Allison Hope Photography: Blog https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog en-us (C) Allison Hope Photography (Allison Hope Photography) Wed, 25 Aug 2021 18:22:00 GMT Wed, 25 Aug 2021 18:22:00 GMT https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u349406775-o63035230-50.jpg Allison Hope Photography: Blog https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog 80 120 Back to School Limited Edition Sessions 2021 https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2021/8/back-to-school-limited-edition-sessions-2021

5 minute portrait sessions 

ONLY available Monday, Sept 20th - Saturday, Sept 25th

There is NO session fee.

You will be able to order online from our special school portraits price list

Packages start at $29 and a la carte options available as well.

Sessions are available for students in Preschool thru 11th grade.

Portraits will be taken outside.  In the case of rain, they will be taken in the studio.

We are using online booking for these sessions.

Click Here to Book Your Session

 

 

Please contact the studio for with any questions.

603.867.4970

allison@allisonhopephotography.com

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) back to school limited edition school pictures https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2021/8/back-to-school-limited-edition-sessions-2021 Wed, 25 Aug 2021 18:16:59 GMT
2021 Easter Open House & Egg Hunt https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2021/3/2021-easter-open-house-egg-hunt

Join us for our annual Easter Open House and Egg Hunt.

Saturday, April 3rd from 10-12

 

The Egg Hunt will be held outdoors (weather permitting) at 10:30 sharp.
Please have children bring a basket or bag to collect eggs. There will be a few eggs with special prizes!

We will be providing quick take portraits on a special Easter set with complimentary take home 4x6 prints. Ordering of portraits at our special volume pricing will also be available. We ask that in place of a session fee, you bring a canned good or two to donate to the New Boston Food Pantry. Weather will determine whether the Easter set will be outside or in studio.

We will be joined this year by local New Boston bakery, the Frosted Cookie. They will have adorable paintable cookies for sale for $5 along with some filled Easter Cookie Eggs that are filled with mini chocolate eggs for $12. The Frosted Cookie will donate a $1 to the food pantry for each item sold and is donating some goodies for some of our prizes as well!

We ask that you practice social distancing while at the event and wear a mask. Masks can be removed when being photographed. If photographing inside, we will limit the number of people/families at a time. 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) events https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2021/3/2021-easter-open-house-egg-hunt Wed, 10 Mar 2021 16:40:22 GMT
2021 Spring School Picture Alternative https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2021/3/2021-spring-school-picture-alternative

For the first time we are offering our Back to School Portrait Special at another time than our typical September time.  These sessions make great school portrait alternatives.  Bring your child in for a complimentary 5 minute session and order online from our volume price list.  

Sessions will be done in the studio in front of a traditional background.

Sessions available for all school age children.

Only one family at a time will be scheduled to be in the studio.  Masks are required in the studio until the child is ready to sit for their portrait. 

Only available for the week of March 8th - March 12th

Click here to book your child's session

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2020 Holiday Limited Edition Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/10/2020-holiday-limited-edition-session Holiday Limited Edition Sessions

 

only available Nov 9th - Nov 15th

30 minute session includes keepsake ornament

$75

choose from one or both of our exclusive sets

All prints and products sold separately.

 

Our antique sleigh set will be outside tucked behind the studio in front of some evergreen trees.

We do not anticipate snow on the ground for these, but that would make for a happy surprise.  In the case of rain, the sleigh will not be available.

Our indoor set features vintage trunks, toys and a green velvet chair.

From these sessions we can create beautiful custom designed holiday cards for you to send to friends and family.

I constantly hear from clients how well their cards were received.

To see examples from year's past, visit our holiday gallery on our website.

Click here to go to the New Booking Page


Contact the studio with any questions about these special sessions.

603.867.4970

 

COVID Precautions: There will be a minimum of 15 minutes between scheduled appointments to minimize client interaction and to allow for sanitation between clients.  Please wear masks when entering and exiting the studio.
 

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(Allison Hope Photography) holiday limited edition https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/10/2020-holiday-limited-edition-session Tue, 20 Oct 2020 19:22:06 GMT
Halloween Open House 2020 https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/10/halloween-open-house-2020 Halloween Open House

Saturday, October 31st

1-3 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston

 

Stop in on Halloween afternoon for a quick costume portrait and go home with a complimentary 4x6 print as our treat to you!

No need to make an appt, just stop in!

Weather depending, we will be planning this event for outside at the studio. We ask that all attendees wear masks to the event and maintain a social distance. Masks may be removed for the picture.

 

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Back to School Limited Edition Sessions 2020 https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/9/back-to-school-limited-edition-sessions-2020

5 minute portrait sessions 

ONLY available Monday, Sept 28th - Sunday, Oct 4th

There is NO session fee.

You will be able to order online from our special school portraits price list

Packages start at $29 and a la carte options available as well.

Sessions are available for students in Preschool thru 11th grade.

Portraits will be taken outside.  In the case of rain, they will be taken in the studio.

We are using online booking for these sessions.

Click Here to Book Your Session

 

Covid Protocols

Be aware that these sessions are quick and often scheduled back to back.  You can choose to stay in your vehicle until your scheduled session time.  If you choose to wait in the parking lot, please be aware that it is an active parking lot and keep children close by. 

You are welcome to come into the studio but please wear a mask and maintain an appropriate distance from any other parties that may also be there.  Hand sanitizer will be available.  

Please be responsible and if anyone in your household has been ill with symptoms of Covid we ask that you cancel your appointment.

 

Please contact the studio for with any questions.

603.867.4970

allison@allisonhopephotography.com

 

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Limited Edition Illustrative Portraits - Pirates & Mermaid https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/8/limited-edition-illustrative-portraits---pirates-mermaid

These mermaid and pirate portraits will bring you and your kids to Neverland!

Bring your children in for a private 30 minute session to play dress up with Allison and she will digitally design a fine art illustration to be displayed in your home.

Available for the remainder of the month of August.

Only $179

includes the 30 minute session and a 10" fine art mounted print.

Framing and other presentation methods also available.

Mermaid tails and pirate wardrobe provide by the studio and will be cleaned between clients.

Contact Allison at 603-8674970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com

for more information and to reserve your session.

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) children kids limited edition https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/8/limited-edition-illustrative-portraits---pirates-mermaid Thu, 13 Aug 2020 13:00:15 GMT
Cap & Gown Quick Portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/6/cap-gown-quick-portraits

Celebrate your graduate by scheduling a quick cap and gown portrait at the studio. We will photograph your student alone and with family members of the same household. Prints will be available for purchase online at our special volume prices. (Think school pictures)

Half of the $30 session fee will be donated to the NH Food Bank.

Please contact the studio to schedule your quick session. These sessions will only be available June 8 - 11.

603-867-4970
allison@allisonhopephotography.com

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) seniors https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/6/cap-gown-quick-portraits Wed, 03 Jun 2020 17:03:11 GMT
Winter Workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/1/winter-workshops

All workshops held at Allison Hope Photography
81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH

To reserve your space for a workshop, you can purchase tickets thru eventbrite on the FaceBook event page, or you can contact Allison at 603-867-4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com if you wish to pay a different way. Payment for the workshop reserves your space.

Coffee, tea, and water available at the studio. Please feel free to bring a beverage or snack of choice.

 

Bullet Journaling

Thursday, Feb 20th
7:00-9:00 pm

$38
 

Learn all about bullet journaling in this hands on workshop! This unique planner system is perfect for all kinds of people- whether you consider yourself to be creative or not. We will explore how to take an empty journal and how to turn it into an organizational planning tool entirely unique to you! All participants must provide their own empty journal- all other materials will be provided!

Michael's sells really good dot grid notebooks perfect for bullet journaling, and they come in several colors! Great Journal to Get

 

Rebecca Mayes of RebLetters is a lettering artist and illustrator based in central Massachusetts. She is a preacher’s wife and full-time mother to two amazing girls. Some of her favorite things in the world are, in no particular order: New England, plants, books, cheese, Jurassic Park movies, and hiking.

 

Alabama Chanin Workshop

Sunday, March 1st
2:00-5:00 pm

$59

In this workshop you will learn the physics of hand sewing and the Alabama Chanin techniques of Natalie Chanin. We will be making beautiful cozy ponchos that would be a perfect gift, but let's face it, we will want to keep them for ourselves. We will be aiming to finish a single design element on our pieces, but you will learn the skills, so if you want to continue to embellish at home, you will be able to.

All materials will be provided.
This workshop is for beginners and experienced sewers alike.

This workshop will be taught by local New Boston creative, Tina Mappus. She is an avid sewer, knitter, and wife and mom to her husband and two boys.
 

 

Basics of Block Printing with Monica Rico of Wood Thrush Farm

Friday, March 6th
6:30-9:30 pm

$49

In this workshop, Monica will discuss basic linoleum block carving techniques, tools, materials, and printing methods. Each participant will design and draw their own block, spend time carving it by hand with guidance from the instructor, ink and print, and leave with finished prints and cards to take home. You’ll leave with your finished block as well, so you’ll be able to print from it in the future! Monica will provide information on where to purchase block printing supplies, should you wish to continue practicing after the class. Cost of materials is included in course registration.

Monica Rico is a printmaker, barefoot farmer, and mother of boys at Wood Thrush Farm in Henniker, NH. She makes linocut relief prints on note cards, journals, various sized matted prints, clothing, and textiles. Her work is drawn directly onto linoleum blocks, carved by hand, and individually inked and hand-printed. Each print is an original work and each is slightly different from the next.

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) alabama chanin block printing bullet journaling creative workshops sewing https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/1/winter-workshops Wed, 29 Jan 2020 21:33:15 GMT
Business Portrait Special https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/1/business-portrait-special

As you may know, I will be running the Boston Marathon this year with Dana-Farber. Since the new year is a great time to update that profile pic, I am offering a special fundraiser for the month of January.
 

$99

15 minute session

1 background 1 outfit

in studio only

includes 1 retouched digital file

available for the month of January: Monday thru Friday

$50 from each session goes towards Dana-Farber cancer research

additional retouched digital images available for purchase


Contact the studio to reserve a session

603.867.4970

allison@allisonhopephotography.com

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) business portrait headshot https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2020/1/business-portrait-special Thu, 02 Jan 2020 21:52:30 GMT
Limited Edition Holiday Sessions 2019 https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/10/limited-edition-holiday-sessions-2019

available Nov 9-15 only

Limited 30 minute sessions are $75 and include a keepsake ornament!

2 exclusive sets

One exclusive holiday set this year is a bed scene with classic black, white and evergreen tones.

The other is a fireplace scene with traditional tones.

From these sessions we can create beautiful custom designed holiday cards for you to send to friends and family.

I constantly hear from clients how well their cards were received.

To see examples from year's past, visit our holiday gallery on our website.


To Book your session time follow this link.

Contact the studio with any questions about these special sessions.

603.867.4970


 

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(Allison Hope Photography) chirstmas holiday portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/10/limited-edition-holiday-sessions-2019 Tue, 29 Oct 2019 23:59:08 GMT
Annual Halloween Open House https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/10/annual-halloween-open-house

 

Annual Halloween Open House

 

Thursday, Oct 31st  3-5pm

 

Stop in on Halloween afternoon for a quick costume portrait and go home with a complimentary 4x6 print as our treat to you!
No need to make an appt, just stop in!

 


 

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(Allison Hope Photography) events kids https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/10/annual-halloween-open-house Wed, 23 Oct 2019 12:00:46 GMT
Early Fall Creative Workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/9/early-fall-creative-workshops

Pumpkins and Succulents Oh My!

with Deanna Pothier of Farmhouse Blooms featuring Alice's Table

Fri, Sept 20 at 6:30pm

This event will be "pumpkin' to talk about for sure! Grab your friends and join us at Allison Hope Photography for a night of flower arranging and light refreshments. Enjoy great conversation, learn new tips, tricks and more while creating a "gourd-geous" floral arrangement in a PUMPKIN for you to take home that evening!
 

For tickets: https://Alice's table.com/events/pumpkins-succulents-oh-my_1566962202

 

Basics of Block Printing

with Monica Rico of Wood Thrush Farm

Sunday, Sept 22

2-5pm

$45

In this workshop, Monica will discuss basic linoleum block carving techniques, tools, materials, and printing methods. Each participant will design and draw their own block, spend time carving it by hand with guidance from the instructor, ink and print, and leave with finished prints and cards to take home. You’ll leave with your finished block as well, so you’ll be able to print from it in the future! Monica will provide information on where to purchase block printing supplies, should you wish to continue practicing after the class. Cost of materials is included in course registration.


