A Turn In The Road

Effective August 1st 2016, Saldivia-Jones Photography Boutique will no longer be located at Brookhaven Village.  Due to personal reasons and market changes, it makes sense to rent our commercial space out to someone else and shift our business to a purely location-based photography company.

We’ve enjoyed great success over the last four years in Brookhaven, but the two sectors of the market in which we make use of the studio the most, maternity and newborn photography, have seen a dramatic increase in low-priced competition as well as a shift towards ‘life style’ portraiture that is mostly accomplished at the client’s home or on-location.

Furthermore, circumstances have come together in such a way as to make our dream of becoming real-estate investors a reality.  Already, we’ve flipped two homes to great success, with a third, fourth and fifth already in the works and looking to turn a profit.  The potential upside in the real-estate market is much greater than in professional photography, so part of our move is to shift more of our attention to this lucrative venture.

Finally, our growing family has put a premium on our afternoons and weekends, which is prime time for a photography company.  We adopted Lena’s 17-year-old nephew in the Spring of 2015 after his mother died of brain cancer.  He, and our four-year-old son Diego, don’t like, or understand, why we have to go during the only two days a week they have us to themselves.  As just about every new photography client wants to schedule their session on a weekend, this has set up a conflict that we’ve long wanted to resolve.  Parenting is Job One, the most important endeavor we have been given by God, and He has set us on a new path that allows for more time with our kids.

Please note, WE ARE NOT CLOSING the photography business.  Our office has been moved to our Doraville home, and we are currently accepting new clients.  However, we are changing our business model to a digital-first photographic studio.  Our quality and craftsmanship in shooting and finishing images will remain the same.  We are simply streamlining the process using common digital technology.

The changes to our business include:

  • Shoots will be scheduled for Thursdays and Fridays only.
  • The weekend fee increases to $125 in addition to our regular $175 session fee, and based on availability.
  • There will be one free weekend once per quarter.
  • We will have one mini-session Saturday in late October.
  • We will now offer two digital finishing packages for all sessions: $800 for ten images, $1200 for twenty images, 50% off on printed products when using images from a digital package.
  • Instead of viewing sessions with Lena, your portraits will be proofed in an online gallery for one week following the shoot.
  • A non-refundable $400 deposit is required to continue to have access to the gallery past a week, and will be applied to your order as long as it is placed within 30 days of the gallery going live.
  • Following the week-long preview, Lena will meet with you over the phone to narrow down your favorites, discuss photoshopping and place your order.  Under no circumstances will we sell or release unfinished images.
  • We will conduct home viewing sessions for clients wishing to decorate their home with their portraits.

It has not been taken lightly, this decision to scale back our photography business, as our passion for photography runs deep and is tightly connected to our family’s own story.  Lena and I met to review her portfolio in a coffee shop nine years ago, and photography has supported us ever since.  It has taken us to where we are today; it has made us many wonderful friends and taught us many valuable lessons.

Our new real-estate company is called Light Box Homes LLC, and our website is www.lightboxhomes.com.  Many of the good business practices and marketing skills we learned as photographers are working in our favor as real-estate investors, and we love our second career.  We take great pride in our projects and we bring the same dedication to quality that defined our photography business to our real-estate business.

If you are interested in making your savings work for you, please contact us to join our private lender network.  The money we put to work on our real-estate projects earns a 10%-12% annual return on investment, and your money is protected by the real-estate itself.  We have a proven track record of success and new projects coming down the pipe all the time, so contact us if you’re interested in helping us turn ‘old’ into ‘gold!’

Furthermore, if you have a property that you’re trying to offload, particularly one that needs more work than you care to put into it, or that is underwater or is otherwise ‘unsellable,’ please contact us.  With the market stable and growing, now is an excellent time to sell, and we make it a whole lot easier by paying call-cash, covering all closing costs, buying as-is, and with zero agent commissions for you to pay.

We invite you to visit the site, www.lightboxhomes.com, check out the before and after video of our first flip, and contact us if you’re interested in joining our private lender network or having us give you a value estimate on a property.  Also, Stephen recently passed his state real-estate agents licensure exam and will soon be able to list properties as well as buy them.

You, our clients, are the beating heart of our business, and we are here for you.  Thank you for being part of our success, and we look forward to serving you in the years to come.

