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fall availability reminder by Ashley Brown

Just a friendly availability reminder for fall! For signature sessions, weekends are at a bare minimum, and a few weekday dates remain. For our weekend simply childhood (mini) sessions, spots are filling quickly. These can also be booked on weekdays. If you are looking to have a session done anytime before the end of the year, do not wait to book. This was our busiest summer on record and we expect fall to follow suit! For more information or to reserve your session, please shoot us an email at

now booking session for fall 2013 by Ashley Brown

Summer seemed to fly by in record time, and now fall is just around the corner. We are looking forward to yet another busy season and taking advantage of the cool weather, layered clothing and foliage, as well as shooting at beautiful locations both old and new. As always, September through November is our most sought after time of year, so we recommend booking your fall session far in advance. Prime dates, such as weekends, school holidays and travel sessions, tend to be solidly booked well before of the end of August.

For information about Ashley's signature sessions, please click here. For simply childhood (mini) session information and dates, please click here.

For booking inquiries, please email Inquiries are returned within 48 hours, so please call 518-396-9387 if you do not receive a timely reply.

See you this fall!

mother's day gift ideas by Ashley Brown

By far, the time of year in which we sell the most gift certificates is Mother's Day. I'm always surprised at the number of thoughtful dads who come to us seeking a creative, unique gift that mom (and kids) will cherish for years to come. A gift certificate for a portrait session allows mom to be involved in the planning and execution of the session, but still gives her a surprise to open on Mother's Day. These certificates are available in any denomination over $95 (or, we can simply note that it is redeemable for a simply childhood or signature portrait session), and never expire.

We are excited to offer another option, new this year, for mom. Our photography workshops... available in both one-on-one and small group formats... are a perfect gift for the mom who has a new DSLR and the desire to learn some skills, tips and tricks for photographing her little ones on a daily basis. It is truly an invaluable gift to be able to capture all of those not-so-little every day moments in which you can't have a photographer present for.

Gift certificates for sessions and for our photography workshops are customized with your names and message, and are presented as a mounted 5x7 card, packaged in a silver envelope with a ribbon. We can always do last minute emailed gift certificates, but in order to ensure timely pre-Mother's Day delivery of a printed certificate, please be sure to contact us by Monday, 5/6. Send an email to and we'll be happy to answer any questions and help you in selecting the perfect gift for mom!

spring scheduling update by Ashley Brown

Just a quick scheduling update now that we are into April! Weekend availability through mid June (for signature sessions) is extremely limited, and we have now opened the calendar for July. If you are looking to book a spring or summer session, please don't hesitate to be in touch... these dates book very quickly! We will be hosting a date of simply childhood sessions at a spring location on Saturday, May 4. Seasonal greenery and flowers should be in full bloom, so please send us an email for more information or to reserve your session:

See you this spring!

happy holidays, & thank you! by Ashley Brown

As 2012 draws to a close, we want to take a moment to thank you for your patronage. We are so privileged to be allowed into your lives and homes each year, and we love nothing more than watching your children grow and helping you preserve the memories of these fleeting years. We truly appreciate your loyalty and support, and hope that you and your family have a healthy and happy holiday season.

In lieu of sending holiday cards, we have donated a portion of sales each month to the following non-profit organizations. We urge you to check them out, and thank you for helping us support these wonderful causes.

St. Catherine's Center for Children (Jazzy Sun Birthdays) YWCA of the Greater Capital Region Best Buddies March of Dimes Jake's Help from Heaven The Brave Will Foundation The Thomas Patrick Morrison Foundation Franklin Community Center The Children's Hospital at Albany Medical Center

We look forward to seeing you in 2013!

Ashley Brown & Kristen Cook

P.S. We will on a shooting hiatus until 1/15, but will be checking email and voicemail regularly. Please feel free to get in touch with any questions or session inquiries.

last minute, for a cause by Ashley Brown

Its hard to believe that the holidays are literally right around the corner, and with it comes the need for holiday cards and gifts. For those who did not have an opportunity to have their portraits done this fall but still need that perfect handful of images for those purposes, we are hosting one last date of simply childhood sessions at our natural light studio in Saratoga on Sunday, December 2nd. These sessions will provide a great option for families looking to squeeze in a last minute session (family and sibling shots welcome!) with a super fast turnaround, all while supporting a family near and dear to our hearts. Longtime ABP clients and friends, Gillian & Matt, and their 5 year old son Nicholas recently welcomed a beautiful baby girl, Charlotte, into their lives. You may have "met" her via her recent newborn session. Shortly after I have the pleasure of meeting this sweet girl, she was unexpectedly diagnosed with osteopetrosis. This rare genetic disease is hallmarked by abnormally dense bones and other serious complications. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant and without this, the disease carries a poor prognosis. Charlotte and her family will be staying in Boston for several months while she receives chemotherapy, stem cell treatment and, when a donor is found, a bone marrow transplant at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. It goes without saying that her diagnosis and treatment will put enormous emotional and financial stress on her family.

In addition to our own fundraiser, we hope you'll be able to join us for the Team Charlie Donor Drive on Saturday, December 1st, to be held at the Hampton Inn in Latham. We'll be there, swabbing cheeks, to add anyone who wishes to onto the DKMS America Bone Marrow Donor Registry. For more information on the drive and about Charlotte and her fight, please visit: Team Charlie Bean.

If you are interested in signing up for a session, please email us at Our goal is a $500 donation to the Barbieri family!

And because every post needs some images, here are some from our recent in-studio simply childhood sessions. The studio has both beautiful, neutral space as well as some classic seasonal decor so that the images captured will be fitting for the holiday as well as timeless for all year round.

Thank you!

simply childhood sessions - nov. 3 & 10 by Ashley Brown

We are hosting a day of simply childhood sessions on Saturday, November 3rd at the studio! We hope you can join us, as you'll be able to take advantage of both the neutral backdrop of the studio, plus simple, vintage Christmas props that we'll have on hand. Each family that attends will receive a complimentary set of 25 fine art holiday cards. ETA: Booked solid! Thanks so much. We've added on an additional date... Saturday, November 10th!

Click here for more information.