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March 5, 2017 • admin

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ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS

Let’s get acquainted.
Engagement sessions are included in many of my wedding packages. However, if you are getting married in another city or would be interested in an engagement session only, I do offer these sessions “A la carte” for 650. They include the following:
1.5 to 2 hour session
Online proofing and print/product ordering gallery of 40-60 images
USB of all high resolution, fully-edited images
10×10 custom designed guestbook with your choice of leather or photo cover
Contact me today to book your session!

SENIOR PORTRAITS

A customizable experience all about YOU!
Senior portrait sessions have evolved into customizable, personal experiences for clients. Each senior may choose the location of her choice as well as outfits and props she may wish to incorporate.  On top of that, many of the packages include makeup application by a professional makeup artist to ensure each feels confident and beautiful.
The senior portrait booking fee is $250.
Your booking fee includes a pre-session consultation, professional makeup application, 1.5 to 2 hour session, personalized ordering appointment, and the time and talent of the photographer.
**Booking fee does not include any prints or digital files.**
Senior portrait investment:
At Sarah Harper Photography, we value creating a high-end personal experience and building lasting relationships with our clients.  You are not only investing in beautiful keepsake products but also an experience that you will remember and cherish throughout the years.  A full pricing menu is available upon request.
Note:  At this time, I am only accepting 25 commissioned senior portrait sessions per year, so please contact me ASAP to reserve your date!

Bedroom Makeover

March 4, 2017 • admin

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I‘ve been working a lot lately on home updates!  With winter being a bit slower, I’ve been able to spend my weekends working on house and web projects, one of the latest being the master bedroom.  It has always been a constant “work-in-progress” since I moved into the house 3.5 years ago.  Since that time, my boyfriend Matt moved in with me, and the furniture arrangement has changed, as has the bedding/decor.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take a great “before” photo of the bedroom before the latest makeover, but I did find a couple of photos while going through my archives!

After I bought the house, the only thing I changed in the master bedroom was the carpet, but it was otherwise in pretty good condition!  I had so much other painting to do throughout the house, so the yellow walls stayed all these years.

The whole bedroom makeover process began when I wanted to re-design my closet.  We’re pretty lucky that there are two closets on the 2nd floor that are very close to the master bedroom.  One is in the bedroom, and the other is just outside the hallway.  In the photo below, you can see that it’s just around the corner.  Matt keeps a lot of his clothes in the brown dresser, so it’s easy for him to start getting dressed in the morning in our room, and then he just walks a few feet to finish his outfit.

I designed my new closet online using Easy Closets.   I entered in the dimensions of the existing closet and was able to fully customize my space.  I definitely recommend them!  I was able to customize a closet in more detail that other closet systems (i.e. Elfa, Martha Stewart, etc.), and it was priced well with free shipping.  During installation, we realized that our closet space was slanted on one wall, so the last section was too wide to fit, so I had to re-order a couple panel.  No problem, I called, and they re-sent it to me free-of-charge!  Great customer service!  I will say though, that this closet took me and Matt a whole weekend to install.  When everything arrived in 10+ boxes, it was a little intimidating, but we slowly but surely got through it all!

The closet space is 2 feet deep, so it’s deep enough to fit 4 pairs of shoes on each rack, which is great.  I really pared down my shoe collection and sent a lot off to Goodwill, and even have a few empty spaces back there.  I hung my dresses to the left, and there’s space on the bottom for my 2 pairs of tall boots.  In the center section I hang my blouses/tops, and I have an accessories divider on the shelf where I keep most of my necklaces, bracelets, belts, etc.  The drawers are great for the following:  underthings, trouser socks, tights, skirts, turtlenecks/sweaters, and jeans/pants.  If you notice the teal trunk to the right of the closet, that houses all of my fitness gear:  athletic socks, shorts, tees and tanks, etc.
After the closet was complete, we finished the rest of the bedroom makeover.
We chose Behr Porpoise to pain the wall, which is actually a bit darker than the photos portray.  As for the rest, we bought new bed linens, bedside tables, and table lamps.
Here’s the full source list:
Wall color:  Behr Porpoise
6-drawer chest:  IKEA HEMNES / knobs:  Anthropologie
Headboard:  Craigslist (see project here)
Duvet cover:  West Elm
Teal accent pillow:  Home Goods
Bedside tables:  Joss & Main
Bedside lamps:  Home Goods
Sheets:  Marshalls
Mirror wall art:  Pier 1 Imports
Window Panels:  Bed, Bath & Beyond
Velvet clothes hangers:  Home Goods
Now that the master bedroom is complete, our attention has turned to the kitchen.  Next up on the list of “to do” projects is replacing the old appliances and countertop.  Stay tuned!

A new idea for web design

March 3, 2017 • admin

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This is the first post on my photography and web development blog that features my dog Addie, which is surprising because a lot of the posts on my personal web blog are posts about her. And don’t even get me started about Instagram — photos of her are all over my feed! I never thought I’d become one of *those* dog ladies, but unfortunately (or fortunately) I have. Addie came into my life (and my boyfriend’s) almost 2 years ago.

At that time, we were fostering for MidAtlantic Bully Buddies. I wanted a dog; Matt was unsure if we were ready for all of the responsibilities, so we compromised: we tried fostering. We thought, “Hey, if we’re not ready, it’s only a temporary situation, and if we fall in love with a dog, great!” The dogs that the rescue group takes in are dogs pulled from shelters all over Maryland — dogs whose lives might be otherwise taken. The sad reality is is that there are so many dogs waiting at the shelters for their forever homes, and there aren’t enough families who can give them a loving home.  We loved the idea of helping out and saving lives through fostering!
We saw 4 dogs come and go through our home, and with each dog, we grew more and more comfortable with the idea of having our own. Eventually Addie made her way into our home, and we just could not bear the idea of saying goodbye to her, so we adopted her ourselves! Since that day, she has become the center of our attention; our consistent snuggle bunny; and of course, a natural photography subject/model in front of the camera!
Earlier this week, I snapped a few Valentine’s Day photos of her. She was a great and willing subject