“The greatest fear dogs know is the fear that you will not come back when you go out the door without them.”
― Stanley Coren
It is the beginning of the 31 Days of Halloween for the new 2019 year. How creepy can we get this year? For day one I decided to document the love between a boy and a dog. Everyone knows how loyal a dog is to their person/persons. They are the best pals someone could ask for in their life. A little story time.
Little Michael was born to a loving family who waited patiently for him. They had a fur baby, Pal who was a 3 year old Chocolate Labrador Retriever. Pal immediately fell in love with his new human. When baby Michael would cry, Pal was right there to make sure he was alright. The time came and Michael was a toddler and starting to walk on his shaky little feet. Pal, had him hold his tail and back and patiently walked with the adventurous toddler.
As the years went by Michael and Pal had grown together and made lots of happy memories. They played fetch, went swimming, and on walks together. Pal slept with Michael as soon as he got into a big boy bed. When Michael went off to school Pal would wait by the door until that big yellow box on wheels brought him back home. You see, Pal really loved his boy.
Then the day came that everyone in the family was dreading. Pal was now 11 years old. His days of running and being a pup were shorter. Most of the days he didn't leave the couch or couldn't without help. Micheal and his parents were heartbroken. The night before Pal crossed the Rainbow Bridge, he made a promise to Michael. One that Michael could not hear but he felt it through the connection they shared. He would always be by his side, even in the darkest moments. That is what best friends do.
*I created this image and wrote the story based on it. A lot of the image is based on the fact that we had to put my beloved Autumn Mae to rest at the age of 10 years young due to cancer. She was the best pup ever and there will never be another like her. It is understandable how they will always be by your side even to only be looking over you.
A big thank you for these amazing resources to make this image possible. The generosity of others to share their talents is a gift to other artist that does not get taken lightly.
Model: Connor (My Son & Photograph)
Skeleton Dog: Direwrath https://www.deviantart.com/direwrath/art/Skeleton-Dog-801355254
Blue Fire: MartinRockar https://www.deviantart.com/martinrockar/art/blue-fire-270188766
Background: Kuschelirmel https://www.deviantart.com/kuschelirmel-stock/art/Once-Upon-A-Time-03-original-521832052
— with Donny G Doerr and Kimmi Sue.
"Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world."
I have always loved photography. There has been a camera in my hands off and on since the age of fourteen. Over the last decade it has been my pleasure to capture engagements, weddings, newborns, children, family, seniors, and even a few boudoirs. However, my heart and true passion is with fantasy, storybook stylized sessions. This can include composites created that makes a one of a kind piece of artwork.
It takes a lot of time coming up with a concept, creating the image, then blending all the pieces together. In the end there should be something that is truly magical. After each piece is done, there is a huge sense of pride that is felt. Even if it didn't come out just the way I like it. The work behind it is one step closer to the artist that the goal has been set on.
For this brand new year, I will be taking limited traditional sessions. One of the reason is lack of a studio. The other reason is I want to focus on something that is more outside the box. This means creating more images like the ones below that showcases pieces that have been composited, stylized, and even empowering sessions for our youth.
Tea for me, please.
A huge "Thank you" to all those who have believed in me all these years. Through the different business name changes. The support and encouragement has been greatly appreciated. I couldn't have done it without many of you.
Please feel free to ask any questions. Check back as this page will updated with new packages and different outlook to T. H. Photography. Love and light.
"Halloween is not only about putting on a costume, but it's about finding the imagination and costume within ourselves."
With this month, I have been working on a 31 days of Halloween project. Of course, I fell behind on this personal project with other sessions to finish up editing. Goal will be met to have 31 images done by the end of this month. It will happen! Here are the wonderful young ladies that helped make the creepy critters session possible. If you like the dark and disturbed, please stop by to see what else is up for this month.
Just you everyday furry animal critters.
