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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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Kansas City fall engagement session

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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!

SDP holiday-ad-2014

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Print sale extended – and boudoir marathon date announced!

December 13th, 2013

A couple of announcements to make: 1. The print sale, due to end at midnight tonight, has been EXTENDED to midnight Sunday night (December 15th). I still have some clients trying to get their orders together and I figured having the weekend to work on orders would be more convenient for everyone. So please, shop […]

 

A couple of announcements to make:

1. The print sale, due to end at midnight tonight, has been EXTENDED to midnight Sunday night (December 15th). I still have some clients trying to get their orders together and I figured having the weekend to work on orders would be more convenient for everyone. So please, shop away! The discount code on both proofing sites is SDPHoliday (see full details of the sale here).

2. There is now a winter boudoir marathon on the calendar! It will be held January 25th at the studio. Sessions last one hour (with full hair and makeup by CaraSue Hall prior to your session). Clients have two options: the disc of edited images for $399 or a 6×6 custom leather album for $450. These prices include the session itself as well as your hair and makeup. Please email me if you are interested in booking – these typically fill fast! A deposit of $75.00 holds your time slot and the balance is due after your session is complete.

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the 2013 SDP Holiday Sale is almost here!

November 17th, 2013

For the 5th year running, I’ll be offering 25% off all online purchases for a two week period over the holidays. Starting on Friday, November 29th (otherwise known as Black Friday!) at 12:01am and running through midnight on Friday, December 13th, you can receive 25% off all products, digital files and images ordered online by […]

 

For the 5th year running, I’ll be offering 25% off all online purchases for a two week period over the holidays. Starting on Friday, November 29th (otherwise known as Black Friday!) at 12:01am and running through midnight on Friday, December 13th, 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!

The discount code 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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Coming up! – and some notes on 2014.

August 31st, 2013

2013 has been a VERY good year so far. And 2014 is going gangbusters in the booking department for weddings. With that being said, it’s time for a periodic “State of the Studio” address and some reminders for 2014 brides. As I announced in the top section of this blog, I am not accepting portrait […]

 

2013 has been a VERY good year so far. And 2014 is going gangbusters in the booking department for weddings. With that being said, it’s time for a periodic “State of the Studio” address and some reminders for 2014 brides.

As I announced in the top section of this blog, I am not accepting portrait sessions right now outside of regular clients (of which I have several sweet “faithfuls” 🙂 ). This would include seniors, families, and “standalone” engagement sessions not booked with a wedding package. I am instead concentrating efforts on my forte, which is wedding work.

Now, for 2014 weddings. I only have a handful (and I mean *HANDFUL*) of slots left for 2014. Yes, the season is nearly booked. My inquiries have really picked up the past 3 weeks. If you have inquired and are thinking of getting together with me for a consultation, or if you have met with me already, please know that the 2014 books are very, very close to being closed. I would hate for anyone to be left out! Now, what constitutes booking? I want to make sure no one loses their date, first and foremost. I give all couples who meet with me, whether it be in person, via skype or via phone, 72 hours in which their date is held. After this time, if you still haven’t made a decision, that’s fine! But, please understand that your date is open, and at risk of booking. I cannot hold dates without a signed contract and retainer. A verbal “yes, we’d love to book you!” does not constitute a booking. (believe me, as much as I’d love to say it does, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been told that over the years and the couple in fact did NOT book for whatever reason.) Your date is considered secured when I have your retainer and signed contract in my hot little hands. At that point, the date is yours and no one else can have it!

Sorry for the boring notes about the booking process, but I do reiterate it a couple of times per year so those that want to book understand the process! I try to make booking your wedding photography simple and no-fuss, but I have to operate in a manner that is fair to all parties. Booking is on a first-come, first-served basis as far as getting that contract and retainer in place. I take a set number of weddings per year, and once I reach that number, I close the books; and as stated earlier, I’m very close to that number for 2014.

Also, just to close out on the process, a reminder that final payment is due 14 days (2 weeks) prior to your wedding date. We’ll set up a final consultation prior to your date to go over the timeline and details, and after that point I create and send your final invoice. Of course, you may pay any amount at any time, and I do get couples who choose to break their balance up into payments over time and this is totally fine!

I am so looking forward to 2014 and so excited that my season is almost completely set in stone! Look for many wonderful weddings to hit the blog this fall as we head into “busy season number two” in September and October, plus a chance to meet some of my great 2014 clients as they begin shooting their engagement sessions. Below is a preview from one such couple, Matt and Alison, who shot their session during last week’s heat! Their blog highlights will be coming your way as well as Samer and Anna’s wedding highlights, both in the next few days.

Have a great holiday weekend!

-Sarah

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SDP’s summer print sale is coming!

May 17th, 2013

I have print sales two times per year; over the holidays and this sale, which starts June 1st and runs through June 15! The discount code “SDPSummer” entered at checkout provides a 25% discount on all products that can be ordered through my proofing galleries (please note albums are not included). A bit of a […]

 

I have print sales two times per year; over the holidays and this sale, which starts June 1st and runs through June 15! The discount code “SDPSummer” entered at checkout provides a 25% discount on all products that can be ordered through my proofing galleries (please note albums are not included). A bit of a note for this year: I switched to a new proofing system at the start of the year; so, the procedure for accessing your gallery, no matter when your session was shot, is as follows:

1. go to my main website, www.sarahdickersonphoto.com
2. click on “client proofs”, which will take you to my NEW proofing site
3. If your session/wedding was shot in 2013, navigate to your gallery and have fun shopping!
4. If your session/wedding was shot in 2012 or before, click on the “2012 and prior proofs” link to the left of the slideshow on the main page.
This will take you to the old proofing site, and you can navigate to your gallery.

If you need any assistance, please email me . The discount code “SDPSummer” will work in both proofing sites! So….mark your calendars, start making your selections, and get ready to save starting June 1st!

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Happy Thanksgiving! Some sneak peeks and a SALE!

November 21st, 2012

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! I’m leaving on a jet plane at the crack of dawn tomorrow, headed over the hill and through the woods to (almost) gradmother’s house. Actually my 93 year old great-aunt; my grandmother’s sister. My grandmother passed in 2005 and she and my great-aunt were seriously best of friends their whole lives. Therefore […]

 

Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! I’m leaving on a jet plane at the crack of dawn tomorrow, headed over the hill and through the woods to (almost) gradmother’s house. Actually my 93 year old great-aunt; my grandmother’s sister. My grandmother passed in 2005 and she and my great-aunt were seriously best of friends their whole lives. Therefore my great-aunt visited KC often and we visited her in Louisville, Kentucky often. She is a third grandmother to me. I am THANKFUL she has lived such a long and healthy life and THANKFUL to be headed to Kentucky tomorrow for a few days with her and all of my other family that lives in Louisville. Her father died just shy of his 104th birthday; she is so healthy we all think she is aiming to beat him out! 🙂

Before I go to the Bluegrass State, I wanted to give everyone some sneak peeks that have been posted on my Facebook page – these are all sessions that will be blogged after the holiday weekend, all shot in the past week or so. Family sessions, senior sessions, engagement sessions, I still am very busy!

After these sneak peek images is a repeat post of my SALE flyer! The SDP 4th Annual Holiday Sale starts Friday, THIS Friday! Go shopping all you want and get 25% off EVERYTHING in my online galleries Friday through December 7th! All you need to do is enter the code SDPHolidaySale2012 at checkout. Now’s a great time to buy that piece of canvas wall art you always wanted, or to buy prints of your favorite shots for all of your family!

Here are those sneak peek images, followed by the sale flyer! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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Kansas City portrait photographers

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Happy shopping!!