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Honesty is Our Policy

Admin  • 23 Sept 2014

No one wants to be lied to or deceived this is important to us and we see it everyday! People try to take your money and leave you with nothing in return or over charge you for shady work and offer no guarantee. Not me I will give you what you paid for most often more than what was promised!! You will receive high quality work, professionalism and images that will last. My clients are proud to hang my work on their walls. Please don't be afraid to ask questions, get references and get things in writing, true business people will have no problem making sure you are completely comfortable with the investment you are about to pay for, I know I do and I will.

Tagged: Honesty!, PPA, Be More

Photography for the Modern Photographer

Admin  • 20 Sept 2014

The secret to great photography is all about controlling the light. Knowing how light reacts under different conditions is key to not just a good image but a great image. Composure is another element that a great photographer needs, and making your client look their best! I enjoy light it fascinates me everyday. Because of my passion I decided in 2012 to go after my certified professional photographer designation through PPA. I could not be happier with this additional skill set to separate me from other photographers in Charlotte and Gastonia North Carolina areas. I feel that when you are shooting weddings without the right equipment and ability to read light at a drop of a hat can cost you a once in a life time image, and cost you future clients. Any one can be a photographer but it takes a passion person to be a great photographer, so be more and study further the art of photography and take your skills to the next level, live what you love and love what you do!

Tagged: Gastonia North Carolina, PPA, Wedding Photography

Christmas Portraits!

Admin  • 10 Sept 2014

Yes it is that time again and wouldn't it be nice to have new family portraits taken? We are starting the Christmas season sessions book your today!

Tagged: Santas Coming!, PPA, Tis The Season

Join Our E-Mail News Letters!

Admin  • 10 Apr 2014

Would you like to be included on our e-mail list to receive specials and deals? Creative Cricket Photography would love to share all the new sales with you. We have two locations to serve you best in Gastonia and Charlotte North Carolina! We are a premire photography studio and can be on location or in studio call us 704-678-4584 or e-mail us caomeara@mycricketdesigns.com today. Spring session are going fast so hurry! :)

Tagged: Get the News, PPA, Mail Call

Spring is Here Portrait Sessions are on Sale!!!

Admin  • 4 Apr 2014

The birds have returned, the flowers are blooming, and the sunshine is warming things up as old man winter is packing his bag and is going home until next year. At Creative Cricket Photography we are gearing up for another season of fun in the sun, with remarkable outdoor family sessions. Schedule your session with me by June 1, 2014 mention "cricket14" and get an additional 10% off any session fee. Portrait session start at $375 with a $250 print credit so that you can mix and match your print need with a wide range of finish selections. Call me today 704-678-4584! Or e-mail me at caomeara@mycricketdesigns.com

Happy Spring

Christine O'Meara, CPP

Tagged: Portrait Photography, PPA, Spring Fever

I PASSED I AM NOW A CPP!!!

Admin  • 14 Mar 2014

LATEST NEWS!!! On March 14, 2014 I received the e-mail from the Photographic Commission of PPA that I am awarded the CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) title!!! I am very proud that I made it through this very tough and rigorious process. It was a struggle and not an easy task but no means but well worth it in the end. I am looking forward to the weeks, months and years ahead, as I am now on to my next task of becomeing a Master Craftsman!! I have already applied to become a CPP Liasion for NC State and Gaston County. I will enjoy helping other accomplish what I have work 19 months for. I also want to congradulate all of those candidates who passed and received thier CPP with me!

I spent my first day as CPP working an event with another CPP and my metor Dave Goldman who has been a very valuable asset to my success. We have one more candidiate working on images in our group and another working on his test which will make three of us buy the end of 2014 and four of us buy 2015 and one more memeber to get through the process to make our studio completely certified! I am excited for everyone.

Have a very blessed day and an AWESOME St. Patrick's Day!

Christine O'Meara, CPP

Tagged: CPP Here I come!, PPA, Feeling Relief

Continued Faith.....

Admin  • 28 Feb 2014

I have to say that the journey through CPP is very challenging, one that most people would frown upon and run away from, but I am not running I am trying to wrangle it and achieve it! The experience has taught me so much and has helped me to grow personally and professionally. The enrichment of the photography community that I have had the privilege to meet is without a doubt priceless and cherished in my eyes! I won't lie there were times I broke down into tears and I thought maybe I just can't do this? Someone even told me that my work isn't that good and that my hand drawn art was the place to stay for me.

But I was not willing to accept that as the end of the story and I turned that hurt and disappointment into the fuel I needed to forge forward. I love the art of photography and capturing moments that would otherwise be lost forever. So today I am sitting here proud that I passed my written exam, obsessed over and finished my portfolio and I am waiting to hear if I passed this final part to earn my CPP. So pass or fail I have won against many demons that stood in my way already. I am very excited as I wait for the results, I am excited for my fellow candidates whom I share this waiting with and look forward to hearing they passed too. I am most proud of myself for not throwing in the towel and giving up.

I am thankful for those that helped teach me and guide me on my way and those that gave their time with no expectations of payment but wanted to see me succeed. I see how much this means to me and I have and I will help other behind me do the same. I love the values that my CPP mentors and the program through PPA have taught me over the last 19 months. I will continue to learn and grown. And I appreciate more than words could ever express….YOU! So to those who feel you maybe at the end and you can’t make it? I say NO don’t give up this FIGHT and know that you are worth it and you WILL prevail, just BELIEVE and TRUST in yourself and GOD and you will make it through>>> I BELIEVE in YOU!

