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BFF sessions {a call for models}

From your side of the firewall, it might look like things have been pretty quiet here at vividity. Well…. I must admit, I have been enjoying a slightly slower pace in my ‘baby’ boy’s last year before school. It hasn’t all been paper aeroplanes and lego, though! I’ve been beavering away on behind the scenes kind of stuff, getting ready for things to take off in my Sydney-based portrait photography business once my boy is settled into school next year.

One thing I have done is revamp my product range. I’ve improved and simplified, making things much better, tighter, more cohesive. One new “product” I’m considering is a “bestie session”, and I’d love some feedback on it. To that end, I’m calling for models. Here’s what I’ve got in mind:

BFF Session:

  • up to 4 friends for a photo session where we would get group photos and individual portraits
  • 20 gift prints to share between you
  • 8 mini concertina albums (all the same design). That’s two for each of you, one to keep and one to give away to your grandparents, your boy/girlfriend, your mum…. whoever you like, really.
  • 20% off any additional purchases.

That’s over $1800 value, but I would only charge $1000…. so across four of you, that’s only $250 each! And for the first group of BFFs to book in, I’ll do it for half that again ($500), only $125 each assuming there are four of you. Now there’s a bargain!

It’s first come first served, so phone your friends, and then one of you phone me lickety-split to organise your session. (Click “contact me” at the top of the blog for my phone number.)

These sessions suit BFFs of any age. You might be as young and gorgeous as these guys:

Or as grown up and beautiful as these:

Or you might be in your retirement!

And…. a little treat for those of you who have read this far…. I’ll let you in on why I think a bestie session is a good idea: Here’s one of the best photos I have of me and my three best friends together. I’m the one second from the left, with baby number two almost ready to be born.

Not the best image, is it? Wish I could do it over with a professional!

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I hate it, I hate it, I HATE Halloween!

….and yet I succumb each year now. The nagging. The peer pressure. They have won.

Here are the kiddos this year: Black cat and Vampire. (“What’s a vampire, Mummy?” “Something quick and easy to pull together, my son! Something quick and easy.”)

And I discovered I can paint faces. Who knew?

PS: To my pleasant surprise, Halloween was whisper quiet around here this year. The only trick-or-treaters we had were the kids from next door, unlike the last few years where we’ve had so many kids (and some of them way too old to be trick or treating in my opinion) that we’ve all but run out of treats. I’m not a party-pooper, though. Really, I’m not.

PPS: For a softer view of how Halloween has come to be part of our lives now, take a trip to this post on Tummy Mountain’s blog. I think I’m just a cranky pants!

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Millie’s people | Sydney child and family portrait photographer

Millie’s peeps, at last.

Thanks Millie for letting me have such a great time with your people!

I only have two (yep, just TWO) more portrait sessions available this year, so click here if you’d like to make a booking!

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Oops!

Many of you will know that I am running a little Facebook competition. Well, I’ve just learned that what I’m doing is actually against the rules. You can’t  run a competition on Facebook where people are entered into a prize drawer just for liking your page, because it means that all the people who liked your page before the competition are being entered into a raffle without their consent. Fair enough, I suppose. So, long story short, I’ll have to change how the competition is run.

It will still be linked to people liking my facebook page, but you will  have to leave a comment here on the blog to enter the competition. So far I’ve announce first, second and third prizes:

THIRD PRIZE: Three people will win a gift pack of 10 of my luxurious hand-made greeting cards. Each pack valued at at $49.50.

SECOND PRIZE: Two people will win $250.00 credit towards their print and product purchases when they have a portrait session with vividity.

FIRST PRIZE: One lucky person will win a free mini concertina album and $500.00 credit towards their print and product purchases when they have a portrait session with vividity.

GRAND PRIZE: Will be announced when I have 100 ‘likers’ on my vividity photography by Jennifer Taylor Facebook page.

BUT WAIT! Don’t go leaving comments here yet. Well, actually, it would be GREAT if you were to leave me a little love in the comments section. Go on. You know you want to. Just say “hi!”. It won’t hurt. Not one little bit.

But it won’t get you entered into the competition, either.

The competition will open up to entries once I have hit 100 likes, so keep an eye on this space.

Actually, go check out facebook, make sure you like my page there, tell all your friends about it and suggest they like it, too. And THEN watch this space.

Oh, and for those of you who are not able to come to Sydney for a shoot with me, or who are photographers yourselves, I’ll run a separate competition over on my Pompalary Blog where you can win a hand knitted or crocheted hat or scarf of your choice from my range of designs. Great for yourself, your kids, or to add to your collection of cute photo props!

And here’s a little bunch of flowers, just for you:

Oh, and please note that by entering the competition you are:

1. providing any and all information included in your entry to vividity/Jennifer Taylor, and not to Facebook,

2. acknowledging that the competition is being run by vividity/Jennifer Taylor, and not Facebook, and

3. releasing Facebook of any liability whatsoever in relation to the competition.

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Cute little cubeo

Two of these arrived in the post yesterday for my kids. They come from a little business in Western Australia called Organise Easy. I bought them as a kind of back to school treat. Can’t remember how I found out about them, but something about them came across my ‘virtual desk’ a while back. Probably from someone’s blog somewhere. So, thank you Someone, whoever you are!

These little cuties are great! You customise them for each day of the week with the re-usable stickers,

 

…put them on your child’s bag and — hey presto! — getting ready for school in the morning is suddenly fun!

Miss Vividity got ready for school in record time today. Let’s see if this cute little organisation tool means she gets ready for school on time every day. (Am I chasing a pipe dream?)

love, Jen.

Oh. P.S.: All images in this post are from Organise Easy, and are used with permission.

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A little something to warm you up. (vividity: Sydney family photography)

It was a hot, sunny afternoon when I met the L family. The sort of weather you’d expect for November…. and it was only mid October. Not that we’re getting November weather now, and it actually IS November. (What’s with all the rain? And cold? I’m sitting here in my winter woollies as I type this!) I hope you enjoy these images, and that they might remind you of the Summer we might have. One day. Soon?

Remember to leave me some love (in the form of a comment or two) before you go!

Jen.

PS: I think it’s time to upgrade to a customized photo blog…. What do you think? Not sure what’s going on here with WordPress, but these images are tack sharp when I view them in photoshop! Aaagh! Any other photogs/techie people care to comment? How do you manage your photos? Do you post to another website (eg Flickr) and then link to there from you blog? Or do you upload to blog straight from your hard drive? And what size/res do you use? Optimized for web or just saved?

 

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I heart faces challenge: Over your head {vividity, Sydney child and family portrait photographer}

Here’s another entry for an I heart faces challenge. Not sure whether this one is technically legal…. as you can’t quite see a whole human face. Do you reckon I’ll get away with it?

The I heart faces challenges are really fun! They’re open to anyone, no prizes (except for bragging rights if you win), and a great opportunity to network with people all over the world who share a passion for photography. Head over to the I heart faces site to check out other entries in this challenge, and to enter it yourself. Go on. You know you want to.

add to del.icio.us :: Add to Blinkslist :: add to furl :: Digg it :: add to ma.gnolia :: Stumble It! :: add to simpy :: seed the vine :: :: :: TailRank :: post to facebook

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