Mama Love {Marietta Maternity Session}

I love a good maternity session. I love it even more when the subject is someone who is near and dear to my heart and part of my crew. Gorgeous Abigail is one of my regular make-artists over at Hot Tomato Portraits and a daily presence in my world. To say that we are excited about the arrival of the newest member of our family would be a massive understatement. We are downright giddy with anticipation! Her maternity session was fun and sweet – just like her. Her fella Seth is pretty awesome too. Take a look for yourself.

Maternity sessions are best scheduled for the end of the 7th month through the 8th month.  We love to time it for that sweet spot where you look very pregnant but can still move around comfortably (mostly). Do you need more information? Are you ready to book with us? Just fill out this form and someone will get right back to you!

 

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Firecracker – Red, White and Blue Sessions

Whats red and white and blue all over? Roberts Family Photography Firecracker Mini Sessions!

The Details for you skimmers:

  • When: This limited edition set is available now through July 15th
  • Where: A local park, we will give you the exact location when you book
  • Who: Ages infant through adult, small groups would be ok, pets would be welcome
  • Cost: No session fee, just a $99 product deposit to hold your spot
  • Product Pricing: Scroll to the bottom for full pricing
  • What To Wear: Denim, Blue, Red, White – Check out this pinterest board for inspiration

More Details for those of you that want ALLLLLL the information!

Roberts Family Photography Patriotic Firecracker Mini Sessions

Roberts Family is known for taking beautiful portraits and always getting a great shot, no matter how “spirited” your kids are.  We have been doing this for a years, in fact Andi’s dad was a children’s photographer and she used to help out in the studio. (So when we say years, what we are really saying is, Andi is getting old!) Part of what allows us to get great photos with natural smiles is we shoot fast and we keep it fun.

This handcrafted fun, interactive set is a one of a kind! It’s nostalgic, patriotic charm makes it unique – the fact that the kids can touch it and we move them along quickly makes it a hit with them! This set is suitable for babies, toddlers and kids. Pets are also welcome at this shoot.

Are you wondering what to dress the kiddos in? We suggest denim, blue, white and pops of red. Stripes, dots, plaids and stars all look adorable! For a completely retro look pop the kids in denim overalls or a cute dress. I put together a pinterest board for you to look at for inspiration. Don’t worry about shoes that match – we are a huge fan of bare feet.

Do you have a child or family member that requires special accommodations? We would love to talk to you about that and see if we can make a portrait session more comfortable or accessible to them.

There is no session fee, simply pay a $99 deposit to hold your spot. The $99 will be applied to your order. We are so confident you will love your images that we will give you your deposit back or re-shoot if for some reason you don’t. I mean, you can’t lose!

We will offer your final product in your choice of full color or our retro finish. Don’t worry, you will get to see both when you look at your proofs.

If you haven’t ever worked with Roberts Family or it’s been awhile, we do most of our proofing off of 5×7 prints.  Yes. Actual proofs. We are such firm believers in the power and importance of printing your beloved portraits that we don’t really offer online proofing.

In the past when we did online proofing our clients would either just give up and order too much and end up with prints stuffed in a drawer or just get a couple 5×7’s and never really get to decorate with or give portraits as gifts. They may not have gotten all their favorites because it’s just so much to figure out.  No one was happy.

In person proofing has been an amazing change for everyone. Our clients are happier and are walking out the door with works of art that they truly love and in many cases, clients leave that day with a gorgeous box of proofs to share.  Easy, peasy, macaroni and cheesey. You want easy don’t you? Yeah, you do.

Are you ready to book or have a question? Press the easy button below. It starts the ball rolling. Jessica will call you to schedule your session and answer any questions you may have. She will talk to you about wardrobe and gather some basic info about your kiddos and let you know exactly where we will be shooting. We can’t wait to see you!

Firecracker Mini Sessions by Roberts Family Photography. Nostalgic, vintage inspired red, white and blue portrait session.

Full pricing, payment plans available:

 

Huge shout out to Jessica and Tonya for always letting me borrow their kids!

