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About Salina J Photography

Hi, I am Salina, a senior portrait photographer working in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area of Minnesota (based in Lakeville, but my sessions are not limited to that city). My availability for 2015 is limited, so 2016 high school graduates, contact me soon to set up your session! I look forward to hearing about your ideas and helping you turn them into amazing senior pictures.

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Go Big or Go Home – Choosing the Right Print Size for Your Walls

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I love offering printed products to my clients. Digital negatives are convenient, and my clients do purchase them, but they and I know that a digital negative is more likely to rest on a hard drive or in a tablet’s photo album than be seen in the home. We are so accustomed to having photos available to us in pixels we forget to print those photos and display them in our homes, either as prints or in albums.

My clients know the value in seeing their portraits professionally printed – they hire me because they know that I, as a print-focused photographer, know how to prepare my digital negatives for the print process. Colors will be rich, skin tones will be natural and there will not be distracting areas that are too bright or too dark. To help my clients with their selections, one benefit I offer is in-person ordering. After the session is complete, my clients can schedule an ordering session at my studio or in their home, where they can see and touch samples of different albums, canvases or large prints.

One of my favorite parts about this is bringing multiple sizes of prints to a client’s home. In some cases, my clients have never ordered a print larger than an 8×10. They think of that as the “large” size, when in reality an 8×10 is considered a desk print, or is meant to be clustered in a grouping of other photos or art work. So during our ordering session, when I recommend a 16×20 for a particular wall where they’d like to display the smiling faces of their kids, at first they are skeptical… until I compare how the wall looks adorned with an 8×10 and then with a 16×20.

Prints seen from a distance, like those displayed on a wall, should be large enough that the faces are clear without someone having to walk up to inspect. Clients should also take into consideration the scale of the walls and the furniture. A print meant for a shelf in an office can be smaller, but so many newer homes now have soaring ceilings and rooms with oversized furniture.

A client sent me a photo yesterday of her bedroom with a print of her children newly hung above the bed. At her ordering session, I first held up some 16×20 prints, as they initially thought about ordering one 16×20 of each child. Then I held up my 20×30, the largest sample I have. The clients loved the idea of having one bigger print for the wall, but my client said “I don’t think that’s big enough.” So we ordered the portrait as a 24×36 Elevated mount (this is a modern option that comes ready to hang, and the edges can be finished in black, white, silver or wood-tone).

Here you can see the finished product! I am so happy she shared this photo, I love seeing the results.

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Just for fun, I edited the image to show what the print would look like had she ordered it in an 8×12 size. The difference is amazing! So the next time you order a print of your favorite portrait, whether through a photographer or on your own, think about sizing up. Use a piece of newspaper or cardboard cut to a larger print size and tape it to the wall where you’d like to hang your photograph and see which size works best for your space. Big isn’t always the answer, but in many cases it will help fill your space and showcase the smiling faces all the better.

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Models Needed – Summer 2013 | Senior Pictures Availability | What’s New

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

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Hello, and happy summer!

Senior portrait session is underway in Minnesota, and I’ve got some good availability left for those who are just starting to research their senior pics photographer or who are trying to decide. Remember to check with your high school to find out when your yearbook photo is due – that will help you figure out when you should hold your session! I’ve got more answers to senior FAQs at my seniors-only website here – Salina J Seniors. My clients love having a site dedicated to their age only, without having to sift through portfolios with newborn and family photography. Check it out! Whether you live as far away as cities like Maple Grove or Rochester (maybe you’re even from Iowa or Wisconsin!) or are nearby in places like Lakeville, Northfield or Edina, I’ve got great locations to fit your vision for the perfect senior session.

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Are you comfortable in front of a camera? Do people tell you you have an amazing smile, great charm, a mysterious demeanor or a unique look? I have a few projects in mind for the summer of 2013 and I’m looking for fresh faces. If you are new to Salina J Photography and would like to be featured in a photographic project as a model (I use the term loosely here – you don’t have to be a pro or even amateur model, I’m looking for real people with a variety of looks), contact me at salina@salinajphotography.com with your age, a clear photo or two (recent), general availability and contact information. If you are under 18, you must have a parent contact me. I look forward to hearing from you!

