Rebecca Peterman Photography: Blog en-us (C) Rebecca Peterman Photography (Rebecca Peterman Photography) Fri, 08 Apr 2022 22:03:00 GMT Fri, 08 Apr 2022 22:03:00 GMT Rebecca Peterman Photography: Blog 96 120 1st Birthday Do you have someone celebrating their 1st birthday soon?  
Here’s some ideas to help you with your party planning:

- Get a white cotton table cloth and have the guests sign it, then reuse it every year.

- Get everything else in paper so you can throw it all away and not have a lot of dishes to wash.

- Assign someone else (or maybe two people) to take pictures so you get plenty, get to be in them, and can focus on what’s happening.

- Requests that gifts be the giver's favorite childhood book with a handwritten dedication.  Laminate a picture of the giver and attach it to the inside front cover of the book for your child to see each time they read the book.

- If you are planning to use 1 year old pictures as decor, on invitations, or thank you notes, schedule your session at least two weeks before the party.
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Judy Portrait of yoga instructorJudyJudy - 51 Judy - 51

"I decided to participate in this project because it seemed fun and interesting to show who you are, as you are. It’s very empowering to be a woman over 50. I am so thankful for where I am today. 

            My favorite thing about myself is how far I’ve come in the last three years. I spent 23 years in a very unhealthy marriage.  I was extremely overweight. I just kept getting bigger during my marriage. I did everything for everyone else and tried to avoid conflict with my husband. When my daughter got married, I had to special order a dress to fit. I thought I looked good in it, but when I saw the pictures, I realized I had to do something about my weight. 

            I had weight loss surgery followed later by skin removal surgery.  I have my scars major ones on my arms where I had sugery , but I'm fine with them, they remind me where I came from and how fast I've come. Once I started losing weight, people - including my husband - started to treat me differently. Things were going well for us, but an event finally opened my eyes and I realized I had to get out of my marriage.

On the day of my divorce, I joined the gym and started working out. My past experience with exercise was in middle school – running and crying while the coach yelled at me because I wasn’t running fast enough. This time, though, I became obsessed with working out. When the pandemic started the gym closed, but I kept working out all of the time at home. The pandemic was hard for a lot of people, but I enjoyed that time being able to be at home, on my own, reflecting, and healing. When everything opened back up, I kept working out and started running. On my 1 year surgiversary I ran my first 5K. My mom walked it with me and won for her age group.

            I have a word for every year. For 2020, it was “peace”. For 2021, “believe”, and for 2022 it’s “thrive”. I found peace. I believed I could accomplish all these things and I did. Now I want to just continue to improve and thrive. I’ve always wanted to travel so I decided to just do it on my own. I joined a Facebook group for solo women travelers. I went to Yellow Stone and hiked many miles. I went to Yosemite and did a 12 mile straight up hike. I went to California and drove the Big Sur. I spent a lot of nights sleeping in my car. My family and friends follow me on Facebook where I share my adventures. I've been told I inspire them to start exercising, or start running, or travel by themselves, or go for a hike. That’s why I wanted to become a personal trainer – to help people my age step out of their comfort zone.

            I became a personal trainer, certified nutrition coach, and registered yoga teacher. I started running 5ks. Also, I started my own business Good JuJu Yoga & Fitness – JuJu is my grandma name. I also moved up into administration after teaching for 25 years. I travel solo and hike great hikes! I still have a lot of work to do to meet my goals, but I’m happy with where I am. My passions are completely different than they were 3-4 years ago. I’ll take being in my 50's a hundred times over where I was in 40s or even my 30s. I love my life now. I’m proud of where I am.

            If I could give advice to my younger self, it would be to believe in yourself, set goals, and work to meet them, whether they are big or small."



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Retha Portrait of a woman with dark hair, glasses, and a blue butterfly necklace wearing a mustard colored dress witha butterfly and "free spirit" printed on it for the Rebecca Peterman Photography 50/Fifty project.RethaPortrait of Retha, age 68 Retha – 68

       "I had a rough beginning in life.  My early childhood & family were not perfect or socially acceptable.  I didn’t feel like I deserved a lot.  As a result, I’ve felt shame and made some bad choices, but I’ve overcome things, too.  I’ve overcome trials and I try to learn from my mistakes.  I’ve accomplished a lot.  I’ve earned every wrinkle I have.

At 17, I got a $500 scholarship to go to secretarial school.  I started working as a secretary and in 1989 I started nursing school.  During that time, I got divorced.  I’ve always worked two jobs.  I worked 32-40 hours a week while I was in nursing school.  I had a 3 point to a 4 point the whole time, but in the end, I didn’t pass and had to go another direction.  I took care of my mom and two veterans to have some income, worked as a preschool teacher, and got into mental health as a paraprofessional.  I really enjoyed that job.  In 2017 I got my second divorce and had carotid artery surgery.  After my surgery I went back to working small group therapy.  Now I’m still working part-time subbing.  I was asked to take on a teacher’s role for a few months and now I’m back to subbing again.

I have 2 daughters, 8 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren.  I’m the only one of my siblings with a college degree.  I’m proud of my ability to make people laugh and the love I have for others.  I’ve learned to enjoy my place in life, whatever it is, and believe in myself.  God has blessed me in my life & I wouldn’t be where I am today without Him.  I’m still around & independent.  I didn’t ever turn to drugs, or drinking, or totally lose my self-esteem.  The hurts have not completely squelched my ability to love.  For my 60th birthday I got a tattoo that says, 'Love', 'Faith', 'Peace', and 'Joy'.  My motto is God gave me a squatty body, but a big heart to love everybody."

Retha is part of our 50/Fifty project highlighting women over 50 and how they have changed and transformed as they've matured.  See more stories and portraits each week here on the blog, on our social media posts, or at Gallery Walk on the first Friday night of each month in our studio at 801 Central Avenue, Suite 30, from 5 pm - 8 pm.


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March ‘22 Gallery Walk Headshot of African American woman with short hair and long haired brunette woman in black glassesJoan & PetermanAuthor Kimberly Joan and Artist Rebecca Peterman

Featured artists for the March Gallery Walk will be author, Kimberly Joan, and artist, Rebecca Peterman, both members of the Hot Springs High School Class of 1988.  

Kimberly Joan was born in Little Rock, Arkansas.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Arkansas at Pin Bluff.  Kimberly Joan launched her career by working in daycares and public schools in Marietta and Atlanta, Georgia.  She has been a private nanny to many families in Atlanta for over twenty-five years.  Kimberly has also worked as a celebrity nanny and has been on many fun adventures through her work.  She is the author of The Drinking Nanny, Codes to Live by When the Kids Drive You to Drink and Yado Malley and the Unicorn Rainbow Ball.  She is currently working on two new books for release in the summer of 2022.

Rebecca Peterman has operated a local, home-based studio for over 15 years and recently relocated to a commercial space in downtown Hot Springs.  She specializes in family/children's portraiture and also provides headshots, personal branding, senior portraits, newborn portraits, pet portraits, commercial photography and fine art.  She is currently serving as Vice President of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association.  Peterman is also a member of the Texas Professional Photographers Association, the Professional Photographers of America and the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.  Her current exhibit focuses on the architecture of downtown Hot Springs.

Rebecca Peterman Photography cordially invites the public to meet the author and artist and view their current works on Friday, March 4th, 2022 from 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. at 801 Central Avenue, Suite 30, downtown in the historic Spencer's Corner building.


