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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!

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

Kansas City fall engagement session

I LOVE LIGHT! 🙂
Kansas City fall engagement session

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Amy, Emme, Lexie and Marin

January 3rd, 2015

This gorgeous family’s session is one of my favorites from this past fall. Amy is a fellow Kansas City photographer whom I’ve known for years now – in fact, we first met at a “shoot day” way back in 2008 (?). I was honored when she asked me to do a family session of her […]

 

This gorgeous family’s session is one of my favorites from this past fall. Amy is a fellow Kansas City photographer whom I’ve known for years now – in fact, we first met at a “shoot day” way back in 2008 (?). I was honored when she asked me to do a family session of her and her gorgeous daughters this fall. We chose a country setting and it fit to a “T”. The thing I love most about this session, though, is the connection between these ladies. Love them!!

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Kansas City family portrait photography

Want to book a family session of your own? I’m now booking for both winter and spring 2015 sessions. Secure your date now! Email me at sdickersonphoto@gmail.com

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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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Studio closure/vacation and some cutie patootie newborn images!

July 26th, 2013

A quick note before we get to an adorable newborn session – SDP will be CLOSED from July 26th through August 4th for vacation and the obligatory summer weddings! In between “bookend” weddings, my husband and I will be vacationing in Wisconsin as we do this time each summer. We will be camping, so my […]

 

A quick note before we get to an adorable newborn session – SDP will be CLOSED from July 26th through August 4th for vacation and the obligatory summer weddings! In between “bookend” weddings, my husband and I will be vacationing in Wisconsin as we do this time each summer. We will be camping, so my email access will be limited, but I will check in each day and respond as I can. Please be patient! I will not be returning voicemails during this time; I’ll return any calls received while I was away when I am back in Kansas City. If you absolutely must reach me during this time, email is your best method at sarah@sarahdickersonphoto.com . This is an eagerly anticipated vacation each summer to rest and recharge before the busy fall season.

That being said, on to Alex! He visited me the week before last for his newborn portraits – and this one was a fun session, since I also shot mom and dad Brianne and Raul’s wedding! Here’s just a dose of the cuteness he blessed us with – what a little smiler!!

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

Liberty Missouri newborn baby portraits

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Renny M | Newborn session

July 9th, 2013

This little cutie stopped into my studio for her newborn portraits a couple of weeks ago – can’t you just sop this little sleeping beauty up with a BISCUIT? I’m WAY behind on blogging portrait sessions – weddings and engagements are all I’ve really kept up on. So, as we head ever closer to fall […]

 

This little cutie stopped into my studio for her newborn portraits a couple of weeks ago – can’t you just sop this little sleeping beauty up with a BISCUIT?

I’m WAY behind on blogging portrait sessions – weddings and engagements are all I’ve really kept up on. So, as we head ever closer to fall portrait craziness, I’m going to do my best to get a bunch of spring sessions up for everyone to see! Enjoy!

Liberty Missouri newborn portrait photos

Liberty Missouri newborn portrait photos

Liberty Missouri newborn portrait photos

Liberty Missouri newborn portrait photos

Liberty Missouri newborn portrait photos

Liberty Missouri newborn portrait photos

Liberty Missouri newborn portrait photos