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 a month in advance. Please inquire via the email above for a price list and availability – I look forward to hearing from you! *PLEASE NOTE – SDP is unavailable for portrait work from April 16, 2016 through late August – check back in the late summer for fall portrait availability!*

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A very important announcement – and spring mini sessions!

April 1st, 2016

Hi All! Well…it’s been a bit quiet this past winter, but it’s because SDP is going through some very large changes! Some, I regret to announce…but, personally, it’s a move I’m excited to make and a dream I’ve always wanted to pursue, and the time is nigh given my age and the changes occurring in […]

 

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Hi All!

Well…it’s been a bit quiet this past winter, but it’s because SDP is going through some very large changes! Some, I regret to announce…but, personally, it’s a move I’m excited to make and a dream I’ve always wanted to pursue, and the time is nigh given my age and the changes occurring in the industry I am moving toward. More on this below – but in the meantime, if you’d like a mini session this spring, act fast! Available times are listed below for 4/9, and you can book them by emailing me!

Effective immediately, SDP is no longer accepting wedding bookings. (please note I will be, and am very much looking forward to, shooting the handful of 2016 weddings I have on the books! 2016 brides, you have received an email from me in advance of this posting so you have no worries – I’m excited to work with you!) I am still accepting portrait sessions – however, please note, I have a (extremely limited) set number of April sessions available before 4/22 (see schedule below)…and will not be available for sessions, no exceptions, until a rough August or September timeframe after that point.

I have decided to make a career change and chase a dream since I have been a teenager. I have been a longtime pilot and flight instructor, and accepted my first job as a professional pilot.

With this career change comes significant amounts of training. This training is not conducted in the Kansas City area, and it requires my total, 100% concentration as well as lots of study outside of daily classroom and simulator time.

The above being said, I absolutely, positively cannot accept any work while I am in training (after 4/22). There are no ifs, ands or buts – except for the aforementioned weddings I have booked, which I have accommodated for and will be shooting as scheduled!

After I complete training and am assuming a “normal” flying schedule, I will again begin to accept limited portrait session bookings. Due to my career and subsequent travel/lifestyle change, there will be some changes to my booking requirements, which I’ll detail below and will be addressed in the FAQs on my website(s), as I update them:

1. bookings can only be accepted approximately 30 days in advance, as that is when I know my work/travel schedule for the month. I am in the process of integrating a calendar of availability into my website that will allow clients to book my available days each month, making my month-to-month schedule as simple as possible.

2. weekends may be available, but again, will not be known until 30 days in advance. I will be bidding a work schedule, and what I get is what I get as far as days off for the month; my days in Kansas City are not 100% within my control.

3. mini sessions are ONLY available on mini session dates. I will only have 1 or 2 of these per year (see below for available times this month!). I will have limited time to spend with my husband, dogs, and at home; so limiting my bookings is necessary so I’ve got some down time while I am not working my flying job.

4. full sessions are available any time I am available and in town.

Thank you for your understanding! I have worked very hard to work with clients on schedule over the years, and have even bent my “no mini sessions outside of mini session dates” rule, but with this career change, there will be some dates and times I simply will not be able to accommodate. I have no control over this! I love photography and I have made this career change to chase a life long dream; not because I choose to no longer do portrait or wedding photography! I will miss weddings TREMENDOUSLY and look forward to maintaining relationships with my regular portrait clients once I complete training.

Also – while I am in training, I will be out of town during the week. I will be unable to fulfill orders or answer client emails during these days. I will be in class all day and studying by night. I will address any emails and inquiries over the weekends as I can. Please be patient. I will get back with you. Training is incredibly demanding. It is very important that my concentration is 100% on the task at hand while I am attending class.

Again – THANK YOU to all of my clients over the years; and although SDP is continuing in a greatly reduced capacity, the single most important thing I can address is that SDP IS CONTINUING! I am not closing the business, I am maintaining all of my business licenses, my proofing site, and client files. SDP is simply gearing down from a full-time, heavy-volume studio to a part time vocation for me. I have moved from my studio location given this career change, and will be operating the business 100% out of my home. I do have access to the old studio location, however, on a shoot-by-shoot basis, if it is desired for a particular session, such as for newborns or toddlers.

Thank you so much to everyone, and please stay in touch!

– Sarah

SPRING MINI SESSION TIMES AVAILABLE:

April 9

8am – booked

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two additional slots are available on weeknights prior to 4/16. Please email me to book any of the above slots or discuss a potential weeknight slot!

