I HAVE SOME NEWS TO SHARE!! After 14 years, I am closing my professional doors, and JPSearcy Photography will be no more. It has been quite an amazing ride! This is not a sad thing, this is a happy thing! Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine it lasting this long. Starting off with being a mom who needed to be at home more with her kids, I was able to turn what started as a little more than a hobby into a great small business. I have had the pleasure of meeting hundreds and hundreds of families throughout the years. Between photographing engagements, weddings, maternity, actual child births, newborns, kids, families, and seniors, it has been an absolute honor to play a small part capturing the milestones in your families.
I have a couple of shoots still on the books, and I am so excited to do them! But I won’t be scheduling any other sessions for 2021. (Now, I know that I have promised some of my favorite families that I would do always their photos, and I keep my promises! If I have done your older child’s senior photos, and you were wanting me to do your younger child’s photos, just email me, or message me on my personal facebook. Or if I have been doing your family photos for years, and you aren’t ready to find someone else, let me know. It’s just going to be done between friends now, not business!). I’m not leaving the area quite yet, we still have a few more years until full retirement 😉
And I have one last offer for all 14 years of my clients! I am not going to be keeping all of the files anymore, but it kills me to just delete. So, I wanted to give you the option of having them. For the entire month of December, you can have your entire session’s digital files for $200! That’s right, what I currently sell for $100 each image or $1600 for the entire session will for this month only, will be $200. *Disclaimer – this is assuming that I am able to actually access your files. 14 years of technology doesn’t always keep up with the times! If you are interested, let me know, and I’ll look to see first that I can get it. Only after I have verified that I can get it, will you be charged. (AND this offer is only for those clients that placed an original print order. If you never placed an order, you will still need to place your minimum order first to take advantage of this offer, that’s only fair to the rest of my clients 😉 ). And on the last day of December in 2020, business will be closed, and no further orders will be taken. So, if you are interested, please let me know (either email – firstname.lastname@example.org or fb message or instagram message).
THANK YOU FOR AN AMAZING 14 YEARS!
I was so excited for this shoot! We had to postpone from last month, due to rain. This day totally made up for the delay. It was a gorgeous and perfect sunrise for us. This session is for a senior that I first photographed way back in 2009! I’d post a flashback photo, but I don’t want to embarrass her ;). She is just as sweet as she was 11 years ago, and check out that beautiful smile! We had a great time catching up. And as a little fun bonus, at the end of her session, there were lots of surfers out that morning. I saw 3 of them getting ready to go out, and I asked if they mind if I use them as a “prop”. They thought it was funny, and were happy to oblige! So, of course, that has to be one of her sneak peeks.
Here are some sneak peeks from our beautiful sunrise session:
What a beautiful morning for a lovely senior for her photo session! We had a great time on our shoot at Dickson Azalea. I met this family a few years ago when I photographed her older sister. I really love, and appreciate, when families continue their trust in me to capture their special moments. And this family has the sweetest girls, so it makes my job even more enjoyable!
Here are some sneak peeks from our shoot:
I had the pleasure to meet and photograph a very special family last week. They were down from Colorado on vacation. A good friend of mine referred them to me, as she knew them from the adoption world. And since they hadn’t ever done a family photo session before, they thought it would be a perfect time! I completely agree! I think by the end of the shoot, they were happy that I do summer sessions in the early morning ;). The heat and humidity is a *little* different down here.
Whenever I have someone in front of my lens from a different part of the country, I find it so funny the things that catch their eye. Like palm trees! And lizards! Yes, seeing a couple of their kids chasing after, and diving after lizards was hilarious to me. I promised them, those wouldn’t be the last lizards they saw during their trip ;).
Thank you for trusting me with your first family photo session! I had a great time meeting you and your wonderful family.
Well, this isn’t a usual summer, is it?! No summer vacation, no shooting 5 days a week, no really even being around people much. So, I was very excited to get some kind of normal back and get back behind the camera! I had the pleasure of meeting and photographing the gorgeous and super sweet Isabella! I met and photographed her older sister a couple of years ago, so I was so excited to meet Isabella. To top it off, I was able to stretch out her shoot into two different days. She wanted a deluxe session (two locations), and one of the locations being the beach. There is just no way to do the beach at sunrise and then back to town for another shoot in the same day. Sandy and windblown is not cute when you aren’t at the beach 😉 Under normal circumstances, with a deluxe shoot, we do two locations right after another. But beach, I make an exception and we split it up into two days.
Here are some sneak peeks from both Rollins and the beach!
For anyone who is looking to have senior photos taken, yes, I have cut down on the number of sessions I am offering, but I AM still shooting seniors! I have 3 different options for sessions this year, from a quick mini session all the way to a deluxe two location session. So pretty much something for everyone! Email me or message me on social media (I’m JPSearcy everywhere). I’d love to hear what you have in mind for YOUR photo session! (Since we are shooting outdoors, you don’t have to wear a mask in your photos, but I will wear one for your safety, no worries!)
I know I am getting a later start than usual for my upcoming class. And it is for obvious reasons! But there is a little more to the story.
