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Sweet Baby R was such a doll! We just had to play with our new headbands!!

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The Ducks are Coming!!

March 29th, 2016

The baby ducklings are back for two days only!!!  This is one of our best selling mini-sessions and it’s almost time!!  You will not want to miss this!!  Appointments are going fast! Call Today!!!ducks

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!

 

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!

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!

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.

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
 
PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS

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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