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Hi! My name is Pam Nafziger, and I'm a children's and family custom portrait photographer who recently relocated to the Lake Keowee area of South Carolina. I do sessions at my home on the lake, but I do on-location work anywhere in the upstate area including Clemson, Anderson, Greenville, and as far north as the Highlands and Cashiers areas of NC. I make frequent trips to the Pittsburgh PA, Lancaster PA, Olney MD, and Great Falls VA areas (where my children live) for clients. I also accept just a few select weddings throughout the year, and in addition to my children and family work, I LOVE doing high school senior portraits and newborns! Call me at 864-719-0130 or email me at email@example.com if you would like more information about Casual Moments Photography - I would love to talk with you!
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So I just realized that I have been posting sneak peeks on Facebook – but not everyone is on Facebook! Here is a little taste of Rikki and Drew’s wedding (more to follow soon!):
We all know that texting while driving is bad. We KNOW its dangerous. We’ve seen the commercials, heard the horror stories, and there is NO DOUBT in anyone’s mind that it should never, ever be done.
Yet…most of us admit to doing it, at least occasionally.
Nearly half of commuters self-reported texting while driving in a recent poll1, and 43% of those who did called it a “habit.” Commuters are texting and driving even more than teens – 49%1, compared to 43%2. And the problem has gotten worse. Six in 10 commuters say they never texted while driving three years ago.
It is REALLY hard to resist that temptation when you hear that “ping”. I have trouble doing it (I now turn my phone OFF when in the car) but I know that a teenager often feels indestructible and perfectly capable of managing it.
I found this new device on the internet that I would most certainly purchase if I still had teenagers (or if I knew that me, my spouse, or one of my children had trouble with this issue):
How the ORIGOSafe™ works:
Dena Robles wrote: I've gotten in the habit of putting my phone in the flap behind the driver side seats. I just don't want to become a sad statistic. I am interested in this product though...because of my texting husband and soon to be driving teenager...and because of everyone ELSE out there on the road! (04/10/13, 4:07 pm)
Anna-Karin wrote: This is very interesting. I think I will need to do some research on this. I try to avoid using my phone when driving but sometimes it is hard to avoid answering. I also have other family members this could be very useful for! Thanks for the tip! (04/10/13, 11:49 pm)
Dena Robles wrote: seriously? Sign me up. STAT. (03/30/13, 6:15 pm)
It’s no secret that I love, love, LOVE photographing high school seniors! They are so fresh faced and gorgeous and full of life and excitement that it never fails to make me happy just being around them. My vision and style for photographing seniors is a little different from other area photographers, though…I photograph them as a Mom. I am not interested in making them feel like something that they aren’t (“supermodel” “glamour”"wet look” images come to mind), but completely on board with capturing who they are – which is everything in my second sentence
They are on the brink of heading out into the big world. It’s going to change them, a lot, and in a myriad of ways. I want to capture the essence of who they are TODAY, before that happens, because IT CAN NEVER BE REPLACED.
I’m also a big fan of simple and timeless imagery, because I think natural beauty is the best kind. I’m not a fan of trends or overdone props, which date an image quickly – TIMELESS is what is important here. The images aren’t meant just to be enjoyed today, and shown off in graduation announcements and yearbooks and Facebook. They are also meant to be enjoyed in the future – way, way down the road.
When the senior in the photo is standing at a career crossroads in their 30′s, and looks back at their 18 year old self in the photo, remembering the dreams and drive they once had. When they have a high school senior of their own, and giggle over Mom’s yearbook.When they become grandparents, and everyone remarks how much the grandchildren resemble them.
This is a session that I pulled from 2007. You seriously would not know it – no vintage faded color or sun-flare or trendy clothing that is now out of favor – just classic, timeless, beauty.