Monica Rico is a printmaker, barefoot farmer, and mother of boys at Wood Thrush Farm in Henniker, NH. She makes linocut relief prints on note cards, journals, various sized matted prints, clothing, and textiles. Her work is drawn directly onto linoleum blocks, carved by hand, and individually inked and hand-printed. Each print is an original work and each is slightly different from the next.
 

Simple Weaving with Melody Fulone

Thursday, Oct 3

7-9pm

$49

Try your hand at simple tapestry weaving in this relaxing and creative workshop. Students will learn simple techniques such as stripes, fringes, ryan loops, and color changes, as well as finishing the woven piece. Yarn and looms will be provided, but you may bring your own yarn if you wish.

Melody is a graphic designer and textile artist living in southern New Hampshire. She grew up experimenting with all manner of fiber crafts, and currently works with a 36" floor loom to fulfill her textile dreams. When she's not weaving or knitting, she's probably working on a logo design for a client, baking bread, or making travel plans.

 

Space is limited

To register contact the studio at 603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com
 

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(Allison Hope Photography) events workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/9/early-fall-creative-workshops Thu, 05 Sep 2019 12:38:49 GMT
Back to School Limited Edition Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/8/back-to-school-limited-edition-sessions Back to School Limited Edition Sessions

5 minutes portrait sessions 

ONLY available Monday, Sept 16th - Saturday, Sept 21st

There is NO session fee.

You will be able to order online from our special school portraits price list

Packages start at $29 and a la carte options available as well.

Sessions are available for students in Kindergarten thru 11th grade.

 

Book your session online 

Click Here to Book 

or

Contact the studio at 603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography to reserve your session

 

 

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Limited Edition Illustrative Portraits - Pirates & Mermaids https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/7/limited-edition-illustrative-portraits---pirates-mermaids We are excited to introduce a new Limited Edition series this August.

Inspired by a mentor, Maria Sampaio, these mermaid and pirate portraits will bring you and your kids to Neverland!

Sessions are only available August 20th - August 30th

There is no session fee, however there is a $50 deposit towards your purchase is taken when reserving the 30 minute session.

These fine art illustrative portraits will be digitally designed and painted by Allison and available in a variety of archivally printed mediums.

Mermaid tails and pirate wardrobe provide by the studio.  

Contact Allison at 603-8674970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com

for more information and to reserve your session.

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) limited edition make believe mermaids pirates https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/7/limited-edition-illustrative-portraits---pirates-mermaids Tue, 09 Jul 2019 17:45:00 GMT
Up-cycled T-shirt Workshop https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/7/up-cycled-t-shirt-workshop Up-cycled T-Shirt Workshop

 

Wednesday, Aug 28th

9-11 am or 7-9 pm

Want to add some new life to a favorite t-shirt? This imaginative workshop will supply you with all the inspiration and supplies to up-cycle an older piece of clothing into something new! Maybe even bring a onesie for a custom baby gift! You bring your article of clothing and we will supply fabric, buttons, trims, tools, and instruction to create a one-of-a-kind wearable piece of art!

Ideal for ages 12+ but younger kids are welcome

$20


Contact Allison at the studio to reserve a seat.
603.867.4970
allison@allisonhopephotography.com

This workshop will be led by Nancy Gamache of Petunia's Antiques & Home Furnishings. Nancy has been sourcing and re-purposing found objects since childhood and is eager to share her ideas with others. She lives in Goffstown with her husband and their two boys.
 

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(Allison Hope Photography) kids sewing workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/7/up-cycled-t-shirt-workshop Wed, 03 Jul 2019 20:14:00 GMT
Kids Bread Baking Workshop https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/6/kids-bread-baking-workshop

Kids Bread Baking Workshop
 

Tuesday, July 25th

9:00-12:00

$25

Join us for a fun, hands-on workshop where you will learn the basics of making and kneading bread dough and take home a finished loaf baked in a terra cotta flower pot!

Breads will be baking compliments of New Boston Pizza.

Class will also include how to make homemade butter and plant an herb to flavor future cooking projects.

Students will be able to choose and personalize their own basket
and napkin liner.

Recommended for children ages 8+ to teen or younger children when accompanied by an adult.


Contact Allison at the studio to reserve a space.
603.867.4970
allison@allisonhopephotography.com

This workshop will be led by Nancy Gamache of Petunia's Antiques & Home Furnishings. Nancy has been sourcing and repurposing found objects since childhood and is eager to share her ideas with others. She lives in Goffstown with her husband and their two boys.

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) kids workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/6/kids-bread-baking-workshop Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:39:16 GMT
Summer Click for Kids Photo Camp https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/6/summer-click-for-kids-photo-camp
 

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(Allison Hope Photography) kids camp Photography camp https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/6/summer-click-for-kids-photo-camp Wed, 19 Jun 2019 12:29:45 GMT
Creative Lettering and Florals with RebLetters https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/5/creative-lettering-and-florals-with-rebletters

Creative Lettering and Florals with RebLetters

Thursday, June 20th

7 - 9 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd

Explore the art of lettering and floral illustration in this hands-on workshop! You will learn tools and techniques for creating your own lettered artwork, as well as basics in drawing simple, lovely florals. These skills can then be used to design chalkboards, greeting cards, invitations, and art for your home.
As part of this workshop, each participant will receive guidance in designing their own tote bag to take home. All skill levels are welcome!

Workshop is $55 and includes all materials needed.

Bring your teen or pre-teen for only $45!
 

Bio:
Rebecca Mayes of RebLetters is a lettering artist and illustrator based in central Massachusetts. She is a preacher’s wife and full-time mother to two amazing girls. Some of her favorite things in the world are, in no particular order: New England, plants, cheese, Harry Potter, and hiking.

Please contact the studio to reserve a space.
603.867.4970
allison@allisonhopephotography.com

BYOB
light refreshments and Coffee, Tea, & water available

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) creative workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/5/creative-lettering-and-florals-with-rebletters Tue, 14 May 2019 14:02:13 GMT
Fresh Herb Wreath Workshop with Farmhouse Blooms featuring Alice's Table https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/5/fresh-herb-wreath-workshop-with-farmhouse-blooms-featuring-alices-table

 

Excited to be working with Farmhouse Blooms featuring Alice's Table to offer your this floral workshop.  

Thursday, May 30th from 7-9pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston

 

Join us at Allison Hope Photography for refreshing lemonade and fresh
herbs! We will be using fragrant dried stems to create a wreath you can adorn your home with all season long. Enjoy these lovely scents while meeting new friends - It's the perfect Girls Night Out!

Click here to reserve your seat!

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) classes events workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/5/fresh-herb-wreath-workshop-with-farmhouse-blooms-featuring-alices-table Tue, 07 May 2019 14:47:46 GMT
Limited Edition May Day Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/4/limited-edition-may-day-sessions Limited Edition May Day Sessions!

Available only on May 1st!




20 minute session for only $99!
includes a floral crown custom made by Blathanna Shoppe


additional flower crowns available for purchase for $45
Floral crowns are yours to keep and they dry beautifully!

Session also includes a viewing and ordering appointment where we will help select your images and design your finished product.
All prints and products are a la carte.



Contact the studio to reserve your session or for more information

603.867.4970
allison@allisonhopephotography.com

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) flower crown limited edition sessions spring portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/4/limited-edition-may-day-sessions Tue, 09 Apr 2019 19:25:19 GMT
Gather Workshops for May https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/4/gather-workshops-for-may

Lots of fun happening in May!  We are offering some great workshops where you can create something for yourself or to gift for Mother's Day, graduation or for a bridal shower!

Please contact the studio to reserve a space.
603.867.4970
allison@allisonhopephotography.com

BYOB
light refreshments and Coffee, Tea, & water available

 

 

DIY: Wine Bottle Hummingbird Feeder

 

Friday, May 3rd

7-9 pm

$45

These will make great Mother's Day gifts or keep for yourself to feed those sweet hummingbirds as they migrate back to us for the warmer months.

Taught by Liz Calabria from Art Events on Tour




Liz Bernard Calabria loves sharing the joy of the arts with her students.
Her passion for art is evident in her enthusiasm. In 2013 she and a
friend co-founded Art Happens, one of the areas first all encompassing Art Studios with a focus on group classes for all ages. That venture has brought her the ability to share art throughout the region and create opportunities for so many to learn and experience the joy of art. With her latest venture Art Events on Tour, Liz brings art to you! She travels to local restaurants, businesses, colleges and venues teaching and
encouraging others. Her classes are fun, educational and a fabulous
experience for everyone!


 

DIY: Sweet Dreams Gift Set
 

Thursday, May 9th

7-9pm

$54

 

Create a distinctly personal gift for Mother's Day, graduation, birthdays or for treating yourself!

Embellish a cotton pillowcase using layers of neutral fabrics and trim and personalize using vintage letterpress stamps.
Sew a calming eye pillow filled with herbs and essential oils and fill a glass bottle with soothing rose facial toner.
Decorate a votive candle holder using vintage receipts, photos, buttons & other materials.
Each gift comes specially packaged with recipient tag, twine and a sprig of dried herb.



This multi station workshop will be led by Nancy Gamache of Petunia's Antiques & Home Furnishings. Nancy has been sourcing and repurposing found objects since childhood and is eager to share her ideas with others. She lives in Goffstown with her husband and their two boys.

 

 

 

Receive to Replenish: Yoga & Essential Oil Workshop

Friday, May 17th

7-9 pm

$30

Join us for a yoga class co-taught by Shelby Ronan and Sarah Pearl. This class is encourages the release of toxins in the body and the mind. Afterwards create a Essential Oil Roller Ball with a personal blend to take home.
 

About the instructors:

Shelby holds a bachelors degree in psychology from Quinnipiac University. Additionally her professional career as a therapist began after she received her masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Eastern Nazarene College. As a LMHC Shelby worked with families needing support after traumatic events. When she started her family in 2005 she put her profession aside to focus on raising her two daughters.This is where her interest in natural remedies started. She always had an interest in wholistic treatments for her family and that increased when she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 2007. Because of that diagnosis she has become committed to her health and wellness. This commitment began her introduction to essential oils and the multiple uses to achieve wellness. Her passions include yoga, barre and nutrition. Over the last few years her business as an essential oil advocate has grown substantially as she educates others on using oils as part of a more wholistic approach to wellness.

Sarah is a wife, mom and paraeducator in New Boston. She is YogaFit certified and currently teaches kids and teens all about yoga and mindfulness. She has a love of health and wellness as well as moving our bodies for fun. Every day is a blessing and she does not to take that for granted. Namaste.

 

 

Alcohol Ink Art Workshop

Wednesday, May 22nd

7-9 pm

$45

Learn the techniques and explore Alcohol Inks to create vibrant,
beautiful, unique works of art.


Techniques to manipulate the inks on non-porous surfaces will be
taught. Guests will have the opportunity to create their art on a
6x6 inch tile, an 8x4 inch tile and (4) 4x4 inch tiles.

Add a rustic wood frame to mount your art work to for an
additional $6

Taught by Liz Calabria from Art Events on Tour


Liz Bernard Calabria loves sharing the joy of the arts with her students. Her passion for art is evident in her enthusiasm. In 2013 she and a friend co-founded Art Happens, one of the areas first all encompassing Art Studios with a focus on group classes for all ages. That venture has brought her the ability to share art throughout the region and create opportunities for so many to learn and experience the joy of art. With her latest venture Art Events on Tour, Liz brings art to you! She travels to local restaurants, businesses, colleges and venues teaching and
encouraging others. Her classes are fun, educational and a fabulous
experience for everyone!

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) creative workshops events workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/4/gather-workshops-for-may Tue, 02 Apr 2019 13:55:23 GMT
Annual Easter Egg Hunt https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/3/annual-easter-egg-hunt Annual  Easter Egg Hunt and Open House

 

Saturday, April 20th

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH

 

Egg hunt will be promptly at 10:30

Complimentary Quick Take Portraits will be available!

Please bring a donation for the New Boston Food Pantry in exchange for a session fee. 

You will go home with a complimentary 4x6 but will have the option to purchase additional prints from our special portrait menu.

 

Example of last years quick take.



Refreshments will be available.

There is no need to reserve a space but please RSVP to our Facebook event so we can know about how many to expect!

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) easter easter portraits egg hunt https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/3/annual-easter-egg-hunt Mon, 25 Mar 2019 18:57:18 GMT
Intro to Floral Design https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/3/intro-to-floral-design  

Friday, March 29th

7-9 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH

Enjoy a laid back, step by step class and create a beautiful fresh spring flower arrangement. Even if you’ve never designed before you will be amazed at what you will create!

