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2018 Senior Model Rep Search – Southern Idaho Photographer

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The search is underway for 2018 Senior Model Rep applicants to represent Katy Starr Photography! Any senior in the Magic Valley graduating in 2018 is able to apply. A major discounted senior session plus professional hair and make-up, print credits, 2018 Prom Mini Session and $100 gift cards to the Magic Valley Mall are up for grabs for those selected to be 2018 Model Reps!

 

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Being a 2018 Senior Model Rep is a big deal! Not only can you get a discounted session, plus other free items for referrals, you have an opportunity to represent your school and community within Southern Idaho, which is something to be very proud of. Applications are due April 18th, 2017 and will be here before you know it! It’s pretty simple to apply though, so check it out! Have any questions? Please don’t hesitate to email, Facebook message or call.

 

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Be sure to read through the rules and responsibilities carefully before completing the application! The biggest thing? Gain as many referrals as possible for some fun perks 🙂 It’s also a requirement to have a parent/guardian’s permission to participate.

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So, now you’re thinking, how do I apply to be a 2018 Senior Model Rep? Click on the photo below, read through the rules/responsibilities and you can fill out the application along with sending over two photos of yourself, it’s really that easy!

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If you’d like the opportunity to get a little fancy, but incorporate gorgeous scenery and your life momentos, I’m your gal!  You’ll never feel more at home or comfortable than with a Katy Starr Photography Senior Session ❤️

 

Katy Starr Photography

Southern Idaho Photographer

{ Serving Twin Falls, Filer, Burley, Rupert, Jerome, Hazelton and the surrounding areas in the Magic Valley }

Phone 208.432.2309

katy@katystarrphotography.com

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Mother’s Day Giveaway

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Mother’s Day Giveaway – Southern Idaho Photographer

Let’s give one, hardworking and deserving Mom in Southern Idaho a beautiful make-over, photo mini session with her kiddos and a fun date night out! There are so many incredible moms out there and we would love show her some love and appreciation for all she does. This is one way we’re giving back to this awesome community 

 

To Enter:

  1. Candidate must be nominated by someone other than themselves (be considerate, please get permission to send a photo and nominate your friend/family member)
  1. Send photo and a short bio of deserving Mom to: katy@katystarrphotography.com

– Photos/nominations will be accepted between April 22-27, 2016, 11:59 PM Mountain Time

 

Photos of those nominated will be posted to an album on Katy Starr Photography’s Facebook page. The image with the most votes, wins! Voting will take place April 28 – May 2, 2016, ending at 6 PM Mountain Time on the 2nd.

 

Winner receives:

– Mommy & Me Mini Session from (including about 5 image files with print release):

      Katy Starr Photography

– Professional hair & make-up by:

      Tatiana Schoenauer

– $25 gift card for dinner to:

      Elevation 486

 

*Hair, make-up & mini session to take place between May 4-7, 2016 | Must be willing to travel to Twin Falls for hair and make-up | Mini session location will be in the Hazelton/Murtaugh area*

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Come on guys, what better way to show your appreciation and admiration for your lovely lady than to shower her with goodness and make her feel even more beautiful than she already is?! Enter her in this Mother’s Day Giveaway… it’s super easy 💋

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Katy Starr Photography

Southern Idaho Photographer

{ Serving Twin Falls, Filer, Burley, Rupert, Jerome, Hazelton and the

surrounding areas in the Magic Valley }

Phone 208.432.2309

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

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Southern Idaho Photographer – Starr Family

 

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This post is long overdue! I’ve really been wanting to share of few more of my favorite photos from our Starr family photo session last fall. Jessie Nelson, once again, took the reigns and produced beautiful images for us to cherish forever. She shot the photos and Katy Starr Photography did the edits! I’m so ecstatic about them since they are our first official family photos together and I couldn’t have asked for better. Thank you so much, Jessie; you are truly amazing in all that you do 🙂

I’ve only gotten a few printed so far, as you probably saw from my post last month. I have many more to print and can’t wait to get to it!

