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  • Dec 14, 2017

    Why Limiting Mini Sessions is Good for Your Business, Your Clients, and You!

    I’ve been in business for almost six years and every year I’ve dreaded mini sessions. At first I was worried that I would only book one person, when I needed three to make it worth it — then, it became more than that.

    As a lifestyle photographer with a focus on connection both between my clients and myself, and my clients and each other, I found mini sessions so difficult to execute well. I missed that connection every time and this year I decided to find out why.

    After months of waffling on whether I wanted to do them or not, and if I did, how to make them better, I discovered my answer: limit them in any way I could. If my problem was connection, I discovered, I would need to eliminate all the things that were distracting me and my clients at the session. This year, I found my perfect formula for minis.

    1. Ditch Iconic Locations – Living in the Bay Area, there are a multitude of ‘it’ locations that people want. I’m sure they exist in your town, too. Here’s the thing with iconic, though, everyone wants that one shot in front of the bridge/building/landscape of everyone smiling and looking, and prioritizing that shot means you take away time that could be spent building real connection. Plus, it’s usually posed and stiff, which no lifestyle photographer wants.

    2. Know Your Location – Every year I try to find the best locations I can possibly find and vary them for the variety of desires of my clients. This led to me showing up to places that were busy, and that I wasn’t as familiar with. This year, I have one, very versatile location. I know it like the back of my hand, it’s not iconic, and it’s completely deserted most days. Knowing your location means you know exactly what works and what doesn’t and you can spend your time focusing on bringing out as much joy and authenticity in your short time with your clients.

    3. Limit Your Mini Days – I used to have six sets of mini sessions in a season. This year, I’ve paired that down to three and I am thrilled. Ideally, minis would be for your current clients who love your work, have a relationship with you, and just need an update on images for the year. They may have had a newborn session at the beginning of the year, or booked a larger package last year and not need another larger shoot this year. Those clients should be on your e-mail list, just waiting for you to announce mini session dates. Once they are announced, they will pounce. Leave space for only that number of clients. Any extra sessions mean that you will get price shoppers who don’t know your work or you, and while sometimes those work out to be lifelong clients, often times it leads to a lackluster experience for you and for them.

    Imposing these limits has been incredibly effective at increasing the connection and genuine joy in my families, and helping me devote more time and energy to my full session clients while still delivering something I’m incredibly proud of to my mini session clients. It has also decreased stress for me at my busiest time of year. As an added bonus, it’s led to people who want that iconic location or more time to spring for the standard session and to realize that they actually have a larger, more exciting vision for their time with me.

    About the Contributor: I\'m a Bay Area photographer and mother of two, who has been encouraging tickle fights between siblings and couples to make out on camera (you know, in a classy way), since 2012.

  • Dec 11, 2017

    A San Francisco Newborn Session (2 Weeks Old)

    Inspiration: As a lifestyle photographer, photographing San Francisco newborns is always such a fun adventure. I love being given the privilege of taking photos in a family’s home. There is always a sense of joy and nervous anticipation I feel waiting to see the character details that make up so many of the old San Francisco buildings, and figuring out how to use the elements of a home as the backdrop for a lifestyle session.

    Favorite Element: I was so excited to meet and photograph Coco. Two years earlier, I got to take her parent’s engagement photos in San Francisco. And now I got to photograph them with their precious new daughter. It is so fun to watch families grow from behind the lens.

    Biggest Challenge: Space! Often, San Francisco flats and apartments are cozy and compact. This doesn’t always leave much room for distant shots. However, my photography style leans towards tight, close up photos of my subjects, and cozy San Francisco apartments are the perfect space to get creative with the close-ups! A good window can add variety to a gallery, as well as “outside-looking-in” shots from outside a bedroom. And of course, if a family happens to have a city view or a rooftop terrace, I take advantage! This family even had some great vibrant art in their stairwell that we decided to use as a backdrop as we were venturing to the roof!

    Final Thoughts: I have learned to enter homes with a fresh pair of eyes each time. I try to look for the unique details of the building, the way I can play with perspective in tight spaces, and how I can use the home as a way to tell a family’s story. Whether photographing in an expansive great room or a cozy San Francisco apartment, let the home and the love within it tell the story!

