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Client Room Inspiration: Dining Room

 

It’s time to share another client room with you.  Sometimes it’s really difficult to envision how custom photography will look in your home.  You may be worried about creating a “shrine” to your family or maybe you’re concerned about making a commitment to a collection of pictures knowing that the kids are growing and you will want to change them out in the future.  Client Room inspiration is a perfect way to see how other families are using their pictures in a way that fits their lifestyle and their decor.

Take a look at this beautiful collection.  On a recent session at The Goat Farm in Atlanta, I captured these images of this family of 4.  With one picture of each of the boys and then a family picture in the middle, this collection is really expressive of the boys’ personalities and the fun this family has when they’re all together.  Mama coordinated the clothing for all 4 of them so they all fit together but weren’t so matchy-matchy, which I love.  The teal, gray and yellow just pop off the wall and add a vibrant energy to the pictures without taking away from the focus of the images – the family.

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Oscar Fine Art Metal Cluster – three 16×16’s

This Cluster of fine art metal prints come in three sizes and this is the middle size – 16×16.  As the kids grow, we can swap out the pictures one by one or add another row above to the grouping.  Clusters are really versatile because they are individually hung and easy to replace with updated images.  If you ask me, this isn’t anything like a shrine to their family.  It’s a contemporary, fun and vivid installation of art that they can enjoy over many many meals.

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Picture of the Day: Marietta Kids Portrait

 

This past Sunday I had a chance to catch up with Ms. Clare.  She is now 2 years old and full of personality.  She loves her big brother and has a glowing smile.  I wish I could bottle the sound of her laughter because it has the power to make everyone happy.

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This is my last portrait before SweetPea arrives in just a few weeks.  It was an amazing morning with a family I’ve known and been photographing for 6 years.  As I embark on this new adventure of parenthood, it’s relationships like these that I am so grateful for.  Thanks for making my last portrait so meaningful, Sandra, Roger, Patrick and Clare!  See you when we are a family of 3!

Interested in booking a session now through May?  Details coming soon on portraits with our associate photographer.

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Reminder: Book Your Summer Portrait for FREE Gifts

 

Are you dreaming of summer yet?  Planning a vacation or just dreaming of warm sunny weather?  Us too!

So in the spirit of the freedom and relaxation of summer, we have an awesome deal…

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Book your family’s summer portrait session NOW, and receive a FREE set of wallets and a Facebook photo ($95 value!)

Contact the studio at 404-966-SARA or through the contact form above to book your session.

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Book your June, July or August 2013 session by April 30th.
No Cash Value; new bookings only
Set of 8 wallets and Facebook image = all same image
Mention SummerDream to receive the free gifts!

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34 weeks of pregnancy …and counting

 

iPhone photo, Halloween 2012 – Popeye, Olive Oyl and Swee’ Pea

I’m officially 34 weeks pregnant today (picture coming soon).  That means I have 6 weeks, plus or minus, until I get to finally meet this squirming, kicking little bundle.  It seems that every other day Nick or I say to each other that we still can’t believe we’re having a baby.  We’ve been to many many doctor’s appointments, seen Sweet Pea on the ultrasound, researched, registered, received and bought things for the baby that I never even knew existed before now, cleaned and purged our house to create more space, rearranged our bedroom to accommodate an awesome gliding reclining chair (which, by the way, is really comfortable for sleeping – yes, I already know this), signed up for baby classes, taken prenatal yoga and water aerobics classes, met some other awesome pregnant couples, and answered this one question at least a gazillion times – How are you feeling?  As much as we have planned, made lists, checked things off, talked to friends and family, read pregnancy books, it’s still hard to believe that Sweet Pea will be joining us in just a few short weeks.  And soon, we’ll have to start calling this baby by it’s actual name instead of Sweet Pea.

Since most, if not all of you, who read this blog have gone through or are currently going through pregnancy, you know all about everything I’m about to write.

Here are some things I know.

