Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A Day of Mini Sessions!

How would you like to come visit Children's Attic on November 8th (the shop will be closed, but open for me to use), pay $50.00 and get 7 points to spend on prints or holiday cards?? You'll get a 15 minute session with me...which includes everything I do for a 2 hour session, just crammed into 15 minutes. All images will be handled in the same way that a full 2 hour session is, stored, edited...etc. Holiday cards are 5x7 and "cost" 7 points for 25! And by doing it November 8th, you'll have them with plenty of time to send them out to friends and family. I overnight ship and can have it shipped directly to you! :) I'm only offering it on this one day, Monday November 8th, from 10:00 AM - Noon, then 1:00 PM - 5:30 PM. So email me ASAP to reserve your session today! c_m_rainwater@hotmail.com (I do invites and thank you cards as well! Below is an example of an invite)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

New Package Pricing 10/17/10

I've always been on the hunt on how to price things economically minded while trying to make packages that I thought would make sense. However, why would that make sense if it's not what you want, right? The new system is simple. Packages I had started at $30 and so this starts out by giving you a basic package for $30. What's in the package, however, isn't prints...it's points. You get 7 points to "spend" on prints...of ANY image! No more "one pose per package" rule. I have a chart that has what each size print "costs" in points. And you can purchase more points to make your package bigger. The more points you buy, the cheaper it is per point! So here's the chart, and the prices. You must buy the basic package to get a package.

Basic Package $30.00
7 Points (ex. 8 wallets, one 5x7, one 8x10)

Add on points to make your own packages:

1-4 points: $5.00 each

5-9 points: $4.75 each

10-14 points: $4.50 each

15-19 points: $4.25 each

20+ points: $4.00 each

So if you wanted (16 wallets, two 5x7, 8x10, and a 10x13) it would cost $72.75 instead of $90.00! And each sheet can be a different image! (Wallets must come in groups of 8). I hope this will make things a whole lot easier! Specialty shoots, such as seniors and Day in the Life of...haven't changed (as of yet). I'll get to those later, and I'm going to be assigning points to everything I sell to make it a lot more organized and simple to arrange. (Such as greeting/holiday cards which are 7 points). :)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Are you Ready for Some Football?

Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
Just a short little blog post for a tiny little photo shoot from today. A friend of mine's son is in football and didn't care much for the regular team photos so I of course jumped in and said I'd snap a few pics! Of course I'm clueless about football poses, but fortunately he knew his poses, and his dad was there to help. This picture is of course the back of his jersey with his number....I was just warming up (kinda literally...it was FREEZING out there and windy to boot), doing a few test shots for color and got this one. I loved it in its natural color, of course, but then turned it vintage and love it even more. :) I do sports stuff, including player cards and water bottles!

Photo Shoot with the Rutkowski's Part 1

Originally uploaded by CathieRainwater
This is probably one of my all time favorite pictures. Ever. I probably say this about a lot of pictures, but truly I do love this one. There were so many great ones though from this shoot and it's only the beginning! Another family who happens to be good friends of mine, we're doing another shoot with 12 people on the 24th! Yup...12. You know...there comes a time when I just have to take a deep breath and relax...I've never staged 12 people. But I know it'll be a lot of fun and I can't wait to dig right in and get working. I have a feeling I'll need more than one memory card for that shoot!

Maternity shoot

It was my first maternity shoot and it happened to be a very good friend of mine. I'm so excited because she's due any day now! Tricia of Children's Attic in Farmington, NY is an up and coming business owner that's sure to wow the customers! I posted below some of the preliminary pictures of the shop, but it goes beyond that! They're opening VERY soon...NEXT WEEK! I'm anxious, can't you tell? I want to buy stuff! Children's Attic is a consignment shop where you can bring things in, whip up a contract, and when it sells, you make a percentage of the sale price. Or if you're looking for a place to donate nice clean, stain free clothes, this would be a great place, too. I had a lot of fun doing this shoot despite how chaotic in my own mind it was. I had all 3 of my kids along on this shoot which meant feeding the baby, making sure my older two didn't wander too far on the nature trail, making sure they didn't distract Tricia's daughter, and all sorts of stuff...all in all a good time! :) Her daughter and my two get along famously, so it's like one wild slumber party around them. Anyway, just wanted to share this one pic...I love it!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Halloween Special

I'm cleared!...and I have appointments stacking up! I'm the type of person who gets a high from taking pictures. I get giddy, my allergy headaches go away, I'm no longer tired despite the lack of sleep, and I just feel good in general. So I'm excited! First I have a big family session for a friend of mine at a park near some gorgeous stairs, then some fun football pictures for another friend! I've never done sports pictures so I'm looking forward to this!

I'm also offering a fantastic $15 mini session, one day only for 2 hours on Sunday, October 17th from 2-4 PM at Ellison park. The $15.00 gets you the session, 1-5x7 and 4 wallets! So email me quickly and make your appointment! I'm taking only 6 appointments to fill the time slot. My email address is c_m_rainwater@hotmail.com. Make sure you put in the subject line "Halloween 2010 Special." I will have props to sit on and pose with. Great for costume pictures!

In other news, a very good friend of mine is opening a children's and maternity consignment shop just 15 minutes away from Eastview Mall. Children's Attic! (Picture is shown above) Be sure to "Like" her Facebook page to keep up on the latest information. She'll be having a big opening night in mid October and is offering prizes for her facebook fans! (ehem...like...one may be a free portrait session with me!). We're also talking about me using her shop as a studio on the days she's not open! What this will mean is winter portraits will be possible, as well as rainy day sessions, and basic posed stuff...great for newborns, and young children who you just want a backdrop for. If this happens, I'll have more information up about it!