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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
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Snap shots of life are everywhere thanks to the newest cell phones with the extra most bestest cameras. And for every day things these phones do a pretty decent job at it. However there are times when you want to hire a professional photographer to document and create some extra special images of your family. And you really can't wait to display these breathtaking, beautiful, emotion filled images that totally captured your amazing family in this precious moment in time.  You have visions of framed smiles on your wall, gorgeous albums on your coffee table, a canvas in your foyer and maybe something extra delicious over the fire place. You are ready to do some serious redecorating with the faces that love you the most. 

You start hunting for your photographer. And you tell this studio what you want and where you want and how you want it to look and feel.

And by the way, I want to print all these things myself.

Now at this point, a GOOD photographer will slow you down. Digital files are great for printing extra 5x7's for grandma or wallets to pass out like candy, but for something BIG. You want a professional photographer to help you decorate those walls. And here's why...

1. Digital files are NOT forever.

90% of all digital files end up taking space in a drawer in your home. Maybe you put them in a special drawer filled with all the disks of your life's precious moments. Of all the digital files hanging out in drawers across america, only a fraction have ever been printed. And if you're never going to print them, what's the point? Why spend all that money on new outfits, perfect hair and a professional photographer? Digital files are meant to be a temporary place to store your portraits. Not a forever home.

2. Technology Changes

When Baby Jackson was a little squirt, Daphne always bought all of his digital files along with his prints. Why? Because that is what you did. And guess what she has them on? A floppy disk. Oh yes. Does she have anything that will read this disk? Do you? No way. How long before the CD disappears? They are already a specialty add on for most desk tops and many laptops now, imagine 18 years from now when you are searching for baby pictures of your high school senior that you didn't print? Technology is always changing and there is always the change of a disk failing. Don't risk it, print them.

3. Auto is for Amateurs.

At Ellenburg Photography, we LOVE printing. Think long and hard about basing your photographer choices upon getting everything on a disk. You are making an investment in what might not be the best choice for you. Digital files are great if you plan to use a print lab that you know for a fact can reproduce the images exactly like you saw them on the Photographer's Computer when they showed you those gorgeous edited images. If your photographer does sell you digital files, they should also recommend some labs to you. Drug store auto printers are for amateurs. To truly get the BEST images of the faces you love, you should really consider letting your photographer control the printing.  Ellenburg Photography has access to labs that accurately reproduce your images to our high standards. I can assure you that a good professional photographer is so rediculously strict on what they deliver to a client, you'd be surprised how many images don't pass our standards and have to be redone before you get them. Daphne Ellenburg cares about the quality of the images you hang on your wall because her name is on those images, maybe not physically so but that is her life's work up there. She wants your family and friends to be wowed by the gorgeousness of that portrait. You want a photographer with that kind of passion for your walls.

4. Portrait Prints can always be recreated.

It's easy to find image archives with 200 + year old portraits. That's because, FIRST they were portraits. Leave a legacy that will stand the test of time. Ellenburg photography UV coats all your images so they never fade in the sun. Ellenburg Photography offers archival framing so your photo never reaches the elements. Print your portraits. And if you want digital get digital too - but print them. Daphne Ellenburg gives every client a low res digital file of every image we print for you. 

Remember TODAY forever in stunning portraits.

 

Daphne Ellenburg ImageDaphne Ellenburg is award-winning Newborn and Baby Photographer. She is the owner of a bustling Portrait photography business called Ellenburg Photography located in Southern Alabama. Daphne has a supportive family and a fancy-pants 2000 sq ft studio in the heart of Saraland, Alabama. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Apple. She also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Daphne is a proud member of PPA, WPPI, and the local chamber. Catch up with her at EllenburgPhotography.com or email her at daphne@ellenburgphotography.com. 
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Wednesday, August 01, 2018
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Where did my Summer go?

