Capturing moments on film is one of the coolest way we can preserve our memories. Kristi Shanks makes memories come to life every day with her photography business.
Shanks takes her passion of picture-taking and brings that to every client she works with. Whether it be for engagements, weddings, babies, or senior pictures, she tells people's stories through photography.
Here's a closer look at how Kristi Shanks Photography got started and all that it stands for now:
1. How long have you been in business?
I have been doing wedding photography for over 7 1/2 years and have photographed over 160 weddings.
2. How many people are part of your team?
I am always the lead photographer at every wedding I photograph. It depends on the package the bride and groom select if there is a 2nd photographer at the wedding or not.
3. What is the average price range of your products/services?
For wedding photography, my packages start as low as $1,500 for 4 hours of photography and go as high as $2,850 for 10 hours of photography.
4. Can you tell us a little about your company's background?
Kristi Shanks Photography was started in 2008, and I began with taking family, children, and newborn sessions. Beginning the 2nd year of my business, I added wedding photography and senior photography. If I have to choose what is my favorite thing to photograph, it would be weddings. Wedding are always so unique to photographm and each bridal couple has their story to capture.
5. What sets you apart from other businesses in your industry?
Over the last 3 years, I have been cutting back on the number of weddings I take each year as I want to spend quality time editing and give my clients amazing pictures. I feel that limiting the number of weddings has really allowed me to be more creative in my editing and has freed up more time to meeting with my clients.
6. Any particular topic you would like to focus on?
I am currently booking weddings for the 2016 season. If you book a wedding here in 2015, you will get the 2015 prices, even if your wedding is in 2016 or 2017. The Gold and Silver packages offer free engagement packages. Engagement pictures allow me to see how the bridal couple photographs and how they look through the lens. Engagement sessions also let the couple know my personality as a photographer, plus they get amazing pictures!
7. What is your primary goal when serving your customers?
My primary goal is to give my clients amazing photographs that tell the story of their wedding day. When looking back at their wedding in 10, 20 or maybe 50 years, I want them to be able to see all the people and special touches that made their wedding day so special.
8. Additional comments:
All of my wedding packages give my clients printable rights to the photographs they receive on CD’s. The files my clients receive on CD’s are high resolution so they print out extremely nice at large scale. I use a high-end camera and lenses to give my clients the sharpest image possible.