  1. Naps are awesome and being pregnant is the one excuse that justifies taking them without any further explanation.   “Where’s Sara?”  “She’s taking a nap.”  “Oh, ok!”
  2. The best line I’ve heard about pregnancy was from Modern Family.  Gloria is pregnant.  In the scene, she and Jay are standing in the kitchen.  It’s clearly morning as he’s still drinking a cup of coffee.  She complains “I’m so tired!”  He replies “How can you be tired?  You just woke up?”  She exclaims “Jay, leave me alone.  I’m turning food into a human!”  I love that!  That is totally what it feels like.  And I’m not ashamed to admit that I’ve used that line a few times when I just didn’t have the energy to do something and needed Nick to help me out.
  3. I’m relieved to report that, despite my expectations, not many people have felt the need to rub my belly uninvited.  Yay for that.
  4. I have been rather surprised by how many complete strangers ask when I’m due.  I don’t know, for me personally, even when I’m 90% sure that I’m looking at a pregnant woman, I am still nervous to ask.
  5. The best advice I’ve gotten is “Don’t take advice from anyone.”  Seems a little counter-intuitive to take that particular advice but it’s so true and has been really helpful.  It’s so easy to get lost and overwhelmed by all the information, so having that basic rule has been a great grounding force.
  6. Being in a pool is instant relief from back pain and pressure.  It’s really quite unbelievable that as soon as I enter a pool the pain disappears.  And swimming is one of the best and most freeing workouts I’ve found both pre- and mid-pregnancy.  If you’re interested in prenatal water aerobics, I highly recommend Oh Baby! Fitness.  They also have fantastic yoga classes.
  7. I miss wine.  Period.  End of story.
  8. It is really easy to be overwhelmed by all the stuff we’re told the baby will need.  I’ll never forget the feeling Nick and I had when we walked through the doors of Buy Buy Baby.  It’s a store packed floor to ceiling with at least 10 different versions of everything you’d ever need and many things you’ve never even heard of for baby.  Even though we’d done hours of research at home before getting there, we were there for 4 hours!  What I learned… get the basics for your baby, the things you KNOW you’ll need.  Everything else can be purchased later once you know what you’ve gotten yourself into.  Especially if you’re like us and are short on space, I think this is the best option.  As my client Emily said to me the other day, “You know, the stores will still be open after the baby is born.  You don’t have to feel like you must buy everything now.”
  9. THE BEST part of pregnancy is feeling the baby move.  At first I wasn’t sure what I was feeling.  But by 19 weeks, I knew that this little creature was making him- or herself known.  I could be completely engrossed in writing an email at my desk or driving around town listening to an in depth report on NPR, and with a little flutter, kick, shiver or roll, I’d snap back into being completely present in my physical state.  “Oh, hello Sweet Pea.”  Being reminded to live in the moment is a wonderful thing.

I know this list will continue to grow over the next few weeks so I’ll try to keep up.  But I make no guarantees.  The nesting bug doesn’t apply to blogging, sorry.

Why Do You Invest in Family Photography?

 

I recently read a fantastic article about the investment of professional photography.  Sometimes it’s difficult to see past the dollar signs and really put a value on hiring a photographer.  Plus, how in the world do you compare one studio to the next?  Their packages are often very different and it’s like comparing apples to oranges.  (Depends on my mood which one I like but today it’s apples!)  So I thought I’d share this gem of information with you.  Here are a few of my favorite excerpts:

The explosion of digital photography, online sharing, home printing, and social media over the last decade makes it easier than ever to capture those everyday (and special) moments. We are thrilled that the art of photography has become more accessible to the hobbyist. Often times our clients have top of the line gear, similar to ours, and are well versed in how to use it.  But even with all of the tools and resources so widely available, and the ability to capture the every day, nothing beats the work of an accomplished professional photographer to document your family, in its entirety.  Yes, we know you’ll be in some of the images at your cousin’s wedding… and  of course there are all your own family milestones… but the return on the investment of capturing who you are, today, is enormous.  There is so much to gain from a custom, professional photography session, one that is created specifically for you, solely for that purpose.

…..That said, high quality professional photography can be expensive – and that is because custom art commands value. Unless you have a bit of disposable income, you need to consider it as an investment the same way you would consider any other purchase for your home. You certainly don’t want to have to do it over (and pay twice!), or get less than what you expected. You should select your photographer based on their style, area of expertise, quality, reputation, brand, and your expectations for an end result.

Here are some points that we think are worth extra consideration as you plan your session:

Experience, Style, Product Portfolio, Overall Relationship and Communication Style

and Stance on “Getting the Disk”: Do not assume that getting it “all” from a digital package is the best route to go.  Deciding that you need everything in a digital format is a hasty decision to make if you haven’t even shot your session. Once you view your gallery, you may instantly decide which images you must have on your walls, and which in an album, and those that you want as digital files. Don’t rule out a photographer based on their willingness (or price point) to sell a session in a digital format… trust that they have experience in pulling together collections for clients that will meet their needs. You will want to enjoy your images everyday in your home…not left on a disk in a drawer.

