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Policy Changes, Pricing, Minimum Orders: Effective 2012

Effective May 1st, we will have some changes to our pricing policies.  Until then, our $25 reservation fee and minimum order policies are in effect.  On January 15, our pricing structure will change.

For our standard family, children’s, maternity and engagement sessions, we no longer have “packages”.  We experimented with packages, or Collections for about a year, and decided that we are not a “package” studio.  We create custom products for your home.  Sometimes you can call it a “package”, but most of the time, its just what you want.  We do offer bonus incentives and discounts for larger orders, but you can expect custom creations and products designed for YOU, not Packages designed to sell you “stuff you don’t need”.  We’ve also lowered some prices on Wall Portraits and Custom Albums.  As always, print prices start at about $50.

Order Deposit
For MOST of our sessions, we require an order deposit at the time of your session.  This means you will pay money to be used during your ordering session.  We look at this like a “security deposit” from you.  We are happy to photograph just about any time, anywhere, but we can’t afford for clients to take advantage of our time and not place an appropriate order with us for their portraits.  Of course, if you don’t like your portraits, or are not happy with our service for any reason, your deposit and session fee are refundable.  The order deposit varies from $150-$500, and generally sets an expectation for you on what to anticipate starting your order with.  We will never tell you how much to spend, but we do want you to be aware of what is possible, and the order deposit will at least get you started.

Session Fees
Family, Engagement, or Maternity Photography:  Our new Session Fee is $75 for weekday appointments and $125 for weekend appointments.  There is no minimum order and we’ll work with you to design products that are best for your home.  Print prices begin at around $50, with sizes available up to 70×100 inches.

Children and Baby Photography:  Our Session Fee is $75 on the weekdays and $125 on the weekends.  There are no minimum orders, so buy what you like.  We do have minimum order requirements for our seasonal and discount programs.  Please ask for details on those special sessions.

Senior Photography:  Effective for the Class of 2012 Sessions, we will offer three session types.  The Mini, The Half, and The Full Session.  Our mini sessions require an $195 minimum order.  Our Half Session requires a $300 minimum order, and our Full Sessions require a $500 minimum order.  What you ultimately spend depends on the length of your session, the number of outfits, and the products you choose.  Call us for a complete consultation and we can give you a complete price guide.  The minimum orders for Seniors are not designed to tell you how much to spend, rather to direct you into a session that is appropriate for you and your budget.  You can spend ANY amount, no matter the length of the session, but you must spend more for the longer, more elaborate sessions.

For each session, we will now ask that you give us a few minutes of your time PRIOR to the session so that we may consult with you in detail about your session, the products you may want, and the spaces we may fill with your images.  We can conduct the consultation in your home, here in the studio, or by phone.  It just takes a minute of your time, but goes a LONG way toward helping us deliver our very best work to you.

We never enjoy discussing business on our site, but we feel it is important to announce these changes.  Our new pricing structure allows us to be more of a custom art studio, rather than a “package” studio.  We design custom products for your home using priceless images we create.  Sometimes that costs a little, other times that costs more.  Our minimum order policy was hampering us and causing confusion for some clients.  With every rule, there is the exception.  Our Senior Sessions, Watch Me Grow Sessions, and Seasonal Mini Sessions will still carry appropriate minimum order requirements.

We appreciate all of the business and look forward to capturing memories for you very soon.

Ivey Photography


Winner: The Texas Star Award, Best Team Effort – Bock Bar Mitzvah

We are proud to announce that Ivey Photography was awarded a Texas Star Award for our part in a Bar Mitzvah last year. Thanks to Yvette Audrain of Premier Special Events for coordinating our entry.

