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So, here’s your current situation:

You are looking for a Wedding Photographer, but they’re everywhere. Everyone is claiming to be a professional. But how do you really know? You check reviews, but sometimes that’s not enough. How are you supposed to decide on such an important decision?

You need to ask yourself some questions first about what is most important to you?

  1. Someone to help organize the day
  2. Deliver in a timely manner
  3. Quality of photographs
  4. Quality of product from photographer
  5. Excellent customer service
  6. Price
  7. Flexibility on your day
  8. Responsive to communication
  9. Dependable
  10. Creativity
  11. Charisma with your guests or family members
  12. Ability to go above and beyond

What is your end goal? When your wedding day is over how do you envision it went. Think about it. I am going to give you some serious things to think about!

You start with your brides and bridesmaids getting your hair and makeup done photograph the bride and her girls, along with any family members in the room with the bride. Details are captured, but hair and makeup ran late and now you have to rush missing a ton of shots. You get to the ceremony and it starts late because important members of the wedding party are not there. The photographer decides to take a creative shot and completely misses the first kiss. The ceremony is over and you are rushed off the ceremony property without getting all of the family/wedding party photographs you wanted. You get to the reception, and the majority of the wedding party is drunk so no one is listening and going in every direction. You do the required reception activities, dancing, cake cutting, and eating. You look at the clock and the 5 hours you hired your photographer is over and they are leaving.

NOW, if you hired a PROFESSIONAL this is what you didn’t realize.

A professional knows that hair and makeup run late about 99% of the time and would have shown up early to photograph the details, dress and little things that go on the bride. Because a professional knows that once the items are on the bride they DO NOT come back off. You can’t go back and re-shoot the dress once it’s on.

A professional would have a PLAN B for every situation. A professional would only take a creative shot if they have something in place so they don’t miss the first kiss. Or a plan B on what to do if it is missed.

A professional can plug out family photographs super fast, and can be aware of the situation before it happens. If they notice that the wedding party is getting a little tipsy, they would have gone and grabbed someone from the reception to help get everyone in line or another family member to make sure everyone is safe and capable of functioning.

One last thing is a professional comes to you first before they leave. They take their time because they know that sometimes the best shots are after hours.

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Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life. When deciding who to trust. Trust a professional!

Krystal Thornton Photography strives to achieve above and beyond customer service. It’s not your job to worry about the logistics of your day. You have planned it and successfully hired professionals that understand your vision. Your professional is who you lean on during your wedding. You and your fiance’ sit back and have so much fun and allow us to navigate the day for you.

Pricing:

When looking for pricing you have to look at the amount you are paying. Are you paying someone enough to fix a problem should it arise? Are you paying them enough to be able to go above and beyond? If you are paying a photographer enough to break even they will NOT have the means or the resources to able to deliver the customer service you deserve.

At KTP you ALWAYS talk to a person. We are booking 2019 and 2020 Brides and Grooms right now. I would love to chat on the phone with you and answer any questions, or just help you with any questions or concerns you may have.

You only do this once, make sure you rely on the people with your best interest at heart!

And this is an amazing time for YOU because right now KTP has a SUPER CRAZY DEAL.

Collections start at 2999 and go up from there!

When you book your Wedding Photography on or before January 1, 2019, you GET:

**Additional Photographer

**Additional Hour**

**Save your date for $100 down and signed contract (normally 50% of the collection)

I have a question, and here’s the NO BS!

I truly believe that Krystal Thornton Photography is right for you, and I would love to work with you. I think that when it comes to choosing the right photographer for your wedding day, you should choose someone with experience, knowledge understanding and your best interest at heart.

Please take time to share this post to help a bride and groom in planning! TIA

Krystal Thornton Photography

(269) 599-2094

300 Manchester Rd; Jamestown, NY 14701

www.kthornphoto.com

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Family Reunion Photo Shoot

I know it was just a Memorial Day weekend gathering, however when it extends beyond just siblings and parents.  I personally call that a family reunion.  And it was parents, kids, aunt, uncle, cousins, and grandkids.  So, I would call that a Family Reunion!


 

Dillon Color (53 of 88)


The weather was supposed to rain for several days on this Sunday.  We waited until that morning to fully decide if we were going to do the photo shoot because they really wanted morning photos.  With the direction of the sun, and the view of the lake.  It turned out to be a perfect Memorial weekend this year.


Dillon Color (73 of 88)


Okay, we have to talk about the kids first.  Of course, right!  These kids were absolutely adorable!  They were amazing to work with and honestly, when you get this many kids together you have a tendency to have chaos.  And, in fact, we had the exact opposite.  I was able to organize 21 people including the kids and didn’t have to Photoshop a single head!!  (Just kidding I don’t do that anyway! That’s not the type of photography I do!)  The two young ladies were so helpful with their cousins!  It was their help that truly made this photo!


Dillon Color (35 of 88)


Of course, we had to get a photo with all of the girls in it.  There’s something about having all of the girls in a family and all of the guys in a family to take a photo. Probably my favorite part of family photos is doing this.  There’s such a special bond between them.  Like almost a family secret that no one knows except them.


Dillon Color (79 of 88)


YES!  That sky is real!  I did not add a fake sky to it!  It was seriously that beautiful outside!!!!!


Please contact me anytime Day or night to schedule your family photo session!

(269) 599-2094

www.kthornphoto.com

krystal@kthornphoto.com

Willson Maternity

Well, this past year has been a whirlwind for this mama.  Marriage, a house, pregnancy, and deployment of her husband.

I first met Hannah over a year ago when she interviewed me to be her wedding photographer.  Not a day goes by that I am not thankful to have met her and her wonderful family.  It has been quite the year for Hannah and Kaleb.  I can look back and see how all of these obstacles have brought them closer together.


