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  1. People Change.  Most likely you’ve experienced some changes since the last time your business portrait was taken.  Good or bad, it’s ok.  Your client wants to know whom they’re dealing with, and Crider’s Fine Art Portraiture can help you put your best face forward!
  2. First Impressions.  When searching a website or a social media profile, potential clients are most likely looking to see who they’re dealing with.  Greet them with a warm smile that shows you’re the one for their business.
  3. Staff has changed.  Are you working in a company of several employees?  Chances are your group portrait is missing some folks.  Stay up to date so that your clients know you’re on top of things.
  4. Style has changed.  Your business portraits from the 80’s just isn’t going to cut it!  Clients want to know that you’re current and always on the top of your game. Show them that with an updated business portrait!
  5. You currently have no photo at all.  It is vital in business today that potential clients are able to find you easily and recognize you quickly.  Also, having no photo can represent you as unprofessional.  A lack of a complete profile could demonstrate a lack of skill or credibility in your job as well.  Be sure to always have a nice representation of yourself for people to relate to you..

At Crider’s Fine Art Portraiture, we pride ourselves on providing you the best business portraits in the area!  From consulting with you about what attire best suits your field and personality style, to selecting the best image for your use, we’re with you every step of the way.  We understand that you’re busy and your schedules are full, that’s why we can usually wrap up the whole process, photographing and selecting, within 30 minutes.  We want to get you back to your clients as soon as we can!  And even better, we provide fully retouched, copyright free images to your inbox within 48 hours.

Give us a call today!  We’d love to discuss our packages and portrait options with you!  We are also available for on-sight locations using your environment or bringing a portrait background.  Your satisfaction is guaranteed!

Why Take a Photo Class?

January 14th, 2016

In just a little over a week, we’ll be kicking off our photo classes for the year and we could not be more excited!  If you’re still not sure this is the class for you, here is some information that might help you make up your mind!

  • You’re not alone!  Each class is full of eager students just like you, ready to learn!  Even better, you get a special rate when you book a class with a friend!
  • You’re not too old! Or too young!  We have students ranging from teenagers all the way to the young at heart!  The class is presented in such a way that it is easy to comprehend on all levels!
  • I don’t have a camera!  That’s okay, it’s not required!  Come to the class, learn great information and hear from the expert what to look for when purchasing your next camera!
  • Is Three hours enough time?  We like to keep the class short so that our students do not get overwhelmed.  It is literally a “Crash Course” so there will be a lot of information in a short amount of time.  However, we have planned it so that there is plenty of time for breaks, questions and one-on-one time with Phillip..
  • The information I want isn’t included in the 7 steps!  The 7 steps in our beginner class will encompass the essentials to help you create better photographs and learn your DSLR camera.  Before each class, we do a survey to find out if you are wanting to learn anything specific.  Unlike most photography classes, the instruction of each class, beyond the basics, is designed around the participants’ wants and needs.  If for some reason your question wasn’t answered, there is Q&A time with Phillip at the end of the class, and he’s available for one-on-one tutoring at a different date and time if the need arises.

If you’re still unsure, give us a call!  We’d love to talk to you and help you decide if this is the right class for you!  And be sure to check back with our blog to see what our past students are saying about their experience!
 
If you’re ready to dive in, head on over and get registered for our next class!

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Galactic Heroes: Join the Force

January 12th, 2016

Our first promotion up this year is probably the one that we are most excited about!  Since the very first Star Wars movie was released, Phillip has been an avid fan and has poured his heart, soul and talent into creating an awesome portrait experience for our young warriors with our Galactic Heroes Limited Edition portrait promotion.
 
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As the battle between the forces of good and evil continue on, we’re inviting all of our little heroes to join the forces of good to save our galaxy!  On February 5th and 6th, your little ones will love putting on the uniform as they are transformed into mighty galactic fighters!  Clothing and light sabers will be provided for boys, ages 2y – 10y.  Several themed props will also be provided, but we do ask that you bring along any favorite toys or action figures to enhance the overall portrait experience and final products.
 
This session includes a compilation of Crider’s quality photography and awesome digital artwork to truly transform the experience from ordinary to extraordinary.

We anticipate this Limited Edition being a blockbuster!
 
Wait…do not!  Join the force, you should!  Yeesssssss.

