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{aww snap} | photography workshop for parents | natale photography

Natale Photography  is SO excited to present our FIRST ever workshop!

Please see below for ALL the details.

8:00am – 12:00noon today = EARLY BIRD special

Reserve your workshop spot with a friend & you’ll both get $25 off your workshop fee

This is for today only until 12:00 noon.

Looking forward to meeting some new peeps & hanging out with some familiar faces!

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Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Sale | Natale Photography

Announcing

Natale Photography’s

Black Friday & Small Business Saturday Promotion

Gift Certificate’s will be available @ a discounted rate {Friday & Saturday ONLY}

Friday 8am – 12noon | 25% off

Friday 12noon – 12midnight | 15% off

Saturday All Day | 10% off

In addition to the discount when you purchase a Gift Cert this weekend you’ll be entered to win a

FREE 16×20 Canvas!

Contact the studio for further details or to place your order.

Please note that they have to be paid for in FULL during the discount times given above.

{fine print : for future sessions/orders only, not valid on any pending orders or usage with any other combined discounts}

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Fall {Mini} Sessions | Friday Sept 30th {Janesville Wis Family Portrait Photographer}

Fall {Mini} Sessions

Friday September 30th {9:30-4:00}

Session time

9:30-10:30 – BOOKED
10:45-11:45 – BOOKED
12:00-1:00 – OPEN
1:30-2:30 – OPEN
2:45-3:45 – BOOKED

The session will be customized to each family after your spot has been reserved

PLEASE NOTE : These spots will book up fast & last year I was able to open a second date, my schedule will most likely not allow a second date so when these spots are gone that will be it for 2011 Fall {Mini} Sessions.

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INVESTMENT :
$300
{1/2 of the session fee is due when you RESERVE your spot & the remainder is due the day of the session}

WHAT IS INCLUDED :
Session Fee, Private Online Gallery, DVD of 20-25 images from our session {w/ print release form}, 25% off any print orders

DETAILS :
For the 5th year in a row we’ll be offering our Fall {Mini} Sessions

Once you have made your reservation the location spot will be released

Please plan on arriving 15 minutes prior to your session time to stretch, have a snack, use the restroom etc, so that you can get the most out of our time/session together.

Please contact the studio ASAP to book your spot

{no other discounts/coupons may be applied with the already discounted mini-sessions}

608.289.9264
stephanie@natalephotography.com

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Best of Machesney Park/Roscoe/Rockton/Beloit {coupon/savings magazine} | Beloit Portrait Photographer

Natale Photography exciting announcement :

This week, if you live in the Machesney Park/Roscoe/Rockton Illinois or Beloit Wisconsin area you’ll be receiving a coupon/savings magazine called

“Best of Machesney Park/Roscoe/Rockton/Beloit” that I was recently asked to shoot the cover for.

This time I was able to have my own daughter, Lucy on the cover, which was especially unique as she is wearing a very old family dress.  This dress was worn by my mom in the 1950s, me in the 1980s & now Lucy.

As always, loved working with Deb {from Coupons Work magazine}.

Thanks again for the opportunity, Deb.

The magazine is a great resource if you live in the area to get some fabulous discounts & support local businesses.

Make sure & take a look!

{stephanie natale}

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Best of Janesville/Milton {coupon/savings magazine} | Janesville Wi Photographer

Natale Photography exciting announcement :

This week, if you live in the Janesville/Milton Wisconsin area you’ll be receiving a coupon/savings magazine called

“Best of Janesville/Milton” that I was recently asked to shoot the cover for.

I had two beautiful siblings {brother & sister} & I loved working with Deb {from Coupons Work magazine}.

The cover features the children of the owners from Bellasazi Salon in Janesville Wisconsin.

Thanks again for the opportunity, Deb.

It’s a great resource if you live in the area to get some fabulous discounts & support local businesses.

Make sure & take a look!

{stephanie natale}

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Charlie & his piggies | Janesville Wisconsin Baby Photographer

Sweet little Charlie was absolutely perfect for his 6 month session @ his Grandma & Grandpa’s farm.

I love photographing on-location, to me it really personalizes their session & in some circumstances can be a bit more meaningful to the family as well.

We decided to photograph at the family farm for Charlie’s session & I was so excited when I got there to see all of the possible spots to shoot.

Mom came very prepared with adorable outfits, shirts & hats {may from www.etsy.com } & some great ideas too.

You can certainly tell that this little guy is very VERY well loved.

Thanks for a great morning Jennifer & Dan, enjoy your sneak peek!

