Archive for Family Fun

Last weekend, Creative Catch Studio was a stopping place for Santa as he stopped and seen all the kids who came in to get photos with him. Every child old and young had fun as we had Warm Apple Cider, A writing/coloring station for notes to the North Pole, and every good boy and girl got to pick something out of the treasure chest. A good time was had by all!

We also raised $100 for Teen Closet to help Teens in need this holiday! We are so excited!

If you missed this great opportunity, don’t be sad…Santa is coming back again before Christmas Eve. He’ll be back on December 19th and 20th to see all the boys and girls who couldn’t make it to Creative Catch this time. So you better be good and get your smiles ready, because Santa Claus is coming back to the studio!

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NO LINES! Schedule a session today!

November 28 & 29 • 11 am – 3 pm

Limited Time Slots • Fun Activities • Foster Teen Clothing Drive

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We are going to have lots of fun with Santa! Write your letter to the North Pole, big coloring fun, and a treasure for every child.

$20 session includes 4×6 print magnet • Additional prints and products available.

50% of your session fee goes to Teen Closet

Accepting monetary and clothing donations to help Teen Closet
give back this holiday season and put gifts under the tree for teens in need.

Schedule today!

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Time to check this off your list now!

Holiday Card Photo Session, Spokane Photographer, Mini Sessions, Creative Catch Studio

$79 in-studio 30 minute session includes 24 holiday cards.

Limited time slots available in November only! Additional prints and products available. Schedule Today!

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This little guy was a joy to shoot for his first birthday Cake Smash Session.
He was definitely Mr. Personality. I can’t imagine how many hearts
this smile will melt in the future with only having one year of experience.

 Happy Birthday!

IdeaAndCoffeeAND THE WINNER IS…

We had a contest in our August monthly newsletter asking readers to report their favorite methods of organizing digital files, and Debi Morrow won a $10 Starbucks gift card for her all-star response.

“I put all my digital photos in files by date, so I can watch the granddaughters grow as I watch the slideshow of their pictures—it’s fun.”

We thought this was so precious and creates an instant photo slideshow with minimal work. Great idea! Thanks for sharing Debi. Enjoy those grandkids of yours!

060115_002_5B4A1565So every now and then, one must “unplug” as I mentioned in our May post, Our Digital World. Well, I listened to my own advice, and we went on a little family camping trip to gobble up the beautiful Northwest Washington scenery in the Olympic National Forest, so far from Spokane! How majestic and breath-taking it was. Of course, being a photographer, I took my camera and click, click, click… got some great images. I wanted to share what we saw and encourage you once again to go out and enjoy your beautiful world.

Enjoy!


Written by Spokane Photographer Dana Reinke of Creative Catch Studio

We live in a different world today. The digital world.

A world where we can communicate with a friend living nine time zones away by picking up our mobile device, writing on their timeline and instantly get a response. Or pick up our tablet and Skype them to see them face-to-face, well sort of.

Our ability to connect is so vastly different than it was even 10 years ago, let alone when I was growing up calling my grandparents on a corded phone connected to the wall talking about all the activities I’ve done in the past six weeks since the last time I talked with them. Long distance calling was too expensive to call every day. This way of living is history. Today 328 of my not-so-closest friends will see photos and hear about the meal I ate 10 minutes ago. Grandma and Grandpa cherished those phone calls. Do you think your “friends” cherish your posts? Grandma and Grandpa probably still do, but that’s it.

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Don’t get me wrong it’s fun to chat with people I wouldn’t have been able to connect with once upon a time, but really where is that time coming from? Have we magically grown more time with this new digital world? Not when we are talking about real relationships; we’ve actually shrunk it. We are stealing from the people right in front of us for the ones somewhere else with their nose stuck in their digital world ignoring their families too.

RELATIONSHIP MOTIVATES US

As of three months ago, NBC reported that the average American spends 40 minutes a DAY on Facebook. This doesn’t include Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram or any of the many online apps and games that suck people away from their real life to play with “friends” online. We are so drawn to relationships. It’s right smack in the middle of Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. We see online interaction as a connection with other human beings, and thus the viscous cycle begins. An addiction like no other, this appears to satisfy two of our basic needs, relationships and self esteem. We get excited when someone “likes” our stuff and agrees with our comment.

HANG YOUR LIFE ON A REAL WALL

We post all our images to our social sites and message them to friends and family. When we get photos taken, we just get a CD of them. For what? So we can post them to a site and plan to go get prints made someday when we have time? Then we put them in a drawer to deal with later. Digital copies of our portraits are fragile, some day we will not be able to access them. A good example is the “air” laptops and tablets. Where do you stick your CD to retrieve those beautiful family portraits now?
Many of us are so wrapped up in the digital world, that we forget the real world. We sit in an empty room with no family portraits on the wall, board games still in their wrappers and upload images to our flickr account to share with the world, and then get sidetracked checking our online game that “needs” our attention, our love.

