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We are so excited that spring is in the air! That means its time for bunnies and bare feet! It’s always a true joy each year to see the excitement on the children’s faces as they come into the studio adorned in their colorful spring clothing and interact with the fluffy bunnies!

This year we are bringing back one of our most popular sets of all times. It is a spin-off of a Thomas Kincaid background and the children will appear as if they are seated on a garden wall surrounded by beautiful flowers.

This is a timeless set that compliments all spring colors! In the past, bright blues, pinks and purples have created the best portraits, but honestly, anything will work beautifully!

We are now scheduling appointments for March 18 & 19. Schedule early to make sure you get the time you need!!

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We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for our Spring Open House.  It was wonderful to see everyone’s smiling faces as they shopped around with our vendors, enjoyed some fabulous wine and got to see what’s happening at the studio in the coming months!  Those that attended not only received any session they scheduled at half-price, but they also got to draw an egg for some great door prizes.

Enjoy these photos from the event and mark your calendars for our Christmas Open House coming in September!

Coming for Easter 2016…

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Lullabies with Leigh Anne on Display…

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Stick it to Ya Designs…

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Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski…

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Gourmet Plantation…

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And the beautiful LeeAnn Little with the L Squared Style Truck was here with us showing off the latest styles!  Thank you all for a wonderful Open House!

 

Southern Flair Bridal Affair at the Charles Mack Citizen Center
 
This year we were excited to be part of the Southern Flair Bridal Affair at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.  After taking a break from weddings to raise our babies, we are back in full gear and boy did you guys welcome us with open arms.  It was so exciting to have folks come by our table and rave about how much they love our work.  The best part was seeing clients who had come to us years ago for baby portraits and are now planning weddings for that same baby!
 
It is so neat to see how the styles and products have changed since the weddings we did years ago!!  We are loving the new albums and products that are available and we enjoy taking all of the “fun” shots that were never considered necessary in the wedding albums of old.  One thing that has not changed is the Crider Commitment to Excellence.  We still believe in giving you the absolute best experience and quality products that you deserve.  We usually take a team of at least 2-3 people when we photograph a wedding so we don’t miss a thing!!
 
The best compliment a mother-of-the-bride told us recently is that when she hired Crider’s she was relieved to know that she did not have to worry one bit on the day of the wedding because she knew we would exceed her expectations.  It is clients like that who keep us going!!
 
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  1. How do I pick a good photographer when there are hundreds listed in my area?

Search around for photographers that fit your style. Once you’ve got a few favorite photographers, narrow it down to a handful of favorites, and set up a time to meet them. Make sure you’re meeting with the person who will be actually photographing your wedding. You have to like, trust and get along with your photographer – that way you can leave the magic of photo making in the photographer’s hands. You’ll be spending many hours with them during your wedding day, you want to make sure you like your photographer just as much as the images they capture!

  1. How many photos do I get?

Most wedding photographers produce between 50-100 images for every hour of photographer they provide. Four hundred photos may seem like a lot, but this is a once in a lifetime event that they are preserving. You want to make sure the memories and moments are being captured even when you’re mingling with your guests.

  1. You love photos with blurry backgrounds? You love images that are soft and pastel? You love black and white? How do you get that look?

Some of those looks can be achieved digitally; others require professional knowledge that only a handful of photographers can provide. Be sure to ask your photographer how they achieve their look and don’t be afraid to ask about their training and credentials. It is also a good idea to ask for references from other brides who have used their services.

  1. Why is wedding photography so expensive?

This is a question that we hear a lot and sometimes it’s hard to justify; but let me explain what the cost is for. Many wedding photographers carry over $15,000 worth of equipment and the work extends well beyond the time they are at the actual event. There are numerous hours of prep-work and editing your images can take days. Add insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, repair, shipping and studio expenses and you will find that the actual amount the photographer makes is significantly less.

  1. I keep hearing about ‘shoot and burn’ photography. What is it?

‘Shoot and burn’ is slang for photographing a wedding and burning it straight to a CD without post-processing and/or any other products offered. It is super cheap and for a good reason. Bad lighting isn’t corrected, distracting elements aren’t removed, and very little retouching is done to make the images look their best.

Digital files may be a selling point for you, but look for a photographer who offers editing and printing!

  1. Speaking of printing. Do it.

Don’t let those images sit there on that nicely logoed USB drive or DVD. PRINT THEM! As a photographer, we want you to display our images, your images. You didn’t hire someone to document this important day to leave them concealed on your hard drive. Technology changes so quickly that you run the risk of losing your important day if you do not truly archive it to good quality paper prints.

Plus, you want to show them off! Make sure you hire a photographer with connections to a great professional lab that can provide you with quality products, such as portraits, canvases and albums.

  1. Do I really need to a second photographer?

No one needs a second photographer, but they can provide you with more images and a different perspective.   One photographer can’t be two or three places at once. It’s always a good idea to have that second photographer even if they’re just there for the details so that your main photographer can focus on what’s important!

