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Here it is the middle of January and many people haven’t given any thought to Valentine’s Day – the years most romantic day.  Well, it’s almost too late to get him a present like no other he’s ever received.  A BOUDOIR PHOTOBOOK, CALENDAR, OR PRINTS/CD IMAGES.

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we specialize in Boudoir, Nude, and Glamour photography.  We know how to get the images that will knock his socks off and be jaw dropping awesome.  But you need to act quickly because the final product takes a little time to prepare and have printed.  I recommend shooting no later than February 4th, and even that will be sort of a rush.  The sooner the better.

This year we have an unadvertised special for Valentine’s Day – The Valentine’s Day Calendar.  It’s our 12 month calendar with some special pricing and extras.   You get up to 2.5 hours in the studio, 13 edited images for the calendar, Makeup Artist Paint & Go services, a CD with the calendar’s edited images (with a release to print), the 12 month calendar that can start on any month, and a 8×10 print of your favorite image.  A $620 value for just $520 plus tax.  That’s a $100 savings that you can put toward the romantic evening!

Call us today to schedule your Valentine’s Day Calendar!   Or visit Casual Elegance Photography and email us from there.

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This is a blog I wrote over a year ago, but I felt that I need to re-post it because I have been receiving calls from potential clients who have had bad experiences when doing a boudoir session with another photographer in the past.  I told them that these are the things that they should ask right up front.  I know that this isn’t positively going to make sure that the photographer is the right one, but it will help with the short  list.  I’ve sent them this list of questions to help them get started.

I received a call from a potential client back a while ago and I was actually very delighted that she had such a good list of questions for me before she would hire a photographer – especially one that was going to take intimate photos for her. She had done her homework and said that she wanted to be sure she was dealing with a professional and a real business. Here are some of the questions she asked and the answers I gave her.

1. Do you have a business license? (yes – in Sandy Springs where my studio is)
2. Are you a corporation and in which state? (yes – Mark L. Anderson, LLC – Georgia – DBA Casual Elegance Photography®)
3. Do you have insurance? (yes – liability and loss of property)
4. When did you start the business? (2000 – I have been specializing in Boudoir and Intimate photography since 2001. I don’t shoot weddings and have not just added Boudoir photography to my menu of services.  I take the business of Boudoir and Intimate Photography seriously and professionally.)
5. Do you have a Website? – she was referred by a friend (yes – casualelegancephotography.com and my email address is mark@casualelegancephotography.com)
6. Do you have a studio? Can I meet with you ahead of the shoot and see your studio? (yes I have a 15oo sq ft studio in a small quite business park – I encourage that you come in ahead of time to discuss a shoot.  It’s always a good idea to see if you click with someone.  You can see examples of my work and we can go over ideas.)
7. Do you have a Makeup Artist? (yes – I utilize the services of several in the area but work closely with 3 – all licensed estheticians. They all believe in cleanliness and ensure their equipment and products are cleaned between uses. These Makeup Artists and I have worked together for over 10 years.)
8. Can I bring someone to the shoot with me? (YES – I highly encourage you to do that)
9. Will my photos be sold or used by you? ( NO! I do not use client images. If a client wants me to use an image I require them to sign an agreement for me to do so. I don’t even allow anyone other than the client to order prints or a CD)

Another few questions that should also be asked are:

1.  What forms of payment do you accept? (I accept most major credit cards, checks, and cash)

2.  Do you provide Prints or just photos on a CD?  (I can provide either or both.  I can also provide books, calendars, and canvas prints.)

3.  What are your hours of operation?  (I’m by appointment only and have appointment hours 7 days per week and on holidays)

She had a bunch more questions but they were related to the process, the shoot, and the timing. As I said, I was delighted that she was taking the task of hiring a photographer so seriously and I gladly answered her questions. It made me very happy that I had followed all the right steps to build my business correctly, and that Casual Elegance Photography® had all the right answers.

Visit our website to learn more about Casual Elegance Photography® and read our client testimonials.

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Here it is the middle of January and many people haven’t given any thought to Valentine’s Day – the years most romantic day.  Well, it’s almost too late to get him a present like no other he’s ever received.  A BOUDOIR PHOTOBOOK or CALENDAR.

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we specialize in Boudoir and Glamour photography.  We know how to get the images that will knock his socks off and be jaw dropping awesome.  But you need to act quickly because the final product takes a little time to prepare and have printed.  I recommend shooting no later than February 1st, and even that will be sort of a rush.  The sooner the better.

This year we have an unadvertised special for Valentine’s Day – The Valentine’s Day Calendar.  It’s our 12 month calendar with some special pricing and extras.   You get up to 2.5 hours in the studio, 13 edited images for the calendar, Makeup Artist Paint & Go services, a CD with the calendar’s edited images (with a release to print), the 12 month calendar that can start on any month, and a 8×10 print of your favorite image.  A $620 value for just $499 plus tax.  That’s a $121 savings that you can put toward the romantic evening!