{s. natale}

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For more information on how Charlie’s DOC band was personalized, please look here :

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Bling Your Band – Facebook Page

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This was taken in mommy’s family crib.  Love those little piggies.

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Four Generations of Farmers.

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Charlie’s family has a pig farm here in Janesville, it was Daddy’s idea to get some of the baby piggies out & let them play… they were so cute.

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Charlie came into the studio for a quick mini-session.  Mom wants to do a series from his newborn, 6 month & 1 year sessions.

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And while he was in the studio he rolled over for the first time!  YEAH Charlie!

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This image was from his newborn session…

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This image is from his 6 month session

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Look @ those legs, love ‘em

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Charlie, helping show off a new chair @ the studio

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*BLOG CONTEST REMINDER*

Leave a comment for Jennifer, Dan & Charlie to win a $50 studio credit & at the same time your entered to win a $50 studio credit as well.

Contest Information :

If a client {Bridal or Portrait} get 15+ comments on their BLOG post they will receive a $50 studio credit toward their print order or wedding album.

ALSO….

I will randomly pick one winner from the comments that are left on the BLOG & they will ALSO get a $50 studio credit.

So to summarize :

Go to the BLOG, share the love, leave a comment or two, win free stuff & help my clients get free stuff too. Pretty simple really.

Natale Photography coming to St. Louis | St. Louis Portrait Photographer

I will be traveling to St. Louis in June to attend a fabulous Newborn Workshop taught by Robin Long.

While I’m there I decided to open up my schedule for a day & a half for sessions.

The details are as follows :

*reservation credit is $100 {which is due at the time of reservation & will be used as a credit towards your final order}

*session fee is $150 {due a week prior to your session}

*the locations/times will be given at the time of booking.

*there are only a few spots available {so that means not to dilly-dally}

4 Sessions available for Tuesday & 1 Session available for Wednesday morning

Please feel free to pass this on to your St. Louis Family & Friends

Thanks!

Stephanie Natale

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The {R} Family & Baby Ella | Janesville Wisconsin Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

I spent saturday morning at the {R} home in Janesville, Wisconsin.

It was fun to get to know mom & dad & photograph Ella in her own surroundings.

Ella had one of THEE most beautiful nursery’s I’ve seen in awhile.

Momma {& daddy} have some pretty wonderful decorating taste, which makes my job easier.

I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again, I absolutely LOVE my job.  I love that I get to meet fabulous people, wonderful families & many times clients that I’m lucky to eventually call friends.

Spending time with them in their home & creating some beautiful lasting images that they will hopefully cherish for a very long time = LOVE.

I like that some days I’m shooting in the studio & some days I get the opportunity to photograph at a clients home, on-location or @ a park.

I love the thrill of walking into a new environment, the challenge of the changing light, the different location & wanting to create thee best images possible for my client.

Enjoy the sneak peek & Happy Snow Day!

~sN

Absolutely, hands down, favorite.

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Daddy & Ella

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Mommy & Ella

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Godmother “A” & baby Ella

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Vintage Baby {love love LOVE the chair & hat}

Momma had such great decorating taste.

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The girls called themselves the “Godmother Dynasty”  So cute.

Yeah for Ella rolling over!

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Get those toes, baby girl.

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Love.

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Thank-you Daddy for the help of holding the mobile above my camera, worked out great!

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Cuddle time with Godmother “A”

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Makes my heart melt, love those cheeks & eyes.

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*BLOG CONTEST REMINDER*

Leave a comment for the {R} family to win a $50 studio credit & at the same time your entered to win a $50 studio credit as well.

Contest Information :

If a client {Bridal or Portrait} get 15+ comments on their BLOG post they will receive a $50 studio credit toward their print order or wedding album.

ALSO….

I will randomly pick one winner from the comments that are left on the BLOG that week & they will ALSO get a $50 studio credit.

So to summarize :

Go to the BLOG, share the love, leave a comment or two, win free stuff & help my clients get free stuff too. Pretty simple really.

Hailey Belle | {Chicago IL, Modern Lifestyle Newborn Photographer}

Sweet little baby Hailey.

Get a load of her beautiful hair!  Loved it, loved it.

I’m looking forward to documenting her milestones over the next year, I can’t wait to see what she’ll look like for her 1 year session!

Heidi you’ll have to give her like 5 haircuts her first year!

So on to the session ::

Wow she was a complete ROCKSTAR the entire time.  She let us move her, twist her, put her on a dresser & put her outside in a random crib.

Hailey’s mom & I both went to college at Bradley University a few years back & we were also in the same sorority Sigma Delta Tau.   I haven’t seen her in years & it was great to catch up with you Heidi!  You have a beautiful home!

