Monday, October 26, 2009

On The First Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to Me . . .

. . . . a lovely Christmas card.

Guess what??? We've been singing Christmas carols & watching Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer. So, this week I decided to kick off our Twelve Days of Christmas blog series. What is this??? Well, stay tuned because for the next twelve days, I am going to share great gift ideas with you for your friends and family.

I hate posting Christmas cards on-line because it is so difficult to show some of the more complex cards in a 2-D format. So call me with questions because I have numerous samples that you can check out before making your decision.

Ok, let's get started. I picked this card to be first because the design is my absolute favorite. This is called a side show card and is part of our Premium Card Collection. These fun cards are cut back 1" to reveal a strip of the inside.

this is the front of the card.

this is the inside view--completely opened

Next is another fun card from our Premium Card Collection. It is a tri-fold card.

Here is the front view:

As you open the card, you will see the message "Merry Christmas with love Jamison, Candy, Alexis, & Ezra." After opening that flap, the card unfolds to this:

Isn't that beautiful?

Next comes Layered Cards (again from our Premium Card Collection). Layered cards are great because they are so different and eye-catching. Plus, your friends/family end up with a great keepsake. Choose a red, black or white embossed underlay and design a 3x9 “bookmark” style card that is attached with a silver spiral paper clip. The top layer is a card that the receiver will keep all year to use as a bookmark! Cards include a white designer striped envelope with a unique vertical opening.

Here is an example of the top, keepsake layer:

Wow! This card (called an accordion fold card because of the way it is folded--not rocket science there) is so impressive & holds a ton of your images. A great idea for a large family session or if you just can't narrow your favorite list down. :)

I've only posted images of the card as it would look flattened out. So use your imagination. The front of the card is the message from the family. The card is folded accordion-style with an image in each section.

This is one of our simplest cards & a client favorite. Introducing the photographic card. This 4x8 inch card is printed on the same high-quality photographic paper as your Jamison Foster Photography prints. Exquisite . . .

I think this is such a brilliant idea. So simple, so easy, so fun. Instead of sending a card, this year send a postcard. Why? Well, it's cheaper, & it's so stinkin' cute!

Think a flat card is a great idea but missing your envelope??? Don't worry. We also offer flat cards (We call them our Deluxe Card Collection) that are printed on the front and the back. So keep that super cute flat aspect but get double the space.



Finally, meet our Elegant line of cards. These are your traditional, folded Christmas cards.




Here are a few other great things about our Christmas cards:
* fully customizable
*envelopes are included
*available in four paper choices (smooth, watercolor, linen, or pearl--with the exception of the photographic card line)
*going to be loved by their recipients
*are so cool that you'll want to keep one for yourself :)
*start as low as $1.49/card

So, let me know what your favorite images are, what card collection you are interest in, and I'll whip up a couple of cards for you to check out. No pressure . . . no commitments.


Friday, October 23, 2009

Hanging Photographs: A Work In Progress

CAUTION: This is a work in progress. Things may look a bit crazy. Stick it out. It will get better soon (I hope.).

For those who you who follow our blog, you know that we moved early this year & have struggled to get everything finished just the way we want it. For those of you who don't know what I am talking about catch up here by reading about another tiny victory and here for my inspiration.

Well, thanks to Mr. Rain yesterday, we got a full day off work and got a lot accomplished. All together, I believe we hung up 27 frames in 4 different parts of the house. Our biggest project was a college of old signs, photographs, and other special things we hung in the stairway that connects the main floor of the house to the downstairs. It is a weird shaped space where the stairs make a 90-degree turn. Another odd part to this wall is that because it is part stairway, it has an odd-angle in the middle of the wall. Not a simple square shape.

Here are a few shots of what we've done so far:

The view from upstairs looking down

As you come down the stairs

Where the stairs turn

In the downstairs hallway, looking back

As you can tell, it is a work in progress, but I'm super proud of the way it all is turning out. Here is a great way to do this. Here is my way:

First, I measured out how much wall space I was going to have in the floor of Ezra room. Then, I laid out all my things and frames and started arranging. (This part was the hardest & longest). I kept arranging and rearranging until I got it just the way I wanted it. Next, I started moving frames from the floor to the wall. I found it easiest to work from the outside in. I tweaked a few things as we went (like I decided not to hang stuff from ceiling to floor but left a bit of wall space clear at the bottom) but stuck pretty close to the original design.

