Photograph Restoration of an Heirloom Family Portrait

Every now and then, we get the opportunity to touch someone’s life in a unique way. When we were approached with this original wallet-sized family portrait, we knew we had a lot of work ahead of us. There were obvious signs of wear, poor storage, and discoloration.

By hand, we meticulously removed each scratch and blemish. Then we painstakingly painted in missing areas, recreating vital features that identify the models as the beloved parents and friends people know. Piece by piece, scratch by scratch, we were able to draw out the original image hidden beneath years of wear and tear. We channeled our inner Baumgartner, relishing in the slow but very satisfying process and leaving as much of the original texture and photo as we could.

In addition to cleaning up the photo itself, we also gently increased the size for a larger reprint. This involves increasing the image size in increments of no more than 10% at a time until you reach the desired size. Of course, there are limits. But we were able to create a file big enough to print 5×7 rather than the original wallet size.

What’s involved in having your favorite photograph restoration completed? Send us a high quality scan of the original image or mail it and we’ll take care of scanning. Once the photograph has been restored, you can use the digital restoration file to share with family and friends or make new prints!

You, Unapologetically: Limited Edition Portrait Series

Embrace yourself, just as you are! Our ‘You, Unapologetically’ Portrait Series is all about self-love and acceptance. As we come off of the Valentine’s Day high, this is especially important.

We’re dedicated to showcasing the strength found in embracing your true self. Let your vulnerability be your superpower, and let us capture the beauty that emerges from authenticity. Embrace the lens with the unwavering confidence that comes from being true to yourself. Let your portraits tell the story of your unapologetic self-love journey.

We aim to capture the real you—flaws, quirks, and all. Because we absolutely love the perfectly imperfect.

These limited edition portrait sessions are available on
Saturday, March 23, 2024 10AM – 2PM only
for the special price of $149!

What’s included?

  • Styling assistance beforehand. We’ll help you pick the best outfit that flatters your body and your personality.
  • A photoshoot in a gorgeous hardwood, high ceiling old factory building!
  • Posing guidance throughout the shoot. We’ve got you covered.
  • 2 of your favorite images as a digital download to share online or keep just for yourself (option to purchase more images after viewing them)

Who is it for?

  • Professional prowess headshots – For the movers and shakers who bring their A-game to the professional arena. Whether it’s a power suit or your signature work-from-home chic, let’s capture the confident professional you, unapologetically owning your success.
  • Free spirits – These portraits are an ode to the free-spirited individuals who live life on their terms. Flowy dresses, flower crowns, or barefoot adventures – let’s create portraits that capture the essence of your bohemian soul.
  • Fitness warriors – Show off the strength and resilience that comes from being a fitness warrior! This is the ideal series to showcase the sweat, the determination, and the pure joy of your fitness journey. From yoga poses to gym glam, let’s capture the warrior within.
  • Bold and beautiful personalities – If your personality is as bold as your color choices, this portrait series is your canvas. Let your true colors shine as we capture the vivacity and energy that make you stand out in every crowd.
  • Sweet 16 – This portrait series is your VIP pass to turning this milestone into a memory that lasts a lifetime. This isn’t just a photoshoot; it’s your chance to shine like never before.
  • Artistic souls – For the artists, the dreamers, and the creators – the ‘You, Unapologetically’ series is your blank canvas. Whether you’re covered in paint or surrounded by your artistic creations, let’s capture the magic that happens when your creativity knows no bounds.

Artist’s Choice Modeling Sessions


As professional photographers, we design most of our photoshoots around our clients’ needs, wants, and styles. While we LOVE to create a personalized experience for a variety of wonderful, talented people, sometimes we just have our own ideas and need someone who is excited to try them out with us!

How did it all begin?

When Johnathon and I first decided we really wanted to shift toward fashion-styled portraits with professional hair & makeup, we couldn’t get our clients on board. The issue was that we had no examples to show them.

We decided to find a few people who were willing (and excited!) to model our ideas and concepts so we could show future clients our capabilities.

We found a “guinea pig”, hired a hair & makeup artist, and were on our way! Once we got into things, our model was so pumped! We had never experienced the kind of excitement she had for our photography. She went all in, giving us everything she had and helping us produce the most amazing interpretation of our idea.

Not only was it an extremely fulfilling experience for us, but that photoshoot changed our business and our lives. From that day forward, we started receiving requests for the exact kind of photoshoot we had created. In addition, it showed us just how rewarding it was as artists to create a concept and achieve it. We decided to make these creative photoshoots a regular part of our annual business plan.

Where do we find inspiration?

We find inspiration everywhere. We might be running errands and pass someone who stokes our creative juices. We might be scrolling the internet and see an image we can’t help but stop to admire. We might be photographing a dance school event and a dancer stands out from the crowd. We have found inspiration from cinema, fiction novels, YouTube, and just…people being people.

We’re inspired by so many aspects of a person. Sometimes it’s a quirky personality trait or perfectly arched feet or the shape of their jaw. Sometimes we have an idea in mind (like, “Let’s get a 50 lb bag of flour and throw it at someone while they dance”) and we’ll search until we find just the right person who we know will be on board!

What does a modeling session look like?

Modeling sessions vary wildly. There are so many factors specific to what we’re looking for at the time that it’s difficult to specify the details. Here are the basics though:

Step 1) We present our idea to you to see if you’re on board. We’ll lay out the details of what is involved and what you’ll receive as compensation. There will be no charge for the creation of the photos (a.k.a. the photo session). You will also receive a number of digital files and perhaps a bit of fame. 🙂

Step 2) We begin planning the photoshoot time, location, and outfit. Sometimes we’ll work with options you already have. Other times we may need to purchase, rent or borrow an outfit or costume. If hair and makeup are required for the concept, we’ll book our salon, Top Level Salon.

