Kalamazoo, MI family photography. 3 month old session.
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! :)
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.
When Paige contacted me regarding her need for a session, I cannot even explain to you how excited I was. The elements involved a surprise, pre-gaming at the bar, a cooler of booze being delivered before the guests arrived…all great things…all great things. To prepare, I diligently researched “Awkward Family Photos” to get the proper inspiration. The result was the most amazing models I have ever had the pleasure with which to work, lots of laughter, maybe a spilled beer along the way, and just tons of fun.
The lead up included most everyone in the crew being blindfolded and led up the stairs and elevator into the studio. For any of my clients who have been to the studio, you know what an arduous feat this was. Someone did guess where we were by the smell in the elevator, which I have to say was pretty impressive! (It’s not gross…don’t worry…) The squeals of delight when it was determined that it was a surprise photo session absolutely made my life. The natural-born models with their ready-for-action poses…just brilliant. BRILLIANT!!!
Next time you guys are all together in town, I am going to tag along for the party. You are all awesome!
We did manage to grab a couple of “normal” pictures in between the silliness, but I think the really exaggerated ones are still my favorite!!!
Senior pictures, hands down, are my favorite. To me, they are so important…it is such a huge milestone in a young person’s life to be graduating from high school, and I am always so honored to be chosen to capture that moment in a teenager’s life. For Christian, it was really awesome for me because I had done his sister’s photos a couple of years ago, so seeing his family again and drawing comparisons with siblings is something I really just love…I had forgotten about how with his sister, Tori, that when we placed her in a certain spot for the photos that apparently we had awoken an ant hill that went bonkers on her, and it was fun to reminisce. Both Christian and his sister were so easy to work with and just easy to be around. Christian put up with my terrible humor at trying to get him to laugh, and he was just amazing to work with as you can see by his photos! It was really difficult for me to narrow down his session because, seriously, all of his pictures were just amazing! I loooooooooooooooooooooooove his photos, so I hope that he an his family love them just as much as I do! I am pretty confident in saying that this young man will do great things in life!
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:
- 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...??)
- ITALIAN CHEF: Step off, Olive Garden...my clam linguine is better than yours.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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..."
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)!