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SDP’s (LAST) Annual Holiday Sale is here!

November 20th, 2015

A lot of clients wait until the holidays to place print, canvas, and digital file orders. Well, this is that one time that  your procrastination pays off! From Black Friday and continuing for two weeks, I’m holding my annual 25% off sale. Everything in my online galleries at http://sarahdickersonphotography.zenfolio.com/ is on sale during this time! […]

 

A lot of clients wait until the holidays to place print, canvas, and digital file orders. Well, this is that one time that  your procrastination pays off! From Black Friday and continuing for two weeks, I’m holding my annual 25% off sale. Everything in my online galleries at http://sarahdickersonphotography.zenfolio.com/ is on sale during this time! If you can’t find your galleries, email me. Or, if you have a shoot or wedding prior to 2013 that you’d like to see again in order to place an order, I can put a temporary gallery online for you.

I have some important announcements coming up, but the most important is that I am trimming down SDP quite significantly in 2016. (No, I’m not going away, I’m just stepping back for a while to concentrate on another project – so to my regular family clients I see nearly every year, I’ll still be able to serve you!) Along with this, I’m making this my last official holiday sale. So, to those clients who have always thought of taking advantage and, say, ordering that canvas you really want above your couch, speak now or forever hold your peace! This is IT!

Taking advantage is simple – just enter the code SDPHoliday at checkout anytime from the time the clock strikes midnight on Thanksgiving and turns to Black Friday, up through 11:59pm on Friday, December 11th. Happy Shopping! If you have any questions at all, email me!

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The busiest time of the year is upon us!

August 28th, 2015

Hello all! September, October, and the first half of November are RIGHT around the corner and that stretch is my busiest time of the year, by far. Historically I have shot 75% of my annual portrait sessions IN THIS STRETCH ALONE. I book up extremely early for especially October, and this year is no different. […]

 

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Hello all! September, October, and the first half of November are RIGHT around the corner and that stretch is my busiest time of the year, by far. Historically I have shot 75% of my annual portrait sessions IN THIS STRETCH ALONE. I book up extremely early for especially October, and this year is no different. September, at the time of this post, has more availability than October does, and I anticipate that October may be fully booked by some time shortly after Labor Day. November is a gorgeous time of year to shoot as well, especially early in the month before the last of the fall color is gone. My October 11th mini session day is almost completely booked. Right now I have two mini session slots left – 1pm and 2pm. If you would like to snag either, please send me an email ! I am considering adding a second, half-day of mini sessions on November 1st….but this is not a guarantee until I fill the October 11th date. For my regular sessions, whether it be family, engagement, senior or otherwise, I have a defined list of the dates and times I have remaining in September, October and November that are still available; if you are interested in booking, please feel free to email me for this list! Once they are gone, they are gone and I am booked for the fall season, so jump on it! You can view my pricing on each respective sub-site of my main site, so follow the links below!

High school seniors

Family, baby and engagement

Boudoir

Again, I expect to be fully booked for fall very shortly, so if you are even considering a session please shoot me an email! Enjoy this weather!

Sarah  

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Haley + James | married at Most Pure Heart of Mary and Great Overland Station

June 17th, 2015

Considering I’m in Kansas City, I’ve found myself blessed to be included among the top Topeka wedding photographers for so long. I have Lyn Scardina, Topeka wedding planner, to thank for most of that! I have worked closely with Lyn for years now, and Haley and James’ wedding was a bittersweet one for me, as […]

 

Considering I’m in Kansas City, I’ve found myself blessed to be included among the top Topeka wedding photographers for so long. I have Lyn Scardina, Topeka wedding planner, to thank for most of that! I have worked closely with Lyn for years now, and Haley and James’ wedding was a bittersweet one for me, as it was my last time working with Lyn. She’s heading off soon to retirement in the Carolinas. I wish her well!! I still have plenty more Topeka weddings to come, but she has been an absolute blast to work with all this time. Haley and James’ wedding was no different. And I’ve enjoyed working with these two – from their gorgeous engagement session last fall to shooting James’ brother’s wedding (Dan and his lovely bride Jill) – which was also recently featured on my blog!

Considering the incredibly wet spring we have had, these two were lucky to have such a gorgeous sunny day for their early May wedding. Haley looked absolutely stunning (loved her updo/bun!) and these two were having the time of their lives.

Enjoy the photos from their sunny, splendid day!

