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Boston Spring Mini Sessions!

SPRING MINI SESSIONS ARE BACK AND BETTER THAN EVER!

Here are the details:

-      2 dates to choose from:

- 30 Minute Portrait Sessions on Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

- 30 Minute Portrait Sessions on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

-       2 locations to choose from:

  • Along the Charles River
  • In the Boston Public Gardens

-      Session fee includes 1 high resolution digital file for sharing online with unlimited printing rights.

Additional options available for separate purchase:

Package 1: $125 (choose up to 2  additional images)

  • (1)- 8×10, (2) 5×7
  • Includes the digital high resolution files of each image printed

Package 2: $250 (choose up to 4 additional images)

  • (1) 11×14, (2) 8×10, (4) 5×7
  • Includes the digital high resolution files of each image printed

Package 3: $300 (up to 10 images)

  • DVD of 10 fully edited high and low resolution digital  .jpeg images from the session.
  • Includes release for unlimited printing rights and a set of 4×6 gift prints of the 10 images.

 

The Fine Print:

The entire session fee is due at the time of booking to reserve your spot and is non-refundable.

Session times are first come, first served.

In the event of poor weather, a rain date of Sunday, May 5th has been reserved for Sunday sessions and Thursday, May 2nd for Wednesday sessions.

Receive 10% off your print or digital package if you pay for it at the time of booking.

“Like” us on Facebook and receive an additional 10% off of your session fee!

Refer a friend who also books a mini session on April 28th or May 1st, and you will both receive a $25.00 print/product credit. Make sure to let me know who referred you!

Book your session today by emailing me at: kieraslyephotography@gmail.com or call me at 617.433.SLYE (7593). Make sure to let me know which location and time you prefer. Time slots will fill up fast. Looking forward to seeing you all soon!

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How to Pick a Florist and Wedding Flowers

This weekend I met up with my talented and beautiful Floral Designer, Alycia Joyal of Beacon Hill FloralsI know that Frank and I aren’t getting married for another year, but this weekend was the perfect time to escape from the cold and get a little taste of Spring as we literally “smelled the roses” that were in bloom at The Boston Flower Exchange. It was also the perfect time to see what kind of flowers will be fresh and in bloom next year when we get married.

Alycia taught me so much about the many varieties of flowers that are available in Spring. She totally impressed me with her knowledge of all of the different names of the flowers and had great tips for what would go well together. I was surprised to learn about how much math is involved in floral design! This is probably yet another reason why I need to rely upon an expert for my wedding day flowers!

I took some time after our tour of The Boston Flower Exchange to interview Alycia for my blog. I figured her knowledge of the floral industry would be great for my readers! Check out my interview below and learn some great tips for picking a florist and your wedding flowers!

Q- Why did you choose to be a floral designer?

A- My love of weddings is what initially drew me to the industry.  As my mother’s “plus one” to so many of her clients’ weddings growing up, I think I had attended easily over a dozen weddings by time I was a teenager.  I also loved playing in the yard and garden as a child and looked forward to the Boston Flower Show every spring, so enrolling at the Cass School of Floral Design seemed like a great opportunity.

Q- What is your favorite part of floral design?

A- While there’s nothing I really don’t enjoy (other than wilted hydrangea- they can be fussy) I’d say my favorite part is experiencing that “ah ha!” moment when I discover a perfect balance between the color, texture and scale of the flowers I’ve chose to arrange.   A lot of trial and error goes into floral design but nothing beats capturing that perfect harmony and finished product.

Q- When should brides contact the florist?

A- I’d say once they have established a color scheme or have chosen the color of their bridesmaid dresses.  Ideally I love to take my brides to the flower market a year out from their wedding day so they can see exactly what kinds of seasonal flowers will be available to them.

Q- What should a client look for when picking a florist?