Step 3) We meet for the photoshoot to create inspiring images! Most often, we spend about an hour or so with our models.

Step 4) Within about a week or two of the photoshoot, we meet (in person or virtually) for a viewing session. At this session, we’ll reveal the amazing images we created together and help you choose a few of your favorites to keep for free! You are welcome to share your chosen free images online and make your own prints.

Step 5) We proudly share the final images on our website and social media! Occasionally, we’ll share images on stock media sites where others can purchase them to use in their own marketing, graphic design projects, and product designs. We would only ever do this with your explicit permission and a signed model release. The most important thing for us is sharing our creativity with our client base.

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Do we have to meet to review the images?

Meeting together to review images has a two-fold purpose.

  1. It can be quite overwhelming to narrow down hundreds of images to just a few. We have a great system of helping you narrow them down. Many models (and clients!) have expressed their appreciation for our artistic input as well. But in case you want more than we’re offering, you may purchase additional images, prints or products at this time. There is absolutely no obligation to make a purchase and we are very low key when reviewing images with you because of reason #2.
  2. Hearing your feedback about the images and the process is INVALUABLE to us. This is what tells us what to keep and what to change for future photoshoots. So thank you for setting aside a little time to help us in this way.

Do we take requests?

Typically, no. We only have time for a few modeling sessions per year, and it’s important that we spend that time and those resources on our own ideas and inspirations. However, feel free to message us about an idea you have with as many details as possible regarding clothing, location, mood, style, etc and perhaps it’ll be something we’re also excited about.

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Black Friday Deal on Portrait Gift Cards

For a limited time only, we’re offering 30% off our gift cards for all types of portraits! Buy now and gift it to your favorite family or friend this holiday season. Or save it for yourself at a later date. [grin]

Gift cards can be redeemed on any of our private photoshoot collections. (Cannot be redeemed on performance or event images images.) Give the gift of a memorable photoshoot experience to your parents, siblings and cousins to inspire much-needed family portraits. It’s easy to put it off for some later date when everyone will have lost all that extra weight and braces have finally been removed. Don’t fall into the “we’ll do it later” trap! Children grow up fast. Our lives, bodies, relationships, and homes change constantly. Capture your family just as they are now–imperfectly perfect! When you look back in a few years, you’ll thank your past self for making the effort.

Families aren’t the only ones who will benefit from creating professional images NOW. Dancers, aerialists, and gymnasts will benefit from creating art of their progress at every stage. There is ALWAYS something beautiful to show off even if you can’t imagine what that might be. We’ve been photographing performers for more than 30 years. We’ve got you covered!

Mark these special promo dates in your calendar with a notification so you can take advantage of this amazing deal!

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Product Photography for Blessed Creek

We don’t often get the opportunity to create product photography, but when we do we absolutely love it! Something about pulling all the pieces together to create a cozy little scene is magical. We aim for a variety of textures to fill in the area around the products. And since product images need to be used on such a wide variety of platforms, we create images for every situation—banner images, social media images, online shop images. We also offer the option to include a few new headshots because it’s SO important for your customers to see who you are!

The owner of Blessed Creek is such a lovely lady who cares deeply about her products and about helping her clients find healthy solutions to their problems. Her products smell absolutely amazing! While updating her website, she realized she needed fresh, professional images to help better sell her products. I had the privilege of trying a few out as a thank you! It’s a treat to glide some lip balm on or massage my sore muscles with her salves. Go check out her website now!

Senior Portraits at Wadsworth Falls View in Rockfall, Connecticut

We’ve been photographing Melissa and her family for almost a decade! So when she needed senior portraits, she gave us a call. She was looking for a unique location where all her classmates wouldn’t go. We sent her a link to our locations gallery to help her choose one and she fell in love with Wadsworth Falls View!

This turned out to be the best choice. Just look at how gorgeous she looks against this amazing scenery! Her senior portraits will stand out from the crowd, and we’re so happy to have been a part of it. 

Graduation & Senior Portraits at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

When three of your children all graduate in the same year, you have to capture it in portraits! These siblings all graduated together—one from college, one from high school and one from the eighth grade! What a happy and proud mama we had by our side as we photographed her accomplished children.

There’s no denying that Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT has been a very popular location choice of our clients. (We’re currently looking into overnight rentals at Eolia mansion. haha) The park has so much to offer all in one gloriously large estate! Open grassy fields, a gorgeous mansion, classic portico, manicured gardens, and even beach! If you’re looking for a versatile and beautiful location for your next portrait session, put this one at the top of your list.

Teen Dancer Portraits at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

What a beautiful day we had to photograph Mary for her 15th birthday! She was an absolute natural and a perfect ballerina doll. Setting up under the portico next to the gorgeous mansion at Harkness Memorial Park in Waterford, CT was a great way to frame this classical ballerina and show off her beautiful sport. We completed the session by the ocean…IN the ocean! You’ll never hear me complain about a photoshoot on the beach. <3

Dancer, Musician & Family Portraits at Harkness Park in Waterford, Connecticut

One of our absolute favorite photoshoot locations is Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, CT. We love it even more when we get to create amazing dance photography with a beautiful ballerina, gorgeous musician photography with an elegant violinist, and family portraits with the whole clan!

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