 

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Chloe Class of 2018 – Parkersburg Senior Portrait Photographer

Senior year, it sneaks up on you. One day they are walking out the door to their first day of kindergarten and next thing you know, it’s time to schedule Senior Portraits. It’s emotional for the entire family! A mix of exciting, hopeful, and a little bit of sad thrown in. It’s the ending of an era. The beginning of a new one. And all of sudden you have this amazing adult human standing before you. The perfect mix of poise and innocence. You probably aren’t ready to let them go. They are sooooo ready to go. Like it or not, it’s happening. And it’s time to schedule Senior Portraits.

Chloe is an exceptional gal! We had so much fun at her Senior Portrait Session. We shot in the fall and then again in the spring once her cap and gown came in. There was so much giggling!

Music is super important to Chloe so we worked that into her session as well as her love of make-up. She is funny, smart and has an amazing voice! Her make-up skills are on point. This girl knows how to wing some eyeliner. She is going to WVU in the fall and has grown into such a cool young woman. Best of luck Chloe!

We are booking now for Class of 2019 portraits. Summer is the best time to schedule your Senior for portraits. It makes scheduling easy, the weather is gorgeous and you won’t miss any yearbook deadlines. Fill out our contact form if you have any questions or would like to book. Senior sessions are $199 and if you book your summer session by July 1st we will gift you with a free family mini session to use anytime in 2018.

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Welcome Bodhi Fox – Parkersburg, WV, Newborn Portrait Session

For some dang reason it has taken me forever to post this  session – this little guy is coming up on a year old now – let’s take a little walk down memory land.

Many people that know me through my other brand, Hot Tomato Pin-Up Academy,  don’t know I got my start as a baby photographer.  With this family portrait session, I took a little trip back to my roots, newborns and family in their home.  Their home happens to be an amazing converted school bus.

There are two adults, four kiddos and a couple of pets living in this hand crafted space. I have been fascinated by their journey and am an avid follower of Kristen’s instagram account. She is quite the photographer, catching some of the most authentic shots of her babies with her phone and sharing them with her friends. When she started the process of remodeling the bus I messaged her and told her I wanted to photograph her in that space. And when I learned that baby Bodhi had been born on the bus, I knew I wanted to come photograph them as their hearts grew to accommodate this new little being.

What I loved most about moving through the interior of this tiny home was realizing how they, as a family, really had to consider what was most important to them. There is no room for excess or frivolous indulgences with six humans living full time on a school bus. Pairing things down appears to create focus – I haven’t had a specific conversation with Kristen about the why’s, but if you talk to her long enough, it will come up in conversation. They simply wanted more time together to experience things as a family. In shifting life over to bus living,  they prioritized playtime, cozy, comfy sleeping areas and the ability to move around the country and explore and learn unencumbered by a mortgage.

Please take a moment to view the short video I made of their images. I have left a few of my favorite portraits below the video as well.

 

 

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Simple, Short and Sweet Mini Portrait Session in Marietta, Ohio

This is a family that is easy to love. They are full of laughs and wit. Mama is so funny and Dad, well that fella is just full of surprises! They make some pretty cute kids too. And that little red headed baby girl has been the icing on top for this family! She is so sweet and full of smiles.  These folks genuinely like one another and you can see it in these portraits.

We did a quick 20 minute mini session in Sacra Via Park a couple of weeks ago. It was simple, it was fast and they ended up with so many images they loved!

Sometimes portraits can seem like such a hassle! If you want the relief of knowing that portraits are handled for the year, that your mom can now quit nagging you for portrait, and that you can order some hella cute Christmas cards without rushing around to try and schedule a portrait session during the busiest part of portrait season then you need to push the EASY button below!

Are you looking for something less simple? A little more involved? We have that too! Check out our  Adventure Sessions!

Mini Sessions are $249 through end of July (you don’t have to shoot in July) and include a $200 product credit.

We will proof off of 5×7 prints so you can really see what you are getting and even take portraits home with you the day of your proofing! What does a $200 product credit get you? It could be 4 – 8×10’s OR 1 8×10, 2 5×7’s and 8 wallets, OR 3 fully retouched digital files OR $200 off a bigger collection.  The options are endless!

Are you ready to book? Press the Easy Button below to pay your $249 – we will contact you right away to schedule (don’t worry, we are pretty flexible and offer evenings and weekends!) Simple, easy, priceless.

