Jan 042014
 

This year I feel a call to simplify.  To ease the burden of constant rush here and there.  To do what I love, for and with people I love, and capture God’s greatest love in images.   Back to the root of why I picked up a camera to begin with.

I was thinking the other day about the first camera I had, a small point and shoot.  I can remember going into my back yard and setting up little scenes, blades of grace, strange bugs.  I remember shooting into the sun to see what would happen, close up to the tree bark and marvel at the texture.   Then my husband bought me an upgrade, a camera whose lenses I could change, Wow, I was thrilled.  And that began my photography adventure.

I have over the years homed in my skills a little, I am always learning, and I do love doing it.  I have had the honor to capture so many amazing moments in the lives of so many.  I have captured joy, sorrow, new, old and everything in between.  I ventured out with Kelly to include the life events of school and sports photography.  All of which brings a measure of joy and satisfaction.

I believe with my whole heart that photographs are priceless, and that setting the time aside to have someone capture your family moments is indeed worth more than any of us could afford.  Truth of the matter, when a loved one is gone from their early flesh, or time has slipped away and now you are looking at your grown child, or a marriage is celebrating half a century, or a beautiful soul is baptized and risen to new life, I could go on and on, you get my point.  These moments are indescribably precious and once they are gone they are gone.  The only thing potentially left is the memory, which for me seems harder to hold as time goes by, and hopeful an image captured in time in a photo.

I know there are many of you who would love to have a professional photographer capture those moments for you.  So this year I am going to make that easier and more affordable for you.  You …. God’s greatest love.. His treasure .. you.

I am no longer going to print images, I am going to minimize my cost so I can minimize your cost.   There are many great online labs out there now that offer great products and services.

2014 Pricing

PHOTO SESSION LOCATION:  Myrtle Beach and surrounding areas.  I will talk with you prior to determine your style and we will pick a beautiful natural light location together. I no longer offer studio photography.

SESSION FEE INCLUDES:  1 hour of photography; travel time within 45 minutes from my home; editing and image preparation; Rights to the images.  You will also receive any candid shot moments on your CD.

FAMILY SESSIONS:

Family up to 5 People – $200  ****  Family up to 8 People – $275 **** Family up to 10 People – $300 ****Over 10 people add additional $10 per person in the shoot.

Family choice for location within 1 hour of me.  Session includes approximately 1 hour of photography.  A pre-session call to determine style and location.  30-50 digital files with release.  Prints arrive 2 weeks after session.

NEWBORN:  $300

Included 2 – 3 hours of photography.  Time allotted for babies needs.   This session is best done within 7 days of babies birth. A pre-session call to determine style and location.  30-50 digital files with release.  Basic editing included.  Prints arrive 2 weeks after session. Candid shots included.

MATERNITY: $200

We pick up to two  locations  within 45 minutes drive time.  Session includes approximately 1 hour of photography.  A pre-session call to determine style and location.  30-50 digital files with release.  Prints arrive 2 weeks after session. Candid shots included.

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: $300

I love working with seniors, this is one of my favorite things to do.  We pick up to two  locations  within 1 hour of me.  Session includes approximately 2  hours of photography.  Up to 3 outfit changes.  A pre-session call to determine style and location.  30-50 digital files with release.  Prints arrive 2 weeks after session. Candid shots included.

** Add professional hair and makeup for an additional $100.00.

PHOTO-MINI SESSION PARTY:  $150.00

This is a fun way to hang out with friends and family.  Gather up to 4 families together.  We plan a two hour window.  Each family gets 30 minutes of time with me, 20-30 digital images, copyright release.  Each family pays $150.  You as the hostess of the party will get a full hour of photography and a 11×14 printed image of your choice.  Now that’s a great deal.  If I were you I would then have a cook out and game night since you have everyone there anyway.  Contact me for more details.

WEDDINGS: Engagement, wedding Day, Bridal Portraits

Please contact me to discuss these packages.  I have options starting at $1200.  I would be glad to go over this with you.  All wedding packages include all digital files.   I can also give you some great resources for affordable building your own albums and places to print great products.

**I will always have the option for my clients for me to do the printing for you but I will also share great resources for you to print your own images.  All pricing above is just for photography time, editing, and digital images.   You will have a release to print and share on the internet at will.

MY STYLE: 

I think what sets me apart from other photographers might be my ability to capture emotion in a moment even on what would be a regular family session.  I wait for them, I watch for them, and without fail those moments happen because people are relating to each other.   I prefer to shoot in natural light because I think what God has created is so much better than anything I could do with all the fancy lighting in the world.  I enjoy playing with light, finding great angles.  I love the soft wisps of an eyelash and the interlaced fingers of loved ones.  I just see the details and I love every one of them.

LOCATIONS:  I know that everyone sees all the cool stuff great photographers are doing.  When you are thinking about where you would like your shoot, keep your eyes open as you drive around town.  Think about what you want to see on your wall, in your albums.  Trains, barns, beautiful woods, corn fields, wild flowers.  I am not opposed to calling anyone and asking permission to use their property.  So dream, be creative and we will together find the perfect place.

