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Ocean Isle Beach has been our second home for so many years! The local, laid-back atmosphere is perfect for growing families. We have met and made many great friends in the area and we can’t wait to head back down for the summer. If you love the beach as much as we do, you have to have a family portrait made on the sandy shores with the waves crashing in the background!
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We offer two sessions a day, one at sunrise and one at sunset. Either is a beautiful option, but both create a different look. For the beautiful colors that look like the sky has been painted by God’s paintbrush, you’ll definitely want to schedule a sunset appointment. Photo sessions take place at Sunset Beach and we stay in touch to make sure the weather conditions are perfect!
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Keep in mind, beach sessions are perfect for those families that come together at the beach for reunions, family vacations, etc. This is usually one of the few times that extended families get together and we have many families that take advantage of this opportunity. We photograph the family as a whole and will even break down to individual families! These keepsakes will help you preserve the wonderful memories that were made on your vacation.

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As always, we offer free portrait consultations to help you prepare for your session. We discuss everything from clothing options to where and how you will display your final products!

Don’t wait to schedule! Our beach appointments are very limited and will fill up quickly! You don’t want to miss out! Call today and ask about our early bird special!

For Accommodations at Ocean Isle or Sunset Beach, check out our friends a Williamson Realty!

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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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

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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
 

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
 
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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.
 
Experience
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.
 
Education
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.

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