Patterson Preschool Academy Sept 2017

PATTERSON PRESCHOOL ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE AWESOME – -AND HERE ARE THE PICTURES TO PROVE IT!

ORDER DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2017 — GALLERIES WILL EXPIRE WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2017!

TO VIEW YOUR PHOTOS

  • Please CLICK HERE register, and use the case-sensitive password: PPA
  • Click on your child’s teacher, then scroll to find your child’s gallery. Enter the password provided to you by your child’s teacher.
  • My proofing site is mobile friendly; however, when purchasing digital downloads, I recommend using a computer for best results.

TO ORDER YOUR PHOTOS

  • Please click on the shopping cart logo on the image(s) of your choice and you will be prompted to check out.
  • Digital purchases will be available to download. **If you purchase a family download, I will combine the images into a single gallery and send you a link to download.
  • Print orders will be available for pickup at your school site
  • Prices are listed below – packages reflect significant savings and multiple images can be combined to fill a package! Also, just a reminder that 10% of your order goes right back to Patterson Preschool Academy

AN IMPORTANT NOTE

These images are typically captured within 1-2 minutes. I do my very best to capture a variety of authentic expressions from your child.  I do my best to work with you child, make them comfortable and enjoy the 1-2 minutes we have. Please understand that all images are shot with the goal of authenticity – capturing who they are in that moment. Some laugh, some stand pensive, some bounce and giggle…and I attempt to capture all of this. The options included in the gallery were the best shots I had on file and I hope you enjoy each of them! If you have specific requests or concerns about your child’s photo please reach out, I am happy to help! Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your amazing children!

PRICE LIST (ALSO AVAILABLE AT CHECKOUT)

  • PACKAGE A: 1 8×10, 2 5×7, 8 wallets, FREE 8×10 class composite – $40
  • PACKAGE B: 4 5×7, 8 wallets, FREE 8×10 class composite – $40
  • PACKAGE C: 2 8×10, 8 wallets, FREE 8×10 class composite – $40
  • PACKAGE D: 1 11×14, FREE 8×10 class composite
  • a la carte DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (single high resolution image) – $45
  • a la carte DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (all high resolution images of 1 child) – $55
  • a la carte FAMILY DOWNLOAD (all images of all children in same family) – $90
  • a la carte 16×20 gallery wrapped canvas – $110
  • al la carte 20×24 gallery wrapped canvas – $135
  • al la carte 8×10 – $16
  • al la carte 5×7 – $12
  • al la carte 8 wallets – $10
  • al la carte 11×14 wall portrait – $45
  • al la carte 16×20 wall portrait – $65
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PATTERSON PRESCHOOL ACADEMY

PATTERSON PRESCHOOL ACADEMY STUDENTS ARE AWESOME – -AND HERE ARE THE PICTURES TO PROVE IT!

ORDER DEADLINE IS TUESDAY MAY 3, 2017 — GALLERIES WILL EXPIRE TUESDAY MAY 3, 2017!

TO VIEW YOUR PHOTOS

  • Please CLICK HERE, register, and use the case-sensitive password: PPA
  • Click on your child’s teacher, then scroll to find your child’s gallery.
  • My proofing site is mobile friendly; however, when purchasing digital downloads, I recommend using a computer for best results.

TO ORDER YOUR PHOTOS

  • Please click on the shopping cart logo on the image(s) of your choice and you will be prompted to check out.
  • Digital purchases will be available to download. **If you purchase a family download, I will combine the images into a single gallery and send you a link to download.
  • Print orders will be available for pickup at your school site
  • Prices are listed below – packages reflect significant savings and multiple images can be combined to fill a package! Also, just a reminder that 10% of your order goes right back to Patterson Preschool Academy

AN IMPORTANT NOTE

These images are typically captured within 1-2 minutes. I do my very best to capture a variety of authentic expressions from your child.  I do my best to work with you child, make them comfortable and enjoy the 1-2 minutes we have. Please understand that all images are shot with the goal of authenticity – capturing who they are in that moment. Some laugh, some stand pensive, some bounce and giggle…and I attempt to capture all of this. The options included in the gallery were the best shots I had on file and I hope you enjoy each of them! If you have specific requests or concerns about your child’s photo please reach out, I am happy to help! Thank you for the opportunity to photograph your amazing children!

