Sunday, November 9, 2008

Christmas is Approaching

Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
With Christmas approaching, I'm gearing up for photos. I have some new props, but I'm limited. Next year I imagine that I'll have more. Right now I'm in search of a Santa Suit. If anyone knows of one I can borrow until Dec 15th, I'd launder it and get it back quickly. I don't need a beard...just the pants, boots (if having), coat, gloves and hat. I have to get a small Christmas tree still with some mini I'll be hitting Hobby Lobby soon. I'm stretched on time, though. My girl scout troop is going to donate handmade scarves to the giving tree at their school. They're all 5 years old, so I'll be technically making the scarves, and they will just be adding the knots on the fringes. :-) Christmas Photos are starting now and running until December 15th. It only takes roughly a week total to go from photo shoot, editing, uploading, choosing/ordering*, to delivery. The choosing part is what usually takes the longest and can determine the length of time. But if you want to get cards out in time, you'll want to get an order in no later than about the 15th of Dec so they get the card before Christmas. Orders are shipped directly to you in about 2 days after the order is placed. They're super fast. Either way, there is a $10 shipping and packaging fee (the print house charges a small fee for packaging, but it's so worth it!). Pictures are delivered via FedEx. I actually bought 26 folded cards to use as birthday invites for my daughter and I'm hooked. I love their quality and how I can do a personalized image. We're doing build a bear, so we chose the image below. :-) Anyway, I also have a TON of slimlines now...they're adding more often, and some of them are templates so you will be able to preview them PRIOR to ordering. Below in one of y blog posts is my November/December schedule. Remember, rain is about the only thing that keeps me from taking pictures outside. I can deal with snow. If it's cold...we can do picture-picture-picture...put coat back on and drink hot coffee...picture-picture-picture...coat and coffee...etc. Be sure to check the weather channel for the 10-day forecast to get a somewhat decent idea of what it'll be like in the next 10 days. You can email me at for any questions, concerns, and appointments. :-)


Monday, November 3, 2008

Senior Photo Session

Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
Yesterday I had the honor of doing my first ever photo shoot for a senior of class 2009. It went great! It was cold...and wet. But we managed to find dry areas (as well as muddy ones), and some really nice scenery over at Ellison Park. I will definitely be utilizing this place far more often! I really like the way the pictures came out and it takes me back to my senior year of high school...and how I wish I could've had outside pictures. I had the in-studio ones that I didn't really care for. I almost had bad luck with the pictures because of the time change. Since we fell backwards one was darker sooner. When normally 3-5PM was a good time for pics, I think 2-4PM will now be my good time for them. A reminder for seniors, while October and November are beautiful times to get pictures done, it's COLD. If you don't mind the cold, great. :-) Otherwise be sure to schedule into the first half of October, and remember that weather can be tricky this time of year, so have a backup date planned. Another thing I learned...bring hot coffee/chocolate, gloves, babywipes if you have them, paper towels, tissues, and a spare pair of jeans/pants if the weather will be cold and/or wet. I welcome "cheat sheets" which are printed out copies of other images you like...just to get some ideas of poses. So when the time comes, 100% feel free to bring along ideas.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

November & December Availability

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 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