(Washington PA Trinity High School Senior photographer, Peters Township High School Photographer, Wash High PA senior photography, Bridgeville PA photographer, South Fayette High School photographer, Canon McMillan High School photography, Fort Cherry High School photographer)
season moore wrote: I SO agree! Especially when it comes to the trendy coloring on photos today. I don't want clients to say, "oh that photos is sooooo 2013..." (03/27/13, 10:40 am)
Holli wrote: SO true! I love a clean edit, classic image! These have a ralph lauren feel to them, which IMO has kept that classic, stand the test of time feel to their brand. (03/27/13, 10:46 am)
Anna-Karin wrote: Beautiful and timeless stunning portraits like these will have a shelf life that last forever! She is stunning and these portraits looks like they could have been taken today. I love this clean style and not the over use of props or crazy editing style. Beautiful strong quality of work as always! You need to continue to stick with your beautiful style of portraits, those are a keeper and with a much longer shelf life then the editing fads and over proppy styles. (03/27/13, 11:42 am)
Kimberly Whipps wrote: Wow...these are really gorgeous. I love how you captured her at her AGE. Beautiful work and beautiful gal. (03/29/13, 10:22 am)
Lina wrote: You speak the truth, could not agree more. (03/29/13, 10:46 am)
Dena Robles wrote: No kidding on the importance of having classic and timeless portraits. My own senior photos were the butt of more than a few jokes by the time I was out of college :) These are gorgeous photographs Pam and all the focus is on the most important aspects, her youth, natural beauty and outlook. (03/30/13, 6:18 pm)
Paula wrote: YES...totally agree! I love that your photography is about your beautiful subjects and not the newest fad ...blown out backgrounds and lack of color. Your photography is gorgeous and timeless! (04/02/13, 5:59 pm)
Jenny Ruddle wrote: These are timeless! You would not know this is from 2007! (04/06/13, 7:03 pm)
Julie wrote: I so agree! I also love photographing seniors and I also photograph them more as a mom. This is such a fresh and exciting time of their lives and these are just lovely portraits! I am sure her and her family will treasure them! (04/11/13, 10:48 am)
Shellie Gansz wrote: I totally agree too! These are photos that she will look back on and still love 20 years from now! TIMELESS BEAUTY! (04/26/13, 9:19 am)
We all know that Spring is dragging her feet to get here – a few inches of snow are on the ground YET AGAIN back in my hometown in PA. And I’m sure all of you bought or made gorgeous Easter dresses for your girls, who will likely need sweaters or coats to cover them and stay warm if it doesn’t warm up soon. Here’s a perfect opportunity to get that extra value out of that dress – pair it with my floral head wreath for a simple but timeless accent in images that you will love forever!
(natural light children, family, and senior photography sessions in the upstate region of SC and southwestern PA, Mingo Park photography minisessions, professional outdoor photography sessions Greenville Sc and Clemson SC, Venetia PA and McMurray PA photographer)
lauri wrote: I wish I was younger. I'd want to hire you to do one of these for me... so, so beautiful. (03/25/13, 8:34 pm)
Julie wrote: I happen to have a "thing" for floral head pieces! Not for me though (that would be silly) but for portraits they are just lovely. I can't wait to see all the pretty spring dresses and florals you capture (03/26/13, 10:21 am)
My friend Julie Tauro wrote an amazing story on her Blog recently recounting the discovery of a few trays of old slide film, when she and her mom were cleaning out her grandparents’ house. Turns out that a lot of them were images that her mom had NEVER seen. Just think about that…images from her prom, wedding, first baby, young parents, family cottage…NEVER.SEEN.
They had the joy of carefully examining these images and memories, seeing familiar loved faces from a time when life was simpler but from a whole new perspective. How powerful to see your parents and grandparents when they were young and actively living life just as you do now – because instead of seeing them from your memories of that same period as a child, you are now seeing them at that time as an adult, perhaps even OLDER now than they were in the pictures!
Just think about it – what if all of your photos that are on your phone or computer or on a cd somewhere disappear tomorrow? Your phone gets lost or broken, someone steals your laptop, your computer crashes, your cd becomes unusable or obsolete? What if your kids never get to have this pleasure?
And here’s another thing that I thought of as I looked at the pictures that Julie posted from those slides: no one is looking at those images and thinking about how their mom/grandma/poppy is fashionable or not, or heavy or not, or if they have makeup on. All you see is THEM. Young, happy, living. Looking WONDERFUL. All you feel is the love.
Lessons? Let people take photos of you instead of hiding from the camera. If you are uncomfortable about it, get a pro who will help you look and feel your best. Do it for your kids, grandchildren, great-grandchildren so they can feel their love and connection with you when they most need it (even if it’s when they are 70 years old themselves). And PRINT THOSE PICTURES!