Willson Maternity (1 of 26)


Photographing such an important moment in their lives is truly a treasure.  It’s not every day you have a baby and it’s not every day you can document these moments.  And when you are able to, you should!

I can’t wait to meet baby Willson!  He is such a blessing!  And look how beautiful pregnancy is on this gorgeous Hannah!!


Willson Maternity (25 of 26)


Willson Maternity (16 of 26)


Willson Maternity (13 of 26)


Willson Maternity (11 of 26)


This dress was so beautiful!  It is made out of stretchy material and fit Hannah perfectly!!!  The crown was an addition that I absolutely loved!


Willson Maternity (9 of 26)


Willson Maternity (3 of 26)


It’s a joy and an honor to be a parent!  After having each one of my children I have always wondered how I survived without them.  Here are these little people that come into your life turning it upside down and it never goes back to normal.  You never love the same again, you never feel the same again, and most of all you never live the same again.  How is it possible that there was life before a child?!  After having a child your life is more full than you have ever known or have ever experienced.  You imagine what it will be like, but never truly know until that moment when the baby looks you in the eye for the first time and in that moment your life changes completely!  All for the better!


Contact me as soon as possible to schedule your Maternity session today!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystal@kthornphoto.com

 

Throw Back Thursday! (Krogel Family)



Throw back Thursday to this beautiful family!!  I am so blessed to be able to photograph these amazing people.  I met the Krogel’s at a church that the both of us used to attend. Jillayne approached me to photograph their lovely family.  Of course I said ‘YES’.  Look how great they photograph! This family is so giving, loving, sharing, kind, generous, motivational and most of all God loving!

It’s not everyday you meet people like this.  This family would give you the shirt off their back.  And the way Bruce and Jillayne look at each other.  The gravitational pull they have towards one another is not possible to duplicate.  Bruce looks at Jillayne like she’s the last woman on Earth.  And, Jillayne looks at Bruce like he made the moon.  These two have a marriage that people need to learn from.  The support they give one another is absolutely amazing!  They are amazing role models when it comes to love, THEY wrote the book.

And their kids!  Just as awesome.  Lindsee is the sweetest, and most motivated young lady!  She is beautiful in the inside and out.  Lindsee will accomplish great things in her life.  Alec, is such a sweet young man.  He loves sports, and has the most gentle heart!  His smile could light up a dark room.  It is such an amazing experience to see young people grow and mature into the adults they will be.  And, to see their potential at such a young age, is a true blessing!

Thank you so much for letting me capture your precious moments!!!!!

This family has so much love for everyone.  I wish more people had their giving nature.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet a family like this, and I have been blessed enough to know them!

Please contact me anytime to schedule an appointment today!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com

Throwback Thursday Family Session

Thomas, Charles (1-W)



Throwback to my very first clients!  This family started it all.  They have helped me along the way, thank you Thomas’s.  I was going through these photos not too long ago and it’s crazy how much Zoe has changed in just two years of photographing your beautiful family.

Laura is extremely intelligent and I can definitely tell that Zoe is going to be just like her mom.  I love going there and hearing all of the stories of how Laura helped with Zoe’s Girl Scout troop.  In fact they my go-to family for Girl Scout cookies.

Rolo and Addie are such beautiful dogs.  I am always happily greeted at the door when I stop by their house.  It always takes some time but Rolo eventually comes up to me to pet him.  Addie however is extremely friendly.  She loves people and loves attention.

I met Charles at a place I used to work at a few years ago.  He was a regular there, EVERY SINGLE DAY!  I say that in a good way.  He is always, always, always positive and fun loving.  He’s very rarely in a bad mood and genuinely cares about everyone.  There are very few people like Charles.

One year Charles, Zoe and I were all running in the same 5K.  Our numbers were all in sequence because of the first three letters of our names are the same.  I was shocked when I went to get my number for the race and saw these two right next to mine.  We do have a photo roaming around Facebook somewhere with the three of us together.

Charles is extremely lucky to have Laura, she keeps him in line.  I love seeing this wonderful family.  The love they have for one another is timeless.  Their family is so relaxed and welcoming.  I wish more families had their welcoming nature.  The world would be such a better place with more Thomas families.

Contact me with any questions about sessions!

http://www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com

 

Receive a free gift with a minimum purchase amount!!!!



I like to give back to my clients as much as possible.  Now, when you spend a specific amount you get a gift from me in return.  Here are the guidelines:

$100 on product you receive an 11 X 14 Print ($37.00 value) with code:                100minimum

$300 on product you receive an 8 X 10 canvas wrap ($366.00 value) with code: 300minimum

$500 on product you receive 11 X 14 canvas wrap ($454.00 value) with code:    500minimum

$1,000 on product you receive a 20 X 30 canvas wrap (947.00 value) with code: 1000minimum

***ONLY ONE CODE CAN BE USED PER COLLECTION***

ALL ORDERS ARE FINAL, THEY CANNOT BE TRANSFERRED OR CHANGED ONCE SUBMITTED!

(all orders are sent to an outsourced printing company and I am unable to change or fix the order once it’s submitted please review your order carefully before submission)

How to use the coupon codes.  WAIT until you are completely done with your order you can use these coupons only once per collection.  Make sure you have everything you would like to order before you type in the coupon code, including the portrait that you will get for free.  When the coupon code has been entered the cost of the portrait will be removed. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me anytime.

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com

Emily Pregnancy Announcement



It was so amazing to hear that Joel and Emily were expecting baby #2.  Their oldest son James is going to be the best big brother, he is such a calm, caring generous little boy.  I absolutely love James, in fact all of my kids love James as well.  It is going to be such a joy to see this new little precious bundle of love!!!  I can’t wait!!!!!!!!

If you have any questions or would like to schedule a session contact me anytime!!!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com



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