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MSP Winter Mini-Sessions

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Before we get into the details of this years first mini-session offer we would like to go over a few thing’s first.  We are changing the way we offer mini-sessions.

Instead of one day of limited slots we are now opening up the board to six day’s open for on-location shoot’s and one for studio shoots.

Also like to introduce the mini-club. Mini-Session participants will have exclusive access to items even when ordering on full sessions.

Celebrating the start of the mini-club we are excited to introduce twenty new items:  bamboo mounted prints, photo printed playing cards, sleek new rep cards, photo printed notebooks, iPhone binder style case, iPad sleeve, hard iPad case, snap-on iPhone cases, wood napkin holder, coaster set w/ wood base, note holder, wood arched bookends w/ photo display, ladies photo wallet, mens photo wallet, photo purse large / small, messenger bag w/ printed photo flap, photo printed license plate and photo jewelry; metal cuffs.

Another perk- High-res digital copies of images for mini-session participants on mini-session and full session orders are $10 ea.  Regular price $12.00 ea.

Want to make your mini-session cheaper?

Your session cost decreases by $20 per friend you refer to MSP and book their own time slot on the same mini-session offer.  Yes, you can refer enough people to get your mini-session free.  Right now this is mini-club exclusive.  Pending on how well it goes it may be merged into full sessions as well.


MSP Winter Mini-Sessions $180

-20 min shoot.
-5-10 images.
-5 x 7″ Spiral bound proof book w/ frosted clear cover.  Includes entire session.  4 x 6″ image on each page with black border.
-Private online gallery with entire session, watermarked, social media size.  Share gallery with friends or D/L and share on your social networks. *Excluded when purchasing entire session high-res images on CD.
-Your choice of one of the mini-session print options.
-Product artistically packaged with care and shipped to your home.

-30 min shoot.
-5-10 images.
-5 x 7″ Spiral bound proof book w/ frosted clear cover.  Includes entire session.  4 x 6″ image on each page with black border.
-Private online gallery with entire session, watermarked, social media size.  Share gallery with friends or D/L and share on your social networks. *Excluded when purchasing entire session high-res images on CD.
-Your choice of one of the mini-session print options.
-Product artistically packaged with care and shipped to your home.
*Locations listed below products menu

Mini-Session Products add-on Options:  (Choose One).
-50 “rep” cards.  2×3.5″ Standard paper or option of Art Linen, Art Watercolor, Art Recycled or Premium Matte.  Image on front, valentines message on back.  Great replacement for valentines cards!
-8 x 10″ 3mm black styrene backed print
-12 x 8″ Dry erase board w/ photo.
-Metal Photo Cuff
-Ladies photo wallet.
-Photo Notebooks:  Photo printed cover, blank pages inside.  Set of four 2.5×3.5″
-Photo Notebooks:  Photo printed cover, blank pages inside.  Set of two 5×7″
-Snap-on iPhone 4/4s/5/5s case w/ photo of your choice.
-Men’s photo wallet.
-Kindle pouch small.
-Photo printed license plate.

Special Mini-Session Product Menu:
-Custom designed and professionally printed CD case and CD.  Case has magnetic close, linen wrap around a hard cover with lustre coating.  Vivid color and detail.  Entire session high-res copies.
10 IMG sessions $100 ($160 value).
5 IMG sessions $50*.
-Kindle pouch large $60.
-iPad Sleeve w/ photo of your choice $60.
-Coaster set (square cork board) w/ wood base $60.
-Wooden note holder: Rectangular wood piece with square photo set inside at top and a hanging note pad $60.
-Playing Cards $70.
–5 x 7″ Bamboo mounted print $70.00 ($100 value)
-iPad Case w/ photo of choice $75.
-Hard iPad snap-on case w/ photo of your choice $75.
-25 “rep” cards.  1.375×3.5.  Paper types: 100% Recycled, Smooth, Linen, Pearl, Premium Bamboo and Premium -Cotton.  Image on front, valentines message on back.  Great replacement for valentines cards!  $80.
-Small photo purse (square) $90.00
-Wood arched bookends with photo set inside.  Option of different photo on ea. bookend $90.
-Wood napkin holder w/ square photo tile. $100.
-Messenger Bag w/ photo printed flap $100.
-iPad case:  Binder style w/ black leather binding and photo printed on faux suede $100.
-Large photo purse (rectangle) $120.

