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The ONE Question

The ONE question that I hear from nearly every client – “WHAT DO WE WEAR FOR OUR SESSION???” Choosing what to wear for your session is often the most stressful part of the entire photography process! Your clothing choices for your session help to convey the mood of your session – casual and relaxed or more formal. In my experience with my clients, most prefer a casual feel, but there’s a way to do casual that still is coordinated and “put together”. 

Part of what I do as your photographer in your pre-session consultation is to help you with all the planning – including clothing! Often my clients will text me pictures of outfits they are considering. Communication with your photographer and NOT STRESSING about what you will wear are the keys to feeling perfectly styled and ready for your moment in front of the camera. Here are some simple tips will help you chose the perfect outfits for your session with ease!

Don’t forget to check your closet first! 

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SESSION STYLING TIPS

DO – Consider your location. A session in a downtown or urban location may mean different choices clothing choices and/or colors than a country or park-like setting. Also consider the primary colors of your location. A setting that is primarily bright white rocks or buildings may be the wrong place to wear primarily white clothing.

DO – Start with mom (for family sessions). If mom’s happy, everyone is happy! I have found that if mom gets her outfit together, the rest of the family comes together pretty quickly. 

DO – Choose a color scheme based on where you’d like to display your artwork. For Example –  If you’re planning on a living room wall display and your living room is decorated in earth tones choose colors that will coordinate.

DO – Choose flattering colors. What colors work well on you and your family? Start there. Do you look better in warmer or cooler colors? Flattering colors ultimately make your pictures better! Once you know what colors are best for you, you can then use a color wheel to find what colors you can use to get everyone coordinated.

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DON’T – Match. Leave the jeans and white t-shirts at home and instead choose a color scheme and coordinate.

DO – Layer. The more layers the better. Sweaters, scarves, jewelry, blazers layers create visual interest and add texture throughout your pictures. They’re a great addition.
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DON’T- Be afraid of patterns. Plaids, polka-dot, florals, and stripes can be overwhelming when all used together but mixing in a few patterns here and there are another great way to add some interest to you photo session.

DO – Pay attention to your shoes. Shoes matter! A pair of Nike sneakers mixed in with cute boots and dress shoes can be an eye sore in your photos. Try to stick with neutral shoes for the whole family.

DON’T – Wear logos. As much as shoes can be an eye sore so can a big logo across a t-shirt. Try to steer clear of sports or brand logos or sayings across the front of your shirt. Again, this takes the attention away from the family and brings the eye right to the t-shirt.

DO – Stay comfortable! Wear something you’re comfortable sitting, standing, running and playing in! You’ll thank me later!

DON’T – Over think it! You want your family to look like your family, so don’t stress too much about the outfits. Be sure to have fun with it!

DO – Consider Pinterest for collecting ideas!

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Want to Learn More?

If you’d like my entire client guide which has all this clothing information, plus everything you need to know about a PCP Family Session, click the image below to sign up for the PCP Family Guide or HERE. I would love to visit with you about planning your next session. When you book with PCP, I will be with you from the scheduling and planning of your session (including wardrobe!) all the way to the delivery of your heirloom quality prints and products!

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Celebrating Mothers at PCP

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We are celebrating motherhood this spring at PCP! We know how much you love your children, and with all you do for them, maybe you aren’t in the actual pictures as much as you’d like to be. Here is your opportunity to get in the frame with your babies – no matter their age! This is a chance for you to play, snuggle, laugh, smooch, and hug while I capture those precious moments through my lens.

Celebrating Mothers at PCP with Motherhood Special Edition Sessions

Friday, April 28 & Saturday, April 29, 2017

4 PM – 7 PM

(FIVE- 30 minute slots available each day)

Landa Library

233 Bushnell Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212

(Click here for the map link.)

Because of the unique nature and subject matter of these sessions, I am offering only ten sessions that are 30 minutes each in length. Sessions are back to back, so please plan to be on time for your spot!

Our Charity Partner

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Help us give a little towards a great cause. It is our honor to partner with Alpha Home here in San Antonio. $25 of your collection purchase will be donated directly to this important 501C organization. For 50 years, Alpha Home has been committed to treating the whole person—not just the addiction— by caring, qualified professionals. By incorporating our core values of spirituality, integrity, discipline, dedication and productivity into our treatment approach, we focus on the whole person and give those we serve the best tools for responsible, long-term sobriety. Throughout their long history, Alpha Home has helped countless mothers return to their families to lead healthy lives.

