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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Senior Portraits (Salt Lake professional photography)

Let's face some facts here about senior portraits:
  • You only graduate from high-school once. This is a major life milestone.
  • You will never again look like you did when you were 18.
  • Your kids will look at your senior portraits as a baseline for what you looked like when you were young (I know this because I remember pouring over my parents' yearbooks, trying to imagine them as young people.)
  • This will also probably be the last time your portraits will be all about you. After graduation, most people don't really have professional images taken of themselves until they get married.
  • Senior portraits are fun, full of energy, and all about your personality, hopes, and future.
I will never forget (and always hate) my senior portraits.
I had the Mary Kay lady come to my house to do a "make-over" which essentially made me look like the entire Mary Kay sample box exploded and I was caught in the shrapnel. I had them taken at the school from the contract photographer, and only have that one horrible, mass-produced, flatly lit head-shot, with a not-even-convincing fake smile as a monument to my final year in public education. There was no personality, it didn't even really look like me! I wish so bad that I would have known then what I know now - especially what constitutes a good photograph! I wish I would have done something that displayed my interest as an artist, me with my best girlfriends, or ANYTHING except this awful grip and grin. Ah, well, water under and all that... sigh*

Lucky for you, in honor of my regret, I am offering the following Senior Portrait Packages so you don't have to suffer the same mistake I did:

Option 1. Your custom portrait commission (session) plus a gorgeous contemporary album with 20 of your favorite images, and 50 personalized rep cards: $395.

Option 2. Your portrait commission plus a 20 inch, framed storyboard portrait of your three favorite images and 25 custom graduation announcements: $269.

Option 3. Your portrait commission plus a wheelbarrow full of wallet sized portraits (not literally - you get to choose 5 different images, 8 wallets of each): $159.

These packages will only be available until June 1st, and I have very limited availability between now and then. Also, if you are going to mail out announcements before graduation, you will want to do your session about 4 weeks earlier to allow time for processing and shipping.

This is how I WISH my senior portraits had turned out:

This is B. She has been working for the past 6 months for me doing photo assisting, babysitting, lawn and yard care, and odd house jobs (including cleaning my bathrooms.) I've been paying her in photo credit towards her senior portraits. One trait that I really admire in a person is the ability to work hard and on their own motivation, and B has certainly proved that come June, she has the will and ability to succeed after high-school. Good luck, woman! I love you!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

This one's for you, Heather (Utah Dance Photography)

This year I hired Heather of Cook Photography to be my wing-man and second photographer for my dance studios. She has been creating the most amazing classic Black & White portraiture. I love the feel of a timeless Black & White image, and this was my way of giving my dance clients an experience that is closer to a customized portrait session. The expressions on some of these dancers are so priceless! I can't thank you enough, Heather, for all the wonderful work you've been doing. Here are a few of my favorites so far...

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Wasatch Arts Center - Draper Studio Portraits are online!

I had so much fun getting to know my new friends from Wasatch Arts Center - Draper (previously Dance Explosion.) The images are ready to be viewed online: just click this link to enter the online galleries. If you have lost your password, send me an email: kris@kdportraits.com.

Don't forget to enter your gift card code to redeem your portrait deposit, and the coupon code "WACD2011" to save 10% off your entire purchase before March 19th. Also, I will be in the WAC Riverton dance studio (11968 S Redwood Rd) tomorrow the 9th, and next week on the 15th and 16th from 9:30 till 11:00 if you'd like live help to place your order. As always, don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Wasatch Arts Center Riverton Portraits are ready! (Utah Dance Photography)

The dance portraits are online and ready for you to view/order. Go to my website at www.kdportraits.com and click the website box. On the home page, click the "clients" tab on the top right. Enter your email address and the password that you received on your gift card. If you have lost your password, please email me. Don't forget to enter your gift card code to redeem your $20 deposit. If anyone has any questions about ordering, or PayPal, please email kris@kdportraits.com.

Also, if you want to order in person and skip the technology thing, I will be available on March 8 & 9 at the Riverton dance studio from 9:30 to 11:00 each day. You can place your order in person with me then.

Don't forget that if you place your order before March 12, you can use the coupon code "WAC2010" for 10% off your entire order! Get your order in quickly, and encourage your friends to do the same. Portraits will only be available for purchase until June 30, at which time they will be purged from the system.

If you missed portraits, we do have some times available this weekend, Saturday the 5th, after we photograph the Draper studio. Please call me at (801) 556-1661 if you would like to make a portrait appointment.

Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity of being a part of your dancer's memories! It has been a real treat to see some of these students for the 4th year, and how much they've grown. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Half Way There (Utah Dance Photography)

Cutest 4-year old dance class EVER!! Ok, so yes, I'm a bit biased because my daughter and her should-have-been-a-twin-but-was-born-a-cousin are in there, along with all our friends we hang out with every Tuesday... yes a bit biased....

I am about half way done with processing the portraits for Wasatch Arts Center, Riverton. I am seriously hoping to have everything ready by Friday. Keep checking back for more updates, or "Like" KD Portraits on Facebook.