Ricki Horowitz Photography Specializing In Portrait, Wedding, Bar/Bat-Mitzvah, Lifestyle & Event Photography - all categories

By: Ricki Horowitz  09-12-2011
Keywords: Photo

Posted on August 12, 2011

Perhaps  you love to do a professional photo session to record each year in your child’s life or like me you needed an alternative to the school photos you don’t really like but feel quilted into buying.  The concept came from sheer necessity and the bravery to not write that check for yet another year of disappointing school photos. Naturally I knew that I was playing with some of the most dangerous stuff out there – a mothers quilt. But really – the photographer didn’t notice my son was wearing soccer goggles and looked like David Bowie tripped out circa 1972?? Or what abut the year he was put in front of a “natural outdoor romantic backdrop” but had what appeared like a stone railing going in one ear and out the other?? Seriously?? My girl, well, it doesn’t get much better. If you know her, well, most say she’s a pretty darn cute kid. Last year I didn’t even recognize her!! The image was so distorted I wondered if the photographer knew the difference between a 10mm and a 85 mm. Just so you know, you really don’t want to shoot a portrait with a wide angle lens. Think kid looking into a fish bowl. Get the picture?? And finally …how many times did you say to yourself, upon seeing those school images blown up…”What the ????… how is it that my lovely child who went off to school on picture day so clean and neat, suddenly at picture time had a mountain of boogers and wacky  hair??? Well mom, this time you will be there, kleenex in one hand and brush in the other for any sudden appearance tornados!!!

Last year I took my own photos and bought the class photo only.  It was a real shocker… I surprised myself because instead of guilt I felt liberation!!

In honor of the glorious feeling of freedom from the “school photographer”, I’m holding a {Back 2 School Mini Session} event on

Sunday, September 11th, 2011 in  Thornhill Woods

Bring your little ones to get their photograph taken outdoors and document the beginning of their school year in a different, more natural setting! Each session will be 20 minutes, starting at 4:00 pm and going until approximately 7:00 pm.

This session is perfect for individual kids or sets of siblings.  This session is not intended for family photos, newborns, graduating seniors or individuals who want multiple clothing and/or location changes (contact me to schedule a standard 1 hr session in these situations).  After the event, 10-15  images from each individual session will be uploaded to an online proofing gallery for you to select the pose for your package. Please allow at least 3 weeks for editing.

My packages for this event are heavily discounted from regular session fees and print prices so that you have the opportunity to have a beautiful, quality portrait at prices similar to what you’d pay a school photographer. 
Each package will be created from ONE (1) of the poses you pick from your gallery. If more than one child is being photographed, choose TWO(2) packages. If you would also like to have your siblings photographed together book a second mini session, and order a third package . (unless you want them photographed together only).

What to wear?

Select clothing that’s colourful, vibrant and fun! Choose colors that are deep, rich and intense! Use patterns, textures and layers to add visual interest. Textured fabrics, such as denim, cable knits, linen, and corduroy, photograph beautifully.   For fun clothing ideas for boys think golf shirts, jeans or linen pants, cute hats and button up shirts. For girls, think wispy dresses or jeans. Or just come in whatever makes your kid happy! Most importantly, we want everyone to be casual and comfortable.

Available Time Slots:

4:oo pm – booked

4:30 pm

5:00 pm

5:30 pm

6:00 pm

6:30 pm

Reserve your spot now, there are only 6 mini session available!

Print Packages

A: $40 2-5×7, 3-3×5, 8 Wallets

B: $50 1-8×10, 2-5×7, 8 Wallets

C: $65 1-8×10, 4-5×7, 16 Wallets

D: $110 1-10×13, 2-8×10, 4-5×7, 16 Wallets

Digital Packages

Each package will include a number of retouched, fully finished images on disc in colour, b&W and low-res watermarked versions for social media sites . Please note the higher cost of these packages is due to the fact that you are able to print multiple copies with copyright permission. May be used for one child or siblings! Create cards or send copies to family members!

Packages are as follows:

E: $185 TWO retouched digital images with copyright permission

F: $260 THREE retouched digital images with copyright permission

G: $400 FIVE retouched digital images with copyright permission

** A $20 retainer is required to reserve your session.

**No substitutions on packages.

**Additional prints (of the same image) from the portrait price list are 20% off with a package purchase.

**Tax is not included in these prices.

Posted on June 22, 2011

Posted on June 22, 2011

There is just something so wonderful about 1st birthdays. Mom & Dad take such loving care on details that trust me, you never ever do again. Well…maybe the wedding!! ; )
Enjoy this sweet little’s ones 1st Birthday . She handled the long afternoon like a trooper!
xoxo little J

Posted on May 10, 2011

I have started shooting Bar & Bat Mitzvah’s a lot in the last year and I am not kidding when I say that Magen Boys Entertainment is everywhere!! With kids who started Hebrew school this year and who are in pre-comp hip hop – this video makes this mom crack up!!! OY!

Posted on November 27, 2010

Last Sunday I had an absolute treat & thrill photographing and hanging with the families at the Starlight Children’s Foundation Holiday Party.  I have never seen so many children excited and entertained on this level. I overheard a boy telling the woman who was spray painting his arm that he looked forward to this day all year and its the best day of his life!!!  The spread of joy was double as the parents watched their families laughing, screaming and literally jumping with joy during the various shows dances and activities happening throughout the day.

