Business

Announcements!

A couple big changes and announcements today. First, the most exciting! I have signed the lease on studio space in Mantorville, MN. Woot! This doesn’t mean that I won’t still prefer my first love, on-location shoots. It does mean I’ll have more flexibility in the cold months. The studio will be ready for shooting in the next couple of months.

Next, I’ve been sticking to my guns on a more limited schedule this year, but as a result my schedule is filling up for the summer. I’m fully booked for June (except for newborns), and July and August are going fast.

I’ve been doing this for several years now, and I’ve seen a pattern to what kind of sessions you want and need. I’m changing up my session structure to reflect that. I’m hoping this will allow me to do more of what I love: seeing you all and shooting, while maximizing my family time. I’ll now be offering these types of sessions:

Milestone:
30 minutes
1 location
1 person
$50

Extended:
1 hour
1 location
$75

Max:
2 hours
Unlimited locations
Up to 5 people
$100

Additionally, each session now includes a $20 print credit.

These session changes are effective immediately for all future *unbooked* sessions. If I already have you on the calendar, even pencilled in, you are under the old pricing structure. If you have any questions, please ask. This is new to me too!

And now for something pretty, a shot from a wedding last weekend in which I assisted the amazing Tiffany Brubaker Photography. I’ll share more soon!

Looking back and looking forward to 2012

Happy New Year! Yes, I’m running a little late 😉

Looking back on 2011, I am absolutely humbled by what my little business has become. In 2011, 39 families invited me into their lives to capture memories of their newborns, children, families, and pets, and I joined 2 amazing photographers (Tiffany Brubaker Photography and Bliss Photography) to celebrate 3 beautiful weddings. I can’t express how much I have adored these experiences.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!

2011 was also a very challenging year, as I attempted to balance up a full-time career, 3 active kids, a relationship with my husband, up to 6 sessions in a week, with the editing, order fulfillment, and administration that goes with running a business. To say I was running on empty by the end of the year is an understatement. Changes are necessary for me to keep doing what I love, and that is spending time behind the camera with these amazing families. I hope to be able to fit in just as many sessions, but I need to spread them out better.

  • You may need to book a little further in advance in 2012 to get a session during my peak months.
  • I will no longer be fulfilling and delivering my own orders. After you place an order online, I will pass it on to my printer and have them ship the order directly to you. All orders will now be subject to a $5.00 shipping fee.
  • Online payments accepted! You can now pay online with credit or debit cards through Paypal (no account necessary). I am so excited to offer this flexibility. Of course, checks are still welcome. *Note: Make sure you use your coupon codes! If you pay your balance with Pay Pal, I won’t be able to tweak your total unless I give you a refund. This sounds like a headache for me and you. I think “Use your coupon codes may be my mantra for 2012!
  • To support the 2 previous changes, there will be a minimum print order of $50.
  • That’s it for now. No major pricing changes, just a few tweaks to ease the back end for me. There will also be some website changes coming in the next month, a special winter mini-session offer (like last year) and period specials on Facebook.

    Now, how about a sneak peek of my holiday card (which is still unsent, on my counter–yes, it has been a busy couple of months!)
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