To save cost and receive more amazing products!!!!
When you choose a collection with me you receive a great savings on session cost as well as receive some amazing products. You will have exclusive availability to my complete prop and wardrobe line for mom and baby.
Here is how it works:
You choose your collection We start the booking process to hold your first spot you start with a $50 retainer fee that comes off the collections first payment.
Your cost is broke down into payments, made at each session. We start a schedule for you (you never have to remember when you need to book the next session, because I will contact you about a month before).
Everything is provided for your babies year (the only thing I ask parents to bring is the cake for cake smash due to food allergy issues).
After each session you will get 15-20 images loaded into a gallery which will stay live for babies first year, for you to choose your favorite 5 from after each session (and you will have the option to purchase more at a discount or you can purchase prints). When choosing prints they are processed from a professional lab with the highest quality of development, unlike the one hour photo labs. I do not offer any kind of digital files with my single session so this offer is exclusive just for my collections, which allows you to have even more value along with the session cost savings.
At the end of your collection you will receive a special 8x8 hard cover heirloom quality lay flat album with the complete gallery of images whether you purchased them or not.
You will also receive a discount off a full family session good up to a year.
After your Baby’s first year is over, I offer exclusively to my parents in any of these programs the Graduate program from age 2-5yrs of age. What them turn from baby’s to toddlers and lets capture some more moments~ Through out this journey we will work together to make each session special for your and your baby and capture their story of all the milestones that will occur along the way.
Maybe you don't like posed newborn and are looking for a more personal session for your newborn experience. I will come to your home where you can be comfortable with your new baby and family, these session will be simple and sweet just your family interacting with the newest member. This session is done in your home between 5-30 days old. The session last 1 hour and parents and siblings are included.
Yes I have one of those mom's, you know the kind that you say 'lets do this, and she says ok'!!! This is my so so cute mom at 86!!! I was her surprise baby at age 38 and although I can image how hard it was to start all over at that age, she has never slowed down and keeps us all going~
Your experience here at the studio for a Newborn session:
Newborn portraits capture a once in a lifetime memory and feeling that you will cherish forever.The window of opportunity to capture a true newborn session is a small one, we love having baby in the studio between 3-14 days old to be able to capture a true newborn session.
Many things play a part in the experience of a newborn session, Here at Photography By: A.J. Crumley.
It starts with the pre-consultation about what you want and don’t want for your session, we go over all of my baby collections and choose the best fit for you.
When you come into my home studio, you won’t have to worry about anything.Everything you need to care for you baby we have in our studio, all you need to do is show up. Dressing room / Private area for nursing Diapers & wipes Exclusive line of props We have a beverage/ snack cart for parents and siblings We have a play area for older siblings who are waiting their turn as well as a selection of Disney movies. So if you forget something there isn’t a need to worry.
Why is it so important to schedule your newborn session when they are so young?In 3 weeks from the time of their birth they will have changed so much, you baby will not fit the same way in your arms as they do now.They are sleeping more early on which helps with the poses we can can put them in because they are still sosquishy and little balls.It is unfairly fast how it goes by so quickly.My goal is to stop it for you for just that moment and capture that special time.
I understand that we most likely will be your first outing you go on with your new baby.You don’t have to worry about a thing we want you to look at this experience as break.I know what a challenge it can be to get yourself and baby around and come in, I completely understand how exhausted you may be.We also have a sofa in the shooting studio where parents can relax and even take a nap !All you have to do is show up with baby and I will take care of the rest.
I am fully vaccinated hand sanitizer is a religion Everything that touches baby is cleaned after each use. Our play area for older children is cleaned on a daily bases
my promise to you is that your baby will be in safe, healthy and happy hands.
Some random thoughts about Photography by: A.J. Crumley While off on vacation I used a lot of down time to work on my why~~ yes I worked a bit on my vacation I just couldn’t help it…..
One of my biggest questions to myself is Why do I do what I do? What is my why?
As a mom of grown children I have learned the hard way how fast the time slips away.Trust me you will hear it all the time “it goes by so fast”, and I can remember thinking this is dragging on forever ~you know “those days” we all have them.I was also guilty of wishing time away, “I can’t wait till they are sleeping through the night”, “I can’t wait till they are sitting up, holding their bottle, out of diapers” etc and the list goes on and on.What I should have been doing is focusing on each of those moments and enjoying that specific time with them.Because now I question did I hold them enough, did I give them enough kisses, did I give them enough time to be little etc. and again the list can go on.
Then I look back through photo albums~ the feelings that a photo can bring to you.Becoming a mother changes everything you are and why you exist on this Earth, its a whole new reason for living. The love you feel is indescribable and when your looking back at your images I hope they will bring you back to that moment when they were so very tiny.
When I capture images of your children whether its within one of my baby collections or a yearly birthday or a family session.I am not just taking pictures, I hope for you I am creating something that will be treasured for years to come.My goal is to capture a memory and a feeling of that time in your life, I am telling your story and freezing it for you to keep and be reminded of that moment for the rest of your life.The experience you have here when coming to the studio for your child's portraits is part of that moment and feeling.I want to create an experience that you will carry with you every time you look at those images.I want you to feel the love in the images and the connection with them.
