Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein: Blog http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog en-us (C) Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:48:00 GMT Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:48:00 GMT http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/img/s/v-5/u603561801-o726453608-50.jpg Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein: Blog http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog 120 120 What's New in 2014 http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2014/1/whats-new-in-2014 Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with a close confidant about my work. The first thing she asked me was "Are you learning a lot?" I was slightly taken aback because usually the first thing people ask me when they want to know how my photography is going is if I am going to do it full time, which leads to the awkward admission about how it's not financially sustainable for my family and then a complex conversation about my mixed feelings about pursuing this as my passion but also having ambitions in my other professional career. But this question - "Are you learning a lot?" - meant the world to me, because learning is what I value most. I am a student in everything I do - in photography, my professional work, parenting, volunteering in my community.

 

As I have spent many, many hours combing through my photos and old blog posts, I am amazed and grateful. Amazed at how much I have learned as a photographer and businesswoman, and grateful to every single one of you who has given me the honor and privilege of making memories for you. The result is this new site, new logo, and a fresh start to the new year, one that is hopefully filled with more learning and more beauty.

 

 

I am also excited to announce some new offerings and features that I have been working on. I really do listen to feedback and suggestions, and try to balance those with my own knowledge, experience, and industry standards. I hope you enjoy, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  • Mini Mondays - I am trying something new with Mini Sessions this year. In addition to seasonal minis, I am going to be offering them on a regular basis, on Mondays ONLY at 4:30pm. They are 20 minutes long and will be held at La Cienega Park. These are great if you just want an updated family photo, just a couple pictures of the kids, or some quickie maternity shots.
  • Deposits - Starting this year, I am going to be requiring non-refundable deposits (which will be applied to the full price) to book sessions. I need to do this to reduce last minute cancellations and be fair to my limited availability.
  • Contracts - I now have very thorough and comprehensive contracts that explain the booking fees, digital image use rights, and liability. Fortunately I have never had an major issues, but you can never be too prepared! 
  • Credit Cards - I am trying to make as much of what I do electronic, so I am now accepting credit cards as payments. I hope this makes everything easier for all of us, and of course I will still accept checks and cash. 
  • Image Delivery - I am saying goodbye to discs, since so many newer computers don't even have them, not to mention they're totally incompatible with tablet and handheld devices. I will be delivering images via Digital Downloads and USB drives (for events or larger orders). I also have a nifty app that I am going to encourage more people to utilize so you can view and share your images on your tablet or smartphone.

I did have to adjust my prices slightly to reflect some of my increasing costs of doing business so I can provide the best quality services and products to you. I will also continue to offer special discounts and incentives for repeat customers and for referrals. Keep spreading the word - I love it!

 

Stay tuned as I continue to make enhancements to the site and add more images to my portfolio. I'm looking forward to another amazing year, and I hope to hear from you soon!

 

xo

Kim

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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2014/1/whats-new-in-2014 Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:47:01 GMT
Nicole's Maternity Session - Waiting on Baby #2! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/11/nicoles-maternity-session-waiting-on The baby has been born and newborn shots have been taken...so I decided to revisit the fun of Nicole's maternity session over the summer! I love Main Street in Santa Monica...so many fun colors and textures, albeit somewhat challenging with a 20 month old. But they were such great sports, willing to be creative with me and indulge my ideas. Enjoy!

 









 



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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) maternity http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/11/nicoles-maternity-session-waiting-on Mon, 04 Nov 2013 14:42:00 GMT
Leo is 1! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/9/leo-is-1 My buddy Leo turned 1 this summer - this guy is an early riser so we met at 7:30AM at Pan Pacific Park before we all headed off to work. Early morning light is just as beautiful as late afternoon, and the park was practically empty so we had this nice spot to ourselves. It is amazing to see how much Leo has grown in one year, and to watch how big brother Simon loves and plays with him. And he totally rocked the cake smash - I mean, wouldn't you go nuts if someone gave you a cupcake for breakfast?! Happy birthday Leo - love you and your whole family!
 














 


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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/9/leo-is-1 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 12:25:00 GMT
She Works Hard for the Money...and She Wants to Treat You Right! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/8/she-works-hard-for-moneyand-she-wants It's amazing to think that my little biz is almost 2 years old! I have a toddler! I am so grateful for everyone who has trusted me to take their photos and have referred to me their friends, and most importantly for continuing to encourage me to keep learning and keep this going. I have met some extraordinary people and have had the opportunity to get to know some of my friends even better by being present for intimate moments in their lives.

