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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

Location Challenge!

Let’s try something new! It started when I sat down to start planning my fall family mini sessions and I paused when I came to locations. In the last 4-5 years of photographing families in Columbia, Lexington, and Irmo I feel like I’ve seen and done it all, though I know I haven’t! I’m looking for some new and exciting places to hold sessions around here and I thought I’d reach out to YOU for suggestions. After all, YOU are the reason we’re here…the focus of the photos! The location can sometimes fade into the background but it sure adds that something extra when it comes to family pictures.

Here’s the details of the contest. To enter, you’ll email me at KatieEnglishPhotography@gmail.com with the subject line “Location Challenge!”. Inside the email you’ll tell me about a location (or two or three) that you love. It can be a park, a city block, private property, wherever you find beautiful! You’ll need to include at least one photo (the more, the merrier!), even if you find it on Google.

Rules:

-Location must be outdoors and available for photos (no trespassing signs are a good hint that it’s not our spot 😉 )

-If it’s private property (your land or a friends), you must have already spoken to the landowner and I must be also be able to speak to the landowner to get permission to shoot there. I often make a deal with landowners and pay a small fee or trade the use of the land for photos!

-Location must be within 45 minutes of downtown Columbia. Shade at the location is always preferable!

-Certain locations don’t count (only because I’ve been there 3,643,560 times):

*The SC State House, The Cayce Historical Museum, The USC Horseshoe, Irmo Park, Finlay Park, Clemson Ext, Saluda Shoals, Sesqui Park, The Governor’s Mansion grounds, the Riverwalk.

So now that you’ve entered….what do you win? On August 31st the contest will end and a third party will choose the winner (via video that I’ll post) based on beauty of location (all names will be removed from the entries) and accessibility (how often is it available? Are there fees to get in or to park? etc). The winner will receive one free fall or Christmas mini session (digital images included), held at my studio in November. These sessions are adorable and include unique fall or Christmas themed backdrops and props. The images are great for Christmas cards, to share with friends and family (great gifts!), and even to decorate your own home during the holidays. This is a $100+ value!

So those are the details, I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Please call or text Katie at 803-743-7189 if you have any questions!

 

 

Fall and Christmas Short Sessions!

Hello again! Just like last year, you get TWO great options for your fall pictures this year! I’ll be doing both outdoor fall family sessions and indoor Christmas studio sessions, both great for that Christmas card shot you’re looking for! Pick which style you’re wanting (keep scrolling down for your second option) and let’s get planning!

These are perfect for Christmas cards or just to update your family photos in a beautiful outdoor setting. We’ll shoot for about 45 minutes, making sure we get plenty of shots of each individual child, the siblings, and of course everyone together. Feel free to bring some extra clothes for a quick change (even bring Christmas outfits, it doesn’t have to be strictly “fall” clothes), I’ve got some great suggestions on what to wear/how to dress your family for a great “photo look”.

Available Dates:

October 11: Gibson Pond Park

5:15pm: Elizabeth Kubas

6:00pm: Elyssa Folsom

6:45pm: Lindsay Arant

 

October 18: Cayce Historical Museum

5:15pm: Joan Kozemko

6:00pm: Leslie Rider

6:45pm: Jessica Calhoun

 

October 24: Irmo Park

9:00am: Stephanie Staley

9:45am: Bridget Stokes

10:30am: Marci Salzman

 

November 7:

8:15am: Tonya Norris

9:00am: Jennifer Tanyi

9:45am: Ashley Powell

 

November 8:

3:00pm Heather Deese

3:45pm Heather McCants

 

November 15:

Sarah Vickers

Lauren Spain

Carrie Taylor

Gina Reeves

These indoor studio sessions are a whole different style and also perfect for Christmas cards! You’ll be able to pick a few different backdrops among plenty of options for a highly stylized setup with tons of Christmas/winter props. The kiddos can’t look any cuter in their holiday outfits or even Christmas pajamas are fun to wear for these! Since I know everyone is wanting an update family photo we’ll make time for one, and even run outdoors for it if weather permits.

Here are the available dates:

November 8:

10:00am: Melissa Thilk

10:45am: Alicia Genco

11:45am:

12:30pm Kiera Dillon

1:30pm: Julia Holladay

 

November 15:

9:15am: Becki Caesar

10:00am: Katelin Williamson

10:45am: Heather Tucker

11:45am: Clara Rodriguez

 

 

 

To sign up (starting August 31st at 8pm), email me at KatieEnglishPhotography@gmail.com or text/call me at 803-743-7189. 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!

Halloween Mini Sessions!

I’m so excited to be offering Halloween Minis this year! I can’t picture anything cuter than your littles all dressed up in their Halloween costumes or a cute fall outfit, so lets make sure we freeze time for a minute! These are great for babies and kids of any age, and I always encourage sibling sets as well.  Just a heads up (because some people have asked), these are different than the fall family sessions I’ll be offering later in October. More info on those to come later this week!

Back to Halloween Minis! The 20 minute sessions (plenty of time, trust me!) will be held at my home studio in Lexington on October 9th and October 10th. You can choose one backdrop between the two pictured above, and I’ll have plenty of cute props to go along with them. Since I’m also a Mama on a budget and I know this is an “extra” that we just have to have, I priced it affordably at $25 per session. Included are 3 digital images with a print release. When you schedule your time (more on that at the bottom of this post) I’ll send you a Paypal invoice to be paid within 24 hours of the time you receive it.

Here are the available time slots:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9TH

10:00 am: Julie B.

10:20 am: Lindsay Y.

10:40 am: Elizabeth K.

11:00 am: Brooke B.

11:40 am: Kendra M.

12:00 pm: Lindsay A.

12:20 pm: Joan K.

12:40 pm: ——-

1:20 pm: Jessica T.

1:40 pm: Kristen D.

2:00 pm: Ragan H.

2:20 pm: Kim W-B.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10TH

10:00 am: Brittany H.

10:20 am: Lauren C.

10:40 am: Jennifer B.

11:00 am: Nicole M.

11:40 am: Jen C.

12:00 pm: Melanie D.

12:20 pm: – Kristina G.

12:40 pm: – Mindy H.

1:00 pm: – Nycki C.

1:20 pm: Clara R.

1:40 pm: Crystal H.

2:00 pm: Dana H.

2:20 pm: Leslie R.

To sign up, text me (Katie) at 803-743-7189 with your name, child/children’s names, and email address! The time slots are first come, first serve starting on August 17th at 8pm.

Please feel free to call, text, or email me if you have any questions! Can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

Disney’s Frozen Mini Sessions!

It’s getting ridiculously hot here in South Carolina and I’m not going to lie, I already feel like I’m melting when I step outdoors! Now it might be the Yankee in me, or the fact that I’m usually dragging around two car seats but it’s HOT! So what do you do when you’re sitting around sweating? Plan winter-themed portrait sessions! But not just a winter theme, but the most popular kid’s movie EVER…Frozen mini sessions. After seeing kid after kid come through my studio singing “Let it Go”, I’ve decided to embrace the craziness that is the Frozen obsession and really have fun with it!

On June 28th and June 29th I’ll be offering  mini sessions with a Frozen theme, I’m talking winter wonderland setup with Elsa and Ana dresses, a stuffed Olaf to cuddle with and anything else my creative mind can come up with. I have one “Ana” dress and one “Elsa” dress, both are sized 4-6. If that might be a little big we can always clip them in the back. Little boys are of course welcome to take part too, but these particular sessions are geared more towards the little ladies. I can’t wait to see the little princesses dancing around to the Frozen soundtrack in their dresses in my temporarily winterized studio. To add to the fun for the kiddos I’ll have someone there to do the little girls’ nails and (age appropriate, mama approved) glitter makeup and hair spray before their turn.

Further down in this post I’ll explain how to sign up, but here are the available time slots:

 

Saturday, June 28th:

10:30am- Debra R.

11:00am- Stephanie P.

11:30am- Shellie L.

12:00pm- Melanie L.

12:45pm- Carrie C.

 

Sunday, June 29th:

12:00pm- Leslie R.

12:30pm- Gina R.

1:00pm- Lauren C.

1:45pm- Laura Y.

2:45pm- Alison P.

 

How to sign up for a time slot:

I’ll begin taking reservations on Monday, June 9th at 6pm.  To sign up for a time, you’ll need to email me at KatieEnglishPhotography@gmail.com OR call/text me at 803-743-7189 (no Facebook messages) and tell me what time you are looking to sign up for. I’ll then enter your name into the time slot above (first come, first served. I look at the time stamp on emails/texts) 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 $25 deposit (which goes towards the final cost) and you’ll just need to pay it within 24 hours (after I send it) to hold your spot. If you aren’t familiar with PayPal it’s incredibly easy, it’s the same as paying for other online goods/bills and it’s extremely secure, nobody but PayPal will ever see your credit/debit card information.

On the day of the session you’ll come 30 minutes before your scheduled session time so that your little princess/princesses can get all prettied up. They’ll be able to pick their polish color and Mama can help consult on the (age appropriate) glitter makeup and glitter hair spray. Once we are ready for your session to start your little one/s can put on the Elsa or Ana dress and we’ll spend about 20 minutes having fun on the winter wonderland set, dancing to the music or smiling while they give Olaf a big hug. I think the whole experience is something your little one will treasure! Later on, while I’m editing the session I will choose the 5 best photos for a CD that you will receive, and I’ll choose my absolute favorite for an 8×10 print that will have some Frozen “flair” digitally added to it. The images on your CD are high resolution and can be shared online or printed wherever you choose, whatever size you choose. Two weeks after the session your photos 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). The total cost (for pick-up) will be $55 without nails and makeup, or $75 for the whole experience (plus a treat to take home with them).

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!

 

The Best of 2013

Wow, 2013 was an AMAZING year for my business. The growth was tremendous, and I have my amazing clients to thank! Unfortunately along with the growth, this blog has been neglected. Since I published very few zero sessions I wanted to put together a “Best Of” post to highlight my favorite photos and clients I had throughout the year. Please enjoy the images of all of these beautiful kiddos and families!

I can only hope that 2014 will be as half as wonderful. Thank you to all of my awesome clients for making it such a great year!