Oh, fall photography. It will be on us again before we know it. School will be back in sessions (we are homeschooling this year, pray for us and our girls!) and summer days will cool to breezy fall, my favorite time of the year in Charlotte.
I have in the 6 years I have been a professional, real-and-true business photographer-boss-lady offered “mini sessions” to my clients. Sometimes they have been wonderful, but more often than not I’m left with a feeling of rushing little kids and my clients into “perfect holiday card family pictures” which truthfully hurts my soul. Okay, maybe I’m being a little dramatic.
But if I’m being completely honest, it’s burdened me as an artist, and as a photographer who knows and sees her clients trying so hard for great images that authentically convey their family dynamic. It’s been stifling, and it has been down right painful to herd people in like cattle and scramble to take the very best images I can in 20min. Dump a gallery of digitals on you and move on to another family. That’s not me and it certainly isn’t taking care of my families.
So, I’m doing something radical. Something that will hopefully be freeing to my clients. I’m no longer offering mini sessions.
Gasp! I know… But trust me, I think we can all do better.
But what am I going to do? Ah, here is the wonderful freeing part for both you and me: Signature Portrait Sessions.
Who’s signature you ask? Mine and Yours. We will make these images together. We will come up with a plan to take pictures in a place you’ve always wanted. To be real. To take our time. To remember the moments and all the feels you have with the people you love.
I will be real here.
Scheduling and timing out outdoor photography 4 months out makes me want to put a fork in my eye. And every year, someone gets left out. I want the best for my clients from me. I want them to have the best weather, the most gorgeous sunset, the prettiest leaves. I want them to not worry about the kids running around. I want them to take their time. Enjoy this time. Cuddle each other.
So, from now on, no crazy minis.
What I am offering from here on out is Signature Portrait Sessions. You and me for up up an hour. Picking out outfits, getting comfortable with each other. Being yourself in front of my camera.
Signature Portraits will come with a $200 print credit towards what you love from the session. And I’m going to come to your home, bring all the samples and fine photography goods in the world, and we will pick out things that will be enjoyed everyday. Together. No guessing sizes. No wondering what a vivid metal will look like (it looks AWESOME by the way!)
But WHAT ABOUT THE DIGITAL FILES!!!
See, I know what you’re thinking. 😉
Oh the digital files. I love and hate them. Both as a mother who has 10,ooo of them and I can’t ever find them to show my kids, and as an artist who doesn’t want the former to happen to her clients. We live in a sea of digital files, don’t we? They are everywhere. Phones. iPads. MACS. PCs. Watches. Social Media. Ugh. So much digital clutter.
But, I get it. You and I both want them. They make us feel more secure about our pictures and we can share them with friends and family far way. So with each print or piece you love from the session (excluding some albums) you will get that matching file. Tada. Boom. Problem solved. You can have your cake and eat it, too.
In the meantime, here is how the booking will be for fall and through the holiday season:
If you’re interested in a Sig. Session for the fall, please email me soon! I will release dates and times available for sessions at the end of July and they will fill up quickly. All you need to do is pay your session price ($295) and then we will get a tentative (weather depending) date on the calendar. We can shoot at a variety of locations I love in town or we can go to the mountains. Literally we are free to choose what we want to do for YOUR session.
I am really and truly excited about this season of photography and cannot wait to hear and see all my beautiful families again!