Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

The Official Moffettography Creative Images 550+ Fan Giveaway!

The Official Moffettography Creative Images
 550+ Fan Giveaway!!!!!!!

This Giveaway is OFFICIALLY CLOSED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I will be using Random.org to choose winners either later today (Monday the 30th) or tomorrow. Winners will be posted below each vendor item here. Winners will also be notified by the vendors. Please do NOT contact the vendor first, they will contact YOU!

Thanks again to all who participated! Good luck to all!  And thanks once again to ALL of the absolutely fabulous vendors for sponsoring this giveaway!!

The Fine Print:

*There will be ONE winner per prize.

*Winners will be chosen via Random.org and announced here as soon as they are verified.

*Prizes ship directly from each vendor. Vendors that require shipping to be paid will invoice you prior to your item being shipped. International winners may need to pay shipping or additional shipping cost from what is already listed.

*Winners, you will receive an email from your vendor once the winners have been posted. Please do not contact them directly. You will receive all the details of your prize when they contact you.

*This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. By entering this giveaway you understand that you are providing your information to Moffettography Creative Images for the purpose of this giveaway and not to Facebook.
*You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook rules.
Here are the Vendors and their AWESOME prizes!!
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Free Regular Session Fee ($50 value)
(does not include any print purchase)
from ME!!!
Moffettography Creative Images
Winner: Jennifer Crooks

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$20 Gift Certificate
to FotoTale Designs
FotoTale Designs
Winner: Tasha Zimmerman

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One Romper of Winner's Choice ($18-23 value)
from Love by CC
Love by CC
Winner: Heather Hartlen

3 Action Pack Set ($55 value!)
from Maternity & Newborn Photography Prop Shop
Maternity and Newborn Photography Prop Shop
Winner: Genevieve Einwalter

Custom Tutu and Hair Clip
 ($25.00 Value plus FREE SHIPPING)
from Gracie's Style
 Winner pick colors ~ Size 0-6yrs 
(because this is a custom order,
please allow 10 business days upon details
 of request for your tutu to be shipped out)
Gracie's Style
Winner: Nichole Hartwick

2 Custom Bottlecap Bows  (winner chooses bottlecap images)
& 2 pairs of clippies  (a $15 total value)
from Creative Mommy Boutique
Creative Mommy Boutique
Winner: Kimberly McKaskle

FREE Regular Style Tutu in Winner's Choice of Colors
(Newborn-5T size) from Tu Tu Sweet Creations
(Winner Pays $6.00 Shipping)
Tu Tu Sweet Creations
Winner: Ang Alford

$30 Gift Certificate
from Glorious Memory
Glorious Memory
Winner: Debbie Cook

Trial Size Miracle Set ($44 value)
from Jessica Shutt
Independent Mary Kay Beauty Consultant
MUST 'friend' her
Winner: Anne Nack

Baby Bear Beanie ($16-$22 value)
from A Crafy Cupcake
Winner: Courtney Kaloyanides 

6-12mos Earflap Tassel Hat made of pink/cream wool roving ($15 value) 
(Winner pays $3 shipping)
from Havenly Hooked Crochet
Winner: Cortney Rowley

$15 Gift Certifiate Toward ANY Purchase
From Tied & True Tutus
Winner: Jordan Fisher

$25 Gift Certificate Toward ANY Shop Listing
(winner pays shipping)
From Starlit Nest Gifts & Photo Props
Winner: Janet Sowle

Winner's Choice of Camera Strap ($33 value)
from Rhyah Papaya
Winner: Terry Kindervahl

This STUNNING Silk & Lace Headband ($30 value)
Winner Chooses Size of Headband: newborn, 0-3mos, 3-6mos, 6-12 mos., 1yr - teen, adult
(winner pays $3 shipping within US)
from Girls N Curls Hair Accessories
Winner: Lauren McMasters

Fedora Hat ($15 value)
from Eliza Ann Collection
Winner: Crystal Pafford


$15 Gift Certificate Toward ANY Purchase
from MomBow Number Five
Winner: Erikka Jones


ONE item of Winner's Choice (up to $15 value)
from Ellura Sage
Winner: Lisa Jones

Valentine Arrangement ~ One dozen rose pens in bucket (bucket may vary from picture)($15 value)
(Winner pays $6.00 to US/APO)
Simply Rose Pens
Winner: Tabitha Bailey

$20 Gift Certificate Toward ANY Purchase
from Treasured Little Creations
Winner: Erin Noie

Set of 12 Custom Hand-Made Cards
Winner's Choice of Theme and Colors
from ME! (my other page)
stINK' e.m. UP Designs
Winner: Laura Dassance

3 'The It Fits All Headbands' ($18 value)
from ME!
Winner: Gretchen Gengo

Good luck to all!  Winners will be posted on here and notified by each individual vendor.