A- Aside from obvious factors such as affordability and availability, I think it’s important to decide just how involved you’d like to be in the process.  While florist shops generally offer that initial consultation to discuss your wedding flowers, I have found that designers are more likely to cultivate a relationship with their client and provide more “hand-holding” through the process- sometimes offering up to several consultations to develop that ultimate vision.

Q- What is the best way for a client to prepare for meeting with their florist?

A- Try to collect color swatches, sources of inspiration and certainly any photos of arrangements/bouquets or flowers that have struck their fancy.  Using Pinterest is a great tool for collecting and sharing your inspirations. You did a great job “pinning” inspirational florals on your Pinterest board!

Q- How should a bride prepare a budget for wedding flowers?

A- Traditionally most brides designate 10-15% of their overall wedding budget towards their wedding florals. Of course many factors including the type of flowers she would like to use and whether they are in season versus a special order can cause the price to dip or climb. A lot depends on the time of year too. A bride getting married in February who wants roses in her wedding is going to have to pay almost triple the price.  Ultimately one’s floral budget is a very personal decision and therefore varies so much from bride to bride.

A special thank you goes out to Alycia for all of her help. If you are interested in learning more about Alycia and her business, Beacon Hill Florals, check out her new Facebook page and  website. She is currently booking weddings for this year and also is happy to arrange florals for your special events and parties!

 

 

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Discovering Glamour Photography

This weekend, my mom, baby sister, and best friend from childhood all came up to Boston to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It was the perfect time for me to practice new poses and discover what “glamour photography” is all about. I learned that glamour photography is about finding inner beauty.  It is about pampering and taking time for you even if it is just for a few hours. It is learning to feel beautiful within your own skin.

My mom, sister, and friend all have stories that make up who they are as people. I loved capturing their stories from their souls played out through their eyes as they looked into the lens of my camera. There was a vulnerability and a true beauty that emanated from each of these women as I photographed them that reminded me of why my job as a photographer is so important.

Take a look at the transformations of these beautiful ladies in my life:

Enjoy a few more of my favorite images from the day.

After this session it became clear how special it is to take time to pamper yourself and have a beautiful image captured of you at this time in your life (whatever time that may be) to save for generations to come. Contact me today to learn more about glamour photography sessions for you and your friends. It is the PERFECT Mother’s Day gift.

 

 

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julie gary - March 23, 2013 - 8:11 pm

The accepted term for people who don’t like having their picture taken is “Camera Shy”. Over the years my “shyness” has escalated to” severe camera phobia.

Seriously, I’ve allowed myself to be photographed maybe 20 times in the last 2 decades.

The pictures that do exist typically capture only my fearful face (as I hide behind everyone), my hand covering my face or a blur of my backside running away.

I have to admit that I haven’t felt beautiful in years and would definitely classify myself as un-photogenic; so when Kiera asked me to pose for her to refine her headshot techniques I really had to step out of my comfort zone.

I’m so fortunate I did.

She was fearless in her kind critique of ways to get the perfect shot and confidently guided me on how to look at the camera (this eliminated my thickening neck), shift my weight, where to put my hands and other great tips for minimizing my waist and accentuating body parts that usually look like blobs!

Kiera’s energy, encouragement and ease behind the camera made my phobia vanish and it was easy to do as she directed. I actually started to have fun and in the end walked away with pictures that I would proudly share or post anywhere.

Thank you Kiera for the thoughtful ways you coached me and for taking the time and energy to make me comfortable and feel beautiful again.

Guest Blog Post: From a rockin’ “Mamapreneur”

As part of my 28 day business challenge, I am working on expanding my network and adding value to the experience that I offer to my faithful followers. Included in this quest will be a series of guest blog posts by local businesses and friends going through some of the same life experiences. Since I have yet to have children, I thought it would be great to bring a real life mom on board to help out and share some great pieces of advice.