 

 

                     

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Mini Portrait Session in Marietta, Ohio

This little gal makes me smile. Gorgeous blue eyes, curls with a mind of their own and sass for days. She loves a Wendy’s Frosty more than pretty much anything! She looked adorable in her dress, little gladiator sandals and her amber necklace. She was a dream to hang out with and her Mama wasn’t too bad either!

I personally love a well planned, 90 minute, epic portrait session  but sometimes simple, quick and easy is the best way to accomplish things. This session took me about 20 minutes.

Schedule your session and now and miss the late fall panic! You will feel accomplished and so on top of things when you finally get portraits on the calendar and then on the wall! Mini Sessions are specially priced through the end of July for $249 and include a 20 minute session at Sacra Via Park, a product credit of $200 and tons of smiles!

We will proof off of 5×7 prints so you can really see what you are getting and even take portraits home with you the day of your proofing! What does a $200 product credit get you? 4 – 8×10’s or 1 8×10, 2 5×7’s and 8 wallets, or 3 fully retouched digital files or $200 off a bigger collection.  The options are endless!

Are you ready to book? Press the Easy Button below to pay your $249 – we will contact you right away to schedule (don’t worry, we are pretty flexible and offer evenings and weekends!) Simple, easy, priceless.

Now back to our regularly scheduled bundle of cuteness!

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Adventure Begins With You {Marietta Ohio Portrait Photographer}

I had a bit of a revelation this week. It was about connection and how it’s the one thing most of us want more of but it can be so elusive some days!

Finding time to carve out space for the day to day tasks can seem like a comedy routine at my house. It goes something like this: I found time to bathe the dog but now I am behind on laundry. The yardwork is finally caught up, but now the house is a mess and someone should definitely go to the grocery store! I bet you can relate. Do you sometimes want to scream, “Stop the bus! I want off! All I really want is some time with the people I love and some connection!”

The best portrait sessions have opportunities for connection. I think most of my clients are hoping for that spark of connection when they book with me. It is always my goal and I am pretty good at making it happen, but I have noticed for some sessions it is easier than others. I think I may have figured out the key, ADVENTURE! (I will come back to this, I promise). Stay with me here! 

Let’s say you muster up the courage for a portrait session. You get outfits for everyone, fresh haircuts and you pray. You time naps for that perfect mood or if you have older kids you schedule around band practice, vacation and work. You bribe with ice cream and hope everyone looks at the camera at the same time with a pleasant look on their face. If everyone looks mostly happy you will consider it a win. Not much connection, right?

What if the trip to the local ice cream shop WAS the Portrait Session? What if instead of planning a portrait session, we planned a Family Adventure where connection and smiles occur naturally. What if I told you that we could create a portrait session where YOU get to be present with your family and everyone has a blast?

Want to know a secret? My clients who plan a more adventurous session with me have the most fun, have more authentic smiles and have great memories of their sessions. The amazing artwork on their walls is just the cherry on top!

Introducing – Family Adventure Portrait Sessions!

What does a Family Adventure Portrait Session look like? Well that depends on your family. Maybe it’s a trip around the farm in an ATV to a remote spot, where we have a campfire and make s’mores then star gaze. Maybe we start off with ice cream cones, head to an arcade for some healthy competition and then finish the evening with a walk along the river? What if I were there to capture all that connection and sweetness? This is exactly the type of session I am talking about.

 

 

This type of session is perfect for families with small children and babies as well as older childeren and teens. In fact it works great for extended families as well.

Family Adventure sessions will sell for $299 beginning September 1st and it will still be a bargain. But I want the summer to prove my theory and have some more great images to share when I launch this session in full September 1st.

I have 10 7 of these Family Adventure Sessions available this summer. One in June, five in July and four in August. Your session doesn’t have to happen right away, we just need to get you on the books this week to take advantage of this offer. Right now, you can be one of my 10 6  families for just a session fee of $99.  In exchange for this low session price, you will agree to pick at least 5 images from your session that I can share on social media or in marketing materials.

If you want to be one of my ten lucky families – just click this EASY button to pay your $99 Session fee and start planning our Adventure.

