A boy and his Balloons!

If you are new to our blog, you may not have known that March=Balloons at ESP.

One of our lucky March clients was so happy about the balloons that he just had to applaud.

Even when the balloons went away, he was still smiling.

He continued to entertain us with his cuteness for the entire session.

We love photographing this little man!

His parents planned ahead and signed up for our Baby Plan, so you can look forward to seeing more of his smiles.

March = Balloons!

We have decided that the month of March is for balloons!

We are determined to use a balloon, or many balloons, in each of our March photography sessions.  We can’t wait to share all of our exciting ideas and fun balloons with our clients.  We plan to give balloons to babies, children, high school seniors, adults, brides, families, and everyone else!  Oh man, this is going to be so much fun!

Since we haven’t taken any balloon photos yet, here are a few ideas we found on Pinterest.

(Click the photos to see the original sources)

We can’t wait to share our own balloon images with you!

We still have a few March sessions available.  All you have to do is schedule an appointment and show up with a smile!

Can’t wait to see you with a balloon!

Framed Chalkboard Photography Prop

 February Prop Project: Chalkboard Picture Frames

This months DIY prop project earned us some photo perfect chalkboards.  These chalkboards can be used to display any message from a child’s age to a family name.

Here’s how we did it…

Supplies Needed:

First, we did a little consignment shopping and found these interesting frames.

Second, we removed the glass and artwork from the frames.  We discarded everything but the backing, which we will need later.

Next, we applied 2 coats of a semi-gloss paint to each frame.

While the frames were drying, we used the backing as a size guide…

to score and cut a piece of cardboard.

Using the measured cardboard, we cut a piece of Dry Erase contact paper large enough to overlap each side of the cardboard.

Now comes the hard part: attaching the contact paper to the cardboard.

Make sure you do this slowly to ensure no creases!

Next, we wrapped the contact paper around the back of the cardboard and taped it down.

After the frames were completely dry, we placed the chalkboard pieces in them and replaced the backings.

We decided to add a handle to our teal frame.

Using the hot glue gun, we attached the ribbon to the back of the frame.

To make the back more visually appealing and to add more stability to the handle, we used fancy duct tape to cover our hot glue mess.

Here are our new Framed Chalkboards in action!

Miss Ellie requested her age, name, and a flower for the teal chalkboards photo debut.

Jack decided to write his own chalkboard message, "Jack is Awesome 6 1/2"

Clearly, Jack is Awesome!

Ellie designed this chalkboard with her signature and a chocolate chip cookie

Thanks for reading.  Don’t forget to check out next month’s prop project!

Valentines Day Cuties

This year for Valentine’s Day, the Salmon family children will be delivering some very special Valentine cards.

With some help from their mother, Jack and Ellie created some fun 5×5 flat cards to stuff in their schoolmates Valentine mailboxes.

Front of the Jack & Ellie Combo Card

Back of the Jack & Ellie Combo Card

Front of the Jack Card

Back of the Jack Card

Front of the Ellie Card

Back of the Ellie Card

Jack & Ellie used sheets of paper and markers to create their photo props.

Be sure to check out next weeks blog where we will show you how to create Chalkboard Photography Props that would work just as well as their handwritten papers.