Tracy Bodeo Photography has relocated to Greenville, SC!

After 14 wonderful years in the beautiful Lehigh Valley of PA, my children and I decided that it was time for a new adventure in life– and so we relocated to the equally beautiful town of Greenville, SC. I have been quite busy settling in, working and exploring the Greenville area. But soon enough summer will arrive making time for additional portrait photography! I look forward to getting to know more families and pets of the Upstate.

If you are interested in an on-location (at a local park or in your home or yard) pet or family portrait session, feel free to get in touch via phone or email. I would be happy to answer any questions you may have or set up a session. I am available weekends and afternoon/evenings during the week. In the meantime you can get to know me a little better by checking out my main tracy bodeo photography website and can see some of my work by clicking here: tbp Galleries.

Hope you all had a wonderful Easter!

Fetching pet portraits and family portraiture by tracy bodeo photography, Greenville, SC.

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A Visit to the Franklin Institute for International Save the Vaquita Day 2015

Those who know me well, know that my son is very involved in wildlife conservation, with the Vaquita being his main species of concern. The Vaquita is a porpoise that lives in the Gulf of California and is the world’s most endangered marine mammal. The most recent count taken by Vaquita researchers estimate their numbers to now be as low as 80 individuals, a critically low number for this species. My visit to the Franklin Institute this past Saturday involved helping out at my son’s Vaquita table, so that he could spread the word to the public about the possibility of the extinction of this animal, and ways that people can help prevent this from happening. It is a sad situation, but there is still a lot of hope because there is a great chance that if their recovery plan is implemented properly and immediately, the Vaquita story could be a positive one that we will be happy to tell. To learn more about the Vaquita and ways that you can help, please visit his website at V-log.

While I was there I snapped a few shots at the table as he was setting up, as well as a few in the entrance-way of the Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute is a large science hall that contains three floors of interactive exhibits. It is definitely worth a visit if you are around Philadelphia.

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The beautiful entrance hallway at the Franklin Institute:FranklinInstitute-tbp-1FranklinInstitute-tbp-2Earlier this summer we were up in Boston at the New England Aquarium for World Ocean’s Day. It was a wonderful trip and also a great day for spreading the news about the endangered Vaquita. This was a huge event where thousands of visitors who are interested in sea life were educated on many aspects of marine science including the Vaquita and its conservation. This was our third annual visit educating the public for World Ocean’s Day and we hope to be back again next June.

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Is It Still Winter? Portraits of Nature by tracy bodeo photography.

I thought it was over. I thought with the emerging tulips Spring had arrived. Yet today we had temperatures that dropped into the 30’s, and (albeit only for about 2 minutes), we actually had hail, rain and a touch of snow. What is going on?

I’m not sure why this winter brought us more snow or why it lingered a little longer than usual, but like most people I speak with around here, I am ready to move on. In the winter, I love the winter. I love the beauty of the first and subsequent snowfalls. And I don’t think I would want to live in an area that doesn’t give me at least a taste of all four seasons. However, now I am ready for Spring. I am ready for the warmth and comfort of the sun. I am ready to shed a few layers and wear a t-shirt without having to worry about bringing a coat along. I am ready to walk barefoot in the grass. Any day now Mother Nature will give in and the Spring weather will match up with the dates on the calendar. Maybe tomorrow?

For now, here is my farewell to winter: A posting of a few scenic winter shots and nature images from this past snowy, beautiful winter.

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Digital Image Portrait Packages are now available at tracy bodeo photography; pet portraiture and nature photography in the Lehigh Valley, Easton, Bethlehem, Allentown.

New in 2015– Digital Image Packages…. After many requests, I have finally decided to add digital image packages to a client’s session choices.  Although I will still provide the highest quality printing services, I will now give clients the option of packaging their session with a set of High Resolution digital image files to print themselves.

Clients can choose a digital image portrait session package, or purchase an ‘a la carte session and add on prints, digital files or a combination of the two depending on how clients would like to use their images.  Clients will still continue to receive LowRes digital image copies of purchased prints, so they can share them online.  Purchased HighRes files will also include a complimentary LowRes copy for computer use.

Digital files start at $55.00 each and digital packages start at $295.00  To see a complete list of sessions, packages, wall art and print prices, visit my SESSIONS & PRODUCTS pages on my main website or see the digital packages by clicking here.

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New for the summer: Special Mini-Sessions at tracy bodeo photography; pets & childrens portraits, Bethlehem, Allentown, Easton, Lehigh Valley photographer

Summer is a busy time for many families, but it is also when people have some time off to spend with their children and pets. Maybe your family doesn’t have the patience for a full portrait session.  Or maybe you want just one set of poses to quickly capture these brief moments in time. Set up your Summer Special Mini Portrait Session now!

The natural light Mini Sessions take place at any of our local parks (or your backyard) and will last 20-30 minutes. You will have access to an online proofing gallery containing ~5-10 of the best images from the session, where you can choose your favorites to be printed.  The session fee is only $75.00. You can learn more about my sessions or see the a la carte image, print and wall art prices by visiting my main website at www.tracybodeo.com.

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A visit to Barnegat, NJ; nature photography by Tracy Bodeo, Lehigh Valley photographer

I took my kids to visit their cousins who live near Barnegat. It was a bit warmer than it had been in previous days, so we decided to take a quick beach walk by the lighthouse.  To our pleasant surprise, we were able to get a nice look at some Harlequin Ducks (both male and female), Greater Scaups and a female Long-Tailed Duck.  I didn’t get the greatest pictures, but good enough to document a few “lifers” (the females).

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A few more winter animal portraits; Sharp-shinned hawk, Goldfinch, Song Sparrow and a squirrel; nature photography by Tracy Bodeo

Here are a few more visitors I have had the pleasure of seeing in my yard during this winter’s snow…

The male Goldfinches will be getting their beautiful bright yellow feathers as soon as the spring arrives.  For now, they still have their winter colors.

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This Song Sparrow was fun to watch as he “drank” the snow.  It’s hard to see in this image, but he still has snow on his short bill.

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The abundance of small birds in my yard also brings in some larger ones…. The Sharped-shinned and Cooper’s Hawks often dive in and chase the little ones in and out of the trees.  It is very interesting to see, but I can’t help but wish for a failed attempt while I’m watching.

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Other year-round visitors that spend a lot of time in my yard stuffing themselves full of sunflower seeds, is the Grey Squirrel.  They wreak havoc on my feeders, but I enjoy their antics anyway!

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Winter birds- Northern Cardinal, Horned Lark and Canada Goose; nature photography by Tracy Bodeo

It has been a cold winter with more snow than I expected.  The snow makes driving more difficult, of course, and there have been an unusually high number of delayed openings and days off from school this season.  Even though I have heard many people complain about the harsh weather and express their opinion that they are ready for spring, I can’t help but enjoy every snowfall we have had. I love the snow. I love the beauty of the snowflakes and the way the snow coats the trees and ground.  If we are going to have the cold, we might as well have snow to accompany it.  Along with the beauty of the snow, comes some wonderful nature photo opportunities….

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Canada Goose with snow and golden light:GoldenGoose