May 10, 2017 - Uncategorized    No Comments

High School Seniors Rule!

June is bearing down quickly, especially for those of us who are parents of a high school senior, or two…

Last summer was the time for Class of 2017 students to be photographed for yearbook and senior portraits.  It was a bittersweet time as I worked with children I’ve known most of their lives through our daughters.  They’re all so grown up compared to the snapshots in my head.  Chaperoning field trips, birthday parties, teacher appreciation lunches, attending middle school band concerts when “Hot Cross Buns” was the first official song they performed, high school marching band at football games, parades and competitions.  And now they are all young adults, ready to leave for school in the Fall and take on the world.  And they’re less than thirty days from closing this chapter.  Whew…

As the trees finally bloom and the weather should logically warm up, I turn to the Class of 2018 for their senior portraits.  Some will be happy just to have one great image for yearbook, their living room wall, and grandma.  Others will want to bring their hockey stick, drum sticks, AND their pointe shoes.  Why? Because these are part of what makes them unique.  And they want to feel like a super model for a day as we run through multiple outfit changes and even locations.  All of this culminating in a gorgeous photo collage or album that they’ll treasure even more twenty years from now.

So, for those ready to walk across that stage, consider one last high school portrait in your cap and gown at our studio.  Mini sessions are available through May, before you decorate your mortar board.  And for those heading into their senior year, schedule your portrait session now, and create the images you want to remember, with a photographer who won’t call you “Number 105″.

The Spring & Summer season book up quickly since there’s only so many sunrises and sunsets to catch that “magic hour” of golden light.

Visit our Contact Page or call the studio at 508-761-5220 today!

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Jun 14, 2015 - Business, Promotions    No Comments

Are You in Love with Your Headshot?

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A good profile picture is essential these days for social media, for business cards and your website.  People want to see who they’re choosing to do business with.  Everyone has heard the expression “You never get a second chance to make a first impression”.  Luckily there are times in our lives that we get to bend that a bit.  There’s the friend you disliked at first meeting but since  you hung around with the same people you had a chance to get to know them and slowly came around to liking them.  This story could even apply to the person you’ve chosen to spend your life with.  But, when asked how you got together I bet the story includes the details of what you thought of the person upon meeting them.  Even when we come around to a different opinion that first impression is indelibly stamped in our memories.  Now, take thatscenario and move it into a business or online social setting.  You’re conducting a job search and are reaching out to colleagues and their connections.  How quickly will those not-yet-met folks judge whether to engage or not?  Most likely they’ll click on your LinkedIn profile and first thing they look for is your profile picture.  Even IF they choose to continue reading about your experience and accomplishments it’s through the filter of your photograph.  Does your profile photo reflect the best of you?  Pleasant expression, appropriate attire for your profession, confident posture?  If not it could be holding you back without your knowing it.  And who hasn’t heard the outcry about employers who check on FaceBook  before hiring someone new?  It may not be fair or right but it’s human nature and the way things are.  Give these people a great first impression with a professionally done headshot or business portrait  (and then be sure there are no drunken snapshots with your tongue hanging out!).

Consider updating your headshot every four years or so.  Hair styles change, clothing styles change, WE change.  Be sure your photograph represents who you are these days, not ten years ago.  Even if that was the best photo ever taken of you!  And don’t be tempted to use a selfie or smart phone picture.  A professional photographer knows how to pose, light and engage you to bring out genuine expressions and capture you at your best.  Then they know how to deliver image files or prints that are ready to use.

Contact us today to plan your session or bring us to your place of employment!

 

May 12, 2015 - Children, Events, Fairies, Promotions    No Comments

Two Exciting Events Coming Up!

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A714-9432We have two great portrait days coming up this summer.  I couldn’t tell you that either is my favorite because both bring me so much enjoyment to photograph.  Our Enchanted Forest Fairies Event will run June 15 – 20, and our Gone Fishin’ Event will be held July 13 – 18.  Weekends and afternoon sessions fill up most quickly and space is limited so don’t wait to call for more information and to sign up.

Because special event pricing will be offered we always fill our schedule. Visit our Upcoming Events page at Deb Bettencourt Photography or call us at 508-761-5220.

Hope to see you here!

 

 

Apr 12, 2015 - Engagements, Weddings    No Comments

Where Did These Wedding Traditions Come From?

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April has arrived and it finally seems like the weather is catching up with the calendar!  Spring brings everyone out of hibernation, especially the newly engaged couples who have been dreaming of what their perfect wedding day will look like.  You may have even attended one or more bridal fairs this weekend.  There’s so much to plan, to choose, to pay for…  But did you ever give any thought to some of the things that are just givens?  Things like finding something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue; saving the top layer of wedding cake for your first anniversary; or not letting your groom see you until the ceremony.

Over the years people have told me where some of the traditions began, but I recently took some time to look up a few of the more common traditions that we automatically adhere to.  I hope you’ll find these to be of interest.

  • Why does the bride carry a bouquet?
    • One of the reasons is believed to be that carrying a bouquet of flowers helped cover up body odor in times when people bathed infrequently.  This also explains why we have the saying “April showers bring May flowers for the June bride”.  Another belief is that carrying a bouquet containing pungent herbs, spices and garlic helped ward off evil spirits.
  • Why is it bad luck to see the bride in her wedding dress before the ceremony?
    • Back when arranged marriages were common, the betrothed couple weren’t allowed to see each other before the ceremony at all.  The wedding was a business deal between two families and the bride’s family worked to marry her to a man from a rich, land-owning family.  They feared that if the groom met the bride before the wedding and considered her unattractive he’d call off the wedding, bringing shame to the bride and her family.
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    • Going back to the arranged marriages, the family wanted to protect the bride from being seen by the groom until the very last minute, when he could not back out of the business deal.  Going back further in time, sources say that the bridal veil was originally invented by pagans to protect the bride from evil spirits.  The veils were brightly colored reds or yellows.

 

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  • Why do grooms wear boutonnieres?
    • Throughout the Middle Ages, a knight going into battle or tournament often wore a token ribbon, flower or pennant from his lady’s family over the left arm of his armor, where it was close to his heart.  This has been adapted in modern times by choosing a flower from the bride’s bouquet to pin on the lapel of the wedding suit.

 

  • Why does the groom carry his new wife over the threshold of their new home?
    • Western Europeans believed that a bride who tripped over the threshold of her new home would bring bad luck to her home and marriage.  Thus, the groom carrying his new wife into their home was a good way to avoid this possibility.

If you are choosing a photographer this Spring we’d love to chat about your vision for your wedding day and how we can preserve every detail of your once-in-a-lifetime day!

Apr 2, 2015 - Business    No Comments

When Is It Time to Update Your Business Portrait?

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Your business portrait, or “headshot”, is frequently the first impression your potential clients get of you.  Doesn’t it make sense that it’s a current likeness of you?  If you haven’t changed your photo in many years you risk souring a potential client’s first impression if they’re busy thinking that you look nothing like the photo they’ve seen.  Is that what you want as you’re shaking hands and introducing yourself?  Probably not.

Plan to update your photo every two years, give or take.  If you’ve altered your hair cut, color, or facial hair style significantly, or had an appreciable weight change, you might want to consider redoing your portrait sooner.

Go check out your image on social networking sites, business cards and your website.  Does it accurately represent how you look today and how you’d like to look?  If not, take the opportunity to pamper yourself with a hair and makeup session and go into the portrait session feeling your best.  That confidence will shine through and that’s what potential clients and business partners want to see!

If you have business associates or friends who might be ready for a new portrait you can share this Post with them.

Feb 15, 2015 - Children, Family Portraits    No Comments

It’s Been a Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!

 

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We had a great day here in North Attleborough.  It started with homemade popovers and strawberries for breakfast.  Then I had a terrific photo session withmy niece Abby.  She loves to dress in her Western attire and I love to have a new model around.  Abby was very excited to help me create some portraits for an upcoming image competition.  After a couple of visits to Arizona in recent years she’s found a love of all things Western.  She dreams of owning a horse some day and is happy for any opportunity to wear her cowboy boots and authentic Western hat.

Following a session where I’m sure I got several images to enter, the family headed to Downtown North Attleborough for the annual Chocolate Lovers Stroll.  What could be better than visiting our local small businesses, chatting with the owners and forging connections within our community?  As long as you had a hat and gloves the cold wasn’t toobad.  And the snow was perfectly decorative as it fell like dandelion fluff from the sky.  As if on cue, the snow picked up in earnest around 2:30, just as we headed home.  A perfect day for sure.

I hope every day is Valentine’s Day in your home and that you’re spending today with someone you love.  I sure did!

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Our Chocolate Loving Strollers

 

Celebrate the Joy of Family…& bring LOVE to desperate CHILDREN!

