News and Fall Special! (Winnipeg Photographers)

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Newsletter; Aug. 2018

 

John and I are Married!

The question of whether or not to change your name is always one that brides ask themselves. After giving this some thought I have decided that I will change mine, so I will be Christina Kaye in the near future and I might change the name of my website.  I’m looking at ckphotos or chriskayephotography or some variation of that. I will let you know when this happens. It won’t be in the next couple of months.

We are also looking to buy a place just North of the city that will hold my studio and also have a workshop for John. I don’t want to lose you, my clients, so we won’t be going too far. We both have work to do on our houses before that happens, so in the meantime, my studio will remain at 86 Taunus Dr.

Here are a few images from our wedding.



Fall Family Photo Special!

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over! July has been a whirlwind for John and I. We spent a lot of time getting the cabin ready for our wedding and planning our special day. Right after that, we spent 11 amazing days in Newfoundland and then I spent a week in Calgary with my grandson.
Now here we are, at the end of August, with fall coming along very soon.

Fall is the perfect time to update your family portrait. The days are cooler and the colours of the trees make an amazing backdrop. The best time of day for doing your family picture is at the end of the day about an hour or 2 before sunset. Sunset is around 6:30 or 7:00 pm in Oct, therefore the best time for your family session is around 5:00. Mornings around 9:30 or 10:00 is also an option but mornings tend to be quite cool in Oct.

We can, of course do sessions at other times if your schedule won’t accommodate those times.

I am usually at Victoria Beach on the weekends, which is so beautiful in the fall. I would be happy to do your session there. Let me know if that is an option for you.

I will stay in the city for the weekend of Sept. 22nd, so let me know if that weekend works for you.

I am going to waive the session fee for the first 4 families that book a family session in the fall. So don’t delay booking your session. I will need a $50 deposit to secure your session. You can use that deposit towards your purchase of prints after the session. Regular session fees are $80, so it is quite a savings!



The Best Camera?



People often ask me which camera to buy. There is no easy answer to that question  because there are a lot of factors to consider; like what you plan on using it for, what your budget is and how much knowledge you have about photography.  The short answer is that the best camera to use is the one you have with you. I would look at a site such as this one https://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2369450,00.asp to see what the experts think. I have a couple of Canon SLRs but I also have the Canon G5X, which is a point and shoot camera that also shoots in RAW. I use my iPhone for a lot of pictures and it really is amazing. I don't think smart phones will ever replace SLRs or mirrorless cameras but they have improved dramatically in recent years. These are images that I took with my iPhone 6Plus. 
I took this first one at Victoria Beach. I had my SLR with me but I had a dead battery and I also had my G5X with me but no cards, so I used my iPhone to capture this amazing scene. I edited the image with Snapseed and only used Photoshop to change the DPI to 300. I blew this up to 24x36 and it looks amazing! 


I took this one while walking on a trail in Newfoundland. Again, it was the only camera I had with me and again I only used Photoshop to change the DPI to 300. 


So take a lot of pictures, using whatever you have with you, use editing software and print the ones you like best. My favourite software for my phone is Snapseed. It does pretty much anything! Have fun and let me know if you need any help.


I recently came across this poem by Spike Milligan and wanted to share it with you today.

Yours in Photography,

Christina

Call out for Maternity Models! (Winnipeg Maternity Photographers)

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Call out for all pregnant mamas!

I’m looking for some models for maternity photos. The purpose of these images will be to build my maternity portfolio and possibly enter the images into competitions. I have some new gowns and some exciting ideas that I want to try out.

Applicant for this model call must:

  • be 30 to 38 weeks pregnant in February.
  • be willing to sign a model release to allow me to use their images
  • send me a photo of themselves. This can be a selfie taken with a phone.

The benefit of doing this model call:

  • Applicant will receive a free photography session and a $100 print credit.
  • This is a $150 value with no cost to you.
  • Your newborn session would be half price with another $100 print credit. This is a savings of $162.

