I love to make exceptions, which is part of what makes me human, but each of these policies is in place for a good reason. When I made the commitment to starting my business the legal and proper way, I became a business owner first and an artist second. It might look like I just run around and take pictures of girls in laundromats, but this is also my job. Even I forget that sometimes.
New session fee: $125
The session fee is now $125—but not really. In 2013, your $50 retainer fee is later turned into a print credit. So all clients will pay $50 upon booking, and the remaining $75 is due at the time of the session. When it comes time to order, you will already have that $50 print credit to apply to your order. And just like last year, the session fee covers 1-2 hours of my time & 20-35 fully edited proofs in an online gallery.
All sessions now require a retainer fee.
This is something I haven’t enforced in the past, but I am now going to require a non-refundable retainer fee ($50 for regular sessions) up front. This fee will secure your session appointment. As you read above, that fee turns into a print credit for your order. Your session is not on the books until the deposit is paid. The easiest way to pay is electronically through Paypal.
Digital collections will now be available as digital downloads only.
Now that some new computers are being made without a CD drive and even USB drives are becoming less common, I feel that the best way to get your digital files to you quickly and efficiently is through Dropbox. As much as I would rather hand over an actual product, this this is the best route for my business right now. I can still provide a CD upon request.
I am not going to be the right photographer for everyone.
And that’s ok. I want you to choose me because you like the style I have to offer, and not for any other reason. I shoot on location only, using mostly natural light. Many of my sessions have a ton of candids mixed in. I don’t do selective color (or as Wal-mart likes to call it, “color pops!”) I don’t stick newborns inside strange things. I don’t shoot at midday. I’m rarely serious. Sometimes I tell poop jokes during sessions if the moment calls for it. (No, really.) If I feel like we’re not a good fit, I will be happy to refer you to another photographer whose style matches your vision. I can only be Katie Cawood.
And only *I* can be Katie Cawood.
I will be doing fewer weekend sessions.
After this past Fall season, my family doesn’t remember what I look like! If you want to book a weekend, I recommend contacting me 4-6 weeks in advance. Weekdays are much easier to fill at little notice. If you need images before a certain holiday or event, please please contact me as early as you can! I don’t want you to miss out!
Every senior can be a part of my senior rep program.
You know what I don’t like? Telling someone they can be a senior rep while turning away all their friends. That made me feel like crap, honestly. I am working on a new referral plan for seniors; you’ll get lots of cool benefits if you help me spread the word. Anybody in the class of 2014 can opt in after their session. I’m working on putting together some cool perks–discounts off of your package, t-shirts, gift cards to your favorite local stores, etc.
Even better: my rep/referral program will extend to all clients.
I guess I just want to create a bunch of KCP cheerleaders all over town! The family referral program will be a little different than the one specifically for seniors. Keep an eye out for more details on this.
What can you expect from me in 2013?
A whole lot of awesomeness. At least I hope. I’m coming to terms with my own style and putting many of my ideas into action next year, in hopes of bringing life to some of the ideas that have been floating in my brain for a long time. You know what I said above about being a businessperson first, and an artist second? Yeah, scratch that. I don’t just shoot for my client; I shoot for me. I want to create pictures that I would be proud to hang on my own wall and show my friends. I love creating images that I can submit for publications–and that’s another thing I will be doing more of in 2013. There’s still this enormous gap between who I am now and the photographer that I want to be; I have a lot to learn. I’m always soaking up knowledge and figuring out how I can apply it to my work. You know what they say, if you can dream it….