Monday, October 26, 2015

I've dropped the ball!

It would seem I've dropped the ball since my last post.  I was so busy in the summer and fall of 2014 that I didn't have time to turn around.  I decided I needed to take a break.  My kids and I were at martial arts every week night and I just didn't have time for photography.  I wasn't enjoying it like I did before.
After dealing with the death of both of my parents in the course of 11 months and burying myself in work, I needed to take some time to myself to breathe and really process what happened.  I pulled away from friends and focused solely on my family.
Will I get back on Groupon?  Probably not.  It was a wonderful experience and it forced me to jump off the deep end, but I realized it wasn't what I was looking for.  I wanted clients who would stay with me and continue to schedule with me.
Will I keep taking pictures?  Absolutely!  It's in my blood and I enjoy it.  I've found that I'm more at ease while photographing than I am in almost any other situation.  For now, I'll take pictures of my own kids and the beautiful flowers in our yard.  I'll post them when I have a few moments and I hope you'll enjoy them.

Macro photo of a snowflake's reflection
Memorial Day Luminaries

Dragonfly on one of our tomato stakes

He hung out for a while for me.

Third birthday, 2014

Yellow jacket

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Pricing effective April 13, 2014

All prices are subject to change.

Hourly fee is $150 per hour.  Overtime (unscheduled time) is charged at $200 per hour.

1 - 8x10 - $20
1 - 4x6 - $5
CD with 20 edited images - $25 (additional images are $2 each)
Canvas, metallic, photo books, and other size prints are available.  Prices vary.  Please contact me for pricing.
CD or DVD of digital negatives - $500 (this includes all unedited images taken at your session and a full copyright release)

Travel beyond 15 miles of 22401 (Fredericksburg, VA) will be charged at $0.50 per mile.  I will do my best to give you an estimate of the cost during our first conversation.  Travel fees are due on your session date.

50% of the hourly fee is due at the time you schedule your session.  The remainder is due on or before your session date.

CD, DVD, or print orders must be paid in full at the time of your order.

Ask about adding a donation to Autism Society to your session.  All donations over $50 receive recognition on the blog and their name on our 5k run t-shirt each spring.

I accept cash, PayPal, and major credit cards.

Please contact me by email ( or phone (540-257-4981) if you have any questions.

As always, all images on this blog are the property of Sun Angel Photography and are subject to copyright laws.  Please do not copy, print, or edit the images in any way.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Amanda & Angie

I got a call from a woman in Ohio who was traveling to DC to marry her partner.  I was pretty excited to work with these wonderful women and I'm glad I got to meet them.  Without further ado:  the beautiful Amanda and Angie.

A cozy family shoot

I recently had the opportunity to slow down and do an in-home family session.  This was the first time I needed my flashes in a professional setting and I was a little nervous.  I hope it didn't show too much in my work.  Here is their beautiful family.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

New pricing effective November 1, 2013

Here's my most current fee schedule.  Please feel free to ask if you have questions.

$65 for 30 minute sessions
$100 for 60 minute sessions
(ex.  90 minute sessions are $165)

To give you some examples of sessions:
  • Newborn sessions usually take about 30 minutes with no outfit changes. 
  • Family sessions usually take about 60-90 minutes depending on family size.  
  • Engagement sessions usually take about 60-90 minutes, depending on what the couple wants.  
  • Weddings take 4-8 hours.  
Why $100 per hour?  I spend an hour with a client and a minimum of 2 hours at home editing the photos I took.

CDs (per CD used):
$10 for up to 20 photos
$15 for 21-50 photos
$20 for 51-100 photos

Prints/photobooks/canvases/greeting cards:
Prices vary, but packages start at $20.  Call for the most up-to-date prices.

30 minutes included in price above
31-45 minutes $10
46-60 minutes $30
61-75 minutes $35
76-90 minutes $50

  • 50% of hourly price due at time of scheduling with remainder (plus applicable travel charges) due on or by session date.
  • 100% of print costs due at time of order.
  • Previous clients receive 10% off time, CDs, and prints.  
Please allow up to 2 weeks from viewing to receive prints or CDs,  weeks for specialty prints.  Online albums will be available for 6 months from the date of your session.  You'll have the opportunity to order CDs or prints from that album as long as it's available.  If you have a multiple sitting session (maternity progression, newborn through 1 year, etc) your album will be available for 6 months after the date of your last session.

Ask about donating to my autism efforts.  Any donations over $50 will receive special recognition.  For a little background, my oldest child is autistic.  We go to the Autism Speaks walk every fall at Richmond International Raceway.  In 2014, I'm adding a 5k run for the Autism Society in the late spring.

I've decided to charge by the hour with separate charges for CDs and prints.  I occasionally run package deals (session and CD and/or prints).  If you have your heart set on a print deal, give me a call.  We'll work something out.

Even if you think you can't afford a photographer for your special event, call me.  I pride myself on being affordable because I've been there.  We couldn't afford to hire a wedding photographer, so I asked my dad to take pictures for us.  While they were fine, they weren't nearly the quality we would have received from a professional.  In fact, I have better quality photos from other guests.  That's why I'm here.  I'm a photographer because I love it.  I'm not looking to get rich doing this.  I take payments, I occasionally give discounts, and I'll work with your budget.  I want you to have the photos you deserve.

I accept cash, PayPal, and major credit cards.  I cannot accept personal checks at this time.  Prices and fees subject to change at any time.


Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall 2013 Deals

I have a few deals going on and I wanted to share them with you.  They start tomorrow and go through the end of the year.  Pay close attention to the expiration date so you can schedule during the sale time.

October 2013 ~ Sales start 10/1

  • Homecoming Games and Dances (exp. 10/31)

$65 for pre-game or pre-dance session with 20 edited pictures on CD.

  • Halloween Mini (exp. 10/31)

$50 for a 30-minute session with 10 edited pictures on CD.

  • Anniversary ~Sun Angel Photography is turning 3!~ (valid 10/21-10/27 only!!!)

$100 for 60 minute session with 30 edited photos on CD

November/Decemeber 2013 ~ Sales start 11/1

  • Holiday cards (exp. 11/30)

$75 for 30 minutes, 10 edited photos on CD, and 25 greeting cards (1 photo, please)

  • Family portrait (exp. 12/15)
$25 for session, $20-$40 for package of choice (1 photo, please)

You can contact me to schedule an appointment anytime from October 1st on for any of these deals.  Your appointment must be during the sales time for these prices.  Travel up to 30 minutes included in prices.  Travel beyond 30 minutes is subject to $25/hour charge (broken down by 15 minute intervals).  

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A couple in Arizona wants me to take pictures?

That's right!  I got a Groupon call from a couple in Arizona.  They were traveling to DC for the Redskins opener and wanted some photos while they were here.  Tony and Sabina are such a cute couple and I was happy to slow down a bit and take their photos.  I headed to Alexandria, VA to the George Washington Masonic National Memorial (total mouthful!) to take their pictures.  I loved the location!  It was absolutely beautiful!  Here are Tony and Sabina.