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The Cinderella Story

I am working on my pricelist for next year and it really bothers me that I need to and have to raise my prices. 

For this year, I am sacrificing making a profit for the experience shooting weddings.  Although I have been taking pictures since I practically took my first steps, I have not done this professionally for long (1 year) so I needed to do what I could to book weddings.  I am so grateful to all of my couples that have taken a leap of faith with me and booked me for this upcoming wedding season!!  You will forever be stars in my universe!!  However if I want to stay in business, I cannot operate for more than one season at these prices.  

While working on my package set-ups for next year, I kept thinking back to my brides of this current season that would not be able to afford me next year.  It really is bothering me.  I started to brainstorm to come up with some ideas for something that I could do that could help out a bride in need so to speak.  I finally came up with something but I would like everyone’s input on this because sometimes I’ll admit, my ideas aren’t the brightest or the most feasible. 

My idea is this, for $500 I thinking of offering a package called “The Cinderella Story” (to go along with my fairy tale theme of course).  The package will have online hosting of images and a per-event determined set hours of shooting.  The part of the conditions of this package that worry me that people would be upset with is that I would only allow one of these packages to be booked per month during the “busy” wedding season.  I would allow unlimited bookings from October through April as well as any on summer weekdays.  The other part I was toying with was that I would require the Bride to write to me and tell me why she needs this package.  Tell me their love story, tell me why she needs it… etc.  Is that too much?  Is this a good idea?  Have a better one?  Let me know!

The bottom line is that I’m looking forward to serving this area as a photographer for years to come and to do this I want to not run myself into the ground but I still don’t want to forget the people that got me to BE in business either!

Later on this afternoon/evening I will be posting photos from my workshop with Mike Colon and Ray Santana from WPPI! 

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mc - I just want to say WOW-WOW to Mike Colon’s work! It looks like art!! I can’t wait to see more pics! Can you tell I stalk your blog?!

Trash the Dress Shoot @ the Neon Graveyard

I organized a shoot at the Neon Graveyard (aka The Boneyard) for some photogs (well really anyone that wanted to go) during WPPI.  About 20 or so people showed up and we had one bride and groom (Natalie and Aaron) that had got married the night before, one model couple and a single model guy (Chris) show up for the fun!  I had a great time shooting at a place I’ve wanted to shoot for a couple years now and it was great being able to incorporate a trash-the-dress session into it as well.  Thanks so much to all of our models!  you were great!!!!!

Thanks to everyone that came!  Amy, Dave, Adam, Rob (big shot out to these three guys for helping me learn the one light magic!!), David, Chad, Kelly, Kelly, Cindy and Rachel for coming out to play.  I think there were a few more people – if so holler!  I am not sure I got everyone’s info 🙂  Thanks to the models for playing with us as well!  I will be sending everyone their images as soon as I finish this up.  If you don’t hear from me let me know!

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mc - Amazing!!!

MC - Hi Corey:)
I hope you don’t mind, but I am bloggin about you today on my personal wedding blog and wanted to show some of these photos. They are beautiful and I’m so excied to have you shooting our wedding!
have a great day!

Heather Curry - Great photos! Where in Vegas did you shoot the photos? I love the backdrop.
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Corey - Heather we shot at the Neon Graveyard (also known as The Boneyard) in downtown Las Vegas. It’s where all of the old signs from casinos that have been demolished go. They are currently building a museum to house some of them but for now they are all housed in two outdoor lots. No backdrops!

Kate - Love these Corey! Wow, what a shoot – you got a ton of awesome photos! My favorites have to be the last one with the polaroid (too cute!), the photo of the other photographer, and the couple embracing and almost kissing – they look really intimate, and I like how that contrasts with the environment.

Cindy - Your pics from the photo shoot are fantastic! Can’t wait to see more!

DanielleM - Awesome pics corey!

Elizabeth - Corey, these pictures are amazing!

brooke mayo - i love the SIN city image!! it is awsome!! and your idea of the cinderella story… what a happy medium. 🙂 your work is amazing corey!! any bride is super mega lucky to have you!

Roadtrip – Vegas Style!

Here’s another  quick post with some pics from my trip to Vegas for WPPI.  I hope in the next couple days to have a few more up from my amazing class with Mike Colon and Ray Santana as well as the trip I organized to the Neon Graveyard as well as the trip to the Ghost Town later that evening.  I met some awesome people during this trip – some definite lasting friendships have been made (I hope!).  I also learned SO MUCH MORE than my sadly stolen D300 is worth.  It still burns a smidge – I won’t lie! – but I know that the value of what I came away from this trip with is priceless.  If the cost of the knowledge and friendships was the D300 so be it 🙂  Who’s coming next year?!

Sooooo – on with the trip!  My travel buddy Kelly and I left the Grand Canyon and headed back towards Vegas for the WPPI convention – along the way though we were hungry and could NOT pass up the chance to eat at the authentic (!) Roadkill Cafe!

 

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JeanneMarie Photography - I think your picture of Lake Mead is simply stunning. Honestly, one the most striking nature photos I’ve seen.

Corey - JeanneMarie Photography Awww thank you so much for you kind words!!!