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Hi there! My name is Pam Nafziger, and I'm an on-location children's and family custom portrait photographer from southwestern Pennsylvania who relocated to the Lake Keowee area of South Carolina (but continues to do sessions in Washington & Allegheny Counties back in PA). I started Casual Moments Photography in 2004.

I specialize in helping you to get that photo session of your family that you've always wanted, but never quite scheduled because you were a little intimidated by all of the details. I help you every step of the way, from scheduling it for a time that works the best for you, to help with what to wear, to a casual stress-free session despite having unpredictable kids, to certainty that I will pose you in the most flattering ways so that you will LOVE your images!

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 back to Pennsylvania near McMurray PA and to the Olney MD area (where my children live) for clients.

My style is clean classic outdoor casual portraiture, with true color and the focus on the eyes. Although I love Pinterest, I believe that professional portraiture should look timeless and upscale, not homemade.

To see examples of my work, click on the PORTFOLIO link on the menu bar above. If you like what you see and want to know more about what I offer, click on DETAILS. If you have any questions or wish to schedule a session, contact me any way that works for you - I would love to talk with you!

Contact Info:
Pam Nafziger
6 Shiplight Ct
Salem, SC 29676 (on Lake Keowee, near Clemson SC)
pamnafziger@gmail.com
724-986-2625

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Washington PA Family Photographer | Saying it with pictures

November 18th, 2014 , Posted in Family photography, Mommy & Me portraits, South Carolina Family Photographer, Washington PA photographer by Pam

I made this slideshow to try to express exactly what it is that I strive for in my sessions and why….I hope you enjoy it, and I hope it inspires you to get photographed with your kids!

You can rest assured that I understand how it can be uncomfortable to be photographed and that I will use all of my experience to make it as easy as it can be! I will take you through the process step by step, and I promise you that you will love your images. Call me at 724-986-2625 or email me at pamnafziger@gmail.com so that we can chat!

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Pickens SC photographer | What a real session album looks like

March 25th, 2015 , Posted in Children's photography, Daddy and me portraits, Family photography, Outdoor natural light photography, Pickens SC photographer by Pam

My most popular photography product is also my very favorite, and actually the reason that I keep at this business. It’s the session album –  and it is absolutely breathtaking.

What makes it so special?

Well, it contains all of the proofed images from your session, at least thirty. And even though each individual image is beautiful alone, TOGETHER all of the images tell so much more of your story. It’s why I photograph so many different poses and groupings.

Another reason is that it is a great way to preserve your memories. So many people INTEND to put their images in an album or scrapbook, or design their own album, but never have the time to do it. My albums are heirloom quality and designed to last, so your grandchildren will be able to enjoy them. They have thick, sturdy pages with no gutter in the middle and your choice of a beautiful leather or canvas cover. They are SO MUCH NICER than a consumer Shutterfly book, heavy and high end.

I have clients who come to me every year and get an album to add to their collection. They are thrilled to have a top quality product that is not only beautiful to look at, but is a treasured record of beautiful images that captures who they were at that time in their lives. Imagine – a set of gorgeous photo albums that makes sure your memories are safe and organized by year, and can be handed down to your children!

I bring one to every session, so that you can see and feel it. I’m going to share one of the designs from a family session here, so that you can get an idea of how the layout flows…but I promise you, the computer screen DOES NOT do it justice. The colors, sharpness, and detail of the actual printed pages of the album are amazing!

 

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If you would love to have a beautiful album like this of YOUR family, call  me at 724-986-2625 or email me to schedule a session!

Pickens SC photographer, also doing sessions anywhere in the Upstate area including Clemson SC and Greenville SC. I also travel frequently back to southwestern PA to do photography sessions near Presto PA, Cecil PA, and Bridgeville PA.

 

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Professional Headshots Clemson SC | Likeable & Approachable

March 24th, 2015 , Posted in Clemson SC Photographer, Headshot photography by Pam

Job hunting and networking ain’t what it used to be, folks! Nowadays online applications and resumes are the norm, and quickly becoming the standard. Make sure that you have an up-to-date headshot that is a representation of the real you – not a glamour shot, not a snapshot, and not a boring standard studio shot.

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I make sure that I use flattering, natural light and posing to help bring out your personality. Connection with your audience is the #1 feature of a great headshot! You can see some of my work here. You can read more about the importance of headshots and my approach to them here.

I have special affordable packages for professional headshots Clemson SC and the surrounding area of Lake Keowee, as well as the Washington PA and McMurray PA areas. You get the retouched digital images of your favorites to use as you wish for all of your professional needs – resume, LinkedIn and other social media, branding, etc.

If it has been longer than three years since you had a headshot, or you want something that is more vibrant and likeable than the typical corporate one-size-fits-all look, give me a call at 724-986-2625 or email me so that I can answer all of your questions!

 

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Photographer Belle Vernon PA | Mingo Park family session

March 20th, 2015 , Posted in Family photography, Mingo Creek County Park photography, Outdoor natural light photography, Photographer Belle Vernon PA by Pam

Most people are pretty good about getting family portraits done when their children are small. Watching them grow so very fast makes it a priority, because we know that we can’t put it off for too long or we’ll completely miss one of their adorable stages. It’s also pretty easy to convince little kids to cooperate, and every child is so un-self-conscious and playful that it is easy to get images that you love.

