Help us raise money for foster kids in North Florida! Limited Edition Photo Session

There are over 14,000 children in Florida currently in Foster care. Over 1,000 of those are right here in Duval and Nassau county. We want to help North Florida area foster kids have a great Christmas/holiday season, but I need YOUR HELP!

Christy Whitehead Photography is offering this very limited mini session over two days in November to raise money and toys for these special kids.

WHEN

Sessions will be held: Saturday, Nov 3rd and Friday Nov. 9th. IF we sell out soon enough, I’ll try and open up another day or more time slots, but my schedule is pretty tight, so we’ll see what happens!

COST

Mini sessions normally run $150, but for this special session, it is ONLY $10. That’s a steal for professional photos in our studio.

1-The $10 is non refundable and will be used to hold your spot. (This money will be donated as well.)

2-Additionally, for EACH child/adult/animal in the photo, please bring in a gift card or unwrapped new toy (min. $20 denomination per person) that will go directly to foster children.

Need some ideas on what to buy, these were sent to us from Foster Closet as some of the most commonly requested items:

WISH LIST

Some of the items that are popular for foster kids:
Nintendo DS
Gaming systems
Video Games
Kindles
Leap Pads
Scooters
Bicycles (different age ranges and colors)
Baby dolls (different ethnicities)
Gift cards (the teenagers enjoy shopping for themselves)


INCLUDED:

Every session will last up to 15 minutes and will include up to 3 people/pets/children. If you have a larger family or would like to do separate sessions, please purchase additional time slots, this will also give you additional digitals as part of your package.

Each session will be edited and put up in an online gallery within 2 weeks of the session. You will pick out your three favorite images and be given the digital copies. Print prices start at $40 and are mounted (except for wallets) If you would like to purchase prints or additional prints, you’ll be able to do that through our online gallery.

CLOTHING/PROPS:

We will provide a neutral bed that would be super cute with matching pajamas and maybe your child’s favorite toy. We also have princess type dresses (like the blue one) available in different colors and sizes up to 12 available for you to use.

We will be using the brick background with the white bedding. If you prefer, bring a special blanket, maybe the one grandma made and we’ll use that instead!

LOCATION:

Our studio at 514 Chaffee Point Blvd, located next to Cracker Barrel at the Chaffee exit off of I-10. We are 10 minutes from downtown Jacksonville.

PLEASE SHARE:

Please share this mini session with others you know so that we can make it super successful for the foster kids in our area!

BOOK IT AT THIS LINK

Studio Announcement: Wedding Photography

I’ve been doing wedding photography in the Jacksonville area for probably 15+ years. I started my career as a journalist (both writer and photographer) and had so many people ask me to photograph their families and weddings that I eventually started doing that full time.

However, in the last year or so, I’ve been changing how I run my business and what I focus on. And I really love working in the studio with families and babies.

And with that, I am saying goodbye to weddings.

Don’t get me wrong, if the right wedding came along, I might do one every year or so, but for the most part, I’m done.

This industry has changed so much since I started. Not just from film to digital (yeah, I remember taking 20 rolls to get developed from a wedding!) but also the vendors and how they react to each other. Social media has turned grown adults into drama llamas.

Not only am I tired of giving up all my weekends away from my family, not going to funerals, and aching for days after, I’m also tired of the drama that goes on in the wedding industry. And it’s not just here. It’s everywhere.

But there are people who make this industry great. Who are what they seem to be and are loyal. And those are the types of people I want brides to use!

One of the things I always recommended to my brides was to get a wedding planner. Not a venue coordinator (99% of the time they are only there until you walk down the aisle and they don’t help you with any issues that don’t involve their venue), but a REAL wedding planner.

Someone who, when the crap hits the fan, can save your day. Tuxedo come up missing? Caterer wrote down the wrong date and now you don’t have food? Zipper on wedding dress or bridesmaids gown breaks and won’t zip up? Yep, this stuff happens. And all of it has happened to Tanya Hendricks over at Southern Charm Events.

(The first headshot of many I did for Tanya, 9 years ago.)

I met Tanya about 10 years ago maybe. With vendors, you’re always trying to make a connection, build off each other, I’ll help you, you help me. Most promise it, but it never happens. The relationship is always one sided. Tanya and I hit it off immediately. Maybe it was our similar backgrounds, but ultimately it was the fact we were loyal and did help each other out.

This is a rare quality for a vendor in any city. But when you meet someone like that you stick with them.

Tanya was the only wedding planner in this city who made the effort with me and for that I have to commend her. I would think as a bride, you’d want a planner that is loyal and is a friend and is genuinely concerned about you.

So to Tanya, I say, THANK YOU. Thank you for showing me that not all vendors are only concerned about themselves and say one thing and do another. I hope I have helped you out as much as you have helped me.

(The first of several headshots I did of Susan Kass, over the years.)

When I met Tanya, she also introduced me to Susan Kass, with A Fantasy in Flowers. We haven’t worked together as much as we used to, but I appreciated her faith in me early on and how kind her words were about me to other vendors. I can only hope I helped her as much as she helped me. BTW, her staff is fantastic. Super sweet and so genuine.

So with that, I hope to see all my past brides and their new babies in the studio. I love photographing newborns and families.

I will be making recommendations for wedding photographers in the area in upcoming blog posts, so stay on the look out!