Special Edition Collections

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The Collections are designed to provide you with beautiful, heirloom quality products for your walls as well as items for sharing with your family and friends.  Frames from The Organic Bloom are the perfect addition to your home. They are available in multiple styles and colors, and come ready to hang. Color and shape are your choice, and the frame size is determined by the collection you choose. Additional sizes are available a la carte.  In addition, each session includes gift prints for framing or sharing, as well as a custom slideshow of your session images. Upgraded Collections are also available and include larger Organic Bloom Frames and Accordion Mini-Albums. The Mini Albums are perfect for sharing your session images with your family and friends! At 3×3 inches, they fit easily into your bag and hold multiple images from your session. Each Mini-Album is custom designed for you.

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After Your Session

Your images will be ready to view approximately 2 weeks after your session. At that time you will choose the image you would like framed in your Organic Bloom Frame, as well as the images you’d like for your gift print. You can also Upgrade your collection to include additional gift prints, Accordion Mini-Albums, and larger Organic Bloom Frames. All collection products will be delivered to you approximately 3 weeks after ordering.

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Reserve your spot today. Choose your collection and book online. Instantly.

Visit our Special Edition Page to book your preferred session date and time in the store. The 3 collection choices will be available there for purchase. If you prefer, you can contact me directly for booking and payment via HEREAll sessions are first come/ first served and are nonrefundable once booked.

We Can’t Wait to Celebrate YOU!!

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Kesteren’s 13th Birthday Session – San Antonio Teen Photographer

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As a San Antonio Teen Photographer, Kesteren’s 13th Birthday session was a treat for me! Kesteren, her mom, and her friends spent the weekend in San Antonio. They played in the hotel  water park, ate tons of junk food, enjoyed the hotel campfire and even ate great Italian food and birthday cake! That sounds like a pretty fab 13th birthday to me, already!

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A13th Birthday Session is the Icing on the Cake!

Kesteren’s mom, Lori, made the weekend even better by scheduling a photo session for Kesteren and her friends. How cool is that?? There aren’t many teen girls I know who don’t love to take pictures. I had so much fun, and I think the girls did, too. Kes and her friends laughed, jumped, and danced around. Kes and her friend, Julia, even brought their ballet pointe shoes! All in all, they just celebrated being young teens and tweens.

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Celebrating your tween’s or teen’s milestone events with either an individual or group session is a great way to document their middle school years. Teens/tweens love to express their style and hang out with their friends. Birthday sessions, 8th grade graduation sessions, and “just for fun” sessions give them alternatives to their sometimes awkward middle school “school” photos!

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When you have a professional session for your teen – with or without their friends – you get beautifully crafted wall art and albums for your home. Additionally, your teen gets images that they feel good about, and an experience they will remember.

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Let’s Talk Teen/Tween Sessions!

Do you have a tween or teen who’d love a session with their friends? Contact me today and let’s plan it! We will begin with a pre-session consultation to decide on date and location, outfits, and accessories. About two weeks after the session we will have your Reveal session where you can see a slideshow of all your teen’s images for the first time. The Reveal is also where I can help you in choosing the perfect wall art and albums to order from the session.

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2018 PCP Senior Team – San Antonio Senior Photographer

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The 2018 PCP Senior Team search is on! As a San Antonio Senior Photographer, one of the greatest things I get to do is work with great students! One way I do this is through my PCP Senior Team. The PCP Senior Team gives seniors the opportunity to get the most value out of their senior photography experience while at the same time helping me! I am looking for motivated and outgoing juniors to serve on our team for 2017 through May 2018. As a Senior Team member, you will serve as an ambassador for Pagette Callender Photography from the spring of  your junior year through your senior year. I am looking for high energy, highly motivated, involved Juniors in San Antonio and surrounding communities who are very active in their high schools, clubs, sports, churches, and communities. I need students who want to spread the word about PCP through their social media posts and refer their friends to me for their senior photography needs.

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What’s in it for you??

PCP Senior Team Member Benefits: 

  • Exclusive discounts!!!  Team members pay a discounted Creative Fee of $150 at sign up (regularly $225), receive a $100 print credit off their session session purchase, and a credit for a Family Session Creative Fee ($200 Value). ** Prints and products are not included in the Creative Fee but will be available at a special rate during your reveal night. My clients typically budget between $700-$1600 for their orders. **
  • Mini session.  We will do a quick 20 min session when we meet for you to sign up, pay your creative fee, and sign agreements. You will quickly have images to share with your friends.
  • Complimentary Group Session. The group session is in addition to your full senior session. You will receive shareable images from the group session to use on social media so that you can invite your friends to use Pagette Callender Photography for their senior sessions!
  • Individual Senior Session. You and I will work together to plan your session. From location, to wardrobe, to posing ideas, I will help you with all your session details! It’s YOUR DAY, and it should be a fabulous experience.
  • Rewards! 2018 PCP Senior Team members earn rewards for referrals who have their sessions with PCP, social media sharing, participation in group events if planned, and more! 

