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Spring Portraits with real baby ducks!

I am so excited to be able to do spring mini-sessions this year with real live baby ducks! This is something I have wanted to do for years, but never had the opportunity. We will also have a bunny for just good measure. These adorable critters will be in the studio Friday, April 22nd and Saturday April 23 – Easter Weekend. So break out those Easter outfits and call (479)566-9856 to book your 30 minute session. Remember, Mother’s Day is May 8th, and what momma doesn’t love getting pictures as presents! Sessions are $50.00 plus tax and include 30 minutes in the studio, an online gallery, and one 5×7 of your favorite image – a great deal! Space is limited, and time slots will be given on a first come, first served basis. This is going to be SO much fun, and I hope to see you there!

P.S. My google linked number listed above seems to be flaking out on me. You can also call (479)839-4321 or email me at steelyjoestudio@gmail.com

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Cherokee Casino Bridal Fair

This past weekend, I participated in the annual bridal fair at Cherokee Casino in West Siloam Springs. Bridal fairs are a fun environment for brides to meet vendors in person and get inspiration for their weddings. I met lots of great brides to be, and many of the vendors at this show are friends of mine, and it’s always nice catching up with them, too. Here are some pictures from a quick trip around the room:


A beautiful dress on display from the White Dress Boutique.

The White Dress Boutique

The food that the Cherokee Casino catering group put out was so beautiful! The food sculptures were so detailed and the table was set to wow!

Cherokee Casino West Siloam Springs

I love to see the tulips make an appearance in floral arrangements because it means spring is almost here. These beauties are from Rose of Sharon Event Florist .

Rose of Sharon Event Florist

A fun decorating idea from the ladies at PlanIt Chic - they flipped over glasses and hurricane vases and put flowers underneath. Then the bases can be used to hold trays or candles. Neat!

PlanIt Chic Events

My next door booth neighbors were live doves from White Wing loft. I thought they were fake till one turned its head to look at me!

As the weather warms up, I am doing more and more consultations for summer/fall weddings. If you are engaged, I would love to talk to you. Stop by my website, then contact me to schedule a visit to the studio to talk about capturing the details of your special day!


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Christmas Portrait Time!

Make your holiday cards and letters stand out with beautiful family portraits - like this one of the fabulous Baker family!

Thinking about the Christmas cards and gifts for this year? Now is the time to get your Christmas Portraits done, and I have a great deal for you!

Check out my Winter Portrait Special:Includes a one hour session either on location or in studio.Your images will be uploaded to a password-protected online album where you can order professional prints, approve book layouts, and share your images with friends and family.Choose either a set of 25 folded cards, or 50 flat cards custom designed with your favorite image (envelopes included), OR a print package including 2 8x10s, 4 5x7s and 12 wallet prints.

I also have all kinds of cool products that you can order from your images for gifts that really stand out!

Pictures with Santa


Santa will be in West Fork this Saturday!

Also, do you want to have your child’s picture taken with the best Santa in the state? Stop by “Breakfast with Santa” at the West Fork Community Center this Saturday! It’s an annual fundraiser for the Friends of the Library. Have your picture printed on-site, or buy a CD and make all the prints you want! WAY better than a shopping mall experience – come eat a hearty breakfast, let the kids meet Santa and help a good cause all at the same time.

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ACH Fall Carnival

Arkansas Children’s Hospital hosted their 3rd Annual Fall Carnival at the Pauline Whitaker Horse Pavillion on October 26. This event provides a safe place for kids to dress up, play games and get lots of candy and prizes while also raising money for the hospital. It was a lot of fun to photograph the event, and I thought I would share some of my favorite images from the event. You can see all the images in this gallery.


The U of A Diamond Dolls were on hand to help raffle off the "Crooked House" playhouse.

The play house was Razorback themed “Kids Crooked House”  and sponsored by New Corp.



The face painting station. I love the very serious supervision this girl is getting from her friend!

These kids are totally amazed by the magician!

Fun in the bouncy house.

I am a big fan of making costumes, and these were 2 of my favorites. The one on the left is inspired by the movie "the Birds"- retro dress, shoes and handbag, and big black birds "attacking" her. The peacock on the right was gorgeous in person and very detailed. She had real peacock feathers in a fan on her back and as a hair piece. The blue leotard and tutu were topped off with a glittered mask. So pretty!

One of the most popular booths at the carnival was Shag Salon's hair painting station. The kids absoutely loved getting colored streaks sprayed in thier hair!