The Artistry Series 2017 | Capturing the Magic of Childhood

It's BACK!  

New Artistry Sessions for 2017

Ch-ch-ch-changes!!!  It's the way of life and as everyone knows, things change all the time.  The goal is to keep growing, keep moving and never stop!  As you know, we took a short break from our Artistry sessions after our beloved Tina moved her family to NC.  But never fear!  We have regrouped, added Elizabeth to our team, and have re-imagined the Artistry Series for 2017!

The goal of our Artistry Series is to create unique and special themed sessions each month that Capture the Magic of Childhood.  And we have some truly incredible things planned for the next 6 months!  We will have images and dates to share very soon - but here is just a peek into what we have planned:

April:  Glitter Dazzle - Surrounded by glitter, these gorgeous portraits will truly capture the joy and sparkle of your little one.  Simple, beautiful and glitzy, we will use our studio lights and actual shining, sparkly glitter to get the best smiles and most dazzling images!

Also in April:  Special Super Hero Event - Back by popular demand, we will don our Superhero Gear and save the day!  (Capes and masks provided!)

May:  Carousel Wonder - A true spring beauty, the carousel horse is so stylish!  Your little one can sit atop a beautifully painted carousel horse in her finest attire, surrounded by ribbons and bows. A top hat would be the perfect accessory for the dapper young man who attends as well! Springtime never looked so fine! 

June:  At the Carnival - Join us at an actual carnival for a bright, colorful, entertaining time!  Using the incredible games and rides as our backdrop, we'll eat cotton candy and show just how fun it is to be a kid during the summer!

July:  Beach Bliss - Sandy toes and salty kisses make for the best portraits! We'll have a beautiful tent set up on the beach to capture your little ones with seashells and big waves - just what you want to remember from your children's summer adventures!

August:  Unicorn Magic - If your child believes in magic, this might just be their most favorite experience EVER!  We've found a farm with an actual unicorns!  Okay, so these mini-horses will LOOK like unicorns to your little ones, so that counts, right?  A truly magical time will be had by all!
 

Our new sessions come at a new price, too.  $99 reserves your spot. Once you see all of the pictures, you can choose to order more digital images, printed pictures (for framing or gifts), or even a small album to commemorate these beautiful, magical portraits!  Digital images start at just $50. 

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Light, Pose & Profit Workshop Reviews

I have had such an awesome time meeting the photographers who come to my Light, Pose, & Profit Workshops!  I've been amazed and humbled by those who choose to travel across many states to come learn from me at the studio and I do not take the responsibility lightly.  For many of these photographers, investing in this type of workshop is an expense that they can only afford to do once in a long while.  For some, this is the only workshop they will ever take.  I structured this workshop to attempt to be so complete that a newborn photographer would never need to take another in order to run a profitable photography business primarily shooting newborns.  We cover newborn posing, safety, client communication and prep, lighting, prop selection, post processing, structuring a business, pricing, marketing/advertising, studio management, and more.  I provide food and drinks and sometimes even a bit of entertainment.  :) Here are a few reviews from some of our last class participants:

Heidi's Review: "I recently had the opportunity to attend Amanda's Light, Pose, and Profit workshop. It was the best investment I could've made for my business! Not only did I learn so much in regards to newborn posing, wrapping, safety, and equipment but I also learned a ton on the business side as well. After I got home, I immediately  restructured all of my pricing and entire business model which has already made a huge difference. Amanda is a phenomenal teacher with a lot of patience and willingness to help with anything and everything that we had asked. Did I mention how funny she is?  I can't count the amount of laughs we had throughout the weekend. It was professional yet very fun, especially during our down time with the delicious lunch and dinners that were provided. Overall, it was an amazing experience filled with a TON of classroom and hands-on learning.  Amanda was right there to help and answer questions. Something that you just can't get in an online workshop. Highly recommend!"

Heidi's Before and After images:

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Jenny's Review: "Amanda's workshop inspired me in so many ways! I have been in business for several years, but I was ready for "the next step." I was looking to expand my skills and my business sense and Amanda delivered on all of that! No questions were off limits for the weekend we were there. We had hands on sessions where we were able to assist with posing and setup and get a feel for how to create great images in-camera on our own cameras. She shared a lot of insight on how she runs her business and why. The info she shared on client management software (her database) and how much that can help to automate your business blew my mind! It's like hiring another employee to help with the behind-the-scenes work. I returned home ready to use my newfound skills and I have already had way more newborn clients coming my way, just two months later! Thank you so much for helping me take my business where I have dreamed that it could go!

