JC Schill Photography: Blog http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) JC Schill Photography schill@polarcomm.com (JC Schill Photography) Sat, 07 Apr 2018 19:14:00 GMT Sat, 07 Apr 2018 19:14:00 GMT http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-5/u437147290-o146440533-50.jpg JC Schill Photography: Blog http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Changes for JC Schill Photography http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/4/changes-for-jc-schill-photography 2018 is bringing some changes for JC Schill Photography. 

In order to streamline my studio and hopefully make my clients experiences more enjoyable, I am making some business changes for 2018.

The biggest change will be that every client will be asked to schedule an image viewing session the day of their session.  You will view your images and place your order at your viewing session.  I will no longer offer online galleries for your initial order.  Images that you chose to have printed will be placed in an online gallery after your order has been placed.

Digital files will only be available after a minimum portrait order.  You will be able to choose between low-res or high res files that will be priced according to the quality and quantity you desire.  

I will also be requiring a $25 session deposit that must be paid before I can hold your date and session time.  This deposit is non-refundable and be applied towards your session fee.  

There are some other changes in the works and I hope all these changes makes for a better and more personal experience for all my clients.  

If you have any questions about these changes or want a copy of my new studio policies, please call me anytime.  



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Tips for your Newborn Portrait Session http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/6/tips-for-your-newborn-portrait-session Tips and Tricks for your Newborn Portrait Session

I always recommend that you chose your photographer for your newborn before your pregnancy reaches the eighth month.  That way your photographer can pencil in your baby’s due date and once your little one arrives you can will finalize the session date with your photographer.  Because labor isn’t known for being predictable, I always keep a few different times available for my newborns so we can get your little one in during the first 10 days.

The day of your session… if this is your first newborn, plan to leave plenty of time to get you and baby out of the house! Most new moms are surprised by how much preparation it can take to leave the house for that first outing– and usually the first outing is either the doctor’s office for a weight check or to the newborn photographer!

Once you arrive, I will help you bring in anything you need for your little one from the car. Once you are inside we will get you comfy and take the clothes off the baby and loosen the diaper and wrap your tiny miracle up so he/she is comfy too. Then you can feed the baby until they are asleep.

Depending on the baby and her tolerance level, I will use up to 3 different fabric backgrounds and a variety of headbands or hats. We may add on a prop at the end of the session (bucket, basket, etc), but that is only if your little one is still happy to be here. If you have a vision of your little one, please let me know prior to your session so I can get that set prepared to use first. I encourage you to bring special items with you as well to include in the portrait. I also may include the parents in the photos so please be prepared to be in the photographs. I suggest bringing a black or white shirt.

If your little one grows hungry during our session, I will happily take a feeding break! If your newborn has an “accident” on my fabrics, don’t worry! Everything is washable, and every item used is laundered after your session — I simply clean the mess up and move on!  

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Tips for your Senior Portraits http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2016/3/tips-for-your-senior-portraits 2017 Seniors here are some helpful tips to prepare you for your upcoming Senior Portrait Session.  



Personal Hygiene:

1)  Makeup:  Be sure you wear makeup (even if you don't normally).  You can swing by the makeup counter at a mall or a local salon to have it done before hand.  They can make it look very natural, but be sure you like the way you look before you leave.  Eyes are critical, so be sure you were mascara and have straight eyeliner and no pale lipsticks.  Avoid makeup with sparkles and glitter as they show up as unflattering white spots in the photographs.  

2)  Hair:  Don't change your hairstyle or cut your hair just before your session.  A slight trim and normal styling by your stylist is fine.  You want to look like yourself, only enhanced.  Let your hair be natural, clean and well groomed.

3)  Eyebrows:  Well groomed is a must. 

4) Nails:  I recommend that you get a mani/pedi before your session.  Both your hands and feel will be showing in photos so make sure they look their best!

5) Blemishes:  It happens and I'll retouch so don't worry about it. 

6)  Tanning:  Avoid spray tanning or self tanning lotions as they can be streaky and can make your skin color look unnatural.  Tan lines are not attractive in portraits either.  Avoid getting sunburns!

