Archive for February, 2011

My new business phone number is 219-230-6440.


I was using my home and cell phone numbers for my business, which meant any phone call at anytime could be a business phone call. I have recently simplified things and setup one single phone number for the business only. The new phone number will ring both my house phone and my cell phone. It is going to make reaching me much easier. It will also notify me immediately when I have a voice mail so that I can listen to it and get back you much faster.

My old numbers are still operational.


The best part is you don’t have to use the new number if you don’t want to. I know you might be used to one of my old numbers. It’s programmed into your speed dial and you’re used to calling me that way. You’ll be happy to know then that nothing has changed. My old numbers are still active and you are more than welcome to keep using them. I have simply added a new number to simplify the process of receiving your phone calls so that I can talk to you quicker now.

A few business tips.


This next little bit is for you that are running a business. I thought I’d share a little of the why and how I plan on using the number. I’ll start with the how. I setup my new number using Google Voice. Google voice is a free service that is now open to anyone. You get a free phone number that you can set to ring up to 6 phones. You also get a voice mail box for that number that you can access from anywhere. I highly recommend it for any business especially one’s that require you to be out of the office for any period of time. You can also create different voicemail messages for your clients. Instead of a generic I’m not available leave a message and I’ll call you back when I am free, how about something more specific. Like Hello I’m out of the office photographing a wedding today, Leave a message and I’ll call you back fist thing on Monday morning. That way your clients know when to expect a return phone call. You can even change the settings from your phone. For example, say I am out photographing a wedding, I can tell Google voice to not ring the house phone. That way my wife doesn’t have to worry about accidentally taking a business call. There are a few other bonuses for me, but I thought these were the best general examples. Give it a try, I think you’ll like it.

Senior Models Wanted!

February 11, 2011

The photographs were so great and taking the photos was a fun easy process. Everything went smoothly and it was a great experience.

The photographs were so great and taking the photos was a fun easy process. Everything went smoothly and it was a great experience...Kelsey Emery, Crown Point, IN

Models Wanted:  Class of 2012 High School Seniors

I am giving away free high school senior portraits to some lucky graduating class of 2012 seniors. I need 4 models for each local high school (2 girls and 2 boys) to represent MJ Photography. Each senior model will get a complete and custom MJ Photography High School Senior Portrait session (a $125.00 value). You will also get free images and a custom slide show both posted to Facebook to share with your friends and family. You will not be required to purchase anything at any time.

The MJ Photography Portrait Experience

Your senior portrait experience starts with a design consultation where I will sit down with you and work out all the details. We cover everything for location and clothing to the attitude and style of your senior portrait. This is a good time for you to get to know and trust me, as well as for me to get to know a bit about you too. I have found that the more I know about you the better I can capture your personality in your portrait. It’s also during the design consultation that we will set the date’s for your creating your portraits and for viewing as well as receiving your final portrait. We will then create the portrait at the location or locations of your choosing. Once your portrait is created you then come into my studio for the portrait viewing. Your portraits will be presented to you into a frame in order to help you make an educated decision regarding package selection. Once your order has been placed all wall portraits are delivered my me personally to your home.

Call 219-218-7509 for Availability

Time and space is limited. I am only taking 2 girls and 2 boys from each school until May 14, 2011 as senior models, so call now to be a MJ Photography Senior Model. You can reach me at 219-218-7509 and ask about the Senior Modeling program. I am looking forward to talking with you!

To Look Back on Someday.

February 6, 2011

20110206-032414.jpgI was sitting in my living room today and saw these dinosaurs poised for battle. It struck me that someday when my boys have grown beyond dinosaurs I might find this photo somewhere and remember the roars and the battles.

It’s Time to Update Your Look!

Attention working professionals in Northwest Indiana, how often do you update your professional profile photograph? Your look and image is constantly changing, so during the month of March you can update your profile image for free. Keep your website, brochures and any other business materials current and professional. Whether you sell real estate full time or Tupperware part time this offer is for you.

Free Profile Portrait Photograph.

When you take advantage of this offer you will get one free digital image to use in your promotional materials. You will also get a free portrait session to use for your own family portrait. In addition to these, you will also receive free gift certificates to give out to your best clients as a way of say thank you to them.

Call 219-218-7509 Time and Space is Limited.

This offer is only available during the month of March. This is your chance for a professional image at no cost and no obligation. Call MJ Photography now for availability.

(Just for the record I will be updating my own profile photo in March as well.)