Jinxed Studios is now Ginger Snaps Photography!!

Hi! I have some big news!! Jinxed Studios is going to be undergoing a major makeover! I’ve always been a bit unsure about the name “Jinxed” (especially when I attended my first bridal fair…), and I’ve toyed with the idea of changing it for quite some time. With the end of 2013 just around the corner, I thought what better time than now to make a change? With that in mind, I carefully chose a new name for my studio, designed my new logo, and started the groundwork to build my studio into a bigger, better, stronger business. This will benefit both myself (I hope to grow as a business person as well as continuing to expand my abilities as a photographer), and my clients. My goal in the new year is to make each session a more personal experience. From the initial consultation, to the session, to the post-session viewing consultation, I’ll be there with you step-by-step to ensure that your experience is the best it can be!

So, why “Ginger Snaps Photography”? Well, in short, I’m a “ginger”, it’s catchy & cute, and I love it! I did struggle with it a bit, as there are other studios out there called “Ginger Snaps”, but as far as I can tell, there are no others in Louisville, Ky. No other name really seemed to suit me, so there you have it!

New logo!!

So, stay tuned, and join me on my journey in my new (old) venture! It’s sure to be lots of fun!

Holiday Card Mini Sessions

The holidays are upon us, and that means food, family, gifts, and cards! At Jinxed Studios, I’m offering a fun alternative to boring ol’ boxed cards from the store- beautiful, custom cards featuring a wonderful holiday shot of your children, pet, or the whole family! With your holiday mini session, you’ll get a 30-45 minute session featuring a beautiful holiday backdrop, and 25 beautiful custom designed holiday cards. Cards are flat style (great for collecting in photo albums or framing), come in your choice of three sizes (4×8,5×5, or 5×7), and come with your choice of envelope colors (white, cream, red, green, maroon, olive, or tan). Additional sets of 25 cards are available for $30. Also available, for an additional $25, a print package including 1-8×10, 2-5×7′s, and 16 wallets. Sessions are available by appointment only through December 8, 2013. (Morning, evening, and weekend sessions to meet your busy family needs!) Book your session today by emailing Dana at JinxedStudios@gmail.com or calling or texting me at 502-724-9998. 

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FLASH SALE!!!

FLASH SALE!! Anyone who purchases a gift certificate today before 10PM will receive DOUBLE the value, toward your session fee &/or prints purchase! (This will also lock you into the present pricing schedule, even if the prices go up!) If you’re interested, email me (jinxedstudios@gmail.com) with your email address and the amount you would like to add to your gift certificate, and I’ll invoice you via PayPal! (You do NOT have to be a member of PayPal to send payment- just have a valid debit or credit card.) Be sure to include your mailing address in the message, so I can send you your certificate!

OMG ZOMBIES!!!

A friend of mine at my ‘day job’ got engaged a few months ago, and as she and her husband-to-be are kind of fun, quirky people, I jumped at the chance to do their engagement photos! And since I’d been dying to try a silly concept shoot, I thought they might be the ideal clients. First thing that came to mind, of course, was zombies! It was just a couple of weeks prior to Halloween, so makeup and all that was available. I had a pretty awesome storyboard laid out, and ideas in my head… Unfortunately, I dropped the ball on the zombie effects (Next time, I’m bringing in a friend who is a PRO at zombie makeup!)- but all in all, I think our little story came out pretty well! And we had a blast doing it!

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A Zombie themed engagement photo session

The *Give Thanks* Thanksgiving Weekend Sale! (And a chance to WIN a $100 Gift certificate!)

 

First, I hope you and your family & friends had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Lots of you were probably up at the crack of dawn (or earlier!) shopping for the perfect gift for your loved ones. But if you’re anything like me, you’ve still got a few gifts that you need to get, and you don’t know where to start! I can help you with that!  This weekend ONLY, I will be offering gift certificates to Jinxed Studios Photography at a significant discount!  These certificates are good for session fees and/or prints. They are good for any date between January 1, 2013, and December 31, 2013 (excluding major holidays, and dates previously booked.), and may be used toward ANY type of session!  (See pricing tab above for more info on sessions.)

So, what’s the catch, you ask? None, really… except that to get these savings, the certificate must be paid for on the day of the sale(s) to qualify.