Please contact me if there are any issues with any of the links, etc.

Thanks so much much to all!!!

-Erin M.

400+ FB Fans=Giveaway!!!

Alrighty, so through many silent taggings with other pages I have over 400 FB fans!!! I'm sooo excited!  And I'm wanting to do a giveaway....now the question is....can I figure out how to do it on here???? AHHHHHHH!!! I dunno.  I'm gonna give it a shot....if you see this and can help, please do!

I hope to have this all set up soon...we shall see.

Thanks to ALL the FB fans!!!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

So we are three days in to 2012. How's everyone doing?  So far I'm doing alright. I have lots of maternity and newborn sessions in the first half of the year it sounds like. My sister-in-law is getting married in June...so I will most likely be photographing that as well.  And a really good friend is assisting me in getting the word spread about my photography business in the area to get me more known....so that's exciting!

Also, on my Facebook fan page I'm thisclose to getting 400 fans....so I'm thinking of doing a vendor giveaway...Question is...can I figure out how to do it here on the blog? And can I do it on here without it being a big mess?  This I do not know...but I might as well try it and see what happens.

On one final note, my job with the JCP is seasonal so technically besides my photography business and my two other side businesses, I am unemployed and have no income whatsoever....so let's book me up with appointments!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

First Blog Post

It took me a little while to figure this out, but I'm finally back to the place where I can post on my blog....I was stuck on my google account profile and couldn't figure out how to get back to here.

Anyways...I have a rant to start things out....that's one reason I created this blog so I could rant but it not show up on my FB page (personal or fan)....and if I ever get enough fans, that I can do cool giveaways and such....if I can ever figure out all those details....I have seen an awful lot of NEAT giveaways on here....time will tell if I can figure it out. I am reasonably tech savvy....but don't always do so hot in teaching myself some of these things as I really don't know that much....so bare with me!!

So here's the rant....I currently work as seasonal help for what one might consider a competitor....JC Penney Portraits....though I do NOT photograph there. I sell the photos others take.  I guess I just want to take a few minutes to explain to those out there that are not in the know regarding what the JCP experience is supposed to entail as when I was leaving on Wednesday night I read several comments from guests and it rather pissed me off as their complaints really aren't valid when choosing JCP.  So....when you make an appointment with JCP you are supposed to have a 40-minute experience.  You are supposed to have ALL of your pictures taken in the camera room within 10 minutes.....not hours, etc.....10 minutes people!!!  There were a lot of complaints that the photographers are RUSHED....if you want more than 10 minutes of picture taking....DO NOT go to JCP!!!! DUH!  And another complaint is that not enough pictures are taken....the system is designed to hold ONLY 35....and the photographers are actually only supposed to take maybe 15-20 total....if you want lots more to choose from, DO NOT go to JCP! After the pictures are taken, you get to work with someone like me....I show you your pictures, crop them, center them, etc....Then I AM REQUIRED to create 7 different 'enhancements.'  The one complaint that was specific to my session with someone said 'no need to create enhancements when we already know we don't want them.'  Umm......It's NOT a choice people....we HAVE to make those for you....the computer system is set to FORCE us to make them NO MATTER WHAT....it literally will NOT let me move to the order screen until I create the REQUIRED collages and enhancements.....so very sorry to WASTE your time.....but it's not my fault or choice....plus that's the time I get to be creative. And whatever I create is viewable online by anyone that you allow to access your photo album from your session with JCP....I generally want to create NICE looking stuff so it doesn't look like I'm an idiot or don't know what I'm doing.  And maybe your family members will want MY creations even if YOU don't....so let me do my DAMN job......The creation/enhancement portion is to take no more than 30 minutes....hahahahahaha!  I've spent HOURS with guests......Let's see....you ALWAYS have to pay the day you get your pictures taken.....there's ALWAYS sitting fees (though through the membership and/or coupons that can be reduced or completely waived....so don't complain about it....seriously how do we make money just in the off chance that you don't buy any pictures????)...And any studio like JCP is NEVER going to have Photoshop options....we can not take away baby redness, acne, flaky skin...we can't hide scars, we can't get rid of wrinkles, we can't make you look skinny, etc.  If you want those options, do NOT go to JCP.....hire ME instead!!! I use Photoshop to 'enhance' my own pictures as well as 'correct' them....even though it can be the largest pain in my butt to get rid of acne, little scratches, etc....I do it for my customers because that's what they want and it makes the pictures look a lot better.  Some guests of JCP complain that 149.99 is TOO MUCH for a CD....uh....no...most private photographers give you MORE pictures and charge more toward 300.00 because we give you the rights to the photos....we have to charge for the fact that you aren't getting those pictures from us (whether it be JCP or me personally)....you NEVER ever have to come back to us to get those pictures if you don't want to....thus we may NEVER have your business again....that's a potentially HUGE loss of income for us....so it makes PERFECT sense for the CDs to be a LOT....you get the pictures with a copyright release......come on now....One other thing....if you are not happy with your experience at JCP, I believe it's be you probably expected too much.  I do actually LOVE working there, love my co-workers, and generally enjoy working with the guests. There are often AMAZING pictures taken there...you just have to remember there's TONS of limitations.  If you hire an independent photographer like me....no limits really....you can change your outfits as many times as you want, I have several unique OOAK (one of a kind) props for use in your pictures....I will come to you...actually to your house where you and your children will more likely be comfortable. And I will develop that relationship with you and your family....JCP doesn't have that as their ultimate goal nor have the time to get to know you well at all....