Tagged: CPP Here I come!, PPA, Feeling Relief

My CPP Portfolio is in Review, YAY!!!!

Admin  • 18 Feb 2014

The Long Wait Begins.....

Admin  • 18 Feb 2014

I know myself and several other candidates are now in the process of the long (which seems like an etirnity) wait for CPP judging results. According to the PPA website it's two weeks of judging one the results go out on the third week. This is week one 2/24-2/28/2014, week two 3/3-3/7/2014 and the results on week three which lands us on 3/10-314/2014. They say good things come to those who wait...well I am here to say I am waiting...waiting...waiting. :) It's in God's hands now. I remeber waiting to hear my besties results last year and the torment he felt waiting on the results. So I have sort-of been through it once, but it doesn't make any easier. I will keep everyone posted. In the meantime I will find a way to keep my mind occupied so that I don't think about CPP. God bless!!

Tagged: CPP Here I come!, PPA, Feeling Relief

My CPP Portfolio is in Review, YAY!!!!

Admin  • 18 Feb 2014

A relief on our end as the final journey of the CPP process was completed on 2/14/2014, yes that was Valentine's Day (I thought the day was fitting) of love. Plus we had a large snow storm that kept me working from home for a week, so I grabbed the oppotunity with the peace and quiet to focus on submissions. So now that the portfolio is complete I should hear the results on or about St. Patericks Day. Since I am part Irish this felt like it was destiny and God's plan for me to do it this way and at this moment. So the long wait has begun and I am trying to focus on other things so I don't drive myself batty thinking about it :). After all it's in God's hands now and he is driving the show, as it were. To all the fellow candidates that are submitting with me I offer blessings and love that we all pass.

Tagged: CPP Here I come!, PPA, Feeling Relief

Happy New Year 2014!!!!

Admin  • 1 Jan 2014

Thank you to all my clients you made 2013 a great year! I have met and enjoyed the new clients and the returning clients! 2014 is off to a strong start here at Creative Cricket! We have 1 month from today 2/7/2014 and we will be applying for our final leg of the CPP journey. The stress of this has mounted over the last 16 months but it is more than worth it in the end. We will be submitting our final portfolio on 2/19/2014, and then we have the long three week agonizing wait for the results!

I do want to offer a sincere "Thank You" to all the beautiful volunteer models who offered to let me photograph them for my portfolio, without you I would not be able to complete this certification! You are all ANGELS!

After all this is done we are off to Texas for several client shoots from 2/26/2014-3/2/2014 so the excitement will more than take out mind off of CPP for a while :) I am hoping to be able to meet up with a few of my CPP-Pals while I am visiting the BIG state of Texas! Keep tuned here for updates and hopefully joyous announcements and for those who know me personally or not prayers are welcomed!

May god bless everyone that you will have a health, happy and prosperous New Year 2014!

Christine

Tagged: Thank you, PPA, Happy holiday's

A Special Thank you!!!!

Admin  • 30 Dec 2013

To all my clients I want to say a special thank you! You are what make Creative Cricket what it is today! Your business is greatly appreciated very much!

Tagged: Thank you, PPA, Happy holiday's

Updated Portfolio!!!!

Admin  • 30 Oct 2013

If you would like to see all the new work please stop by my portfolio: http://wwwmycricketdesigns.blogspot.com/p/portraits.html enjoy! Drop me a line let me know what you think caomeara@mycricketdesigns.com I would love to hear from you!

Tagged: CPP, PPA, Proud

Good Luck my Fellow Candidates!!!!

Admin  • 23 Oct 2013

I wan to wish good luck and many blessing to my Photographer friends who submitted their images this round. I hope all who submitted pass! It took a lot of time and hardwork to get to this point and I want to see all of them succeed! We are all waiting to hear you passed. God Bless and have a great day!

Tagged: CPP, PPA, Proud

I PASSED my CPP Exam!!!!

Admin  • 11 Oct 2013

I have passed my CPP written exam. I could not be any happier, thank you to all that prayed for me! God bless you all!! I have jumped into shooting almost immediately and thing moving along so very quickly. Although I do not have enough files to submit in this round of images I am setting my sites on February 2014! My work behind the camera has progressed so much since I began this journey and I am thrilled and sometimes can't believe that I created such beautiful pieces!! Please stay tuned to see updates and finally see me accomplish my final goal. I can wait to finaly use my new title :) Have

Tagged: CPP, PPA, Proud

My Journey to CPP

Admin  • 31 Aug 2013

We are moving ahead now, Last month we opened our Charlotte studio and this month we are taking the CPP (Certified Professional Photographer) exam on September 28th at 9am. I am excited and nervous, please send prayers my way. I will keep you posted on the outcome.

Tagged: Photography, Certified, Professional

What is Photography

Admin  • 22 Aug 2013

Photography is a creative art, which nourishes with each photograph that you click. While some photographers understand photography as a medium of communication, presentation of reality, others describe the photography in terms of expression. Can you tell me how this relates to your work and style and how you perceive photography in todays modern world?

Tagged: Photography, Certified, Professional

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We have two location to serve you best. Please visit the location nearest you HQ: 2432 Payton Drive, Gastonia NC 28056

Address:3415 Westinghouse Blvd, Charlotte
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