Category Archives: Real Portrait Sessions

Cornell Botanic Gardens Portrait Session, Ithaca, NY ♥ Sara & Aaron

We’re excited to share our recent Cornell Botanic Gardens Portrait Session with Sara & Aaron, in Ithaca, NY! The gardens are absolutely gorgeous and have become a very highly requested place for our clients’ engagement sessions, and there’s no doubt that we’ve come to enjoy them as much as our couples! Each and every time we’ve visited, we have a new and unique experience, finding something we hadn’t seen before. Like this sweet little overlooked spot that Sara and Aaron enjoyed surrounded by the lush greenery as they sat for a few portraits.The Lewis Building is a fantastic spot on every side, and makes for lovely portraits no matter which side you choose.It’s been a while since we had time to visit Houston Pond, and we were happy to get the chance to get some portraits there as the sun began to set.They say that timing is everything, and whoever “they” are, they really know there stuff. If I didn’t know better, I would have thought the portraits below were taken during a lovely autumn evening. But actually, the setting sun cast a very vibrant orange glow along the trees behind the pond. And as if one view wasn’t enough, the perfectly positioned Houston Pond gave us twice as much to fawn over, with the prettiest reflection. We were fortunate enough to include little Emma in a couple of portraits too. There was the threat of a cold and rainy day for our session, but Mother Nature came through for us with a stunning sunset. Before our session ended, we…

Solas Studios Celebrates Small Business Saturday!

Solas Studios is celebrating Small Business Saturday this year, with our Christmas Mini Sessions! Thomas came in to help us set up for our Christmas Mini Session Event, and well… we kind of tired him and “Bunny” out! There are limited spots available for our mini sessions, so be sure to book quickly! Mini Sessions are $149 with prints and products available for additional purchase. Early-birds have a special incentive to book with us before Monday, November 23rd, and if you refer a friend there’s an extra present in it for you! Looking to book a large family or outdoor portrait? We have other dates and times available, so contact us for more information! If you’re not signed up for our newsletter, do so here, to be the first to hear about our special portrait events and pricing! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen & Greg…

Ronnie Brower – 600 lbs to Success

Almost four years ago, we had the pleasure of meeting a very special person, while shooting a wedding. We didn’t know it yet, but the chance meeting of a wedding guest, would earn us the privilege of watching him become an inspiration to so many, including us. Over the course of the five and a half years we have been photographing weddings, we have encountered thousands and thousands of people, but Ron was not one we would soon forget. Not only was he the only guest to ever successfully photo-bomb a shot, but he was also one of the funniest guys to ever catch the garter. When we met Ron, he was already morbidly obese, but not yet at his highest weight of 675 pounds. It had already begun to impact his life in negative ways. His health was declining, he was relying on pain pills and alcohol to cope, and he was well on his way to being a shut-in. He could barely walk, and only for very short distances. He was unable to work, leave his home, or even enjoy a social life. Almost two years ago, Ron faced the stark reality that he would likely die before his 30th birthday, if he didn’t make some major life changes. After a visit with his physician, those words hit home, and he knew he had to do something, if he wanted to live. Through a series of fortunate events, Ron connected with two local trainers, Nick Murphy and Jill Rupert of Mission Fitness, who helped him to turn his…
Cassie Marie MiniscalcoApril 17, 2015 - 4:42 pm

Cute photos accompanied by such an inspirational journey. God bless and have a blast continuing your journey!

Stacey D'AlfonsoApril 17, 2015 - 5:10 pm

Aweee I don’t even know you but I feel like I do. This made me tear up because of joy. You can see so much life in you. Congratulations

Julie KrenzApril 17, 2015 - 5:41 pm

Loved the pictures–and your story. (I especially like the one with my niece, Mandi)!

Joy GeorgeApril 17, 2015 - 6:03 pm

What a wonderful piece! Beautiful photos and sincere, inspiring words – and two lovely people who bring light to each other through their caring!

Leah Voorman ChristensenApril 17, 2015 - 10:51 pm

I have loved following Ronnie’s journey on Facebook! What a beautiful photo shoot and write up! Congratulations!

William ChilesApril 18, 2015 - 12:59 am

Ronnie u are amazing buddy

Debbie SimsApril 18, 2015 - 1:13 am

Have been following his journey for quite awhile. He is so inspiring! Would like to be a client of his someday!! He has worked so hard and his motivation is unbelievable! So happy for them for finding each other. Such a cute couple!!

Solas Studios PhotographyApril 18, 2015 - 2:25 am

Thank you all for taking the time to leave your compliments, and leave such beautiful messages for Ron and Andrea! We are so thankful for the chance to be able to share this with all of you!

Deborah Witkowski ConnollyApril 18, 2015 - 2:30 am

Beautiful story!

Sandy SmithApril 18, 2015 - 2:33 am

Awesome!

Ronnie BrowerApril 18, 2015 - 2:33 am

Thank you

Ronnie BrowerApril 18, 2015 - 2:33 am

Thank you everyone for all the wonderful support!

Terrell RichardsApril 18, 2015 - 3:25 am

Wow ron, what an accomplishment! What you did is extremely admirable brotha! I wish you great health and every other accomplishment you are trying to reach!

Carl ShawApril 18, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Wonderful Story!!

Beth HillsApril 19, 2015 - 10:41 am

Beautiful story – God bless you!!!!

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Mother’s Day Mini Media Memories Session

We recently teamed up with Creative Magic Media to create a unique experience of a photo and video session – just in time for Mother’s Day on May 10th! Contact us today to schedule your custom photo and video session and give Mom a gift she won’t soon forget! Perfect for children of all ages, we’ll customize your session to fit you, and your message to your Mom or even Grandmom!…
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We had the pleasure of a visit from Paula recently, and we were delighted to have a chance do some portraits for her! It’s been a while since she’s been in front of my camera, but, yep – she’s still a hoot! Lots of laughs to be had that day, and we even had her friend, Andy, step in for a couple shots as well. Nothing more fun than really capturing a person’s genuine personality, and we think it really showed through in the portraits! Greg was happy to assist that day, and what was meant to be a lighting test shot, wound up in the gallery, since it made me giggle when I came across that photo in post processing! His squint for the light he knew was coming, coupled with the happy subjects in the background was too funny not to share! (Don’t tell Greg!) Thank you, Paula for all the laughs, and spending some time with us – it was a lot of fun! Le gach dea-ghuí, (With all good wishes) Colleen (& Greg)…
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