What would you do if you met these two on a dark street? A local retailer had all sorts of creepy masks. These were perfect for this photo project. The girls fit the part. The sun added it's own flare to the image.
The reveal of the young ladies behind the masks. I am really not sure which is creeper. Complete face covered by masks or the devious faces behind the masks. Let us know what you think.
Coming for the party.
If these two showed up to our party, the doors would be locked and the key thrown away. Both these young ladies were great sport. Our very own furry raccoon, Chloe. She finally got a use for that hairy vest. Then Emily, the fun loving bunny.
Peek-a-Boo, I see you.
Of course, just like any other session there are always some bloopers. Little Ollie wanted to be the Panda. He is such a sweet little guy, why not make him even more cuddly. Emily, our killer bunny got her cat walk pose on before we really got started. Her little sister, Maddy made an adorable bunny all in pink.
He is just to darn cute.
These two images below that have been shared on other blogs and had a huge part in helping with the inspiration behind this photo session. Post processing was fun to try and get that old retro feel to the images. Even added some scotch tape brushes that were found on Deviant Art by Snkr. They worked so well. Thank you, Snkr. Deviant Art is an amazing place to find usable stock images.
The creepiness is almost upon us. There are ghouls and goblins out there aplenty. Please be safe when driving or walking your children during the Trick or Treat hours. Don't forget to get lots of pictures and check all that candy before eating it.
©Kimberly S. Doerr of T. H. Photography unless otherwise stated.
"Dream big, work hard, stay focused, and surround yourself with good people."
Football is his game.
I had the pleasure to take Austin's senior photographs for him. This young man is graduating from Edwards-Knox Central School class of 2019. Years ago I had photographed him when he was wrestling. Now he changed to a different type of contact sport by playing offense.
He is ready to go the next step into the future.
Austin has plans already for when the cap is tossed into the air and he has the diploma in hand. He wants to work in the tree clearing business. There is good work in that business, plus great insurance. A focused head on his shoulders he will go far in any company he choices.
Mom and Dad are very proud of this young man.
These two lovely parents couldn't be prouder of their son, Austin. The last one home and soon they will have an empty nest. It is wonderful to see the love that they have and how much they support their boy.
A young man and a nice ride.
Austin has a passion for cars. He likes to work on them and enjoys taking photographs of them, too. He really has an eye for it. This young man could do something with that talent. Would like to see more of his work.
It is senior season right now as the seniors are trying to get their images in for the yearbook staff. We try to include their interests as it is what makes them unique individuals. If you have a senior that needs images done please reach out and I will be more than happy to help.
©Kimberly Doerr of T. H. Photography
"Each cup of tea represents an imaginary voyage."
Tea time is almost set to begin.
I truly love the imagination process of children. Little stories and fairytales that go along with the innocence of childhood. This past Sunday, we enjoyed a moment just like that with our little girls. They had a couple of special friends out to have tea with them. This really turned into some wonderful memories that they will never forget.
Two happy little princesses and two little fun loving ladies.
Princess Jazlyn and Princess Sophie were the prettiest little princesses that I have ever seen. (Might be a little biased here) They got out their pearls and dusted off their tiaras. Found their beautiful bracelets and slipped them on their dainty little wrists. Hair was done up in an elegant way that fit any little girl of royalty. This tea party is all about them.
Vixen and Rogue enjoy animal crackers with their tea.
Lady Vixen and Dutchess Rogue both left their court to come and spend late morning tea with the two little princesses. They enjoyed their settings with tea, animal crackers, and garnished with some yummy leaves. You know they wouldn't have stayed if the animal crackers weren't just the right amount of crispy and the tea wasn't the right amount of warm.
Rogue's tea cup. A lovely place setting.
Remember pinky out.
Princess Jazlyn sipped her tea with dignity. She picked the rose flowers and hummingbird set as it was her favorite. Such a fine young lady in the making.
Delightful conversations over their morning tea.