Class is only $75 and includes all supplies needed to create and bring home a beautiful arrangement.


Teaching this class is Guylaine Goulet from Must Have Flowers And Events ( formally All Silk Designs). She is a Master Florist who owns a retail shop in Hooksett, NH doing fresh and silk flower work for all events. 
She’s been a florist with 30 years experience in the industry, also has taught adult education for floral design at Alvirne High School.

Light refreshments served. BYOB. Coffee, tea and water always available.

Registration is required as space is limited. Contact the studio to reserve your spot.

603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) floral design workshop https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/3/intro-to-floral-design Tue, 12 Mar 2019 21:25:41 GMT
Learn to Knit Workshop https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/3/learn-to-knit-workshop

Learn to Knit Workshop

Friday, March 8th from 7:00-9:00 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH

$49

 

 

Ever wanted to learn how to knit?
Join us for an evening of clicking needles and learn the basics. Our goal will be to complete the first of a set of coasters in class. A set of needles and skein of yarn are included so you can go home and make the rest of the set!

Belynda Cianci is a New Hampshire knitting teacher. Finding herself in desperate need of a hobby after completing her undergrad, Belynda had the good fortune to learn the basics of knit from her best friend. She now pays it forward, introducing kids and adults to the joys of making dishcloths, conquering cable stitch, and adding to their yarn stash. When not clicking the needles, Belynda enjoys writing fiction, baking bread, and hanging out with her husband Eddie and their six-year old triplets.

Light refreshments served. BYOB. Coffee, tea and water always available.

Registration is required as space is limited. Contact the studio to reserve your spot.

603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com
 

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(Allison Hope Photography) knit workshop https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/3/learn-to-knit-workshop Tue, 05 Mar 2019 21:06:17 GMT
Basic Brush Letting Workshop https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/1/basic-brush-letting-workshop

Basics of Brush Lettering with RebLetters

Friday, February 8th from 7:30-9:00 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH

$49
 

Discover the art of brush lettering in this hands-on workshop.
You will learn the basic tools and techniques needed to create your own greeting cards, wedding invites, home decor and more. Designed for any skill level, this class is the perfect way to learn a new skill, start a new hobby, and embrace your creativity. All participants will receive brush pens, paper, a workbook, and guidance for creating their own hand lettered artwork.


Rebecca Mayes of RebLetters is a lettering artist and illustrator based in central Massachusetts. She is a preacher’s wife and full-time mother to two amazing girls. Some of her favorite things in the world are, in no particular order: New England, plants, books, cheese, Jurassic Park movies, and hiking.

Light refreshments served.  BYOB Coffee, tea and water always available.

Registration is required as space is limited. Contact the studio to reserve your spot.

603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com

In the case of inclement weather, the workshop will be held Sun, Feb 10th from 3:00 - 4:30.

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(Allison Hope Photography) art calligraphy events hand lettering workshops https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/1/basic-brush-letting-workshop Tue, 15 Jan 2019 18:51:41 GMT
Valentine's Day Limited Edition Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/1/valentines-day-limited-edition-sessions Valentine's Day Limited Edition Sessions

only $98

20 minute session

includes 25 custom designed Valentine's Day cards

(flat notecard double sided cards)

Other prints and products available at regular studio pricing

Available only January 21st - February 1st

Our specially designed set is simple and romantic.  Perfect for all ages.

We suggest light toned neutrals for clothing but the session includes access to the studio's wardrobe which includes various vintage and non vintage pieces that will compliment the set.  

All sessions photographed at studio on shown set. 

 

Contact the studio to book your session.

603-867-4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com

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(Allison Hope Photography) events holiday limited edition https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2019/1/valentines-day-limited-edition-sessions Thu, 10 Jan 2019 20:17:46 GMT
Limited Edition Holiday Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/10/limited-edition-holiday-sessions Limited Edition Holiday Sessions

Nov 10-16

Limited 30 minute sessions are $75 and include a keepsake ornament!

(Online booking link at bottom of post)

This set we are calling a Charles Dickens' Christmas.

 

It brings feelings of nostalgia and Victorian holiday.

Perfect for smaller children.


Our other set will be called the Silver Birches.

Here is a sneak peak as it is still a work in progress.  The Birches are yet to be added!  

This set, using a large vintage blue and silver sofa is more adaptable for families of different sizes and older children.

 

From these sessions we can create beautiful custom designed holiday cards

for you to send to friends and family.  

I constantly hear from clients how well their cards were received.  

Please visit THIS PAGE on our website for examples of year's past.

 

To Book your session time go HERE!

Contact the studio with any questions about these special sessions.

603.867.4970

 

 


 

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(Allison Hope Photography) cards christmas events holiday https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/10/limited-edition-holiday-sessions Fri, 26 Oct 2018 19:07:00 GMT
Back To School Portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/8/back-to-school-portraits Back to School Portraits

 

5 minutes portrait sessions 

ONLY available Monday, Sept 10th - Saturday, Sept 15th

There is NO session fee.

You will be able to order from our special school portraits price list

Packages start at $29 and a la carte options available as well.

Sessions are available for students in Kindergarten thru 11th grade.

Book your session online HERE or

Contact the studio at 603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography to reserve your session

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(Allison Hope Photography) back to school portraits school pictures https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/8/back-to-school-portraits Wed, 29 Aug 2018 19:29:05 GMT
New Addition to the Biblical Character Study series https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/8/new-addition-to-the-biblical-character-study-series This image "Forbidden Fruit" is part of a character study of women from the Bible. It is my take on Bathsheba. I wanted the image to convey both innocence and temptation. I believe that Bathsheba was innocent in the situation she found herself in with King David. The fruit and fauna she is surrounded by all have symbolic meaning. Fig (leaves) are a symbol of lust or fertility because of its many seeds. Pomegranates were used to represent resurrection or fertility. Thistles represent the curse of sin. Orange for symbolism of purity and chastity.

Thank you for fellow photographer and fellow Gordon alumi, E.F. Cianci for modeling for this intimate character study.

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/8/new-addition-to-the-biblical-character-study-series Wed, 08 Aug 2018 14:33:13 GMT
Tween Portrait Parties https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/7/tween-portrait-parties As the school year was wrapping up we hosted a tween portrait party, that was met with much enthusiasm and was lots of fun!  The attendees were given a lesson on proper skin care and basic makeup from Cindy Eskelinen a Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant and then were able to select an outfit from the racks of Heidi Young, Matilda Jane trunk keeper, before their mini photo shoot.  Each girl went home with 2 4x6 prints from their session and a goodie bag with coupons and samples.  Everyone had a blast!  We hope to do this again in the future but these parties are also available for birthday parties.  What a fun idea for your tween to celebrate how awesome they are!

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) event party tweens https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/7/tween-portrait-parties Mon, 23 Jul 2018 19:14:09 GMT
Guest Blogger, Dan Barr - 5 tips to Introduce your Kids to Photography https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/7/guest-blogger---5-tips-to-introduce-your-kids-to-photography Our post today is compliments of guest blogger, Dan Barr.  You can find a link to his website below!

 

How to introduce photography to your kid – 5 essential tips

In today’s world, most of us constantly have a camera on us via our mobile phone. We can just point and click. This makes taking photographs very easy. In addition to that, kids learn technology very fast. That is why teaching photography to kids today is easy and fun. In addition to helping them pick a new hobby, you give them an opportunity to learn a new skill and get out of the house rather than being on mobile games or video games the whole day or even worse, stuck to the television.

Letting your child control the camera has a surprising side result too. We start seeing the world via their eyes which has a very innocent and fresh outlook.

Let’s get started on the top five essential tips to introduce your child to photography.

1. Give your child access to a camera

Your child will fall in love with photography faster if they feel a sense of ownership over the camera. Give them a used one or your current one or even show them how to use the camera on an old phone of yours. Teach them to use the various features of the camera.

Once you have given it to them, step back and let them start experimenting with the camera. If you don’t want them to use an old camera, you can give them a good, inexpensive camera which is good for kids. The child-proof cameras that are available today are made especially for kids i.e. they have smaller grips and buttons and they are built to withstand drops. It would be great for your kid to have a new camera that they know is only for them. This will help reduce your interference too and allow your child to explore the camera on their own. 

2. Teach the basics

When you start your kids on photography, it is important to teach them the basics. Some of the important points that you need to teach them is that they need to hold the camera steady so that they get an image in focus. One of the best ways to hold the camera steady is to use your body for support. You can demonstrate to them how to tuck their elbows against their body so that they can get support to hold the camera. They need to fill the frame with the subject of the image. They need to choose an angle to click the photo so that there background clutter is reduced as much as possible. Another important tip for a child is that they should always put the strap of the camera around their neck before they start to take photographs. A camera can easily fall from the hands of a child so this precaution is necessary.

3. Step back

Once your child has learnt the basics of photography and how they need to click photographs so that the camera is safe, the best thing that you can do for your child is to take a step back. Let them go out on their own and click the things that attract their eye. In the evening, they will come over with excitement in their eyes and show you what they have clicked. You can sit with them and make suggestions for each photo as to how they could have improved it. Make sure that you praise them for the photos which have been clicked well.

As parents, we are so used to protecting our children that we resist the need to let go and allow them to explore photography on their own. But unless they click photos on their own, they won’t be able to develop their own unique style.

4. Make clicking photographs easy and fun

As adults, we are used to advanced features and we try to explain that to our children. The problem is that when we complicate things, our children get disheartened and lose interest. The best thing you can do is just keep the camera on a point and click mode and let your child experiment with it.

Though you shouldn’t complicate things for your child when they use the camera, it doesn’t mean that you should make photography interesting by setting up challenges for them. You can ask them to click as many cars as they can or images of a certain color. Another interesting way to improve your child’s photography is to keep them as an official photographer for a family trip that you make. This allows them to capture your whole family having fun and will help them to create life-long memories. 

You can also try to have a contest between your children where they can capture the most colorful photos or the photo which has the most people in it, etc.

5. Make use of the photos

The best way to encourage your child to click photos is to use the photos actively. You can get mugs online with the photos that they have clicked and they can use it daily. You can also take prints of the photos and stick it on the refrigerator. Another great way to use their photos is to make them into cards and send them for festivals to your friends and family.

Conclusion

Introducing your child to photography is introducing them to a whole new world of colors and images. Many children turn their childhood hobby into a life-long passion and even their career.

A quick recap of the essential tips when you introduce your child to photography: You should get them a camera which they can use completely for themselves. You should teach them the basics and once you have taught them the basics, you should let go and allow them to explore photography on their own. You should make clicking photos exciting, fun and enjoyable by setting up small challenges and competitions and finally, it would be great and would give your child a tremendous sense of validation if you print and use the photos.

About the Author:
Dan Barr is a photographer, a parent to two girls, and the founder of KidsCameraGuide.com, a blog which is all about teaching photography to kids and kids cameras. You can visit Dan at his website www.kidscameraguide.com.

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) camp kids photo camp https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/6/clicks-for-kids-mini-photo-camp Wed, 13 Jun 2018 16:58:03 GMT
Tween Portrait Party https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/5/tween-portrait-party School's Out for the Summer!

Tween Portrait Party

Wednesday, June 20th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm

at Allison Hope Photography

Ages 10-13

only $30

Party includes:

- Make up Lesson from Mary Kay consultant, Cindy Eskelinen

- optional wardrobe styling from Matilda Jane consultant Heidi Young

- mini photo shoot

- 2 Take Home 4x6 prints

- Goodie bag with specially priced portrait packages and digital file options, a discount coupon for booking a full tween session and special incentives from Mary Kay and Matilda Jane

Contact the studio to reserve your child's space.

603-867-4970  allison@allisonhopephotography.com

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(Allison Hope Photography) events party tween https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/5/tween-portrait-party Fri, 25 May 2018 16:11:12 GMT
Easter Open House https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/3/easter-open-house Easter Open House

March 31st

10:00 am to 12:00 pm

at Allison Hope Photography

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston, NH

 

Please join us for an Easter Open House!

We will plan to have an egg hunt at 10:30 weather permitting and if there is dry ground available!

(Stay tuned & cross your fingers that the snow melts by then!)

Complimentary Portraits will be available!

Please bring a donation for the New Boston Food Pantry in exchange for a session fee. 

You will go home with a complimentary 4x6 but will have the option to purchase additional prints from our special portrait menu.

 

Since the purple playhouse did not follow us to the new location, we will have a new look for this year.



Refreshments will be available.

