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Tuesday, October 30, 2012
As soon as possible. Remember, everything is scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. Lots of my friends are coming to you.
Won’t my senior pictures look just like theirs?
Absolutely not! We treat you like the unique individual that you are, and photograph you that way. Every senior session is individually designed to create images that show not just what you look like, but who you are. For every high school senior, we create a unique set of images appropriate to them. Not just a duplicate of the last person in the door. Take a look at the Senior Expressions galleries on our client website, www.aboveallgallery.com.
How do you custom-design my Senior Expressions portrait session and my photographs?
Before we ever put you in front of a camera, we invest the time to get you know you as an individual. You’ll never be “just our next client.” Our senior portrait consultations take between thirty minutes to an hour and we do this before we even schedule your session. As we talk, we get to know each other pretty well. We get to know who you are, what you’re all about, what makes you tick, how you see yourself, where you want to go in life, your passions and your interests – all those things that make you the unique person that you are. You’ll also get to know us, so that when we start to work together, you’ll be way more comfortable than if you’d just met me at the beginning of the session.
During our consultations, we are learning your expressions, your body language, and your gestures. In other words, we are learning about your personality, constructing a concept, and getting ideas as to how make sure we capture the essence of you that will make your friends and family say “THEY’VE GOT YOU DOWN TO A SCIENCE” when they see your photographs.
Then, together, we take that information and develop an entire concept for your Senior Expressions portrait session. We custom design your individual session. We make decisions on what we’re going to do, where we’re going to do it, we even discuss ideas on what you are going wear. We’ll built our reputation on being trendsetters and therefore it’s our goal to make sure your unique and individual session will contribute to our reputation and expose you as a trendsetter as well.
Why do you do this? I see other websites where every photograph looks pretty much the same.
So, the way we look at it, our consultations and Senior Expressions concepts is another thing that sets us apart for the other photographers. We are very creative and love to use our imaginations to create the unique photographs that are never boring. We love the challenge of allowing each person to express who they really are in a way that’s appropriate for them. Your senior year is an important milestone in your life and you deserve a senior session that marks such an exciting time in your life.
If I come in for a Senior Expression consultation, am I committed to being photographed by you?
Not at all! The consultation is merely an opportunity for you to check us out and to see if we’re the right photographers for you. However, most of people who comes to consult with us end up scheduling an appointment, because they are excited about what we can do for them, but that decision is entirely up to you. If we are the right photographers for you, you’ll know it.
There are over 3,000 graduating seniors every year in our area. We will only photograph about 120 of them, by choice. We try to get you guys to book as early as possible to guarantee your spot with us. We try not to stretch ourselves to thin because we believe in quality over quantity. We want quality time with each one of our clients, so we do not run people through a production line.
We just appreciate you taking the time to learn about what we do, and giving us the opportunity to get to know you.
Sounds good, but you must be expensive, right?
It is important to remember that you are getting for what you pay. Capturing the photograph is only the beginning. The other half the creative work is done afterwards and honestly, others cannot do what Above All Expressions can nor do they have the skills that we have.
You can definitely find cheaper alternatives if you want save a few dollars. But by saving a few dollars, are you willing to risk getting portraits that leave you less than excited? We don’t believe you would because no one wants to feel like they've wasted money.
We believe that we, Above All Expressions Photography and Designs, are the best at what we do. We are trendsetters and we want you to express yourself as a trendsetter too. You are young, fly, and unique. So, you need a pro photographer who understands how to capture the essence of you.
However, everyone with a camera is a photographer these day. But owning a camera doesn't mean that you understand the most flattering ways to photograph the human face, nor does it mean that you understand the subtleties or working with light. It doesn't mean that you understand the psychology of getting people to feel relaxed and looking natural in front of the camera, and it doesn't mean that you know how to give someone an experience they’ll remember for the rest of their lives. We are experienced and know how to do all of those things.
What can I expect to spend on my senior pictures?
