Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Newborn






This fun couple came in with their baby today and I just fell in love! I think this was the fastest newborn session, I have ever done! this baby would not wake up if we wanted him too! He loved loved loved to sleep. We got a lot of great photos of him. It was great!

Education Awareness Mini Session 2







Tuesday, December 27, 2011

2012 Cutest Baby Contest


Do you have or know a newborn-3 yr old? Enter them into the
2012 Cutest Baby Contest by Crave Photography for your chance to win
an awesome prize package including a 16x20 wall print
from our participating vendors!!
Schedule their mini-session between February 15th and March 15

After your session you can choose the image you want
to be used in the contest. The contest will be hosted
on the Crave Facebook Page between March 20th - March 30th.
Have your Friends/Family “Like” your image

The photo with the most “likes” wins! Their will be a boy and girl winner!
The winner will be announced March 30th

Discounted Session Fee & Images

The Cutest Child Contest Includes a FREE 15-30 min. mini session, with a
pay-per-image* disc & Print Release, however NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY!
Appointments are required.


*A Pay-Per-Image disc: The definition of a pay per image disc is that you get to pick what images you want on your disc for $20 each. You can choose as many or as little pictures as you want, but is not required.


Crave Photography
www.cravemycreative.com
ashley@cravemycreative.com

605-838-5809

The Cutest Baby Contest
used to be held in the fall, but
due to scheduling demands now
will be held in the beginning
of the year instead.

School Mini Sessions- Session 1






As most of you know, I am the photographer at "The Hood Magazine" in Sioux Falls and surrounding areas. In their February issue, The Hood is focusing on education, development, etc. So, I hosted a School House Mini Session. These are the photos from the first session, out of five sessions.

Monday, December 26, 2011

How To Prepare for a Newborn Session!




One thing that Crave Photography aims to do in 2012 is to create a blog that consumers, and photographers, can come to for reference. It will take time, so I hope that you all decide to follow us as we write articles, show inspiration, and brag about our cute families, newborns, children, and brides as we go through 2011! To kick of the transition into a truely inspiring blog, we are going to post an article on how to prepare for a newborn session. One thing that I have noticed in the last month or so is I have been photographing TONS of newborns! I have had so many babies in my studio lately its enough to give me some serious baby fever! So a lot of moms want to know, how do I prepare for a newborn session? What can I do to get those heart warming images to hang on my walls? So this article aims to help you prepare for your newborn session!


How to Prepare for a Newborn Session--
In my belief, newborns are still the most beautiful creatures on this earth! With three growing children on my own, I know how important those initial pictures of my children are to me, and still are held near and dear to my heart. If there is one thing that a photographer must have during a newborn session, its patience. A session can take as little as an hour or it can be several hours. It is important for everyone involved to stay patient because it is totally worth it in the end! There are several things that I must do to prepare for your session. To begin with, before a session I pump my heat up anywhere between 80-85 degrees to create a "womb" like area.

When Should I Schedule my Session?
Right now! If you are pregnant and know when you are expecting, contact me as soon as possible to schedule a "tentative" date. Of course, we reschedule this for a "permanent" date after the baby is born, but my mothers who book me in advance hold priority in my session. If you have already have your child, still contact me ASAP. I do try to squeeze in newborns as much as possible. Babies take the best pictures within the first 10 days. I ask my mothers to put me on their birth call list so they remember to give me a call or email as soon as the baby is born. This allows me to do any schede juggling that I may need to do to fit your session in within those first two weeks.

How Long Does the Session Last?
A newborn session can last anywhere between 1 to 3 hours, depending on your child's disposition. Please plan for the entire day.

What Should my Child Wear?
Most newborn photography is when the baby is with or without diaper. However, I will send you a list of links of the latest baby products and trends so that you can prepare the session to your liking. I will say that hats and clothing with textures work great with close ups! Also, any family heirlooms such as grandpas pocket watch or dads first football are allowed.

Do I have to be in the pictures as well? Sure! I understand that you just had a child and that you may have bags under your eyes, but I promse that I will edit as much as I can for you-- Shots with mom and dad may be necessary. You cannot get this time back and you will cherish these pictures of your newborn. It is best to wear black, white or nuetral colors.

More Tips:

1) Try and find a babysitter or helper for your other children. If you want them included in the session, try and bring somebody or something to help entertain them while we do your babies pictures

2) Make sure your baby is well fed and sleepy. Babies are much easier to prop when they are sound asleep!


3) Loosen your babies diaper about 30 minutes before the session to allow the diaper imprints to disappear.

4) A mothers smell is so noticeable to baby and may distract your baby during pictures. Sometimes, I may ask you to step out for a few moments so I can get the babie to work with me as best as possible.

5) Be patient! Babies can sense your anxiety and we want to keep the room as calm as possible.

6) The majority of pictures will work best if the baby is asleep so anything you can do to promote this is best.

Newborns are one of the most challenging sessions I do. However, there is just something about capture the innocent beginnings of a child's life that I hold near and dear to me!