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Today is my 52nd birthday.  My gift to myself is a personal art project.  

The pandemic has been a time of change for me, like it has for many people.  Most of the changes aren't ones I would have chosen, but we don't usually get to choose these things.  

My husband died three days before my 50th birthday.  My friends and family carried me through those first few days and weeks.  They tried to distract me with a birthday celebration, but I don't remember much of it.  He died on a Monday.  The funeral was on Saturday.  The next week the entire world came to a stop for covid.  Most people thought it was strange, but the world stopping felt natural to me.  

For 27 years I'd planned my days and my life around my family.  My oldest got married and moved out 5 months after my husband died.  My youngest went to college in another state.  It felt like my whole world changed overnight.  At 50, I started all over again, trying to figure out what my life looks like and what I want to do with the rest of it.

It isn't what I expected and I don't have it all figured out yet, but I'm living life by choice - choosing every day to get up, face the world, and do something good with the day.  

We all go through transitions in life, both good and bad.  They transform us inside and out.  They show us what we are made of and teach us to accept ourselves in ways we never can in our youth.  With age, we gain confidence and wisdom that younger women need to see and hear.  We all have a story to tell.  What's yours?

I want to photograph 50 women over 50 in the next 50 weeks and share their stories.  If you are a woman 50 or over, please consider participating in the #50over50 project.  If you know a woman who would be perfect for this, please recommend her or forward this to her.  For more information, go to

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5 Things to Consider When Choosing Wall Art 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Wall Art

Wall Grouping of portraits of a couple in the fall in a warm ethno living room with big comfortable leather couch and metal furniture.Wall Art by Rebecca Peterman PhotographyWall grouping of portraits of a couple in the fall .

1) What room do you spend the most time in?

The room you spend the most time in as a family can be a wonderful choice for your wall art so that you can see it often.

2) What about public areas of the home?

You may have heard that portraits should only be hung in private areas of the home and that public areas are for art only and items that match your décor or that you don't want to have eyes looking at you while you are entertaining.  Those are myths.  We work with you and your designer to create art pieces that fit with your existing décor and are worthy of hanging anywhere.  Your family is the most precious thing in your home, shouldn't it be the thing that visitors see first?

3) How large should a piece be?

That depends on both where you will hang it and the art itself.  For example, the standard sofa is about 86 inches while the average fireplace is only 42 inches.  a 40" print looks great over a fireplace, but may be too small if not hung in a grouping when placed over a sofa.  That being said, you also want to consider the subjects in the art piece itself.  Faces should be 5"-8" in a portrait so they can be "read" from any position in the room.  Think about the last time your tried to see a clock that was too small or hung too high or too far across a large room and how frustrating that was.  You don't want that same feeling every time you look at a portrait of your loved ones.  Knowing where you plan to put your portrait helps us to photograph it with the right orientation (portrait or landscape) and the right amount of the environment around it. A desk portrait that will be printed as an 11x14 might look good as a headshot or 3/4 length individual portrait, but a 70" print to go over the sofa would look better as a full length family portrait with the subjects artistically placed within an environmental setting.  Your Style & Planning Consultation is the crucial step in the process where we make these decisions to plan your perfect portrait size.

4) What about the colors in the portrait?

Another thing reason to choose the final location of your portrait early in the process is so that you can choose clothing and a backdrop or environment that contains the same colors as the colors in your home.  Your portrait should fit with your existing décor and enhance it, not detract from it, just as the décor should not detract from the portrait.

5) Should I hang one piece or a wall grouping?

Both are great choices!  It depends on what fits your style and how you want to enjoy your portraits.  A single impact portrait is a showstopper.  It will catch your attention and that of your guests and be a focal point in the room.  It's great for those who are always busy and running in and out of the house to remind you each time you pass of the important people inside.  A wall grouping can still have a showstopper piece, but might also smaller pieces that can only be fully enjoyed by getting closer and spending a little more time.  It's great for those who like to linger over their images while relaxing and reminiscing.

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Hot Springs Photographer Elected Vice President of State Association Hot Springs Photographer Elected Vice President of the

Arkansas Professional Photographers Association

Hot Springs, AR July 29, 2021 - Rebecca Peterman of Rebecca Peterman Photography in Hot Springs, AR attended the annual Arkansas Professional Photographers Association (APPA) Conference where she was elected Vice President by the other professional photographers from the state for the 2021-2022 term.  Rebecca Peterman APPA Vice PresidentAPPA Vice President Rebecca PetermanRebecca Peterman Vice President of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association

Peterman was elected after completing a term as Treasurer for the association from 2019-2021 and Secretary from 2018-2019.  She previously served 5 years as a Regional Director.  She accepted the Vice Presidential nomination with honor. 

“Being a life long learner and continuing to evolve as an artist is important to me,” says Peterman.  “My involvement in professional organizations helps me achieve that goal and I am thankful to be able to serve them in return.”

Peterman is also a member of the Texas Professional Photographers Association, the Professional Photographers of America, and the Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce.  She has operated a local home based studio for over 15 years and recently relocated to a commercial space at 801 Central Avenue, Suite 30 downtown in Spencer’s Corner.  She specializes in family/children’s portraiture and also provides senior portraits, newborn portraits, pet portraits, headshots, personal branding, commercial photography, and fine art. 


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Romantic Getaway in Hot Springs Portrait of African American couple on the occasion of their 50th anniversary.  Man in blue blazer and tie, woman in white dress with flower crown and 50th anniversary golden tiara50th Anniversary PortraitGolden Jubilee 50th Anniversary Portrait Are you planning a couples weekend in Hot Springs, AR?  Whether it's a proposal, anniversary, or just a romantic getaway, there are plenty of things to do and see while you focus on spending time together.  Here are some ideas to get you started:
  • Stay at a bed and breakfast

  • Enjoy a bath in a bathhouse

  • Hike in the national park

  • Spend time at the lake 

  • Check out the shops and galleries downtown

After getting away from all of life's day to day pressures and being alone to remember all of the reasons you fell in love with one another, it will be the perfect time to celebrate your relationship with a portrait that will remind you of this romantic escape every time you see it. We offer portrait sessions in Hot Spring's beautiful natural environment - in the parks, on the lake, in the downtown area, or the location of your choice - and in our studio, conveniently located near the National Park on Central Avenue. 

This sweet couple was celebrating their Golden Jubilee 50th Anniversary with a weekend getaway to Hot Springs and allowed us the honor of photographing them on the day of their anniversary.  They chose to have their portrait made in our "traditional library" set in the studio.  

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8 Reasons why summer is the best time to take your Senior Pictures Senior girl in boho vest on bumper of green antique bugDrifting into Senior YearDrift on Congratulations!  You are finally a Senior!  You've worked long and hard to make it to this point and now you get to celebrate.  You may be wondering when the best time to take your Senior Pictures is.  Believe it or not, that's something you want to take care of right away.  Here are eight of the best reasons why:

1) It's a great time to be outside

2) Senior year is only going to get busier

3) You need pictures for scholarship applications

4) You need pictures for college applications

5) The deadline for Senior ads in the football program is in August

6) The deadline for Senior ads in the yearbook is in the fall

7) The photographer's schedule is more flexible now than it will be later int he year

8) Savings!  Save 1/2 the session fee when you call during our Senior One Day Sale, June 29th, and book your session for July.  

