midsummer studio update

It’s been a while since I’ve had a basic studio update and with fall portrait season upon us (and the second “busy season” for weddings), it’s probably high time for one!

First off, thank you to ALL of my clients who have worked with me thus far this year. It’s been a wonderful year so far and I’ve worked with so many wonderful people. The June rush is over with and I’m currently playing catch up, pushing editing out the door from that crazy month! My first update is the most pressing ,and that’s the closure of the studio at the end of this week for vacation.


I’ve posted this a bit on my Facebook business page (you have “liked” SDP, haven’t you?), but I’ll make the announcement as well here – the studio will be closed from this Friday, July 20th, through Sunday, July 29th. My husband, Jim, and I take a vacation to Wisconsin each summer with our airplane for a week of flying and camping with a group of close friends at a small fly-in gathering; we also make a trip over to Oshkosh for the huge EAA Airventure fly-in and airshow/convention. I will be out of the office shooting a wedding this Friday, July 20th then leave town on Saturday the 21st. I will keep up with emails as best as I can during this time (I usually try to catch up every couple of days) – but please note, I am spending a LOT of time during this week in some pretty remote areas and my cell coverage is usually slim to none. For that reason, I will not be able to return voice messages until my return to Kansas City and the office on Monday, July 30th. Please instead direct your inquiries and any other questions to my email at sarah@sarahdickersonphoto.com for more prompt response. I sure appreciate your cooperation and understanding; I get little to no true downtime as a business owner, so I treasure this week I get to spend with my husband sharing our passion for flying, and relaxing before the crazy fall season sets in.


Things slow a bit in July and August traditionally, mostly due to the heat we see this time of year and the fact that fall and cooler temperatures are not far off. Most people just hold off for fall portrait sessions at this point which brings up my first important update on the shooting side of things:


– Fall will fill QUICKLY. August is already full. I cannot take a large number of portrait sessions as I have to assure a certain number of hours in the office each week to complete wedding edits for clients in a timely fashion, not to mention the portrait session edits themselves. Most portrait sessions, including packing, prep, and drive time, take approximately 4 hours out of my workday on the day of the session itself. As you know that is a significant amount of time – and I can’t schedule portrait sessions every day or I would never, ever get editing, order fulfillment, and emails and other correspondence taken care of in any sort of a timely fashion, especially given that I’m out one full day each week shooting a wedding as well! *I ONLY TAKE 2 PORTRAIT SESSIONS PER WEEK. During the fall season, these go very quickly and sometimes October fills before we hit the end of August. I can’t make exceptions to this – once I’m full, I’m more than happy to refer clients off to other photographers who have availability.

– Every fall I get a lot of emails asking when peak color will occur. I’ll just go ahead and answer that question now – it never, ever occurs at the same time each year. There are many factors that go into the timing and quality of fall color, the most important being temperatures and rainfall, and to a lesser extent windy days which strip the trees once change occurs and can shorten the peak color period. The last two autumn seasons saw very late color change due to mild temps and dry conditions (occurring at the very end of October and into the first week of November), and the colors were unimpressive (and that is being understated!) due to the dry weather we experienced. We are deep into what could be a record-breaking drought – so please keep in mind that our fall color this year may be completely nonexistent. There are already many trees showing signs of distress and browning leaves. The bushes outside my studio are turning brown and crumbling. Most trees may go from green to brown with little color. I will work with you to find an area that might have color – but again, this will be impossible to predict timing on not knowing what fall has in store for us; and may not occur much at all. I’m hoping that will change!

– I will have a new portrait guide coming out August 1st! Stay tuned, I’ll have a blog post highlighting this new guide and where to find it on the site.


This has been a FABULOUS year for weddings! It’s my 3rd year in a row of shooting 30+ weddings and I can’t be more thankful for so many clients who have entrusted me to capture their wedding days. I am no longer accepting weddings for 2012 – yes, we are full! 2013 is filling rapidly and I will be cutting back next year – I’m planning to cap my bookings at 20, so if you are recently engaged and planning a wedding for next season, the time to start investigating photography is NOW! I am booked full for April, May and June of next year already, but have availability all other months at this point.

That’s about it from here – everyone stay cool and enjoy the rest of your summer! 🙂



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