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The BEST and my favorite way for a client to thank me is by writing a fabulous review about me, my husband, our business and how we worked to please them.
The most important thing to a bride and the photography is receiving images that captures her day and story in an artful and tasteful way that will last the rest of her life and children’s children’s lives.
The most important thing to a photographer is not only being able to deliver on her expectations but creating art. Because we aren’t just photojournalists, but artists too. At least I am =)
Another very important thing to photographers is reviews. We are not only artists but we are running a business. Reviews help us to continue to run our business and grow. When we get reviews it’s not only a form of a thank you by showing us how we accomplished expectations but it also shows we are being supported in our business and our clients want to see us grow.
When I opened my email today, I was over the moon when I saw I had a new review and read it. It made me happy in so many ways. I wanted to share.Â
If you are a past bride and groom of mine and would like to share your experience with others you can do so here.
Adam and I wish you all a blessed and beautiful Christmas. With that here are some photos from my set up for my first dinner party in my new home! Thanks to Pinterest I even made the cake =) Â P.s. I had more than 3 guests. I added in more table sets later. lol.
It’sÂ November! Fall has always been my favorite season. There has always been something charming about it to me. The colors of the trees, the reflections from the sometimes wet pavement, theÂ comfyÂ sweaters and knee high riding boots all just rock my world.
This November will be something a littleÂ different. The weekend after Thanksgiving Adam and I will be moving into our very first house. I’m looking at the pile of empty apple boxes that are sitting there and thinking how I really should be packing. Yea…about that. I think I’ll start after this blog. ItÂ wasn’tÂ aÂ really long process for us to find our home. We looked every weekend for about a month or so and actually got the first one we put an offer on. Â While looking at it Adam saw the dead seriousness in my face, meaning nobody better live here but us seriousness.Â Â Because of the design of the house we are able to have our own studio and meeting spot now. Meeting in coffee shops has been great, don’t get me wrong. I love how I had an excuse to always have my skinnyÂ vanilla latte butÂ usingÂ the smallÂ tablesÂ to placeÂ everythingÂ we bring to ourÂ meetingsÂ has been a chore. I’ve even so sadlyÂ splitÂ myÂ preciousÂ latte before. ItÂ wasÂ heartbreakingÂ really. BUT NOW I get to have my ownÂ designedÂ area that will be able to showcase our work and our personal style. Oh yes, I’ve been dragging Adam into the Z Gallery and Restoration Hardware every chance I get. He’s luckyÂ EthanÂ AllenÂ isn’tÂ closer to us or we would be over there on the next train stop. Not to mention I have him looking at my collection of decoration ideas on Pinterest every time I push that pin it button. I think I gave him whip lash at one point. I’ve learned over the years that Adam and I share the same taste inÂ decorating which is awesomeÂ becauseÂ my taste would have pulled the bigger stick if it came down to it. =)
November also brings other great things. BlackÂ Friday. Not that I will be going into any of the stores, I avoid that madness with everything I have. I’d rather shop online with theÂ companyÂ of my bunny Mogwai and my husband.Â Peaceful. Most holiday seasons Adam and I drive toÂ southernÂ California to see his family and spend the holidays there. This year we decided to stay home. We stillÂ haveÂ a fewÂ weddingsÂ that will be in December, we will have just moved into our new house and my mom will be gettingÂ surgery. So spending the holidays in our new home in the Bay AreaÂ justÂ feltÂ likeÂ theÂ thing to do this year. I will miss that home made fudge hisÂ auntieÂ makes.. I’ll have to get some in the mail.. wink wink. =)
So far this Fall has been a blessing. We have bought our first homeÂ and have already started booking weddings for 2013. I feel so blessed. Â Last year my new years resolution was to cook moreÂ uniqueÂ things. IÂ triedÂ oneÂ recipeÂ I found on Pinterest and decided to keep it to what I know after that,Â tacoÂ bell and chicken noodle soup. I think this yearsÂ resolutionÂ will be more about my work. And whats better to start it off then shooting my Â last wedding of the year on 12-31-12 and my first of the new year on the early morning 1-1-13? MYÂ goalsÂ this year are to push myself even harder with my photography skills and get published. I want myÂ photosÂ to be on the front page of style me pretty or 100 layer cake and some other fabulous wedding blogs. It’sÂ somethingÂ that Adam and I need. So we plan to work as hard as we can to make it happen.
