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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.

Southern Flair Bridal Affair at the Charles Mack Citizen Center
 
This year we were excited to be part of the Southern Flair Bridal Affair at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.  After taking a break from weddings to raise our babies, we are back in full gear and boy did you guys welcome us with open arms.  It was so exciting to have folks come by our table and rave about how much they love our work.  The best part was seeing clients who had come to us years ago for baby portraits and are now planning weddings for that same baby!
 
It is so neat to see how the styles and products have changed since the weddings we did years ago!!  We are loving the new albums and products that are available and we enjoy taking all of the “fun” shots that were never considered necessary in the wedding albums of old.  One thing that has not changed is the Crider Commitment to Excellence.  We still believe in giving you the absolute best experience and quality products that you deserve.  We usually take a team of at least 2-3 people when we photograph a wedding so we don’t miss a thing!!
 
The best compliment a mother-of-the-bride told us recently is that when she hired Crider’s she was relieved to know that she did not have to worry one bit on the day of the wedding because she knew we would exceed her expectations.  It is clients like that who keep us going!!
 
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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.

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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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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