So behind on blogging I can't forget all the amazing Stars & Clouds Session. Next up is Elizabeth. E is one of my favorite little clients .... she is always speechless during her sessions. For real folks ... she doesn't talk the entire time. She does however SMILE so I know she is having as much fun as me.
I loved meeting the sweet B Family for their Fresh48 Session. Baby Benedict was PERFECT for his first photo session and this family couldn't of been more smitten with there brand new bundle of joy. Take a peek ....
Imagination Sessions .... I talk about them all the time and they are the heart and soul of Patty K Photography. After digging down deep I really want these sessions to be for ALL CHILDREN. Your thinking ... Well what does that mean ??
10 years ago I became a mom to one of the most happiest kids I have ever met. Joy shines through his eyes. Most do not know this but my son Ryan was diagnosed this past year with "Autism". So many do not really understand what "children with disabilities" actually means. Ryan is caring, smart, thoughtful ... but thinks and reacts to situations differently then a "Nero-typical Child" may. An that is OKAY !!! So many kids/adults with special needs can make an amazing impact on this world today if given a chance to SHINE.
So when I say I want "ALL CHILDREN" to be-able to take part in Imagination Sessions ... I mean ALL CHILDREN. I want to break the barrier of the "stereo type" and give every child with special needs or not the chance to be IMPORTANT for the day. After talking to so many parents who have children with a variety of different needs/diagnoses the one thing they had in common was the same reasoning about "photo sessions".
"You see your friends getting these amazing sessions done all over social media, an you are afraid to make such a huge investment when your not sure if your child will have a good day that day or if the photographer understands".
It broke my heart to hear that and I want this session to be FOR ALL CHILDREN. So how will Imagination Sessions fit "ALL" children? There not changing, they are becoming more UNDERSTANDING. If you child has any sort of disability when booking, a special contract will be filled out. We will do a consult (like I do on all Imagination Sessions) on what your child likes and dislikes are, direction for kiddos will be given slower with more session time if needed, a location with not a lot of sensory overload will be recommended so your child can be comfortable, last if your child is not having a good day ... the session will be REDONE. It's that simple.
EVERYONE in the WORLD is DIFFERENT ... so lets EXPLORE WONDERS TOGETHER .
It was so fun hanging out with this awesome chic in February. As I love all the sparkles and glitter most of my little girl clients come with, it was nice to shoot in an urban setting with a spunky gal who gave me faces and finger mustaches. Meet Miss Adayln ....
The Stars & Clouds Event was amazing and so much fun. Not just for all the little clients who took part, but I think there moms had fun too !!! Starting off the blogging with two little best friends !! Nothing like dressing up and dancing in clouds with your best friend. Don't you agree ?!?
Over the past 5 years in business I have done A LOT of "Mini Session Events". Why? Honestly I LOVE doing them. Imagination Sessions are my BRAND. It's my whole heart of my company. I love creating concepts that create stars and magic in children's eyes. I love putting mom's to tears (as weird as that sounds) watching their babies grow up and having this moment to always remember. Imagination Mini Event's started because I loved creating concepts that more then one child could participate in. Full Imagination Sessions are a session catered around that one child and their interests in that moment. Imagination Minis are PERFECT for those themes that your child may love OR a way to try out my services to see if that's the direction you like for your child's portraits each year (which I havent had a single complaint yet) lol. Once upon a time ... "MINI SESSIONS" were just that a way to have a little bit lower cost session once a year but still amazing quality.
For the Clients:
The past couple years the word "MINI" has been very abused I feel like. Mini Sessions have turned into under $100 sessions and you take home nothing. You receive a download. Is there anything wrong with that? No ... but what are you doing with those images? Do you print them? Are they for social media purposes? Where has the "Custom" photography brand gone?
Many times when I get inquiries for Mini Events one of the main questions I receive ... How is that a Mini Session, that's way too expensive?
I always tell that potential client this if its a "Mini event" or a "Full Session" .. your session is custom. From start to finish with the event I help with outfitting, reminders, making you feel comfortable, ect. By the time your products are ready you feel like your a friend. An EVERY SINGLE Mini Event has custom packaging with tangible PRODUCTS. Ready to hang items from your session. That is pretty amazing ... don't you think? That is CUSTOM PHOTOGRAPHY.
For the Photographers:
Originality, Mini Sessions, Pricing its all a BIG "drama" in the photography world. Have I been accused of doing something someone else is? ----> "OF COURSE" nothing is original anymore. As Design Aglow said "Running a successful photography business isnt about following a formula. It's about finding yourself as an artist and creating a business around your style". Take an idea and make it your own. Even if its the littlest detail that makes you ... YOU. If mini sessions are not your thing ... DO NOT DO THEM. Shoot what makes you happy. One thing I always remember is it wont matter how many replicate what you do or a prop you made, it's your creativity alone that can NEVER be copied. Recently I've had a ton of controversy over the Stars & Clouds Imagination Event I held. Has it bothered me? Of course ... but I don't let it run my life. It's clouds ... clouds have been done many times by many "many" creatives. I danced around with little girls in tutu's and had an amazing time. There moms couldnt be happier !! An in the grand scheme of things social media, us, the clouds will all be old one day ... the person enjoying those images are the clients and there generations. To me that is what truly matters.
PRICING? Photographers STOP abusing the word "MINI" .... minis are so much harder then a full session with one child or family. I don't know about you but events for me take almost 6 hours and that's not even the post processing business part of my job. That's just set and shooting. CHARGE YOUR WORTH. Your time ... talent .... and family is worth it. Remember that <3
If your a big follower of PKP on social media you should know by now the Patty K Fam is moving (to the greensboro area to be exact). We get asked all the time why? Well that's where my husband can expand his career. The army was good to us but Fort Bragg just doesn't have enough for both of us to expand professionally. The past 5 months have been full of HUGE decisions. If you would of asked me 20 years ago if I would live out in the country, with 11 acres .. I would prob tell you your insane. Now however ... we cannot wait. 2015 was a huge tiring effort of finding land. That perfect spot. It's harder then you think .... finally my husband came across "The perfect one" ... it wasnt even on his list of land sites to look at .. he saw a barn on a hill and just knew .... He was right ... He took me the next day to see it and I was in love. After 5 years being in business I can truly say I wouldn't do ANYTHING ELSE as a career. I live and breath my job. As much as I loved growing in the Fayetteville Area it is time for me fly .... My garage full of props have spoken. Trust me.... after the camper was built there is a no vacancy sign on the garage. From October to March we have now closed, took our first batch of stuff over to the studio, and the builders have broke ground on our home ... take a peek !!!
I'm super excited to share our families journey with my PKP Followers. Take a peek at my new Instagram account and you will be able to follow along with all the happenings with the house and studio remodel. I figured I would give my @pattykphoto account a rest and leave that with all my pretty pictures you all love seeing ... Follow at @pkpjourneytothecountry.