Finishing up this week’s beautiful places in Buffalo- the Darwin Martin House. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. This house was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1903, and is said to be one of the most important house designs of his career.
The house was designed for Darwin D. Martin, his wife Isabelle, and his sister and brother-in-law. His sister, Delta, lived with her husband in the Barton House, a smaller house connected to the complex. Also included were a carriage house, stable, conservatory, pergola, and gardener’s cottage. Wright and Martin became close friends and when Wright’s career took a turn for the worse, Martin helped support him. Later Wright designed another major complex for Martin in Derby, on Lake Erie.
This awesome complex is described as a Prairie House and can be visited by the public during its restoration
So last month I had a pretty fun maternity session at a park in Clarence, NY. We took full advantage of the gorgeous setting sun and even set off a few smoke bombs to celebrate the gender of the baby- a girl! Kelly is a friend of mine and a second time mama. She was so excited to give birth to her first little girl and I just knew the session had to be special. The dress she is wearing is handmade by yours truly! I love adding personal touches and taking what would be a regular photo shoot, to the next level.
Parker, Kelly's 4 year old son, was a rockstar the entire time we were shooting! It's not always fun for young kids, and they tend to get a little bored and anxious that late at night. But he was a superb little helper and looked cute as hell, even with a broken arm!
Faith Victoria was born about a month ago and she's just as cute as her big bro! I can't wait to see what's in store for this adorable little family in the future.
I don't know about you, but I am sick to death of winter! Super happy that the weather is starting to warm up, but the rain is a real pain when you have kids. I've been trying think of some rainy day activities since the next week looks like it will be pretty wet. I may just take them outside tomorrow when it's supposed to be 60 and let them jump in mud puddles! While capturing it all with a camera of course! I'm looking forward to the blooming of flowers and trees so I can get back to outdoor family sessions.
If you open your junk drawers, desk drawers, random shoeboxes, etc, would you find a cd with pictures on it? I can tell you right now that I would! When is the last time you put that cd in your computer and enjoyed the images on it? Do you even know what the pictures are of? Don't feel bad, we are all guilty of it- paying for professional images only to let them sit in digital form on a disc that we had such high hopes for. When we get these discs of pictures we upload them to Facebook, search for cute photo books online, look for deals on canvases, check out Pinterest for the newest and most unique ways to display our loved ones, etc. But how many people actually get past the Facebook album upload??
One of my favorite things to do in a house I've never been to before is check out the walls. I love looking at pictures and catching a glimpse into someone's life. Walls often tell a story, with wedding portraits, new baby pictures, children's artwork, awards and diplomas. Walking from room to room is like turning the pages in a book, with special moments and accomplishments frozen in time to enjoy and remember day after day. As a mom, I love seeing pictures of my children from last year and the year before right in my living room. There's no scrolling through my phone or searching Facebook for old pictures when I'm feeling nostalgic. I just look up from my morning coffee and admire my babies!
We live in a time when everything is literally at your fingertips. Anything you could possibly need or want can be found in your phone. Technology is seriously awesome! I love being able to take 40,000 pics of my kids and pets in a 24 hour period, but I also value the printed photograph. My mission as a photographer is to provide my clients with images that they can cherish forever, and a big part of that is getting away from discs and actually printing the memories. Because I deal with prints and products vs digital images on cds, this makes me a different type of photographer than many people are used to. Instead of mailing or dropping off a cd and never seeing you again, I actually go over every final image in person with you and help you decide which artwork is best for your needs and budget.
Pictures in frames are nice, but I've got way more fun ways to display your cherished photos! My personal favorite is the wooden plaque mounted photograph. It's sturdy and gorgeous, needs no frame, has a built in slot for hanging, and has crisp clean edges. It's great for any type of photo. My next fav is the vivid metal luxe print! This looks awesome and edgy and is a completely unique wall hanging or desktop picture. Senior pictures and fall family shots look great on the coated metal. It has a mount for hanging that doubles as a stand for a desktop. Of course I offer a variety of albums and books, such as the mini accordion album, which makes a perfect gift for parents and grandparents. These things are great and I've gifted many myself!
I'd love to challenge everyone to either get their old pictures printed or book a photographer who will help them do so. Get that gorgeous family portrait put on canvas and hang that baby over the couch! You won't regret it!
This summer has been a great season for me. I've had the opportunity to photograph some beautiful weddings and attend 4 as a guest. 2016 truly was a summer full of love!
I think my favorite part of wedding photography is the people I get to work with! I've been so fortunate to work with some amazing photographers like Kristy Tasca and Bryan Wray. They've selflessly taught me so much and given me tips and tricks on how to catch the perfect shots. Without them I would've taken much longer to get to where I'm at today. As a whole, the photography industry has been very kind and welcoming to me.
I'm a bit sad that wedding season is coming to an end, but my favorite is starting! I seriously LOVE autumn and the gorgeous fall family photos with the changing leaves. I can't wait to get some families and kiddos out playing in the leaves this year!
Enjoy the rest of your summer & the start of your fall! <3
Sunday was such a special day! I got to spend the morning with Sarah and Joe at Glen Falls in Williamsville and photograph them for engagement pictures. We had been watching the weather all week hoping for a nice coating of snow to get those perfect winter wonderland shots and Mother Nature did not disappoint! Though it was pretty cold, we had beautiful fluffy snow falling from the sky and even got to hang out with a few brave ducks.
This awesome couple from Tonawanda is getting married in July after spending several years together. They make the cutest couple and their wedding is going to be an absolute blast! I can't wait to share it with everyone this summer!
Hello and welcome to my blog! I'm so excited to share all sorts of fun things with you in the future- from session experiences, tips and tricks, and crafty ways to display your portraits.
First, let me introduce myself- my name is Christina Marie Timblin and I am 31 years young. I have been a photographer for about 4 years now and love everything about it! I'm married to an amazing man and have 3 wonderful children. I love animals more than most people I know, enjoy sewing, crafting, remodeling, and all things art and music.
I started my photography career in the sports world- youth sports, to be specific. It was a great learning experience for me and helped me in more ways that I had realized at the time. I learned the ins and outs of dealing with tricky kids (and their sometimes trickier parents!), correct photo editing, proper lighting, camera tips, etc. I've since moved on to mostly family and wedding photography and absolutely love it. How many people can say they love what they do for a living?! (Seriously. I managed to turn a favorite hobby into a career- how awesome is that?)
Balancing it all isn't always easy, sometimes it's downright stressful. On top of my photography business and home life, I also have a pretty awesome little sewing business. I make a variety of baby items and call it work! Aha! Another favorite pastime turned into a successful "job"! Seriously though- it's taken me a good year to figure out how to balance everything and it's just now all stating to click into place easier. If I could offer up any advice it would be to ask for help. I rely heavily on my husband to help with both businesses and family members to help with childcare. When I need to get work done I reach out and ask for someone to come entertain the rugrats. It's the easiest thing to tell someone to do, but it isn't always the easiest for those of us who like to do all!
Thanks for stopping by and seeing what Christina Timblin Photography is all about and I look forward to updating you on all sorts of fun stuff in the future!