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  • WELCOME!

    Thanks for stopping by! I'm Katie English, a photographer in Lexington, SC that specializes in maternity, newborn, child, and family photography.

    Here on this site you'll find information about my portrait sessions and pricing, details about specials and mini sessions and a little bit about me as well. I also post favorite images from some of my client's sessions, but to check out my most recent work (updated weekly) please check out my Facebook business page HERE.

    Take a look around, I'm so glad you're here and I can't wait to meet you!

    Katie

Christmas Mini Sessions 2017

Bring your kiddos in their winter best for this Christmas Camping theme! These are going to be SO SO cute! The campfire, roasting s’mores, and buffalo plaid? I can’t wait!

Here are the details:

Date: November 11th and 12th

Time: 9am – 12pm

Cost: $135 for a 25 minute session and you’ll receive 10 high resolution digital images with rights to print and share. A family picture can be included with the same theme as well! Don’t forget, I’m doing a Diaper Drive this fall so if you bring a package/box of diapers you’ll get $10 off plus an entry to win a FREE session in 2018!

Sign ups start on October 18th at 8:30pm! Here are the available times:

Saturday, November 11th:

11:00am: Michelle Tolbert

11:30am: Kia Bristow

12:00pm: Erica Mattox

1:00pm: Robin Vassey

1:30pm: Lauren Sarver

2:00pm: Ashleigh Ledford

2:30pm: Mimi Kizer

3:00pm: Katie Daniels

 

Sunday, November 12th:

9:00am: Megan Simpson

9:30am: Ashley Jones

10:00am: Kimberly Adams

11:00am: Nicole Mitchell

11:30am: Courtney Crosby

12:00pm: Kim Wikoff-Brabham

12:30pm: Bianca Bosch

 

Here’s how you sign up: Starting October 18th at 8:30pm please text me at 803-743-7189 with your name, email address, preferred date/time and a backup all in one message (just in case I get multiple clients texting at once, more than one text messes with the order that your text was received!). I’ll text everyone back once I have them all entered and then I’ll be requesting a $50 deposit (that goes towards the total payment) via Paypal within a couple days of sign-up to hold your spot.

Please let me know if you have any questions, I can’t wait to hear from you!

Fall Mini Sessions 2017

Hello everyone! It’s that time again, family mini sessions are about to be in full swing! This year I’m doing something special…I’m teaming up with the South Carolina Diaper Bank and this fall (up until December 31st) I’ll be collecting diapers for our local Mamas who are in need. To find out more about that….click HERE. But first, I’m going to give you the mini session details:

30 minute session- We’ll get everyone together as a family, the siblings, each individual child, and of course Mom and Dad by themselves. 30 minutes is the perfect amount of time, which is about 25 minutes longer than the average attention span of a toddler 😉

15 digital images- Includes print release!

$145- Interested in a discount and a chance to win a FREE full session anytime next year?  Click HERE to learn how.

Date and Location: Pick one! Your options are below:

(Family photos aren’t what you’ve got in mind for your Christmas card this year? Christmas studio mini sessions are coming too! More info will be at the end of this post)

Sunday, October 8th: Riverfront Park. Columbia, SC

9:00am: Bekah Wenning

9:30am: Heather McCants

10:00am: Sarah Vickers

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Saturday, October 21st: Columbia Riverwalk. Columbia, SC

9:00am: Bridget Stokes

9:30am: Elizabeth Porth

10:00am: Chollet Helfer

10:30am: Jessica Calhoun

 

4:00pm: Aimee Carter

4:30pm: Claiborne Patrick

5:00pm: Kiera Dillon

5:30pm: Katie Daniels

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Sunday, October 22nd: South Carolina State House. Columbia, SC 

9:00am: Jessica Haught

9:30am: Alyson Wilder

10:00am: Lindsey Kremlick

10:30am: Christina Doby

11:00: Catherine Nolan

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Sunday, October 22nd:  Cayce Historical Museum. Cayce, SC

2:30pm: Emily Baker

3:00pm: Anna Fleming

3:30pm: Julia Holladay

4:00pm: Kristen Spotts

4:30pm: Katelin Williamson

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Saturday, November 4th:  Sesquicentennial Park. Northeast Columbia, SC

