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CMP PHOTO SERIES | Print That Photo PART 3

October 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have decided to do a three part series on printing images and why you should do it!  I often feel like I have to justify my reasoning for including prints and print credits in each of my collections, and so I decided a photo series/blog would explain why I want people to have photos, why I print my photos.  

Here is the first and second parts of the series on why you should Print That Photo.

 

HERE IS PART 3 OF THE SERIES

I wanted to spend this last part talking more about prints and labs and sizes-- all the details.  

This series has been about why you should print your photos.  I hope I have helped in persuading you to do just that and you're ready to order some of your images!  Now, when it comes time to order, sometimes clients are unsure on what size to print.  I have created a print size comparison to help make that a bit easier which you can see below.  

Also, here are my favorite sizes to print:

           WALL:  11x14

           TABLETOP: 8x10 and 5x7

You can see the full print size comparison in one of my previous blog posts here.  

 

Now, I was to take it one step further and say, print your photos WITH ME.  Here's why...

You work hard on coordinating outfits and looking your best.  Putting your best face forward.  I work hard on posing, lighting, and editing.  You pay me to give you great photographs!  There is no reason for all of that personal and monetary investment to go to waste when you decide to print images at a lab that doesn't print them correctly (or leave them on a hard drive if you still haven't printed your photos yet).  

This is why, as many of you know, I require print orders before I release digital downloads or send out a USB.  The requirement is small in comparison to the investment of the session, but I insist that all of my clients have at least a couple beautifully printed photographs.  I say that and some may wonder, why can't I print where I want to?!  

Let's set it up this way... say you have a car that needs a battery and has four flat tires.  So, you take it to a shop and get a new battery.  Then, to save money you decide to leave the flat tires.  Why?  Well, to save money and technically it runs, right?  It can go slow, right?  No, of course not.  You have to invest on every aspect to have a safe driving vehicle right?  Okay, maybe my analogies are kind of lame, but you get the idea.  If you are going to invest in a professional photography session, then you need to print your images beautifully.  No sense in leaving them on a hard drive or low-quality printing them.  You won't like them, I won't like them, no one will like them...don't sabotage your investment!  

I, just like you, want the photograph printed just as you prepared for and I created-- all the vibrant colors and all the details..  I don't want you to take the images and get a second rate print when you develop them at Walmart or Snapfish.  I know for a fact that they will come back off color, not as sharp and not nearly as high quality as my labs.  Not only that, but just as I stand behind every session and my images, I also stand behind every print and product I offer on my galleries-- if you are unhappy, let's make it right!  I can't do anything about the images you print somewhere else, and you often get what you pay for.  Also, the images you print as a lesser lab also represent ME, and MY work and business.  I cringe at the thought of horribly printed Walmart images being shown with my name attached.  

But don't worry, I have a solution... or a couple!  Here's a little bit of my personal experience with cheaper labs:  Snapfish prints a bit green or pink.  Shutterfly prints a bit washed out and yellow.  Sam's club prints very yellow and darker.  You get the idea...  First and foremost, I strongly encourage you to order from my gallery.  I offer credits and/or coupon codes with each gallery to help make this more affordable.  But, let's say your session was awhile ago, coupons were used or you just want to quickly print more... you can go to www.mpix.com and print!  They are a reputable consumer lab that will, at the very least, print better than most of the cheaper ones.  

 

Photographs capture the spirit of its subject.  Photographs preserve a memory.  Photographs can be handed down throughout generations.  Photographs serve as a token for a free ride back in time, and allow for sweet conversations with loved ones as they remember.  Photographs are the final product of your session, not something to skimp on.  

Professional, or candid...PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.  PRINT AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES.


 


Fall Mini Session

October 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

 

Hey There!

Fall is the perfect time to book a session, not only for the colors but they are perfect for holiday cards and gifts!  Have you booked a session yet??  Don't stress-- there is still time to get your session done with me in time for the holidays!   

If you are interested, please email me today to reserve your spot!

 

Here are my available dates and times:

11/3 :  5:30pm, 6:00pm

11/4 :  5:00pm, 5:30pm, 6:00pm

11/5 : 5:30pm, 6:00pm

 

These dates will go quickly, so don't hesitate!

If you would like to book a session but cannot make any of these times work, I do offer 20% off booking pricing to all returning clients AND referred clients.  