So, we’re into February… when is the last time you’ve had family photos done? Spring will be here before we know it, but if you like snow and winter, now would be a fantastic time to have some done. One suggestion I would make though, is to definitely plan ahead and here are a few tips:

 

  1. Research a photographer – Whether it be Katy Starr Photography or not, it is so important that you like the photographer’s style and that they fit your budget. Check out their work and testimonials. Have your friends used them before? Ask them about their experience. A photo session should be much more than setting up a session, going through the motions and getting a “CD”. It should be a wonderful, lasting experience that you love every step of the way.
  2. Budget for your session – Once you research a photographer (which, by the way, money shouldn’t be the number one priority – definitely should be considered, but not number one), find out what they charge and if you love their work and value what they do, set aside a certain amount of money each month to save for your session and prints. For anyone who spends $3-$5 a day on a coffee, you can easily save enough money in a few months for some quality photos. If good family photos are important to you, it can be done much easier than you think! 
  3. Plan in advance – In addition to planning in advance to save money, many photographers have a full schedule at least a month out, in addition to the required non-refundable deposit that is needed to hold your date. If you’re worried about weather, most photographers are more than willing be flexible in worst case scenarios, so that should be the least of your concerns. Besides, it’s nice to show your photographer some courtesy by planning ahead!
  4. Family photos are about more than kids – When getting family photos done, make sure to get more than just a couple shots of you and your significant other. The children are adorable and you will certainly love those shots, but don’t forget about the importance of the two individuals who created your beautiful family and tie everyone together!

 

As much as I would LOVE to take your family or senior photos, the most important thing is to find a photographer that you click with and feel comfortable around. Photo sessions are a very personal experience and having the perfect photographer for your family really makes a difference in having cooperation for future family photo sessions.

 

Thank you for following my blog! Here are some of my favorites from our Starr family photo session 🙂

 

 

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Katy Starr Photography

Southern Idaho Photographer

{ Serving Twin Falls, Filer, Burley, Rupert, Jerome, Hazelton and the

surrounding areas in the Magic Valley }

Phone 208.432.2309

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

(Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!)

Exclusive One-on-One Time with Santa in Southern Idaho

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It’s the middle of November, so whether we like it or not, Christmas time is a-coming! I’m definitely a big fan, so through a few connections, I was able to get exclusive one-on-one time with Santa in Southern Idaho, set up just for you. He’s a jolly man, you know, and very busy!

 

He really wants to come back and visit, so we hope you’ll come a join us. Whether your from Twin Falls, Burley, Rupert, Jerome, Shoshone, or Filer and the surrounding area, this trip will be worth the investment. Here’s the thing, there is always the opportunity to head over to the mall or some quick photo opt, with 30 seconds, under pressure, to have your kids share their Christmas list with Santa. All too often, the Santa has a fake beard and isn’t the friendliest. This man? He’s the real deal! Years of experience have given him the chance to engage and entertain children. This session time allows for some time to warm up to Santa, without the huge rush. I’m so excited to have met him and to bring this all together!

 

There are things we value in life – two of them -photographs and experiences, are wrapped up into one beautiful bundle here. The photos alone are worth the investment, but we wanted to throw in so many more goodies we have listed below, you won’t want to miss this! And guess what, this would be a GREAT gift from Grandpa & Grandma or Uncle John & Aunt Sue *hint* *hint*

 

The Child’s Experience:

– Exclusive 15 minute session, one-on-one time with Santa (or shared with a sibling (s), if you choose)

– 5 High-resolution image files with print release

– 5 x 7 print of child with Santa

– Milk & cookies from Santa (courtesy of Mrs. Claus)

– Reading time with Santa

– Share your Christmas list with Santa

– Special gift from Santa

The Time:

1:00 PM, 1:20 PM, 1:40 PM, 2:00 PM, 2:20 PM & 2:40 PM

The Day: 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Where:

Katy Starr Photography, Hazelton Studio

The Investment:
– $199 + tax ($25 + tax, for each additional sibling for one session slot)

– Model release must be signed and session must be paid in full to save spot (Reservations open Monday, November 16 at 5:30 PM Mountain Time)

 

*If you book your session between now and next Wednesday, November 25, 2015, you can get 20% off your session! With the code: SANTAISCOMING2015 *
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If you prefer, Katy Starr Photography now accepts Credit Cards! Need to break up the payment into two? Call me and we can talk about how we can do that to best accommodate your family.