As I approach this milestone, I am conducting a short survey to find out more about what customers want and how I can best provide it. If you haven't yet taken the survey, please read this first! If you have, please read it anyway and I hope it provides some understanding and context to the questions. Changing products and prices is a decision every business has to make, and I am no exception. I am constantly thinking about how to improve not only my photography but also how I run the business side of it. I want to make my customers happy, and I need to have it make continue to make sense for me to do.

Coming up with pricing is not quite as simple as just assigning an arbitrary dollar value to a product so that your profit exceeds your costs. For something like photography - where a majority of my costs is my time (and only I can determine what my time is worth) - there are a number of issues to consider. I want to be up front and transparent about what those are - and I have a lot to say! - so read on.

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Show Me The Money
Photography is different than taking pictures. There is nothing wrong with taking pictures - in fact, some of my favorite images of my family are simple snapshots taken on a point-and-shoot or my iPhone. And I'm sure many of you would say the same. But taking professional portraits is an experience. It's an opportunity to have someone with an artistic eye capture you and your family at a moment in time, and then share those special images with everyone who comes into your home (or visits your Facebook page!).

It can be hard to tell off the bat what you're getting for your money when you book a professional photography session. Sure, the session is only an hour of my time, but the majority of work that goes into a session happens before and after.
 

  • I spend approximately a total of 1-2 hours of time beforehand communicating with clients via email and/or phone (scheduling the session, answering questions, etc), prepping my equipment, and traveling to the location where we're shooting.
  • I spend about 3+ hours in post production. I have to upload upwards of 300-400 RAW images from an hour-long session (which are huge!), and then I look at each and every one to make sure I am narrowing it down to the very best ones. Then I edit them, fixing them up to make them perfect...even it means spending a lot of time paying attention to very tiny but important details.
  • Once they're done, I have to load them into an online gallery, and from there I continue to communicate with customers about what they want (burning disks, setting up digital downloads, etc) and sometimes even going back and doing further work on the photos if there's something not to their liking.

It's a very custom process, and not at all as simple as showing up, shooting, and then handing over the pictures. It takes a lot of work, but I really want people to be happy with their investment and get the best quality product I am able to give.

At the end of the day, my costs do need reflect the work that goes into what I create. There are some hard costs (equipment, equipment repair, accessories to help me be a better photographer, fees and subscriptions, etc), but, as I explained above, it's mostly my time. I spend an extraordinary amount of time on this work. And I love it, but it takes up pretty much every waking moment that I'm not at my full time day job or with my family. This has allowed me to improve, and also take on more work. I need to make sure I'm being compensated for my time, as does any professional, and I take this opportunity at the yearly anniversary to assess how much time I'm putting in and how my costs have changed. It's the basis for any business model, and I want to stay competitive and reasonably within industry standards of what other photographers offer. I don't want to be known as the "cheap photographer" (I hope you understand why!) but I also don't want to price myself out of work. I need to find a middle ground, be competitive, and then prove to potential customers why I am the best choice for their family photography.

What Customers Want
People will pay for what they value. We all make decisions every day about how we spend our money and what we value - whether we buy designer jeans or $20 jeans from Target, generic Toasty O's or Cheerios, etc - based on price, quality, and our relationship to the brand or retailer. Most of what we can "afford" is really what we choose to value, and that is the relationship between cost and quality. I can afford Cheerios, but I choose to buy Toasty O's because it saves me money and gets the job done in the same way. I also spend more money on things like jeans, even if they are expensive, because I know they will fit me better and last longer than cheaper ones.

Professional photography is no different when it comes to making a value choice. Sure you can pick up a cheap digital camera and snap some pictures, print dozens of copies of them at CVS, and boom - you have pictures of your kids and you spent WAY less than you would have if you had hired a pro, but the quality would not even be comparable. Even if you have a good camera and decent skills, a professional experience is different. Heck, even I have used other photographers for family pictures because I am never in them and wanted someone else's artistic eye to capture us! By no means am I suggesting to anyone how they should or shouldn't spend their money - whether its hiring me, someone else, or anyone at all.  This is something to be said for getting what you pay for, and it works both ways.

