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Violet is 3 Months! // Kalamazoo, MI Photographer

Violet is 3 Months! // Kalamazoo, MI Photographer

Kalamazoo, MI family photography. 3 month old session.

Weeknight Sessions (Discount!!!!) // Kalamazoo, MI Photographer

I get told this all the time….

“I have been meaning to get family photos done, but I just never have the time!”

Message received…I get it. I don’t have time for anything ever in life. I feel like I get nothing accomplished, but I am always busy. Maybe this is what being an adult is? Woof.

Here is what I am planning for 2019 now that we finally are in the realm of ‘it no longer gets dark at 5 ’o clock in the evening anymore’ time. For all of you busy folks, one weeknight per week, I will be offering shorter sessions at a lower rate than a typical session. And, this can be used for any session with the exception of a newborn session!

So, if you are a senior in high school in so many activities and working a job that you don’t have time to dedicate to a full session, Wednesday evenings will be your time. Family of 5 with so many activities going on that you can’t see straight? BOOM. You’re in! You say you have a 3 year old who hates getting his picture taken? Well, GREAT! I will spend 10 minutes playing with the little dude getting him happy, and 10 minutes taking his picture, and you will walk away with some magic.

Here is the thing…I am not into themed sessions. I am not really even sure what you would do with the photos after. I just want everyone to have a few wonderful images to hang on the wall and mail out to grandparents, hang on the fridge, and be super proud that you made that family, and you have cute kids. EVERY FAMILY SHOULD GET AN UPDATED PHOTO EVERY YEAR!

C’mon, you guys! COME ON! :) If you have children that look the same from year-to-year, I think I might have to call the law, because you might just be an alien…I mean, that is cool if you are an alien from outer space…but for the rest of you, you should be documenting these changes, and I don’t mean just on your cell phone! DON’T GET ME STARTED ON SNAPCHAT FILTERS! AHHHHHHHHH.

Sorry…sorry for losing it there…I just can’t deal with it. It is so important. Time is something we can never get back!

WHAT IS THE CATCH?!?! Okay, I suppose there has to be one. The catch is, once the weeknight for that week has been scheduled, that is the one and only weeknight I will do for the week. The other catch is that the locations will be limited. That is pretty much it…so I guess that isn’t really that bad. I am just part-time right now! :)

Details:

  • 20-minute session time

  • Open to any type of session with the exception of newborns (and obviously weddings, parties, etc…those don’t fit in this formula, guys. If you aren’t sure, please feel free to ask!)

  • Cost: $125 session fee, which will include choice of five high-resolution digital images. Additional images/products may be purchased based on current Product List on www.finkanie.com/pricing).

  • Location to be determined by me based on weather and preferred style of clients.

  • Offer ends when daylight savings time decides to make it impossible to have sessions… :)

FINE PRINT: Pricing subject to change at any time. Please note: This offer cannot be redeemed for sessions scheduled prior to 3/11/2019. Clients may redeem this offer up to 2x in a given calendar year. Pricing only available Monday-Thursday evenings between 5:30 and 7:00 pm depending on weather and lighting available. Studio sessions not available for this offer.

Bob & Deanna's Kiddos! :) // Kalamazoo, MI

I just love this family dynamic because it reminds me so much of mine growing up (three girls to one boy)! Miles may be outnumbered by the girls, but let me tell you, he will grow up knowing exactly how to handle himself! Bob & Deanna have created a beautiful family!

I loved spending time with these kiddos…I may or may not have been tackled during our session…hey, that’s what happens when you commit to what you’re doing! You gotta make it fun! :)

Videos

I am so excited to begin dabbling in family videos! I had the honor and pleasure of filming the moment my 3 year old nephew met his newborn baby brother…let me give you a bit of a back story….

My nephew is the sweetest, cutest, most thoughtful little boy. He has been so excited about being a big brother! He would sing to his “baby brodder” in his mommy’s tummy, tell him everything he was going to show him…I mean omg…it was the most adorable thing I had ever seen! I didn’t get to experience that with my own children because my son was so young when his sister was born…he couldn’t even talk yet…so as you can imagine, this was a whole other thing!!

I have always admired the work of other photographers who do family videos. In our area, Audrey Schultz of Where the Heart Is: Family Films, is AMAZING! Tara Fletcher of Tara Fletcher Photography is also INCREDIBLY talented and amazing, and both of these women have given me the priceless gift of a family video with our photo sessions, so it is something I have always wanted to provide to my own clients because I know how much love and emotion I have felt from watching my own videos. (They both have made me cry numerous times reviewing their amazing work…they are amazing!)

Back to my nephews! My little sister is my best friend. I love and adore this girl so much, and I knew that this was such a special moment for their family. I had one goal in mind - make her cry. I wanted to be able to give her this gift that no one else could give her that day. I was there for a large part of the day…I got to film my nephew walking up to the hospital with my mother, a balloon bouquet in hand, super excited to meet his brother. I got to see him meet up with his Daddy and tell him how excited he was. I got to see him get off the elevator, walk up to the room, and hand the balloons proudly to his Mommy while excitedly explaining to her what he got for his brother and what he had in is “pack pack” (backpack!)…it was beyond everything…just soooooooo precious! I got to witness him see his brother for the first time in his life, hold his hand, hold him in his arms, sing to him, tell him he was so cute and that he loved him…it was amazing.

And guess what? I made her cry when she watched her video. Mission accomplished!

I am going to be incorporating this experience in with my regular photo sessions in 2019. I think it is important to have goals in your business and change and evolve, and I thank the brilliant inspiration of the talented women around me in my local area as well as the inspiration that I get from my clients. I am just getting started with this facet of my business, and I look forward to growing and getting better with each session!

p.s. I would love nothing more than to share the video with you, but we do keep my nephews’ photos and videos private. Thank you for your understanding!