Ashley
Crave Photography
www.cravemycreative.com

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Monday, December 19, 2011

2012 Crave Photography Referral Program


2012 Crave Photography Referral Program

After each session, you will be presented with 10 Crave Photography Designed Referral Cards to pass around. For each person who books with Crave Photography and presents your referral card, they will get a free 5x7! You, however, will get $40 in Free Print Credit with Crave Photography! If you refer 5 people to Crave Photography, you will get a FREE Session to be used in the same year!

If you run out of referral cards and you want more, just ask!

Stipulations

  • The referral and referee is not valid with any other coupons, discounts or promotions.
  • The $40 worth of prints is only valid on print orders, excluding canvases, frames, albums and other gift items.
  • Your print credit expires 1 year from the date of the first referral booking.
  • You can use your print credit for and previous or future sessions, as long as session was booked before the print credit expiration date.
  • This referral program is valid January 1st, 2012

Tutu's and Ties Mini Sessions




Tutu's & Tie's Mini Session!


Sign up for a Tutu's and Ties Mini Session for your child! In less than 1/2 hour, I will snap shots of your little tyke in either a tutu/headband or a tie! Included in your session is one digital image that will be edited and emailed to you (after you choose the one you like) within 48 hours, as well as a print release. You will also get the chance to purchase additional digital images at a special mini session price of only $12 per image!

Where to get the Tutu/Ties?
I do have several tutu's available for purchase at the studio. I can email you photos of those tutu's or you can stop into the studio by appointment to choose one. Otherwise, you are welcome to bring your own TuTu/Tie. I do not have any ties available at the studio.

How much does this cost?
Your session fee/Image is only $30. This includes 1/2 hour session, one edited digital image, and lots of fun for your little one! You will have the opportunity to choose more than one digital image for only $12 each (almost 40% off!)

APPOINTMENTS ARE REQUIRED!

Email me at ashley@cravemycreative.com or call me at 605-838-5809

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Look Who's One! Dell Rapids Photographer





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I just had to share these images I did in the new studio! I just love the lighting in there, I cannot wait to be in there full time! I am very grateful for Nancy with LaCoursiere Photography for helping me get settled in the new studio!


Sunday, August 21, 2011

2011 Cutest Baby Contest

Crave Photography’s 1st Annual Cutest Baby Contest!

Do you have an Newborn-10mo of age? Would you like to win a fabulous prize basket from various vendors?!? Consider entering them into Crave Photography’s 1st Annual Cutest Baby Contest! Simply sign your child up for a 1/2 hour Complimentary Session and choose a photo from your session to be entered into the contest. A Prize Package will be awarded to both a boy and a girl entrant. You are not obligated to purchase prints/CD but are welcome to.

Important Dates:
✰ Schedule your Pictures between Sept. 1st and Sept. 30th.
✰ Contest will begin Nov. 1st and closes Nov. 15th
✰ Winner will be announced Nov. 20th

Contest Details:
✰ Photos from the contest will be uploaded to the CRAVE Facebook page on Nov. 1st.
✰ Ask your friends and family to Vote for your Child’s image
✰ The Child with the most Votes (“Likes”) Wins the Prizes from our Vendors.
✰ There will be both a boy and a girl winner

Purchasing & Requirements:
✰You are not obligated to purchase prints or the CD.
✰You are required to sign a Photography Release so I can use your photos.
✰If you purchase $50 worth of Prints, you receive the CD Free.
✰If you do not purchase any prints, the CD is $75

Participating Vendors for the Prize Baskets
16x20 Wall Canvas of your Image from Crave Photography
Macys Garden Items and Gift Certificates to Tykes 2 Tweens
Usborne Books from Amanda Roth
Premade Scrapbooking Albums w/ Close To My Heart Consultant Amie Reker
Mary Kay Pampering Set- Angela Aspon
Handmade Crochet Blankets
Handmade Burp Rags by Karey Klein
An Assortment of Handmade Greeting Cards from Finders Keepers (Jabberwock)
Creative Memories from Julie Beasley




We Are Moving!


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I am so excited to announce that Crave Photography will be moving into the LaCoursiere Photography Studio! Starting in September, I will be shooting out of the LaCoursiere Studio and over the next few months, transitioning it into the NEW Crave Photography Studio!

Please stop in to say hello!

Ashley Horton
Crave Photography
www.cravemycreative.com

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Groupon FAQ

I am compiling a list of most commonly asked GROUPON DEAL Questions! Feel free to call me at 605-838-5809 if your question is not listed! Thanks!

Does this deal include indoor or outdoor session?
This deal includes both! As a natural lights photographer, I prefer to do sessions outdoors; however, I understand that with infants and newborns, or under severe weather, that may be a challenge. I do have a seperate Studio in Dell Rapids, SD.

Where can we have our pictures done?
I do a lot of pictures in the Sioux Falls, but I do travel! I do charge a $.35 mileage fee for places more than 15 miles away from Sioux Falls.

When does this expire?
June 2012

When can I start Scheduling my session/sessions?
Immediatly after you purchase it!

Do I have to bring my voucher with me?
YES! Please bring your voucher to your session!

If your prices increase, will I have to pay the difference?
No. Prices changes are inevitable, however you are locked in with the deal!

Can I join your referral program after I purchase this deal?
Of course! In fact, I encourage it!

Your Groupon Description states that it is only valid for up to 15 people. Is there any exceptions?
Please call me for more details.