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This one. Right here. He totally stole our hearts.

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This precious angel was a dream to work with! She had us all wrapped around her little finger by the time she left (still sleeping, I might add)!

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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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Wedding season is here!!  The flowers are blooming and birds are chirping.  It is definitely the season of love and new beginnings.  There are so many options out there for wedding venues, photographers, caterers, etc. The decision can be quite overwhelming.
 
As you are making those critical decisions, it is important to do your homework and know what you want ahead of time.  We are always available for brides-to-be, and mothers too, to come by our Mooresville studio to see our work and talk more about what to look for in a wedding photographer. Leigh Anne is always happy to do consultations with brides-to-be and to share her experiences with them as to what to be sure to ask for and to be careful of.  In the many years we have been in business, we see so many brides who are disappointed after the wedding because they did not know what to ask/expect of their photographer.  The important thing to know when interviewing photographers, florists, DJs, etc., is to know the right questions to ask!!
 


 
Many times a wedding is one of the few times that extended family has a chance to get together, so be sure to include lots of family shots in your list.  Reception and candid photos are always fun, but be sure that your photographer is also capturing those important moments with the bride with her family and the groom with his family, especially grandparents.  Those are the most intimate times that you want to remember.
 
Crider’s wedding  packages are customized based on each bride’s needs and wants.  We do offer digital only packages, but we also have packages that include albums and prints.   We can even create packages that include Save the Date photos,  the Engagement Session, and the Bridal Portrait Session.  Since we are a portrait studio, and have been doing weddings for over 20 years, we still believe in archiving your wedding day through prints and albums.  The younger generation likes the instant gratification of the digital files so that they can share with friends and family.  However, we also believe that printing your images is so vitally important to the preservation of those memories.  Call us anytime to set up a free consultation.

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.

With the popularity of location photography these days, one might ask… Is there still a demand for indoor studio photography? Absolutely!!! While the beauty of nature will always be inspiring, it is important to also understand the need for and benefits of a Professional In-Studio Session. In-studio photography does not have to be stiff and boring. In fact, a studio portrait session provides a blank canvas from which Phillip Crider can create any look, style and feel that each individual client is looking for. Pre-session consultations are so important for this reason.
 
Just as any commissioned artist, it is important for us to meet with you and discuss your desires and wishes. Most people have either seen something they like or have an idea of a style they are wanting. Even if you have no idea what you’re wanting, we can help you out! During a consultation, our portrait consultants discuss all aspects of a portrait session with you from your desires of photographic style to clothing to the end result of what you want as keepsakes. We can show you samples of the many styles and products that we can create. It is not unusual for a client to bring in a photo from a magazine or other media source that they wish to emulate.
 
In studio sessions allow the photographic artist to have complete control over lighting, composition, etc. to achieve a specific look, style and feel. Because of this, in studio sessions tend to offer more creativity than outdoor sessions. From very simple to very elaborate, we can produce a timeless treasure for you to keep forever! Whether you’re using our props, your own props you bring in, or a plain background that will be painted digitally later, the possibilities are endless with in studio photography. No two sessions are ever exactly alike. Plus, you won’t have to worry about the weather! Rain or Shine, Hot or Cold, you are always comfortable indoors! Indoor Studio sessions still are classy and ideal for capturing your family’s cherished memories.
 

Valentine’s Special

February 6th, 2015

This Valentine’s Day, we are showing our clients, old and new, how much we love and appreciate you! Until February 12th, when you purchase a gift certificate, it will double in value! You may purchase up to $250 in credit, and which would double up to $500!

How could you pass a deal like this up?


 
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Hot Cocoa With Santa

December 3rd, 2014

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Come enjoy a Cup of Hot Cocoa with Santa Claus on Friday December 5th and Saturday December 6th. These appointments only take about 15 minutes, and you will place your order the same day. The set includes a beautiful wooden stand with a rustic log cabin set off in the distance. It has a lot of natural, earthy color tones such as browns and golds. And of course we have real Fraser fir trees! Don’t miss out on your last chance of 2014 for your children to have pictures with Santa Claus!
Call to schedule @ 704.664.1485

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