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We are always so excited when a client calls us to announce that they’re baby is having a baby!  After nearly 30 years of business, things are coming full circle and adults that we photographed as children are now starting families of their own.  We could not wait to get our hands on this little guy!  He was such a joy to work with and we are so excited for this newest addition to their family!

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January 2016 Newsletter

January 21st, 2016

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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.
 

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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Merry Christmas!

December 17th, 2014

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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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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!

Welcome To Our Blog!

September 8th, 2014

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New Beginnings at Crider’s Photography 
September 8th, 2014
 
Who said you had to wait until New Year’s to make a change?
 
Crider’s Photography has always been known for being the best in the business, capturing the perfect photo every single time. We also have been known for having exceptional customer service. We love getting to know each and every one of our clients. It has been amazing to be able to photograph a baby in the early 90s, and to be taking their high school senior pictures now. I mean, what a journey! YOU are so special to us! And none of these things are going to change. So what is?
 
We are re-branding, reinventing, and re-conceptualizing our business. We are shifting from our traditional roots and stepping up our game. We’ve created new gorgeous sets and ideas for sessions, such as A Frozen World. We scoped out a breath-taking, premier location site for family portraits this fall. We’re offering new products that are in high demand. Phillip Crider can transform an already fantastic photograph into an extraordinary masterpiece.
 
It’s a new beginning for Crider’s Photography. And we want you to stick along for the journey. We started this blog as a way to reach out to our clients. We want to know what you want in a photographer, and what types of products you’re in the market for. On this blog, we will be posting fun little articles, special promotions, senior spotlights, and most importantly, the stories behind our client’s photographs. We hope to inspire, encourage, and entertain you.
 
As Bob Dylan sang, “For The Times They Are A Changin‘ “.  And so are we. So stop in or give us a call. We’d love to hear from you!

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