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It’s time!

Even though this winter has had some beautiful, California-like days, we still look forward to spring. And at Villa Montarti, spring means our annual Daffodil Days limited edition portrait event at Gilfillan Farm in Upper St. Clair! You can check out the video we made last year here.

I can’t believe this is the seventh year doing these! I still remember that I had been keeping my eye out for a daffodil field for awhile and one day I happened by the farm and saw it out of the corner of my eye. Thankfully I didn’t cause an accident as I abruptly slowed down and made a hard turn to go find out who I needed to sell my first child to talk to in order to be able to use the field. Now it’s become a tradition for some of my families who come every year!

As always, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Upper St. Clair Historical Society who maintains Gilfillan Farm and has been so gracious to me by hosting our Magic of Christmas Storybook Sessions every November and allowing me exclusive use of the daffodil field every spring. No other photographer can offer these sessions! 

This year we are offering more dates so you’ll have options to choose from and it will allow us some added flexibility in case we need to reschedule due to weather or bloom time.

Dates/Times: April 14-25 from 4-7 pm (Fridays, Saturdays, Mondays and Tuesdays only)

I recommend booking closer to Easter weekend as that should be prime bloom time and allows time to reschedule if we need to.

Session Fee: $85

~ includes a 20-30 minute session in the daffodil field resulting in approximately 12-15 images to choose from. The session fee covers the session only. Professional prints, wall art, gorgeous gift items, mini albums, an digital files are available in collections starting at $290. Contact us for a complete price list.

These sessions always book quickly, so get in touch right away to reserve your session!

 

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It’s that time of year again! Oh yes, my favorite time of year. The holidays are coming fast and we have TWO options this year for you to celebrate and commemorate the season with your family.

This year, the big weekend is November 12th/13th!

6e0d9865-6aa3-4c28-ae6e-a75811244263OPTION 1: Our annual “Magic of Christmas Storybook” Limited Edition Session Event, on Saturday, November 12th (one-day-only)
This is our big holiday event at Gilfillan Farm in Upper St. Clair, with a horse-drawn carriage ride and private audience with Santa. These sessions are the highlight of our year and we love to see the kids light up when the big guy reads to them and they tell him what they want this year.

Here’s what to expect: When you arrive, you’ll check in with Kirstin and you’ll get into a horse-drawn carriage and ride through the farm up to the white barn to your 15 minute private audience with Santa where he will read to your children and they can tell him all about what they’d like for Christmas. Santa also has a special authentic gift (Hint: ring-a-ling-a-ling) for each family, and a little treat for each child.

Tracy and her shooting assistant, Kelly will photograph your whole experience up at the barn.

At the end of your time with Santa, your carriage will pick you up to take you back down to the lot!

Tracy will edit approximately 12-15 images for you to choose from, and you’ll have the option of purchasing our exclusive Magic of Christmas Storybook featuring the famous poem “The Night Before Christmas” alongside images of your children’s experience with Santa!

The $190 session fee includes the entire experience for the family, as well as 1 matted 5×7 print of your favorite image.

The Storybook, digital files, 5×5 albums, additional prints and holiday cards are available a la carte and in Collections starting at $290.

This is an experience to cherish! Contact Kirstin for available session times.

OPTION 2: Holiday Card Sessions on Sunday, November 13th (one-day-only)

For those wanting to commemorate the holidays without Santa, we decided to add a day of holiday-themed sessions (also at Gilfillan Farm) that are perfect for getting great images for your holiday cards! We can help with printing gorgeous cards, but if you prefer to DIY, you are welcome to do that as well.
~ The session fee is $85 for a 15 minute session.
~ Tracy will edit and show you approximately 10 images to choose from.
~ You’ll have the option to purchase digital files, prints, holiday cards, and other items either a la carte or in collections starting at $290.

I know it isn’t quite Halloween yet, but November is right around the corner and in order for you to get your cards, books and prints back in time, and for us to have time with our families over the holidays, we offer these sessions early in November. Not to mention Santa needs to get back up to the North Pole.

SPECIAL BONUS: If you book your session by October 20th, you’ll receive a sweet complimentary holiday gift featuring an image from your session.

If you think you’d like to partake in the magic this year, contact Kirstin asap to book your session!

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I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think Punxsutawney Phil might have been right. It sure seems like spring with temps in the 60s and 70s all week, and as you know, at Villa Montarti spring means our Annual Daffodil Days Limited Edition Photo Session Event!

This is the sixth year that we’ve been doing these at the Daffodil field at Gilfillan Farm in Upper St. Clair! Here’s a video showcasing some previous Daffodil Days photo sessions to see what it’s all about.

Clients look forward to these photo sessions and many use them as an opportunity to see how their children grow from year to year and even to update their family pictures. We’ll have more blog posts on this soon.

