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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

  1. How do I pick a good photographer when there are hundreds listed in my area?

Search around for photographers that fit your style. Once you’ve got a few favorite photographers, narrow it down to a handful of favorites, and set up a time to meet them. Make sure you’re meeting with the person who will be actually photographing your wedding. You have to like, trust and get along with your photographer – that way you can leave the magic of photo making in the photographer’s hands. You’ll be spending many hours with them during your wedding day, you want to make sure you like your photographer just as much as the images they capture!

  1. How many photos do I get?

Most wedding photographers produce between 50-100 images for every hour of photographer they provide. Four hundred photos may seem like a lot, but this is a once in a lifetime event that they are preserving. You want to make sure the memories and moments are being captured even when you’re mingling with your guests.

  1. You love photos with blurry backgrounds? You love images that are soft and pastel? You love black and white? How do you get that look?

Some of those looks can be achieved digitally; others require professional knowledge that only a handful of photographers can provide. Be sure to ask your photographer how they achieve their look and don’t be afraid to ask about their training and credentials. It is also a good idea to ask for references from other brides who have used their services.

  1. Why is wedding photography so expensive?

This is a question that we hear a lot and sometimes it’s hard to justify; but let me explain what the cost is for. Many wedding photographers carry over $15,000 worth of equipment and the work extends well beyond the time they are at the actual event. There are numerous hours of prep-work and editing your images can take days. Add insurance, taxes, software, advertising, albums, repair, shipping and studio expenses and you will find that the actual amount the photographer makes is significantly less.

  1. I keep hearing about ‘shoot and burn’ photography. What is it?

‘Shoot and burn’ is slang for photographing a wedding and burning it straight to a CD without post-processing and/or any other products offered. It is super cheap and for a good reason. Bad lighting isn’t corrected, distracting elements aren’t removed, and very little retouching is done to make the images look their best.

Digital files may be a selling point for you, but look for a photographer who offers editing and printing!

  1. Speaking of printing. Do it.

Don’t let those images sit there on that nicely logoed USB drive or DVD. PRINT THEM! As a photographer, we want you to display our images, your images. You didn’t hire someone to document this important day to leave them concealed on your hard drive. Technology changes so quickly that you run the risk of losing your important day if you do not truly archive it to good quality paper prints.

Plus, you want to show them off! Make sure you hire a photographer with connections to a great professional lab that can provide you with quality products, such as portraits, canvases and albums.

  1. Do I really need to a second photographer?

No one needs a second photographer, but they can provide you with more images and a different perspective.   One photographer can’t be two or three places at once. It’s always a good idea to have that second photographer even if they’re just there for the details so that your main photographer can focus on what’s important!

  1. How far in advance should I book a wedding photographer?

Many in-demand wedding photographers book weddings at over a year in advance. As it gets closer to your wedding date, it will be harder to book your first-choice photographer so contact them and meet with them as soon as you can.

So let’s recap what we’ve learned…

  • Do find a photographer that fits your style
  • Don’t be afraid to ask about your photographer’s training, credentials and experience
  • Know how many files to expect and what kind of editing will be done to them
  • Know who, if any one, will be helping your photographer
  • Understand that you’re paying for so much more than just someone to take pictures
  • And print! Print! Print!…you’ve paid for the photos, display them proudly!

Super Bowl 50! Here we come!  We’re so excited for our home team, the Carolina Panthers, as they hit the road for California!  We know many of you are proud members of the Panther Nation and we want to help you show your pride!  Starting this Friday, we are offering family mini sessions with a portion of the proceeds going to support the HEARTest Yard Foundation.

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The HEARTest Yard Foundation was started by Greg Olsen and his wife Kara as parents who have experienced the heartbreaking reality of having a child with congenital heart disease.  The foundation works in conjunction with Levine Children’s Hospital at Carolinas Medical Center and helps to provide CHD children and their families with in-home, private nursing care, psychical therapy and speech therapy among other benefits.

Show your pride and support a great cause!!

