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My name is Susan, and Designs by Prater is what you could call my creative outlet that pulls together my photography, art and graphic design endeavors! The most important thing you should know about me is that my life revolves around my God and my Savior Jesus Christ, my family (especially my husband Todd, son JD, and puppy Lexie), family and friends. Other than that, I am pretty much obsessed with photography, Coca-Cola, and the color green (and all shades of green for that matter, especially teal). I love sports but cannot play them worth a lick. I would not trade my time as a college student at Mississippi State for anything in the world. The friendships and memories made there will stick with me forever...Hail State and Go Dogs! And I am very picky about my chocolate chip cookies, grilled cheeses, and shaved ice (gotta be SnoBiz watermelon flavor).

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

My Holiday Gift Giving Guide!

The holiday season is upon us! So I thought I would take a little time to share a holiday gift guide including some of my favorite items that might be of assistance to you in your holiday shopping. Have fun browsing/shopping!


Shop my Black Friday sale to save money on your next portrait session! Save $25 on a MINI session, $50 on a FOCUS session, and $100 on a digiFOCUS session! Contact me for more details or to order.


A unique styling service where you create your personal style profile to receive a stylish package of goodies - unique clothes and accessories handpicked for you - delivered directly to your home. Keep what you like and send back the rest! Your $20 styling fee counts toward your fix. Find out more using my referral link!

My first Stitch Fix! I kept the polka dot sweater (because it was maroon...duh!!) and the striped blazer. I had a really hard time sending the green top back, but I just wasn't in love with the fit for the price tag. So I sent it back with the comments to keep the green tops coming! And the jeans were too long, so I sent them back with the comments that I need them in a petite length. You can customize your fix SO much!! C'mon...give it a try :)

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Monday, September 2, 2013

Goodbye Summer & Hello Autumn SALE {collierville family photographer}

Labor Day weekend is upon us and that means wishing our summer a fond farewell and gladly welcoming Autumn and college football with welcome arms! OK, maybe just autumn for you...? Either way, this is the perfect time to announce my "Goodbye Summer & Hello Autumn" sale!

It's never too early to start thinking about booking your fall or winter portrait session to plan for the holiday cards and gift giving prints you know you'll want come December. So why not save a little money by booking your session now??

Book now to save $25 on a MINI session, $50 on a FOCUS session, and $100 on a digiFOCUS session! For more information on each session, visit my PORTRAITS page...and then contact me to get your session on the books before both our weekends start filling up :)

Happy football watching, and GO STATE!! Still not on board with college football excitement??? Well, then just Happy Autumn to you ;)
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Saturday, July 27, 2013

Mary Kay Skin Care Set Sale

In celebration of Mary Kay coming out with a new acne skin care set, I'm running a sale on all of our skin care sets now through noon on July 31! Also, with any order over $60, your name goes in the running to become the mystery hostess for this sale - meaning you get the hostess rewards for everyone's orders all put together. So more free product could be yours if you are the lucky name drawn!! 

So here is our skin care set line up:

Introducing the new Clearproof Acne System, consisting of a clarifying cleansing gel, blemish control toner, acne treatment gel, and oil-free moisturizer for acne-prone skin. Releasing in mid-August, this set will sell for $45. However, if you pre-order it now, you can get it for only $40! Contact me directly to place this order - susanprater@marykay.com or cell number available here.

TimeWise Miracle Set (Combination/Oily or Normal/Dry) - $75 (regularly $90)
or Trial Size Set - $35 (regularly $44)
- delivers the advanced age-fighting benefits you want for younger-looking skin
- includes the 3-in-1 cleanser, day solution sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 35, night solution, and age-fighting moisturizer

TimeWise Repair Volu-Firm Set - $175 (regularly $199)
- reduces the look of deep lines and wrinkles; for more advanced signs of aging
- includes foaming cleanser, lifting serum, day cream sunscreen broad spectrum SPF 30, night treatment with retinol, and eye renewal cream

Botanical Effects (Dry, Normal, or Oily) - $50 (regularly $58)
- simple skin care regimen designed to help your skin achieve a healthy balance
- includes cleanser, hydrate, freshen and mask products

BONUS - add on to any order the oil-free eye makeup remover for $10 (regularly $15) AND/OR foundation primer for $12 (regularly $16)

To place an order, just shoot me a text or an email (susanprater@marykay.com) or place your order online at www.marykay.com/susanprater. Your sale price will not be reflected yet online but you will be notified of your final sale order total BEFORE your credit card is charged if you choose to pay securely online. (It doesn't actually charge your card; I have to do that after it notifies me of your order.) Otherwise, I can shoot you an invoice to pay by cash, check, or credit card after you place your order. Just let me know if you have any questions!

Happy summer shopping :)
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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

photography news {pricing updates and policy changes}

Getting back to my photography tonight, I wanted to share with you that I have updated some of my pricing and policies based upon customer demand and new software available to professional photographers. However, I think you'll find that you will love the changes for a couple of reasons, too:

MINI sessions are here to stay!
Since there are times when you might really only need 20-30 minutes of time just to grab those updated photos for your Christmas card, I'm keeping them permanently. And honestly, with an almost two-year-old, sometimes that's all the free time I might be able to spare that day anyways! ha...just teasing...kinda ;)

Digital images are yours!
All sessions include at least one or all digital images, as well as a print release for printing sizes up to 8x12 (or  higher in some cases).

Say "goodbye" to DVDs!
Instead of you having to wait a week or two for your custom DVD to deliver to me so I can load the images onto them to then deliver to you, digital images will now be delivered to you via a PASS gallery. To learn more about the galleries, watch this wonderful video that they put together for us :)

And in case you can't watch the video right now, here's what it says bascially: With PASS, you can share photos directly to Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest from your online gallery. You can even download all of your photos directly through the browser without installing any additional software. Your gallery also includes full access to the photos for a year plus secure backup of that event for 10 years. AND you can order professional quality prints (up to size 8x12) without the markup straight through your gallery at super low prices. This is particularly AWESOME NEWS for weddings as your guests will be able to pick up a card at the wedding with a link to where your gallery will live so they can download and order their favorite prints from your wedding and reception :)

Are you excited about the PASS galleries as much as I am?!? So what are you waiting for?? Check out the updated Portraits tab above to see the updated MINI session and FOCUS session offerings. Then contact me to get your session on the books ASAP ;)
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