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Posted on Jan 26, 2016
Posted in News, Seniors

It was a very hard process this year.  Selecting new reps is always difficult.  On one hand, I am extremely flattered that so many fantastic kids want to rep for me.  On the other hand, I hate having to choose!  Because the applications I get, I swear, are getting better and better every year.  It breaks my heart that I can’t have everyone be a rep.  But if everyone were a rep, then who would they refer?!  So, from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU for wanting to be a part of my rep team.  And I sincerely hope that I do get the opportunity to meet and photograph every single person who reached out to me.  We can have a great shoot together (and you don’t have to work for me all year 😉 ).

Now that is out of the way, I have an amazing group of juniors who are going to rep for me next year!  And a little added bonus ~ I have a guy rep this year!  It isn’t too often that guys will actually submit an application (when their moms didn’t make them do it!).  So, I am super excited to have him as a part of the team this year.  Being that I have been getting more senior guy clients in the past year or two, I think having a guy on the rep team will really help bring in more guys.  I am also excited that I have a rep from Lake Howell this year.  Most of my seniors come from Hagerty, Oviedo, and Winter Springs.  No idea why I don’t get more Lake Howell seniors (come on, we are all neighbors!), so hopefully having a rep there will help spread the word to that school.  And of course, I have some great reps from my main schools of Hagerty, Oviedo, and Winter Springs.  I have multiple reps from these schools, so I can cover all the different areas and groups!

Ok, I know you aren’t reading anymore, just scrolling to see the photos, so here they are!  My class of 2017 JPSearcy Senior Reps!

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Posted on Jan 21, 2016
Posted in Family, Kids

It is time again for my favorite family!  Not only are they friends of mine, but they appreciate how important photos are.  They come to me every 6 months, to make sure they have their children’s childhood documented!  The kids are so used to their sessions, it isn’t a chore.  We have fun, they act silly, and they will have beautiful photographs all thru their young years. Another thing I love, the parents love to have something in the photos that is totally “them” for that period of time.  Could be a major toothless grin or could be their favorite sport at the time.  For this shoot, it is the boy’s orange Crocs.  Apparently, those are his “thing” right now.  A little too small for him now, but he still loves them and squeezes his feet into them.  So, instead of making him wear shoes to match his outfit, they want those orange plastic shoes to be a part of it.  That is what he loves right now, so why not have it a part of his photos?  Years from now, he will look back on those photos, and hopefully laugh at the memory of his orange Crocs.

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Posted on Jan 15, 2016
Posted in News, Seniors

It is that time of year again!  My search for the next class of JPSearcy Senior reps!

I have more details on an earlier blog entry (from a few days ago).  You should read it in its entirety if you haven’t already.  But the shortened version is, I search for a couple of girls from each of the local schools to represent me and my business during their senior year.  (I say girls, because the major perks of being a rep is all of the photo shoots you go on.  And guys, while they do have a good time on a shoot with me, don’t always want to do multiple shoots.  AND talk about their photos with others (the main job of a rep).  However, if the right guy wanted to be a rep, I’d totally be open to it.).  What I look for in a rep – good kid (because they ARE representing me, after all!), very social and outgoing, friendly and approachable, involved in their school, involved in extra curricular activities, responsible and driven, and someone comfortable in front of the camera.  I am NOT looking for a model or model-types (I’ll make them look and feel like a model on their shoots with me, but looks alone are not what is going to get the rep spot!).   My reps will show off their beautiful photos to their friends and classmates and talk to them about their experience with me.  And in turn, they can earn credits to be used towards their own senior photos (and they can earn extra photo shoots too!).  Reps DO pay a session fee, just like everyone else.  They just have the opportunity to turn their session fee into credits towards their own senior photo order.

So exciting!  Here is the official application for the class of 2017 JPSearcy Senior reps:

2017 JPSearcy Rep Application

PLEASE before submitting your application, make sure your parents know about it, and are ok with you applying.  I will have to contact each of them anyway, and I don’t want to surprise them ;).   I am looking for reps for Hagerty, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Lake Howell, Lake Brantley, Winter Park and any other school in the nearby area (public or private schools are fine, even if I don’t have a rep there this year!).

After submitting your application, please go to your social media sites and add me, favorite me, like me, whatever!  I am jpsearcy on twitter, instagram, and snapchat, and Jeannette Priest Searcy on facebook (and jpsearcy on the business page of facebook).  It is easier for you to find me and add me, than it is for me to find you!

I leave the applications up for as long as they need to be for me to get lots of possible reps, and then when I think I have enough fantastic people to choose from, I close it for that school.  (It is a very overwhelming job as is!)  Some schools fill up QUICKLY (I’m talking within hours!) Others take a little longer, maybe a few days.  Once I have closed the applications for your school, that is it, no more accepted!  So, bottom line, if you know you want to do this, and you know that you would be a fantastic rep for me, apply NOW!!

All of the info about the JPSearcy rep program is listed in the blog entry before this one, so if you haven’t read it yet, please do!

Any questions for me, I can be reached by email – jpsearcyphotography@gmail.com or by text 407-977-6296 (or any other social media 😉 ).  Good luck!!

