2018 Outlook ~ Family. Laughter. Happiness.


{Family. Laughter. Happiness.}

I had a wonderful response from many of you wanting to join my newsletter list. My plan is to email the most important posts to you. That means anything that contains Special Session information or Announcements of deals. I am excited for this year. I have already been busy with sessions through January and now February is fully booked. I only have room for a couple newborn sessions, if needed. Here are all the fun things you need to know for the rest of 2018.

Tiny Bit of fun News: I think many of you already know I design scenes that end up on Photography Backdrops through a Company that brought me on as one of their designers in the past couple years. It has been a lot of fun. I am already setting the scenes up for you, so sending them in for other Photographers to buy on a printed backdrop is just an added bonus. The company is Photo Prop Floors and Backdrops. So if your a Photographer, go check out their large selection over on their website or on Facebook. The newest bit of news is that I just received a big box of goodies to take marketing pictures for this lovely company: Sweet N Sassy by Ashley. If your booking a session for your little girl ages Newborn-2, then I might want to get some of these cute items on them. One catch is I need you to sign a release form to allow her to use the images in her marketing. So if you want one less headache of getting outfits for the 6 month session or 1 year session, I have some ready to use as of today.

Changes: Obviously there have been a lot of changes with studios, adding more options for babies and Seniors, but my pricing will remain the same for 2018.

What’s New: The two big changes that I started at the end of 2017 are my Baby Bundle Packages and the Senior Model Program. I already have some Senior Models for the Class of 2019 from Lincoln High School and Taylorville Highschool. If you know someone who might be interested, please have them contact me right away. The Baby Bundle Packages work a couple different ways. The first option is to get a discount by paying for the Maternity and Newborn together. The second advantage is that if you come in for a Newborn session, then you get the option of having lower pricing on the 3, 6 and 9 month sessions. You do not have to do all three, but those milestones are a lower price for you.

Scheduling: I am now booking for March – May. You are welcome to book out farther, but these are months with open times available. This is the block of the year for all Spring Sessions with light airy beautiful fabrics and props. I will be having a weekend of minis with ducklings, but do not have dates yet. If your interested in that mini, please let me know right away. I will add you to the list. Also, I will be filling my Spring calendar with Mommy & Me  and/or Daddy & Me Minis, families, and new Spring Studio setups. I will have a lot of warm Summer sessions between June and August. If your more interested in a Summer Styled session for your children or family, please go ahead and look at dates with me. I plan to take my new Huck Finn Raft out for at least one day of minis this Summer. My Fall/Holiday/Winter Season is expected to be packed as usual. I already have a few families booked, but would love to start adding more of you to the calendar soon. I have already designed and planned out the scenes for this year. I could not help myself. There will be two outdoor special mini session days with themes. The rest will be in studio with two main scenes. One scene will be for family and one for kids.

Studio & On Location: I am open to bringing some props and items to outdoor locations, but most of my backdrops and props are in studio.  Chat with me ahead of your session so we can plan what might fit best with the outfits you have chosen. My regular half and full sessions are altered a little depending on whether your in studio or outside for the session. Many of you have done both with me and know that outfit changes are less if at all when we are outside, because we move around the location and children are happier not having to change as they are just playing and breaking out their expressions. In studio we are in a little more stable confined situation where we can spend some time changing clothing and backdrops to get real expressions but be on setups. The studio is a wonderful alternative and its great to mix up some sessions being outside or in studio for different looks to the images we capture for your walls. If your not sure what will fit best for your child, please feel free to chat with me and I am sure we can get the right fit for your session. The pricing structure can be found on my website.

THE DRAWING: Okay, if you made it through this long email your awesome. Seriously, it might be the longest post I have ever typed up. Before Christmas we did our first live drawing for $50 gift certificates. I had some fine print on how you had to use these, but it was a ton of fun. We loved doing it so much, that now we want to have another live drawing to give away more. A lot of the same rules are going to apply. We will be giving away 10 of these on Saturday, February 10th at
2:30. My Children will be hosting the drawing in my studio. They loved drawing the names last time, so they will be on again for this one. The twist on the Gift Certificates is that you must use them in March, April and May on a regular priced session. Everyone who signed up for the newsletter in a recent post on Facebook, will have their name on a slip of paper in the bucket. So cross your fingers and I wish you luck. See you on Saturday.

That’s a wrap! Have a Wonderful Year!

Contact Jonae at jonae@cheger.com to schedule or receive additional information.