Monthly Archives: March 2013

Come on already…we want SPRING!!

Are you ready for SPRING??  I am!  It has been forever getting here (well at least to us in the East)!  As the cold weather hovers over us – even past the first day of Spring – I can’t help but to look forward to those warm days (and evenings) that I will be outside snapping pictures of beautiful faces…soaking up the sun while capturing memories to be preserved for generations.  Seniors, families, friends, and whatever comes my way!

By the way, have I mentioned that I am so thankful to those of you who have entrusted me with the capturing of your memories.  It means a lot to me 🙂

Anyway, in honor of the “spring cleaning” that should be going on at my home, but is being postponed with the tardy arrival of spring-type weather, we are slowly rolling out the “clean” marketing materials with the “new look” here at Treasured Memories!  Woohoo!  It is exciting!!  Here’s a peek at the new business card 🙂  Isn’t it lovely?  So bright and pretty!

New business cards were ordered today 🙂

In other news: We are still booking for the Mommy & Me Mini sessions (details below).   Let your friends know…send a Mommy that you know would love some great shots of her and her kiddos together…book your session AND a friend’s and get a free 8×10!  Come on!  What’s a better gift for that special Mommy or Mommy-type person out there than images of their favorite people?  There will be plenty of time to order special items (for Mother’s  – or even Father’s – Day) with those images once they have been given to you!

“Me & My Daddy Mini” sessions coming soon!

Don’t forget that Treasured Memories is still accepting 2014 Senior Class Reps!  Qualify for the chance to get your Senior portraits done for free (or close to it)!   Don’t delay, NOW IS THE TIME TO BOOK YOUR 2014 SENIOR PORTRAIT SESSIONS.

 

Here’s what else is happening at Treasured Memories:

**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:
Friday, March 29 or entire week of April 1 – 5 (starts at 10am).

Saturday: April 13 or 27 (starts at 12 noon).

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

Spring Mini Sessions: $50

Your choice: (2) 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)

 

*NEW* Mommy & Me Mini Sessions:

ONLY offered during these two dates.  Please contact me to book your session! Click the image below for details 🙂

 

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 or 2014 Seniors:  Book your session by March 31st and get a free 8×8 metallic print ($30 value) with a collage or image of your choice from your session and a custom created graduation party invitation.  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.

Referral program:  Refer a new client who orders a photo package and receive 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 loyalty discounts!  Great for any family, especially: expecting parents (maternity, newborn and 1st year packages available), couples (engagement, wedding, anniversary).

 

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“By changing nothing, nothing changes”

Inspiring words by Tony Robbins.  What does change mean to you?  Fear, anxiety, failure??  You’re not alone with that…we are all afraid to make changes in our lives.  Some may counsel that change is inevitable, some may try to help you to understand that (to paraphrase) continuing to do the same thing and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity.  Believe me, I’ve used that line before 🙂  Said it to my own children, the students I work with…but it was fairly recently said to me, and I had to stop and take a serious look at what I wanted to and (this is very important) HAD THE ABILITY to change.

“When in doubt, choose change.” -Lily Leung

A tricky thing, finding those things you WANT to change AND HAVE THE ABILITY to do so.  Whether in your personal life or business, you have to sort through the “junk” to find that stuff you love and want to keep around.  Sometimes you haven’t seen it in a while and have forgotten just how much it means to you.  It sort of got lost somewhere…in a drawer, where you put it to be safe and then checked on it less and less until you forgot where it was.  Hopefully it is in the same condition it was in when you “stored” it, and you can just pull it out and start where you left off.  I hope so, for you…but just remember something else Tony Robbins said, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.”

OK, enough of the HEAVY…what changes can I make?  Well, I have decided to start with making some changes to my photography business.  I want my business to become something that I can do full time, but it will not if I don’t do something differently.  So, I have begun with “baby steps” and I hope that they make you as happy as they are making me.  If you’ve visited the site before, you’ll notice that it has a whole new look 🙂  The purple and black are gone…replaced by fresh look that has been a long time coming.  I’m also currently working on pricing and package changes that will reflect some upgrades to Treasured Memories LLC.  Don’t be scared!!  We can get through this together!  If you’re already booked for a spring or summer session, your pricing will not change.   Also, to be fair, I will accept new appointments with the former pricing through April 15, 2013.  In order to hold your spot and get the pricing, you’ll need to schedule your appointment and submit your non-refundable sitting fee (varies depending on your type of session).

Thank you for being here and for your business!

So, here is a peek at another piece of my new look… I thought that it was a perfect way to express how I feel that you are here supporting me.   My “thank you card” that goes out with all prints now 🙂  I’m looking for some packaging though.  Thinking plain brown-ish paper bags (with handles) and ribbon that matches the polka dots in the theme I have.  I’d love to hear your ideas!  Leave a comment to share 🙂

Finally, I’ll leave you with one more quote (from A.A. Milne) with regard to change…it makes me smile and feel good (for several reasons)…“You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”  Yes, yes you are…and I’m here to keep reminding you of that.

 

Here’s what else is happening at Treasured Memories:

**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, March 23; Friday, March 29 or entire week of April 1 – 5 (starts at 10am).

Saturday: April 13 or 27 (starts at 12 noon).

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

Spring Mini Sessions: $50

Your choice: (2) 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)

 

*NEW* Mommy & Me Mini Sessions:

ONLY offered during these two dates.  Please contact me to book your session! Click the image below for details 🙂

Click to view larger

 

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 or 2014 Seniors:  Book your session by March 31st and get a free 8×8 metallic print ($30 value) with a collage or image of your choice from your session and a custom created graduation party invitation.  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.

 

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 loyalty discounts!  Great for any family, especially: expecting parents (maternity, newborn and 1st year packages available), couples (engagement, wedding, anniversary).

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Local Businesses Unite!!

OK, so I’m a photographer and photographers need backdrops that look nice, are versatile, easy to care for and store – all at a reasonable price.  In the past, I have made / created my own backdrops.  I’ve used walls specifically designed to be backdrops in the studio, scrap material, table cloths, whatever I could get my hands on that would work so that I didn’t have to spend what I didn’t yet have (AKA $$ The MOOLA $$).  So, I was totally stoked when a friend that I went to school with (and happens to still live around the same area) opened a backdrop shop.  It is called One Stop Backdrop LLC, and the quality and prices of the backdrops are outstanding!

Upon bringing my new backdrop home, my girls were anxious to do a photo session so that we could try it out (truth be told, so was I).  We had so much fun!  I was able to (nearly) immediately take some sample shots for the shop and post to facebook as well as write a recommendation.

Here it is in action

Here is a pull back shot of the 5×7 matte canvas backdrop I received.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The SUPER TOTALLY COOL part is that our two local, small businesses have worked together and intend to continue to do so.  The backdrop shop is not far from my home studio, so I can pick up my orders (but they do ship all over!!).  Super convenient, great prices and product…can you say win/win?  This blog post is just one more way I can say thank you to Paul at One Stop Backdrop for the beautiful backdrop.  I am incredibly pleased with it and it’s versatility (check out the collage at the top of the page – all images are done with the same backdrop).  PLEASE go check out his website (link is above) and / or facebook page: www.facebook.com/OneStopBackdropLlc.

Another local small business that I am working with is the Corunna Dance Center at McCurdy Park in Corunna, MI.  My daughters have attended classes with the Dance Center for years and have skipped out on the photographs each year because I take their pictures (insert sheepish grin, here).  This year, the Dance Center’s Lead Instructor / Owner asked me if I was interested in being the photographer.  I was so honored!  How awesome is it when other people think of you to do that which you love?  I would love to share website / facebook information for the Dance Center, but there isn’t one. 🙁

I feel it is important to support the local small businesses as they support me.  Here is my sincere thanks to all of those small and local businesses that support one another in their endeavors.  If it weren’t for the support of one another, new businesses / small businesses would never get off of the ground.  Thank you, thank you, thank you…

 

Here’s what else is happening at Treasured Memories:

**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, March 23; Friday, March 29 or entire week of April 1 – 5 (starts at 10am).

Saturday: March 16 or 30 (starts at 12 noon).

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)

 

*NEW* Family Mini Sessions: $60
Your choice: (3) 8 x 10, (4) 5 x 7 and (24) wallets
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 or 2014 Seniors:  Book your session by March 31st and get a free 8×8 metallic print ($30 value) with a collage or image of your choice from your session and a custom created graduation party invitation.  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.

 

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), couples (engagement, wedding, anniversary) or for any family.

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