I have been in business for over 13 years now, and I have absolutely loved meeting new clients/friends. The photography part has always been one of my great loves. But the business side? Well, not so much. That is the part that I really don’t enjoy. Unfortunately I do have bills to pay, so the business end is a necessity! I have said for years, if I ever win the lottery, I will shut down the business and just do it all for charity. Take photographs just for the love of photography and people (especially my seniors). No, I didn’t win the lottery ;), but I did think that it was time to shut down. I did have a few shoots on the books for the year, and of course, I would be keeping those. I would never leave my clients high and dry. My son asked me to hang in there one more year to finish with his class. Who would have imagined it ending in a global pandemic?!
Well, the few months that I was forced to be shut down, I found that I missed it. A lot. I missed the amazing kids that I would meet, I missed being a goofy nerd on shoots, and believe it or not, I even missed editing (a little bit 😉 ). That told me that maybe I am not really ready to pack it all in quite yet. So, what I decided to do, is cut back on the amount of shoots that I do. I won’t be taking a crazy amount of clients anymore. So, if you are wanting to book a shoot, you will want to contact me early because I just won’t have as much availability as I have had in the past. I have also added a new type of shoot to be able to accommodate different families. It is a Quick and Simple shoot, which basically is just a short little shoot of 20 minutes or so, maximum of 2 outfits, very little editing, quick turn around, and digital images included (so no ordering appointment). And then I will still offer the same two options as I did in the past – Traditional session (1 location) and Deluxe session (2 locations), with the option to go to the beach for either of those two session types. Packages will remain the same as in the past few years.
And, since for the first time in forever, I didn’t do a sale in May, I will offer one for the seniors for the rest of the month. Sessions will need to be booked before the end of this month (which gives you about 2 weeks, instead of the 2 days that has been for the past sales). For the 2021 seniors, you just need to pick your session date (anytime between now and the end of September), and pay your session fee to get the sale price. For more details, please email me at email@example.com.
Class of 2020, my heart is broken for you. Your senior year didn’t end the way you wanted or deserved. You didn’t get the end of the year celebrations that you have been waiting for. And as much as I would love to be able to fix it for you (my son is also in the same boat), I can’t. Nothing I can do to make it right for you. And with graduation ceremonies still up in the air, I wanted to offer my seniors SOMETHING.
This isn’t something I’ve really offered in the past, as graduation time is usually pretty busy for the seniors and their families. On occasion a senior will have the cap and gown from a sibling and they bring it on their regular senior session to get a few. I’ve offered studio cap and gown photos before, but with everything as crazy as it is now, I didn’t think that would be a good idea to be in that close proximity to others. So, outdoors should work! Yep, it’s hot, especially all dressed in the gowns. So I will limit the location to areas close by, and I promise to be quick. You are welcome to bring a parent with you to help do the things that I would usually do (straighten ties, fix hair, etc), and as hard as it will be, I will keep my distance (and I’ll wear a mask too).
If you had a shoot with me for your senior photos in the past year, and you would like a free mini session in your cap and gown, please reach out to me. Email or text is fine. This is my gift to you. What it will be, is a quick, socially distanced 😉 outdoor session in your gowns. There will be no charge for the photo session, and you will have the digital images for them as well. Let’s get a few nice photos to celebrate your achievement and this important milestone in your life.
Well, this family session was a first for me. This was a top secret family session / marriage announcement! After being together for 27 years, this lovely couple decided it was time to get married! So, half of the shoot was to get some beautiful updated family photos, but the other half was to get some gorgeous photos of the newly married couple. I had a great time meeting and photographing this wonderful family.
Introducing the newlyweds and their “kids”:
It is that time of year again! Time to start working on the graduation announcements. If you had a shoot with me this year, you probably saw the graduation announcements that I offer. I told you that I don’t take orders for them until after February, remember? Well, it’s time! Don’t worry, this design appointment won’t take nearly as long as your first viewing/ordering appointment. You have already seen your photos, you know which are your favs, so this next part is pretty quick and painless. In the past, they have taken about 15 minutes. If you are interested in making an announcement appointment, send me a quick email letting me know when is best for you to come by.
If you have NOT had a shoot with me yet, it isn’t too late! We still have time to have a great session, get beautiful portraits, and get your custom graduation announcements back. All before graduation! While it isn’t too late now, it will be too late soon. So you don’t want to wait too much longer to get on my calendar. This last semester flies by, and towards the end of the semester, you and your family will be busy with graduation plans and parties. Trust me! If you would like to talk to me about a shoot, please email me ~ firstname.lastname@example.org or call/text me 407-977-6296.
What a fun session this was! Beautiful Brooke and her handsome horse made quite a pair. I have photographed Brooke and her family a couple of years ago, but this time I got to have all of my focus on her. Sweet 16 photos! Her horse was so well behaved (when he wasn’t sticking his tongue out at me), and Brooke looked so gorgeous with him. All that beauty on a gorgeous day near sunset, made for a picture perfect session.
I know she is excited to see them, so on to the sneak peeks!