Friday, June 14, 2013

Bonus! Happy Father's Day

Here's a little something extra. A shout-out to all the daddies out there if you will. Happy Father's day from Viva Bene Photography :)

Keep smiling gentlemen! (and the rest of you too)
Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Sakara Celeste

Here are some of the much-anticipated photos of the cutest (no exaggeration) baby I have ever seen in my life!
These are from the mommy-daughter shoot, so stay tuned for the whole family photos that I am currently gleefully editing. So much cuteness!

Happy Friday everyone! Don't forget to keep smiling :)

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Monday, April 1, 2013

Johnson Wedding part 1

Hello all, and happy April! Being the first day of the fourth month that it is (known to most as "April fools day") I would have loved to spend several hours in photoshop creating some kind of elaborate photo scheme for the world, but I have been blessed with much productive work, and loads of coffee, so I certainly can't complain!

 Here's a little preview that is both fun, and heaped with romance.
Johnny and Andrea tied the knot on March 21st, and the gentle falling snow only added the the beauty of the day. It was such a pleasure to be the photographer for their special day, goose incident and all (stay tuned for that story!)

Such an interesting family dynamic! Haha

 The beautiful bride!

More from that gorgeous day later. For now lovely people, keep smiling!

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Good morning! I'm so honored you chose to visit the Viva Bene blog as you sip that first cup of coffee. Is there anything that goes better together than coffee and photography? (I think not)

Today's collection of photos are from a recent shoot I did for a talented science-fiction author in need of publicity photos.  Of course I was all too happy to oblige, and we had a lovely time working together...

Enjoy your "first week of spring" everyone!
Keep Smiling

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How to Personalize Your Portraits

Hello all!
I've felt so inspired lately, especially when it comes to portraits, and seniors specifically.
I believe it is so important for your photos to reflect who you are, and what's special about you. You are leaving one part of your life completely as you enter the next. That's why what we do is not just taking pictures, it's making memories. Here are just a few ideas of what you can do to make the absolute most of this wonderful experience...

1. Incorporate your interests.
Do you play sports? Dance? Is music your passion? Maybe it's even technology, auto mechanics, or photography. Show it off! Wear a uniform, bring an instrument, or even that car you've been pampering. Nothing is too crazy.

2. Make the weather work for you.
One of the greatest things about on-site photography is you pick your favorite seasons to be shown off right along with you. Autumn's natural beauty and vibrant colors are an easy choice for stunning photos, but why stop there? Head to a tree farm for some sparkling winter portraits, or let loose your inner beach bum for a fun summer shoot in the sand. Not to mention flowers upon flowers once spring heads our way. Pick one that reflects your style, and run with it!

3. Why go alone?
When you're in the spotlight being your amazing self, why not make memories with someone you love? Feel free to invite a best friend, better half, inspiring parent or even your faithful pooch. You'll love the photos for years down the road, and your somebody special will feel honored to be included.

4. Style it up!
Accessorize, accessorize, accessorize. What looks crazy in front of a mirror, can be the perfect touch in front of the camera. Scarves, statement jewelry, layers, anything that speaks of your personal style. (Not sure what to wear? No worries! I am always happy to consult and give helpful advice)
Here's a thought; Why not give that prom dress (That you've only worn once, and will probably waste away in the back of your closet) one last hurrah  by parading it in front of the camera? Not only will you look like the model you are, but you get to show it off in the best way possible. Looking for something even more out of the box? Trash the dress- Prom edition!

5. Most importantly: Have Fun.
The greatest photographer in the world can't top the sparkle in your eyes, and the smile on your face. This is the time to really celebrate YOU, so enjoy it!

Feel free to contact me anytime for more tips& advice (or to schedule your session!)
Keep Smiling!

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography

Monday, March 4, 2013

Xavier- Senior Portraits

What a cool shoot this was!
Xavier is a high school senior, and his mother (who had seen Ayanna's photos, and loved them) asked me if I could shoot Xavier's senior photos in time for the yearbook deadline.

I simply adore a challenge, so we set the date of the shoot on Thursday, for the photos to be delivered by the following Tuesday. Well, I ended up loving them so much they were all ready for her on Saturday completely edited! I guess that's what happens when you have a subject as cooperative, polite, and pleasant as Xavier here.

 I love how he so willingly posed with his mom at the end, it was clear that they never lost their relationship or respect. What an encouragement that is to see!

Until next week, Keep smiling!

Esther Stoneburner
Viva Bene Photography