The other day the Blue Heron Inn posted something on Twitter that resonated with me — “Encourage creativity. Support locally-owned, independent businesses.” I couldn’t agree more and I think it bears repeating here on the blog. Times are tough, why not help a neighbor out?
What better opportunity to do just that this weekend — the North East community is having its annual Sugar Plum weekend where all the local businesses will be open from 10-6 each day complete with horse drawn carriage rides around the park! I’ve personally made a pledge to get all of this year’s Christmas gifts from businesses here in North East, I have had to make a few exceptions regarding photography related gifts, but for the most part North East has *everything* to offer. Including gift certificates for people that are hard to buy for!
While you are out getting your shop on, stop by the studio today or tomorrow and check out all of the locally made gifts that we have in the gallery — we have invited some local artists to showcase their festive creations in our gallery. We’ve got a great variety of gifts to choose from. Handcrafted soy candles, holiday ornament wreaths (as shown below), and hand crocheted baby blankets. Our calendars also make a great gift for friends and family, especially for those who have moved away and want a piece of home to have throughout the year!
We need your vote!
We have been nominated as one of the businesses participating in Erie’s Choice Awards! We need your vote to come out on top this year! Between now and September 30th, you may cast one vote per category at www.erieschoice.com. (Winners will be announced in the Erie Times-News and online Sunday, October 31.) You all have been so supportive of HNP, so spread the word and lets show’em who is the best photographer in the Erie region!
Check back for our Fall Family Portrait packages, to be announced soon!
We are putting the word out about an opportunity to get 20% off any canvas between now and September 30th. Did you have a great session in the past that you are wishing you had more prints from? Have you been wanting to get a family portrait session done, or maybe a great portrait of your kids? Here is a great chance to fill up that empty wall in your house with a great keepsake!
:: Kim ::
Well, well! Summer is in full swing here at HNP! The heat index is rising, and so is business! To keep up with demand, we’re offering Summer Mini Sessions with our newest photographer, Wendy Boyce. These “mini sessions” last about 10 minutes. We’ll choose the best images and put them in an online gallery so you can choose as many prints as you like! Sharing the gallery with Grandma and Grandpa, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends is fast and easy. Everyone is going to want to see your little cutie.
Mini Sessions aren’t limited to your two-legged children; bring in your pets too.
Mini Sessions come with reduced costs on prints, so get in while you can! No appointments are necessary, just come in any Thursday from 11am to 3pm. The session fee is just $20.
Heads up, St. Marys HNP fans! Heather and Murl are going to be in beautiful St. Marys, PA and are offering a one day only special promo! On Sunday, August 8th you can get a 30 minute session for $106 which includes a $75 print credit! Call us or e-mail us right away to secure your spot. Sessions will be offered from 4:00pm to 7:00pm only.
Woo hoo, so the time has finally come! Its been a year in the making [and waiting!] and we are so excited to finally announce the lucky winners! The winners have been chosen and the prizes are awesome! First I’d like to thank the wonderful businesses that partnered up with us – for the Entertaining Giveaway Junior’s Last Laugh has offered a table for 6 to attend any regular show! For the Romantic Giveaway Bally Lough has offered up their charming Findley Lake cottage for a 2 night stay and The Blue Heron Inn has contributed a $30.00 “breakfast for two” gift certificate to be used during your stay in Findley Lake! Bella Day Spa and Salon has teamed up with VixenSessions.com for the Sexy Giveaway – the winner will get all dolled up at Bella’s and then come over to the studio for an extra special Vixen Session! Please visit these fabulous sponsors websites, shops and lodges and shop, stay and play local, its what keeps our businesses and communities running!
Now on to the winners!! Our new studio manager Kim [more about her next week!] had the honor of pulling the names aaaand the first winners are Anna Thompson and Brett Heher! You guys get first choice of the three prizes! The second winners are Heather Vickey and Nathan Schneider! You guys get to pick from the remaining two prizes. And the third winners are Ryan and Amanda Andrus! You guys get the remaining fantastic prize, if any of you choose not to accept it we have picked a runner up who will get to claim a prize if necessary.
And really, everyone is a winner: Junior’s Last Laugh has also given everyone the opportunity for all of our couples to have their bachelor or bachelorette party at Juniors — A free bottle of champagne and decorated table will await you with free admission for the bride or groom when they bring 6 or more friends along! If you are interested please send me an email or make a comment here and I will forward the coupon on to you!