* (not available outside mini session orders, even to mini-club members.  Full session

high-res image CD purchases minimum $100).

Any additional product / print orders can be made from the regular a la cart menu (within ordering time limit) or the regular MSP products menu.  Both can be found in the MSP price guide here (link).

Mini-sessions are not subject to MSP regular instilled MOR (minimum order requirement) of $300.  You are not obligated to any additional purchases outside session purchase.

Locations, dates and time slots for sessions:

01/21/14:  Durand Graffiti Bridge
Time slots: (Afternoon)

9AM – 1PM At home appointments available.

01/23/14:  Bronners Frankenmuth
Time slots: (Afternoon)

9AM – 1PM At home appointments available.

01/25/14:  Studio | At home appointments | Detroit, MI
Studio:  (Morning)  Minimum 2 bookings needed for studio day to work.
On-Location / At home appointments (afternoon)
2PM – 5PM

01/27/14:  Fenton Gazebo 
Time slots: (Afternoon)

9AM – 1PM At home appointments available.

01/29/14:  Pinckney Trails (behind Kroger).
Time slots: (Afternoon)

9AM – 1PM At home appointments available.

01/31/14:  At home appointments | within 100 miles round trip of Byron, MI.
9AM – 5PM

Booking your time slot / appointment:
Booking is due by 1/20/14, session payment in full due at time of booking.  Regular MSP policies apply for cancellations / missed appointments.   Payments can be made over the phone, online or in person.  Cash or credit / debit.  No personal checks.  In person payment is recommended so we can get a personal consultation in before the shoot.


It is best to be 10-20 minutes early to make sure that you and your party are collected and ready when your time slot begins.

Address and location details will be given during consultation / booking.

MSP Mini-Sessions have a minimum booking requirement.  If six sessions are not booked than all sessions are refunded and it’s a no-go.  So please share with your friends!

Contact Samantha Perry
Call or text: 810.623.9896 OR 530.633.7440

MSP Seven Year Anniversary this May

websfrontpage03One of my first online advertisements for my business, branded with (if I remember right) my second website attempt.  Still broke at this point (still broke now) I was working off free web hosting; which is a really inefficient way to run a business, no doubt.  We make do with what we can though and work for better day’s.

Look at me, you can tell something is missing from my life.

In 2008 I was returning home from living in Portland, OR for under a year.  I was without a job, without much savings in the bank and most my friends had moved away while I was gone.

This wasn’t the end of the world though.  I had enough to survive while I looked for new work, and you can always make new friends.


2008, canon powershot. Portland, OR.

By April I had created a new circle, new memories and somehow forgot to really look for work, but the matter couldn’t be ignored for much longer.  Then one of my new friends got a hold of me in a desperate situation. He needed dental surgery or face severe medical consequences.  He had six months previous purchased a new Canon EOS Rebel xti.  Still owing about a grand on it (apparently his dentist doesn’t take credit) he needed the cash and sold it to me for $300.00 which at this time was a steal as it was still one of the newest models for hobbyist photographers.  This was the rekindling of an old obsession.  I quickly set to work to learn everything I could about the new camera, having only dealt with SLR’s or digital point and shoots previously.


My first paid shoot in 2008, October.

It was like I was in high school again with my first Kodak dock digi point and shoot.  I was taking pictures of everyone, all the time, everywhere.  I was taking four hour drives around the state looking for new things to shoot, often finding nothing all that inspiring.  Looking back now I could have assigned all sorts of limitations to a day to create inspiring from nothing, but live and learn.  These habits could also be to blame for my being broke, it was a hard decision as to whether to invest in gas to find shots or invest in building branding.


One of my first landscape shots, hand held before I realized the importance of a tri-pod for even the fastest speeds.

I can admit I guiltily got swept up in all the crazy lightroom editing trends.  Over processing my way to embarrassment before I came closer to my artistic center and leveled out.  Although it didn’t take me long to level on my portrait work; I struggled with mastering my saturation / contrast with landscapes for a little while.


When I started to get a better feel for my lenses and landscapes.

There was also the issue of equipment, it took me awhile to build the things I needed for the variety of genre’s I had planned to attack.  I got plenty of bad advice along the way, a regular lewis carol adventure navigating the photography world.  I am still recovering from some of the bad advice as it linked directly into important gear like lenses.  I will bounce back one day and in the meantime people seem slightly impressed with what I have managed to do with what I have.  I find those to be some of the greatest compliments.