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(Allison Hope Photography) easter events kids photographer https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/3/easter-open-house Fri, 16 Mar 2018 20:02:56 GMT
Tween Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/3/tween-sessions 'Tween

noun

2. Also, tween, tweeny. a youngster between 10 and 12 years of age,considered too old to be a child and too young to be a teenager.

 

A few facts about today's tweens...

  • Forty-eight percent of tweens said they've been bullied.
  • Half of girls ages 8 to 10 are unhappy with their size, while 40 percent of fourth graders have been on a diet before and more than half of girls ages 9 to 15 have exercised to lose weight.
  • Tweens care what adults think about them and imitate their behaviors.

 

Our special 'tween sessions aim to encourage healthy body image and self-esteem concepts to children in this transitional and influential time of their lives.  It is a great way to tell your child that they are cherished for who they are and that they are as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.  Not only is the final product, a portrait for your child to be proud of, the goal; but the experience of the portrait session itself, is one, that they will walk away from feeling extra special.  

For a limited time (while supplies last), your 'tween will receive a AHP Cherished t-shirt and a This is Me Girl's Journal with the purchase of a portrait session.  Available for children ages 10-12.  

Please contact the studio for more information about the sessions.

603-867-4970

allison@allisonhopephotography.com

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(Allison Hope Photography) tween portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/3/tween-sessions Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:46:49 GMT
Upon reaching that Lofty Goal https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/1/upon-reaching-that-lofty-goal I am thrilled to announce that I received a Master of Photography degree from Professional Photographer's of America (PPA) at the association’s annual convention, Imaging USA, held January 14-16, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee. 

What is that you might ask?

Well, PPA awards this degree in recognition of superior photographic competence demonstrated through photographic competition, advanced education and service to the profession. 

A lot of time and energy, tears and excitement have gone into the earning of the degree.  I had many mentors along the way, nudging me along the path and helping me to push beyond my comfortable borders in order to strive for excellence in my craft.  

My friend, Jeff Dachowski, M.Photog.Cr., CPP was one of these mentors, and I was honored that he agreed to be my sponsor at the degree ceremony and walk with me on stage and hang the degree on my neck.  Here we are with PPA President, Rob Behm, M.Photog.Cr., CPP the night of the ceremony.

It feels validating to receive this accolade, but with any artist's craft, the journey does not end.  You have to constantly be honing your skills and reaching beyond.  I am on to the next thing.  I encourage you to set a goal for yourself and work towards it. 

yours truly,

Allison McGrail, Master Photographer

 

PS: Here is my 15 seconds on stage.  I made it across without tripping!

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(Allison Hope Photography) announcements https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/1/upon-reaching-that-lofty-goal Fri, 26 Jan 2018 19:18:35 GMT
New Year, New You! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/1/new-year-new-you

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(Allison Hope Photography) business portrait head shot special https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/1/new-year-new-you Thu, 04 Jan 2018 18:26:11 GMT
Valentine's Day Boudoir Special https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/1/valentines-day-boudoir-special

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(Allison Hope Photography) boudoir limited edition specials valentine's day https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2018/1/valentines-day-boudoir-special Tue, 02 Jan 2018 22:24:10 GMT
Limited Edition Holiday Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/10/limited-edition-holiday-sessions Limited Edition Holiday Sessions

Nov 12-18

Limited 30 minute sessions are $75 and include a keepsake ornament!

 

Our set this year is is still a work in progress, but here is a sneak peak at our Christmas attic set.

This set would be perfect with darker toned formal ware or those holiday pajamas.

(Don't worry, we will be hiding the gray wires!)

From these sessions we can create beautiful custom designed holiday cards for you to send to friends and family.  

I constantly hear from clients how well their cards were received.  

Please visit THIS PAGE on our website for examples of year's past.

We will be working on a second set option as well in the studio.

 

Brand New Booking Online Option!  

Book Now

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) children edition family holiday limited mini sessions special https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/10/limited-edition-holiday-sessions Tue, 24 Oct 2017 16:06:02 GMT
Our Halloween Treat! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/10/our-halloween-treat Free Halloween Portraits

Tuesday, October 31st

3-5 pm 

at the studio

Bring your kids in costume before heading out to trick or treat!

Receive a free 4x6 print to take home.

No need to sign up, just stop by!

81 Mont Vernon Rd. New Boston

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(Allison Hope Photography) chidlren events halloween https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/10/our-halloween-treat Mon, 23 Oct 2017 20:55:27 GMT
Clicks for Kids Fall Class https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/clicks-for-kids-fall-class

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(Allison Hope Photography) class clicks for kids photography https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/clicks-for-kids-fall-class Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:47:02 GMT
Back to School Portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/back-to-school-portraits Back to School Portraits

5 minutes portrait sessions 

ONLY available Monday, Sept 18th - Friday, Sept 22nd

There is NO session fee.

We will have a special price list available to order from. 

Packages start at $16.95 and are comparable to what your school photographer is offering.

Sessions are available for students in Kindergarten thru 11th grade.

Sessions will be done from our new location - 81 Mont Vernon Rd, so outdoor settings will vary from examples.

Contact the studio at 603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography to reserve your session

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(Allison Hope Photography) events specials https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/back-to-school-portraits Mon, 28 Aug 2017 18:04:42 GMT
Barre at the Studio https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/barre-at-the-studio

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/barre-at-the-studio Fri, 25 Aug 2017 20:04:51 GMT
AHP has moved! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/ahp-has-moved  

Big changes have been happening this summer for AHP! I have moved! But don't worry, I haven't gone far, just one mile down the road. I have moved the business out of my home into a 1600 square foot commercial space in New Boston that is surrounded by the library, the post office, the pizza place and my favorite, the river! I will have the space now to better accomindate my clients, host larger family sessions, as well as various classes and workshops. I am working hard at renovating the space to fall in line with my vision and I can't wait to share it with everyone. I am already working out of the new space, but plan to have a grand reopening event in late September. Also in September, I will be offering a Clicks for Kids class after school, a few Barre classes, and my ever popular Back to School portrait event. Keep a look out for more info to follow on these. Oh! And AHP is sporting a new logo for our fresh new look!

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(Allison Hope Photography) announcements https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/8/ahp-has-moved Thu, 24 Aug 2017 01:46:00 GMT
Clicks for Kids Summer Camp https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/6/clicks-for-kids-summer-camp

Early Bird Discount: $50 off if sign up before July 31st.

Sibling Discount: $50 off additional campers from the same family

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(Allison Hope Photography) camp for kids photography summer https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/6/clicks-for-kids-summer-camp Wed, 21 Jun 2017 14:23:32 GMT
Easter Egg Hunt 2017 https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/3/easter-egg-hunt-2017 Easter Egg Hunt 2017

Saturday, April 15th

9:30 - 11:00

The hunt begins at 10:00.

 

Easter portraits by the playhouse will be available.

Each family will receive a social media file to share with family and friends!

Please bring a donation for the New Boston food pantry.

Coffee, tea, and treats for the kids! Come and enjoy spring with us!

 

This year we will also have Kat Kreatz, a local Matilda Jane consultant participating.  

She will have her trunk set up so you can check out all the adorable threads!  

A few special eggs will contain gift certificates and coupons to Allison Hope Photography and Matilda Jane.  

This event is weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, we will update the Facebook event page.

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(Allison Hope Photography) Allison Easter Hope Photography egg events hunt nh photography spring https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/3/easter-egg-hunt-2017 Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:43:48 GMT
Easter Limited Edition Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/3/easter-limited-edition-sessions Easter Limited Edition Sessions 

Available March 27th - April 2nd

Limited 20 minute sessions available in our exclusively designed Easter set.

Sessions are only $75.

All prints and products are a la carte.

These sessions are available for children only portraits. 

$15 from every session will be donated to the Nashua Giving Garden.

 

"The Giving Garden desires to share the best quality organic food we can in order to help those who find themselves in need of nutritious food."

The Giving Garden was started by the Nashua Church of Christ and grows fresh produce which is donated to local organizations including the soup kitchen, children's homes, shelters, and food banks and pantries.

 

Contact the studio at 603-867-4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com to reserve your time. 

Payment due at time of booking.

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(Allison Hope Photography) children easter edition events limited photography sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/3/easter-limited-edition-sessions Sat, 11 Mar 2017 16:05:52 GMT
Valentine's Day Portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/1/valentines-day-portraits Send your friends and family a little love this Valentine's Day!

Lil' Cupid Limited Edition Portraits

$75

includes a 15 minute session and custom designed 25 cards

(flat double sided note card size with envelopes)

Sessions only available January 23-27.

Wardrobe and props pictured below provided by the studio.

Perfect for toddlers and small children.

 

Contact the studio for more information or to reserve your session.

603-867-4970

allison@allisonhopephotography.com

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(Allison Hope Photography) edition events limited valentine's day portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2017/1/valentines-day-portraits Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:27:52 GMT
Lynch Creek Farm https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/12/lynch-creek-farm A few weeks ago I was approached by a Lynch Creek Farm in Washington state about collaborating with them.  

They create the most beautiful wreaths!  Check them out here.

They asked if I would use one of their wreaths in one of my sessions, and I said I would love to, of course.  What a fun idea! 

So I chose their Eastern wreath.  I loved the simplicity of it.  It came a few days later and it is one of the most beautiful wreaths I have seen!  It is made of white pine instead of the more traditional balsam and has Washington grown wheat and broad flat salal leaves incorporated into it.  

Here are a few images from the sessions I was able to incorporate the wreath into.

 

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) Allison Hope Photography baby portraits christmas portraits fine art children photographer lynch creek farm newborn portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/12/lynch-creek-farm Wed, 07 Dec 2016 21:44:04 GMT
Limited Edition Holiday Sessions https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/10/limited-edition-holiday-sessions Limited Edition Holiday Sessions

November 11th, 12th & 13th

Limited 30 minute sessions are $75 and include a keepsake ornament!

We are working hard at creating and designing our sets for this year!

Here is a sneak peak!

Our outdoor set will feature a rustic hot chocolate stand against our red barn.

This set works well is classic holiday clothing, formal holiday winter ware or even those holiday pajamas!

Our indoor set will feature this beautiful winter wonderland background.

Think snow and sparkles but without the cold!  

This set works well with all white outfits and formal holiday ware.

From these sessions we can create beautiful custom designed holiday cards for you to send to friends and family.  

I constantly hear from clients how well their cards were received.  

Here are a few examples from years past

We will be collecting Toys for Tots again this year.  

With every unwrapped toy ($20 value) you bring in, receive a 5x7 print from your session ($35 value).

 

Contact the studio for booking today, as sessions are limited, you fee is due at time of booking.

  603-867-4970 or email allison@allisonhopephotography.com 

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Back to School Portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/8/back-to-school Due to popular demand we will be offering Back to School portraits again this year! 

5 minute sessions will be available on Tuesday Sept 13th from 9-5.

There is no school in our district this day.

shhh...We will most likely be adding a second date for those who can not make this one.

There is NO session fee

We will have a special price list available to order from. 

Packages start at $14.95 and are comparable to what your school photographer is offering.

Sessions are available for students in Kindergarten thru 11th grade.

These sessions are limited.

Contact the studio at 603.867.4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography to reserve your session before it is full.

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/8/back-to-school Mon, 29 Aug 2016 13:52:34 GMT
What does senior year have in store? https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/8/senior-portraits Is your child about to begin their senior year?

 

Senior year is a time of transition. 

There are so many lasts to be celebrated and so many firsts to anticipate. 

Senior portraits not just for the yearbook.  They are a way to document who your teenager is in this slice of their life. 

Together we will plan a session that reflects who they are in spirit and interest.

 

Aside from wall portraits we offer these unique ways to display and treasure the image from their session.

 

Deckle-edged fine art prints collected in a glass and gold keepsake box.

Hand-torn fine art prints stitched into a rustic leather wrapped album.

or a silk and ribbon wrapped folio with matted printed.

Contact the studio to find out more information or to schedule a consultation.

603.867-4970    allison@allisonhopephotography.com

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Clicks For Kids Summer Camp https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/6/clicks-for-kids-summer-camp  

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(Allison Hope Photography) NH camp class clicks events for kids photography summer https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/6/clicks-for-kids-summer-camp Mon, 06 Jun 2016 14:00:22 GMT
Easter Egg Hunt 2016 https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/3/easter-egg-hunt-2016
Join us at our studio for our Easter Egg Hunt!
 
Saturday March 26th
9:30 - 11:30
 
The hunt begins at 10:00.
 
Easter portraits by the playhouse will be available.
Please bring a donation for the New Boston food pantry.
 
Each family will receive a social media file to share with family and friends!
 
 
 
Coffee, tea, and treats for the kids! Come and enjoy spring with us!
 
