Posts Tagged ‘senior’

 

If Nothing Ever Changed, There’d Be No Butterflies!

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Do you ever look around your house and just stand there, wondering how you can rearrange to make things fresh and new again? More lively and exciting? And the more days that go by that you don’t rearrange, the more you come to dislike the current setup? Well… my old layout and especially the logo had been getting on my nerves for quite a while and I felt they no longer represented ME, so I started working on a makeover. I wanted something that was not only fresh and new but something that would reflect my business better than before and be able help it grow. I originally started out just changing the look and information provided, but wound up doing a complete overhaul and it took me a bit longer than I’d expected. Technically I had plans to go live at the beginning of January, but holy moly! Between the makeover, Christmas and my son’s birthday, my time was swallowed up more than I’d ever imagined! Whew! Anywho… I finally got it all finished up and I’m super excited about it! Especially the new logo… I’m totally loving it! Why the tree, you may ask? I thought and thought about something that said ME but honestly, I didn’t want a cliché logo that had anything to do with photography. The tree fits that. I’ve loved what I refer to as skeletal trees for as long as I can remember (I even used to stare out the window while riding passenger- just looking at all the trees and waiting to see a cool one!) and I love what trees represent. I wanted one that was a bit whimsical and fun, yet still professional enough. And the one thing it had to have was a big curve in the trunk. My birthday is on Halloween and I’ve always LOVED the way skeletal trees are portrayed during Halloween-time, with the big curvy bends in them. So I combined all of my thoughts into something cute that wasn’t SO cutesy that it lost the element of being professional. And I LOVE it! (I also want to give a shout out to my husband Harley and our friend Greg Tuter, aka Lil’ Toot, who helped me take the idea and turn it into a graphic!)

 

In addition to the new website look and logo, I also have a password-protected shopping cart now and can easily have clients order prints and products with the photos from their session! I’ve really been wanting to move towards prints for a while, especially knowing that some of my work was being printed at lower-end labs (totally understandable, but their colors are always off and they are usually really dark!) and I had some not-so-great representations of my work out there. But now, I can offer really beautiful prints to my clients and know that not only will they be happier with their prints, but my work will be shown as beautifully as possible! In addition to prints, clients will also be able to order numerous products as well, such as gallery wraps, print wraps, personalized tear-off notepads, magnets, keychains, dry-erase boards, etc. (I plan to add a lot of options!)

 

Another thing I’ve added is an information section and example section for the totally fabulous frames by The Organic Bloom! I can’t even begin to describe how much I love their frames and the wonderful people at the company! I’m a huge fan of supporting local businesses and it makes me totally giddy that such an amazing product is made right here in my own backyard! Not only that, but I get to sell them! So far I have sold an awesome variety of colors and sizes, from tiny ornament-sized ones to HUGE ones, and they all make me smile from ear to ear when I pick them up and see how beautiful they are! (And then again when the clients pick them up and they’re gushing over them too!)

 

Overall, there are a LOT of changes I’ve made and I’m really excited about them! From the obvious things like the face of the website, to the not-so-obvious like the adorable little boutique boxes I have for the prints clients will get. I’ve changed pretty much every aspect of my business (except for the field– still portraiture!) and I feel like this is such a positive step. :-)

 

When I was originally thinking about making the new site live, I wondered what I could do to make it more of an official deal and exciting for my fans, rather than just say “Here ya go!” So what did I come up with?? A giveaway! I am working on a ♥ sweet ♥  little deal for one lucky winner and I will be working super hard over the next few days to bring it all to you! You’ll just have to stay tuned for that, but don’t worry, you’ll be glad you did!

 

In the meantime, leave me some love down there in the comments section and on my Facebook page! Tell me what you think about the makeover!

My First Senior Shoot!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

…and I had a BLAST! Seniors are amazingly different from children photography! Well, duh, right? But really! It’s a whole different game when you can pose and situate exactly how you want, and have your subject sit still so you can get the shot perfect (which opens up a HUGE window for artistic expression!) I have a feeling I could really get used to this! Now I just need to find some really awesome locations and some seniors who will let me run wild with my imagination, hehe!

 

Anyway! So this senior shoot was really cool for me because not only was it my first, but it was also for someone very special to me– my son’s pre-k teacher (who was also my niece’s pre-k teacher 4 years prior, and who I’m hoping will be my little ladies’ pre-k teacher as well *crosses fingers*!) She’s such an amazing woman and someone who makes me proud to have my child at the school he’s at. Teacher’s don’t get compensated nearly enough for the amount that they do (and just how important everything they do IS!) so to do something special for her just felt awesome. Here is her not-so-baby-anymore baby, Wes :-)

 

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  I just love the textures and colors of this wall. And I love how the roughness looks with the nice, dressy style.

 These stairs lie at the base of the studio I share with the Tulsa Photo Group (I love so much about that studio!)

Totally un-posed. I just made him sit still :-p

I asked for a funny face for his momma (who was right outside the door and couldn’t see, hehe!)

It was kinda nifty to shoot another Eagle :-p (Former EHS student, myself!)

 I tried and tried, but I just couldn’t decide which one of these photos I like more, so you get both! (I LOVE the smile but I absolutely LOVE the serious look!)

 The lighting was amazing!

 Definitely my biggest “prop” to have in a shoot, lol. Vehicles aren’t easy to shoot!

Angela ♥ Philip

Free Goodies!

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

Ok guys, it’s time for promotional goodies! For a while now I’ve really been itching to try out the totally adorable Accordion Minis from Miller’s Professional Printing (LOVE THEM!!) and I thought, “What better way than to give out a few for free?!” Yep… FREE!  I’m also offering a special deal for high school seniors because I’ve been itching to shoot some lately! For you guys, you’re welcome to the Accordion Mini promo items too, or you can score yourself 20 free wallets to give out! All you have to do to get your free minis or wallets is book your session sometime between today and March 31st, opting for The Whole Shebang package, and that’s it!  (You can click the image below to see a larger version.)


Details:

{General}

* Your session must be booked sometime between March 1st and March 31, 2011 and you must purchase The Whole Shebang package. (For package details, please visit the Investment page on the main website.)

* Offer not valid for previously booked clients.

* As “promotional items”, the very back cover of the Accordion Minis will have my photography info on them, and the wallets will have stickers with my photography info on them.

{Accordion Minis}

* You will receive 2 identical Accordion Minis, measuring 3×3 each (a $30 value!)

* The damask design cannot be changed. The newborn design can have any color of background you want. Shown above are Caribbean, Tulip and Sage. You may also choose any Accordion Mini template on the Miller’s Design Center website or on Etsy (these templates, however, are up to you to purchase if you want a different layout than shown above. You may choose from the 3×3 or the 2.5×3.5 sizes.)

* The text can be changed you anything you like, provided it will fit without having to be teeny tiny!

* Your layout may need to change slightly depending on how many photos in each orientation we get.

* If purchased at the same time, additional minis will be $10 each (sale price!)

* Any previous clients, while the minis won’t be free, are more than welcome to purchase 2 for $20. Just email me and and we can work out the details :-)

{Wallets}

* There are 4 photos per sheet and you will receive 5 sheets, totaling 20 (a $25 value!)

* You can choose up to 5 photos for your wallets. If you choose less than the 5, please let me know which ones you want and how many sheets of each pose.

* If purchased at the same time, additional sheets will be $4 each (sale price!)