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!
I love this family. I’ve known their parents forever, and I have had the pleasure of watching them grow up right before my lens. (Starting literally when they were born!) Such great kids, and I love the time I get to spend with them. Mom always has great ideas for their shoots too. This one, she is thinking way ahead! She wanted photos of the both of them at their new school, so when it is time for their senior photos, we can do part of their session there too. Yes, senior photos are still 5 and 7 years away, but how fun will it be to see how much they have changed in their uniform and environments?!
Here are a few sneak peeks from their shoot at their school:
Next seniors up on the blog are twins! I photographed their older sisters a few years back, and I was super excited to photograph these two. They are such an amazing family, I knew we would have a great time. They chose Rollins as their location, and they chose to share their shoot. For twins (or triplets), I give the families the option – they can share a session (and I’ll get a few of them together too) OR they can each have their own session (and of course, will still get a few of them together). Some opt to share, some opt to split up. Totally up to them, and either way is great with me. We got lots of great ones of them individually, but I really love one of the ones of them together. Mom asked for a personality photo, and then they both immediately fell into a pose that made mom say, “yep, that’s them!”. So that had to be one of the sneaks 😉
Here are some sneaks of two amazing seniors:
Next senior up on the blog is another guy! I’m loving having the opportunity to meet and photograph more senior guys this year. Hayden was great, and we had a fun time on our shoot. He was all smiles all shoot! I met his mom and older sister a couple of years ago for her senior photos, so I knew what a great family I was going to be working with.
Now, for all the 2020 seniors that have been putting off getting their senior photos! It’s time to get on my calendar! My calendar is now open for fall dates. We can shoot where ever you would like, and if you have any special requests or ideas, let me know so I can make it happen for you!
Back to Hayden 😉 here are a few sneak peeks from our shoot at Rollins:
The next senior on the blog, is the beautiful Abby! She is not only beautiful, but fun and silly too. We had such a good time on her shoot. I photographed Abby’s older sister a couple of years ago, and now was lucky enough to be able to photograph her! We had a great time on her deluxe (two location) session. The two locations she chose were Rollins and Dickson Azalea. Of course everyone knows I love Rollins. It is such a versatile location that works for everyone! But Dickson is one that I don’t get to go to very often. It is a hot and muggy location, but there are some really great photographs that come from there! From climbing trees to magical meadows, it is a great location!
Here are a few sneak peeks from our shoot:
The next senior up on the blog, is the beautiful Katelyn! I had so much fun getting to know her on our deluxe (two location) session. Since one of her locations was the beach, we had to do two different days. Beach shoots are at sunrise, and after those shoots, there is no way to go to another location. We are windblown and sandy! So to get the best possible photos, we do them on two separate days. But this works out great, because I feel like I get to spend even more time with the senior, and I get to know them even better. And Katelyn is such an amazing girl! I loved my time with her. We had a session at Dickson Azalea (where we could climb trees and be in “magical meadows”, and then the beach where it was so windy we were getting knocked over by waves. But she was such a trooper, and we got some beautiful photos for her!
Here are a couple of sneak peeks from each of our locations: