Monthly Archives: January 2013

Blogging = Not Easy

I have one more week to go…before I have lived up to one of my New Year’s resolutions…Finishing what I start (specifically the Fat Mum Slim January Challenge)!  I’m so proud of myself, but it has been REALLY hard to do.  I get bored with things, but this has become something that I look forward to.  I get up in the morning and look to see what my prompt is for the day (and my kids ask me too!) and then go about my day and try to find something that fits it.  I know that it sounds kind of dumb, but taking a picture everyday while having to follow someone else’s list is not easy.  Thank you, though, for your support 🙂  Here’s this past week’s images:

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I am excited to be posting a new blog every week as well.  This is something that I have wanted to do since I got started, but wasn’t sure what to say!  Fear of the unknown makes it unsettling…I hope that you appreciate my effort 🙂  I appreciate you reading and checking out my progress.  I never would have thought that having a blog would be so…not easy.

 

OMGoodness!  I had my first giveaway and have booked the winner for next week!  I’m so excited to see her and have her session!  How awesome is that?  Thanks, to Amanda and all who entered!  I am only a handful away from 500 likes on Facebook.  Once I get there, I’ll have another giveaway.  Maybe another mini-session, maybe something else…Do you have suggestions?  Requests?  I would love to hear from you!  One thing is for sure, coming up with fresh marketing ideas is NOT EASY!

 

Have you caught my theme?  Of course you have!  You are all astute readers 🙂  I’m glad you’re with me.  Please continue reading for current and upcoming specials.  See you all next week!  I hope this week is wonderful for you!

 

CALLING ALL CLASS OF 2014 SENIORS:  I am looking for Senior Representatives for Corunna, Durand, Owosso, Morrice, and Perry.  Earn free prints and get your session fee waived (at least $75 value).  Contact Tracy at 989.743.1132 or thyde@treasuredmemoriesllc.net for details.

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Finally, here’s what’s going on at Treasured Memories right now:

 

**Mini sessions are 20 – 30 minutes, with up to 2 people included in the price ($5 per additional person) and one change of clothes. 

Indoor sessions includes props, outdoor sessions may include props depending on the season and weather permitting.**

 

Call 989.743.1132 or email thyde@treasuredmemoriesllc.net to book your appointment:
Saturday:  February 9 or 23 (starts at 10am).

Available on Sundays after Noon at request (so make it!).

 

Winter Mini Sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

Valentine’s Mini sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

For a limited time:

$25 for (25) 4 x 8 specially designed Valentine’s Day cards (envelopes included) with your choice of text and up to 2 images from your mini session.

 

Boudoir Mini sessions: $50 (adults only)
Your choice: (2) 8 x 10, (4) 5 x 7 and (4) 4 x 5
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

Would you like to get your Mini Session done for free? 

Host a “Mini Session Party” and get your session as well as your choice of the “Mini Session packages” for FREE! 

That’s right, I’ll come to you and your friends!  Book your party today!  

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2013 or 2014 Seniors:  Book your session by January 31st and get a free iPhone 4 or 5 polymer case ($30 value) with an image of your choice from your session.  Hurry to get in on this new deal!
Remember, Treasured Memories will come to your location or suggest locations based on what you are looking for with your Senior Portraits.  It is our desire to make you as comfortable as possible and happy with your once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Don’t forget about the REFERRAL PROGRAM, you can earn free prints!

Referral program:  Refer a new client who orders a photo package and receive $20 in photo credits on an upcoming or previous photo session.

Gift Certificates are available in any denomination.  Do you know someone who got engaged over the holidays?  Are you or is a friend expecting a child?  Gift certificates toward printed images or canvases is a great way to share your love!

Ask about multiple session discounts!  Great gift for expecting parents (maternity, newborn and 1st year packages available), or for any family.

