Print your Family Photos Connecticut!

A box arrived from my best friend. Always a delight (she’s a master gifter), I wore a full smile as I ripped the package open promptly burst into tears.

It was an image of my 3 little boys she downloaded from my Facebook and made into a canvas! The quality was a bit off, but I was so surprised it did not matter.  That was 7 years ago.

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Before then, I didn’t consider the value of a printed photo. It still sits on our fireplace mantle that image that I made with a small digital camera that boasts less megapixels than our smartphones. A snapshot that showed me my boys during a slice of time that is now even more important because it was printed.

Such an experience changes the way you feel about yourself.  I remember that day and worrying about the baby falling forward. It was cold and I didn’t want to leave the house, but I took them all out to the pumpkin farm nearby. They had some cool chairs and I had them all dressed to match so even though it was so long ago Pinterest couldn’t guide me. I thought awe, they look cute. It was Facebook worthy, but I didn’t print it. I can’t explain why I felt emotional when I could touch it.

I’ve since printed TONS of images of my kids. I have them on my mouse pad, mugs, all around the house. All that printing experience can help you.

I have access to all kinds of ways to print through professional labs. On canvas, for a frame, on wood, under acrylic, on metal (great for the kitchen). I have samples of my own kids and a program that lets me show you what your image would look like on the wall to make sure you get the right size. It gives you a change to try ahead and see if you like the configuration and images together. What would be more simple to get your images into your life?

Once we are sure what direction you’d like to head, I take care of ordering and will preview the products with a discerning eye to be sure the quality comes through. Then you’ll receive the products directly. I’m happy to help with installation. Cause it’s just as exciting for me to see this awesomeness on your walls!

If you want to chat about possibilities, send me an email at cruzsarah@yahoo.com. Of course, printing an image made by Sarah Cruz Photography guarantees image quality. However, I have made displays for people with their own images too. Don’t hesitate on a gift for yourself.

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And if I don’t have you convinced, check out this blog post on what it does for your kids to see printed images. Click here

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5 Reasons why your family needs Christmas, Holiday or Photo Cards.

As December approaches, I feel that pressing weight of that one needed image to represent our year. My goal was to grab it during the first snow, but thboysfix (1 of 1)en we had a year without December snow and it completely stressed me out. So I threw the kids against a white wall of our house in their gear and that represented 2012. OR in 2004 when we dressed our oldest (an only at the time) as baby new year because it was so late.

The first year we had 3 kids, our cards came out Jan 4th, the 12 days of Christmas were almost up, but we made it! Last year was the first time I hosted my extended family of 20 and I never sent any out.

Cards get me worked up and after you get the image, you gotta go through all the provider choices, then all their options to find the most aesthetically pleasing with the image you have determined to use. Then there’s ordering, printing, getting them addressed, buying enough stamps, stamping, decorating and mailing. And yet, when the cards start to flutter into my own mailbox, I delight and look at the detail in each one and am so glad I did it.  They are hung on ribbon on our kitchen wind, blocking the drafts and sparking a smile.

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Reason 1. You show people you care. So simple, I don’t even write in them. In fact, I printed labels so some my kids assembled for me. The effort though was made and I know someone we care about will check the mailbox and see something fun.

Reason 2. You maintain connect with old friends and family. It’s always fun to look back and see families grow up, and then remember fun you had together when that 15 yr old in the card was 3.

Reason 3. They force you to capture your family. Professionally or not, each family needs more images! And they give a personal spin to your holiday greetings.

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Reason 4. You see how your own family has changed. Of course I have a ton, but some of my favorite and most often posted photos were also those I used for our cards. That image at the top of the 3 in the snow is framed and printed on our hall wall, but also on my mousepad at my home office and matted at my work desk. One of my all time favorites and only came about because it was a make them today or forget cards this year day.

Reason 5. Displaying cards is one of my favorite Christmas traditions. Visiting others’ homes,  it’s fun to see their collections as well.  My mom gathers hers in a basket which I curiously poke through. Some people put them on the door frame or make displays.

So incase we didn’t get one out to you through snail mail, here is our 2017 family card. And below our awesome outtake.

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One last thought is sending a card to a recovering American Soldier…

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Read Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001

Winter Snow Baby Outdoor Photo Session with Hulafrog South Windsor, CT

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Being cold and pushing snow off my car after a long shift of waitressing at Friendly’s convinced me to move to CA as soon as I finished my degree at UConn. A few (?) years later the white stuff is so enchanting, temperature is an after thought.

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The world is all different covered in snow. A giveaway with the newly launched Hulafrog South Windsor was a match to encourage people to move outside.Happily. the winner had a new baby to celebrate and was cool with winter.sarahcruzphotography3-1-of-1

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We just had to wait for the magical fluff to fall, so even though the contest was in November, we just had an outdoor winter session. The wait gave the baby a chance to grow, master smiling and lifting her head.

Fortunately, there wasn’t wind. The last time I had been in these woods was for a freezing fall shoot and this February day was more comfortable.

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So being in the snow is much like other sessions, there are posed and play shots, though it may all happen a bit faster if the wind picks up.

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Special thank you to Hulafrog South Windsor for connecting me with this family, follow them on Facebook for other contest opportunities and to keep posted on family happenings in our town.http://hulafrog.com/south-windsor-ct hulafrogs-most-loved-badge-winner-2017-200

Festive Fall Images – Family Photographer South Windsor CT

Ah the end of fall. These images were from late last year, but we never got a chance to celebrate them.

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Wanted to share this warm story because this time of year, when the town picks up our leaves and we start making lists, we don’t focus on fall so much as holiday. One session can bend and do both.