BOOK HERE TODAY

 

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Katy Starr Photography

Serving Southern Idaho

Phone 208-432-2309

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

(Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!)

Limited Fall Mini Sessions are here!

 

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Limited Fall Mini Sessions are here! Can you believe we’re hitting mid-October already? A couple of sets of our good friends (and sessions with KSP 🙂 ) and brother and sister-in-law are celebrating wedding anniversaries this month, another sister-in-law is celebrating her birthday this weekend and one of my best friends just had her first baby, a little boy! This is certainly an amazing month and definitely one of my favorites for sure.

These sessions are for families and kiddos and are available only twice a year in the fall and late spring/early summer. Maybe you’ve already done a family session this year, but would like the opportunity for a shorter session, some shots of the kiddos for Christmas and holiday cards… this is your chance! Here are a few things to take note about this year’s minis:

  • 20 minute session
  • Up to five immediate family members ($25 for each additional person)
  • Client receives 5 high-resolution image files and print release
  • Client also receives 50 custom holiday cards (with up to two draft updates), with envelopes
  • Holiday card orders can be picked up at my office or shipped for an additional fee
  • Sessions will take place at my outdoor “studio” in Hazelton

Mini Session Location (Lighting for the 6:15 PM sessions):

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For those of you who recently had a family session and would like to order custom holiday cards, let me know! The price is dependent on the number ordered, so the more you order, the better the discount 🙂 Who doesn’t like Christmas cards? I know we have social media to keep in touch pretty well these days, but receiving items in the mail that aren’t bills can be so refreshing and really show our loved ones we care that they are in our lives.

 

Example Holiday Cards:

Business owners, I don’t want to leave you out! Do you have holiday cards in your marketing budget? Do you know how great it is for your business and getting your name out there in a positive and personal way? People LOVE it. Clients LOVE it. And even potential clients LOVE it 🙂 Let’s make something happen this year! I know October seems early to be thinking about it, but this gives you a good amount of time to get mailing lists together, figure out how many to send out and have your cards custom made. Let’s set-up a complimentary consultation to welcome your clients properly into the holiday season!

Book Now

 

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Katy Starr Photography

Serving Southern Idaho

Phone 208-432-2309

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

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Tea with Cinderella – Southern Idaho Photographer

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A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to do something I’ve never done before in my photography business. I spent a Saturday morning with Cinderella and 13 other little princesses at a tea party at The Steeping Leaf in Twin Falls! Khloe Carter won our photoshoot with Cinderella, so she had a little one-on-on time with her and memories she’ll never forget 🙂

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The Cinderella Tea Party, hosted by Clock Strikes 12 Productions, was sooo much fun! Every little detail was thought of and the setting was simply devine.

If you’ve never had Clock Strikes 12 Productions at a party for your little girl or boy, you are missing out on an experience of a lifetime. There are so many characters to choose from, including, but not limited to Cinderella, Elsa, Snow White, Tinkerbell, Spiderman etc… The characters truly come to life through Amy and her team! So please check them out for your next party 🙂

 

Cinderella spent some wonderful time with each of the girls, taking a moment for a professional photo opt and the girls just LOVED her!

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In addition to the great one-on-one time, Cinderella, shared some proper etiquette, princess lessons and story time. Sweet Confections made some wonderful little cupcakes for the princesses to snack on and creative balloon characters by Balloon Stories. Every little princess there had a ball (no pun intended!), having tea with Cinderella. Be on the lookout for the next Tea Party as there just may be another Princess to meet!

 

Here is a fun little surprise for Princess Khloe!