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5 Tips for the best Senior Banners Hot Springs High School Football Player on vinyl bannerFootball BannerBanners to honor High School Seniors

5 Tips for the Best Senior Banners

1) Schedule banner picture day for the 1st week of August so you can get your banners back before school starts.  

2) Make sure seniors have plenty of notice so they can mark their calendars and no one will be missing from the field or the hallway when the banners are hung.

3) Decide in advance which uniform the seniors will wear so all the banners will look cohesive.

4) Consider getting a community sponsor to pay for your banners.  Even though the banners are very reasonably priced and you may be able to budget for them, getting a sponsor is a great way to invite the community in and allow them to support your students.

5) Schedule with your photographer several months in advance to so your seniors won't miss out.

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Color Harmony portrait of a family rendered with and without color harmony in the clothing choicescolor harmonyRetro living room with family portraits, pallet sofa, and old wooden door One of the questions that comes up most often before a session is "What should I wear?"  Clothing that is flattering in everyday life is not always the most flattering in a portrait.  In everyday life, one may look for clothing that grabs attention, but in a portrait all of the attention belongs on the face and the clothing should point the eye to the face rather than drawing attention away from it.  There are many details that go into that, but one of the most important is color harmony.  In the portraits above (comparing the photoshop rendering of the color with the actual image), the family did a great job of color harmony.  When looking at the rendering on the right, the eye goes directly to the faces of the family members.  The clothing looks nice, but doesn't capture our attention.  It's part of the scenery and fits in nicely with the colors in the room so all of our focus is on the family and how they relate to one another.  In the rendering on the left we see that if the older son had worn a green shirt and the dad had worn a darker shirt, our eye would go first to the green shirt and then to the navy shirt before we ever looked at the faces or how the family relates to one another.  The green stands out in the room and draws your eye to the portrait, but not to the family in it.  It doesn't fit in with the decor and feels incongruous.   


So how do you use color harmony in planning for your own family portraits?  First consider where you plan to display the portraits, whether it is a living room, dining room, bedroom or family room, we tend to decorate with colors that make us feel comfortable and that is a good place to start in planning the color palette for your portraits.  When looking around the room, choose 2-3 prominent colors.  Next, go and look in your closet.  Chances are you will find several outfits that contain one or more of those colors.  Look for solid colors, no bold designs, and lots of texture and details.  If you want to look slimmer in a portrait, plan to wear a jacket, the vertical line of the jacket opening draws the eye to the face and slims the body, especially if the jacket is slightly darker than the top worn underneath.  If you want to look broader, look for something plain with no detailing and structured shoulders.  Note the tones of the outfit you've chosen - are they light tones, mid tones or dark tones?  In the portraits above the entire family is in mid tones in the image on the right, but in the image on the left, the father is in dark tones.  This draws our eyes to the father's shirt and makes him stand out from the rest of the family.  Try to keep all the pieces in your outfit in the same tone.  It's alright to go a shade darker or lighter, but try not to go to the two ends of the spectrum.  For instance, if you choose to wear black and white together in a portrait, the eye will go directly to the white (because it is the lightest thing in the image) and from there to the black, again missing the most important aspect - the faces.  Once you've chosen a base outfit and are happy with the color palette and tones, go to your spouse's closet and look for an outfit that is complementary.  You will want to stay with the same level of formality (a prom dress and sweat pants never look good together), but it isn't necessary to exactly match.  You may want to wear tan pants with a chambray shirt while your spouse wears jeans, a tan shirt, and slightly darker blue jacket.  As long as the color palette and tonality stay consistent the resulting image will be pleasing.  Once you're happy with the wardrobe selection for each of you, it is time to move on to the children.  Keep adding in pieces for each family member one at a time and making sure the look stays consistent.  It is helpful to lay out all of the pieces of clothing (including shoes, socks, and accessories) on a bed or sofa in the room where you plan to display the portraits and view them together.  Remember the old Sesame Street segment, "One of these things is not like the others"?  Look for things that stand out and replace them with pieces that fit in.  


Once you have the basics covered, there are a few more things you can do to improve the end result.  Look for places that you can add texture and dimension to your outfits - accessories are a good place to start.  Jewelry, scarves, etc are nice accents to add to an outfit.  Another thing to consider in blending the family's outfits is where each color is.  A good rule of thumb is that if you use a color once, you should use it at least three times.  If your daughter is wearing grey tights, you might choose a grey scarf and give your son a grey bow tie or your spouse a grey sweater.  


We are happy to assist you with this process at your Style and Planning Consultation and to help you decide about any pieces you may consider while shopping - just text us a picture!  Call us today at (501) 623-2811 to schedule your Style & Planning Consultation and start the process of your custom portrait art for your walls.

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Custom Photography Photo of family on picnic blanket outdoorsFamilyCasual Fun

Signature Custom Sessions are what our studio is known for, but if you a are new client, you may have questions about what that means, especially if you've never experienced custom photography before.

There are four parts to your Signature Custom Session - the Style & Planning Consultation, the Photography Session, the Ordering Appointment, and the Delivery of your finished artwork.

During the Style & Planning Consultation we will discuss your vision for your portraits and work together to make a plan to turn that vision into reality.  Every detail plays a part in that plan, from the location where you will be photographed and the clothes you will wear to how you will display your finished artwork.  We are happy to help walk you through all of those decisions.  The Style & Planning Consultation can occur in your home (where we can help choose your most photogenic clothes and take measurements for your wall portraits) or in the studio (where you can see examples of all the things we offer).

Your Photography Session is usually a few weeks after your Style & Planning Consultation so you will have time to make hair appointments and do any last minute shopping for wardrobe details.  It's a good idea to get any haircuts or color done a week or two before the session so you have time to adjust to any styling changes.  The location for your Session is determined during your Consultation - your home or another special place is a good choice.  If you don't have somewhere in mind, we can recommend several good locations and the studio and studio portrait garden are always options.  Once the location has been determined, we will let you know the time of day when the light is the very best and most pleasing, however, we also have a full range of light modification so that we can photograph at a time that is convenient for your family.

About a week after your Photography Session is your Ordering Appointment.  This is typically done in the studio where we have special software that will allow you to see your images on your own walls (we will photograph them during the Style & Planning Consultation or you can text us some quick cell phone pics) in the size you are considering and in the frame of your choice.  This really helps when trying to determine the perfect size or whether to hang your portrait over the sofa or the mantle.

A few weeks later, we will deliver your finished artwork to you and, if you want, even help you hang it on the wall!  

Our goal is to create an experience your family enjoys and to document that experience with beautiful art pieces that flatter your family and fit your decor, art pieces that make you smile every time you look at them.  Call us today to schedule your Signature Custom Session, Boutique Session, or hear what promotional options are currently available.



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2019 Birthday Club I'm so excited to announce our 2019 Birthday Club theme - Peace, Love & Pics!  

Click here to schedule your free Birthday Club session today!

Parenthood is a busy time, no matter what age your child is, and it's easy to let the years slide by intending to make time for a portrait session and not ever getting there.  While we highly encourage you to come into the studio for a custom portrait (especially during the seven ages of childhood), we realize that some years time and budget simply do not allow for that.  We don't want you to miss any of your child's ages since they change too much from year to year.  That's why we created the Birthday Club.  On those years that you are not planning a custom session (or if you just want a cute extra picture after your custom session), bring your child in on the second Tuesday of their birthday month.  The studio will be open from 10 am - 8 pm for your convenience.  Sessions are by reservation only.  There is no session fee and you will receive a free 5x7 print & social media sized image of your favorite pose.  There is no purchase necessary, but if you would like additional prints or products from the remaining 5-10 poses they are available at 20% off our normal studio prices and in special packages just for the Birthday Club.  Sessions are quick & easy (only about 15 minutes each) and you can view, order, and receive your prints while you are in the studio.  Other products will be ready for pick up in one week.  