To order, you may email me at JinxedStudios@gmail.com, or call or text 502-724-9998. (If you call, please be sure to leave a message!)  Please include the dollar amount of the certificate you would like to purchase in your email/message, and I will send you an invoice via PayPal!   You will receive a digital copy of your gift certificate when I receive payment, and  I will send you (or deliver to you) a nice hard copy, complete with envelope, ready to give to your loved one!  (Please allow up to 10 days to receive your hard copy.)

BONUS: Wanna WIN a $100 gift certificate? (You can keep it, or give it away!) Up to 5 entries for each person available! Click HERE to enter!

Some changes are coming…

Hi guys! Thanks for taking a moment out of your day to check out my new blog! I’m really excited about the new look, and it’s not the only change I’m making. In the next month, I’ll be re-evaluating my business plan, and making some changes that I feel will benefit not only myself, but my clients as well. Here are a few highlights:

1. As of the beginning of 2013, I will no longer be selling digital files ala carte. I know this sounds like a bad thing, and a lot of people are going to be upset- at first. (And trust me, this is a scary step for me to take, as I worry that some clients may pass me over because I have decided not to give you a disc of your photos. But hear me out!) But I’ve been doing a lot of research, and I’ve found some very compelling arguments for NOT offering up all of my digital files in a session.

For one thing, when you get a disc of your photos, or a digital download of them from my site, what do you do with them? If you’re anything like me, they go into the “I’ll do something with these soon” file, and you kind of forget about them. With my new system, I’ll be focusing more on getting you tangible, artful photos for your walls, albums, shelves… Because ultimately, isn’t that what we intend to do when we have our photos taken? I’ll be implementing a series of packages, along with incorporating some beautiful wearable photo items and other fantastic items! There will be opportunities to receive your photos framed and ready to hang in beautiful, artful frames that are color coordinated to your home. (You can click the link below to see just what I am talking about- not sure of the pricing just yet, but that will come soon!)

Frames: http://issuu.com/wildsorbet/docs/catalog12-20-12?mode=window&backgroundColor=%23222222

Jewelry & Accessories: http://issuu.com/mykotori/docs/catalog2011/4

Essentially, what will change is that, instead of getting 100 pictures or so on a disc that you might not ever do ANYTHING with, you will be able to apply that money to prints and other items that you can share with family & friends, and cherish for many, many years! (And, as a bonus, I will give free digital copies of any prints you purchase for free, all ready to post wherever you like!)

I also plan to offer photo books, which will allow you to have more photos from your session all in one neat, pretty, professionally styled place! I’m in the process of hooking up with a company that I think will be an awesome fit to get those started!

2. Another thing I’ll be implementing is a more interactive approach to handling your photo session. I want you to have the perfect session, and I know that sometimes when we go into these things, we don’t really know what to expect, how to dress for the best look, how the ordering process will go, etc.  I plan to spend the rest of the year getting organized, and learning as much as I can, myself, to help make the process smooth for everyone! I’ll be conducting pre-session “interviews” where I will learn your expectations for your session, and answer any questions you may have. I’ll be offering “what to wear” advice, and build your session around what YOU want out of your photos.  Then, after your session, we will sit down together and I’ll walk you through the process of ordering your photos, books, etc, to make sure you get exactly what you need.  I really feel that this will make my sessions better, both for you, and for me!

3. Portrait events! I’ve recently attended an online workshop  given by Lori Nordstom (kind of one of the rock stars of the photography biz!), and one of her big things is portrait events. It’s really quite ingenious, and I can’t wait to start doing them! Essentially, you can “host” an event at your home, where I will come & set up, and shoot sessions with your friends and family over the course of the day. Each client that you bring to the party gets a special package at a great price, and you can earn $$ toward your sessions for each client you bring in! All of the shooting & ordering is done on-site, and we will make kind of a party of it! I have some great ideas on this one, guys! (Think door prizes, raffles, etc!)  : )  Can’t wait to get this organized and start these!!

Anyway, if you’re still with me after all my long-windedness, then hopefully you are as excited as I am about these changes! The new year is looking like a good one! Here’s to 2013!!

Checking out WordPress…

I’m trying to get better about keeping up with my blogging (I know, I’m sporadic!), and I’ve wondered for a while whether I should be using blogger or wordpress. I’ve seen lots of beautiful blogs on both platforms, and read many pros & cons lists. I’ve been using blogger for some time now, and I’ve decided to give wordpress a shot. So, here we are! Would love to know which blog you like better!  My other blog can be found here:  JinxedStudios.