Archive for April, 2014

This portrait is from Emerson’s one year session. It’s my favorite from this group. I have heard people say they want to wait until their baby is one before they bring them in for portraits-I say “What?!” Your child goes through SO many changes during their first year, it would be such a shame to NOT capture that. Take a look below at Emerson’s first baby portrait.

Look at how her entire arm is the same size as her dad’s thumb! She was TINY, amazingly tiny! I am SO glad that we captured this moment, so small in daddy’s arms, completely sheltered by his hands.

or sound asleep on mom’s shoulder.

This is one of her mom’s favorite images of her from the entire year’s worth of portraits. This teeny tiny stage goes by SO fast, it is important to capture it in those first few weeks home from the hospital.

This is the time to capture those little fingers and toes.

By the time she came in for her six month session, I hardly recognized her. SO much had changed within such a short time. She was sitting up, smiling & engaging.

Just look at those eye! Wow!

This red couch is most popular with the 6 month portraits. I just LOVE it!

This series, from Emerson’s one year portrait session, is being hung on one wall as a group of four. The wall space was too big for one image but a square grouping 4 similar images works PERFECTLY!!

I can’t believe I won’t be seeing Emerson again until her second birthday! I will miss seeing her and her parents every few months.

Here is the second session of Ryan’s first year portrait package. He is 6 months old, (already) and sitting up by himself. I can’t believe how fast time has gone by and how much he has changed since his newborn session!

Ryan LOVES hanging out with his dad!
I can’t wait to see how much he’s changed when he comes in for his one year portrait!

Serendipity did all the clothing styling for my class of 2015 senior models this year. I recently sat down with Chloe, the stores manager to find out more about this years latest style trends and more!
A: What are the hottest spring trends for 2014 (for teenagers)?
C: This spring/summer season we are seeing a lot of cropped tees and tanks. These types of tops are being worn with jean shorts, harem pants, and maxi skirts. For those girls that don’t want to show a lot of skin, crop tops are perfect for wearing with high-waisted styles. This season there has also been a big through back to the early 90’s when it comes to prints, and sillohettes. Teens today are getting a fresh take on the 90’s look with breezy daisy printed dresses, matching tank and short sets in light fabrics as well as adorable rompers with relaxed fits and lots of layering potential. Really its all about finding the trends that speak to you and expressing them in your own way.
A: What is the most popular item in Serendipity for the high school crowd?
C: I have noticed that the girls love to come in for our affordable sterling silver rings, as well as our large selection of stud earrings for only $14. I also try to offer a huge selection of white dresses for high school graduations as many schools require that white be worn. We also have a large selection of spring and summer dresses for all their seasonal events.
A: What makes Serendipity so popular with the millennials?
C: At Serendipity we encourage the girls to come in and try on all the clothing you want! Find the styles that feel good, and make you comfortable even if maybe today’s not the day you need to buy something. Our staff is here to make our shop a place that girls can come and enjoy themselves, and not feel pressured. Over the past 7 years that I have been with the store I have seen girls go through middle school, high school and off to college. It is so much fun to get to know them, and watch their taste and style change through the years. After all Serendipity is a small and family owned business. The store is where we spend most of our time so it’s only fitting that it be warm and welcoming.
A: Do you have a Facebook/twitter and or instagram page that I can follow that showcase your new arrivals so I can be one of the first to see what’s new?
C: We do have a Facebook page, as well as Twitter and Instagram. I post mostly on Instagram because of course we all want to SEE whats new, and I usually share those posts on Twitter as well as Facebook. Here’s our info if you would like to follow us:
Twitter: @SerendipityNH
Instagram: SerendipityNH
We also have a new website that is connected to our current inventory and stock levels. It is a work in progress but for those girls that are heading off to college and need their Serendipity fix, now you can shop 24/7!
A: what is the price range of your clothing?
C: Although our store is small we have over 50 different designers and clothing labels in our shop at all times. While some brand names are much more well known, such a Free People, Roxy, and BB Dakota, others although without the same brand name recognition are just as fun and flattering. We try to keep our prices under $100 per piece although sometimes, somethings are too beautiful to pass up and I believe we will have the occasional jacket or dress that is in the high $100s. I would say the majority of the clothing, especially those styles that speak to teens are generally under $50, and as low as $24. As for Jewelry most earrings are under $18, Necklaces are $12-$38 with the occasional pieces of gold, sterling, or semi-precious stone jewelry ranging up to $58.
A: Anything else you’d like to add?
C: Although Portsmouth NH is a destination for tourists through out the year it is the local girls, boys, men and women that keep our store going (and to whom I’d like to say Thank You)! That being said I try to keep our products ever changing and to include a range of items and styles that are suitable and desirable to all ages. We want to have the perfect gift for that birthday, for your wife, your mother, your daughter, or just the right pair of earrings for your high school girlfriend! At the end of the day everyone is welcome and we will do all that we can to make your experience at Serendipity a positive one.


Copy of class of 2015 models

Here at Alyssa Almeida Duncan Photography, we know that when you have pets, they are part of our family. Don’t forget to have them photographed too!