February 8, 2014

Hello world!  Wow, have I got some updates for you.  I just looked at my blog and I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything since LAST SEPTEMBER!  My goodness!

If there are any remaining readers out there – or I suppose random people stumbling across this blog – I’ve got a few things to share.  I should first explain why this blog has gone so far to the wayside.  Many of you knew that I started this business in 2008 (yikes! it’s been almost 6 years!) because it was a fun release & money-making tactic to work my way through medical school.  All of my fabulous clients have not only helped me pay tuition on a phenomenal investment, but have given me a creative outlet to occupy my weekends – and everyone who knows me knows I can’t sit still for a minute… I needed something else to occupy my weekends.  I finished school in 2012, and stayed in Columbus for a residency position… I am now a second year resident, or doctor-in-training.  I picked a specialty where I can basically look at photos to diagnose disease, and it’s fabulous.  I’ll be the first to say that my visual nature, and my love of the camera, definitely influenced my ultimate career choice.  But when they talk about doctors working too much, they aren’t lying.  I am “limited” to being physically present at the hospital for 80 hours a week, and although I picked a specialty where I fortunately only average around 70 hours a week at the hospital, that doesn’t include the hours I spend at home reading & writing (research papers, that is).  The whole doctor thing easily takes up 90-100 hours most weeks.  My husband is an angel to be so supportive of my crazy lifestyle.  I know it’s not easy on him either!

Yes, with all of this, I am still taking photos.  I have met so many fabulous families & children all over Columbus during the last five+ years.  I can’t give all that up cold turkey!  But, needless to say, it makes things more complicated.  Between client photos, my day job, and this blog… well, you can imagine which of the three of these has moved to the back burner.  I am exclusively taking photos on weekends, limiting it to ONLY newborn, child, & family sessions, and I am trying to keep it to a single photo session each week, tops. I’ve slowly started streamlining things, and I’ve moved to exclusively doing digital files, and by direct transfer, no less, because it saves me a good hour or two on the processing and packaging.  I want to be around for you all for the long term, and because of that, I have to make these changes, for sanity’s sake.  I know that I haven’t been able to take photos for each of you that’s emailed and requested my services, and I know that I’ve pushed clients away who wanted me to have an endlessly free schedule for them, and I’m so sorry for this.  I can’t take Bat Mitzvah photos, or wedding photos, or senior photos, or other things that aren’t my photography passion.  And I definitely can’t take photos for you in three days, with multiple discounts because I’m too expensive.  You’d be surprised at the requests I get! But for those of you who I’ve really clicked with, who ask for photos because you love my laid-back, trying-to-make-your-kids-laugh kind of style, and not because my prices are as cheap as they come for the product, I am thrilled that you still let me take photos of your families. I want to be there for your kids’ photos for years to come.

So, summary of the changes, for all of those who I put to sleep with that rambling:

1.) I am only taking newborn, child, & family photos.  If you’re related to me, I might consider jumping outside of this circle, but otherwise, I promise I will say no to you if you ask me for event photography or high school senior photos. (This isn’t a new change, but I still feel like I should lead with this.  I get calls for other types of sessions weekly.)

2.) I need advance notice.  I can’t take photos for your Christmas card in the end of November with three days notice.  If you’re thinking about scheduling a summer session, I promise not to laugh if you email me the previous fall!  Although, in all reality, I may be able to make it work with just a month or two’s notice.

3.) I am only offering digital files.  And I will be getting these to you by a direct transfer method, with actual discs being a distant last resort. I can offer you the highest quality lab recommendations around Columbus and around the country, and can help you find canvas printing, or anything else… but the actual ordering is going to be on you.  I need to cut out the print site because the extra work required is just enough to make me get an hour less sleep at night every once in a while.  And I can really get cranky with less sleep!

4.) Accordingly, I am adjusting the pricing schedule to reflect #3.  All child & family sessions will be $250+ tax and include all high res, edited digital files.  All newborn sessions (which take more time for both the session and the editing) will be $300+ tax, and as always, payable by check, cash, or credit card at the time of the session.  If you complain about the price in your first email to me, I will likely tell you that I am too busy to take on new clients and will refer you to some of my favorite photographers in Columbus (who, ironically enough, all charge more than this!).  But sometimes, even if you sound wonderful, I might have to turn away new clients.  If you know someone that I already take photos for, perhaps saying that they referred you will make this less likely. I digress.

5.) To replace the first year package, which I absolutely adore, I will be changing from a 5-for-1 pricing schedule to a buy four in 18 months, get one free.  That is, if you buy four sessions during your pregnancy and baby’s first year (up to an 18 month span of time), the fifth session will be on me.   I hope hope hope that many of you new parents still take me up on this offer — I loooove watching newborns grow up (it may be my favorite part of this job).  And the larger span of time for the session purchases will hopefully satisfy those of you who wish to spread the sessions over longer time periods… for example, doing maternity, newborn, six, and twelve months, and then using the freebie at 18 months.  Or for the next time you’re preggo!  For my current first year families, or those of you who still have your fifth first year session pending, no worries — absolutely nothing will change for you.  This is just a change going forward.  For all new sessions that will be scheduled.

6.) I have to emphasize how much I love taking photos.  I don’t do this for the money.  I do this because all of you are incredible subjects, and even on your child’s worst days, you make my job entertaining.  I am so lucky to have you all as clients!  (To show my appreciation, and to encourage my regulars to keep getting photos taken, you may see something in the mail from me in the next month or so.  Just saying!)

And because I can’t post anything without photos, check out this fabulous-ness that I got to be part of in the last few weeks.  I already heart this baby girl!

 

 

xoxo Amy



Comments:
  • Janet says:

    Amy my Dear…Your Mom is so proud of the young professional woman you have become. You take the most beautiful pictures because you SEE so much deeper than the surface. And I am so glad I get to do life with you…I just wish it were more often. Back up to the beginning of this comment…I am so proud of you. Love you bunches, Mom xoxo

     

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