Fall wedding season is right around the corner--and so far we have 3 brides who will be getting married with us under the beautiful fall leaves.
The wedding you see above was held at the Clemmons Educational State Forest in Clayton, North Carolina. It was a beautiful afternoon--hot, but beautiful. The only crazy thing about fall here in North Carolina is the weather--it could be hot and humid or cool and breezy. However, the leaves peak mid-November and really show off their bold colors before winter sets in.
Another beautiful spot for Fall weddings is right here in Garner (where I reside) at the gorgeous White Deer Nature Center and Park. The nature center rents by the hour and can hold up to 100 guests. They include a beautiful balcony overlooking the forest and an indoor space in case of bad weather. Many brides are going for the simple. clean, but rustic and wedding guest friendly type of venue and White Deer has it all.
Speaking of weather, several of my fall brides have decided to not take the chance and booked an indoor venue that still has an outdoor space in case the weather holds out. Some of those venues include Delightful Inspirations in Raleigh and the Women's Club of Raleigh. Another great venue idea to put on your list is all of the amazing restaurants Downtown Raleigh has to offer--including Cafe Luna. Most can accommodate a ceremony and reception with plenty of room for dancing.
If you are looking for that perfect venue still, and just can't find what speaks to you, I urge you to think outside the box. There are so many gorgeous locations in this area that are just begging to be booked. Some more ideas to leave you with -- WRAL Azaela Gardens, Historic Mordecai, Angier Depot, Downtown Apex, Irregardless Cafe, and The NC State Country Club.
We sold out of a ton of seasonal minis this year, and they were sold out way before the season even begun! I want to make sure no one misses out or gets turned away because of our availability for 2017. Below you will find a list of dates you can add to your calendar NOW so that you don't miss out on the open bookings! Remember, we book at least 12 months in advance, so ALL 2017 sessions are currently OPEN and ready for booking on our online booking portal (except 2017 Christmas Minis which will open next month). However, here are the dates you may want to jot down so you are first (or second) in line...
Spring 2017 Mini Sessions: Open Now, but start to fill around March 1st, 2017. Weekend dates in April and May.
2017 Summer Mini Sessions: Open Now, but start to fill around May 1st, 2017. Weekend dates in June, July, and August.
Mommy and Me: Select Weekends in May, usually don't fill up until 2-3 weeks before.
Daddy and Me: Select weekends in June, usually don't fill up until 1-2 weeks before.
Fall Mini Sessions (the big one): Open Now, but start to fill up around August 1st, 2017 and become even more full begining of September. By Mid-September, we are sold out.
Christmas Mini Sessions usually trickle in around mid-October and start to fill around the first of November. Dates are usually sold out a week or two before Thanksgiving.
ANY 2017 Date is OPEN NOW except for December 2017. Any date can be recheduled up to 48 hours in advance, so if you have a date in mind, go ahead and book it now. That way, your place in line still stands and you have beautiful photos to hang on your wall and give as gifts.
The biggest sale of the year that coincides with Black Friday is now LIVE on our website under current happenings. See link here. We have tons of offers that will be available all November long, and then a few select offers that will just be available Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday until midnight. Stay tuned for those! You can go ahead and purchase anything posted and redeem before November 2017.
Includes birthday parties, 1 hour sessions (awesome deal!), all newborn packages, gift certificates, digital images, and prints!
Any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Don't forget to check back and follow our Facebook page during Thanksgiving and Black Friday as we will be giving away a ton of prizes every 3-4 hours for that 24 hour period.
In order to have my Fall calendar locked down and open for some short family vacations and room for all the newborns who will be entering this world this season, I am closing my Fall Mini calendar TONIGHT Thursday, September 1st at midnight.
But wait, there is always more...
Anyone who refers a friend to book these last remaining spots today, will get to pick a number 1-10 that will correspond to different credit offers ranging from $25 to $100.
GO HERE: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=11885016
After several months of contemplating this next big move AND after several clients have requested...we are rolling out with Mini Session Bundles! The next best thing to coffee and clean sheets. Kidding. Only slightly.
Mini Session bundles can save you a TON of moola if you book 2 or more minis in a 12 month time period. Think Spring and Fall or Summer and Fall. Listed below are our mini session bundle prices and how much you can save $$ with each.
Pick 2 + Basic Digital Package x2: $300
**Savings of $90!**
Pick 2 + Plus Digital Package x 2: $400
**Savings of $140!!**
Pick 3 + Basic Digital Package x3: $500
**Savings of $85!!**
Pick 3 + Plus Digital Package x3: $600
**Savings of $210!!**
How Does It Work
Once you purchase your bundle, you have 12 months to use it. It's super easy to book your bundle as well. You will head to our booking portal and find the bundle listed at the VERY bottom under "packages." Once you check out, you will receive a code that you can put in every time you are ready to book. It even keeps track of how many sessions you have left on your bundle! So sweet. You can also create an account and it will keep track of your code and your sessions automatically. Double sweet.
I told ya, it really is the next best thing! Payment is due in full at the time of booking. You can choose ANY 2 or 3 sessions between Spring, Summer, Mommy and Me, Daddy and Me, Fall, and Christmas.
I have the third best thing for ya--the first TWO CLIENTS who take advantage of our new Mini Session Bundles will receive a FREE (completely free!!) Leather Bound Family Photo Album!
Now, get to bookin'. Did I mention the code NEW16 will get ya 15% off these bundles until 7/31.
This will be our 3rd year of collecting Food and Toy donations as part of our Fall and Christmas portrait season. Last year, we collected over 120 food items and 30 toys. It was absolutely amazing to drop off those donations that went to Helping Hand Mission. I know many local children were fed and had a present to open last year all because of my amazing clients.
Changing It Up--
This year, we are changing it up a bit, and will be donating to the Urban Ministries of Wake County. They have slightly different needs, especially for the homeless and hungry, so we will be donating all of our collections to the ministry. You may have seen Urban Ministries and their food drives sponsored by Chick Fil A before. They usually have big cardboard boxes set up in local Chick Fil A restaurants where customers can drop off canned items and toys. A few weeks ago, I visited a local Chick Fil A and happened upon one of the large cardboard collection boxes from Urban Ministries as well as a polite older woman telling customers about the mission as they waited in line. I took a peak in one of the boxes and it had maybe 3-4 small bags of canned items. The toy box had nothing...
I asked the woman how long these boxes had been set up for, and she said told me at least a few months. And there had only been a handful of donations? She replied that yes, sadly, their ministry is in need of a lot of things and donations are very slow for them. They pick up slightly around the holidays, but they only hope to do more.
This got me thinking--I can help. I can help Urban Ministries of Wake County. Let's support our local community this year and help those who need food, basic supplies, and toys for the little ones.
A Little Info on Urban Ministries of Wake County
Our pantry provides a weeks’ worth of groceries for families in need and distributes more than 400,000 meals a year. Food insecurity is one of the biggest concerns for those facing poverty, especially during the summer months when children are home from school. Goals include:
What Is Needed & How We can Help
The wish list provided for 2016 by Urban Ministries of Wake County is extensive, but I am going to narrow it down to a few specific items and how you can help donate. Listed beside each item is the quantity needed to get you a freebie from Maya Anna Photography.
Batteries (AA, C and D): 1 package of 8 or more batteries = 1 digital image
Canned Food (no glass please): 10 Canned Food Items = 1 digital image
Cereal: 3 regular size boxes = 1 digital image
Whole Grain Pastas: 5 boxes = 1 digital image
Fresh Vegetables: 10 items = 1 digital image
2 New Small Toys = 1 digital Image
1 New Larger Toy = 1 digital image
1 Baby Item (new items only) (blankets, bottles, socks, onesies, etc) = 1 digital image
*You can trade any digital image rewarded via donations for a $10 print credit.*
Cash Donation (click here) = $ amount donated = $ amount in credit for Maya Anna Photography (please provide receipt or screen shot of donation amount)
**LIMIT OF 5 DIGITAL IMAGES PER SESSION VIA DONATIONS, HOWEVER, YOU CAN DONATE IN UNLIMITED AMOUNTS**
We hope that this year brings even more donations than last. Please note that you can not receive digital images via donations unless you have pre-purchased a digital package. These digital images via donation are only "in addition to" the package you will previously purchase. You can score up to an additional 5 images by donating items listed above. You may also receive credits by donating cash via the website listed under cash donation above. That credit can be used to purchase digital images, prints, or a future session.
Thank you so much for joining us this Fall and Christmas season! If you haven't booked your fall or holiday session yet, please proceed by clicking here and get on the calendar!
Our first location review post is on the beautiful Historic Oak View park located just west of Raleigh off of Poole Road. By booking early, you can request Historic Oak View for your fall session--and you won't be disappointed. Historic Oak View is a 19th century farmstead that features antique farm equipment, beautiful white barns, antique fencing along the property, historic houses, a working cotton field, and even goats.
If you love the old wood, historic feel, and white picket fences, then you will fall in love with Historic Oak View. And a bonus...shortly after Thanksgiving, Historic Oak View becomes decorated with beautiful antique Christmas decorations and the most beautiful green wreaths you will ever see hanging from every window and barn door. It's a must do on my list, especially if this is your first session. The relaxing atmosphere makes your session one of the best you will ever have.
Check out some of my recent sessions at Historic Oak View below.
Do you love this location as much as I do? Book now and request Historic Oak View as your location preference. Hurry, because the first client who books the date is the location decider for the day! Visit www.mayaannaphotography.com and find our schedule now link.
Everyone and their brother wants to know..."What do we wear to our session?" I get this question ALL the time, and I am very happy to answer or offer my best suggestions.
Some of you may know, some of you may not, our pinterest page has TONS of ideas for families, girls, boys, new moms, dads, and everyone in between. I update it frequently with the season's newest fashion and color themes.
I am here today to make it easier for you to pick out your Fall family attire--and please, go the extra mile here, because it really will make your photographs stand out even more.
