Exactly one year ago today, I started talking about our pending Christmas wait list. It’s coming again as we approach Fall. Last year, the list began in October. This isn’t a list on paper but a database. We use this list to try to fit in those who would like us to take their pictures but we don’t have any appointments available. You give us the days and times you are available and we call you if something opens up.
This year, we’ve added to our capacity by expanding the studio. But, I still think we will have a list. We’ve also added FotoFlyAway which will help us do more sessions. However, we are actually going to be shutting down FotoFlyAway in November to do Santa. Between now and then, we have 179 available appointments at Thanksgiving Point. That may sound like a lot, but those sessions are going to fill quickly.
It’s a downer to have a wait-list. For the past two years, we have turned people away. The worst are families who are coming together from long distances and new mothers. It’s not fun for us but it’s really frustrating for the people wanting us to take their pictures.
So this year, again, I would like to help both you and I with this. I would like to entice and encourage you to schedule an appointment before the crush of the Christmas season. I am offering a free 11×14 to all customers who VISIT US in September. This is good for those who schedule now or have an appointment already.
I’m hoping that this post doesn’t backfire and I’ve created a rush to schedule an appointment during November and December. If you can, visit us this month. You’ll have one less thing to do before the Christmas season!
It is also likely that we will have a small, permanent price increase in October for the studio only. FotoFlyAway’s price will stay the same. For those who have ALREADY scheduled a studio appointment after October 1st, we will honor the $79 price. This is another reason to see us in September.
When people talk about their ‘Christmas list,’ it is usually a positive thing. It’s a list of things that they wish for. Our Christmas list has nothing positive about it. It represents frustration and anxiety. This year, we want to serve every single family that wants to come to FotoFly. This offer is hopefully a step in the right direction. I appreciate anyone who can visit us early – you’ll open a spot up for someone who cannot.