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Sign Up Today!

Fill out the application (click here) to be considered. Your answers give me an idea about your personality, your interests and activities, and what you share on social media. Additionally, the application gives me contact information for both you and your parents so that I can plan an in person meeting with you and send you important information. Once I review your application and determine that you will be a great fit for the 2018 PCP Senior Team, I will schedule a time to meet with you and your parent. This meeting will give us an opportunity to meet in person, sign contracts, and a do your mini shoot. A few days later, you will receive your social media share files from your mini session to start sharing immediately! Once our team is assembled, we will schedule a social event for everyone, as well as plan the complimentary 2018 Team Shoot!

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Still need more info??

Contact me (click here)! I would love to visit with you and your parents and answer whatever questions you might have. Your senior year should be one to remember, and I’d like to help you make it that way!

You Are Your Brand: The Importance of Your Head Shot – San Antonio Professional Photographer

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YOU ARE YOUR BRAND!

As a San Antonio Photographer, I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with other local businesses and owners. One way I do this every year is by taking professional head shots for clients. My fellow business owners and business professionals, YOU ARE YOUR BRAND. Your smile is the center of your business. It is often the first image of you your potential clients see when they visit your website or are handed your business card. Your clients need to recognize you when they meet you. If you took your last head shots 5-10 years ago, or you have never had a professional head shot taken, you need an update! 

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Build Your Visual Brand

In a blog post last year for the Huffington Post, “Small Biz Lady”, Melinda Emerson, discusses the importance of your Visual Brand. Have you thought about the fact that you have a Visual Brand?  YOU are part of the package of your business and the services you offer your clients. Getting professional head shots taken gives you an opportunity to put your best face forward to your clients. Your cell phone pic isn’t going to suffice! Professional head shots give you high quality images to use for all your marketing needs – website, business cards, flyers, etc. Having an up to date look is important for your Visual Brand. 

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Practical Tips

  1. Hire a professional. (Duh) This may seem obvious, but I see lots of cell phone pics out there! A professional will guide you with wardrobe planning and choosing flattering colors, location planning (if outdoors), and will choose flattering posing and lighting to suit you best. 
  2. Plan on using two different looks. A suit and tie for men (be colorful – no black and white, please!) or colorful suit for the ladies. Choose a second look that is just as polished, but slightly more casual.  Use colors that are flattering to your skin tone and silhouettes that are flattering for you. 
  3. Consider having both full length and head shot images done. This gives you ultimate flexibility for your marketing.
  4. Make sure to get high resolution JPEG images with print release permission from your photographer. Large jpeg files will allow you maximum flexibility for image printing up to very large sizes. Remember, YOU are Your Brand.   

 

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New Year, New Look

The beginning of a new year is a great time to update your visual brand. Here is how I can help you.  

First, you and I will have a pre-session consultation in person or by phone, discussing location, clothing, your needs and budget. You can contact me HERE. Second, we will meet for a 20-30 minute session, shoot multiple poses and looks with 1-2 outfits. Next, I edit the images, paying attention to detail, and present you with the best 5-10 images to choose from. My goal is for you to have your new head shot image files within 2 weeks of your session to use for all your needs. Head shot appointments can be booked anytime of year, and can be done anywhere – outdoors, your office, your home. I would love to help you with your head shots, whether it is just you or your entire office! Let’s update your look for 2017. Why? Because

YOU ARE YOUR BRAND

The Ballard’s – San Antonio Family Photographer

The Ballard’s are some of our oldest friends. We have known Dave and Ginna from our pre-children, early married days. Over the years we’ve taught Sunday school together, done play groups together, and {occasionally} lamented about the fun and stress of raising teens. Ginna and I visit often, swapping parenting wins and mom fails. Watching Dave and Ginna’s daughters grow and become lovely young ladies over the last 16 years has been a treat! Hailey and Emma are close to the ages of my boys, and their friendships have evolved over the years. In preschool they were buddies, late elementary through most of middle school they didn’t exist to one another, and now that they are teens, they are forming friendships that hopefully will last for a lifetime.

