Dance Is A Poem; Photographing Ballet Dancers | Cindie Wolf San Diego Portrait Portrait Photographer

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Dance is a poem of which each movement is a word. -Mata Hari

Recently I was at a workshop with Professional Photographers of San Diego County where we had the opportunity to photograph two women from the California Ballet. Ana and Tess are both amazing athletes and both very easy and fun to work with. I love posing people and I found great joy in asking the dancers to slowly move from one step into another to photograph their movements. Watching their physical strength and control was so beautiful. Here are some of the images I created from my time with them. I say created because I was able to play with the images, I changed skies, backgrounds, played with paint added textures and stuff like that. I hope you enjoy the images.

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The Importance of Family Photos // San Diego Family Photographer Cindie Wolf

Do you really need to update your family pictures every year?

A lot of families ask me this questions and well, no you don’t, but you should for several reasons.

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If you have kids they GROW SO FAST! It seems like yesterday my children were toddlers, but the reality is I now have three grandchildren that I adore and even they are growing too fast! Holding their snuggly newborn bodies, watching them learn to sit up, say their first words, take their first steps…. It all flies by, way too fast. They grow and change so quickly that I recommend getting family photographs and “spotlight” photos (of each child individually) every three to six months their first year and then once a year from ages one to five. After five, I suggest family photos every other year from then on. Losing the first tooth, hitting double digits on their birthday, the first year of being a “tween” (12), roaring into teenager status, sweet 16 and the big 18! These are all mile marker years and all of them should be celebrated and documented.

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It’s not about creating an altar for each child throughout the house. You won’t really display every photo from every year, but we can create a long-term plan so that as you add legacy pieces to your home. You should enlarge one or two portraits from each session. I suggest my clients redisplay portraits around the house or even swap their enlargements seasonally. This way your home and your art will still hold that “put together” look and still belong together. Your newest enlargement should always be in the primary place in the home, over the fireplace or in your main room. With all the rest of your photos from your sessions, you may want to print some small gift prints like 5×7 and 8×10’s to put around the house or at the office or give as family gifts. I like to create coffee table books in those years when there isn’t the need to update the large family photograph. These are about 10×10 with 30 images inside; they are a great way to save your favorites and look back over time. Family and friends will surely go through these when they come to visit.

As the years’ pass, we will create over time a volume of albums to document your family’s story. If you stop and look you can see the perfect place for these albums to be stored on a bookshelf, or in another place of honor in your home. Imagine a shelf with 10 albums and on the spine it says Our Family 2016, Our Family 2018 and so on… no small moment will be forgotten.

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Family photos aren’t all about matching white button downs with khaki cargo pants. A true San Diego family photographer should guide you through not only wardrobe, color themes, hair, and makeup but also through creating a vision for your session and home décor that is a true representation of your family. Fun, exciting with your fashion sense and memorable all while creating art you will always cherish.

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So, what about CD’s? I hear this a lot these days and the funny thing is when I did offer these, I was told they sat in a drawer.  Technology is changing much too fast to rely on having a CD of images. Just today I heard that Best Buy will no longer be selling CD’s! Apple has already come out with the UCSB, a replacement for the USB. When I started in computers everything was on a 5″ floppy and those are relic’s now.

I offer a full studio experience,  with the best products on the market, not a CD of images. The products I offer are Legacy pieces, designed with your home in mind, and your legacy in mind.  I offer Italian leather fine art handmade heirloom albums, gallery wrap canvas, giclee acrylics, high-quality metals and fine art prints. These are chosen to be beautiful and to last.  Every time we meet to bounce ideas off each other on your next family session, we will discuss fun, innovative ways to photograph your family in a manner that will be creative and unique to you!  We will also determine which products should be considered for that session.

Images are meant to be printed and displayed. The goal of a true professional is to ensure you have art pieces that can be shared with your family.

When you look back over the years at your family’s art collection, do you think you would regret investing your time and money in creating and documenting these memories? I can honestly assure you, you won’t. Or you can look at it from another perspective – do you think you would regret looking back over the years and not having your children photographed at birth, or when they had their first birthday or when they turned five and lost their first tooth? I guarantee you would.

