Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Till Death Do Us Part:: Columbus, Ohio Wedding Photographer

WOW! I have finally finished editing the Dell wedding. Over 1,500 files to sort through, organize, and edit takes a lot longer than I had imagined. I am so used to just handing over my memory card and allowing the lead photographer to edit everything I photographed.

That is right, I just finished up my first wedding BY MYSELF! I was so excited, and that quickly turned into nervousness when my assistant couldn't attend with me. I knew I would be OK, because this is a family I am really close to. I have known them for 4 years, and the brother of the groom is my husband's best friend. They had the utmost confidence in me.

I have to admit, the shooting went off without a hitch (get it...lol...pun intended). It was a little hard having to be in two places at once (multiple angles of the wedding), and I tripped up the alter in front of the entire congregation right before the ceremony started, but hey...what's new? :-)

Adam and Katie are self-proclaimed nerds, who became engaged at the Renaissance Festival. They compliment each other in every way, and I KNOW their marriage will stand the test of time and the trials and tribulations of a normal marriage, because they have already struggled with long distance and other obstacles over the 4 years of their courtship.

I am very pleased with the finished product, and I know they will be as well:-)

The dress

The accessories

The Hair

The beautiful Bride

Mom helping with the corset

The big reveal to her father

His face...priceless!

The flowers and rings

The rings
One last kiss before the wedding....but they can't see each other:-) I LOVE this photo!!!

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I Just LOVE the groom's face when he first sees his bride...and this one didn't disappoint!

Alone at last (well, except for me;-) lol

CRAZY bunch! lol They were soooo much fun!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Marketing, Marketing, Marketing:: Columbus, Ohio Newborn Photographer

This past weekend I had my first big marketing gig. I was nervous, excited, and hoping for the best. I was a little disappointed, because I had ordered a few products that had yet to be delivered, but the table was pretty full regardless.

This particular event was a local consignment sale. Our consignment sales are HUGE! They draw new moms and experienced moms alike. Sometimes the lines will start out the door an hour before the sale actually starts. Since my main focus is newborns and children, this could potentially be a very lucrative endeavor.

These women are out to find a deal, so I figured I would offer a 15% discount for those that signed up for my drawing and did not win. The drawing was for a free photo session.

I had over 40 people sign up, and before the end of the event, I already had 3 sessions scheduled, with 2 more possibilities! I am so excited! The event has already paid for the cost to place my table. I have another consignment sale coming up next month. I am excited to see if it is as successful as this last one.

My one piece of advice, because I am by no means a marketing expert, is to have an attractive table that will draw attention and showcase your best work, and a variety of what you can offer. I had newborns, maternity, family and children photos. I left the senior, wedding, and couples shoots because that wasn't my target audience. I had large canvases, framed photos (and the frames were custom from my framer) and smaller prints under Plexiglas I placed on top of the table top. Then I had a portfolio of some of my favorite 8x10s and one of the albums I designed for one of my regular families.

Here are some pictures of my table....for my first time, I was pretty proud of it:-) Sorry for the bad pictures, they were take with my point and shoot.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Half of a Pair:: Columbus, Ohio Senior Portrait Photographer

There is an interesting story behind this photo session. This shoot was supposed to take place in October. However, I found out I would be having my daughter a week early, and as I was in a mad rush to the hospital, I was on the phone with one of my fellow photographer friends begging her to fit the "twins" into their schedule that weekend. They wanted to have outdoor photos in the leaves in fall, and then indoor photos later. Thanks to C&C Horn Photography, they got their fall shots. However, I was still in charge of capturing their studio shots.

I was REALLY excited about this senior picture session. It was going to be a set of twins. They have very different personalities, but both are GORGEOUS. I was a little disappointed when one of them had to cancel at the last minute, but had a BLAST with Amber. We even did the "good twin/bad twin" shoot with just her...she rocked BOTH of the set-ups.

I love so many of her photos, that I had issues choosing just a few for the blog, so you get to see a few more than usual:-)

The "dark twin"

The "good twin"...lol...really the same girl;-)

love her expression! don't you WISH you knew what she was thinking....i KNOW;-)

OLD railroad bridge

She was EXTREMELY brave...this is on a beam 20 ft above the road....he mom ENCOURAGED her to get up there:-) lol

Probably my favorite shot of the session!!