August 1st always hits me like a ton of bricks. In my mind, it's the official end of summer. It's the day my entire house turns into back to school mode. Everyone is hunting school supplies and shorts and trying to find the best most fashionable pair of shoes that still fit into the rigid school standards for footwear. It's the first day, and I'm already sick of it.

I had BIG plans this summer. They included me and the beach. By now my tan was supposed to be killer. Extra-curricular activities have chained us hard to this town. I have a real LOVE-HATE relationship with high school football. But that is another story. The point is, I haven't even stepped my feet into the sand. Not once. Total sad face. I guess I just want to whine about going to the beach.

The best part of the summer is having that ONE amazing portrait that screams awesome summer.  You know the one. I can see it in my head perfectly. Bright bold colors. Happy faces. Maybe with a beach ball.  This week, I told Madison that we needed a super fun summer portrait - so we headed to the studio. We had nothing. Just each other. So we thought about it...and came up with an idea that would require a little photo shop, a new shirt and an orange - oh and something to slice up an orange. So glad we didn't forget that one.

This Photo SCREAMS summer fun!!

We shot the whole thing on bold RED in hopes of changing the background color to match the orange slices. Wearing a lot of fun colors made it easy to manipulate the portrait in some really fun color blocks. Not only did the portrait come out great, Madison and I had a super fun Mother Daughter adventure. And we didn't have to take the photo outside in the 100 degree South Alabama Sunshine.

Things Said during this Portrait Adventure...

1. Can I eat these after?

2. My eyes are burning!!

3. Close your eyes Goofball! You're going to be Blind.

4. It's dripping. Can I lick it?

5. Do you think one orange is enough? We bought two. Maybe we should slice this one up too.

6. Aren't you glad you bought me this cool hat?

7. What other fruit do you want to try?

8. I love you Mom. This was fun.

That makes everything worth it. No children were blinded in this portrait adventure.

 

Mother Daughter adventure fills your heart. There is never a day that I look back and wish we wouldn't have done more together that day. Having a great fun photo from the day out together is priceless. She wants the color block portrait poster size for her room. Who am I to argue?

Moms you need a mother daughter portrait adventure. Contact Daphne To learn more about the fun adventures we can offer you both in and out of the studio this season. Keep the summer alive in bold bright color.

 

Daphne Ellenburg ImageDaphne Ellenburg is award-winning Wedding, Newborn, and Baby Photographer. She is the owner of a bustling Portrait photography business called Ellenburg Photography and a brand new Boudoir studio both located in Southern Alabama. Daphne has a supportive family and a fancy-pants 2000 sq ft studio in the heart of Saraland, Alabama. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Apple. She also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Daphne is a proud member of PPA, WPPI, and the local chamber. Catch up with her at EllenburgPhotography.com or email her at daphne@ellenburgphotography.com. 
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Monday, July 30, 2018
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How do I decide on how much time I need in the studio for my Newborn Portraits?

Daphne Ellenburg makes choosing how much time you need in the studio easy with just a few questions and a wonderful variety of sessions to fit exactly what you are looking for in your South Alabama Newborn Photography. Every sessions includes a portrait consult. During your consult we ask all the right questions to help you decide what session will perfectly fit your needs. Questions like: Are you first time parents? Will you be bringing your new baby's siblings? Who will bring you to the session? Is there a special portrait that you would like us to create for you?

With new baby Brantley, his parents knew that they wanted both family portraits and portraits of their boys together. Knowing that Big brother is only 2, and learning how excited he is to be a big brother flagged them for needing more time. With more time, you always get MORE for MORE. Extra time in the studio eases your worries about, will my baby be fussy? Will we have time for family portraits and sibling portraits? The NEW Luxury Studio session takes all the worry out of your Newborn session. 

What is the Luxury Newborn Session?

