Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nov
30

Image Box & Art Proofs

Categories: Products.

Today I’m featuring another great new product that I’m excited to offer to my clients beginning this winter, but this post is kind of two-fold so bare with me for a bit :) This 4×6 Image Box shown below is the perfect keepsake for every client’s 4×6 Art Proofs that come complimentary with the purchase of any collection…but I want to explain a little bit about the idea behind the Art Proofs.

I implemented this complimentary gift for those who purchase a collection because I truly want everyone to walk away from each session with every image in a tangible form you can show off to friends and family or simply revisit when you want to reminisce. Some photographers push digital files, but I guess I’m the opposite because I believe that anything on a disk easily gets shoved in a drawer, buried under paperwork, broken, or forgotten. So these pretty little proofs are my way of encouraging clients to enjoy photographs in their day to day lives, in their homes, with their family and friends – because that is how an image gives back day after day.

It’s important to note that Art Proofs are no way to do your investment in custom photography justice. There’s no getting around that there’s so many options when it comes to proudly displaying your portraits: an album, coffee table book, gallery mount, or canvas are just several of the many ways to commemorate those images that say it all. But proofs are simply my way of saying thank you for letting me be a part of your story.

So with that being said, onto the Image Box! The Image Box is the perfect way to safely store and show off those 4×6 proofs that are included with your collection purchase. Image Boxes are custom designed with a Lustre photographic cover that is soft and smooth to the touch. Each box also comes complete with a black elastic latch that stretches and secures tightly around a screw post on the side of the box. The inside of each box includes a black ribbon for easy removal of the image box contents.

Oh and forgive me that the proofs do not match the box ;) The Image Box seen here is my sample and the proofs on the right are sample proofs from various sessions over 2011 :)

 

Nov
29

Style & Post-Processing

Categories: Business & Photography, Tips for Clients.

This has been a topic I’ve been waiting for the new blog to really dig into. I want my future clients and those who inquire about a session or wedding with me to understand why I shoot with the approach that I do and what it can mean for them now and in the future.

I believe that when you’re investing in photography, you’re ensuring that your future doesn’t rely on just memories in your head. Images are tangible moment in your hands that you can share with family, friends, your future children, grandchildren, etc. Having those keepsakes and family heirlooms will prove to be invaluable one day. Anyways, I’m going on a tangent and will get more into this with another post…
So with the photography industry being so saturated, my hope is that as photographers we all try to shoot with our own style and approach that reflects who we are as people and artists. Success does not come from trying to emulate your favorite photographers and replicate their best images. I believe that the only way for me to be successful is to harness what I see through my lens because at the end of the day, it’s 100% me and nobody else can be me.
The approach I take to both my business and photographic style is simple. I take what I love, how I see the world, and the things that make an image important to me – and I use photography to amplify it. That means my images are naturally lit and shot in unique outdoor locations. They are candid, colorful, and timeless with a creative spin. I believe real moments are the best moments, so I focus on creating genuine and organic images that reflect those real life moments. I love the way warm evening light flatters everything. And most importantly, I think that your images should be just as beautiful now as in twenty or thirty years. The purpose of custom photography is to capture this time in your life, your relationship, or your pets life as uniquely and authentically as possible. Your images should be down-to-earth, relateable, yet evoke emotion.

This leads me to something else important to me…post-processing. Just like each photographer has a unique vision through their lens, we all have a different hand in post-production after the images are on the computer. Nope, believe it or not your portraits don’t come out of the camera looking slap-me-on-canvas perfect. I know that I strive to shoot as correct as possible in-camera, but there is always going to be color-correction, blemish removal, and the like. Post-production can take hours, even with a consistent and practiced workflow.
My goal with post-production is to maintain the life in the image. My personal style does not make use of sepia tones, selective color, textures, and heavy vignettes because I feel that they’re trendy and date a picture. I don’t want you to invest your time and money with me to look at your images in 3 years and feel they are “trendy” or “outdated” because that completely defeats the purpose of investing in custom photography in the first place. I strive for my images to look like real life, only slightly better. Post-production should be like makeup…something that enhances an already pretty surface, not something that covers up and “fixes” problems.

Nov
24

Giving Thanks

Categories: Personal.

