November 22, 2009

Thanks and Gratitude

The last few weeks have been full of Flash Frozen Fun! I have been all over the West Valley and Conejo Valley with my camera. I've been gearing up for the final holiday rush and thinking about some new ideas for shooting so I have some fresh inspiration for planning some sessions in my idea book.

Today is Sunday - my favorite day to stay home "in my pj's" as I say and do some domestic things like cooking. My house smells of soup cooking on the stove - scent of fresh herbs and vegetables simmering. We have some classical music playing while my husband Frank is crunching some numbers and I am alternately surfing facebook ( www.facebook.com/laportraitphotographer - go ahead and "friend" me please!) and cooking and finishing some photos.

I did a studio session with Kevin's Cuties and the image went to the framer and came back framed in the wrong orientation - landscape instead of portrait. I love it so much, well, I am keeping it for me and the framer - who offered to fix it right away - got a 2nd sale from me so watch for a couple of adorable little ones in my window. The framer also promised to have it back to me almost the same day. It really pays to do things early because in life there are things that just happen. I love working with great vendors behind me who just take great care of me and my clients.

If you happen to be someone who does things last minute, I do have some beautiful custom frames I had made so that I can turn out a finished fine art photograph quickly and make a unique gift for you. I can set up a session for you by December 18th and still have a gift in time for Christmas. Of course, I can also do a gift certificate until December 23rd!  A gift might be a boudoir "Naughty-But-Nice" session for Valentine's Day - which will be here before we know it.

Also, what I am excited about is that John and Kate Saffell of Nicola's Kitchen brought their family to one of my favorite spots and we did a family session. I am working on the images today and we will have a display of their family inside Nicola's Kitchen - right across from my studio. We're also working on a fine art display for their window across from my studio window. A bit of European flair for the window will add some Flash Frozen Fun in The French Quarter

Today, I am finishing photos from some Woodland Hills Tarzana Chamber, West Hills-Canoga Park Chamber, Calabasas Chamber and Encino Chamber of Commerce events; I photographed a luncheon on Thursday for the Woodland Hills Tarzana Chamber where the City Attorney, Carmen Trutanich spoke about fiscal responsibility for the City of Los Angeles and how the Billboard laws and Marijuana Dispensaries affect businesses and residents alike;  And on Friday, I had the honor of photographing The Los Angeles Police Department (Yes, I shot the Police!) at the Topanga Boosters 1 Year Anniversary at the beautiful Warner Center Hilton Hotel. It was a fun and beautiful affair with a number of dignitaries who give so much to our community.

I am thankful and full of gratitude to live in a beautiful community, filled with people who care, great clients and a loving husband. This is the week to say Thank you and be grateful to all those who are a part of our world - our clients, family, friends and community. All these parts are the sum of a good life. Happy Thanksgiving!

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