Friday, March 28, 2008

Big News - Part 1

New Portrait Packages for babies, kids and families

New Products that will wow you
and a fantastic Bonus Program that rewards your investment in your family's visual history

We'll be announcing all the details throughout the next 4 weeks, so join our e-newsletter list for all the specifics. The link is on the right side of this page.


The item we must mention first is a product we are so excited about, we can hardly stand it. This is really the most excited I've ever been about a new product!

We are now offering Sterling Silver Photo Jewelry. And the pieces are so gorgeous and unique that you'll find yourself constantly responding "Thank you!" to all the compliments.

Plus they make wonderful gifts for everyone. With Mother's and Father's Days right around the corner, they make the perfect "no-brainer" gift. Many of these are included in our new portrait packages and the Bonus Program, too! (More info about that in the weeks to come.)

Bracelets, necklaces, cell phone charms, belt buckles and wine bottle charms.

Leave a message in the comments section at the end of this post if you'd like to stop by to see them. You can also view the Products section of our website for more details.

More news soon.... Have a great weekend!

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Big News Tomorrow

Tomorrow is going to be a BIG day! We will be releasing new Portrait Packages and a new Gift Shop Catalog. It's big news that we're really excited about because as we approach our 5th year anniversary, it's great to stir things up a bit and add some products that we know our clients are going to LOVE!

Join our family and receive this information through our e-newsletter by clicking this link.

Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Las Vegas - continued

My last post must have left you hanging for all the details! :) so here they are. I attended Wedding and Portrait Photographers International annual conference and trade show in Las Vegas last week and it was amazing. It's the first time I've attended this event although I've been to other photography conventions, like the Professional Photographer's of America, in Las Vegas three summers ago. I must be honest that I really don't like Las Vegas. I'm not a gambler and all the artificial details, smoking everywhere, and the sheer size of the place makes me really uncomfortable. But this convention was jam packed with seminars and the trade show from 8am to 9pm so I really didn't have time to even think about it. Plus staying at Paris Las Vegas did help a ton. I love it there. So quaint and awesome crepes and sweets.

Basically the convention is a great opportunity to learn all that you'd expect: new gear, new ways to approach my business and new products. But I was surprised to find that I was also really inspired by some of the photographers' seminars to do more and stretch myself as an artist. Jesh de Rox presented a unique and inspiring seminar about creating the best self we can and improving our interactions with those around us. He implored us to stop having superficial conversations and make more of the moments we have with everyone around us. As photographers, we must strive to find the amazing characteristics of each of our clients and explore those with our images. Imagine finding the good in everyone around us. The world would be a better place for everyone. He urged us to think that the world is on the verge of a significant change if everyone could engage in finding the best in others and honoring that. Pretty substantial and moving stuff.

Jerry Ghionis presented his work and the way he approaches each wedding he photographs. He has an amazing ability to take ordinary scenes and make the extraordinary. Sometimes we don't have the most stunning rooms to work with as on-location photographers, but Jerry has been able to use things like fans, glass sculptures and reflections to create gorgeous images that transcend the room in which they were taken. Truly inspiring...

I went to Vegas without my pro camera on purpose. I know! Crazy to attend an event like this without it. But I felt that I wanted to focus on learning, meeting new people and improving myself and my business and not focus so much on the actual photography. I don't know if that makes sense... Anyway, I did bring along Nick's point-and-shoot camera just to take some snapshots here and there. After Jerry's seminar, in particular, I was inspired to get creative. I found it pretty difficult with a camera that I couldn't control very well (no manual mode or ability to change things up) but I did have a great time playing.

In addition to all the great information, a ton of new products I wanted to buy and being inspired by some fantastic photographers, I had the opportunity to hang out with some friends and meet new ones. While I don't have a picture, spending time with Ernie and Chris Russell was great. Ernie made me laugh even when I was feeling so sick. (A nasty cold hit me the day I flew out and stayed with me through the whole week. Fun stuff!)

