Customized Senior Portraits Offer More Life Details

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in Blog

If you’re the parents of a high school senior who’s about to get school portraits taken for the year, you’ll have a choice between the regular pictures taken on campus and customized portraits that are much more intricate. Many people have been jumping at the chance to get the customized pictures done; the “Washington Post” reported in 2013 that the practice was growing so rapidly that some photographers had started devoting the majority of their business to senior portraits. But you have to be sure customized is right for you — both types of photo packages offer advantages. Budget Cost is the main, immediate concern. School packages — the ones where you sit in front of a bluish-gray backdrop or maybe have a few of those fake laser beams in the background — are usually free or very low-cost, depending on the number of pictures you choose to have printed. Customized photo shoots can be all over the map in terms of cost. The “Washington Post” quoted prices ranging from $300 to $2,200 for a shoot — not including hair and makeup for the student — which can be tough for people who are on really tight budgets. Still, many photographers understand that problem, and the ones in your area might offer payment plans or budget shoots. Trendy Hair and Makeup One of the good things about the customized shoots is that hair and makeup service. Even if you have a son, he can benefit from the presence of a professional hair stylist. The hair styles and makeup that your children wear daily will appear dated within a few years — but a professional stylist on set can give the student a look that won’t scream 2014 by next year. But then again — that’s half the fun of school pictures. Think about how you chuckle when you see your 1970s or 1980s feathered bangs, or the actual mohawk you sported in your punk days as a teenager. Your kids aren’t going to look the same in a couple of years, and maybe having the plain school portraits will be a good way to make a record of what your kids really looked like at this point. Not what a stylist wanted — but what they really looked like. Well-Rounded Picture The customized portrait session definitely wins when it comes to showing what your teen’s life includes. A regular school portrait often doesn’t allow them to show their interests. With a customized shoot, the student can include interests, ancestry, and more for a detailed picture of his or her life. Customized portraits suit a lot of people, and you should seriously consider arranging for a session for your teen. But you — or your student — might turn out to be of a more traditional mind. Speak to a senior portrait photographer to find out what your options are...

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Planning Your Wedding On A Budget? Tips To Keep The Elegance Without Breaking The Bank

Posted by on Oct 13, 2014 in Blog

It’s no secret that weddings can be overwhelmingly expensive. In fact, a recent report shows that couples are spending an average of $30,000 on their wedding. If you want to enjoy the luxury and indulgence without paying a year’s salary to do it, there are options. Here are some tips to help you cut the costs but not the elegance of your wedding reception. Don’t Let Guest Guilt Overwhelm the List One of the biggest sources of high cost for wedding receptions is a large guest list. The more people that you invite, the more expensive your reception meals and bar service will be. In addition, a larger guest list requires a larger wedding cake. Even if your intentions are good and you start out with a plan to keep your guest list small, it can grow rapidly. Sometimes, you fall victim to the belief that you have to invite distant relatives, co-workers and others out of a sense of obligation. Remember that it is your day, and you have the right to plan an intimate event with just your close friends and family. If you feel like your guest list is getting out of control, take a few minutes to review it objectively. Think about the people who are closest to you and those that you can’t imagine your wedding day without. Do this as soon as possible, though, because once the invitations go out, your guest list is locked in. Use Vendor Cards for Your Place Cards Some wedding service providers, such as caterers, photographers, musicians and florists, will offer you a reduced rate in exchange for the distribution of vendor cards. These cards, typically printed on the back of the place cards, include a list of the vendors that provided your wedding day services. These cards are not a blatant marketing tool, but instead a subtle identification of the companies that you have worked with. By providing these company names, you increase the possibility that these businesses may receive referral business from you. Talk to the Local College One of the best ways to provide a complete sit-down service with elegant decorations at your reception is to reach out to the local college. If your local university provides culinary services and other similar career programs, you may be able to work with graduate-level students who can provide your wedding services at a fraction of the cost. Your wedding day is a day that you will never forget, no matter how the meal plans, entertainment or flowers turn out. Remember that the goal of the day is to celebrate your marriage and your commitment to a new life together. Gather your friends and family, and consider these tips to help you make it more...

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