2nd Annual Christmas Mini Sessions with Memories by Mandy Photography

Come and cozy up with us for our 2nd annual, highly anticipated, Christmas Mini Sessions!  Sessions are taking place at our Saskatoon photography studio on November 25 & 26 on our rustic holiday themed set.   

Here is an example of what this year's set looks like!

Here is an example of what this year's set looks like!

Are you a past client?  We are offering all of our past clients Buy One, Get One Free Session fee!  You can either gift someone the free session fee, or you each pay half price!  Perfect for that friend, family member, or coworker who would LOVE a session of their own.   


What do we wear? 

-We suggest wearing festive clothing. (However, no big logos or busy patterns!  Plain always looks best)   Feel free to dress up in your pretty Christmas outfits or come in your Christmas PJ’s.  It’s up to you!  (As long as it matches Red, as our set has just the right amount of pops of red!)

Is the session fee just $60?  What does that include?

-Our session fee for the mini’s is just $60 and that includes your 15 minute session.  Digital files and Christmas cards are additional. 

When do I place my order for my preferred package?

-Orders can be placed before the big day (to get your images quicker), or on the day of your session.

What type of payment do you accept?

-We accept Cash, cheque, email money transfers, Visa & Mastercard  (Credit cards must be swiped in person).

What do you require to hold our day/time?

-We require the $60 session fee as your non refundable retainer.  If something comes up and you aren’t able to make it, your session fee is transferable.

Can the parents be in the images too?  Or is this just limited to children?

-The whole family is welcome!  Depending on the ages of the kids, we suggest the sessions for families of 5 or less due to the size of the set.  If the kids are too large for your lap, the set will be too small for your family, sorry.   Please ask if you have a special situation!

Can I get a different Christmas Card?  Or change the text?

-Our cards come as seen in the image above.  The only like that we can change is the line that says:  "Love, the Gray Family" in the sample above.

Do you have examples of your work from previous mini sessions? 

-Yes!  You can take a peek at last year's mini sessions HERE.

Someone in my family is in a wheelchair.  Is your studio wheelchair accessible? 

-Sorry, our studio is upstairs without elevator access. 

How do I book?

-You can book your session by emailing us at:  memoriesbymandy@shaw.ca , or through our website:  memoriesbymandy.ca.  

I think that covers it!  If you have any other questions, please contact us through email:  memoriesbymandy@shaw.ca!  Cheers!

Last Year's Christmas Mini's - Saskatoon Photographer

As are are busy planning this year's Christmas Mini sessions at our Saskatoon Photography studio in the north end of town, we thought it would be fun to reminisce about last year's minis.  We had so many wonderful people come through.  Here is just a small highlight of what our Mini's from last year looked like.  This year, we will have a much different, but equally as cute and rustic set.  Check back for more details!!!

Maui sessions - Saskatoon photographer

Are you from Saskatchewan, and planning a trip to Maui this winter?  Lets meet there for your session!!!  Please email us to find out what dates we have available.  Hope to see you there!!!

Beginner camera classes - Saskatoon

We have release 3 new dates for our beginner DSLR classes!  You can find out all of the info on our website HERE.

The class days/times are:

Sunday, September 10 - 10:00-12:00

Saturday, November 18 - 2:00-4:00

Sunday, January 7 - 1:00-3:00

All classes are quite small, so please book early to ensure you snag a spot!  Please email us to reserve your day/time.  Cheers! 

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65 years - Saskatoon extended family photographers

With summer, comes anniversaries!  This beautiful couple celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary this summer!!!  65 years!!!!!!  Isn't that amazing?!  I always try to ask our eldest couples what the secret is to a long lasting marriage.  Her advice?  Always have fun!  This family was nothing short of just that.  It was obvious it wasn't this families first time in front of a camera... everyone was so relaxed off the hop, and one family even brought props!!!  The day of the session the entire family had traveled from all over the province to celebrate 65 years of marriage. 

Below is a great example of what our extended family sessions look like.  This one was a 1 hour session, originally planned to be outdoors, but due to crazy weather had to move it indoors, as rescheduling sometimes just isn't an option!  Needless to say, our simple studio made a perfect backdrop!  And can I just point out the clothing?!!!  Nailed it!!! 

It was an absolute pleasure to capture this beautiful family!  Congrats, again, on 65 years!!!!

