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Digital Birthday Sale


$50 OFF Digital Birthday Session

Regular price: $300. Now just $250 (plus tax)

Although 1st birthday sessions are the most popular, we believe that ALL birthdays deserve cake and balloons. And we especially invite you to celebrate your fur baby’s (pets) birthday also! So no matter what the age, this session is perfect to capture the joy of a new year with a new age.


Digital Birthday Session includes:

  • Up to one hour in studio or on location session
  • Cake-smash optional (you provide cake/treat)
  • Includes individual images plus family/sibling portrait (optional)
  • 1 clothing change (2 outfits total)
  • 2 backdrops – 1 for family/traditional portraits and 1 themed set to match outfit/cake (on location sessions will move to another close area)
  • Multiple poses and prop use as time allows
  • Balloons to take home
  • 20 completely edited, high resolution images of your choice (provided via download)
  • Three 6×6 mini canvas wraps – ready to hang (images of your choice) -OR- $50 Order Credit
  • Lifetime personal use print release for digital images is also included

Offer expires June 18th 2017.

You may use this discount towards a date after June 18th, you just need to schedule and pay the deposit by June 18th.

  • Images will presented in a private online gallery view order and download
  • Images will also be uploaded onto our partner site which offers prints and other photo products with professional quality at consumer prices.
  • Images on CD/DVD available for additional fee
  • Additional prints and photo products available to order at 15% off




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Fresh Focus Giveaway!

Enter to win a 3 day “One on One” workshop ($125.00 Value)!

Fresh Focus is a workshop that teaches parents how to take better pictures of their kids. It focuses on concepts you can easily put into practice, just by understanding lighting, composition, perspective and age appropriate techniques. Participants will have access to an easy to follow presentation that includes both in depth details and quick tips for common situations which will help them improve their photos immediately… just by taking the time to assess light, change up their angle, and remember a few quick tips.

Topics include:

  • Camera Settings
  • Learning Light
  • Composition
  • Tips for ages newborn and up
One LOCAL Winner Receives:
  • three days with 1 hour class with hands-on triaging along with practice shooting in different scenarios indoors and outside.
  • Image critique from each practice shoot.
  • Editing critique and help from each practice shoot.
  • Three days don’t have to be consecutive, they can be every other day, every other week, etc.
  • *NEW Fresh Focus forum for continuous support and critique
  • Tips & tricks on-the-go card to keep on hand while you are practicing
  • Printed manual of the course to take notes in and keep at home


STEP ONE: Post a picture of your child(ren) that was taken by YOU. This will need to be posted on the specific STEP ONE giveaway post on my Facebook page which is HERE.

STEP TWO: Head over to our Facebook page and enter our giveaway app HERE. This app gives us a way to choose randomly and contact you privately.

Mobile users, use this link HERE

STEP THREE (optional): Share via the app entry form in step two and share this post too. Leave a comment letting us know you did! Make sure the sharing comment is separate from the picture comment so you get an additional entry. Share on your personal page, business page or in local groups. Each shoe is worth one extra entry. NOTE: General public will not get the details of this giveaway until May 16th. Giving you one day extra to enter, share and earn entries.


  • You must be over 18 years of age and  local to the Whidbey Island area to enter.
  • You must do the first two steps to be entered.
  • Last day to enter with your photo comment is May 31, 2017.
  • Facebook and Gleam are not sponsors nor are they associated with this giveaway.
  • Winner will be contacted via email as well as announced on my Facebook page on June 1st.
  • Winner must contact me within 48 hours after being contacted to verify their win and set up class dates/times.
  • Class dates do not have to be consecutive, they can be spread out as needed.
  • For more information about the Fresh Focus Workshop, click HERE.
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Bathing Beauties Mini Sessions

Bathing Beauties is one of our favorite annual sets. Kids have so much fun and parents love it!

Suggested ages for these sessions are 5 months through 2 years old. All babies must be able to sit up with no support. As always, fur babies (pets) are welcome as well! All fur babies must be under 25 lbs, house-trained, friendly with strangers, and obedient to their owners. If you have both a child & fur baby that would like to participate together, we can do that too.

Choose our studio set OR choose to have your session done at the Lavender Wind Farm in Coupeville.

Clothing is available to borrow or you can bring your own. We provide suggestions and preparation info ahead of time to help you with shopping.

Mini Session Includes:

  • 30 minute in-studio mini session
  • Up to 3 children and/or pets
  • Group & individual poses
  • 15-30 proofs to choose from
  • Print & Digital packages available
  • Complimentary web-sized images

Scheduling Information

Because my schedule is full for the next few upcoming weekends, I have chosen to make this set available from May 22nd through August 31st. What this means is that instead of having the set only available for 2 specific days in limited time slots, you may choose any date that works for you (date availability varies). You’ll want to take a look below at the session options and then give me a call to set up a date and time for your session.