9:00am: Carol Reynolds

9:30am: Ashley Philp

10:00am: Julie Belman

10:30am: Gina Stevenson

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Sunday, November 5th:  Hollow Creek Christmas Tree Farm. Gilbert, SC 

2:30pm: TJ Wallace

3:00pm: Jennifer Pozsik

3:30pm: Jessica Chavis

4:00pm: Heather Tucker

4:30pm:  Elyssa Folsom

5:00pm: Lisa Gillespie

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To sign up (starting Thursday, September 14th at 8:30PM), text me 803-743-7189 with your name, email address, and preferred date/time (and a backup). If you have a specific location and time that you REALLY want then I’d suggest texting me immediately, spots will be reserved first come/first serve. I’ll be requesting a $50 deposit (that goes towards the total payment) via Paypal within a couple days of sign-up to hold your spot. Please let me know if you have any questions!

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Thinking about a studio session for your Christmas card? These are a whole different style and so so cute. Last year’s Christmas Jammies setup was the BEST but this year’s is going to be even better with a forest/rustic/buffalo plaid theme, I think you’ll LOVE it! Sessions will be $135 and held on the morning of November 11th and 12th,  info for sign-ups and sneak previews of the setup will be coming soon!

SC Diaper Bank and Katie English Photography Diaper Drive

Did you know that 1 in 3 Moms struggle to provide diapers for their infants? That often, disposable diapers are cleaned out and re-used because there are no more diapers to replace them with?

I’ll admit, I am privileged enough to not even realize this was a problem until I was scanning through Facebook a couple months ago and came across an article on diaper need. I was sure that WIC and SNAP covered diapers for Mamas that needed the assistance. but that simply isn’t true. The article talked about moms who not only have to re-use diapers but are unable to work or attend school because most childcare facilities require parents to provide a certain amount of diapers for their child and they are unable to meet that minimum. You’d think cloth diapers would be an easy solution but low income families often don’t have reliable consistent access to a washing machine, most laundromats don’t allow the laundry of cloth diapers for sanitary reasons, and most daycare don’t allow them either.

Natural disasters like Hurricane Harvey bring diaper need to a spotlight, but it’s important to note that this is a serious problem every typical day in Texas, nationwide, and definitely right here in Columbia and Lexington where we live. I spoke to director at The South Carolina Diaper Bank and they are in desperate need of diapers to help fill the diaper gap that families here locally experience each month.

Soooo….because of all this I decided that we could help! I’m teaming up with Shanna at the SC Diaper Bank and from now until the end of the year I’ll be collecting diapers for them, which will be distributed through the Bank to Moms in need.

I’m so excited to be helping, that for anyone who donates a pack of diapers I’m offering a $10 discount on any session this fall/winter (think fall family or Christmas minis!) and an entry into a drawing to win a free full portrait session in 2018…that’s a maternity, newborn, child, or family session (to be held in Greater Columbia, SC or Greater Cincinnati, OH (minus newborns) only). You can use it yourself, transfer this session to a friend, or give it as a gift. …take your pick! On New Year’s Eve I’ll draw from all eligible names and announce the winner.

How do you donate? There’s two SUPER EASY ways….

  1. Bring a pack of diapers to any Katie English Photography scheduled photo session starting September 8th.
  2. Order a pack of diapers HERE to be sent straight to my studio, where they will be delivered to the SC Diaper Bank.

Goal? Let’s see if we can come up with 5,000 diapers to cover the bottoms of local babies. Can you help me?

 

Back to School Mini Sessions 2017- Columbia, SC

You guys….this summer has once again FLOWN by! I swear I was just seeing all of those First Day/Last Day of school comparison pictures on all of my Mama friend’s Facebook pages and here we are, about to start back up again! Why not celebrate with updated portraits in one of those cute new “back to school” outfits you’ve been eyeing? And don’t get me started about the electric blue backdrops and “hurry up!” forced smiles that come with school yearbook photos, let’s get those out of the way with professional lighting and a one-on-one experience!

With these Back to School Mini sessions we’ll start with the fun school-themed backdrop and props (including the signs that say “preschool/kindergarten/etc, here we come!”) and then finish up with a neutral gray for a head shot similar to what the schools do…only not similar at all ;). The more relaxed atmosphere will make for much more natural smiles for a better photo to pass out to relatives, add to your yearly collection, and of course to share online to show off your (not-so-little anymore) baby to friends and coworkers!

