What's New in 2014

January 27, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with a close confidant about my work. The first thing she asked me was "Are you learning a lot?" I was slightly taken aback because usually the first thing people ask me when they want to know how my photography is going is if I am going to do it full time, which leads to the awkward admission about how it's not financially sustainable for my family and then a complex conversation about my mixed feelings about pursuing this as my passion but also having ambitions in my other professional career. But this question - "Are you learning a lot?" - meant the world to me, because learning is what I value most. I am a student in everything I do - in photography, my professional work, parenting, volunteering in my community.

 

As I have spent many, many hours combing through my photos and old blog posts, I am amazed and grateful. Amazed at how much I have learned as a photographer and businesswoman, and grateful to every single one of you who has given me the honor and privilege of making memories for you. The result is this new site, new logo, and a fresh start to the new year, one that is hopefully filled with more learning and more beauty.

 

 

I am also excited to announce some new offerings and features that I have been working on. I really do listen to feedback and suggestions, and try to balance those with my own knowledge, experience, and industry standards. I hope you enjoy, and I look forward to hearing from you soon!

  • Mini Mondays - I am trying something new with Mini Sessions this year. In addition to seasonal minis, I am going to be offering them on a regular basis, on Mondays ONLY at 4:30pm. They are 20 minutes long and will be held at La Cienega Park. These are great if you just want an updated family photo, just a couple pictures of the kids, or some quickie maternity shots.
  • Deposits - Starting this year, I am going to be requiring non-refundable deposits (which will be applied to the full price) to book sessions. I need to do this to reduce last minute cancellations and be fair to my limited availability.
  • Contracts - I now have very thorough and comprehensive contracts that explain the booking fees, digital image use rights, and liability. Fortunately I have never had an major issues, but you can never be too prepared! 
  • Credit Cards - I am trying to make as much of what I do electronic, so I am now accepting credit cards as payments. I hope this makes everything easier for all of us, and of course I will still accept checks and cash. 
  • Image Delivery - I am saying goodbye to discs, since so many newer computers don't even have them, not to mention they're totally incompatible with tablet and handheld devices. I will be delivering images via Digital Downloads and USB drives (for events or larger orders). I also have a nifty app that I am going to encourage more people to utilize so you can view and share your images on your tablet or smartphone.

I did have to adjust my prices slightly to reflect some of my increasing costs of doing business so I can provide the best quality services and products to you. I will also continue to offer special discounts and incentives for repeat customers and for referrals. Keep spreading the word - I love it!

 

Stay tuned as I continue to make enhancements to the site and add more images to my portfolio. I'm looking forward to another amazing year, and I hope to hear from you soon!

 

xo

Kim


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