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NW Arkansas April Park Photography Rogers Bentonville Fall Photo Specials

2019 Fall Photo Specials

Fall Photo Specials

It may not feel like it today but fall is almost here!  It’s my favorite time of year so I thought I would celebrate with a couple fall photo specials!  If you book now through October 31st you can take advantage of this special pricing.  

All of my session fees include shoot time, full edits, online galleries for viewing and sharing, web-sized digital files for social media sharing and a print credit that can be used toward any of my AMAZING products for your home or office.  For this special full sessions are $250 and include a $50 print credit and mini sessions are $75 with $10 print credit.  

If you would like more information reach out by emailing april@aprilparkphotos.com or you can text/call me at 479-238-4451. You can also use my online booking service by clicking here.

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Boudoir Event – July 2019

NWA Boudoir Photography April Park Photography Rogers Bentonville Arkansas

I am now booking for my upcoming boudoir event! There are a very limited number of slots available so if you’re interested contact me quickly! This event will take place in Bentonville, AR on July 21 and I’ve rented a house for this one so it is going to be the biggest and best yet!

As always, the fantastic Amy Lane will be handling all the hair and makeup. When your session begins, you’ll first sit with Amy to get glamourous and perhaps have a glass of wine if you would like. Then we will begin the photos. You can bring as many outfits as you would like, but keep in mind there is only an hour and a half dedicated to shooting. The house has three bedrooms, all a little different, so we have plenty of room and some variety in shots.

The session fee is $350. The fee covers hair, makeup, shoot time, editing, and a 5×7 photo book with your choice of cover. There are other book upgrades available for an additional cost. There is a $100 nonrefundable retainer due at the time of booking. The remainder is due at the time of the shoot. If you are interested in a time slot, call or text me at 479-238-4451 soon!

If you’re wondering what exactly boudoir photography check out my blog post explaining it and why I’m so passionate about it. I also have a Facebook group for ladies that focuses on body positivity. It’s a relatively new group so there isn’t a lot of content yet, but check it out! I offer discounts for members, too! It’s a work in progress right now but my vision is for it to be a safe group for women to discuss anything and everything with other like minded women.

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August Head Shot Event!

Do you need a new head shot for your LinkedIn profile? Are you a recent college grad that has never had a head shot? Professional head shots make a HUGE impact to your online presence and stand out to potential employers.

I will be hosting a head shot event on Augusgt 19 at my Bentonville studio location.  This is your chance to get a professional head shot at an extremely special price!

Sessions consist of a 20 minute time slot and you will receive both a web-sized and a full resolution photo of your favorite pose for only $50!

You can book your time slot by emailing me at april@aprilparkphotos.com or you can text or call 479-238-4451.  $25 non refundable retainer is required to hold your slot and the remaining $25 is due at the time of the shoot.  This is a very special, one time price and I have limited openings so be sure to book your slot soon!

Headshot April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Headshot April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Headshot April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Headshot April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Headshot April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

More Horror-Able Photos!

In my last blog post I mentioned I would soon share photos from the strangest photo shoot I’ve ever had.  Well…here they are!

Please note the blood is 100% fake and it’s obviously a fake knife.  Some of the images may not be great for more sensitive viewers.

Also, my best friend has some mad acting skills.  Her face in some of these….completely perfect!

 

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Horror-able Love Story

This is the second strangest photo shoot I’ve ever done, horror themed engagement photos. The strangest is with the same couple but more about that on a later post.  Let me give a little background about this lovely couple.  Jennifer is my best friend and has been for well over a decade.  I was thrilled when she told me her boyfriend Shawn had proposed and immediately we started planning photos.  These two love horror movies and icky stuff like that (I say icky because I am NOT a horror fan!) and they also have been a big part of a local haunted house during Halloween time.  They came up with this idea and I went along with it and we had a total blast.

On to the story….

Our story begins with Jennifer.  She’s a camp counselor and decided to go for a stroll through the woods since the kids were all sleeping.  What a lovely evening and beautiful trees!

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Little does she know she’s not alone….

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Jennifer senses someone behind her and looks over her shoulder to see…..but…it can’t be!  He’s just an urban legend….isn’t he?

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

He approaches closer and raises his knife!  Jennifer screams in terror!

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Jennifer reaches out and places her hand on his chest directly over his heart and it causes him to pause

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

She senses something inside him and they both know this isn’t a chance meeting.  She reaches up and begins to lift his mask

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

They look into each other’s eyes…

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

It had to have been fate that led her to this very trail.  As he looks into her eyes he knows she will be the one to tame the monster within

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

They kiss

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

He takes her hand and leads her down the trail

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

They are ready to begin their life together and end his reign of terror at the camp.

Horror Themed Engagement Photos April Park Photography Northwest Arkansas Photographer Rogers

Freckles!

The other day I was sitting at the house with my kiddo. We had a busy weekend and were winding down a bit, he was watching TV and I was just watching him. He has the most adorable freckles I’ve ever seen, although in fairness I may be partial being his mom and all. I decided to play around with some black and white images to make those freckles pop a bit.

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Those freckles!

I’m surprised he was so cooperative! Usually it’s like pulling teeth to get my son to be still for a photo!

I decided to try and get a close up photo of his eye and I ended up something that was rather moody and I kind of loved the effect.

 

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So serious

At this point he was kind of done humoring me!
But I wasn’t done with him….

He went back to the end of the couch and resumed watching his show and I couldn’t resist one more photo of him just sitting there not paying a bit of attention to me.

