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Senior Early Booking Special – ends on Friday, May 23

May 13th, 2014

End of school is almost here. So Class of 2015 . . . It’s time to start thinking about senior pictures.

Where are you going to go to capture this amazing time in your life? Do you realize that for many of you, this is the last time you will have professional pictures taken until your wedding day? Be sure to choose a photographer who can create images that are as unique and amazing as you are.

There are very few studios that SPECIALIZE in senior portrait photography. We are one of the few (in case you didn’t know), and for a limited time only, we are offering a One-time only, Early Booking Special.

Call before Friday, May 23 and save 40% off your May or June senior session fee. This offer is good for any senior session shot in May or June of 2014. Class of 2015 session fees will never be discounted this low again. This offer expires on Friday, May 23 so be sure to call and get your session on the books.

If you know a class of 2015 senior, be sure to share this special with them (friends don’t let friends miss out on great deals!)

573-579-2129 – Tyson’s cell
573-204-1529 -office

 

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Look below for just a small sampling of a few of our past seniors. To see even more of our work, click here.

Models Wanted! Class of 2015 – now taking applications!

December 24th, 2013

Attention Class of 2015!!!  We are now taking applications for this year’s model program.  Each year, we accept a limited number of new models for our Photography Studio. Our models receive free photo shoots to help us try out new sets, new backgrounds, new locations, etc. and build our portfolio for the upcoming senior season.

We only accept a limited amount of models from each high school each year and these spots fill up fast, so if you’re interested in modeling for our studio (or if you know a Class of 2015 graduate that is), please be sure to apply right away.  These spots always fill up fast.  And with good reason . . .

Models for our studio receive:

  • Free Photo Shoots
  • Free Facebook images
  • Amazing Pictures with our newest sets and locations before anyone else
  • Earn Cash
  • Earn Credit toward your senior pictures
  • Earn prizes (like LCD TV, Apple iPad & Laptop)
  • Win trips to Exotic locations (last year we went to Cozumel, Mexico)
  • Have your photos featured on our website, our facebook page or even in our Mall Display!
  • and more . . .

We will be accepting applications for the next week or two only.  So if you are class of 2015, and you are interested in modeling for our photography studio, please click here (or on the ad below) to fill out an application.

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Click a thumbnail below and use your arrow keys on your keyboard to view each image individually.

What Should we Wear for our Family Pictures?

September 25th, 2013

What Should We Wear for Family Pictures?

Yesterday, I discussed the best time of year for family pictures.  If you missed that, you can revisit it by clicking here.

Another frequent question I get is is “What should we wear”.

So today I want to discuss clothing tips.

Choosing your clothes for your family portraits is a major decision that should be thought over carefully.  The key word in choosing clothes for your family pictures is “coordinate“.  You don’t necessarily have to be “matchy, matchy”, but the colors and style should go well together.  In the same way that you pick a “color palette”  when you paint your walls or redecorate your home, you should select a color palette for your clothing and make sure that not only do the clothes go well together, but that they also go well with the colors of your desired location.

Here are a few guidelines to follow (certainly not hard and fast rules)

  • Long pants and long sleeves will usually draw more attention to your faces.  The more skin we see on your body, the more distracted we are from your faces.
  • Jeans are timeless.  They can be dressed up or dressed down.  Just try to get the shade of the jeans to match.  You don’t want some members of your group wearing light jeans and others wearing dark jeans.
  • Darker colors tend to photograph better and will be more slimming.
  • It’s usually a good idea to avoid clothing with large distracting patterns.  Solid colors tend to photograph better.
  • Accessories like jackets, scarves, hats, hair bows, etc. can add interest and provide accent colors in the same way that an accent pillow on your sofa would.
  • Wear clothes that are flattering on you.  Photoshop can do certain things, but it’s not magic!
  • Glasses can cause problems unless you have non-reflective lenses.  Make sure that if you do need to wear glasses they do not tint and shade your eyes when you go outside, and that the light does not create a glare in the glass
  • Hair and make-up is also important for the ladies.  We often suggest having your hair and make-up professionally an hour or so before your session.

Having said all of that, the bottom line is that the clothing should reflect the personality of your family.  If you’re a very casual bunch, don’t feel like you need to dress in suits and ties.  Be yourself and come ready to have a great time.