Everyone is a Photographer...

Really...anyone with a cell phone with a built-in camera can say they are a photographer...anyone who buys a DSLR can say they are a photographer...in the same way, I would like to claim that I am also the following:

  1. COSMETOLOGIST: I have cut my son's hair on a few occasions. Hey, I have professional buzzers and scissors, so I must be a cosmetologist! No matter that a cosmetologist spends a lot of a time and money in further education, having the right supplies, knowing the right techniques...nope! I HAVE THE EQUIPMENT, SO THEREFORE, I CAN DO IT. (See how it sounds...??)
  2. ITALIAN CHEF: Step off, Olive Garden...my clam linguine is better than yours. 
  3. MECHANIC: I could probably watch some video tutorials on how to change my own oil, so how hard could it be to do other stuff...whatever.
  4. DOCTOR: Dr. ::INSERT POPULAR SEARCH ENGINE THAT RHYMES WITH...BUGLE:: I usually know what is wrong with me better than my own doctor. I tell them what to do with me. Like...don't run that test, because I am not trying to pay $1,500 for you to "just in case" tell me something that may or may not be upsetting my nervous system right now. I don't care how many years you went to school. I can go on the Mommy FB groups ALL DAY LONG and give out unsolicited medical advice, and I guarantee you someone there would listen and do it, and I didn't have to go to med school for that. Boom. 
  5. JUDGE: I watch crime shows. I have seen Divorce Court on daytime TV. I have GREAT OPINIONS!!!

I think you get the point. You can't just buy a camera and be a photographer. That isn't how it works. Once the session is over, there are countless hours spent on editing. Being very detail-oriented, I will post process erase every weird stick, leaf, bird poop (OMG, HOW DO OTHER PEOPLE NOT NOTICE AND/OR REMOVE BIRD POOP?! #petpeeve), stray hairs, blemishes...and, my very favorite skill....HEAD SWAPS! :) To get to my long-winded point, I wanted to share some before and afters from some of my most recent sessions just so you can get an idea of how much work goes into post-processing after a session. I refuse to just pop a filter on a photo and call it good. You can't just get the "After" photos like I have without many hours of education and lots and lots and lots of investments made into myself and my business. It is a form of art. I definitely have so much more to learn and so much further to go, and I am constantly competing against myself to have each session be better than the one before. 

 

P.S. BTW, I don't have your standard photographer's bio. I am pretty sarcastic, and I like to joke around and make people feel comfortable...the kids love it. I mean...if you and your spouse need to tail gate before a session, by all means...you will not offend me. I can get you an Uber after if need be...(Uber fee not included in the session price...) 

"...BUT I ONLY WANT DIGITAL FILES..."

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"...BUT I ONLY WANT DIGITAL FILES..."

I hear this about 95% of the time. I am guilty of this as well. As a photographer, I take thousands of pictures of my own children. Most of them are digital files, and most of them are on a hard drive somewhere, never to see the light of day again. One time, my dog knocked the hard drive over, and...GASP...EVERYTHING WAS GONE!!! Photographers are not responsible to hold your files after delivery after an agreed upon time, so what would you do?! CRY! That is what I did anyway...

WHY ARE PHYSICAL PRODUCTS IMPORTANT?

This is your legacy. This is your family. This is you! This is your family's record. By printing your photos and ordering tangible products, you are preserving your family's record and ensuring that your children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren have your record. You want it in your hands. You want it displayed. You should be proud of what you have created! I practice what I preach. I have walls and walls of framed photos, StoryBlocks, gallery wraps, and metal prints proudly displayed in my home. My children love seeing them! They tell people who visit about their photos. It boosts their self-esteem to see themselves on the walls of their home and see how proud we are of them. At family gatherings, we remember the days together when we took our photos. These are our memories. These are your heirlooms! It is your art. You want to own it.

"BUT OTHER PHOTOGRAPHERS DO DIGITAL FILES ONLY...ALL I NEED IS A USB OR DVD..."

Photographs stand the test of time. It was not that long ago that we had VHS, large camcorders...no cell phones!! Wow! USB drives didn't even exist that long ago! The digital age is upon us, and its future evolution is unknown. Things are being stored on smaller and smaller devices. We have countless logins to cloud storage, social media...these things actually make our photos less accessible in the future. Will you give your children and grandchildren passwords and logins to cloud-based storage when you are old and gray? Are we going to gather our grandchildren around in a circle and pass around a laptop or tablet? (Do we even know if laptops will exist in the future?) One thing is certain in our technology-based world - physical prints, gallery wraps, albums...these things will continue to exist, and it is so important to preserve your history. 

LET YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER DO THE WORK FOR YOU! 

I am not talking about using local labs in the grocery store and the online retailers that like to hand out coupons for free things with every random purchase you make. (Please explain to me why I am receiving a free photo book coupon with my online clothing order?! Back up off me, unnamed company! #youknowwhoyouare). These places are great for Xmas cards, invitations, etc., but NOT for the art in your home. (Don't get me started on how their discolor the images and basically undo all of the hard work your photographer has done for you!) I work with professional labs that ONLY work with photographers, and I am very serious about the quality of products that I deliver to my clients. I have spent hours upon hours researching labs, comparing products, color matching, and ensuring that the quality is there for you so that you don't have to worry about it. When you are hiring a photographer, you should let the pro do the work that he/she is trained to do. 

 

Some of the photos on the wall to be attributed to Emily Jayne Photography & Where the Heart Is (Audrey Schultz)!