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  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!!

Galactic Heroes: Join the Force

January 12th, 2016

Our first promotion up this year is probably the one that we are most excited about!  Since the very first Star Wars movie was released, Phillip has been an avid fan and has poured his heart, soul and talent into creating an awesome portrait experience for our young warriors with our Galactic Heroes Limited Edition portrait promotion.
 
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As the battle between the forces of good and evil continue on, we’re inviting all of our little heroes to join the forces of good to save our galaxy!  On February 5th and 6th, your little ones will love putting on the uniform as they are transformed into mighty galactic fighters!  Clothing and light sabers will be provided for boys, ages 2y – 10y.  Several themed props will also be provided, but we do ask that you bring along any favorite toys or action figures to enhance the overall portrait experience and final products.
 
This session includes a compilation of Crider’s quality photography and awesome digital artwork to truly transform the experience from ordinary to extraordinary.

We anticipate this Limited Edition being a blockbuster!
 
Wait…do not!  Join the force, you should!  Yeesssssss.

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!

A Session Fit for a Queen

August 6th, 2015

 
 
There’s a chill in the air as our studio is being transformed into a Frozen world. As our most popular set last winter, we are bringing it back by popular demand and you don’t want to miss out! Complete with an icy pond and snowy castle backdrop, this world of enchantment and magic is perfect for your little princess. Every little girl, ages 2-8 will enjoy dressing up as her favorite Queen Elsa in our custom-made princess dress complete with a jeweled tiara to finish off the royal look. Our portrait photographers and digital artists will transport your princess right into the heart of the frozen kingdom.
 
If your little girl dreams of being the Frozen Queen, it’s time to make it a reality!
 
· Perfect set for Christmas Cards
· Custom Birthday Invitations Available
· Collections include our Embellished Portraits. A one-of-a-kind portrait that is encrusted with jewels and glitter by our in-studio artists!
· Leather Storybook Albums are a Popular Display option
· Great Gifts for Christmas!
 
Take the Time to Experience the Magic of Crider’s Frozen World!
 
Call Today to Schedule! 704-664-1485
 

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.

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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Beach Session Special!

February 23rd, 2015

If your family is headed for the beach around 4th of July weekend, be sure to book an appointment to capture your beautiful summer 2015 memories! With the gorgeous sunset behind you, there truly is not a more beautiful backdrop!

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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!

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