2019: What to keep and what to change? (Winnipeg Photographers)

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The beginning of a new year is a great time to assess my business, to consider what what to change and what to keep the same.

What worked:

A lot of things worked well in 2018; most notably my  introduction of In Person Sales (in place of online galleries). I was very resistant to doing IPS, because I am not a sales person. I don’t ever want to feel like I am pushing someone to spend money. But it really is true that the images I show clients sell themselves and the moment when clients see their pictures is irreplaceable. It is empowering and is very gratifying to me.

I sold more products in 2018 and will continue to do so. A  professionally printed print, wall art or an album is the natural end product of a photography session. A digital image is not. Part of the art of photography is to see images printed and see a concrete sample of the image. I will continue to sell products to my clients, but will include digital images as that is what clients want.

What’s new:

I am introducing a new kind of session in 2019; a mini newborn session. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons, but most notably because many newborn moms are exhausted from lack of sleep and don’t want to be in a hot studio for 3 or 4 hours.  A mini newborn session is shorter. It is  an hour and a half, baby is wrapped for all poses and the focus is on baby pictures. Family pictures can be done at the 6 month stage when moms are more rested. I will still be doing full newborn sessions with parent and sibling pictures if that’s what your family decides on. But I think this is a great option.

As an introductory offer, and because Jan is a very slow month, I am offering 2 free mini newborn sessions. If you want a full newborn session for $125, I will deduct $80 from your session fee, giving you a full newborn session for only $45.

Pass this on to anyone you know who is expecting in the next couple of months. Be one of the first people to contact me and get this session free!

Mini Newborn Sessions!

 

Holiday Backdrops! (Winnipeg Family Holiday Photography)

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I’ve been very busy in the studio planning and making up 3 Christmas Holiday scenes to use as backdrops.

I’m extending my holiday special for another week as times are filling up fast for the first week.

Here are the 3 backdrops that are available:

 

The first one has bokeh lights in gold with a glittery backdrop. Mr. Santa Teddy did me the honour of posing for me!

Holiday Lights in Gold  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This one has a wooden backdrop with some toys to make it look rustic.

Christmas in the workshop

The third one has some Christmas trees and some snow in the studio! Mr. Santa Teddy was a very cooperative model for me as you can see!

Winter Snow Scene

Snow Scene

Christmas and Holiday Special! (Winnipeg Photography Specials)

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Christmas Special!



November is the time to get your pictures taken for the family Christmas card. I don’t design or offer Christmas cards, so I am making digital images available without the purchase of a print. That way you can use one of the many templates found online for your cards.

Of course, prints will still be available, but for this special you will receive 2 high-resolution digital files of your choice. We will use 2 backdrops in a 40 minute session. This can include up to 5 people.

The first 3 people who contact me will get an additional savings of $50. I will need a $50 deposit to reserve your spot and then an additional $30 when you come for the session; a savings of $50. Don’t delay, as I will have a limited number of spots available.

This does not include newborn sessions, as it would be nearly impossible to do a newborn session in 30 minutes.



Fall Sessions


I had a very busy fall season this  year and I want to thank all of the clients who booked a session, There are very few leaves left on the trees but if you are interested in an outdoor session in the next couple of weeks, I can find some spots with colourful leaves or evergreens as a backdrop.

Here are some of the images from the fall sessions:

 


 



And Finally,


Many of you have met my dog, Zara. This week, I wanted to try creating a bokeh effect in the studio with some new lights. I didn’t have a model available, so I decided to use my dog.

Our dogs are never  allowed in the studio, so I had to put a leash on Zara to get her down there. The image below shows the look that Zara gave me. It’s the same look she has when she thinks she’s in trouble.

It’s titled “Obedience with Disdain”.

 



Yours in Photography,

Christina

Free Pet Portraits and News of Summer 2018! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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Finally it’s summer!

This is an exciting summer for John and me because we are  getting married on July 7th! Our wedding will be at Victoria Beach. We hope it will be on the beach and that we will have a beautiful summer day, but it will be a beautiful day one way or another. After the wedding, we are going to spend 10 days in Newfoundland, the only province that John and I haven’t been in.

In the meantime, we are spending a lot of time getting the cabin ready for July 7th. John is finishing the porch and the sun room and I’m painting furniture and planting flowers. In between all of that we are taking the dogs for long walks. They love playing in the water at the beach. It really is heaven on earth and we love it there.

John and I at Victoria Beach.

One of many amazing sunsets at the beach. 

My studio will be closed from July 4th until July 21st. Let me know asap if you are interested in a portrait session this summer so that  I can accommodate you before or after these dates.



Free Pet Portraits

Do you have a professional portrait of your dog? Have you ever thought about getting one? This is your chance!

I am partnering with a local pet shop named Leo and Co Pet Shop. Leo and Co is located on the corner of Gateway Rd and Sun Valley Drive and offers many interested pet products including a $10 pet bath and $10 nail trims on Thursday evenings (6 to 7 pm) and on Sundays (12 to 1 pm).