This event is weather permitting. In the case of inclement weather, we will update this event page.
 
 
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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/3/easter-egg-hunt-2016 Thu, 17 Mar 2016 17:04:44 GMT
Athletic Portraits https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/3/athletic-portraits Introducing our new line of athletic portraits.

These sports portraits are for those who are looking for more in an athletic portrait.  It is for those parents and children who are passionate about the sports they are involved in and want something they would be proud to hang on the walls of their home. 

 

The portrait can focus on a single activity or we can work to create a portrait that combines multiple avenues.  In the image below, we have showcased both dance and softball.

These sessions are available for any athletic activity your child is involved in. 

Baseball, hockey, soccer, gymnastics, dance, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, wrestling, golf, track, softball, swimming, just to name a few.

20 minute sessions are $150 and include a $75 print credit.

 

Contact the studio to book your session.

603-867-4970

allison@allisonhopephotography.com

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(Allison Hope Photography) athletic children photography portraits sports https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/3/athletic-portraits Thu, 10 Mar 2016 19:24:49 GMT
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(Allison Hope Photography) art events exhibit gallery https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/3/whipple-free-library-exhibit Tue, 01 Mar 2016 13:36:43 GMT
Easter Portraits & the Giving Garden https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/2/easter-portraits For the first time we are having an Easter Portrait Event!

Saturday, March 5th

Limited 20 minute sessions available in our exclusively designed Easter set.

Sessions are only $75.

All prints and products are a la carte.

These sessions are available for children only portraits. 

We are currently working on designing the set, but here is a sneak peak.

 

$15 from every session will be donated to the Nashua Giving Garden.

"The Giving Garden desires to share the best quality organic food we can in order to help those who find themselves in need of nutritious food."

The Giving Garden was started by the Nashua Church of Christ and grows fresh produce which is donated to local organizations including the soup kitchen, children's homes, shelters, and food banks and pantries.

Contact the studio at 603-867-4970 or allison@allisonhopephotography.com to reserve your time. 

Payment due at time of booking.

 

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) easter events https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/2/easter-portraits Thu, 18 Feb 2016 13:04:26 GMT
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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2016/1/new-year-new-you Tue, 05 Jan 2016 13:14:40 GMT
Clicks for Kids Winter Vacation Camp! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/12/clicks-for-kids-winter-vacation-camp Clicks for Kids Winter Vacation Camp!

For Kids ages 10-14

Feb 22nd - 24th

10am to 12pm

$65

Great opportunity for your child who wants to learn how to take better pictures with a DSLR.

Allison is offering a mini photo camp during February winter break. Come join her in the studio to learn how to take your camera off the automatic settings.

Learn how to find the proper exposure using f-stops and shutter speeds and combining them to achieve the desired look for your images.

We will have time for in class for practicing the techniques we will learn, as well as the basic rules of composition.

There will be fun hands on activities in class, like creating sun prints!

Students will NEED a digital SLR or a digital camera that has manual settings.

 For questions or to secure a spot for you child, please call Allison at 867-4970 or email allison@allisonhopephotography.com. 

Class size is limited so if interested, don't wait to secure a seat!

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(Allison Hope Photography) children class lesson photography https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/12/clicks-for-kids-winter-vacation-camp Wed, 16 Dec 2015 19:04:25 GMT
It's That Time of Year! Holiday Portrait Sessions are Here! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/10/it-is-time-holiday-portrait-sessions Our Holiday Portrait Sessions are available November 14th and 15th!

Create lasting images for Holiday gifts and custom designed cards in our exclusively designed indoor set that works well with neutrals, classic holiday clothing and PJs!

 

Our outdoor set is weather permitting, and uses our classic red barn for a back drop!

 

Limited 30 minute sessions are $75 and include a keepsake ornament!

We will be collecting Toys for Tots again this year.

Contact the studio for booking today, as sessions are limited, you fee is due at time of booking.

  603-867-4970 or email allison@allisonhopephotography.com 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) children family holiday https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/10/it-is-time-holiday-portrait-sessions Wed, 07 Oct 2015 19:37:48 GMT
Back to School Pictures with a Price Match! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/9/back-to-school-pictures-with-a-price-match Are you unhappy with your child's school photo?  Or just looking for something with a little more personality?

Bring your child in for a 5 minute session with us and we will match your school package pricing!

Choose from a gray studio background or an outdoor location at the AHP studio.

 Available for student from K-11, in the months of September and October.  Call or email the studio today to book your session.

603-867-4970 allison@allisonhopephotography.com 

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(Allison Hope Photography) back kids pictures sale school to https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/9/back-to-school-pictures-with-a-price-match Wed, 09 Sep 2015 15:10:26 GMT
Clicks for Kids, Fall 2015! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/8/clicks-for-kids-fall-2015 Introduction to Digital Photography for Older Kids!

For kids, ages 10-14, 6 weeks of classes, for $65.  Come join us in the studio to learn how to take your camera off the automatic settings.  Learning the proper exposure using f-stops and shutter speeds and combining them to achieve the desired look for your images.  In class we will discuss the rules of composition and basic lighting patterns for portraits.  There will be fun activities in class, like creating sun prints and photo transfers, along with some homework! Classes begin September 21st and runs thru October 26th, Mondays from 4-5pm at Allison Hope Photography's studio.  Students will need a digital SLR or a digital camera that has manual settings.  For questions or to secure a spot for you child, please call Allison at 867-4970 or email allison@allisonhopephotography.com.  Class size is limited so if interested, don't wait to secure a seat!

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(Allison Hope Photography) class clicks for kids photography https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/8/clicks-for-kids-fall-2015 Sat, 22 Aug 2015 13:00:44 GMT
On Becoming Certified https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/8/on-becoming-certified

I recently received word that I passed the requirements to become a Certified Professional Photographer!  I am thrilled to have accomplished this goal.  I am 1 of only 19 in New Hampshire! So what does that mean?  Well, it means according Professional Photographers of America, I have met a certain standard of what a professional photographer should know and produce the quality of work that a professional in the industry should create.  It is a two part process, first a proctored exam, and then a portfolio review of 15 images.  Six images were compulsory and showed a certain technique, and nine were client images.  All these had to be taken from my last two years of work.  Here are the images that I submitted in my portfolio.

So why would this matter?  You can certainly work as a professional photographer without being certified, but why did I set this goal for myself? I believe that it will give my clients confidence in their experience with me.  Here are the things that you will get with a certified professional photographer (taken from PPA's website)

Consistency. CPPs know how to achieve great results—every time. You get a strong collection of images that tell your story, not a few lucky snapshots, and you will work with someone who knows how to produce a quality image under any circumstances.
 
Technical Skills. CPPs are more than picture takers. They are students of art, lighting, posing, fashion and even interior design. They combine these elements to create images that fit your unique style and become works of art you will treasure for generations.
 
Unique Artistry. CPPs have the skills to create unique, customized works of art—not cookie-cutter pictures. They follow an artistic vision. It’s your story captured as a collection of art.
 
Professionalism. When you hire a CPP, you know you're getting someone who is willing to go the extra mile to deliver the best possible images. They are business owners who thrive on customer service and satisfaction, and they continuously aim to produce products that exceed your—and their—best expectations. These images are keepsakes whose stories you'll tell time and time again and treasure forever.

Check out this video!


 

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/8/on-becoming-certified Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:57:17 GMT
Kids, Camp and Messy Hands https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/7/kids-camp-and-messy-hands I recently returned from spending two weeks up in Maine at our church camp, that my husband and both grew up at and where we met.  Needless to say, it is a very special place to us and we continue to volunteer each year.  This year I decided to teach a merit badge for a week and it was a GREAT experience.  I had 21 kids sign up for my merit badge class (which was about a 1/3 of the campers) and they were split into two classes.  The subject was photography, of course, but I wanted this class to be more hands on and tactile then working in Photoshop.  I also did not want the class to be a lecture format going over the technical aspects of photography.  So what I came up with were some alternative photography projects that were easy enough for the 8 year olds and interesting enough for the teenagers.  We had a BLAST!

 

First of all here are my classes!

Now for some of the projects we did!

Sun prints are fast and easy and no chemicals or darkroom required.  You can get kits right from amazon.

Next we made Chemigrams.  This involves photo chemicals and photo paper but no darkroom!  Basically we dipped leaves into photo developer and pressed on the photo paper and then washed in fixer.

So cool, right?

Then we made citrasolvs, which are made by spraying the strong natural cleaner, Citrasolv, on national geographic pages which turns the ink to liquid and makes awesome effects. 

We then used the citrasolvs to collage with.  I asked them to incorporate the summer's theme, which is "Fearless" into the collages, but some forgot the "less" part, lol.

Our 4th project was the biggest and best!  We made photo transfers onto wood.  I had my husband pull some authentic Gander Brook wood from the burn pile and cut into pieces for the campers.  Each camper choose a favorite image, which I had printed in reverse onto regular printer paper with a LASER printer (not ink jet).  We then glued them face down to the wood, using a gel medium and let dry.  Then came the hard part, which was removing the back of the paper with a wet wash cloth and our fingers.  The first layer came off easy but then it became tedious as we had to continue to rub the tiny bits of paper away with our fingers.  Our finger tips became raw and I had to keep saying that this was a lesson in PERSEVERANCE!  The final step was to add a top coat of mod podge to seal them. 

 

They came out great!  Other lessons learned was that there is beauty in imperfection and to realize that the end product might not come out how you thought and that is OK!

Some close ups!

 

 

The best part of the whole experience was hearing what the kids said...

"I am so proud of my piece"

"I have done the best artwork I have ever done in this class"

"I think I have found my career."

"I am so happy with how it came out!" (from one girl who was very disappointed at how her photo transfer was coming.)

 

Thinking it may be fun to do a summer camp some time along these ideas here at the studio!  Would you have a child interested in this?  Or even yourself?  Let me know!

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) allison alternative brook gander hope photography https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/7/kids-camp-and-messy-hands Wed, 22 Jul 2015 19:44:10 GMT
Calling all Seniors! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/6/calling-all-seniors Congratulations!  You are now a Senior!

This is a wonderful time to reflect on who you are becoming and where you are going.  Let us help you capture your unique journey in one of our Senior Sessions!

Our sessions are designed around you! Who you are, what you love, and what your future holds!

Book your Senior Session before September 1st and receive a custom mobile app (a $95 value) Free!

Contact the studio to reserve your session.

603.867.4970

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(Allison Hope Photography) seniors https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/6/calling-all-seniors Wed, 10 Jun 2015 21:01:58 GMT
Meet the Artist! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/5/come-out-and-see-the-art We are very excited to announce, Allison Hope Photography is the featured artist at Apotheca this month!

Stop by and sit to enjoy a treat and take in some of the art from our New Fine Art Line!

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/5/come-out-and-see-the-art Fri, 15 May 2015 18:45:44 GMT
NHPPA Image Competition Results https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/5/nhppa-image-competition-results I am excited to share with you my awarded images from this year's NHPPA's Image Competition!

Each image is judged individually by a panel of 6 judges and blue ribbons are awarded to images that are "deserving of merit, meaning they meet a standard of excellence in professional photography.

Red ribbons are awarded for those images that meet a standard of "above average" in professional photography.

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A big thank you to my the makeup artists and models who worked with me.

Makeup artists: Rosangela McCann (Seeking Grace, Rag Doll & Protecting Her People)

Katie Churchill (The Balance of Good and Evil)

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(Allison Hope Photography) competition image https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/5/nhppa-image-competition-results Wed, 13 May 2015 13:45:28 GMT
Get out the Vote! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/4/get-out-the-vote

Please take a minute and head over to http://www.bridenh.com/Best-of-Bride/ and place a vote for Allison Hope Photography!

Voting is open until June 1!

Thank you to our loyal customers and fans for taking the time to share the love and VOTE!

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/4/get-out-the-vote Wed, 29 Apr 2015 16:30:00 GMT
Celebrate Mom! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/4/celebrate-mom For the month of May we want to celebrate Mom!

So often we see Mom taking pictures, but she is never IN the picture.  

It is time to turn that around and get Mom on the other side of the lens with her kids!

This will be something to enjoy and treasure for a lifetime!

We are offering a 20 minute studio session, featuring Mom and her child/children, and 1 5x7 print for only $75!

These sessions will be available to book Monday - Thursday for the entire month of May, call today and book yours!

603-867-4970

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/4/celebrate-mom Wed, 22 Apr 2015 17:35:55 GMT
Fine Art! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/3/fine-art We are so excited to announce that we are now offering Fine Art prints for purchase!

