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Friday, March 30, 2012

Am I worth it?

Am I worth it? 
This honestly wasn’t an easy question for me to answer, but the short answer is yes.
Here’s the long answer…
If you have been following my photography page at all over the past year, I am sure you noticed that earlier this year there was a change in my pricing. This was not an easy decision to make, but it was one I thought was needed. Do I think I am the best photographer? No… Far from it actually, but my pricing has nothing to do with how I feel I compare to others. What it boils down to is that my time is worth something. I am worth something. Was I busier last year? That is a hand’s down yes, but I will have to be ok with being slower. I put a lot of time into each session. Numerous emails, planning, the actual session, more emails, editing and retouching every image, preparing the gallery, making the disc, placing orders and more…all of this takes my time, and I give it my all. My time, my energy, myself…That’s what I put into each session. I want to capture memories that you will treasure. I want you to come away from the session with images to hang proudly on your walls. I want you to look back at them years later and smile. I want you to value your images, your memories, and my time.
I have had several pricing inquiries that have ended with emails about my pricing being too high. And while I understand that it’s not what it was before, it is what it is. Everyone will not be my customer, and that is something I have struggled with. I don’t want people to feel they can’t afford me, but I don’t want to lower what I feel I am worth or what I feel my time is worth either. Leaving my husband, leaving my kids, leaving weekends and missing that time with them costs me something. Spending hours at the computer editing, resizing, uploading, etc. costs me something.
If people will pay for a nice dinner and not ask the owner of the restaurant to charge the previous price on the old menu, if they will buy clothes, purses, or shoes and not ask the clerk to lower the cost, if they will pay for haircuts and not ask the stylist to charge what they did a year ago, there will be people that will pay for portraits at my current rates and value their purchase.  That person is my client. When I sell images, I am selling a piece of me, and while that may sound cheesy, it’s true. It’s my vision, my capture, my art. I don’t just take pictures, I make art. I consider your images art. I consider you, your family, your love, and your memories pieces of art.
So, like I said, last year I was busy. At the beginning of the year I was charging $100  for a session including images. Booking those sessions was great, but it took me away from my family most weekends, during the weekdays, and at night. And, yes, that’s what work does, but $100 after paying taxes, tithe, and spending 10+ hours on each session, left me with little to nothing. I am worth more than that. Your memories are worth more than that. It took me a while to realize that, but I now do. I struggled with it, but now I have peace.
I feel like I am starting over in a number of ways, but I am good with that. I will probably still struggle with my pricing when things are slow, but I will work through it. I am worth it.
These two little people below think I am worth it too. :)


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

12:52 | Orange + Spring

Week 12's topic for the One Every Seven challenge was Orange, and it included the option to add Spring into that as well. As you are about to see, I had fun with this week's assignment, but I wasn't the only one. My daughter did too! :)
Here is my submission...
"Orange" you glad it's Spring time!
And for more 12:52 fun with Orange, here ya go! I hope you enjoy them. They make me smile!











 I love her.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

11:52 | Color

I am a little late in posting last week's challenge, but here it is! Week 11's topic was color. So many things came to mind. It's almost like the more general a topic is, the harder it is to choose the direction you want to go, or at least that's true for me. But after going to the parade on St. Patrick's Day, I had it!
The sea of green, the colorful floats, the colorful people...color was everywhere!  
Here is my 11:52 submission... 
And because one image isn't as fun as several, here are a few more!


 


My son LOVES puppies. This is Shamrock, his newest addition from the parade vendor above.






Sunday, March 18, 2012

And the winner is....

Sorry for the delay in posting the winner. Yesterday was a tad busier than I thought it would be, but between going to the parade, attending church, and serving, I didn't get a chance to sit at the computer until late...and that was when the tiredness kicked in. So, the winner was chosen this morning!

Now, before I announce who won, I wanted to say thank you to everyone that entered! This is the first session giveaway I have done, and I honestly had no idea how it would go. I was a little nervous that no one would enter, but it's a new year, and I wanted to do something fun with the new blog. Plus, being Irish, I though what better time to do that than St. Patrick's Day!!
And the winner is....




Congratulations, Kim!!! Please send an email to ldurrencephotography@yahoo.com to set up your session!

Again, thank you all for entering. Thank you for following my facebook page, and thank you for supporting me! I would also like to thank my beautiful daughter for helping choose the winner!

Monday, March 12, 2012

10:52 | Change

This week's challenge topic was "change", and with the warmer weather and beautiful blooms of new flowers, I decided that would be what I would photograph. The change of the season. The change of the weather. The change of the colors. I love it all. 

This is my entry...
I could stop with that one image, but I won't. :) I am constantly in awe of the beauty that surrounds me. Here are a few other images I captured this week...

Yes, I even love the weeds. Pick a bunch of them, stick them in water, and "change" the look of your kitchen. :) 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

9:52 | Repetition

This week's challenge was repetition, and I honestly wasn't sure what to photograph...That was until what I thought would be a simple project decided to take longer than anticipated. ;)

Crocheting.is.very.repetitious. Especially after starting over a couple of times.












Thursday, March 1, 2012

Feeling Lucky?

Are you feeling lucky?  How would you like to win a free session, a digital image of your choice, and an 8x10 portrait print of that image??

If that sounds good to you, then let me tell you how you can enter to win! 


If you haven't "liked" my photography page yet, head on over there ( http://www.facebook.com/LaurenDurrencePhotography) and click "like". If you already like me, Thank you!

Subscribe to my blog. 

To enter, comment under this blog post letting me know that you have done the first two things! Also, when you comment, please leave your email address. :)  It's that easy! 


Know someone that might be interested? Share this with them, so they can enter too!


*Winner will get a session without the session fee, one digital image, and one 8x10 or smaller portrait print of the image chosen. No cash value. This may not be transferred, and must be redeemed before April 30th. Session must be held in the Savannah, GA area.


The winner will be announced on the blog MARCH 17th!



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