Posted in Weekly Blog

We Are Learners Forever

Those of you who know me well, know that I spend my days working in a school district helping children learn to peacefully solve problems and become well-functioning, socially able individuals.  Not an easy task…it is never-ending with LOADS of setbacks and constant reminders, but that’s what this girl does to pay the bills.  Don’t get me wrong, there are also LOADS of successes, hugs and friendships built.  It is incredibly rewarding and I thoroughly enjoy it.  Anywho…it is because of this “day job” that the title of this blog post has a bit of a double meaning to me.  As adults we understand (at least hopefully most of us do) that we continue to learn even when we are not in school.  For many children this is hard to grasp simply because: if adults don’t know everything, then why do they get to teach?  I mean, come on, who wants to argue THAT one?  I’m not touching it!  Of course, this is what I really meant when I said that we are still learning…we take things that we do and we figure out what works, what doesn’t, and therefore what needs to change.

Does the definition of insanity come running at anyone else?

We do this in our personal lives as well as in our professional lives…I recently found somethings in my personal / professional life that needed changes so, here’s my story…and I’m sticking to it!

So first, it is almost that time of the year (the dreaded “tax time”) and I was going thru receipts and such trying to prepare, when I realized that I needed to do a better job of keeping track of things throughout the year so that I didn’t have a metric butt-ton of work to do all at once.  Yeah, yeah, I know, the 90’s called and they’d like their saying back…too bad, I’m using it!  Many people have experienced this sort of thing, whether it is timed like mine (after the fact) or maybe they are “smarty-pantsee” and they have them during their workflow, or heck, even before while they are in the planning stage.  Whatever it is, we all try to make our lives easier from time to time, right?  So, this tardy epiphany of mine has landed me a few brainstorm sessions regarding several documents that I’ll be creating over the next several weeks to help build my business and smooth out my workflow,  and I’m totally stoked!  I feel like such a big girl 🙂  Mostly, these documents are client based and I believe all of them will help me to feel (AND APPEAR) more organized.

Second, I have been learning to work with a newer program (to me) for editing photos.  It’s called Photoshop Elements (PSE) 11.  There are TONS of things I can do with it that I can’t do with Lightroom 4, which has been my most recent go to, as well as the program that I have been most comfortable using.  I still use Lightroom predominately, but have increased my time and confidence with PSE.  I’m amazed at some of the cool things I can do and can’t wait to show it off.  For now, here is one of the images I have created this week using PSE 11.  Feel free to click on it and make it larger to view…Leave me a comment if you like it!  I would LOVE some feedback!

 

While all of this learning was taking place, Treasured Memories LLC made it to (and beyond) 400 likes on the facebook page!  SWEET!  It was a great milestone to reach and we are celebrating with a Free Mini-Session giveaway!  Please check out the previous blog post, “Mini-Session Giveaway!” for details and to enter!  It is SUPER easy and fast to enter!  Giveaway ends January 25, 2013.

 

 

Yep, I’m still participating in the month-long photography challenge…some days are hard for me and others not-so-much.  Here are my most recent challenge photos.  Click on the image to make it bigger.

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If you’d like to see the description or check out the whole album, you can do so at the Treasured Memories LLC facebook page.  The album is entitled, “January 2013 photo a day challenge.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, here’s what’s going on at Treasured Memories right now:

 

**Mini sessions are 20 – 30 minutes, with up to 2 people included in the price ($5 per additional person) and one change of clothes. 

Indoor sessions includes props, outdoor sessions may include props depending on the season and weather permitting.**

 

Call 989-743-1132 or email me at thyde@treasuredmemoriesllc.net to book your appointment:
Saturday:  January 26, February 9 or 23 (starts at 10am).

or

Saturday:  February 2 or 16 (starts at 1pm)

Available on Sundays after Noon at request (so make it!).

 

Winter Mini Sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

Valentine’s Mini sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

For a limited time:

$25 for (25) 4 x 8 specially designed Valentine’s Day cards (envelopes included) with your choice of text and up to 2 images from your mini session.

 

Boudoir Mini sessions: $50 (adults only)
Your choice: (2) 8 x 10, (4) 5 x 7 and (4) 4 x 5
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

Would you like to get your Mini Session done for free? 