The princesses talked, giggled, shared, and showed that they love one another. They are only little for a short time. A sisters bond is a strong one. These two are very close to each other.
The cupcakes were sweet and of course filled with cream in the middle. Princess Sophie took tiny bites to enjoy all the savory flavors. Of course, the icing was the first thing to leave the cupcake. Sparkles adorned their hair making it even more magical for them. They love glitter!
The little details to the morning tea are just as important to document. They will be able to see them, envision their tea party time, and remember how they felt. Who poured the tea, etc.
Nice hot tea.
Princess Sophie had her tea poured for her by the butler, Devion. He dutifully stood to the side waiting to serve the two little royalties and their guests throughout their tea. The wind was a little bit cool and their might have been a few shivers around the table.
Just a little sugar.
We all know that little beings love their sugar. Princess Jazlyn is no different. One spoon of sugar is more than plenty for that little bit of tea she has left in her cup. She is sweet enough as it is.
Share some greens.
Lady Vixen shared a branch with Dutchess Rogue. I have to say that they really did liven up the tea quite a bit. There was some talk from them, too. Plus, the Dutchess might need to go back to reform school.
Yellow sunshine cupcake.
The delicate, soft color combination of the dress, cupcake, and table cloth come together adding elegance to their morning tea.
As we all know children don't quite do what we want. However, goats definitely do not cooperate in the manner that we plan out in our head. Lady Vixen kept saying she was done and they must get back to court or else they might miss some of the ballroom dancing. Dutchess Rouge rebelled to her fine garments. She also caused some merry mischief by jumping up on the table. Princess Sophie went with it and was a polite hostess by pouring her some tea. Princess Jazlyn could not believe the audacity of the Dutchess.
Tea for you, too.
All in all the princesses had a fabulous time. They drank tea, ate cupcakes, entertained some fine ladies, and even danced a little. (Those are not posted here at this moment.) A complete storybook session put together. Not to mention a morning they are still talking about.
If you have a little one that is interested in a storybook session then send me a message or give me a call. We can talk about their likes and interests. Coming up with the session that is right just for them. Information on Storybook Sessions can be found in the Storybook Session page under investments. We hope that you enjoyed this blog post and images as much as we enjoyed capturing them. Have a blessed day!
©Kimberly Doerr at T. H. Photography
“Teach your daughters to worry less about fitting into the glass slippers and more about shattering the glass ceiling”
Jazzy the Riveter 2018
Daughters are entertaining to raise. There are so many sides to them. Gentle, sensitive (we have one or two of those), creative, kind, and TOUGH. These girls are leaders of the future. They are brilliant and hardworking. It is important to capture their strengths just as much as it is to capture what beautiful souls they have. Empower them! Jazlyn gave me her fierce face for this photograph. She is determined, smart, and spirited. This image makes us proud just as much as all those beautiful ones of her smiling.
It would be an honor to capture the moments in time that have your daughter being empowered. Showcasing what her strengths are. In the world that we live today were self-esteem can be crushed faster than it is created it is important to remind them that they can do anything that they put their minds to. Is she a reader, track member, artist, band member, girl scout, loves volunteering? Whatever it is that she does, we can highlight that for her. This would be all about your special girl.
Have questions about setting up an empowering session, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or give me a call at (315) 323-1531. I will be more than happy to help you out with that. Have a blessed day.
©Photograph & Text by Kimberly Doerr of T. H. Photography
Oh! That little bit of attitude poking through.
How many of you have tweens in your family, a niece or a nephew? Don't they have the most loving and sweet personalities? Well, they do for the most part. However, these wonderful children are between being a child and becoming a teenager. They are learning who they are even more every day. Gaining confidence, or trying to as it can be hard for some. Learning to test the waters a little more in life, going out further than they have gone ever before. This time period in a child's life is just as important to capture as the newborn photographs.
Capturing just a segment of personality.