My second paid shoot. This family was one of my best clients until they moved.

My progress has been slow although my learning came quickly and continues.  Sometimes it surprises me how many styles I have been through, and some I wonder why I left behind. HDR might have been one of the hardest styles to perfect and I don’t think I’m there yet, though I am a lot closer than I was year’s ago.  I thought after already purchasing Photoshop that I would have to buy separate software good for HDR editing.  Thankfully I was wrong and found a good process with photoshop HDR editing.  A process previously shared in the blog.


Mid 2009 portrait / documentary style series for a musician.


Mid 2009 portrait / documentary style series for a musician.


Mid 2009 portrait / documentary style series for a musician.


Shot 2010 in Monette, AR. First HDR edit, blown out and over saturated. Previous my learning proper HDR editing in PS.

Shot from 2010 in Monette, AR.   Second edit in 2012 after learning new HDR process.

Shot from 2010 in Monette, AR.
Second edit in 2012 after learning new HDR process.

I know seven years isn’t a special milestone or anything but it seems unreal to me that this much time has already passed.  I guess when you look at my work though it’s easier to believe.


My first clone shot attempt in 2010. Howell, MI


A few months into my clone adventures, Oct. 2010 at Cass Tech High School – Detroit, MI


My clones got attention. Violin Monster wanted to be cloned / shot by me in 2012, Ann Arbor, MI


I wouldn’t have gotten a lot of my practice out of the way without these two. Clone shot 2012, Summer, Linden, MI


Night time clone shots in Ann Arbor, summer 2012.


2011 self portrait clone, Brighton, MI


Self portrait clone, 2012 Summer

Seems like 2013 was the first year since I started clones that I haven’t done any.  It was a busy office year on top of a ton of personal things happening, I am hoping to get back on my photography game in 2014.

At least in 2013 I still worked on general portrait work.

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Thinking about doing something special for MSP seven year anniversary, not sure yet.  Maybe I should just wait until I reach ten years, if we make it.  Here’s hoping.

New Year

I hope everyone had a great New Years celebration.  I myself had to stay in due to funds and a tooth ache, I wasn’t even awake at midnight, I woke up half an hour past.  So unfortunately I have no awesome New Years shots to share with you, but there will be more in the future, murphy’s law permitting.

MSP is excited for the changes coming this year.  Prices are remaining the same as they are industry standard but mini-sessions will be greater and hopefully this year more tactfully distributed.  Image

I am hoping to be able to afford advertising this year and hopefully 2014 can be the year I get my website back up, now that I’m getting a little attention to my venture that’s now seven years in.

A lot of other people would have given up with so little profit turn around from such an expensive business venture like photography.  It is however a passion and my ability for work is still very much limited.  I struggle to make what I have work.  Business wise speaking I’m on a sinking ship I should have abandoned years ago but I’m determined to patch her up and get her afloat again.

I thank everyone who has helped and supported me a long the way so far.  You’re all very dear to me, like family.

Here’s to also hoping that I am able to keep the web store running with discounts in place.  The site I use is free but the special things are not.  I have to pay for an app (monthly) that allows me to install discounts that automatically tally at checkout.  I also have to pay (monthly) for an app that tracks abandoned shopping carts and sends an email to the forgetful shopper.  The web store cost me just over $20 a month to run and has sold one print in the half year it has been open.  I have high hopes of keeping it together but with all my other bills coming in combined with lack of sales my hope is starting to seem highly unrealistic.  The fat lady hasn’t sung, the curtain hasn’t fallen yet.  If I have to cancel the web store discounts and tracking systems they will surely reappear when I have the money to fund them again.  It wouldn’t be a forever thing.

ImageTo help increase web store sales and hopefully not have to take a period of time without store discounts, I have added over 50 new images to the MSP web store.  Phone captures collection, since my phoneography seems to catch a lot more attention than my DSLR work, sadly.  It’s a compliment to my eye and style either way so I’ll accept it and if people like it, I shouldn’t keep it from them.

I hope everyone has an exciting year filled with adventures, changes and opportunities.  Let’s hope MSP is able to blow your minds this coming year.  I sure am going to try.

Ludington, Michigan.


Ludington, Michigan.

MSP added phone captures (over 50 of them) to the MSP web store.

Click photo to be directed to MSP web store.

Phone shots $25 ea or 4 for $70!

DSLR shots start at $75 ea with multiple order discounts in place. See about section for discount details.

