Tuesday, March 31, 2009


I had a very fun morning shooting the effervescent Regina, our very first model for the Happily Ever After League Calendar. This is such a great cause...the Happily Ever After League helps moms who have cancer. Visit their site, happilyeverafterleague.org, and make an appointment to have the opportunity to put your sweet little prince or princess in the calendar. If you can't make one of the dates, I'll make a special time for you. Tell Lauren I said it was ok.

What it's all about

One of my cousins sent me this picture of all of us when we were little. It was the first time I met my cousins, the first time that I realized that I, an only child, had actual relatives my age, and that's me, in the blue stripy pants and unibrow, demonic expression in my eyes...looking mighty ploopy...pretty much the antithesis of every single thing I strive to give to my clients. When this picture made it's way to my email box, I first freaked out at the overall hideousness of it all, but then it started me remembering running all around my cousin Gary's property in upstate New York,with my cousins, Paul, Dougie, Heidi, Robert, and little Karen, marveling at the abundance of wildlife and skipping stones in the raging brook right outside. I found a little silver heart ring that my cousin had given me and told "cousin stories" to my girls and I realized that this is why I do what I do. You remember the moments, the laughter, the tears, best when you look back at your pictures. Hideous as they may be, you do.

So, if you have a choice, you might as well have great pictures to look back on. Go get your '70's plaid pants, burn them, then call me to photograph you and your glorious family. You'll have beautiful memories of this very special moment in your life for a very long time.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Come one, come all, I'm going to be speaking at the Ironwood Counry Club on May 30 from 10 until 11 for their knowledge seekers series. I'll be speaking on how to take great pictures with your point and shoot camera. I never actually owned a point and shoot camera prior to this past summer, and I took only that camera on a two week vacation and actually took some awesome picturess like those above. Woo hoo! Who knew? Maybe I should toss my new Canon 5D mark II's...Nah. I love them too much.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Kayli and her Mom Lauren and sister Grace were all so great to work with. We started out at the JW Marriott, which was so beautiful and perfect and pristine, just like Kayli, and because I'm an idiot and left my camera battery on it's charger in my kitchen, we moved to a super boho area of Carefree, which actually seemed to work in our favor. Kayli was a total professional and just shines no matter what, and I have since purchased three more camera batteries, all of which are permanently affixed around my waist to avoid further mishaps. Where is my head? I just don't know. Thank goodness the Lovely Kayli was so cool about it!! If you'd like to see more shots of Kayli, and others just go to http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=64216&id=45325794506&saved#/album.php?aid=64216&id=45325794506

Thursday, March 19, 2009

The Happily Ever After League Calendar!

It's here!! It's here!

Announcing the 2010 Happily Ever After Calendar

Calling all Princes and Princesses to be in the First Ever 2010 Happily Ever After Calendar.You will not want to miss this very special opportunity to have your child in this Calendar for a Cause! Award winning professional photographer Barbara Stitzer (that's me!! Woo hoo, I'm famous!!) will photograph your child, dressed in full prince or princess regalia, or they can choose from our beautiful outfits and props.Your $100 tax deductible donation per child will benefit moms recovering from cancer. Please note, donation needs to be made at the time the appointment is set.
After you make your appointment with Lauren you can make your donation online:

Your child will have the opportunity to be selected as one of 12 for the 2010 Happily Ever After Calendar. With your permission, we will put your child’s photo on the HEAL website to be voted on by family, friends and supporters. You can vote as many times as you like for $1 donation per vote to HEAL. The child with the most votes will also be the cover model of this 2010 calendar which will be available in September.
Photo session locations, dates and Times. For your convenience, we are happy to come to your play group or organization's location. Please call 480.275.0613 for more information. Packages are available at special rates to be purchased after the session by appointment.

Saturday, March 28
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Monday, March 31
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
All About Dance
10810 E. Via Linda, #106
Scottsdale, AZ 85259

Wednesday, April 1
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Friday, April 3
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

The Village Healthclub
18501 N. Thompson Peak Parkway
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

Saturday, April 4
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Creative Castle Preschool
4220 W. Opportunity Way
Anthem, AZ 85086

Monday, April 6
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Saturday, April 11
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Bunna Coffee Tea & Market
7520 S. Rural Road, Suite #12
Tempe, AZ 85283