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We picked a forest setting as the leaves were off the trees but still available for play and we also had pine trees to give the alternative winter theme look.

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Mom smartly picked cool neutrals rather than bright reds which scream holiday. However the gray reflects the color of the tree trunks so is cohesive for fall.

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Resulting in images that work for fall, but also for a festive card. Fall is such a fun time for play and candids.

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I love to provide choices and flexibility to follow what the kids are into. Planning your session we talk about what you’d like to have a result. We go for the formal, playful, individual and group.

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Guiding toward that goal. I love ideas and am willing to go for it. Mom had a seen an image with a kid bring home a Christmas tree on their kid sized car. So I brought along a thick prop rope and the top of a artificial tree and *presto*.

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Dzen Tree Farm – picking out a Christmas Tree, South Windsor CT Family Photographer

 

With a warmer than average day, we decided to trek up to Dzen Tree Farm in South Windsor to gather a tree and hike the hills a bit. With the addition of their resident baby reindeer, Dzen is the farm that has embraced the reindeer on all their signage. You really can’t miss it..

We drove up to the checkpoint and took the offer for a saw though we had brought our own. We were directed to the top of the farm for the vantage point and greenhouse which was bustling with holiday treat offerings like hot chocolate. There was also freshly popped corn from Podunk Popcorn which is also managed on property and grown in South Windsor, CT. Wreaths, cuttings and cut trees were available and the opportunity to snap images of the visiting reindeer. The two residents are below near the private section of the farm.

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All the trees are set at the same price, so you can really take some time to pick out your favorite.  There are people in vest available to help and they kindly pointed out to the area we should look to for our tree type.

Everyone had ideas on the best tree. We had decided on a blue spruce going in but couldn’t decide on the size. Flagging our favorites by putting a random stick at the top, the kids began to play.

Tip: The first trees to get picked over tend to be the ones near the parking lot, so the farther reaches of a farm might offer a better selection.

A few family shots were taken and not wanting to be left out, I handed over the camera too…My husband’s head was totally lobbed off but they got in the trees like I asked!!

Then it was time to get down to business. After all three boys practiced on a stump with both saws, they got to work on our tree. We had brought a set a work gloves which was very effective against the sharp spiky needles of the blue spruce.

As a last minute thought we had thrown a tarp into the minivan. When we had a tree down, we rolled it onto the tarp and dragged it to the parking area. The youngest’s face is my favorite.

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Once we brought it to the greenhouse the staff took over. They slid it through the hoop for netting. We then put the tarp on the car and tied the tree to the top.

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We exited down the hill, returned the saw and paid for our tree. At home we set up the stand, recut the bottom of our tree and removed the lowest branches. Once it was set inside and locked into place, we tasked the kids with watering.

A fun tradition and switch from a fake tree. The house smells lovely with the addition.

Think you’d like a tag along to gather your Christmas Tree? Let me know, I’m happy to venture with your family to this beautiful south windsor Ct family spot.

Reindeer at Dzen Tree Farm South Windsor Connecticut


Music plays, lights twinkle, smile and gear up its holiday time! Shopping for Christmas lights while your yard is decorated as a Halloween graveyard littered with chewed up pumpkins is stressful. Need a boost and thechildlike looking-forward feeling? Spring a surprise on your family, the anticipation of which can maybe encourage your heart to grow a size, give you happiness & energy and also – of course – result in something fun.

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Through special arrangements, extra magic can be captured with Sarah Cruz Photography this winter. An unique experience awaits to draw them from their devices and create a classic memory. South Windsor welcomes two new permanent residents at Dzen Tree Farm. Join me in an up-close visit with adorable Reindeer Max and Jack.

DzentreesWith a bit of Christmas magic and effort from owner John Dzen Jr, the 3 foot tall creatures which had been banned from Connecticut are now welcome only in our town! Adorable, docile and familiar with kids, the reindeer are “…like playing with a puppy. They are soft and have nice eyes” said my son Grant – age 6.

A Dad himself, Mr. Dzen carefully guides visitors into the fenced reindeer barn and yard. He coaches the kids to pet, feed, lead and play with the reindeer. “For us, it’s all about the experience.” he told me.  Focus on the moment, your loved ones reactions and let me capture it for you.

We caSzentrees3n do posed images where everyone is looking at the camera, but cannot guarantee the reindeers’ cooperation. Your final images will reflect the memory, however we are lucky that Jack and Max are pleased to be photographed and curious enough to give glances my way. Because of my wedding and toddler image expertise, you are sure to have great documentary highlights that you could not possibly manage from your cellphone. I would love to tell you that the value is the in the images, but truly, as Mr. Dzen said, it is the experience.

If this is something you would like to share with your family, please email me as it is by appointment only. $275 includes insurance, fee to the farm, Mr. Dzen’s visit management and a $30 print credit (covers print & mailing of an 8×10, 2 5×7’s or full resolution digital download image negative*).

Dzentree4Just like a typical family session, you will see your images online and can order prints or additional downloads directly from SarahCruzPhotography.com.

Of course you are welcome to drive over the hill and pick out a gorgeous tree after you’ve visited Max and Jack. (Perhaps I’ll tag along…)

Dzen Tree Farm is located at 215 Barber Hill Road in South Windsor. www.dzentreefarm.com. There is more than one Dzen Farm, but only one has reindeer. Email me at cruzsarah@yahoo.com to make your reindeer reservation. Special CT Family Photography adoring our CT Farms.

*Image share sent electronically within 2 days if not sooner of session. Unlike typical sessions, prepayment required. 6.35 sales tax additional