This year's theme works particularly well with jeans and a solid colored black, white or bold primary colored top.


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Senior Pictures in the Wildflowers High School Senior with long blond hair in cream colored dress sitting in wildflowersSenior Portrait in wildflowersSpring wildflowers make a great setting for Senior Pictures graphic of title "wildflower wonder" and wildflowersWildflower wonder graphicWildflower wonder It's that time of year again!  The wildflowers are beautiful right now and they make a great setting for senior portraits.  Here are some tips to consider when planning your wildflower session:

Top 5 Tips for Wildflower Portraits

1.  Wear bug spray, not perfume.  Wildflowers are beautiful.  We love to look at them and smell them and so do all the littlest flying and creepy crawly creatures.  Your portrait session will be a lot more fun if you aren't itchy.

2.  Sturdy shoes (or rain boots) and long pants are good choices.  In addition to the tiny creatures, wildflowers grow in very muddy areas sometimes and can be home to snakes.  Your pictures will look better if you aren't worried about getting bitten or ruining a nice outfit.

3.  Prepare for allergens.  If you are prone to hay fever attacks, a preventative antihistamine can save the day.  Swollen red eyes and leaky noses don't photograph well.

4.  Style matters.  Wildflowers make a great setting for Senior Pictures, but some styles look much more natural in them than others.  Some good styles for outfit choices are Boho, Gypsy, Rustic, and Country.  

5.  Consider color.  Color harmony makes any portrait better.  Consider the color of the flowers in the field you are photographing and wear colors that match or compliment them.  For example, a field of red clover looks great with bold colors, while a field of pale pink evening primrose looks better with pastels.  

Senior Portrait of girl with long blond hair wearing a dress in a field of wildflowers standing beside a treeSpring portrait by treeWildflower season in Arkansas runs from March to May Senior portrait of a girl in a dress standing 1/3 of the way into a field of flowersSenior portrait in field of flowersFlowers in front of, as well as, behind the senior add dimension to the portrait.


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Be Mine

Be Mine Limited Edition Session Rebecca Peterman Photography 2017 Be Mine Limited Edition Set2017 Be Mine Limited Edition Set2017 Be Mine Limited Edition Set

Valentine's Day is only a month away and here it is....the Be Mine Limited Edition set for Saturday, February 4th in the studio at 301 Oakcliff Street. One day only. $25 Session Fee and Packages start at just $25, too.  View your images and order immediately after your session.  Prints and Classroom Exchange Valentines will be ready for you to take home in five minutes, specialty products will be available for pickup in one week.  Call the studio (501-623-2811) asap to reserve your spot.

Available Packages include:

$75 5-Digital Files & 1-5x7 Print of each

$50 8x11 Metal Ornate Print (perfect gift for grandparents!)

$25 2-5x7s & 4-4x6s (single pose)

$25 24 Classroom Exchange Valentines

$25 Single Digital File or give me a call at 501-623-2811 to schedule your session time. 

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Custom Graduation Announcements If you haven't had any young people in your life for a few years, it may come as surprise to you that very few graduates send traditional invitations with a wallet photo of themselves in a cap and gown anymore. There are a lot of reasons for that, including the fact that many schools limit the number of guests a student can have at graduation. The biggest reason, though, is just that there are so many more possibilities. Many seniors (and their parents!) are pleased to discover that Custom Graduation Announcements are often less expensive than the traditional invitations the school is offering. They also give the Senior the opportunity to say anything they want, include several of their favorite pictures and choose a design that shows their personality. 

Things to remember when designing your Grad Announcements:

1) Ask your photographer if the images on the announcement will be retouched, most professionals include this service, but some charge an additional fee. 

2) If including a lot of pictures is important to you, you might want a folding card with four or six sides instead of a flat card with just two sides. 

3) If you are making a photo collage, close ups look better  if you want to include full length portrait, choose less images so they won't be too small on the finished card  

4) If you order a 5x7 card and include a single image on one side with no text, it makes a frameable print for your relatives who receive the card. 

5) If you want your card to stand out from the others people are receiving you might want to consider a square card or custom shape. 

6) Custom Announcements are a great place to include the details of your graduation ceremony or graduation party if you want to invite everyone. 

7) If you are planning to make a Photo Thank You Card designing them both at the same time so they coordinate is a nice touch and will save you time later on.

8) Details matter - don't forget to look at different paper and envelope options. 

9)  You will have a lot of writing to do this year. Printing your return address on the envelope or ordering matching return address labels may be a great time saver.



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Themed Senior Sessions Senior Girl with Car and BalloonsBalloons and a BugLove my Bug Last week we started our new summer series on trends in Senior Photography.  It was all about Cap & Gown pictures and if you missed it, you can check it out here. This week we are going to talk about Themed Senior Sessions. Stylized sessions are all the rage right now and SO much fun to do!  No matter which concept you like best, these sessions allow you to show your individuality and creativity and that's exactly what you want in Senior Pictures - an experience that creates a memory of who you are today. 

Here are some tips to help you create the perfect Themed Senior Session:

1)  Plan ahead - in these sessions every detail counts so it's more important than ever to plan out exactly what you want. 

2)  Create a Pinterest board.  Pinning images in the style you like will help you decide on the finer details and help us understand exactly the look you are going for.

3)  Communication is key!  A consultation before your Senior Session is always a good idea, but if you want a stylized theme it is essential.  We want to make sure we know exactly the look you are going for share our ideas to give you a perfect result!

4)  Consider having your hair and makeup done professionally.

5)  Don't rule out anything.  If you can dream it, we would love to hear it.  We may have resources you never thought about.

6)  Make sure that your theme reflects your personality.  Really great Senior Pictures aren't really great if they don't look anything like you.

7)  Think about inviting a few friends.  If you want to go all out and plan a super extravagant theme, making it a group activity can help spread out the cost and work involved and make a great memory from your senior year at the same time.  

Some themes we've seen are: sports of all kinds, Boho, Fairytale, Urban, Gypsy, A Day at the Fair, & Superheros.  What can imagine for your Senior Experience?

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Not Your Parents' Senior Pictures Today is the first installation in a new summer series on trends in Senior Photography.  I've been in business for 13 years now, so this years Seniors were in Kindergarten when I started making Senior Pictures.  During that time, some things have stayed the same, but a lot has changed.  Most Seniors are getting their Senior Pictures done this month so each week we will look at a different current trend and give you some tips on how to make the most of your Senior Experience!

Today's blog is about Cap & Gown pictures.  Over the years, these haven't changed much - until now!  This year's Cap & Gown pictures are fun and full of variety!  For most of my career the Seniors didn't really want a Cap & Gown picture, but we did one anyway for their parents & grandparents.  We still do one of those traditional ones for them, too, but with the new style the Cap & Gown pictures are just as fun as the other Senior Pictures and today's Seniors love them.  Here's what we recommend for your Cap & Gown Session:

1)  Schedule early - especially if your school allows you to submit your own yearbook photo.  Give the photographer plenty of time to process your images and give yourself plenty of time to choose before the deadline.  The best time for all Senior Pictures is in June, but this especially true for your Cap & Gown Session.