I completely understand why customers balk at, say, a $500 price tag on a disk full of hi-res images...it IS a lot of money to spend! And if you read the section above, you understand why, on the flip side, selling that disk for $50 really does not reflect the actual cost of how much time it took to make those images perfect. There are some photographers out there who do not make their images available digitally at ALL, at least not in hi-res for printing. I think there is some merit to that position, but I also think that the nature of everything is changing in the digital age and photography needs to keep up. Customers will only continue to demand digital images, and I want to be able to provide them in a way that makes sense not only for the customer but for me as the business person/artist as well. Some people want to be able to share them on social media and mostly people want to do their own printing (I get into this further below). It's the way of the times, I suppose, and there's no turning back.

Artistic Integrity
The inherent problem of selling hi-res digital images is that I lose control over my work. Whenever someone sees an image of mine, it's advertising for me. If you take the hi-res images and print them at CVS, then my art is being grossly misrepresented because the quality is really that bad, and that in turn is negative advertising (even though I know it's not intentional!). Even retailers like Shutterfly can misrepresent the quality of the work, and there are other sites that do MUCH better work for the same or a little more money. If you're going to spend the money and invest in professional photography, why wouldn't you then show off the photos in the best way possible? It's akin to buying any expensive or delicate item and then not caring for it properly.

Bottom line - printing however and wherever you want, while perhaps saving you money in the short run, does not guarantee an excellent product in the long run. If the photos are printed poorly and then no one ever sees them, I guess it wouldn't matter...but then what's the point of having photos done? It's worth it - both to me and to you - to spend a few extra cents per print. You've already spent a few hundred dollars on the session, so a $0.99 print is definitely a better deal than a $0.49 print, when you get more than twice the quality of printing! And people will love what they see...which is good for you, and for my business. Win-win!

 

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All this is to say that there is no one right answer out there and I ultimately need to do what I know to best for me and my customers. I feel that I am making very well-informed decisions, having read countless blogs and articles, participated in many online photography forum discussions on this topic, and listening to my customers. I will continue to make the digital images available, but I will be changing how I offer them and likely charging more for them...I simply have to in order to reflect the amount of time and work that goes into prep, shooting, and editing. And I will strongly encourage customers to use more professional printing (like Mpix or Adorama), which does not cost much more than other websites like Shutterfly. 

I will be announcing my new prices and packages in early September, to take effect on September 19th. So if you've been meaning to book a session, email me today to guarantee my current pricing and packages! If you're still unsure about the changes, even after this lengthy blog post, I encourage you to shop around. Seriously, I do hope you'll consider me but you should look at other photographers' websites too. Check out their work - does their style suit you? Compare prices and package offerings. Only you can decide how much money you want to spend and what you'll get for the money, in terms of quantity and quality. Believe me, I am not at all offended if someone decides to go elsewhere. My style is uniquely mine, and I believe I am offering a fair price for it. You don't have to like my work or my prices - there are hundreds of photographers out there and I'm certain you will find someone you like! Of course, though, I do hope you'll end up back with me.

Don't forget to take the survey, and please comment here on this post with any thoughts or questions you have - I'm happy to respond to them and start a conversation here. Or you can always email me privately. Thank you!

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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/8/she-works-hard-for-moneyand-she-wants Fri, 16 Aug 2013 11:41:00 GMT
Becca and Jonathan are Engaged! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/5/becca-and-jonathan-are-engaged Becca and Jonathan got engaged a few months ago, and I was so thrilled that they asked me to do engagement pictures for them. We went to one of my favorite locations - Temescal Canyon Park - and they were total naturals. You can see for yourself how in love they are! And I'm beyond excited and honored to photograph their wedding this summer. Mazal tov!
 

 
 










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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/5/becca-and-jonathan-are-engaged Fri, 03 May 2013 14:37:00 GMT
Connor turns 1! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/2/connor-turns-1 It's hard to believe that I met Connor as a newborn a whole year ago! I did some 6 months shots this summer, and we reunited for the 1st birthday shoot just a few weeks ago. I love seeing how he's grown up - he is a little man on the move! We went to Main St. in Santa Monica because I love all the colors and urban funkiness of it, though perhaps this was against my better judgement letting a toddler roam the streets. We had a great time, and he did awesome. Enjoy some of my favorite shots from the day. Happy birthday Connor!
 






 
Contemplating a pedicure...
Making friends through the restaurant window...
 
Nah, the fashion here just isn't my style!


Ooh, this place looks good!
I think I prefer a patio seat...
Oh hi, can I get a seat please?
 
And now for the 1st birthday cupcake smash!
For me?!

Oooh, not bad...
I like it!
Okay, I LOVED it!
How YOU doin'?

See ya when I'm 2!!!
 
