Friday, December 31, 2010

Resolutions for 2011

My goal(like almost everyone elses) is to become healther. I am going to try and take time out of my busy schedule and get to a healthier state/weight. I am going to try and take more time for my family and myself....

The Lord has been good to me and my family in 2010. He has brought me through sickness and kept my family safe another year and for this I am so very thankful.

2011 will mark my 7th year being in business as a professional photographer. My business has steadly grown and I want to thank each of you that has given me the opportunity to photograph your family. An extra thank you to those that have been loyal clients and for helping me become a better photographer. Occasionally I have come to a point where the quanity of business that I have is overwhelming and I have to make changes so I can continue to improve my photography and maintain a happy balance in my business and personal life. One thing I have learned in having a home based business is that you must be very self-disiplined and have a strong work ethic...and to have a sucessful business you must be a good business person.

Once again I am heavily booked almost a year out and am humbled by this. My goal is to deliver better photography and products than I ever have before...I will be putting folders up with my some of my custom designed products on facebook soon. If there is a product you would like to see me offer please let me know. Also I will be searching for models to model new products from some of my vendors.

As of January 1st, the retainer fee (session fee) will be $75.00. 10% off all orders if turned in 3 days. Baby plan baby's retainer-$45.00 with 15% off order if turned in 3 days. $150. for weekend sessions.

FINE PORTRAITURE TAKES TIME: I have several times of the year that are just "huge" -Senior Portrait Season, The Rose Garden Sessions(family's and children), and Fall Family Portrait/Christmas card. I schedule heavily for each of these times. Items with deadlines are met first. Just let me know of any deadlines that you have. If your family is photographed during these peak times your order may be delayed as I do all processing, retouching, designing and ordering myself.

To my baby plan momma's I am getting ready to order new props and backgrounds so if you have any new ideas please let me know what you would like to see...

I have a few prime dates for families for those of you that have been saying you need to get your family's pictures done...Now's the time....

I enjoy what I do...photographing families...seeing inside each of your lives...recording memories for your children and mine...May God Bless each of you and your familys in this upcoming year.

Contests on my facebook fan page.

There are 2 contest on facebook/Cindy Thompson Photography, this morning. One is for a porcelian ornament and the other for an 11x14 mattboard image. You must be a fan to register. Thanks Cindy

Thursday, December 23, 2010

2010 Christmas Cards

I don't know about you but some of my favorite Christmas memories are going to my grandma's house as a child...There were always alot of people everywhere. When you opened the front door you were met with a gush of warm air filled with wonderful smells from the kitchen, and choas everywhere...all the grandkids running through the living room trying to play chase in the house, claiming they're not hungry so they can open the gifts, and the adults claiming they are hungry and teasing the kids how much they are going to eat...oh yea and that you can't open preasents until the dishes are washed...all the odd recipes your Aunt's would spring on the family....and when we did open the presents, paper would go flying through the air (gifts of clothing were removed in one swift continous motion and never even glanced at...)and you could loose a good size toddler in all the wrapping paper....and we always have to dig back through the paper to find a part of somebodys toy...

My grandma and grandpa are gone now, so now we go to my daddy's (my mom passed away 5 years ago). And it's the same way the door and you're met with a gush of arm air filled with wonderful smells from the kitchen....Wouldn't seem like Christmas if I didn't get to enjoy this wonderful family the Lord has given me. Hold close to your heart the gifts that have already been given...May the Lord continue to bless you all with good health and happy memories....Cindy

This is a slideshow of images from my "other" familys. Thanks for allowing me to experience these special times in your smiles, first steps and the love a child shows in it's smile when it listen's to it's mommy or daddy talking sweetly to it...

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Merry Christmas from Cindy Thompson Photography

I know everyone is so excited about Christmas right now...I have enjoyed seeing all the excited faces as they have picked up their Christmas cards and prints. I am getting ready to put the Christmas slideshow up, waiting on a few more cards to get sent out.

It has been non-stop for me since September, In November I shot overtime, still "squeezing" in the entire month of August from when I was sick...I want to thank everone for being so patient and understanding through this time. I have dealt with a huge volume of customers and reorders and my goal as always is to deliver the highest quality products possible. So sorry that I was unable to get some of my regulars in this year. Fair Warning to everyone...I have very few dates available for 2011! I am humbled by the support of my "regulars", you truly are like famly.

From My family to yours, Merry Christmas and may God richly bless your family in the coming New Year...Cindy

Monday, December 6, 2010

What is Copyright?

I have had several people recently contact me about having my work printed elsewhere and they are asked do they own the copyright.

I would like to explain how this works. Whomever takes the picture owns the copyrights- that is the right to make copy's or to use the image to create other products...When you purchase a print you are just purchasing that copy and not the rights to make copy's. I retain all rights to my work and have my professional lab do all my printing to maintain the highest quality possible. I share images on facebook by uploading a watermarked image, these images are for viewing and not to be printed.

Almost all professional photographers retain the rights so that the image quality may be controlled. Rights to an image may be purchased for example in advertising or for publishing.

If you will notice copyright is everywhere now. You will usually have to check a box saying that you own the copyright before you can upload an image to the internet.

All major business's are aware of copyright. Some people have told me that some of the workers at the local chains come and look at their personal pictures before they are printed, the reason is usually workers in the photographic department have been educated on copyrights and if the store is sued for printing copyrighted works a portion of this can be passed down to the employee who printed it. I have also heard of comsumers pictures being refused to be printed because they looked too professional...
I hope this answers some of your questions. Cindy

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Rylee is growing up. But she still drags her pooh and tigger every where, you can look at them and tell they are well loved and to watch her get around with them you can tell she has them with her a lot. She can shift both to one arm and still try to pick something else's like it doesn't even cross her mind to put them down....amazing how little girls are born to take care of their "babys"...

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Card Time!!!!!

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I've just uploaded the last Christmas Card so eveyone can get them mailed out so everyone can enjoy them. Thanks to everone that allowed me to do your Christmas Cards. After everyone's cards have been mailed out I will try and get a slideshow up so everyone can enjoy them....

I will be concentrating on getting prints out now...Lots of grandma's are going to love these...

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