The Johnson Family

Family portraits in Valley Garden Park, Greenville DE.

I haven’t posted anything in WAY too long. So we’re throwing it back to Spring and I’m catching up. These pictures were captured back in May. It was a gorgeous day, and this family is SO much fun. I think you can see how awesome they are in the pictures. πŸ˜‰

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Are you seeing my posts?!

Facebook keeps changing the algorithm to your newsfeed.. So you could be missing my posts! I’m about to post a dozen or so blog posts sharing pictures from the last three months, and exciting news for upcoming events! You don’t want to miss these!!! To make sure you don’t miss the awesomeness that’s about to flood the newsfeed (over the next several weeks.. Don’t worry, it won’t be an ACTUAL flood…), follow these simple steps!

1. Go to Katy Rose Photography & Design on Facebook. Make sure the box marked “like” is checked!

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2. Click on the downward arrow on the “like” button on your desktop computer. On mobile, click on the “following” button. Both actions will produce the next (super important) menu:

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3. You will see a label called “in your newsfeed” (which will probably be set to “default.”) Change this to “see first”!!!

(Optional) 4. If you’re on a computer, there will be a little pencil icon where you can choose to be notified of certain forms of content (videos, photos, links, etc).

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SPRING Beach Mini Sessions!

Spring BEACH Mini Sessions! Cape May NJ, Sunday May 15th!

Sunday, May 15th I will be in Cape May, NJ for beach mini sessions!! BOOK NOW!

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Each session booked will benefit Boots & Bellies or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (your choice of either charity when you book, since May is Military Appreciation Month and Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month). Find out more about Mini Sessions that Matter.

 

My Art.

It’s been a long time since I sat down to write an ACTUAL blog post. You know, the kind where I actually just chat about life and don’t just announce something. 😊 Sorry ya’ll.. I’ve been busy. Busy living, busy creating, busy art-ing.Β  Okay, so I made that last word up. πŸ˜‚ But you know what I mean! ✏️🎨

So in Spring 2009, I took my first photography class at Wilmington University. It was my first formal photography class.. up until then I had just played with cameras.. sometimes tried to take artistic shots.. and didn’t really understand the mechanics of it AT ALL. I used both film and digital as I was growing up.. but had only ever owned point and shoot cameras (some with manual functions but not to the extent that an SLR camera has.

That same semester, I took a digital drawing class. It was another formal introduction into something I had an interest in, but had never really given much effort.

That semester (and the rest of my college career) pretty much changed the course of my life drastically. I finally felt PASSION for something that I could turn into a career. It has been an amazing journey to where I am now.. and I continue to be excited about what I do EVERY DAY.


Since I was a child, I have always happily bounced around from one creative venture to another.. rubber stamping, crocheting, quilling, and obviously drawing and photography. You name it and I’ve probably tried it.

After taking all of the photography and art classes that I could at WilmU, my current creative habits are refining the skills I learned and trying out different mediums. With my art, so far I’ve tried acrylic paint, charcoal, pan pastel, graphite, colored pencils, pen, and water color. I still meet up with one of my art teachers (Gail Piazza!) who has become a wonderful friend and we’ve been getting together (often times with other artists as well!) every week or so for #artparties since the fall. It’s been amazing trying different mediums and techniques with her guidance, since she has been doing this a lot longer than I have!

So lately, I’ve been REALLY loving black colored pencil for portrait drawing. Fellow (#artparty) artist, Deshawn King, suggested that one and I can see why! It’s not as messy as charcoal, but you can get really deep contrast with careful layering. It’s awesome. Pen and watercolor has been fun for doodling cupcakes. And I’m still finishing two portraits with acrylic paint.. that’s been really challenging. I should probably start working on those again… I took a break out of frustration and I’m pretty sure it’s been months since I touched them. Woops.