Dinner at Mon Ami Gabi at Paris Las Vegas. Katie and Chris Torres (6 of Four Creations), Amanda and Nate Reynolds (Turtle Pond Photography), Megan Resch (thanks for the picture!), Shelly Valentine Photography, Jerrod Brown Photography, Regis Photography, Sticky (Brandy J Photography), Jen Odom, Garrett Nudd Photography.

And here's another of Jen Odom and me. Although I've met Jen a bunch of times, this was the first time we got to hang out a bit. Since our significant others couldn't make the trip, she was my date! :)

Also had a great time hanging out with Lacour and the Shoot Q group. Rachel, Andrew, Mark, Erin, Jen, Adam and Will. This pic is Lacour's from their blog.

Hope to see all you soon!

Now back to work.....

Thursday, March 20, 2008

What Happens in Vegas...

Sitting on the tarmac, I am waiting for my flight back to Hotlanta from Vegas. I had an unbelievable time here at WPPI. I learned so much, met so many great photographers; I laughed, I cried but most of all I am completely re-inspired to create better art than I ever have. I actually feel like I have grown quite a bit throughout the last 5 days. It amazing to me how generous the community of photographers is. I'll go into more depth in my next post and be sure to include some photos.

I can't wait to get "re-started!"

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Mandi & Mark - March 1, 2008

Last Saturday was Mandi & Mark's wedding at The Renaissance Waverly hotel. They are such a cute couple and we had a fantastic time photographing their beautifully simple and elegant wedding. I had the pleasure to photograph the day with my friend, Matt Yung. So fun to work with photographer friends. I just love seeing how we can be in the same place at the same time but capture the moment completely differently.

Matt helped me break a personal record for the number lights we used at the reception. We had 1 on each of our cameras and 5 set up around the room on stands. Wow! Toward the end of the night I realized that the light by Gale, the DJ, was so blinding to him and Margie that they were seeing spots all night. Ok, I didn't exactly "realize;" it was more like Margie "pointed it out to me." Sorry, you guys! Just trying to light up a really dark room. I think the results of all those flashes were worth it.

One of the reasons why I love photographing Jewish weddings like Mandi and Mark's is all the rituals that are repeated from generation to generation. For one, Mark wore his father's tallis (prayer shawl) and they used Mandi's parents rings during the ring ceremony. (There is a Jewish tradition that the wedding rings must be a continuous piece of precious metal without any stones or adornments to symbolize the continuity of their marriage and their commitment to one another.) I love that they used these items to include their families in the ceremony of the wedding.

When we went off to photograph Mandi and Mark's wedding portraits after the ceremony, I was excited to use the grand architecture of the huge atrium and wide open marble floor for some beautiful portraits, BUT we were disappointed to find about 150 people mingling around the hotel bar and tables covering the entire wide open space. Oh well! Plan B it is.... Thanks to the hotel staff, we were able to use the check-in desk for some fun shots. I love the one that Matt caught of the hotel guest completely oblivious to what was going on just 5 feet from him! And we had a great time in the glass elevator too. Thankfully none of us got sick riding up and down.

Check out the Sneak Peak slideshow below. To see it full size Click Here.

Venue: Jill Kantor, Renaissance Waverly
Coordinator: Margie Sikes, Affairs of Elegance
Flowers: Rich Larson, Creative Events by Sunflowers
Ceremony Harpist: Julie Albertson
DJ: Gale Fulton, Grand Affairs

Monday, March 03, 2008

New Stuff

So it's 2008 and in June we will be celebrating a whole 5 YEARS IN BUSINESS! Still crazy to me that I get to do what I love for a living. I am so lucky to have met so many fantastic families throughout the last few years and to be invited into their homes and their lives to capture a short moment that will now live forever. I especially love following a family as it grows and changes. Being a family's OFFICIAL photographer for every life event, big accomplishments and small, is a huge honor that we don't take lightly.

In our 5 years of business, we've learned a lot about what our clients want and need from their photographer. So, at the end of March, we'll be releasing some new products, new enlargement packages, offering new papers and even a bonus program. If you'd like to be informed of the news as soon as its released, sign up for our newsletter to the right. And if you planned to purchase something from us and life has gotten in the way, be sure to contact us soon to place that order from our "old" price list.

Stay tuned!