Sunday, May 31, 2009

Purchasing Through Website

This is coming! I'm iin the process of activating my Google Checkout account, which is actually safer than PayPal. It takes a few days to verify and today is only day 3...and a Sunday. So I assume it'll be Tuesday, maybe Wednesday when the feature is up and going. I'm also working on another brand new feature! You'll be able to book your appointment and pay for half of your deposit right away (which is now mandatory to set the date in stone) all online through one website, which, when I have the site bugs worked out I'll have posted under my links section. I had to remove a few links from the bottom of my page if you noticed. I have a wide screen, but someone from Google Ads called me wanting me to buy something, of course, and just happened to mention that some of my stuff wasn't seen at the bottom. So I rearranged. I'm not very happy about it...I feel it should adjust by itself. And I'm sure there's some CSS out there that'll do that, but I don't control that aspect of the actual page...it's just a template, and I don't control it. Anyway, anything moved is now under Links.

Today I will be adding the rest of my summer schedule up! Below this paragraph I will post my new booking rules. You can book any time up to whenever I have a schedule for, but please be aware that since I do mainly outdoor photography I am not in control of the weather, and may need to reschedule. I do Senior Photography as well, but I do NOT have the basic background so you may need to go to an actual studio to get the yearbook photo done. I need to check on the status of my white photo tent...if it's still in good condition then I can do a basic white background or black background...my tent and I have issues. I'm short, it's tall. It folds into a round circle about twice the size of a frizbee. How? You don't wanna know. And it looks like I'm battling some giant evil white cube to get it to do this. I had a passer-by stop and watch, and when I finally got it, he chuckled and said it was entertaining. >.> I love my tent, but I wish it was easier to fold up...thus it's spent its winter in my garage simply flat...not in it's pouch. So I'll need to take it out, air it out, maybe wash the sides...if possible...to get any dust out, febreeze it just so it smells pretty and it'll be good to go. I keep planning on taking the background "sheets" up to Jo-Ann's to get more backgrounds but I haven't yet. Onto my new booking rules!

You can download my contract to read it over here. It's in PDF format. This page will NOT be permanent. I'll be moving it, but will announce the new link and it'll be on my website as well. Geocities is shutting down. I only use it for junk anyway, but I've had it for years so it's annoying that it's closing down. This is my contract, and it also contains my Model release form. I will ask that each person print this out on their own and bring it with you to the session. If you cannot, let me know and I will. I will go over everything with you but I don't like a lot of jargon, so there's only a little that is, which I copied from a website for legal stuff. The model release does NOT have to be signed ever. If you do not want your pictures used for advertising by me, then do not sign it. You can even X through it. These contracts will be kept on file...you will need a new one each session, but I'm working on a shorter version where I can just bring your prior contract, and the new one will essentially be an addition (just lines to sign). The contract keeps both you and I safe. If I use images you've said I could use, and someone steals them, you and I can sue for damages, for example. Not just me. And it covers how to make appointments, and all that fun stuff. I highly encourage reading it before making an appointment. That's all for now! Enter my contest! It's free! You could win a free session!

Photography Contest Official Blog Post

I will be posting up images for your consideration for voting under THIS post so bookmark the individual post (click on title of post to go directly to this post only, then bookmark). I will be adding another blog post above this one so to prevent from losing this one, click and bookmark. So far I have 1 picture entered. Just a reminder I AM ACCEPTING PICTURES NOW for the contest, until JUNE 15 so time is running out! Remember this is for quality, not subject.

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Saturday, May 9, 2009

All About the Photo Contest

I am going to be opening a photo contest! The winner will receive a free session (worth $50) and the chance to create your own package, at a package discount price. So if you need 40 wallets, and nothing else, and want them of 10 different poses, it's not going to cost you $40 (10 sets of 4 wallets @ $4 each set)...it's going to only cost you $30.00! And the great thing? This isn't just open to the Rochester, NY area. It's available to the Rochester, NY area and the Metro Detroit, MI area. I will be traveling to Michigan in July, and will be approximately 30 miles north of Detroit. So spread the word! I will start accepting pictures May 15th and it will only be open for 1 month for entry! June 15th the contest closes, and voting will take place from June 15th through July 15th. Quality is the main goal here! Not a modeling contest, or beauty, or cutest baby contest. Crisp clear, and true color is important. Winner will be posted July 16th. Rules are as follows:

1)Photo cannot be professional or one that I have taken.
2) You must be the child's legal guardian to submit the photo if child is under 18.
3) Open to all ages, and photo can be from any time
4) No nudity even in babies
5) One entry per household
6) Pets are okay in the photograph, but not as the main photo (I'm only starting on pet photography)
7) Photos must be in JPG form, and emailed to me at cathie@playdatephotography.net
8) Full color, no enhancements, no black & white or sepia. Crops are okay.
9) This is not a beauty or cuteness contest, it's a photo contest, so quality is key.

I am not personally voting! I will post images on here in one blog post with numbers, no names, and there will be a poll with choices. This means only 1 vote per IP, I believe. Winner will receive a free session and discount personally created package, as well as a spot on my main page slide show and a featured gallery on my main page.

May Day, May Day!

It seems like this month I tend to be on the go non stop. There have been some changes to my pricing which I will post but you can check them out on my website also, http://playdatephotography.net. There's been a new addition to my family! No I didn't have a baby. April 20th we brought home Copper, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is the sweetest dog and I am totally in love with him. I've taken some pictures of him which I'll post on here in a moment. There's more news! I am going to be opening a photo contest! The winner will receive a free session (worth $50) and the chance to create your own package, at a package discount price. So if you need 40 wallets, and nothing else, and want them of 10 different poses, it's not going to cost you $40 (10 sets of 4 wallets @ $4 each set)...it's going to only cost you $30.00! And the great thing? This isn't just open to the Rochester, NY area. It's available to the Rochester, NY area and the Metro Detroit, MI area. I will be traveling to Michigan in July, and will be approximately 30 miles north of Detroit. So spread the word! I will start accepting pictures May 15th and it will only be open for 1 month for entry! June 15th the contest closes, and voting will take place from June 15th through July 15th. Winner will be posted July 16th. Rules are as follows:

1)Photo cannot be professional or one that I have taken.
2) You must be the child's legal guardian to submit the photo if child is under 18.
3) Open to all ages
4) No nudity even in babies
5) One entry per household
6) Pets are okay in the photograph, but not as the main photo (I'm only starting on pet photography)
7) Photos must be in JPG form, and emailed to me at cathie@playdatephotography.net
8) Full color, no enhancements, no black & white or sepia. Crops are okay.

I am not personally voting! I will post images on here in one blog post with numbers, no names, and there will be a poll with choices. This means only 1 vote per IP, I believe. Winner will receive a free session and discount personally created package, as well as a spot on my main page slide show and a featured gallery on my main page.

Now onto my new puppy's pics!