Anyway.. I figured it was time for a random blog post about what I’ve been up to lately, so I’ll leave you with a few recent drawings. Enjoy! πŸ’—

Mother’s Day Contests

We’re on the second Mother’s Day Contest over on my Instagram.. Last week a special mama won a custom 5×5 portrait drawing of one of her favorite pictures of her little one (see below!)

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This week the Instagram contest is for a mini session with prints!

And now we’re kicking off my email newsletter contest!

Winner receives their choice of
a 12×18 portrait drawing of one of their favorite images of their little one(s)
OR
a 16×20 print from a session with Katy Rose Photography (haven’t had a session with me yet? Book one today! No session fee for family sessions! Deposit required to book a session, but will be applied to your print order during the presentation of your images!)

A winner will be selected at random on April 30th, 2016 at 5pm EST.

ENTER NOW!

2016, already?!

Exciting plans for 2016! I just can’t believe it’s here already!

I. can’t. even. It seems like yesterday I was gearing up for 2015 and was getting ready to (FINALLY) graduate. It’s crazy how time flies.

Well I had a productive 2015, filled with love, laughter, family, friends and my beautiful clients. I thought I would have more time on my hands after I finished classes.. but looking back on the year, I see that I filled that time up with personal projects and some volunteering! And I’ve LOVED EVERY MOMENT. You may remember around this time last year, I created a “class ring” for myself after I finished at Wilmington University. I used metal stamps to engrave “be the change” on it. I wear it almost every day and often think about the difference I can make, even if for just one person. Well I started volunteering with a couple organizations (Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep and Boots & Bellies) to help me do just that, and as I started thinking about 2016, I decided that I can do even more to make a difference.

I’m making a few changes to my business for 2016. (Don’t panic- all good things!) The most exciting change: Minis that Matter. I usually do Mini Session days several times a year. They’re fun and easy.. and give you options for quick sessions at a variety of locations, a variety of packages, and starting in 2016: a variety of charitable organizations to help. I’m planning out my schedule for 2016, and I hope to organize at least one Mini Session day per month and each one will benefit a different non-profit or charitable organization. The details of that schedule and the organizations will be posted within a few weeks. If you have a favorite non-profit or charitable organization that you’d like me to consider, let me know!

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Another big change is for portrait sessions (maternity, family, children and general portraits). These sessions will no longer have a session fee! A deposit of $50 will still be required to secure a date and time on my calendar, but that will be applied toward your print and product order at your presentation & ordering session. Birth, Fresh 48, and Newborn sessions will still have a session fee due to the on-call nature of those sessions. All sessions will require a consultation an in-person presentation/ordering session (don’t worry, they’re not as formal as they sound πŸ˜‰ ). Overall (between consultation, session and presentation) you’ll probably be investing about 2 & 1/2 to 3 hours of time with me, but this will significantly benefit you in the long run.

I’ve been testing things out over the last year and I’ve found the clients that have in-person consultations before their session, end up happier with their final images. And the clients that have in-person presentation & ordering sessions after their session not only end up with exactly what products they want, they also receive them MUCH faster because I assist in narrowing down images which really makes the decision-making easier. What historically takes clients weeks to do (if they’re given a link to their gallery), I’ve gotten down to a 30-45 minute process. Let’s face it, when we dedicate our time to one task for 30 minutes, and have help to narrow down the selections, it goes by a lot faster than if we try to steal 5-10 minutes at a time between our busy schedules. πŸ˜›

I am dropping my session fee for general portrait sessions for several reasons. I have always had a “100% guarantee” for my sessions, so if you’re not happy with the way your images turn out, I am happy to re-do the session or refund your money. Without a session fee, this just solidifies my guarantee. You truly have no risk in trusting me with capturing memories for you! Also, with my new workflow, the consultations will make it much easier for us to plan your session around what products you will be looking for at the presentation; This means less guess-work for me and faster turn-around from session to delivery of your products. And most importantly, your time is just as valuable as mine. I’m asking you to spend a little more time with me to help me create the best artwork for you, and in return you don’t have to pay as much up front! πŸ™‚

If you have questions about any of these changes, please let me know!! I’m also considering adding an option for a pre-planned custom portrait packages that can be broken down into a monthly installment. For clients that know they do 2-4 sessions a year and typically order the same products each time (or if you do one session per year but order larger products), I’d like to offer the option of paying a small amount monthly rather than a lump sum after each session. If you would be interested in having me create a package for you, let’s chat!