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Relationships Matter

Photographing the same family multiple times over the years is special for me. I am a relationship person. I believe that’s what led me to spend 20 years of my nursing career in Pediatric Oncology. Creating special friendships with my patients and their families was very important for me. I value cultivating a relationship as a photographer with my clients and seeing how they change over time. I am always excited to have new clients, but having families return to me because they see the value in the experience and portraits I provide is incredibly rewarding! Looking back at at the Ballard’s earlier family portraits reminds me how quickly time flies and how much the girls have changed from when they were little to now as teenagers.

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The Challenges of Teens and Tweens

Having older kids – tweens and teens – is challenging on many fronts. Time is so limited because of multiple activities, school and church functions, etc. Additionally, daily interactions can be emotionally exhausting! There are times you want to wring their necks and moments where you couldn’t be prouder of the humans they are becoming. I understand finding time to schedule a family session is challenging! In my opinion, teen years are one of the most important times to capture your family. Your children change so much in their teen years. THAT NEEDS TO BE DOCUMENTED! Middle school is often an especially awkward time for kids, consequently, that is why you need more than just the school photo of your kids! Senior portraits are years away, and the changes in 12-16 years olds can be dramatic! I know that has been true for my boys.

Hailey and Emma are beautiful inside and out! They are both smart and talented, and I look forward to what’s in store for each of them. In the meantime, Dave, Ginna, Wayne, and I will continue to celebrate and lament together as we weather these teenager days!
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Let’s update your wall portraits!

When was your last family session? Are the latest pictures on your walls and in your frames of your kids in elementary school? Is the dreaded middle school picture the best you’ve got? Call me and let’s update your wall portraits and embrace the teen years! Click here to contact me to schedule your family portrait consultation.

 

Start Where You Are – San Antonio Family Photographer

Confession time. I don’t have the biggest, newest, fanciest camera. In my small (and growing) business, it hasn’t been in my budget yet. Believe me – I already know what I want! A beautiful Canon 5D MK III. Or MKIV. The latter is a total dream! Upgrading my camera body is hopefully a purchase I will make this next year, but until then, I will continue to use my trusty Canon 60D.  

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My Dream!

Start Where You Are, With What You Have

My point – start where you are, with what you have. A fancier, more expensive camera won’t miraculously make your photos better. YOU, learning how to better use your camera, WILL. Every DSLR has the same basic settings and functions. Whether you want to learn to shoot in full manual, or just understand all those strange photography terms – ISO, shutter speed, aperture, etc. – starting with the equipment you have now and practicing will yield improved results. Over the years, with training and practice, I’ve improved my skills and consistently deliver images and artwork that my clients love and cherish. 

A photography teacher once reminded me that my best investments are education, lenses, and THEN a new camera body – in that order. I’ve tried to follow that rule as I’ve upgraded equipment over the years. Another secret – two of my most expensive lenses I bought USED! I did my research, found a reputable company, saved my money, and waited until what I wanted was in stock. They are two of my favorite lenses, and I paid about 60% of the retail price for each of them. As I shop this next year for my camera body upgrade, it very well may be pre-owned as well. 

Education is Key

The best way to improve your photography is education and practice! The Web is a fabulous resource – You Tube tutorials, educational websites, Facebook groups – as well as local photography schools and college level classes. Learning the basics of ISO, Aperture, Shutter Speed, and use of Light and camera modes will make your photography much better – even if you just want to take better pictures of your kids and family!

Are You Wanting To Learn More About Your Camera?

I would love to help you learn more about your camera and the basics of photography! What better way to learn than with a few girlfriends on a Saturday morning?? January 21 at 10 am, I will be hosting a photography basics class. We will discuss equipment, camera settings, lighting, and you will be hands-on with your own camera. You will go home with great information and a even few extra tip sheet freebies!

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A Class Jam-Packed with Great Information!

Join Me January 21

I would love for you to come on January 21, and you can sign up here. The class is only $89 and space is limited, so sign up now!

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Class Freebie Tip Sheets

Are you looking for a Senior or Family Photographer? I’d love to visit with you! Click here to contact me for a Session Consultation.

New Year, New Goals – San Antonio Family Photographer

New year goal setting is fairly new to me. For years, I made “resolutions”, but in the first weeks of a new year, they were long forgotten. More recently, I’ve learned that if I want to make real changes in my life – both personally and professionally, I need reachable goals. My 2017 goals focus on health and wellness, spirituality, family, and personal and professional growth.

