Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Gift To Last A Lifetime...

A gift you can't buy just anywhere...Family Photos!


It's that time of year when families start to come from near and far to be together for the holidays.  Maybe you get together often, maybe you only get together twice a year, either way what better time than now to schedule a family photo?  At Carlson's we try to make and capture fun and lasting memories of you and your loved ones together.  Family portraits make the perfect gift to give yourself and to give your loved ones. 


Don't wait! Schedule your appointment today!


Can't all be here on the same day due to scheduling conflicts?  No Problem! Tell us ahead of time what groups can come in at what times and we can make sure your end product showcases everyone it needs to.  We have the ability to take photos and superimpose them onto each other so it looks like everyone was here at the same time!

Need an appointment after work?  We can help! We can accommodate evening and weekend hours by appointment.  Just give us a call sometime Monday-Friday from 9-5 to discuss what availability we have after hours and we can accommodate for your busy holiday schedules!   
We have a wide variety of packages that serve as a good starting point for your portrait needs.  Feel free to customize them or build your own package a-la-carte.  We also have custom framing options available to you with a wide variety of moldings guaranteed to match any decor.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tis' the season for pictures with Santa!

The Carlson's Team had the opportunity to hang out with Santa this Saturday, December 1st in Perry.  First we were invited out to Breakfast with Santa , hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary at the Perry Fireman's Building.  A delicious breakfast was prepared and Santa came to visit and gave kids the opportunity to share with him their Christmas wishes where Carlson's stood by to capture the moment.  It was a wonderful start to our very busy Santa Saturday! 

As the streets were shut down to traffic, main street came alive with people all excited to spend time mingling and enjoying the holiday lights and festival set up by the Holiday Delights Committee.  A festive tree lighting kicked off the night as people gathered around to hear the High School Chorus sing holiday music and enjoy the different local groups and vendors that set up in the plaza. Cheesed and Confused, Blue Box Cafe, The Country Kitchen, The Vets Club, The American Legion and The Maple Queen were just a few of the many awesome vendors that set up and contributed different products for public enjoyment. A live Nativity scene was set up, complete with animals for petting! A flash mob from the Perry Middle School surprised us all with a dance number to Read Around Perry.

An impressive firetruck parade lit up the town as trucks covered in lights decorated main street throughout the duration of the festival, filling the street with the holiday spirit.

Peyten Nearhood; all smiles as she
showed us that not all 2 year olds
are afraid of Santa!
After Santa helped oversee the lighting of the tree downtown, he made his way with his elves to the hot spot of the night where kids were standing in line watching outdoor movies waiting to meet and greet with him.  Cookies and toys were donated so each child could receive a special Christmas surprise and then build their own cookies! 

Both events were a huge success and we were so happy to be invited to share in these fun holiday traditions again this year!
Approximately 500 kids came out to have their picture taken with Santa this year between both events.  With numbers like that, Carlson's has committed to investing in modern technology that keeps the printing time short (approx. 15 secs per print).  By the time the kids are done talking to Santa about their placement on the "Naughty or Nice" list their prints are ready to go.  This is the same technology we utilize for our event photography (ie. corporate parties, photobooths, etc...) to avoid having you stand in line all night and get you back into the party that much faster.

If you didn't get a chance to get your picture taken with Santa last Saturday you have 2 more wonderful opportunities to meet him coming up soon! Carlson's will be hanging out with Santa at the Warren's Cleaning office on North Main Street in Warsaw to benefit the Relay For Life as they host a Christmas Bazaar on Sunday, December 16th.  Your next opportunity will be on Thursday, December 20th at The Stage.  Santa will be arriving around 5:30 and then a FREE Holiday Movie will be showing at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Whild Flowers Are In Bloom At Carlson's

All the hard work put into a large wild flower display is paying off. They make a fantastic backdrop to many subjects, kids, to high school Seniors. They should be in bloom from now till the first frost. Lucky that I have a water supply to keep them growing.

Its just one more backdrop in the "Photo Park" here at Carlson's. If you choose the white sand beach, it may look like you are at the outer banks. The Dock, Victorian Porch, punch bug, old truck, Barn woods of various colors, Metal sculpture, split rail fences, woods, fields... the list goes on and on.

