The Hudson family scheduled their family portraits session in October. This was great because they were able to take advantage of my holiday specials that were offered only to photography sessions booked before November. Let me add a few words about the holidays… Every year I come up with a new plan to make the holiday rush for family photo sessions, cards and gifts more efficient and less crazy! I want so much to have time for my own family during the holidays and I’m striving to find the best way to do that while still being there for my clients as well. My guidelines for 2010 (in the link above) gave a Nov.15th deadline for print orders and a Nov.30th deadline for card orders, plus some incentives for booking early. I admit, although I was better this year, I have a hard time saying no to orders past these deadlines! Since I was still hard at work on Dec.20th 2010, I am going to move both of those deadlines up next year and will be encouraging my new and returning clients to start planning as early as July for your family session. I already have people booking for the spring this year so they can have it done and out of the way before the holidays! Planning that early doesn’t really work for families with very young children who are changing so rapidly but perfect for those with children 4+.
I know photographers who won’t even accept sessions after October so that they can fill all the orders and be done by December to concentrate on their own family. Since I only accept a limited number of sessions per week on the calendar, it fills up rather quickly all year long but especially holidays. I get tons of emails and calls as late as December wanting a “quick” family beach portrait session, cards and prints and you would not believe how many during Thanksgiving weekend while extended family is in town. This just isn’t a quick thing for me because my entire business model rests on the fact that I offer quality results and quality products. I lost count of how many requests for family sessions this year that I could not book. I feel so bad when that happens but if I don’t stick to the limits I’ve placed on my own calendar then it will not be good for any of us and order fulfillment gets too backed up! I don’t know exactly how it will go next year, but I will post something here over the summer explaining everything and offering specials. If everyone who follows the blog/facebook page is aware then the calendar could quite possibly fill up with just you guys!
Sooooo, the Hudson family is adorable -they weren’t afraid to “get their hands dirty” for some awesome family pics! See the newborn photos here from June 09 and you’ll be amazed at how fast sweet babies grow!
Family Beach Portraits in Florida
Okay maybe not just their hands, I hope they had a change of clothes for the ride home! 🙂