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Closing down the books!

Say What?

Say What?

So..... Surprise! I'm closing down my schedule. 


Are you freaking out? Did you want a session? REST AT EASE... Every little thing... is gonna be alright.  Did you just start singing in your head? I did. Don't mind me: I digress.

You want a session? Don't worry. You can still have one. 

2016 was my first year of going full time with photography. I've learned a lot on the business side and have really been working to develop a photography business to last. Taking workshops, undergoing some mentoring, soaking up sparkly goodness from profitable business savvy photographers...

The average photographer that doesn't work to develop a strong business foundation will be out of business in just a few short years. I've been a "photographer" for 6 almost 7 years now but this year I really studied the business side in a way I've never done before. I've studied, researched, crafted, spent hours and hours behind the scenes working and learning on the best way to improve my business. 


2017 is going to be awesome. I am excited to be doing things a little differently. We are moving to an exclusive scheduling system.

Exclusive Photographer Booking

Essentially here is how it is going to work:
>My schedule will open up 3 times in 2017<

At this point the plan is to open up

  • Spring: February 1st for bookings through the end of April.
  • Summer: May 1st for bookings through the end of July. and the big one...
  • Fall: August 1st for bookings through the end of October

There will be limited spaces available. The deal is this:  I'll send out an email that says something along the lines of: "Spaces are available - here are your options"  (Hopefully crafted a little more fun.. but that's the basic idea) And you will be quick to respond with your date and time choices. Because you will have been watching for the whole week prior on social media, in your email, etc - that my schedule was about to open... and you'll have been waiting on the edge of your seat!  Right? Right!
Then invoices will go out to pay for your session fee... and then you're on the books. and my schedule will be once again closed until the next opening date! 


I will be sure to keep all of you hopefuls aware and reminded about when my schedule is opening up so you can set an alarm, get your friends on my email list, remember to watch your email, or however you get there.  
But here is the kicker... You have to be ON my email list to get this invitation to book! 

 

SO the moment you've all been waiting for: Click here to sign up for my email list so you can be ready when the time comes! Dont worry. I will not be spamming you. You'll get info once in awhile when things are happening. At some point soon - an email series will go out with lots of details about how working with me goes (Booking process, preparation ideas, print prices, product details and what to expect... etc). Other than that you'll only get emails from me when specials come up, booking is opening soon, or anything else exciting that I dig up. My goal is value only though! So don't you worry. 

Keep in mind, getting on this email list is the only way to get a session with me once 2017 hits!
(I do still have a few spots for 2016 if you need to hop in before the end of the year.)

  • If I ever release mini session events - it'll be through the email list.
  • If I ever offer Holiday Specials, it'll be through the email list.
  • If I ever plan an event,
  • have a sale,
  • or book sessions...

it will be through this email list

 

And just so you know - in case you're planner-self isn't ready for the commitment... don't worry! Being on the list does not mean you're locked into a session. You'll just be ready for the process and know what to expect.

Oh - and guess what? Right now I'm offering a free downloadable guide when you sign up for the list - it's called:      "Make Getting 'Camera Ready' Easy" 

Head over and get on the list now! 
 

 

 

Wall Art for the Win! With a Special Offer!

Organic Bloom Vendor Yreka California and Medford Oregon

If you remember a few weeks ago I posted this photo on social media: 
I'm so very excited to be a vendor for Organic Bloom Frames.  They are hand made, hand painted and SO customizeable you can't even believe it. 

I simply love seeing photos on the wall. Do you remember a grandparent, or mom and dad, or an aunt maybe, that had their hallways just lined with photos?  It really takes you somewhere mentally to stare at collections of photos on the wall or flipping through a box of polaroids or prints. I just love it! That is a huge loss that our culture has began to suffer from the digital age. Trust me. I love digital. I really do. I'm among the first to admit I've been terrible about keeping up on prints for myself. I have done a few books and albums that I just LOVE. Nothing replaces a photograph in physical form. And now that a beautiful wall display is coming back into popularity. These Organic Bloom frames really give wall art photo collections an awesome pop. 

Over the last couple of weeks, I had the privilege of designing a wall for my sister in law! She has a single canvas collage up on her wall that I did for her a few years ago. She sent a photo of it to me one day and said "This looks so lonely" and let me know she was wanting to get some canvases or prints for the wall from a later Anniversary session that we did. 

I began designing! 

We had a lot of options flowing through the conversations: One of my favorites was this: 

 

Midnight Blue and Sunkist Organic Bloom Frame

Aubrey sent me a variety of photos she thought to use, there were a few candids of she and her hubby with their Husky Pup Baxter - And I still had the anniversary photos she wanted on my external hard drive.  

