2018 has been a year of incredible growth for Called2Capture Photography. I resigned from my full-time job in May and set out to pursue my dream of opening my own studio. I cannot convey the pure joy of getting those keys and creating something out of nothing. Something transcendent happens when you go from renting a studio hourly to having your own brick and mortar space.
In June, Jamie Nicole officially joined the team as our Photography Assistant and we had the Grand Opening for the studio. I wanted a space that was in a great area and had natural light pouring in. This was found in downtown West Palm Beach inside the Harvey Building. I have been gathering wardrobe and now have over 70 pieces to offer at the wardrobe fitting appointment. I also searched far and wide for the best products for our clients. All of your gorgeous images are matted and presented in a handcrafted, Italian folio box made in the Graphi Castle in Italy. It's truly a one-of-a-kind heirloom.
Another milestone was being awarded 6 Bronze Awards in the Portrait Masters Image Awards. Photography is a very subjective artform. The Portrait Masters Image Awards is judged by 6 of the world's most renowned international judges. To receive 6 Bronze Awards during my first submission is humbling to say the least. It has motivated me to produce even better images in 2019, which will be possible from the culmination of taking more workshops on lighting, posing, and styling.
In 2018, Called2Capture Photography was able to serve more clients than ever before. I want to say thank you to each and every one of you who has seen this dream become reality. I truly appreciate it and cannot wait for what the next year brings. I hope all of your dreams and aspirations come true.
We wish you a Happy New Year!
What is a Limited Edition Holiday Session?
A Limited Edition Holiday Session is little taste of a magazine-style portrait session with us. A portrait session with Called2Capture Photography typically includes a consultation, wardrobe fitting appointment, custom photoshoot, professional hair & makeup artistry, up to 5 outfit changes, and a gallery reveal & ordering session. With the hustle and bustle of the holiday months, we realize not everyone is able to set aside a few hours for a full portrait session, so these types of sessions are only available during this time of the year.
Since we do not use gimmicky backdrops, you and your family will have timeless portraits to cherish for a lifetime. Wondering what to do with your images? You can use these images to update your family portraits, send holiday cards, give as gifts, and even get the wall art in the living room you have been dreaming of!
Once you reserve your day and time, I will email you a "How to Prepare" Guide with tips on wardrobe and other details to help you prepare for your photoshoot.
On the day of your session, you and your loved ones will visit the photography studio located in the Harvey Building in Downtown West Palm Beach. Upon arrival, my assistant Jamie and I will offer you some light refreshments. Then the fun begins! I will guide you and your family into various poses and expressions that capture your true love and connection. Why not have lunch or dinner afterwards since you will already look fabulous and be downtown?
Within two weeks from your session, I will contact you to schedule your gallery reveal and ordering session. This is where you will come back to the studio to see your images for the first time. At this time, you will choose your two images for the 5x7 prints, holiday card design, and order any additional products that you love.
Within two weeks from your gallery reveal and ordering session, your holiday cards and prints will be conveniently shipped directly to your home or the mailing address provided. You can send out your holiday cards to everyone in time for the holidays!
Dates: October 27th & November 3rd, 2018
Times: 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm
When you book a Limited Edition Holiday Session, you will receive:
How to Book
Booking your Limited Edition Holiday Session is easy! The "Book an Appointment" button below takes you to our online booking site where you can choose your day and time. Online payments through Square are secure and convenient. Upon reservation, I will email you a "How to Prepare" Guide with tips on wardrobe and other details to help you prepare for your photoshoot. We will be sure to create images you will cherish for generations to come. Click the button below to book your spot now!
* Due to the limited spots, once paid, all reservations lock-in your session time and are non-refundable and non-transferable*.
A very special thank you to everyone who was in attendance at our Grand Opening celebration! Our studio was filled with countless smiles and laughs, delicious food, and refreshing drinks as friends and family celebrated this brand new chapter with us. It was a day we hold so dearly in our hearts.
In honor of the Grand Opening of Called2Capture's studio space, extended through July 14th,
we are offering a limited-time $99 session fee . The session fee includes:
Professional hair & makeup
Portrait session in studio
Up to 5 outfit changes
Gallery reveal & ordering session
Once again, Called2Capture would like to thank everyone for the amount of love and
support given to us, and we look forward to what this new journey has in store!
- Stephanie Suarez
THE GRAND OPENING IS FINALLY HERE!
I would like to invite everyone to join us as we celebrate the grand opening of our new studio space. One lucky winner will receive an amazing raffle prize! Light refreshments will be served.
