Your mulberry trees - what you should know!

Oh my goodness, it’s that time of the year where you start seeing berries everywhere! Although my strawberry plants are done for this month here in Wilmington, Ohio, I can now turn to the wild mulberries along the wood line. But… what do we really know about mulberries other than you can eat them?

They are a great source of vitamin C, iron, vitamin K1, potassium, vitamin E and protein! Not to mention super tasty!

Not only do the lower your cholesterol, improve blood sugar control and reduce your risk of cancer, they have been used in by Chinese herbal medicine to treat diseases like heart disease, diabetes, anemia and arthritis. Mulberry trees are also non toxic to dogs, cats and horses so you can share.

Although this sweet treat does stain your fingers and clothing, it’s definitely a treat that one of our favorites to pick together as a family!

Last day to apply for the Senior Model Program!

It's time! Our senior Models will be chosen this week so we can get started on our year of fun. As your senior photographer, we are going to ensure that each time you look back through this experience that you can't help but smile!

This year we have decided to take the next step into creating an amazing experience for our senior girls.  Here's what you need to know!

What you receive:

  • 1 Stylized shoot
  • 1 Personalized shoot
  • Customized Outfit from a local boutique to keep (ECB)
  • Hair stylist
  • Makeup artist
  • Beauty box
  • Referral incentive program (optional)

Find more information over here.

Who doesn't love an extra $50? Last chance to save!

Do you have a DSLR camera or know someone who does and keeps it in "auto" mode? It's really just wasted frustration and money unless you know how to use it the way it's meant to be used by taking it out of auto-mode. Anna Stockton and I are teaming up to teach local's to use their camera through a fun and informative class over at Kidd Coffee in Mason.

What you receive in the class: 

2 hours of knowledge in a relaxed environment

Drinks and light snacks

Workbook to take notes and take home for keepsake

1 hour of practicing what you've learned at Pine Hill Lakes Park

Lots of fun!

This class is $50 off until tomorrow (May 11th) and then the price will be going back up to $199 so hurry and grab a friend to register with you at www.AKRusticPhoto.com . It'd be a perfect way to treat yourself and your mom to something useful for mother's day that she'll truly enjoy!

Talk to you soon,

Amanda

 

Camera for mothers day? Give her the tools to use it!

Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen that Anna Stockton and I are offering a "Mom's Gonna Snap!" workshop on May 21st at Kidd Coffee in Mason, Ohio. It's a way for mom's who have a DSLR camera to learn to use it in something other than "auto" mode. We are going to have a blast at our 2 hour class in Kidd Coffee's private room while learning all of the basics. We know that it can be frustrating when you try to self teach from youtube or books and want make it easier for you. After the class, we will head over to the local park, Pine Hill Lakes Park, to practice the skills so if you have any questions once your camera is in-hand that you have the opportunity to ask us while we are there with you.

Drinks, snacks, a workbook to keep and lots of fun will be provided! We hope you can join us and take advantage of registering by May 11th to get $50 off of this workshop (Just 3 days left!). See more details and register by clicking here. We're so excited!

 

3 important accessories for your DSLR...

If you're like most moms then you gracefully request to get a new camera to take photos of your kids in hopes that the quality automatically will be like the pro's. You take it to the zoo, aquarium, baseball games and dial the camera in auto mode and let it do all of the work. Then you get home and upload the photos to the computer or take it to a local drug store and realize that they don't look anything like what you thought! How frustrating!!! Next week I will have more tips on making your experience with your camera better. Also I'd like you to know that I am offering a "Mom's Gonna Snap!" workshop on May 21st 2017 with another photographer, Anna Stockton. We are going to help you if you are looking for some great "hands-on" training. Click here to learn more (ps... it's going to be a blast!).

While I can't teach you all the ways to swing that dial mode into manual and be a pro with 3 tips, I am going to suggest 3 accessories that'll give you a head start and that are really important and simple to make your life easier when shooting. The first accessory is to invest in a good quality UV filter. The worse feeling is getting a new lens (or even the kit lens) and a branch swinging back into it causing permanent damage through scratches. When looking at your lens you will see a number followed by "mm", this is the UV filter size that you will need. Head over to amazon.com and snag one ASAP!

Next is to carry your lens cloth around with you everywhere! When your lens is dirty, do not use any rough surface that can scratch your lovely lens! The lens cloth is about the cheapest thing you can purchase (sometimes it's included with your camera) but one of the most important to have. If you can't figure out why your photo isn't turning out correctly (foggy, smudgy or just off color) then simply snag that cloth and give it a quick wipe down and it may fix your problem.

The last, but not least accessory to invest in is a good quality camera strap. Now I know it's tempting to use the one that came with your camera, I mean why invest in something you already have, right? Wrong! The camera generally comes with one that is so uncomfortable the you keep taking it off of your neck just to avoid the scratchy pain. However, that sucker needs to be around your neck as a camera's precaution of dropping or bumping it into things. When looking for a great camera strap, look for a thick material that has great reviews by multiple people. I'm looking forward to trying a scarf in the near future! When I recently upgraded my equipment, I forgot to grab an extra strap and now I'm on the hunt for a new one. There are so many to choose from that it may be overwhelming but check out the reviews when possible or stop in at your local camera store to get an idea.

Whew... that wasn't too bad was it? When investing all that money into a DSLR, you don't want to look like a rookie and Anna and I are attempting to show you the way. If you're looking for ways to learn how to use your DSLR then you should come check out our class because I'm not sure when we will have another as our busy season is beginning to take over. 

So... what are you doing to purchase first?

Top 6 Spring Trends

With so many trends this season, I'm in love with off the shoulder tops! After working with these beautiful ladies from Everyday Chic Boutique here in Wilmington, I realized that I need to add some of these pieces to my own wardrobe. However, I'm even more excited that the girls chosen for the senior model program will receive a personalized outfit from ECB. Yep! You read that right, they get to head over to the boutique and work with Karli and her amazing team to give the reps a fun, fresh look so they have be on their "A" game when we have the fashion/stylized shoot. 

What's your favorite trend this spring?

"Mom's Gonna Snap!" Workshop

We are so excited to announce that we will be hosting our "Mom's Gonna Snap!" workshop at Kidd Coffee at 653 Reading Road, Mason on May 21st, 2017. This class is limited to 15 participants and will include 2 hours of teaching the basics on how to get the most use out of that DLSR. What better way to make use of the skills you learn than to have an extra hour of practice with your instructors? So we will be hosting a "hands-on" 1 hour of practice after our class at Kidd Coffee.
Don't worry, all you need to bring is yourself and your camera. We will be providing refreshments at Kidd Coffee, your booklet, our expertise and lots of fun!
Your instructors will be Amanda Kratzer with AK Rustic Photo and Anna Stockton with Anna Stockton Photo
Best of all, this course is only $199 and anyone on our email list receives $50 off if booked before May 11th! Only making this workshop $150 - Woo Hoo!
Remember, this workshop is limited to the first 15, so message us now to save your spot or head over to www.AKRusticPhoto.com. Oh, and don't forget to tell your friends so they can get a chance to go with you!

"Simply Me" Sessions

We are now offering girls ages 10-16 years old the opportunity to feel like royalty for a day! From the time they receive their beauty bag to prepare for their session to the complimentary hair and makeup they will feel so incredibly special and not just because you said so!

Sessions will be 1 hour in length and will begin hair and makeup 45 minutes prior to their session.

These sessions are currently only available on certain dates, so please check your calendar and book now so ensure your daughter has this opportunity.

For more details and dates, please check out the "Simply Me" page.