We used a few different locations in Heidi’s home & when I saw Hailey’s nursery I knew exactly what we had to do.

I really love doing newborn sessions at clients’ homes because it really allows you to personalize your session even more & you can go away with some really fun, amazing images of your nursery.

Thanks for the nice afternoon & enjoy the sneak peek!

s. {natale}

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I could have photographed in this nursery all. day. long.  It looked wonderful.  From what I hear Hailey’s daddy is quite a handyman.

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*BLOG CONTEST REMINDER*

Leave a comment for Hailey & her parents to win a $50 studio credit & at the same time your entered to win a $50 studio credit as well.

Contest Information :

If a client {Bridal or Portrait} get 15+ comments on their BLOG post they will receive a $50 studio credit toward their print order or wedding album.

ALSO….

For the next MONTH I will randomly pick one winner a week from the comments that are left on the BLOG that week & they will ALSO get a $50 studio credit.

So to summarize :
Go to the BLOG, share the love, leave a comment or two, win free stuff & help my clients get free stuff too. Pretty simple really.

What {to} wear for your Family Portrait Session {Janesville Wi Family Portrait Photographer}

HELP!

“We have a family portrait session coming up & we have NO idea what to wear?”

Been there? Done that?

Yep I figured.  So here we go.  I decided to go ahead & put a few things together for your upcoming sessions, whether they are with me or another fabulous photographer in the area.  I really hope you are able to take some information out of this post & turn it around to work for your family!

{warning :: I am not a fashionista, not in the least bit.  with that said, proceed with caution}

{helpful websites along the way}

Colour Lovers

this is a fabulous website for many things.  but you can build, search, & save your own color palettes.  print them out & take them with while you shop

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If you have NOT seen this website you’ve been living under a rock probably.  {ok maybe a cave}

But this serves as an example of what NOT to do, enough said.

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This first slide I wanted to go with a more class palette of grey & black.  A lot of my families are going this route for the fall & I love it.

Just because you use classic colors in the images does not mean that they’ll be “classic” & “boring” themselves.  Don’t be afraid to go with your gut instinct.

I love the variety of texture & color here.

Oh & obvi the “peace” shirt is my fav.  I just wish there was the word “out” down below {peace-out}

FYI all pieces in the below slide can be found from the GAP

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With this palette I wanted to use colors that complimented well & that worked with all members of the family.

You can easily swap the maroon out for a navy sweater & pop in a little hot pink action for another fabulous color palette.

{Below is a mixture from GAP, Old Navy & Janie & Jack}

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{But wait, I can NOT afford $89 for a dress I’ll only wear once?}

Word.  I hear ya, for sure.  Please keep in mind these are only to SERVE as a vision, an inspiration & a starting point.  Heck you could get the same look from hittin’ up some fancy garage sales, the goodwill or your friends closet?  Be creative.

{YO, I am NOT a size 6, or even 10 for that matter!}

UMM, again, word.  From personal experience I am not a small & tiny person.

For this I would direct you to looking online where there are more plus sizes available

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The following are websites that I suggest looking through.  Some perhaps will be within your budget & some will not.

Also I must give a gigantic shout out to Etsy.

WOW = addicting.

Fabulous hats, accessories, scarves etc.  When in doubt, check etsy!

{p.s. don’t blame it on me when your etsy bill is $100+ a month…}

One of my absolute favorite places for FUN, BRIGHT colored clothes especially for girls is Hanna Andersson

{hint :  search craigslist}

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Some of my favorite GIRL findings

{GAP, Old Navy, Gymboree}

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Some of my favorite BOY findings

{Gymboree & GAP}

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DON’T BE AFRAID

*to be bold, have fun with color

*use props {whatever those may be}

*use accessories

*add on layers

*be open to new, funky, random locations

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Another fun idea is doing your family session {or part of it} in super amazing Holiday PJs like these here from Hanna Andersson

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{final thoughts}

matching polos are NOT a good idea, even though someone told you they were

trust the professional photographer that you hired to capture these images & enjoy your family

be open to options, ideas & craziness

choose a color palette & pick clothing that coordinates NOT matches exactly

stay away from Dora the Explorer & Spongebob t-shirts

keep your eyes on & off the camera : remember some of the best images can be captured when your not looking

and again :: HAVE FUN!

{heads Up}

please feel free to share, pass on & even comment below.  heck you can even e-mail me with questions on where I found a certain sweater or dress

I sincerely hope that this was helpful & somewhat amusing, if not well too bad.

thanks, peace out & happy holidays

s. {natale}

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