Here are some examples of some families that did a great job coordinating their clothing.  Browse through the images below and also check out our family gallery on our website (click here) for even more examples and ideas.

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When is the best time of year for family pictures

September 24th, 2013

When is the best time of year for family pictures?

 

I get this question all the time.  So I thought I’d help to bring some clarity to the issue today.

Family photographs are the best memoirs for a lifetime!  If there’s anything that’s valued by time besides wine — it’s a family photograph.  A family photograph freezes the most precious moments of our lives and gives us a chance to rediscover them at a later point.

It’s for the same reason we should take utmost care when snapping and persevering the very precious moments in our lives.  Choosing the right time of year, the right location and what clothes to wear can all make a significant impact on how much you cherish your portraits as you fill your walls and albums with these memories over the years.

So to answer your questions … I’ll lay out a few thoughts for your below, and I’ll attach some images so you can look through varies sessions at different times of the year and make a final decision for yourself what you like best.  And then tomorrow I’ll discuss the other popular question . . . “What clothes should we wear?”

But for today, let’s deal with this question …

“When is the best time of year for family pictures?”

Well, I don’t know if it’s necessarily “the best” but the fall is definitely the most popular.  The colors are beautiful, and as the weather starts to cool off, it makes for a much more comfortable session with less heat and humidity.

Spring is probably the next most popular time of year.  It’s also a great time because the flowers are starting to bloom and it’s also not particularly warm.

With that being said, we shoot a lot of family portraits in the summer … mostly due to the convenience of the fact that the kids are out of school and it’s easier to coordinate schedules.  With small children, we recommend either doing a fall or spring session or if you need to do a summer session, do it late in the evening when the sun is starting to go down and it’s not quite as hot and uncomfortable so they don’t get zapped and worn out too quickly.

“What about winter?” you ask.  I would love to do some family portraits in the snow, but it’s hard to coordinate this kind of timing with unpredictable Missouri weather.  If we ever get a big snowfall, and you want to schedule a quick session, feel free to give us a call and see if we’re available.

 

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Big News from Tyson Zahner Photography

September 18th, 2013

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I have a HUGE announcement coming soon! I can’t give the details yet, but they will be announced next week. Just trust me when I say . . . you don’t want to miss it.

All I can tell you is that the people who find out about this first will have the biggest advantage.

So how can YOU be one of the first to find out? – Easy . . . The first three groups of people who will hear this announcement will be:

  1. People on my e-mail list (subscribe below)
  2. My Twitter Followers  and
  3. People who like the Tyson Zahner Photography business page.

So if you’re not already on my mailing list, subscribe below, and then click here to like my Facebook page and then click here to Follow me on Twitter, take a moment to go do both right now and believe me when I say that next week, you’ll be glad you did.

 

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4th of July Sale – This week only

July 1st, 2013

Summer is half way over.  So Class of 2014 . . . If you haven’t booked your senior pictures yet . . . it’s time to get on it!

And there’s no better time to book than right now.  In the spirit of 4th of July, we are offering 30% off sitting fees.

Call this week, (by Friday, July 5) and save 30% off your sitting fee (you don’t have to shoot your session this week.  You just have to book it this week).   This offer is good for any senior session shot in the month of July, 2013.  Class of 2014 session fees will never be discounted this low again.  This offer expires on Friday, July 5 so be sure to call this week and get your session on the books.

If you know a class of 2013 senior, be sure to share this special with them (friends don’t let friends miss out on great deals!)

573-579-2129 – Tyson’s cell
573-204-1529 -home/studio

 

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Look below for just a small sampling of a few of our past seniors.  To see even more of our work, click here.

Senior Early Booking Special – ends on Friday, May 17

May 7th, 2013

End of school is almost here. So Class of 2014 . . . It’s time to start thinking about senior pictures.

Where are you going to go to capture this amazing time in your life? Do you realize that for many of you, this is the last time you will have professional pictures taken until your wedding day? Be sure to choose a photographer who can create images that are as unique and amazing as you are.

There are very few studios that SPECIALIZE in senior portrait photography. We are one of the few (in case you didn’t know), and this week only, we are offering a One-time only, Early Booking Special.

