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November 13, 2015
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1it’s time for our 5th annual santa paws charity shoot! this is always such a happy way to end our season as well as helping out an organization who love animals as much as we do!

  • date: saturday – december 5th
  • location: 104 west green street – snow hill, md
  • time: 11am-4pm

session details: a 25 minute session featuring your pup all decked out for the holidays. we will have wreath and bow collars, christmas light collars for mellow pooches, reindeer ears, santa hats, and some other fun stuff to play with. up to two family members can join their dog during the last 10 minutes of the session. we will have organic treats and plenty of water as well as some squeaky toys to help get their attention but if there is something that your pooch really responds to, please feel free to bring it along. please have all dogs leashed until their session begins. we do our best to have some time to vacate the location in between sessions, but if your pooch doesn’t play well with others, please let us know ahead of time and we will ensure that they have the space all to themselves.

 

charity details: the session fee is only $30 and includes an online viewing gallery and 1 8×10 print. we are also asking for a donation of at least 1 10lb bag of dry cat or dog food to be given to the wicomico county humane society

 

how to book your session: email us at rayevalion@gilletteportraitarts.com to reserve your spot. this event fills up fast! in fact, last year we booked up within an hour so contact us soon to be a part of the happiest event of the year. last year was record breaking and thanks to our awesome clients, we collected over 500 pounds of pet food as well as some extra toys and treats :) we are looking so forward to meeting some new friends this year!

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March 03, 2015
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I’ve always considered myself a cold weather kind of girl. I grew up in syracuse and spent over a decade living in colorado – snow is what I know and usually means skiing, cozy fires, and hot chocolate. this year, however, the winter weather on the eastern shore has been anything but pleasant.. at least for me. maybe it’s because I’m getting older ~ or, in addition to the snow, there have been brutally cold temps.. regardless, I’m over it. but! there is one thing this photographer loves when the world is blanketed in white and that’s a photo shoot. fortunately, my dear friend lexie is always up for an impromptu session and after last week’s snow fall we had a great afternoon together here in town. as much as I love her and love these photos, I think we are both ready for some beach sessions and getting our toes in some sand.. xoxo

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bestof2014

 

this is the last ‘best of’ 2014 blogpost… we have had such an amazing time looking back at all of our sessions, weddings, and adventures from the last year. throughout the year, we have posted instagrams to document the journey that was 2014 and thought that sharing them would be the perfect way to wrap up this series.

  • we photographed 42 weddings
  • 17 of our couples welcomed new additions to their families
  • we traveled to 17 states
  • we did many happy dances
  • we took a trip of a lifetime to paris
  • we photographed 84 sessions
  • we worked with dozens of adorable pups
  • we danced under rainbows
  • we photographed 5 festivals
  • we consumed approximately 3,549,325 cups of coffee
  • we moved the studio
  • we saw so much live music which made our souls sing
  • we made so many new friends and reconnected with cherished loves
  • we collaborated with some of the most creative people that we’ve had the pleasure of working with
  • we took the time to watch the sunset, gaze at the moon, and walk on the beach
  • we celebrated the holidays.. happily

there have been many changes for all of us here at the studio in 2014. we are looking so forward to implementing all of our new plans… new collaborations, new studio, new team members. 2015 promises to be such a beautiful, transforming, and memorable year. we are so excited to work with all of our new clients and follow this path that is sure to take us to some amazing places. we thank all of you for such love, friendship, and inspiration – you made 2014 truly remarkable and a year that we will never, ever forget xoxo

January 26, 2015
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one of the coolest parts of 2014 was the music! we were asked to photograph several festivals which had us traveling all over the country. beginning in austin for sxsw, we went to new orleans for jazz fest, NYC for the gov ball, the hills of tennessee for bonnaroo, and downtown chicago for lollapalooza. as music lovers, these opportunities were such amazing experiences as each festival uniquely reflected both the music and culture of their respective locations. we met up with old friends and worked with some fabulously creative people. we danced in the rain and ate ourselves silly on local fare. we took a moment to step back and soak it all in and can’t wait to see what 2015 brings!