Photo Classes are Coming!

January 7th, 2016

In the fall of last year, we launched our photo workshops with our Beginner’s Class.  Phillip was very excited to share the knowledge that he has accumulated over 20 years back to our clients and friends.  We were very pleased that the classes were met with such success.  Time after time we have had students return to us exclaiming how thrilled they were to put their knowledge to use and we think this is awesome!
 
With such a high caliber of digital SLR cameras becoming available to the general public, there is a need for hands-on training, and why not receive that from a professional in the business?  The neat thing is that these classes apply to everyone!!  So far, we have had students as young as 12 years and 16 years old!  The class is modeled specifically to the participants and what they are wanting to learn.  For example, we had one mom who wanted to learn how to better photograph her sons’ sports photos at the game.  The 16 year old has been photographing race cars and wanted to learn more about how to set his camera for high speed.  Phillip spends time in each of the workshops going over the manual settings of the camera, as well as the basics of photography.  You’ll not only leave with a better understanding of how to use the camera, but also how to better compose your photographs and  adjust for different lighting situations.  Best of all, we keep our classes small so that Phillip has time with each individual student to work with them on anything they need.
 
Because everything is more fun with a friend, we are offering a $99 “Bring A Friend” special for 2016. Anyone who signs up for one of our 2016 classes, and has a friend do the same, they each will receive the class for $99. The regular price is $149 so that is $100 savings between the two of you!!  Click here to register!  Since class size is small, they will fill up quickly!  Don’t miss out!
 
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Happy New Year!!  As we ring in the new year, we always like to reflect on the past year and all of the great memories.  2015 was a busy year for the studio!  We were blessed to meet so many new families as well as see many of our returning clients!  It is always so wonderful to see our Crider’s “kids” year after year and to watch them grow.  It is such an honor to be a part of each family and to have the opportunity to share in those memories throughout the years. As part of that reflection time, we created a video of our Favorites from 2015.  Enjoy!!
 

 
In the fall of 2015, we introduced our Photo Workshops with Phillip with great success and many of those who have taken the classes are ready to come back for more!  As we plan our curriculum for the Intermediate class, we are opening new dates for 2016 for the Beginner Class so be sure to check those out here.  We have had a ball getting to know our students and seeing their progress.
 
As we look to 2016, we have so many great things in store that we can’t wait to share with you all!  From brand new sets and products, to new spins on old favorites, this year is setting up to be full of fun for everyone!

Traveling Photographer

September 17th, 2015

Now Scheduling Destination Family Portraits

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Fall is the time of year when the weather is just begging you to come outside, be with friends and family and enjoy the beautiful creation around us! The temperatures are enjoyable and the colors of the autumn foliage paint a serene landscape to be adored by all! This is our favorite time of year as photographers, because we get to leave the studio and venture outside ourselves to capture your family in their elements. Unfortunately, many of our clients and potential clients believe that we are only studio photographers who stay close to home, but that is simply not the case. Our bags are packed and we’re ready to hit the open road with you!
 
For many years we have had the privilege of traveling from the mountains to the coast photographing our clients at places that are near and dear to their hearts! Do you enjoy a weekend college football game? We can meet you there! Don your favorite team’s gear or colors and have your family portrait taken right on campus! This is great way to capture a passion of your family.
 
There are many places along the Blue Ridge Parkway and various other areas in the mountains that we have traveled. Rent a cabin for the weekend and we’ll meet you there! Can you think of a more beautiful backdrop than the view from your cabin deck? And if the mountains aren’t your cup of tea, don’t worry; we’re up for anything! We’re always available for a sunset session on the Carolina coasts!
 
Thinking something more exotic, give us a call, we’re ready to head wherever the road (or plane) may lead us!
 
Call us today for a free consultation for your destination family portrait! 704-664-1485
 
For a complete list of North Carolina Fall Festivals and to get your traveling mind going click HERE!
 
Need some more location ideas? Below are some of our favorites:

Blue Ridge Parkway Locations

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Langtree Plantation House

Rosedale Plantation

The Arbors

Capture the Enchantment of Autumn

September 11th, 2015

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Introducing our New for 2015 Fall Fairies Set!

