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Well, I know I said the winner of the Valentine’s Giveaway would be announced tomorrow but I just couldn’t wait! I am so excited to say that the winners are Whitney and Spencer! You guys did such an awesome job getting the word out and voting. All the participants did an amazing job. I wish everyone could winBut really, thanks so much for playing and thanks to everyone who voted!
And….to Kara, Emma, and Jasper, it was such a close race I thought you deserved a little something. So I am giving you a free session!
What’s a post without a pic? Here is my sweet, sweet niece. Isn’t she just the cutest?
Ladies-please email me by Mar 15, 2011 so we can get started on the details of your shoot. Can’t wait!!
Alright, here are the finalists for the photo session giveaway. I really enjoyed reading all of the entries and a few of them even brought tears to my eyes. Thanks for all who entered!
Now for the voting!! All photos from the finalists below have been added to an album on the Facebook page. The winner will be the photo with the most “likes” so tell all your friends and family to go vote! To “like” your photo they must first “like” my Facebook page. The voting will end Monday February 14, 2011 at 5pm CST and the winner will be announced on Tuesday February 15, 2011.
What shows LOVE more than dressing up as Peter Pan with your Tinkerbell for Halloween? She is the greatest blessing in our life and I want to always be the very best mommy I can be to my sweet angel.
For a long time, I had an internal battle going on about the possibility of never wanting children. All the thoughts of “I can barely take care of myself much less a kid”, “I still wanna go and do and not be tied down”, “What if something is wrong with he/she?” or the classic “I’m afraid I’ll never look the same again” played over and over in my head. Looking back now it was just a selfish phase I was going through, a phase that I truly feel that I was letting the devil win because it was also during a time that I was struggling with my faith. I was just going through the motions of going to church, etc. and not really getting into God’s Word and not allowing Him to be in control of my life but rather I wanted to try and control it myself. It took a real toll on me and my marriage. It came to a point where Kevin and I had hit bottom. At that point I knew something had to change…I had to change. So after A LOT of heart-to-hearts with my Father, I asked Him to take the wheel of my life and handed it all to Him. If it was His will to be done for us to have a baby then so be it..I was no longer in control. SO..about a year later from that very struggle, He blessed me, US, with the most precious, most beautiful, most PERFECT one of His angels we could ever ask for! She is the very light of our lives and I can’t ever imagine my life without her. Life without children doesn’t have near the meaning it does as life WITH them. God bless. (I guess this turned out to be more of a testimony rather than a “why I deserve to win this contest” explanation)
Meet Emma (3) and Jasper (4 mo)! They are a perfect candidate for a photo shoot to capture TRUE LOVE. They aren’t two people who, by chance, met one day and now think they love each other. They are a brother and sister. They were each Dreamed about, talked about, and carefully planned to be together. Their lives didn’t cross paths “by chance”. They were purposely placed together to help each other thru life. They are the very best of friends and love each other very much. They are a perfect example of unconditional love. They love each other for no other reason than “just because”. They would love to have their picture taken and don’t even care where it is taken at. They think Mrs. Julie is unbelievable and can’t wait for her to capture just how much they love each other.
Hi! I am Lindsay and I would like to enter my family in your photo contest. I would love to have a photo session with my children. I really would like some outdoors in the spring maybe some where like the Ole Mill in Little Rock.
4) Whitney and Spencer
We would both love to have our pictures taken at the lakes in Penpointe. (Of course, there is a story behind the lake.) Spencer & I have known each other since childhood. I think this is a really neat thing considering we are getting married. Back to Penpointe, Spencer saw me walking there with a former guy I dated about a year and half ago. He thought to himself, there goes my chance she is married. Of course, I was not married and the guy soon became a thing of the past. I saw Spencer out last Feburary. He soon asked me to come walk around the lake. I lived in a subdivision where I could walk to lake. We soon met up and the rest is history.
I believe we should get the pictures because we could not be happier. We are both super excited to get married. I believe this excitement and love will show in your pictures. We would truly love the chance to get photographed by you. We want to show you somewhere that means a lot to both of us. Thank you again for the opportunity.
Please enter my son and I in your photo contest. It is hard to believe my little boy is growing up so fast. I try to capture the moments as they past so that I can look back on them. I would love to have a family photo that is outdoors.
My name is Nikki and this is my 5 1/2 month old little boy Henry. When you pull out a camera he just comes alive. He is such a cheeser! You never know if you are gonna get a smile or if he’s just gonna make faces at you. He is mine and my husbands first child after 7 years of marriage and 6 years of trying to get pregnant. Now that he is finally here we take every opportunity to take pics of him ourself but would love to win this package and get professional ones done. We live in Vilonia. Thank you so much!
I would like a family session with my husband and my two sons ages 3, and 2. We have never had any professional family photos made, for one reason or another it never works out. So we only have a couple of pictures with all of us in them because someone has to take the picture. I would really love to have someone take some great pictures of us, and capture us as a whole. Thank you so much!!
