A few months have passed since my last update, and during that time, a lot has been going on here at Stacy Reeves Photography. In addition to packing up our lives and moving across the globe to France, we have also set up two amazing new businesses, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share them with you.
The first is L’Amour de Paris, a blog resource for couples visiting Paris, France and the surrounding area. Through this blog we’ll provide hotel and restaurant recommendations, travel tips, information on must-see attractions and events, and helpful resources for couples planning proposals, elopements, weddings, and honeymoons in the City of Love. We’ll also be offering portrait and wedding photography services in Paris for those who want to capture their time in Paris through photos.
The second is Blushd Beauty & Boudoir, a portrait studio that is committed to providing beautiful portraits of women of all ages, colors, shapes, and sizes. Making women feel beautiful through photography has long been a passion of mine, and for years I have wanted to expand my boudoir business to a broader audience. Blushd is my way of opening my doors to all women who want the chance to feel like a supermodel, whether that’s in sexy lingerie in a hotel room, a beautiful ballgown in the streets of Paris, or a simple and classic beauty portrait.
For those located in Dallas, don’t worry, we are not closing shop! We will be returning regularly to photograph weddings and sessions in the DFW area, and we are continuing to book at our normal prices (no extra travel fees required!).
If you have any questions about these changes, or you’d like to know more about our new services, please contact us for more information!
This is quite possibly the worst kept secret ever, but for the past few months, my husband Jason and I have been quietly planning the biggest and most exciting decision of our lives. It has been a long and crazy road, but I am so thrilled to announce that as of December 12, 2012…
Living abroad has been a lifelong dream for both my husband and I. We’ve always longed to expose ourselves to other lifestyles, cultures, languages, and environments in more meaningful ways than just one or two week vacations. The world is a big and wonderful place, and for us personally, life is too short to spend it all in one place. We’re so excited about the opportunity to immerse ourselves in an environment completely different from what we’re used to, and even more excited about embarking on our first big adventure together as husband and wife.
So what does this mean for Stacy Reeves Photography?
All 2013 inquiries and clients were notified of our plans several months ago, before we opened up any dates for 2013. I can assure you that no brides or grooms for 2013 weddings had this news sprung on them after a contract was signed. We have been working with our clients to ensure that this transition will have the most minimal effect possible on their wedding photography experience.
For those of you in the US who are interested in our services, I am continuing to book weddings in the US and will be returning to Dallas many times in 2013 for weddings, portraits, and boudoir and beauty sessions. Pricing will continue as normal – weddings and portraits in the DFW area will not incur any additional travel fees (nor will weddings booked in Paris), but weddings in other locations will be billed accordingly for travel costs. For portraits, I will be scheduling weeks scattered throughout the year where I will be back in Dallas. If you are interested in portraits next year and would like to be notified when availability opens up, please contact us using the contact form on this website. We will also continue to book portraits through December 7th of this year.
Speaking of Jena, many of you know her as my second shooter and a regular fixture at all of our weddings, but in the wake of this news, we have now brought her on as Studio Manager to handle all client relations. She will be here to meet for consults, answer emails and voicemails, schedule appointments, and generally be of assistance to all current and future Stacy Reeves Photography clients. I will also be regularly available via Skype for consults with potential clients.
I will also be opening up a new on-location portrait studio in the Paris, France area. My focus will largely be on American couples visiting Paris to get engaged or celebrate birthdays, weddings, honeymoons, babymoons, anniversaries, or any other special events. I will also be offering French-inspired beauty and boudoir sessions, as well. If you are traveling to the Paris area next year and would like to schedule portraits, please contact us for more information!
You will see many changes to our website in the coming weeks. We will be unveiling our new boudoir and beauty portrait website as well as our new Paris portrait website. We will also be making some changes to our wedding website and opening up our first ever Facebook business page, which will feature regular photo updates as well as special pricing and scheduling offers. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us and ask!