 
No other season really compares to a beautiful, autumn day in North Carolina. The cool, crisp air, the hayrides and fall festivals, and of course the rich, colorful leaves, make a perfect backdrop for photography sessions.
 
On September 25th and 26th, Crider’s Fine Art Portraiture is introducing a brand-new for 2015 Fall Fairies session for girls ages 2 to 8. Your daughter will spritely wander about our hay bales and pumpkins, with leaves cascading around her tiny toes.
 
This gorgeous fairy outfit, complete with wings and a floral crown, is included in your session fee. Plus, we are offering portrait packages that you will not be able to resist! No matter what season it is, you will treasure these enchanting photographs of your little girl forever.


 
See Why Our Clients Say It Is Their Favorite Time for Family Portraits

 
In a recent survey to our clients, we asked what was the best time of year for them to be photographed. The answer was unanimous: fall! So let’s take a look at why, logistically and aesthetically, fall is the best time for family portraits!
In the grand scheme of life, the busyness of summer vacations is over and the carpools are firmly organized. School and other activities have started and life has once again become more structured. With schedules firmly in place, it is now much easier to gather the family together for that magazine worthy family photo. Taking the time to do this now will also make shopping for Christmas much easier. In addition to Christmas cards, your images can be used in so many ways as gifts for family this year. Albums, portraits and prints all make perfect gifts for those who seem to have all they need. Finally, fall evenings are the best time to be photographed outside; this is perfect for the working family, allowing everyone to arrive home and get settled before heading out with their best smile on. Logistically, fall makes sense!
 
The weather is beginning to have a crisp coolness, allowing for a more photo friendly environment for both photographer and subjects! Without the summer heat, there are no red faces or fear of having sweat dripping off of your forehead. You will look your best through the entire photo session. Even better, it makes it easier to wear more figure flattering clothing! (Keep in mind that covering the majority of your arms and legs draws less attention to them) Fall is also the time when the outside environment is a beautiful palette of rich, warm, inviting colors. It’s even better that these rich, warm, inviting colors are now the trend in home décor – so your new fall family portrait is going to look stunning in your home! Aesthetically, fall makes sense!
 
We are excited to head outdoors to capture your beautiful family! These sessions always fill up quickly and you definitely do not want to miss out! So what are you waiting for? The timing is just right!

Christmas Preview Open House

August 20th, 2015

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We are so excited about our 1st Annual Christmas Preview Open House coming up on September 18th!  We hope you can drop by between 5-8 pm to spend some time with us!  Our Christmas sets will be on display for you to preview in order to help you selectyour Christmas session for 2015.  Our dear friends at Daveste Vineyards (Troutman, NC) will be on hand to offer free wine tastings as well as selections for purchase!  We are also hand-selecting some of our favorite local vendors for you to shop with and get a head start on that Christmas list!
 
But wait! There’s more!  In addition to the opportunity to Sip, Shop and See, we will have our Christmas tree out for you to select a special ornament with a gift or prize inside!  Anyone who brings a friend will go into a special drawing and qualify for a 2nd gift when that friend books an appointment as well!
 
Please fill out the form below to pre-register and have your name entered twice into the drawing for our Grand Prize!  Pre-registration is not required, but who doesn’t want to double their chance of winning??

Our full list of vendors will be announced soon!

A Session Fit for a Queen

August 6th, 2015

 
 
There’s a chill in the air as our studio is being transformed into a Frozen world. As our most popular set last winter, we are bringing it back by popular demand and you don’t want to miss out! Complete with an icy pond and snowy castle backdrop, this world of enchantment and magic is perfect for your little princess. Every little girl, ages 2-8 will enjoy dressing up as her favorite Queen Elsa in our custom-made princess dress complete with a jeweled tiara to finish off the royal look. Our portrait photographers and digital artists will transport your princess right into the heart of the frozen kingdom.
 
If your little girl dreams of being the Frozen Queen, it’s time to make it a reality!
 
· Perfect set for Christmas Cards
· Custom Birthday Invitations Available
· Collections include our Embellished Portraits. A one-of-a-kind portrait that is encrusted with jewels and glitter by our in-studio artists!
· Leather Storybook Albums are a Popular Display option
· Great Gifts for Christmas!
 
Take the Time to Experience the Magic of Crider’s Frozen World!
 
Call Today to Schedule! 704-664-1485
 

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