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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

Photo Canvas Slip Covers for the Holidays

Hey everyone! I thought I’d stop by quickly to post a decorating hack I came up with last year. I was wanting to utilize the beautiful portraits that Jennifer Gray did for us, but I didn’t want to spend the money for canvases that would only be displayed for a month per year for a couple years. So I decided to create slipcovers for them! Check out below how I did these, they stored well and have lasted for year number two so far and are officially my favorite Christmas decorations as of yet! I hope you can find ways to utilize the holiday portraits I’ve made for you as well! I’d love to see how!

And that’s it! When you’re ready to put away your holiday decoration just slip the prints/strings off the canvases and store the prints carefully. Good luck on making you’re own version!

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 —— 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 ——- 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 ———– (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 to be sent straight to my studio, where they will be delivered to the SC Diaper Bank. Click Here for the link to my Amazon registry that will tell you exactly what they need!

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 ——- 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