Sarah Dickerson Photography - Kansas City wedding photographer

Hello! Thank you for stopping by to visit the blogsite for Sarah Dickerson Photography. I hope you enjoy looking through my work and finding out more about my services! To browse blog posts, select an image or title to expand that post. Be sure to click on the “older entries” link at the bottom of each page to visit older entries, or search by type of session under the “categories” tab at the top of the page. Be sure to visit my portfolio site as well, accessible under the “blogroll” tab.

After many years as a top wedding photography studio, Sarah Dickerson Photography and Design now concentrates on portraits (of all types) as well as graphic design work on a part-time basis. Be sure to browse the “info and pricing” tab at the top to read about my services, and inquire about my rates, products, and availability. I can be reached at sdickersonphoto@gmail.com.

Please visit my calendar to see my availability. Due to the travel required of my full-time job, availability is not released until around the 22nd of the month prior to the following month. My schedule and available dates/times can be viewed on my booking page.

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Portrait session sale and print sale!! (and some notes about 2018!)

December 6th, 2017

Guys, bear with me because this is going to be a long one with lots of details about a SALE! (both a portrait session sale and print sale) and plans for next year! To save you the reading before we get to the part about next year….first, the SALE! ALL PRINTS and DIGITAL DOWNLOADS are […]

 

Guys, bear with me because this is going to be a long one with lots of details about a SALE! (both a portrait session sale and print sale) and plans for next year! To save you the reading before we get to the part about next year….first, the SALE!

  1. ALL PRINTS and DIGITAL DOWNLOADS are 25% off through midnight on Friday, December 15th. How to get the discount? Easy peasy. Visit my online proofing site, find your gallery (need help? Shoot me an email ). Enter 25OFF at checkout.
  2. SESSIONS ARE ON SALE! Book them for yourself, or to give as a gift. These are all on sale through Christmas, then my rates will be going up slightly for the first time in over 5 years. Right now both mini and full sessions are 25% off of the 2017 rates, which means it will be an even STEEPER discount over 2018 rates! Go to my booking site to take advantage – click the “GIFT CERTIFICATE” link for the type of session you’d like, and you will receive a code to enter when you want to schedule your session on down the line. What a deal!

Any questions at ALL about either sale, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email!

Now, about the rest of the items regarding 2018! First, a quick reminder about how my schedule and scheduling system works. Since I get my work schedule for any given month around the 18th of the month prior (so for instance, December 18th I get my January schedule), I load my schedule into my online booking system at that time. IF YOU PREPAID FOR ONE OF THE ABOVE SALE SESSIONS, please shoot me an email and indicate approximately when you think you’d like to schedule your shoot. I will add you to my monthly list of clients who get FIRST ACCESS to my schedule before I release it to the public here and on my Facebook page. That’s right, you get a shoot on sale AND first dibs on scheduling! So again if you interested in, for example, a May shoot, my May schedule will go on my booking site by April 18th or thereabouts. If you pre-paid for a sale session and indicated you would like a May session, you’ll get an email about the shoot before I release my schedule to anyone else and make it public. Why do I do this? Some months, I may not have as much availability due to a vacation or trip, recurrent training, or holidays. I obviously honor my commitment to shoot the prepaid clients first, and then any new bookings after that.

The second item: I am CONSIDERING doing winter minis in a FANTASTIC studio/loft location in the west bottoms. I just used this studio last weekend for a shoot – and with brick walls, sliding big barn doors, old wood floors, and mega amounts of props and furniture…not to mention divine natural light, I can tell you I am super super excited about this opportunity! However, since this studio costs me money to book for a half or full day, I need to know who might be interested before doing any further planning. So….if this interests you, please fill out my short survey!! These sessions can be family sessions, kiddos only, a quick high school senior session….

And that’s a wrap! Enjoy your holidays! (and I hope you enjoyed these previews from a handful of sessions shot in November and early December!)

Sarah

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GUYS. Fall is filling FAST. I can’t tell you how fast. Fast enough that you need to book NOW if you want a session. There are THREE guaranteed slots left for mini sessions right now. That’s it. (how, you ask? HERE!)

