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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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 […]

 

September-minis

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

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Times, they have a changed – a new direction for SDP

September 2nd, 2016

Hi everyone! As we gear up for the busiest time of the year for photography (FALL!), I figured I owed an update on the direction SDP is taking and what services the studio will offer going forward. Last spring, I published a note saying I was no longer accepting weddings due to a career change. […]

 

Hi everyone!

As we gear up for the busiest time of the year for photography (FALL!), I figured I owed an update on the direction SDP is taking and what services the studio will offer going forward.

Last spring, I published a note saying I was no longer accepting weddings due to a career change. Well, that career change is now complete, after a number of months of training, hard work, and being away from home for extended periods of time. I can now proudly say I’ve achieved a lifelong dream and am now employed as an airline pilot.

While this is obviously a drastic career change from that as a full-time photographer, it doesn’t mean I was burnt out or chose to move completely away from my photography business. Quite the contrary! I love shooting just as much as ever, and it’s a great break from my travels. But, you ask, how does being an airline pilot affect my scheduling for photography?

Quite honestly, it affects it drastically. I am away from home for usually 4-5 days at a time. I work many weekends, and I will work many holidays. Obviously, I can’t schedule shoots when I am not even in Kansas City! I also don’t get my work schedule until around the 21st of the month prior, so for instance, October’s schedule will come out around the 21st of September. Although I can try to bid particular dates off, I will not always be successful – especially given that I’m new to the company and everything schedule-wise is seniority based. Meaning I get the leftovers. :)

I have set up a new scheduling system that I will hope will streamline the booking process as much as possible. Clients will simply book online, pay their deposit online, submit their portrait agreement, and they are done! My available dates and times will be in the scheduling system. If you don’t see it, it means it’s not available.  I will update the system with my new schedule each month. If you don’t see dates for a particular month yet, again, it means I don’t have that month’s schedule yet, so be patient! I can’t commit to particular dates or times until I have my work schedule.

It also means I can unfortunately no longer accept weddings. The only way for me to guarantee, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I have an exact Saturday off is to take vacation. And although it has been tough giving up the branch of my business that brought me the greatest success, it was something I simply had to choose to give up in order to pursue this dream.

Now, fall 2016. Are you ready? My scheduling system is set up, September dates are in (I may add a couple of additional times during the week; I’m waiting for confirmation on a couple of schedule items!), and I will be releasing locations for the weekend dates, September 17th and 25th, this evening. These shoots on these two dates will all be at the same location so I can cut out driving time and accommodate the most clients in that time block. I hope (*HOPE*) to have another weekend day off in October to fit in even more fall sessions, but at a minimum, I’ll offer weekday evening sessions in October.

Stay tuned, as I said, for another post shortly with details on location for the September 17th and 25th shoots – either this evening or tomorrow morning. They will both be north of the River! I hope to add a south of the river location or two in October if schedule allows.

Again, stay tuned, thanks for your understanding, and blue skies!

xo

Sarah


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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 […]

 

2016-minis

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!