7) Eyeglasses:  If you wear glasses, I recommend you go to your local eyeglass store and have them take the glass out of your frames for your session or ask to borrow a pair of frames in a similar style for the session.  We want to be able to see your eyes and nothing is worse than the glare that can occur when wearing glasses.  If you choose to leave the glass in your frames for the session, additional charges will apply to digitally remove the glare caused by your glasses. 



1) Bring a variety of clothes.  Some casual (jeans and shirts), some formal (prom dresses), some high fashion and sundresses.  This will five you the best variety in your photos. 

2) Darker clothes minimize body size

3) Don't forget to bring the proper undergarments to go with each outfit you bring.  There is nothing worse than having a red bra and a white top or pink underwear with a white skirt.  Flesh colored undergarments are usually best.  If you bring a sleeveless top or strapless dress, be sure to bring the appropriate bra that goes with it.  Tucking in your bra straps doesn't tend to work and it shows in the photographs.

4) Accessories!  Bring your accessories that you wear with each outfit (necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, hats, scarves, shoes, etc.) but don't go overboard.  Sometimes less is more! 

5) Shoes!  If they are part of the outfit, bring them. 

6) Plan each outfit from head to toe.  Think about layers (jackets, coats, hoodies, etc.)  some shots will be close up and some will be full length.  Try to have as much variety with each outfit as possible. 

7) Group your outfits together on HANGERS.  Do NOT bring clothes in a suitcase or shopping bag.  They will be wrinkled and it will show in the pictures.  I recommend putting your accessories in plastic bags and hanging them on the hanger with the outfit.  This will allow you to easily find all your pieces and change your outfits quickly. 


Things you should bring: 

1) Anything that shows your personality.  If it represents who you are and your personality BRING IT!  If you like to shop...bring lots of shopping bags.  If you are into shoes...bring your shoes.  If you are into sports...bring your uniform and any gear.  If you play a musical instrument...bring it!

2) Bring a comb, brush, hairspray, hair clips or other accessories

3) Touch ups: Be sure to bring a least lipstick and powder to your session.



Personal Hygiene:

1) Hair:  Don't change your hairstyle or cut your hair just before your session.

2) Facial Hair:  make sure you are clean-shaven or well trimmed. 

3) Blemishes: it happens and I will retouch so don't worry about it. 

4) Nails:  Get a manicure/pedicure before your session if possible.  We don't want your hands and feet looking totally gross in your photographs.

5) Tanning:  Avoid spray tanning or self tanning lotions as they can be streaky and can make your skin color look unnatural.  Tan lines are not attractive in portraits either.  Avoid getting sunburns!

6) Eyeglasses:  If you wear glasses, I recommend you go to your local eyeglass store and have them take the glass out of your frames for your session or ask to borrow a pair of frames in a similar style for the session.  We want to be able to see your eyes and nothing is worse than the glare that can occur when wearing glasses.  If you choose to leave the glass in your frames for the session, additional charges will apply to digitally remove the glare caused by your glasses. 



1) Bring a variety of clothes.  Some casual (jeans and t-shirts), some formal (suits, button-up long sleeved formal shirts,) and some stylin' clothes (dressier than jeans and t-shirts, such as cargo pants/shorts and nicer shirts.  This will five you the best variety in your photos. 

2) Darker clothes minimize body size.

3) Make sure your underwear won't show over the waist of your pants.  It may be in style now, but you don't want to remember the underwear you wore that day 20 years from now! 

4) Be sure to bring dark t-shirts to wear under dark shirts and white to wear under light shirts. 

5) Bring matching shoes to go with each outfit.  I shoot from head to toe so don't bring one pair of tennis shoes to wear with a suit!

6) Plan each outfit from head to toe.  Think about layers (jackets, coats, hoodies, etc)  Some shots will be close up and some will be full length.  Try to have a s much variety with each outfit as possible.

