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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, October 17, 2010

MINI Sessions & Christmas Cards

Just a reminder about our MINI Sessions for a Cure! Your $50 session fee goes straight to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® through the Images For A Cure giving site. Donations are due by the end of October, but your session can take place anytime before the end of the year. For more information, click HERE!

And if you are interested in using these sessions to get that perfect photo for your Christmas cards, then I thought you might like to see some of our Christmas card designs!

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To see more designs, check out our gallery HERE!

And aside from normal sizes like 5x5 and 5x7 flat and folded cards, we're also offering new custom die-cut Luxe cards that you'll instantly fall in love with just as I have! Check out the new sizes we now offer :)



Below are some sample designs for our Luxe cards:

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As for pricing, here is what you can plan for.
25 4x5.5 Flat Cards - $50
50 4x5.5 Flat Cards - $90
75 4x5.5 Flat Cards - $120
100 4x5.5 Flat Cards - $150

25 5x5/5x7 Flat Cards - $60
50 5x5/5x7 Flat Cards - $100
75 5x5/5x7 Flat Cards - $130
100 5x5/5x7 Flat Cards - $160

25 4x5.5 Folded Cards - $70
50 4x5.5 Folded Cards - $130
75 4x5.5 Folded Cards - $180
100 4x5.5 Folded Cards - $220

25 5x5/5x7 Folded Cards - $80
50 5x5/5x7 Folded Cards - $140
75 5x5/5x7 Folded Cards - $190
100 5x5/5x7 Folded Cards - $230

25 4x5.5/5x5/5x7 Tri-fold Cards - $85
50 4x5.5/5x5/5x7 Tri-fold Cards - $150
75 4x5.5/5x5/5x7 Tri-fold Cards - $200
100 4x5.5/5x5/5x7 Tri-fold Cards - $240

25 Luxe Cards - $70
50 Luxe Cards - $130
75 Luxe Cards - $180
100 Luxe Cards - $220

- prices include custom design, white envelopes, and choice of paper stock (UV coated, linen, recycled paper, or pearl for standard sizes; Smooth, Pearl, Linen, or Watercolor for Luxe cards)
- bonus for you - post your favorite childhood Christmas memory on our Facebook page and receive 10% off your Christmas card order!


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Friday, October 15, 2010

friday faves : furry four-legged creature

SO...in order to motivate myself to post more often, we're going to start a new feature on the blog titled "Friday Favorites!" And yeah, I know, this post just barely made it in on Friday, but I had to work out a few kinks so I humbly ask your forgiveness ;)



Moving along, I thought it would be perfect to start this series by posting some images of my most favorite furry four-legged friend EVER!! Meet Lexie!! This sweet girl has SO many endearing personality traits and QUIRKS, that I just couldn't possibly begin to write them all out here. But I'll attempt to at least share a few:
- she is absolutely scared to death of vacuum cleaners and baby gates (which we use to keep her in the living room during the day)...i mean, she won't even go near them or try to walk past them to get to where we are. Bless her little heart :) but at least she doesn't still go crazy when she sees herself in the mirror
- she is perhaps the only Labrador RETRIEVER in the world who just CANNOT learn to RETRIEVE, much to Toddy's dismay
- she is the sweetest puppy ever whose only fault is that she just wants to kiss you ALL THE FREAKING TIME!! and hold hands with you
- it's just impossible to resist her puppy eyes and her puppy dreams make us giggle every time!

Well, I could keep going, but I'll spare you and just get on to the pictures!

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

focus : dugger family {collierville family photographer}

You may remember these next two guys from a senior/family sesh from last fall!

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Well, they're back again, but this time it's their little cousins giving sweet kisses to their sister on those steps!

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Welcome back Vaughans, and thank you for bringing your extended family with you this time! It's so nice to work with previous customers again and catch up with everything that's happened over the past year. Many thanks to their grandmother Janice for getting everything all set up and entrusting me to capture these special memories for her family :)

Without further adieu, here are some of my faves from this session!