Host a “Mini Session Party” and get your session as well as your choice of the “Mini Session packages” for FREE! 

That’s right, I’ll come to you and your friends!  Book your party today!  

 

 

2013 Seniors:  Book your session by January 31st and get a free iPhone 4 or 5 polymer case ($30 value) with an image of your choice from your session.  Hurry to get in on this new deal!
Remember, Treasured Memories will come to your location or suggest locations based on what you are looking for with your Senior Portraits.  It is our desire to make you as comfortable as possible and happy with your once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Don’t forget about the REFERRAL PROGRAM, you can earn free prints!

Referral program:  Refer a new client who orders a photo package and receive $20 in photo credits on an upcoming or previous photo session.

Gift Certificates are available in any denomination.  Do you know someone who got engaged over the holidays?  Are you or is a friend expecting a child?  Gift certificates toward printed images or canvases is a great way to share your love!

Ask about multiple session discounts!  Great gift for expecting parents (maternity, newborn and 1st year packages available), or for any family.

Posted in Weekly Blog

Mini-Session Giveaway!!

Woohoo!  We made it to 400 likes!!  So, as promised, I am going to GIVEAWAY A MINI-SESSION!

I’m SUPER excited to offer this, MY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!!  I know that this is pretty much for the locals, but I have to start somewhere, right?  OR if you’re willing to come to me…It doesn’t matter if you’re local or not 🙂

 

So…Here is the deal:

It’s a mini-session, and that means: 20 – 30 minutes; inside or outside with or without props; up to 2 people; one change of clothes.

Includes choice of : (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets or 5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days).

 

Giveaway runs from today (Monday, January 14, 2013) thru Friday, January 25, 2013 10p.m. EST.  Any entries received after that will not be considered.  Once entries are verified, a winner will be selected at random and will be emailed and identified on the blog.  Winner will have 24 hours to contact me to accept the prize.  A new winner will be drawn and notified after 48 hours.

All comments will need to be moderated (which means that I approve it being posted to my site), please don’t freak out if you don’t see your comment right away.  I will moderate once per day, in the evenings.

 

Rules:

For each one of the items below completed, you get ONE entry into the giveaway 🙂  To claim your entry: upon completion of the item, leave one blog comment stating that you completed it.  Include your email address so that I can contact you if your entry is chosen.

 

Required (you must do these to have any entries counted ~ I will be verifying that you have)

1. You MUST like the Treasured Memories LLC page on Facebook.

2. Share this on your own personal Facebook page at least once.  Don’t forget to tag Treasured Memories LLC by using the @ in front of our name.  You can say something like, “There is a Mini-Session giveaway happening at Treasured Memories LLC, and YOU need to enter to win!  There are 5 ways and they are SUPER EASY!”

Optional

3. Schedule an appointment for a session to take place before the end of January 2013.  Email me at thyde@treasuredmemoriesllc.net to schedule your appointment.

4. Purchase a$30 or higher Gift Certificate for a friend or loved one (or, call me crazy, yourself!).  This will entitle the holder to at least a mini-session or it can be used toward a larger session.

5.  Leave a recommendation on Treasured Memories’ Facebook page.

 

Disclaimer:

*This giveaway is NOT IN ANY WAY sponsored by, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. You MUST BE 18 years of age to participate. The winner will NOT be contacted via Facebook, but through email and it will be posted on the blog. By entering this giveaway, you understand that you are providing your information to Treasured Memories LLC and NOT to Facebook. The winner will be picked at random.

*There is not cash value for the prize in this giveaway and there will be NO returns or exchanges on the winnings.

 

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!  I can’t wait to do our winner session and post pictures!

Tracy

Posted in Giveaways

Sharing the Love

Days 6 thru 12

<—-Isn’t this a cool template I got from Foto Tale Designs?  I don’t know if you know this but as photographers, many times we have to create our own templates, props, backdrops, etc.  Some of us are more savvy in some areas than others.  Many even put their designs out for sale or for FREE!  If you are into photography or have Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and would like to use things like this to display your images, check out Foto Tale Designs on Facebook.  There are always LOTS and LOTS of cool things (reasonably priced templates, freebies and up to date giveaways, etc.), PLUS I feel like those who are generous deserve some love from those of us who benefit 🙂  Go show Foto Tale Designs some love and let them know I sent you as a way to say thank you for all they do!