     

    Kathryn Ghiraldini is based in Marin and San Francisco, and specializes in newborn, family, maternity, and senior lifestyle photos. She considers herself in the business of chaos choreography, and she loves capturing the genuine, unplanned moments! Kathryn is a wife, new mommy, and teacher. Please visit Kathryn’s NAPCP Member Profile here, and visit her website.

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    About the Contributor: Katie, our Editorial Manager, is our wordsmith and communications extraordinaire!  After college and graduate school, she worked in the nonprofit world, and briefly in politics. She realized she'd be quickly burned out, and started writing for various lifestyle websites. Before landing at NAPCP, Katie shot product photography for Etsy shops and other small business owners. Katie also works with Pinterest, as a member of their Pinfluencer team. She is passionate about making the world a happier, more beautiful place! Katie lives for her husband and two children, updating their totally 90's home, and finding joy in the small things. Even washing dishes.

  • Dec 06, 2017

    December Printable Menu and Calendar

    The holidays are here and we couldn’t be more excited to share our December printable calendar and menu with you!

    Download the printable calendar here. Dress up your holiday table with our printable menu! To download your copy, click here!

    Happy Holidays!

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    About the Contributor: Deanne is a graphic designer and photographer. She graduated in 2005 from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication . Before joining the NAPCP team, Deanne worked at a small advertising agency for ten years where she grew as an artist. She also started her own small photography business in 2010 and has a passion for photographing children and documenting life. Currently, she is working for NAPCP as the Design Production Assistant and is excited for new opportunities to bring her love of design and photography together. Deanne resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and three year old son. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Nov 30, 2017

    November Inspired Magazine: Featuring Hannah Drews Eggert!

    Click here to read our November magazine featuring Hannah Drews Eggert! See Hannah’s beautiful work, learn more about the 2018 Marketing Summit and read about the NAPCP 2017 Photographer of the Year!

    Print your copy of Inspired straight from MagCloud! Share your favorite pieces with friends, family and clients.

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    About the Contributor: Deanne is a graphic designer and photographer. She graduated in 2005 from Northern Illinois University with a BFA in Visual Communication . Before joining the NAPCP team, Deanne worked at a small advertising agency for ten years where she grew as an artist. She also started her own small photography business in 2010 and has a passion for photographing children and documenting life. Currently, she is working for NAPCP as the Design Production Assistant and is excited for new opportunities to bring her love of design and photography together. Deanne resides in the Chicagoland area with her husband and three year old son. When she is not working, you can find her photographing or doing multiple home improvement projects.

  • Nov 20, 2017

    Marketing Summit 2018: You’re Invited!

    You’re invited to register for our January 17-19, 2018 Marketing Summit in Atlanta, today! Registration is LIVE. We’re talkin’ setting and accomplishing goals, the best way to market yourself through blogging and email campaigns, and anything and everything you need to know about growing your social media presence organically (read: in the best possible way). Come, ready to learn and with questions. If you can’t make the summit in person, there’s an online viewing option, too!

    We’ll also be giving away some prizes to a selection of you who register by MIDNIGHT (EST) on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1ST. Up for grabs are:

    1 Year NAPCP Membership ($175 value)
    1 Year ShootProof Account | 5,000 images ($200 value)
    $100 Artifact Uprising store credit

    PLUS, EVERYONE who registers for the summit by 12/1/2017 will receive the professional recording of Jenna Martin’s class FREE of charge! Drawing will take place and winners will be announced on Monday, December 4th.

    We’ll see you at the summit!

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    About the Contributor: Katie, our Editorial Manager, is our wordsmith and communications extraordinaire!  After college and graduate school, she worked in the nonprofit world, and briefly in politics. She realized she'd be quickly burned out, and started writing for various lifestyle websites. Before landing at NAPCP, Katie shot product photography for Etsy shops and other small business owners. Katie also works with Pinterest, as a member of their Pinfluencer team. She is passionate about making the world a happier, more beautiful place! Katie lives for her husband and two children, updating their totally 90's home, and finding joy in the small things. Even washing dishes.




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