Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Blog has Moved!!

Hello everyone!  For those of you that don't already know, I recently decided to switch over my website to another host.  This has been a great switch for me and I am loving it.  Part of the change did also relate to my blog.  I am now able to write each blog entry within the site.  So with that being said, if you are coming here directly you haven't seen an update in a while. However, everything has been moved to the new site!

Please join me over at the new site which can still be found at: http://www.gabrielleelysephotography.com  or go straight to the blog at: http://www.gabrielleelysephotography.com/gefamilyphotography/ 

Thank you for your continued support!


Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Miss B is 3 months!

Wow - Miss B is already 3 months now! I swear she just had her newborn pictures yesterday, right?  She is such a sweetheart and I love getting to photograph her.  During this session we were also able to get some pictures of her with her big brother X.  I can't wait to see her continue to grow and photograph her again in another 3 months for her 6 month session!

Miss B smiling away - such a pretty girl xo

X is such a happy and proud big brother

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

On Location: Umstead Park

I love Umstead Park- absolutely love it.  I love it from a photo standpoint and I love it from a weekend activity with the family.  Umstead helps provide multiple scenes for your session.  You have trees galore, beautiful trails, gorgeous lake, and a couple bridges.  It truly has a lot of options!

On a personal note, the kids just love this place as they can run around the trails with us.  They love trying to find the birds and walking by the lake.  It is so refreshing!

To help you get an idea of what they have to offer, here are some pictures from Umstead- so many possibilities :-)

Friday, August 22, 2014

On Location: Fletcher Park

Fletcher Park is another great place for photos with a wide range of options for all types of pictures.  Like North Cary Park, Fletcher does have a playground on its premise, though it is not one of the better playgrounds considering other parks in this area.  I did learn that the swings make for some great shots for those of all ages :)  The park also offers a lot of places with beautiful backgrounds and scenery.  Spring and summer sessions here definitely benefit with the flowers on the grounds.  I haven't been in the area long enough to scope this area out in the fall, but definitely am planning on going there sometime this fall to check it out :)

To view a couple past sessions at Fletcher, please check back to these blog postings:

This park has a lot to offer and I definitely look forward to doing more here.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

On Location: North Cary Park

Congrats!  You have booked your family photo session.  The date is set with your time and its in your calendar.  Your photographer asks if you have any location in mind- and you are blank.  This isn't uncommon and I see it more and more.  While I may be "new" to the Raleigh area I know that it is not short on some amazing spots and it is my job to help pick the perfect spot for you and your family.  I have decided to showcase various places on the blog, taking one place at a time.  I will describe the area, give a general location, and even show some pictures from each place.  I hope that this can be used as a helpful tool and reference as you book your next session!

I thought I would start with one of my new favorite places- North Cary Park.  We kind of stumbled onto this park one day after errands.  Our youngest fell asleep in the car so we decided to drive around.  We came up to this place and I asked my husband to pull over so I could scout it out with my daughter while he stayed in the car with my son.  There was something about it that I just loved right away.  There is a playground when you first walk up and it has a cute arched walkway right there.  There are a lot of open fielded areas, trees, and even a great bridge!  I also think that it has a good location for not only Cary residents, but those that live in Raleigh (especially North).  

Lucas recently turned 1 and we did his family session and cake smash here, it was just perfect!  For more pictures from his shoot, click here.  

If you have any questions about this spot as a potential location for you and your next session, just ask!



Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Gallery Presentation!

I am constantly on the lookout for ways to improve my business and better serve my clients.  The delivery of your pictures is an extremely important part of my business that has many aspects to it.  It helps represent the moments captured in time; it's social- shared with family, friends, and others; and there is an aspect of it that is personal to not only you but to me as your photographer.  My goal was to find something that would help capture all those things and more when presenting your images.  After a lot of searching, testing, and reviews I have decided to move forward with Pixieset.

There are several other platforms in the market right now that do similar things, but I chose Pixieset for many reasons, some of which I know you will love too:
- It's just easy to use.  From not only my side of things, but yours too.  Everything you need is right there.  
- I can sell single digital pictures as well as the whole album and you can download right from your gallery.  Additionally, you can purchase prints and products right on the spot (with much ease)
- If you want, it is very easy to share through a variety of social media outlets
- It's mobile.  You can view your gallery easily on your mobile device and share your pictures on the go while your gallery is active (even make your gallery an app icon on your phone!)
- You can mark all of your favorites and Pixieset gives me the insight as well 
- It presents your pictures to you in a beautiful and proper way like you deserve

I think that you will all find it very easy to use and enjoy the great features.  I am so excited about this and can't wait to hear how you all like it!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Also offering Back to School Mini Sessions!

I just can't help it!!   With kids in our area getting ready for school and announcing the fall mini-sessions yesterday, it just seemed like a natural fit.  The packages that I am offering for the Back to School Minis will be the same (listed below) as those scheduled for October.  The Back To School Minis will run for the whole month of September, so if interested please make sure you book ASAP before September is full!

Please contact with any questions or to book your session(s)!