If you are interested please email me at chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com.

I will forward an application to you with further details.

Please share with any of your friends who might qualify or tag them on Facebook or Instagram.

Thank you,

Christina

Holiday Photography Sessions! (Winnipeg Family Photographers)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Costco has had their Christmas decorations up for about a month and other retailers put their stuff out the day after Halloween. Yesterday, while walking my dog in the dark, I noticed a decorated Christmas tree up in a neighbour’s window.

Yes, Christmas will be here before we know it. And snow isn’t long in coming either. Boohoo on snow!

That means it’s time to get your holiday/Christmas photo session booked. And just in time for Christmas I am running a special.

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This special is for sessions in the studio or at The Legislative Bldg for bigger groups.

Don’t delay. We have some new backdrops and look forward to hearing from you!

 

Almost Spring Newsletter! (Winnipeg Photography Newsletters)

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March News & Offers

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Almost Spring?

The air is finally warmer and Sunday was a beautiful day in Winnipeg. I went out to take some pictures at The Forks and in The Exchange district. It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying a beautiful Sunday.

Here are a couple of those pictures:

I took some iPhone photos on Saturday to show how much snow we have. . This is one of them taken along the sidewalk on Gateway. Someone told me it looked like there was a tunnel. Not far off. Where is all this snow going??



Client Feedback

I love getting feedback and would like to share some recent feedback. Thank you to these people for their kind words.

Chris was very patient while getting some great shots of my two-month-old twins, which wasn’t easy! The photos she posted to her blog the same day were awesome. She was lovely to work with and I would highly recommend her.

Great experience, wonderful person and takes beautiful pictures!

So much fun and the pictures were amazing

We had a recommendation from friends to try her. We did with the groupon and were very happy with the results! We would ask her again!

Excellent photographer. Very professional. Prompt with providing gallery for photo viewing. Reasonable rates.

Thanks Chris!! I just love the pictures!!!!

Awesome! Thanks 🙂 we had fun! Can’t wait to see the rest!



Groupon News

As many of you know, I am featured as a Groupon photographer. Did you also know that if you have bought a Groupon in the past, I will do your next session for the Groupon price.  I do this because if you buy the session from Groupon, they keep 45% of the money that you pay.

Let me know if you are interested in booking a session once the snow is gone. I prefer to book 4 to 6 weeks ahead, so there is no hurry if you want to wait for spring. Hopefully, by the beginning of May, we’ll have some green grass and some leaves on the trees.

Of course, if you want to book me for a special event, I will take your booking earlier than 6 weeks before your event.

This photograph is the one the I am using for my Groupon feature right now. I’m happy to say that it won 2nd place in the Jan. Open competition for the Manitoba Camera Club. It’s one of my favourites and just goes to show you that a big smile doesn’t always result in the best photograph. I love the little boy’s expression. Isn’t this a precious memory photo?



Google+

Did you know that Google+ now has the third-largest number of active users of any social network, meaning it’s technically now more-used than Twitter!

Have a look at this article for more information:

http://heidicohen.com/global-social-media-trends/

As this graph shows Google+ is gaining momentum.

I’ve been working on my Goggle+ page and would like to ask my clients and friends to follow me. You can access my page here:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+ChristinaMcWilliamswpg/posts

Thank you for your support!



Spring Special

With this special, if you refer a friend to me, you will both get a $59 print credit! You can also use the $59 credit toward buying a DVD of all your images. That price is usually $350, but for the rest of March and all of April, I will discount it by $59 if you refer a friend to me.

Don’t delay booking. If you want to book your session after the end of April, you can still take advantage of this offer by paying for the special now and we can do the session once the snow is gone.



And Finally

Something that we can all relate to!



Yours in Photography,

Christina

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The Perfect Christmas Gift! (Winnipeg Christmas Gift Ideas)

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What is the perfect Christmas present? I’m sure that a lot of us are asking this question right now What can I give to a special someone  that will be appreciated and treasured.

