We Want to Hear from You!

July 30th, 2015

We want to take this opportunity to let you know how much we appreciate our clients, followers and friends.  Without you, we would not have had the opportunity to do what we do for over 20 years!!  Your kind words and referrals to others is worth so much to our business.  With that said, it is important for us to be sure that we are still available for you and your families’ needs and wants.  We are asking you, our most valuable resource, for some feedback as we move forward in this ever-changing industry.  We have created a survey that we ask you please fill out for us.  It can be anonymous, but if you choose to fill out the contact information, your name will go into a drawing for a $50 Amazon gift card.  As always, we encourage feedback as to ways we can improve your experience with Crider’s.  Please feel free to share your thoughts with us at any time!!

The Number One Reason to hire a PPA Photographer
Attention to Detail, Experience, Education—these are all outstanding reasons to hire a PPA Certified Photographer. But what do we think is the number one reason?
Attention to detail
Your photographer will pay attention to the detail. Stray hairs are smoothed out and ties are straightened. Babies are posed right down to the position of their hands. Blankets are smoothed out. Background clutter is removed. Even the time of your appointment is carefully planned. Every part of your session is carefully orchestrated to ensure that you get the best images possible.
A professional photographer has done it before; they’ve photographed a variety of events and portraits and have been exposed to many subjects and conditions. There is no shortcut to experience, and you take a tremendous gamble with a first-timer or an inexperienced photographer not knowing what to do at various points during your shoot. Professionals know intuitively to take extra shots of crucial moments in case anyone blinks or has an awkward expression. They know the ins and outs of posing and can make subjects look natural in any setting. They anticipate angles and approaches for each scene. They have experience in guiding groups of every size for optimal results.
Just like in any other field, PPA Professional photographers have endless hours of training and experience. It takes years and a lot of hard work to hone photography skills. Your photographer will have spent a lot of time and money educating themselves on how to compose your images and light them well to create a lovely gallery of images for you to choose from. However, that is only the beginning. A true professional photographer is an artist from start to finish. They start with the image from the camera, but they can take that image and enhance it digitally for optimal color, saturation, and quality. This experience only comes with years of study in darkrooms and digital classes.
One of the goals of most sessions is to produce images that will be enlarged and framed for the wall. This is an investment in your home and can enhance a room. You spend a lot of time and hard earned money furnishing your room. A final touch of professional images of your family only makes sense.
The number one reason to hire a professional photographer is that once that special day is over, the kids are grown up, or you’ve said “I do”– it is now a precious memory. Those moments cannot be relived. Weddings, maternity images, newborn images, senior year, and other important milestones only happen once. These photos will take you back to that time or that day, to a place where you can almost smell the flowers and touch the perfect, soft newborn skin. It is definitely worth hiring the very best to capture those precious memories.

We are so excited to share our super exciting news with all of you.  Crider’s Photography and Fine Art Portraiture is pleased to announce that starting August 2015, Phillip, our Nationally Certified Professional Photographer, will begin offering photography classes and workshops to the general public!  With 23 years of photography knowledge, from film photography to digital photography, from technical information to the art of design, Phillip is excited to help you expand your knowledge of this wonderful industry!   Phillip has been an instructor/mentor to professional photographers throughout the years, but has never brought it to the photography novice.  In his classes, Phillip will focus on the very basics of photography and the DSLR camera. This experience is perfect for anyone who wishes to venture from the automatic settings on their camera into a true understanding of the many features a DSLR offers. These classes are very basic and do not require prior camera experience to attend.  If you simply have a desire to improve the quality of your own photographs, Phillip’s first class offering, 7 Steps to Better Photography, is a great place to start!!
We are so thrilled to venture into this new and exciting time in our business!  We look forward to working with all of you!!
For more information, please click HERE

VIP Mailing List

July 9th, 2015

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A Professional Business Headshot is not an option, it’s a necessity!

Your business headshot says more about you than you think.
Do you look approachable? Friendly? Professional?
Or is your headshot amateurish, out of focus, and giving off the wrong impression of you? In many cases, your business headshot is the first impression people will have of you, so you must consider how you wish to be perceieved. It doesn’t matter if you are the CEO of major company, run your own business, or just an associate; Your headshot is vital in showing people who you are, how you represent yourself, and/or how you represent your company.