PRICE LIST (ALSO AVAILABLE AT CHECKOUT)

  • PACKAGE A: 1 8×10, 2 5×7, 8 wallets, FREE 8×10 class composite – $40
  • PACKAGE B: 4 5×7, 8 wallets, FREE 8×10 class composite – $40
  • PACKAGE C: 2 8×10, 8 wallets, FREE 8×10 class composite – $40
  • PACKAGE D: 1 11×14, FREE 8×10 class composite
  • a la carte DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (single high resolution image) – $45
  • a la carte DIGITAL DOWNLOAD (all high resolution images of 1 child) – $55
  • a la carte FAMILY DOWNLOAD (all images of all children in same family) – $90
  • a la carte 16×20 gallery wrapped canvas – $110
  • al la carte 20×24 gallery wrapped canvas – $135
  • al la carte 8×10 – $16
  • al la carte 5×7 – $12
  • al la carte 8 wallets – $10
  • al la carte 11×14 wall portrait – $45
  • al la carte 16×20 wall portrait – $65

5th Birthday Cake Smash

Mia saw me editing a 1 year old cake smash and started asking questions. “Why is that baby covered in cake?” It’s something parents like to take pictures of when baby has a first birthday. “Did I do one?” Yes. You cried the entire time. “Can I do one for my birthday this year?” Hmmm… my answer is below!

If you did a cake smash (or even if you didn’t) do one for your child’s first birthday, I highly recommend doing one for their 5th birthday. It was hilarious. She was gleefully aware of what she was doing and her facial expressions were priceless. Happy 5th birthday to my spunky, pink loving, monkey girl!

-Rachel

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Wyatt Wedding

This beautiful wedding at San Francisco City Hall was for a few good friends of ours and it was a stunner. Intimate, beautiful, and relaxed made for a photographer’s dream. This was my first time shooting at this venue and we had so much fun exploring all of the beauty each floor had to offer. I was having a ball running around finding little niches to shoot in and Justine braved it all in those gorgeous sapphire shoes. We had a little lecture from a stranger on the negatives of marriage and a bit of a barefoot jaunt across a San Francisco street to end the day.wyatt-1wyatt-2wyatt-3wyatt-4wyatt-5wyatt-6wyatt-7wyatt-8wyatt-9wyatt-10wyatt-11wyatt-12wyatt-13wyatt-14wyatt-15wyatt-16wyatt-17wyatt-18wyatt-19wyatt-20

Getting back into it…

I’ve been missing my work so much. So much. I decided to start booking clients again in a limited capacity while I finish treatment. It’s something that makes me feel normal and I need a little more normalcy in my life at the moment. I’ve been off for awhile and decided to do a fun shoot, just for me, to ease back into it. I got my favorite little Muse, Mia and her cousin Madden, whipped up some flower crowns, and just shot for fun. I love the results and hope you do too!

-Rachel

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Tomato Stand

I definitely lost track of my blog last year. My blog, my books, my mind… but I digress. I decided I might as well start off 2016 by blogging one of my favorite sessions of 2015. It seems strange to be in a sweatshirt with 40 degree weather looking at warm sunny pictures from a hot day in July, but better late than never.

I was dying over these pictures when I was editing them but I had to keep them quiet for a bit since they were a birthday gift for the tomato farmer Grandpa of these two adorable kiddos. By the time I remembered it was safe to post them I was in full blown holiday card mania and they were pushed off until now. So enjoy a warm reminder of the summer that will be here all too soon…

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Confession: My toddler hates taking pictures.

Here it is guys… the truth about my son Max. He’s adorable, funny, sweet, athletic, and sensitive, and he hates taking pictures. HATES taking pictures. Mia likes them now (for the most part), but there was a good stretch of time when she didn’t. In fact there is a good stretch of time when most kids hate taking pictures and that stretch is usually age 1-3. It fades for a bit after that (for some kids it never leaves) and then starts up again when they worry about whether or not it’s “cool” to have a photographer taking their pictures. But since we aren’t there yet, I digress. Back to the younger hating pictures age. They don’t want to sit still, don’t want to look at the camera, and don’t quite grasp the concept of bribery yet. I know all of this. I do this all of the time with other people’s kids. I’m far more patient with them than I am my own and generally always coax a few winning images out of them. I’m not at all patient with my own kids. I still decided it would be a good idea to try to get my kid (who hates taking pictures) and try to convince him to sit still and smile for mommy. The result, about 500 frames of grumpy Max.