Officially, the Award reads as follows:

Best Industry Team Effort $50,000-$100,000

“Step It Up for Lance”

Yvette Audrain CSEP, CPCE Premier Special Events

Marla Watson-Werst, CSEP, CTA PeaPod Group

Gary Peto Shag-Carpet Productions

Chris Smith, Shana Woods –  Ivey Photography

Brooks Kendall KenRan Productions

Jennifer Burns Lite Dallas

Luana Stoutmeyer Encore Productions

Wendy Krispen Wendy Krispen Catering

Bar Mitzvah Texas Star Award Winning Photograph

Lance’s Bar Mitzvah Party was held at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas.  The theme was built around the Movie “Step it Up”, a break dancing movie.  We were very proud of the photos, and you can see them in our Mitzvah Sample album at the studio.  Congratulations to all of our colleagues who were a part of this great event.

Bar Mitzvah Texas Star Award Winning Photograph

Bar Mitzvah Texas Star Award Winning Photograph

Bar Mitzvah Texas Star Award Winning Photograph

Funny Wedding Case: Judge Joe Brown

There are so many “cheap wedding photographers” floating around.  This is pretty funny, as long as you hire a pro.  If you hired this lady, not so funny.

Council Approved – We’re Moving! 402 West Main

We are so excited to announce that the Midlothian City Council Unanimously approved our rezoning request for our new lot at Main and 6th Streets.  We’ll begin construction very soon and hope to have our grand opening sometime at the end of the summer.  Thanks to everyone for all of your support.

Our new address will be 402 West Main Street, Midlothian TX  76065.

Celebrate Spring Mini-Sessions March 6th and 27th

March 6th Enchanted Garden Sessions

Our March 6th Enchanted Garden Sessions will be held at Spoiled Rotten Children’s Boutique in Midlothian. We will have our “garden set” at Spoiled Rotten, complete with live bunnies, ducks and chicks for the kids.  This is our more traditional look, and the kids absolutely love it.  We have a stone wall, a set of stumps for the boys, and the animals are fun for everyone.

About the Photography

Our Seasonal sets are designed specifically for children.  The Enchanted Garden set has a depth and richness intended to imitate a spring day at the park.  The live ducklings, chicks and rabbits will bring a smile to everyone’s face.  Best for ages 3 months to ten years.

Ivey Photography Celebrate Spring Mini-Sessions

March 27th Spring Colors Sessions

Our March 27th Spring Colors Sessions will be held here at the Ivey Studio in Downtown Midlothian. This set will be filled with TONS and TONS of Bright Spring colors and a giant display of flowers, courtesy of Ruibal’s Nursery.  The preview photo is without the flowers, but we wanted to show the great colored backdrop we’ve constructed.  Bring the kids in white, or any other color.  The panels are green, blue, orange, yellow, pink and purple.  We can switch them around for girls and boys, where appropriate.

About the Photography

Our Spring Colors set is a new creation that will be filled with bright pastel colors and live/fresh cut flowers.  Perfect to show off your Easter dress or a new spring outfit.  Best for children of walking age and older.

Ivey Photography Celebrate Spring Mini-Sessions

Ivey Photography Celebrate Spring Mini-Sessions

About the Pricing and Packages

Our Mini-Sessions are a perfect way to introduce your self to our studio.  If you’ve never been in, we invite you to join us for the first time.  If you are a regular, we look forward to seeing you again.  Either way, the packages and prints are affordable for any budget.  As always, our Watch Me Grow Members receive a free 8×10 print with their purchase.

Individual prints start at just $15.

Discounted packages start at $49.  Our opening package includes an 8×10, 2 5x7s and 8 Wallets  of your favorite pose.

We ask for a $40 minimum purchase.  $50 for groups of 3 or more please.

Contact us by phone to book a session at 972-723-2464

Midlothian Snow Day

One good thing about being a photographer is that when a photo opportunity presents itself, I have the best gear to make the photo look its best.  Here are a few images from my snow day at home with my kids.  The Barn at the bottom is one of my favorites to photograph.  I couldn’t resist the snow scene.


We will soon begin construction on a new studio in Downtown Midlothian.  This afternoon, we purchased a lot at the corner of Main & 6th Street.  Over the next few months, watch our new studio take shape when you drive down Main St in Midlothian.  We are VERY excited about the space and look forward to an open house later this year.  Thanks to everyone who made this possible!