Christmas card orders are in full swing--and are due before the start of December so we can insure you get them in time for the mail! Each pack of 25 cards is $55 including shipping. Paper options include Classic Felt, Cotton, 100% Recycled, Smooth, Linen, Potato, or Pearl press papers which are all hand designed and made in a professional printing lab.
Return address labels added to your envelopes are also an amazing option. Return address printing available in multiple fonts; print in the upper left front side of envelope, front center of the envelope, or centered on the flap on the back.
Turn around time is 1-2 days for processing and design and always includes speedy overnight shipping to your door.
To request your design, email us as soon as we finish your session OR request a design from a session you had over the spring or summer.
Smile! It's almost Fall! And we have a ton of information about our annual Fall donation drive to earn you some freebies! Read on to find out how you can donate this season.
We have been super busy this year. It is already almost Fall and I am barely able to catch my breath. We have newborns, birthdays, engagements, seniors, weddings, first steps, first kisses, and so much more. Here are a few highlights of what has been going on lately...
We are gearing up to begin our chaotic Fall portrait season in just a few short weeks. If you haven't booked your session yet, go ahead and email us to see what is still available!
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.
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