Wednesday, January 23, 2008

We've Moved (the blog that is!)
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Please come and visit us in our new and improved location. Make sure to change your bookmarks so you can find us easily.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Winning Portraits
We at Tonya Marie Photography were just overwhelmed with the response to the Image of the Year contest. Hundreds of votes later, and lots of really sweet comments (thank you!), we have the winners.
The photograph receiving the most votes is... (drum roll please) image J. And the portraits receiving the second and third most votes are: E and B. Congratulations! You will have a message in your in-box shortly with details.
And I just can't have a blog entry without a portrait so here is a fun capture to make you smile!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

9 Month Portrait
We always have fun at our portrait sessions but I especially look forward to seeing this handsome guy. I've love seeing how he changes: from a teeny tiny newborn to a determined and super quick nine month old. Plus he has the best family! Thanks again for the yummy treat we had during our break...a strawberry mousse dessert in a chocolate shell. Mmm...
Anyway, here's a quick peek. Enjoy!

I just adore this expression!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Image of The Year
Yes, it's time for the popular Tonya Marie Photography Image of the Year contest. The following portraits were drawn at random, out of a hat actually, and are lettered for voting purposes.
To vote go to Tonya Marie Photography. Click on the contact page. Fill out the contact form, include the letter of the image you are voting for in the comments section and push send. Only one vote per email address will be counted but feel free to encourage family and friends to vote. Voting ends at midnight on January 16th.
Prizes. Prizes. Prizes. The image receiving the most votes wins a $50 gift card to The Gap and an 11x14 portrait of your choice from your session. The photographs receiving the second and third most votes will each win a Mini Album.
***(Make sure to type in the letter on the contact form so we know which image you are voting for.)

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

A Toast To 2008
I've had a great first day in '08 and I hope you have too. My husband started the year off on the right foot by surprising me with a gift. New Year's Eve is the anniversary of our first kiss...14 years ago! And the snow here in Indiana is absolutely picture perfect so I just couldn't pass up the 0pportunity to get the kids outside for some portraits.
Coming in January: a new album (I just love it!) and the very popular image of the year contest.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Snow Sessions
Here in Indiana and Michigan we've had our first blast of winter. And while some people think winter isn't for outdoor portraits, I love the opportunity to photograph in the snow. A nice blanket of freshly fallen snow provides such a scenic background.
Now, I'm not saying a snow session is for everyone! It's really geared more toward the adventurous type and seems to be quite popular with kids as well as high school seniors...and even the brave family. Snow sessions are a bit different as we typically bundle up in hats, scarves, boots and mittens. Often there are blankets just out of the frame and sometimes even included in the portrait. Remember to bring along some steamy hot chocolate or a mocha to keep toasty. Several snow sessions have already been scheduled and we may run a *Snow Special* in January 2008. Keep reading for more details.
Also in January, look for the Tonya Marie Photography Image of the Year contest where you can vote for your favorite image. Really cool and fun prizes given away.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Little Trooper
This handsome guy was a total trooper as we brought him outside in the chilly fall temps. The country setting complete with red barn and leaves all around made for the picture perfect setting for portraits. Don't you just love those expressions!

Friday, November 23, 2007

Family Fun
Happy Thanksgiving! Okay, so I'm a day (almost two) late with my holiday wishes but I was enjoying a tasty turkey dinner...and resting after a high energy session with a group of charming and charismatic people. I just adore this lively family full of fun, laughter, and personality.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Hello Austin, Texas
I haven't even unpacked my suitcase from a super quick trip to Austin, Texas. This mini vacation was a quick way for me to recharge as the holiday season at Tonya Marie Photography is in high gear. A few highlights of the trip include yummy authentic Mexican food at Guero's and a stroll through the botanical gardens at Zilker park.
Other highlights include visiting with some repeat clients. I'm pretty sure these super cool brothers keep their parents on their toes with all of their energy and enthusiasm. But I was quick enough to catch a few frames while they were holding still.

And these two sisters just couldn't possible be any sweeter. They have the best manners: calling me *Miss Tonya*, responding *yes ma'am*, and even reminding me not to forget my water bottle. And to top it all off, they are absolutely gorgeous!

And for all of you asking about future sessions, we will be adding at least a few more visits to Austin in 2008. Check back here for specific dates (possible June) or give me an email if you are interested in reserving your Austin session.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Happy Veterans Day
Sending out a big thank you out to all of the courageous Veterans who served for our country. Thanks! Sending some extra love to one of my favorite Vets who happens to be in the hospital but is on the mend.

And because it was such a dreary day I needed to post some happy images.

This image was taken on the North Beach in South Haven, Michigan.

This one is in my new backyard in Angola, Indiana.

And this colorful duo was taken at the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Autumn Day With Miss *A*
A beautiful autumn day+an adorable (almost) 2 year old=an amazing session. We visited the Kalamazoo Nature Center, one of my favorite locations, and enjoyed the fall color. We also enjoyed the lively entertainment provided my Miss *A*...who happens to be a great singer and dancer. I don't know how it's possible but every time I see her, she's even more adorable! Check out those seriously sweet brown eyes and those precious curls.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Walls Need A Makeover?
Love your portraits but not sure how to display them? I highly recommend using a ledge or shelf. This allows maximum flexibility to change and update portraits as your family grows, as the seasons change, or just on a whim. Below are two wall galleries I custom designed for Tonya Marie Photography clients.
**click on the image to view larger

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Trick Or Treat
I just want to quickly wish all of the little munchkins a safe and Happy Halloween!
On a side note: The postal delivery to our new home in Indiana seems to be a bit slower than we are used to. I just received mail today that was postmarked in Michigan on the 24th...that's 7 days!
But I do have to say I have the best mail carrier. He takes exceptional care of the (many) portrait orders coming and going from my home. Thank you!

Monday, October 29, 2007

Not Portraits
I very much prefer photographing babies, kids, high school seniors and families, but I think it's good to step out of your comfort zone on occasion. The fall color was vibrant at Pokagon State Park...a great place to enjoy a sunny warm afternoon.

And pets are often an important part of family life. I'm glad I captured these felines for a very special friend. Enjoy.