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 Newsletter February 2015

Hello everyone,

Welcome to February, the month of love....and Valentines Day on the 14th..thanks to Pope Gelasius in 496AD declaring it so!  Although the association between February and romance goes back much earlier.

Remember those days when, with film in camera, we would squeeze the last few pictures out of the film and then send it or take it into the developer.  We would wait patiently. Personally I used to mail mine and there was no greater incentive to check the mailbox each morning to see if the developed photos had been returned! It was like waiting for an exciting parcel to arrive!

I know today, that the gratification is much more instantaneous, but I still get that very exciting feeling, like opening a present, when I first look through the images from a shoot...and I hope you do too!

If not....you may want to sign up to my new blog - it will be released several times a month and will go a little deeper into the 'For the Photographer in You' section.  Read more about it and subscribe below.

Also, in this months newsletter, there are some great offers for February including a gift voucher offer for anyone who is looking for alternative valentines gifts, as well as other great offers...see below for details.

Thanks for reading and happy February,
 
Tracey xx

 
Latest and Greatest
This family was so lovely...we dodged the rain and stuck with our location even though the skies looked threatening.  I loved photographing these children....quite opposites, one absolutely loved the camera and the other...well not quite so much, but both soon cute!! :-)
February Opportunities...
Refer a Friend - 
I am always thrilled when clients love what I do and refer me to their friends and 
family.  For February everyone who refers me gets a chance to win a complimentary photo session worth $150!
THANK YOU :-)
Fantastic February Offer...share the love.  Get those early spring photo shoots in - session fee is normally $150, but for February I am offering it for $100!!
Gift Vouchers....
Great as an alternative for valentines...a great gift of love to be able to cherish the moments with photographs forever.


Valid for a 2 hour shoot within 1 year of receipt so it can be redeemed during any season or event! Normally $150, but only $100 for the month of February.
Offers cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer

For the Photographer in You - 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera!'
 
For a long time now, I have thought about having a blog....but what to blog about!  After all I'm not a teenager...my life isn't that interesting :-) so I did some research, looked at other peoples blogs particularly in the photographic industry and found that the main focus for female photographers is to post their personal and slices of private life on their blog.  Ok...again I'm not a teenager! Then I got to thinking....I don’t get a blog from my dentist talking about what their interested in and what they like doing at weekends, basically all I need to know about my dentist is that they can fix your teeth.  Do I really care about their fantastic small talk as they insert the 15th item into your mouth….probably not.  So...
 
Then I got to thinking, well, what can I do for my clients that they would want apart from to get great photos from me?  And then a light bulb moment…actually, that is it!!! They want to get great photos from me, but they also want to get great photos themselves.  Actually my newsletter also helped me come to this conclusion as many of the comments referred to how much people liked the ‘for the photographer in you’ section… and hence the birth of my blog!  'You're Smarter than Your Camera'.  
 
I will try to keep to some rules -
  • Post interesting and entertaining blogs (subjective, I know, but I will try)
  • Keep it to bite sized info starting with simple concepts at the beginning of the month and developing to more complex aspects of the same topic at the end of the month
  • It won't be camera or lens specific, but you will need a camera that you can take control of....or 'switch off auto'.
  • It will include manageable projects which will help with learning the concept - of course they are optional, but it would be fun to get some feedback from you.
  • It will focus on the camera functions mainly, and this will introduce other aspects of taking better photos.

It starts next week and will follow a monthly topic (the first month is aperture) – an aspect of your camera that will help you take better photographs.   I will post several blogs each month following the monthly theme and would love you to sign up and share your photos you take..if you want to!  You can receive the blogs directly to you inbox, or of course you can check my website or facebook for new releases.!!!  Rock on 2015 and let this be the year, you take control of your fabulous camera that you normally keep on automatic and really get the shots you want!
 
To sign up just click on the button below.
Sign me up to 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera' Blog
Little Ditty About My Own Camera Fun - My Family Heirloom Photos

During 2015, I want to scan or digitise our old photos so that they can be easily printed and shared!  Plus improve the quality of those that have suffered over time. This feels like a huge job...and is!  This is a picture of my Mum when she was 31...beautiful!
 
Quote of the Month

'Loving is not just looking at each other, it's looking in the same direction.' ~ Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand, and Stars, 1939.
February Project

Sign up to the for 'You're Smarter Than Your Camera' Blog and try out some of the exercises.
And that's it for February!

Thank you so much for reading my February newsletter, do get in touch if there is anything you would like to know more about!

Happy snapping

Tracey xx
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