ADDING ST. PADDY’S DAY GREEN TO YOUR SPRING WEDDING

Maybe it’s because we’re so starved for color by the time spring gets here, but that fresh, bright green is one of our favorites! And it works great as an anchor color for weddings.

Here are a few inspirational moments from past events. Maybe it will give you some ideas of how to incorporate spring into your wedding design.

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Here’s wishing you a very happy St Paddy’s Day. Luck ‘o the Irish to ya!

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Happy Memorial Day!

We hope you are spending the day with family and friends, and thanking those who have helped provide our many freedoms. We appreciate all of our armed forces, and we should never forget their service and sacrifice. Escape the everyday hustle and bustle, take this time to relax and, please, enjoy the beautiful weather!

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Easter sweets and party favors

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Lydia is a party-planning queen, and last week we got a chance to shoot and preview this event maven’s latest creation – an Easter Egg-stravaganza!! Lydia’s blog, The Party Wagon, is an inspirational hub for marvelous holiday and themed events ranging from New Year’s to Christmas and every occasion in between. Whenever Lydia comes to the studio, we know that it’s going to be a happy day of sweet treats and unique favors. Sometimes we even get to sample the goodies!  (We freely admit to a passionate love affair with anything sugary!) Lydia can make each special day exactly that by helping you find the right vendor, create a party theme or plan a one of a kind event. Easter is only a hop, skip and a jump away. Go here to check out her tips and tricks and get started on your own perfect party plan! Until then, the Z Team hopes that the Easter Bunny is good to all our readers!

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HAPPY, HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

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We at ZoomWorks would like to wish everyone a very Happy Valentine’s Day! Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, we hope that everyone celebrates love whether it’s a significant other, family, friend or pet. We certainly cherish all of our clients and thank you for allowing us to capture true love for so many years, creating memories for a lifetime.

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PRECIOUS AND EASY TEACHER GIFTS KIDS CAN MAKE

Do you have school age children at home?  Need easy and thoughtful teachers gifts?  Check out these super cute and quick options from The Party Wagon (http://party-wagon.com).  The bright colors and easy preparation make them sure winners!  She has how to steps on the blog, so you and your kids can just follow along!  We love that!

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How do we love Halloween? Let us count the ways……….

Other than the first crisp mornings of fall, beautiful foliage brightening the trees and the smell of wood fires at night, we love October for Halloween!  We’re bad to put people in costume, as anyone who has worked with us over the years knows, and this holiday just legitimizes that addiction!  We will be posting some fun ideas, scary faces and of course, our Gothic BridalStyle Series for your entertainment.  What are you going to be this year?  Send us pics, we’d love to see your creations.  Better yet, stop by the studio in costume and let us capture it for the world to see!

America the Beautiful

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We see so much on the news these days – so much struggle, strife, politics – I just wanted to step back from all that, from taking sides or being angry or frustrated and just simply be grateful for what America has and what she can offer.  We have some of the most beautiful land in the world – amazing culinary delights from coast to coast to satisfy any palette.  Creativity abounds in art and fashion….and if you believe you can do it, you can.  And a basic human generosity that I have witnessed personally and professionally.  To me America is beautiful, and every day I drive her roads, run in her fields and swim in her oceans, I’m reminded of that.  Happy Independence Day.

What has been your best Red,White and Blue moment from the year?

Nostalgic Fathers Day

Sometimes I feel like so many holidays are simply ‘Hallmark’ opportunities –  marketing schemes to get you to spend money. So I’ll step back and look at it another way.  If it makes you take a moment in an otherwise impossibly busy life, to think about that fact that you have a patriarchal lineage that you can be proud of and thankful for and how much it’s meant to you along the way, or for those whose fathers and grandfathers have passed, how much you miss them and what great memories you have been left with, maybe there is merit in the holiday after all.

I am fortunate enough to have long-lived family members.  I had my grandpa until just a few years ago, and my father is still around and healthy.  Lucky girl.  My grandpa taught me self-reliance, endless optimism, and a belief that there is inherent good in everyone.  He never met a stranger, saw the glass as half full always, and took time to listen and make you feel important,  no matter who you were.  He was incredibly talented in so many ways.  A cobbler by trade (here in his shoe shop in the 40’s), he could fix anything and come up with the greatest ‘inventions’ to solve a problem.   And he was effusive in his affection for his family.  I carry the mantle of his heritage proudly.

My dad was a quiet man, a huge animal lover (here he is with his cat as a young boy), and so easy-going.  He loved a good joke, and sports.  Really loved sports.  He also enjoyed dancing and having a good time.  He lives in another city, but we talk often about all sorts of subjects. And he still makes me laugh.  There isn’t any better medicine.

Fathers Day reminds me of how grateful I am to have known so many good men, men who I can look up to and know are there for me.  And if I feel compelled to buy a few cards in the process, so be it.

To All the Women in Our Lives

We wanted to say ‘thank you’ from the bottom of our hearts to all the women no matter the age, that we have had the pleasure of getting to know and work with over the years.  It has brought us so much joy, laughter and a few happy tears.  But we wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.  Relationships are so very important, and we hope that in some small way we have enabled people we photograph an opportunity to hang on to special moments and stages of their lives.  It is returned ten fold.

ONLY A FEW MORE DAYS AND WE HAVE THE PERFECT SOLUTION

Mothers Day is this Sunday, and you’re running out of time for thoughtful gift giving.  Not to worry – you can call (706.227.3777) or email (info@zoom-works.com) the studio, we’ll issue you a ZBucks certificate* in any denomination good towards a portrait session of her choice that you can print out or pick up by Friday.  Bonus….you get $50 of ZBucks FREE added to any ZBucks purchase of $50 or more.  So if you buy $50, you really get $100, buy $75 and you really get $125.  This is a GREAT deal, and it’s only good for the first 20 to write or call, so don’t wait.  You know she’d love it!

*Certificates may be redeemed for up to one year from date of purchase.  May not be combined with any other special.  Sessions are for studio and local Athens locations.  Travel fees may apply if other locations are desired.