So, inside this cool template that I got, I have arranged this past week’s images I have taken to keep up with the Fat Mum Slim January Photo-a-day challenge.  Things have picked up a little in my household and time is short again, so getting them posted every night does not always happen, but I’m doing my best to stay on track 🙂  Check out the Treasured Memories Facebook page to see these images with more information / description.  I’m still having a great time!  Maybe you’ll join us in the next challenge 😉

 

In an effort to continue with the love sharing, I have rounded up a couple of giveaways that I’m following, but not involved in.  I’d like to eventually join in, though 🙂  Just click on the business name below to launch a new tab that will take you right to the giveaway page.  Good luck!

Beautiful Photo Props has a giveaway going on for a “Kelly Moore bag” of your choice.  These bags are HUGE and awesome!  Great for using as a travel or for your photography goodies.  What can it hurt to enter? Ends January 31st!

Crave Photography is also hosting a great “Business Jump Start” giveaway.  They are giving away a 50mm f1.4 lens for either Canon or Nikon camera, a one-on-one online mentoring session with Crave Photography and a Business Marketing set of your choice from Crave Design!  HOLY COW!  Can you say dream package??  I’m SUPER stoked about this one!  Goes until the 16th of January, so hurry up!!

 

I’d LOVE your feedback!  Please let me know what you would like to see happen at Treasured Memories LLC!  Leave me a comment or email me at: thyde@treasuredmemoriessllc.net

 

 

Here’s what’s happening at Treasured Memories currently:

 

**Mini sessions are 20 – 30 minutes, with up to 2 people included in the price ($5 per additional person) and one change of clothes. 

Indoor sessions includes props, outdoor sessions may include props depending on the season and weather permitting.**

 

Call 989-743-1132 or email me at thyde@treasuredmemoriesllc.net to book your appointment:
Saturday:  January 26, February 9 or 23 (starts at 10am).

or

Saturday:  February 2 or 16 (starts at 1pm)

Available on Sundays after Noon at request (so make it!).

 

Winter Mini Sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

Valentine’s Mini sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

Schedule your mini session before January 18 and take advantage of this offer:
$30 for (25) 4 x 8 specially designed Valentine’s Day cards (envelopes included) with your choice of text and up to 2 images.
Order both the cards and one of the packages listed and get a free 11 x 14 ($15 value).

Boudoir Mini sessions: $50 (adults only)
Your choice: (2) 8 x 10, (4) 5 x 7 and (4) 4 x 5
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

Would you like to get your Mini Session done for free? 

Host a “Mini Session Party” and get your session as well as your choice of the “Mini Session packages” for FREE! 

That’s right, I’ll come to you and your friends!  Book your party today!  

 

 

 

 

2013 Seniors:  Book your session by January 31st and get a free iPhone 4 or 5 polymer case ($30 value) with an image of your choice from your session.  Hurry to get in on this new deal!
Remember, Treasured Memories will come to your location or suggest locations based on what you are looking for with your Senior Portraits.  It is our desire to make you as comfortable as possible and happy with your once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Don’t forget about the REFERRAL PROGRAM, you can earn free prints!

Referral program:  Refer a new client who orders a photo package and receive $20 in photo credits on an upcoming or previous photo session.

Gift Certificates are available in any denomination.  Do you know someone who got engaged over the holidays?  Are you or is a friend expecting a child?  Gift certificates toward printed images or canvases is a great way to share your love!

Ask about multiple session discounts!  Great gift for expecting parents (maternity, newborn and 1st year packages available), or for any family.

