Luxuries vs Necessities

We all know that in today’s world anyone with a camera or cell phone can take a picture. So why are there professional photographers? First of all I am not knocking the amateur or hobbyist, everyone must start somewhere. I am just pointing out why you should go to a professional photographer as opposed to letting Aunt Tilly capture your fondest memories.

1) Professional photographers are trained in lighting their subjects properly to avoid raccoon eyes, mottled skin tone and dark grainy images. They can pose to flatter and can bring out a natural smile.

2) Professional photographers work hard at keeping their skills current along with updating their gear as needed. They use a reputable lab so they may offer you top notch products. You will never find a professional photographer ordering prints from Walmart.

3) Professional photographers will get to know their clients so they may offer the most satisfying experience. They take their time and never rush their client out the door. They look beyond the box to create unique imagery. Because every client is different, they are able to capture the real you.

While most people feel professional photos are a luxury, think of all the other luxuries in your life. Getting your nails done every week, coloring your hair, even air conditioning in your cars are luxuries most will never think about doing without. But the same people don’t see that capturing you newborns first days in life, or watching your child grow as a needed luxury. Yes, using your own camera or cell phone will be ok for every day moments, but a family portrait done by a professional at least once a year is very important.

As I end this post I will leave you with one question. With all the photos you have taken of your loved ones, your children, your memories. Where are they now? I bet the answer is …still on your phone. Thought so.

Stay safe, stay well. Until next time.




“Elegance is a glowing inner peace. Grace is an ability to give as well as to receive and be thankful. Mystery is a hidden laugh always ready to surface! Glamour only radiates if there is a sublime courage & bravery within: glamour is like the moon; it only shines because the sun is there.”
C. JoyBell C.

Glamor session, January 19, 2014 at Gramm Photography. Call us for info.

Some of our glamorous models.


Meet Kodie…beautiful, bright, fun.


and Jackie, my future daughter in law, just gorgeous

Jenn and Jackie

and Jackie and her sister Jenn…a sweetheart in every way.

Aren’t they beautiful? Valentines Day is coming up, treat yourself to a glamor session.

2014~ A Year Of Change

Bringing in this new year may have been routine for others, but this year it brought in a whole new me and a whole new way of running our business.

Yesterday was my 55th birthday. Some may feel as if they are getting old…heck, I can now join our local senior citizen group. Wait…putting it that way I DO feel old! Joking of course. Actually, I feel more alive than ever. We had quite a bit of snow on January 2nd, and John was home from work because of it. Once the roads were clear, we shopped around for the essential materials we needed to do a new kind of glamor photography. We have a model coming in on Wednesday and wanted to try a vintage Victorian session. My mind has been reeling the last few days with thoughts of ways to offer our clients unique themed type sessions. If you’ve missed our ad on facebook, we are holding a “Glamor Day” limited edition session on January 19, 2014. This session is limited to 5 people. If interested call 845 926-1952 to reserve your spot.

Glamor Day

This year we also revised our referral policy. Anyone who refers us to a “New” client will receive a $25 Visa gift card for each new client. The more, the merrier. These Visa gift cards can be used at any store that accepts Visa, and remember Gramm Photography also accepts Visa and Master Card. We still offer Gramm Photography Gift Cards for you to purchase as gifts for loved ones.

As this year progresses, watch for the new Gramm Photography to progress, with new products and new limited themed sessions.  This year, make it a point to preserve your memories in print. There’s nothing like the present time to start a new tradition.

We would love to hear you’re feedback as to our new changes. Drop us a line at or comment in this post. We would also love to hear any suggestions as to what you would like us to offer to you.

It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are. – Paul Caponigro

2013 Loose Ends

We are hoping everyone have a safe and peaceful holiday season. We spent our time tying up loose ends, then a restful break with family.

As of December 18th, I left my EMS job to concentrate more on our photography business. It was time anyway to put that part of my life behind me. This decision was not an easy one to make, for I truly enjoyed being an EMT and helping others. It’s also hard to leave one of the states most respectful professional ambulance services, Mobile Life Support Services. While I have left my ride shifts, I haven’t officially left the company yet. I am not ready to leave my second family, most of which I have grown to love and respect. My thanks go out to Rick and Gayle Metzger for having a dream of starting a Paramedic Ambulance Service in the Hudson Valley, and after Rick passed, to Gayle and the whole administrative team for continuing that dream. I will always be proud that I have worn the blue uniform for 17 years.

My heartfelt thanks also go out to my volunteer family at Goshen Volunteer Ambulance Corp. To Lisa, Ryan, Gary, and others who have been there for me every step of the way in my EMT career and personal life. Oh and to Pat Hugerth, even though you are in heaven, I can still hear you complain every time I made the stretcher wrong! I love you all.

So as I end 2013 and welcome 2014, I also end a chapter in my life, and welcome a new one. May 2014 be a blessed and safe one for all.

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly   ~Henri Bergson

Toys For Tots & Gramm Photography

Here is the surprise I could hardly wait to tell you about. This year, Gramm Photography will be collecting toys for the US Marines Toys For Tots program. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy when you book any session and we will give you $25 off that session. Give hope to a child this year. Let’s help the Marines make it a Merry and Bright Holiday for everyone. Call 845 926-1952 or email us at to set up your session. * Can not be used in conjunction with any other discounts*