Posts Tagged ‘SDP updates’

Times, they have a changed – a new direction for SDP

September 2nd, 2016

Hi everyone! As we gear up for the busiest time of the year for photography (FALL!), I figured I owed an update on the direction SDP is taking and what services the studio will offer going forward. Last spring, I published a note saying I was no longer accepting weddings due to a career change. […]

 

Hi everyone!

As we gear up for the busiest time of the year for photography (FALL!), I figured I owed an update on the direction SDP is taking and what services the studio will offer going forward.

Last spring, I published a note saying I was no longer accepting weddings due to a career change. Well, that career change is now complete, after a number of months of training, hard work, and being away from home for extended periods of time. I can now proudly say I’ve achieved a lifelong dream and am now employed as an airline pilot.

While this is obviously a drastic career change from that as a full-time photographer, it doesn’t mean I was burnt out or chose to move completely away from my photography business. Quite the contrary! I love shooting just as much as ever, and it’s a great break from my travels. But, you ask, how does being an airline pilot affect my scheduling for photography?

Quite honestly, it affects it drastically. I am away from home for usually 4-5 days at a time. I work many weekends, and I will work many holidays. Obviously, I can’t schedule shoots when I am not even in Kansas City! I also don’t get my work schedule until around the 21st of the month prior, so for instance, October’s schedule will come out around the 21st of September. Although I can try to bid particular dates off, I will not always be successful – especially given that I’m new to the company and everything schedule-wise is seniority based. Meaning I get the leftovers. 🙂

I have set up a new scheduling system that I will hope will streamline the booking process as much as possible. Clients will simply book online, pay their deposit online, submit their portrait agreement, and they are done! My available dates and times will be in the scheduling system. If you don’t see it, it means it’s not available.  I will update the system with my new schedule each month. If you don’t see dates for a particular month yet, again, it means I don’t have that month’s schedule yet, so be patient! I can’t commit to particular dates or times until I have my work schedule.

It also means I can unfortunately no longer accept weddings. The only way for me to guarantee, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that I have an exact Saturday off is to take vacation. And although it has been tough giving up the branch of my business that brought me the greatest success, it was something I simply had to choose to give up in order to pursue this dream.

Now, fall 2016. Are you ready? My scheduling system is set up, September dates are in (I may add a couple of additional times during the week; I’m waiting for confirmation on a couple of schedule items!), and I will be releasing locations for the weekend dates, September 17th and 25th, this evening. These shoots on these two dates will all be at the same location so I can cut out driving time and accommodate the most clients in that time block. I hope (*HOPE*) to have another weekend day off in October to fit in even more fall sessions, but at a minimum, I’ll offer weekday evening sessions in October.

Stay tuned, as I said, for another post shortly with details on location for the September 17th and 25th shoots – either this evening or tomorrow morning. They will both be north of the River! I hope to add a south of the river location or two in October if schedule allows.

Again, stay tuned, thanks for your understanding, and blue skies!

xo

Sarah


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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 […]

 

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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

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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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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!

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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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Happy shopping!!

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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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