Let me tell you about something new for 2011.
I am NOT a professional photographer (yet). I am NOT an expert. I AM learning. I DO shoot on manual mode, and try to find super fun, creative ways to capture everday life. I am not perfect. I am all about capturing MOMENTS. I am not ready to begin a photography business. I work full time as a teacher.
But I am raising money for an adoption. We just sent in our first $2500 fee to the agency. Plus I paid $900 yesterday for the first part of the homestudy. Another $900 will be paid on Monday. I will owe another $2500 before I know it. Although our adoption fund is building, I decided we need another way to raise money. We are still waiting on the money that will come from our sweet Briar's life (the Army gives a $10,000 life insurance for children lost, which includes babies lost after 20 weeks). The overall cost of the adoption is estimated around $30,000. That is a big chunk! :)
Since photography is another passion of mine (along with working out, crafting, baking, etc.)....I thought that I could use it for good! Everyone loves family pictures, photos of the stage of life they are in right now. I LOVe capturing moments....from babies to seniors, families, or even just a random "I want some photos of myself" pictures :) So if you live in Georgia or Alabama...near Columbus, GA....
And you're interested in booking some photos....
1-2 hours shooting time
1 location (or 2 if the second is walking distance)
2 outfits/ (1 change of clothing)
The only payment is a suggested donation to the adoption fund. The suggested donation is $125 or more (it's a good cause....). Most beginning photographers I know charge anywhere from $75-$200 PLUS photo prints. Higher end photogs charge upwards of $500-$2000 (which is a 100% fair deal for their quality). This is not a business, you will simply be donating to a great cause (bringing our boy home from Ethiopia) and you will get a CD full of 50 or so of the best images.
So, while I learn and decide if this is something I would like to pursue as a business in the future, I will continue to improve my skills on your family or child or dogs or...... and you will join our journey to bring home our son. I would love to brainstorm a super fun idea for you! I would much rather capture you in a natural setting than in a totally forced awkwardly styled moment! (Ps. i have a tandem bike I am dying to try out with photos...)
If that sounds like fun to you...just contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or just leave a comment. I will be shooting all year for sure.
Larger scale events will have a different price scale and will not always be accepted due to the OTHER JOB that I currently have full time.. Inquiries are welcome, however!