Stacey, the owner of Leo and Co. believes in offering our dogs the best in food, treats and everything else dog. For example, pictured here is marigold spray which will keep mosquitoes off of your dog, natural organic treats and handmade collars that you can’t buy anywhere else in Winnipeg.

As well you can find every kind of chew: chicken feet, pig’s ears and deer chews.

     

If you are interested in this offer all you need to do is stop in at Leo’s and fill in an entry form. It’s that simple. I am going to choose the lucky winners on June 18th.

Don’t delay. Stop by Leo’s this weekend!

Here are a couple of the adorable dogs that I’ve photographed.



Time

We hear a lot about how important it is to be in the moment and how quickly time passes. The video below is the probably the most powerful message about time that I have seen. I can’t post the video here, but here is the youtube link for it. Please watch it. I guarantee that you’ll be glad you did.
Once we realize how quickly time passes, it becomes even more important to make every day count and to do the things that we love in the time that we have. Taking that a step further, it becomes even more important to document this time in our lives. And what better way to do that than to have portraits of ourselves and our family to look back on. Not only for us but for generations to come. Digital images on your iphone aren’t going to be around in 100 years. Prints will be. Be sure to make prints. I can’t emphasize this enough. We are a generation that takes more pictures than ever before, but they will all be lost and there won’t be a visual record to share with future generations unless we make prints.


Dog Wisdom

John and I love our dogs and when I was looking for a picture for our bathroom I wanted a poster that reflected that. I made this up. I think it has a lot of truisms in it.
I can get one made up for you as well. Let me know if you are interested and I will give you a price.



Yours in Photography,

Christina

Free Pet Portrait! (Winnipeg Pet Photographers)

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I love dogs and have recently started a gallery of some of the dogs that I’ve photographed.

You can see that gallery here:

https://www.chrismcwilliamsphotography.com/PhotoPortfolio/Dog-Photography/

I’ve posted a few of my dog portraits below.

I would love to photograph more dogs, as well as other pets and so I am offering a free pet portrait with a $100 print credit to a few lucky people.

To enter this contest, all you need to do is drop into Leo and Co Pet Shop ( http://leo-co-pet-shop.business.site/) and fill in an entry form. Leo and Co is found at 1501-B Gateway Rd, in the strip mall at the corner of Sun Valley and Gateway. Drop in and fill in the form and talk to Stacey, the owner. Have a look at all the amazing products that she has while you’re there or take advantage of the $10 pet bath or the $10 nail trim on Thursday evenings.

Don’t delay. The end date for this contest is June 18th, at which time you will be contacted if you are chosen.

And here are some of my favorite dogs portraits!

 

 

Mother’s Day Gift Idea! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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What do you think most mothers would most value on Mother’s Day?

Being a mother myself, I know what I think the answer to this question is. Mothers love to spend time with their children and appreciate having a visual memory of that time in the form of a professional portrait. Not something snapped with an iPhone and lost somewhere in cyberspace in a few years, but a portrait that can be displayed on the wall or on a desk.  You can make that happen for your mother.

There are 2 ways you can do this. You can purchase a gift certificate for your mom and make an appointment for a photography session at a later date, or you can plan the session in the next couple of weeks and present to your mother on Mother’s Day. I can assure you that your mom would be delighted.

For a limited time I have a Mother’s Day Special.

Here are 2 of the ads from my special. I am extending this special until Mother’s Day, so don’t delay! (Limited weekend times available.)

 

This wonderful lady died this year but I was fortunate enough to be able to photograph her family of daughters at her 90th Birthday Party. I know that this image will be treasured for years to come. And what a thrill for the mom to have family come from East and West to be at the party.

 

 

 

If you were prefer, I can print up a gift certificate and customize it for you. I can even find a frame for it if you like.

The session is still $59 with 1 8×10 or 2 5×7 prints included, as in the above offer.

Don’t delay. Mother’s Day is fast approaching.

Baby’s First Year! (Winnipeg Baby Photographers)

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One of my most popular plans is The Baby’s First Year Package. For this package you get 4 photography sessions in your baby’s first year plus a hard cover 8×11 photo book. The price for this package is $350, but for the next 4 weeks, I am offering it to clients for $300. The value of this package is:

  • $125 for the first newborn session
  • $80×3=$240 for the next 3 sessions
  • $400 for the photo book

That would equal a total of $665, offering a savings of $365!!

The first year of your child’s life is one of growth and change. In face, your child will again change as much as in that year. But you might say, “I take a lot of pictures of my baby with my phone. I take pictures every day.”

The question I would then ask you is,” What do you do with those pictures?” Do you ever compile and print them? Do you make a book of them? Where will they end up? Will they forever stay on your phone or computer? Isn’t it nicer to sit down and look at a book than look at a computer?

The following are the pages from a Baby’s First Year Book that I just created. This book will be a treasure that this family will have to look back on for years to come. What a lovely tribute to this child!

These are screen captures of the book, so are not indicative of the quality of the book. You will notice that we also did a maternity session for this book and I can do the same for you.

Give me a call if you are interested in this package or if you know someone who might be.

204.962.3424.