Photography Mentorship registration is open

As our 2016/2017 year comes to an end (in July), I'm having some bitter sweet moments.  It has been an amazing year teaching our mentorship students and I'm feeling a bit emotional as the year comes to an end.  With that being said, I'm so excited for a new year to begin and the new people I can train and mould into successful photographers in their areas.  Our 2017 mentorship program is half full.  Our two remaining spots are for photographers at least 100km away from Saskatoon, and be passionate about photography and running a business.  Here is what Brandi said about being in the class this last year:  

"My favorite part of the course has been meeting others that I can bounce ideas off of and get advice from. It's also been so amazing to witness the evolution of my peers in their business ventures. Although getting pregnant and having a baby threw a bit of a wrench into my business timeline, I have started building a foundation for the future and learned things that I will build upon when I am able to jump into photography with both feet. Mandy is so knowledgeable and has been completely transparent - she has been such a great mentor and has laid out all of the failures and successes she experienced along the way. With Mandy's guidance and the support from the girls, I have become more confident in my abilities and have learned to value my work and my time!"

If you are interested, please email us for an application form!  Thank you so much!

10 years in business!!!

Sometimes I still pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming.  It's been 10 years coming up in May that we opened Memories by Mandy Photography here in Saskatoon, and looking back it's truly been an amazing 10 years of my life, personally and professionally.  The people I've met through this journey have truly been the icing on the cake.  I would like to sincerely thank each and everyone of you who have been in front of my camera and those of you who maybe haven't, but have stopped by our website/blog to see what we've been up to.  My heart is exploding with gratitude!!!

To celebrate 10 years in business, we are offering TEN $10 family sessions for 2017 (regular price is $175)!  Only TEN of these are available, and they won’t last long!!!

Small print:

-Sessions are for immediate family sessions only.  Sorry, no extended families, no newborns, no grads or no weddings, no head-shots, etc. are included in the promotion. 

-$10 includes the session fee only.  Prints/products/digital files are additional.

-Session must be booked at the time of signing up for the promotion.

-Session must take place in 2017 (please note we do have limited availability for the rest of the year).

-Sessions may be done in studio or on location.

-This amazing deal is extended to all immediate family sessions already in the books for 2017:). 

-Sorry, this offer can not be combined with any other offer including gift card donations to silent auctions. 

Please contact us if you have any questions!  Please email us to take advantage of this amazing offer:  memoriesbymandy@shaw.ca.  Thank you Saskatchewan for the last 10 years!!!  We are so excited for the next 10 to come!!!



How to prepare for your family photos - A HILARIOUS take on it!

We photographed this fun loving group last fall.  Mom wrote a hilarious post on her facebook feed.  She gave me permission to share it on my blog.  So here it is!  How to prepare for your annual family photos:

I wanted to write blog post on how to prepare for family pictures. You know that annual or bi annual event in which you rush around in attempts to make sure you get that one perfect family picture. It can be stressful- so maybe following these tips will help someone out!

The easy thing to do is give the manual- the perfect written directions to get that perfect picture- but I thought it would be more fun to give you this information using our last family pictures to illustrate the how not to prepare for family pictures- you guessed it, we broke just about every rule in the book.

1. Pick a good date-

- we did not really do that bad on this rule. You need to make sure that you have time before pictures to get ready as well as no pressing obligations after- you don't want to rush the pictures or the photographer. Sometimes that awesome shot comes at the 59th minute. We chose a later date in October which in Saskatchewan was risky- so book early with your favorite photographer. They book up fast so don't drag your toes on selecting a date.

2. Events leading up to your pictures-
- now I am not advocating for wrapping your kids in bubble wrap the week before pictures to prevent the inevitable black eye or scraped knees- but perhaps do better than me and do not take them to an event the night before family pictures that leads to face painting. Like Spider-Man- black eyebrows and beautiful pink butterflies full face paint night. The kids had a blast, but the look of horror on my face realizing I somehow had to scrub my son's now black eyebrows back to his naturally white eyebrows was daunting. Luckily I had a wonderful exfoliating soap in which both of my kids proclaimed I was scrubbing their faces off in protest. And I was.......

2. Outfits-
Every photographer will tell you to pick out outfits that go together- not necessarily matchy matchy, but they go together. They also want you to stay away from patterns as they can be distracting in a picture.

Easy enough right?
Have you tried to find a nice solid sweater or shirt for kids these days? And when you do- and if your kids are like mine- you can never find it for picture day. So be better than me- set those clothes out weeks before and don't be running around a mall the day of your pictures frantically trying to find a non-patterned or logoed shirt to only to have to re-buy something for your other kid because the only shirt you could find completely clashed with what you had planned. Sigh.

