Monthly Archives: June 2011

Modern portraiture isn’t about single prints anymore; it’s about storytelling.  While the 8×10 purchased for hanging in Grandma’s foyer is all well and good and certainly has its place, it doesn’t tell the whole story of a photo session. That’s why I really like the idea of a session album for my clients. It’s a great way keep a number of your session images in a beautiful book that you can hold in your hand and pass around. Individual prints may or may not ever get framed, they may get stuck in a drawer somewhere….. but a beautiful quality album that you can be proud to display in your home is a real treasure for years to come.

I’m proud to offer session albums in three different sizes: 4X6, 5X5, and 5X7.  And each of these comes in the option of 10, 20, or 30 pages. These are mounted albums, which means that each page is one photographic print adhered to a deliciously thick page (pages are available in black or white) and there is a tiny border around the edge of the photo. Some labs actually assemble these albums for the photographer, but I love to do it myself. I love to work with my hands and I really enjoy the idea of personally creating something so beautiful for my clients. It’s a labor of love!

The fun part about these albums is the cover choices. I’ve selected some really colorful and unique materials to offer my clients, so it gives everyone a choice to match their personality, decor, and overall theme of their session.  All the cover choices are included in the price, so there is no price difference based on what you select.  All of my covers are animal-friendly and their super high quality look and feel are virtually indistinguishable from real leather.

In this sample album here, I chose Hollywood Orange from the faux suede collection.  This is a 5X7 album with 10 leaves/20 pages.  The first thing my husband said when I handed him this album to show him was, “Are you going to show this to people? Because they really need to feel this.”  They feel amazing in your hands. They are heavy and substantial for their size, the feel of the cover is soft and thick.  The pages are firm and the binding is gorgeous.  It’s quality, baby!

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Next I have an example of a 5X5 album (the blue one), shown here in the 5 leaves/10 page option, with the Faded Jeans cover from the Happy Cow Collection.   It is so cute and petite, and is a perfect size for carrying right in your purse!  It’s a beautiful gift or a keepsake memento. The box shown below is the storage box that comes with the album.

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If anyone would ever like to see these albums in person, please let me know. Photos do not do them justice.  They are as much a tactile treat as they are eye candy.

You may recognize my recent senior session with Brian in this album!  You never know, I often use client sessions to build product samples and marketing materials for my studio.  🙂

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  • Karen - That is exactly what I was looking for for the dance pictures last year. Love those thick pages! I would love to see one in person. Can you bring one to the next crop? Thanks!ReplyCancel

Well, lucky me! That is one word that kept repeating itself over and over with regard to this session: lucky! I’m thrilled  to have been asked to shoot Brian’s senior portraits. His mother was wonderful to work with because she booked his session far in advance, was more than flexible and willing to try anything I had in mind, and brought me her CUTIE PIE son to photograph!   I loved it all.   She emailed to me the words that all photographers dream of: “We trust your instincts and are open to anything.”  It was just a session where everything really came together and I couldn’t be happier. Brian, rising senior of the Class of 2012,  was awesome and never stopped smiling. His hazel eyes are the first thing I noticed about him!  They seemed to catch the light from any angle…. it was just too easy, really. Even his outfit choices were perfect.

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I had a blast a couple of weekends ago being my husband’s personal photographer at this crazy 5K race at the NH Motor Speedway in Loudon. Since he’s been doing a lot of 5Ks and half-marathons over the past year, I’ve tagged along to snap photos and normally it’s a very low-key event. But the Renegade Playground Challege was a total guy thing (although there sure were a lot of ladies participating too!). Everybody had so much fun getting muddy, scraped up, falling down, and otherwise going nuts with a 3 mile long obstacle course comprised of swamps, mud, tires, stuff to climb on and crawl under…..etc!  And there was beer and barbecue too! Yay!

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I’m calling this one “Beefcake in TuTu”.  I love this guy! 

undefinedundefinedundefined As a photographer I loved these shots because I got to have a lot of fun with the editing. Normally what I do is all very clean and pretty and geared towards children and families and of course where there are women involved you gotta make them look lovely. But in this case I got to do some dirty processing, very masculine, and not worry about anybody’s expectations except for my own.

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A thousand years ago……or rather, three weeks ago, my husband and I went out to dinner at the Mile Away Restaurant in Milford. Was it really only 3 weeks ago? I swear every week that goes by is like a century. Life is crazy, and monotonous all at once and occasions like going out to eat, just the two of us, are rare and much appreciated. We had this meal on May 12, according to my time stamp from my camera, and it was my belated Mother’s Day gift.

The reason that I know about the Mile Away is because I was the second shooter for a wedding by Sarah Swan here last fall…… and when they started serving the dinner at the wedding and I smelled the amazing aromas coming out of the dishes….. I was convinced that I needed to come here for an evening meal.  Between the food and the ambiance, I knew this was a place I wanted to get to know better.  The decor is amazing and looks like it’s straight out of Country Living Magazine. In other words–completely inspiring!

I love the menu structure at the Mile Away. For one price, you choose an appetizer, a salad, and entrée, and a dessert. It’s amazing!  And it really encourages you to try all kinds of things. I didn’t know before this visit, that they have such a strong German influence.  I ate pate for the first time and it was awesome. And pickled beets!  Ironically, ME, who generally avoids most any vegetable in the world…. I love beets. Sliced and cold. And that is exactly how they served them at the Mile Away. Bears, Beets, Battlestar Gallactica.  Yes. Schrute Farms would be proud (and my mom).

But let’s get to the photos……   first up is a shot of the cobalt blue bottles in the windowsill above the table where we were sitting. You feel like you’re in a a renovated barn (and I don’t know for sure, but would not be surprised if this was exactly the case) and there is all kinds of lovely old-school European decorations on the walls around us. Not to mention a grand fireplace and mantle and fantastic chandeliers. Also, my Caesar salad.

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Next: the majority of my meal. My Chicken Liver Pate, Chicken Oscar (I cannot resist anything with Hollandaise sauce), and strawberry shortcake for dessert. I love how the plates are all kinda mismatched, like they raided Grandma’s attic.

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And lastly, a shot of my red wine flight which was delicious (a cab sav, a merlot, and a malbec) ….. and then Dave’s meal of stuffed clams and Baked Stuffed Shrimp. Seafood much?

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It was a fantastic meal. At the end, our server who at first suspiciously asked me what I was taking pictures of and if I was working for a food magazine (ha ha! I wish….), took a shot of Dave and me, but I will spare you from viewing it. Totally blurry. Oh well. ONE DAY Dave and I will have a decent picture taken of the two of us together.  Some day.

Erika Follansbee is a natural light food photographer in Goffstown, NH. She specializes in inviting, ambient photos of real menu items in a restaurant’s own unique environment.   The result is distinctive, compelling, and mouth watering.

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