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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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winter boudoir marathon dates announced!

January 2nd, 2013

First of all, if you’ve not headed over to my boudoir site, SDP Boudoir, you might want to do so! (and like SDP Boudoir on Facebook!) I LOVE doing boudoir sessions. During the wedding off-season, I schedule “boudoir marathon” days with CaraSue Hall of Dalla Cima Salon (located right across the hall from my studio, […]

 

First of all, if you’ve not headed over to my boudoir site, SDP Boudoir, you might want to do so! (and like SDP Boudoir on Facebook!) I LOVE doing boudoir sessions. During the wedding off-season, I schedule “boudoir marathon” days with CaraSue Hall of Dalla Cima Salon (located right across the hall from my studio, how convenient!) on selected Saturdays. These “marathon” sessions are a bit shorter than full sessions, therefore a bit less expensive, but they aren’t short on fun! (if you’d like a complete pricing guide including full session packages, email me!)

The marathon sessions are one hour long (plus approximately 45-minutes to an hour with CaraSue prior to starting your session, so plan to be with us for 2 hours) and we’ll shoot as many outfits as we can during that time, but 4 changes is a good average. We do about 6-7 sessions on these days. Our dates are January 26th and March 9th. Warning: the second date always fills first because people want to “lose those 5 pounds” 😉 – so if you want the March date, act fast!

There are two package options. The first is $399 and includes 25 of your favorite images on DVD with a printing release. The second is $450 and includes a gorgeous 6×6 leather album (click here for a sample layout!). Both options include hair and makeup by CaraSue in the pricing.

If you’re interested in booking, hop to it! Our winter sessions last year filled completely. To book your session, email me for a contract – once you send that in with a $75 deposit, your date and time are secured and good to go (don’t worry, if we have bad weather/slick roads we’ll reschedule everyone). If you say pretty please I can probably get electronic files to you in time for Valentine’s Day with the January 26th session (albums CANNOT be delivered in time, however). These sessions are a stunning gift for your husband-to-be, for an anniversary, birthday, or “just because”.

 

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SDP Holiday Sale extended!

December 7th, 2012

Just a quick note that I’ve extended the holiday sale through the weekend so that recent sessions can have a chance to shop and take advantage of some savings! The sale will expire at midnight Sunday night. The discount code remains the same – SDPHolidaySale2012 entered at checkout will give you all 25% off your […]


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Just a quick note that I’ve extended the holiday sale through the weekend so that recent sessions can have a chance to shop and take advantage of some savings! The sale will expire at midnight Sunday night. The discount code remains the same – SDPHolidaySale2012 entered at checkout will give you all 25% off your order!

You can access the proofing galleries here. If you need a password for a wedding gallery, please email me at sarah@sarahdickersonphoto.com, I’d be happy to send it along! Happy shopping!


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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!

Kansas City portrait photographers

Kansas City portrait photographers

Kansas City portrait photographers

Kansas City portrait photographers

Kansas City portrait photographers

Kansas City portrait photographers

Kansas City portrait photographers

Happy shopping!!

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It’s almost time to go shopping!

November 10th, 2012

All you shoppers out there, take note! SDP is about to launch our ever-popular Holiday Sale, version 4.0. Those of you who have wanted to order prints but have held off? Now is your time. Those of you who wanted a canvas but were waiting for the sale to get a good deal? You’re good […]

 

All you shoppers out there, take note! SDP is about to launch our ever-popular Holiday Sale, version 4.0. Those of you who have wanted to order prints but have held off? Now is your time. Those of you who wanted a canvas but were waiting for the sale to get a good deal? You’re good to go. This is a GREAT time to order prints for Christmas gifts, order electronic files for Christmas cards, or order that piece of gorgeous wall art that you have always wanted.

Here’s the scoop. All galleries are eligible (even those events and shoots from 2010 that are still posted!) and everyone who was a 2012 client of SDP will also receive an email notification. Of course, pass the information along to friends or family who may like to shop as well! The sale runs from November 23rd (Black Friday) through December 7th – or two weeks. Everything ordered by sale’s end is guaranteed for Christmas delivery, HOWever, if you are ordering in the last few days of the sale I strongly suggest upgrading to the Priority Mail shipping option.

