Winter Is Here!!

I am offering Petite Winter Sessions this year!!  I have had requests for snow sessions the past couple of years so here is your chance to get on my snow day wait list!  Bundle up, bring some hot cocoa and we will play in the snow!  I even have my old wooden sled from my childhood, back in the stone ages, that we can use for a prop.WInter session graphic

How this works; I will be watching the forecast this winter for snow, when it looks like we have a good chance I will call the names on my wait list to schedule your session and give you a time slot.  These sessions will be first come first serve, 30 minutes, 8 digitals, one outfit and one location (photographer’s choice.)  The cost of this session is $125 + tax.  Location will be in the Nitro/Cross Lanes area.  Due to the nature of snow being unpredictable these sessions will have to be a bit spontaneous.  You can let me know what days and times you would be more likely to be available, rest assured I won’t be calling you on Christmas morning or Thanksgiving day for a session.   These sessions are great for kids, teens, and seniors.  More than two people will require an additional fee.

Message me and let me know if you would like to be added to my wait list for this limited winter portrait session! Casslebaker@yahoo.com or 304-539-4214

How To Choose A Photographer

There are several important milestones in life that should require hiring a professional photographer.  Many life events don’t require hiring a professional and basic snapshots will do.  Some may only hire a professional a few times or more over the years for births, first birthdays, senior images, family portraits and weddings.  It can be difficult to decide on a photographer for your special event or milestone.

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So what are some of the criteria you should use for hiring a professional?  I’m going to go over a few points to help you choose the next time you need to hire a photographer.

Let’s talk about money.  Let’s face it, everyone wants to save money!!  Money is hard earned and the more we can save the better right?  Not exactly, have you ever heard the old saying “You get what you pay for?”  It’s true!!  Money should not be your deciding factor when selecting a Photographer.  You may save a lot of money on those newborn, senior or wedding portraits but you might also get sub-par portraits.  Of course I’m not encouraging anyone to go bankrupt or spend the mortgage payment on a photographer but most of us have an iPhone in our pocket that costs upwards of $1,000.  Hire the best you can afford, not the cheapest.

Friends and family. Everyone knows someone that knows someone that has a camera!  A lot of people hire a friend or family member out of loyalty.  They are afraid their friend or family will be upset with them if they don’t choose them as their photographer.  A great rule of thumb is, don’t mix business with pleasure unless they are a great photographer and you really love their work.  Don’t hire your friend to do your important portraits out of loyalty to them or because they are a great bargain.  What if you hate the pictures and are now stuck with awful images out of loyalty?  Don’t be that person who regrets not hiring someone else.

So what is the criteria?  Love, plain and simple love.  You hire a photographer because you love their work, that’s it in a nutshell.  It couldn’t be easier.  You look at their website, Instagram, and Facebook to see what their work looks like.  Most photographers will have their work available for you to see.  If you find a photographer whose work you love, hire them.  If you hire someone for any other reason there is a very good possibility you won’t be happy with your portraits.  I’ve never purchased a piece of artwork that I didn’t love, and I wouldn’t hang a portrait on the wall that I didn’t love either.

Choose wisely my friends.

Featured!!

It’s always so exciting to be featured by a nationally recognized senior portrait group.  One of my favorite images of Kalea and Milo was featured this week on Senior Muse Instagram page.  Go check them out!!  Big thank you to Senior Muse and Congrats to Kalea and Milo!!  I’ve been so blessed to photograph such gorgeous seniors!

Fall Senior Sessions

Have you booked your senior session?  Now is the perfect time to secure your date and time for those fall portraits!  Fall is the most popular time for portrait sessions as it is the most beautiful time of year here in West Virginia.  Don’t wait, I have limited availability.

 

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Mini Session Season

untitled-6321Let’s talk about Mini Session’s!! I know people love mini session’s.  I mean lets face it; you spend less money, less time and you get some really awesome images. What’s not to love? Don’t get me wrong, I love them too but I only offer them for very specific things. Mini’s last 20-30 minutes and that is just not enough for some situations.

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I use mini sessions mainly for kids, cap and gown, prom, and groupings of no more than two people.  I love mini’s for kids for a couple reason’s, kids have an attention span of a television commercial!!   You’re lucky if you get 20 minutes out of a kid, they want to get back to playing and exploring!  Parent’s are strapped and they don’t want to spend a fortune on those cute fall or Easter portraits but they want good quality pictures to remember these times in their littles lives.  Mini’s are great for cap & gown, prom and couple sessions.  Nobody needs an entire session for a cap and gown shoot, or a prom shoot so a mini is just the right fit to capture those important events.

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You may be wondering why I don’t use mini’s for families or seniors.  The main reason is time, 20-30 minutes isn’t enough time to shoot a family session or senior session.  I prefer to have at least 90 minutes to 2 hours with my seniors.  Senior’s don’t warm up and get comfortable until about the last hour of the shoot or until I fall off my stool or do something ridiculous. Senior’s like to change their outfits and locations to showcase different looks with their portraits and that is impossible to achieve in a mini session.  Families take some time to get everyone coordinated, take different groupings, wait on little sister to stop cracking up and everyone to be in sync together.  We really do have to have plenty of time to enjoy the moment and all the laughs because we do a lot of laughing.

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I you are interested in scheduling a mini, senior or family session for fall please send me an email: casslebaker@yahoo.com or call me at 304-539-4214 to set up a consultation.   I look forward to hearing from you!!

Dana Baker