 
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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/2/connor-turns-1 Thu, 21 Feb 2013 15:51:00 GMT
New in 2013! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/1/new-in-2013 Welcome to the new year! I love the possibilities of clean slate and a fresh start. I am making some back-end improvements over here, as well as coming up with new offerings for you. I would like to kick off 2013 by telling you about a couple additions to my service and product offerings:

LOYALTY AND REFERRAL PROGRAM

  • Repeat customers get a $25 print credit - perfect for ordering extra images beyond those included in your portrait package, or for any image. Believe me, even when you have the digital images, I know how hard it can be to get prints made. And the print and paper quality that I offer is excellent, and at a cost comparable to other high end photography printing.
  • Customer referrals also earn you a $25 print credit - this can be used towards a past or future session, and is good only for new portrait clients to Silver Lining (they must mention your name when booking the session).

DIGITAL DOWNLOADS

As I look to save on materials and costs associated with burning and mailing disks (I'm all about running a green business!), not to mention the occasional hassles of computers not being able to read disks, I am going to offer digital downloads as an alternative. You can still request a disk though, the choice is yours. (Note - this applies only to portrait sessions, NOT events.)

And I haven't forgotten that I owe all my fans a giveaway opportunity - look for that next week! Also, I'm planting the bug now that I will be offering Valentine's Day mini sessions at the end of January...stay tuned!

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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2013/1/new-in-2013 Thu, 03 Jan 2013 14:43:00 GMT
2012 Year in Review http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/12/2012-year-in-review 'Tis the season for year in review montages (I love a good montage!) so I decided to put together a month-by-month retrospective of some of my favorite images and sessions of the year. This was no easy task...I have SO many favorites, and I loved working with each and every one of you.

 
JANUARY                                                          FEBRUARY
 
 
MARCH
 

 APRIL                                                                  MAY
 
 
 
JUNE
 


JULY 
 

 AUGUST



SEPTEMBER
 
 
OCTOBER
 



NOVEMBER
DECEMBER
 
 
And what would a New Year's post be without some resolutions?! Clearly, given the 5+ month long gap since my last blog post, I really need to blog more. I do share a lot on my Facebook page, but there are always so many others that don't make the "sneak peek" cut. I really will try to keep this blog more active!
 
Also, I have some goals for myself. I still really want to shoot a birth and I would love to second-shoot a wedding. I am entertaining the idea of taking my show on the road this summer to a certain East Coast city (stay tuned!). And above all, I want to continue working on my craft and tweaking my business model. I can confidently say I have improved in both areas, but there's always room to do more. 
 
I look forward to sharing more images with you in the coming year, and hopefully taking some of you as well! Best wishes for happy, healthy, peaceful, and prosperous new year - see you in 2013!
xoxo
Kim
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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/12/2012-year-in-review Mon, 31 Dec 2012 06:53:00 GMT
K and A - Expecting Twins! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/8/kristin-and-adam-expecting-twins I am so, so excited to share these photos from a beautiful maternity session a couple weekends ago. My dear friend Kristin and her husband Adam are expecting boy and girl twins this fall. As stunning as the backdrop was (we did the shoot at the Terranea), you'll probably agree that my subjects were even more breathtaking!
 
Anyway, here's a taste of the beauty I got to capture:
 

 
 








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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/8/kristin-and-adam-expecting-twins Thu, 30 Aug 2012 08:50:00 GMT
New Session Offering - Baby's Birth Day! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/7/new-session-offering-babys-birth-day When my daughter was born, I think we have like 2 pictures from the hospital stay and neither are much to speak of. We have a bunch of great ones of the baby, but no family shots! I was determined to not have that happen again when my son was born...I brought makeup to the hospital (ha!), and we carefully orchestrated some family photos when my daughter met her new baby brother. My mom was brilliant with the camera, and we used the photo for our birth announcement/thank you cards.

I've been toying with the idea of offering this as a session...let's be honest, I selfishly LOVE visiting new babies! I asked my friends Rebecca and Adam if I could try it out with them. I've gotten such great feedback from these photos when their baby boy was born last week, so I've decided to make it official - Baby's Birth Day Session! I will come to the hospital the first day after you give birth (subject to last minute availability) for a 1/2 hour session. I'll take baby's first portraits, shots with mom and dad, and even siblings meeting for the first time. For $100, you'll get a digital collage of images to share, like the one below, and an online gallery from which to purchase prints a la carte.

 


Happy birthing!
 

