My brides and grooms frequently ask me for recommendations on other vendors – who makes the best cakes, best deal for flowers, and even other photographers if I’m booked for their wedding date. Friends, if you’ve been looking for a great wedding website, one place for both you and your guests to communicate information easily, I can’t wait to share with you this amazing, FREE service from Basic Invite!
Basic Invite has recently announced they now offer completely customizable, wedding websites for FREE and I’m over the moon excited about it! The styles of the websites vary from trendy to classic, traditional to fun and flirty, rustic to vintage – in short, something to reflect everyone’s personality. You have the flexibility to change colors (180 custom colors to choose from) and add your own text and photos because come on, you know everyone wants to see those engagement photos! However, this personalized website goes way above and beyond that. You can have your guests RSVP online and manage those responses (who’s getting the prime rib? How many vegetarian plates? It’s easy to give your caterer the info!) You can post maps and location information making it one bookmark away for your guests to easily find the ceremony and reception locations (no more losing Uncle Bob between events!). You can also link to your registries (woot!) and collect addresses for thank you notes, easily making this a one stop spot for both you AND all your guests!
While you’re at it, incorporate your custom design to make beautiful and professionally printed invitations, RSVP cards (for grandma and those who would prefer a more traditional, mailed version), event programs, and thank you notes after the wedding. Ask them about custom samples too – you can order a printed sample of your invitation and see exactly how it will print before placing your final order. With Basic Invite, completing your entire invitation suite is simple and easy!.
Their website offers a demo for each of their designs so you can get a better idea of what it will look like (here’s my favorite — Delicate Daisies). I would LOVE to see your website design after it’s finished (and send in my RSVP :D) so send me a link if you try Basic Invite out!
(to see more portraits from previous Easter Bunny events? Keep scrolling to the bottom of this post!)
Once again, Absolute Photography will provide cute, fluffy baby bunnies and baby chicks for a unique photo shoot for your children. This is our favorite event of the year!
The cost is $55 per group to be photographed with the bunnies and chicks. Additional poses within the same immediate family may be added for $25/pose. For example, if you have two children and would like them in the first portrait, and then their portraits taken individually, the cost would be $105 — $55 for the first pose and two $25 additional poses.
As in the past, this is a charity event!. I highly encourage you to make a donation to my charity of choice — the Pug Rescue Network. This Michigan based rescue was founded in 2004 and their goal is to embrace the neglected, forgotten and displaced Pugs with compassion, providing hope through education and awareness, and helping them by finding their way to a permanent loving home. Those who know me know I LOVE pugs and my very own Dylan (who passed away recently) was rescued from PRN. In exchange for your donation of $10 or more, I will gift you a free 20 minute outdoor mini session! Please make your donation (cash or check to Pug Rescue Network) at the Easter event and pick up your certificate.
Pre-registration is now open for 2018 –
CLICK HERE to register & pay
(due to the popularity of this event, payment in full is required to reserve your time slot.)
Q. If all your pre-registration slots are full, are you going to be able to fit walk-ins into the schedule?
A. Yes! My schedule will permit approximately one walk-in in between every scheduled pre-registration time. There may be a wait for walk-ins depending on how many show up within a certain amount of time. I am amazed by the response I receive every year, and am planning to make sure that I keep a good flow going again this year.
Q. How can I purchase prints or digital images?
A. If you pre-register, you will walk in completely paid in full, unless you opt to make a donation to our charity of choice (no credit cards will be accepted for this, cash or check only!) I will have one or two lovely assistants helping me with walk in order. You can pay with cash, check or credit card. This year I will only be offering the digital images with a print release for $55 for the first pose. Purchase of prints after the event will be at the typical studio prices.
Q. I just had my first baby and wanted to know if you could photograph my newborn with the bunnies for her first Easter?
A. Congratulations on your new little one! While I photograph MANY newborns and would love to schedule you a regular session, this event is only appropriate for babies who are comfy and able to support their heads on their belly (approximately age 4 months or older) and older children who are able to sit unassisted.
Q. I have 3 children and would like a photo of them all together with the baby bunny. Is this possible?
A. Definitely! The cost will be $55 per pose, regardless of how many children are in the portrait. If you would like their portrait taken individually with the bunnies/chicks as well, it will be $25 per additional pose.
Q. I’m going to be out of town the day of your fundraiser. Can I schedule a regular session with the bunnies and chicks for my children?
A. I’m so sorry, but this is a one day only event! I hope that you are able to make it next year!
Q. I didn’t pre-register, can I still have my children’s portraits done with the bunny?
A. ABSOLUTELY! The pre-registration allows you to schedule a time for your mini-session. Basically, this means you get to “cut in line” at your pre-scheduled time! I will definitely accept walk-ins and will squeeze people in where ever I can!
Q. My child isn’t very comfortable with strangers. Or animals. How do you handle cranky kids??
A. There are usually a handful of children every year who are not comfortable with the bunny. I’ve found that those who didn’t like the bunny, didn’t mind the baby chicks! As a last ditch result, I will use a stuffed bunny and the portraits will still be adorable. If your child has a melt down, I recommend hanging out for a while until they become more comfortable. I will let someone else go ahead of you and try again in a little bit.
Q. What happens to the animals after the shoot?
A. I am extremely careful with the bunnies and chicks during the shoot. Their safety and the safety of your children is my number one priority! I have never had any injuries during our shoots and plan to keep it that way! I highly recommend using hand sanitizer after handling the animals. After the shoot, if a family hasn’t already decided to adopt the bunnies (this happens more years than not) they will return back to their breeder for adoption. The chicks will join their forever home on a farm and will be fabulous egg layers!
If you have any additional questions regarding this event, please let me know! I am SUPER excited for this event and am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new!