Just Say No …. to that Green Auto Button!!! * Photography Workshops for Women by Caitlin Domanico

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We have listed our last Unleash Your Inner Momtographer class for the year! On Sunday, December 7, take some time for yourself to finally learn how to use that DSLR camera!

We will be hosting a small group of local ladies that will be in a similar boat as you-are you the one who ALWAYS has her camera out at parties? Are you relying on that green auto button to make a good photograph for you? I can help! I have been a professional photographer for seven years, but I also have a Masters in Education, as well as a teaching career under my belt!

We will explore the camera, have hands-on practice, and we will get all the way to shooting on manual mode!  This is my absolute favorite workshop to teach, so please join us!  Bring a friend, your sister, or your mom!

I promise to make this fun and easy for you…even the techy stuff:)!

Tickets are listed here: http://phillybabyphotography.myworkshops.co/workshops/d20c9236a97b6a77

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It’s November! How did that happen??

We last posted on 10/29/14 with a round-up of client previews, and it looks like that is the best way to share the utter cuteness that has been happening around here lately!!!  While I do apologize for not posting previews more often, my clients will thank me- it just means I am very busy carefully processing their images! :)

Let’s see, whose smiling face has come for a visit?

 

Adorable Dominick and his parents came for a gorgeous session when the leaves were absolute perfection:

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Precious Evelyn got to meet her beautiful baby sister…

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The B’s came in for their annual photos…minus a few teeth!

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I got to meet the C family to celebrate an upcoming birthday….

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The C family come in for photos while they were visiting from a total of THREE countries (one family lives in the US)!!

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Utterly adorable Vincent celebrated his first birthday!

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The D’s came in for their annual family session, and brought a new furry friend with them!!!!

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Baby Paul was back! He doesn’t seem like so much of a baby anymore though…. :)

 

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The owners of Reed Silk Studio and Sweet Brews Design came in for headshots:

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I got to meet the L girls and celebrate C’s upcoming birthday:

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I got to meet with the stunning L sisters:

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The M Boys (and their gorgeous mama) came in for their annual family photos!

 

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The C family came in for their annual family photos!
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The M family came in for their annual family photos!!

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Ava and Lexi had a tea party!

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The P’s came in to celebrate their new little one’s upcoming arrival:

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Sweet RJ turned three-months-old!!!!

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The T’s came in for their annual family session:

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And finally, Magic had a tea party!!!

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Wow! I have a few more sessions to edit until I am caught up, so stay tuned, there will be MORE!

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Visiting Santa with Your Child Who Has Special Needs

The holidays are such a magical time, but for parents, the holidays can be expensive, exhausting, and very stressful.

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Santa and Mrs. Claus caught the Eagles game after the sessions were complete last year.

My friends who have children who have some additional special needs often have something else to consider- will my child get over-stimulated? Will their sensory system head into overload, which will cause a tantrum that we have trouble recovering from? What if he is scared of Santa? What if the lines are too long? What if we wait all that time and pay all that money and then he loses it just as we get up to the big guy?

I hear you, sister!

When planning sessions in my then brand-new studio last year, I had a light-bulb moment~ we should have Santa come to the studio! Ideas started racing through my head- we can have music, it can be relaxing, and I refuse to give clients photos that include their children crying, terrified and beside themselves. This one will be different. As I planned, I though about my daughter. She has been scared of the big guy since she was 8 months old and we plucked her in his lap at the mall. We had waited almost an hour for that grand moment and BOOM! Tears everywhere!!! My husband said, oh well let’s just get the picture and get out of here.

I was sweating. There was NO way I was going to have a photo of my gorgeous little baby in her gold tulle Christmas dress looking like she was about to get attacked by the man in red!

I thought fast—

“Shake the toy just to the right of Santa’s head. She will look up and it will distract her….and hopefully she won’t look like she’s crying”.  It worked. PHEW.

 

Then her other grandparents wanted to take her to Santa. We repeated the process, she panicked when she sat with him, so we quickly had her look up at the toy, and boom, two 5×7 prints of Ava that year, looking up at Santa. The angels were singing and I needed a drink!

We skipped Santa for the next few years. I couldn’t put her or myself through it.

It wasn’t until we attended Tilly Mint’s Tea Room’s Breakfast with Santa that Ava was able to overcome her fear.  She spent quality, relaxing time with Santa there in the room.  There were no lines, no screaming children, and thankfully, no screeching mall photographers.

 

So last year, I thought, how can we be different?  Our sessions have:

-Appointment times, so no waiting in line

-15- minute blocks, and clients are encouraged to come early so their children can hang out, do some coloring, and check out Santa

-Mrs. Claus!!! Mrs. Claus is lovable and sweet, and for some reason, completely calming to children. If they aren’t into Santa, they can hang with the Mrs. and if we can pop Santa in the photo while they are sitting with Mrs. Claus we absolutely do!!

-A calm environment-  We play music but it’s low. We shake fun toys to get the children to look toward the camera, but again, we try to keep that to a minimal.

-Flexibility. If your child is crying ,we take time to get down on their level, distract them, and then try again. Maybe they need to take a break and hang out, that is okay, too!

 

All our sessions have one goal in mind- your child’s happiness. We are personalizing the sessions even more this year, so they will love it even more than last year.

We cannot wait to see you!!!!!

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Upcoming Events: Santa, Cameras, and Coffee, Oh My!!!!

Join us on Sunday, November 16 for photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus!!!! This is so different from the mall experience. It’s laid-back, not rushed, and is perfect for little ones and children with special needs. We take our time to let your child acclimate and enjoy their time with Santa and Mrs. Claus! We are working hard to make it even more personalized for you this year!!!

Sign up here.

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Before the craziness of the holidays set in, be sure to sign up for Cameras and Coffee- a fun morning out talking about how to get the best shots this holiday season!

Sign up here.

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Finally, if you are looking to finally learn how to use that DSLR camera, Unleash Your Inner Momtographer is for you!!! This is our most popular workshop and is so fun!photography workshops for women

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Join us for Coffee and Conversation!

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