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‘Tis the Season for a Family Photo Session!

Celebrate your favorite time of year with a photo session this holiday season. Include your family and friends. Cindie Wolf Photography is booking holiday photo sessions now through December 21st.

Need something quick and easy? This special is specifically for a little fun, a little reminder, and a little something custom to keep and share! Purchased prints come with a digital, sized and ready for print file. Christmas cards are custom and feature you and your beautiful family!

Need more art for your home and looking for some special pricing? This is the Season of giving after all! You can look at the Holiday Packages I have Here

This is a once a year special just for you and yours! Merry Christmas!

 

 

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A Work Of Heart: Gail & Ally for St. Madeline Sophie’s Center

Allie_Gail_Future_101216_0008wI had an amazing opportunity to use my portrait skills to assist the messaging of St. Madeline Sophie’s Center, a facility of heart, serving adults with developmental disabilities. It was their 50th Anniversary!

If you know me, you know I am passionate about capturing the authentic person using my camera, and even more passionate about photographing relationships. On this special day, I was asked to photograph Gail and her daughter Ally. I adore mother and daughter relationships, as I have daughters.

Being a mother-daughter portrait, I suggested that prior to coming, they make a memory and go have professional hair, makeup, and nails done. What a fun day and a wonderful memory for them together! They came in looking their best!

Both Gail and Ally are both absolutely beautiful inside and out! What I learned in photographing them is that Ally has no strangers in her life, just friends she hasn’t met yet. She is outgoing, concerned for everyone, tenderhearted and so very inquisitive. She is an artist and St. Mad’s (as they are loving known as) provides her the ability to use her great artistic abilities.

Gail her mom is a mix of elegance and grace. I loved capturing them together, how they giggled, laughed and were inquisitive with their surroundings. Such grace and such love Gail has for her daughter, I caught myself tearing up a few times.  We wandered around the beautiful gardens of St. Mad’s and into their vineyard, where they explored all the living beauty around them and I watched them have fun together!Allie_Gail_Future_101216_0095w It was wonderful to be a part of. 🙂 Thank you to St. Mad’s for calling on me!

I hope your Thanksgiving is filled with love, laughter, and crazy chaotic family fun!

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Feast on Your Life and all that you are

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How can I celebrate you? How can I show you how those who love you most see you?  As a mother, a daughter, a wife, a sister, how can I show you all you are, based on you being you?

Come, let me celebrate you with a photographic session, tailored to you, specifically to show you how those who love you the most see you. Let me help remind you of the carefree girl you once were. Let me prepare a photographic experience where you are pampered with professional hair & makeup, then dance around in beautiful outfits. You don’t have to lose weight or know how to pose, you see, those are my jobs and I will direct you to the look of your best self. And after, you will sit and watch the feast of images I prepare for you, and see how truly wonderful you are…

 

You Are…

You are not your age
Nor the size clothes you wear
You are not your weight
Or the color of your hair
You are the books you read
The words you speak
The sweetness in your laughter
And every tear you’ve cried
You are the songs you sing so loudly
When you know
you are all alone
You are made of so much beauty
But it seems that you forgot
When you decided you were defined
By all the things you are not -eh

Family Portraits Support Happy Kids

 I was talking with my mom recently (she is a marriage, family, child therapist) about the value of family portraits in a home.  She made some great points that I hadn’t considered which got me thinking, so I started digging into what’s been written about this. One of the powerful aspects of family photography that I wasn’t aware of, is how having portraits in your home can help raise children with stronger confidence in their own worth and abilities. Psychologists and experts have done some work exploring this, so I looked it up.

In 1975 a study was done with a group of fourth graders at a Tennessee school by Tulane University. During a five-week period, the children took Polaroid instant photos of themselves with provided cameras in a variety of assigned poses, compositions while expressing a variety of emotions. Over those five weeks, the children worked with printed images of themselves and created scrapbooks once a week. Testing of the students and teachers at the conclusion of the study revealed a 37% (significant) increase in the student’s average self-esteem behaviors. This Murfreesboro Study shows some evidence that personal photography of children seen and enjoyed in a specific way can help boost a child’s self-esteem.