2)  Wear a classic dress or suit to the studio to go under your Cap & Gown.  Black and white are always good choices, but so is an outfit in your school colors.  You don't want your outfit to clash with your robes.

3)  Bring a fun, casual outfit too.  You might want to change about 1/2 way through your session to have some variety to choose from.  Part of what makes today's images so much more engaging is that they have an element of surprise and fun thrown in!

4)  Wear your class ring.  If you have a ring be sure and wear it to your photography sessions so that it can be incorporated into the images.

5)  Bring your favorite thing.  Whether it's a football, clarinet or pompoms, you'll want to personalize your pictures with your favorite activities.

6)  Be sure to remember your dress shoes and casual shoes and any jewelry or accessories you want to wear.

7)  Pay extra attention to your hair, nails, makeup, shave, etc - yes, it will show in the photo.

And, most of all . . .

8)  Have fun!  If you are having a good time your pictures will look better than if you aren't.

This summer our studio is doing a special Senior '17 promotion just for Cap & Gown Pictures.  A $17 Session Fee and Packages starting at just $17 with 17 poses to choose from.  There are three dates available, all on Tuesdays, June 7th, July 12th & August 2nd.  If you haven't scheduled your Cap & Gown Session, call us today!  

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Contentment HSHS Senior, Katelyn Bondhus, on Garvan Woodland Gardens Great LawnGarvan Woodland Gardens Great LawnSenior Portrait "Yes, I would prefer to be comfortable economically in life and have a nice job, but the number one thing for me to accomplish in life would be happiness.  I feel if happiness is achieved then everything else will fall into place.  If you have money and you are not happy then you have nothing.  I would like to have a family and a home later in life after graduating college.  I want to be successful, and obtain a job and love the job I choose.  But if I could only wish for one thing for my life, I would wish to be content with myself and a genuinely happy person." - Katelyn Bondhus, 2016 Hot Springs High School Senior

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Outdoor PortraitFaith Be your own person graphicBe Your Own Person The summer heat kept us moving during this early morning Senior Portrait Session for Lakeside High School Senior, Faith Twyford, but she was amazing to work with in spite of  it.  We started the morning at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, Arkansas then came back to the studio to finish up.  If you would like to see more of the session, check out her gallery by clicking here or click here to download her personal app.  I love the variety in her finished images and her sweet personality that shines through them.  

Her words of wisdom:  "Advice I would give to a high school freshman would be to not follow the crowd.  Be your own person and try to remember that you don't have to drink, smoke, etc., to be what other people qualify as 'cool.'  All of that stuff is temporary and the education you get, the real friends you make, and the memories will always be there."



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Newborn Photography Way Back WednesdayWay Back Wednesday Newborn in christening gownNewborn in christening gown I love babies! Who doesn't, right?  But especially when they are newborn and tiny, they are just so precious.  I have the privilege of photographing a little new one today and when I started gathering examples of other newborn portraits for his mom to see I realized I had never blogged this special little guy.  So, for Way Back Wednesday, here is one of my favorite clients when he was only 9 days old.  Now he's a busy preschooler who doesn't stay nearly this still for his pictures! Baby in basket with A Gift from God tagA Gift from God newborn portrait

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Why Not Train Track Photography? 3 year old playing with toy train on real train tracksConor with Train Train Track Photography sign with a no trains graphic underneathTrain Track Photography Graphic

There seem to be a whole lot of people out there - photographers and their clients, as well as, amateur photographers - who think pictures on train tracks are really, really cool and seem to think the tracks are public property, so they just need to pay attention and nobody will get hurt.  I used to be one of those photographers.  Then one of my fellow photographers, someone I knew personally, was ticketed for trespassing on private property during a session.  He AND his client both received $10,000 tickets.  Yep, you read that correctly ten THOUSAND dollars!  EACH!! It turns out that the tracks, all tracks that are currently in service and many that are not, are private property of the railroad company.  Then there's the fact that it takes a mile or more for a train to stop and the fact that about 500 people per year are killed on the tracks (that's more than 1 per day!).  When you realize that some days you can only hear a train when it's about 1/2 a mile away and the pictures are a whole lot better when there's a little bend in the track, it gets really scary really fast.  Not surprisingly, the railroad companies don't want to be sued for negligence, they don't want their crew or passengers (or equipment, for that matter) to be harmed and they just don't want any more needless deaths and injuries.  Taking all of that into consideration, it's kind of hard to understand why so many people still believe the tracks are public property and setting their three year old on them is a good idea.  I agree, it does make a great photograph, but only if everyone involved is truly safe and nobody is breaking the law.

So what's a photographer to do when a client calls and really wants this environment?  First, make sure the client is educated on why they can't just go to a local crossing and take some pictures.  It would be terribly sad if they went on their own and a tragedy happened.  Then find a place where it IS legal and safe to make the image they want.  In my area, that place is a city park.  The railroad track is out of service and has been disconnected from the other lines.  It is on city property and city law allows anyone to photograph there without a permit.  Your city may be different, check your local laws and search for abandoned tracks.

Then go out and create those awesome images that clients love.  These are some of my recent ones.  I've been photographing Conor and Talon for about three years and they both LOVE trains.  They know that any time they come to Mrs. Rebecca's to have their pictures made they will get to play with my train set, so it made perfect sense to take them down to the park for their 3rd & 4th birthday sessions and put the toy trains on the big track.  They are both such sweet boys and three and four is a perfect age to get pictures that preserve the focus they have when experimenting and learning about their world.  Can't you just see the wheels turning in their heads?



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9 Things I Love About Homecoming 9 Things I Love About Homecoming GraphicHomecoming Graphic The excitement is evident on this Homecoming Queen's face moment's after she is crowned.Homecoming QueentEmily Carter, Homecoming Queen Everyone has their favorite holiday.  Some people like Christmas, some Thanksgiving, others the Fourth of July, for me, it's Homecoming.

When I was growing up I always thought I would move away to a big city.  I never imagined raising my family in the same town I'd been in all my life, much less the same neighborhood and same school.  I did grow up and move off to the big city.  It was great!  My husband and I enjoyed the professional sports teams, the art museums, the fine dining, and then . . . we had kids and moved back home.  There's a little more to the story than that, but I have to admit I like it much better in a smaller town where I can spend time with my kids instead of time on the road everyday.  I enjoy seeing people I've known my whole life everytime I step foot in a public place.  It's comforting to know there are people all over town who know my kids and look out for them (even when my kids have no idea who they are), because they also knew me growing up or my parents or grandparents or even great-grandparents.  It was wonderful driving them to elementary school every day through a National Park and having grandparents involved in their daily life is a gift to us, as well as, our children.  

There are so many things I love about our lives here that I never expected to when I was a child and couldn't wait to get out and see the wide world.  One of those things that is right at the top of the list is Homecoming.  I love the excitement building up to Friday as the kids dress up every day for spirit week.  I love the school community coming together to prepare everything for the big day.  I love watching all the students I've seen go from kindergarten to Senior on the football team, playing in the band, cheering on their classmates and, of course, on the Homecoming Court.  It's such sweet suspense every year waiting to see who will be crowned King and Queen and then watching all of the girls put on their beautiful dresses for the dance and seeing their handsome dates and the excitement in all of their eyes.  It's fun to remember my days in those same hallways going to those same events, but now there's a new depth to the enjoyment of the day as I see, and have time to reminisce, with old friends who are home for the festivities.  