Goals that work must be:  Specific. Measurable. Yours. Time-sensitive. Written.

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Many of my new goals are derived from last year’s goals – ones that I accomplished and want to take further, ones that I quite did not meet and need to still strive for. I spent this morning considering and writing down my personal and professional goals for the next year. I will keep them prominent in my office so that I can review them often. In the past I have found that maybe I didn’t reach my goal exactly as I had set out at the beginning and that’s OK. Being flexible is important.

One of my professional goals for this year is blogging. My goal is at least 1 blog post per week. With posts about sessions, news, and helpful tips, I plan to keep in touch regularly. I have several personal goals related to photography including completing album projects and do more shooting just for fun. Some of my goals might be hard to reach, and a couple, frankly, scare me. As one of my favorite business mentors, Christy Wright of Business Boutique says –

“Do it scared.”

What are your goals for 2017? Write them down, give them specificity and a timeline so that you can accomplish them! I’d love to hear what you have planned for 2017.

Cheers to a fabulous year!

A goal without a plan is just a wish.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Thanksgiving Weekend Deals – San Antonio Family Photographer 

Thanksgiving leftovers are now in the fridge, so now it’s time for that other holiday tradition – SHOPPING!!

My favorite way to shop on Thanksgiving weekend is in my pj’s and favorite slippers sitting on the couch and surfing on the internet. So in honor of this wonderful holiday weekend tradition, I have your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday shopping all right here! I’ve got several ways for you save on your PCP sessions and services for 2017.

Photography Class For Moms

Do you have a camera that you only use the totally auto setting on? Do you want to learn more about your camera’s settings, how to use light, and just generally take better pictures of your kids and family? On Saturday, January 21, 2017, I will host a class where you can learn more about how to better use your camera. (12 slots available)

Regular Price: $99 per person

Sale price (11/25-11/28): $79

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2017 Session Prebook Deal

Are you planning for family portraits or senior portraits in 2017? Prebook your session by paying your Creative Fee (2016 rate) and use it for any session date in 2017. For Seniors, this will apply to both the Class of 2017 and 2018 for sessions done in 2017. The Creative Fees increase January 1st, so book this weekend!! Also, with the Prebook Deal, you will get a $75 print credit to use at your Reveal Night appointment. *Creative Fee does not include any prints or digital items.*

Deal Price: $125 families; $175 seniors (11/25/16-11/28/16)

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To take advantage of one or more of these Weekend deals, please follow the links provided above. As always, I am ready to answer any questions, so contact me here.
If you’ve had a session with me this year, and are in need of additional prints or gifts, I am here for you! Gift certificates for sessions and products are also available!!
Enjoy your long weekend and happy shopping!!!

The Estes Family – San Antonio Family Photographer

The Estes Family – San Antonio Family Photographer

The Estes Family fall session was a special one for me! Not that all of my clients aren’t special to me as a San Antonio Photographer, but this one is just a little extra – special.

Last January, Michelle told her husband, Derek, the she wanted portraits for her 50th birthday. Because January generally stinks in San Antonio for portraits, she opted for a fall session at the JW Marriott. She and her family love their new portraits, and I’m glad because so did I! I will be delivering their new wall art in just a few days, and I cannot wait to see her beautiful new artwork hanging in her home.

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Where it all began…

The Estes family was literally one of my first clients when I started my professional photography business several years ago (really, even before I had an official business!) (image below)

At that time, Luke and Morgan were early elementary age! They are the same ages as my two boys, so Michelle and I became fast friends when Luke and Hudson were in kindergarten – 11 YEARS AGO! How is that even possible?? I am so glad that I have had the opportunity to watch these two grow into the wonderful, accomplished young people they are today. Luke is now 16 and a high school junior and is one of the top cross country runners in our area. Morgan is 13 and an 8th grader – she’s killing it in volleyball and swimming!

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Over the many years, Michelle and I have traveled, book club-ed, scrap-booked, swapped boys’ hand-me-downs, and volunteered countless hours together. Our husbands and children have fished and hunted together. Our families have shared holidays and watched football together. We’ve laughed, lamented about life, and cried together.

Michelle is a true force of nature. As a working mom who often has to travel, she is still at nearly all of her kid’s events, is an active volunteer in their schools, and still finds time to cook and run! She and Derek have built a beautiful life and family. I’m not sure when she sleeps, actually….

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I look forward to many more adventures with you, my friend!

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Happy Birthday, Michelle!

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The Estes Family, 2007

If you would like to learn more about the Pagette Callender Photography experience, contact me here

 

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