Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Fall Mini-Sessions - with CONTESTS!

Who doesn't love Fall?  Autumn is such a gorgeous season for so many reasons - the weather is cooler but still nice, the colors are vibrant and rich, there's an excitement about the upcoming holiday season that runs beneath the surface... Amazing!  There isn't really a a better time all year to take photos outdoors than the fall, but scheduling those prime days can be tight, and sometimes it's just not convenient for a budget to have a full session for you, your family, or children.  That's why I've set aside a day in October - Saturday the 22nd, specifically - to devote to mini-sessions!

What is a mini-session?

A mini-session is a 20-minute photo-shoot for you as a family, individual, couple, or for your children.  It is at the location of my choice (in this case, Greenway Farm in Hixson) and time-slots are secured on a first-come, first-served basis.  You get the caliber of photos and professional service of a full hour-long session, just fewer minutes.

What does it cost?

It is $50.00, with a $25.00 non-refundable deposit due at the time of booking to secure your time-slot.  For an additional $5.00, I will create a custom Christmas card from one of my unique templates.

What do I get?

Your investment includes a disc of 5-8 (depending on the number of people in your group) retouched images as full-resolution files with copyright release.  If you add a holiday card to your order, that will be included on your disc as a JPEG file for you to print with your service of choice.   As always, fine-art quality prints are available for purchase directly from me, and I would be happy to work with you to print your cards for an additional fee to streamline your card-creation process.

Can you really do a good job in 20 minutes?

Although some children are initially camera-shy and some amount of time is spent "warming up" to a photographer, I've found that most kiddos not only warm up quickly enough, but that 20 minutes keeps the session short enough that we don't have the eventual "burn-out" that comes about halfway through longer sessions.  Because I am already set up at one location, shooting can begin immediately and will focus on the client entirely.  For example, in an hour-long session, a family photo-shoot normally yields about 75 amazing images that focus on the family as a whole, as well as on individuals and groups of individuals.  As a client of Melissa Gallagher Photography, you receive the same quality and professionalism regardless of whether you select a $600 package that covers your child's newborn through first birthday photos or a $50 mini-session. 

Contest?  Free Stuff?  What's not to love?!

Contest #1 - Win a FREE mini-session on October 22nd!
To enter:
Copy and paste the following status on Facebook (must be your status for a minimum of 3 hours or overnight) -or- blog about the mini-sessions, then come back and either leave a comment on this post or on Melissa Gallagher Photography's Facebook page.  Each status and each blog post counts as one entry and anyone can have multiple entries for multiple Facebook status posts.  Additional entries can be earned by "liking" Melissa Gallagher Photography on Facebook and by following this blog.  Please leave one comment per entry! Each comment will be assigned a number and I will hold a drawing using on October 10th to determine the winner. 

The winner will be notified at that time and be asked to select an available time-slot on the 22nd to have a free session.  If the winner has already booked a time-slot, he or she will be refunded the deposit and the session will be free.

Copy THIS as your Facebook status to enter:  
"Melissa Gallagher Photography has selected October 22nd for Fall mini-sessions - $50 for 20 minutes.  Consider contacting her to book your photo-shoot for cards, gifts or keepsakes - perfect for children, families, couples and individuals.  Visit her blog at for more details and contact information!"  

Contest #2 - Win 50 free holiday cards!
To enter:
Book a mini-session on October 22nd!  Yes, that's it!

Everyone who has a photo-shoot on October 22nd will be assigned a number (the first time-slot of the day will be #1, the second, #2, etc.) and I will select a winner that evening using and I will contact the winner so that we may work together on a custom card design and I will print the cards and deliver them the disc of images.

So, let's get booking!

Saturday, October 22nd
Greenway Farm in Hixson, TN
Fall Mini-Session Day!
$50 for 20 minutes and 5-8 images
$5 card design JPEG
And as always, please feel free to visit
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Monday, September 5, 2011

Why Choose Melissa Gallagher Photography?

What, exactly, do I offer that would make you want to hire me for a session?

Well, I need to let you know a little bit about me and then a little bit about my business.  Hopefully, it will help explain what sets me apart.

First, I'm a mommy.   That could probably read, "I'm a mommy first" and be just as accurate, actually.  Of four.  I have four kids.  That might not be a ton, but to have had them in the span of 4 years is pretty crazy, and the experience has left me with a gigantic amount of patience.  In addition to patience (which is great when I'm photographing a group of rowdy boys!) and a hefty caffeine addiction (which probably isn't so important to you!), it has also left me with an appreciation for just how quickly moments pass.  I'm the very first to raise my hand and say, "I blinked and my babies grew into kids" or "they were only newborns for a few seconds"... and some days, I feel like I totally missed it.  If you peek at my portfolio, you might get a sense that I love to capture the intimate relationship between a child and a parent - a kiss on the forehead, a teeny hand grasping a trusted hand, etc.  I struggle each day to hold those fleeting instances in my memory and I know how much I would love to have had those moments photographed so I try to ensure that I can provide that to my clients.

I also have an intense work ethic.  Maybe that comes from being a mom, maybe it comes from working every summer of my youth installing sprinkler systems.  Either way, I work tirelessly and with intense satisfaction in the job.  Combined with my love for the art of photography, this means a sneak peek will be up for you to see within 12-24 hours of your session, your finished photos will be ready for proofing within 5 days and you'll have your disc of images in-hand less than 10 days later. 

My pricing isn't the lowest you could find.  I don't want to be the "cheapest" photographer in the area because my work isn't the cheapest.  I'm affordable and there are certainly options to explore to customize your experience for it to work with your budget.  But my price tag also conveys the quality of my work and it comes with a satisfaction guarantee. 

From the beginning of our relationship onward, I offer personalized, professional service that aims at making your experience a happy, relaxed, enjoyable one.  I will consult with you on the styling for your session, on your specific goals and throughout, while you will see my style in the photography, you will hear your voice in the finished images. 

It's all about the relationship.  Choose me.  You'll see.