Our prices start at $125. We offer 45 minute, 90 minute, 2 ½ hour and 4 hour sessions – as well as one we call “My Senior Year Life” for which the senior is photographed throughout the year. Session fees range from $50 to $125. Regardless of whether you select the 45-minute session or the 4 hour session, you’ll still get the same consultation, the same individual approach, the same custom session, and great photographs. It’s just with the longer sessions you’ll get more variety, more locations, more poses, more outfits to choose from. Last year, including our longer sessions, our typical customer spent somewhere between $350 and $800, and it’s pretty easy to get everything you need in that range.
What kind of Packages do you offer?
We offer six different packages, ranging from $125 to $530. But, we know that our packages do not fit everyone. So, we allow you to custom design your own combinations, and order exactly what you need or want.
How many clothing changes will I get?
There are set number of clothing changes for each package or sessions. Remember, you are renting us for a block of time, and we create beautiful photographs during that period of time. So, there are some practical limitations for clothing changes based on that time.
How many poses do you take?
Again, there is no set number. However, we try to limit the number to no more than 20 to 30 shots per outfit. But, it’s whatever we can accomplish given the length of time you've chosen, and how we've designed your session. Just to be honest, most of our clients have a difficult time narrowing down their choices because there are so many.
Can I split a session?
Absolutely! We get this request a lot. Half with curly hair or half with straight. Save an hour for our beach trip, and do the rest here in the area. Maybe part the summer before senior year and part with the fall colors, or even the spring look next year. To split a session, you’ll normally need the 2 ½ hours or 4 hours session, although there’s been a few times where we've split a 90 minute.
Road Trip or Beach Trip? How does that work?
Several times a year, we schedule a full day or even a full weekend at the beach or in H-town. We meet you there, and photograph you on the beach or in H-town, typically for an hour. We've found a couple of fantastic beaches and locations that offers just about everything. Usually, the road or beach trip is part of a split session. If you’re interested, just let us know at your consultation.
This all sounds great, but what if I’m still not sure?
Meet with us for a consultation. You’re under no obligation whatsoever, and the decision is entirely yours. We’ll show you what we do and how we do it, we’ll talk about the possibilities for your session, and we’ll go through the various session options, and pricing. Then you can go home and talk it over. If you decide to schedule a session, you can just give us call and we will shoot you an invoice to pay your session fee.
Ok, I’m interested. What do I do now?
Just call us at 409-749.4534 and schedule your consultation. They take about thirty minutes to an hour. You've got nothing to lose, and as we've said before, there’s no obligation, and no pressure – just a friendly conversation.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
OWN Fall Sneak Peek: Sweetie Pie's
Today is "Talk About It" Tuesday at Above All Photography | Above All Expressions. Today's topic: "If it don't make MONEY, then it don't make SENSE!!!" Oftentimes, as business owners, if people know you personally or have developed some kind of rapport with you, it may be easy for them to assume that you are doing them favor. In other words, it may be easy for them to assume that the services you are providing for them is FREE OF CHARGE. When this happens, you've at some point offered a service for them free of charge, agreed to provide a service for them in exchange for EXPOSURE (they're going to tell everybody about you), or they may be family or friends. Whatever the case may be, you, as the business owner, need to establish that you are in business. You are in business to make money. If it were not so, you would not have gone into business, and you would have stayed doing the exact thing voluntarily. Young photographers and other business owners often ask us how have we managed to stay in business for all this time (it will be 7 years on 12/5/2012) and our answer is simple. We treat our business like a business not a hobby. We are also asked how we stay as "Sought After Photographers" with the increased number of new photographers in general and with new photographers appearing on social media everyday? We are asked if we are concerned about the increased competition? Our answers are simple: (1) We don't tell all of our secrets and that's how we stay sought after. (2) New photographers on social media can sometimes be inspirational because we all have different styles. (3) Although we are mindful of the increase competition, we don't focus on it at all. We stay focused on our business and our brand. In the famous words of Ms. Robbie, "If it don't make MONEY, then it don't make SENSE!!!"
Tuesday, October 9, 2012
(1) “You’re not allowed to take photos here…”
This goes for taking photos of people too. Whether they are members of the public or persons of the law, the actual capturing of the photograph is perfectly legal. What you then decide to do with these photos will have different implications. So, in that aspect, be mindful of how you use the photographs.