We’ll shoot for April 10-17 this year for these sessions, but might need to fine tune the date depending on how the daffodils are coming up since it’s been such a bizarre winter. If you know those dates won’t work for you (I’ve already heard from a couple of you), but you know you want to participate, still let us know because we will do everything we can to get you in at a time that works better for you.

Also, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Historical Society of Upper St. Clair who maintains Gilfillan Farm and has been so gracious to me by allowing me exclusive access to the daffodil field. No other photographer can offer these sessions!

Details:

The session fee for these Limited Edition sessions is $85 and includes:
~ a 20-30 minute session in the daffodil field at Gilfillan Farm resulting in approximately 12-15 images to choose from*
~ wall gallery design assistance (this service is usually only available with our Signature Sessions)
~ super cute special gift for the first 5 bookings ($75 value)!  (to get early notice of these sessions, subscribe to our infrequent newsletter – we will never share your info)

*The session fee covers the session only. Professional prints, wall art, gorgeous gift items, mini albums, and digital files are available in collections starting at $290. Contact us for a complete price list.

These sessions tend to book up every year, so if you even *think* you might want to participate you should contact us right away to reserve your spot.

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We are SO excited to once again offer our Limited Edition “Magic of Christmas Storybook Sessions” at Gilfillan Farm in Upper St. Clair! I cannot tell you how much we loved seeing the children’s faces last year as they rode in a HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH, took time to meet with Santa and Mrs. Claus up in the barn, and opened Santa’s special gift for them.

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We know it isn’t quite Halloween yet, but November is right around the corner and in order for Santa to get back up to the North Pole for the big night (and for YOU to get your cards, books and prints back in time), we offer these sessions early in November.

This is a Limited Edition, one-day-only event on Sunday, Nov 8th!

Last year we sold out and this year we’ve already started booking, so if you think you’d like to partake in the magic this year, contact us asap to book your session!

Here’s what to expect:
When you arrive, you’ll check in with Kirstin and be greeted by one of Santa’s special helpers.

Next, you’ll get into a horse-drawn sleigh and ride through the farm up to the white barn to your 15 minute private audience with Santa and Mrs. Claus wherein Santa will read to them and they can tell him all about what they’d like for Christmas (they should bring their Christmas lists). Santa also has a special authentic gift (Hint: ring-a-ling-a-ling) for each family, and Mrs. Claus will have a little treat for each child.

Studio owner, Tracy Montarti and her shooting assistant, Kelly, will photograph your whole experience up at the barn.

At the end of your time with Santa and Mrs. Claus, your sleigh will pick you up to take you back down to the lot!

Tracy will edit approximately 12-15 images for you to choose from, and you’ll have the option of purchasing our exclusive Magic of Christmas Storybook featuring the famous poem “The Night Before Christmas” alongside images of your children’s experience with Santa!  This is sure to be a treasured keepsake for your family. Stay tuned for some pictures of one of the books from last year.

The $190 session fee includes the entire experience for the family, as well as Santa’s gift and (2) 5×7 prints of your favorite image.

If you would like additional keepsakes, the Storybook, digital files, 5×5 albums, prints and holiday cards are available a la carte and in Collections starting at $290.

This is an experience to cherish!
Contact us for available session times.

 

 

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  • April 2, 2017 - 7:01 pm

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I don’t know if I’ve ever been quite so excited for spring as this year (though it might just seem like that because I probably develop selective amnesia once the sun comes out).  This is the fifth year that we’ve been doing these sessions at the daffodil field at Gilfillan Farm in Upper St. Clair and every year we look forward to them because after a long hard winter nothing shouts SPRING! like a field of Daffodils. Last year was our best year yet! We’ll be featuring images from last year as we lead up to the event, and check out our behind the scenes video from one morning during our 2013 Daffodil Days.

We’ll shoot for the weekend of April 17-19 with a rain date the following weekend (April 24-26).  I always say we might need to fine tune the date depending on how the daffodils are coming up but so far we’ve been pretty accurate. If you know those dates won’t work for you but don’t want to miss out, please let us know because we will do everything we can to get you in at a time that works better for you.

Also, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the Upper St. Clair Historical Society who maintains Gilfillan Farm and has been so gracious to me by allowing me exclusive access to the daffodil field. No other photographer can offer these sessions!

Details:

The session fee for these Limited Edition sessions is $75 and includes:
~ 20-30 minute session in the daffodil field at Gilfillan Farm resulting in approximately 12 edited images to choose from
~ super cute special gift for the first 5 bookings ($75 value)!  (These are already taken, but sign up here for advance notice and preferred scheduling for the next event)

The session fee covers the session only. Professional prints, wall art, mini albums and digital files are available in collections starting at $290. Contact us for a complete price list.

There are a limited number of session spots available for these, so if you even *think* you might want to participate you should contact us right away to ensure you get the session time you want.

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