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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/7/new-session-offering-babys-birth-day Wed, 25 Jul 2012 18:31:00 GMT
Eli Turns 1! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/6/eli-turns-1 It's been so wonderful getting to know Eli and his parents over the last few years...I knew Kim and Scott before Eli came along, and then before we knew it he was celebrating his first birthday! We were at Camp Ramah in Ojai for a Shabbaton and decided that would be the perfect time and place to his 1 year photos. There was no shortage of lush green grass and rustic backdrops, and since we were on a very relaxed schedule we just picked the time when we were ready and did the shoot. Tell me this little guy isn't going to break hearts!

 
 







 
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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/6/eli-turns-1 Fri, 22 Jun 2012 11:24:00 GMT
Jillian and Julian - expecting twins! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/6/jillian-and-julian-expecting-twins Jillian and I go way back. And I mean ALL the way back, like to infant-hood! We were babies together with our mommas, so it's incredible to have stayed friends this long to see ourselves becoming mommas. Jillian was there to celebrate with me as I welcomed my kids into the world, and I cannot wait to do the same with her. She and Julian are going to be the best parents. Even if you didn't know them as well as I do, you would know that from the love and affection they show each other. I can't wait to meet Baby Girl and Baby Boy who should be arriving any day now!
 







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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) maternity http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/6/jillian-and-julian-expecting-twins Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:55:00 GMT
Olivia - Brand New! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/6/olivia-brand-new I got to meet sweet baby Olivia when she was just 1 week old. Those first few days are just so surreal - looking at the tiny person her parents had been dreaming about, and now she's here. It was fun to bring out the pinks and purples from my stash of props, since most of the recent newborns I've photographed have been boys. And the more newborns I shoot, the more I'm starting to better articulate my style. I do some simple "studio set-ups" with blankets, backdrops, and baskets, but what I really love is just capturing the baby and her parents in their home in the most relaxed and natural way. Enjoy these shots of Olivia and her beautiful family!
 








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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/6/olivia-brand-new Fri, 22 Jun 2012 10:00:00 GMT
It's Fun Being One! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/5/its-fun-being-one Hi everyone!

Yes, I know I have been remiss at updating the blog. ::hangs head in shame:: BUT I do keep you all up to date on my Facebook page which is where I post current sneak peeks from my shoots. Now that I started a new day job, my time is even more limited and I'm simultaneously working on organizing content for this site. So hopefully soon I'll be up and running again! In the meantime...
 


Last weekend we celebrated my nephew's first birthday, and I've also had the opportunity to do a number of 1 year old shoots recently so I've got 1 year olds on the brain! So many of these kids I knew when their mommies were pregnant and some even before that.

If you have or know of a one year old in your life, I would love to capture the fun and amazement of hitting that first year milestone. Contact me to schedule a session!

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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/5/its-fun-being-one Tue, 29 May 2012 20:30:00 GMT
"Mommy & Me Mini" - Penina and AT! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/3/mommy-me-mini-penina-and-at  
I met up with my friend Penina and her sweet son Ariel at the Grove early one Sunday morning...our timing was perfect, because the sunlight wasn't too strong yet and we weren't lost among throngs of shoppers and tourists. I forgot that it's actually a really awesome place to explore with a little one even though I tend to avoid the crowds there. Anyway, Penina and I had been talking for a while about doing photos (she wanted to treat herself to a birthday present!) and the moment was finally right. I loved how these shots turned out, and that she decided to do them just her and her boy (daddy/hubby was working that morning)...in fact, when Mother's Day gets closer I'm going to offer a special Mommy & Me Mini sessions!

 





 





 
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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) families http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/3/mommy-me-mini-penina-and-at Wed, 07 Mar 2012 11:00:00 GMT
So...what do you think?! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/3/sowhat-do-you-think I am SO SO SO excited to roll out my new blog site!!! I've been working the amazing Becca at Jumping Jax Designs for the last couple months to create a whole new look for my little biz. Up until now I had just been playing around on my own with fonts and watermarks and logos and business cards...it was all over the place and nothing was coordinated. Time for a change!

I have seen Becca's work on a bunch of blogs I read so I reached out, and it's one of the best investments I've made thus far, for the logo work alone! She really pulled everything together - the overall look, the fonts and colors, and logo styles. We had over 100 emails back and forth, as I debated to death the font choices (I drove myself totally batty in the process, I'm pretty sure it was no picnic for Becca either!) and then had to come up with 3 different logo concepts. And this was all starting from scratch...I literally said "I want something clean and sophisticated, somewhat whimsical but not too cutesy." I mean, that doesn't exactly narrow it down, does it?

