Sunday, November 9, 2008
Monday, November 3, 2008
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Saturday, November 1, 2008
Just a heads up for my availability for the months of November and December. I have the following available for November:
7, 8, 15, 20 morning, 21, and 23
And for December, I can get images back pretty fast...so Christmas pics are available for these dates. However, I will not be doing pictures until after the new year after December 16th.
2, 3, 8, 13, 14, and 16
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Friday, October 17, 2008
I will be at Eastview Mall on the 25th to donate my time to Buddies, Bridges, and Brains...an amazing charity program that donates books and blankets to children in need! I will be taking pictures there of the group working. So come on down and help by making no-sew blankets...they provide everything. :-) It's the same day as the trick or treating, but we'll be in the JC Penney court.
I'll continue to do fall photos as long as people want me to. But November I'm going to start focusing on Holiday pictures. I do cards and just bought some for myself, for Katelyn's birthday...I...LOVE these. Not only is the quality of the image that they printed amazing, but the card stock is as well. And I can do the slim lines as well with image printed as well as message. I can even add a return address onto the envelopes! Great for Christmas, new baby, and all the holidays you send cards for. For Christmas, I'm going to see about getting a few little props, but I will still have the standard black or white background. So if you'd like your Christmas tree in the background, set up the appointment for when you've got that up and ready and I can do the whole family in front of it. Including the pets.
Just a reminder, I have to include taxes on my session fees. So my $50 session fee (due at the time of the session) is plus tax, which is 8%. So it's actually $54. (I don't keep the $4 unfortunately lol It just goes to taxes...yay). And I haven't set up my website yet...turned out I needed to pay for the website...THEN pay for the year...so it was twice as much as I thought. Things will continue to go through DotPhoto, unless it's cards. If through DotPhoto there is no tax and you order, it's delivered to you. If, however, you would like to upgrade, you can pay me via paypal for images plus shipping and handling. They will still be delivered to you...and turn around is SUPER FAST. I usually get things within 48 hours via FedEx! You can consider the Flickr a photo proof section, pick and choose what you'd like (you will know the prices for everything), and then let me know, I will confirm with you with a price and then we will deal with payment either check, cash, paypal or credit card via paypal. When everything goes through I will place the order and keep you informed. :-)
That's it for this entry...my hand is killing me!
Posted by Cathie M. Rainwater at 7:01 PM
Sunday, October 5, 2008
I am going to be opening my website soon. I just need to gather a bit more money to purchase the design. When that happens, the site will have an appointment calendar that shows my availability and some other really great features. I'm really excited about it. Once that's up and going, I'll be focusing on another image editing software but that'll take a bit more time to save up for. Given the economy I may not see that until after Christmas.
Right now I'm focusing on Halloween and fall pictures. And starting in the first week of November I'll also start on Christmas (so people can have cards ready and such...which I also offer). Winter will be a difficult time for pictures because you can't really go outside, and my current backdrop is a 5 ft. tent, which is sort of difficult to fit adults into (one reason I concentrate on children's photography). I have no problem going to a church, or if you have an indoor location you like and we can get permission, or even your own home. I can do outdoor if you want to go pick out a Christmas tree, for example. Or sledding excursions. And I know of a place that does sleigh rides. However, you'll need to consider outterwear carefully and potentially have a warm set, and a dress set...otherwise you'll have a toddler bundled in a snowsuit, and it'll be all you see. :-) so winter will be difficult, unless it's on location indoors. For outdoor photo shoots in the winter also, we will strive to only be out there as long as essentially needed, and I won't go outside if the cold is at a dangerous level. So checking the wind chill will be essential. I don't want anyone coming down sick! I know of at least two great locations for sledding in Penfield and Walworth. The Penfield location is close enough to Wegman's to go in and get hot chocolate or coffee afterwards. And the one in Walworth is near to my home, and the same...coffee and hot chocolate. So that could give an opportunity to warm up those noses and toes. Any other location, I'd like to be sure there is some place near to, to do the same...it's just a safety precaution.
Currently, Long Acre Farms is having a TON of activities. If you would like to get pictures done there, be sure to bring along $10 per person ages 5 and up, and $6.50 for children 2 - 4 years to be able to take advantage of these activities. You can still go for free! But if you want to do the hayride, cow train ride, Back 40, Jumping Pillow & Amazing Maize Maze, the admission is a one-for-all activities. And they've got a GREAT selection of pumpkins! I spent about an hour and a half there yesterday and really, they're perfect carving pumpkins and painting pumpkins. I was half tempted to get one just for the seeds!