Posted in Weekly Blog

…Welcome 2013

  So, now that we have gotten through the first week of 2013, what do you think of it so far?  Have you started your New Year’s resolution?  Or did you resolve not to have one? Regardless, I hope that you are feeling good about the year that is preparing to unfold before you.  I am SUPER stoked about upcoming events and what this year has in store for me.

To start the year off in a bit of a different fashion, I decided that one of my resolutions was to complete things that I begin.  I have this nasty habit of getting bored and giving up on things that I start.  One way that I have decided to make this change is by participating in a month-long photography challenge.  It is a challenge that inspires me to be creative in several ways and involves something that I love…PHOTOGRAPHY!  Here’s what I have done so far:

You can check out the descriptions of each photo and what the challenge was in an album titled “January 2013 photo a day challenge :),” at my Facebook page: www.facebook.com/TreasuredMemoriesLLC.  It is WAY fun!  Each week, I will keep you updated on how I’m doing with this challenge, and post the images I have taken for it!

Another way that I am trying to keep track of things that I start and see them through to completion is by keeping a “To Do,” list.  Lord, help me!  This is a serious pain, but I LOVE to see things get crossed off!  I feel like I have accomplished something 🙂  What do you do that helps you see things through to the end?  I’d LOVE to hear from you.  Please post a comment below or message me on Facebook to share your thoughts.  I’d love some other ideas to keep myself motivated.  The next thing is to get my butt back on the elliptical machine…I’ll have to ask the Lord to help me again!

Up to date specials are posted below…I’d LOVE to come and do a “Mini session party” or hang out in the snow with you.  Let’s go have some fun together!

I hope you have a wonderful week, and that it brings you lots of joy and a little challenge (just to keep you on your toes!).

Until next week,

Tracy

 

Here’s what’s happening at Treasured Memories currently:

 

**Mini sessions are 20 – 30 minutes, with up to 2 people included in the price ($5 per additional person) and one change of clothes. 

Indoor sessions includes props, outdoor sessions may include props depending on the season and weather permitting.**

 

Call 989-743-1132 or email me at thyde@treasuredmemoriesllc.net to book your appointment:
Saturday:  January 12, 26, February 9 or 23 (starts at 10am).

or

Saturday:  February 2 or 16 (starts at 1pm)

Available on Sundays after Noon at request (so make it!).

Click me to make larger 🙂

 

Winter Mini Sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

Valentine’s Mini sessions: $30
Your choice: (1) 8 x 10, (2) 5 x 7 and (16) wallets
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

Schedule your mini session before January 10 and take advantage of this offer:
$30 for (25) 4 x 8 specially designed Valentine’s Day cards (envelopes included) with your choice of text and up to 2 images.
Order both the cards and one of the packages listed and get a free 11 x 14 ($15 value).

Boudoir Mini sessions: $50 (adults only)
Your choice: (2) 8 x 10, (4) 5 x 7 and (4) 4 x 5
or
5 – 10 fully edited images on CD with release to print (available in 3 – 5 days)

 

Would you like to get your Mini Session done for free? 

Host a “Mini Session Party” and get your session as well as your choice of the “Mini Session packages” for FREE! 

That’s right, I’ll come to you and your friends!  Book your party today!  

Click me to make larger 🙂

 

2013 Seniors:  Book your session by January 31st and get a free iPhone 4 or 5 polymer case ($30 value) with an image of your choice from your session.  Hurry to get in on this new deal!
Remember, Treasured Memories will come to your location or suggest locations based on what you are looking for with your Senior Portraits.  It is our desire to make you as comfortable as possible and happy with your once-in-a-lifetime experience.  Don’t forget about the REFERRAL PROGRAM, you can earn free prints!

Referral program:  Refer a new client who orders a photo package and receive $20 in photo credits on an upcoming or previous photo session.

Gift Certificates are available in any denomination.  Do you know someone who got engaged over the holidays?  Are you or is a friend expecting a child?  Gift certificates toward printed images or canvases is a great way to share your love!

Ask about multiple session discounts!  Great gift for expecting parents (maternity, newborn and 1st year packages available), or for any family.

Posted in Weekly Blog