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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).

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

session special + dave ramsey + lexie

So...the hubs and I have been following this guy for a awhile. You may have heard of him. He worked his way out of a lot of debt and is now a millionaire, on top of being a super smart business man...goes by the name of Dave Ramsey??? Yeah...that's the guy! :)

Well, we've been working on his baby steps this past year and so far have Step 1 under our belt and are working real hard on Step 2. And it's a good thing, too! Because we've had a lot of extra expenses thrown at us this summer that we weren't expecting and wouldn't be able to pay for with our normal monthly budget.

Earlier this summer, we found out that our vehicle was going to need new tires. So now part of our emergency fund will go toward keeping us safe on the road. Then we found out that I'm going to need a root canal on one of my teeth. NO FUN!! And because they say things come in 3's...last week we got a little reminder from Shelby County that our car tag and registration on the Murano is due this month, too. sheeshhhhh....please tell me that is all that is coming down the pipeline!

So...in order to replenish our emergency funds and help keep us sane while we get through all of this, I'm going to run a LIMITED EDITION portrait special that should hopefully interest some of you who have been wanting to book a session for awhile but have had a limited budget to work with! I'm thinking about calling it the Dave Ramsey Portait Special :) But there will only be FOUR of these available...

- Up to two hours on location (within 30 miles of Collierville)
- Up to five people, $10 each additional person
- As many locations and wardrobe changes you can fit within the allotted time
- All your edited images on DVD with a print release
$250 (this would normally cost $400)

Think about this for a minute! Our normal session fee is $100 for two hours. So for the extra $150, you'll have the rights to print as many 4x6s, 8x10s, 11x14s (and so on) as your heart desires...at your own lab of choice...as often as you want! Of course, you'll still be able to order any prints and products from me, too! I highly suggest coffee table albums from your sessions ;)

So here is the fine print! Only 4 of these are going to be available...on a first come, first served basis. Payment must be made by the end of July, and sessions must be used by the end of the year.

And here is a bonus to entice you just a bit more: The names of the four clients who purchase these will be put into a drawing to win a complimentary 8x10 canvas gallery wrap which will come ready to hang in your house!

So...any takers? Contact me at susan@designsbyprater.com if interested! In the meantime, enjoy a little cuteness as lexie girl is ready for her close-ups ;)

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

wedding sneak peek : mary + steven {memphis wedding photographer}

Weddings are a time for families to join together in support and love for their children, and that's just what Jennie and I witnessed on Mary and Steven's big day last weekend! It was such a joy to watch both families celebrate this special time in their lives, and we had such a BLAST documenting every moment.

While a full blog post will be coming later this week, I couldn't make their parents wait any longer for a sneak peek! Enjoy :)

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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

june newsletter : win a free portrait session

What does this photo of Marianne & Cory have to do with a FREE 30-minute MINI session?!


Those of you who signed up for our newsletter before today already have the inside scoop! But if you missed out, no worries...take a peek at June's issue right HERE! And if you want to make sure you get the inside scoop for our future photo contests, sign up on our mailing list HERE. From here on out, you won't find them publicized anywhere else but in our newsletter!

Before I go, I will leave you with some ground rules and more detailed instructions for our monthly photo contests:

- Photo must fit within the monthly theme, but be creative!
- Photo must be taken within the past 12 months by you or a family member.
- Photo must be clean and tasteful and not violate any of Facebook's terms and conditions pertaining to posting photos.
- Photo must be posted to the wall of our Facebook page. Just click the little picture icon where you would normally write on our wall! You will have until the 15th of the month to post your photo. Give it a fun title or caption, too!
- Fans/Likers of our facebook page will then vote on which photo should win. The image with the most Likes and Comments by the last day of the month will be declared the winner! So make sure to tell your family and friends to Fan/Like our page.
- The winner will receive a complimentary 30-minute MINI session. This includes our time and talent; prints and products will be available for purchase afterwards.
- If it turns out you live too far away to make arrangements with me for booking your session within 365 days, we'll swap it out for an iTunes gift card.

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