Here’s a link to Julie’s blog post – she shares some of the photos and they are FASCINATING and so worth the read! Slide Film and Digital Files – why 40 years later, my mom has photos she never knew existed
(Clemson SC child, senior, and family photographer, Greenville SC family photographer, McMurray PA photographer, Venetia PA photographer, Washington PA child and family photographer; Olney MD Child and family photographer)
I had a really good two days of healthy eating, until it came time to make dinner last night and I needed to use up some leftovers. I was delighted to use up every last bit of the pulled pork, cilantro, red onion, corn, etc in this, but I totally pigged out on the result. Oh, well. Iphone photo:
1/2 bag tortilla chips in bottom of 13×9 baking pan – top with pulled barbeque pork (or beef, or chicken; you can use store bought easily), shredded cheese, a small can of corn or even sprinkle some frozen corn on it like I did, and 1/2 cup chopped red onion. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350. Remove and drizzle with Ranch dressing and sprinkle with fresh chopped cilantro. YUM!
Kimberly Hill wrote: And you didn't save any for me? Looks FABULOUS! (03/19/13, 10:19 am)
I’m so sorry that I’m a little behind (okay, a LOT behind!) on blogging the tons of sessions from the fall that I captured, but a computer hard drive crash sucked up a lot of my time and attention this winter (don’t worry, all of your images were safely backed up in three different places, so that’s all good!). I posted a few of these images on Facebook but I just wanted to show off a few more here…perfect example of Mom holding her breath because she knows exactly how active & unpredictable little ones are, but then being delighted that our images showed off just how ADORABLE they are! I just can’t wait to see these children grow; they keep their parents kinda busy, but I know they are going to be even more fun to photograph as the years go by!
season moore wrote: Adorable family, I am so looking forward to warm session photos again! (03/18/13, 2:21 pm)
Dena Robles wrote: It is always so wonderful to see moms and dads being photographed with their kids. These photos are all so heartwarming Pam! (03/18/13, 3:16 pm)
lauri wrote: Perfect session! The expressions on the kids are adorable. (03/19/13, 3:28 pm)
Lina wrote: Gorgeous work, such a sweet session. Beautiful! (03/21/13, 11:41 am)
Jenny Ruddle wrote: What a lovely session, great images and especially love the one of mum and her baby's (03/21/13, 7:43 pm)
Holli wrote: Awwww, really adorable family!! You got some great smiles! (03/26/13, 10:30 pm)
Tavia Redburn wrote: Lovely work! I adore the one of big brother kissing little sister on the cheek. Cuties! (03/27/13, 8:53 am)
Our youngest daughter Allison got engaged to Josh this winter, and since their wedding is at the end of this summer, we wanted to get some engagement photos done while they were here visiting in January. It was sunny but WINDY and pretty cold, in the 30′s; not ideal but we didn’t really have much choice. Fortunately these two don’t mind being outdoors, so we hit some fun spots around Lake Keowee and went for it. We drove up to Stumphouse Tunnel and Issaqueena Falls as well, which involved a little hiking to get to the falls…but the results were oh so worth it!
Anna-Karin wrote: Oh my goodness what a gorgeous couple! You and your husband must be so proud of her. I love all of these and how fun that you were able to capture them together and remember this special time leading up to their marriage. Great job as always! (03/01/13, 1:57 pm)
Shellie Gansz wrote: What a beautiful couple ! YOU must be so proud!! :) These images are full of love! (03/01/13, 7:25 pm)
Paula wrote: Gorgeous images and your colors are amazing! Your daughter must be so thrilled with these! (03/02/13, 3:51 pm)
Dena Robles wrote: Seriously gorgeous locations and the light is divine. I can easily sense the love and sense of adventure here. (Congrats to you too! You get a new son.) (03/04/13, 1:45 pm)
lauri wrote: The couple is gorgeous, and these photos are absolutely STUNNING! Love them! (03/08/13, 1:28 am)
season moore wrote: These are STUNNING! Oh to go back in time and have great engagement photos taken... (03/12/13, 4:47 pm)
Anna Mayer wrote: Beautiful. And how fun for you to be a part of that. Congratulations! (03/12/13, 7:44 pm)
Danna wrote: What a great session. Love all the variety. (03/12/13, 9:46 pm)
Julie wrote: What a great looking couple! you have created a beautiful selection of images for them! Lots of variety! well done! (03/15/13, 9:28 am)