Archive for 'kids & family'

Many of you know, or have met within the past couple of years, my studio manager, Brian. You may have also seen his framed image hanging in the studio celebrating his “employee of the month” status. Even though he is my ONLY employee, it is a great honor to be awarded this status every month.

However for the past 6 months my two year old niece has been coming to my studio to “work”. She is showing real promise. I don’t know what she is doing when she is on the computer or the phone but she does move boxes around from my lab,

updates my schedule on the white board and, overall, improves the work environment. Her downfalls are she requires CONSTANT supervision, I can’t read her writing and I don’t think she actually DOES any work.

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Now that you have some background on Verena-I’d like to introduce you to December’s EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH!

Since awarding her this status a few days ago, she has become very lax about her responsibilities and has started calling the studio “her room”. This new generation hitting the work force has a lot to learn about the time and accomplishments required to climb the corporate ladder. I may be creating a monster.

One of MY favorite things about the holiday season is CHRISTMAS CARDS!! I just love going to my mailbox every day and getting that little gift from my friends and family. As many of you know, my family goes ALL OUT with our Christmas card. So I thought I’d put together some a short list of tips to create an amazing holiday card.

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Everyone loves to see how your kids have grown and changed. If possible, use a professional photographer (of course) and showcase your family!! In 2011 we created this lenticular card that showcases how much the kids have changed from 2009 when the old Memorial Bridge was taken to 2011 when the new Memorial Bridge was built.

 

Have fun with it! This card was inspired by my nieces playing an old game that I played as a little girl.

Have fun with it!

This card was inspired by my nieces playing an old game that I played as a little girl. I put my own spin on it by adding the pictures of the family-including our dogs-because as you recall in the first tip, people want to see your family!!

This card was inspired by my nieces playing an old game that I played as a little girl. I put my own spin on it by adding the pictures of the family-including our dogs-because as you recall in the first tip, people want to see your family!!

Get nostalgic. The advent calendar card we created reminded me of my own childhood Christmases.

Get nostalgic. The advent calendar card we created reminded me of my childhood Christmases.

Share the big milestones in your life.

Share the big milestones in your life.

Last years card was inspired by my daughter’s favorite childhood book. We took the look and feel of the book and told our own story about sending her off to her first year of college. It still brings tears to my eyes when I read it. I hope you find these tips helpful. You don’t have to go crazy, like we do every year, but keep in mind a few of these tips and I’m sure your holiday card will be one that people look forward to getting year after year.

 

 

 

 

Ever wonder how I use photography to decorate my home? I get asked this question a lot and often times I’ll give clients a quick tour of my home to give them an idea of just how to use family portraits as artwork for your home. After all, there is nothing more special or custom then artwork that includes people you love!

This is my living room. I chose to make a statement with my kids portraits. I didn't go with a standard portrait, I wanted to give it an unexpected twist. This artwork, with the chunky frame, is, in my opinion, the best thing about my living room.

This is my living room. I chose to make a statement with my kids portraits. I didn’t go with a standard portrait, I wanted to give it an unexpected twist. This artwork, with the chunky frame, is, in my opinion, the best thing about my living room.

Again, my living room. This is our family portrait over our mantel. I struggled with what to put over the mantel for a long time because I had to figure out what to put on the doors that hide the TV. What I came up with was printing our family portrait on "wall paper". It sticks to the door, but easily comes off and can be moved some where else.

Again, my living room. This is our family portrait over our mantel. I struggled with what to put over the mantel for a long time because I had to figure out what to put on the doors that hide the TV. What I came up with was printing our family portrait on “wall paper”. It sticks to the door, but easily comes off and can be moved some where else.

 

This image of my children is 30"x50" and it is at the top of my staircase on the second floor. I LOVE seeing this image first thing every morning before heading downstairs. My kids are much older now, my daughter is a freshman in college and my son is a sophmore in high school but it reminds me of a time gone by an it NEVER fails to put a smile on my face.

This image of my children is 30″x50″ and it is at the top of my staircase on the second floor. I LOVE seeing this image first thing every morning before heading downstairs. My kids are much older now, my daughter is a freshman in college and my son is a sophmore in high school but it reminds me of a time gone by an it NEVER fails to put a smile on my face.

This is our family portrait from 2011 on the old Memorial Bridge. Since the decor of my home is on the contemporary side, I chose the clean look of the 30"x50" metallic gallery wrap. It is hanging in our front hallway.

This is our family portrait from 2011 on the old Memorial Bridge. Since the decor of my home is on the contemporary side, I chose the clean look of the 30″x50″ metallic gallery wrap. It is hanging in our front hallway.

Recently my sons friends started sleeping over in large groups. I would wake up in the morning to fallen picture frames and broken glass from the boys running up and down the stairs. I decided the best solution was not to ban my son's friends from sleeping over but to replace all the frames with wall paper. It's a clean look with NOTHING to maintain. No dusting the tops of frames, no straightening crooked frames and, best of all, no fear that a frame is going to fall and break!

Recently my sons friends started sleeping over in large groups. I would wake up in the morning to fallen picture frames and broken glass from the boys running up and down the stairs. I decided the best solution was not to ban my son’s friends from sleeping over but to replace all the frames with wall paper. It’s a clean look with NOTHING to maintain. No dusting the tops of frames, no straightening crooked frames and, best of all, no fear that a frame is going to fall and break!

 

Help the Portsmouth High School Spanish classes get to Costa Rica AND get a head start on the holidays at the same time.
Yes, the Spanish classes spends their February vacation doing service work in Costa Rica, stay with host families and only speak Spanish the entire time-sounds CRAZY, a bit scarey and TOTALLY life changing! We here at Alyssa Almeida Duncan Photography would like to help get them there so we are donating $100 from each session fee from this event to Portsmouth High School kids that have been selected to go. Wouldn’t you love to go? So would I!!