These kids are shy, sometimes reluctant, and might a little bit of a challenge. Make them comfortable. Find their element. What do they like? Are they into sports, music, or dance? Do they have a pet? Are they a bookworm? By finding out what their interests are you draw out their personalities and catch them in the moment. This puts them more at ease.
Don't forget the little details. The spines of books that they are reading. A favorite piece of jewelry they always wear. Sport equipment or a jersey from the game they play. Dancing shoes and maybe their costume.
Beauty in the small details.
If you have a tween that would like a fun session that captures them as they are please drop me a line and I will be more than happy to help you out.
How many of you like those little cards that when you make so many purchases on the 10th one you get something for half off or free? Well, I like them quite a bit. Especially if it is for something that we need to purchase anyways, like milk.
This program is going to be a little like that idea but with points. For every question asked you have the opportunity to earn a point, or possibly more if stated. These points can be accumulated and used for free prints from your session of your choice.
The points do not expire. If you have 274 points by the end of 2018, you will start 2019 with 274 points. They are kept calculated on a spread sheet for you. Documented on every post that is made with a +1 or whatever the number might be for that post.
This incentive is to help me get to know you better. To get some thoughts on what you might like for session, your family, or just plain fun to put a smile on your face. At least that is my goal to help brighten someone’s day.
Now the question that you are all probably wondering. How do we redeem our points? That one is simple. Sessions come with a certain amount of digital images stated on each investment we offer. Prints are available through a professional lab if you would choice at a la carte ordering. When you book your session you could use your points towards actual prints. Each print will take a certain number of points to redeem. They are listed below.
4 x 6 = 25 points
5 x 7 = 50 points
8 x 10 = 100 points
A point = $0.01, almost like a penny for your thoughts. They are easy to come by and only take a couple seconds to a minute to earn. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Are you ready to play?
Our hearts are so excited to be back here where we can work with families that want their memories preserved for the future years to come. To celebrate the opening of our business we are offering the classic children sessions for $60. Wow! Just for a whole $60. This can also be used for family sessions (group size is within reason).
Now you might be wondering what is all part of this promotion. Grab a cup of coffee, tea, or whatever beverage you would like and make yourself comfortable.
*A one hour session
*Location of your choice or ours
*Minimum of 20 images
This special promotion is running from the day we have made our official launch, August 9, 2018. It will continue until September 30, 2018. If you would like to purchase the session at this current price you may and then use it at a later date. Hard time thinking about the perfect Christmas or birthday gift for a family member or friend. We can apply this special to that, too.
Specials do need to be paid for at the time of booking your appointment date. If reserving for a later date then payment needs to be made on or before September 30, 2018 to receive this special deal. After September the price for this session is located in the Investment section under Children.
Truly looking forward to working with some of our favorite families and meeting some new ones. Please feel free to share our post, blog, web page, and Facebook page. Have a blessed Friday.
For 14 years I owned and operated a photography business. However, two years ago my husband and I made the decision to hang it up for the time being. This choice didn't come easily as photography is my passion. Except five little ones became an even greater passion and they needed me more.
This is the younger half of our circus of monkeys. They keep us busy.
Now that things are settling (as much as they can settle with our crew) the decision has been made to come back under a new name and offer outdoors, on location photography. The studio is destined to be the new kitchen and dining area. Kind of excited about that. Yes, I do have a Pinterest board for that. ;)
We let them be natural and silly. These little ladies can be hilarious.
The specialty for T. H. Photography is children and lifestyle photography. However, we will be taking some family and senior sessions when available. In the future we would like to offer storybook style sessions and fine art composites.
Mmmmm! Her face is precious!
Slowly we will be adding more to our services. Taking it slow and dipping our toes back in the water, so to speak. Please drop us a comment. We would love to hear from you. Any suggestions that you have or something you would like to see. Have a fabulous day.
Kimberly S. Doerr lives in Northern New York, with her family on their small hobby farm. She enjoys keeping busy and enjoying nature.