The other lesson I want to share, goes along with the idea that “it goes by so fast”.It truly does, especially within your babies first year.Each day your baby is changing, if you put off capturing those newborn images or tummy time or sitting on their own, or that connection your have with your children in a family session.Before you know it they are onto their next stage and those are moments of your story with them you will never be able to get back. I don’t want you to let those moments pass you by.
With so many beach sessions on the calendar for the 2017 season I wanted to share some tips to making it great!!!!
Living in Southwest Michigan we are blessed living so close to Lake Michigan…and living on the side where we get to experience gorgeous sunsets night and night.
One of my favorite sessions to do in the Summer is Lake Michigan Couples, Maternity and Family sessions. Like in Life timing is everything!
~Morning Sessions~ I prefer to do sessions first thing in the morning normally an 1-1 1/2 hours after sunrise before the sun gets to high in the sky and the temps become uncomfortable. The skies are always bluer and the beaches are populated with visitors just yet.
~Evening/Sunset Sessions~ I prefer to do evening sessions about two hours before the sun is scheduled to set. If we do it before then on a sunny day then the light is to harsh over the lake. Think of the lake like a big mirror reflecting the sun!! I don’t know anyone who likes to have images of them squinting….or wearing their beach sunglasses! So we schedule our sessions for two hour before sunset and that allows the light to just get prettier and prettier through out the session as the sun sets! The downside of a sunset session is that in the Summer the sun sets late, and though we all love the longer days, its really tough on little ones. I find that if you have a little one and don’t mind not having the sunset images then go for a morning session since kids are much more compliant in the mornings than 7:30/ 8:00pm at night!
~What to wear~ With any session I do, I always suggest families coordinate but not match. Pick three colors and work within those colors and tones. Creams look great on the beach. Long flowysundresses are a favorite of mine on the beach as well. You don’t have to worry about shoes….we love barefoot!
~With Toddlers remember~ We love the idea of this perfect family session on the beach, but something we need to remember if this isn’t a place you go to with your children please please make sure to visit a few times before the actual shoot. When planning a shoot we build up in our head this "perfect picture" and we all know when working with children it all revolves around them. When a child who has never been to the beach arrives it can be overwhelming sometimes its wavy and that can be scary and sometimes they don’t like the feel of the sand on their toes or hand or basically anywhere lol~. So I always ask for families to visit the beach and introduce or reintroduce if its been a while to this experience before the day of the shoot.
Why choosing a baby plan is so much better! I have three to choose from depending on when you start~
Here is what you get:
*My time from the beginning with a pre-consultation and questions at time of ordering. My talent at the shoot and later in the edit process.
*Discounted session fee’s save 20% off of regular session fees. *You will also get to take advantage of discounted digital files 50% off of regular priced files.
*Your session comes with a FREE 8X8 custom hard cloth covered professional printed album, of your images at the end of babies first year from your gallery to treasure.
*For being a part of this program you will receive a 25% discount at the end of the program to use on a family session, coupon is good for 1yr. after last shoot.
*Hosting a proofing gallery for a limited time for you to view and purchase products and can be shared with family and friends.
*The studio offers a variety of props, outfits, accessories for you to borrow. newborn, baby’s, children as well maternity gowns.
*You will be able to save on all mini holiday mini sessions held through out the year. *And we offer a payment plan with any of the baby programs.. Want to learn more about spending the first year with us?
Newborn: I like to hold newborn sessions between 3-10 days old, that is the best time for capturing those adorable newborn poses. Plan on the session taking at least 1 hr., its all about baby~snuggling, feeding, changing etc. Keeping it simple for a newborn shoot I love using wraps and have a multitude of colors to choose from, as well as hats, head bands etc., all props & accessories are included in session. Newborn Session: * 1 - 2 Hour session * In Studio * Change ups * 10-15 digital images * Professional image editing * Online proof gallery * Keep sake 5X5 hard cloth covered custom album
On August 31 my husband and I celebrate our 25 year wedding anniversary~ I wanted to share our celebration with all of my clients and wish them a crazy beautiful life what ever that means for them.
Mick~ 25 years ago we decided to meet up at a little country church with our closest friends and family there to help us celebrate our new life as husband and wife. I could never have imagined the ride we were headed on, life has by no means been perfect but it has truly been beautiful. Making our home in the best little place on earth with two amazing blonde haired, blue eyed baby’s, and a relationship that we have worked very hard to keep strong. Yes~ we have fallen and gotten bruised, laughed, cried ~~but for me, the best part of this life we have created has been that you have been by my side no matter what.
“Life is amazing. And then it’s awful. And then it’s amazing again, And in between the amazing and awful it’s ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That’s just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary life. And It's breath takingly beautiful." - L.R. Knost
Thank you for showing up that day so long ago and sharing this first 25 beautiful years with me ~