January 25, 2010 | Posted by: Julie Cruz | Category: Press
I know it's crazy for most people to even THINK about holiday card photos in JANUARY, but the reality is that I already have 2 regular session bookings in October and 2 in November (meaning I will ONLY be taking MINI session bookings now for those months), so if I don't post the mini session info NOW, i'll end up like the past 2 years where I didn't even have a chance to organize mini sessions in those months because I was already booked up. Plus I already have a small waiting list for these mini sessions....so obviously some folks ARE thinking way ahead :)
Why mini sessions in Oct/Nov? Easy! Those are my craziest months because everyone wants holiday card photos done. Why mini sessions though? Well because most clients are just looking for a photo or two to use on their cards. For me? Since i'm cutting down on the amount of shoots I do each month this year, I would have only booked about 6-8 shoots TOPS for each month. With mini sessions, i'll be able to book 2 regular sessions (which are already booked, sorry) and EIGHT mini sessions in each month. So basically i'll be able to photograph 20 clients in those 2 months vs. the normal 12-16 (which in my past, i've done before, but nearly killed myself ;) haha). I know some of you (mainly other photographers) are thinking "that's all? I can do 10+ mini sessions in a day", etc. Sure, i'm capable of it, but here's my reality. On top of Halloween, Thanksgiving, PJ just starting Kindergarten (in the fall), etc. In October and November alone, the amount of birthdays in our family are insane those two months. Don't believe me? Here's a little rundown of the birthdays: Isaac (nephew), Marcus (nephew), Mary (sister), Maylie (niece), Katie (sister), Elaine (sister in law), Ernie (father in law), Gene (my dad)....not to mention my mother in law and my brother in law just 2 weeks after that....and Christmas right after that! So yeah....on top of shoots, many hours of editing, holidays, parties, etc....there are MANY birthdays to celebrate during that time as well. In the past, i've unfortunately had to miss out on quite a few events because (and my friends/family know this line all too well) - "Sorry, I have a shoot". Part of my New Year resolutions is MORE family time....so yes, this is a must for me :) Ok, so now that i've spoken my case (sorry, I tend to get diarrhea of the mouth sometimes and can go on and on....and on. Hmm....I blame that on my oldest sister and my brother in law, Jay. Both can talk your ear off ;) haha), let's get to the info! :)
I will try and update the list as spots are booked.
MINI session DETAILS:
PRICING: $400 (session *AND* disc of all edited images)
*30 minute session for up to 2 people ($30 per additional person(s))
*Approximately 15-20 images
*Access to online password protected gallery for proofing, sharing with friends & family and ordering.
*DVD with all professionally edited images in high resolution & print release (where you are free to take wherever you like for prints, cards, etc).
DATES and LOCATIONS to choose from (times will be confirmed later on, closer to the shoot dates):
*PARK or OUTDOOR (possibly field)* - Saturday - October 9th, 2010 - FOUR THREE TWO ONE ZERO spots available.
*URBAN/STREET* - Sunday - October 17th, 2010. FOUR THREE TWO ONE ZERO spots available.
*BEACH (w/ bleachers, lifeguard towers, etc)* - Saturday - November 13th, 2010 - FOUR THREE TWO ONE ZERO spots available.
*URBAN/STREET* Sunday - November 14th, 2010 - FOUR THREE TWO ONE ZERO spots available.
Here are some photos of each "type" (meaning these might not be the EXACT confirmed locations I will choose, but possibly) of location:
BEACH (but w/ bleachers, lifeguard towers, etc)....
I of course will still be booking regular/full sessions in September (which is when my holiday card shoots usually start up), so if you feel like you would need more than 30 minutes, or would like a different location than the mini sessions offer, you can definitely still book in June, July, August and September :) Thanks! :)