Jenny's Before and After images:

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Bridget's Review:

"Attending Kimberlin Grey Photography's Newborn workshop was the best decision I've made for my business in the almost 3 years I've been in business! I had followed and watched many great newborn photographers and considered many different workshops over the years. I was worried I would spend money on a workshop and walk away with little to no new technique or information to help me grow my business. As a mother of 4, I am always on an extreme budget! After seeing the itinerary for this workshop I knew it was the one!

I already loved Amanda's work and this workshop had EVERYthing any newborn photographer needed to know to run a successful business! Let me just say, it was all I dreamed it would be! You learn so much information in the 3 days of the workshop! Amanda is super easy to follow along with and makes sure you have what you need when you leave the workshop to make great changes in your business! Since leaving the workshop, not only has my work improved, but so has the business side of Photo Phlattery. I love that even after you leave the workshop, Amanda has continued our training in a private group and answers all of our questions... Big or Small! If your looking for a newborn workshop, look no further! This is hands down the most informed workshop you will find and the most bang for your buck!"

Bridget's Before and After images:

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Free Photography Giveaway!

Free Photography Session Giveaway!

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Say WHAT?  Are we crazy?  The answer is YES!  We are crazy about our business and love to share what we do with families in Hampton Roads, Virginia!  I heard an ad on the radio yesterday from a car dealership that said: "I'd give them away, but my wife won't let me!" ...and we feel the same way!  We would love to give away sessions all the time if we could...unfortunately, we have bills to pay and mouths to feed.  :)

But you're in luck today because we are doing this HUGE PHOTOGRAPHY GIVEAWAY in honor of our 6th anniversary!!

6 years ago, Amanda took her first clients here at Kimberlin Gray Photography.  Since then, we have photographed hundreds of families and have truly enjoyed every moment.  We have added to our team over the past few years - Abby, our office manager and Tina, our creative visionary - to bring you a full-service studio for all your family's photographic needs.

We want to include both our former clients (who have been so good to us!) and also give opportunities for us to reach NEW families too.  So we are giving away TWO FULL SESSIONS - one as a thank you for a former client and one for a new client to experience a session with us!

THE DETAILS: 

What’s included in the giveaway?

  • Your session fee for any session we offer (excluding birth photography)
  • Access to all our amazing props, gowns, etc.
  • Detailed post production and editing of final images
  • A minimum of 20 beautiful high resolution digital images on USB drive with print release
  • In-person proofing/ordering session at our studio to see our prints, frames, and specialty items with discounted prices on those items

VALUE:  Over $1300 EACH! 

Where?

  • Our studio:  1700 Pleasure House Rd. #104A, Virginia Beach, VA 23455
  • or an agreed upon outdoor location in our local area

How do I enter?

  • Follow the steps in the giveaway box below
  • There are 13 different ways to enter - the more you do, the more chances you have to win
  • Share this blog post or your special link (find it in the share box below) on Facebook daily to spread the word!
  • Contest will automatically close on Monday, July 6th at 8am EST

Any fine print?

  •  The (random) winners will be announced on Facebook on July 7th.
  • Winner must email to claim their prize!
  • Winner must live in or travel to the Hampton Roads area to redeem their session
  • Can not be applied to a session already booked
  • Not valid for any part of Birth Photography, basic cake smash included, upgrades for boutique cake smash available
  • Regular terms & conditions of our Portrait Agreement apply
  • Session must be redeemed by September 30, 2015.

Add a comment all the way at the bottom that you have read the rules and then answer with the code word FREESTUFF on the contest form!

Full Session GIVEAWAY from KGP

The Productivity Roadmap: Business Coaching for the Creative

The Productivity Roadmap: Business Coaching for the Creative

You have all the right equipment, your editing is amazing & you’ve finally found YOUR STYLE….but are you shooting in the dark when it comes to the business side of things??

Let’s face it: Most photographers are creative people. You probably didn’t go to business school or write some stuffy business plan when you started this journey. In fact, the phrases ‘taxes, QuickBooks, profit & loss statement, marketing and time management’ probably make your stomach churn.

The good news is that you get to do what you love and people PAY you for it! But here’s the bad news: You can have the best images, the coolest website, and even paying clients and still not have a profitable business. So, it’s time to re-evaluate what your business needs to succeed and I’m here to help.  Whether you specialize in weddings, boudoir, newborn or a little bit of everything, business is business and we can create a plan for your specific needs during our one-on-one sessions.