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Planner: Lyn Scardina

DJ: PowerHouse DJs

Ceremony: Most Pure Heart of Mary

Reception: Great Overland Station

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Summer is here! Get your portrait sessions in before the fall rush!

June 15th, 2015

Who doesn’t love a good sale? Summertime is a great time to shoot portraits! It’s a bit of a lull for me as far as weddings go; and honestly portraits as well. Come September and October, my schedule gets QUITE tricky as I have weddings booked every single weekend both months (a few of which […]

 

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Who doesn’t love a good sale? Summertime is a great time to shoot portraits! It’s a bit of a lull for me as far as weddings go; and honestly portraits as well. Come September and October, my schedule gets QUITE tricky as I have weddings booked every single weekend both months (a few of which are out of town and involve travel time outside of Saturday), and I get absolutely inundated with portrait session bookings. So, for those that want to plan ahead, now is your time to capitalize! I am offering 25% off full portrait sessions (mini sessions are not included, though I do have slots still available both July 12th and October 11th for those sessions, see here for information!) during the months of July and August. The session must be photographed in one of those two months. This is a great opportunity to get ahead of schedule with your soon-to-be high school senior, or perhaps shoot a boudoir session for your husband-to-be. Or schedule your family portraits or newborn session during this time! Getting married away and just need an engagement session? Now is your chance for that as well! To see my pricing and details for various portrait sessions, please visit one of the following links:

Boudoir sessions

Family/child/infant sessions (also includes “standalone” engagement session pricing)

Senior sessions

Rules? Yep, there are a few, but nothing too crazy. 😉 As mentioned, the session must be shot in July or August. Don’t worry, if we are photographing outdoors and the forecast is for 100 degrees, yes we can reschedule! To book your date, you MUST return a portrait agreement and a nonrefundable $75 deposit which is applied toward your balance – that will be due at the session. There are no exceptions to this – my dates are limited and the date is not yours until I receive the agreement and deposit. I hate to be the “booking police”, but I’ve had a rash of people “booking” dates this spring and not following through, which is disappointing. If I hold a date for a client, I need to know they are serious about the session – or I will have to move to the next client in line. :) All you have to do to get booked is send me an email – and we’ll decide on a date and time and I’ll get the agreement to you! You can either return it via email and call with a credit card, or return it with a check via USPS – and you are booked!

As stated, the summer is a great time to get a session scheduled without the craziness that fall brings – and each fall I unfortunately do have to turn away clients because my schedule is completely full. So plan ahead, and save some money while you are at it!

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Jackson W | newborn lifestyle session

June 14th, 2015

Most of the newborn and toddler sessions I photograph are in-studio, complete with props and carefully-orchestrated backdrops and settings. However, a type of session rapidly increasing in popularity is a lifestyle-type newborn session – think “day in the life”, portraying the new family interacting as well as the typical portrait shots of the new arrival. […]

 

Most of the newborn and toddler sessions I photograph are in-studio, complete with props and carefully-orchestrated backdrops and settings. However, a type of session rapidly increasing in popularity is a lifestyle-type newborn session – think “day in the life”, portraying the new family interacting as well as the typical portrait shots of the new arrival. A couple of weeks ago, I drove to Lawrence to photograph one such session for Amanda and Jordan, whose wedding I also photographed (I love watching my couples begin their families!). It was a dark, stormy day – but the home was bright with love and excitement and I just love this session!

Interested in booking this type of session for your family? Email me!

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Jill + Dan | Married at St. Josephs and Heritage Hall, Topeka

May 29th, 2015

Funny thing, I shot Dan and Jill’s wedding last January and am still playing blog catch up. I’m currently editing Dan’s brother, James’ wedding (to the lovely Haley!) from earlier this month. So fun to see their family twice for weddings within months of each other! Haley and James will come to the blog shortly; […]

 

Funny thing, I shot Dan and Jill’s wedding last January and am still playing blog catch up. I’m currently editing Dan’s brother, James’ wedding (to the lovely Haley!) from earlier this month. So fun to see their family twice for weddings within months of each other! Haley and James will come to the blog shortly; but I am excited to share Dan and Jill’s day! The ceremony at the gorgeous old St. Joseph’s Church in Topeka was followed by outdoor photos on an unseasonably warm day (with a weird rain squall that developed and gave us a very dramatic sky!) at the Kansas Museum of History. We wound up at Heritage Hall for the reception. Enjoy the photos from their day!

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Ceremony: St. Joseph’s Church
Reception: Heritage Hall

Planner: Lyn Scardina (now retired, congratulations, Lyn!)