 

 

Katy Starr Photography

Serving Southern Idaho

Phone 208-432-2309

katy@katystarrphotography.com

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www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

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Love Yourself!

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This blog post is a little bit about me. I met up with another local photographer, Jessie Nelson, who by the way is ah-mazing! She shot these photos for me, while I finished them up with a little editing. Her business is Rock Creek Photography by Jessie Nelson, so look her up 🙂

I’ve never been one to like photos of myself….. like ever. But here I am sharing a BUNCH of photos of myself. This isn’t to be conceited or full of myself, by any means. While I’ve never been completely comfortable in my own skin, having a baby really makes it worse when it comes to our natural drive to criticize ourselves. A constant reminder I have to give myself is, it took 9 months to gain this weight and I certainly can’t expect to drop it all right away. As long as I’m trying (trying to eat better and trying to exercise) that’s what is most important!

Yes, I now have the excuse that I just had a baby, but I can’t use that as an excuse forever. Why? Because I want my daughter to grow up feeling not good, but GREAT about herself. I need to be a good influence on her and how she cares for herself. She doesn’t need a magazine or the media to tell her she’s not good enough if she isn’t skinny. In all honesty, it could go both ways. Women are blasted for being too skinny, as well as being too fat. Neither matters and I want my daughter to know that. I want her to know that, first and foremost, she needs to just take care of herself and respect what God has given her.

  • Eat healthy, eat the right foods, but don’t deprive yourself. You only live once, right? So live a little once in awhile!
  • Exercise! Keep your body and your heart, healthy and in shape
  • Love yourself, no matter what!
  • Take pictures and LOTS of them… they are the best memories that not only we have, but that our family and friends have

I want her to know that she should do this for herself, for her family and for God. When Josie sees me working out, I don’t want her to view it as she HAS to do it to be “skinny,” but instead because she chooses to and it makes her feel good!

So now that I’ve gone off on quite a tangent, my purpose for this post. I could’ve edited these photos beyond belief. Given myself a glowing, golden (and even) tan and made myself skinny, but I didn’t, and I won’t for any of my clients. Other photographers will for a price, if you ask and that’s okay too if it fits their style, but I have chosen not to. Be proud in your own skin, if you aren’t, change it! You’re the only one in control. Don’t opt out of photos because of how you look. Too many times, I tend to do the same thing, but you know what I tell myself? As long as I work hard and do my best, I will get there.  Thanks again Jessie for making me feel great about myself and getting me in front of the camera!

Love yourself, friends 🙂

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Katy Starr Photography

Serving Southern Idaho

Phone 541-410-2577

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

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Southern Idaho Photographer – Weinmeister Family

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Return clients are the best! Nothing says you’ve done a great job more than having clients return to have you do their family session. KC and Cali had Tragen March of 2014 and I had the honor of capturing some lifestyle inspired newborn photos. Such a coincidence, Tragen due date in 2014 happened to be our little Josie’s due date this year in 2015! The photo above has to be one of my absolute images from the evening. No smiles from Tragen in this particular photo, but they’re such a beautiful family… add in a gorgeous canyon backdrop and this photo says HUGE canvas all over it 😀

This session is one of the many reasons I love Idaho so much! To see the love of a family and capture these small little moments in time, so they can look back Tragen’s senior year of high school and love their life. You only live once, yolo, right? When you’re old and gray, you will have vague memories of your childhood and adult life, but if you have professional images, you have visual stories! Not just for yourself, but for your kids, your grandkids and even your great grandkids… give them some incredible memories. Tragen won’t remember back to these years, but he can look back at these photos and see just how loved he was and is by his parents. How everything in his life will be shaped and molded from two fun loving people, with a love for the outdoors, hunting and ranching lifestyle, only surpassed by the love they have for their family.

