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Spring Portrait time is upon us!  And trust us, you don’t want to wait too much longer.  Here are a few reasons why:

  • It’s not too hot.  By the time Memorial Day hits, that summer sun is blazing and you don’t want to look like you’ve just finished an African Safari in your family photos.
  • Everything is green and blooming.  April Showers bring May flowers, but sometimes they can knock all the blooms off.  The earlier in the season you get outside the more likely you are to have that great color that makes your portraits pop!
  • Bugs.  Although we often fight those dreaded inchworms, the real problems of mosquitoes and flies are not out in full force!  The last thing you want to do is be swatting a mosquito when your child finally has that perfect smile.
  • Lighting.  Evening spring lighting is perfect for family portraits, and even better, your husband is going to be off work before we even need to begin the session.  He won’t be able to use getting off of work as an excuse!

There are plenty of beautiful locations around our area that we are more than happy to travel to, including your own backyard (or front).  Don’t hesitate to call!  Check your schedule and call us today.  Evening appointments are limited and will fill up quickly!  And don’t forget to ask about our current booking special!

See below for some great clothing ideas!

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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!

 

Throughout the years, we encounter other small businesses in the community that really seem to share our values of excellence in service and quality.  We love to patronize those businesses and many times, our professional relationship becomes a wonderful friendship as well.  Often these businesses work with us to offer specials to our clients and allow us to display portraits and literature in their offices or stores.  With that said, we would like to share our friends with you.  As the year goes on, we will be sharing stories of the partnerships we have formed with businesses in the area.  We encourage you to check them out and of course, tell them you heard of them from Crider’s!
 
Our featured business partner for January is Daveste Vineyards of Troutman, NC.  If you have not been to this local winery, you must check it out sometime.  We first approached them when we saw the beautiful venue they maintain.  We are always looking for new, beautiful places to photograph and we knew that this area would be perfect.  It offers a beautiful landscape of vineyards and a rock waterfall complete with a bridge and floral landscaping. Daveste is also becoming a popular site for weddings and they host many events, including live music on most Thursdays.
 
If you’re looking for a place to spend a quiet afternoon, head just a little ways out to Troutman and step foot into this scenic oasis.  Sample their wines, and grab a glass of your favorites to enjoy out on the patio or in one of their covered verandas.  They do have a few snack items available, but bringing your own is also encouraged.  The atmosphere is perfect for couples or a girl’s getaway!
 
If you would like to learn more about Daveste Vineyards, you can visit their website at www.davestevineyards.com.
 
If you are interested in learning more about family portraits sessions at Daveste Vineyards, be sure to call us soon.  They book up very quickly in the spring and we want to be able to accommodate our most valued customers!

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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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!

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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Adventures of the North Pole

November 14th, 2014

Our Limited Edition “Santa’s Adventures of the North Pole” Set is REVEALED!
This is probably the most extensively constructed set we’ve built in a long time and we are so excited about it!
Remember, Santa Claus will here at our North Pole on Nov 20th-22nd!
 

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On November 10th & 11th, we will be offering two Christmas sessions that are simply adorable!
Our Perfect Tree session is inspired by the Charlie Brown Christmas movie, with our tiny tree and red pedal car. These are super cute and simple. 
Our Christmas Fantasia set is more of a whimsical holiday session, with non-traditional, bold colors like purple, teal, pink, and lime green. We have photographed both boys or girls on either set. 
There is no session fee for either of these, and packages start at $35. Don’t miss this opportunity to capture your 2014 Christmas memories!
 

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Snow Days

October 28th, 2014

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Let your little ones take a sleigh ride over the river and through the woods in our beautiful “Snow Days” session! This set features a rustic log cabin nestled between two live Frasier fir Christmas trees. As snowflakes fall softly from the sky, your children will love playing with Frosty the Snowman and all his forest friends!
 
These sessions will be held on November 14th & 15th. We guarantee that anything ordered from our Christmas sessions will be back in time for Christmas, so these pictures would make perfect Christmas gifts. This session always books quickly, so don’t hesitate to call us to book!
 

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