7) Group your outfits together on HANGERS.  Do NOT bring clothes in a suitcase or shopping bag.  They'll be wrinkled and it will show in the pictures.  We recommend putting your accessories (belts, socks, ties, etc.) in plastic bags and hang them on the hanger with the outfit.  this will allow you to easily find all your pieces and change into your outfits quickly.


Things you should bring: 

1) Bring things that you might want in your photos such as sporting equipment, uniforms, musical instruments, hats, hunting trophies, vehicles, etc.


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Only 50 days until Christmas.....are You done shopping yet? http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2015/11/only-50-days-until-christmas-are-you-done-shopping-yet

I know I'm not.  In fact I've barely started.  I have a hard time getting into the Christmas shopping mode until after Halloween even though the stores start decorating these days right after Labor Day! 

Well, If you are looking for some gift ideas for your grown children, parents, grandparents, godparents or even friends, how about the timeless gift of Portraits.  If you've had me take any pictures of you and your family or just your children this year I can help you out.  People love getting framed prints, canvas gallery wraps, leather gallery wraps, metal prints, standouts and now framed standouts that are ready to hang on their walls!  Or how about a memory book with the pictures from your session(s) this past year.  What a timeless gift that would be! 

Haven't had your portraits taken in a while?  Well there is still time to get them taken and get your gifts in time for Christmas.  And for you kids that have no idea what to get your mom... call me to schedule the session for the family, she'll love you for being so thoughtful because I'm sure she's been wanting a new family portrait for years but can't get the family to cooperate.  Believe me, I know how that is.  (hint, hint kids) If you can't get the family together before Christmas, a gift certificate for a family session is a great option.

Don't know what to get that farmer that already has all the tools in the world?  (well at least we think so)  How about a Quotation print with a farm scene?  Better yet, let's think ahead to next Christmas and have me come out to your farm next spring, summer or fall and take a picture of his farm operation on the go and make a special quotation print just for him.  Let me tell you, he'd never be the wiser as I'm sure lots of the local farmers have seen me stop by the road and take their pictures while they are seeding, spraying or harvesting.  He would love to decorate his office or man cave with a big beautiful print of him hard at work doing what he loves!

Looking for something smaller, well how about a photo or scenic mouse pad.  They are great for that office worker in your life.  Mom's and Dad's love having their kids or family's faces right there to remind them why they go to work everyday.  Or if you have a loved one or friend that lives far away how about a scenic picture of North Dakota to remind them of home? 

Memory Matching Card Games are great for grandparents who love to play games with the grandkids.  Or even for the kids.  They love playing a memory game with their own pictures on the cards!

Every year I order tree ornaments with my grandkids pictures for my tree.  Both the kids and I love seeing how much they've changed each year.  They search the tree every time they come over to find their ornaments.... I move them around to make it more challenging for them. 

How about a special coffee mug for the coffee lover in your life?  You can get one made up with your favorite portrait of the kids or family or a scenic picture and then fill it up with special coffee and treats and it makes a great stocking stuffer or office exchange gift.

See, there are lots of ideas to choose from without having to go to that crowded shopping mall.  And I will give you more personalized service than Amazon.  And now

And don't forget those Christmas cards!  Right now I'm having a sale on all press printed cards.  Buy one set and get the second set for half off.  In fact EVERYTHING is on sale now thru Dec. 4th at 10% off.  That includes photo gift items and all print products! 


Give me a call at 701-256-2761 to schedule your own personal shopping experience at JC Schill Photography!

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Spring/Easter mini-sessions http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2014/3/spring/easter-mini-sessions The sun is shining and I can see some grass showing up as the snow melts away.  Ok, the grass is still brown but at least we can see it!  That means spring is just around the corner!  It's been a long, long, long (did I say long?) cold winter and it's time to embrace the season of everything new!  And that means it's time for my Spring mini photo sessions!  This year I will have chicks and ducklings for the little ones to pose with.  The 30 minute sessions will be on April 4th and 5th at my in-home studio.  Each session includes an 8x10, two 5x7's, eight wallets and 1 social sharing image for just $65.  Limited sessions are available so call now to reserve your spot.  701-256-2761.