CCS_RealGames_0515_LRCCS_RealGames_0515_LR-2Once upon a time, you could see a family portrait on the walls of homes. Home was warm and inviting and dinner was cooked and ready for the family gathered around the table. Chatter about everyone’s events of the day were shared there. Today, our walls are bare, and dinner is brought home from the closest fast food place.

Let’s think about what’s really important here. For me, behind the Almighty, my family is a close second. We can all work on that, and spend more time with our real family and less with the ones through the wireless router and 4G towers. Play more board games, go camping “disconnected,” eat at the dinner table together, hang beautiful family portraits on our walls, and embrace what Maslow hierarchy really was talking about, a complete balanced life.

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This post was inspired by this YouTube video, titled, “Look Up.” If you haven’t already seen it, take a moment now to view it, and then get off this device and go give a little love to the people around you.

Written by Spokane Portrait Photographer, Dana Reinke of Creative Catch Studio

 

 

As a seasoned graphic designer, it’s the norm to get projects that pay the bills. Occasionally you get a brand or rebrand identity job, which is lovely  because you get to assist in molding a company’s “look” and the start of their success. But the usual projects consist of junk mail – someone looks at it for 10.4 seconds before sending it to the trash. This fall, I got to be a part of a different and fun project that won’t go to the trash. I got to assist with the making of two children’s books for Avista Utilities in Spokane, Wash. These books will be cherished.

Books designed for Avista celebrating 125 years

Written and organized by Dan Kolbet. Illustrated by local artist Austin Reinkens. Creative Catch was hired to do the production and layout. We facilitated the printing of these books, which was printed by Ross Printing. With 48 total pages between the two stories, they share a day in the life of an Avista employee.

You can enjoy these stories now and share with your youngsters, so they learn all that goes into keeping the lights on and keeping them warm.

My StarLight tells the story a girl, named Ava, who’s nightlight  goes out and she turns to her dad for answers.
(Click to read My StarLight)

All Chewed Up is about Dougie and the discovery of what a chewed up service line, by a gopher named Chewy, can prevent him from being able to do.
(Click to read All Chewed up)

Received well from everyone

The reviews received were amazing and made Creative Catch Studio proud to be part of the production.

As the books were being distributed to Avista employees in December, Dan wrote, “I’ve had a few tear-filled conversations regarding former employees or family members whose jobs were depicted in the books. A friend told me that the books will help her explain lineman work and traditions to her grandchildren. The kids had recently lost their father who was a utility lineman. When your work has that sort of impact on people, it makes everything more fulfilling.”

It feels good to be a part of something impacting so many lives, so many children.

 

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Window display for Celebrate Thy Self month at Creative Catch Studio in Spokane.

We are focusing on celebrating thy self in January.

As a portrait studio, we get to witness “Happy is Beautiful” every day. When you walk through our door for a photo shoot, and regardless of flaws in your features, are truly happy in your own skin…it shows…and it is so very beautiful. Those flaws become invisible. Many times, those flaws that the self portrays, become part of an element of your unique beautiful to the world.

When you aren’t happy with yourself… It shows every single time. “I’m fat. I’m old. I have acne. I don’t deserve to be happy. I have a scar. My eyes are too small. My butt is too big. My…. I….” Of course the list could go on and on… if you allow it. This is YOU viewing yourself with a magnifying glass. This is YOU being too critical of all your flaws. When you do this on a daily basis, and compare yourself to the superficial view of the world around you, you are only focused on achieving a superficial better you. The REAL happy you is waiting to be released. All you have to do is “let it go.”

With the unrealistic comparison we put ourselves up against, it affects what we think our worth is, what we are capable of. It is no wonder so many of us are sick and toxic and waiting for our magical happy pill to turn everything right for us. So as a New Year’s gift to all of you, we at Creative Catch are focusing on YOU. On how you can lift YOUR self esteem and YOUR self worth, with only three things — YOUR thoughts and words and actions about YOU!

Come take this very important journey with us as we celebrate YOU!

Like us on Facebook. Do our “Change IT Challenge.” Sign up for our Celebrate Thy Self Photo Event happening on January 30 and 31.

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This last weekend, Santa made a quick stop at Creative Catch Studio to take photos with some of the good boys and girls (and dogs too!) from the Spokane area.

Sessions included a 20 minute visit, time to write a letter to Santa, and a FREE 4X6 photo magnet for each family who visited. All session fee monies, which included $100 in cash and gift cards were donated to Teen Closet, a local charity to provide clothes for foster teens in need. Plus, some of our families donated clothes too!

The Jolly Old Man said, “I enjoyed all the time I got to spend with each child, old and young alike, and got to know them better than most photo shoot visits I have.”

All the letters and photos these kids wrote (or drew) for Santa, he enjoyed so much! Then just as quickly as he arrived, Santa was off to finish last minutes details to get ready for his big trip tonight! But just before he he slipped out of sight, he turned around and said, “I will definitely  be back   next year! Ho Ho Ho! Merry Christmas to all who visited East University District!”

Merry Christmas!

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