Next, I went through and marked what I wanted to put in each frame. For some, I simply added a sticky note with a description of what was going inside the frame.

For others, I tacked up a photograph to put in the frame. Some (like this one) will have to be ordered in a larger size.

We also hung up frames over our shoe bench. I plan to replace these African beasts with some of the photographs we recently had taken of our family.

This is the rest of this wall. Planning to insert family photograph into empty frame. (Do you recognize the hallway to the kids' rooms from my earlier post?)

Alexis' room got a few new prints. Nine month old Alexis now hangs next to a drawing she did of her Papa.

Ezra's room was a design challenge because two of his walls are poured concrete. Not fun to try to hammer nails into. So Jamison came up with a great idea to have photographs on his walls. Frames hang suspended with chains from a metal rod. Very industrial. Very boy.

(Don't mind the artwork. We found these frames on sale at Kirkland's for a bargain. Jamison has been photographing old Mustang cars. And soon it will be bye-bye bears and angels and hello muscle car.)

Another soon-to-be Mustang photograph will grace this little lighted nook in Ezra's room.

I love all that we've done & can't wait to share the finished results with you! Want to know another great thing that came from all this??? Our guest shower is not longer filled with frames!

Still might be drafty showering without a shower curtain. :) Hopefully, we will take care of that soon, too.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Senior 2010~Tyler Clark

Imagine a dirt road full of pot holes with a creek bank and some cane poles

catching channel cat. I'm a little more country than that.
Picture your small town with and old hound laying out front of the court house while the old men chew the fat.
I'm a little more country than that.
I just want to make sure you know just who your getting under this old hat.
I'm a little more country than that.
(lyrics from Easton Corbin's A Little More Country Than That)

Tyler, we had a great time w/ you yesterday. I think we got some AWESOME shots. Very country, very unique, very you. Thanks for a fun-filled afternoon! Enjoy!

Friday, October 16, 2009

A Little Bit of Inspiration . . .

These images are brought to you today from The Savvy Photographer. I saw these images on their facebook page this morning & love them. As most of you know (if you follow our blog), I am slowly but surely decorating our new house.

I think these (above) are my favorite ideas. Or at least are the ones that most closely match what I want to do in our house.

You know what I'd love to see??? I'd love to see how our clients are using their Jamison Foster Photography images. Time for you to show off! Please e-mail me photographs of your images & how you've gotten them displayed. Hurry! I can't wait. You might be our next blog post :)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Holiday Orders and Session Information

Here are a few important updates regarding holiday sessions and orders.

**In order to ensure that your prints/products arrive by Christmas, you must have an appointment scheduled before November 15th.

**In order to ensure that your print/products arrive by Christmas, you must place your orders by December 1st. (This excludes wedding albums)

**Jamison Foster Photography is allowing all 2009 clients to have their proofing galleries reopened (at no charge) for holiday orders. If I forgot to reopen your account, please let me know. To view your account, visit our website & click PROOFING.

Please stay tuned to our blog for great gift ideas & an exciting new product (jewelry).

Contact Candy at 870-743-5793 or for questions.

Check this out. Ezra got his first SHORT haircut. What do you think?

Senior 2010~Melissa Magdefrau

Meet Melissa.
Melissa is a senior this year @ Bergman.
Melissa is the proud owner of two chinchillas.
Melissa is a huge fan of color---the brighter the better.

Melissa was also a blast to work with this weekend. Not to mention, I am envious of her naturally curly red hair, beautiful freckles, and stylish brown coat. Melissa, thanks for being so sweet and such a pleasure to work with. We hope you enjoy your sneak peek.


Monday, October 12, 2009

Trying Something New~Working with Textures

I've been wanting to try texturing for awhile, but it has been hard to find the extra time. Today, I decided it was time. I've included the original and the textured image--a before and after. So, what do you think? I really like some of them & some of them I don't. It was a lot of fun. Can't wait to try it some more.

Plus, somethings to look forward to in the near future:
*a sneak peek of Melissa's senior session
*holiday deadlines
*new photographic jewelry
*inspiration for Christmas gifts

Talk to you soon!