And just a reminder before I hit the Post Entry button. Though I originally figured I'd be doing weekends only, I have decided to do only days my husband has off...this is so that I don't have to bring my kids with me, or that he can go, too, to watch them while I work. It just doesn't work very well for me to have them there yet...as they are only 3 and 5 and I worry about their safety, as well as my sanity. :-)
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Tuesday, September 23, 2008
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sept 20th (will have my kids)
Sept 21st (Afternoon only, will have kids)
And that's it. My time slots of availability went crazy and got filled up. As of right now I only know up to October 5th for a schedule. My available day is Sunday, October 5th. I do still have time slots open for the $10 pumpkin patch portraits on October 4th. I can take them at the following times (at Long Acre Farms):
The rest of the time slots have been filled. I will also be able to do pictures on October 13th at 3PM since it's Columbus Day and there is no school. If you want to schedule yourself in before October 1st (or for any day), email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Monday, September 15, 2008
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Monday, September 8, 2008
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008
Dec 15-Jan 1: New Year
Jan 1-Feb 14: Valentine's Day
Feb 14-March 17: St. Patrick's Day
March 17-April 12: Easter
April 12-May 10: Mother's Day
May 10-June 21: Father's Day
June 21-July 4: Independance Day
July 4-August 4: Beach
Aug 4-Sept 30: Back to School
All of October: Halloween
Nov 1-Nov 26: Thanksgiving
Nov 26-Dec 15: Christmas
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Today was the first day of school for my oldest and all went well...except that she smashed her mouth against the window of the bus when we hit a bump. Yeah...blood. She's fine though. My youngest threw a massive tantrum, however, over a pen. I think she was a little traumatized by sissy leaving this morning. Tonight she goes in for her open house for preschool. And ballet starts back up so I'm sure she'll be right as rain. That about wraps up this little update. Not too much new going on. I'm planning on getting some light tents to use for portable backdrops though. :-) Yay!
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Friday, August 29, 2008
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Thursday, August 28, 2008
Sorry...but for some reason this template cuts off parts of images. I'm working on getting a different template.
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Monday, August 25, 2008
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Saturday, August 23, 2008
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
All EDITED images, 4x6: $25.00
5 EDITED images, 5x7: $115.00
5 EDITED images, 8x10: $150.00
10 EDITED images, 5x7: $155.00
10 EDITED images, 8x10 $225.00
I do not sell digital negatives. Digital negatives are unedited images. I do not sell high resolution actual original edited images.
Posted by Cathie M. Rainwater at 11:10 AM
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
All in all though it was a lovely drive. We stopped at a place by Webster Park, and there were swans and ducks.
They were following us! I was a little worried they'd get mad or something but they were looking for a handout. This part of Webster Park had a funny smell. But it's a lake so what can I say? TONS of skipping rocks. And a nice scenery selection too.
There is a playground at Webster park, so if you're looking for a nice family drive, grab some bread crumbs and head on out there! You'll have a nice time. Need directions on how to get there? Google Map Webster Park, 999 Lake Rd, Webster, NY.
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Tuesday, August 19, 2008
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You See the World Through Blue Colored Glasses
You live your life with tranquility. You have faith that things will work themselves out with time.
You judge all your interactions through the lens of hope. You try to get all the facts before forming your opinion.
You face challenges with wisdom. You know that all bad things pass, and you have the confidence to see problems through.
You see love as the utmost expression of trust. Your relationships tend to be peaceful and stable.
At your worst, you can be cool, melancholy, and detached. You sometimes have to step back from emotionally charged situations.
You are at your happiest when you are able to reflect and relax.
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Set of 8 wallets: $5.00
There are a ton of other sizes as well. Now for the packages that I've put together...these are basics...I'll have specialty as well:
Basic Pkg) 1-8x10, 2-5x7, 8 wallets: $17.99 (Save: $18.01)
Pkg A) 1-8x10, 4-4x6, 3-5x7, 16 wallets: $24.99 (Save: $28.01)
Pkg B) 1-11x14, 2-8x10, 6-4x6, 4-5x7, 32 wallets: $59.99 (Save: $58.01)
Pkg C) 1-11x14 FRAMED, 4-8x10, 12-4x6, 8-5x7, 32 Wallets: $110.00 (Save: $112.00)
I'm going to have scrapbooker special packages consisting of wallets and 4x6's. My Day in the Life of... Package will be adjusted as well. So the price right now per 8x10 being $6.29 each won't work well for the professional printing. I'm knocking $5.00 off each 8x10 for the Day in the life of... package. 30-8x10's, me for x-amount of hours, an album, and I will album all of the images myself in order. It will break down to:
$300 for prints
Session fee: $100 for 4 hours; $150 for 6 hours
Album & Archiving: $50................