8 ) Lyndsay
Hi my name is Lyndsay. I am hoping to get a family session. My son and I for a year and a half had a very hard time. I struggled to make it as a single mother and never had much time to spend with him because I was always working. This past year has been a lil different for us. We have been blessed with the love of a very wonderful man. He has taken us for who we are and been so excepting. My son can really look up to him and finally has a father figure. For once we feel like a family again. I would really like to have family pictures taken with the three of us to display in our home! Thank you so much!!
I am just entering for the heck of it. I really have no idea what kind of picture package I would like but If I were going to drive to Arkansas for pictures I would think outside ones would be good. I deserve to win because my husband hates to have his pictures taken and we have almost none of him. Oh then there is the fact that he is way skinny and I am not.
Good luck everyone! I can’t wait to see who wins!!
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We all love contests right? Right! Well here’s one just for YOU!
In honor of Valentine’s Day I want to give away a free session. I love capturing love. I love seeing a momma’s love for her sweet child. And I love being able to freeze a moment of time when a couple in love decides they will be spending the rest of their lives together.
Here’s the lowdown:
*1 portrait session (engagement/couple, maternity or family)
*5 digital files ready for printing on cd
*Web sized digital files of all gallery images from your session on cd
*20% discount for any additional prints or products
*A $500 value!
How to enter:
Send an email to email@example.com with a picture of you and your loved one(s). Include your name, what type of session you are wanting, location, and why you think you deserve a free session. Last names and location will not be shared publicly.
Last day to enter:
Friday Feb 11, 2011 @ 4 PM CST
All submissions will be posted in an album on the facebook page and voting will begin! The winner will be the photo with the most “likes” so tell your momma, tell your brother, tell your sister too! To “like” your photo they must first “like” my facebook page.
Feb 14, 2011 @ 5 PM CST and winner will be announced here on Feb 15, 2011
*Contest is open to anyone but session must be held at a location within 45 min of 72176 or travel fees will apply
*Session must be held before May 2011 and scheduled before Mar 15, 2011
*For immediate family members only
*Prize is not transferable and not redeemable for cash
*Model release must be signed allowing images to be posted to blog/website
Any questions, just ask!
Now go find a photo and enter!
Why Does Custom Photography Cost More?
The digital revolution has brought amazing flexibility and ability to control various factors during the image taking and making process. Photographers, the hobbyist, the professional, the amateur all benefit from this ability to manipulate pixels. However, with flexibility comes a price. Digital camera equipment is still considerably more expensive when you factor in its’ lifespan, the need for additional resources for processing those images, the time it takes to get a usable image and the effort that goes into creating a work of photographic art. We all know that you can go to the local Walgreen’s and pay a $1.99 for a print – as a client you may wonder why you may pay upwards of $50, $70, $90 for a custom photography print. Photographers hear this statement every once in awhile:
“How in the world can you charge $60 for an 8×10 if it costs me less than $2 to print at x store?”
The truth of the matter is the answer to this question is multifaceted. Much of the cost of a photographic print produced by a professional photographer has a lot to do with the time, equipment costs, artistic vision and reputation of the photographer not to mention expertise and the usual costs of running a legitimate business. The cost of TIME Approaching it from a time standpoint, let’s imagine that you have hired a photographer who has work that you love. This photographer is traveling an hour to your destination to photograph your session. Here is an example of a time break down:
booking time: 30 minutes to one hour (client contact time + paperwork)
pre-session prep time (30 mins – 1 hour, includes equipment and back up equipment checks + vehicle checks)
one hour travel time TO session
15-30 minutes prep time at client’s home
90 minutes-2 hours with client photographing subject
one hour travel time FROM session
30-45 minutes uploading time from digital cards from camera to computer
30-45 minutes time spent backing up the original images
2-5 hours editing time to present you with a diverse gallery of edited images
1 hour prep time getting ready for ordering
2-3 hours time with client for ordering images
1 hour sorting through and checking order
30 minutes-1 hour prep time for delivery
30 minutes-1 hour getting order shipped
any additional phone time or time needed for add on ordering, shipment issues, quality issues
In this example, the time spent per client can range from just under 13 hours to 19 hours – dependent on the photographer’s level of service. This is time dedicated only to ONE session. When the photographer charges $150-$300 for the photo shoot (aka SESSION FEE) you are not just paying for the two hours of session time, you are paying the photographer for 12-19 hours complete time for your session.
The COSTS of Maintaining a Custom Photography Business:
Regarding equipment costs, a good quality professional camera with a selection of good optical quality lenses and digital storage mediums and computer set up can run from $10,000-$30,000 costs dependent on the photographer. Even though you can purchase a really good quality digital SLR for about $2100 there are still other costs related to photography. A good lens for portrait photography can run from $900 to $2500. A dependable computer system with software loaded for business and creative usage can run $2500 to $8000 dependent on the photographer. Then come lab costs for specialty products. A good photographer knows their professional lab is an integral part of their success. These labs often cost more and offer a range of products that allows the custom photographer to continually offer new, innovative products for the discerning client.
