Reindeer Dust Children’s Book | Commercial Photography

Not too long ago, I received a call from a past client about a new children’s Christmas book she was launching this season.  Being a mother of young children, my eyes immediately lit up!  I am always on the look out for favorites to add to my children’s library, especially from local authors.  It makes it even more special when I have the opportunity to work with the author to create imagery she can use to help promote the book.

We played around both in studio and on location for a collection of styled and lifestyle photographs.  I especially loved sampling the the reindeer dust after the photographs were taken – I can see my kids gobbling it up on Christmas Eve!  Such a fun and sweet book I hope every family takes home and reads to their children this holiday season!

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The fabulous author Kate and her sweet children!

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Chaffee’s Garden Shower/Sip & See

There are far few things better in life than celebrating a dear friend and the birth of her beautiful boy.  Chaffee and I have been friends for a long time, and one thing that I know well about her is that she loves to show her close friends how special they are, but she rarely likes to be the recipient of equally thoughtful gestures.

Which is precisely why her sister Kiery and friends – Jany, Kristin, Lesley and I -collaborated behind her back to plan a surprise shower for Chaffee.

“Frogs and Snails & Puppy Dog Tails. That’s what little boys are made of.”  This was such a fun theme to plan a shower around.  Since Chaffee was expecting her 2nd son and we knew there was nothing more she loved than spending quality time with her family in their garden, we went to work planning a summer garden party for Chaffee’s baby shower.  But like many things in life, it didn’t quite go as planned.  The day before her scheduled surprise shower, Chaffee’s doctor put her on bed rest… And so we all scrambled to reschedule the shower (still without her knowing, which proved to be incredibly tricky with many out of town guests) for this Fall.

In the end, it could not have been a more perfect celebration of this very special baby and family.  Klaus John entered this world in early October and Chaffee’s dear friends and family gathered for a special Sip & See celebration to meet him.  It could not have been a more perfect day…

The details of this event were very special… I always enjoy putting together sweet events, but this has been one of my favorites.  Here are the invitation suites that went out to each of Chaffee’s guests.  They were printed on a 120lb thick card stock and the 2 inserts were bound together with a coordinating belly band.  The envelops were lined with a beautiful garden green liner and finished with fun little boy vintage stamps.  Loved the way they turned out!

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Since the Sip & See included the little man, we tried to incorporate thoughtful details with his name – like these hand lettered bunting decor pieces. Love.

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We hosted the event in Kiery’s backyard – the perfect backdrop for our garden themed party.

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Some fun details…

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And of course, we loved seeing Chaffee surrounded by so many of her dearest friends…

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The event was catered by Hannah of Zest Atlanta Catering.  They did a fabulous job incorporating fun details in their menu.  How adorable are these little puppy dogs & frog cookies?!

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Our bar set up with Chaffee’s very own signature cocktail – the Baby Bellini.  It was delicious!

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And one of our favorite elements of the shower was having our guests help build Baby Klaus’ library.  Everyone would choose a favorite book to dedicate to Baby Klaus, then they would take a photo of themselves and inscribe a sweet message to him.   We all had a lot of fun with this!

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And how adorable are these mud pies?  Jany & Lesley woke up at the crack of dawn to make these sweet favors for our guests to take home to their little ones.  Each were filled with layers of sugary goodness!

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In the end, it was the perfect celebration of this little man’s arrival and his wonderful family.  There is no amount of words or gifts that can show them how much they are loved…

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FAQ: Family Day Sessions

Clients often ask me what my favorite ages to photograph are. For me personally, I adore the baby stage (which is why I created the One Year Plan). After the first year, subsequent years I love capturing are the 18 month milestone, 2Y, 3Y, 4Y, then 5Y portraits.

After their 5th birthday, I then recommend my clients participate in our annual Family Day mini-sessions. I designed these sessions so that I could continue capturing my past clients’ families annually in a way that is fun, beautiful and relatively painless ;)

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We just opened up 2014’s Fall Family Days, and we have already sold out almost all spots to past participants.  Here are the details:

Dates:
Saturday, 10/4 (sold out)
Sunday, 10/5 (sold out)
Saturday, 10/11 (sold out)
Friday, 11/7 (just a few spots remaining)

Details:  Every year, we invite all our clients and past clients to spend time with us at a park. We schedule back-to-back mini-sessions designed to capture beautiful individual and family portraits against the glittering Fall leaves. Alice will then apply her signature toning and black & white techniques on her favorite 10-15 images and burn each of them on CD (printable up to 5×7) for families to make as Christmas cards, gift portraits, and to archive for their own personal use.

Typically, our time together is incredibly high-energy, quick, and a lot of fun for the little ones.  Within 15 minutes, I work to create around 10-15 stunning portraits of your family.  The results are timeless…

Below are samples of a family I’ve photographed for many years.  We were able to achieve these images (and more!) within our 15 minute window.  I just adore them…

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If you are interested in participating in our Family Day mini-sessions this year, please email us at hello@aliceparkphotography.com for available dates & pricing!

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Session Share: Georgia Mae, 6 Months Old!

Greetings, friends!

I am finally getting back into the swing of things.  Life as a family of 4 is settling down for us, and our team is busy preparing for one of the busiest Falls we’ve ever had.  It feels really good to be back with my clients.

Before going on maternity leave in late July, I photographed a number of families in Athens.  This blue eyed beauty is the newest addition to the Knox family, and I just adore her name – Georgia Mae.  She has a striking resemblance to her older brother Neely!

