoot either! You want your family photos to reflect your family, not the people in the photo that comes with the frame.
Go Neutral. Go bold.
Neutrals certainly have their place and can be used balance a bright color palette, but don’t stop there. Bold colors will give your photos life. Have a favorite grey dress? Try adding a bold yellow scarf. Is your teenager only seen in public in her favorite black ….everything? Talk her into a bold red headband and some bright and happy Chuck Taylors. You get the idea.
Guide (okay, bribe) little Suzie.
Sometimes the little ones (and big ones) have strong opinions about what they will wear. It may seem easier to just give in and let Sophie wear her Doc McStuffins shirt, or Alex to wear his basketball shorts and neon yellow jersey but remember that these photos will be on your walls for years to come. Perhaps we can let them choose the grand finale ensembles because when all else fails, bribery is a mother’s (and photographer’s) friend.
Let the Kids.
If your shoot is just the kids, much of the “rules” can be tossed out the window. Let them wear their favorite super hero costume for part of the session if that’s who they are right now. It’ll be fun to remember years from now.
Copy the Joneses.
We have put together a What to Wear Pinterest idea board with some good ideas for building your palette from.
For the love of all things beautiful: n0 NEON. Just . . . NO! Also, avoid bright fuchsia or teal . . . and did I mention NO neon ANYTHING, first off these colors don’t photograph well. They also turn your face strange colors and one looks good with a neon yellow chin. Seriously.
Mix a lot of patterns.
If Dad and Mikey are both wearing busy plaid shirts we’ll spend half the shoot rearranging to keep them apart. Busy patterns don’t play well with others.
I will say it again, don’t overthink it. It’s going to be great! Sometimes people like to snap a photo of their outfits and text them to me. Go ahead and do that. We might avoid a disaster or at the very least we’ll put your mind at ease.