Since I’d gone nearly three-ish weeks without consistently blogging like I used to, I’m sitting here on Wednesday trying to pre-blog for Friday and next week and having major writers block! Even though I have a list of nearly 20 new blog posts to write! Ugh! I think it’s my brain telling me to step away from the computer and get out of business mode…so in about five minutes I’m going to listen to it.

But real quick I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I’m so grateful for the opportunities this year has brought me thus far, for the clients, business connections, and new friends that I’ve made through my business, and for the outlook for the future. I hope that this Thanksgiving everyone is eating lots of turkey, stuffing, pie, and watching some football :) Because I know that’s what I’ll be doing!

Next week the blog will really be rolling again and you can look forward to some new posts on my shooting style and post processing, brand spankin’ new genuine leather albums I’m now offering, and maybe even a giveaway, among other things :)

Happy Thanksgiving from my family to yours, and best of luck to everyone out hunting killer bargains on Black Friday! I might be doing so as well…from my computer haha. I’m not a crowd kind of girl :)

This image was taken at Redcliffe Plantation during Hazel and Maya’s session. How gorgeous, right?

Nov
23

Hazel and Maya

Categories: Pets.

A few months ago I was asked if I would consider donating a session for a good cause here in Aiken. Of course I was on board. In this case, the proceeds would go to benefit the STAR Riding group, a therapeutic riding program that allows disabled people to bond and connect with horses while improving their motor skills, coordination, and confidence through horseback riding. Because horses have always been such an enormous part of my life and I credit them for making me a responsible and focused adult, I was pretty excited to be able to give a little something toward the cause.

Fortunately, I got some of my new favorite clients from it! Eric and Allison are two of the most down-to-earth, laid back, funny, up for anything people I’ve ever met…and it doesn’t hurt that they have friggin’ adorable, cuddly, pro model dogs. No joke. Hazel and Maya know what’s up, and even their kitty cat brother Buddha is a pretty cool dude too (we met at the ordering session, unfortunately he had other plans and couldn’t make it to the actual session lol).

Allison suggested we shoot at Redcliffe Plantation in Beech Island, SC so you do the math… perfect clients + amazing dogs + gorgeous location + incredible light = MAGIC. See for yourself…

Allison and Eric, thank you so much for taking the chance to bid on my session when you really didn’t know much about me…I’m so glad I’ve gotten to know you both and the dogs and I look forward to working together again in the future! Oh and if the girls and Buddha go missing…don’t check at my house…haha :)

Nov
21

It’s arrived…

Categories: Business & Photography.

I feel like today is the first day of my future – a fresh start to my business and the first day I truly have control over how my clients perceive me and how I connect with those who support me and want to be a part of the conversation. This is the new blog and it “oozes me, drips me, excretes me,” as Jasmine Star would say. And that’s just the way I wanted it.

The incredible talent who brought my vision to life (and then some!) is Renee of Ribbons of Red. I feel like she got into my head and pinned down my exact vision and then made it so much more than I could have hoped for. There was a challenge in finding the balance for this Maryland-born, water-loving, now southern transplant with a lifelong love for horses and a warm sunset over an open South Carolina field. Well Renee completely found that balance and then brought it to life right here before our eyes.

The new blog takes me and what I love and helps translate it to my business. I love the little things. The cozyness of something warm, worn and lived-in is my favorite. You see that in the background texture and colors. I love little reminders of where I came from and where I’m going now. You see that in the nautical rope, the hand-drawn farm details, and the invitation to let me be a part of your journey. This blog lets each client story shine in both text and images. It’s inviting, relaxing, homey, but professional, meticulously designed and thoughtfully organized. And that is the exact core of my business…celebrating the little things with fresh, expressive, and down-to-earth images and interaction.

So celebrate with me today because this is a whole new start to something so incredibly special to me. The future is always an unknown and as a business owner I am always taking risks. I feel like this is such an exciting start to me connecting with clients who “get me” and understand how my business is truly an extension of who I am. This is me. With my camera in my hands I feel SO. GOOD. But right now it feels just as good to invite you all to enjoy this big piece of my voice on the internet, brought to life by Ribbons of Red. Renee and I have been SO excited to share this amazing work that she put so much heart into, so please leave a comment and let us know what you think. And while you’re at it, head on over to her Facebook page and leave her some love :)

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”