The Luxury Newborn Portrait session has time for all the outfit changes and sweet poses that you love when you visit our website, and it includes more. Ellenburg Photography has created a session that has time for nervous new parents leaving the house for the first time,  fussy babies, Family portraits and Sibling portraits. You want to add excited grandparents to the mix? Let's do it. The luxury newborn session includes 90-120 minutes of continuous photography in our cozy Saraland Alabama portrait studio. That time gives you all the options to create all the masterpieces you've been dreaming of. The combined time along with Daphne Ellenburg's Magic Newborn Session Homework is a winning combination every time. This is the happiest time in your life and we want this to be a relaxing and rewarding experience for your family. When you are relaxed, your baby is relaxed.

Is your Family Growing by One?

Growing families need an experienced photographer to create the lasting memories you have been dreaming of. If your family is growing or if someone you love is adding an amazing addition, send them to Daphne Ellenburg. Trust the experts at Ellenburg Photography to take all the mystery out of your South Alabama newborn session with planning. Book a consult to learn more how planning and experience will take the stress out of your newborn portrait session.


Is the search over?

 

Daphne Ellenburg ImageDaphne Ellenburg is award-winning Wedding, Newborn, and Baby Photographer. She is the owner of a bustling Portrait photography business called Ellenburg Photography and a brand new Boudoir studio both located in Southern Alabama. Daphne has a supportive family and a fancy-pants 2000 sq ft studio in the heart of Saraland, Alabama. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Apple. She also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Daphne is a proud member of PPA, WPPI, and the local chamber. Catch up with her at EllenburgPhotography.com or email her at daphne@ellenburgphotography.com. 
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Tags: Family, Newborn
 
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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How much is too much?

The biggest question we have from new parents is: "What do I bring to my Newborn Session?"  Leaving the house for the first time with that perfect little angel is a real wake up call for your packing skills. The first time, if feels like you are moving. Seriously. You think....What do I need, well obviously I need everything....diapers, diaper stuff, clothes, more clothes, extra blankets, extra pacifiers, bottles, extra bottles...breathe. Stop.  Just breathe. Daphne Ellenburg's Newborn homework will really save the day.

Every portrait session at Ellenburg Photography includes homework and a bring list. So no matter what we do for you, you will get a list of suggested things to bring and suggested things to do. We've been doing this for quite a while, so you can trust us. And for newborns, no one is better than South Alabama Photographer, Daphne Ellenburg. If you are nervous, Daphne will assure you that everyone is nervous. But the proof is in our homework. If you do the homework, you will have a great session. If you miss a few, but do the items listed in BOLD, you will have a great session. 

Our checklist includes things that you should have in your diaper bag, it has a list of things to pack the day before - so you don't have to think about it. Our list will ask you to bring one special item for your new baby to be photographed with and one special outfit. 

Baby Elizabeth (shown above) was given a strand of pearls by her father on the day she was born. This was the perfect thing to bring along for this family's "special item." Other great specials things could be: A family quilt, A sonogram photo or other special photograph, New fun shoes, a headband or crown - if it is special to you, Daphne Ellenburg will make it part of your shoot. 

For your special outfit, many new parents bring the coming home outfit from the hospital. After all, a lot of you parents are spending sometimes hundreds of dollars on that one outfit, it's the perfect add in to your session. Other things that are great to bring is vintage clothing from your childhood - some grandparents saved a ton of sweet delicate baby clothes. Ask them if they have any that you could bring along. Can you imaging having a photo of you and your baby in the exact same outfit? So fun. If you have the first photo, bring it along and Ellenburg Photography can try to match the style.

The next most important part of your homework, is to plan to be photographed with your child. We poll all of our new parents at the consults and ask them if they have a photograph of their Mom with them as a newborn? Less than 5% can say yes to anything more than just a snapshot. We will create a gorgeous portrait of you and your new baby that will reflect all the joy you feel in your heart back to you like a mirror. We will also photograph your first family portrait. The homework comes with a suggested wardrobe guide to make it easy.

The homework includes things to eat and not eat if you are breastfeeding. It includes a sleep schedule and a suggested feeding schedule. It includes a list of things to bring.

