Category: Photography

Light & Hope Spokes-Model Program

Hi there friends, this is an exciting time. I have launched my very first major spokes-model program for high school seniors graduating in 2019. I am excited, and you should be excited for everything too. When you are chosen to be apart of this team, you not only are representing my business, but you are getting the chance to build a supportive community around you.

High School is hard, especially with trying to decide on which college to go with, spending hours upon hours studying, and writing papers instead of going out with your friends. It’s hard. That’s why I decided to put this program together to give 10 girls a chance to have some fun throughout their senior year. To reward themselves for all their hard work, and to give mom, and dad priceless memories  of your senior year.

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KayMarie’s Downtown Mt. Airy, and Pilot Mountain Senior Session

When Kay-Marie first contacted me about wanting to do her senior session, and mentioned she had this Indiana Jones style hat she wanted to wear, I knew we were in for an awesome session. This girl, is very focused, and very determined, and I love that about her. She not only manages to keep up with her studies, but is also working on a novel, and she is a musician.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing her play in our town, and she sounded amazing. I am excited to see where this girl goes in her life! I really hope you enjoy seeing this session, because I had a blast working with Kay-Marie and her family.

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Groundhog Mountain Blueridge Parkway Engagement Session

One of my favorite things during an engagement session is to hear the story of how my couples got together. After they went back, and fourth over who would tell the story, they went in together to tell this one.  Harlie, and Tyler both went to the same elementary school, and of course she had a crush on him, and it turns out he had one on her too, but they never talked. Harlie ended up moving to a different school. The years passed, and she ended up seeing him pop up on her social media, and she knew exactly who he was. After four days of Snapchatting, and texting, they finally went on their first date together at a local restaurant, Chili Rojo. After they met there, they went to the movies, and ever since then they have been inseparable.

I cannot tell you what an honor it was to photograph their sweet engagement. I hope you enjoy these images!

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Mabry Mill Blueridge Parkway Senior Session

You may have seen Karlie, in a few posts last year when she modeled for a styled session with me. Today, I am so excited to bring you her senior session, and though she may be small, she has the biggest heart, and sweetest smile. We wanted to choose a location that fits her personality so well, she loves anything country, all the colors of fall, and wanted to get her boyfriend, Nick into a few of these too. Mabry Mill in Virginia was the perfect location, not only does it embrace all things country, but has that romantic feel too. The forecast that day called for clear skies, when I was 2 miles away from the shoot location, everything was covered in thick, thick fog, and misting. At first, I admit, I had a mini-panic, but quickly became excited at what we could create with this weather.

I hope that you enjoy these images just as much I do! Congratulations Karlie, you are going to do amazing things sweet girl!

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Why Should You Plan Your Wedding With Your Photographer?

Hi friends! Remember last week when I did Planning Your Engagement Session: The Guide (If not then go read that first, and come back here)? Well, here’s the planning your wedding portion of that post. As I stated in the last post, planning a wedding is no easy task. You have to think of a million, and one things all at once. There is picking out a florist, choosing a venue, choosing a hair-stylist, and make-up artist, deciding what type of wedding dress suits you, helping brides-maids pick out their dresses, etc. The list goes on, and on.

That’s one reason why I’m here to help you. Yes, I am a photographer, but I’m going to tell you why you should invest in your photographer. When you invest in a photographer, not only are you getting their photography skills, and expertise, but you are getting their knowledge of the wedding industry too.

Here are my top 3 reasons of why you should invest in your wedding photographer:

Connections in the wedding industry

–Many photographers, myself included, like to get to know their industry peers. So if you are looking for a florist, a venue, a dress designer, make-up artist, hair-stylist, etc. Your photographer probably has a list just waiting for you. I love giving out my personal recommendation list.

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Bright, & Airy Sunflower Field Session || Dewberry Farm

Dewberry Farm is the sweetest little event venue tucked into the heart of Kernersville, North Carolina. Once you arrive on the property you see the sunflower field on your right, along with their beautiful horses roaming around in the field next to it, and then the manor itself is just beautiful! I had the privilege of speaking with Wendi Johnson, one of the owners of the property before we arrived, and she was so accommodating. Since the property involves a lot of walking, she let us use one of the golf carts to ride from location to location.

This session was just as special for me, as it was for the amazing young lady I had the privilege of photographing. I would like for you to meet Karli Bullins, and her amazing, assistant/golf cart chauffeur, boyfriend Jeremy. I’ve known Karli for a total of 5 years this year, and to be able to do a senior session re-do was a highlight! You are probably wondering what in this world is a senior session re-do? Well, she graduated in 2015, but never had her images professionally done.  So we collaborated together, and we made it happen.

I hope these images make you smile, just as much as they made me smile. She has such a bubbly, personality that is so contagious, even through imagery.

Enjoy!

 

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Honeybook: Why It’s The Best Tool For Any Creative.

Hi friends! Today I would like to tell you about, what I think, is the best management tool for any creative, and that is Honeybook. I first heard about Honeybook through a creative group I’m apart of called, “The Rising Tide Society”. At the time I was with a different company when I decided to give this a try, and didn’t really think it would make too much of a difference, but boy was I wrong.

This platform is so easy to use, just look. When I open my dashboard(aka my pipeline), I can see all upcoming shoots that I have, and see where I am on each one. In this example, you can see I have 2 that are in the planning stages. This means, they have already signed their proposal that I sent over, and followed through with their payment plan. As we get closer to each shoot date it will just move along the pipeline, and once it’s done I simply archive it in-case I need to pull it back up later.

When I scroll over the tools link, I get full reports, my calendar, workflows, book-keeping, etc. The book-keeping portion is so important for me as a single business owner, because I can see when I have a client who has not paid, and with one-click send a reminder. I can see my profit and loss statement, I can track my expenses with each shoot that I do, etc. If you have QuickBooks then you can easily sync it up with Honeybook. I can even sync all my contracts, my set payment for collections, schedule payments if need be, etc. all inside one proposal to send to my clients. So instead of sending 5 different e-mails, and spending all that time going back & forth with my client, I can do it all with one click. It’s faster, more efficient for them, and I can spend more time off the computer, and more time doing what I love. That is amazing!!

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Prudence McCabes Confections Downtown Mount Airy

I have had the enormous pleasure of meeting, working, and collaborating with Sue Heckman this year. This beautiful woman is the owner of, ‘Prudence McCabes Confections’ in Downtown Mount Airy, North Carolina. She literally is as sweet as the chocolate confections that she makes. She runs the business with her husband, and has done so for about 5 years now. My favorite is a double dark chocolate treat called, “The Fix”, and ladies, yes this was made for you in mind, for that once a month sweets craving. Sue is partnering with me to make some amazing confections for all of my 2017-2018 high school seniors, and couples that book with me. For now, I hope you enjoy these product shots, and head-shots of this amazing woman, and her business.

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Bright & Fun Mt. Airy Portrait Session

Amy was such a delight to photograph! I’ve had the wonderful opportunity of knowing, and working with this beautiful, sweet young lady. She has big goals, and plans for her future such as hopefully attending college in Wilmington, NC with one of her best friends. For her shoot we wanted to showcase her bright, and fun personality so I took her to this charming little garden that is hidden behind a building called, “The Blue House Art Gallery”. From there we hopped in my car, and headed downtown to finish the rest of her session. I may or may not have found some white, fluffy flowers that I couldn’t pass up!

Be sure you leave some love for Amy, and I hope you enjoy these images as much as I do.

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