DESTINATION PHOTOGRAPHY:  I have and do travel often for photography.  Please contact me for pricing.

Cell Phone:  843-457-9461

Chris@chriskoppelphotography.com

www.chriskoppelphotography.com

 

May 262013
 

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecc 3:1

These Times they are A changing..

Yesterday I took a rare couple of hours and went to the beach alone. It was a perfect day, clear blue skies, the surf rolling softly, a cool breeze blowing keeping the heat at bay. The Atlantic was unusually blue yesterday, really calm waters. I got there at the perfect time of the day. There is a time in the tide cycle when the tide is way out which makes this awesome playground of tide pools and soft wet sand. This was our favorite time to go be at the beach when the kids were little. There were families playing and laughing together all around me. I laid listening to the conversations, the happy squeals of children running to the edge of the water then running back. I watched young teenagers going through the awkward first flirtation of summer. I saw an elderly couple slowly walking hand in hand, not talking, just walking, made me wonder what they were thinking about. By the end of the day, I think I could tell you what they were thinking.

I eventually got antsy and decided to go for a walk before I had to head home. I turned toward the long pier and decided to walk there and back. As I walked there was this little boy and girl playing, The little girl had curly brown hair, streaks of golden blond in it, running around in a yellow ruffly bathing suit, she looked to be about 1, and the little boy, hair sun streaked toe head blond, was wearing swim trunks that reached below his knees, he looked to be about 3. He was of course directing his little sister on the proper way to dig a hole in their pool. They were jumping from the edge into the foot deep water as if it were a huge olympic feet. I looked behind them to see the young mom and dad watching, smiling, taking pictures of this moment. The little girl turned and ran toward her mom, little rolls on her legs running hard and her sandy curls just bouncing. Her brother suddenly in his digging pursuits, discovered a sand flee. This whole scene seemed so familiar to me, as if I had lived that exact moment. Then I realized I have. I wanted to go to that young mom and tell here to savor each moment, take lots of pictures, force her mind to make sketches of it all.

I watched them for a time, the mom smiled at me, I think somehow she read my thoughts. In an instant there they were, Taylor and Megan, little tan bodies, jumping into their creation. Laughing, splashing running from the in coming waves. Yep, Taylor in his little white old man hat he used to wear at the beach and Megan in her white Ariel sunglasses with her curls full of sand. My sweet babies, so little so vulnerable. There I am, taking pictures, watching closely, being directed to sit in their little tide pool, digging up sand flees and hermit crabs. Sweet priceless moments with my children. Moments when little sandy bodies climb into your lap and fall asleep quietly exhausted from this ritual of play. Suddenly my eyes had that little burn that comes when tears suddenly show up without warning. My heart felt a bit of an ache in that moment. I felt utterly grateful to God for those moments that are so solidly fixed in my memories. The smell of their little sun tanned selves. Goodness I miss those times.

This year Taylor will be driving himself to the beach to meet his friends, their music playing, holding his girlfriends hand, Megan will surely be tagging along with her big brother. My children can now pick me up and throw me in the ocean if they had a mind to. It is likely that mom tagging along will no longer be cool, and there will be many more times for me to be alone at the beach. While I know this is a natural and good process, this moms heart surely aches for the hours of playing in tide pools, sweet babies who believed I was their world, the priceless value I felt in mothering my children. In those times I could keep them safe, control what they ate, kiss and hug all their hurts away. I wonder where the time has gone. I force myself to thank God in spite of the ache for times go by. God is good, and in each season we walk through, there is likely to be some pain, but I am also eternally grateful for each season and the people my kids are growing into. There surely will be grand babies someday to repeat this memory with…

These times the really are a changing

 Posted by at 12:33 pm
Apr 182013
 

Today I had the privileged to meet Lisa, Bob and Jessie Poudrier.  I was asked to go their home to photograph their family so they could participate in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church directory.   Lisa was diagnosed in January with stage 4 lung cancer.  She is just a little too tired to make her way to the church for her portraits. These are those moments as a photographer when I am so humbled to be able to serve others.

As I spoke with Lisa after we took the pictures she told me she went to the doctor to check on what she thought was a work injury that was not healing when she received the news that indeed she had cancer.  In a moment, in a conversation, her whole world changed.  Suddenly without warning everything was in question.  She had to refocus her entire life on battling this horrible disease.

Lisa is a fighter, I could see that in her eyes even as they filled with tears as she shared her story.  She is waging war on the war going on in her body.  Would you please pray for her and Bob and Jessie as they journey this difficult road.  We know that God is able to heal her and able to strengthen her through this ordeal.

Ephesians 3 says – For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Love strong …. Live life, it is so fragile. 

Dec 052012
 

I met Christy several years ago.  This young girl showed up in one of my classes I taught at co-op.  She was giggly and sweet as a country girl should be.  She is a deep lover of Christ and focused on her future.  Christy brings a measure of joy and innocence into the environment when she is with you.  Over the years I have had the privilege to watch her grow into a beautiful young lady.  I am so proud of who she is and very excited to see what her future holds.