  1. How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?

Many in-demand wedding photographers book weddings at over a year in advance. As it gets closer to your wedding date, it will be harder to book your first-choice photographer so contact them and meet with them as soon as you can.

So let’s recap what we’ve learned…

  • Do find a photographer that fits your style
  • Don’t be afraid to ask about your photographer’s training, credentials and experience
  • Know how many files to expect and what kind of editing will be done to them
  • Know who, if any one, will be helping your photographer
  • Understand that you’re paying for so much more than just someone to take pictures
  • And print! Print! Print!…you’ve paid for the photos, display them proudly!

A few weeks ago, we announced that we were going back to our roots, the thing that started this business so many years ago: newborn babies.  In the last two weeks, we have had so much fun shopping and finding models.  We’ve had the great honor to meet new mommies and their precious little newborns and there are still more to come!
 
 


 
 
Crider’s Fine Art Portraiture is excited to announce our newest division: “Lullabies with Leigh Anne.”  Leigh Anne is truly lit up with passion over photographing newborns and we are all on board with her!  We are bringing our sophisticated, classy and distinguished touch to babies.   Leigh Anne’s vision for these sessions is to capture the essence of what a newborn baby is: natural, fresh and soft.  Our two hour sessions offer a variety of distinct styles with a hands on approach that allow every new mommy to sit back, relax and enjoy watching the magic unfold!
 
Our new division is open to 10 newborns a month.  You can reserve your spot by filling out our online form or calling our studio!  Sessions can be scheduled early, so call as soon as you find out the good news!!  As with all of our sessions, we offer free consultations for you to tour the studio, meet the photographers and so that we can learn how to make this the best portrait experience for you and your little one!

 

We had so much fun at our Christmas Open House, we’re doing it again and we can’t wait to see you all! As before, our friends from Daveste Vineyards will be on hand to offer complimentary wine tastings as you browse around the studio and our fabulous business partners to see what’s coming up at Crider’s Fine Art Portraiture in the next few months.
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We’re also excited to have two wonderful ladies and their awesome boutique businesses with us this spring! Leeann Little and the L Squared Style Truck will be onsite to showcase the upcoming Spring Clothing Collection and help you prepare for your family portraits! Also, Carly Wilkinson with Stick it to Ya Designs will be with us! Carly is the go-to gal for all things monogrammed and embroidered and is launching a new line of boutique items for children and adults!  More vendors will be announced soon!

We suggest making this a girl’s night! Grab a sitter and swing by our studio from 4-8p before heading out to dinner with the ladies! As always, if you pre-register (see below) you’ll be entered twice for our door prize drawings! So get to registering, and be sure to check back for our updated vendor list! See you all soon!!!

Super Bowl 50! Here we come!  We’re so excited for our home team, the Carolina Panthers, as they hit the road for California!  We know many of you are proud members of the Panther Nation and we want to help you show your pride!  Starting this Friday, we are offering family mini sessions with a portion of the proceeds going to support the HEARTest Yard Foundation.

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The HEARTest Yard Foundation was started by Greg Olsen and his wife Kara as parents who have experienced the heartbreaking reality of having a child with congenital heart disease.  The foundation works in conjunction with Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center and helps to provide CHD children and their families with in-home, private nursing care, psychical therapy and speech therapy among other benefits.

Show your pride and support a great cause!!

Throughout the years, we encounter other small businesses in the community that really seem to share our values of excellence in service and quality.  We love to patronize those businesses and many times, our professional relationship becomes a wonderful friendship as well.  Often these businesses work with us to offer specials to our clients and allow us to display portraits and literature in their offices or stores.  With that said, we would like to share our friends with you.  As the year goes on, we will be sharing stories of the partnerships we have formed with businesses in the area.  We encourage you to check them out and of course, tell them you heard of them from Crider’s!
 
Our featured business partner for January is Daveste Vineyards of Troutman, NC.  If you have not been to this local winery, you must check it out sometime.  We first approached them when we saw the beautiful venue they maintain.  We are always looking for new, beautiful places to photograph and we knew that this area would be perfect.  It offers a beautiful landscape of vineyards and a rock waterfall complete with a bridge and floral landscaping. Daveste is also becoming a popular site for weddings and they host many events, including live music on most Thursdays.
 
If you’re looking for a place to spend a quiet afternoon, head just a little ways out to Troutman and step foot into this scenic oasis.  Sample their wines, and grab a glass of your favorites to enjoy out on the patio or in one of their covered verandas.  They do have a few snack items available, but bringing your own is also encouraged.  The atmosphere is perfect for couples or a girl’s getaway!
 
If you would like to learn more about Daveste Vineyards, you can visit their website at www.davestevineyards.com.
 
If you are interested in learning more about family portraits sessions at Daveste Vineyards, be sure to call us soon.  They book up very quickly in the spring and we want to be able to accommodate our most valued customers!

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