 

Closing note… don’t be afraid to get some annual professional photos taken of your family. Years from now, you’ll be thankful that you did and know that it was money spent wisely 🙂

 

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Katy Starr Photography

Serving Southern Idaho

Phone 541-410-2577

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

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Lost Memories For Our Youngest Generation

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I was inspired to write this post from an article I came across recently, which was written in January. How many of you take photos? Between cameras and camera phones, I’m willing to bet the majority of people do, which is awesome! Such great memories right? How many of you print those photos? Few do these days. While more pictures than ever are being taken, few of those images are actually printed. What happens if your house floods, you have a house fire, your computer crashes or your phone takes a swim? What happens to your photos, your memories?

 

Mike Yost, a photographer from Jacksonville Florida shared his blog post titled, “The Most Photographed Generation Will Have No Pictures in 10 Years!” He quotes that less than 1 out of 100,000 photos that we take, now, are actually printed. That’s no surprise though, right? With the convenience of a smart phone camera and keeping in touch via social media, we don’t think about printing photos anymore. I know I’m guilty.

 

I highly recommend having professionally taken photos printed with a professional. The local store down the street, doesn’t have a high quality printer, so even though you start out with amazing photos, the end result will diminish from a low quality printer. Now it’s unrealistic that have all your photos you take printed at a high quality. No one could ever afford that!  Mpix does a great job at printing compared to most though, so you get a little better quality at an affordable price. Regardless, print your photos!

 

Print your phone photos! Just google to find some options, but a couple are CVS and Postal Pix. I haven’t used either (mainly because I save my phone photos to my computer and then print later), so you’ll have to let me know how they work out when you try it! Out of convenience sake, they seem like a couple of neat options though. All you have to do is download their app.

 

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Another great option, in addition to your prints, are annual yearbooks. We had them in school, right? Why do a family version! It makes scrap booking so much quicker and easier! A couple months before having Josie, I sat down, bound and determined to to make these books I’ve been meaning to do for years. Since the year I met my husband, I created and finished up annual yearbooks and I will continue to each year from now on. It will be much easier year to year than trying to do 5 books in one sitting… it took quite awhile! 🙂

 

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We never think about how truly important photos are of someone until we lose them and it’s the only thing left to hold on to. But let’s hope it never comes to that. Photos will just become lost memories for our youngest generation.

 

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Katy Starr Photography

Serving Southern Idaho

Phone 541-410-2577

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

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Southern Idaho Senior Photographer – 2016 Senior Model Rep

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I’m proud to introduce my 2016 Senior Model Rep, Jessica Gallegos. This young lady is gorgeous, fun and so down to earth! We had a great time doing her mini session last month. It’s great when you have someone so natural in front of the camera. Although we only had 30 minutes, she requested to wear 2 outfits and we made it happen… she’s such a rock star 🙂

 

I normally have at least a couple more senior model reps, but unfortunately the girls I chose were unable to make it work. Thus, instead of the regular four photos, Jessica has more to chose from! When choosing my senior models, its important that they are involved in their schools and communities. Being involved and committed, shows maturity and leadership, which are great qualities to find in a soon to be senior.

 

One of Jessica’s passions is dance and has been doing it for years. She made her dance team this year – so awesome!

 

In her application, I asked her to share with me a quote that represents and inspires her. Her quote was, “Life isn’t about finding yourself , Life is about creating yourself” by George Bernard Shaw. I’ve never heard this quote before, but really love it! It reminds me of my favorite quote by Ghandi, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Both quotes involve action… action that is derived by ourselves. We are who we make ourselves to be and people always seem to wish for change, but want no part of it. We can’t control actions of others, or lack there of, only our own.

 

**2016 Seniors** Jessica has 2016 Senior Model Rep cards she is handing out. Those receiving a card from her will receive a $20 print credit… but, if you’re reading this blog post now, you can get another great deal! If you book your senior session with Katy Starr Photography by Monday June 1, 2015 (session can be scheduled any time, session contract just needs to be received with deposit by June 1st), you’ll receive an additional 10% off your session price. Contact me to find out more information and get in touch with Jessica for a $20 print credit 🙂

 

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Katy Starr Photography

Serving Southern Idaho

Phone 541-410-2577

katy@katystarrphotography.com

katystarrphotography.com

www.facebook.com/KatyStarrPhotographyIdaho

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