MSP Fall 2013 Mini-Sessions


Oct. 12, 2013 is the big day!
One day only so session availability is limited.
One large location with several designated photo areas.  Location disclosed upon booking.
Some will be more surrealistic and others will be more natural.
Each session is thirty minutes long.
Everyone gets a 5×7″ print proof book of entire session.  Spiral bound with a clear cover, each page home to one 4×6″ image with black border.
Private online gallery for up to two weeks.  Any additional print or media purchases made within gallery period can order from the session bundle section of the MSP price guide.

Your choice of the following print / media options.

There are three sections.  You may choose from only one section.

Section 1.
Pick three items from the following.  Get three of the same item or mix and match!

8×12″ Print with 3mm black styrene backing.

11×14″ Print with 3mm black styrene backing.

iPhone 4/4s hard plastic snap-on case.

11×14″ Dry erase board with marker and clip.

Section 2.
Pick two items.  

5×5″ Bamboo mounted print.

4×6″ Bamboo mounted print.

4×5″ Perfect bound soft cover custom designed photo book.

6×4″ Perfect bound soft cover custom designed photo book.

Section 3.
Pick one of the following.

16×20″ Print with 3mm black styrene backing.

One ornate luxe framed 5×7″ print (samples featured in MSP price guide)

8″x8″ Standout.

8×10″ Standout.

8×8″ Bamboo mounted print.

8×10″ Bamboo mounted print.

8×12″ Bamboo mounted print.

10×10″ Bamboo mounted print.

16×20″ Dry erase board with marker and clip.

11×14″ Dry erase board with marker and clip.

Custom designed, printed DVD and tin with three full size, high-res digital copies.

Hardboard coasters with cork back (set of 4).

Ceramic tiles with cork backing (set of 4).

Tin lunch box designed with photo of your choice.

mini-tin lunch box designed with photo of your choice.

Booking is due by Oct. 5, 2013.  Session fee of $250 is due at time of booking.  This covers session and your product selection from one of the above sections.
Same booking fee and session rules apply outlined in MSP price guide and contract.

Contact to book your session:

Available slots Oct. 12, 2013
12:00 PM -12:30 PM
12:40 PM – 1:10 PM
1:20 PM – 1:50 PM
2:00 PM – 2:30 PM
2:40 PM – 3:10 PM
3:20 PM – 3:50 PM
4:00 PM – 4:20 PM
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM



Valentines Special 2013

valentines13It’s that time of year again, Valentines Day is right around the corner.  This year MSP is offering standard portrait mini-sessions, Standard portrait covers classic and creative portraits.

You may choose the location within 50 miles of my office in Byron for your mini-session any time between February 2nd-14th.  Additional travel fee’s will apply if your location is outside the designated area.

Shoot time is unlimited, though in general, mini-sessions are short in duration and often do no consume too much time.

Your images will be viewable within 14 days of the mini-session, depending on your creative editing requests and volume of response to this offer.  A private digital gallery will be created and emailed to you with password and your print proof book order will be placed.  Once the proof book reaches my office it’s packaged boutique style and shipped to you.

Use your digital image gallery and print proof gallery to help guide you in your print product purchase choices. Of course, I will always be available for selection assistance if requested.

MSP has a $300 minimum order requirement, which includes the session and prints. The mini-session allows you to purchase more prints while saving money on the session at the same time.

Your print order is required within two weeks of receiving your print proof book to qualify for print packages (savings).  Orders placed after the two week time frame are restricted to á la cart menu.

Bookings must be made no later than Feb 2st.

Latest available session date for mini-session price is Feb 15th.

A non-refundable booking fee of $45 is due at time of booking.  Your booking fee will be applied to you balance of $45 due at the time of the session.

Maximum people per session is two.

High-res / full size digital copy CD’s available for $210, which includes:

All five high resolution images, full size as well as common print ratio’s versions, for each digital copy, labeled for easy crop-free printing.

Images used for for social media purposes must contain a provided copy with MSP copyright information.

Images are supplied on a custom printed CD with a custom printed CD case.  Shipped to your home in boutique style and shipped to you.

Click here to download the MSP Rates PDF.
Side note* It has been reported to me that google drive wont let you scan the file previous downloading.  Please note I scanned the file previous upload and it is clean, also for any additional peace of mind you can scan the file with your own virus protection before opening it, which is when the damage would take effect were a file infected.