Friday was Homecoming for our school and I enjoyed every minute of the day - from my freshman daughter's first Homecoming Dance to seeing two of my Senior Reps on the Homecoming Court and one of them crowned Queen.  I hope you enjoy your Homecoming just as much this year! In celebration I'm sharing a couple of pictures and my 9 favorite things about Homecoming:  

1)  The Pep Rally Rebecca Peterman Photography Senior Reps, Terance Dixon and Emily Carter, were paired during the presentation of the Homecoming Court.Homecoming Court PresentationTerance Dixon and Emily Carter

2)  The King and Queen

3)  The Homecoming Court

4)  Seeing the students dressed up for the dance

5)  Catching up with old friends

6)  The Tailgate Party

7)  The band playing the Fight Song

8)  The Halftime Show

9)  Cheering the home team on to victory!!!

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Fuhrman Family 2014 Photo of family on picnic blanket outdoorsFamilyCasual Fun One of my favorite family portraits every spring is of the Fuhrman family - not only are they a great, fun loving family, but having the privilege of photographing them as they grow and change year after year has been a special honor.  They homeschool and love the great outdoors and sports.  Each year we try to do something a little different and capture another aspect of their family life.  Among other things we've done beach pictures, boat pictures, tree house pictures and studio pictures. This year was a little different.  They are preparing for a new adventure.  In August, their oldest son, Aaron, will have Kyphosis Posterior Spinal Fusion surgery in another state.  Their "village" is rallying around them and they needed some extra pictures of Aaron to share.  He just finished a fabulous soccer season so we incorporated his soccer ball in some portraits.  They are truly a special family and I can't wait to see where life takes them next and what fun things I get to tag along and photograph next year!  See the rest of their session here.

Teen boy with soccer ballAaron Teen boy with two little brothersBrothers

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John Michael - Hot Springs High School Senior 2014 John Michael's Senior Session was great!  


We started on the Hot Springs Creek Greenway Trail and then came back to the studio.  John Michael goes to Hot Springs High School where is part of the IB program and on the football team.  You might have seen him this past summer as a lifeguard at Magic Springs.  You can see the rest of John Michael's Senior Session here.

Senior Guy

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Garner Wedding bride and groom Chris and Maggie had a whirlwind romantic wedding.  Chris is a Navy Pilot and his winging ceremony was in Pensecola, Florida on Friday.  The wedding was in Yukon (Oklahoma City), Oklahoma on Saturday.  Since their guests had come from all over the country, they celebrated all weekend, then a few days later, moved to a different Naval Air Station to begin a new adventure together.  It was a beautiful wedding and I feel honored to have been able to share it with them.  They put so much thought into every detail (more on the details in another post) that their ceremony was truly unique and a wonderful beginning for their life together.  Congratulations Dipping Kiss Mr. & Mrs. Garner! 


Click here to see the rest of Chris and Maggie's wedding pictures.

Bride and Military Groom on ranch

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Pumpkin Patch Quick Take 2013

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Mackenzie - 2014 Senior Senior leaning on pay phone booth

I always love the opportunity to photograph a Senior when I've gotten to watch them grow up.  The first time I met Mackenzie she was only a few weeks old.  She's lived in several different parts of the country and came all the way from Iowa to have her Senior Portraits made at Riverfront Park in Little Rock.  She's one of the smartest people I know and I can't wait to see where life takes her.  You can see the rest of Mackenzie's session by clicking here.

Senior Urban Grunge Senior Urban Brick



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Precious Newborn - Hot Springs Newborn Photographer  

I'm a little behind on the blog - I'm doing baby Gavyn's 3 month pictures today!  I just couldn't miss posting these preciouse newborn images though.  He is such a sweet baby and so strong.  He was only 8 days old at his newborn session and already holding his head up high and looking around!  You can see more of Gavyn's images by clicking this link to his Newborn Gallery and be watching for his 3 month pictures on the blog soon.

Dad holding newborn Handcolored Sepia of newborn Arkansas Razorback Infant Study blue and brown

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Perdido Key Engagement Pictures I had so many favorites from Chris & Maggie's Engagement Portraits that I couldn't narrow it down for the blog . . . so . . . here's some from our evening session on the beach.  They are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.  We literally took these pictures in her parents' back yard!  The sunset was amazing.  You can see more of Chris & Maggie's portraits by clicking here.smiling couple on beach at sunset Couple on Perdido Key beach at sunset Couple silhouette on beach at sunset silhouette kiss on beach at sunset

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Military Engagement Photos I've had the privilege of photographing Maggie and her family for many years so I was excited to get the opportunity to meet her fiance and do their engagement portraits.  The Navy is a big part of their lives so we started off with pictures in his dress whites in downtown Pensacola and with some casual pictures on the Naval base.  Congratulations Maggie & Chris - you make a beautiful couple!

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Fun Maternity Session
Maternity silhouette on pink flowered vector

Maternity sessions are always fun.  There's just something special about that time in life - so many new things to wonder about and so many expectations.  This session was no exception.  See the rest of the images here.  

Face on pregnant belly

Flowers on pregnant tummy


Pink bow in maternity portrait

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Waiting for Little Sister  

Only Child Status Expires 1-28-13

Including your little one in your maternity session is such a special way to mark the start of a sibling relationship.  It's also a great way to document those last special moments of his life as an only child.  I love the way these images from Talon & Lori's Mommy & Me Maternity Session turned out.  As a mother, I especially like to one of Talon's big smile as his mom is holding him, showing how happy he is to be in her arms!Big Brother Little Sister

Mommy & Me

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #32 Establish a family snapshot tradition.  Today is the perfect time to take a silly snapshot that can be recreated every year.  It's a tradition that will show how your family grows and changes and great way to have family fun.  Try to think of something creative and just a little bit ridiculous that fits your family.  Maybe you all wear t-shirts from your favorite rival teams, or stand on the roof, or dog pile dad.  Make it fun, make it yours and make it every year!