Take a minute to look through our newest line being offered!

Choose the Portfolio tab above and click Fine Art.

Each print is hand torn, float mounted, and matted in a molding of the artist's choice.  Each is preserved behind conservation glass.

Purchase online or call the studio, 603-867-4970.

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(Allison Hope Photography) art fine https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/3/fine-art Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:38:39 GMT
Sample Sale! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/3/sample-sale Sample Sale!

Take a peek in our Sample Sale Gallery for our offering of discontinued Wild Sorbet frames and some of our GNP line.   Click on "Clients" in the menu bar above, then enter "Sample" click on the image for full details!  Please call the studio for purchasing and reference the frame #. 

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And to add to the savings, if you purchase one of the discontinued frames in our sale we will offer you a 30% discount on a print or canvas, of a previous session, to be mounted into your new frame!

Happy Shopping!

 

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) sale https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/3/sample-sale Wed, 11 Mar 2015 17:01:26 GMT
Adult Photography Class! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/2/adult-photography-class Do you have a DSLR camera with all kinds of settings and abilities but no clue how to use them? 
Get your camera off of AUTO and learn how to let YOUR brain be the creator of your images.
 
Join us at the Whipple Free Library on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from 10-2!
Topics we will cover in this class will include f stops, shutter speed, ISO, shutter priority, aperture priority, white balance, depth of field, focal length, and more!
 
It is important that your DSLR camera have the ability to go on manual settings.
$69 for the class, bring cash for lunch, as we will order out from a nearby restaurant, seating is limited!
Call 603-867-4970 or email us at allison@allisonhopephotography.com
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(Allison Hope Photography) class events https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2015/2/adult-photography-class Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:15:45 GMT
Boudoir Collections in time for Valentine's Day! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/12/boudoir-packages-in-time-for-valentines-day Announcing our Boudoir Event at Kimball Jenkins Estate!

January 18th we will be offering our wonderfully pampering Boudoir Sessions!  This collection includes professional hair styling, professional make up application by Rosangela, a 45 minute portrait session, and a beautiful hand-crafted matted folio with 2 images of your choice for only $240!

 The Kimball Jenkins Estate was originally the private residence of a prominent Concord family and it's classic Victorian style is perfect to make your timeless beauty shine!  The soft natural light streams through the classic large windows and into the romantic rooms.

Lingerie is anticipated, but not required!  A favorite date night dress or even a vintage outfit would be prefect for these sessions as well.

Now is the time to prepare a tasteful gift for your loved one for Valentine's Day!  

Call 603-867-4970 or email allison@allisonhopephotography.com to reserve your session.

Sessions are limited, so a $100 deposit will be taken to reserve the time.

Drawer albums and Custom Mobile Apps are also available for purchase.  

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(Allison Hope Photography) boudoir day valentine's https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/12/boudoir-packages-in-time-for-valentines-day Wed, 31 Dec 2014 02:05:16 GMT
Clicks for Kids! Part Deux https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/12/clicks-for-kids-part-deux Excited to announce....

Due to the popularity of our Clicks for Kids photography class, we will be adding another session this winter!

There is ONE seat left in our Thursday class.  Starting January 15 - February 19, 4-5 pm in our studio.

New session is Tuesday, January 13 - February 17, 4-5 pm in our studio!

 

For kids 10-14, 6 weeks of classes, for $65.  Come join us in the studio to learn how to take your camera off the automatic settings.  Learning the proper exposure using f-stops and shutter speeds and combining them to achieve the desired look for your images.  In class we will discuss the rules of composition and basic lighting patterns for portraits.  There will be fun activities in class, like creating sun prints and pinhole cameras, along with some homework!   Students will need a digital SLR or a digital camera that has manual settings.  For questions or to secure a spot for you child, please call Allison at 867-4970 or email allison@allisonhopephotography.com.  Class size is limited so if interested, don't wait to secure a seat!

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/12/clicks-for-kids-part-deux Mon, 15 Dec 2014 17:52:21 GMT
Clicks for Kids! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/12/clicks-for-for-kids Clicks for Kids!

Introduction to Digital Photography for Young People!

For kids, ages 10-14, 6 weeks of classes, for $65.  Come join us in the studio to learn how to take your camera off the automatic settings.  Learning the proper exposure using f-stops and shutter speeds and combining them to achieve the desired look for your images.  In class we will discuss the rules of composition and basic lighting patterns for portraits.  There will be fun activities in class, like creating sun prints and pinhole cameras, along with some homework!  Classes begin Septem, Thursdays from 4-5pm (snow date is Mar 5).  Students will need a digital SLR or a digital camera that has manual settings.  For questions or to secure a spot for you child, please call Allison at 867-4970 or email allison@allisonhopephotography.com.  Class size is limited so if interested, don't wait to secure a seat!

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Holiday Mini Sessions! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/10/holiday-mini-sessions Come join us on November 8th and 9th for our Annual Holiday Mini Sessions!

Enjoy a winter wonderland at our indoor set and, weather permitting, an outdoor set too!

Limited 30 minute session are available for a $50 fee, call today and book, 603-867-4970

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(Allison Hope Photography) holiday https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/10/holiday-mini-sessions Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:36:49 GMT
Pantone Fall Colors! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/10/pantone-fall-colors Let Pantone's fall color inspire your wardrobe for portraits this year!

What do you think?  Favorites?  We see some fun combos in this mix!

 

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/10/pantone-fall-colors Fri, 03 Oct 2014 01:01:23 GMT
Seniors, tell your story! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/9/seniors-tell-your-story You’re a senior in high school! You’ve come a long way…and you have a story to tell. You may or may not be a writer, but one of the ways you will share your story for generations to come is through your senior portrait.

 

I was a senior in high school back in 1995. My hair had finally recovered from the horrible, chopped-way-too-short haircut that I started 8th grade with, and was now long, very long, and still very curly. I had gotten rid of the glasses that graced my nose a few years earlier in yearbook pictures, and now wore contacts. Braces were gone too. In one picture I’m wearing my cap and gown. In another, I’m holding my fluffy white cat, “Kitt” who I literally grew up with. And in another, I’m posing in my riding outfit, reminding me of the day when my grandfather sent me a horse and the ensuing years of equine love that eventually dwindled as I got busier and busier with high school activities. Location was on the same university campus where I had attended high school and where I would go on to attend and graduate from college. All pieces of my story.

So what is your story? For many seniors, this year in your life will be one of the most memorable and eventful; the end of many familiar things, and the beginning of new adventures. Your senior portrait is meant to reflect who you are at this time in your life, and give glimpses into the person you are becoming. Think about the images from your portrait session as telling a story.

Thinking about your senior portrait, but not sure where to start? Here are some ideas…

~Location:  Your senior portrait can be in the studio, at a location of your choice, or both. Do you have a special place that really speaks of who you are? Choosing the right location can help you feel at ease, convey a meaningful part of your story and spark conversation for generations to come.

 

~“But I like to go barefoot!” No problem. Your clothing choices are a huge part of the person you are. Choose clothing that’s comfortable and shows your personality. Choose colors that will complement both your skin-tone and your environment.

~Don’t be afraid to speak up! Have an idea for the best, epic photo of all time, but wonder if Allison will think you’re crazy? Remember, some of the best images have come from “thinking outside the box.”

~Bring a friend! Close friends can be a major part of your high school memories. They’re the ones who have shared in your story. So, feel free to bring along a friend and include them in some of your pictures.

You have a story to tell – the story of who you are, and of who you are becoming. So, let’s make some amazing memories of your story through images! Congratulations on being a senior in high school! May this year be a wonderful journey for you.

~Jessica Clater

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(Allison Hope Photography) seniors https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/9/seniors-tell-your-story Tue, 09 Sep 2014 23:38:49 GMT
Featured at WellWed! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/6/featured-at-wellwed We are very excited to be featured, over at our wedding partners, WellWed!  We just love their style and are very happy to know they love ours too!  Let us know what you think.

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/6/featured-at-wellwed Sat, 21 Jun 2014 18:23:26 GMT
Spring into our Specials! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/5/spring-into-our-specials Dance Mini Sessions!

Make sure you capture the sweetness and hold onto your tiny dancer!  This time of year we see all the time and work and driving come together in the smiles and sheer delight of being on stage and in costume.  Don't let it pass before you capture the memory!

20 minute sessions are available for $50 thru June, Monday - Thursday, call to book your time... 603-867-4970.

 

 

Prom Mini Sessions!

 

The Dress, the Date, the Prom!

Make sure you store up the memories before they fade.  Book a 20 minute mini session to preserve the night of your dreams!

$50 mini sessions are available Monday - Thursday, call 603-867-4970 to book.

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/5/spring-into-our-specials Wed, 07 May 2014 11:56:07 GMT
Easter Egg Hunt 2014! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/3/easter-egg-hunt-2014 Join us on Saturday, April 19, 2014 10am-11:30am at our studio for our Easter Egg Hunt!

The hunt begins at 10:30.  Each family will receive a social media file to share with family and friends!  

Bring an item to donate to the New Boston Food Pantry

Coffee, tea, and treats for the kids!  Come and enjoy spring with us!

 

243 Mont Vernon Rd., New Boston, NH  603-867-4970

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) events https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/3/easter-egg-hunt-2014 Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:48:48 GMT
Yup, I'm one of those people... https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/3/yup-im-one-of-those-people We would like to introduce you to Jessica Clater!  Jessica has been working at AHP as our 2nd event photographer for almost 10 years.  She now is excited to be a contributing writer for the blog, when she isn't soaking up all the joys of life as a wife to Phil and mother to daughter, Eliana!  We hope you enjoy her perspective as much as we do!

 

Yep, I’m one of those people. I don’t have a wedding album, just a proof album.

 My wedding day was one of the most amazing days of my life! I love my husband like crazy to this day and yet, I never ordered a wedding album. In fact, it was probably three years before I even had a portrait on my wall from that day. And even though, through a set of circumstances, I ended up with all the negatives from my wedding, I still haven’t designed and printed my own album…and I’m in the business. You know, the plumber has leaky faucets in his house, the accountant is late with his taxes, and I, a photographer, don’t have a wedding album.

I really don’t have an excuse. I’ve been married for twelve years to the love of my life and I’ve been a photographer for the majority of that time. But, life got busy and there were other priorities with my time and money that always seemed to pop up.

Which brings me to the topic of this post – the “Images on CD only” packages that many brides are requesting. In today’s digital photography world, many brides are opting to pay only for the photographer’s time and travel and then a CD of images. This type of pricing is a huge leap from the days of package pricing that included a designed wedding album and other tangible values like framed and matted wall prints. This cost-cutting mindset may sound great at the outset to a bride who is trying to keep to a budget. However, the problem comes when the happy couple steps out of the car or off the plane or boat from their honeymoon and into…life (which may include an adorable baby, or two, much sooner than anticipated).

With the entire process of not only narrowing down and choosing images, but also designing pages and choosing covers, styles and a place to print their album, there’s a possibility that a bride may not get around to having a finished album in hand for years, if ever.

The wedding album, wall portraits, parent albums, thank you cards…all of these are the final, finished, beautiful product of beautifully produced images. These precious memories, captured on one of the most special days of a couple’s life are meant to be touched and seen often, daily. They should be there over the mantle or on the table, beautifully displayed for friends, family and guests to see. They should be there when that first child is born – a daily reminder of the love that brought them into the world.

As photographers, our images are a form of art. The final piece is not just the image itself sitting somewhere on a CD or on a flash drive or on a facebook page. The finished piece of art includes the presentation: the carefully chosen mat and frame that perfectly complement and display the portrait of the bride, glowing as she waits to walk down the aisle. The full page spread in the album depicting each precious moment captured during the first dance, each image carefully placed and enhanced by design details on the page.

When a client pays a photographer for their services, they’re not just paying for pictures. Because, you see, photographers aren’t just, well, photographers! They’re artists, designers, dreamers. The final, finished product should be a true work of art and design. When a client who isn’t a photographer chooses to quickly print a few images from their CD at the local drugstore, so much of the purity and beauty of an image can be lost.

So, trust us. The extra expense of having a finished album and wall portrait from your wedding will be well worth it.

Yep, I’m one of those people. Someday I’ll have a wedding album, maybe after my daughter goes to college. That’s not that far away…I mean, she just turned 18 months old.

~Jessica Clater

 

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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/3/yup-im-one-of-those-people Sun, 09 Mar 2014 03:07:41 GMT
We love our Clients! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/2/we-love-our-clients Share the Love!

Buy 1 gift certificate,  receive another of equal or lesser value for 50% off!

Maximum value is $200.

