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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 25, 2009

Coming Up : Black Friday Sale

DBP clients - past, present, and future - if you have been waiting for the perfect time to book a session or order some prints & products, you just might want to take advantage of some of our Black Friday specials! We'll be offering discounts on future sessions as well as on prints from past sessions and some of our favorite products. The sale will start this Friday (11/27/09) and carry on through the next Sunday (12/6/09).

BLACK FRIDAY SALE

FOCUS sessions
- Book a 1 hour or 2 hour FOCUS session to be completed between Black Friday 2009 and April Fools Day 2010, and take $20 off the regular-priced session fee. Payment is due upon booking.

Lustre and Metallic Prints
- All prints will be automatically marked down by 15% on my proofing site or you can contact me to obtain an order if you would rather not order them online.
- Add a little punch to your favorite photo by ordering it on metallic paper! Just add $5 to the cost of each print. Contact me directly if interested in purchasing metallic prints.
- NOTE: If your gallery is no longer on our proofing site, contact me to have it uploaded again to be able to order prints.

Coffee Table Albums
- Take 25% off the purchase of any size coffee table album, hard cover or soft cover.
- If your session is no longer on our proofing site, I will re-post it for your convenience once you have paid for your album.
- If you intend on booking a session between now and April 1, 2010, you can even prepay for your coffee table album to take advantage of this special.
- Contact me directly to order an album at a discount.

Accordion Mini Albums

- Buy one, get one free.
- These make great brag books for grandparents!

Gallery Canvas Wraps
- Take 15% off one wrap, 20% off two wraps, or 25% off three or more wraps.
- If you'd like to see how a certain print would look in a particular size, contact me to have a mock-up emailed to you.
- Contact me directly to order wraps at a discount.

Creative Storyboards

- Take 10% off all storyboards.
- Colors, fonts, style, etc. is completely customizable by you!
- Contact me directly to select size and photos so we can begin design.

Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

And come Friday, happy shopping! :)

Oh, and because every post deserves a photo, here is a sneak peek of one from a recent session with the Burchfields!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

News & Updates (part three)

The last session I have for you right now is for an engagement session with the very happily engaged lovebirds, Mary and Steven! They were up for whatever and didn't mind at all kissing for just a few shots. Well, OK...more like didn't mind kissing for ALL of their shots! Ha...but in all seriousness, this couple is head over heels for each other, and I cannot wait to shoot their wedding in June! Here are some of my faves :)

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To see more of their photos, visit their facebook album HERE and their proofing gallery HERE!

Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to see all about our Black Friday sale!!

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News & Updates (part two)

Next up is the Vaughan family! Johnna contacted me a couple of weeks ago after seeing Ashton's senior sesh and wanted me to take some pics of her senior, Alex. And who says the younger brother can't have fun, too?! So we threw him in some pictures so she'd have photos of both her children. Here are some of my faves!

Meet Alex, who the last I heard said she was going to attend my alma mater, Mississippi State University...woot woot!

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Now for some of Alex and Grayson together!

sweet, huh??
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it's payback time, sis!
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and let's throw in a few with the parents for good measure! see where they get there good looks from :)

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and even though I already blogged this one for their sneak peek, it's worth showing again...I love it so much...
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To see more photos from their session, click HERE to see their facebook album and HERE to see their proofing gallery.
One more sneak peek, and then the Black Friday update...oooo, aren't you just on pins and needles by now??

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News & Updates (part one)

Just wanted to take a moment before the holiday season really kicks in to share some favorites from recent sessions as well as give an update on some sales we'll be offering on Black Friday and the week afterward.

First up are a few of my absolutes faves from an in-love session with Jason and Jessica...who by the way were an absolute delight to photograph. Their love for each other was so incredibly evident, and I hope to have more shoots with them in the years to come. :)

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anyone want to take a stab at their last name? ;)
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To see more photos from their session, visit their facebook album HERE and their proofing gallery HERE!

...stay tuned for our next post on the Vaughans...and then our Black Friday Sale!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

focus : vaughan family {collierville photographer}

First thing's first...this family is a bunch of hams! And I say that in the most loving way possible. :) It all starts with the dad and then moves its way down through the rest of the family. I can just imagine how much fun this household is on a typical day, and I am blessed to have met them and witnessed just a few hours of it!

I was contacted by Johnna to take some senior photos of Alex, but she also wanted to bring her son along so we could get some photos of the two kiddos together. Well, luckily dad decided to tag along as well, so we got a few photos of the entire family together. Enjoy this sneak peek and stay tuned to the blog for more to come later this week!

P.S. Major thanks to Jill and Ashton for referring this family to DBP! Y'all are the best :)

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some of Alex:
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and some of the family:
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