Once again a HUGE thanks to for including me and the talented to photograph these wonderful children and families during this soul satisfying afternoon !!

Posted on November 1, 2010

Posted on August 6, 2010

Posted on June 26, 2010

Posted on May 20, 2010

I’ve been asked by many friends and family to see the pictures I took in Africa and inquire about the gallery I’ll eventually post for everyone. On a practical note let me say that I have booked off the next 4 days to get my images edited and hand them off to The Stephen Lewis Foundation. From that point, because there are privacy issues concerning public figures and sensitive issues that we need to respect on behalf of the grannies, only after the foundation gives me the go-ahead will I post the images that are mutually agreed upon. As soon as the gallery is up I will notify you all and be happy to answer any questions regarding my experience or refer you to the support work of the The Stephen Lewis Foundation and the African Grandmothers are doing as caregivers, activists and experts dealing with issues such as gender based violence, pensions and security from their governments, education, health care, financial management, and housing to name just a FEW!!!

My thanks and appreciation to all of the awe inspiring team members of The Stephen Lewis Foundation and the for their unwavering devotion to Turn the Tides of AIDS in Africa and allowing me this life changing experience. I also want to mention the contribution and commitment Aeroplan, (see by Christa Poole via ), and its members made by donating more than seven million miles to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to fly 42 Canadian grandmothers to the African in Manzini, Swaziland. ( program invites members to join Aeroplan in supporting eight Canadian charitable organizations through the donation of Aeroplan Miles including The Stephen Lewis Foundation). I mention it because you can continue to contribute on an on going basis to Aeroplan’s   to support  the incredibly meaningful work being done by the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Stay tuned as I post more pictures and information surrounding the incredible Canadian Grannies and the work they do!! Cheers to you all!!

Posted on April 27, 2010

With only two days left before I hop on a plane to South Africa to volunteer at the Grandmothers Gathering in Swaziland, I wanted to remind you all that there are only 4 dates remaining to to take advantage of  this fundraising promotion.

PHOTO FUNDRAISING EVENT!!!

Occurring on May 22 & 29,  June 5th & 12th

We suggest a minimum donation to the Stephen Lewis Foundation of $50

At our event you are welcome to come for a tour of my new studio space & have a chat as well as a

1/2 Hour Photo Session with up to 5 people.

Within two weeks I will send you an on line gallery of your images

At the studio event I’m offering two incredible deals to help fund my travel expenses to Africa.

Prints and products purchased instead of or in addition to packages are offered at %15 off!!

PACKAGE A

(1) DVD Video Montage of your session

(1) 11×14 print

(1) 8×10 Print

(1) 5×7

(1) 8 Wallets

That’s $290 of product for just $199

Which will go towards my travel expenses to Africa

PACKAGE B

(1) DVD Video Montage of your session

(1) 8×10

(2) 5×7

(1) 8 wallets

That’s $190 of product for just $99

Which will go towards my travel expenses to Africa

The savings of this promotion are fantastic. Although I will be doing more fundraising for the foundation by donating a portion of the proceeds from sessions to the SLF, this kind of offer is a rare and special event!!  Keep in mind you may want to get your family photos done before July 1st!!!

We have an 8% tax hike on services coming July 1, 2010. Lucky us!! Currently photo sessions are taxed only 5% because it is a service that has no tangible product. Starting July 1st, that will change.  You will have the added 8% tax on your photo session which of course goes straight to the government coffers. There will be no additional taxes on prints, canvases and albums that have been taxed the 5% + 8% for a total of 13%, they will continue to be taxed the same.

So you have until 3 pm this Thursday May 29th to reach me by phone to book a session, after that I will be checking e-mail every few days while in Africa and get back to you within 3-5 days. If you are looking to buy a Gift Certificate for a friend or family this is the perfect time to purchase and beat the 8% tax increase on your session.

Thanks everyone for all your support and I look forward to posting pictures upon my return from this exciting and historical event. Below is a message from The Stephen Lewis Foundation web site with links to additional information:

On May 7th and 8th 2010, a truly historic event will take place in Africa. Five hundred grandmothers from across sub-Saharan Africa will come together in Swaziland for the first international Grandmothers’ Gathering on the continent. On May 8th, up to 2,000 grandmothers will hold a solidarity march in the city of Manzini. They will call for action the world over to support them as they struggle at the frontlines of the AIDS pandemic to create a hopeful future for their families.

Mary Balendemu, a grandmother from Uganda who will be a delegate at the Gathering. We are also thrilled to announce that forty-four Canadian Delegates from the grandmothers’ movement here will be travelling to Swaziland to join the Gathering!!  They will be attending workshops, sharing stories and returning to Canada with the messages of their African peers.

Donna Anthony, a grandmother from Victoria, BC, who will be a delegate at the Gathering.

By donating your Aeroplan Reward Miles, you can help make this historic event a reality. Donated miles will be used to facilitate the travel of the African and Canadian grandmothers.

Since 2006, Aeroplan and its members have contributed nearly 35 million miles to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

The information in this article was current at 06 Dec 2011

Keywords: Photo

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