Sunday, May 31, 2009

 

Happy Anniversary Ty & Brandi! Hays Kansas Wedding Photographer

Yesterday I shot a rockin' wedding in Phillipsburg for Will and Kassy! I'll be blogging about that later this week, though, because today belongs to someone else. I want to wish a Happy Anniversary to Ty and Brandi, a couple that will always have a special place in my heart! Congratulations, and I can't wait to meet Aidan's new baby sister in a few weeks!


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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

 

Seniors - Extended Special for Session Fees!

Remember a few moons ago when I posted the following special?

" In honor of today, May 20th, I am offering 20% off any Senior Portrait session! You must book between now and May 31st, so don't wait until the first of June to call! Your session must take place before May 1, 2010 as well. 20% off is valid only for the session fee, not for any product purchased.

Give me a call or send me an email to book your senior session at this fantastic rate!"

Well.........it has been extended! Book by June 5th to receive this special!

Just to refresh your memory, Everyday You offers the following three options to meet everyone's needs:

• Senior Basic Session Fee: $100 (up to 1 1/2 hours, 2 outfit changes)

• Senior Enhanced Session Fee: $150 (up to 3 hours, 4 outfit changes)

• Senior Ultimate Session Fee: $250 (up to 5 hours, 8 outfit changes)

So.....with the 20% savings, you can take $20 of the Basic Session, $30 off the Enhanced, and a whopping $50 of the Ultimate!

And because a post without pictures isn't any fun....here is one of my favorites from a past senior session:



So spread the word!

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

 

A Time of Reflection

As yesterday was Memorial Day, I spent some time thinking about how much my family means to me. As I visited my grandfather's grave with my parents, I couldn't believe he'd been gone 10 years already. Time really does get away from us. Recently I've been even more reminded of this. With the onset of an illness and hospitalization of an older family member, it really reminded me to be thankful for the time we have.

So go hug your family and enjoy them!

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

 

Out of town...

If anyone needs to get a hold of me, please do so via phone from now until Sunday evening. I will be out of town and will not have access to my email. I will answer all emails when I return!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

 

Class of 2010 - are you watching your budget?

If so, have I got a deal for you! In honor of today, May 20th, I am offering 20% off any Senior Portrait session! You must book between now and May 31st, so don't wait until the first of June to call! Your session must take place before May 1, 2010 as well. 20% off is valid only for the session fee, not for any product purchased.

Give me a call or send me an email to book your senior session at this fantastic rate!

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Sunday, May 17, 2009

 

The A Family - Hays Kansas Portrait Photographer

Miss P's mom contacted me a few weeks ago about a session at the park to grab some 15 month pictures of her. Yesterday was the big day, and I must say, Miss P is just about the biggest cutie I've ever seen!

Swinging with dad


Spending some quality time with mom


Just when I thought the only pretty ladies in white I'd see this year would be at weddings, Miss P came strolling out in this adorable dress!


Standing next to the only area of the park that kept her attention...the sand around the horseshoe pit...(hey, when you're 15 months old, it's gotta be messy to keep your attention!)


*sigh* look at those adorable eyes!


Thank you to the A family for choosing me to capture Miss P!!

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Saturday, May 16, 2009

 

Just wanted to share....

.....a few images of William and Kassandra's gorgeous engagement album! All their guests will sign this album in lieu of a traditional guest book. It's going to be awesome!!!






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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

 

Senior Photography FAQ - Kansas Senior Portrait Photographer

With the upcoming senior portrait season, I thought maybe it would be helpful to post a list of frequently asked questions I've received over the past few years!

Frequently Asked Questions About Senior Portraits

Q. How does a typical session go?

A. Overall, most sessions have some similarities, but no 2 are ever the same! Before your session, you will need to do a bit of homework. (I know, I know…and you thought you wouldn’t have to do any homework!) Depending upon which session you choose, you will need to plan out locations. It can be a park, your favorite section of downtown, on your parents’ farm…it’s up to you. Another thing to consider will be your clothing choices.
When we meet for the session, we will spend a few minutes getting to know each other. The first 10 minutes of shooting are usually somewhat of a “warmup”, when we get accustomed to each other. From there we will move around the locations, changing outfits as needed.



Q. What happens when the session is over?

A. After your session, I will spend some time doing basic editing (color correction, cropping, etc) to your images. 3-4 of your images will be selected within 2-3 days after your session and will be posted on my blog as a Sneak Peek. After this, you can expect your gallery to be online for ordering within 1-2 weeks, and if you ordered a proof book, 2-3 weeks.



Q. What if I wake up on the morning of my session and have a giant zit on my forehead?

A. No problem! I will remove major blemishes from all ordered prints. For extensive acne/retouching, a fee may be charged.



Q. I really want to bring my dog/horse/motorcycle/insert your favorite item here/ to my session. Is this okay?

A. Sure is! Your senior pictures are all about you, so if it helps define who you are, bring it on!



Q. What kind of clothing should I wear?

A. The number of outfit changes you have will depend on which session you choose, but in general the simpler the better. Always choose solid colors over clothing with large graphics. Jeans and a nice top provide a simple, casual look, which is desired by a majority of seniors. Make sure your clothing fits well, i.e. not too loose or too tight, and is flattering. Shirts with sleeves typically look better than sleeveless, although the ultimate choice is up to you. For the ladies, try to be aware of revealing clothing-if you are wearing a shirt that is revealing, I will say something to make sure you are aware, and we will take steps to make sure you are not revealing too much!



Q. What if the day of session is cloudy? Should we reschedule?

A. NO WAY! Cloudy days make for EXCELLENT portraits!



Q. What should I look for when picking a location?

A. Look for somewhere with numerous small areas of interest. Some great portraits have been created in grungy alleys or by incorporating rundown buildings. Look for good textures and fun color. It is also helpful to choose a place that will have shade.



Q. What all can we do with my pictures?

A. We can create a custom coffee table book, a brag book, a custom collage, a gorgeous canvas, customized graduation announcements…let me know what you have in mind!



Q. After I order pictures, how long does it take to get them?

A. For portraits, Allow 3-4 weeks for turnaround time. For specialty items (canvases, albums, etc) allow 6-8 weeks.



Q. When do I need to pay for my session and portraits?

A. Your session fee is due at the time of booking, and any portrait orders are due upon ordering. For your convenience, credit/debit cards are accepted via PayPal. Sales tax will be charged on all orders.



Q. Do you charge mileage?

A. As I am based out of Hays, KS and Abilene, KS, no mileage will be charged within Ellis or Dickinson Counties.



Q. What packages do you have?

A. The sessions I offer are:
Senior Basic Session Fee: $100 (up to 1 1/2 hours, 2 outfit changes)
Senior Enhanced Session Fee: $150 (up to 3 hours, 4 outfit changes)
Senior Ultimate Session Fee: $250 (up to 5 hours, 8 outfit changes)
I also offer a few basic portrait packages that will be listed on my website under the Senior Information Page.



Q. How many locations can I use?

A. We can go to as many locations as you like, but keep in mind that each session has a time limit, so plan accordingly.


Hopefully this will help clear up any uncertainties you might have. If you have a question not covered here or need clarification, don't hesitate to contact me!

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