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During September we will participate with an elite group of photographers around the country in a very special family portrait promotion.  Throughout the month we will celebrate “Family Portrait Month”, a wonderful opportunity for you to update your family portrait (or portraits of your children) and help to support Dando Amor, a non-profit charity, founded by photographers and dedicated to improving the lives of orphans living in deplorable conditions in the developing world.

During September we will donate $50 of your session fee to Dando Amor, which makes regular service trips to orphanages in Quito, Ecuador, Burkina Faso-Africa and Haiti.  In 2013 Dando Amor opened its own orphanage in Quito, Ecuador.  The charity also provides volunteers who raise funds for it to experience “a different kind of vacation”, so they can be personally involved in helping orphans live better and fuller lives.  Volunteers have taken part in hands-on activities ranging from repairing facilities, building classrooms, and replacing sewer systems, to purchasing vital furnishings and fixtures such as cribs, beds, mattresses, as well as everyday necessities that American children take for granted.

We also believe that Family Portrait Month is a wonderful way to teach children the value of reaching out to others.  Even small children can understand the importance of Dando Amor’s work, and they are eager to help these needy children.

We hope you will join us in helping to make this vital work possible.  Don’t forget that the holiday season is right around the corner, so there’s no better time for a family portrait, which always is appreciated as gifts for family and friends and as holiday greeting cards.

To learn more about the charity log on to http://www.dandoamor.org.  To reserve your session or to learn more about Family Portrait Month, contact us at 508.761.5220.

Aug 18, 2014 - Children, Promotions    No Comments

“Model” Students

I had the pleasure of photographing these three siblings recently.  They are all cute as a button.  Miss N is a true lady, and her brothers are all boy.  It’s clear that they love each other very much and they all have a sense of humor, which made things alternately amusing and challenging.  Kids certainly take you very literally and it helps to remember that fact BEFORE you begin a children’s session.

Their mom was generous enough to volunteer them as models for new marketing piece that I’m creating for our School Portraits Event.  It will be happening on October 10th, 11th & 12th.  We’re offering an alternative to sometimes disappointing school portraits.  No curled up collars, fly away hairs or fake smiles here.  And you’ll have a variety of poses and backgrounds to choose from.  We’re promoting this event at the Downtown Associates of North Attleborough (DANA) Backpack Shuffle on August 20th.  Look for us there!  More info on our FB Page and our Website.

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Aug 17, 2014 - Family Portraits    No Comments

Vacation 2014

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Ally’s Favorite Photo of the Week

We returned from a weeklong road trip to Pennsylvania Dutch Country last Saturday night.  Everyone was happy for their own beds, but sad that the week had flown by so quickly.  Sunday was unpacking day.  Afterwards Ally & Maddy started sorting through all the brochures, photos and souvenirs collected in The Crayola Factory, Hershey Park, Amish country, Hershey Factory, Gettysburg and Harrisburg.  What to do with these memories?  They decided to scrapbook all of their treasures, so they could relive the trip anytime they’d like.  We loaded digital images onto the computer and started choosing the favorites so we could order prints.  Scrapbooking began in earnest on Monday.  Armed with double-sided tape squares, scissors, and a collection of scrapbooking backgrounds we’ve amassed over the years from various school projects they began cutting out logos and sticking brochures on pages.  Now, a week later, they’ve just about finished up their books and are already having fun admiring their work.

Their project forced me to upload all my photos, plus the ones on my iPhone, plus their iPods, phones, and cameras, to the computer.  They’ve been culled, edited and ordered.  It’s quite a project to get to the finished product.  But when I think about it, even though I enjoy the act of capturing the images in the moment, the real reason I do it is so we can enjoy the images again and again later.  And I don’t mean only when the kids are bored while waiting for a table at a restaurant so I pull out my iPhone.  I mean so that on rainy days when the girls once again notice the cubby full of albums in the living room they can pull a book out and flip through it.  Before you know it they’ve pulled 4×6 prints out to check the captions on the back, and come searching for Izzy  and I to show us something they’d totally forgotten until they saw the photo again.

This is why I lug my camera around when we go for a day trip.  I suspect it’s why many people take photos, so they can capture the moment to revisit later.  Unfortunately I think these days we forget that all-important last step in truly making a photograph into a memory.  Even if you just plug your phone into the kiosk at CVS and order prints from there, at least you’ll have something tangible to handle and share and show off…even if your phone tragically goes for a swim one day and never returns!

So here we are, Pennsylvania is already a week behind us, and we can look back on the sites and events that made our family vacation such a wonderful time!

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