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Starting Thursday, March 8th 2018

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No Session Fee Photography

What is a no session fee photographer? At Big Apple Portraits we guarantee you will love your portraits or you do not have to make a purchase. There is no upfront fee. No $350 spent before you walk in the studio. No cost to take the portraits. Most of our sessions are a no cost 30 minutes. After your session you join us for a reveal in the studio and only purchase the photos you love. All the package pricing is all-inclusive. Your session is free and your package is the one that fits your needs. There are no hidden costs or payments. We know kids are kids and families do not always function as planned. We want to take away the risk and stress to make sure that the smiles are the highlight of your session – not the fee.

Contact us by email about creating a fun and unique family portrait session or call us at 212.600.4457

Our 5 Signature Poses with Chicks & Bunnies

TOP 5 SIGNATURE POSES WITH LIVE CHICKS AND BUNNIES

At Big Apple Portraits, we have years of experience taking pictures with live chicks and bunnies (and caring for them for a lifetime). There are a few poses that we have down to an art.

Introducing our signature poses.  We have mastered the art and tricks to getting our favorite shots almost every time. First, you will notice there is always a photographer and an animal handler in the room.  Safety will always be our number one priority in the studio. Second, we always keep the animals hidden when kids enter the room (even though the bunnies like to be nosey and poke their head out).  When we take out the chicks, mom and dad…. SSSHHH!  We really want to let them discover on their own.  Also not giving it away when we take the animals out helps us get the famous chick on the head shot. Once we get the first few shots we will give your child lots of time with the animals during our full experience sessions.

CHICK ON THE HEAD!

Our absolute favorite! Hands down the number one pose we do with every child no matter their age.  Also hands down the funniest!  This pose is usually the trickiest shot to get and we usually only have one chance to get it. However, if they are into it and an older child, we will load them up with chicks!

 

CHICK IN THE POCKET

Baby chick in the pocket

Always wondered what to put in a shirt pocket besides a pocket protector?  We have just the answer.  A baby chick fits perfectly into a shirt pocket!  It is the cutest little thing to see them popping their head out. They will also fit in sweater or jumper pockets.

THE BUNNY STARE DOWN

Stare down with the bunny is always funny.  Some kids are so cautious about getting that close to the bunny’s nose.  Other kids have no choice as the bunny may choose to kiss them right on the nose.

 

PICK UP CHICKS

No this is not a lesson in dating.  Kids who are gentle and old enough will get an opportunity to hold a chick in their hand.  What is even better is if they feel comfortable to pick up the chick and nuzzle them to their cheek or give them a little peck.

 

CHICK ON THE REAR

That’s right we will definitely put a chick on your child’s butt.  It is a guaranteed giggle fit for all kids and parents.  While your child (of any age) is lying on their belly, we put a chick or 3 on their booty and if your child is older we may add chicks to their head and feet!  Sometimes too, we will swap the chicks out for a bunny.

 

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE

Each session requires an appointment to view your photos. We do not charge a session fee but do require you come into the studio to view your photos with us in person. We love showing you the fun and amazing images on the big screen and helping you create lifelong keepsakes.

SCHEDULE A FULL EXPERIENCE USING OUR ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM

BOOK YOUR SESSION ONLINE

NEED HELP? CALL WITH QUESTIONS OR TO BOOK YOUR SESSION

WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP.

PLAN YOUR PHOTO OP SESSION

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February 16th, 2018|

Backyard Chickens: Did You Know?

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When we started taking pictures with the baby chicks, my mom had longed for backyard chickens. For years, she and my step-dad talked about building a coop at their home in Pennsylvania. A few years later, we now fluctuate between having 80-120 chickens at a time. We consider them as our family pets—my mom and stepdad love their “ladies.”

The amazing thing is, raising chickens is no longer limited to just farms. Believe it or not, there is a new trend in New York City where people are building rooftop coops. While our chickens live the good life out in Pennsylvania, here in the city, there is a culture of chicken raising that may be next door to your apartment.

While roosters are outlawed in the city (no crowing), chickens are allowed. You won’t see many coops in Manhattan itself, but in Brooklyn and the Bronx, you’ll find that its more common. As more people want to know where their food is coming from and look to sustainability, I won’t be surprised if this trend spreads to each borough.

If you’re curious to learn more, The Kitchn had an excellent article on the topic. You can read more here.

