It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in my neighborhood, so my kids asked me for a “Christmas Magic Photo Shoot.” My sweet little angels have typical photographer child syndrome, meaning they absolutely hate taking pictures, but every once in awhile they ask for something specific, a “magic” picture, and they get so excited. I decided to post a couple before and afters for you to see.

I asked them what kind of photos they wanted. My son wanted a Santa image, and my daughter requested a silly image. So we put their Christmas pajamas on, grabbed the camera had started snapping away.

For this first image, I told them to point out the window to a specific part of the power line. Since they are 4 and 6, they didn’t do exactly as I said, but we made it work!

christmas window before and after


For the next image, I told them to pretend to make snow angels and then hopped on a step stool. I needed a super fast shutter speed to get these pictures, since they refused to lie still. They were flapping their arms and legs as fast as they could! At least they had fun!

christmas cookie before and after

If you live in or near Brooklyn, NY and want to schedule a magic photo shoot or Dream Maker Session, as I call it, contact me today! I love coming up with new ideas, plus the kids always love them!

Wall Display Guide

I get this question all the time…

“What size canvas should I buy?”

There are a few factors that go into choosing the size of the artwork that you want to hang on your walls.  The first thing to take into consideration when ordering your art pieces is where are you going to hang them? More often than not, these images are for over the couch or over the master bed. When my clients tell me that they want to hang their artwork over their couch, I advise that the bigger the better, and see the picture below to see why….WallGuide1

When you think of a 16×20 print, you think of a large print. (I used to think so too!). But as you can see in the above image, a 16×20 hung over a couch isn’t that big at all if you are using it for a stand alone image. If you are planning to add an image to either side, the 16×20 works well. If you have your heart set on a wall mural a la Pinterest, smaller pieces work best. If you want one large image and can afford the 30×40 go for it! If not, other sizes can work well too. My best advice is get the largest piece you can afford. You’ve invested in  beautiful portraits, and it’s important to have beautiful artwork to show for it!

In contrast, if you have some space going up your staircase, a 16×20 is usually too large. Multiple images that are 14×11 or even 8×10 work well going up a staircase.

Gift prints are 8×10 or smaller. These images are great to frame on a table or desk.

As you can see, it’s impossible for me to answer what size you should get with no additional information. If you tell me what you are looking for, where you want to place the art piece, and what your budget is, I can help you hang art work on your wall that you will treasure for years to come!