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Same Portrait Prices for 10 Years!!!
Are we worth it? We guarantee we will give you our very best. As our clients you get two seasoned professional photographers, our undivided attention, and hours of work after the session on our computers making you look great! …yet you are still NOT paying a sitting fee!
Sitting fees here at the beach can be several hundred dollars per session from other photographers but we want you to get portraits for your money. We come to you, we worry about the other people, weather, backgrounds, expressions, posing, wind, light and most important getting real portraits …with no session fee!
We are pretty cheap on printed portraits considering we have not raised our print prices since 2005! Seriously, not one penny! Our 8x10 was $55 in 2005 and still is this summer! Our wall portraits have actually dropped in price since then and we have added many other products. So why no price increases? We believe in quality but we still want you to get a good deal and that means cutting our profits even when our lab is increasing costs.
Some photographers are letting them go for a lot less…we simply can’t and believe me... you don’t want their digital files…out of focus faces, sloppy candids, sun flare and slanted horizon lines and no retouching options. You want digital files that can be printed as large wall portraits and with us that is what you get!
So be happy! You can still get a professionally retouched 8x10 for $55 or the
Thinking of getting the CD of digital files? Great…you will love it…just make sure you have them printed from a professional lab! Don’t trust your memories to a memory card or
We recently lost Ray’s Mother and it was an emotional experience as you can imagine. His family had planned her funeral and many of the details ahead of time as she had been sick for some time.
As we waited for family to arrive from other states…we had the pleasure of taking our time and choosing the perfect images for her slideshow at the funeral and what wonderful memories they were….we did not grab our phones, our Ipads or even turn on the computer ….(although it was a great help in copying the ones we all wanted to keep afterward). Instead, we looked at beautiful albums and boxes filled with love.
What struck me the most was the ability to pick each one up and hold it and pass it around so everyone could share the memories. Are we going to be able to do that in the future? I loved the physical presence of the photos themselves…yes, the slideshow turned out beautifully but it was because we had such great images to choose from. Sure, we are lucky to have two professional photographers in the family, but a lot of them were made because someone…not always Ray had taken the time to record the fun, laughter, and even the sad times.
So, make sure you are capturing your family memories and updating your family photos and most of all make sure you print them on paper for future generations to cherish and hold on to and feel the love….it would not have been the same trying to pass around a tiny phone with her life captured there…printed portraits and photos are forever. Let us help you capture those memories and preserve them with our printed portraits from a professional lab.
It seems like everyone is asking for a CD when they call but is that the end of their order? We analyzed all the data from our beach photography sessions last season and the results were surprising. We thought we had sold a lot of digital images on CD during the summer photography season but actually it was evenly split among the families that purchased the CD over the ones choosing the more traditional lab printed portraits.
I wondered why. Did they not know what to do to do with the CD?... or did they think it was too much trouble? Well, I think it comes down to wanting something even better. Our quality and craftsmanship cannot be easily obtained just by having the CD...even though the images are great, the printed version can vary. Most of the beach photo customers were looking for was that one piece of art for their home, so having the CD was not the complete package. We found that most of our clients chose at least one wall portrait even if they did buy the CD, so we want to offer our clients the best of both worlds.
This season we are offering our beach photography clients the opportunity to purchase the DVD and receive a bonus discount of 50% off our wall portraits. Why the big price cut? We want you to get the wall portrait you imagined and ordering it at the local drug store or warehouse club may not be what you had in mind.
We take pride in offering quality wall portraits with professional retouching and enhancements that take hours to complete and we want you to order it from us and our professional lab. So go ahead...get those digital files so you can share them online, but get your family heirloom portrait from us!
By the way, two thirds of our beach portraits on CD clients still had us create their Christmas cards and photo ornaments and a ton of clients bought the new custom beach collage on fine art paper! We also sold a lot of proof collections, 8x10's, 5x7's and even wallets...but the majority of the print orders included a wall size portrait and most of those were canvas beach portraits. Masonite beat out the more modern gallery wrap and the most popular size sold was our canvas 20x24 and 20x30 wall portrait.
I guess no matter how modern we get, we still come back to the classics like professional photography, canvas wall portraits in frames, and traditional Christmas cards. Thank you for making it a great year and we hope to get you exactly what you are dreaming of from your next beach photo session! Check out our printable prices for the details on the DVD Bonus Offer!
Snowbird and Baby Boomer Portrait Sessions
Last month we had the honor of photographing a couple celebrating their 50th anniversary and another couple that had retired and beach portraits were on her bucket list! We were so happy to help someone accomplish one of their dreams. The images were great and the family will have these wonderful memories and portraits to cherish forever of this loving couple. It is that time of year again here at the beach, snowbird arrival! We are so blessed with all those boomers and retirees from “Up North” as we like to put it! Wow, what a great bunch of people that have all accomplished so much and given a great deal to their spouses, families, communities and our country over the years. We want to honor them with portraits of their golden years.
Many people in this generation are not used to having portraits taken of them selves and we want to change that and make them feel treasured. We are offering a Snowbird Special to any visitor that considers themselves a Baby Boomer or Snowbird. Call us or email and let us know what you have in mind for your session and maybe we can help you cross off another “to do” on your bucket list for 2013!
We offer digital files for those tech savvy seniors, prints of all sizes, wall portraits and albums….we even have a great line of note cards and seasonal cards…get your Christmas cards done early this year and share a great memory with your entire family.
For more information on Senior Moments Sessions for Baby Boomers and Beyond call 850-654-8895 or send us an email from our contact page!
Look Better with Real Professional Photographs Online.
One of my best friends is single and looking so, I recently convinced her to try online dating. We uploaded her new professional head shot and several other pics to give her the best chance to look great. Wow, she looked great!
So, now we thought “who will she be matched with and what will he be like?” Well, we were very surprised to see her matches and their profile pictures. We looked at tons of potential matches and they seemed to have a serious common problem…their uploaded photos were terrible!
They were either wearing dark or mirrored sunglasses, were very far away in a crowd …or dressed great but cropped strangely with someone else’s head or arms still in the photo….like they had cropped out their ex wife or girlfriend.
These images were deal breakers. You could not tell anything about the men or their personalities from these photos. They are often out of focus, and grainy. And the worst of all….I was shocked to see all of the ones made from their cell phone in front of the bathroom mirror showing their bachelor bathrooms and their phone in front of their faces! How desperate looking can you get?
My other favorite theme was photos of men in sunglasses holding a large fish they had caught…don’t get me wrong…fishing is cool, but this should not be your only profile photo, we had no idea what he really looked like…the fish looked great!
So, from all of this I have gathered that most single men do not have good photos of themselves in digital or prints. Another observation is that the ones they do have were made by friends and usually involve a weekend adventure and muscles, fishing or on a boat or at a wedding with other people cut out.
Why are men so reluctant to hire a professional and get some really great photos to use on their profile page or even professionally in their job later? I know men hate to have their picture made…however ironically it is usually the man that books the family beach session! Imagine that…anyway, single men seem to really hate it or they just do not realize how bad the photos they have in their phone of themselves really are.
We would like to help! If you are thinking of trying a new online dating website or just updating your Facebook profile…we can make you look great! In the upcoming months we will be offering a special for single people looking to find love… a portrait session that will be on location like the beach! (no boring, fake backgrounds). If you know of a guy or girl that could use a little help with their match profile photo give us a call. Happy dating!