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To see more, visit their facebook album or proofing gallery :)

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

wedding : ribbon + bj {oxford mississippi wedding photographer}

WOW!! So thanks for telling me it had been THREE MONTHS since my last post :) yikes...so sorry about that! Todd and I have had a busy summer and fall, and I've been so focused on editing images that I had forgotten to blog. But I promise to do much better from here on out!

So let's get started with sharing some of Ribbon and BJ's wedding images! You may remember them from their engagement session in the Grove at Ole Miss. Well, we were back on the campus for their August wedding and ended the night at a Powerhouse reception just off the square. A fun time was definitely had by all, and I pray many blessings upon this super cute and sweet family of three! Enjoy :)

And special kudos to all of their wedding vendors for an outstanding job:
Flowers: Mimosa Flowers & Gifts (Diane Faulkner)
Caterer: Lynn Long
Cake: Laurie Lackey
Planner: One Fine Day (Claire Kiamie)
Alcohol Caterer: Jimmy Bruno
Band: One Mile South (Will Nelson)

And some very special thanks to my outstanding second shooter, Ana! Thanks girl for being such a blast to work with on all my August and October weddings :)

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and one of my FAVORITE images EVER!!
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...see more in their facebook album! :)

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

MINI Sessions for a Cure!



Last year saw my first time to participate with an organization called Images For A Cure, in which 100% of the session fee for my fall MINI sessions went to breast cancer research. Well, it's time to give them our support once again! And here is how it works:

1 - Donate your fall/winter MINI session fee before the end of October - $50 for 30 minutes on location. You pay the session fee directly on their giving site and then forward me your receipt.

2 - Schedule your MINI session with me for anytime between now and the end of the year. Just shoot me an email/call a couple of weeks in advance to make sure I'll be available for your desired time slot! Some available times are coming up on Saturday, October 23 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if that works for you :)

3 - Select your print collection and/or order from our a la carte offerings once your images are up on the DBP proofing site!

Collection #1:
$100 print credit
1 high-res digital image for DIY Christmas cards
$100

Collection #2:

1 11x14
2 8x10
4 5x7
25 5x5/5x7 flat Christmas cards
$125

Collection #3:

All high-res digital images with a print release
$150

4 - Arrive for your MINI session, smile, and have fun! :)

5 - EXTRA CREDIT : Refer DBP to your friends and family telling them about how much fun you had with me ;)

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Monday, July 19, 2010

focus : ribbon + bj {oxford engagement photographer}

One of the BEST parts about being a photographer is having the chance to shadow people around for a time and record their natural interactions with each other. It's just one of the best feelings in the world to come back home and find those images that you know the family is going to just LOVE and want to display in their home for years and years to come!

Images that record how all it takes is one sly little look from dad to make mom blush and smile for days.

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And images that record one of the biggest smiles possible from sweet baby boy...

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...that makes his parents just go gaga over him and squish his little face with kisses at the same time!

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Or a close-up image of sweet boy's little eyes that just want to melt your heart!

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Well, whichever moments are most important to you...that's what I love capturing! To see many more special moments from their session (and lives together), click HERE to see their facebook album and HERE to see their proofing gallery.

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Sunday, July 11, 2010

wedding : mary + steven {memphis wedding photographer}

It's evident by how his face lights up when she enters a room and how a crinkle in her nose forms as she laughs at something funny he just said. Or maybe it's all the millions of kisses they like to sneak in when they think no one is looking, or just don't care if they are! The love these two share is pretty remarkable and I am blessed to have been able to capture it and all the special moments of their big day as they confessed their unconditional love and lifelong support for each other in front of all their friends and family. Enjoy some of snapshots of a day that they nor their family will ever forget :)

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God bless you two!! And many special thanks to Jennie Lee for helping me photography this fun day :)

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