Emma & Jozy (feat Santa)

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope the week wasn’t all that hectic and your weekend plans are something to look forward to. If you’re as dedicated to the Roadrunners as we are, you’ll be sweating out the UTEP game tomorrow right along with us!

Today on the blog, I’m highlighting a couple of faces that you might have seen before. Emma & Jozy are the daughters of friends of ours who are not only incredibly badass (black belts, y’all – & so young, too!) but adorable to boot. When we started planning our Santa photos, having them come out to shoot with us was an absolute must!

Now that it’s actually appropriate to be celebrating Christmas (without all the side eyeing of doing it so early), I’m super excited to get into the grind of these Santa/Grinch sessions. Of the ones that we’ve done already, each has been unique while remaining fun and exciting, not just for our clients, but for Josh & I, too. It’s an absolute blast to watch Josh settle into the Santa role while entertaining the people in our studio at the time.

If you’re looking for something different to do with the family for holiday photos this year, look no further! A lot of our November dates are already filled up, but there’s still a bit of room & the whole month of December to book out. These sessions are short, sweet, and guaranteed to be filled with lots of fun & laughter. Interested in booking? Head over to the contact page to get started!

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what you all actually came for – Emma & Jozy and their time with Santa!

Happy Birthday, Mr. Clause!

Howdy, friends! Today’s post is all about my favorite person in the whole entire world, my Joshy. If you’ve been hanging around long enough, you’ve seen his face all over the blog time and time again.

Today, however, is a very special day – my sweet husband turns 34!!! One of the best parts of being married is experiencing the way life changes from year to year. Between holidays, birthdays, and every day in between, our time together is always an adventure. I know it’s silly, digging out extra time one day of the year when every day should be a gift, but I never balk away from the little things in life that give me an extra chance to show my guy I love him!

Aside from his every day work, Josh does great things for me and the baby of a business I have nursed and watch grow for a handful of years now. He’s my equipment guy, the best model, even the pose man when my creativity is lacking. There are times when he keeps me in the game just by driving me to sessions and being there. He’s a flawless Grinch and this year, he decided to take on Santa, too! So many things my Joshy does. There’s not possibly a way to be grateful enough for all of it..

If you haven’t gotten the chance to see some of his best cosplay yet, I’ve attached a few shots of both is Grinch and Santa to the bottom of this post – he truly is spot on with each of his characters. We’re currently booking both Mean One minis & Cookies with Santa, so don’t miss your chance to see him embody the greats live and in the flesh. Shoot us a message here to get the process started!

Before I go, I just want to wish Josh the happiest of birthdays – here’s to many more, my love!

& without further ado, the many faces of Josh Modica!

Justin’s First – A Football Themed Cake smash

Hey everyone! I have been so caught up in the beginning of fall that I completely neglected some of my favorite work I did throughout the summer. The busy season is upon us, so I’ve been shooting a lot more than usual – sometimes, editing & sharing take a back seat. Today, however, I’m here to share some of my favorite cake smash pictures to date!

The past couple of months have been all about first birthdays! A lot of my friends had kids right around the same time, so I get to enjoy all of the fun (half-year photos, first birthday parties) in a big clump throughout a handful of weeks. It’s a blast to not only see each of their little ones develop, but to experience how each of the families have grown, too.

Little Justin has been in front of my camera what seems like since the day he was born. In the last year, I’ve gotten to see him get bigger, say new words, and even get up on two feet and walk! Since Josh & I don’t have any kids of our own, I always marvel at those little developmental things. Having access to those kinds of moments is one of the best parts of my job as a photographer!

Down below, you’ll get to see some of my favorites from Justin’s cake smash! Kelly, who is the queen of all things planning, put together a gorgeous array of props and things to really make the whole thing a great experience for all. Between his tough man look and the way he enjoyed the balloons, I’d count these as a complete success.

Before you get to the pictures, I just wanted to add a few details about exciting things coming your way!

If you’re looking to book a holiday session, do so early! My November/December schedule is already hectic – plus, it’s visually stunning right now; who wouldn’t want to get their family photos done in all this luscious green surrounding us at the moment?

On top of family sessions for the upcoming holiday season, Josh & I are bringing back our Christmas mini sessions! This year, Josh is getting back into the Grinch mask to bring life to our Texas based Whoville once again. We’ve upgraded our backdrop and can’t wait to celebrate with everyone. To bring something new to the table this year, we’ve also put together ‘cookies with Santa’ mini sessions that are going to be an absolute blast! I’ll be releasing info on both sessions very soon – if you’d like to be once of the first to receive it, leave your name & email below so I can add you to our mailing list.

Spaces will be limited, so don’t wait too long!

With all that said, here’s what you’ve all been waiting for – Justin’s football themed cake smash!!!

Mean One Minis – Elorah (& Torin, too)!

Hey friends! If you haven’t noticed, it’s the busy season – & I mean that with my whole heart; it’s so dang busy this time of the year. Especially in The Modica household. Between shooting, basketball season starting, and all of the family obligations – there’s a lot going on. I’m sure everyone is feeling that, at least a little – so I’m bringing you cuteness to help ease the ache.

