My Etsy Shop! Let’s Get Things Rolling!

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Hello everyone! I have been very busy starting an Etsy shop, reading all the tips and tricks I can find, and learning all the stuff I need to know to get a bigger reach and become better. I sold my first print in February and that sale kick started my Etsy obsession of getting everything in place and learning all I possibly can. I am selling my photography prints, mostly the nature and abstract photos. As of now I am offering six different print sizes: 8×10, 11×14, 16×20, 16×24, 20×30, and 30×40. I also offer custom orders which means that if you want a picture of something within reason that you would like to have as wall art in your home or you would think would fit a theme you have going in either a room in your home or your home in general you can contact me and I can try my hardest to get a picture of your vision and create something. I plan to offer digital downloads for all pictures so that customers can print the photo and use it for whatever reason they need. Some of the reasons I have seen customers purchase from other Etsy shops digital downloads is to use them for invitations, cards, etc. I also plan to offer framing for the photos in the near future. I am thinking of offering different types of wood since my Dad makes custom handmade clocks, jewelry boxes, and other items and has knowledge of that type of thing. His Facebook business page is called “The Time is Now”. You should definitely go check it out! He has some items in stock and you can contact him with an idea or even work with him on what you are looking for. If you are good at sketching you can sketch your idea and he can go off of your sketch and sketch something and more than likely bring whatever you are imagining to life. You can also contact him and tell him what you are wanting and he can sketch what you describe to him and try to bring it to life.

Okay so back to what I am doing! Other than offering digital downloads and framing options I will offer other photography products such as gallery wraps, floating wraps, metal prints, etc. The products are endless! It just takes a lot of time to get ALL of that listed on the store.

Just like with my photography businesses there are times that I feel like I won’t ever get anywhere and the one sale I made back in February will the only one I ever make. I seem to be the type of person that wants instant gratification and I just have to remind myself that with my photography businesses I did not book up a month over night. It took a good year and a half to REALLY start booking.

I plan to do more advertising on social media sites once I have gotten my Etsy shop a little more “stocked”. But as always the biggest and best advertising method is word of mouth and when people share my work and help get my Etsy store name and link out there. So now to me asking for your help! =) If you would please share my Etsy store I would greatly appreciate it. I plan to do a contest or giveaway on a social media site I use for my photography businesses (so make sure you are following my photography social media accounts!) to get some more traffic on my Etsy shop. I am also posting all of my photos for purchase or that will be available on my Etsy Shop on a Pinterest Board. The Pinterest Board is Kirsten Ray Photos. Make sure you follow it as I’m still adding photos because it’s going to take me quite a bit of time to upload all I have available. So be sure to share the Pinterest Board or re-pin pins from the board to help me gain some new followers and hopefully soon to be customers as I get it running a bit more. And as always I will give an incentive for helping me out!

You can visit my Etsy Shop, Kirsten Ray Photos . Of course sharing my Etsy shop is encouraged! I will be able to see my followers so again incentives will be given as a thank you!

 

Kirsten Ray

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FAQ for Weddings

These are some frequently asked questions that clients will ask me. I put together some of the questions and answered them. If there is a question that I didn’t answer please feel free to ask me. I may just get enough to do a part 2 of this.

Do you offer engagement sessions? Yes. Depending on which wedding package you purchase will determine the cost.

Do you come to the rehearsal? I typically do not but if you would feel better with me coming to the rehearsal all you have to do is ask and as long as I don’t have any other prior engagements I will be there.

How do you describe your shooting style? Are you laid back or aggressive? My shooting style is getting the posed pictures, the small details, raw emotions, and candid photos. I am definitely laid back. I try to be just another person at the wedding but the one with camera capturing all the moments. I’m not uptight and I like to connect with the bride, groom, and bridal party so that we all feel comfortable with each other. I honestly like to connect with the bride the most because she has all the details in her mind and I come to her the most when I have questions. There are times that getting everyone to listen is difficult (there are even times when the bridal party has been drinking and it is even more difficult) and I try not to be rude about anything but in the nicest way possible I will slightly raise my voice and say what I am needing from everyone. An example would be if I need the whole bridal party in a certain spot for a group photo and they are talking with guests. I will say something like, “okay if you’re in the wedding I need you at x spot, we are a on schedule.” Most of the time I don’t have to say anything because either the bride, groom, a member of the bridal party, or family member will yell these things for me. Which I feel a lot better having them do it. =)

How many images can I expect from my wedding? Between 400-600 images.

Do you work from a shot list? I do not have a shot list. I have the traditional poses memorized along with the popular shots such as the ring shots and dress shots, etc.

What if my wedding is not local? Depending on how far it is I will be more than happy to be your photographer. If you live in town and your wedding is an hour away you will get charged for 30 miles because I cover anything 30 miles from my home and then I charge travel fees. Now if you are talking destination weddings that is something we would have to talk about.

What do you wear to weddings? I usually wear a long dress to weddings. Sometimes I will wear leggings or dress pants.