I will keep this post at the top for a while and update available sessions here regularly. As of Tuesday, October 10th, here’s what is left:

CURRENT FALL SLOTS AVAILABLE, through end of October:
OCTOBER 14 MINI SESSIONS AT SCHERER FARMS
 
8am, 3pm
 
OCTOBER 22 MINI SESSIONS AT SCHERER FARMS
 
 10am
Again, you can book your session at this link: https://sarahdickersonphoto.acuityscheduling.com/
 
10/10/2017 UPDATE!! I have had a cancellation and have a 10am slot open on October 22nd. I also have an 8am and 3pm on Saturday 10/14.  OCTOBER IS FULL other than the above 3 sessions! Snag one if you want one! I will be bidding mostly weekdays off in November so I can spend some time with my husband, who isn’t as senior as I am at our airline and cannot yet bid weekends off like I can (I’m spending a grand total of 5 days with him in October so I can do photography for you all on weekends!). It does look like I will have the first weekend in November off (November schedule will be out for certain by October 18th), but outside of that I cannot guarantee any weekend dates. So snag one of these sessions if you need a weekend and want gorgeous fall weather! 
That all being said, THIS is what you could have to hang on your walls if you DO book a session! Here are some highlights from 3 sessions shot the 3rd weekend of September, enjoy!

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fall Kansas City family photos

fall Kansas City family photos

fall Kansas City family photos

fall Kansas City family photos

fall Kansas City family photos

fall Kansas City family photos

fall Kansas City family photos

fall Kansas City family photos

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Fall mini session dates announced – book now!

September 1st, 2017

The SDP fall mini sessions have always been insanely popular. So far for fall of 2017, I have three dates set; two in September and one in October. A second October date (perhaps very early November) will be set when my October work schedule becomes available on September 19th, for a total of FOUR sessions; […]

 

The SDP fall mini sessions have always been insanely popular. So far for fall of 2017, I have three dates set; two in September and one in October. A second October date (perhaps very early November) will be set when my October work schedule becomes available on September 19th, for a total of FOUR sessions; two each in September and October. These dates typically fill up, so reserve your session now. On all days, sessions are scheduled every hour on the hour and last typically 30-40 minutes. The cost is $250.00 ($50.00 deposit required to hold your slot, balance payable at completion of session), and includes the session and a gallery of edited, full-resolution images for your download with print release (typically averaging 50 images, with a number of extra black and white versions thrown in to boot).

The fall 2017 dates are: 

Sunday, September 17th – Shawnee Mission Park, Shawnee, KS (a HUGE location offering everything from manicured park-type areas to tall prairie grass, lake, streams, and wooded areas)

Sunday, September 24th – Stocksdale Park, Liberty, Missouri (one of my perennial favorites for shooting in the fall, with gorgeous wooded and open field areas)

Sunday, October 22nd – Scherer Farms, Excelsior Springs, Missouri (a small farm complete with gorgeous red barn, maple trees, rolling hills, board fence and a picturesque pond with cattails)

I am SUPER excited about the new location at Scherer Farms. Clients choosing this location will have one-of a kind images on this barn (see images above of property) – this farm belongs to my sister, so won’t be used by any other photographers making it truly unique for SDP clients! Scherer Farms is about a 20 minute drive northeast of Liberty, Missouri, or 35 minutes northeast of downtown Kansas City, Missouri. Complete directions will be provided to clients choosing this location.

Here are some FAQs about my mini sessions:

  1. What if it rains? There will be rain dates for each of these mini session dates. If the rain date does not work for you, I will work with you to get you rescheduled on a date that everyone is available.
  2. What if none of these dates work for me, or I want a location other than the mini session day locations? You are welcome to book on any other date I have available in my calendar, by visiting www.sarahdickerson/acuityscheduling.com – September availability is up, as is the October 22nd mini session date. Other October dates will be released by September 19th, 2017, when my airline work schedule is made available to me.
  3. Are there refunds? Unfortunately, no. Deposits are nonrefundable, though in circumstances such as client illness, we can absolutely reschedule your session. Due to my full time job and the fact it involves 100% travel, I have limited availability for photo sessions and must ensure that the slots I have made myself available for are filled and going to be used. Sessions are not refundable, either, due to the custom nature of the service and end product and the downloadable nature of the files.
  4. What types of sessions can I book for the mini session dates? Almost any type that can be done at the mini session locations! Family sessions are most common, but I have also photographed children, seniors wishing a more brief session, and engaged (and married!) couples also wishing an abbreviated session.
  5. Can I bring my dog? ABSOLUTELY. I welcome pets at my mini sessions!
  6. What time of day are the sessions? Sessions go from early morning (sunrise) up until lunchtime, then break until approximately 3pm and go until sunset. The best light can be found at the very beginning and end of the day, but by breaking midday for 3 hours, we avoid the harsh light when the sun is directly overhead for all sessions.
  7. I want to get in on this, how do I book? Simply visit my booking site at www.sarahdickerson/acuityscheduling.com and follow the directions! You’ll be able to select your date and time slot, and pay your deposit. If you have pre-purchased a session from me this year and hold a coupon code, you can absolutely use them for these sessions – just enter your coupon code and you will be able to book the date and time you wish, without remitting payment.

