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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

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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:
Audrey & Jaden
My mom 🙂
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Avigail & Sophia

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Susie & Anna
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Pon & Alexandra
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Happy Mother’s Day!!
– Cies & DCPG

DCPG is offering this limited-time promotion to thank our Facebook fans!

Please contact us for rules and details!

– Cies

Still looking for that last minute gift? DCPG has portrait session gift certificates for $100!

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For a limited time, you can get an additional gift certificate for each one your purchase*! That saves you $100 or more! It’s our way of giving an instant THANK YOU for the honor of photographing your loved ones.

Contact us to purchase one today – we have lovely printed certificates or we can send an electronic version as well.

We have been so blessed over the last few years and we deeply appreciate the love and support we continue to get.  Thank you for sharing our passion and supporting local businesses!

Mendell, Ciesther & Lester
DCPG Photography + Design
web:     www.dc-pg.com
email:  dcphotographics@gmail.com

*Rules and restrictions apply;  contact DCPG for details!

We recently decided to separate DCPG into 3 distinct subdivisions, with each partner assigned as a Director. (Did I put enough “d’s” in that sentence?) So now, we are operating basically as 3 companies:

DCPG Photography, handled by Lester
DCPG Design, handled by Mendell
DCPG Paperie (Paperie = personalized paper products such as invitations, announcements and such.)

I am running the Paperie and my first order of business was to open up an Etsy.com store which will sell invitation and program samples, some fine art prints and more. So far we only have 2 products up, but I am slowly populating the store and plan on adding more samples plus personalized stationery products such as notecards, rubber stamps.

http://dcpg.etsy.com
http://www.dcpgpaperie.com

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!

– Ciesther

Some pics from a family shoot Lester did this past weekend. Alexandra might possibly be the cutest baby I’ve ever seen in my life – she’s what my sister jokingly refers to as anti-birth control babies…since they make you want to have one. Haha!

On a more serious note, if you have been wanting family portraits, NOW (early fall) is the best time to do it. The weather is cool and the sky is a bright blue which lends itself to gorgeous outdoor photos. Also, it gives you plenty of time to order a prints and albums to send to your loved ones during the Holidays. We’re offering a 15% discount on all portrait print orders over $100 until December 1st! Contact me at dcphotographics@gmail.com to book a session.
– Ciesther