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Quick post today! First of all, I’m happy to say that we now are able to take credit cards! If you want to pay via the internet, you still have to use PayPal (or Collages.net if you have a site up), but now you can pay for sitting fees and more w/ a credit card in person or over the phone.  Yay!

Now onto the good stuff….we’ve been shooting a lot more families and kids lately and I just wanted to share some recent pics before we go out of town for a few days!  We try to do something different for each family; we like to tailor the setting and the shots based on the clients personality and needs.   Enjoy!

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Have a great weekend and see you in June!

– Cies

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Tiffany is one of our first clients in our brand new Baby Steps portrait sessions program.    She is 7 1/2 months along, so it was the perfect time to shoot her complimentary maternity portraits, which is the first of five total sessions that come with the package (more details after the photos).    It was the first session I’ve photographed since we ceased using our rental studio, so at first I was a little apprehensive in not having as much space and equipment around.   To my surprise, it was much more convenient shooting at home and now I’m not so sad about losing the studio.

I’ve actually known Tiffany since middle school and although we really weren’t that closely acquainted, I always knew her to be very sweet and kind.  In recent years, she worked at the same place as my sister Rina (as do 90% of my first Malaya clients), so when it came time to do her maternity portraits, she contacted DCPG.   We were very sad to hear that about a week prior, her mother passed away.  Despite the sudden and tragic circumstances,  Tiffany was strong and did so beautifully at her maternity session – a true testament to her spirit.  We are looking forward to finding ways to honor Tiffany’s mother in the future portrait sessions w/ her granddaughter.

In classic Malaya fashion, we did a few clothed outfits and then went into boudoir-style maternity portraits.    I tend to favor semi-nudes or tight clothing to show off the bump – pregnant women are beautiful and yes, they can be sultry!  Here’s a clothed one w/ our signature Malaya backdrop:

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Hot mama:

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Stilettos and a smile, baby:

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This next shot was Rina and Tiffany’s idea – here’s Tiffany unwrapping the best present ever:

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Baby Steps is our brand new portrait plan that covers your baby’s entire first year in a series of portrait sessions:

DCPG Baby Steps – $250.00 one-time payment

Complimentary Maternity Session (if you book us ahead of time!)
Newborn Session
3 months old Session
6 months old Session
One year old Session
5″ x 7″  Brag Book with 2 photos from each session
— OR —
24″ x 9″ Wall Collage featuring 1 photo from the newborn, 3 mos, 6 mos and 1 year session

We’re really excited to finally offer a baby plan – contact us today to book your first session!

We’ve been uber-busy with shoots lately and Mendell did a GREAT family shoot the same day as Tiffany’s maternity portraits (the joys of having 2 other partners!), so stay tuned for another blog post.

– Ciesther

I want to get in the habit of blogging more often, especially after we do a session.   Yesterday morning, I did a portrait session of super cutie, Anesa.   My little sister Rina and Anesa’s mom have been friends for years – I remember them as middle schoolers together.    One minute they’re being silly and doing a mime routine in front of my car to pass time and the next thing we know, we’ve all got our own kids.    Time really does fly!

I haven’t gotten a chance to work on more, but for now, here’s a sneak preview of Anesa’s portraits:

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We’ve got tons more shoots on the regular and Malaya portrait side to blog, so stay tuned!

– Ciesther

First off, happy mother’s day to all the mama’s out there.  Hope you enjoyed your day!

Apologies for the lack of recent posts – we’ve been busy! In a good way, of course, but I’m sorry we don’t update the blog as often.   So what’s up w/ DCPG (or “the Peeg” as my sister likes to call it)?  Well, in sad news, we closed down our rental studio temporarily.  We really loved having it, however, it wasn’t quite fiscally responsible to keep it at the moment.  But I have a goal to reopen in another location by the end of the year, so definitely stay tuned for that.   On the plus side, the weather has been staying clear and warm enough to shoot outside , so we haven’t been lacking in sessions. I’ll definitely start posting recent work on here again, but keep tabs on our Facebook page – it has ALL our most recent work.  Become a fan if you haven’t already 🙂

Internally, we have a very welcome change coming up.  My sister Carrie will be moving to Virginia Beach and also joining DCPG as our new Office Manager.  I’m still in the process of training her, but you’ll talk to her via email or telephone very soon if you contact us and I’ll probably have her updating our Facebook and blog as well.   Since I picked up shooting portraits, I haven’t had much time and, frankly, desire to keep up on the back end office work, so I am super relieved to be handing it over to someone that I trust and is way more fastidious (in a good way) and organized than I!

Now on to the good stuff —

**NEW** Mother’s Day Makeover Special!

In honor of Mother’s Day, we’re offering a summer-long portrait special (because you should honor the mom in your life more than once a year):

$200
Family, Solo or Maternity
1 hour On-location portrait session
Hair & makeup included for Mama
All Portrait Products 25% Off
Choice of:
5×7 Photobook w/ images from your session
–OR–
11×14 Canvas Wrap Portrait

Email us for rules and restrictions.  This special will expire on August 31, 2009.

Also…..Lower Wall Print Prices!!

We have decided to significantly lower our wall print prices.  Starting today, regular prints 11×14 and larger are now much more affordable.  Here are some popular sizes:

11×14 $65 (old price $100)
16×20 $150 (old price $250)
20×20 $180 (old price $300)
20×24 $215 (old price $325)

Please note we can make regular prints and canvas wraps in almost every size, including odd and panoramic sizes – just let us know and we’ll quote you!  If you have photos currently hosted on Collages.net, you should see the price changes immediately.  If your site has expired, but you are interested in purchasing a wall print, send me a message!

Weekend sunset sessions in May are pretty much booked up, so if you’re looking into a June shoot, it’s best to book now! Earlier sessions (between 9:30 and 2pm) are also available for both weekdays and weekends.   Also, DCPG will be “off” from May 27th to June 1st for Memorial Day weekend.

I will end this post with some of  DCPG’s favorite mom photos:
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Avigail & Sophia

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Happy Mother’s Day!!
– Cies & DCPG

I have been meaning to post some before and after examples for a really long time because one of the main things that separates DCPG from other photographers is our post-processing (aka editing, retouching, and yes, “photoshopping”).   Don’t get me wrong, we do not believe that Photoshop can “save” a bad photo or is a substitute for fundamental photography skills, but we do know that it can make a huge difference.    We know full well we could just shoot-to-burn and make tons of money that way; it works just fine for lots of photographers.   DCPG sees the art in what we do and treat each individual photo as such –  this love and attention before, during and after we take a photograph is what our clients pay for.  

Over the years, we have run into a little bit of resistance.  Some people want photos straight from the camera to save time.   Others wonder why our prints and products are more expensive than say, Wal-Mart or Picture People.   True, there is no cheap, same day, in-and-out service with DCPG.   However, what you sacrifice in so-called convenience is worth it to get a one of a kind piece.   Anyone who owns a small business, has a family or is getting married will tell you how central it is to their lives.    We respect and revere that by making sure that the final product beautifully displays your vision, your love and your history.  Your reflection, our artistry.

Long story short, we are going to break our long-standing rule of never posting unedited images just to show you the DCPG difference.   Here is a sampling of unedited photos and their finished counterparts:

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More “before and afters” can be found on our Facebook page!

In other news, we will be releasing a Mother’s Day promo soon.  Stay tuned…