When: Saturday, June 30th from 3pm-5pm
Where: 224 Datura Street Suite 418, West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Parking: Street parking or the Evernia Parking Garage
Contact: Stephanie Suarez at (561) 371-4321 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RSVP: Please RSVP through the event on our Facebook page at
We look forward to seeing you there! :)
The Portrait Masters is an awards & accreditation program for professional photographers. For the awards, there are five prestigious international judges who judge the submissions based on posing, expression, connection, lighting, composition, hair & makeup, creative ability, communication, originality, and retouching. Merit awards of bronze, silver, and gold are given to those who score at a high professional standard. The accreditation system is based off of a point system. When 25 points are received, associate photographer status is achieved. Accreditation and continued professional development is invaluable to me. There is never a plateau in photography. There is always another level to be achieved, something else that can be improved upon. I pour my heart and soul into my art. Six bronze images has merited me three points. 22 more to go! The next round is in August. I cannot wait to challenge myself even more and submit incredible artwork for the next round. Accreditation, here I come!
The flight from Ft. Lauderdale to LA was about 5 hours long. We had ideal weather and no turbulence. The first place Sarah and I visited was In & Out Burger. This is the BEST place to get a burger! I always have it whenever we are on the west coast. Even being vegetarian, it tastes just as good without the meat. In & Out only uses fresh ingredients. They also have the best customer service.
Sarah and I stayed at the Kawada Hotel. It's a nice hotel in downtown LA. You can stay here without breaking the bank. I love the old brick and architecture in this city. I've never been on a fire escape before. Look at the view!
At night, we walked a few blocks over to Perch. Take an elevator to the thirteenth floor and you will be escorted to another elevator. Take it two more floors up and you arrive to the rooftop bar. With plenty of comfy seating areas, this is the perfect place to have a night out with a drink by the fire.
In LA, you walk everywhere. The Grand Market was a few blocks away from the hotel. This is where we ate the majority of the time. They have Thai food, Mexican food, a coffee bar, breakfast places, produce stands, and more. Eggslut (yes, that's really the name), had the best breakfast sandwiches!
Desiring a reprieve from the city, Sarah and I visited Runyon Canyon Park. It is a 160-acre park where people go to exercise and enjoy nature. The SUV we rented was excellent for parking on a steep hill and navigating our way through the mountains. The weather couldn't have been better as we hiked in 65 degrees. There are many lookout locations where you can get a good view of the Hollywood sign.
Nearby is the Griffith Observatory. Continue driving through Griffith Park and you begin to see the parking for the Griffith Observatory. It took us about thirty minutes walk up the mountain to the observatory. Once we reached the top, it was truly breathtaking. The architecture is incredible. You have a striking view of the Hollywood sign here as well. The observatory itself is remarkable with a lot of activities. Visitors can look through telescopes, learn about the cosmos, view shows, and enjoy the view.
After catching up on rest from our eventful day, we found a Colombian restaurant called La Fonda Antioquena with delicious food. We went over to Perch again at night. We landed comfy seats again close to the fire with a view of the city skyline. It was the perfect way to end the evening.
It took a few days, but we discovered a Starbucks a block from the hotel. This was a much more pleasant walk than the previous trips to the Starbucks a few blocks away in chilly weather. With caffeine and new energy, Sarah and I ventured over to the Last Bookstore. This is a MUST SEE location for whenever you visit LA. I am an avid book reader. This place is heaven on earth for book lovers. They have new and used books and vinyl records on the first floor. Art is incorporated into the design of the bookstore. Most of my time was spent searching through the poetry section. I purchased two new books by Rupi Kaur to add to my personal library at home. The second floor has more books, a labyrinth, shops, and an art gallery from local artists.
Later in the afternoon we drove to the Santa Monica Beach & Pier. This historic landmark opened in 1909. There are restaurants, gift shops, and rides along the pier. Since Sarah and I are from the east coast of Florida, we were looking forward to seeing a sunset on the west coast. It definitely did not disappoint!
This would be the day I have the honor of attending a complimentary workshop with Sue Bryce. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of applicants who entered their name for one of twenty seats. When I got the email that I was accepted, I must admit I did freak out with excitement. Sue Bryce is one of the world's most renowned portrait photographers. I had been following her education for about a year and a half and now I would finally get to meet her in person at her own studio!
Still not familiar with the buildings in LA, I was thankful to run into Bri in the elevator. She is Sue's hair and makeup artist. She led me to the room where other nineteen equally nervous and excited photographers awaited. We all talked over breakfast that Sue and her team generously provided. Many of the attendees were from the west coast. It turns out I traveled the farthest coming from South Florida.
When it was time for us all to enter into the studio, we couldn't wait to see everything. Her studio was just as gorgeous as it appears in the education videos. I made sure to grab a seat in the front row since I'm so short. Sue greeted us all with great enthusiasm and a welcoming spirit. The Confidence Workshop was broadcasted live to all the other members of Sue Bryce Education. There were four 90 minute segments with breaks and lunch in between. When the broadcast was over, Sue spent about an hour with us all. She took a picture with everyone and chatted with each of us personally.
