NEW BLOG!

Posted in asofterimage on November 26, 2007 by Lara

We’ve officially moved our blog! Please update your bookmarks and feeds to reflect that we’re now at http://www.laraswansonphoto.com/blog/

We’ve made it easy! Click here to subscribe to the new feed!

We will no longer be posting on this old blog, but we’ll keep it up in case you’ve bookmarked an old post. Still, we’ve moved over all of our previous entries, so never fear! You can still get all of this content on the new site.

Best of Northern Virginia?

Posted in uncategorized on November 20, 2007 by Lara

Please vote for A Softer Image in the Northern Virginia magazine! Click here and scroll to the bottom under “Bridal” to enter our name. This would be huge for us!

ASI Random Notes

Posted in asofterimage on November 20, 2007 by Lara

Some quickies for today:

  • We had a portrait session in Alexandria then a bridal boudoir session this weekend. Both were excellent. If you would like to contact us for a portrait session, please do so soon – holidays are a crazy time for everyone, and there’s significantly less light every day!
  • Notice anything different about the blog today? There’s a quick signup button for our monthly email newsletter! Click on the link in the top-left corner. Those who receive it are the only ones who know about our special monthly discounts…
  • We’re offering a new album styleKiSS books! They’re sturdy, heavy albums with 2mm-thick pages. If you’d like to upgrade the album style you booked with, let us know!
  • It’s not too late to book holiday portrait sessions (and pets are always welcome!). We’re happy to come to a location that works for you. Portrait sessions include a disk of the images at high-resolution, but we also provide various print packages to fit your needs.
  • We’re in the process of upgrading our client information pages. Is there anything you’d like to see on your homepage? We’ll be adding tracking numbers, a quick link to documents like your contract and shotlist, and more. Contact us with your input, we’d love to hear what else you’d like!

Client Feedback

Posted in asofterimage on November 19, 2007 by Lara

It’s been a while since we’ve posted some client feedback. This is a short week today (no posts Wednesday-Friday) but we’ll be back next Monday with some great new pictures! Here’s a big shout out to all of our wonderful clients – you’re what we do this for, and we’re so happy that we get to develop friendships and trustworthy relationships with you. You’re the best.

Click on the client’s name to be taken to their photos.

“The pictures are FANTASTIC! We are soooo pleased! We especially love the black & white pic of the sand ceremony where only the sand is colored. They are all fabulous and beautiful and touching. They captured the whole event so beautifully! Thanks so much!!!! You guys are awesome!” – Julie and Terry

“Lara – I love the pictures! They’re awesome… My family was lamenting about not having remembered to take pictures with me through the night, and I’m so glad you were able to capture moments with my mom and sisters (and Solomon and his family too). I just forwarded the slideshow to a ton of family members :)” – Barbara

“As usual, you are phenomenal… The family who have seen the proofs are incredibly happy. And you know we are unabashedly so.” – Lisa

“WOW Lara! These are awesome! We love them! You did such an amazing job, thank you! I really like the post-processing photos that you did, those look really neat (and it’s amazing how much better we look! hehe).” – Allison

“wow. just….wow. i can’t even begin to tell you how much i appriciate what you did for us. the pictures are beyond amazing…..i seriously teared up looking at them. :) thank you so much for everything.” – Jessi

B&W Fridays – Streets of Praha

Posted in bwfridays on November 16, 2007 by Lara

I took some architectural pictures while studying in Prague. The below proof prints were taken the first week I was in Prague; the other three photo students and I followed around our photo professor every day for about eight hours to get a sense of the city and the places we could go. It was also a good way for us to get used to our lenses freezing and familiar with the various small coffee shops we could hide from the cold in. All of these photos were taken when it was between -22 and -20 degrees Fahrenheit.

This was taken in Mala Strana, or Lesser Town. I haven’t been able to find these kinds of textures anywhere in America… yet. This is hands-down my favorite area of Prague (although living in the shadow of the castle was pretty cool).

This was also taken in Mala Strana. I think someone should do a project on the doors of Prague, seriously. My dad jokes about when he came to visit and heard cars driving down these cobblestone streets – it sounds like people have flat tires!

This was taken on the steps of Hradčany, the Prague Castle. I think that this photo summarizes my entire experience in Prague – pretty bleak, but with some really inspiring, beautiful, romantic moments. Even though it was FREEZING.

Colorful Thursdays: Carmen

Posted in colorfulthursdays on November 15, 2007 by Lara

Carmen, one of the A Softer Image assistants, completed a stunning project this year. I cannot imagine how much time it took to perfect the lighting in addition to the difficulties of using food coloring! Carmen is a master of seeing detail – at weddings, she picks up on those small elements that really represent the wedding at large – from candids of little kids’ smiles without them knowing to macros of decorations that were made by the bride, displaying their complexity. These photos exemplify good use of color – the color stands out, but it also complements the object it’s in.

Fixed Contact Bug

Posted in asofterimage on November 15, 2007 by Lara

We came across a major contact bug in our system and have fixed it. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this has caused to those trying to contact us – please try again! We’ll be in touch asap!

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