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After about 30 minutes of this, we were both tired and frustrated. I got a few good frames, but mostly lots of grumpy Max. While grumpy Max is still pretty adorable, I was hoping for something that looked a little less tortured.

Before even looking at the images, I knew there wasn’t going to be anything in there that I really loved. I knew I got a few good smiles and while I like those, I don’t love them.

I decided to go a different route. Instead of trying to get him to sit still and torture us both, I decided to try to photograph him in an environment he loves. I took him to the shop to work with Dad. Was he still pretty grumpy? Yup. Kid hates pictures. Was I still sweaty, dirty, and exhausted at the end of it? Yes. Would it have even worked at all without Dad there to save the day? Probably not. What’s the difference then? This attempt resulted in pure magic. I knew it as it was unfolding and I am in love with all of them (including all of the frames of grumpy Max). These are real, and they are Max. He was mad at first. We let him play and explore. He forgot about taking pictures for a bit and just started to do his thing. I took pictures of him doing it. Let him relax. Let him have fun. I tried to set him down for a few and it actually worked because he was enjoying himself.

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His face is dirty, his clothes are dirty, and he looks just like he does almost every day. And I love them all. Why? Because I love him and this is him. These photos tell the story of who Max is today. Next time they will tell a different story, because that is part of growing up. But I’ll always be able to look back and remember who he was today. Because I thought about what he loves, let him do it, and photographed it.

The moral of the story? When your kids are in a difficult age to photograph (or any age for that matter), photograph them as they are, not as you wish they would be. Photograph them in a place that they love, doing a thing that they love. Not only will they look happier in the pictures, you will be happier with the end result. The goal of documenting your child’s early years is to remember how they were in those sweet fleeting years. While a photo of all of your kids together, in a park, and looking at the camera is amazing, all of my favorite images of my children are images like this. Glimpses into their personalities that display who they are and remind me of all of these moments I know I’m going to miss.

I’m not trying to talk you out of posed portraits because that will put me out of the job, haha. Go ahead and get the perfect Christmas card image and those pretty posed photos for your walls. I try to do a bit of both in all of my sessions. I have them of my family and will continue to do so year after year. But also take the time to capture them as they are. Get those meaningful photos that tell the story of the moment.  And feel free to call me to document it for you 😉

-Rachel

Madison {Senior Photography}

Summer isn’t usually a huge time for senior photography around here, but it should be. As much as I love fall and spring, there is just something about the hazy golden light on summer evenings. The light didn’t disappoint for Madison’s senior session either. My jaw about dropped when she got out of the car with that gorgeous pile of red curls and she was such a natural in front of the camera that the result was just magic. Since I was obsessed with her hair, her eyes, and the light hitting her hair, it shouldn’t be too shocking that pretty much all of my favorites are close ups.

Enjoy!

-Rachel

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The Super Adventures of Mia and Max

My daughter asked for a superhero cape. Some days when your kid asks for a cape, you put down whatever you are working on and put your shoddy sewing skills to use. The result: two adorable children wearing sloppy homemade super hero capes and, of course, some pictures.

The trick to these photos was finding a spot in our little country town that would give a bit of an urban vide. We found one, but inadvertently disturbed an entire insurance office by playing superheroes right outside of their open window. Luckily they were good sports and we were only out there for a few minutes.

-Rachel

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Trent {Ripon High Senior 2015}

It’s been ages since I’ve written a post so I decided to make it a gigantic one with some images from Trent’s amazing senior session.

Trent is a great baseball player so I definitely had fun with the baseball images. It’s always nice when a senior has something personal to bring to the shoot. It keeps things fresh and it keeps it all about them. Trent had an entire bag of baseball gear and 3 uniform combinations so it was fun incorporating as much as I could.

He’s a good sport (literally and figuratively) as I kept him out for 2 full hours and he couldn’t take a bad picture. A polite, photogenic, senior with a theme and dreamy light? The stuff of photographer dreams. I know, we’re weird. Enjoy!

-Rachel

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