Holidays are fast approaching…

I know I’ve said it before.. I have a love/hate relationship with this time of year. It gets cold (except today.. Record high, anyone? I’m okay with this..) but then my favorite holiday is just around the corner (Thanksgiving. I can pack that food in like no one ever believes…). I love getting holiday cards.. And who doesn’t love twinkly lights?! But I feel like right about now, we kick into warp speed and before we know it, it’s January. And then where did it all go?!

So! I’ve decided to start holiday mini sessions a little early this year. Let’s get those done so you can get your holiday cards out! I MIGHT offer one more mini day in late November or early December, but that’ll depend on demand, and my schedule πŸ™‚

So if you want to make sure you get one last session in this year, grab ’em before they’re gone!


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I’ve also decided, in honor of Veteran’s Day next week.. I’d like to offer a free mini session (complete with 3 digital files and Facebook banner) to all active military, or families with deployed spouses. THANK YOU for your service! ❀ Email me to schedule! katy@katyrosephotography.com

Also, I’ll be publishing another blog shortly about no-hassle holiday cards that you can get from me, even if you’re not doing a holiday mini. Stay tuned! πŸ™‚

Autumn Mini Sessions!

Everyone loves the colors of autumn! AMIRIGHT?! πŸ˜‰ 

Fall mini sessions are always popular! And since I already have several sessions scheduled over the next few weekends, I decided to open up several dates for mini sessions so we can make the most of the gorgeous foliage that’s about to explode around us!

SAVE 10% on your session and receive an extra 5 digital files (with printing rights) when you use code ‘FIVEDIG10’ at checkout!

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Saturday, October 10th: Mt. Cuba ($10 admission per adult, $5 per child ages 6-17, Free for children 5 & under)

Sunday, October 11th: Lums Pond State Park (park fee: in-state vehicle $4, out-of-state vehicle $8)

Thursday, October 15th: Rittenhouse Park

Saturday, October 17th: Valley Garden Park

Sunday, October 18th: Valley Garden Park

Get ’em while they’re hot! Spots will fill fast!! Contact me about a specific time if you’d like to confirm an opening before you book! I’ll remove days from the available options when they are full! 

  

Say it isn’t so! Back to School already?!

Summer always goes WAY to fast for me! I love everything about summer! The sunshine, the heat, even rain showers on a hot summer day! So when I start seeing ‘back to school’ things in stores, and hear of my friends, family and clients doing their ‘back to school’ shopping, it makes me so sad because it means the colder weather is coming! 😦

However, it is an awfully good excuse to offer another mini session! Let’s cherish every last bit of summer with a fun “back to school” mini session! Have your kiddos wear their back to school outfit and their new backpack and we’ll get some super cute photos in Old New Castle! Don’t you want pictures to look back on at the end of the school year, so you can see how much they’ve grown? Book today for a 10% discount on your selected package (use code ‘BLOGDISCOUNT’ at checkout!)

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Mini sessions in Old New Castle! September 6th, 2015. Book today!

2015 Beach Mini Sessions!

Beach Mini Sesions

Everyone loves beach mini sessions! This year I’ll be doing the beach mini sessions in Cape May, NJ!
Booking starts today, so make sure you grab a spot before they’re gone! These beach mini sessions start at $125 for a 30 minute session, 1-8×10, 2-5×7 prints (and the digital files for those prints) as well as a Facebook banner image and an online gallery for selecting your prints and sharing with friends. Upgrades are available including more prints, photo jewelry and more!

You can book online here, or contact me (302.543.2367 or katy@katyrosephotography.com) today to book your spot!