If you have ANY questions at all about the sessions or the booking process, email me! (phone calls are unfortunately very difficult for me to return when I am on trips, so emails are absolutely the easiest way to get ahold of me as I can return them during off hours. If you do call, please be patient as if I’ve just started a trip it can be a while before I can get back to you!)

I hope to see you at one of my fall session dates, or on another date I have available!

TO BOOK: www.sarahdickerson/acuityscheduling.com

EMAIL: sdickersonphoto@gmail.com

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the Henson Family – a sign of a great fall to come!

August 27th, 2017

I recently photographed the Henson family at a location very special to me. I LOVE these photos! This adorable family has been a client of mine in the past, and I was so excited to work with them once again. They wanted a country setting, with some wildflowers/Queen Anne’s Lace in fields; the location I […]

 

I recently photographed the Henson family at a location very special to me. I LOVE these photos! This adorable family has been a client of mine in the past, and I was so excited to work with them once again. They wanted a country setting, with some wildflowers/Queen Anne’s Lace in fields; the location I had in mind hit both aspects out of the park! Enjoy these photos – and stay tuned for a blog post about September availability and some very exciting news about VERY fall-like mini session dates in October!

 Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

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Danielle + Brad | Maternity Session

July 11th, 2017

Here’s yet another former wedding client visiting SDP for photos once again – Danielle and Brad are now expecting their first born! I visited their farm recently on the south side of Kansas City to document Danielle’s maternity session. It was a HOT day so we got a super early start – all the better […]

 

Here’s yet another former wedding client visiting SDP for photos once again – Danielle and Brad are now expecting their first born! I visited their farm recently on the south side of Kansas City to document Danielle’s maternity session. It was a HOT day so we got a super early start – all the better as it gave us some gorgeous light to work with! Enjoy!

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

Kansas City maternity photos

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Back at it!

July 3rd, 2017

Hello all. Recurrent training at my airline is over, and I’ve got my schedule for July set up on my scheduling page. I am so sorry this took so long; I’d promised it last week, and I know some of you all were possibly interested in shooting this holiday weekend. I unfortunately lost my grandmother […]

 

Hello all. Recurrent training at my airline is over, and I’ve got my schedule for July set up on my scheduling page. I am so sorry this took so long; I’d promised it last week, and I know some of you all were possibly interested in shooting this holiday weekend. I unfortunately lost my grandmother (my last remaining grandparent) less than 24 hours after returning home from training, and photography just had to take a back seat.

My July is not super open; I’m obviously gone part of the month for work and my vacation is also occurring at the end of the month; I’ll be in Wisconsin for a week. My grandmother’s services in two weekends also affects my schedule. That all being said, I do have SOME availability – so go check out my schedule and see if what I have available works out for you. August should be much more normal, and I intend to give you all as MUCH of my time as I possibly can this fall (September, October, and November) when portrait sessions really ramp up with fall colors and the holidays approaching. Please continue to watch my calendar each month that you are interested in booking. Again, I post my schedule around the 19th-20th of each month for the FOLLOWING month, once I have my work/travel schedule. I only know my work schedule one month at a time, until I bid the following month – so unfortunately, for example now, I do not know my work schedule beyond the last day of July. I will have August’s schedule by the 18th or 19th of July. Any questions about booking, of course, please do not hesitate to email me. Also, I DO take advance requests to be notified via email when a particular months’ schedule becomes available – so for instance, if you are dying for an October shoot, I can email you as soon as it is posted. (as of today, July 3rd, I’m still playing catch-up from training and my family’s loss…so be patient, I’m working on it today).

ALL that being said, I’m going to finally start blogging and sharing some of my fantastic spring shoots in the coming weeks. We will start with the Cotter family, who were one of my wedding clients several years back. One of my greatest joys is continuing to work as a family photographer for couples such as Emily and Tom as they start their families. So neat and rewarding to see! Enjoy these photos, and I’ll be sure to share more sessions in the coming days.

