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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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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 […]

 

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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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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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Stacey + Phil | engaged….and some quick 2015 studio notes

February 5th, 2015

Today I’m featuring a special couple – because it’s my sister and her fiance! (no, I am not shooting their wedding! 😉 ). They get married in just a short 10 days from now, on Valentine’s Day. We did this session last fall, at the last minute, in an opening I had come available. What […]

 

Today I’m featuring a special couple – because it’s my sister and her fiance! (no, I am not shooting their wedding! 😉 ). They get married in just a short 10 days from now, on Valentine’s Day. We did this session last fall, at the last minute, in an opening I had come available. What a gorgeous day it ended up being.

Before we get to the photos (I know you want to see them!), here’s a quick studio notes for this season. First, I’m almost booked for weddings for this year, so if you are interested in getting on board, do so quickly! As of now, most of my availability lies in November and December, though I do have scattered dates available through the rest of this year. 2016 inquiries are *just* starting to roll in. So…you think you want to have me photograph your big day, and perhaps your engagement session. How does this work? First of all, give me an email to get the downloadable price list and wedding guide. My weddings start at $2650, and although I do have packages, they are highly customizeable. If you really like what you see, great, let’s talk! We can schedule a time to meet in my studio in Liberty, MO for a consultation – or via phone or skype if you aren’t local. At that point, you’ll have a contract that I’ll go over with you. If you decide you’d like to book your date, I do hold all wedding dates for clients for 72 hours after the initial consultation. After that time, dates become available and are first-come, first-served. Meaning, the first bride and groom to submit their signed contract and retainer for a date get that date. It’s the only fair way to conduct business, especially for highly sought-after dates during peak season!

Secondly, portrait sessions – which include families, boudoir, seniors, and pet sessions – I’ll be releasing dates for my mini session dates and boudoir marathons for ALL of 2015 next week. I will also release new full-session pricing, which will be greatly simplified this year, at that time. I’m very excited about this year and plan to unveil a lot of new options for sessions shot at my studio in Liberty, that I’m pretty darn excited about! Please note that I will only be shooting mini sessions on set mini session dates! Otherwise, I book full sessions. Look for the full details on these mini session and boudoir marathon dates next week, and a link to my new portrait pricing! It’s not too early to start thinking about spring sessions, holy cow, it’s getting into February already!

So, now that all of the housecleaning is done, here’s Stacey and Phil!

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It’s time for the 2014 SDP Holiday print sale!

November 26th, 2014

For the 6th year now, I’ll be offering 25% off all online purchases for a two week period over the holidays. Starting on Friday, November 28th (otherwise known as Black Friday, THIS Friday!) at 12:01am and running through midnight on Friday, December 12th, you can receive 25% off all products, digital files and images ordered […]

 

For the 6th year now, I’ll be offering 25% off all online purchases for a two week period over the holidays. Starting on Friday, November 28th (otherwise known as Black Friday, THIS Friday!) at 12:01am and running through midnight on Friday, December 12th, you can receive 25% off all products, digital files and images ordered online by using the discount/coupon code SDPHoliday.

If your session/wedding/event occurred in 2013, you can access your galleries by going to www.sarahdickersonphoto.com, clicking on “proofs”, then navigating to your gallery – or at the direct link to my proofing site here.

If your session/wedding/event occurred prior to 2013, your gallery will be in my old proofing site at this link. Images are up clear back to 2009!

*AN IMPORTANT THING TO NOTE ABOUT GALLERIES PRIOR TO 2013!!!!*
I switched gallery hosting 2 years ago. I have been paying to keep old galleries up, prior to the 2013 season, for that period of time, and it’s time to say goodbye to the old galleries. They serve no purpose other than an ordering system (unlike my new gallery hosting, which also serves as an additional online backup of full-resolution images), so it’s time to shed that additional cost. IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING PURCHASING anything PRIOR to 2013, please do so! Not only can you take advantage of this sale, but these galleries will go OFFLINE on JANUARY 1st, 2015. After this point, if you need a gallery re-posted, I will have to charge a $25 unarchiving fee to dig the files out and create a new gallery, on the new system, since it does take time. Consider this a fair warning, you have 5 weeks 🙂

NOW BACK TO THE SALE.

The discount code SDPHoliday will work on both sites! If you have any questions about accessing your gallery or don’t remember a password, please email me and I’d be happy to help.

Happy shopping!

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