To the winners — I’ll be sending an email of the information your way early next week. Thank you soooo much to all of the wonderful sponsors and of course to all of our awesome brides and grooms! Hope you all enjoy this beautiful Easter weekend!
Wow, I can’t believe I started this blog three years ago already! I’d have to say its been a loooong, beautiful journey I took a peek back into the archives from when the blog started and it was pretty fun to see how far we’ve come and to watch some children grow over the past three years. There have been a lot of changes at the studio throughout the life of the blog so far — the studio has moved twice; once from Corry, PA then down in the valley in North East on Route 20 and to its current location on Route 89 in downtown North East; and personally since starting this blog Murl and I got married, bought a house and adopted the perfect dog for us.
I’m really fired up about three years of fairly consistent blogging and five years of business and feel so blessed to be doing what I love and making a living this way. Thank you all so much for the support and camaraderie — that really is one of the best perks; having awesome clients who turn into great friends! Thanks to those of you who read this blog regularly and thanks to those who post comments and let me know what you think. Special thanks to my wonderful family and past and present clients <3
In honor of this milestone I’m asking you to celebrate with me by leaving a comment on this post. You can post a memory you’ve had with us here at Heather Neckers Photography or you can simply say congrats, whatever you are moved to say, type it out!
And just because I love giveaways, I’ve got a fun offer for you — anyone who leaves a comment on this post will receive a free 11×14 print or smaller on their next photo shoot aaaaand one person will be chosen to win a super awesome prize: a 30 minute portrait session and an 11×14 gallery wrap canvas!! Yeah like one of those snazzy canvases I have hanging in the gallery here at the studio — for FREE! Pretty sweet giveaway as its retailed at over $200! The only catch on the free prints and the session and canvas winner is that the photo shoots must be done by June 1st, that’s it. Pretty simple. And if you win, you are more than welcome to share your prize by giving it to a friend who will use it.
Alright, I’m headed out of the studio for the weekend to celebrate Murl’s birthday but I will be back on Monday evening to reveal the big winner! Good luck and bring on the comments!
Have a wonderful weekend <3
Last week I entered a couple of images into a contest on a photographer and designer inspiration website for a new product they were designing and one of our images was picked out of the thousand plus entries they received! It was exciting to see one of our signature poses picked for an inspiration guide that other photographers would buy and possibly implement into their own posing repertoire! They chose an image from Ryan and Amanda’s wedding and this is the card that they created from our pose:
Any photographers out there interested in purchasing the guide or a number of other inspirational materials check out Design Aglow!
Hey everyone, hope your week is going fab — mine is! Its been a busy, exciting week so far We’ve come up with some great specials to offer for the month of March and I’m here to announce Special #1!
For the month of March you will receive 20% off all canvas and wall print orders! These can be from shoots that have already occurred or sessions that will be taking place in March. Pretty simple, order and pay for your wall art by March 31st and get a sweet 20% off!
Next up on the blog: Family portrait time!! It should be up this afternoon!
I’ve been fielding a lot of emails this week about dates that I am already booked for so I want to share with you dates that we do still have available.
Before stating our current open dates I want to share with you someplace I recently stumbled across. I found a pamphlet for the most beautiful location for holding a wedding — The Buhl Mansion in Sharon, PA. Can I just say if you have your wedding at the Buhl Mansion can I please be your photographer?! Pretty please? It looks so insanely beautiful!
Okay on with open dates…
We have quite a few open dates from now through June and in November and December. As for the regular wedding season we have five dates open:
July 3rd or 10th [ whichever fills up first will knock out both weekends on this one ]
September 11th and 18th
If any of these are your wedding date and you are still looking for a wedding photographer give us a call! Our packages start at $1,495.
Have a great weekend! | Heather
We are packing up and getting ready to head into Erie for the bridal show at the Ambassador tomorrow! If you are engaged this is *the* show to attend! 50 vendors that span many categories and a fashion show. Come get some great ideas and stop by my booth and say hello!
There is a 10% off Vixen Sessions if you book with us tomorrow and also a bonus for anyone who books us for their wedding at the show! You’ll have to stop by to see what it is!
And as a sneak peek — here is Mandi & Craig — their e-session will be up on the blog early next week!