Sincerely,

Stephen and Lena

 

 

 

Fall Family Portraits Highlights

Our busiest time of year is the Fall when we make portraits for Atlanta area families to be used for Christmas gifts and holiday greeting cards.  Our single most popular promotion is the Fall Mini Sessions weekend.  This year we held the minis in Lenox Park on a fine sunny weekend in November.  Other family portraits viewed in this gallery were made in a variety of locations around the city.  Scroll down to view a collection of our favorites: The Fall Family Portraits Highlights!

NOTE: These beautiful portraits can also be viewed on our Facebook page.

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2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival In Photos

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I’ll keep my words brief and elaborate more at the bottom of the page.  As many of you know, Lena and I had a booth at the Brookhaven Arts Festival this past weekend, where we were introducing people to our work.  In between talking to passersby about our photography services and products, we walked the festival and made photos of the vendors, artists, musicians and all the happy people exploring the booths.

We’d like to thank the event organizer Kelly Marsh plus all the volunteers and staff at The Brookhaven Arts Festival for a wonderful weekend.  The weather couldn’t have been nicer; the atmosphere was relaxed and we met a lot of new faces.  The Brookhaven Arts Festival is really special, as it’s not too big.  You can spend quality time with each artist and appreciate each booth, and still meet the whole thing.  Enjoy the photos below.

BONUS: Any attendee of the Brookhaven Arts Festival is entitled to one free 11×14 print when they sign up for a portrait session from Saldivia-Jones Photography Boutique!

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Our booth is on the right, ready to show our portraits at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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We had the nicest neighbor imaginable at the Brookhaven Arts Festival, Neil, here putting up his booth tent.

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Artists hanging their wares at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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An eclectic Argentinean artists’ booth at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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A little dog warms up early Saturday morning at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Some of the amazing volunteers at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Banjo Cold Brew Coffee kicked us into gear on a groggy Saturday morning at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Typical festival food; good, greasy and fast, at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Early risers are the first to view art at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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The wonderful volunteers and staff who ran the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Tower Beer reps pose for a portrait at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Early crowds at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Lunch is on the grill at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Festival goers early Saturday morning at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Our neighbor, Songbird and twig, made beautiful pressed-bottle wind chimes and cheese platters.

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Another pressed-bottle cheese platter made by our neighbor, Songbird and Twig, at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Our other neighbor made incredible leather bracelets stained to look metallic.

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Festival-goers check out Songbird and Twig’s beautiful wares at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Our own Brookhaven Police kept order and provided security during the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

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Three of the wonderful volunteers with the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival and their cooler of fresh water for the artists.

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Furry friends were more than welcome at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

 

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The booth for Saldivia-Jones Photography Boutique at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

 

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The artist at Silk Art Co. demonstrate how they dye their beautiful silk scarfs at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

 

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The artists who run Silk Art Co. pose for a portrait at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

 

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Crowds gather to eat and listen to the spectacular musical talent playing at 2015 the Brookhaven Arts Festival.

 

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Kaleidoscope had a booth selling delicious smoked franks at the 2015 Brookhaven Arts Festival.

 

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2015 Limited Edition Fall Color Portrait Sessions

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Our once-a-year, full-service Limited Edition Fall Color Portrait Sessions are here!

  • $175 Reservation Deposit
  • Full-service session serving up to 7 people ($25 per extra person)
  • 1-2 hour shoot with both Lena and Stephen
  • Produces between 30-40 unique portraits
  • No extra charge for weekends
  • Free in-home decor consultation

With a wide range of locations, Fall can’t be beat for color, texture, background.  From mottled tree color to beautifully back-lit tall grass, this is the best season to make family portraits.

Our Limited Edition Fall Color Portrait Sessions are full-service and produce between 30-40 stunning portraits to choose from during your private portrait viewing session.  With seven people included, this session is for that once-in-a-blue-moon, everyone-is-miraculously-in-town moment.  We’ve also geared these sessions towards clients who have identified a space in their home that would really benefit from a portrait art installation, and thus we include a free in-home art decoration consultation with each Limited Edition session.

During your consultation, we’ll identify and take pictures of places in your home where your professional portraits would look great.  Then when you visit the studio for your private portrait viewing, we’ll use those home photos to preview your art hanging on your walls.  That way nothing is left to chance.