The Baby Antebellum Program

January 27th, 2015

A “Watch Me Grow” Program

 
 
Crider’s Photography wants to capture the feeling of wonder, excitement, and pure love that is experienced when a new baby arrives! That’s why Crider’s has created the “Baby Antebellum Program”. This first year collection captures your new baby at the newborn stage, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, 18 months, and 2 Years. Each session will allow you to have two outfits! There is also an opportunity to do a Mother and Child, Dad and Me, and sibling sessions! The entry fee at the beginning of the program will cover all of these sessions, and you will be given special packages and pricing.
 
Why Choose Crider’s?  
1. You receive a FREE Newborn Session with the purchase of the program!  
2. You will receive a FREE One Year Composite at the completion of the program!  
3. We’ve got new props, backgrounds, and FREE One Year SMASH CAKES from La Patisserie of Mooresville!  
4. We guarantee you will fall in LOVE with our photography, and that we would LOVE to have you here!
 
Close to your due date? Call us @ 704.664.1485 to schedule ahead!
Remember these are memories that you will never be able to recapture!

A Magical Christmas at Crider’s
September 24, 2014
 
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It may only be September, but Santa Claus is coming to Crider’s Photography in just 7 weeks!
 
As promised for today, we are announcing our other magical session, called “The Magic of Christmas”! This designer set features a cozy living room that is decked with all the holiday trimmings. We’ve got a beautiful Christmas tree with garland, ornaments, ribbons, and plush furniture decor that will make you feel right at home.
 
Santa himself will be bringing his list to check to see if your child was naughty or nice. Plus, we will have milk and fresh-baked, chocolate chip cookies for your child and Santa to enjoy! Be sure to have your child bring a letter to Santa. And of course, Santa’s magic will light up the room with holiday cheer! These sessions will be held on November 6th – 8th. You do not want to miss out on your chance to capture those adorable childhood moments with Santa Claus!
 
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A Magical Christmas at Crider’s ~Part 1
 
We are kicking off this Christmas season with a brand new session you are not going to want to miss out on. Our “A Frozen World” session is a once in a lifetime experience for your daughter to feel like a little princess! Similar to our Sugar Plum Fairies session, we are digitally embellishing the magical snowflakes that glisten off your daughter’s fingertips. We’ve created a custom, handmade set that truly captures all the enchantment of the movie.
   
The background also includes a frozen pond, wintery trees, and an ice castle in the distance. The dress your daughter will wear is a beautiful hand-sewn gown that we provide. Plus, we have dress sizes from 18 months to a child size 12. Limited sessions are available on October 23, 24, and 25th.
Let your princess sparkle this Christmas season!
 
This week we will be announcing all of our Christmas 2014 sessions. So stay tuned with our blog this Wednesday to see when Santa Claus is coming to town!

Fall at the Farm

September 12th, 2014

Fall at the Farm
September 12, 2014
 
Even though it may feel like a blistering hot summer outside in Mooresville this week, we are so excited for the crisp, cool Autumn air coming this fall. When the leaves fall and sprinkle the ground with color, we know it is the perfect time to hold an outside family portrait session! We can travel to any location for your session, or even your own backyard. But there is a place we love to shoot these fall portraits–Fisher Farms.
 
Fisher Farms gives you that country chic, gorgeous family portrait that can be displayed in your household during any season. Fisher Farms is located in Davidson, NC and we will be holding sessions on Friday October 10th, and Saturday October 11th. Of course, we would accommodate other session dates by request. This place has a rustic barn, open fields, and even an old red pickup truck.
 
Below are some pictures of some wonderful family portraits we have done in recent years. If you’ve ever taken a tour of our studio, you might have noticed a few these portraits on display. Take note on their choices and colors of clothing. We suggest colors like cream, brown, plum, burnt orange, mustard or gold, and navy.
 
For Crider’s, Fall is all about change (and maybe pumpkin spice lattes!). It’s time to update your family portrait this year during this beautiful autumn season!
 
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