I am thrilled to announce that I will be speaking at the I Heart Faces Photography Conference for Women at the Southfork Ranch in Dallas, TX on October 6. For those of you who aren’t familiar with I Heart Faces, it’s a website devoted to providing articles, advice, seminars, interviews, and contests for women in photography. The website is run by two wonderful women, photographers, and bloggers Amy Locurto of LivingLocurto.com and Angie Arthur of TheArthurClan.com and features articles from top photographers around the globe. The annual conference will include classes from myself as well as many other incredibly talented photographers from all over the world, including one of my personal heroes Sue Bryce, and various social and crafting events for the attendees.
One of my favorite things about I Heart Faces is that they really cater to women at every end of the photography spectrum, from bloggers who just want to improve the images they post on their blogs, moms with cameras who just want to get better shots of their kids, or women who are seriously considering photography as a career. Regardless of where you are in your journey with photography, IHF is committed to helping and encouraging you along the way. It’s a wonderful resource and I am so proud to be a part of it!
If you register before June 1, the cost is only $375 which includes a full day of classes, lunch, and a tour of the famous Southfork Ranch (the original home of the Dallas TV series). After June 1 the price jumps up to $475, so register now and reserve your spot!
For more information or to register, visit the website here! Hope to see you there!
Although we still have quite awhile before the Christmas music begins to play and people start to put up their trees and twinkle lights, in the wedding photography world, the holiday season deadlines are quickly approaching. Many manufacturers of photography products shut down for the entire month of December (and some even shut down as early as mid-November), so it’s crucial that you get your orders in early! The following deadlines will ensure that you receive your products by Christmas/Hanukkah:
The deadline for all wedding, parent, and boudoir albums orders is November 13. All design approvals must be submitted and all balances must be paid in full on or before November 13 in order to complete the order and ensure holiday arrival. If you still have revisions to submit, they must be submitted by October 30 in order to meet the November 13 deadline.
The deadline to place an order for an engagement, bridal, or guestbook album is November 20 (designs must be finalized by December 5).
The deadline to place an order for all boudoir presentation boxes and folios is October 30.
The deadline for all print and canvas orders is December 11.
Some products may be available after the above deadlines, but there will be significant rush fees, many of which double the price of the product, so make sure that you get your orders in on time!
********Our offices will be closed December 17 until January 3. No orders will be fulfilled during that time.********
There is still limited availability for those wishing to do a boudoir session as a Christmas gift. Although we can shoot your session as late as early December, you must pre-order your products before the October 30 deadline, so if that is something you’re considering, contact us ASAP!
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your parents, grandparents, or significant other, we do have a number of options available, so send over an email and we can discuss what products would best fit your budget.
If you have any questions or need help with your order, please let us know!
It’s about that time…..
After four years of dating Jason, six years in the wedding photography industry, and twenty-seven years of dreaming about my wedding, the time has finally come. This weekend, it’s my turn to walk down the aisle, look into the eyes of the man I love, and say, “I do.” Words simply can’t describe this feeling… Every time I try to explain the backflips my heart is doing, the words that come out seem lackluster and small. I am so happy, so in love, and so READY!! We’ve been planning this wedding for eighteen months, and up until about two weeks ago, it really felt like it would never get here. And now here I am, packing my wedding dress into my car and setting out for the best adventure I will ever have!!
As you’ve probably already figured out, I will be out of the office for several weeks for the wedding festivities and the honeymoon. I will be back in the office July 18, and until then there will be no responses to emails or phone calls. I know this is the heavy booking season and there are many many brides who are anxious to get pricing and availability information, and believe me, I remember exactly how you all are feeling! Please be patient and I will get back to you as quickly as I can when I return.
