We are excited to introduce you to a new feature: Your Client Portal! It is our goal to make things easier for any correspondences, so we have set up a secure communication site where you can make payments, sign agreements, answer questionnaires and see any invoices associated with your account.
Once you set up your Client Portal, you will see these tabs:
Information: Your contact information will be listed here, and you can edit anything that is incorrect and update your account.
Events: Any session or event that you book will be listed here, along with times and location(s).
Contracts: If you digitally sign a contract it will be available here for your corresponding event.
Invoices: Any invoices that are paid or unpaid. Simply select your invoice to make a payment online.
Questionnaires: All questionnaires can be found and completed here. Questionnaires help us learn more about you and what you expect from your session or event, as well as provide us feedback afterwards.
Pictures: Links to proofing galleries that we have tagged to your event.
Documents: These are any extra documents that we might attach to your account (for example, contracts that were signed in person).
Last month we announced our plans to move out of our in-home studio and into a larger space in downtown Swanton, Ohio. The former Pilliod Opera House, built in 1897, will be home to our new storefront and photography studio. The Opera House hosted a variety of activities in the early 1900s, such as piano recitals, social balls, duck-pin bowling, and basketball games (there's still a full court upstairs!). This building has also housed several businesses throughout the years, including a bank, A&P grocery store, and hardware store.
Here's what it looks like today. The windows and doorways have been boarded up for decades. We found the original 8 foot windows, and plan to reinstall them in the future to finally let in the natural light that the building has craved for so long. We want to restore as much of the building's original character as we can, so we've got a lot of renovation ahead of us.
We ripped out layers of flooring to expose the original wood floors, and removed the drop ceiling in the front room that was hiding a grand 14 foot high tin ceiling.
Our next steps include updating some of the electrical, painting the ceilings, and sanding the floors. Hopefully the next update will be much prettier!
Baby Corrigan is finally here! Len Richard was born on June 19 at 5:21 am, and I came up to the hospital later that evening to capture his first day. This type of lifestyle session was a first for me, but something I've been wanting to try for a while. I really enjoyed it, so we will be offering a "First Day" mini-session in the future (contact us for details). Congrats again, Ryan & Misti - he's perfect!
We've recently made new changes to our portraiture session prices. And no, we didn't raise our prices; in most cases, the session fee went down. In the past, we used different price points based on subject matter - a family of four had a higher fee than a sitting with just one child, for example. With the new pricing, we actually simplified our session fees and aimed for more customizable options. Here's the run down:
The Basic Session
Our basic session fee is now a $50 flat fee for a one hour session at one location (within 25 miles of our studio), with up to 6 people. That's it. It can be family, kids, maternity, even a high school senior. This session will typically yield 20-40 edited images.
Customize the Basic Session
If you need more camera time, want to travel to more locations, or have a larger group to be photographed, it's simple to add on more services. Add $25 for each of the following that applies - additional locations, an extra 30 minutes of shooting, travel to a location further than 25 miles, or a group larger than 6 people.
Prints & Products
Once your session is complete, the edited images are placed in an online, password-protected gallery for you to view within 2-3 weeks. When you're ready to order, we offer prints, standouts, gallery wraps, or a disc of all the edited images with print release - whatever you prefer!
For those who want even more, we've also put together some packages that combine our services and products at a discounted rate or with freebies. For example, our "Bump to Bundle" package includes a one hour maternity session, one hour newborn session, $100 print credit, 25 birth announcements, and a Facebook timeline cover, all for $200.
We hope that our new price structure will make it easier to compare and select services, while giving our customers more options and flexibility. Links to PDF files of our session and print prices can be found below. As always, we welcome any comments, suggestions or questions!
This October we’re offering mini sessions for the first time. If you haven't heard of mini sessions, or just want a little more info, here's a quick Q&A:
What is a mini session?
A mini session is a shorter version of a portraiture session with a discounted price. The event typically has a theme, and offers a disc of 10-15 edited images with print release.
How is it different than a regular session?
The theme and setting are selected by the studio, the event typically occurs on a set day and time, the shooting time is shorter, and includes a disc of a limited amount of images rather than an online gallery.
How long is a mini-session?
The photography session block is 30 minutes. We recommend you arrive 5-10 minutes early to be prepared for your scheduled start time, and plan to stay a few minutes after the session to exchange contact information and payment.
How much does a mini session cost?
Typically our mini sessions cost $50-$75, depending on what “extras” we are offering.
Who can be photographed during mini-sessions?
Mini sessions are open to adults, children, families, and even pets (depending on location).
Can we do multiple grouping or wardrobe changes during our mini session?
We will do more than one pose per session, and will try to incorporate different groupings as time allows. Unfortunately, the sessions are too short to allow outfit changes.
When will we get our images?
Processing will be completed within 2-3 weeks of the session date, unless stated otherwise. You will be notified by email or phone upon completion, and you are welcome to pick up your disc or we can mail it to you.
A mini session is a great way to get some fun and unique photos without the commitment of a full length session. If you need to update the family photo, get some new shots of the kids, or wear those halloween costumes more than once, contact us to book your spot at our Fall Mini Sessions! Or, if you’re looking for more of a custom photography session, we’ll be happy to schedule that as well.
-Chad & Tara
Hello and welcome to the CTJohnson Photography blog! Here’s where you’ll find the latest news on everything about CTJohnson Photography – new stuff we’re working on, behind-the-scenes looks at our latest sessions, products we offer, and much more.
Plus you’ll get to know us (Chad and Tara) a little better. Along the way, we’ll try to keep this blog interesting, fun and informative, with lots of pictures whenever possible.
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Chad & Tara