How does having Family Portraits help boost this process in the home?

In 1983, David Krauss, one of the earliest pioneers in using people’s personal photography and family albums to assist in mental health counseling and therapy, co-authored “Photo Therapy and Mental Health”. This became what is considered a founding text for the use of photography in therapy. He said: “I think it is really important to show a family as a family unit. It is so helpful for children to see themselves as a valued and important part of that family unity.”

Judy Weiser, a psychologist, art therapist and author based in Vancouver says: “Family Portraits lets children learn who they are and where they fit”.  “They learn genealogy and the uniqueness of their own family and its story. When a child sees a family portrait with them included in the photography they say to themselves: These people have me as a part of what they are, that’s why I belong here. This is where I come from.”

Ms. Weiser has spent more than 20 years using all manner of personal photography to assist in the treatment process of her clients. She is considered by many to be the foremost authority on these treatment techniques called Photo Therapy.

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Craig Steinberg, a licensed psychologist from Eugene, Oregon, who works with children ages five through 13 states: “My personal and clinical bias is there is something very powerful in touching your fingers to an actual print”. Touching the photograph where a face is smiling or the shoulders, it is the same thing as touching a book when you read it. There’s a lot of stimulation of the brain when you have that sensory experience. That is a bit lost in the move to digital. You are touching a keyboard, mouse of touchscreen monitor, but you are not touching the image”.

Displaying Portraits in your home

“Displaying photos prominently in the home sends the message that our family and those in it are important to one another, and we honor the memories we have experienced”, says Cathy Lander-Goldberg, a licensed clinical social worker and professional photographer in St. Louis, Missouri and the director of Photo Explorations, which offers workshops to girls and women using portrait and journaling for self-reflection.

Additionally, Krauss recommends having photographs of that child with their family placed in the child’s bedroom so it can be among the last things they see before sleep and the first thing they may see before beginning their day. “It says we love you and we care about you. You’re important”!

teenbedroom_rusticromanticImagine placing portraits in your children’s room of them being happy in your arms. According to the experts, this could be something that might help ground them as they go through their teen years.  Portraits speak when there are no words to be spoken. They are a gentle reminder and they bring to life positive memories that constantly reassure and message, “you belong” and “you are loved”. Having your kids see this when they wake up and as they fall asleep would keep that message alive when they go to their room angry and moody.

When my children moved out of state, I would find myself walking through the house, then stop to look at the image on the wall and just relive the memory! I hated that they were all so far away, but as I stared at the image on the wall, just for a moment, I got to hear their voices and relive that moment…

I hope you celebrate your family on your walls; walls that you see and walk past each day. One day those beautiful children of yours will be grown and gone, and you will walk through the house and pause, remembering all the chaotic, messy life that happened all around you while your children were growing up. Every impactful memory will be there in front of you, hanging on your walls.

What a wonderful way to never forget those moments!

Sunflower Garden is open!

Over the past two years, I’ve wandered out my front door and walked down the path with a purpose. Here, I check all the pretties lined up to make sure no more rabbitts have eaten more of the tender young sprouts that I have so much hope in.  I have pIanted,  I water, I weed, I spread mulch, I collect rocks and pray that the beauty I imagine will come and this garden will radiate love and glee and hope. I imagine children will be bewildered by the sizes of the giants and mothers will be enamored with the colors and happy faces. I pray it will be a place that dads can toss their kids up to see tallest ones or carry them on their shoulders and children can give their mama’s a  flower or two.

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This week the garden is ready, the  Sunflowers have finally bloomed! After so many months the next two weeks will be the perfect time to take advantage of this family venue.  The garden is open for portraits starting at 7pm in the evening until June 18th.

$175 Session fee,  Packages begin at $325  Call 619.208.1282 to book your session today!

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