You will have to watch or listen to the workshop for yourself, but this was a life changing experience for me. For those of you who know about my journey and how much C2C has grown this year, you know about the turmoil my family has gone through since my brother passed away four months ago. This the biggest thing I learned from this workshop. When you go through challenging and painful times such as this, you have two decisions: let the pain cripple you or use it to your advantage. Grief has a way of making you face your fears. There is arguably nothing more frightening than having to learn to live without someone you love. I will not live an unlived life. I choose on a daily basis to be empowered by my pain and to honor my brother's memory by chasing after my dreams. I hope you do the same. Face your fears, no matter what they are. Spend each day doing something to work towards your dreams and they will happen sooner than you think. Big things are in store for 2018!
THANK YOU to Sue Bryce for hosting this workshop; to my husband, Julio, for encouraging me every step of the way; to Sarah Bonilla for traveling to LA with me; and to my family, friends, and clients who continue to support me and C2C. :)
Hi everyone! This is Stephanie with Called2Capture Photography. I'm ecstatic to write our first blog post and reveal what Julio and I have been doing behind the scenes. About five months ago, my husband and I bought our first home. This was a long three months full of paperwork, financial commitment, and anticipation. One of the most exciting things is receiving your keys to your own home and seeing the fruition of your hard work. We went from renting a one bedroom, one bathroom apartment to owning our own townhouse with three bedrooms and 2 1/2 baths. Interestedly, our rent had cost the same as our new mortgage. Down to the very dollar. As a young couple in our first year of marriage, it was going to take us a little while to fill the two rooms and decide what we wanted to do with them. But the excitement of being on this journey together has brought us much joy.
After settling in for a few months, it was time to build our home office. When you build something completely from scratch, the designing process can be incredibly fun. We chose this particular room in the house because it allows for natural light during the day. We knew we wanted black furniture with a pop of color. There had to be a modern design but also enough space for organizing things. I wanted a desk, leather couch, coffee table, two side tables, and a spacious bookcase. We kept these things in mind as we went shopping. We found what we were looking for and brought it home. The building adventure has begun!
Believe it or not, I actually built the coffee table and end tables all by myself. Only to find out afterwards I was using the wrong screwdriver the entire time, LOL! Another late night was spent building the desk. Thankfully Julio took on this project because I was having a difficult time with it. The last piece of furniture we added was the leather couch. It is quite the statement piece and added the finishing touch. It was also the easiest thing to put together, so it was the perfect way to end the building portion.
The little details and knick-knacks took the most time and required the most thought. Everything throughout the office has some value or meaning to it. The tower of blue boxes is full of cards from many years and moments. We have yet to write on the chalk calendar, but we will fill in daily tasks and goals of how we will build our business. The painting above the desk is from a wine & art class at Uptown art with my two best friends. On each side of the painting is my high school diploma and bachelor's degree from Palm Beach Atlantic University. The beautiful three squares in the hutch are from my best friend Sarah. The wooden coasters next to the lamps are hand carved by the Navajo Native Americans. We just bought those on Mt. Charleston while we were visiting family in Las Vegas, Nevada. My graduation photo stays on my desk to remind me that all hard work and perseverance pays off. If I can create a four year degree plan, pull all-nighters, write 20+ page research papers, and graduate on time with mostly A's, then I can accomplish anything I put my mind to.
Our wedding album on the coffee table is a constant reminder of why we have switched our business model. Rather than giving our clients all of their beautiful photos on a CD that will become outdated, I want them to have artwork in an album or canvases that they will treasure for a lifetime. I can look at our wedding album and follow the story from our day. This is something my family can cherish for the next one-hundred years.
I love reading so I have the tendency to hoard books. When I was going through my books to decide which ones to put on the bookcase in the office, I chose my favorite theology and photography books. Just to give you an idea of how many books these were chosen from: I had four boxes of books I donated and three other book cases completely full in our spare bedroom. Can you say addiction? One cannot grow or improve without knowledge. There are many things yet to discover. On the top shelf is a travel journal, sample photo album, and a rubix cube my best friend Amanda made for me when we were freshmen in high school. The second shelf from the top has a century old Bible collection. This is a gold mine for nerds like me. The third shelf has some photography books. The scroll there is the Torah, the first five books in the Bible. My grandma was Jewish and it was a present from her. The two other cameras on that shelf are vintage. One of them was my grandfather's camera. He was a photographer as well. I keep it there as a reminder that with time and dedication, anything is possible. The fourth shelf is full of photo albums. I end up printing about one thousand photos every year. One of the most important things you can do in life is #existinphotos. Even if you don't like how you look now, take photos of yourself and others. Print them out and you'll LOVE seeing them years from now. The last row is full of my magical photography gear.
In the last few photos, you can see my lovely office assistants, Leo and Dolly. I am such a cat person and love these two trouble makers. Dolly is still a kitten. Since she's part maine coon, she is going to get way bigger than Leo. Can't wait until she shows him who's boss ;)
Having a home office is significant for so many reasons. In our apartment we used to have, I would dream of having a home office. Now I have a place where I can work in solitude and create artwork. It marks a milestone we have overcome in our business. Since we have reached this point, I know Called2Capture will continue to grow tremendously over the next few months. What started out as a dream is becoming a reality. I invite you to embark on this journey with me and see us fly from our humble beginnings.