As a further bonus, we’ll deliver and professionally install your portraits exactly as you see them in the preview.  We’re committed to your complete satisfaction with your portraits.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact us at (404)984-9739 or by email at saldiviajones@gmail.com.

Limited Edition Fall Color Photography Sessions

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Absolutely The Cutest

These are some of the absolute cutest baby portraits we have ever made!  We simply couldn’t wait to post them online and in our portfolio.  We hope they bring a smile to your face, and if you’re thinking of having high-quality baby portraits made of your special little one, this age range (6-8 months) is the right time because babies can sit on their own by this age and thus wear really cute outfits, such as the one you see in the first few photos below.  We hope you enjoy them!   www.saldiviajones.com

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Come Support Briarwood Park This October 11th

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Come support Briarwood Park and visit the annual park Pumpkin Patch this coming October 11th in beautiful Drew Valley, Brookhaven!  We’ll be giving away plump pumpkins for FREE, and family photographs are available for a donation of $20 to support the organization Friends of Briarwood Park.  Your money will be well-spent improving the park, and the photos are free to download from our website the following week (note: they will have our logos on them).

The Pumpkin Patch is sponsored by Saldivia-Jones Photography Boutique, Haven Insurance Group and Brookhaven Neighbor by Stacey Miller Morris KW Realtor.

Lena and I are such big fans of Brookhaven, and one of our favorite neighborhoods in Brookhaven is cozy Drew Valley and it’s companion, Briarwood Park.  The neighborhood association has been working diligently with Dekalb County and the City of Brookhaven to renovate and improve the park & pool, and we enjoy doing what we can to support this noble effort.

So on October 11th between 11am-1pm at Briarwood Park we’ll be available to photograph families who donate $20.  We’ll have a cool Fall set up with pumpkins and hay bales ready, and we’ll send branded digital copies of the images to everyone we photograph, free of charge!

Of course, if you want to sign up for one of our Mini Sessions or a Limited Edition Fall Color Session…Please let us know!  We’ll give you a high-res, non-branded copy of your Pumpkin Patch photo absolutely free plus a free 8×10 print from your purchased session for being a friend of Briarwood Park and the Drew Valley Civic Association.

Cheers!

–Stephen and Lena

2015 Mini Session Special

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Our popular 2015 Mini Session Special is back and better than ever, with two dates, two spectacular locations and two attractive prices.  Here are the details:

  • First round: October 11th @ Gerrard Landing – $75 session fee
  • Second round: November 8th @ Lenox Park in Brookhaven – $99 session fee
  • Quick, fun 20-minute session
  • Private viewing session in our studio
  • Digital-only packages available starting at $245
  • Prints and wall-portraits 50% off after digital package
  • Legendary Saldivia-Jones quality and service

These sessions are geared towards clients looking for an economic update to their family portraits that can be used for holiday greeting cards and gifts.  During the session, we’ll prioritize the grouping you need most and then work on other poses and groupings as time allows.

Our first day of mini sessions will happen on October 11th in Gerrard Landing in Alpharetta between 3-6pm and the second weekend will be November 7th-8th in Lenox Park in Brookhaven between 2:30-5:30pm.  Both locations have beautiful bridges, water courses and of course, Fall color.  Gerrard Landing has more tall grass and Lenox Park has more traditional tree color.

BONUS: The next three people to book will get a complementary mounted 8×10 included with their finishing order.

If you’d like to go ahead and book, please CLICK HERE to go to our secure payment page, and be sure to put MINI SESSION and the date/time you want in the notes.

Please contact us for more information.  CLICK HERE, or call (404)984-9739 or email us at saldiviajones@gmail.com

Here are a few sample images from last year.  Enjoy!

Portrait of a girl by a stream

Mom and her daughters under a covered bridge

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Family under the covered bridge

One year portrait at Gerrard Landing.

One year portrait at Gerrard Landing.

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Family and their one-year-old toddler. Gerrard Landing.

Under the covered bridge at Gerrard Landing.

Under the covered bridge at Gerrard Landing.

Family portrait under the covered bridge at Gerrard Landing.

Family portrait under the covered bridge at Gerrard Landing.

Lenox Park Fall Family Portrait

Lenox Park Fall Family Portrait

Lenox Park Fall Family Portrait

Lenox Park Fall Family Portrait

Another Balloon for Addie Beth

Though I’ve written briefly about the birthday balloons portraits concept before, I wanted to touch on it again because it really strikes to the heart of how photography can strengthen the bonds between a family, their past, and their present.

