I haven't been very good about getting professional portraits taken of my kids. We had pictures taken at the hospital when they were born, and we bought the "professional" pictures from daycare twice a year. I thought that was enough. It is only in recent months that I look back and really wish I had more professional photos of the kids and our family, so I am getting better about having them done now.
Back in November, my best friend Melissa told me about Fairy Portrait Studios. From the second I looked at their website, I knew I wanted to take Rylie for a photo shoot. After all, you can't go to just any portrait studio and get beautiful, one of a kind photos of your child like this...
I spoke to Steve Kleiman (the photographer behind the fairy portraits) early in November and we set up a photo shoot for both Rylie and Mia (Melissa's daughter) for the weekend after Thanksgiving. When we arrived at his studio in Clearwater, it wasn't at all what I expected...it was a small studio in a strip mall and the set up looked nothing like the photos I saw on his website. I have to admit that I was a little nervous.
Mia had her shoot first while we got Rylie in costume. They had several different costumes for kids, and I wanted Rylie to wear the one in the photo above. Unfortunately, she is very sensitive to elastic and tags, and before I could even get the costume on her, she started complaining about the elastic in the waist and wanted it off. She ended up picking out this purple number with pink wings. While I wasn't thrilled with her choice, we proceeded with the shoot.
She did so well during the shoot that Mr. Kleiman asked if she would just try one of his custom fairy dresses and he would do another complimentary shoot. I suggested to Rylie that she put her regular skirt back on under the fairy dress so she wouldn't feel the elastic, and it worked! She went back into the "enchanted forest" and looked so beautiful.
When we went back a few weeks later to view our proofs, I have to admit that I was skeptical. Like I said, the setup he had in the studio did not look as nice as the photos on the website, so I was pleasantly surprised when I saw the pictures. The graphics artist did a wonderful job really making them come to life! She made a dusty mirror look like a rippling pond and a plain ball look like a glowing globe, and she even put doves and castles in the photos. I was seriously AMAZED!
We were promised a free glow-in-the-dark portrait just for coming in, and it took me a while to pick out the one I wanted. It was not easy to choose just one favorite, but I ended up going with the one at the beginning of this post. Then I went back through all of her photos several times, trying to figure out which ones I wanted to purchase. Mr. Kleiman was so patient and was so easy to work with. I couldn't just pick out a couple of photos that I loved, so I finally just asked for them all on a disk.
If you live in, or will be visiting West Florida and want a very unique portrait of your little girl, I highly recommend Fairy Portrait Studios! I absolutely love Mr. Kleiman's work, and I am so glad we had this opportunity!
Fairy Portrait Studios is located in Clearwater, Florida, and is definitely worth the drive from anywhere in the Central Florida area. At the time of this post, Mr. Kleiman is still offering the FREE session and a FREE 8x10 glow-in-the-dark portrait, along with a $100 studio credit, in exchange for allowing him to use your child's photo in his portfolio. Visit Fairy Portrait Studios online for more details.
Disclosure: All opinions are my own. I received a small discount on my photo purchase in exchange for posting about the studio. However, you all probably know that I would have posted this anyway. I absolutely love Rylie's fairy portraits!
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