Welcome to Dana Peterson Photography. It has been a fantastic year! I have a few more sessions to finish in December and then 2012 will be history. THANK YOU to such wonderful clients! I wish you a Merry Christmas. I look forward to more sessions in 2013. It will be here before we know it! On this site you will find images of many of my photo sessions, a bit from my own life and lots and lots of my own kids.
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Adorable family! {Treasure Valley Area Family Photographer}

I was pleased to photograph this family. "C" just turned one and he was so cute. This kids eyes just sparkle. This is the first image I opened. I am excited that we got so many good ones. :)

Here is another one.  Look at those eyes.  He is so cute!


I am going to sell one of my cameras.  It is the camera that I used when starting out in my photography journey.  It is a lot of camera and produces great results!

It is the Nikon D200 and is part of Nikon's professional series.  http://www.nikonusa....25235/D200.html
I have been so pleased with it but I really can only use one camera at a time so I need to sell it.

I bought it with 1600 ish actuations in March 2008. It now has approx. 32,000 (which is pretty low). I have always treated it with great care. It has had a body armor on for additional protection since I purchased it. It has never been dropped and I have all of the original packaging.

So, the camera is $450 + you pay whatever it costs for shipping. If you want insurance etc. you will need to pay as well.  Of course local pick-up is available (Meridian, Idaho).
Here is a shot I took just yesterday with it.  If you buy it, I would be willing to add you to my on-line mentoring group as well so you can learn to use it.  :)

1.  Settings:  Shutter speed 1/250, Aperture f/5.0, ISO 400, focal length 65 mm

The companion lens I am selling with it is Nikon 18-200 3.5/5.6G EDIF AFSDX VR USA.  The photo above and below is shot with this lens.  The shot below is really cool because it was shot at 18 mm which gives the artistic distortion you get on a wide angle lens.  I purchased this lens in March 2008 and have used it very little. It has had a filter on since it came out of the box. I have all the original boxes/packaging. You pay for shipping and $500 for lens.

I have loved this lens but I don't use it enough to justify keeping it.  It is a GREAT all around lens because you CAN get wide angle shots like below but you can also zoom out and catch your child on the soccer field.  It is a great portraits lens too.  With the VR (vibration reduction) it aides in sharpness of the photo too. 

2.  Settings:  shutter speed 1/800, aperture f/3.5, ISO 400, focal length 18 mm

These items at these prices are VERY fair.  I paid much more for both and have used them very little.  Do your research though and make me an offer.  I will consider all reasonable requests.  Oh and if you want to see more photos using the D200, just check this blog.  Anything shot before November 2010 was done using this camera!!  It has some serious skills.  Consider it!  Cash only.

Just so you know, I just googled it and this combination body + lens [new] is selling for $2200+ on Amazon (with no free mentoring).  I am only asking $950.


More orchards with my own ♥ {Meridian Idaho Childern Photography}

Just can't pick a favorite. So many that I love.

Why are you charging so much?

Before I started shooting (3+ years ago), I wanted a deal on my family photography. I thought paying more than $50 a session was way over priced. I feel bad now that I was so naive and ignorant to the work of the photographer. I now realize that the photographer is not just spending 1 hour of their time with me and my family.  It is much more involved than that.

Here is a breakdown on the time I spend for each session:

booking time: 45 minutes (client contact time, location scouting + any paperwork)
prep & travel time: approx 45 minutes
actual sooting time: 90 minutes-2 hours
uploading, editing and preparing CD: 5-8 hours

This is a very conservative estimate. It is time that I could be spending with my family or on other responsibilities. But just considering the time involved in a session is not enough. I have spent thousands of dollars (scarey, huh) on equipment including camera, lens, lighting, computer, software editing programs, color calibration system, props etc. Not only that, I am afraid to estimate the amount of time I have spent over the last 3 years learning the art. I read, research, take classes, contribute to on-line forums, participate in webinars, mentor other aspiring photogrpahers and am mentored. Not to mention the couple of college courses I took.

Let's just say that I think that my current rate of $150 IS a bargain. We all want a deal and you are getting one if you scheduled a session with me this year!!

For more information please review the Professional Children's Photographers' website.