Welcome to my blog! This is where I'll share a little about my recent sessions, my family, thoughts on life and some ideas about portrait photography. Feel free to check back often or make comments. I love to hear from people! For more information e-mail me at info@maggiemalsonphotography.com.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Leaves are Falling on my Head ~ Payette Children's Photographer

Okay, so maybe it's suppose to be to be "raindrops are falling my head", but this day we had leaves falling on our heads. I had such a fun time when I met up with little A and his mom a couple weeks ago. He is two now and just getting so big. We had great time strolling around town checking out the leaves and other curiosities that caught his eye. That's what I love about lifestyle sessions like these; just capturing kids checking things out. We even tried to take a little break to play with some toy trucks too, but A thought exploring was much more fun. He's grown a lot since I met him here! I just love it when clients come back again. It's great to catch up and see how much the kids have grown. Don't forget to say hi. With 10 or more comments on this post, I'll gift this little guy and his family a 5X7!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

One of the best times of your life ~ Weiser Senior Portrait Photographer

Senior year is one of the best times in a teenager's life. They are at a crossroads, deciding where their future will take them. I was thrilled when Miss S and her mom contacted me about taking her senior portraits. I met her mom several years ago and our paths continue to cross. I've come to know and become very fond of their whole family. They raise cattle; we raise cattle. That instantly bonds us I think.

I just love it when clients become friends or when friends become clients. Photography is about relationships and trust. I love when my clients know and trust me to capture not only what they look like, but more importantly their special bonds and the true essence of them as individuals. And for me, a custom portrait session is also about the entire experience of capturing and creating timeless images, from the consultation all the way to delivery of beautiful albums and prints.

We had a questionable day weather-wise back in October, but I was beyond excited when I started editing these images. Shane is absolutely stunning and we had a blast with her mom and sister tagging along. I love being able to photograph on location at places that hold special meaning to my clients. In fact, during her gallery viewing and ordering session, Shane said these images just remind her of home and she loves that. I hope whenever she looks back at her senior portraits she is always reminded of home.

It was a little overcast, which I don't mind photographing in. But then, toward the end of the session, the clouds parted at the horizon and we would blessed with an amazing sunset!
Good luck with all you do this year Shane! I hope you have an awesome senior year. Don't let it go by too fast though. :0) And if you decide to go purple, we'll be excited to welcome you to the Wildcat family!! Don't forget, if this post receives 10 or more comments, I will gift a 5X7 to Shane and her family.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Busy, busy, busy ~ Idaho Family Photographer

Yes, things are busy--and fun--and going well. I know I've been a bit absent from the blog lately, but not for lack of desire. In fact, I've been composing several posts in my head and hope to get them all on paper-or screen-soon. I have a few business-related announcements so I'll get those out of the way.

First of all, I have stopped doing sneak peeks on my blog before my clients see their images. Another reason for the lack of posts-I'm focusing on editing and getting all the client galleries ready. A couple reasons have led me to that decision, but mainly it's about customer service. I am starting to offer in-person ordering sessions. Each client will receive a personal slideshow with their images at a time and place convenient for them. I am then available to show them product samples and answer any questions they have about portrait collections, print sizes and the differences in cropping for each and how best to display their images in their homes. I feel this service adds to the experience of custom portrait photography. So far, my clients have been thrilled to see their images presented this way. After each gallery viewing, I will blog the images and clients can share the posts with family and friends.

Also, I am booked for 2010 and am scheduling into mid-January 2011. The rest of this year will be devoted to finishing recent sessions and spending some much needed time with my own little family. I am available for winter outdoor sessions for families who would like some fun "in the snow" images. In addition, I am scheduling newborns, babies and children for indoor sessions during the upcoming winter months. I also hope to focus on "Your Everyday Story" Sessions next year. These are great for families who really want someone there to capture all the little moments that usually happen when no one is around, whether it be baking cookies, reading books, playing trains or having ticklefests. I want my clients to know that there is a professional, trustworthy photographer available to capture those everyday moments in your home. These sessions are about real life moments. They are fresh, real and fun! I often find myself wanting someone to capture those special moments with my own family-with me in them-so I want to provide this service to you! These sessions include a custom-designed 8X8 Keepsake Album and savings on a la cart items. Contact me to find out more.

Portrait orders should be placed by Dec. 13 to insure holiday delivery. All galleries and ordering appointments will be finished before the first of December. Don't forget to collect those canned goods and take advantage of the Fotos for Food promotion through the end of December.

The holiday season is upon us and Thanksgiving is just a couple days away. I am so thankful for my friends, family and clients who continue to support me and my business. I would not be anywhere without all of you. My mission is to create timeless storytelling images of babies, children and families. I pray each and every day that God continues to let me use my gifts and talents to capture beautiful memories for families. I realize each day is a gift and we never know when our time here will be over. Spending time with family and friends, and making memories is so important. Wishing you all a very Happy Thanksgiving! Give Love, Give Joy, Give Hope, Give Peace!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fotos for Food ~ Purchase portraits and help others this season!

I am so, so excited about this program I am started this week-Fotos for Food.

From now until Dec. 31, 2010, you can receive $1 off a portrait order for every can or box of non-perishable food item you collect. In addition, I will match each item donated with an additional item that I will donate. All food will be donated to the area foodpantries in the western Treasure Valley.

I know there are several clients getting ready to place orders for the holidays. This is a great opportunity to help out those in need in our community and receive your beautiful printed memories from Maggie Malson Photography! (Thanks again to Accent Design for this fun logo.)



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