Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Crane Photography Blog has a new home!

Thanks for following my journey here on blogger but as my business grows my blogging needs grow as well. Please join me at my new blog site: Crane Photography Blog.
You'll always be able to link back to this old blog from the new site by clicking on "Old Blog" in the menu.
Thanks as always for following The Crane Photography Blog!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Meet Baby M

It was no surprise that the beautiful "L Family" I photographed a few weeks ago produced a gorgeous baby boy. I met "Baby M" on his 2 week birthday and his Mama was already back in her skinny pants! Baby M was wide awake for most of the session and did NOT want to miss a thing so we had a bit of trouble getting the sleepy shots but once his belly was full he drifted off to peaceful sleep so we could pose him. Big Sister "E" could not have been prouder to show off her new baby brother and her beautiful Halloween costume! Welcome to the world Baby M!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Introducing Crane Photography's 2009 Senior Portrait Model!

I met Miss Julia last year when I did her family's portraits by the lake. I could tell a year ago that this young lady had a star quality about her. So I asked her to be my Senior Model to kick off the 2009 Senior Portrait season and we had a ball during her shoot! Don't let that 2nd image fool you, Julia is as sweet and genuine as they come. But she sure can turn on the glam in front of the camera!

So if you're not thrilled with having the same cap and gown shots as everyone else, that took all of 15 minutes to create, why not celebrate your graduation with a truly unique photo shoot. Email me at for more information or to book your senior portrait session.
Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Attention all modeling agents!

These two naturals are hoping to break into the modeling and acting scene and I had the pleasure of doing their portfolio shots. These two are so beautiful I want to puke, LOL. Seriously, how gorgeous are these kids!? I guess I am a bit biased since they are my cousins but still, take a mental picture of these guys because they're sure to be big stars soon!

To book your own portraits or head shots, please email me at Have a great weekend!

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Chase

Little Miss "A's" Mom warned me that she didn't like taking her to chain portrait studios because she was a runner. I told Mom to bring "A" and her brother "T" along to my local park so I could chase her down for some pictures. And boy did we run! But once I caught up with this little sweetie I got to know her and her brother a little better and got some great pictures too. My favorite moment of the session was when I asked "A" who her favorite princess was and she replied "My Mommy." Here are a few previews from our session:

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Beautiful Day for a Beach Portrait!

I had the pleasure of photographing the sweetest family of 4 at a gorgeous beach in LBI this past weekend. Our secret spot took a while to hike to, through deep sand but the results were well worth the effort and shin splints. Here are a few sneak peeks from our session:

Email me at to set up your family's beach portraits before it's too late!

The "L Family's" Maternity session

After 6 wonderful weeks off for maternity leave I began working again with this picture perfect family. I chatted with L a few times before the session and we found the perfect location and went over their "vision" of pictures they hoped to have done. I think we were all very happy with the beautiful results!

I can't wait to meet their new addition when we do newborn pictures in a few weeks!

Introducing Miss Lucy!

I have been neglecting my blog lately because I've gotten hooked on facebook and I've been making all of my updates there. Feel free to follow me personally by "friending" Cara Carlson or you can keep tabs on the business by becoming a fan of Crane Photography at But for those of you who haven't been following me on Facebook, I have a big announcement to make:

That picture was taken when she was 5 days old and I designed the announcement myself. Here are a few more pictures of Miss Lucy who is now 8 weeks old.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

What is a Canvas Gallery Wrap?

The Canvas Gallery Wrap is a modern alternative to having your portraits matted and framed for display. Popular in art galleries, the canvas gallery wrap is becoming the chic new way to display your favorite portraits in your home.

Your favorite image will be printed directly onto fine art canvas and then professionally wrapped around a wooden frame. This process allows your image to continue around the edges of the frame to give a modern 3-dimensional effect to your portrait.

As you can see below, the portrait wraps right around the sides of the frame, so nothing is visible but your gorgeous portrait. The canvas wrap portrait below was coated with a semi-gloss laminate that you can see reflected in the sunlight. The laminate, also available in matte or high gloss, protects your portrait from scuffs, scratches and cracking and also provides UV protection.

You can see just how finished and impressive the wrapped edges are. The canvas gallery wrap would look perfect in a modern, minimalistic, contemporary, or simply decorated home.

In the close-up below you can see the rich texture of the fine art canvas that transforms your portrait into a work of art.

And the best part of a canvas gallery wrap is that it arrives finished and ready to hang on your wall. No more letting your precious portraits sit in boxes for weeks while you search for the perfect frame.

For more information on scheduling your next portrait session or ordering your canvas gallery wrap, please visit my website

Sunday, March 8, 2009

What a Difference a Week Makes!

I can't believe last weekend it was 20 degrees and we were playing in a foot of snow, and this weekend it was 70 degrees and we were playing at the park in short sleeves. I'm not complaining. We still had lots of fun getting Jack out of the house to play again this weekend. Here are some pictures from the park. I also had fun playing with a few different editing styles.

Vibrant Color

Vanilla Black & White

This is a cool vintage blue jeans edit.

Some more vibrant color. And check out the crazy hair on my boy.

We had a spring time snowball fight. Daddy actually snapped this shot.

This one makes me LOL because Jack points to things like he's Vanna pointing to her letters on Wheel of Fortune. He's even got Daddy doing it now.

I thought blowing on the cattails was a good idea until I was picking the little seeds out of my hair, eyes and lipgloss for the next half hour.

I love how Jack's eyes match the water in this one.

This one is a vanilla black and white with a little texture.

We had to get the obligatory belly shot. 27 weeks and counting. I just got this shirt and I'm already too big for it.

And some "naturey" shots I snapped while Jack and Daddy played.

violet edit

a little texture on this one

A red-winged blackbird's nest with some texture added.

A violet edit with texture

A warm edit with texture

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