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Can you smell it? #4 http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/can-you-smell-it-5 Whether you live in the country, a small town, or the big city, everyone can enjoy the smell of a summer rain.  The difference's in the smell of the rain can vary as much as the places where it rains.  In the country it even varies to where you are when you encounter the rain.  When you are out in the fields the scents of the crops are amplified as the dust is washed off.  In the forests the scent of the pine needles comes to life.  In the fall when it rains the smell of wet straw and chaff fill the air.   Since I've moved to town I've noticed the smell of rain is more of a cleansing smell.  The road dust and grime settles and floats away in the gutters.  The scent of all the flowers and trees flood the senses as you watch the raindrops drip off their petals and leaves.  It's a renewing time that fills the soul with peace and hope. 


schill@polarcomm.com (JC Schill Photography) JC Schill Photography can you smell it blog images memories rain smells http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/can-you-smell-it-5 Tue, 23 Jul 2013 16:07:23 GMT
can you smell it #3 http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/7/can-you-smell-it-3 This time you are all going to think I've really lost it.  Last week my son traded in his old 1086 IH tractor and the day they brought it in to the dealership I happened to stop by their shop.  I climbed up into the cab for old times sake.  The instant I sat in the seat I felt the nostalgia of the old girl.  You see, my dad always had IH tractors and only IH tractors on the farm when I was growing up.  I remember my dad entering in the local tractor pull and winning ribbons.  That was before anyone ever hear of a "modified" tractor pull.  I don't remember the actual tractor pull but I do remember dad setting up kids up on the hood of the tractor set down by the trees south and west of the house to take pictures.  Anyway, getting back to the smell thing.... after all that's what this is all about.  When I climbed in to that cab I breathed in deep and just then I realized that that cab smelled the same as the cab's of my dad's old tractors.  I don't remember the exact numbers of them but they were either a 1086, 1286, or 1486.  Must be something in that "86" series.  I think there are probably a lot of old tractors, trucks or cars that had that distinctive smell of those past days gone by.  The newer tractors, you know those that are only 20 years old, all seem like they have the "new car" smell.  Well, there might some out there that have a strong "cow" smell.   It's that smell that brings back a lot of memories and emotions of those long days spent on the rock picker, cultivator or plow and you felt blessed that the ac and the radio worked.

I haven't been back to the dealership to climb in the old girl since they "cleaned" her up to sell, but I'm sure that no matter how much power washing and scrubbing they did, that smell is still there. 




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#2 Can you Smell it? http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/-2-can-you-smell-it I'm sure just about everyone can relate to this one.  Lilacs!  There is no better time of year to "have to" mow lawn than when the lilacs are in bloom. Especially when they surround the yard on three sides so no matter which part of the yard your are mowing or which direction the wind is blowing (yes, the wind blows around here) you can enjoy the aroma.  I know that the lilacs aren't the first flower of the spring but  don't feel like spring is really here until their scent fills the air. 

As kids we always picked bunches of these delightful aromatic flowers and put them in old mason jars around the house.  Mom always smiled and said "isn't that the best smell in the world".  When my own kids would do the same for me, I often wondered if my mom did the same thing I would do..... when the kids weren't around I would take their precious bunches of lilacs back outside and shake the bugs out of them and then bring them back inside.  Or, am I the only one who ever did that? 

Back in 2006 we had a special treat at our place.  Well, if you were trying to look at the bright side of things you would consider it a treat.  After a severe hail storm that destroyed a 1500 acres of our crops, I was down at the barn brushing my horses and I noticed a scent in the air that I just couldn't quite put my finger on.  You see, it wasn't the "normal" barn smell.  Upon looking around I found that the lilacs by the barn were blooming again!  In September!  That is the one and only time I have ever seen the lilacs bloom twice.  Goes to show you that something good comes from everything in life.  Sometimes we just have to "look around" to find it. 

Fill up your senses with this scent while it lasts.   It's a long time until next spring. 