February 8th, 2018|

Chicks and Bunnies

PHOTOGRAPHY WITH LIVE CHICKS AND BUNNIES

For the last seven years, we have been capturing the priceless expressions on children’s faces as they meet our adorable bunnies and baby birds in our studio. Parents enjoy it as much as the kids. There is nothing more fun then seeing your city kid laugh and giggle as love to hug and play with our farm babies.

SESSION TYPES

INTRODUCING IN 2018: TWO TYPE OF SESSIONS

 

Our full sessions have always been 30 minutes and include several sets. We have our signature shots as well, where we sneak the little chicks onto your child’s head or allow older kids to cuddle, kiss, and love the bunnies. The full experience allows us ample time to get over anxious jitters. Your child will have lots to individual time to actually play with the animals. It also guarantees that we will have loads of smiles (and even a ride on our awesome toy tractor!). For the entire experience packages start at $250.

This year, we have an a new type of session for kids who want a quick visit for just a few signature shots. Many families have been coming to our studio for chicks and bunny sessions year after year. Or maybe they have older children who just want a quick cuddle. For each session, we will take a close up set of images on the color background of your choice. We will be sure to capture the ‘chick on the head’ and if age appropriate the ‘chicks to cheeks’ pose. Then we move to one (1) set of your choosing. You will fill out a form in advance of your session that allows you to make your set selection. Please note, the photo op is not recommended for children under 4 years.  For the photo op experience, packages start at $100.

 

SESSION TYPE 1: The Full Experience

$250Starting Package
  • 30 Minutes
  • Warm up time with animals
  • Closeups
  • 3-6 Different sets
  • Family shots
  • Great for all ages

SESSION TYPE 2: The Photo Op

$100Starting Package
  • 10 Minutes
  • Quick cuddle with animals
  • 1 Pre-chosen closeup color
  • 1 Pre-chosen set
  • For ages 4 & up
  • Perfect for adult only sessions!
PRICING & PACKAGES
THE FULL EXPERIENCE

30 MINUTE SESSIONS, 3 to 6 SETS, SIGNATURE SHOTS & LOTS OF FUN TIME WITH THE ANIMALS

Full Experience Pricing
THE PHOTO OP

10 MINUTE SESSIONS, CHOOSE YOUR SETS IN ADVANCE, FOR KIDS 4 & UP

WHERE DO THE CHICKS GO WHEN THEY ARE DONE TAKING PICTURES?

They grow up to be happy egg-laying backyard chickens of course!

Big Apple Portraits is a family run business, and over the last 7 years that means we have become backyard chicken farmers. Kim, Big Apple Portraits owner, grew up in Eastern Pennsylvania where her mother still lives. When we began taking pictures of little baby chicks, her mother began building a coop on 3 acres of her backyard. It has become a chicken playland with a heated coop, running track, and stream water fed pond. In summer, the chickens are let out every day to roam up through the trees and eat lots of bugs in the ground.

The family chicken fun now also includes the little kids trying to hatch chicks to differing levels of success. Jake, Kim’s nephew is a master hatcher while Kim and her kids fail year after year. Read more about Kim’s farming skills here. Since we need a new set of chicks every week during our sessions, we often source our chicks from Tractor Supply or commercial hatcheries. And all these chicks mean that Kim’s mom now has over 80 chickens.

Unlike many studios, we do not send our chickens to a random farm. Our chickens are not processed after leaving us, but become part of our family. After about 18 weeks they begin laying eggs and we sell their eggs on the porch using the honor system. Imagine that in NYC – just take some eggs out of the cooler and leave your cash.

Our ladies (the way we refer to the chickens) are very well cared for and also enjoy the company of the rabbits who have their own little spot near the coop.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

SCHEDULE YOUR APPOINTMENT ONLINE

Each session requires an appointment to view your photos. We do not charge a session fee but do require you come into the studio to view your photos with us in person. We love showing you the fun and amazing images on the big screen and helping you create lifelong keepsakes.

SCHEDULE A FULL EXPERIENCE USING OUR ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM

BOOK YOUR SESSION ONLINE

NEED HELP? CALL WITH QUESTIONS OR TO BOOK YOUR SESSION

WE ARE ALWAYS HERE TO HELP.

PLAN YOUR PHOTO OP SESSION

PICK YOUR SET AND COLORS

February 2nd, 2018|