That is what life is about, figure out where your heart leads you and design your life! Sometimes we get chances to design it a couple of times. Memories that have long since been forgotten are easily stirred by images from the past. Lessons remain in those images, Loves, Lives, and you have an opportunity to remember and hold those things dear to you.
This post is about beginnings. We have freshened up our business, redefined a few things and we are moving forward with confidence. Welcome to our redesign!
We’ve realized that we’ve never had a Grand Opening! So what better time to do a Virtual Grand Opening than with the debut of our redesigned business and website!
Model: Amy Roe
We invite you to give our whole site a look. We’ve added lots of new images with more on the way! Be sure to use the navigation bar at the top of the page to help you get around! Feel free to leave comments and questions as well! Thanks so much for stopping by!!
We love how supportive everyone has been and we are so appreciative of those who have held sessions with us! We’ve been working with some amazing people and places on several different projects, some that are finished and some that have just begun.
Now that summer is nearly over, I know that everyone will be quite busy! So when you plan your fall and winter events don’t forget to get on our books! We have a limited number of spots available we’d like you to have one if you are wanting one.
YES we are available to travel! Have a favorite place? Let us know and we can make plans to meet you there!
As our little business has grown and progressed, Jason and I are each figuring out which parts of the business we love doing. Jason is handling the tech stuff these days, keeping things running, tear down set up and he is the lighting master. He also has an interest in being outside with nature, so he can often be found in the mornings, out with the camera in his Jeep on the country roads. He has created most of the Art found on the Fine Art category, and in the early hours of our business was also shooting people, he still does this to some degree but has backed off and placed his focus on what he truly loves to do.
I myself (Tonja) really love being around people and bringing out the best in them. So what I do is focus on you! Jason is my go to guy and technical king. Although I’ve been improving in this area too. I am the experimenter and the creator I have a very effective imagination and love bringing concepts to life. I hold a limited number of sessions to insure that I can bring my best for you. From the moment you call us the concepts and ideas start forming.
Our boutique photography business focuses on customized sessions for our clients, most of whom fall into these categories,
“Fine Art” We really should call this Jason’s Creations… What started out as something for him to do while I was bed ridden from my accident, has turned into a great gift and obsession. Sometimes fueled by impossibilities, his frustrations lead to him taking a break and then focusing back in to catch the tiny moments in a day when things are just perfect. He is able to share moments that he has experienced not only with me but with others who love Nebraska and the other places he has traveled. Yes, I create some art as well, but it is not my focus.
“Hot Shots” Middle through High School Age kids especially Seniors. We design sessions around who they are and what they are into. We have packages that include 4-5 sessions in a year, or just a single session. We don’t do anything half way, we love working with people excited to be working with us.
“Model” Creativity runs rampant in these parts. We are thrilled to be a part of building portfolios for those in artistic careers. We are also fortunate to be able to share some of our own personal work featuring models we have selected. The gorgeous Amy Roe, our SteamPunk Model is featured above in this post!
“Beautiful Glamour” Portraits, The images created in these sessions are fresh contemporary and beautiful. Designed to show off a woman’s uniqueness and her curves. All ages of women are welcome! I especially love working with those in their 30-60’s curvy to skinny… Every woman is beautiful! Women can wear what they feel their best in whether it be undergarments, or a business suit and everything in between. I have worked with women for over 20 years in the beauty industry and I have a belief that when a woman knows and can see how beautiful she really is that her life and the lives of those around her are going to be improved by that.
“Headshots” With the era of the Facebook profile, everyone needs a great headshot. People in business, those pursuing acting and other careers in the arts, as well as those who’ve never really felt like they took a good picture. I’ve also been studying a lot on this. As you may have read earlier, Jason is the technical genius and I do more of the creative work. We’ve got a great team and we are working together to make your images PoP!
Dog Portraits, Everyone wants to see your furry four legged friends. They are a part of your family, so whether you are bringing them along with you on your family portrait or you just want some images of them on their own, we can do the job. We love dogs!!
Family Portraits, it doesn’t matter if your’s is big or small! We can make arrangements, we have some amazing studio spaces that can accommodate nearly any size of group and we also have the ability to do our session out with nature. What ever your family is about we will work to incorporate it into our session.
“Baby Love” I have a whole room devoted to taking pictures of babies, we’ve got the hats, the skirts, the baskets, everything we need except Newborn Babies.. =P You bring the babies, preferably less than 14 days old.
“Commercial” We don’t do all types of commercial photography just a few for small businesses who need some focused images to created an online atmosphere, and print images that convey a message. We are very lucky to have some amazing businesses we do work for. From food to technical, we enjoy what we can do for you. I really love helping other businesses grow.
We do make sure to squeeze in some amazing people! We have some amazing projects and some incredible non profit groups that we are working with. While our non paid projects are currently full. We do have a division of our business that also fits non profits in.
Shoots For a Cure
One of the ways that we give back at this time is www.ShootForACure.com we are on their verified photographer list.
Any individual that has been diagnosed with cancer or completed treatment within the past 12 months qualifies for a Shoots for a Cure Session. Sessions are available to document the fight before treatment, during treatment or to celebrate the victory when treatment is completed.
Professional photographers world-wide are now available to donate time and talent to celebrate life and support the cause. There is no cost or obligation to the cancer patient.
Clients participating in a Shoots for a Cure Session will receive a complimentary photo session, as well as a set of 10 small prints from the session. They will also receive a discount on any additional portraits they wish to purchase, although there is absolutely no purchase required at any time.
If you know of someone with in our geographic area please let us know about them. We will do as many of these sessions as we can manage.
www.AngelGuardians.org Go see what they do! We are excited to share how amazing this organization is, and what great things they make possible!
Nebraska Lutheran Outdoor Ministries and specifically Camp Carol Joy Holling
www.nlom.org This is where Jason and I met! We both hold Camp Carol Joy Holling and the folks that work there in high regard. We LOVE what they do and we are excited to be a part of it.
Nebraska No Kill Shelter
www.NebraskaNoKill.org We love helping dogs find forever homes!
Ashland Dog Pound Foundation
www.Facebook.com/AshlandDogPound We love helping dogs find forever homes!
Now is the time! We invite you to celebrate with us! Be watching our blog as we will be sharing some fun things for you soon!
Thank you so much for your support, patronage, and wishes!
We are truly blessed,
Jason & Tonja
**P.S. The exciting stuff will all happen over here on our blog, due to Facebook’s rules we aren’t doing a whole lot over there, so you will want to “Subscribe” to our posts and check back frequently. Of course we will still be posting some sneak peeks and reminders to come over here when we do share new posts, so PLEASE go to our Facebook Page as well and “LIKE” us! www.facebook.com/jasonandtonja
We have to studios one located in Ashland and the other in Omaha Nebraska as well as on location as requested.