I’ll break down the finer details:

Who: Preschool age and above. Sibling groups are welcome!

What: A 20-25 minute session using 2 Backdrops (don’t worry, it’s plenty of time!)

Where: My home studio in Lexington (off Mineral Springs Road)

When: August 12th. See below for specific time slots.

How much: $99! That’s it, for fun and unique portraits that will not only be perfect for showing off to friends, but also make great additions for teacher’s gifts and hold up for years to come in their baby albums (wait, you haven’t started one of those either? Guilty)

Now that you know your options, here are the available time slots on August 12th:

11:30am: Kristina Goff

12:00pm: Jo Mason

12:30pm: Lisa Gillespie

1:00pm: Catherine Nolan

2:00pm: Jackie Rowe

2:30pm: Wendy Hoyt

3:00pm: Gina Reeves

 

How do you sign up? Text Katie at 803-743-7189 starting at 8:30PM on Tuesday, August 1st and let me know which time slot you want. I’ll mark you down and send you the $35 deposit invoice via Paypal to be paid within 24 hours to hold your spot. (The $64 balance will be due on the day of your session). I’ll then send out even more info closer to the date!

Can’t wait to see you there!

Katie

Easter Mini Sessions 2017

Hey Everyone!  2016 has been a BIG year for Katie English Photography! I saw more AMAZING clients than ever before, upgraded equipment, probably doubled my amount of props and accessories, and did a ton of continuing education…and that’s not even all of it! No matter how busy it gets around here, I always have a FAVORITE time of the year….Bunny time! Every year I think it gets better and better…last year we  had a great turn out, the kids were BEYOND excited, and those bunnies were oh-so-snuggly (as always). Here’s some of my favorite bunny shots from 2016:

I promise you, this year will not disappoint. Same great bunnies, more cute kids…what could be better?

The basic information will be similar to last year , but with a twist: 25 minute sessions held in my home studio off of Mineral Springs Road in Lexington. These will be great for both boys and girls, babies and kids of all ages. Last year we had little ones from a few months old all the way to 12 years! The bunnies are extremely well behaved, they are actually bred to be show bunnies and are used to being handled on a regular basis. Sometimes we’ll have them in baskets or sitting next to your child, and sometimes if the child can gently and safely hold them they are given the chance to do that as well. I have an assistant who will be with me at each session whose entire goal is to keep our little bunny friends safe and that part is very important to me! After the sessions are over they will go back to their cushy life as award-winning bunny-celebrities ;).

As far as backdrops, I’ve been working overtime coming up with some new ideas and fun setups for this year and I think you all will love what I’m working on. Last year was all about the neutral backdrops so this year we are changing it up a bit with colorful sets. I’ll have four setups and you can choose one, two, or three of them for your session (most people tend to pick their two favorites). I noticed that the fashion colors for this spring are leaning towards coral, mint, pink, and as always, plenty of neutrals so these will be great! This year I’ve even put together some outfit inspiration for you so that you can get an idea of what colors and patterns would go best with each backdrop. You can even click on the link to see where to find each outfit! Something else new this year? I’m adding in an outfit change! If you think you’ll have enough time to do one quick outfit/shirt change for your kiddo, then go right ahead!

Boy’s Plaid – Boy’s Oxford – Plaid Pant/Shirt SetDenim Shirt

Pink EyeletTeal dotsPurpleWhite

WhitePink EyeletPurpleDarker PinkWhite

Denim DressWhite SleevelessDenim Button-UpOrange Dress

Green DressCoral DressWhite Button-UpGreen Button-Up Onesie

Floral DressWhite Button-UpFloral Tutu DressFloral MaxiPlaidWhite Dress

So how does it work? On the day of the session you’ll come 15 minutes before your scheduled session time and while you are waiting you can fill out a little paperwork and finish getting the kiddos dressed. When we are ready for your session to start we’ll pick your favorite backdrops and props and get to work, taking about 20-25 minutes to get the best shots of your little one/s (sibling groups are welcome). You can choose to include the bunnies or not, it’s whatever you prefer.