I have run a successful photography business for nearly 6 years and am proud to say that I have turned a profit every single year – yes, even my very first year! Our studio now has three employees and brings in six figures – so we have implemented a plan that truly works. I never took out a loan or borrowed money from family (never even had my husband buy me gear for holiday gifts during those first few years!). I can show you exactly how to easily and successfully track your business expenses, organize your workflow and finances and create some work-life balance in the process.

Don’t let the lights go out on your business’s future – invest in my Productivity Roadmap today!

There are four individual sessions which each include a 2-3 hour in person or Skype session with Amanda as well as a 20 minute ‘check in’ call a few weeks after your session to be sure you are implementing the strategies we discussed and where you can ask any follow up questions to ensure you’re on the road to success!

Begin at the Beginning: Be sure you have the basics down before you get overwhelmed. This is for anyone who is thinking about turning their hobby into a business, has a new photography business, or needs a refresher to be sure they are on the right track.

  • Business Formation
  • Licensing
  • Basic Tax Designations/Filings
  • Camera Gear
  • Editing Software
  • Facebook and Social Media Management
  • Professional Memberships and Forums
  • Contracts & Model Releases
  • Print Labs
  • Setting up a Professional Website

Getting Organized: Are you running your business or is it running you? Your Workflow is an incredibly important piece to sustaining a profitable business.  We will develop a plan together based you your individual needs and find software and workflow tools to help.

  • Studio Management Software
  • Bookkeeping
  • Invoicing Clients
  • Tracking Orders
  • Calculating Profit vs. Loss
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Workflow
  • Client Communication & Boundaries

Website & Portfolio Review: Not sure if you are putting your best foot forward to potential clients? It’s never more important than now to stand out among the competition! We will review the options for types of websites/blogs and work to develop a consistent style and voice to your online presence.

  • Your Website
  • To Blog or not to Blog
  • Consistent Branding & Style
  • Review of Portfolio & Images
  • Showing What You Want to Book
  • Gallery Style, Size & Content
  • Top 10 Mistakes of Photography Websites

Price Points & Packaging: How in the world do you know what to charge for your work? Learn how to price for profit and find the right clients! We will delve deep into the financial planning of your business to be sure you know your numbers and are making a profit.

  • Conquering your own Psychology
  • Market Analysis
  • Finding your Ideal Customer
  • Low Volume vs. High Volume: What’s right for you
  • Calculating COGS
  • Products & Services You WANT to Offer
  • Customer Service & Communication
  • Promotions & Contests
  • Professionalism & Dealing with Client Concerns

Again, our INTRODUCTORY RATE won't last. Choose any one session or the Full Productivity Package (all four sessions). Email us at info@kimberlingrayphotography.com to take your business to the next level!

Artistry Portrait Club & The Woodland Fairy Tale Session

The Artistry Session

~Capturing the MAGIC of Childhood~

Our first Artistry Session offering will be held the afternoon of Saturday, February 21st in Chesapeake, VA.  We will have fairy tale elements to add to your child's portraits so that they are truly magical - for boys, we have a cape, various crowns, a sword, a scepter and a dragon!  For girls, we have dresses in various sizes (or your little one can wear her own pretty dress) and we have crowns, fairy dust, and a frog to kiss.  :)  These are not your typical 'minisessions' - we have turned childhood imagination into a reality and will truly be capturing the magic of childhood!

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There are two ways to book!  First, you can join our Artistry Portrait Club by clicking on the Subscription button below which will sign you up for the first 6 months of amazing artistry sessions (see all the themes and details here) and get all the extra sessions and images that comes with being a member of our portrait club.  Subscribing authorizes recurring payments of $199/month for 6 months (Feb-July) and there are no refunds or rescheduling (even if you are unable to attend on the date of that month's Artistry Session - some months will have more than one session for club members!)  

**Edited to Add:  You can sign up now or start March 1st for the sessions between March and July.  Then, we will not accept Portrait Club members again until summer when we will open the next 6 month subscription (for Artistry Sessions July-Dec).  Obviously if you sign up now, you will have a 6 month subscription and then can renew for the August-December sessions in July!
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OR - you can choose to book individual Artistry Sessions for $295 - and by clicking the link here, you can book your spot for the Woodland Fairy Tale session now!

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