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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.

ENJOY!

* 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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A Dog & His Boy – Newborn Session

Teddy brought in his 5 day old baby brother to have his newborn portraits taken. Teddy and his family just moved to Whidbey Island a little over a month ago. Although Teddy was super excited, he was very patient as we got his little brother settled into different props and positions. He watched me very closely. You can tell he’s going to be a great big brother. Baby “P” pretty much slept throughout the entire session. Even though he was sleepy, he was very particular when it came to what positions he would sleep in. So it took some time to get him comfy and content, but overall it was a perfect session.

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

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Growing and on the Move – 1st Birthday Session

This little gal “A” was super happy when she walked through the door. It was her actual birthday that day and she was just a ball of sunshine and energy. A very strong walker, she did not want to just sit around. She was on the go from the moment mom set her down.

She brought her older siblings along with her to celebrate. So we were sure to get those sibling images done first. We got her siblings ready and positioned first, then mom quickly set “A” in place. I then grabbed her attention with my trusty noise makers and voila! Sibling portraits were a snap! (no pun intended) After that, I did a few individual images of her brother and sister. They were great listeners so it was quick and easy.

We then moved on to her individual portraits. Mom decided to skip on the cake/treat so we just had fun with different props for her to sit on or in. She was so excited that she still didn’t want to sit still. So we just let her run around, then would bring her back, get a few clicks in then chase her again and repeat. It was a lot of fun and once we hit the 45 minute mark, she was so tired, which is pretty normal for a 1 year old’s session. I’m sure she took a great nap once she got home. Hope mom was able to get some rest too!

Thanks again for choosing me. I had a blast while she kept me on my toes! To see one more image from this session, click HERE to view it 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
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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Jimmy Leonard - My nephew and nieces are so amazing! Great pictures!

Natalie Duran - Aww!! They are sooo big already.

Kambri Roland - Beautiful family! Love the colors!

Lisa - Beautiful LOVE YOU ALL!!!!

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Two is a Charm… – Newborn Session

Due to a disturbance in sleepthe night before for the entire family, this session had to be done in two parts. Everyone had a rough night and unfortunately, most of the session went that way too. Little baby B had a hard time falling and staying asleep. Her big sister B was so tired that she wanted nothing to with the session. This is something that I am used to, but I know how tough it is on the parents. So we did as much as we could the first round and let everyone go home to rest and recuperate.

About a week later they all returned and it all went much better. We got a family portrait, we got a sibling portrait and lots of extras. Yay! We were even able to throw in a few at the end for test images of a new backdrop that I needed.

To see another image from this session, click HERE to view it 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
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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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What I Have Been Doing on the Weekends

This is a long one… bear with me.

As our eldest son (Jon) has been growing up, my husband & I always wondered if he would get into any extracurricular activities. When he was a toddler, we thought it would be soccer. He loved kicking that ball in the backyard. But when it came to taking lessons, he didn’t want anything to do with rules and strategies, he just wanted to kick the ball and run.

So we waited. In elementary school he was very fidgety and could never sit still. He had so much energy and we thought. “Maybe baseball. His friends play baseball, maybe he would too.” But no, he had no interest. He waited for his friends to get home from practice and then they would all meet up outside to ride bikes and run around.

Okay, maybe football in middle school. At one point, he was interested and we almost signed him up. But the interest faded and that idea just blew away in the Whidbey wind. Guess we’ll wait some more and see if something sparks later on.

But first, a roadblock. It was in his middle school years that we noticed something was happening. Like I mentioned before, he was always very fidgety and would never sit still. His hands were always moving, mind was alway busy, sleep was almost nonexistent. But now he was really having a hard time concentrating and his grades were dipping and so was his spark to play and enjoy life. He was also being bullied. He was very thin and small and lacked any confidence to fight back. He was hesitant to go to school and just hated it. And his eczema was flaring up due to the stress. His arms and back were full of cuts and scratches because the itching was so bad that he would bleed. He never wore short sleeved shirts and would only let me see it to put ointment on it.

During his 8th grade year he hit a wall. He was struggling to communicate, struggling to understand what was happening and why he couldn’t be a normal kid. My heart broke for him as I tried to talk to him and help him. It wasn’t until a teacher happened to catch a glimpse of one of his arms that took down a new journey. A journey that we had actually been through when he was in the 3rd grade, the road to a ADHD diagnosis. But in the 3rd grade, we were told that he did not have ADHD. Because we didn’t know very much, we never questioned the doctor and never thought of it again. We stuck with what worked at home: routines and a firm hand. But now, in the 8th grade, it’s all different. He is a different.

After the teacher saw his arm, she was very concerned. I received numerous calls, requests to come in to meet… and I did. They were surprised to know that I was aware of it and as we spoke about his history they suggested to go and get tested again. And so I did. I filled out the paperwork, waited for the teachers’ paperwork, turned it all in and made the appointment for him.

This time he was diagnosed. He has ADHD with insomnia and anxiety. Let me tell you, this was not easy for me. I was not relieved to have this diagnosis. As a parent, I had always had the firm hand with discipline because I always thought he was just being a rebellious, stubborn child. I felt so much guilt. Although I did a lot of things right, I also did a lot of things wrong. I immediately began to learn more about ADHD. Reading and reading and having lots of the “aha” moments.

Almost three years later, here we are. Three years of changes made in our diet, our environment, our teaching at home, our listening skills, our thinking skills and communicating have brought us here. (He did not want medication, so we had to do it naturally) He is in his second year of Oak Harbor High School’s NJROTC. His first year (9th grade), he laid low. He was still the little guy and so he just enjoyed being in the ranks. But now, he is quite involved. He has found that spark. He is part of the Orienteering Team, the Armed Drill Team and also practices with the Color Guard. He is a B student with future goals for college. He is wearing SHORT SLEEVED SHIRTS. I know it sounds so little and unimportant, but this is something that makes me cry. He still has the scars on his arms, but there is no shame, no hiding. If people ask, he tells them his story.

Every weekend since November, we have been traveling with him to meet his teams for competitions. Two different teams, every switching off each weekend. We leave early in the morning and get home late in the evening. And I am loving every moment of it. For pretty much all of them, I literally left my camera at home on purpose. Because I just wanted to watch. To just watch him doing something he loves. To see him motivated and focused. To remember the journey we have been on and the new journey he is on. He is able to get his need to fidget out of his system by twirling and tossing his rifle and I have my boy back.

If you live in our local area, he will be competing tomorrow. His school, Oak Harbor High School is hosting the competition. If you would like to come down and support him and his fellow teammates in all the competing categories, be there by 9:00am (that’s what time it starts). You may see me with my camera or you may not, I’m still trying to decide.

I took my camera to two weeks ago and although I took pictures throughout the whole day of the different teams and kids, here are some pics where I was focusing my son. If you are not sure which one is him… in the first image he is the 3rd guy from the right.

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