Here is Becca's genius at work:
 

 

Seriously, if you have a blog - whether its for a business or just your own personal one - and you want a little makeover, you need to talk to Becca NOW! You won't be sorry, I promise!

Happy spring!
 

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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/3/sowhat-do-you-think Mon, 05 Mar 2012 10:19:00 GMT
200 fans and counting - Giveaway Day! http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/2/200-fans-and-counting-giveaway-day Happy Monday! Thank you - all 202 of you, at current count! - for following me. It means the world to have so much support and encouragement from friends, friends of friends, and people I don't even know! Keep spreading the word. As a token of my gratitude, here is the giveaway that I promised:
 

 

ONE MINI PORTRAIT SESSION

1/2 hour photo shoot (up to one nuclear family), 10-15 images in an online gallery to share with your friends and family, and two (2) 8x10 prints of your choice.

You will also have the opportunity to upgrade the session and buy additional prints and/or the full size hi-res images at a discounted rate.

Session must be in the LA or San Diego (when I'm planning to be in town) or anywhere in between (again, when I'm already planning a trip south), or in any of the cities/areas I will be visiting this year - Mountain View/Palo Alto, CA, Charlotte, NC, or Boston, MA.

Session must be booked for 2012, and it may be gifted to someone else in the above-mentioned cities if you are not able to do it.

 

I love doing Minis, and starting this year I'm only offering them as special promotions (no longer on the regular menu), and it's a fun way to get a few great shots of you, your kids, or your family. So, you're probably asking yourself, how do I enter to win this fun opportunity?!

 

ENTER THE GIVEAWAY!

 


  1. Like my Facebook page.

  2. COMMENT on this blog post to tell me that you like it AND your favorite image that I've posted on my page so far. Make sure to leave your name and email so I know how to find you!

  3. EXTRA ENTRY - follow this blog on Blogger and leave me a comment to tell me you do.

  4. ANOTHER EXTRA ENTRY - follow me on Twitter, and leave another comment on this post with your name and Twitter name.

I will do a RANDOM drawing on Thursday, February 16 sometime in the morning. Thanks for playing - enter early and often - LOL - and thank you for your support!
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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) giveaway promotion http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/2/200-fans-and-counting-giveaway-day Mon, 13 Feb 2012 11:57:00 GMT
Sweet Baby Annie http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/1/sweet-baby-annie  
Remember these glowing parents-to-be and the gorgeous baby belly?
 
 
 
Now they're glowing as parents with their sweet daughter Annie! I could not get over there fast enough to take her newborn pictures because she is one gorgeous baby. And to see Nicole and Erez as parents was so much fun...they were were pretty laid back and totally enjoying themselves. It's such an amazing "before and after" experience to go through with expecting parents and getting to meet the little one that everyone only dreamed and wondered about. So here she is - Miss Annie Iyla!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of my all time faves! And it inspired this, from the son of our mutual friend:

"I'm playing Baby Annie!"




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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) newborn http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/1/sweet-baby-annie Tue, 31 Jan 2012 13:30:00 GMT
W-G and W-L Families http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/1/w-g-and-w-l-families It was so much fun to do a shoot for this lovely family. Yael and Tamar wanted photos of everyone together - sisters, husbands, dad, and cutie pie cousins - so we took the opportunity of Tamar, Josh and Ayelet's visit to Los Angeles to make it happen. And just as I was pulling up this insane fog rolled in!! While usually more overcast skies make for better photos, this fog was something else. It was quite challenging because it was actually pretty bright, but I guess that goes to show that you don't have control over everything the way you want! Anyway, I captured some really sweet shots of this fun group - here are some of my faves!







 




 
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silverliningphotosbykim@gmail.com (Silver Lining Photography By Kim Silverstein) families http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/1/w-g-and-w-l-families Sat, 21 Jan 2012 21:01:00 GMT
R Family http://www.silverliningphotosbykim.com/blog/2012/1/r-family My dear friends Tamar, Noam and little Judah came back to visit LA from their new home in Charlotte, NC. Tamar and I had been plotting to do some family photos for a few months, since their visit coincided with their wedding anniversary AND Judah's first birthday. So off we went to LACMA - good call on our part going on a Wednesday when they are closed so there was almost no one people around outside - and did some shots at the light pole installation and in the part between the museum and the Tar Pits. It was a great reunion with great friends, and I had so much fun capturing the love and delight of this family.
 





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