I think that buying someone a gift certificate for a photography session is as perfect a gift as you can get. Many people with small children cannot afford to get a professional portrait done of their child or their family. It’s a gift that will be treasured for years to come as the receiver looks at the photos and remembers that time in their lives.

I offer gift certificates at all times, but for the next 3 weeks I’m going to offer a “Buy One, Get one Free Special.” That means, you can buy one gift certificate for $100 and get another one free.

And it’s easy too. Just send me an email at chrismcwilliamsphotography@gmail.com with the particulars and I can get a customized gift certificate(s) ready for you.

If you are concerned that all you are giving is an envelope, why not also buy a picture frame to wrap and put the gift certificate inside. A note could be put inside the frame that says,”Fill me with an image of ______________.”

The best part is that you get to avoid the malls to do your shopping!

Christina

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July Newsletter! (Winnipeg Photography Blogs)

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Happy Summer!

Are you enjoying your summer?

I’m having a great summer and have enjoyed all the sessions that I’ve done outside ( as well as some inside ones). One of my favourite spots that I’ve been using for family portraits is the Legislative Building grounds. I like using the steps of the building for photos as well as some of the trees and benches that are on the grounds.  The fountain is also a great backdrop but is sometimes a bit tricky to use on sunny days. The bears are a huge hit with the kids and lend themselves to some great portraits.

Here are a couple of images that were done at the Ledge:

Other spots that I really like are The Forks, Kildonan Park and Kilcona Park, but I am open to suggestions, so let me know if you have a location in mind.



Summer Days Specials

I am offering a new category of pricing for those who are interested in purchasing the full DVD of images from their session. Instead of paying a session fee of $125, plus $350  for a DVD of all the images ($475), I am reducing the price to $350 (plus $28 PST) for both. A payment of $200 will be due at the time of the session with the balance to be  paid when you receive your DVD. It’s a savings of $125!

I am keeping this pricing for the summer to see if there is any interest.



Groupon

Did you know that if you purchased a Groupon in the past and are interested in booking another session, I will give you the same deal that you would get if you purchased another Groupon? It’s true. The reason is, that if you purchase a Groupon for the session, I only receive 60% of your payment, so it’s in my best interest to give you the same price as you would get if you bought another Groupon. It’s a win/win situation. You save money and I earn more. Works for me! How about you?

My ad has stopped running for now but I will be posting another Groupon in the fall. 



Julie Goes Back to the 50s!

I had a blast shooting at Julie’s wedding shower a couple of weeks ago. Julie’s future mother-in-law hosted the shower and she wanted to do something a bit different to create some laughs. And laugh we did as you can see from this video! Click on the link below to view it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4JzDSCz19s&feature=c4-overview&list=UUV6URtGrdVY21LWBFZC1Ffg

The 50s Photo Booth was a great idea for making the shower less formal and considerably more fun! Here are a couple of the images from the shower.

The possible themes for bridal shower photo booths are endless. How about
lingerie (or a pin-up of someone in a sexy outfit) or the beach,
or the 70s? I think a gaudy wedding dress and veil along with some
 tacky flowers would make for some great photo booth pictures as well.Let your imagine go, come up with an idea or talk to me about one and we can
plan your fun photo booth together. Email me if you are interested and I will put
a package together for you!



And Finally

Something funny;

And something to think about.

Yours in Photography,
Christina

Maternity/Newborn Special (Winnipeg Maternity & Newborn Photography)

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Newborns are some of my favorite clients, so for the month of March, I am offering a 50% off special.  For $125 (the price of one session fee) you can purchase both the maternity and newborn sessions and for $350 (the price for all the digital images from a session on a DVD) you can purchase a DVD from both sessions. That’s a $950 value for $475. If you know someone who is expecting a baby and you refer them to me you also get a $59 credit towards your own session. It’s a win/win offer. But don’t delay. The offer is good for the month of March only. What about if you are due later in the year? If you want to get this special, you can pay half now and half later to get this amazing price.