Offer valid thru February 13, 2014.


(603) 867-4970

allison@allisonhopephotogrpahy.com

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(Allison Hope Photography) sale https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2014/2/we-love-our-clients Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:02:39 GMT
Holiday Mini Session, On location! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/10/holiday-mini-session-on-location-1 Join us this year as we take our Holiday Mini Sessions on location!

Saturday, November 16, 9am - 3pm, we will be offering sessions at The Strong's Tree Farm, in New Boston!

We are offering limited 15 minute sessions among the trees.  Bring an un-wrapped toy ($25 value) to donate to Toys - For - Tots and your session is on us!



Call today to book, 603-867-4970.


Or send us an email, allison@allisonhopephotography.com




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(Allison Hope Photography) children holiday cards https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/10/holiday-mini-session-on-location-1 Wed, 23 Oct 2013 06:06:00 GMT
2013 Holiday Mini Sessions! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/10/2013-holiday-mini-sessions Come join us at the studio for our Annual Holiday Mini Sessions!

Saturday, November 9
and 
Sunday, November 10 

We are offering limited 30 minute sessions, by appointment only, for just $50!  Use our new indoor set or take it outdoors against the barn wall with some of our rustic props.



At the end of your session, we will book an appointment to view your images and make selections for gifts, design cards, and even see them on your walls!



Call today, appointments are filling quickly, 603-867-4970, or email us at allison@allisonhopephotography.com.
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(Allison Hope Photography) children holiday cards https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/10/2013-holiday-mini-sessions Wed, 23 Oct 2013 05:51:00 GMT
Meet our Clients! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/8/meet-our-clients
This month we would like to introduce you to Alyssa Van Guilder and her little family that has been growing!  Alyssa is the owner and artist behind the amazing retreat in Goffstown, Apotheca!  The little depot building has been transformed into a coffee and tea shoppe with yummy goodies and smiling staff.  Also, a place to sit and relax, take in a class, or enjoy open mic night!  And of course, the flower shop is always meeting and exceeding our expectations, with Alyssa's wonderful selections from the Boston flower market and her staff that goes the extra mile!  Take a look at the dynamic woman behind it all...


Please tell us a little about your family!
I share my days with 5 wonderful people!  The man of my life, Pierre, and my 4 children, Noah who is 12, Brynne who is 9, Cochlea who is 2, and Totem who is 3 months.



Can you share how you began your artwork in flora and fauna?
My first job at age 12 was for Farmer Dale Brown--he was our neighbor in rural Minnesota.  I started picking green beans and eventually ended up in the Green Houses working with flowers--that's where the magic happened-and my relationship with living blossoms began.   I am an artist and  love meaningful beauty --flowers are among the most powerful of all artful things, in my opinion. :)



How did you come to NH?
My father was born and raised in Vermont.  After a family reunion that took place in the great state of New Hampshire, I fell in love with it here.  Soon I concocted a plan to get as many of us 9 siblings-together with my parents-to move here!  While my two older sister's lived in Chester, NH, the rest of us were scattered everywhere.  I had one sibling still in my birth state of Alaska, one in Virginia, two- including myself- in Texas, and a handful in Minnesota.  It took some time, but eventually the bulk of us landed in New Hampshire.  



What brought you to the place of taking the leap and opening Apotheca ?
It was dream that festered for years and then necessity invited me to take the leap.  I responded with a blindfolded jump.  


What makes the long days worth it?
People--I have come to know so many incredible people, and many customers have become like family.  Also, being able to spend energy on a creative effort that I believe in is a gift, even on a 16 hour day! 

How do you balance the work and the passion?
I would say the passion creates the work, therefore the work is the passion.  However, it's always a trick finding time to do laundry! :)



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(Allison Hope Photography) babies meet our clients https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/8/meet-our-clients Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:12:00 GMT
The McGrail Family invites you to celebrate with us! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/8/the-mcgrail-family-invites-you-to

10 years ago Allison began on the journey of capturing the memories of life!!  


Come and help us celebrate with a family movie night!
On Friday, August 30th at 7:30 we will be showing The Muppet Movie
on the barn wall at our studio.
We will be offering complimentary
popcorn and drinks.

Bring a blanket and help us celebrate 10 years of Allison Hope Photography!!
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(Allison Hope Photography) events https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/8/the-mcgrail-family-invites-you-to Tue, 13 Aug 2013 05:48:00 GMT
Happy 4th Of July! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/7/happy-4th-of-july We would like to wish you all a happy, healthy Independence Day!

In our tiny town, this year is also a celebration of our town's 250th birthday...
So we thought we would join in the party and offer you a treat!!


Book a portrait session on location anywhere in New Boston during the months of July or August and receive $25 OFF on print orders of $100 or more!

Happy Birthday New Boston!

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(Allison Hope Photography) family sale https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/7/happy-4th-of-july Wed, 03 Jul 2013 14:21:00 GMT
Experience is Everything https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/6/experience-is-everything Recently I got to have a great experience that I think is so important for photographers to do for themselves... I got on the other side of the camera!

I have recently started offering, what I am calling Bella sessions, which are sessions that include professional hair and makeup application along with a portrait session that is not only about showing how beautiful you are, but making you feel as beautiful as you are.  These sessions can be "boudoir" in nature or simply appropriate for a business headshot, or anywhere in between.  

I had to opportunity to do this for myself, photographed by my friend, and fellow photographer, Nylora Bruleigh.  This is her website, if you want to check her work out  www.photographybynylora.com

I think it is important for photographers to get on the other side once and while, so we can know what it feel like to be our clients.  I can better serve my clients, because of this.  And it was FUN!

Here are some of my favorites!




All images by Nylora Bruleigh
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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/6/experience-is-everything Thu, 20 Jun 2013 06:35:00 GMT
Field of Dreams https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/6/field-of-dreams Last week I met up with Alex and Jillian at Alex's childhood home, where they will have their wedding reception this fall.  It was a beautiful early summer evening, the kind that makes you just feel utterly happy.




I love this little series, so natural!
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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/6/field-of-dreams Tue, 04 Jun 2013 16:20:00 GMT
Dance Special! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/5/dance-special Preserve the memories of your tiny dancer!
Recital is the time of year to put all the dance class work together. It also brings tears as we see our children on stage, a few tears from extra rehearsals and late nights, and loads of pride!

We would like to offer to help you remember all the hard work and sheer delight!

With our dancer mini sessions!
Available sessions now thru the end of June.

Mini sessions are $50 and can be shared with a dance team or partner.  Our mini session are 20-30 min. in length.  We are running this special thru the end of June, Monday - Thursdays with afternoon and evening time slots available!  Call 867-4970 to book today!

Here are a few examples of how you can use these portrait to create art pieces for your daughter's room or other area of your home.
 


 



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(Allison Hope Photography) https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/5/dance-special Fri, 17 May 2013 06:46:00 GMT
Meet our Clients! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/5/meet-our-clients This month we would like to introduce you to Jenny Garby of J. Bella Salon!  Jenny and her husband have the cutest little girl who seems to be the apple of their eye!  And a wonderful AHP model!




Jenny, please tell us about your family!  


I have a pretty large family with 3 sisters and a brother.  I met my husband Tom through an online dating site and have been married for 2 1/2 years. We have a beautiful little 13m old Emma who is just starting to walk. 


How did you get involved in the styling industry?

Honestly I couldn't afford college at the time.  My mother suggested going to hair school and I happened to love it. It was the best thing that could have happened. I got more involved a few years into it and started working for a color company.  I taught their brand color and new techniques for a couple years.  


How and when did you begin your adventure with J. Bella?

In 2001 the salon I was working at was going to sell their salon to someone that didn't want booth renters. I started looking for a space to move to and there wasn't really anything I liked that was open so I asked my friend if she wanted to open something together. We found the perfect space for the 2 of us.  After a year we were growing out the space so we added another stylist an doubled our size. We just kept needing more space so we ended up adding another unit 2 years later.  The bank that was on the other side of us was open so we ended up in our space that we are in now in 2007.  We started out with 650sq feet an are now at 2,300!





How do you balance life as a business owner and mother?  

It has been a transition. My business partner Jennifer and I both have children and we split things up pretty equally.  I have a great support system that helps with watching Emma so I can work. I don't work nearly as many hours as I used to.  We also promoted one of our receptionists to Mgr so she helps a lot with the salon making sure things are done, orders are placed Etc..  

I just have to add I really love what I do. I think people should find a career doing something they really enjoy. My clients have become friends. One of our clients delivered my baby, is my Dentist, our accountant and so on.  You get to know people over the years. I have a few clients that I have had for over 15 years!  I really think the old saying us true "If you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life" 

Sorry for rambling on, I just get mushy when I think of how lucky I am!!

A note from Allison Hope Photography:  We are excited to share that J. Bella is the host for our Bella Sessions on May 19th!   Jenny is also going to be our hair designer for the sessions!  Please call us to book your session soon 867-4970.
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(Allison Hope Photography) awards babies bella session meet our clients https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/5/meet-our-clients Mon, 13 May 2013 11:13:00 GMT
Never Stop Learning https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/5/never-stop-learning I am back from a great long weekend at the annual NHPPA conference.  I have been a member of this group for over 10 years and this has always been a time for me, not only to connect to other photographers, but to regroup and refocus my business.  I am always filled to the brim when I return with new ideas, techniques and a sense of excitement.  This was my first year on the board of directors, as membership chair, so I got to experience a different take on how it all comes together, and see just how much work it is! I was inducted this weekend as the 2nd VP, and I am excited to start fulfilling my responsibilities.  

I am also excited to share with you that I received my Associate Colleague of Photography degree this weekend.  This is earned in reward for service to the association as well as for photographic expertise.  





We also have a print competition and I am excited to share that all my prints were awarded ribbons!


"Fallen from Grace" earned a Blue Ribbon!



"Baby Doll" earned a Red ribbon



 "Our Jumpin' Joys" earned a Red ribbon



"Fetching Water from the Wood" earned a White ribbon



"Tummy Time" earned a White ribbon



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(Allison Hope Photography) awards https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/5/never-stop-learning Wed, 01 May 2013 05:32:00 GMT
Something New! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/4/something-new We would like to introduce something new, just in time for Mother's Day!

Bella Sessions with Allison Hope Photography!


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(Allison Hope Photography) announcements bella session https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/4/something-new Thu, 18 Apr 2013 16:17:00 GMT
Meet our Clients! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/4/meet-our-clients This month we would like to introduce you to the Ayotte/Kenison family!






John is an attorney in the area and Melissa is a 2nd generation glass artist!
Both of their kids are inquisitive and full of smiles!









We have asked Melissa to share with us some about her amazing talent working with glass!

Navajo basket with Black Eyed Susan bouquet!





1.    
Please teach us a little about your art form!

As a glass artist I create very tiny, life like sculptures or ideas which tend to mostly reference nature- flora and fauna.  This is done with a technique called lamp working or flame working. I make small leaves, petals, flowers, or tendrils- all in glass. After the design is created it is then carefully encased in molten clear glass, and  shaped into various forms. Primarily this tradition meets its end in something called a paperweight, but the word paperweight is quite limiting, often bringing to mind the acrylic or plastic butterfly in a dome like piece.  These art glass pieces are far from that .  In fact, I’ve started to use the encasement process to push the natural limits of the glass and create other more sculptural items -- stones, Navajo baskets, bud vases and so on. Keep in mind each of these has realistic bouquets or references encased inside the glass.   

  Where did you learn?

I’m very fortunate to be a second generation glass artist. My father Rick Ayotte has been working glass in various forms for 50 years.  His expertise allows me to start at a higher level with the glass. The medium itself, glass, has so many nuances and “secrets” that are more easily discovered with the help of master artist. I didn’t grow up always working with glass. He encouraged me to get an education and work in the world for someone else before even considering this path.  It wasn’t until graduate school for counseling psychology, when I desperately needed to earn money to support myself, that I sat down at the bench with the torch and fell head first in love with the process. 

Where are you able to work?

My studio is approximately 20 feet from my home.  I feel privileged to be near to my kids while they grow and enjoy having lunch with them or transporting them here and there when I can.  It’s not always easy to keep them out of the studio, but we’ve made it clear they can visit, but not stay all the time when the sitter is here!  There have to be boundaries, but as they grow older (my son is 5 and daughter 3) the roar of the torch is not as frightening as it once was and their intrigue grows.  I guess we take it as it comes and when I’m really working hot glass, it’s obvious to them that I’m unable to give attention.  I think both my father and I enjoy the visits!  After all, we’ve always had an easel and work area for them to play at.




