Hey everyone! I know we’ve been neglecting the blog, but we honestly have just been swamped. I feel like I’m always saying that, but it’s true! So much for this being our “slow” time of the year! We have a lot of sessions we still need to blog, but I wanted to tell you guys a little bit about some new stuff we’ve been up to.
Last weekend Andy and I had a booth at a local Home & Garden Expo at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. It was put on by the Grosse Pointe Board of Realtors. We decided to use this event as an opportunity to let the local community know that we are available for kids & pet photography in addition to weddings. While weddings are 95% of what we do, and something we truly feel passionate about, we also enjoy doing portrait sessions and would like to start doing more.
We slaved over this booth! We didn’t find out that we’d be in the show until about 10 days before, and we had very little (okay, nothing!) in way of childrens samples ready, because of our focus on weddings. So we were pretty busy going through our image library, selecting images, ordering prints, and oh yeah, designing and creating a booth. Andy really kicked butt on this! I have to admit, I was a little worried, but it looked great. We (okay, Andy) built the wall from scratch with raw lumber and assembled it the day before the show. (The wall color is actually the same as our office – we finally found a use for that extra gallon of paint we never opened!)
We also decided to re-invent ourselves with some new marketing materials geared towards family photography. Here’s a peak at our new kids business cards:
I love how bright and cheery these are. We also used the image above for our largest canvas sample, and the photos above don’t even do it justice, it looks like the canvas is glowing. I’m really glad we decided to go big on that one. (For anyone wondering, the canvas was a 30×40 and the square images were 20×20 stand-outs.)
To wrap up, here are some of the spreads from the orange album that’s featured in that first image above. Typically with wedding/engagement albums, I like to keep the style very clean and simple, with very little embellishment, but for children’s albums, I think it’s fun to add some bold splashes of color. I also love, love, LOVE these orange albums we offer. They have a soft, lovely texture and the orange cover just pops. We’ve ordered a couple of these books as samples in the past and end up selling them to clients instead, so now we finally have one that we can keep. :) (They are also available in colors other than orange, if that’s not your thing, I just dig the orange.)
Here are a couple sample spreads from the book:
So yeah, that’s what we were pre-occupied with last week. For any of you wondering how our portrait photography works, here’s the deal. We do things a little differently than a typical chain portrait photography business. All of our portraits are done on location, where your kids (or pets!) feel the most comfortable. Before the photo shoot, we’ll get together and come up with a concept for your session and determine what kind of display or wall art will work best in your home. Then, after the shoot, we’ll meet again for your ordering session. This can either be done in your home, or at our studio in Birmingham. Our process is a little more involved, but we feel like the extra services are a great benefit to our clients and make it possible for us to create something very unique that will work well in your home.
For availability, or to schedule a session, give us a call at 313.915.2302 or use the contact form right here.
We are offering free portrait sessions to local families for a limited time. If you are interested, use the contact form above and leave us your name and address and we’ll send you a coupon for a free session, along with some more info about our lifestyle photography sessions.