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Can you smell it? http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/6/can-you-smell-it While spending few hours on the tractor a couple of weeks ago.  In between the rains...  I decided to start working on a personal project with my photography.  To get back to the reason I love taking pictures.  Pictures should invoke feelings, an emotion, or a memory.  There are other things that do the same.  Like what you ask... let me tell you.  Smells!  Smells have always had a strong connection to memories for me.  Sometimes I can be walking in the mall and I'll smell something and I'm suddenly standing in my grandma's bathroom that is filled with the scent of her powder that's in a pink floral round container on the counter with the pink powder puff with the satin bow on top.  If you are older than 30 you might just remember when every lady had a fancy powder puff.  Ok, maybe that would be older than 40.  Sometimes I will catch a whiff of a smell and I'll try as I might to remember what that smell reminds me off.  Sometimes it takes me a long time to figure it out, other times it comes to me right away.  Anyway, I think you are getting the idea of what I'm talking about.  Being I can't exactly produce "smells"  I thought for my personal project I would take pictures of things that have a distinct smell and memory for me.  Hopefully they will bring back some memories for you.

I will be posting these images on my website in a gallery named "Can you smell it".  I hope your stop back from time to time and take a walk with me down memory lane.  Maybe my "project" will help you take notice of the "smells" in your memory.

Being it's spring I thought I would start there.  Spring is a busy time on the farm but there are those things that make you stop in your tracks and take notice.  Things that shout "Hey, it's Spring!".   To me that smell is the scent of freshly tilled soil.  That musky smell of decaying plant matter and moisture that is filled with the promise of life.   Another crop of food and fiber to continue the cycle of life year after year.  It's humbling to take a deep breath of this scent and know that your great, great grandparents knew that same smell and felt that same promise of new life that keeps bringing you back to the soil every spring.  And if you pay close attention you will notice that that smell from that dirt in the spring is different than the smell of that same dirt after you work it in the fall.  It's something special that the earth has been holding tight to itself until spring when it releases it for us enjoy.  A gift for us.  Her way of telling us that it's time to get back to work and feed the world.


Can you smell it?


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Spring has finally Arrived! http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/5/spring-has-finally-arrived Now that spring has finally arrived I see everyone coming out of hibernation.  Guess that's one advantage of living in town instead of the farm.  I see people instead of deer, turkeys, moose, coyotes,,, hmmm maybe that isn't such an advantage.  It's different for me that's for sure. 

Now, I know Mother's Day is only a few days away but you can still get your mother that family portrait that she's been wanting.  You can schedule the session and I will give you a gift certificate with the session information to give her.  Won't she be surprised and speechless that you even scheduled the session for her!  Don't know a good day to get everyone together right now... no problem.  Buy a gift certificate for the session, call the rest of the family to figure out a day and then call me as soon as possible (someone else might take your date).  For those of you that don't live in the area, you can pay thru paypal and I'll email you the gift certificate for you to print out and give to your mom.  Or I will mail it to her for you. 

Show your mom just how much you love her with a family portrait session and the wall portrait she's been wanting for years!  Time passes us by too quickly to put something this important off for another year. 


Have a great week!

Janet C. Schill

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Spring will come.... sooner or later.. http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/4/spring-will-come-sooner-or-later As I look out my window today and see the snow piling up on my deck (again) I can't help but pray for spring to come.  Just yesterday my deck was free of snow and I could see most of the grass in the back yard and the side yard.  But I'm not going to let this white stuff get me down.  I'm going to use this beautiful white stuff to create some awesome portraits for some lucky people!  We all know this fresh white snow isn't going to stay a nice bright white for long.  Probably only a day or two.  Now would be the perfect time to take that winter family portrait or get professional shoots of your favorite snowboarder, snowmobile racer when it's not 20 degrees below zero!   I am going to offer two lucky people who schedule a photo shoot between now and Wednesday afternoon (thinking the snow will still look white by then) and receive a free garden flag with your name on it.  That's right, a FREE garden flag.  Think spring!  You can choose a picture from your session for your flag or one of my lovely scenic pictures.  Call me today at 256-2761 to schedule your winter session.