Posted on Jan 12, 2016
Posted in Seniors

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 January, remember?  Well, it’s January!  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 ~ jpsearcyphotography@gmail.com or call/text me 407-977-6296.

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Posted on Jan 08, 2016
Posted in Seniors
       Almost time for the applications for the next year senior reps!  Applications will go online in one week.  Friday, January 15th at 3pm.  But, before next Friday, I wanted to give the details for those who may be interested in applying.  If you ARE interested in applying, please share this blog entry with your parents.  They MUST be on board with you applying!  (And, trust me, as a mom myself, give them the info now, not next Friday at 2:59pm 😉 )
       What is a rep?  Well, every year I select 1-3 girls from each of the local schools to represent me, and spread the word to their friends and classmates about what it is like to have their senior photos taken by JPSearcy Photography.  The reps go on a deluxe session which is basically a photoshoot to multiple locations of their choosing.  They also have the opportunity to “earn” extra photo shoots.  Among those extra shoots include a family shoot (perk for the parents!), a beach shoot, and fun themed group shoots!  They are also earning credit with each referral they send, to spend on their own senior photos.  Reps have advance notice of the once a year sale I run, and can offer a free gift to the people they are referring to me.
       What am I looking for in a JPSearcy Senior Rep?  I am looking for girls who are super motivated, involved in their school, friendly, approachable, fun, and competitive!   Why only girls?  Girls are the ones who typically WANT to do this job.  Guys have fun on a shoot with me too, but they typically don’t want to do multiple shoots and all day shoot.  And they don’t talk as much as the girls do!  Haha!  Now, I will say, if I got an application from a guy, and he could convince me that he would do as much as the girls do, then I would be thrilled to have him rep for me!
       Things to know about being selected to rep for JPSearcy Seniors:
 ~Each of my reps DO pay a session fee, just like any other client.  The difference is, they earn theirs back to use towards their senior photos as soon as they start bringing in referrals.  Why do they have to pay for a session fee?  Because I invest a lot of time and money into each of my reps.  And I only want reps who are in it for the job, not just all the extra sessions and perks.  So, by having my rep program set up this way, the reps do get free sessions, but they have to earn them.  I have been using reps for many years now, so if a parent of a potential rep is a little nervous, I am happy to connect you to some of the parents of previous reps for piece of mind.
 ~This is not a modeling job!  The extra photo shoots are perks, the real job is referring your friends to have their senior photos taken with me.  You do not have to be a model, you do not have to look like a model to be a rep! (I don’t even ask for a photo with the application)
 ~While I call this a “job”, it really doesn’t involve very much time.  Most of the referring is done just hanging out with their friends!  The busiest time will be around the 2 day sale.
 ~Selecting a new class of reps is one of MY most stressful times of the entire year.  It kills me that I have to turn girls down.  Please know that there is a lot that goes into selecting the reps, behind the scenes.  I even have other senior photographers that I know in other parts of the country help me decide!  If you are not selected as a rep, it could be because of one of a 100 different reasons.  Most of the time, it is as simple as you are good friends with another girl who was already selected as a rep.  So, please don’t be too upset, and pretty please don’t take it personally.  I would still love to photograph you and get to know you better as a JPSearcy client. <3
       Complete benefits and details will be sent to those who are finalists.  Your parents will have to look it all over with you, and agree to it, before you are officially a rep.  Gotta have the parent’s blessing!
Applications will be going up around 3pm next Friday afternoon.  The link will be posted on my blog, twitter, facebook, and instagram (basically everywhere!).  Facebook – www.facebook.com/jpsearcy, Twitter –http://twitter.com/jpsearcy, Instagram – www.instagram.com/jpsearcy.  (And while you are at it, please follow or “like” me!) If you are interested, I would urge you to talk it over with your parents NOW, before the applications go up on Friday.  Show them this post and show the type of photos I take on my website – http://www.jpsearcyseniors.com.  If they are on board with you applying, then fill out your application as soon as you see them posted Friday afternoon.  Think about your answers, because the application is most of what I go on when selecting new reps!  Applications stay open for each school until I have plenty of great candidates, then I close them for that school.  In the past, some schools, closed after only 2 hours!  So, you don’t want to miss out!
       If you have any questions about what it is REALLY like to be a JPSearcy rep, why don’t you ask one of my current reps?!  They are all amazing, and I’m sure they wouldn’t mind giving you the low down on what it is like to work for me.  Or if you have questions for me, I’m happy to answer anything!  You can email me jps@jpsearcyphotography.com, or message me on any of my social media accounts.
       And last note.  If you love my photos, and can’t wait for me to set up your senior photo session, but don’t really want the work or commitment of being a rep, that is NOT a problem!  Not everyone is cut out to be a rep, but everyone IS cut out to be one of JPSearcy Seniors!  I am more than happy to give you an amazing photo session, tailored just to you, and you don’t have to be a rep!  I love all of the seniors I shoot, wether they are reps or not.  So, if you don’t want to be a rep, I would still love to be your photographer! <3
       And because a post with no photos is a boring post, here are a few photos of my fantastic group of reps from the class of 2016!
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