 


CMP PHOTO SERIES | Print That Photo PART 2

October 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I have decided to do a three part series on printing images and why you should do it!  I often feel like I have to justify my reasoning for including prints and print credits in each of my collections, and so I decided a photo series/blog would explain why I want people to have photos, why I print my photos.  

Here is the first part of the series on why you should Print That Photo.

HERE IS PART 2 OF THE SERIES

My mom and dad were married in the summer of 1985.  My mom had an absolutely stunning lace dress, one that would is most certainly back in style today. My dad wore white, and looked dapper from head to toe.  How do I know this, you ask?  I've seen beautiful and well preserved wedding photographs in wedding albums!!  

I'm so thankful for the images I have of their wedding day.  There's something so sweet about seeing your parents in love and happy on the day they married.  Before kids and life, and in my case, death.  These photographs have become incredible keepsakes, not only for me and my sister but for our children.  My oldest loved seeing grandma in her pretty white dress.  

I really loved showing my mom the photos I had and hearing about her day.  It was a special moment I will carry in my heart forever, and it most definitely wouldn't have happened had I not had those printed photographs.  

She told me about her day, about her aunts being silly, and even how my cousin captured some of the images.  Just thinking back to it now makes my heart all warm and fuzzy.  

My parents wedding photographer was Mike Schleyer.  He is their cousin and my second cousin (I think?)-- hooray for big family trees! Haha.  His images are incredible and I am in awe of his talent and so thankful for his work.  Can you imagine, in the age of film only- how much talent and technique it would have taken to capture in-focus, well exposed and composed images?!  Today, we can shoot, look, and reshoot if necessary.  We have cameras that tell us when the image needs focusing or adjustments for exposure.  Heck, you can even put your camera in auto mode (I DON'T RECOMMEND THIS) and capture decent images.  Film photographers are the real MVP's of the world of photography!   If you really want to dig deep into the photography world, I highly encourage you to venture into film photography.  The learning curve is a bit more difficult, but it gives you an incredible opportunity to really understand how a camera works, and how film is developed, and how prints are made.  I am so thankful for my time in college learning all of this-- it is invaluable!  

Speaking of his technique... did you know... he used a glass to capture the one image of my mom and the other of both my parents, with the white bokeh effect?!  My mom said he legit put a glass against his lens and captured the imaged through it.  So much creativity!!  

**I wanted to reiterate... these images are from Mike Schleyer, I only watermarked the images I took of his photos (that seems like a mouthful), so they cannot be reproduced without his consent**

Photographs capture the spirit of its subject.  Photographs preserve a memory.  Photographs can be handed down throughout generations.  Photographs serve as a token for a free ride back in time, and allow for sweet conversations with loved ones as they remember.

Professional, or candid...PRINT YOUR PHOTOGRAPHS.  PRINT AND SHARE YOUR MEMORIES.


 

 

 


Senior Portrait Experience

September 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

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I am now booking for fall Senior Portrait Experiences for all 2018 Seniors!!

Please inquire for details but here's the gist of it...

 

2-3 hour session $350 within 30 miles of Ann Arbor, $400 elsewhere

-no limit on poses, outfits or locations (but drive time is included in overall session time!)

-all edited images are placed on a gallery for viewing, sharing and print ordering... once you order prints, ALL of the images are yours to keep!

 

$50 print credit on print order of $150 or more  

 

 


Grace {2018 Senior}

September 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Earlier this month I traveled to Waterford, MI to spend some time with a 2018 Senior!  

 

We went to this super amazing park-- like, legit a dreamy place that ANY photographer would love!!  I don't even know the name, but it was like a mini town complete with a vintage gas station and even a train on tracks!!  We spent a couple of hours there, and to be honest, I think I could have spent all day there with my camera.  I hope to return there again some time soon!

Grace was a blast to hang out with, and as the session progressed, she really opened up in front of the camera.  She was truly a stunning and funny person to have in front of my camera and I enjoyed every second of it.  I'm glad she was up for any ideas on posing or going here there and everywhere in this park, and I have no doubt having a personality like that will get her far in life.  Congrats on being (almost) done with high school, Grace, and best wishes in your college years!  

 

Here are some of my favorite images from our session experience together.  

 

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