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Rock the Dress Sessions http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/3/rock-the-dress-sessions A “rock the dress” session is a modern twist on a traditional wedding portrait and is a chance for the couple or just the bride to put their wedding gear back on for one last photo shoot that they wouldn’t had had time to do on their wedding day.  These sessions can be anywhere you want with any props you want.  The joy of these sessions is that you can have fun and expressive with your dress and not worry about getting it dirty because it's after the actual wedding.  It's the perfect add on to your wedding package!


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Looking to spruce up your walls? http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/look-to-spruce-up-your-walls January is already half over and spring is still a few months away.  How about sprucing up your walls with some art!  Bring the colors of the beautiful North Dakota outdoors inside this winter with a new scenic canvas.  Prices start at just $40 for a 10x10.  Pick out your favorite inspirational quotation and add it to your canvas.  Make your walls unique and reflect your personality.  I will be adding to my scenic gallery often so if you don't see exactly what you like, stop back.  If you want to have your life on canvas, call me and I will come to your farm, cabin, lake home, family reunion or activity, take pictures and put them on a beautiful canvas for you to display on your walls. 

I will be leaving the end of January for some time and fun in the sun!  I will unavailable for portrait sessions for the month of February and my schedule in March is filling up fast.   I will be available for scheduling, questions or canvas orders by phone at 701-305-0187 or you may email me at schill@polarcomm.com.  I will be checking my email every couple of days so if I don't get back to you right away and you need immediate assistance, please call.  I plan on doing some themed sessions in April so if you have any special requests, please let me know. 


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Did you? http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2013/1/did-you As we take time to catch our breath after the busy Christmas season I want to ask you one question...

Did you take the time to print out your pictures?  Mine should be sitting on my front step when I get home tonight! 

I admit that I didn't take a lot of pictures this year.  This year I remembered to grab the video camera!  Every now and then I dig out all the old videos of my kids taken with those big clunky vhs video cameras that we thought were so totally awesome!  Now, there's the smaller versions with the cassettes or the even smaller digital ones.  What is even more awesome is this really cool product from Sony that I can hook my video camera up to and burn the video on a DVD without having to load up my computer with all that information!  



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Tips for your capturing your Christmas memories http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/tips-for-your-capturing-your-christmas-memories This weekend will be the beginning of families and friends gathering together to celebrate the birth of our savior Jesus Christ.

That means a house full of people, singing carols, eating wonderful meals, giving gifts from the heart, visiting and playing games.

In our house when we were growing up my mom always had a camera handy.  Every year when us kids were little mom would line

us five kids up in front of the tree for the annual photo.  There were four girls and one boy and most years our Christmas outfits

were handmade by my mom and of course we all matched.  Even my brothers shirt would match our dresses.  These memories

are priceless!  So this year, keep your camera handy and snap away.  Just remember in this digital age it's easy to take

great pictures, but,,,,, here's this big "BUT",  remember to get them printed!  Digital files don't last forever.  And to be honest,

how many of you actually go back and look at your pictures on your computer.  And how many of you will grab that old photo

album at your moms house and look through those pictures?  Have I made my point?  If you don't print out your pictures, your

children and grandchildren will never have get to see these "memories".   And usually by the time you actually have the time,

(we all have such busy lives these days), these digital files whether kept on your hard drive or on a cd could be erased, corrupted,

or destroyed, thus gone forever......

So, this year give yourself a Christmas gift and PRINT YOUR PICTURES! 

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Winter Wonderland http://jcschillphotography.zenfolio.com/blog/2012/12/- If there is one thing this younger generation doesn't do anymore is family portraits.  Everyone thinks that a snapshot taken at the lake is good enough.  Trouble is that most of these snapshots don't ever get printed.  Digital files whether stored in your camera, on a disk or a hard drive won't last forever.  Quality prints and wall portraits will last for generations.  Photo books are another great way to print and enjoy your photos.  Whether you have a professional photographer take your portraits and create your photo books or you want to create your own with your summer vacation snapshots, I encourage everyone to invest their time to do so.  If you don't have the time or desire to create your own photo book, bring your digital files to me and I will do the work for you at an hourly rate. 



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