Maybe you hate buttons (who hates buttons?) You can text me at 304-482-5105. Once you pay your $99 session fee, I will send you the Family Adventure Guide with just seven questions to get us started. When I have your questionnaire in hand, I will contact you to get started planning your portrait Family Adventure Session.

I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

Andi

PS My gal Murray Stewart Jones has her music studio, Jonesbeat Studios up and running – she is accepting students of all ages on voice, piano, drums, guitar and bass! Check her out!

 

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Tyler’s Senior Portrait Session – Marietta, Ohio Parkersburg, West Virginia Senior Portrait Photographer

Tyler’s senior portrait session was a fun downtown Marietta afternoon. Tyler is a 2017 graduate of Marietta High School. I’ve known Tyler and his family for several years at this point and honestly, photographing his senior portraits made me feel old! I mean not like super old, but Senior portraits are such a rite of passage that it is difficult to ignore the transition it commemorates. Senior Portraits mark the cusp of that giant leap or shift that is about to happen. You can’t ignore it, things are about to change.

Those of you that have known me for awhile know that one of my great pleasures in life; so far, has been having a hand in raising a fella I now refer to as “The Man Cub”. His senior year in high school was  a mixed bag for me emotionally for a lot of reasons, but the knowledge that he was about to leave the nest was a mixture of terrified, delighted, in-denial, convinced he wouldn’t last a day,  manic nostalgia. I planned my entire year around his graduation date, marking things off an imaginary  To Do list that could have belonged to a deranged housekeeper.

  • Last Christmas
  • Last Prom
  • Last time to have to deal with THAT teacher
  • Last time to order someone to change the sheets
  • Last time to pick up socks
  • Last birthday at home
  • Last family trip

I became MORE tolerant of having a house full of kids playing video games all weekend. I would tell his mom, “Yes, they are ALL here again, this is our last year with a house full of boys.”

I knew that some day I would miss the crusty socks on the floor, the weird smell coming from his room and his boy brain forgetfulness.  Several years later, what I miss more than anything is the way he smells when I get that rare hug, the way it feels warm and solid somewhere deep in my soul when I watched him eat a good meal, and the way house his sense of humor and buddies filling up all of the space with their computers and teenage laughter made the house feel full and alive. Portraits mark time. Portraits freeze time. Portraits remind you of how much time has passed.

Tyler got me feeling all kinds of nostalgic for the Man Cub. I met Tyler and his family when his little brother was just a few weeks old. A gal with the sweetest southern accent called to inquire about a newborn session and a long friendship was born. When his mom mentioned Senior Portraits last year, I could not believe that much time had passed.

If you know Tyler you know he is a football player for Marietta High School and he is a super easy guy to spend time around. He is funny and and has killer eyes. We had a great time visiting, catching up and shooting in downtown Marietta, using the city as our backdrop.

Now lets get to the good stuff –

PS —  Something else I learned by having a senior is how expensive senior year can be. You tend to get sand bagged pretty hard financially at the end of the year. This is one of the reasons I suggest scheduling senior portraits for the summer before your kiddos senior year. We have  a booking special going on right now that includes a complimentary family session and an 11×14 canvas gallery wrap if you contact us to schedule your session by June 15th. You can schedule your senior session and family session for anytime between now and September 15th to take advantage of this great session bundle.

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Family Portraits Made Easy – Marietta, Ohio Parkersburg, WV Portrait Photographer

Three kiddos and two busy careers? Sometimes I try to sit and imagine what it must be like to juggle that full of a schedule. You wake up and have three to four people to feed plus yourself . Maybe start a load of laundry? Think about dinner, make the bed, pack a lunch, find missing socks then scoot everyone out the door in a timely fashion. I bet once you hit the door at the office things don’t get much better. And now you are working and still juggling family stuff! How do people even manage to think about scheduling portraits in the middle of a normal day?

