Recently I made an announcement regarding family and children portraits. I’ve come to realize through conversations with others that people were very confused by this and I want to clear it up! I have heard a few different versions of how people interpreted what was happening. Not just from clients, but also from friends, and even family. Some read it as I don’t do, nor will I ever, do family portraits again. Some even understood it as I’m not doing portraits at all anymore JUST weddings. Neither of these is true and I realize I definitely need to clarify!
I started my business just over a year ago and through this first year I photographed anything that anyone would let me photograph. Over that time I’ve come to realize where my strengths lie. Photography is much different than the corporate world in that large businesses look at where they are weak and how they can make that better, focusing on that. As a photographer I look at my strengths and build on how I can make them even better. So I sat down and looked at what I’m good at, how I can continue doing it and where I ultimately want to take my business this year. In that time I found that my strengths lie with weddings, couples, seniors, fashion, and helping other photographers. Because of this I have started some larger projects that I’m very excited about. But because I’m taking on larger projects, I have less time for other things. I don’t hate family photos, or children, or newborn. I’m just stronger somewhere else in my field. I have MANY clients that I have done family photos for and they have mentioned how much they want me to continue doing them. I LOVE that. And, I’m open to that. So my final decision has been made that I will not take on family or any children photos throughout the year at any time. INSTEAD twice a year I will offer mini-sessions. Mini sessions are just as session that is shorter than a regular session, therefore a few less images, and most definitely a great bang for your buck. This way I can still spend some time with families, yet devote most of time to these larger projects I dream of.
I understand this might be slightly confusing as yesterday I posted a family session. This one had been planned out prior to my changes. But also the husband/father is in the military and currently deployed to Afghanistan. His leave schedule didn’t correspond with my mini-session dates. I have a big heart for military and would NEVER say sorry only on a mini-session days if in this situation. So while he was home I gladly photographed their family. SO if you are someone who wants family photos with a situation similar to theirs but mini-session dates do not work please do not hesitate to ask!
Right now I have 2 days before the end of the year for family photos. It’s the perfect chance to get in photos for those holiday cards! You have the choice of no snow (hopefully no rain) October 22nd, or hopefully snow on December 3rd. There are limited sessions and they have already started to book so if interested contact me right away to block your space! These sessions are 30 minutes. Just enough time to get some photos of the whole family, some photos of the kids together, individual and even sneak in a few of just mom & dad at the end! Then you will receive 20 digital images that you can download to your own computer, cell phone, share with family and friends, etc. You can even have them printed yourself, or order your prints through me and receive a 20% discount on print prices!
I hope that is of some clarification. Family and children will have 2 designated days per year, and a limited availability. Through out the year I will still be accepting weddings, couple sessions, senior portraits, and fashion shoots!