Maybe you’re looking for employment, and trying to find a way to stand out of the crowd. According to a Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey, 90% of human resources managers admit to checking job candidate’s LinkedIn or Social Media pages before even inviting them for an interview. 90%. With the wrong headshot, you could be killing your career opportunities before even getting to an interview!

We offer a range of styles for your images, from a professional corporate style to a more natural, relaxed style. You do not necessarily have to have it taken in a studio. We can photograph you on-location in your working environment e.g. at your office, in front of your home, outside etc. You need these images to work for you – you need to invest time and money in getting them done properly and professionally.

As soon as you have the new portraits taken, change out all the previous pictures with the new ones as soon as possible! This update will help change people’s perception of you (for the better!), and maybe even catch the eyes of new clientele. Do yourself a favor, and update your professional image!


What is a CPP?

May 19th, 2015


These days, photography is practiced by anyone with a smartphone, but is mastered by few. Your friend, neighbor, or cousin might be okay for capturing everyday photos, but what about when it comes to once-in-a lifetime moments that you’ll want to cherish forever? Are you willing to risk relying on a smartphone you tend to drop on the ground or a CD that gets shoved in a pile of papers on your desk? Your wedding day, your senior pictures, a new baby, or even just some rock solid amazing images of your family through out the years are not something you’d want to misplace. This is why it is so important to hire a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) when it counts the most.


Not only do we at Crider’s have the experience, expertise, and knowledge on how to make you and your family look phenomenal, we produce products that exceed your expectations. These images tell the stories of your life. When life’s biggest moments are unfolding before you and you only have one chance to capture that perfect memory, don’t risk it. Hire a Certified Professional Photographer. Come see the Crider’s Difference for yourself.

The Crider Difference

May 4th, 2015


Have you had the Crider’s experience?
With over 28 years experience photographing children, Phillip and his team have the expertise and experience to capture award winning smiles and beautiful portraiture. In a simple 30-minute session, Crider’s will create at least 20 images you won’t be able to live without.
It doesn’t take 2 hours to capture beautiful images of your child. Having a photo session of your child can be an exhausting experience, whether it’s dealing with a chaotic mall studio or trying to wrangle your child while a friend or neighbor tries to capture that one perfect moment. Your child’s portrait experience does not have to be stressful. At Crider’s, we do all the hard work for you. All you have to do is sit back, relax, and watch your children laugh and have a lot of fun.
At your view appointment, you will not have to sort through 200 images from a CD to select the few really good ones that you want to print and display. We already narrow the best variety of poses for you, and your portrait consultant will guide you in selecting your favorites.
A portrait experience with Crider’s is relaxing and enjoyable. Let our team of professionals work with your child to get truly natural expressions.

Spring Family Portraits

April 8th, 2015

Spring is in the air!
As the world comes back to life with vibrant colors and cool breezes, Crider’s Fine Art Portraiture is heading outside to capture families making memories. For years, we have traveled all over the Carolinas, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Carolina Coast, to photograph many wonderful people that are now part of the Crider family.
We love taking our children and families outside. The beautiful landscapes offer scenic backdrops that create treasured masterpieces to cherish for years to come. Crider’s offers an extensive list of locations that we frequent but we are always open to new suggestions and locations of your own! We will even photograph you in your own backyard!
Make this spring session special by bringing along props such as pets and outdoor activity equipment to a location that is special to you and your family. Does your family enjoy hiking, camping, boating, or golfing? We can incorporate any hobby that is special to your family in your portraits!
We are currently offering various portrait specials. Call our studio today for more information and to set up your free family portrait consultation! Our number is (704) 664-1485. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Southern Charm Easter

March 13th, 2015

Southern Charm Easter with live Bunnies!
You are in for a special treat for Easter 2015! We will be photographing on Friday, March 20th and Saturday, March 21 on this adorable Southern Charm Antebellum background! We will have real, live bunnies that your children will just love getting to hold and play with! These pictures are just going to be simply gorgeous! We would love to photograph your children this Easter! These easter pics would make great gifts and will be cherished for years to come!
Call today for the best appointment time @ (704) 664-1485

Beach Session Special!

February 23rd, 2015

If your family is headed for the beach around 4th of July weekend, be sure to book an appointment to capture your beautiful summer 2015 memories! With the gorgeous sunset behind you, there truly is not a more beautiful backdrop!


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