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I have a few new things planned for 2013. One of them is a great referral and incentive program for my fabulous clients. You can earn points that you can use toward buying digital negatives or prints from past or future sessions just for liking Salina J Photography on Facebook, following me on Instagram, and referring me to new clients who are just as amazing as you. I’m also introducing mobile apps for certain collections – a great way to share your favorite photos from your session with me right from your phone or tablet, without having to access a separate gallery or website. And soon I’m adding a special everyday mini session for clients who don’t necessarily need a full session – it’s great for families and seniors who are looking to update portraits more regularly than once every few years, who know they will only need a few poses or who are on a budget but still recognize and appreciate fine photography.

Questions? Give me a call at 612-567-3129 or visit my contact page at my main portrait site or my senior portrait site. Can’t wait to meet you and learn about the photos you want me to create for you.

 

 

Be Mine – Valentine’s Mini Sessions – Lakeville, MN Photographer

Sunday, January 13th, 2013

I am so happy to announce the dates of my first mini sessions of 2013 – the “Be Mine” Valentine’s Day mini sessions to be held January 25 and 27 at my studio in Burnsville, Minnesota. So wherever you live in the Minneapolis and St. Paul Twin Cities area, you’ll be able to get to my location easily! My studio has a big parking lot and elevator access to my floor in case you’re pushing a stroller (or just have kids who really like pushing the elevator buttons).

I have some Valentine’s-themed backdrops and set ups for your children, but if you’re not into red or hearts, I can also use something simpler. Mini sessions are a great way to update your kids’ portraits, create gifts for family and classmates or just to get your first taste of custom photography at a very special price point not offered with my full sessions.

Mini sessions are for children (siblings) only. Expect 25 minutes of time photographing the kids and a gallery with at least 10 images. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase fun add-ons like custom Valentine’s Day cards or mini albums and I’ll be sure to have some special treats available, as well.

Openings for these mini sessions are limited so call me at 612-567-3129 or email me at salina@salinajphotography.com today to book yours! I look forward to meeting you and your little sweethearts.

Highlights from 2012 – Minneapolis/St. Paul Photographer

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I’m having a hard time realizing it’s 2013 already. My head is in denial about the passage of time and most days, when it comes time for me to date something, I start to write August. Just a little behind, there.

Part of the reason time flew so quickly in 2012 is because I had my busiest year as a photographer since opening up shop four years ago. From newborn and maternity photos to sessions with children and their families to high school senior portraits, I met wonderful clients at each one, and it’s been an honor to help tell their stories through photography. I also started working more in commercial and corporate photography, photographing a company’s employee appreciation picnics and the launch of a new company car, shooting cupcakes and treats for a new bakery and creating head shots for business professionals.

I’m looking forward to an even better 2013, filled with more creative opportunities and meeting new people along the way. Here are some of the highlights for Salina J Photography in 2012. You’ll see portraits taken at my studio in Burnsville and on-location in spots found across the Twin Cities and in clients’ homes.

Clients are booking through April now, so if you’re interested in hearing more about my services for your family or your business, contact me at salina@salinajphotography.com. I look forward to hearing your ideas and making the visions come to life.

Cyber Monday Specials for Photography Sessions and Canvases – Minnesota Photographer

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Dusting off the blog to announce two incredible Cyber Monday specials!

Are you thinking of booking a session with Salina J Photography in December or any time in 2013? Today and tomorrow are the perfect day to buy that session. With the purchase of any session, you’ll receive a certificate for a FREE session of equal or lesser value. Share the cost of two sessions with a friend, gift the free one to a loved one, or keep the certificate for yourself! Are you expecting a new baby? Use one session for the newborn stage, and another at six months or one year. Do you have a high school senior? Buy your session now for use in the spring or summer and then use the free session to do family portraits in the fall. When is the last time you were all in the same portrait together? Live moves quickly – capture the memories today.

Also on special today are the amazingly popular and rarely discounted canvases. Buy your reduced-price canvas today and use it for a past Salina J Photography session image you always wanted BIG, or save it for a future session. Canvas order must be paid for in full by 11:59pm tonight to be valid, and may only be used to print images taken by Salina J Photography.

Contact me today to book your session or order your canvas! 612-567-3129 or salina@salinajphotography.com.

 

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