Discussion on other costs of running a photography business could take awhile so we’ll skip many of the intricate details. An overview: the costs of running the business, taxes, studio rental/mortgage if the photographer has ownership of a dedicated studio, vehicular costs, costs of advertising/marketing, costs of sample pieces that the photographer will likely bring to your session, etc.
APPLES to ORANGES to BANANAS: Often times clients will mention to their photographer that X studio in the mall/department store only charges $19.99 for an 8×10 “sheet” or they may mention other things related to discount photography chains. The fact is those discount chains make their money on volume, not on customized 1:1 service. In February 2007 a company who has leased photography retail space in a rather well known discount retailer closed down 500 of their portrait studios across the nation. The reason it happened is simple, you cannot make money on 99¢ “professional” prints if you do not sell enough of them. Interestingly enough – those same studios that offer the loss leader packages often charge much much more for their a la carte pricing vs. many custom photographers (as high as $40-50 for an 8×10).
A little history – the whole reason the big department stores began offering portrait services in the first place was to get you, the savvy consumer, in through their door so that you could spend more money with them in other departments. Your “PORTRAITS” are considered the “loss leader”. Your portraits that are meant to symbolize a once-in-a-lifetime stage in your child’s life are part of what a store considers a way to get you in there door to spend more money on goods that you might not really want or need but because you’re there “anyway” you buy.
Also keep in mind that when you go to a chain studio, as a consumer, you don’t have the benefit of 1:1 attention for 2 hours at your home where your child is allowed to explore, play and be comfortable in their home environment, nor do you get the experience that many custom photographers are known for as well as the lovely captures of natural expressions. You simply get a bare bones, “SAY CHEESE” experience.
REPUTATION/EXPERTISE of the PHOTOGRAPHER: There is an old story about a ship that cost a company millions of dollars. Something went wrong in the engine room and the ship was stuck in dock. They called various “experts” who spent weeks trying to fix the issue to no avail and at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars. Finally a older gentleman was called in who simply brought in his small tool bag and a hammer. He set about pinging on various parts of the vast engine with his hammer, finally settling on one area. He spent a few minutes pinging in that area, took out a few tools and fixed whatever what was wrong. After a few moments the man straightened up, looked at the captain and instructed him to “start her up.” The captain disbelievingly went to get the engines started while the man sat in the engine room listening as the engine roared to life. The man tipped his hat as he exited the ship to the staff who sat dumbfounded because they had seen all the experts come on board for days with their expensive equipment only to have the ship not fixed. This man did it in a few minutes with a few pings of his hammer!
A few days passed and the man sent the shipping company a bill for $10,000. The accounting department contacted him immediately. Why all the rumors mentioned that this man had only spent “a few minutes” fixing the ship “with his hammer and a few other random tools”. When questioned about why his bill was for $10,000 – did he accidentally leave an extra zero on the bill? The man confidently responded: “In fact the time was worth the $1,000. The other $9,000 was for the years of experience and the ability to discern the issue as quickly as possible for the company.”
Now I’m not saying that photographers fix large ships but being in demand, being well known for quality work, having a good reputation often costs time on the photographer’s part (years of practice, study, experience, etc). A photographer’s expertise comes at a cost, their time learning their craft and learning the intricacies of lighting and the commitment put forth on their end to create a persona about their business that oozes professionalism. A great number of photographers go a very long time from the time that they purchase their first good camera to making money at the business of photography. Many photographers, when first starting out, rush in thinking that the business will be easily profitable in no time, how expensive could it be to get a camera and use it to create their dream? These photographers often undervalue what they do because they have the realization that they do not have experience or expertise but are very adept at pushing the shutter on the camera. Many times these casual “professionals” neglect to factor in the cost of business, the cost of equipment, software, back ups, etc.. When you hire a photographer of sound reputation, you are hiring an expert, one that knows that they must always reinvest in their business to create the reputation of being top notch. To create good work a photographer possesses not only sound knowledge in the technical and creative aspects of photography but also good, reliable equipment and back up equipment.
The photographer who desires to be known as better/best/unparalelled reputation-wise knows that the most important thing they can do for their business is reliability and dependability. This is how reputations get built. Good work often is a wonderful side product of building that good reputation.
I hope this (lengthy) article helps shed some light on WHY a custom photographer is a better choice for your family’s memories. The photographs that are produced as a result of the professionalism and dedication that your photographer has will be cherished for a lifetime (or more) and great thought and consideration should be placed into hiring who is right for your family’s most precious investment.
Reprinted with permission from Marianne Drenthe of Marmalade Photography