What you get overall if you choose JCP: consistent location, quick pictures (usually), many discounts offered, same templates used over and over again, same backgrounds offered, few poses, few pictures, potential for having a different photographer every time, ability to see your pictures instantly (that's the biggest factor I think that attracts everyone), odd photo sizes in which you can't find frames other than at JCP forcing you to spend more money with them, no personal relationship with anyone, limited time in camera room and in studio, being forced to choose your photos and enhancements to the best of your ability that day, two background choices per session, one outfit change per session, not all photographers do well with all types of guests....(there've been some complaints about some photographers not seeming to have much experience with children)

What you get if you choose ME: personal connection, convenience of your home as the location or your favorite location...I come to you, unique props, variety of pictures and poses, ability to completely personalize your experience such that your photos will not look like anyone else's, I incorporate all of your ideas and suggestions, we have an 'endless' amount of time to take the pictures, I will guarantee to capture at least one perfect image of exactly what you are wanting.....I will take as many pictures as it takes to get it to how you want it, I will show you some of your pics directly on my camera at times, endless amounts of oufits and props, huge variety of photo-editing techniques, huge variety of photo products, easy purchasing via website, pictures can be delivered directly to you....fast in lab times....once an order is placed....it takes about 2-3 business days to get in your hands, while my sitting fee is $50 per session I never charge per individual....so even if you have 20 people in the picture...it's still only $50.....you can get just one picture instead of a sheet if you don't want that many pictures of the same pose, my individual picture prices start at $1.25.....my photo prices are better everyday compared to JCP's with coupons.....and I can offer just about any size you can think of....4x6 that JCP does NOT offer, all the other normal sizes, and any weird sizes.....I can print your pictures on different types of papers, consistent/same photographer EVERY time ensuring consistency in photographic images and style, I do my best to work around your schedule instead of you finding a time slot that is available that may or may not work for you....I AM GREAT with children!!!!!!  I have 10+ years experience with children in a variety of ages and in a variety of settings...

What are you waiting for?!?!?!?  Book a photo session with me TODAY!!!

Thank you so much for listening....sorry if I ranted too much.....and I don't begrudge JCP anything...as an employee we got a few nice Christmas perks and I've had my own experience....I do understand why people choose to come there.....My pictures were great...I was very pleased....would I have gone there had I not been an employee, probably not.....I work there at least for the holiday season right now because it's the only steady income I could find.....I've had a rough year in 2011 with finding jobs at all and then ones that pay anything decent.  So while JCP is a competitor in many rights and while I still believe you should choose me or someone like me instead....it's the only 'full-time' job I have right now 'cause it's the only place that would hire me...so....can't be all bad.....

I'll end with....PICK ME!    PICK ME!!!    PICK ME!!!!!!!    And please, REFER ME!!!!!