After they hit the teen and young adult phase, though, it gets a lot harder. They have pretty packed schedules, and they are pickier about clothing and about being photographed in general. Parents are just as bad if not worse – we aren’t as enthusiastic about our less-than-youthful selves, and we are pretty busy ourselves.

BUT…when you have a family that is as close as these guys…and a mom that values her children over everything else…and is just as delighted and enthralled with the people that her children are becoming as she was with their first steps…

Well, then you get images like these.

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If you haven’t had your family photographed since your children were very small, then it is time to consider getting everyone together and making it happen! 

I make it fast and easy (and painless!)  for your teens or college students, by working with your family and your schedule to get beautiful portraits like these. I will photograph not just the usual family picture, but also the special relationships within – mother/daughter, brother/sister, husband/wife. Every detail, from “what to wear” to how to stand and pose will be taken care of! I specialize in natural, outdoor, non-studio family portraiture that captures the real beauty of your family. Call me today at 724-986-2625 or email me

Photographer Belle Vernon PA but also in the Upstate area of SC near Clemson SC

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Perfect Match – the ideal photography client

March 18th, 2015 , Posted in Reasons to use custom photography, Uncategorized by Pam

Since I am an outdoor photographer, winter is typically a slow season for me. I use that time to do all of the behind-the-scenes business stuff that needs to be done (hello tax return prep) but I also do tons of education and networking. I’m a member of a few different groups of successful and talented photographers, and we constantly encourage AND challenge one another in our businesses.

This week’s group assignment is to write a paragraph or two describing the characteristics of your ideal photography client…one who would share your vision and style…one that you would just click with…one that would be a perfect match and thrilled with the type of images that you create.  The reason is that once you know your perfect client, then you can create the perfect products and services FOR THEM. So here I go!

My clients typically:

-Place a priority on their family life. They are captivated and humbled by the beauty of their children, and they want to remember that beauty forever.

-Are computer and internet-savvy, and they know how to use and share digital files. They are comfortable with technology, and they use their smartphones to do a lot more than chat! They are used to fast access to information. They hate it if they can’t find pricing on a website. They are generally on social media.

-Do research for good quality and value, but they do not automatically go for lower price. They try to save money whenever they are purchasing consumables such as groceries, or kids play-clothes, so that they can conserve their spending for brands that offer something distinctive and valuable. They are style conscious but not necessarily trendy; they know what works for them.

-Focus on relationships, not pretenses. They generally have a tight circle of friends whom they socialize with. They tend to rely on product recommendations from their friends rather than trust advertising.

-Are very home-centered. They decorate for comfort, peace, simplicity, and function. They are parents and their home is cozy and lived-in, not an untouchable showplace. They enjoy their home as a refuge from work and their busy lives. They love color, texture, and clean simple style. They are just as likely to display groups of smaller family photos that they update frequently, as they are to get a large canvas of that “perfect” image.

-Love DIY projects as an outlet for their creativity, not because they are “cheap”. They enjoy Pinterest but don’t really have the time to do too many projects. They love creating gifts such as calendars or photo books from their digital files.

-Love photography and frequently photograph their own family in a lifestyle manner. They place a high priority on regular professional family photos to document their memories, and they know how important it is to actually BE IN THE IMAGES. They don’t want their images to look like snapshots or amateurish, because they know their children deserve great pictures. Many of my clients have gone on to start their own photography businesses, but they still return to me to get images from someone that they trust.

- Prefer outdoor, casual, and relaxed portraits to formal studio portraits. They absolutely don’t want the “everyone in white shirts & blue jeans” look. They want good sharp and clear images of their children’s faces and beautiful eyes, and they don’t want excessive props or costumes (they are perfectly capable of taking their own pictures of their kids sitting on hay bales next to pumpkins themselves). They want me to capture them being themselves, and they love that I pose them quickly and flatteringly. They don’t want to stress about their session, and if they are going to the time and effort to get everyone ready, they want to make sure that they get a good variety of superior images out of it.

Once I wrote all of that down, I thought about my current clients and realized that almost all of them fit this description to a tee! I am so glad that I took the time to actually get this on paper, because it will help guide my business to truly meet the needs of my clients as well as their desires.

If this description sounds like you, take a look through my blogsite and see if you think we are a good fit. I am happy to answer any questions you might have. Give me a call at 724-986-2625 or email me . I would love to get to know you and your family! I photograph families all over the Upstate SC area and as far north as Brevard NC and Cashiers NC, AND also in southwestern Pennsylvania where I still have family: Washington PA, McMurray Pa, Venetia PA. In PA, I am generally your favorite Mingo Park photographer :) as I have found that it’s a perfect place to do family sessions.

 

 

 

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photographer Belle Vernon PA | it started with two

March 16th, 2015 , Posted in Family photography by Pam

Just one image from a family photo shoot this fall…I always make sure that I grab a photo of Mom & Dad alone at every session. Because, after all, it started with just these two.

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When was the last time you had a beautiful photo of just the two of you alone? If you say “our wedding”, then you need to call me. Seriously.

 

Photographer in Belle Vernon PA or in the Washington County area, this particular portrait was captured at Mingo Park PA

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