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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

9am

10am

5pm

6pm

7pm

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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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!

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

Kansas City newborn lifestyle photos

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Grant K | Kansas City newborn portrait session

May 11th, 2015

little Grant visited me at my studio last week for his newborn session. His sweet family have been longtime clients of mine and it’s been fun to watch their family grow! He was such a sweet, mild-mannered, quite little guy. Before we got underway with his own session, we got a couple of updated family […]

 

little Grant visited me at my studio last week for his newborn session. His sweet family have been longtime clients of mine and it’s been fun to watch their family grow! He was such a sweet, mild-mannered, quite little guy. Before we got underway with his own session, we got a couple of updated family photos outside of the studio. I’m so lucky to have such a beautiful outdoor space right outside my studio doors!

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

Kansas City newborn portrait session

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Deanna J | impromptu night maternity session

April 19th, 2015

The one thing I love about the photography community in Kansas City is that many of us full-timers are quite close and get together often. One such gathering occurred a few weeks ago; a group of ladies assembled to discuss lighting with off camera equipment and flashes at a photographer’s studio in the Crossroads, and […]

 

The one thing I love about the photography community in Kansas City is that many of us full-timers are quite close and get together often. One such gathering occurred a few weeks ago; a group of ladies assembled to discuss lighting with off camera equipment and flashes at a photographer’s studio in the Crossroads, and this turned into an impromptu nighttime street shoot, featuring local photographer Deanna, who was actually due with her 3rd child just 5 days later! Here are the images I took that evening. A big congrats to Deanna on welcoming her son, Britton, into the world! This obviously is very different from the vast majority of maternity portrait sessions, but night photography is something I love and I adore how edgy these area. Enjoy.

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

Kansas City night maternity session

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A few reasons to book a mini session! (plus new portrait pricing for 2015 is here!)

March 23rd, 2015

As promised in yesterday’s mini session post (you are planning on booking a session on May 16th, July 12th or October 12th, right?), here are a few highlights from a very small handful of mini and micro sessions late last fall and this past winter. Like what you see? Contact me to get your session […]

 

As promised in yesterday’s mini session post (you are planning on booking a session on May 16th, July 12th or October 12th, right?), here are a few highlights from a very small handful of mini and micro sessions late last fall and this past winter. Like what you see? Contact me to get your session booked now, as the three aforementioned dates are available on a first-come, first-book basis! (again, review mini/micro pricing and booking information here!) Just a peek below. And, if you are interested in a full session – whether it be family, a senior session, engagement, or anything else, my new 2015 Portrait Guide including full pricing is out. I’ve simplified pricing to include digital files (with print release) in my packages for this year. These sessions can be booked anytime!

And here’s just a few from my mini and micro sessions over the past 4 months or so!

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits

Kansas City mini session portraits