See the full article here: The Investment of Custom Photography (DesignAglow.com)

And because no post is complete without some pictures, here are two of my niece and nephew who I recently visited in Seattle.  They’re the cutest ever, in my unbiased opinion of course.

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Dreaming of Summer Yet? Book Early for FREE Gifts

 

Are you dreaming of summer yet?  Planning a vacation or just dreaming of warm sunny weather?  Us too!

So in the spirit of the freedom and relaxation of summer, we have an awesome deal…

Atlanta baby photographer; Atlanta baby picture; Atlanta child photography; Atlanta child portrait; Atlanta children portrait; Atlanta family portrait; Atlanta kids photography; Atlanta portrait photographer; Atlanta portrait photography; Atlanta summer portraits; summer portraits

 

Book your family’s summer portrait session NOW, and receive a FREE set of wallets and a Facebook photo ($95 value!)

Contact the studio at 404-966-SARA or through the contact form above to book your session.

——————————————–
Book your June, July or August 2013 session by April 30th.
No Cash Value; new bookings only
Set of 8 wallets and Facebook image = all same image
Mention SummerDream to receive the free gifts!

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Picture of the Day: Sandy Springs Family Portrait

 

I’ve been photographing this cutie-pie for almost a year and I must admit I was so excited when I walked into her nursery to see her smiling face.  She’s grown so much since her last session at her 1st birthday.  Take a look at her very first session last summer and her smashcake session.  This past session was especially fun because her family just moved into a new house.  All kinds of new spots for me to photograph (and hang pictures!)  And it was clear that although they aren’t completely settled in yet, they are really excited about this new chapter in their lives.

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Look at this preview of Ariella at age 13.  She pulled the toy cell phone from her purse and put it right up to her ear.  I’d say she’s ready.

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We’re Hiring!

 

We’re looking for a very special person for our small boutique photography studio in Decatur, GA.  Could it be you?  Do you know someone who would be a great fit?

Do you have a strong sales, customer service or marketing background, love greeting customers and working with families?

The right person for this administrative position has extensive experience with retail customer service and/or a strong educational background in business, a love of connecting with families, is self-motivated, friendly, and is willing to go above and beyond to provide our clients with a “wow” experience.

Requirements:
You are great with families and especially moms, and find it natural to communicate with them.
You are highly organized and take great pride in efficient operational processes.
You would love to use your retail, sales or marketing background in a creative environment.
You have a high sense of urgency when it comes to customer service and believe in “wow”ing your customer with every interaction.
You are self-motivated and thrive in situations where you are given freedom.

Details:
We are a home-based business.  Training will take place at our studio and your time may be split between the studio and your home.
You must have a car to run various errands.
Expect to work between 5 and 15 hours a week.  Hours may increase based on workload/season, performance, and the skills and experience you bring to the position.
Due to the nature of the position, a non-compete agreement is required.

Duties:
You are our studio’s initial contact to clients.  “Wow” them!  Respond quickly to phone and email inquiries.  Be respectful, approachable, informative and friendly.
Familiarize yourself with our packages, products and pricing in order to advise clients of the best options for their needs.
Clearly inform clients of the process of working with our studio.
Maintain calendar, schedule meetings, send reminders and keep open and regular communication with clients
Use studio’s management software to track, invoice and complete transactions, as well as maintain client database, track each communication
Run errands
Execute small and large mailings
Must be available to represent studio at local events.  (i.e. Saturday, May 11, 2013 in downtown Atlanta)
Possibility for more hours based on background, experience and performance.

Company Description
Sara Speert Photography is a small portrait and event photography studio operated by its owner.  Specializing in baby, children and family portraits, as well as corporate events, the 10 year old studio has found a niche in the Greater Atlanta area by providing personalized photography for families and superior attention to corporate clients.  By working one-on-one with our clients and taking the time to get to know them, we’re able to provide a boutique experience that differentiates us.  We work smart not long, use educational sales tactics instead of high-pressure sales, and believe the best way to treat our clients is how we enjoy being treated.

Send cover letter, resume and hourly rate requirements to info (at) saraphotography.com.

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