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #31 New Year's Eve Resolutions?  Make a "before" picture to compare with an "after" picture this time next year when you have completed your project.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #30 Make a photo book.  One great way to remember your holiday is to make a photobook.  Keep your photobook on the coffee table this year to remember the holiday season, then next year, when you replace it, put it away with your holiday decorations.  Every year you can enjoy looking back at past holidays and how you celebrated.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #29 PRINT, PRINT, PRINT!!!  And share, share, share.  If you read the tip yesterday, hopefully you have taken steps to archive your holiday images.  However, an image in a camera, a computer or on a disk is nothing more than a piece of data.  Print your pictures and share them with friends and family and they become treasured memories.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #28 Now that the holidays are winding down and you've filled your camera with priceless memories what do you do?  Archive them, of course!  Save them on your computer's hard drive then burn two backup disks (Delkin Archival Gold CDs are one good choice).  Put one in your safe deposit box and ask a friend in another state to keep the other for you and offer to do the same for them.  Electronic failure is certain and theft and natural disaster happen.  Keep your images safe from loss.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #27 Did you end up with some pictures that were disappointing?  Your niece's expression was just priceless, but the picture is too dark or too light or the color just isn't right!  Before you give up and delete the image try converting it to black and white.  You might be amazed at how much better it looks.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #26 Photograph your tiny treasures as you are putting away your holiday decorations this year.  The ornament you picked out together the first year you were married, the special candy dish that belonged to your grandmother, the handprint your husband made as a child.  So many things come out during that holidays that have memories attached to them.  Take pictures of them now and during the long days of January you can write a note about each one and why it is significant to your family.  Too often, family stories disappear when the storyteller is gone.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #25 If your camera can be set to take a time lapse series and you have a tripod, try setting it up in a corner of the room focused on the table or center of action and set it to take a picture every 5 minutes.  At the end of the day you will have a series of pictures that tells the story of your celebration.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #24 Don't forget to photograph the preparations to your celebrations.  You may not feel like pulling out the camera when you have flour all over your face, your frumpy clothes on and the house isn't clean yet.  Those times with your family may be some of the most special memories, though, as you are preparing for your celebration.  Once everything is set and in place, but before your guests arrive is a good time to pull out the camera, too.  Your house and family are looking their best and you will have a great record to refer to next year when you try to remember which dishes you used to set the children's table or whether you used Great Aunt Sophie's center piece or Grandma Cora's.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #23 Focus on the eyes.  Did you ever take a snapshot that you thought would be perfect and when you got it back it was just a little fuzzy and out of focus?  Low light situations during the holidays make this a particularly likely situation.  When taking a picture of someone try to focus on the inside corner of their eye.  The distinction between the skin and white of the eye helps the camera to focus and if the low light is causing a shallow depth of field, the most important parts of your picture will still be clearly in focus.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #22 Plan ahead with batteries and memory cards.  The holidays are full of special events & programs, get togethers with family & friends, and unexpected surprises.  Don't miss a moment by keeping your batteries charged and an empty memory card on hand.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #21 Don't forget your favorite foods.  Remember that special pie your great grandmother used to make every Christmas?  How much would you give for a picture of that pie and the recipe now?  Don't forget that a picture of your special pie (or cake or turkey or . . . ) will be just as special to your family someday.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #20 Make a collage.  A collage of snapshots is the perfect way to recreate the mood of an event or special place during the holiday season.  It's also a great way to present everyone looking their best in one place without trying to take a lot of group pictures or getting all five (or fifteen or twenty-five) people in your picture to look at the camera and smile at the same time.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #19 Bribery isn't always bad.  When trying to take group pictures or an individual holiday portrait where small children are involved, you are much more likely to get a good result by keeping the mood light and offering a reward for good behavior if you need an additional incentive.  Children who have been punished for not smiling (or fear a punishment shortly) have a hard time relaxing and producing the expression you are hoping for.  Likewise, if you are stressed out trying to get the perfect picture, they will sense your stress and it will be reflected in their faces.  Enjoy the moment, offer a special treat at the end and capture who they are today - whether it's a six year old with a "cheesy" smile, a four year old who wants all the spot light or a two year old who would rather be photographed in mom's lap.  Next year, they will be different and you will enjoy seeing who they used to be.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #18 Capture your holiday - don't coerce it.  Taking simple steps to prepare for your images and occasionally getting someone's attention or simply posing them before a picture can make your pictures much more pleasing to look back on, but don't go to the extreme of missing out on all of the fun because you are too busy with the camera, or, even worse, ruining the fun for everyone by trying to make the holiday look perfect in the pictures instead of just enjoying what is happening.  The two year old with pumpkin pie all over his face and outfit in the family photo may not be what you had envisioned, but it may end up being the funniest, fondest memory of the holiday season.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #17 Coordinate Clothing.  You don't have to be all matchy-matchy (although that look does put the emphasis of the picture on the people instead of the clothing), but if you clothes are in the same color families and tones when you are taking pictures, even snapshots, the final images will be more asthestically pleasing.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #16 Preserve your traditions. Do you always put a tiny china doll under your Christmas tree? Is lighting the final candle on your menorah or midnight mass the highlight of your holiday? Maybe the Elf on the shelf is a huge part of your holiday or picking out an angel from the Angel Tree? Or something as simple as sharing a cup of coffee by the fireplace in the early morning. Whatever your traditions, use your camera to record them. The pictures will be precious mementos in years to come. Life goes by very quickly, never forget it is measured in moments not years.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #15 Wish you had gotten holiday cards in the mail sooner? Pick up a box of 5x7 envelopes from the office supply store and as you recieve cards from friends and relatives address an envelope to them and stick it back in the box. Schedule your professional family portrait session with your photographer NOW for October 2013 (and don't forget to write it on your new calendar!). Next year all you will have to do is put the cards in the envelopes and mail them.

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Santa Pictures  Here Comes Santa Claus!

We've had so much fun this year with Santa pictures at Garvan Woodland Gardens that we've decided to offer one more session.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will again be in the Gingerbread House on Thursday night, December 20th from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.  Come and have a visit and picture with Santa and see all the beautiful lights!  You can see the Santa pictures from our first two sessions by following this link:  Santa Quick Take


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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #14 Use a festive background. When taking posed pictures of family and friends sometimes a movement of a few feet or even just a few inches can make a huge difference in the final image. Don't forget to look at the background behind what you are photographing and try to place people in front of your festive decor.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #13 Try using the action or continuous shooting mode for children opening gifts. You will get a series of images that show their reaction to the gift and you will be less likely to miss that split second expression of joy that everyone loves to see on a child's face.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #12 Get into the picture occasionally. Look back at any family's photo album and you will find one person consistently missing - the family photographer. Don't forget to use a self timer or hand the camera to someone else so that you are in some of the pictures, too.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #11 Change your angle. Try getting down on the floor or up really high or far away or really close. Changing your angle can have a dramatic effect on your pictures whether they are of small children, holiday decor, or anything in between.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #10 Check your ISO. If you don't know what that means, check your camera's manual. Setting your ISO to the conditions you are in can have a huge impact on your pictures. A general guide is 100-200 for outdoor sunlight, 400 for general purpose (indoors or a shady area), 800-1600 for low light and fast action. The higher the ISO is the grainier your pictures will be, but the more it will be able to capture images in dark rooms.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #9 Capture relationships. It's the time of year we see family and friends from far and near. Whether it's multiple generations or best friends take this opportunity to document the important relationships in your life. Both posed and candid images (especially those that capture looks and expressions between people close up) will be treasures for you and others in years to come.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #8 Take your group photos first. At your holiday gatherings try taking your group photos as the first activity while everyone is fresh looking and excited, before any food mishaps, early departures or fatigue.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #7 Set your white balance. If you have a camera that allows you to choose a setting for your white balance, using it can make a huge improvement on your snapshots and help to eliminate any color casts.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #6 Holiday lights make great creative images. Try turning off your flash. Zoom in and out while you are taking the picture. Set the camera for a slow shutter speed. Try moving the camera around to make swirls and blurs with the lights. Or take a different approach and photograph your child's face up close by the light of the tree or take a picture of their silhouette outlined by the tree lights.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #5 Get up close and fill the frame. Whether you are taking pictures of your child or your favorite ornament get close and fill the frame with the subject.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #4 Be a story teller. As you take snapshots this holiday season think about the story you will be telling when others look at them in years to come. Capture the memories that illustrate the story you want to be remembered.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #3 Don't forget to record memories of the festivities you take part in this year. For many in Hot Springs, the Christmas Parade tonight will mark the beginning of their holiday celebrations. Don't forget your camera! And if you have a little one in the parade, you might get a better image of them with the float in the background at drop off than you will be able to get as they go past you.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #2 Don't forget the outside! Dusk is a great time to capture the holiday lights on your house with a glow and still be able to see the house. A tripod and longer exposure are also fun things to experiment with.

