Saturday, January 3, 2009

hold the phone

New year, new news, and lots of exciting things are happening with Haute Shot Photography!

First and foremost, I now can offer my clients a natural light studio, to be used when the weather is too cold or too hot, for maternity or newborn sessions, or just for those families who prefer the studio look. The lighting in the studio is phenomenal at almost all hours of the day; lots of bright, beautiful, natural light. The last few sessions on my blog were held in the studio (and turned out beautifully), but I'm also sharing a few taken today (with a very sweet and cooperative three year old, who just happened to be helping Mommy clean the "tudio"). The walls in the studio are a soothing, light blue-gray (which flatter any skin tone), and the floors are a rich pecan. Of course, we can also throw up a backdrop to instantly change the look of the room; the possibilities are endless. My preference is still outdoor photography, but we now have the option of either one.

Secondly, I recently found out that I should be charging my clients sales tax. That's right. Sales tax. Apparently, Uncle Sammy considers the cds that come with the session as "goods", and I am required to charge sales tax on said goods. If I didn't offer the cd, then this would be a non-issue. But, if I didn't offer the cd, it's safe to say I wouldn't have much business. So, from here on out, I'll have to add sales tax to each session.

Thirdly, there will be a very small increase in my pricing structure. In-studio sessions will remain at $150 (plus tax). All other sessions (on-location) will now be $200 (plus tax). You will still get an outrageous number of pictures from our fabulous sessions, a password protected gallery on my website to share with family and friends, and a cd of high resolution images to be printed where ever you choose.

This year I will be taking more courses in photography in an effort to better my craft and offer you only the finest portraits of your lovely selves. As of today, I will be shooting two weddings in the upcoming months. And I will strive to continue to make our sessions memorable, fun and something you'll look back on and smile. I am investing lots into this little business, in order to give you the very best, and I know you will be pleased with the results. Also, be sure to watch for exciting specials and promotions, on this very blog, over the next few months.

I know the cold, dreary weather makes warm weather seem so far away, but Spring dates are starting to fill up on the calendar. So for those of you wanting Easter, spring, etc. portraits, be sure to secure a date now.

Finally, I simply can not begin to express my gratitude for the investment you have made in me. I truly am grateful for each and everyone one of you, and I look forward to all the fun to be had in 2009.

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