Cutting the addiction to technology

How many times a day do you check your phone, email, social media, etc?

If you’re anything like me, you probably do it a lot. And you’re probably missing out on the people you care about most, and the events unfolding around you.

I’m making a change.

If you send me an email (or Facebook message to my business page), you’re going to receive an auto-responder that says I’ll be checking my email once a week now. I’ll still be sending sneak peeks within 3 days of your session, and full galleries within 7-10 days of your ordering session… but other than that, I’m cutting back on my use of technology to be more present in my day to day life.

I rarely book a session via email without a consultation scheduled more than a week before the session, and my phone number is available for those that need to reach me before I get around to checking my email. So my business shouldn’t be affected much by this change.

I deleted the Facebook app from my phone MONTHS ago, but I do have the Facebook business page app so that I receive notifications when I receive messages there. There’s an autoresponder on that one too, though – so don’t be surprised if it takes me a little bit to respond.

It’s not that I don’t value my clients and good customer service – in fact, that’s one reason I’m doing this! When I’m with someone in person – I want to be 100% with them. I don’t want my mind on all the emails & messages I have to respond to or if my latest post has a good response.

SO, it’ll likely take me a little time to adjust to this new habit, but I’m planning on checking & responding to emails on Wednesday evenings. Need me before then? Text or call! I still probably won’t respond immediately, but I’ll at least be checking those daily. πŸ˜‰

Be present & SMILE! ✨

2017 Beach Mini Sessions!

Jersey Shore mini photography sessions! Aug 2nd 2017 in Stone Harbor NJ


Hey everyone!! I know it’s been a while. I’ve been busy.. and I’ve totally neglected my blog and most of social media (aside from a couple posts here & there). Sorry for being MIA! I promise, all is well.. but I’ve been longing for a beach day- and one has finally been set up! Next Wednesday (Aug 2nd) I’ll be in Stone Harbor NJ doing mini sessions on the beach! I highly recommend you play hooky from work and swing by with the kiddos. We all need a mental health day from time to time, and the beach is the best place for rest, relaxation, and adorable family photos. (If you don’t believe me, take it from the mermaid.. 😍)

I’ll see you there?! Shoot me a message to set up your session!

 

Last chance for Autumn Minis!

Those leaves will be on the ground before you know it! Fall mini sessions are so popular I ended up adding another day for those who couldn’t make Saturday work in their schedule. So if you’re thinking of a family session filled with beautiful fall leaves, your last chance is this weekend, Saturday, October 29th & Sunday, October 30th at Valley Garden Park!

Book your spot now! Or contact me (302.543.2367 or katy@katyrosephotography.com) and I’ll get you on the calendar.

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The Bovee Family {maternity}

Maternity & Family session in Valley Garden Park

At the last minute (back in the spring), we decided to schedule a maternity session to capture The Bovee Family for the last time as a family of four + bump before Mr. Owen made his grand debut! If you follow my Facebook page, you probably heard a lot about Owen during the last few weeks of Kim’s pregnancy, and Owens early days/weeks because of his CCAM. You can learn more about Owen & The Bovee’s story here.

We had a lot of fun during this session, trekking through mud (sorry, Kim…) and dancing to Steve’s iPhone to get Sydney to actually smile. ❀

The Bovees are simply incredible.

See more here!

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˜‰

Want to see more?

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™‚

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!