Let’s say you managed to briefly consider the possibility of scheduling portraits. The barrage of questions that follow might go something like this:

What will I wear? What will they wear? OMG my husband. What will my husband wear? Screw this, no. No portraits. But I want portraits. I want mementos of how sweet and little they were. I need those curls in a photo. Wait a minute, the baby is kinda going through a jerk stage. What if the photographer doesn’t like jerk babies? What if she can’t get a good photo of him? What if he is just a blur because he never slows down? What if my husband ….let him try……not happening. Nope. Not doing it. Oh my God is that pee on the floor? Did I pay the cable bill? Wait, did I figure out what to wear? What if I hate the photos? What if my eye does that thing? 

Holy crap y’all? How does anyone even ever manage to schedule a session? If you have never worked with us, or it’s been awhile, you may not know how we help you every step of the way. Making that first contact is the hard part, but honestly, we make that easy too.  We help pick out and coordinate clothes (heck we can even shop for you!) We don’t mind if your husband wears his ball cap, his favorite shirt or tells us corny jokes. We don’t mind if you message us 27 times because you are obsessed with the perfect shade of Morrocan blue. We also don’t mind if you just show up and say, “Do your thing photographer lady!”

We’ve got you. We will handle all the little details so you can relax and enjoy yourself. You will be cared for like a cherished friend.  You will love your portraits. That is a promise.  And yes, we love jerk babies. Because we know if you wait five minutes or impersonate an elephant, they will be back to adorable little pile of curls and chub in no time! And when you arrive at the studio and put yourself in our care we know that sometimes it wasn’t easy for you to get here! Thank you!

Now this family below – they made it look easy. Their baby was NOT going through a jerk phase – just a super cute one. Honestly, I think every single one of them is going through a cute stage. Mama opted for the luxurious treat of hair and make-up so she arrived before hubby and had time to relax while we created a look for her that she loved! We like to keep it light and natural for family portraits. The Mister arrived with the kiddos just as Mama was finishing in the make-up chair. Having had a few hours to herself to recharge she was refreshed and excited to see her crew arrive. In just a few minutes we were clicking away, giggling and capturing not just photos of the this sweet family but the spirit of the family too! We built in time to relax, enjoy and really have fun as a family. Great photos? That was just a bonus.

Are you ready to work with us? Press the easy button!

 

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Chloe and Collin Parkersburg, WV 2017 Prom

Prom portraits are one of those time honored traditions that always gets me feeling a little nostalgic. Where would #tbt (throw back Thursday) be without old prom portraits? Slowly as we get older, our old prom portraits move from a sometimes entertaining blast from the past to a classic snippet of a life that only exists in portraits and foggy memories.

I love my mom and dad’s old prom portrait. Her in a tiara and braces, him in his sailor suit and crew cut. Both looking all of 14 and full of smiles! I feel forever thankful for the photographer that took that portrait and that someone purchased a printed a copy of it and it still survives today for me to enjoy. ***PSA – Don’t forget to print your digital photos friends! You want your kids to be able to look back and see your goofy hair styles and the high fashion of your teenage years right?***

But you didn’t come here for a lecture on printing out your cell phone pics did you? You came here to see the gorgeous Chloe and her handsome date, Collin, didn’t you? Chloe was beyond stunning in her royal blue Sherri Hill gown from Elizabeth Michaels. Her hair was done by Jennifer Drake at Lee’s Studio and her make-up was expertly applied by Lauren Elaine. Friends, this gal was gorgeous! Her date, Collin, looked pretty amazing in his Calvin Klein tux too!

Let’s get to the good stuff! Don’t forget to scroll to the end – there may be a special offer for 2018 seniors!

Hey 2018 seniors! Roberts specializes in custom portrait experiences that are custom designed for you! The seniors that enjoy working with us most tend to like things a little outside of the box. We specialize in musicians, singers, poets, dreamers, artists and free thinkers. Does this sound like you? Are you in? Check out our Senior Gallery here!

Summer is the perfect time to schedule your senior portraits! Your schedule is more flexible, the sun is shining and the options for shooting are endless! The first three families to  schedule a Senior Portrait during the month of June (senior session can take place anytime before September 15th, 2017)  – we will throw in a complimentary family portrait session and 11×14 canvas. This is a $400 value and there are ONLY 3  of these complimentary family sessions and 11×14 canvas up for grabs so call 304-482-5105 or email to schedule your senior portrait session today!

 

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