Thursday, 1/7/10 - LET'S PARTY


The new year arrived- beneath a bright and beautiful blue moon.  And with it, the first birthday celebration for my youngest model.  We partied in style and she SO enjoyed the cake her daddy made just for the special event!

Birthday parties are such fun, whether they celebrate lives that are one year old- or many years young.  And there is nothing better than pictures with which to both commemorate and remember your special day.  Our ‘Party Package’ includes two hours of photographs from on location at your special event, the birthday party fee ($175), prints to show and share (1-8x10, 2-5x7’s, 16 wallets), 1 button, and a DVD slide show of all your party proofs set to music ($175) – all for just $350.  Whether your loved one is celebrating that first amazing year with #1, a mid-life 50th, or the golden oldies (I have done several 80th parties!), ShyVel's would love to share your extraordinary day.

We hope your new year is off to a great start and will include many celebrations in the months ahead.  Whether a birthday, or special party for any occasion, photographs are a perfect way to preserve memories that will last a lifetime.  Call today to reserve your special date.

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Wednesday, 12/16/09 - PERFECT TIMING

The order deadline for Christmas gifts has now passed—but it’s not too late!  At ShyVel’s we offer Gift Certificates in any amount for all of our photographic services.  It is the perfect solution for all your last-minute gift needs… to help your loved ones create their own memories or to share additional prints.  And, because you have graciously taken the time to check out the blog, we are offering a free 8x10 with every gift certificate purchase 12/20/09 – 1/20/10, if you mention this ad (code = blogspecial).  We are open Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, or by appointment at 309-734-8939.

Stop in or call today!

Monday, 12/14/09 - NEW LIFE


Introducing my new newest baby cousin!  Freshly born into our dazzling world, this precious boy is loved by all—and as you can see, I had such fun photographing him for the first time today. 

One of the services we offer at ShyVel’s is the Tiny Treasures Club, a series of portrait sessions taken throughout a baby’s ever-changing first year.  If you have a newborn, or if you’re looking for the perfect baby gift for a loved one on its way in 2010 – check out this opportunity to capture and preserve forever each stage of baby’s early life.

A new baby is cause for celebration, now and throughout the year.  May yours be blessed and bright!

Saturday, 12/12/09 - ORDER NOW

Christmas orders are coming in every day – LOTS of them!  If you haven’t already done so, make sure to place yours soon.  Whether it is for cards or prints, we want to help you help your loved ones see rosy cheeks, shining eyes, and smiling faces throughout the years to come.  Order today!


Friday, 12/11/09 - JOYFUL THANKS


Welcome to my newly revised blogspot.  Hopefully this will be easier for me to update regularly—and more user friendly for you to check back often!  With the holiday season all around us, it is indeed a time to be thankful—and I am so appreciative of you, my faithful customers.  I love-love-love photographing your lives… the children, the seniors, the families, the weddings, the holidays… and helping you create visual reminders of each stage of your life’s journey.  Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to make pictures that share your memories.

It is also a time to be joyful.  As you can see, I am blessed with beautiful models that bring great joy to my life.  Many of you were able to support the merchants in downtown Monmouth during the Holiday Walk; our Santa pictures that evening were a great success.  Others of you were in the studio for pictures in the sleigh, or beneath the twinkling sky; thank you for helping make it a special day.  On those occasions, and every day during December, joy is evident in the smiles we see on the faces of those we love.  The pictures just remind us!

Appointments are filling up quickly and the Christmas deadline is near.  As you go through the days ahead, cherish each moment.  I wish you a blessed holiday season!