Still on this note- yes there is more- make sure your kids have normal shoes. Wondering why I say this? Well, we are slow learners. Three years ago for our family pictures both of our kids were rocking the rubber boot look. This year- our daughter sported cowboy boots, but our son- still rocking the black rubber boots. Who knew we did not have "normal" shoes for him at home.

Still on the shoes- can you believe there is more? Me- I thought I should wear these cut black high heels- not too high, but enough to be a little fancy. About 30 mins into the pictures I was carrying those suckers are the blisters that had formed in my feet are disgusting. I will save the details, so you can keep your lunch down.

Wear nice shoes, because yes they show, but make sure they are comfortable and practical.

3. Hair Cuts

There are many sayings in life that pertaining to doing something or not doing something in a certain time table. These should be followed- such as- No swimming until 30 mins after you eat; Don't fall in love or out of love around school exam time etc etc. The most important rule for family pictures is DO NOT CUT YOUR HAIR THE DAY OF PICTURES.

Yes- sadly, this too was a learning point for us this year. Per usual we were unable to get a hair cut leading up to our pictures so we thought, no big deal- there are lots of places we can go to in the city. We even called and booked an appointment. Ok fine, we called on our way to the city to book the appointment, but it still counts!

When my husband and son were done with getting their hair done my phone rang. It was my husband and he prepared me for the fact that his hair was not good. In fact it was really, really bad. To give some context, he had been teasing me the whole drive to the city he was going to get something funky done. Being that he is a bit of a prankster, I thought well- he is either saying this to tick me off or he actually went for it and it did not go well.

As I turned the corner and saw him, my jaw dropped- not in a good way. He had done neither- he did not lie- it was bad, and it was not something he had asked for. To be fair, the hair cut is not horrible. It just does not fit a 37 year old small town guy that wears coveralls to work every day. The cut belonged more in a trendy bar in New York City on a complete metrosexual. **Side note** I actually like the cut now. It grew on me:). 

But the lesson is still valid. Don't be us people; get your hair cut a week in advance. At least there is time for damage control.

OH and don't let the hair dresser give your child a bright red sucker after his haircut just hours before the session.  Red suckers will stain your entire mouth red! 

4. Book an experienced photographer that you like.

This is the golden rule. Do not break this rule. This is the one rule that we did not break. See- each of the other rules even if we did not break them may not have led to a great picture without someone knowledgeable on the other end of the camera forming the picture and taking it.

We booked with Mandy because she has an amazing talent for pictures and puts everyone so at ease that we know we are going to get great pictures.

Although we did not follow the "rules" and some of the points are actually important- the real truth is that these pictures are very much us. We are not perfect; we are a crazy young family making it work. So read the rules- follow if you like but most of all have fun. These are the pictures you will look back on some day

Mom & Me Promotion - Saskatoon Photographers

Our mom and me promo is back!!!  We are so excited!!! Last year was such a hit, we can't wait for this year's promotion!  Our mom & me promotion includes:

-A 30 minute photo shoot of mom and her kiddo's, in studio. 

-A free framed 11x14 print from your session.


-A beautiful locket with an image from your session. 

-A $50 gift card to Just for you Day Spa (no expiry).

-A $100 gift certificate to Tidy Time Saver cleaning company (expires Nov 14, 2017)

-Plus a swag bag!  (swag bag includes a relaxation package courtesy of Just for You day spa and Memories by Mandy Photography, and $50 off at Eliminare tattoo removal.)

-Only 8 available!!!  All of this for only $269!!!

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The fine print:

-Sessions must be photographed by September 1, 2017.  If session must be extended past September 1, 2017, additional fee's may apply. 

-Sessions may be upgraded to a full hour session and include dad for an additional $49.  We will still get plenty of shots of just mom and her children.  Dad will be able to join in on the fun! 

-Session includes a free framed 11x14 print.  Files are NOT included, however they may be purchased afterwards if you wish.

-A week or two following the session, we will have you back to the studio to view all your images and choose the image for your print and locket.  If you wish, additional prints, products and files may be purchased at this time, however there is no obligation to do so. 

-Beware:  Your wife or mom may cry happy tears when opening this on Mother's Day. 

-Offer ends on Mothers Day 2017 (May 14, 2017), or until they are sold out!