Housekeeping and horses do not go hand in hand. So, I'll start with a little virtual housekeeping for Heartspun in the year 2010.
I lost sleep deciding whether or not to up my prices for this year. It's been several years since I've increased my rates and after a very successful year it would be natural to raise my rates in accordance to the demand. Basic economics, right? But, I've decided to give it another year before I reconsider. The economy is slowly picking back up and I am giving myself another year to continue building a solid client base. So for this year, my rates will remain the same. What I will be firm about will be my travel fees. I do shoot locally (Crosby, Baytown, Liberty, Atascocita) with no additional fees, but I will definitely be charging travel fees for locations outside of these areas. I'll post specifics later. I hope you understand that while this is my passion, it's also an income for us that pays our bills and while I know my services aren't cheap, I also believe that what you receive is worth the investment. I've never marketed myself as a cheap photographer and I don't intend to do so lest I give you cheap work. You don't want cheap work. There's a lot of pride in my work and when I show up to our one hour shoot, it's only a fraction of the time invested in the final product you receive.
So....good news is that for 2010 the price for a shoot is 250. Yay, you!
On to horses...
I rarely accept 'special assignments' but I agreed to do this for a good friend and it was fun! Cherry Creek Equestrian Center is a brand new facility in Mont Belvieu. It is state of the art and so I drove out for an afternoon of cowboys and horses, roping and barrels with Tee and Jacque Woolman.