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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.

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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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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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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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!

Coastal North Carolina & South Carolina Family Beach Photography
 
As you book your family’s next Beach Vacation for 2015, be sure to schedule an evening with Crider’s Photography to capture those beautiful beach memories with your family.  
With the gorgeous sunset behind you, there truly is not a more beautiful backdrop!  
 
Beach Portraits by Crider’s Photography has been photographing families and children for over almost thirty years, servicing Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Wilmington, Calabash, Holden Beach, Carolina Beach, and other Coastal NC & SC beaches. Although we primarily photograph at Sunset Beach and Ocean Isle Beach, NC, we have traveled as far as Hilton Head, SC.
 
No matter where you choose to have your family vacation, we will travel to you! Beach Portraits by Crider’s Photograophy specializes in creative beach photography, family portraits, baby photography and even wedding photos. Don’t let another year’s family vacation pass by!
 
Call to schedule your Beach Photo Session:
(704) 664-1485
 
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Merry Christmas!

December 17th, 2014

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Snow Days

October 28th, 2014

 Snow Days

 

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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Home for the Holidays

October 20th, 2014

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There’s no place like home for the holidays!

It has always been a pleasure of ours to hold a family portrait session at their home during the joyful Christmas season. These portraits are so special because of how personalized they can be. You get to share with us your beautiful decorations, your family heirlooms, and your holiday traditions. Whether we photograph your family in your foyer, by the fireplace, out front, or even of ya’ll rockin’ around your Christmas tree, we are sure to capture your cherished Christmas memories! 
 
There is always an excitement of opening a Christmas card and getting to see a beautiful family photo for the first time. Our clients adore our Christmas cards, from their designer quality to their individual touch, these cards will stand out above the rest. You can personalize your message, colors, design layout, and include some of your favorite photos from your session. Wish your friends and family a very merry Christmas with a card that they will keep and treasure for a lifetime!

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