Friday, December 19, 2008

Win $5000 for your cute kid

Is your child America’s Cutest Kid?

I’m so excited to announce our participation in the National Charity Model Search to select “America’s Cutest Kid” and to raise funds for "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep" a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization. Please take a moment to go to their website( and click on "about us". This wonderful organization sends photographers into hospitals to take beautiful keepsake photographs for families who will never be able to take their newborns home. Your participation in this model search will touch so many lives. Read on for more details.

Finalists will be determined by online votes. Anyone may vote. Each vote is $1, and all proceeds from votes benefit the non-profit Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep. The grand prize national winner will be determined from the 50 city finalists. The winners will be selected by photography and modeling industry experts.

If your child is selected the national winner, you’ll receive many prizes, including a $5,000 US Savings Bond and a Canon PowerShot G10 digital camera.

Who can enter?

We’re looking for cute children ages 18 months to 14 years old to model for a portrait to be entered into the contest.
Model grand prize winner: National model winner receives thousands of $$ in prizes and certificates, including US Savings Bonds and a Canon PowerShot G10 digital camera (retail value $499.99).
We’re excited to announce that PhotoVision Video Magazine has signed on as a sponsor of the National Charity Model Search. PhotoVision, a bi-monthly publication for professional photographers, is highly regarded in the industry and is delivered to over 12,000 studios.After the National Charity Model Search is concluded and the winners are announced, Sandy Puc' will fly to the winning photographer’s studio to interview the photographer and child for a video article to be included in an upcoming PhotoVision edition and to be taped for a live session at the photographer's studio by Sandy Puc' .
Model city winner: Parent and Child may elect to attend a photography industry seminar that I will be attending in Oakbrook, IL where the child can model.

Models Search Special:
$25 entrance fee, which includes a 30 minute model session and one image submitted to the national gallery.

If you’re interested in entering your child(ren), please call the studio at (630) 421-0246 or email me at

Sunday, November 9, 2008

New Christmas Cards

I will be scheduling sittings until the first week of December. Thanks, Julie

This is an example of a 5x7 fold at the top card. The three pictures would appear on the inside cover of the card. (The size has been reduced here.)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Many Miracles

November is here and it's time to take stock of all that we have. I have a few more pictures to share. It was especially nice to see some of you on Halloween. Thanks for coming by to show me your costumes. I am grateful for my family and our continued health and for the blessing of friends both old and new. Without all of you none of this would be possible.
Albert Einstein said,
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Precious Moments

Lost, yesterday, somewhere between sunrise and sunset, two golden hours, each set with sixty diamond minutes. No reward is offered, for they are gone forever.
Horace Mann

Don't let these precious moments of childhood slip by. Call me to plan your child's portrait session.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Fall Portraits

Happy 13th birthday to someone special. May your teenage years be magical!

There is something in October sets the gypsy blood astir.
William Bliss Carman

Call now to schedule Fall portraits (630)421-0246.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Look at these curls!!!

Can you even stand it? My next blog was going to be about fall pictures and our new Christmas cards but the curls! They can't be ignored. Three very cute boys stopped by today and I don't mean to slight the other two...but the curls...I'm a sucker for curls. Wow!

Friday, October 3, 2008

North Pole News

I know everybody is still trying to decide what they are going to be for Halloween, but I've got such great news I'm just bursting to share it. I'll start by telling you that Santa and I go way back. He kept pretty close tabs on me when I was a little girl. He still drops by the house every Christmas and we never forget to leave him some cookies and milk. I have kids of my own now so I haven't asked him for anything in a really long time. This year on a whim, I decided to give him a call and put in a request before things got crazy up there. Let me tell you, true to form, the big guy came through! Mettler Portraits is proud to announce the arrival of one of Santa's own reindeer! He'll be staying with us through Christmas and can you believe it, he loves to have his picture taken. He's still a little guy, his antlers barely come up to my chin so book a sitting early, by next year he may be strong enough to pull the sleigh and then he'll be too busy training to come and stay with us.

Don't miss out on all the fun. Call to schedule your sitting.



Sunday, September 21, 2008

Calling All expectant Mothers

I recently had the chance to join a group of professional photographers at a seminar by Sandy Puc (see why I love Sam at: for her Bellies & Babies tour, where she shared her inspiration and imagination with us all. Sam is a non-stop dynamo who packs a lot into 5 hours! Now all I need are models.

Which brings me to my next point...

I need Moms! Are you pregnant? Do you know someone who is? I'm putting the call out. If you are interested in sitting for me I'll have a thank you gift you're sure to treasure. What? You don't have a bun in the oven? Any customer who sends me a referral I use will get a little thank you too.

Looking forward to hearing from you,


Saturday, September 13, 2008

A Christmas Sitting For Our Friend Pete

Many of you who know me have heard me talk about our family friend Pete Hallin. Thank you to those of you who continue to ask about him. The following is from Pete's brother-in-law Mike Davis:

This past October, life for the Hallin family was forever changed when Pete fell fifteen feet from a ladder after receiving an electrical shock while changing a light bulb. Pete landed on his head on top of a broken windshield and was paralyzed from the neck down. Since the accident, Pete has spent many days in the hospital and in a rehab center. Pete is currently living with his family in an apartment while their house in being renovated for handicap access.

Since the accident, Pete has regained very limited movement in his arms. However, he has no feeling from the neck down. The prognosis for Pete’s recovery is unknown. It may take up to two years before we know if or how much of his mobility will be regained.

Pete was the sole financial provider for the family and is now unable to work. While medical bills are generally paid for by insurance, there are many other day-to-day expenses, which are not covered such as food, gas, mortgage, clothing etc…

Pete’s family’s savings is dwindling rapidly. While our family strives to help as much as we can, it is very difficult to cover all of the costs without help from others.

That is where you come in. I hope that you will join us and participate in this great cause. The Hallin family would greatly appreciate your support.

Here are the details:

Saturday September 20TH is the new date. Golf at 2PM, Silent auction starts at 5:30 followed by dinner at 6:30
BENEFITING THE FAMILY OF PETER HALLIN Tanna Farms Golf Club39W808 Hughes RoadGeneva, Il

Golf, dinner and silent auction at Tanna Farms Golf Club. Golf will be a best ball format. There will be a 2:00 shotgun start. Dinner will start immediately afterwards followed by the silent auction.

If you live in the area and would like to attend, the information is below. You may email me at I am very happy to be able to donate:

1 portrait sitting and 25 photo Christmas cards

to the silent auction. I hope to see you there! What? You can't make it but still want to get a bid in? Send an email to Pat Fitzmaurice.

Sometimes I forget how lucky we are at the Mettler house.
Thank you,

Saturday, July 12, 2008


I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.

-L.M. Montgomery

Summer is here and filled with blessings. The kids are out of school. The days have been filled with glorious sunshine and our evenings with baseball. Thanks to this months models, Grant, Ella, and Madison. I hope you all come back and see me soon. What beautiful children.

Friday, July 11, 2008


Lovely July...with the evocative murmur of honey bees on the wing and the smell of sun tan cream.
-Cynthia Wickham

Summer is my favorite of all the seasons. Yes, the humidity can make it brutal but there is nothing like the summer sun. I swear it makes me high. Make some time to find a spot with cool water or a shady nook and relax, it's too hot to work hard!


Mettler Portraits

Monday, June 30, 2008

Nearby Treasure

Your diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are in your own backyard, if you but dig for them.-Russell H. Conwell
I found these two gems next door.

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Spring models

A great big thank you goes out to all my spring models.
From toes to tea parties, we had such a great time. These are just a few of my favorites. Check back soon for some June Birthday Princesses

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Five portraits on display

If you are in the Geneva, IL area please stop by the Wendy Ellyn Salon and Spa to see five of my portraits on display. The show is running now through July 25th.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008


I'm very excited to get this blog up and running. I'm hoping my new website will be up next. Check back soon for more of my newest shots. Thanks