All items that can be ordered online – prints, canvases, electronic files, gift items – they are ALL 25% off. Just enter the code SDPHolidaySale2012 at checkout starting at midnight on Friday November 23rd (meaning midnight right after Thanksgiving dinner is finished!) and you will be credited with the discount at checkout.

Just a reminder – this is posted at the top of the blog, but I am booked full until after Thanksgiving as far as portrait sessions go – I have limited weekend availability remaining in December, but it is going very quickly so act fast if you want to get in! I’ve got lots of availability coming up in January and February. Winter is a GREAT time to shoot – as a wedding photographer, it’s the best time to schedule me if you need a weekend session slot! I often can’t book weekend portraits during the warm weather months due to my wedding schedule.

Happy Shopping!

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SDP published in EA Bride Summer 2012 issue

September 21st, 2012

I was proud to have Katy and Corey’s wedding published in the Summer 2012 issue of EA Bride! What a fantastic wedding, and I’m having a lot of fun putting their wedding album together right now. Want to see more? Revisit their blog post here. I’m a bit behind – the Fall 2012 issue of […]

 

I was proud to have Katy and Corey’s wedding published in the Summer 2012 issue of EA Bride! What a fantastic wedding, and I’m having a lot of fun putting their wedding album together right now. Want to see more? Revisit their blog post here.

I’m a bit behind – the Fall 2012 issue of EA Bride came out and I’ve again got a wedding featured! Look for that in an upcoming post when I receive my copies. Have a great weekend!

EA Bride Summer 2012 SDP

EA Bride Summer 2012 SDP

EA Bride Summer 2012 SDP

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Fall is upon us (shortly) – more studio updates!

August 8th, 2012

With fall comes the busiest time of the year for portrait sessions. It also brings the second wave of “busy season” for those of us who do weddings. I’ve taken most of the work that comes my way the past two years – up until I couldn’t schedule any more. With this workload has come […]

 

With fall comes the busiest time of the year for portrait sessions. It also brings the second wave of “busy season” for those of us who do weddings. I’ve taken most of the work that comes my way the past two years – up until I couldn’t schedule any more. With this workload has come 14 hour days, 6 days a week (the 7th being Saturday, which is wedding day and I’m shooting all day!), phone calls and emails at all hours, missed family events, missed time with friends, and a lot of stress. I truly love every minute of what I do and I love my clients equally as much. I’m blessed that my business is so successful and I have so many wonderful clients who support it! But alas, the time has come to cut back and repay those who are near and dear to me (friends, family and my husband) who have sacrificed so much as I’ve started up this business!

We’re headed into fall and I have 14 weddings on the books between now and the middle of November! I will be limiting the number of fall sessions I take so I can keep up with the incredible amount of editing that comes with wedding work. Right now, I have availability for four sessions in September and three in October, beyond what is already booked. Please note that these are for full portrait sessions, I won’t be accepting any mini sessions during that time (unless you already have one booked with me).  I will be offering a day of mini sessions on a Sunday in mid-November after weddings slow, so stay tuned! Also please note that I have NO weekend availability during this time due to my wedding schedule. I have weekday morning and evening times available for these available slots. If you want to know how many sessions I still have available, please check the status at the top of this page (in the turquoise text); I’ll do my best to keep it up to date. If you need a weekend slot, I would be happy to refer you to a photographer who specializes in portrait work and can take you on!

I have new portrait pricing that will be taking effect on August 15th. Sessions will continue to book at current rates until that time.

I will be cutting back on the amount of weddings I accept in 2013, and I’m booking fast! The first half of the year is pretty much booked full at this point, with openings still existing in the fall of 2013 and into the holidays. If you have been thinking of inquiring but holding off, shoot me an email before I am full! I can’t believe how quickly the season has filled.

In addition to my concentration on weddings in 2013 I will be shortly launching a new offshoot of my studio, SDP Boudoir. I’ve been offering boudoir sessions for a while now, but have decided to separate the offering from my main studio site and tailor some packages and offerings to suit brides to be as well as ladies who want an unforgettable gift for their husband, fiance or boyfriend. Stay tuned for a link to the new site once it goes live!

Since I believe that NO blog post should go without an image, here’s one from Ashley and Kris’ wedding, of stunning bride Ashley – their blog highlights will be up tomorrow!

Sarah

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