Total: 4 Hours: $450.00; 6 Hours: $500.00
(Seems like a lot, but I take photos from breakfast on, for 4 or 6 hours...or from lunch to dinner, or lunch to bed. Or birthday parties! I can do 8 hours as well, for $550.00.
I'm also considering doing Bridal photos (NOT wedding). These pictures are just of the bride done at Sonnenberg Gardens in Canandaigua with a $150 location fee added. Cost for 2 hours would be $300.00 for prints, $50 session/editing, $150 location and $50 album and archiving for a total of $550.00. A fee of $25 per extra person.
Senior Photos I will be doing as well but at the moment I have only 1 package put together. Unlimited poses plus yearbook pose, 3 outfits, 1-11x14, 8-8x10, 16-5x7, 14 wallets plus session fee for 2 hours: $350.00. Proof album is $20.00 minimum, or $3.00 per page if more than 7 (includes cover).
Just an update to all I've been planning. :-)
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Sunday, August 17, 2008
Did I mention my girls are in ballet? They attend the Botsford School of Dance in the Gymnastics Training Center, which is located in Penfield on 250. Claudia is still debating whether or not she wants to continue with ballet or go on into something else. Either way, it'll be something to do during the week, and leave my weekends open. We love the teachers there. Both of my girls have Miss Cynthia who is a WONDERFUL teacher. Claudia was in her son's preschool class there at the Gymnastics Training Center, called Fit by Five. Classes are really well priced at $35 per month for 3 year old ballet (pre ballet), $45 for the Ballet A and B for ages 4 up to 6. $50 per month for level 1 and 2, which is not by age but by skill. Level 3, 4, 5/pre-professional, pointe, and adult are also available. As is a Teen Partnering Class for swing, salsa, waltz and other ballroom. Check it out!
Posted by Cathie M. Rainwater at 7:02 AM
Saturday, August 16, 2008
The woot? I'm excited! I just found a wonderful print service that uses Kodak PROFESSIONAL paper! What's more...the greeting cards are WAY cheaper! I'm so excited about that! I hated the fact that the greeting cards through dotphoto are like...$4 or $5 EACH. Ridiculous. I wouldn't pay that personally. Now, I'll be able to offer them at a mere $2.00 each! Just don't order through my DotPhoto. If you want some, order straight through me. With Christmas coming up...that will be an amazing deal. I go to the grocery store and it's $20 for 8 cards anymore! And they're not customized! Mine will be, and will be $20 for 10. I'm also going to be able to offer a wonderful size selection! 23 to be exact, ranging from what they call mini which comes in a set of 8, up to 20x30. And...it doesn't stop there. I've got metallic though it's not recommended for portraits (scrapbooking though!!!) and true digital black & white paper. So there will be some excellent stuff. Framing too. :-) I've got about 40 portfolio shots. So I'm nearly half way there. Once I get there...my session fee will be $50 and my prices will go up...but I hand deliver portraits, box them, and they'll be on better paper. So...that all in mind, a little reminder, if you use my services while I'm in my portfolio stage (aka right now), before I get the 100th picture, you get a free 1 year member ship (normally $50 to join) that gets you 50% off my session fee, and a free 8x10 and free 5x7 of your choice. So even if you don't buy any extra pictures...you get 2 prints for free. It doesn't become active until you have a session with me after my 100th picture but I give you the card at our first session anyway.