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November 26, 2014
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1 santa paws has easily become one of our favorite events of the year! all of us are dog lovers and being able to spend 2 days photographing so many awesome pups is the highlight of our late fall season. this year we held back to back events in snow hill and baltimore and worked with 30 dogs of every possible size and breed – their families even got into the action toward the end of the sessions :) this year’s charity shoots benefited the wicomico humane society and the downtown dog resort and once again our amazing clients went above and beyond with their donations – your generosity and love blew us away and we couldn’t be more grateful! we are also very appreciative of everyone who helped out behind the scenes.. whether it was bringing us lunch or loading up the many, many bags of food that were donated, thank you thank you thank you! we wish all of our clients a very happy thanksgiving and a lovely holiday season! xoxo 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25

November 17, 2014
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gpa2014 hoilday cards

we know, we know… it’s not even thanksgiving yet! it’s too early to even think about christmas! and we completely agree with you… trust us, a decoration has not gone up nor a carol played. however, a lot of our clients have been asking us about this year’s holiday cards so we wanted to get the 2014 designs up here on the blog. we’ve brought back some of our favorites as well as adding some new choices. on most cards, the words, colors, and fonts can be changed to your liking. all cards – with the exception of the chalkboard 5×5 tri-fold (the 7th card posted), can be printed in either as a 3×5 or 5×7 card and all include white envelopes sized accordingly. if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at rayevalion@gilletteportraitarts.com

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August 24, 2014
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it’s hard to believe that it’s that time of year again but fall is right around the corner. every year our family mini sessions become more and more popular.. so much so, that this time we are extending this once-a-year event to TWO days! our location will be decked out for families of all sizes.. we will have hay bale seating, seasonal blankets and friendly dogs are welcome – you bring the leash and we will bring the treats :) available time slots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis and trust us when we say that these fill up quickly! to reserve your spot, please contact us via email to rayevalion@gilletteportraitarts.com to secure your session on our schedule.

details:

  • dates: saturday 09.13 and sunday 09.14
  • price: $175 includes 25 minutes sitting fee/fully edited online gallery of 50 images/1 8×10 and 2 5×7 prints
  • if you book by 08.30, you will receive 20% any holiday card order
  • if you refer a friend, you will receive a FREE 11×14

as we always do this time of year, we are so excited to meet new families as well as see old friends that we have worked with for years. if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask us and we look forward to working with all of you!

August 19, 2014
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1whenever I get a call from my lovely friend sarah it makes me happy. just hearing from her is great as her life and travels seem to take her here, there and everywhere year round. but usually.. at least I’m always quietly hoping, that she’s contacting me to schedule a session. sarah is one of those clients that will do anything.. really, anything to get the photo that I have in my head become a reality. she has worn sundresses in the winter.. she has gone into the ocean in a formal gown – all with a smile and as excited as I am about the final result. to see her awesomeness in action during our last two sessions click here and here. this time we were both thinking along the lines of focusing more on a girl and her guitar and the simplicity that all of that means to sarah. we didn’t have to venture farther than right here in town to find some perfect locations and some beautiful light. the very next day, sarah was boarding a plane to germany and then heading back to NYC for school but I am looking so forward to the next text I receive from her that asks ‘what does your schedule look like?”

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August 18, 2014
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these sessions are becoming a regular here on the blog and it couldn’t make me happier! I am always in awe of the beauty and strength of our participants when we have our aerial shoots and this round was no exception. we even did a few acro poses which has my anxiously awaiting those sessions sometime in the near future. if you’ve never done aerial yoga, you should try it… at least once. I am a ‘land’ yoga devotee and to be honest it intimidated me a little bit – but I’m a big believer in giving things a try and doing it at least once and I loved it! if anything it avails a range of motion that I’ve simply not been able to achieve in my poses. and as you can see from all of the blogposts (see the other posts here and here) kids love it too! in fact chrissy offers class specifically for them and they are always full of excited young yogis :) for more information on aerial yoga and everything else offered at zenna, click here

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mayjuneinsta

we have hit the ground running as our 2014 season has kicked off.. between being out of town and on-location, we haven’t been in the studio much so we are combining our may and june instagram posts. SO much cool stuff has been happening ~ to see more, follow all of us on instagram: @rayevalion @kcooper3 @laurannord @jillyeb @doc113 :)

  • we have photographed 12 weddings
  • 4 of our couples have welcomed little ones
  • one of us is becoming an aunt
  • we have traveled to upstate new york, nashville, virginia, pennsylvania and NYC
  • one of us bought a new house
  • one of attended her favorite girl’s college graduation
  • we photographed TWO music festivals (governors ball and bonnaroo)
  • we traveled by ferry, bus, plane, canoe and ferris wheel
  • we saw what seemed like hundreds of bands.. and very well might have been
  • we had our annual studio photo shoot
  • one of us celebrated a birthday
  • we camped, shared bonfires, canoed and swam
  • one of us got married.. okay not really. but the wedding dress was put back on for a session. that counts, right?
  • we were all once again reminded just how very lucky we are to do what we love to do – and so grateful for all of the people who are with us on this amazing ride :)