TIP #1: Pick 1 color and spread it throughout.
I basically mean to pick a color, and make sure everyone in your family is wearing that color (or a shade of it) somewhere in their outfit, otherwise, they should wear neutral. Whether it be a scarf, ear rings, pants, shirts, or belt. Take the example below, graciously posted by Caralee Case Photography. The color in question is the salmon/pink/coral. Mom has it in her skirt, brother has it in the shirt, and sister has it in the shoes and shirt. Since the color is more feminine, the stylist has left out Dad. And that's ok--he is wearing something neutral that won't clash with the main color theme. Everyone matches, it's not too matchy, and everyone will stand out in the photo.
TIP #2: Go neutral.
Don't have a main color that you are in love with? That's fine. Go neutral. Neutral will go eith everything, and will work WONDERFULLY with the beautiful fall backdrop. Neutral will NOT fail you. Just make sure you stay within one color of neutral and spread it around.
TIP #3: Plan ahead. Way ahead if you can.
Do NOT wait until the night before, or worse, the day of your session before you run around to every closet in a panic wondering what you will wear. You invested in this session, so invest in the wardrobe if you have too. You don't have to shop at J. Crew...Target has tons of wonderful clothes that will work if you do it right. Also, if you are wearing something that you quickly picked out, it may turn out to be super uncomfortable which will definitely show in your smile.
TIP #4: Dress for yourself.
If you don't wear something that LOOKS and FEELS like you, then YOU won't show up in your photographs. You will look like you're uncomfortable and it probably won't feel like a good time. Portrait sessions are FUN and FRIENDLY; it's time to laugh, share stories, run around, play, and be YOU. This goes for your partner and kids too--make sure they dress to fit their best self.
TIP #5: Avoid all white, all black, all jeans, all the same color, and patterns.
Patterns are great, but if everyone has a different pattern in their outfit then the focus drastically falls off your beautiful family and in to all those patterns. One or two family members can wear a similar pattern, and everyone else should be solid. Patterns can also be textures. Use them wisely! Never wear the same color. It looks posed, and fake. Avoid all white or your focus will get lost, same for black.
TIP #6: Research, Explore, Learn.
Again, don't wait until the last minute. Research your options, explore the season's fashion trends, and learn what works for your family. Plan ahead and everything will be perfect!
For more tips, please visit our Pinterest Page or search "family photograph wardrobe" on Pinterest.
When the hot dog days of summer dwindle down around mid-August to early September, to a more crisp, cooler day, I like to call this my Christmas card season. It's when everyone starts to get the holidays on their minds and in their hearts, and OH no...Christmas Cards!! Everyone loves them, most expect them, and few send them out on time. Christmas cards are one of the main reasons my clients book a session between September 1st and December 1st. It's a must do in my house, and we love being on the receiving end here too. It's just so fun to see your friends and family on a card and getting to display it for oooing and ahhing all season long. Houses are NOT fully decorated unless Christmas cards are being displayed, am I right? So, let me help you get this 2016 Holiday season off to the right start.
The first step you should make is scheduling your portrait session. Anytime after August and before December 5th is prime time! Second, dress appropriately and comfortably, Next, your session will be completed and we can work on designing your cards. After a few days (or hours), you pick out your custom design from a handful of choices and they arrive on your doorstep in less than 2 days. WHAT. Yes, I am telling you there is no scrambling to find pictures to upload to Shutterfly and then having to start over three times because the website fails and is overloaded by other families doing the same thing, and then waiting 2-3 weeks for your cards that MAY or MAY NOT get to your house in time to address and send out.
I am telling you that you get 25 (or more) CUSTOM designed Christmas cards with your beautiful family displayed for everyone to oooh and ahhh over in less than a few days after your session with me.
but wait...there's more.
For a small fee, I can even have your cards ADDRESSED (return too!) for you and mailed promptly after delivery.
Yes, i am telling you that you can have your entire Christmas card fiasco designed, customized, ordered, and mailed off without lifting a finger.
ACT NOW! Because this offer won't last all season. Once the year starts to pick up, and I am running around like a crazy chicken, I will be limited customization and full addressing orders to only a handful.
Book your session here: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=11885016
Scroll down and select Fall or Christmas Mini Session. Be sure to add your Christmas Card to your package!!
but wait...there's more.
Use promo code NEW16 for a sweet little discount now through July 15th.
Now, GOOOO! Do it now! Let me help you.
Fall Session *BIG* Announcement | Changes to Fall 2016 | Check to make sure this does not impact you...
Fall is around the corner--whether you believe it or not--and some of my clients are already securing their fall date! I have some very important announcements regarding Fall booking--and I know you are eager to hear. One important thing is that the changes being made WILL 100% affect my availability--booking early is the only way to secure your family on my calendar. Once August and even September rolls around--fall booking gets out of control and dates run out extremely fast. I hate turning clients away--but it happens. Every year. So don't be those people who wait until the last minute--because i most definitely may not have anything open for you. Read on for the announcement...
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