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And then there were Four…

These past couple of weeks have been a blur of happy moments.  Little moments that I am cherishing now as I’m living through it, but moments that I know won’t be so vivid in the not-so-distant future when our family is beating at a different rhythm.  That is why I’m grateful for these moments captured on whatever device I have on me… Truth be told, I haven’t taken out my DSLR once since little Elise was born, but I don’t feel like her first two weeks have been ill-recorded in any way.  On the contrary, I’m thrilled.

Late into the evenings, as I’m going on about 2 hours of sleep and she’s fed, burped, changed and swaddled… I catch myself just holding & staring at her and wanting desperately to remember just how tiny she is.  And how sweet she smells.  She’s an easy baby that never cries or demands our attention other than the expected 3 hour feed.  And I can’t help but to sit there and smile at my little blessing of a baby that I love more than I could thoroughly express.

The late evenings are our time together, just she and I, and no matter how sleep-deprived I am – it’s one of my favorite times of the day.

Here is a peak at some of the little happy moments caught with my iPhone during Elise’s first 2 weeks of life.  I caught myself getting back to work and the swing of things very early after she was born (2 days & at the hospital), but my attention quickly diverted when we all returned home and I realized my toddler needed my attention more than our businesses… It’s been a good adjustment for us all.

And who can forget my wonderful NAPCP girlfriends who coordinated a newborn photo shoot for Baby Elise at 1 week old.  Such an amazing blessing to have them all in my life!

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The Parks are taking it slowly these days, enjoying our little family one day at a time.  We’re all in love with her and her delicate personality, and we’re taking in every bit of her as much as we can.

For those of you who asked, I’m set on my daily chronicling of Baby Elise just as I did for Project Lyon.  Can’t wait to share them with you all….

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Introducing Elise

Dear Friends,

Alice and I would love to introduce you to our daughter, Elise Tsui Tin Park.  She arrived on Saturday at 7:30pm weighing 7lb 3oz and 19.5″ long.  Alice and baby Elise are doing well and our family is excited for this new chapter in our lives.

Thank you for all of your thoughts & prayers.

Kyu, Alice, Lyon & Elise
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  1. Brock says:

    So exciting, congrats! :)

Session Share: Eleanor, 1 Year Old

These precious one-year portraits were taken of Eleanor and her family right before I took off for maternity leave at 37 weeks.  I have been photographing their family since their oldest Caroline was a newborn, and her family has become wonderful friends that I look forward to visiting every season….

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Alice’s Maternity Must-Haves!

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I have to admit… Although at 38 weeks I’m not absolutely loving this stage in the pregnancy, this baby has been so much easier on me than with Lyon.  I think it’s a combination of me being so much more relaxed and understanding what my body needs.

The above were some of my must-have essentials that kept me feeling energized and loving every second of this pregnancy!

1.  Comfortable Maternity Wear – I’ve had a lot of fun with this.  My go-to’s are the ever popular Gap Maternity, JCrew, H&M, Izzy Maternity, but recently – I discovered this fabulous new line from Hatch Collection that produces beautiful wear for before, during & after your pregnancy. Brilliant!

2.  Pregnancy Workout DVDs – Around 18 weeks into my pregnancy, I started to experience a lot of lower back pain.  It was the way this baby was growing that made it so hard for me physically… and I knew it was just going to get worse.  So, I started working out for 20-30 minutes a day, and the pain almost immediately went away.  In fact, I felt so much more energy, and it helped me keep the excess weight off.  Perhaps it’s carrying a baby girl that’s different, or that I started exercising daily, but because I’m about 10-15lbs lighter this pregnancy has made it so much easier on me during the last summer month!  Here were my 2 favorites:  here and here.

3.  Biggest Pregnancy Craving:  Watermelon.  I can eat a whole one every day.  And I have!

4.  Belly Band – this has been a life savor during my photo shoots where I’m required to squat up and down, run around chasing toddlers, and get into all kinds of awkward pregnancy positions to achieve a shot.  I never realized how physical my job was until I started to feel the strain it put on my lower back & belly.  This band helped me continue shooting amazingly until 37 weeks!

5.  Mustela for Stretch Marks – a powerful weapon that helps keep marriages together.  True story.

6.  Maxi Dresses – I have been living in these this entire summer.  My favorite finds have been from Old Navy & Gap of all places! And I love that I can continue wearing these after the pregnancy through the rest of the summer.

7.  Mobile Apps – I admit that I haven’t been as in-tune with this pregnancy than with my first (probably because I’m constantly running after my first!), but both of these apps have been wonderful in keeping me up to speed with what I’ve been experiencing and how this baby has been growing.

8.  The summer has definitely drained me during this last trimester.  Staying hydrated has never been more important; I can definitely feel it when I haven’t had at least 8 glasses of water per day.  Favorite water bottles that I tote with me everywhere has made it easy to stay on top of it!

9.  And lastly, preparing my 3 year old – who has not experienced anything but complete 100% attention from both dad & I – was a big priority for me this pregnancy.  I know his world is just about to rock, but I think we’re prepared for it thanks to these favorite books and more!

What have been some of your favorite must-haves during your pregnancy?

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Session Share: Gender Reveal!

Congratulations to one of my favorite families….  They are expecting a baby sibling for Grayson this Fall, and it’s a……

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Session Share: Beautiful Baby Boy Trip

I recently ventured up to Athens to visit a few new clients, and I enjoyed meeting baby Trip and his proud big sisters.

What I love about these images was how little staging was done to capture them.  I simply found the gorgeous light and asked them all to love on their new baby brother while I captured all of it on film.

Such a beautiful family…

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