If you would like to see some Christmas light pictures that I find inspirational, check out my Pintrest board, Outdoor Christmas Lights.

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Holiday Photo Tip of the Day #1 Do photograph your decorations. Whether they are simple or elaborate they will be treasured memories to your family.

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Family Portraits at the Garner Family Homestead Extended Family Portrait Grandparents One of the best parts of my job is all of the fun people I meet and the four generations of the Powell family rank near the top!  We spent a delightful afternoon and I photographed the family memories they made while exploring the Garner Family Homestead.  You can see the rest of the images and some of the great portrait areas at this venue in their gallery by clicking here.

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Hot Springs, Arkansas First Communion Portraits
Praying girl

One of the absolute best parts of my job is being invited to share life's most precious moments with my clients. Documenting a First Communion is a special honor - especially when it is for such a special girl!  View the rest of Liliana's portraits here.

First Communion Portrait



Smiling girl

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3 Month Cutie! - Hot Springs Baby Photographer This little guy came in for his 3 month portraits with the cutest little sock monkey hat, newsboy hat & his grandpa's tie.  We had fun with those and with the studio hat collection.  I just love all the the little hats that are so popular right now and the cute baby images that they make!  Check out the rest of Charlie's 3 Month Session (including the hats & tie) in this gallery.

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Caroline Twyford Lakeside Senior 2013 Brown Door Caroline's Senior Portrait Session was one of the highlights of my week.  She has such a bubbly personality, you just can't help but to be happy around her.  She's a 2013 Lakeside Senior and one of our RPP Studio Reps (which means she can help you get discounts on your own Senior Pictures!).  Some of her favorite things are Starburst, Raw Cookie Dough, Tennis, Trampolines, Converse, Duck Tape, Hot Showers, Swimming, Starbucks, Arkansas Razorbacks, Unlimited Texting, Jesus, Flip-flops, Tubing, Music, Dr. Pepper, Popping Bubble Wrap & Laughing until it hurts. Check out the rest of her Senior Pictures here.

Brick Wall Stone Wall

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2012-2013 RPP Models Introducing our 2012-2013 Rebecca Peterman Photography Models!  These are some great kids!  We had so much fun with our 1st Annual Model Search.  These are the faces you will see on our upcoming promotions.  We'll also be highlighting each of them throughout the year so you can get to know them a little better.  For now, here's their names and faces - use the comment section below to congratulate them!

(From left to right and top to bottom)

Lauren Sayadian, Ryan Wisely, Joshua Fuhrman, Hailey Dabbs, Charlie Ratcliff, Talon Ray Binns, Carter Buth, Tenleigh Cozart, Abbey Little, Sophie Fleischner, Kaylee Buth, Aaron Fuhrman & Michaela Spurlin

Congratulations!  And welcome to the studio family.

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2013 Senior Portrait Contest Winner 2013 Senior Portrait Winner MaeLee Reed Congratulations to MaeLee Reed - winner of our 2013 Senior Portrait Contest!!!  MaeLee won our Bronze Portrait Package.  Have you scheduled your Senior Portrait Session yet?]]> (Rebecca Peterman Photography) Hot Springs Senior Photographer Portrait Senior Senior Picture Senior Portrait Wed, 30 May 2012 12:59:32 GMT Portrait Party Grace at Portrait Party Looking for something different to do for your child's next birthday?  How about a Portrait Party?  Portrait Party's are great for all ages (even grown-ups) and can be documentary in style or my like your own celebrity photo shoot, whichever is your style.  Invitations, thank you notes, signature mats and photo books are just some of the options to make your  day special.  ]]> (Rebecca Peterman Photography) Hot Springs Party Photographer birthday photo portrait party Mon, 28 May 2012 17:57:31 GMT Devin Unique Graduation Announcement

I love it when clients want to show their personality in their portraits.  It makes the images more meaningful for them and makes the sessions so much fun for me. Devin is full of personality and we had a great day out on the boat, swimming, skiing, wake boarding and taking his Senior Pictures.  He wanted something unique and a grungy, old school look for his announcements.  I think what we ended up with was perfect.  You can see more of his images in the Senior Gallery.

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Austyn Austyn I really enjoyed spending the day today with Austyn.  She's such an easy going person and has a beautiful smile!  She had so many different looks, I just can't decide which one is my favorite.  You can see more of her images in the gallery or by clicking the link below.  Thanks for the great day Austyn!Austyn 2

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I love when Jaycie's in the studio. She's always so full of spunk and energy. You can just tell she's going big places in life!  She recently came in for an updated headshot as the reigning Miss Greater Hot Springs Outstanding Teen. She's also  part of the International Baccalaureate program and a cheerleader for Hot Springs Middle School. 

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Fan Appreciation Day Fan Portraits


Fan Appreciation Day was so much fun!  Congratulations to our list of winners below:

Paula Fuhrman - 3x3 Brag Book

Margaret Hoffman - Free Session

Tara Adams - 8x10 "C" Level Frame

Lisa Collier - Tabletop Easel

Leigh Turner - 6 Image 20x20 Wall Collection

Carmen Binns - "Senior" Frame

and our Grand Prize Winner - Lory Kistner - Free Session, CD of Images with Image Release and 10x10 Framed Collage.

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Kodie Ballet Roses Just finished a fabulous session with one of my studio models getting ready for this year's Dance Pictures.  Kodie does such a great job!  We so much fun - now I can't wait to see all the other dancers in this year's beautiful costumes.  We'll be at Hot Springs Intermediate School on April 24th and Hot Springs School of Classical Dance on May 6th.  You can see the rest of Kodie's pictures (and one of her brother Zach) in the gallery.

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MaeLee Reed Senior 2013 MaeLee Reed

This was a fun session!  MaeLee is a 2013 Senior from White Hall in Pine Bluff.  She has plenty of personality and that always makes Senior portraits more interesting.  In addition to the traditional Cap and Gown, Senior letters, Letterman Jacket and casual pictures, we spent some time showcasing two of her favorite activities - reading and Madrigals.  Her Madrigal dress is unbelievably beautiful!  One of the  funnest things about the session was all of the strangers coming up to us to compliment her or "say hello to the princess".  Thanks for letting me share this special part of your Senior year, MaeLee!

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Garden of Eden Landscape and Nursery I got to see some absolutely beautiful plants this morning!  Wandering around the Garden of Eden Landscape and Nursery, you could almost forget you are in the middle of the city or have a care in the world.  Their hillside garden feels a million miles away from everything and their plants are the prettiest, healthiest ones I've seen in town.  If you've never visited them, I encourage you to stop by today - I know I'll go back soon!

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Carmen Binns wins Mini Prize! Congratulations to Carmen Binns winner of our Facebook Contest Weekend Mini Prize!  Carmen will receive a black, leather 3x3 Brag Book by Renaissance ($160 value).  If you haven't checked out the Facebook contest, there is still time to enter.  The contest doesn't end until April 15, 2012 and the winner will receive a portrait package worth over $550. Just click here to enter.

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Hannah's Senior Portraits Hannah

I had so much fun with Hannah's Senior Portraits.  She beautiful both inside and out and it was a pleasure to capture that in her images!  This session was at the Allen Premium Outlet.  I've never been there before and it was a great place to get some fun shots.  You can see the rest of her images here and be watching for part two of her Senior Session in the studio and at Garvan Woodland Gardens in a couple of weeks.

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