Hello there!

My photo
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).

FAQs {portraits}

My Style
I am a journalistic photographer at heart! What does that mean, you ask? I LOVE capturing the special moments in your life that naturally happen. I’m not all about forced poses and studio set-up. Just let me follow you around for a time and I will be sure to freeze in time all the warm smiles, hearty laughs, emotional tears, and comfy hugs! I love to work with natural light and do lots of fun shoots outside.

But what if I am into posing, you ask? Not a problem! Let me know any shots that you just gotta have, and we’ll make them happen. After all, these photos are all about you and for YOU! My goal is for the photos to become timeless pieces you’ll treasure for years to come.

All my photography sessions take place on-location. What that means is totally up to you. Want me to come to your house and record your memories on your home turf? Not a problem! Or perhaps you want me to accompany you on a family outing to the park, the zoo, gardens, whatever... We can make visits to downtown areas, sunlit forests, sunflower fields, railroad crossings, you name it. (NOTE: If your locations requires admission be charged, you might be responsible for paying our way in. We'll need to chat about that beforehand.)

What to Wear
Wear clothes that scream your personality! Feel free to play around with bright colors, funky prints, and extra layers; and don’t forget the accessories, like a scarf, jacket, or hat. Just be sure to try to stay in comparable color schemes if you are having a picture taken with a significant other or family members. We don’t want you to look too hodgepodge unless that's what you're going for!

What to Bring
Props are highly encouraged!! Do you have a love affair with any of the following: Mac notebooks, vintage cameras, musical instruments, your iPhone, giant lollipops, stuffed animals, warm fuzzy blankets, fedora hats? Or perhaps you have a high heel, handbags, or sunglass fetish? Bring them on! We are all about reflecting your personality and capturing what’s most important to you in your photos...

Do I travel outside of the Memphis and surrounding areas?
Sure do! Travel fees are assessed on an individual basis, depending on mileage and whether or not an overnight stay/air travel is needed. Just give me a buzz at susan@designsbyprater.com and we’ll be happy to give you a quote.

Booking and Payment Information
You will want to book your session about a month out to make sure I have that time open in my calendar. If it’s a last minute idea, don’t hesitate to contact me to see if I have an open spot anyways. Your session fee is due at the time of booking. This payment covers the time and talent of the photographer. Additional prints and products are available for purchase from your proofing site or during your ordering appointment. There is a $150 minimum purchase requirement in addition to your focus session fee. For payments, we accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards via Paypal and our online proofing site.

Print Collections
Print collections offer savings over our A La Carte prices and give you an additional 10% discount on any item ordered outside of your collection.

Rep Cards
Once your photos go live on my proofing site, I will send you approximately 50 custom cards with your name and photo to pass out to all your friends and family members. It will also serve as a coupon for a complimentary 8x10 print if they choose to book a session with me. The more people you refer that book and complete a photo session, the more prints and products you will earn FREE from your session! Send another portrait session client my way and receive a $50 credit when they book. Send a wedding photography client my way, and you get a $100 credit toward a FOCUS session or additional prints/products from a past session when they book. Referral rewards expire 6 months from the date they are offered.

My Contact Information:
Susan Prater
1102 Abbeville St.
Collierville, TN 38017
Proofing Site: http://dbp.instaproofs.com


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