I designed a few options that make it appear right on her wall and we discussed what works and what doesn't work.  Ultimately I think we both really loved the blue and yellow and how well it worked - but she wanted to make sure it was more of a neutral color palette. And this is what we ended up with: 

Final Design Organic Bloom

I literally just placed the order today. The mix of canvas/framed prints I love... and I think it'll grow nicely up the stairs if they decide to add on and should re-organize nicely should they ever move to Yreka. ;) haha. Or ya know. Wherever.

Do you want to get in on this action? Read on - and Congratulations on making it through my chatty-mcchatterson-blog.
You tell me your interested by leaving a comment here in this blog with your email address! I will send you an email with details and requirements on how we go about this process. Should you decide to take the leap - I will take a design deposit from you of $100 which will be non refundable but applied to the total cost of your order (Frames begin at $295). Then I will begin designing - we will come up with something that you just. LOVE. I guarantee it!  Be an early adopter and get in on this awesomeness. I am going to give away 3 SPACES to the first people that decide to have me design an Organic Bloom collection for them. These spots will be highly coveted I'm sure - as there will be some great Specials that will be marvelous and quite generous. Mostly because I want you to experience these frames. Seriously. Like Seriously. 

This is a decent investment on your part, oh customer. but These frames. I'm tellin you. And pair them with a special memory - bring out the color of the binky that your baby never used to be able to live without but is a trigger style reminder of how little and innocent she was then now that she is hitting kindergarten? Swoohoooon-worthy.  I can work in whatever photos you want, You can do a grow with me collection of all your kiddos years... we can create a generation wall so that your kids can hold onto actual photos of you guys on your wedding day along with grandma and grandpas? These photos ... they don't have to be mine. (But if they aren't, and they're professional i'll need a print release OR You're welcome to simply order just frames if you want to kinda DIY) You will be blown-a-way by the color and style options seriously. We can compeltely customize this whole thing AND They use Benjamin Moore Paint - You can request anything that they don't have listed! ANYTHING that they offer at www.benjaminmoore.com  SO You could match an accent wall! You could take a double frame and make the inside frame match your wall and the outside color be the color you wished you would have painted but you weren't brave enough to go that bold! (*raised hand*)  hahaha!  The options are endless... and I know that could get overwhelming.. BUT Thats why you order from a vendor, like myself.... I'll ask questions - see what you're hoping for/looking for and I'LL put together a few things that you can tweak and choose from. 

If you're interested in one of the 3 special design spots I'm offering - Comment below with your email and I'll send you the 3 Space Special pricing info, requirements and everything you'd need to know to get started with a Design-Special Space! 
Frames begin at $235 - and your design deposit will be $100 to get moving (Non refundable but applicable to your frame costs!) 

Can't wait to work with you!! 

 

Mommy & Me at Willow & Wren

Willow & Wren was the perfect spot for the Mommy & Me Mini Session Event! Half of the Session Fees are being donated to Relay for Life! Woot! So excited about that! Our community is pretty involved in Relay for Life and I'm on our local Starbucks' team, "Brewin for a Cure" ...as a former partner and obsessive drinker (coffee),  I enjoy being part of the team! So I'm excited that we were able to donate a little extra to the cause.  I will be open and honest here and just say that... I waited way too long to launch the program and results didn't turn out as poppin as I had hoped for. Willow & Wren was perfect though! The adorable small town shop belongs to an old high school friend. I'm so proud of that Girl-Boss! Runnin your own business is no joke! And seriously this shop is so stinkin adorable. This place had me drooling over it the minute I walked in! This is future studio material we're talkin! Some-day you guys.. someday. #goalsetting  ;) lol
ANYWAY, I digress.. lol - However low the turn out, I did get to reconnect with a childhood friend and her adorable little girl. Mellisa and I used to meet up at my dad's property after school I think at the end of JR. High and beginning of HS. Her grandma was a caretaker for my grandma. I had a horse there, an old sweet learner horse for me ;) and we pretended to totally know what we were doing, rode poor Sugar around town until she was sweaty, spent the days outside, or scrounging for money to go get Dottie's, and all was good!  We have "reconnected" on Facebook over the last couple of years but we haven't met up, or talked much at all until she inquired about the Mini Sessions. She has not changed a bit! She has become a beautiful Momma, she has such a sweet disposition and is doing a great job with her little girl! Who by the way is such a ham! I feel so blessed to have been able to reconnect with her for the shoot and our ordering session and capture this sweet season for them. 
Happy Almost Mother's Day!! I hope this brightens your week!