The LIST is a lifesaver. When you do your homework, you make the most of your time in the studio and get really stunning portraits of that beautiful new baby.

Did you KNOW?

Did you know that Daphne Ellenburg stocks custom wraps, head pieces and one of a kind outfits for newborn portraits? You have access to all her gorgeous treasures that she has been accumulating for over 15 years to use during your session. This alone takes so much pressure off our new parents. Relax and let Daphne Ellenburg create the beautiful portraits you've been dreaming of your whole life.

 

Daphne Ellenburg ImageDaphne Ellenburg is award-winning Wedding, Newborn, and Baby Photographer. She is the owner of a bustling Portrait photography business called Ellenburg Photography and a brand new Boudoir studio both located in Southern Alabama. Daphne has a supportive family and a fancy-pants 2000 sq ft studio in the heart of Saraland, Alabama. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Apple. She also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Daphne is a proud member of PPA, WPPI, and the local chamber. Catch up with her at EllenburgPhotography.com or email her at daphne@ellenburgphotography.com. 
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Thursday, July 12, 2018
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Big Sisters and Big Brothers make Everything Better!

A new baby is growing and changing every day and Daphne Ellenburg, a South Alabama baby milestone photographer captures these invaluable memories and moments as art with baby milestone photography. With many years of experience photographing babies grow, South Alabama milestone Photographer, Daphne Ellenburg specializes in lifestyle baby milestone photography. Daphne has gained a reputation as an esteemed Gulf Coast baby Photographer. Her milestone photography celebrates your baby’s flawless natural beauty. As a seasoned milestone photographer, Daphne’s milestone photography is infused with the excitement of your baby’s growth. Milestone photography clients love her attention to detail, and her Milestone photography focuses on all the exciting new tricks your baby can do as they grow and change during the BIG first year. Most importantly, her milestone photography captures the joy of motherhood and fatherhood, and the special bond between new parents and growing babies.

The BEST part about our milestone baby club is that Daphne Ellenburg knows that this baby isn't the only baby in your family growing and changing. Siblings often feel left out during the big first year, but not at Ellenburg Photography. We celebrate the love and growing bond in beautiful portraiture that you will cherish forever. During the first Big year, when you join our exclusive baby club, Daphne Ellenburg will not only photograph your new baby alone and with new Big Brothers and Big Sisters but they can all be photographed individually. This plan is a great way to watch your family grow. And siblings will always be photographed together. You can have a family portrait every 3 months. Imagine the possibilities when you use a studio that understands everything you want. It's magical.

It's the Unicorn of Milestone Baby Clubs.

Is your NEW baby Milestoning?

If you have a new baby, be on the look out for the first BIG milestone. When your baby can lift that big beautiful baby head and look around during tummy time, then it's time to join the Ellenburg Photography Baby Club. This usually happens between months 3 and 4. But don't wait that long to get on our calendar. We book solid 3-4 weeks out, so if you want to create a year of portrait adventure for your family with our studio, call Daphne and set up a consult. 

At our consults, we get to know you and what you want. We listen and take some notes to ensure you get what you want. We also show you around our baby friendly studio and find a spot for you on our shooting calendar.  Don't wait. Reach out to us today. Those babies never stop growing.

 

Daphne Ellenburg ImageDaphne Ellenburg is award-winning Wedding, Newborn, and Baby Photographer. She is the owner of a bustling Portrait photography business called Ellenburg Photography and a brand new Boudoir studio both located in Southern Alabama. Daphne has a supportive family and a fancy-pants 2000 sq ft studio in the heart of Saraland, Alabama. She loves college football, big handbags, lip gloss and all things Apple. She also enjoys writing about her Photo-Adventures and her entertaining family. Daphne is a proud member of PPA, WPPI, and the local chamber. Catch up with her at EllenburgPhotography.com or email her at daphne@ellenburgphotography.com. 
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