****Lavender Bathing Beauties**** at the Lavender Wind Farm is only available on weekday evenings at 7:00pm or 7:45pm. Please note that it will be breezy and a little chilly. All babies will need to wide awake with a full belly. IMPORTANT: Lavender will only be available for a few more weeks. Call to schedule your Lavender Bathing Beauties session ASAP!

Session Fees: Choose the option that best fits your needs! No matter what you choose, we will have ALL of our prints & photo products
available for ordering in our product menu.

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    Basic ~ $45 (plus tax):
    • Session only
    • Prints/photo products sold separately.
    • No minimum order requirement.
  • Print Session ~ $75 plus tax ($105 Value):
    • Session plus 1 8×10, 2 5×7’s and 1 set (8) of wallets of you choice.
    • You may mix and match all images with exception to the wallets.
    • 10% off any additional prints/products
  • Canvas Session ~ $140 plus tax ($165 Value):
    • Session plus 3 5×5 Canvas Wraps (images of your choice)
    • 10% off any additional prints/products
  • Digital Session [Mini] ~ $145 plus tax ($245 Value):
    • Session plus 5 High Resolution Digital Images (of your choice)
    • Lifetime Personal Use Print Release
    • 15% off any additional prints/products
  • Digital Session [Large] ~ $295 plus tax ($445 Value):
    • Session plus 10 High Resolution Digital Images (of your choice)
    • Lifetime Personal Use Print Release
    • 15% off any additional prints/products
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Flowers & Lollipops – 1st Birthday Session

Little “J” came in to celebrate her first birthday. When mom showed me her first outfit, I already had this new backdrop in mind. It was perfect for J and her siblings. Although it’s floral, it doesn’t say “girls only.” I think older brother J looks great with it, right? Anyway, we got a few of them together first; which is always the toughest when it comes to siblings. We then followed with individual portraits, changed little J and I put together the second set.

Because I didn’t have a backdrop on hand that I thought went well with her outfit, my graphic designer and I came up with a design and had it printed just for her. I think it’s perfect! And the great thing about it is that I already have ideas for using it again.

Little J didn’t have cake, but I found a cute, large fluffy cupcake for her to play with and mom brought a yummy lollipop. Her face needed to be wiped a few times in between shots since sometimes, those colors looked a little crazy as they mixed up on her face. She was a blast to play peek-a-boo with and I’m so glad that I was able to catch some of those priceless, adorable expressions.

To see two more images from this session, click HERE and HERE to view them on my Facebook page.

Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children
Renee Giugliano Photography, Oak Harbor, WA Photographer specializing in Pregnancy, Newborn & Children

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New Partnership with Tiny Prints

As most of you know, we have partnered with Mpix as a special incentive for those of you who have ordered Digital Images from your session.

But if you didn’t order digital images and would like to take advantage of a great online company that can use one or more of your session images for holiday and special occasion photo cards, this is for you!

We have partnered with Tiny Prints to help with the ordering and printing of your Holiday/Special Occasion cards. Tiny Prints is a leading retailer of premium personalized holiday photo cards and has been recognized for their high quality prints and unmatched customer service. Each card ordered is also hand reviewed before it’s printed to ensure quality and accuracy. To start your order through Tiny Prints, please click HERE which will lead you to our co-branded Tiny Prints Storefront. From here, you can shop for any product on the Tiny Prints site or review a few of our favorite choices.

We are using an “escrow system” to help manage your images. This system is a way for us to release the images directly to your Tiny Prints account to order a card. You will not have access to the original image file as part of this system, but will be able to use it on the card of your choice. Your first image is FREE. Each following image you would like to use is $1.50 each. (Invoiced via email)

For clients who want to use their purchased digital images, we can uploaded them all for you for FREE or you may choose to upload them yourselves.

When you are ready to order, please let us know and we will upload your chosen photo(s) into the Tiny Prints Escrow system. After you pay your invoice (if more than one image) We will then send you a unique code (photo key) for each image, which you can use in the card creation process in the “add a photo” stage to retrieve that image into your personal Tiny Prints account. Once you have retrieved the image, you can use it on any card for up to 30 days. Your card will be printed with the high resolution version of the photo.


* Studio Attribution – Clicking on our co-branded Tiny Prints Storefront also ensures that we receive credit for referring a customer to Tiny Prints. This includes our studio name on the back of the cards that you order with a small text based attribution. If you have a concern with our studio name being printed on the back of your cards, you have the option of removing it in the card preview section. The text-based attribution is small, fits in well with the design on the back of the card and is movable.

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