Call us today to schedule your Valentine’s Day Calendar!   Or visit Casual Elegance Photography and email us from there.

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Lately I have had several requests for body paint photo shoots. It seems to be growing in popularity. In the past we have done a range of these type shoots – from a simple one piece swim suit to a full body paint of Harley Quinn. It never ceases to amaze me how cool the finished product comes out. One of the most requested paints is a Pin-Up drawing that the client wants to bring to life. I love to bring the drawing to life and try to completely recreate the original look. The hardest part is that in the drawing, the artist can depict the person sitting exactly how they want them to, but in reality many of the people can’t get into the exact position and do the same facial expression. But the images always come out great.

If you are interested in doing a Body Paint Shoot here are a few things to know when you contact us for a session.

1. What design or look do you want to have painted on you?
2. Are you comfortable with being nude while being painted?
3. Do you have any allergies?
4. When do you need the final product by?
5. What size prints do you want?

These may seem like simple questions, but I get calls often where the client doesn’t know exactly what they want. This list helps them decide on the shoot they want to do.

Call today to make your appointment for a Body Paint Session! Casual Elegance Photography©

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I had a very interesting shoot a couple of months back. A client had used a photographer for her wedding that was a good deal as far as cost. She had not checked to see if the photographer was a real business, had insurance, etc. but their previous work looked really nice. Well… not one of the photos of the wedding turned out. Seems the photographer had the camera set wrong and the photos were all out of sync. The client wanted me to take a few shots of them so they would at least have some of her gown and his tux.

A few posts back I wrote about a client who called me and asked a series of questions before even considering Casual Elegance Photography ®. I’m a firm believer in knowing the business you are dealing with, especially when the images are very important to you. This goes for Boudoir images too. I’ve had few clients come to me after having paid another boudoir photographer for a shoot. They were very disappointed in the photos and felt like they had wasted their money. At Casual Elegance Photography® I am so confident that you will love the images that I offer a guarantee. I’ve never had anyone who wasn’t completely satisfied with the exception of one client who, when they walked in the door, said “I have NEVER liked any photos of me and probably never will.” Although she wasn’t “completely” satisfied, she did like several of the shots and said that it was the first time. I did not charge her for the shoot and refunded her deposit.

When shopping for a photographer ask questions, look at samples of previous shoots, and if you feel like you need to, ask for references. I also recommend meeting with the photographer ahead of the shoot to be sure that your personalities will work well to get the images you want.

Visit Casual ELegance Photography® and call for your photo appointment today.

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Where has the time gone? It feels like Memorial Day was just the other week.

I did a head shot shoot today with a new model. One of the reasons I keep my prices low on head shots is because I went it to be affordable for a model, actor, or anyone that is just starting out. I believe that it’s hard enough to start in the business and that in today’s economy people just don’t have the big bucks to spend to get quality headshots. So my pricing takes that into account. Besides, I actually enjoy doing head shots. It gives me a chance to meet new talent and for them to learn a thing or two about working with a photographer. I always advise them to get an agent before they spend lots of money on a portfolio because the ultimate decision about the model/actor’s venue will be by the agent. And if the portfolio doesn’t match their ideas, it will be a waste of money. I’m sure that I lose business by not selling a portfolio package, but I feel better knowing that I am being honest about it.

Next week will be a crazy one. I have a few personal things happening so I’ve got to plan any business related things carefully. I’m getting a Blue Light (PDT) treatment on my entire head to try to get rid of some cancer, so that will tie up an entire day and maybe a little of the next day if I’m still sore. But at least I will be doing what I can to get rid of this stuff. 🙂

If you need head shots please give me a call. You can’t beat the price for the quality of images that you will receive! Visit Casual Elegance Photography ® to see samples of my work and read the client testimonials.

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This month we have our popular Intimate Photo Session on sale. The Intimate session comes with up to 2 hours in the studio, Makeup Artist Paint & Go Services, and 10 (normally 5) 5×7 Edited Prints or edited images on a CD with a usage release, for just $350 (that’s a $125 added value). You get 5 additional 5×7 prints or edited images on a CD for the same price as our standard Intimate Photo Package. To get this special pricing you must mention this Blog.

At Casual Elegance Photography ® we provide a professional and experienced photo environment where our clients can get the finest in Boudoir, Intimate, and Nude photos. We offer free consultations prior to the session (via phone, email, or in person) so that you get to know us and learn about the overall process. We use high tech equipment and processes to make the session interactive and informative. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional value, a pleasant experience, and photos that exceed your expectations.

Contact us today to make an appointment for your Intimate Photo Session!

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