Category Archives: For Photographers

Gallery Make-over!

Inspiration & Design Photography_0037I’m so excited to show you my gallery make-over! Wow, I can’t believe it’s been sooooo long since I’ve blogged.  Being a wedding photographer, this is typically the slow season for images.  But I have been scheduling lots of great weddings for the year and can’t wait to start shooting!!  But for now, I will share a little of what I have been doing.

It’s been nice taking a break from blogging and I’ve been trying not to feel guilty, especially when I look at my stats and see how many people are coming to view new material and there is none.  Thanks to all that still come, I hope to give you lots of eye candy this year.

I have been working on all kinds of “stuff” this winter. This is the time I typically try to update samples, work on marketing, create new product lines & pricing, get stuff ready for taxes; you know all that really FUN stuff!  I do enjoy winter because I get to take a little more time for me. When wedding season hits, it’s like jumping on a treadmill going at full speed, all you can do is try to keep the pace without falling on your face! 

One of my winter projects has been updating my gallery room where I meet with clients. I had put the room together with items I already had when I moved in.  It was okay, but not pushing my happy buttons.  So with excitement and anticipation of what I might do with my room, I set out  with my cell  phone photo as a reference & began searching for inspiration! And in two days I found my direction and transformed the room! YAY me. Okay…I get excited about decorating.  Photography & decorating compete for number one position in my creative life.  I hope this post helps you with a room that isn’t pushing your happy buttons and gives you inspiration to transform that room.  Send me your before and afters! Or if you want some ideas, send me a photo of your room and a message with your questions. Maybe a new set of eyes can help you transform your room! I’d love to help.

 

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Wedding Wire Networking Event

Wedding Wire  hosted a wonderful networking event last night at the Levine Museum of the New South. I attended the event with my current protege and future bride Becca who is getting married in October.  We met when she hired me for her wedding and we are becoming fast friends.  We thoroughly enjoyed  meeting other wedding professionals as we shared wine and fare.  We only wish we could have met everyone there. But we did enjoy much laughter with many, as we exchanged cards and conversation.

Queen City Catering provided the delicious food for the event and Pink Petunia Designs provided the beautiful flowers. They kindly handed me a sampling of their flowers as I left. I was thrilled, especially since yellow is my happy color!! And I adore ROSES! Double happiness!!! Thank you to Tapsnap for the fun photo memory at your digital photo booth. Super cool!!

For any of you wedding vendors looking for a great way to advertise your business, I can personally recommend Wedding Wire. My stats continue to show high traffic from this form of advertising and brides love the ease of using their site. They have been fantastic to work with and always have friendly customer service, as well as, tons of great features for your storefront.  WeddingWire has partnered with popular wedding sites allowing you to reach over 20 million visitors each month, that’s amazing!

 

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Florabella -Vintage Actions

Vintage has become all the rage and seems to be only gaining in popularity! I continue to see more and more wedding images with that faded vintage style. I also see vintage having an impact on wedding clothing, accessories and decor.  It’s also making an appearance with vintage themed engagement photos as well. Being the huge vintage lover that I am, I personally love the look. However, I still fear that with wedding photography in particular this style will eventually  look dated,  just like many other fads/styles that have come and gone over the years. This makes me reluctant to jump with both feet onto the vintage train that is currently traveling at great speeds into every city.  I think for now and for most weddings, having a classic style will stand the test of time. Maybe the compromise is processing some images in a vintage style or reserve the full vintage style for a wedding that is full on vintage with it’s style, clothing and theme.

For those of you who have not heard of Florabella they have the best vintage Photoshop actions I have seen.  As you will see on their Facebook page, children, women and flowers are all great subjects for these actions and pink also seems to render the best look in my opinion. I haven’t purchased all the sets or had the opportunity to work with the actions a lot, but I quickly grabbed a few photographs with different subjects to show you what can be done. Not all of these images are the best samples to start with, but will still give you an idea of what can be done.

I think before and afters are the best so here they are.

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 I loved the way the air inside the bottle of perfume split into two hearts, when I laid it down. Since this image was already soft the effect is not as dramatic.

With this example I used

Buttercream at 100%

Hazy Haze at 25%

Pink Honey at 45%

Alabaster at 14%

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