Another reminder, in the school year, I'll only be doing weekends and a few weekday appointments. Week day appointments will be based on my husband's work schedule and his ability to get our kids from school. :-) I have his work schedule through September and the first week of October. The Pumpkin Patch Portraits held at Long Acre Farms will be Saturdays the 4th, 11th, and 18th for $10 (this is not part of my portfolio building). My best day for it will be on the 4th at this point. There are only 8 spots open each Saturday. If you would like to schedule a separate normal photo shoot at Long Acre during that season, and I haven't reached my 100th picture, then there is still no session fee. The $10 fee will be pretty much to cover baby sitting for my kids on the 11th and 18th. (lol) But really it's because I'd like so raise enough money to donate a framed portrait of the farm to the family who owns it, and hopefully get them into the picture as well, as a way of thanking them for letting me use it for free. It was soooo super nice of them...and they have a beautiful pond for pictures, the corn field is amazing (no pun intended!) and the kids just love it there. I think that wraps up this blog. Things are looking up! I even found a place to get a website...once I'm more established. Don't be shy! I love to talk on the phone. Contact me and we can set up an appointment! :-)
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Sunday, August 10, 2008
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Saturday, August 9, 2008
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Friday, August 8, 2008
After calling around, and some places wanting money from me so I can take pictures in their pumpkin patches, I've decided on only using Long Acre Farms for the Pumpkin Patch pictures. This helps save customers money by me not having to jack up the session fee. So as seen in my prior post, the schedule will be 30 minute sessions for a $10 session fee (which covers gas, time, uploading, and editing...etc) and will give you unlimited poses (all that I can fit into the 30 minute session). The poses are not limited to just the pumpkin patch (there are many activities at Long Acre Farms http://longacrefarms.com). The 30 minute sessions will run from 10AM to 3PM with a 1 hour break from noon to 1PM for lunch. You can email me at email@example.com to book your session for Saturdays October 4th, 11th, and 18th. I already have a few booked so reserve your appointment time as soon as you know when you'll be available! :-)
Posted by Cathie M. Rainwater at 11:51 AM
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Small announcement but it's not scheduled yet so it's in the works still. I'll be doing pumpkin patch pictures Saturday October 11th and 18th from about 10AM to noon, then again 1PM to 3PM. They will be mini sessions, consisting of 30 minutes at a pumpkin patch. The 11th will be here on the East side, I'm thinking Long Acre Farms but I need to talk to them. And then I need one as far as but not really passed Brockport on the West side. This will give me only 16 spots to book, so if you know now that you will be able to make it to one of these sessions, let me know which one and time and I'll pencil you in. The times will be as follows for both Saturdays:
As these fill up, I will put an ES or WS by them, which means it's booked. So remember, 11th is ES. And 18th is WS.
Posted by Cathie M. Rainwater at 2:48 PM
Monday, August 4, 2008
I'm looking at a VERY busy month as said in my prior blog. I've added to that. I'm registering my daughter for preschool on the 7th, finally. I love love love this preschool. Friday the 8th, the RM Wayne Co. moms are going to go to Long Acre Farms, which I also love, and I'll be doing a photo shoot there. Next day, Saturday, is ballet, garage sale, and Perinton Square Mall for the "Fun Stuff 4 Kids" event. On Sunday the 10th, I'm going to a picnic with some friends in Ellison park. I think I'm going to do a photo shoot of my girls there that day. That's all just this week. I'm also excited to announce that I received my "Best Friend Member" cards today! So if you're one of the people I do a shoot for in my portfolio period, you'll receive this card absolutely free. It's good for 50% off my session fee (which will normally be $50) plus a free 8x10 and free 5x7 of your choice each session. Can't beat that all for $25.
Next week brings another photo shoot, this time at the beach. Ice cream with the Wayne Co. moms. Another trip to Long Acre Farms with a friend and her kids. And my girls' ballet observation. I'm very excited about this! I still have open spots for the month of August. They are as follows:
Aug. 7: Evening
Aug. 12: Afternoon (if at Charlotte Beach) and Evening
Aug. 13: Morning
Aug. 19 Evening
Aug. 20 Morning and Day
Aug. 25 Anytime
Aug. 30 Anytime
These may change if I get other bookings or schedule family time. Contact me if you're interested in booking your appointment!
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Saturday, August 2, 2008
I'm also gearing up for a busy 2 weeks ahead. Saturday the 9th is the Fun Stuff 4 Kids event at Perinton Square Mall from 10AM to 4PM. They're going to be doing hair for free for little girls and everything so we're going to that. Then on Sunday I'm hoping to go to the Palmyra Pirate Weekend (http://www.piratesoftheeariecanal.com). Doing a photo shoot on the 12th at Charlotte Beach (TBA). Going out with the Rochester Mommies (RM) Wayne County group to get ice cream on the 13th. And both of my daughters have ballet observation on the 16th which is like a recital. So lots of pictures to come!
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Wednesday, July 30, 2008
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Sunday, July 27, 2008
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Friday, July 25, 2008
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Thursday, July 24, 2008
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