Great news for Baltimore Girl clients- Ashley is now a PPA Member!
What does this mean for you, the client?
The PPA, or Professional Photographers of America is an amazing organization that provides excellent benefits to members.
For starters, they provide their members with equipment insurance and indemnification. They also assist with copyright.
What makes it so great for clients is that when you hire a PPA photographer you can rest easy knowing that you are hiring an insured photographer. You can also sleep well at night knowing that if for any reason your data (images) is lost, the PPA provides your photographer with world class data recovery assistance from Drive Savers to recover any images that can be recovered. As we all know, Murphy's Law happens sometimes, no matter how hard you try to prevent it.
The PPA also offers it's members education not only for photographic skills, but business skills, too. They offer their members wit sound business contracts. While these contracts protect the photographer, they also ensure that the client gets everything they are promised. This organization holds its members to very high business standards and members are expected to earn merit, pay dues and remain in good professional standing to maintain membership.
The biggest benefit to you is the trickle down of savings. The PPA grants its members wonderful discounts on education, gear, liability insurance and so much more. These savings can be 10-50% a year. A lower cost of doing business means you save money, too.
When you are hiring a professional, it is always best to go with someone educated, licensed and insured. The PPA provides me (Ashley) with education & insurance. This means Baltimore Girl Photography is now a trifecta! Becoming a PPA member was an easy business decision because it benefits everyone.
I participated in a very interesting webinar last night by the fabulous Julie Paisley. She mentioned something very interesting that got me thinking. She said that most professional photographers' had never thought of their "why". I started to think about why I decided to follow this career path, & I came to the realization that I was one of those photographers she was talking about. I could not answer the question of why. Why did I initially choose to be a photographer? Why did I go into business in the first place? Why do I appreciate my clients & what do I want them to gain from a session with me?
I decided to sleep on it and start fresh this morning with a clear head. I decided I would write down the first 5 things that came to my mind. I wouldn't alter them, because I want my "why" to be a true statement.
I decided to start my business anew this morning with a brand new response when people ask me "why" are you a photographer, or "why" are you in business.
Here is my why... I am in business to provide a fun, memorable, real experience for all of my clients. I want to provide each client with a product they will cherish for a lifetime. Years from now, I want my clients to look at their images and smile, laugh, cry, whatever- as long as the image evokes an emotion. I want my clients to feel beautiful & special. Most of all I want them to feel like the small part of their real life I was able to capture is art, because each and every client is a masterpiece.
Space is still available for the Father's Day "Daddy & Me" Mini Sessions. The sessions will be on the beach at Rocky Point State Park on June 9th and 10th. For only $50 you will recieve a twenty minute session with 6 high-resolution images. The images will be delivered to you in an online album for easy download. You session will come with a print release, too. Dads of all types are welcome- dads to be, granddads, dads with fur kids, dads with 10 kids, dads with 1 kid.. ALL dads are welcome.
Book before June 5th to save $5.00 on "Daddy & Me" Mini Sessions with promo codeNEWSLETTER-DAD
Baltimore Girl Advice
Floral Wedding Trends of 2018
A hand tied wildflower bouquet featuring blush garden roses, cranberry colored Ranunculus, dark blue Privet berries, purple Snapdragons and fuchsia Peonies. This bouquet combines a pantone of colors with the hand tied wildflower trend. For more inspiration on similar bouquets, click here.
Earlier in the Spring I had the opportunity to speak with Jamie, the event coordinator for The Flower Cart. The Flower Care is one of the more widely known florist in the Baltimore area. They have been designing floral arrangements for 55 years. Jamie puts a lot of effort into giving her brides what they want. She is happy to help any bride, it doesn't matter to her if you have a wedding budget of $500 or $15,000. During our chat we discussed the biggest floral trends for 2018 weddings. This article will tell you all about what Jamie is seeing with Baltimore's brides this year. The most popular flowers this year are most definitely Scabiosa (pictured), Ranuculus and Garden Roses. Greenery is also a must for Baltimore brides. Most brides are requesting shades of blush, fuchsia and burgundy, with splashes of navy. Jamie's favorite is to add a spray of Viburnum Berries for a nice splash of color. Despite what in the internet says, Baltimore brides are not hopping on the floral hoop bandwagon, Instead, Jamie says, they are opting for floral garlands. These garlands are used to cover archways. Another big trend for archways, and centerpieces, too- moss. Jamie states that many brides are using succulents and moss for centerpieces. She says, if you are a bride looking for the earthy feel, you can't go wrong with floral garland, moss and succulents. Oh! & don't forget about the floral crown for your flower girl or junior bridesmaid/s, made with lovely greenery and sprays of Baby's Breath. According to Jamie, the earthy brides bouquet for 2018 is a simple bouquet of succulents and white flowers. Last year, we saw Sunflowers in the yellow variety in a ton of weddings. This year though, Jamie says we will be seeing Sunflowers in hues of burgundy instead, especially for those late summer and fall weddings. This burgundy hue is very popular for the year. One big trend with this hue is to use a pantone of colors in the burgundy shade- the lavender shade, too. Many Baltimore brides are opting for hand tied wildflower bouquets in these shades versus the more formal bouquets. When asked what her favorite trend was, Jamie says she loves burgundy and blush colors together. She gets very excited when she sees a perfect burgundy Scabiosa bouquet, complimented with gold, go out for a wedding. She knows her bride will love it just as much as she does! You can contact Jamie, or any of the other awesome florists at The Flower Cart, by calling them at 410-426-3545. You can go to their website by clicking here. Be sure to tell them Baltimore Girl Photography sent you.
Now Prebooking for
2nd Annual Sweet Summer Mini Sessions
Baltimore Girl Photography is now pre-booking for the 2nd annual Sweet Summer (Watermelon) Minis. This year they will feature watermelon and July 4th décor. The sessions are held at Cromwell Valley Park in Towson on June 23rd. This is a one day only session. Space is VERY limited. This session is fun for the whole family! So, put on your sundress and straw hat, let's have fun making some summer memories. You can book yours now by clicking here. Sessions are just $50 and include a 20 minute session on a styled set, 5 digital images and a print release. If you book before June 5th, you will recieve a free 8x10 print of your favorite pose.
Be sure to mention the promo code NEWSLETTERMELON18 when you are contacted to select your time to claim your free 8x10.