His freckles don’t quite pop in this one. I thought the softer look worked better here.

 

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His show is captivating!

This is what I do during these cold winter months when nobody wants to get out and do photo shoots! My poor kid is my Guinea pig to help keep my skills sharp!

 

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Why Boudoir Photos?

Today I want to write about something I find myself talking about extremely often.  There will be no photos in this post because I want it to be more about the message than the images.

Why do women want boudoir photos? When I tell people that I take boudoir photos the reactions are extremely mixed.  Men’s reactions are often the most entertaining (sorry guys) because they either have no idea what boudoir is in the first place or they completely misinterpret the reasons for the photos.  Women’s reactions are generally that they would love to do them “someday” but they haven’t worked up the courage.

So let’s set the record straight and address a few things here….

First, what exactly are boudoir photos?  The word “boudoir” is French for a lady’s bedroom, dressing room or sitting room.  The idea of the photos is to catch a woman in an intimate, unguarded environment.  Most commonly the photos themselves are taken indoors, on, or near a bed or vanity to represent her getting ready for her day. There is also a growing trend to do them outside. Although the term “boudoir” shouldn’t apply since it’s not in a bedroom, it is still accepted as a descriptor.  Generally the women are wearing very little clothing and lingerie of all varieties are the typical choice of attire.

Ok, great but that still doesn’t explain why.

This is the point in the conversation that takes a different direction depending on if I’m speaking to a man or a woman.  Most women will agree with me….men don’t get it.  Is there a rare fella that gets it?  Oh I’m sure, but as a general rule men don’t understand one bit.

Women, from the time we are little girls, are constantly bombarded with images and depictions of what “beauty” is.  By the time we are teenagers we are expected to look pretty, wear makeup, be skinny, wear the latest trends, look like that model in the magazine.  Teenage girls are constantly comparing themselves to each other and so often tear each other down either verbally or just in their minds to make themselves feel better.  Instead, girls start doubting themselves and wonder, what is everyone else going to say about how I look today?  As we get older it doesn’t stop; it just calms down a little.  Basically, it’s a recipe for insecurity.

Then add the male element and it’s a whole new mess of trouble.  Somewhere in that struggle to look pretty and perfect some guy probably came along to make us feel like crap.  I don’t know a single woman that hasn’t been harassed or insulted in some way by a guy, some of them quite violently. That takes a horrible toll on an already delicate sense of self.

By the time women are functional adults they have been torn down and taken apart. Somehow everything gets put back together in a functional way but their confidence has been badly shaken. Putting on a swimsuit and going to the beach is absolutely terrifying, especially for moms.  They spent years trying to get flat tummies and now it’s flabby and has stretch marks so that swimsuit gets a lot harder to put on.

So men don’t get it.  Sure, men have things like this going on.  I’m not saying that men don’t  have a lot of the same pressures and insecurities, but it’s simply different.  Also, I am not a man, so I can’t speak with any true confidence about what men go through.

I’m sure at this point  you’re wondering what the heck all this has to do with boudoir photography.  I still haven’t answered why.

Here is why: it’s a way to get that confidence back.  Women do it for themselves.  To feel beautiful.  To feel sexy.  To feel fantastic in their own skin.  Yeah, at some point there may be a significant other that is going to see the photos, so on the surface it’s about a gift for their husbands or boyfriends.  Ultimately, at the very heart and core of the reason, is for a woman to feel good about herself.  During the session I make sure to show the ladies a photo on the back of my camera so they can see themselves in a different way.  The photo on the back of my camera is untouched and reflects her exactly as she is and that’s when the change is most apparent, in that moment.  At some point I usually hear a woman say with disbelief that they didn’t think they could look like that, or that it doesn’t look like them.  I promise ladies, you really are much more beautiful than you have allowed yourself to believe.  By the time we are done, the women that walk out the door after their sessions are not the same women that walked in.  I see this over and over again, and some cases are much more apparent than others.  I keep in touch with these ladies and that feeling lasts.  Plus they have the photos to remind them.

So that’s why, to regain confidence.  It breaks my heart to hear women say they want to lose 5 lbs first or they aren’t brave enough.  I wish so much that I could make them understand that those 5 lbs don’t matter because they’re always going to have something they don’t like about themselves. They only lack bravery because they have spent a lifetime viewing fake images of women in magazines.  Yes, FAKE.  If you want proof watch this video about how images of women are manipulated to the point they aren’t even recognizable.

Men, these photos are not for you.  Sure, maybe they were originally planned to be gifts for an upcoming wedding, an anniversary, Valentine’s Day, or whatever the case may be, but that’s not the real reason.  Yeah, you’ll get some hot photos to look at, but you’re actually receiving a much better gift: a much more confident woman in your life. That’s a heck of a lot sexier than any photo.

And ladies, men may come and go, but your confidence is worth constantly renewing and retaining. Consider boudoir photos as an investment in yourself.

If you’re looking for a boudoir photographer in Northwest Arkansas, please contact me!  I would love to walk you through the experience and I would love even more to see you walk out the door with a big smile on your face!

Hello!

Welcome to my new website!  It’s a huge work in progress right now but I will be adding content and making all sorts of changes over the next several weeks.  Meanwhile if you would like to contact me you can call or text 479-238-4451.  Please leave a voicemail if I don’t answer and I will call you back as soon as I can.  You can also email me at april@aprilparkphotography.com.  If you would like to check out some of my recent work, visit my Facebook page.

 

Come back and visit me again soon and check out all the changes that will be made!