I hope everyone has a great November.
It’s the end of March and theÂ beginningÂ of Spring. Starting today our wedding season starts. I’m soooo excited! I can’t wait to see all of my beautiful brides and groomsÂ celebrateÂ their love on their wedding day inÂ theirÂ gorgeousÂ gowns and beautiful locations. Â AdamÂ and I wanted to get in a few shots of just the two of us to start of thisÂ season’sÂ love with a bang. Adam you support me in everything Â I do fromÂ wantingÂ to take pictures in the rain to building a wonderfulÂ business. You even support me when my chicken comes out of the oven way too dry. I love you so very much and am thankful to have such a wonderful and talented partner in the field and in my life. To a fabulous 2012!
Yes I said it. Gooberness. Is that a word? Well it’s now my word if it isn’t. IÂ personallyÂ trademark myself as a goober. But I’m ok with that. I pride myself in being a goober. Â I’ll tell you why in aÂ minute.
This last week Adam and I took a trip to the land of sin, starsÂ and feathers. Yep, you called it LasÂ Vegas. HoweverÂ thoseÂ three words would notÂ describeÂ theÂ experienceÂ we left with. Â Adam and I went to Vegas to go to WPPI; a convention and trade show for professional wedding and portrait photographers international. It’s a place for us to gather, learn and drain our bank accounts for some really awesome newÂ equipment.Â Â Boy did I want everything, luckily I have Adam to bring me back down to earth and remind me that I have a bunny at home to feed. I did leave with some pretty cool stuff. Amazing newÂ friends,Â knowledgeÂ andÂ meeting Jasmine star and Bambi Cantrell were some pretty cool things to leave with too I might add.
I left withÂ inspiration for myÂ business to help us grow not just as photographers but asÂ businessÂ owners.Â BecauseÂ that’s what I’mÂ running,Â a successful professional photographyÂ business. I love taking beautiful photos. I love the feeling I get when I take aÂ stunningÂ shot for someone to have as a keepsake for the rest of their lives and the lives of theirÂ childrenÂ andÂ grandchildren. It’s more then a photo, it’s a memory. My job is to create memories in a fashionable and stylized way. Â But without knowing how to run aÂ businessÂ correctly and adequatelyÂ IÂ wouldn’tÂ be able to produce an amazing service andÂ experienceÂ for my couples that lasted much longer than just when theyÂ receiveÂ the photos.
Some of the things that stuck to me from my classes at WPPI were that changes are necessary for aÂ successfulÂ business. Keeping it fresh. Adding new things all the time. If everything stays the same it gets boring, but not just that, yourÂ businessÂ won’t grow or expand. Changes areÂ necessary.Â SpeakingÂ of changes Adam and I are in the midst of adding some changes to ourÂ business. We are adding some pretty cool stuff. I cant tell you yet. It’s still in theÂ beginningÂ processÂ of having it added in but it’s big and its great and I cant wait to tell you! One thing I can tell you is we found our albums!! Finally! It took forever but the trade show had every possible albumÂ companyÂ that works directly with professional photographers available to look at hands on. Â We found it and I am designing one to show all of my past present and future couples of what they can get. Once its all done I will let every one know. Very exciting and it’s very classy.
Taking charge is one thing I already do but was very muchÂ emphasized. I’m the art director when It comes to the photos. People hire me because they want amazing photos that they can not produce themselves. They hire meÂ becauseÂ they like my photography and want it for them. If IÂ don’tÂ step in and take control of the visual aspect, whetherÂ it’s with theÂ posing, lighting situations or the way the decorations are set up forÂ photographs,Â then my couples will not get what they hired me for. I refuse to be a fly on the wall. That’s not my style. IfÂ that’sÂ the type of photography someone wants, then I’m not the right photographer for them. I step in, take control and make sure that the visual aspect will turn out the way I want it too, the way I see it, becauseÂ again that is why my couples hire me. They like my work, my eye and the way I see things from aÂ photographersÂ stand point. That means if I need to haveÂ somethingÂ moved to get a visually stunning shot of it then it will be moved.Â BecauseÂ again I will stress this, My couples hire me to get great shots. I need to produce that for them and styling isÂ everythingÂ for great shots. Cake or not, if it needs to beÂ movedÂ to get that shot….I’ll letÂ someone know. lol. I’m not moving a cake by myself. But you get the picture.
