Capture The Holidays With A Family Portrait!
Let me create holiday memories you’ll enjoy all year. A family portrait is a gift that keeps on giving.
Now until Dec. 10 book a studio style portrait session for only $52 plus tax (normally $125). You’ll get 6 different poses and all 6 images on CD w/ release is included!
That’s a value of $425 for only $52, an awesome deal for the holidays!
All sessions will be at my home. Schedule a date and time HERE.
All sessions do require advanced payment to hold date and time.
And That’s Not All! Reprints Are On Sale!
Now until December 10th all reprints are reduced in price to help with the holidays. I know you have a lot of presents to buy, so do I. That’s why I’m lowering the price for Christmas so you can order more for family and friends. Check out the lowered prices HERE!
I can also re-host your old events for Free so your friends and family can order as well! Just let me know and I’ll get them online ASAP!
But they do happen and I just had one happen recently. I never like to get that message, but it happens at least once a year. That’s why I wanted to post a reminder to couples to read your contracts carefully and make sure you understand what your signing. Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Most wedding vendors will have retainer amounts in their contracts. This is an amount that the vendor will retain if the contract is canceled by the couple. On my contract, the 1/3 paid at the time of the contract signing is a retainer that is nonrefundable. I also have all payments made within 30 days of the event are nonrefundable as well.
You might be wondering why. From the time we sign a contract together, I will turn everyone else away when they contact me about the date, potential income I’m turning down. I can only afford to do this if I know I’m absolutely going to get paid on the date I’m holding. Re-booking the date with a new couple is nearly impossible because the couples I turn down have booked with other photographers. So that’s why we have to have a retainer policy in the contract.
You’ll want to think about who is signing the contract, too. For instance, I had a situation where the soon to be mother in law paid for the photography, but the bride signed the contract, making the bride my client, not the mother in law to be. Any credits or refunds that might be due will go to the bride because she is the one I have a signed agreement with and only her.
Anyway, I always hope to not have cancellations in the first place. I’d rather be working and doing what I love. Read your contracts, keep copies of them, and make sure the appropriate person signs the contract.
Journal’s Bridal Show Held at The Clarion in Shepherdstown
On October 21st at the Clarion in Shepherdstown WV The Journal will be holding a Bridal Show.
Brides- and grooms-to-be will pack the luxurious Clarion Hotel & Conference Center in historic Shepherdstown Sunday October 21st for The Journal’s 15th annual Bridal Fair. This is a FREE event and vendors will be giving away great prizes.
Crouse Photography will give away a FREE Engagement Session voted for by brides on a recent poll on my facebook page.
Here’s a link to some great advice for booking wedding vendors. What to ask and what to look for before you sign a contract.
Think you can’t afford a professional Wedding Photographer? Read this blog post before you decide.
In other news! Some of you may know that I am also an indie author. If you have a kindle and you love to read, then you should get my story, Fortune, while it’s available FREE. October 4th and 5th
If you received a fortune cookie that said you were going to die, what would you do? Unlucky Sarah goes on a hunt to find out who gave her the fortune and why. What she discovers will change her forever.
Fortune is an 11,000 word story that will keep you at the edge of your seat. YA and adult fiction fans alike will enjoy the ride this story will take you on. You won’t be able to put it down.
I’ve decided that I need more likes on Facebook and more sessions to shoot!
So here goes the deal. If I reach 1000 likes by Sept 30th, 2012 here at Crouse Photography, then I will offer FREE 1/2 hour sessions during the month of October. And yes I realize that is the most beautiful month of the year around here and that’s why I picked it. You have to like my page to qualify and I have to reach 1000 by midnight on Sept 30th, 2012.
If we make it, I will add a link to my scheduling website and post the link here for everyone to start scheduling their sessions. You can do family portraits, babies, engagement session, or trash your wedding dress, any session you like. You’ll get half an hour at any local location near Martinsburg WV (which we can discuss together at the time your making the appointment). The session must be scheduled during the month of October and will be hosted online for viewing and ordering. Reprints and digital files will be offered at discounted prices for those sessions only(contact me for the prices. They will be the same prices offered during my new web-hosting launch back in the spring) What a great opportunity to get your family together during the fall foliage! Start spreading the word NOW and get those likes adding up if you want a free 1/2 hour session!
Great News! The new web hosting site is up and ready! All events from the old hosting have migrated over so you can still find your site.
To celebrate the launch of the new site (and give me practice at managing it) I’m offering all reprints at a low, low reduced price for the whole month of March.
You’ll find reprints as low as $3 and digital files as low as $3 that you can now download directly from the site. Hundreds of new products have been added at a reduced price all month long including wrap around canvas prints, metal murals, greeting cards and more!
If you are an old client and would like your event re-hosted so you can take advantage of the low, low prices, let me know by sending an email, this month the hosting is FREE and the prices are low so don’t miss out!!
Reduced prices only available when ordering online
With all the rainy weddings this year I wish I would have thought of this idea. What a great image! I found it at Wedding Photography Project. You bet the next time I have a rainy wedding I’m going to attempt an image similar to this one.