What’s better than decompressing with one of my favorite Christmas characters, you ask? Nothing – there’s nothing better than watching my gorgeous husband get suited up, interact with our clients, and make appearances in at least half of the photos I send out (even if he is under that really warm mask :P). These shoots are some of my most favorite of the year; I relate to The Grinch in a lot of ways, so it’s cool to share that feeling and take it one step further in my work.

Torin & Elorah were a total joy to shoot with – Elorah wasn’t too keen on the big green man for a while, but she ended up coming around by the end. I’m always excited to see how these turn out, because every session is a little different, despite the same location/backdrop. It’s a lot of fun, y’all! I hope you’ve been enjoying as much as we have.

If you’re in need of one of these sessions, or just want to get some family shots done for the Christmas card, we’re running our “friends & family” discount, so don’t miss out while the goings good!

Until then, enjoy Mean One’s with Torin & Elorah!

Mean One Minis & Black Friday, Too!

Hey, everyone! Hope the lead up to turkey day is treating you well & you’re enjoying all of the cyber shopping that’s going on. As someone who gets overstimulated easily, trying to snag all the deals while they’re still hot is hard for me – but we’re getting there!

Over the past few weeks, Josh & I have been putting together our own little Christmas Town and bringing holiday cheer to our little corner of San Antonio. We’ve got one more weekend left and the spots are filling up fast, so don’t hesitate to grab one while you still can!

January & Stephen were a great couple that went with the flow & worked really well with the vibe that Josh was giving – it’s a lot of fun to really get along with clients; it makes the process so much easier. Between their masks and January’s cute baby belly, there wasn’t much that wasn’t awesome in these pictures!

& since I already mentioned cyber shopping, why not throw our Black Friday deals your way? We’re currently offering all of our full length sessions for $105 & our mini sessions for $65 (excluding mean one minis) – this is the lowest price of the year for these sessions, so grab them while they’re hot! We’re also running what we’re calling Christmas Card sessions for $175 – we’ll shoot for an hour & you’ll get 30 photos and 20 Christmas cards (of your choice, of course!) We’ll be keeping these prices around until 11/28 – book your session here!

Happy turkey week, y’all – check out some mean one mini photos below!

He’s A Mean One – Grinch Mini Sessions!

Happiest of Wednesday’s, everyone! Today is going to be jam packed with lots of baking, prepping for all the cooking tomorrow, and shooting my favorite human in our cool holiday backdrop. This part of the year is one of my absolute favorites, so I’m soaking up all I can of it. So much so that we’re offering our full-length holiday sessions for 40% off!

Today’s blog is all about everyone’s favorite green guy – The Grinch! As a fan of the character for most of my life, it made total sense to offer these sessions. It was a total blast getting all of the backdrops and making the vision come to life. We spent a couple weeks pulling everything together & it turned out so dang well! It doesn’t hurt that my husband is the perfect guy to play the part.

When Josh pulled on the costume, I knew that all of our hard work putting the backdrop together and finding the perfect place to have these shoots was going to pay off. When we did our first couple of sessions and I saw how everything looked on the back of the camera, I was so stoked! It only made sense that our first participant in these sessions was Ryan – one of our favorite little buddies.

As you go through these, enjoy the fact that Ryan is trying to beat Josh up in most of these. We had a blast getting to see more of this little guy come out of his shell and share his likes and interests with us. One of the best parts of these, aside from The Grinch (of course), is how much our clients personalities come out. We’re not doing too much posing, but letting people interact with Josh naturally to get the most genuine reactions!

We’re stoked to offer up these again this upcoming weekend. Since so many families are in town for the holiday, it seemed like a perfect time to offer these again. Check out the information below!

There you have it! If you’re a fan of The Grinch, these are the sessions for you. Josh is awesome with everyone who comes to our little branch of Whoville – so grab a session while you can!

We’re currently in the middle of our holiday rush! To celebrate the holiday week, we’re offering ALL of our full length photo sessions for 40% off. You can book a session with us anytime this week through 12/1 & receive the discount. We’ve been having a blast with all of the cool families and couples throughout the last few weeks and can’t wait to adventure with more of you guys!

We’re also doing another set of Grinch mini sessions this upcoming weekend. It looks like it’s supposed to rain on Saturday, so we’re going to move the second session to Sunday! You can book between 9-2 to grab yourself a spot with our resident Whovillian! We’re booking at half hour increments (9, 9:30, etc.) & these sessions are running for $65. We had a blast last Saturday & Josh gets really into character!

Lastly, we’re offering a cool Flower Vault mini session deal on Friday ONLY! All of our mini sessions are $65 that day, so don’t miss your chance.

As always, thank you to everyone who has supported us throughout the time our business has been up and running. As the holiday season comes around and I get to see all of the families that have been with us since day one – it reminds me how lucky we really are. Thanks for everything, y’all!

Until the next time, friends! Keep on adventuring…