Dedication andÂ sacrifice. No one becomes the topÂ photographerÂ in the nation over night. It takes years. It takes a lot of time, money and sacrificesÂ on your end to be successful. Time. I can not tell you how long I sit at my computer. From emails, editing, studying,Â blogging, networking. Time in practice, practice, practice. Money. It takes money to have a business. My couples do not hire meÂ becauseÂ I am theÂ hobbiestÂ with the Â kitÂ lensÂ whoÂ likesÂ to take photos. Investing tens of thousands of dollars inÂ equipmentÂ to be able to give my couples and clients the type ofÂ qualityÂ and service I provide was a must for me and myÂ business. It was aÂ sacrificeÂ I had to make. It was scary. Dropping 15 thousand dollars intoÂ equipmentÂ in a short period of time isÂ frightening,Â that’sÂ a huge chunk of money. But my clients pay a lot of money for me to give them greatÂ memoriesÂ and IÂ wouldn’tÂ let them expect anything less then top quality gear andÂ knowledgeÂ from a photographer who knows how to use it. It doesn’t stop at 15 grand for camera gear. The costs go on, you need highÂ efficiencyÂ computers, professional editingÂ software, back up hard drives, marketing tools, the list goes on. Â Spending a lot of money on equipment isn’t gonna makeÂ someoneÂ a great photographer either though, it goesÂ beyondÂ that. Being able to make personalÂ connectionsÂ with people. Really caring about what you do for them and really caring about them is what makes a good photographer a great photographer. I’ve heard this one photographer say I don’t care about my couples, I don’t want to know them, TMI I just want to take their picture…. I thought to myself Â how the hell are you going to truly get them to be themselves in your photos. If there is no personal connection , there is no trust. If there is no trust , they wont feelÂ comfortableÂ showcasingÂ their trueÂ personalityÂ in front of your camera. If they do not showcase their personality then the photo is not of them, it’s of their body yes, but not of THEM. That’s what really makes a great photo. That’s whatÂ Â makes them fall in love with the photo when they see it. That’s what makes Grandma and Grandpa want to buy that photo, it’sÂ becauseÂ they see the person they know, the one they love in an amazing visually appealing shot that stillÂ showcasesÂ theirÂ personalities. It also becomes more than just a photo session it becomes anÂ experience. That takesÂ dedication.
Now don’t get me wrong, I do pose when the time isÂ necessary. But I get toÂ knowÂ my clients so IÂ knowÂ what types of poses will work for them. Â I listen to my bride talk and watch how she acts in her dress so I can tell what I can do with her. If she’s very scared ofÂ lettingÂ it touch anything and getting the slightest bit of dirt on the dress then I’m gonna know that my bride will not want to go lay down in that flowerÂ fieldÂ outside for shots. If I pay attention to theirÂ personality’s, talk to them and truly get toÂ knowÂ them I will know what type of poses and shots I can get them to do. Again, thatÂ incorporatesÂ theirÂ personalities. If they are bubbly theÂ photosÂ will show this. If they are more reserved the poses and type of shots will be more reserved and calm.
This brings me to my gooberness. While I was at the Bambi Cantrell class for learning how to incorporate lighting and posing together I met these two lovely ladies who are photographers in Utah and Alabama. All three of us happened to be sitting in the first row of the class when Bambi called us up to helpÂ demonstrateÂ some posing techniques you can do during the bridal party sessions. Adam was ever soÂ brilliantÂ as to use our Ipad to record it. OMG. Ok I was not in my mostÂ adorableÂ outfit to be on stage in front of a class of 1000 photographers. I had woken up at 6 am and wasÂ runningÂ on 3 hours of sleep. I can say that was an every day thing. So my outfit and hair is well …ewwww.. lol.. Don’t judge me!!! You can see in the vid I was the first one to run off the stage when she said we were done, Â I said Peace! But WHHAATT?? When I heard a gift was being given my 5 foot littleÂ embarrassedÂ self waltzes right back up on that stage .. I like gifts =)