Afterwards, what will you receive? I pick the 7 best images from the session and you’ll receive them as high-resolution edited digital files in an online gallery (where you can download and print/share however you choose) and a print package consisting of 1-8×10, 4-5×7, and 8 wallets. In the years prior since everyone LOVES the magnets, I’ll be bringing them back again! Along with the files and print package you’ll receive a 3″ x 4.5″ magnet for your fridge or filing cabinet, so your cuties can be displayed all year long. The total cost is $125 and can be paid by cash or check on the day of the session (minus the deposit, explained below). About two weeks after the session (or before Easter, which comes first) your digital images and prints will be available and you can either pick them up or you can have them mailed (for an extra $5 fee to account for packaging/postage).

I’ve been (happily) bombarded with messages asking about the available dates/times and finally…here they are! I’m unfortunately not able to take on as many sessions this year due to a new schedule, but hopefully we’ll be able to make it work for everyone!

Saturday, March 18th

10:00am: Bridget Stokes

10:30am: Jennifer Bailey

11:00am: Niki Brown

12:00pm: Robin Vassey

12:30pm: Jodi Canady

1:00pm: Becky Farmer 

1:45pm: Veronica Mullens

2:15pm: Leslie Rider

 

Sunday, March 19th:

12:30pm: Jamie Smith

1:00pm: Michelle Tolbert

1:30pm: Kim Wikoff-Brabham

2:30pm: Mimi Kizer 

3:00pm: Nicole Mitchell

3:30pm: Susan Jennings

4:00pm: Lindsay McCutcheon

4:30pm: Traci Mullens

Saturday, March 25th:

10:00am: Kayla Haynes

10:30am: Hope McCall

11:00am: Julie Belman

12:00pm: Lindsey Young

12:30pm: Jessica Chavis

1:00pm: Ashley Streett

1:30pm: Emily Baker

 

Sunday, March 26th:

9:00am: Ashley Jones

9:30am: Michelle Henry

10:00am: Elizabeth Glisson

10:30am: Dana Shellem

11:00am: (Last session) Clara Rodriguez 

 

FRIDAY, March 31st:

9:30am: Ashley Powell

10:00am: Emily Mains

10:30am: Janelle Strubbe

11:00am: Monica Conklin

11:30am: Bekah Wenning

1:00pm: Jaclynn Goings

1:30pm: Katie Fowler

2:00pm: Ciara Dean

2:30om: Lori Mauldin

Sunday, April 2nd:

10:00am: Sarah Carter

10:30am: Melinda Warren

11:00am: Ashley Canzater

11:30am: Whitten Bryans

1:00pm: Nina Peeples

1:30pm: ­­Kevin General

2:00pm: Kristina Goff

2:30pm: Mary Catherine Raines

April 8th and 9th are reserved as make-up dates in case I have to cancel a full day of sessions due to major illness (not just the sniffles) or family emergency.

Sign-ups start TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28TH at 8:30pm (evening) for all previous Katie English Photography clients. This is new this year, to show how grateful I am for you guys who’ve been great support these past 4-5 years! To all of the brand new clients, I am SO excited to work with you too! I can’t wait to meet your little ones as well, your sign-ups will be the following evening: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1ST at 8:30pm. 

How to sign up for a time slot:

It can get a little complicated because in the past these have gone very quickly (I am so grateful for you guys!). To sign up for a time, you’ll need to text me at 803-743-7189 starting no earlier than exactly 8:30pm with your name, email address, preferred date/time and a backup all in one message (more than one text changes the order that your first text was received! I’ll text you back if I’m missing info from you). If you have a specific time that you REALLY want then I’d suggest texting me immediately, spots will be reserved first come/first serve (each person texting me is allowed to reserve one spot. Please keep in mind that what is listed as the last session of the day will not necessarily stay that way, I sometimes have to move sessions around to the end for one reason or another). Once I receive each text in order I’ll then enter the name into the time slots above (as quickly as I can!) so everyone else will know what is taken and what is still available. I’ll then send you a PayPal invoice via email for the $50 deposit and you’ll just need to pay it within 24 hours of me sending it to hold your spot.
I think that covers the major details! If you have any questions at all, please call or text me at 803-743-7189 or email me at KatieEnglishPhotography@gmail.com. I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone!