Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This Weeks Sneak Peeks !

I had some serious cute little girlies in my studio Saturday ! First Miss A came back to do her Cake Pics. But she was so cute in her little outfit with those sweet little Air Jordans - I had to get a few of her in it before we dug into cake ! Then I had her try out the new tu-tu color & can tell she would have rather not tried it on ! HAHA ! I will give you a call next week mom with your cd. Thanks for coming back !

Then a sweet mommy who I knew when she was in High School came in. When I taught preschool at Head Start she was one of my favorite classroom volunteers ! And I saw her on Facebook ! YEA ! She brought her precious baby girl in for some fun pictures. What a doll she is- LOVE THOSE EYES ! She is a sweet little busy girl- smarties were our key to get her to sit ! Mom brought the cutest Love Bug Outfit for some Valentine Pictures. Mom I hope you enjoy your sneak peeks & it was so good to see you again !

Then I had this sweet little gorgeous red head with amazing blue eyes come to see me for her 2 year pictures. Mom brought very helpful Big Sister along- Thanks for all your help A ! Little Miss A was not so sure about being in the studio, so we had to get creative & yes smartie candy bribery ! I captured her sweet little smiles & fell in love with how sweet she looks sucking her thumb. Enjoy mom & thanks for coming in !

Last night I had a fun family with 4 super cute kiddos ! Oh the cuteness of the red hair & the freckles & the giggles...oh the giggles ! This is their first time in the studio & hope its not their last. They are all so fun ! Boys- B & B 7 & 4 then little Miss A & A 2 & 4 weeks. It took a little while until we could get them all in one shot...Baby A had to drink her bottle & was not happy until it was ALL GONE ! Then she was laid back & ready ! So precious ! Thanks mom & dad for coming in !

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Saturday Jan 31st
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30 Minute Session
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Monday, January 19, 2009

What a wonderful day....

Saturdays are usually my busiest days of the week. I am usually booked solid with sessions intermixed with my daughters basketball games, taking or picking up my other daughter from her part time job-so basically than can get a little hectic from time to time. But this Saturday was a fun smooth Saturday ! YEA !
My sessions started bright & early with one of my baby plan babies- Mr P & all his handsome hair ! Oh how I love his hair...and all his cute little fat rolls. He was in a good mood & I captured some of his sweet little smiles. Dad is a big Duke fan - so Mom decked Mr P out in his Duke Duds ...I just hope he doesn't grow up & like North Carolina or something like that !
See you for you 6 month session before we know it P !

Then after lunch I had a new client come in- oh what a doll she is. Little Miss B was not feeling all the way herself- she had those mean 6 month shots. But you couldn't tell it with all the smiles she was giving me ! She loves the song her mommy & daddy sing to her in Spanish. Every time they started she was beaming with smiles ! And the best thing about my new client...Mom has a LOVE for BIG BOWS like I do !! Enjoy the sneak peeks Mom !

Right after little Miss B left, Miss A came in for her 1 yr session. She has been in a couple times before- if it wasn't a 3 hour drive here I think she would come see me more- right Mom ?? at Christmas Little Miss A was not crazy AT ALL about having pictures taken...oh but not today ! She was full of smiles & silly faces ! Even tried out my new green & white tu-tu ! We finished the session up with some yummy cake.....must have been yummy- not much left of it !
A's cousin Miss P is one of my baby plan babies came with her. I took a few of them together- they are so cute together. After the session while mom dressed A- I of course had to go talk to P- she reached her arms out for me to take her- aww melted my heart...then she just laid her little head on my chest & loved on me ! AWWWW HOW I LOVE MY JOB !! Made me smile inside & out ! Thanks girls for both coming in ! Happy Birthday Miss A !! And see you next month P for your 1 year session !

Then to finish the day out my newest baby plan baby came to see me for her 3 month session- Miss R...oh how she has grown since her newborn session ! She has the sweetest little chubby cheeks & sweet little bald head ! And this girl has a wardrobe out Daddy ! I am excited to watch her grow. See ya for that 6 month session before you know it !

Before I turned the heat & the lights off my sister & my sweet niece & nephew came over. I wanted some of my nephew Aiden in my new firetruck with the new fireman jacket. He is such a cutie...yea I am biased ! Don't worry he wont be able to be in the cute baby contest ! Well I have a bride that is anxiously awaiting some wedding I am off to work. Enjoy the sneak peeks ! Hope everyone has a great week !

Monday, January 12, 2009

Sneak Peeks !

First full weekend back after the Christmas break. And what a fun Saturday it was ! First a beautiful family that has been in before- well just the kids have had pictures taken....Mom I am hoping you will be happy with your long awaited family photo of you all ! Then we did some of their sweet baby boy D for his 3 month session. Can't wait to see you back for his 6 month session !

My next session wasn't so sure about being in the studio. He was all decked out in his John Deere stuff...SO CUTE ! After he warmed up to the idea of the Firetruck & playing blocks...I captured some smiles. Happy 2nd Birthday Mr C ! See mom I did get some smiles ! Thanks for coming in !

Then Little Miss L came to see me for her 1st Birthday pictures. This is her first time in the studio- she was full of smiles & giggles- contagious giggles ! A total ham ! After a few outfit changes we then let her loose on her birthday cake mom brought in. That poor cake never saw it coming...haha ! She loved making a mess, she wasnt much on eating it. But loved playing with it ! Happy Birthday Little Miss !

Then Little Miss E...oh what fun she was ! Love the curls & giggles ! I had a blast...we danced & giggled...have I mentioned how I love my job lately ?? Also thanks Miss E for trying out my new polka dot rain I need boots & an umbrella to top it off ! Hope you enjoy your sneak peek Mom !

Studio News- Please be watching for info on an upcoming on a Fundraiser I am having for a fellow photographer battling Breast Cancer. All proceeds will go to her & her family.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


Starting the New Year out with a Bang !
Cute Kid/Baby Contest
I will be posting from client sessions from Jan 1- Feb 15, 2009. One picture from each session will be showcased, with the client’s first name (with parental permission, of course). Your job is to vote for your favorite image! The winner of the contest (the photo with the most votes) wins Package D a $100 value !
As with any contest, here are the “rules”:
I will post contestants up the night of Feb 15. At the bottom of this page will be a voting box- you will click on the number/name of the photo you want to vote for.
1) You may only vote once! :)
3) Voting begins February 16, 2008, and ends at 12PM (noon) CST on, February 23, 2008. The winner will be posted shortly thereafter on this blog, and the family will be notified via email. The winner will receive their package withing 2 weeks of winner being announced !
4) Sessions must be booked, paid and shot before Feb 15.
5) You may send your friends to vote…but only ONCE !
6) This contest is just for fun… please, no bad sports!
Call now to book you session !

Thursday, January 1, 2009

A great article to read !
Why Does Custom Photography Cost More?
February 27th, 2008 by admin
Digital technology is brilliant. The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and amazing amounts of control for the photographer, the hobbyist, the professional, the amateur. With flexibility comes a price though. Camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in its’ lifespan, the need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into all of this.
Even though you pay $1.99 for a print at your local drugstore and paying for film is pretty much a thing of the past (although you still pay for memory) you may be wondering why you may pay upwards of $40, 50, 70, 90 for a custom photography print. Some photographers hear this statement every once in awhile:
"How in the world can you charge $60 for an 8×10 if it costs me less than $2 to print at the local drug store?"
The answer is multifaceted and has a lot to do with the time, aforementioned equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer, expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business.

Approaching it from a time standpoint, for instance let’s imagine if you will that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love and that is travelling an hour to your on location session. TIme break down:
session prep time (30 mins - 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks + vehicle checks)
one hour travel time TO session
15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home
90 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
one hour travel time FROM session
30-45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
30-45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
2-5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images
1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering
2-3 hours time with client for ordering images
1 hour sorting through and checking order
30 minutes-1 hour prep time for delivery
30 minutes-1 hour getting order shipped
any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues
As you can see, average client time for a session ranges from just under 13 hours to 19 hours dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to your session. When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.

Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from $10,000-$30,000 costs dependent on the photographer. Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about $2100 there are still other costs related to photography. A good lens for portrait photography can run up $900 to $2500. A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run $2500 to $8000 dependent on the photographer.
Then come lab costs for specialty products. A good photographer knows the lab is integral to their success. Photography labs dedicated to the professional photographer often cost more and offer a range of products that allows the custom photographer to continually offer new, innovative products for you, the discerning client.
Discussion other costs of running a photography business could take awhile so we’ll skip the intricate details. There is of course much more: including costs of running the business, taxes, studio rental/mortgage if the photographer has ownership of a dedicated studio, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces that the photographer will likely bring to your session, etc.

Often times clients will mention to their photographer that X studio in the mall/department store only charges $25 for an 8×10 or they may mention other things related to discount photography chains. The fact is those discount chains make their money on volume, not on customized 1:1 service. According to several articles at the time, did you know that in February 2007 a rather well known discount department store that started in Arkansas closed down 500 of their portrait studios across the nation? The reason is simple, you cannot make money on 99¢ "professional" prints if you do not sell enough of them. Interestingly enough - those same studios that offer the loss leader packages often charge much much more for their a la carte pricing (as high as $40-50 for an 8×10). The whole reason the big department stores began offering portrait studios in the first place was to get you, the savvy consumer, in through their door so that you could spend more money with them in other departments. Your "PORTRAITS" are considered the true "loss leader".
Going to a chain studio, as a consumer, you don’t have the benefit of 1:1 attention for 2 hours at your home where your child is allowed to explore, play and be comfortable in their home environment, nor do you get the experience that many custom photographers are known for or the lovely captures of natural expressions. You simply get a bare bones, "SAY CHEESE" experience. Keep this in mind when selecting a photographer.

Being in demand, being well known for quality work, having a good reputation often costs time on the photographer’s part. Their expertise comes at a cost, their time learning their craft and learning the intricacies of lighting and the commitment put forth on their end to create a persona about their business that oozes professionalism. A great number of photographers go a very long time from the time that they purchase their first good camera to making money at the business of photography. Many photographers, when first starting out, rush in thinking that the business will be easily profitable in no time, how expensive could it be to get a camera and use it to create their dream? They often neglect to factor in the cost of business, the cost of equipment, software, back ups, etc..
Being of sound reputation, a better professional photographer knows that they must always reinvest in their business to create the reputation of being top notch. To create good work good equipment, reliable equipment, back up equipment is a necessity. The photographer who desires to be known as better/best/unparalelled reputation-wise knows that the most important thing they can do for their business is reliability and dependability. This is how reputations get built. Good work often is a wonderful side product of building that good reputation.
I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories. The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment.