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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).

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Welcome!


Welcome to the Designs by Prater blog, where I will highlight my favorite images of my recent photography shoots! I will also use this blog to announce the latest DBP news and special promotions. So, please check back often! In the meantime, enjoy the images you see posted here, and please feel free to share the blog with your friends and family. God bless!

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Monday, September 1, 2008

About Me

To know me is to understand what I am passionate about: my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, my hubby Todd and puppy dog Lexie, my beloved friends and family, sports, autumn and leaves changing colors, all things Coca-Cola, serving others, and PHOTOGRAPHY!

I live because Christ died for me. I love because His love shines through me. I serve because the world needs to see the face of Christ. I take photographs because important memories need never be forgotten!

I fell in love with photography probably before I could even speak a word. To be able to capture in time a moment, a laugh, an unspoken word, a true love has always seemed so majestic. There are not many times in my life where you could catch me without one of my cameras nearby.

Photography is a passion that I feel blessed to pursue and capture memories and moments of time for others...for YOU!

I want to take time to get to know you and your family. To learn what is important to you and how you want YOUR moments to be captured. While there might be a little posing involved for your pictures, most of the time all I want to do is record the candid moments that naturally take place when you are surrounded by those you love! So, if this sounds good to you, drop me a line. Let's capture what you are most passionate about!

My Favorite Links

These are a few of my favorite things!

MY PHOTOGRAPHY COHORTS

photographers that I second shoot for and/or that second shoot with me

Jennie Lee Photography
- fab photog from Collierville who collaborates with me on my Shutter Squared photography

Jenny M Photography
- a fab photog from Jackson, MS, whom I met through a mutual friend

b.mo.foto
- a fab photog from Jackson, MS, whom I went to college with


PHOTOGRAPHY PROPS


ali.parker.child
- this lovely lady from my church makes the cutest dresses and outfits for the young kiddos! You must check out her Etsy shop...

Hannah's Tutus
- These are great for kids portraits, and you can even place a custom order...check them out!

WEDDING VIDEOGRAPHY

Jernigan Film Studios
- he was the videographer for our wedding, and he is so talented! Let him know I sent you!


MORE WEDDING VENDORS

The DJ - he was the DJ at a recent wedding of mine and was a blast to hang out with. He even got in a little dancing himself with my co-photographer! Based out of Tupelo, MS, he mostly covers Northeast Mississippi but is also available outside of that area for a nominal fee.

Fresh Cut Catering & Floral - a wonderful combo of florals and catering services based out of the Metra Jackson MS area...truly remarkable team of wedding professionals! And the food is so yummy...

The Cake Diva - Hurrican Katrina moved this cake artist, Maria de La Barre, and her family to Jackson, MS, where her cakes are renowned by their flavor and innovative designs. It's no wonder she is recommended by some of the South's finest floral designers, photographers, caterers, wedding planners, etc.


WEDDING PLANNING RESOURCES

Southern Weddings
- a great resource for inspiration if you are planning a wedding in the Deep South!


Grey Likes Weddings
- a great resource for inspiration if you are planning a wedding in the Deep South!


My Memphis Wedding
- a great resource of local vendors to assist you in planning all the ins and outs of a Memphis wedding!


Premier Bride Memphis
- another great resource of local vendors to assist you in planning all the ins and outs of a Memphis wedding!


PERSONAL FAVES

The Church at Schilling Farms
- my house of worship and community of believers

Mississippi State University - my beloved alma mater...Go State!

Boston Red Sox
- Todd's beloved baseball team (even though they disappointed him this past fall) :)

My Coke Rewards - I love Coca-Cola...enough said!

Facebook - do I even need to say more here?

Reality TV World - I love reality TV - The Amazing Race, Big Brother, The Bachelor/ette, DCC: Making the Team, Survivor, The Biggest Loser, etc.

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Designs by Prater portrait sessions

Portrait sessions can be used to FOCUS on whatever you want - yourself, a couple, high school seniors, college graduates, preggo bellies or newborn babies, etc. Session fees are for the time and talent of the photographer and are due at the time of booking; prints and products are purchased additionally. And don't forget to check out our Investment page for more options including our Baby Plan and Senior Portrait Collections, as well as many of our print and product pricing!


FOCUS Sessions

Focus sessions take place on-location and usually guarantee you @50-100 edited photos. Location and wardrobe changes are encouraged to offer some variety in your images! Sessions include up to 6 people. (Add $10 for each additional person. Contact me for a custom quote on large groups.)
1-hour FOCUS = $75
2-hour FOCUS = $100

Note: We also hold seasonal MINI session days where you can book a 30-minute session for $50. Let me know if you are interested in participating in the next one!


digiFOCUS Sessions

These work just like our normal FOCUS sessions, but you'll also get all your edited images on a DVD in a custom photo case. Complete payment will be expected up front when you book your session.

digiFOCUS

- up to two hours on location
- all edited photos on a DVD with a print release^
- 10% off a la carte menu items
- $350 (2-hour) or $250 (1 hour)


the fine print

* An additional travel fee will apply for locations more than 30 miles away from 38017, based upon your location. This fee compensates me for any mileage and/or overnight stays required. On occasion I will be in the following zip codes visiting family and friends, so I am happy to book sessions within 30 miles of these zip codes without the additional fee if I am already going to be in town: Brandon, MS 39047; Madison, MS 39110; Starkville, MS 39759; Columbus, MS 39705; and Cleveland, MS 38732. Contact Susan for more details.

^High-res digital negatives of edited photos from your session come on a DVD w/ a print release allowing you to make multiple reprints of selected images at your own convenience, while DBP retains the original copyright and permission to use photos for promotional purposes.

Disclaimer: These prices are subject to change at any time, and do not reflect any required taxes or travel fees.

BONUS (for making it this far): Mention the phrase that pays - "I love Coca-Cola!" - and you earn yourself a FREE 8 x 10. Actually bring me a Coca-Cola to your shoot, and you can upgrade that to a FREE 11 x 14 print!

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