Ahh…wearing jeans outside without melting into a puddle…enjoying a hand-mixed beverage while watching the kiddos have some good, old-fashioned fun outside…anticipating the parade of fall holidays…the gradual change of seasons always serves as a time of refreshment and renewal for me. I love the slow transition into more pleasant weather in the Houston area, beckoning me outdoors to revel in the breeze and the slanting rays as the earth makes is slow rotation away from the sun. It reminds me that as we say goodbye to one season and enter another, we do the same thing in our lives. Our kids are in 5th and 2nd grade this year, and it just doesn’t seem possible that my baby now wants clothes, shoes, and PIERCED EARS for her birthday instead of toys (?!?!?!).
That’s why I’m so grateful to have a vault of photographs to help me remember our family’s heritage and history. From the annual first-day-of-school snapshots to capturing new experiences like gymnastics meets and rock concerts, it’s all documented and, this fall, will be safely printed for our enjoyment and safekeeping (I’ll post an update to keep me accountable!).
How about you? Is it time for your family to enjoy one another, laughing and playing and connecting, while creating beautiful photographic memories at the same time? Is it time to let go of whatever may have kept you from having family pictures done? Or maybe time just seems to slip by every year and it just doesn’t get done.
Let’s make this YOUR year. I’ll help you each step of the way. Whether you want a full session, a fall Petite session, or a Christmas tree farm session (!), let’s put together something fabulous that’s a perfect fit for your family. See more details about each option below…
With up to 1.5 hours of shooting time, and your choice of date and location, full sessions are customized JUST for you. We have plenty of time to take breaks, have snacks, and enjoy some special Mom/Dad/kid time (whether those kids are 2 or 20). Great for families who haven’t had a session in a long time. Session fee is $195 plus tax and you choose and purchase your wall art, images boxes or albums during an in-person ordering session with 35-40 printed proofs to choose from. BOOK YOUR FULL SESSION NOW.
FALL PETITE SESSIONS
Petite sessions are perfect for an annual update when you need a shorter time frame and fewer images. Petite sessions include 20 minutes of shooting time, an online gallery of up to 15 images, and an adorable wood ornament frame with an Artist’s Choice image inside. Session fee is $75 plus tax, and products and purchases are chosen and purchased after the session through your online gallery. *Smaller packages are available for Petite Sessions, making them a great choice for families who want to make a smaller investment. A la carte prints start at $65 and packages start at $197. All sessions are held from 4:30-6:30 pm; only five spots are available each day. BOOK YOUR PETITE SESSION NOW
Friday’s location (10/14): downtown Tomball
Saturday’s location (10/15): private farm in Cypress with open fields, woods, a pond and dock
Sunday’s location (10/15): near downtown Houston
CHRISTMAS TREE FARM PETITE SESSIONS, NOV. 13 ONLY
Perfect for holiday cards, a session at a family-owned Christmas tree farm will give you seasonal artwork for your home that will be treasured for years. Imagine a canvas that perfectly captures your kids and your family, right where you are, that can grace your home for holiday seasons to come. Format and cost is the same as the Petite Sessions. Nov. 13 only, from 1-5 pm. Only eight appointments are available.
It happens every year…”Help – we had our family photos done and I’m not happy!”
Often, I get these calls from well-meaning moms who were trying to stretch the family budget by saving money on a novice or just-starting-out photographer. I’ve been there – I get it. And with the economy contracting, everyone is doing what they can to save. Unfortunately, the old axiom “you get what you pay for” is often true, especially in the field of photography.
Sometimes, paying less for something that’s “just OK” is fine. Like laundry soap. Or a generic brand of shampoo. Or whatever it is you don’t care about TOO much.
But when it comes to your family, the memories you make together, and the art you hang on your walls…do you want “just OK”? Or do you want to LOVE what you see every day? Do you want your heart to swell every time you walk by that canvas, delighting in your child’s perfectly captured expression that just oozes personality? Um, yeah! Save me a spot NOW!
I’ve been told time and again that the real expressions, the interactions between family members, and making sure that Mom always looks GREAT are what make my images stand out…and it’s worth paying for. Heck yes, save me a spot now!
If you’re ready to break up with bad family photos and have a photography experience that will not only result in gorgeous artwork for your home but will actually be an enjoyable family evening (yes! It’s true!), jump on over to the calendar to schedule your fall date. (But hurry – I only have THREE weekend spots left in October!)
Do you have the greatest dad in the world? Or do your kids have the greatest dad in the world? Leave a comment below (scroll ALL the way down to the “Leave a Reply” section at the very bottom of this post, NOT the Facebook comments section) telling me why your dad (or their dad) is the best. The Greatest Dad may be 29 or 99, it doesn’t matter! One lucky commenter will receive a complimentary mini photography session (30 minutes) for dad and the kiddos (whether they are little kids or adult kids – or grandkiddos), sharing a special activity of your choice – the perfect way to capture whatever it is you love doing together right now. Three gift prints (8×10 or smaller) are included too! The winner will be chosen at random, and there are ways to earn extra entries – the more entries you have, the better your chances of winning!
To earn extra entries:
1. Post a photo of your dad (with or without others in the photos) on my Facebook wall. Come back and leave another comment on this post telling me you did.
2. Share this blog link (or share the promo photo on Facebook) on your Facebook wall. Come back and leave another comment on this post telling me you did.
3. Tweet about The Greatest Dad Giveaway with a link to this blog post. Come back and – you guessed it – leave another comment telling me you did.
4. Post in any online forums or groups (playgroups, Mom’s groups, neighborhood groups, etc.) about The Greatest Dad Giveaway with a link to this blog post. You know the drill – leave a comment below telling me you did.
5. Last – sign up for Quick Clicks, my periodic email notes that give you the first opportunity to snag AFP limited edition sessions (including upcoming Sand & Sea beach sessions) and other goodies. Leave a comment telling me you did. Or if you are already an email subscriber, leave a comment letting me know that too.
The contest will be open until 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 11, 2012. Please be sure to leave your comment(s) before then. And PLEASE remember to leave all comments in the BLOG COMMENT section at the bottom of this post (where it says “Leave a Reply”, NOT the Facebook comment section! (This is simply to allow me to accurately count the entries when it’s time to draw the winner.)
And now for the rules…
One comment will be selected at random; the author of that comment will receive a gift certificate for a complimentary photo session for a father and up to four children and three gift prints (8×10 and smaller) from the session. Photo session will take place at a location in the northwest Houston area at the discretion of Amanda Faucett Photography, taking the winner’s requests into consideration. Not valid for multiple family groups. Subject to availability. During the months of September – December, gift certificate is only valid on weekdays. No cash value. Not valid with any other offer. Odds of winning depend on the number of comments left on this blog post.
GOOD LUCK! I can’t wait to hear all about the greatest dads out there!
AND THE WINNER IS…. Cole Scott! Congratulations Cole, and I’ll look forward to photographing you with your little ones! (and thanks to big sis Rozella White for nominating Cole!)