How long will it take to get my images? This really all depends on how many other weddings and sessions I have to edit. To be safe I say it can take up to 3 months. I like to take my time going through all of the images and looking at every one of them. I also like to take my time editing, color correcting, and retouching them because I am picky and I want you to have the best pictures possible. I work on albums in the order they were booked. If your wedding was in June and a family session was in May, the family will receive their images first. I do go back and forth editing so I don’t get burnt out on one session or wedding. I do always try to look through my sessions and pick out some of my favorites and edit them first so that I can put up a sneak peek.

Do you allow others to take photos while you are? This is a touchy subject to be honest. I can not force people to not take pictures while I am taking them but do remember that if you do not let your guests know in some way (such as in the invitation) that you hired a photographer to take pictures then I can not help if some of the pictures do not turn out because there is someone who stepped out in front of me to get a picture. If I am taking a group shot and then guests want to get a picture that is fine, but if we are on a schedule and we have to wait on 15 people to get a picture when what really matters is if I got the shot then that time adds up. I do suggest to brides to put that there is a photographer going to be at the wedding and reception and that they can just enjoy the day in a funny yet informative way on the invites or on a sign that guests can not miss when they arrive at the venue. (You can see some ideas on my Pinterest)

When do you eat? I may snack at lunch because typically the bridesmaids will have lunch brought in and I will snack then. I eat dinner when the bride, groom, and bridal party does. When they get in line I get in line right behind them. I have actually gotten looks that scream, “what do you think you’re doing”. Well what I’m doing is eating and getting that over with so that as soon as the bride and groom are done eating I can continue with the pictures because then is when they sometimes interact with their guests. I’m not going to stand there and photograph the bride and groom eating. Yes I will snap some pictures of them and the bridal party eating but I just get a few pictures and I’m not in their face.

How much does an additional hour cost? An additional hour costs $50.

Can I request certain images to be photographed? Absolutely! This is your day! On the questionnaire I send every couple there is a question asking for your must take shots and if there are any special shots you want taken. I also recommend you make a board on Pinterest if you have it of images you like so I can get a feel for your style.

Is an album included? It is not included in my pricing but you are more than welcome to purchase one through me.

Do you have any recommendations for hair or makeup artists? Yes, I have several hair and makeup artists that I work with that I can give you their information.

Can we keep every image you take including the out-takes? The simple answer is no. I will explain. I want the best of my work out there. So if there is a picture where the camera did something weird or someone was in the way, there is no reason for you to have that picture. I select the best ones to give you.

What is a copyright release and do you allow it?
A copyright release is the copyright from the photographer to the client. At the moment of transfer the copyright no longer belongs to the Photographer, he/she no longer owns the photograph. In fact, in these cases the photographer can technically never use the photographs without permission of client. And no, I absolutely do NOT EVER do a copyright release.

What is a copyright? A copyright means that I own the photo as soon as I take the picture. It gives me exclusive rights to decide how it is displayed and distributed. I am the only one that can make any alterations to the photo. So when you take my photo and put a filter on it that is illegal. I shot the image and edited it so it is my work and I want my name associated with the image exactly how I created it and not with some filter.

What is a print release and do you allow it?
It allows the client to print the images (though I cannot guarantee results if you use a consumer photo lab such as CVS, Walgreens, etc) for personal use (such as display in your home, scrapbooking, etc) and even share online in places such as Facebook. A print release does NOT allow you to edit the picture in anyway (this includes cropping), selling of the image, entering the image in a contest without the permission from the photographer. It is very important to me that my work does not get altered as it is my work, just like painting a picture or a song. Yes, I do allow a print release but this does not give you the right to alter the images in ANY way.

 

Henson Baby Birth Questionnaire

I was ecstatic when I was asked to photography the birth of a baby! Especially this baby because I had taken this couples maternity pictures and had gotten to know the couple. Unfortunately Mom had to have an emergency C-Section so I wasn’t able to photograph it. I was there for when Mom and Baby got out and was able to capture the newest moments with Baby and the family. And more importantly Mom, Dad, and Baby bonding time.

  1. What was your after birth photography session like? Wonderful! Kirsten was very professional and was amazing! She somehow managed to get beautiful pictures while remaining “out of the way” so my family could meet my daughter. It is so great to have pictures of me with my daughter and family that I can cherish and look back on years from now.
  2. Did you have any fears about me being in the room? Absolutely none! You worked so smoothly “behind the scenes” that until my family left and it was just you in the room, there were times I honestly forgot you were there, which gave you the opportunity to get wonderful and genuine reactions.
  3. How do you feel about your photos? They are beautiful and stunning. These are memories that captured a very special moment in my life that I and my daughter can forever cherish.
  4. How was your overall photo session experience? Even though this was my first time getting a session like this, it was a lovely experience and I can’t wait to do it again.
  5. If you were to have another baby would you want it documented also? Yes! The moments during the birth and after are moments you cannot get back. I had such a wonderful experience getting this session and capturing these beautiful moments in my life. I will definitely be doing this again for my next child.