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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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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!

 

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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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!

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.

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!

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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
 
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What does your Business Headshot say about you?
 
The other day, I happened to see an ad for a business professional and was surprised to see his business headshot.
It was awful.
It looked like it could have been taken with an iPhone.
The lighting was bad. The quality was poor. There was no “enhancing” done to the image.
Overall, the image was not much better than a “selfie” that you might see on Instagram or Facebook.
 
I started wondering WHY? Why would someone who is in business (no matter what business) make the decision to have their image be portrayed in such poor light? I mean, we all learned in Marketing 101 that the first impression is the most important impression, right? So the first impression he has made on me is one of lack of quality, attention to detail and genuine lack of care for his professional “image”.
 
Whether you choose Crider’s to do your professional headshots (which you should!), or you choose some other professional, PLEASE do yourself a favor: Get a Professional Business Portrait taken.
 
We have a $95 Business Portrait Package that includes:
A 15 Minute Portrait Session
One Image on CD or by Email
Image is Fully Retouched so that you look your best
Stay after your session to immediately view your images
Additional Image on CD for $69.50
 
We offer other Business Portrait Packages that include prints and even Business Cards. We can do anything from Traditional to Contemporary and everything in between. We can even go on location to the place of your choice, should that be of interest to you. Whatever your style, whatever your line of work, we can capture you in the perfect light.
 
Let’s start off 2015 right with a NEW professional portrait!
 

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