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Supporting Local Heroes: Fire Prevention Week

Firemen have always held a special place in Meg's heart. Growing up, her hero was not only her grandpa, but he was a volunteer fireman too.  Her grandpa taught her many things about hard work, dedication, and being prepared.

With Fire Prevention Week coming up, we thought it would be nice to do some throwbacks to some of our favorite firemen (and women) that have given us the honor of working with our studio throughout the years.
Hannah & Dave Lacher Hannah & Dave are with the Roulette Volunteer Fire Company and are some of the most wonderful people we know.  We've been blessed to celebrate their wedding, their pregnancy, and their precious, growing family.  Click to read all about their adorable firehall maternity shoot  and also their newborn portrait session (and see some of their favorite images).

Tadd & Joe Ostroski Like Meg's grandpa was, Tadd and Joe Ostroski are also volunteer firemen for the Coudersport Volunteer Fire Department.  We are so thankful…
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4 Steps to a Successful Senior Portrait Session

In many professional photography circles, the question about how to have a successful senior portrait session always seems to come up.  Well, at Walck Portraits, we've found that it's quite easy.  In fact, we've laid it out in a step-by-step list.
Step One:  Find Some Awesome Seniors to Participate in a Senior Modeling ProgramIn January, we start looking for seniors to participate in our senior modeling program.  It's easy:  they come in for a planning session, have their portraits taken, and then they are given our senior representative cards.  For every person that books a session from their representative cards, the seniors earn $100 in print credit.

Step Two:  Have Fun Taking Beautiful Images that They (and their moms) Love
Step Three:  Schedule & Shoot Their Summer/Fall (Traditionally-Timed) Senior Session
Step Four:  Show Off Their Unique Styles & Personalities

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Cheri's "Rock Hunting" Portrait Experience

Although the idea didn't originate here (see the attached youtube video), our quaint hometown has had something epic going on for most of the summer - a rock hunting/painting/adventure.
Coudersport Rocks On
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Local businesses have also joined in on the fun offering prize rocks to those that are the first to find them.  Our family's business, Walck Portraits, built and decorated a camera rock.  We wanted to build awareness of the online community, promote families spending time together, and get our names out there as we are celebrating the opening of our new studio.

Cheri's "Rock Hunting" Rock Hunting Portrait Experience A local, extended family found our rock and allowed us to photograph their Portrait Experience.  We had so much fun sharing in their joy.  It…

The Wait is Over

As an artist, I've learned and become experienced with using photographic tools to work in harmony with nature.  In most cases, what I "see" may not be what the average person "sees".  I'm instantly drawn to composition, color harmony, textures, leading lines, the way light is behaving (quality, quantity, color, direction, diffusion), and how I can use those elements with my equipment and subject to create a beautiful and meaningful portrait.  

All summer long our Potter County landscapes are full of beautiful colors, the days are long (so we can do more outside/natural light portrait sessions per day) and the weather is second to none.  Yet...  Somehow there is a perception that Fall is the best (or only) time to create portraits.  I'll admit, when I first started out a decade ago, I too had this believe.  However - experience, and education have opened my eyes to more possibilities.

With my knowledge and knowhow I can make summer look like fall.  I can …

Valerie Gaberseck: Mom & Me Winner

In late April, Walck Portraits advertised that we were looking for nominations for exceptionally deserving mommas.  We wanted to celebrate a few moms that deserved a special portrait session and some gift prints because of how hard they work to take care of their families.

With over 25 applicants, it was so hard to choose, but one of the most endearing nominations was for Valerie Gaberseck.  Normally, women aren't keen on their mother-in-laws, but Valerie was nominated by her daughter-in-law Angelee Kamats.  There were many, many great things that Angelee stated about Valerie, but there were a few things that stood out the most:

Again...the fact that she was nominated by her daughter-in-law.  This doesn't happen often.She's a mom of four:  two adult boys and two teenage daughters.  Phew.  That's some work.She has faced many personal issues within her family, and yet she still perseveres.  Everyday.She stays true to her faith in God.She's been an advocate for many t…

Hannah & Dave's Newborn Photoshoot Experience

Just a few short weeks ago we took a ride over to meet Hannah & Dave at the Roulette Pa fire hall to make some fun maternity images with the fire trucks.  Within a few days Louis made his grand entrance into the world!  He is a sweet, super easy to work with and 100% adorable little man.

Hannah & Dave brought a bunch of fun props, like a fire hose, helmets, boots, fire coats - all the gear!  So we got creative and came up with some fun ways to use them and pose.  I had to do some improvising with the firehose - its much heavier than you may expect, and also not as squishy as a newborn may like.  For those reasons I used wood clamps to position the hose into a nest, then we used a warm comfy beanbag as a base for easy baby posing with a super soft blanket on top - finally we added in the superstar of the shoot!

Once their session was over, we brought them back to the shop to check out all the images so they could place their order.  They ended up getting a few framed gift piece…

Easter Minis

We had a great turnout last week for Easter Mini sessions!  SO much fun!

To start with, we tested the setup with our favorite models, Rhiannon and Huckleberry.  So here are a few fun shots from those tests!

 For the set design, Meg Walck sourced and put things together, while Tim worked the light & camera.

We'd like to say a big thank you to Amy Burrous, owner of  Always In Bloom for letting us borrow her chalk board!

From the sessions, our packages included our prints, which are of the highest quality.  We calibrate our monitors to match the lab's color profile, then we select Kodak Endura Metallic paper, which we love for its remarkably beautiful shine and replication of colors.

Can't wait for all the prints to come in!
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