Kathleen Sayles is the perfect first guest blogger for Kiera Slye Photography. Kathleen is a talented and creative “mamapreneur” (a mom and an entrepreneur) in Boston. She owns a fantastic new company called SeatSquad  and this is her first official guest blog post! I couldn’t be more excited to have her on board! Be sure to check out her business and fall in love with Kathleen the same way I have! Take it away Kathleen!

Hello everyone.  My name is Kathleen Sayles and I’m honored to serve as a guest blogger for Kiera Slye Photography.  Let me tell you a little about myself, a little about my business and a little about what is to come in future blogs.  Think of it as a trio of sliders before biting into the main course.

So, a little about myself…

I’m 37 and I live in Cambridge with my husband and 2.5 year old daughter.  I grew up an hour west of the city and spent about 12 years living in other east coast cities, before returning to MA to try to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I love the heat and humidity, summer, bike rides, ice cream, limeade and flip flops.  I spend way too much time surfing the Internet looking for better ways to organize my home and I’m fairly obsessed with all things paper.  I still haven’t figured out what I want to be when I grow up but I do believe that every personal and professional move I make brings me one step closer to figuring it all out.

Now a little about my business…

My small but growing business, SeatSquad LLC, was launched in September 2012 based on the belief that all parents want the best for their kids – but they don’t always have the time or desire to make it happen.  After leaving my 80-hour a week corporate job in the summer of 2011, I immersed myself into all things baby and toddler.  As I visited park after park in the metro Boston area, I realized I feed my daughter organic food and bathe her every night, but I let her sit in a dirty, grimy, rarely cleaned stroller and car seat.  Looking around at my peers, I realized we were all in the same boat.  We want our kids to sit in clean and germ free seats…but we don’t always have the time or desire to diligently clean these items.  BAM!  An idea is born.  After months of research and preparation, SeatSquad, a mobile car seat and stroller cleaning service, opened for business.

And, finally, what’s to come…

Over the course of the next few weeks, I’ll be guest blogging on various topics.  Some topics that I’ll cover are: the baby/kid second hand market, DIY cleaning of your car seat or stroller, child friendly resources in the greater Boston area, the utility of listservs for moms, the trials and tribulations of starting your own business, being a mamapreneur, finding a great babysitter or nanny, picking a pediatrician, the best things to do as a parent in your child’s first year and some of my favorite kid products.  Come back, browse the entries and maybe, just maybe, find something useful.

 

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Kathleen Sayles is the founder and CEO of SeatSquad.  SeatSquad, Greater Boston’s mobile car seat and stroller cleaning service, helps busy parents and caregivers by taking care of one pesky item from their to-do list – reducing the germs and bacteria that can fester in their child’s seats.

www.seatsquad.com

 

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First Birthday Portraits: Happy Birthday Nina!

I can’t believe it has already been a year since sweet little Nina Mae arrived via Hot Air Balloon, one cold February morning last year! Take a peek at some of my favorite images from our newborn shoot and Nina’s first birthday portrait shoot! It is amazing watching the transformation that happens from when a baby is born to when they turn one!

I thought it would be neat to utilize the same basket that we had Nina in when she was born to showcase just how much she has grown in this last year! Nina went from being a sleepy and snuggly newborn to being a bouncing, bubbly, and on the move one year old!

During Nina’s first year portrait session, we took the opportunity to have a fun cake smash session! This was my first cake smash session and it was a blast! I think Nina’s mommy Laura and I had more fun eating the left over funfetti cake than Nina did, but it was still super cute to watch! I especially loved when Nina decided to share the cake with her Teddy!

After the cake smash, we let Nina run around and play while Laura and I caught up. It was quiet for a minute and we looked over to find Nina playing in the window. This is the sweetest little ballerina sequence and I am so glad to have watched it unfold. Don’t ever lose your cuteness Nina Mae! Happy Birthday!

For more information on first birthday portrait sessions click here.

I’d love to watch your baby grow and help you capture these beautiful little moments of life!

 

 

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