I had grand plans of setting up a whole bunch of amazing posts with the hundreds of beautiful engagements, bridals, boudoirs, day afters, and of course weddings that are waiting in my queue, but as so many of my brides warned me, the week leading up to the wedding was chaotic and all-consuming, and it unfortunately didn’t happen. In the meantime, here is a small sampling of some of the beautiful photos waiting to be shown off:
See you guys as a Mrs. in two weeks!
With the start of a new year comes an opportunity to review my product lines, and this year I’ve made some exciting adjustments. As most of you know, I have long been loyal to my favorite album company Forbeyon, which is conveniently located right here in Dallas, Texas, and nothing has changed on that front. Their albums are still the highest quality, most beautiful albums available, and I’m proud to continue to feature them as the ONLY line of wedding albums I sell. However I have changed things up slightly, and now will be offering a new range of sizes. In the past I have only sold albums in square formats – 8×8, 10×10, 12×12, and so forth. However, after seeing Forbeyon‘s stunning 11×14 albums, I knew I had to incorporate those into my line. Starting in 2011, my new standard wedding album sizes will be 8×10 for the basic album package and 11×14 for upgraded packages. Fine Art Wedding Albums start at $2500.
If you’ve met with me in the last few months you’ve likely seen these albums already, but here is a glimpse of the gorgeous new sample albums Forbeyon created for me:
I love Forbeyon‘s beautiful full spreads that span the entire page with an almost invisible gutter, which allows me a ton of freedom in my album designs. I also love that Forbeyon albums lay completely flat, even on the first and last pages!
The blue album that you see below is the new Parent Album that I offer, which starts at $1250. It’s very similar to my normal wedding albums, with slightly thinner pages that make it easier to travel with and carry around. Below you can see the difference in thickness between the 8×10 30-page Parent Album (in blue) and the 8×10 30-page Wedding Album (in red).
A new product that I’m thrilled to be offering is Forbeyon‘s new Album Presentation Boxes. This is a gorgeous way to both display and preserve your album. The boxes can be made in a variety of designs to duplicate or complement your wedding album cover, and they include a ribbon pull that allows you to easily remove your album from the box without damaging either the box or the album. Additional matching folios can also be made to house your wedding day digital negatives, as well. Album Presentation Boxes start at $250.
Last but not least, I’ve made a huge revamp to my Proof Box offering. Full 4×6 proof sets are great gifts for parents or alternatives to traditional wedding albums. The Proof Box includes a beautifully custom-designed box featuring your names and wedding images, as well as a 4×6 print of every image from your wedding day proof set (limit 1000 images), and starts at $1250. Both the box and the 4×6 prints are provided by White House Custom Color, my professional printing lab of choice.
Unfortunately I will no longer be offering the Photobooth as an additional purchase. I can no longer reliably staff it, and I just don’t feel right selling a service I can’t guarantee consistent, experienced manpower for. Hopefully this service will resume in the future, but in the meantime, I highly recommend PushBooth, BoothBOOTH, and Photo Con Queso for all your photoboothing needs.
If you have any questions about the products I offer or my product pricing, feel free to send me an e-mail and let me know.
Also, if you’re a photographer and you’re headed to WPPI next week in Las Vegas, be sure to stop by the Forbeyon booth to see their unbeatable line of albums and presentation boxes and the WHCC booth to see the beautiful prints and other products they offer!
Every year, I see so many photographers doing “Best Of” or “Year in Review” posts, and I really want to do one, but the idea of going through every single shoot I’ve done and trying to pick one image to represent it is incredibly overwhelming. However, this year I decided to bite the bullet and do it, and I’m so glad I did! Creating this post meant reliving some of my happiest moments, and it was such a joy to look through literally every single image I presented to my clients this year. I discovered some new favorites, and fell in love with some old favorites all over again. This year I shot over 80 weddings, bridals, engagements, day afters, and boudoirs, and a handful of family, editorial, and commercial shoots as well. It was easily the busiest and best year I’ve ever had! Follow the link below to see a handful of images from almost all of the shoots I did in 2010, many of which have never been seen before on this blog!