How do you balance family and work?
I try to keep a regular schedule five days a week 9-4 so that everyone maintains some sort of tempo.  Of course, it never works out perfectly, but at least this keeps us all going.  Upcoming shows and time crunches generally change everything, but we deal with that mostly spring and fall, so the pattern helps us stay balanced. My husband John Kenison is super supportive, trying to give me extra time when I need it or watching the kids when I’m traveling.   And I couldn’t be productive without work out time, so that takes priority for balancing mind and body.

How did you end up with your studio and home in New Hampshire?

I am a New Hampshire native. I went away to North Carolina and California for school, but New Hampshire is home.  Growing up we spent a lot of time vacationing in northern NH and the lakes, ocean and woods is where I derive so much of my inspiration.  New Hampshire wild flowers are a part of many of my sculptures and I couldn’t imagine a richer place to be for a nature artist. Our time in New Boston has really enhanced that experience for me. 

To see more of Melissa's work, please visit her here!




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(Allison Hope Photography) children family meet our clients https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/4/meet-our-clients Fri, 05 Apr 2013 06:40:00 GMT
Easter Event Update!! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/3/easter-event-update

Our Easter Event in now indoors, thanks to the extra white stuff last week!


Come join us between 9:00 and 10:30 am for a special portrait.

Complimentary portraits of all kids in their Easter finery and a free 4x6 mailed after the event!

Some light refreshments and coffee.
We are hoping to be able to have the egg hunt again next year!
Hope to see you all on Saturday!
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Whoops! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/3/whoops (Allison Hope Photography) announcements https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/3/whoops Thu, 14 Mar 2013 07:40:00 GMT Celebrate Easter with AHP! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/3/celebrate-easter-with-ahp
COME JOIN US!



We had so much fun last year, we are anxiously awaiting this year's AHP Easter Egg Hunt!


Saturday, March 30, 10am-Noon
Easter egg hunt at 10:30 sharp!
We will have a separate area for younger hunters!
 
We will have an area for complimentary portraits of your children in their Easter outfits.  We will be happy to mail you a 4x6 print after the event!  We will have a different portrait location this year.  Hopefully one you will love just as much as the playhouse from last year.

We will also have light brunch, that will include muffins, fruit, and juice.




In the case of inclement weather or muddy yard, check our facebook page for updates.  While you are there, make sure you like us!
We hope you can join us!
243 Mont Vernon Rd, New Boston, NH 03070 
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(Allison Hope Photography) events https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/3/celebrate-easter-with-ahp Thu, 07 Mar 2013 05:25:00 GMT
This year's Christmas Clients! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/2/this-years-christmas-clients
In the Northeast we survived a stormy winter weekend...so what better time to share with you some of our beautiful Christmas cards!  Our clients this season were all so beautiful and fun, and helped us create some amazing greetings, enjoy!













 


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(Allison Hope Photography) children family holiday cards https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/2/this-years-christmas-clients Mon, 11 Feb 2013 11:11:00 GMT
Great Event! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/great-event We are so excited to announce that we have been invited to participate in...
The 2nd Annual, Saying I Do - The Art of Wedding Photography
at Kimball Jenkins Estate!





The show will run from February 8-28 at Kimball Jenkins Estate.
There will also be an artist's reception on Thursday, February 21, from 5:30-7:30.
At this reception you will have the chance to meet all the wonderful photographers and enjoy refreshments!  This is a free event and open to the public!

Come and see Allison Hope Photography on the walls at Kimball Jenkins Estates!
call 867-4970 or e-mail us at allison@allisonhopephotography.com
or visit www.kimballjenkins.com


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(Allison Hope Photography) announcements events wedding https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/great-event Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:26:00 GMT
Meet our Clients! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/meet-our-clients We are excited to introduce to you...
The Carle Family!





Nathan is a Physics teacher at a local H.S., Rebecca a viola and violin teacher, and their two active children have a wonderful zest for life!



We enjoyed getting to know them better during our Holiday mini-sessions!




We saw another mom with a business and a rich musical background, working hard for her family and trying to balance it all.  So we asked her to share more...



Can you tell us about the beginning of your music career/life?  
The early years and the start of your love?

I started taking viola lessons in fourth grade, when our elementary school's orchestra program started.  I'm kind of unusual since I started playing on viola, while many players start on violin and switch to viola.   Through high school I took private lessons, played in lots of small chamber groups, the school string orchestras and the various weekend orchestra festivals that happened about 3 times a year.  Two highlights of those years were my summer attendance at the New York State School of Orchestral Studies, a youth program that had us playing some of the same music that the Philadelphia Orchestra played, while being coached by the principal players of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and my two years being one of the few student members of the Schenectady Symphony, in Schenectady, NY, when I learned how to work in an adult musical setting.



When I went to college, I immediately signed up for the symphony orchestra, private lessons, and string quartet coaching, but my academic studies remained focused on Classics, Religious Studies and Anthropology in preparation for my dream of being an archaeologist.  After graduation from college I continued to pursue archaeology and then museum collections care.  Between museum internships, graduate school, starting a career and then having kids, I took about 10 years off from regularly playing viola.  It wasn't until my youngest was about 2 that I started playing again with an adult ensemble.  I was understandably rusty, but my technique returned faster than I expected and within three months I auditioned and was accepted into the viola section of the New Hampshire Philharmonic and began playing chamber music again with new-found friends. I rediscovered a joy and love of music within myself that I hadn't realized was missing.  My time out playing viola brought me great peace, which is so greatly needed for a stay at home mom with young kids.  In the years since, I have spent a lot of time playing viola with various local NH ensembles, but my primary musical commitment is the the Nashua Chamber Orchestra, where I am Principal Violist. 



One of my new music friends appreciated my passion of music and suggested that I consider teaching.  She encouraged me to learn more about the Suzuki Method  and after attending  their introductory class I found that she was correct.  The Suzuki Method fit my take on learning and teaching very well, and a year later I took the Book 1 Teacher Training (Which works for both violin and viola) and began taking students.  Since then I have completed Book 2 Training and my studio has grown from my initial three students to 13 viola and violin students.  The experience has been wonderful.  I really enjoy working with the variety of people and ages and hope to give each student the foundation needed to reach their musical goals, whether it is to pursue music as a career or to keep music as an enjoyable activity in their lives.

Tell us about how you and your family came to be in New Boston?

When we moved to New Hampshire 11 years ago we lived near Concord where my husband taught at Concord High School.  When Nathan switched to teaching physics at Souhegan High School in Amherst, we knew that our home north of Concord was too far away for his daily commute and began looking for a new home.  We narrowed our search down to a house in Wilton and our home in New Boston.   Our home in New Boston won out due to the location.  The house needed a lot of fixing, in fact the water heater died the afternoon that we moved in (we knew it was on its last legs), but the location was quiet and peaceful.  Having a heron fly over the house when we were viewing it didn't hurt either.  We knew that New Boston was a nice town from all the literature, but we had no idea how welcoming and warm the community would be, and how stellar the NBCS is.  We feel very lucky to have found this home in New Boston and by all plans we are sticking around for the long hall, since we have found our home.



Share with us your families love/or not, of music?

My husband played clarinet and piano as a kid, and still plays piano for fun.  Helen is taking violin lessons from me and is doing well.  Peter started taking piano lessons and then tried viola and neither really spoke to him.  His heart is with the brass instruments and I expect he will take up trombone or french horn in a few years.  My extended family is quite supportive and musical.  My mother is a retired school music teacher and a violinist, my older sister started college as a music performance major on cello until an injury led to a complete change in career, and my father-in-law plays guitar on occasion.


 
What is your most memorable teaching moment?

I don't think I can pinpoint one specific moment, but there is a category of moments that happens for every student at some point.  There are little things that each student has to learn:  the correct hand position on the bow; the movement that your bow arm makes; how the instrument is held under your head; what shapes your fingers make as they are placed on the strings.  Some of these positions take some time to learn and students put a lot of focus on consciously keeping their body in the correct position.  Eventually those positions become natural, second nature, a habit.  That is a special moment.  Often the student won't realize when that has happened, but they maintain the correct position while their attention is focused somewhere else.  When I get a chance to point that out, the joy and in some cases relief that the student displays is really exciting, especially if they had been challenged by that for a long time.




What do you love about owning your own small business?

Easy- the flexibility.  I can work around the needs and schedules of my family.


 


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(Allison Hope Photography) meet our clients https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/meet-our-clients Fri, 25 Jan 2013 05:55:00 GMT
New Year, New Series! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/new-year-new-series We are very excited to announce... 
we will begin running a monthly series here on our blog!

Each month we will introduce you to one of our clients!

We are so very excited to share with you our very first installment...stay tuned for it tomorrow!

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(Allison Hope Photography) announcements sale https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/new-year-new-series Thu, 24 Jan 2013 11:17:00 GMT
Snowflakes & Smiles https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/snowflakes-smiles




I just wanted to share some of my favorite images from a wedding with documented the end of December!

Hannah and Zak got married just a few days after Christmas on a beautiful day with the just the right amount of snowflakes!





I love the expression on both thier faces as Hannah walked down the aisle with her Dad to Zak.



Wouldn't you love to know what he whispered in her ear?



 Everyone in the bridal party braved the cold to get some great images outside!




Porch lighting is the best!


 You can't tell they were freezing!



I love their expressions!



Hannah's bouquet was stunning!  Simple white roses with silver broaches interspersed.  It really was exquisite!


Hannah changed into awesome silver Chucks for the reception!




 They had their wedding at a church school where they went to high school together!  We created this image right where they had their lockers in high school!




Having two photographers not only means you get different angles and viewpoints, but sometimes we use completely different lighting techniques!



I just love the atmosphere they created by transforming a gymnasium into a winter wonderland, lighting the space with a multitude of LED balls and lights!


 I love the tender moment of the bride's dad holding his week old grandson at his first wedding experience.


The father/daughter dance, an equally tender moment between them.


I loved how Hannah is looking at her Mother, including her in the moment.


Snowflake cupcakes!  As sweet as the couple!


Another tender moment between Hannah and her little brother that I had to share.


They even had a special dance for just the two of them.  You could tell they practiced!


Hannah and Zak changed before leaving the reception.  I do not see this very often anymore...not only practical but kinda fun!  Her simple white dress is super cute and shows of the Chucks!


And off they go!  Anxious to start the next chapter of their lives together!


Here is to a sweet life!



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(Allison Hope Photography) wedding winter https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/snowflakes-smiles Mon, 14 Jan 2013 07:46:00 GMT
Don't forget! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/dont-forget Our Winter Sale!
Through the end of January, receive a 10% discount on ANY order placed on sessions from 2012 or later!
Did you get married?  Would you like to have something special printed for your anniversary?


Did you have a baby?  How about a gift for the grandparents to remember the special baby days?





Did you finally have the chance to get the whole family together?


Call or e-mail us and we'll get your order in!
allison@allisonhopephotography.com
603-867-4970
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(Allison Hope Photography) sale https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2013/1/dont-forget Mon, 07 Jan 2013 16:33:00 GMT
Boudoir Event! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2012/12/boudoir-event Announcing the Date for our first Boudoir Event of 2013!
Just in time for Valentine's Day!


Saturday, January 12, 2013!
Time, all day long!  
Reserve your session soon, as sessions are limited.
Location is TBA, working on something special and local!
$200 includes professional makeup application and the portrait session!
$100 due to reserve your session time.



Our desire, for every woman to feel beautiful!  
To be pampered and photographed, bringing out the woman inside of you!



A wonderful gift to yourself and for the one you love!


Call today and book your session on Saturday, January 12, 2013!!
603-867-4970
allison@allisonhopephotography.com
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(Allison Hope Photography) boudoir events https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2012/12/boudoir-event Sat, 22 Dec 2012 05:52:00 GMT
Happy Holidays https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2012/12/happy-holidays

We would like to thank our clients for being so wonderful by offering 10% off all orders placed in the month of January.
(Valid on any sessions or events photographed in 2012 or earlier)
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(Allison Hope Photography) sale https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2012/12/happy-holidays Tue, 18 Dec 2012 07:51:00 GMT
Gift ideas! https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2012/12/gift-ideas How is your Christmas shopping going?  Are you still looking for ideas for a grandparent or family member??  How about a portrait or ornament you can use year round?! Hang it on the tree or wall.



It comes in 3 colors (white, black, red) and 4 shapes!
 2x3 and 3x3 print sizes. ONLY $35!
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(Allison Hope Photography) sale https://www.allisonhopephotography.com/blog/2012/12/gift-ideas Wed, 05 Dec 2012 08:49:00 GMT