Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Did you want your CD with images included? It's back.

Last time I changed my prices, I'd convinced myself there was no need to explain it or announce it. I thought maybe it wasn't professional to do so. But then I was always a little nervous that people who knew me and knew my original prices wouldn't check out the new ones, and I'd be faced with an awkward situation. So maybe it's not totally professional, but um.... A: have you met me? Maybe I should lose that dream. And B: what the hey-- it's a blog. A medium through which you share more than anyone would EVER really want to hear, right? .... So here I am to explain another little rate change.

I LOVE photography. When I first started, my goal was to charge a little bit of money and get some good experience and some good images to build my portfolio. I was having so much fun. When I found myself having a little less fun and feeling a little more aware of the time my new hobby was taking me away from my family, I thought maybe it was time to raise my prices a bit, you know, so I'd still feel that excitement before a shoot. I had decided it was ok if that meant less business. I just needed to feel like the shoot, and all the hours spent editing photos were worth my time. It's so precious as a mommy, right? Also, I'd made some significant upgrades to my equipment. I debated between a simple sitting-fee raise, and charging for digital negatives. It seemed like a nice stepping stone to my goal of eventually charging for the prints. But after getting some feedback from some honest friends-slash-clients (I guess I could just use the slash but then I'm not sure you'll actually say it right in your head), I decided to switch it up. So check out my new session fees already will ya? Just so we're all on the same page. :)

Thankyou to all of you that have supported me in this new venture! And if you're considering a shoot in time for Christmas cards, contact me soon-- it's a busy time!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Amanda and Michael: Lillie Biesinger- San Diego Wedding Photographer

I'm just going to warn you early on. These here photos-- they go on forever and ever. But I decided after staring and staring and trying to select some to delete to no avail... that since it is my PHOTO blog, I reserve the right to post an EXCESSIVE amount of photos .... especially when involving a GORGEOUS bride with the longest eyelashes you've ever seen.... and lots and lots of they-can't-help-themselves-cause-they're-not-married-yet kissing. I like kisses. Can you tell?

I grew up with Amanda in San Diego. When she asked me to shoot her wedding, I was ecstatic! until I read the rest of the email and realized it was during our Hawaii trip. So I pitched the idea of just doing a little pre or post bride and groom shoot. And they were all over it! We did it right before my trip, a few days before their wedding and I loved every second of it (accept when I let my 5D swing over my shoulder and whack the concrete. That was a bad moment. Turns out only the UV protector was cracked (thank heavens), but I couldn't get it off to see since the side was bent in too much. Luckily the the next day was kid-free which meant I had time to run around San Diego and make all the inconvenient errands necessary to fix it. Done. Hooray. Phew.)

Anyway-- doesn't it make you want to get married all over again? It does me.

Still Ross. Don't get any crazy ideas. Sometimes I just think every girl deserves to be a beautiful bride... LOTS of times. ;)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Baby Gianna turns one. Lillie Biesinger- San Diego Child and Baby Photographer

Big Brother Gio, and his bumble bee transformer. It never left his hands. :)