Call this week or next week, (by Friday, May 17) and save 40% off your May or June senior session fee. This offer is good for any senior session shot in May or June of 2013. Class of 2014 session fees will never be discounted this low again. This offer expires on Friday, May 17 so be sure to call and get your session on the books.

If you know a class of 2014 senior, be sure to share this special with them (friends don’t let friends miss out on great deals!)

573-579-2129 – Tyson’s cell
573-204-1529 -home/studio

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Look below for just a small sampling of a few of our past seniors. To see even more of our work, click here.

Models Wanted! Class of 2014 – now taking applications!

December 19th, 2012

Attention Class of 2014!!!  We are now taking applications for this year’s model program.  Each year, we accept a limited number of new models for our Photography Studio. Our models receive free photo shoots to help us try out new sets, new backgrounds, new locations, etc. and build our portfolio for the upcoming senior season.

We only accept a limited amount of models from each high school each year, so if you’re interested in modeling for our studio (or if you know a Class of 2014 graduate that is), please be sure to apply right away.  These spots always fill up fast.  And with good reason . . .

Models for our studio receive:

  • Free Photo Shoots
  • Free Facebook images
  • Amazing Pictures with our newest sets and locations before anyone else
  • Earn Cash
  • Earn Credit toward your senior pictures
  • Earn prizes (like LCD TV, Apple iPad & Laptop)
  • Win trips to Exotic locations (last year we went to Cozumel, Mexico)
  • Have your photos featured on our website, our facebook page or even in our Mall Display!
  • and more . . .

We will be accepting applications until the end of January.  So if you are class of 2014, and you are interested in modeling for our photography studio, please click here (or on the ad below) to fill out an application.

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Click a thumbnail below and use your arrow keys on your keyboard to view each image individually.

Double Your Money Gift Cards – only 30 for sale!

November 21st, 2012

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Choose Your Card Value

Ok – this is it.  Our biggest sale of the year.  Double your money gift cards.  You pay $100 and we give you a $200 gift card.  Pretty simple.  You may purchase as many gift cards as you want, but you may only use one per session (see below for all terms and conditions).

Here’s the only catch.  We’re only offering 30 of these gift cards this year.  Once those 30 cards are gone, the offer ends.  So get a jump on Black Friday.  The sale starts today and continues until these 30 gift cards are gone (or until Sunday night at 11:59 . . . whichever comes first).

Buy one for yourself or buy one as a gift for a friend or family member (or both!).  Need an updated family session?  Do you know any class of 2014 seniors?  These gift cards don’t expire and they are so versatile!

Click the “Buy Now” button above to take advantage of the sale – (blog subscribers who receive this message in their inbox may need to visit the blog directly to place an order)

Because of the size of this sale, we prefer that you place your order right here through the blog, but if you have trouble ordering online, you may e-mail me (info@tysonzahnerphotography.com) with any questions or problems.

And remember, friends don’t let friends miss great deals (so be sure to spread the word to everyone you know!)

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Terms and Conditions
  • Applicable toward print orders and packages
  • Not applicable toward session fees
  • Cannot be split between multiple sessions.  Entire amount must be applied toward one session or order
  • Only one gift card may be used per session
  • Not redeemable for cash
  • Gift card does not expire
  • Applicable only toward sessions occurring after purchase date.  Not applicable toward past sessions.
  • Cannot be used with other offers, discounts, or sales
  • Not redeemable toward wedding packages or services.

September Sale – this week only

September 3rd, 2012

School is back in swing!   Do you know a class of 2013 seniors who has not yet had senior pictures taken?

If so, tell them not to wait any longer.  This week (and this week only), we are offering 25% off sitting fees for all September sessions.

Call this week, (by Friday, Sept. 7) and save 25% off your sitting fee (you don’t have to shoot your session this week.  You just have to book it this week).   This offer is good for any senior session shot in the month of September, 2012.  Class of 2013 session fees will never be discounted this low again.  This offer expires on Friday, September 7 so be sure to call this week and get your session on the books.

If you know a class of 2013 senior, be sure to share this special with them (friends don’t let friends miss out on great deals!)

573-579-2129 – Tyson’s cell
573-204-1529 -home/studio

 

Look below for just a small sampling of a few of our past seniors. To see even more of our work, click here.

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