Today is National Siblings Day

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Today is National Siblings Day!  I love my siblings and couldn’t live without them, what about you?

I didn’t know this until I opened my Facebook page and Viola, there it was, all those beautiful snapshots of people with their brothers and sisters in honor of SIBLINGS DAY.  Then I thought to myself,  hmmmm, why not offer a free session in honor of our siblings?  Oh and what better time to do this then just before Easter and  Mother’s Day!  Wow, wouldn’t your mom love receiving a beautiful wall portrait of your family for Mother’s Day. HINT HINT ..Bryan and Chris (my sons), I would!  Sure snapshots are great but wall portraits are preserved and printed to last a lifetime.  A Priceless investment for tomorrows memories.

So then I thought, with todays economy and to help you a bit, how about if I offer the session for FREE…….oh yes that is right FREE a savings of $75.00.  Oh and I’ll throw in a CD of your selected package images when you order a print package.  This is my way of thanking you for supporting my studio business over the past eleven years.

Is your pet considered one of your siblings? Please bring them with you, I have pets, two dogs, two birds and a bunny to be exact and I love them!  Now, of course, you must call to set up a studio appointment before May 10th in order to be eligible for this great offer! Please visit my web site and schedule today or give me a call at 412-229-8749.  http://www.marybethkratsasphotography.com/#!__contact   Don’t wait too long sessions do book up.  Looking forward to making your loved ones SMILE!

Have an AMAZING day!

Mary Beth

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Photography/Art exhibit of my works and the works of 9 other artists from Macau, China

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I am thrilled to announce that  I was recently informed that I WILL be attending the opening of the showing of my works from my assignment photographing in Macau China this past December! My works along with the works of nine other amazing artists will be on display at the New York Academy of Art in Manhattan, NY from April 24- May 6th. and in LA, California at the Samuel Freeman Gallery from May 16-18th.
For additional information please check out the following link to the site..
http://www.visitmacauchina.com/macauart.html

Hoping to see some of your smiling faces there!🙂

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YEAH for SPRING!

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Wow it’s hard to believe that Spring is HERE???? Well it is in my studio, as we created just for you, a complete garden set up in FULL BLOOM! Oh yes, my in-studio set design is blooming and you won’t find that in this Pittsburgh weather, until late May. That is why I like to bring Spring inside so that your children enjoy looking for butterflies or petting our studio bunny “CoCo”, while I capture some of those magical moments. Moments that are sure to bring a smile to your face and a work of art into your home.

You may be thinking “could I photograph a family portrait in the garden”? Or perhaps adults or pets? YES of course you may!!!  Bring the whole family and your pets as I know that pets are a part of our families!  Oh and if you are worried about the boys in the garden… well I also have props like garden tools and fishing poles and wheelbarrows. I provide outfits such as tutus, overalls, fairy and angel wings or you may bring your own wardrobe.

Other than being “People’s Choice Silver”  through the “Tribune Review’s People’s Choice Awards 2014” and the Photographer of the Year for the Tri State Area through Triangle Photographer’s Association PPA print competition, this is what truly sets me apart from some other studios out there.  With my graphic art background, I bring your photos to life while giving you and your children an amazing experience! Because I schedule by appointment only, I will spend about 1-2 hours with you creating different posing, unique from some of the other chain studios. Oh and I am your photographer, I have over 30 years of experience behind the lens.  I am not a cookie cutter type studio.  I care about how you and your family look and I care about the quality of your finished prints. All of my work is printed by professional quality labs. The images that you receive are on acid free quality paper, metal, wood or canvas and guaranteed to last a lifetime. I do not print from the computer printers because some of the computer inks will not last a lifetime and will fade in time!

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However, if Gardens just aren’t your thing, well then I have many different trendy backgrounds of which to choose from or you may have me photograph in your home or on location, just about anywhere. Please fell free to call me and just ask, as I am always happy to consult with my customers and friends. Oh and yes there are special package prices for the garden so if you are looking for a beautiful portrait of your loved ones to hang on your wall and/or Canvas Gallery Wraps, jewelry, license plates, iPhone covers, beautiful books, please call and inquire as I want to give you an opportunity to see what it is that makes MBK Photography so popular!

People have been asking me a lot lately about purchasing their images on CD and here is my thought…. Personally, I do require a package purchase first. The images you have selected for your package are then available for purchase just as a print were purchased from my price list. quantity pricing is also available.  I like that you have professional prints because my heart aches at the thought of my digital files printed in a less than quality lab (you know where I mean) or left on a CD sitting in a drawer, or worse, getting lost and never seeing the light of day. I want to do what is best for all of us.

Just remember that photographs do make wonderful Easter Gifts, communion portraits and Mother’s day gifts...think of a beautiful mom and child/children portrait to give to your mom for mother’s day!  Call before April 5th to schedule a Spring session and I will give you half off the session fee and 20% off any of my packages.  Bring in a box of diapers to help the Western PA Diaper Bank and pay NO SESSION FEE!  412-229-8749  http://www.mbkphotos.com

PS: grandma’s like prints on their walls and not digital files so much…just a thought as we make beautiful brag books too!

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Happy Spring!!!

Mary Beth

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It must be KUDOS Month as I receive two first place trophies and people’s choice awards for my photography!

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I was once again humbled to receive TWO first place trophies for my photography. Images were submitted to the Triangle Photographer association’s annual spring folio competition. Folios are judged on creativity, composition, lighting and posing. As always I feel it is great for me to continue to challenge myself into becoming one of the best photographers in our area. When I participate in competition and photography workshops, I am making myself more valuable to you, my customers. A passion that will follow me until the end.

1st Place wedding folio

1st Place wedding folio

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This folio was awarded a first place trophy in the “Portrait” category at the 2014 Triangle Photographer’s folio competition.

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This Folio took third place in the Illustrative category at the 2014 Triangle Photographer’s folio competition.

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This Folio was awarded a red ribbon in the portrait category

2014 Reader's Choice Silver Award

ANOTHER SHOUT OUT!….Thank you to my followers who, may have recently, submitted ME for the Tribune Review’s East edition, “People’s Choice Awards”, Silver, award! I am humbled, honored, speechless and so very happy to be your photographer!

2 Day Basic Photography Class: February 23 & 24

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Senior Portrait Samples – Looking Forward to 2013 Seniors!

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Welcome to the all new MBK Photography Blog! Since we’ve just begun booking sessions for 2013 seniors we thought it would be fun to start this blog out with a few senior samples from years past. As you can see we offer a variety of sessions both indoors at our studio in Monroeville, PA as well as on location throughout the greater Pittsburgh area and beyond. Our sessions include outfit changes, use of props, the option to bring a friend and more. We even work with professional licensed make up artists so if you’d like the star treatment, just ask! Call 412-229-8749 to book your session today and start your senior year off right! And now, onto the portraits! Enjoy!For more information and samples please visit www.mbkphotos.com