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

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Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

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Kansas City family portraits

Kansas City family portraits

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2017 Session Information and a SPRING SALE!

March 11th, 2017

SDP has had a very quiet winter as I settle into my new career. However, Daylight Savings returns tonight, Spring is (mostly!) in the air, and it’s time to think about portrait sessions again! I continue to offer family, senior, engagement, newborn, or any other kind of portrait session on a part-time basis. My schedule is […]

 

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SDP has had a very quiet winter as I settle into my new career. However, Daylight Savings returns tonight, Spring is (mostly!) in the air, and it’s time to think about portrait sessions again! I continue to offer family, senior, engagement, newborn, or any other kind of portrait session on a part-time basis. My schedule is posted each month, by the 19th of the previous month, on my booking page which can be accessed here or by clicking the “availability calendar” link at the top of this page under the “info and pricing” tab.

Right now, I have session availability for this month (March) posted, beginning March 22nd, and continuing through the end of the month. April’s dates will be posted when I receive my April work schedule (no later than March 19th). I do hope to host a mini session day in April; however, this will be dependent upon me getting a good weekend day off next month! (A side note: I should have plenty of session availability in April and May, but June will likely be a very limited month for me due to my annual recurrent training at the airline, which requires a substantial amount of online coursework, study, and preparation.)

And the most important part of this post – I am, for the first time EVER, having a session sale! Book now and save on your session fee, whether a full or mini session! To do so, again, visit the links above to book your session, and instead choose one of the two “gift certificate” options. You will pay now, but can use anytime in 2017! You will receive a code via email that you can redeem for a session and book immediately with the quick link provided, or book later, even this fall! If you have any questions about the sale, which runs through next Friday the 17th, please shoot me an email.

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September mini sessions – book now!

September 2nd, 2016

As promised, I’ve set two dates for mini sessions in September. October’s sessions will be announced around September 22nd – while I know a lot of you go for fall color, please note due to my work/travel schedule, I cannot guarantee I’ll have a weekend date close to peak color. If I get the short […]

 

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As promised, I’ve set two dates for mini sessions in September. October’s sessions will be announced around September 22nd – while I know a lot of you go for fall color, please note due to my work/travel schedule, I cannot guarantee I’ll have a weekend date close to peak color. If I get the short end of the straw as far as schedule goes, please also note that October sessions may be held on weeknight evenings (if that were to be the best I could do!) I merely mention this so that those that choose to wait realize that my schedule may not afford me two weekend dates like September did (I was incredibly lucky!). October’s sessions will likely be at new locations to keep geography spread out – Shawnee Mission Park, for instance, is a high likelihood. Also, I will be offering something along the holiday lines in November, whenever I can work it into my schedule!

That all being said, SEPTEMBER! I have two dates set; Saturday, September 17th at Shoal Creek Living History Museum just west of Liberty, MO (just off of MO 152 Highway), and Sunday, September 25th at English Landing Park in Parkville. The former setting has lots of neat old buildings and log cabins to shoot around; the latter is more of a park-like setting, along the Missouri River, with a neat nature trail to shoot on if you prefer something more county and less manicured than the park (both are situated very near each other). Both days, I have slots available on the hour every hour from 7am to noon. I also have some other scattered availability posted during the month and may add a bit more as my schedule firms up even further, but the two dates posted above WILL be it for September weekend availability, most likely.

So where do I see this schedule and book, you ask? Well, click right here on this link and book away! EVERYTHING is automated this year including your deposit, so you can take care of everything at once! Of course, if you have any questions, by all means
email me – and I’ll confirm the session with you the week of the shoot.

Oh  – and for those new to my mini sessions, here’s what’s included: a 30-40 minute shoot, scheduled at the top of each hour (please be punctual, I’ve allowed a little bit of play time in each session in case the unthinkable happens and you run late, but any overage past the “fudge factor” I’ve allotted into the schedule will mean your session gets cut short!). After the session, I’ll edit your images within the next week and post them in an online gallery, where you can select and send me your 25 favorites. I’ll then upload these right into a download gallery where you can access and download your high-resolution files! Of course, you will also receive a print release allowing you to use these images however you wish for printing, cards, the web, or anything else.

Looking forward to working with you all once again!

Once again – you can BOOK HERE! And continue checking this link for future availability in coming months as I learn my schedule each month.

Sarah