I hope you will consider makings an appointment to have your photo taken in them.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Rotary Club

Are you involved with a group or organization? There are so many to choose from. Small or large, together many hands make light work! Pictured here is the Perry Rotary Club. Taking time to mark a moment in their clubs history. We at Carlson's applaud the efforts of all who choose to get involved. You almost always get back more than you put into it. Funny how that works!
Carlson's Studio, group photo, club picture  
Perry Rotary Club 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Take me to the Prom!

Prom Date Photos
(Ally and her boyfriend.)
The perfect dress [check] hair style [check] date [check…or maybe stag!] shoes, nails and flowers [check,check, check] now who’s going to take the pictures of you and all your friends on prom day?? 

Why not Carlson’s?! Even if the Prom Committee didn’t select Carlson’s as your Prom Photographer, doesn’t mean you can’t have Carlson’s Photos to capture the memories.

Carlson's Pre Prom Photos

 Just this past Saturday Ally, our 2013 Senior Rep from Avon, invited us to be a part of her special day with all her friends.

Friends at the Prom
(All the girls)

We all gathered at the Livingston Campus Park for a quick photo session before the prom which was just a short drive away at the Genesee River Hotel.  The girls all looked fabulous in their dresses and the guys were all very handsome in their tuxes. 

(boys will be boys)
(no one fell in!)

(All the guys)

The setting was perfect with little white bridges over a beautiful pond. Ally was the perfect coordinator for bringing a total of 21 people together for a Pre-Prom photo op.  We are so lucky to have her on our team this year to help launch our senior season. 
(Pictured are a couple of shots from the session on Saturday.)

Interested in Pre-prom photos like Ally's? Just call and ask if we have your prom date available, we'd love to take part in capturing your memories of this special day.

Friday, May 18, 2012

United Way 5th Annual Day of Caring.

Kevin recently had the opportunity to visit with and photograph some of the volunteers at the United Way Day of Caring event on May 16th. 

The first year the Day of Caring had 70 volunteers and covered 7 locations.  This year, numbers reached over 300 volunteers of individuals, businesses, and civic groups and even the Batavia Student Council covering 34 work sites from fixing up old bicycles for re-use to sprucing up the playground at the School for the Blind.

 Pictured are photos from the morning kick-off of the event where volunteers gathered for an inspirational message from a School of the Blind director about the amazing impact the Day Of Caring had last year.

They also listen to a story with a great pay-it-forward message about a boy and puzzles.  A young boy at school loved doing puzzles but didn’t like classwork and for that his grades suffered.  This teacher invited the boy to do puzzles in her room during his lunch period.  She encouraged him and offered up words of kindness.  One day she bought a 20,000 piece puzzle for him to work on.  His grades began to improve with her encouragement and by the end of his 7th grade year he went from almost failing to a solid B student.  The next 5 years came and went with him visiting this teacher to work on the massive 20,000 piece puzzle but he didn’t even complete it by graduation.

He took it to college…Associates…Bachelors…Masters…and a Doctorate degree later her FINALLY finished the puzzle and wanted to share this success with his teacher that started it all.  She was proud of him no doubt, and thanked her for her encouragement because he recognized that without it he may not have gotten so far in life and achieved so much.  Her message to him was that it was now his turn to help someone else the way she had helped him. 

It just goes to show that, sometimes it’s just the little things you can do that make a difference.  Something as simple as kind words of encouragement can help someone in ways you couldn’t have imagined.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Senior Season

 It’s that time of year again…Senior Season! And we couldn’t be more excited about it.

 Senior Year is such a special time in our lives.  It’s a year of legend that we spend our whole high school careers working towards and looking forward to and then in the blink of an eye…it’s over.  Prom comes and then Graduation and you’re on to bigger things like college and jobs and seeing new people and stepping outside of the places you have known and into the unknown.  You only get to be this age once, and experience this transition from childhood to young adulthood and enter into the “Real World” that everyone has been telling you about.   

At Carlson’s we love to capture that “in between” stage you’re living in.  We love hearing about your future plans and getting a real sense of who you are.  It’s such an amazing experience for us to have the privilege of working with you in this special time in your life and hopefully capturing a sense of who you are to share with friends and loved ones to cherish for years to come.

Senior pictures are more than just a picture of what you look like at this age. They encompass who you really are, a compilation of the past 17/18 years of your life, and how you want to be remembered.  In 10, 20, or even 50 years from now when you take out that dusty old yearbook from the closet, what will your picture say about you?