By now many of you are familiar with one of our most photogenic models, Addie Beth.  We’ve been her family’s photographers for the last three years, during which we’ve photographed Addie Beth with her grandmother, her dogs, her wonderful parents, and once every Summer we do a special birthday shoot.

In fact, our first shoot with the adorable Addie Beth was to celebrate the occasion of her first birthday.  We met in beautiful Cator Woolford Gardens, and her parents brought a quaint wooden rocking chair and single pink balloon.  The rocking chair belonged to Addie Beth’s mom, Hallie, when she was a little girl.  The balloon was part of Hallie’s vision for decorating her home in portraits.

Hallie’s idea was to add a balloon each year to a photo from Addie Beth’s birthday portrait session and create a spectacular collage of all the years’ photos on a big open wall in her home.  And for the last few years, the family has arrived at the shoot with a larger and larger bunch of pink balloons in hand.

Lena and I love this idea.  We love the challenge and creativity of helping a client realize a unique or meaningful vision for their portraits.  It’s such a simple element, the balloons, and yet when combined with the cherished rocking chair, the project achieves two powerful goals of photography: To connect us to the past and project our hopes into the future.  When it is completed some fourteen years into the future, Addie Beth’s birthday balloon collage will powerfully convey the incredible transformation of a toddling baby into a dynamic young woman.

Addie Beth's first four years in birthday balloon portraits.

Addie Beth’s first four years in birthday balloon portraits.

Each year, we deliver and install the next portrait on Hallie’s wall.  The process amazes us with how it transforms Hallie’s wall into a piece of living art.  It’s somewhat tricky re-arranging the portraits to cover the nail holes from the previous year, but that’s why you hire a professional to do this job.  We mind the details.

Last year's installation photo of Addie Beth's birthday wall showing the one, two and three year 16x20 satin wraps.

Last year’s installation photo of Addie Beth’s birthday wall showing the one, two and three year 16×20 satin wraps.

Just in case you were wondering, yes, we took a lot more than just the balloon photo at Addie Beth’s birthday shoot.  With a subject so photogenic, why stop with just one?  We almost always shoot too much with Addie Beth; she’s such a kind, fun little girl to photograph.  Below are some highlights from her shoot.  Enjoy!  –Stephen and Lena

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Mommy & Me Portraits – Part Two

A few months back we published photos from our first Mommy & Me Portraits package, and now we’re happy to publish part two!  The Mommy & Me Portrait Experience Special  included hair styling by GlowDry in Buckhead and a $50 gift certificate to Pretty Please Children’s Boutique.  We hope to do it again next year, as the clients who opted in loved it and the photos are really special.

Although the last round of photos was in B&W, we felt these photos were better in color.  The nice thing about how we make portraits is that you can have both color and B&W.  We love the interaction and connection in this round of portraits.  It’s so obvious how much the girls love one another and mommy really feels like their emotional center, which really gets to the heart of this project.

If you’re interested in doing a similar session, contact us today!

Enjoy the photos!

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A Very Special Gift

For many grandparents out there, a photo of all the grandchildren together is a very special gift.  Though there are many moments in life when all the grandchildren are together, coordinating a photo shoot with every one of them can be challenging.  So when a family showed up for a grandkids session at our natural-light Brookhaven portrait studio recently, we were ready, and the portraits we made represent not just our efforts, but the tremendous job the adults did in dressing and preparing their children for the shoot.

The portraits were a very special gift for the grandparents, one of whom had the best ones mounted to canvas and installed in her home (picture below).

We hope you enjoy the portraits, too, and if you are interested in having all the grandchildren in your family photographed, call or email us today!  Whether on location or in our Brookhaven studio, Saldivia-Jones Photography Boutique is the place to get such rare groupings done right the first time.  (404)984-9739 or saldiviajones@gmail.com

A truly historic photo: All the grandkids together!

A truly historic photo: All the grandkids together!

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A moment in between

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Just the girls

Just the boys

A trio of Elegant canvas wraps hang in the kitchen and hallway.  One 24x36 and two 16x24s.

A trio of Elegant canvas wraps hang in the kitchen and hallway. One 24×36 and two 16x24s.