All Things Tomato: Part 2 (baseball and parades)

Saturday is probably the biggest day for the festival. There are many events that happen all day long and a lot of people work hard all year to make sure there’s not a dull moment through out the day.
The first couple of things I got to photograph were the baseball tournament and parade.
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Many more to come. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Slideshow-Bradley and Kelly

Love you guys!

Til Next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Slideshows, slideshows!

I absolutely love a good slideshow.  Photos, that I love, put to a song that I love…I don’t think it can get any better.  Each time I have a photo shoot, I take photos from each session and put them to music, so I can send it to my clients and they can fall in love, as well.  I am more than happy to share them with you, my readers.  Enjoy!

Til next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

Hermitage, AR Engagement Session-Justin and Selena

A love of softball is what brought them together. Justin and Selena, two very active and athletic individuals, met at a co-ed softball game where they played on a team together for the first time. They also took the title of champions. Later that week the added each other on Facebook and shortly after he sent her a message. He tried a few times, but at first Selena was not down with the idea. Later on, they put another team together to play in another tournament, and from there they started texting.
Their first date consisted of the normal date activities; going to a movie and dinner. But for Selena, it was different. For her, it was her first real date. It was the first time she had been treated like a lady should be treated. For her, this date would change the rest of her life.
After the movie was over, the pair walked out of the theater towards the parking lot. It was right there that Justin decided he had to be with Selena for the rest of their lives. It was there, right there, in the parking lot, that he got down on one knee and asked her to be his forever. Selena also knew she had to be with him and happily accepted his proposal.
They share the normal things in common, such as favorite color and sport. They go to the same church and are both family people. And Selena can always count on Justin to put a smile on her face. Most simply put, they are true best friends.
Justin and Selena, it was so much fun to be able to capture your personalities with my camera and I am so happy for the two of you. I am so honored that I get to photograph you wedding and I can’t wait to see where life takes the two of you.

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Until next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

Selma, Arkansas Bridal Session-Miranda Dardenne

I was invited back in February by a great friend of mine, to tag along on one of her bridal shoots. And because I take any opportunity to learn, I happily accepted. Little did I know that the bride was engaged to the brother of my high school best friend. I was pleasantly surprised when I got there and saw the grooms mother. I connected the dots and figured everything out. This was my first time meeting the bride. And since I was really just a second shooter, I didn’t know much about her. I did figure out that she is a very lovely person by listening the she and Tracie converse. I was so pleased with the outcome of the photo shoot and I am more than happy to share it with you. I hope you enjoy.

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A great client meeting

Recently I decided to give away a few engagement sessions via Facebook. One for each month of Summer. I posted my status and got my first response pretty quickly. The email was from a friend of mine that I’ve known for at least 12 years. But when I first met her, she was very young. Her name is Selena and her fiance’s name is Justin. In the email was a short story of how they met and what made them fall in love. I decided after a little while longer that I would pick them as the winner’s of the first month.

Today we met for lunch so I could get to know them better as a couple. Such great people! As I listened to their story, I could tell they really loved each other. They made me laugh because the smiled the entire time. There may have even been a few tears involved. I knew right away I was going to enjoy working with them. I will share their story more in depth when I post their engagement photos. We have those set for later this month. I am so very very excited about working with them and I cannot wait to get behind my lens and capture these two. Justin and Selena, you guys make love look good. 🙂 Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J

An update on my business shift

I’d like to start by saying that things so far are going well. I was introduced to Creative Live around two months ago through a Google search. What they essentially do is offer classes on so many subjects. Too many to list. But one of their main focuses is photography. They bring in amazing photographers to give classes on certain types of photography. Types, such as, newborn, glamour, and wedding. The latter is my favorite. And I think it always will be. I’m not going to list names, because unless you are in the photography world, you probably wouldn’t recognize them. But there is one name I am going to list. Jasmine Star.

I have to start out by just saying, huge answer to a big prayer. As I stated before, I love weddings. And I’ve been praying and wondering how to make my wedding photography business grow. I’ve been googling like a mad woman. Like my life depended on it. I was reading everything and watching every video I came across. And while I was finding terrific resources, different photographers had different styles, which meant I was getting direction that contradicted the previous thing I had just learned. Confusion was starting to set in. I decided to go to Creative Live and see what was going on there. I mean, it really couldn’t hurt. I went to the schedule of upcoming classes and came across a thirty day class that she was teaching. It was starting in ten days. And it was on wedding photography. I signed up. Best decision I’ve made in a long time. Jasmine Star is a God send for doing this class.

I have been learning and growing and figuring out so many new things. There have been questions I’ve had for years that are getting answered. All of these things are going to help me grow my wedding photography business and market it even better. And I’m doing this for you, my client. I want to give you the photos that you have dreamed of for your big day. I want to capture those moments that only you and your (future)spouse will see on your wedding day. I want to make sure that you remember every single detail down to the napkin rings and the place cards. Those are my goals and aspirations for my business.

And I’d like to invite you to watch as these things happen. Until next time

Do Well and Do Good

J

My life, my business, and re-branding

So, I’ve started a sentence about 3 or 4 times for this particular post and I keep erasing it. I just can’t decide really how to start it. This post won’t include photos or a cute story of how a couple met or how I know someone or how cute a baby is. But let’s face it, babies are cute. And sometimes ridiculously cute. Okay, not to get off subject. I want to share a little about myself with you.

By now, you’ve guessed I’m a photographer and an entrepreneur. I live with my husband, four children, and two spoiled dogs. My husband and I have been married for 13 years and are more madly in love now, than when we got married. We have three boys and a girl. They keep us busy and laughing. There’s never a dull moment in our lives.

My journey to becoming a photographer didn’t start when I was younger. I didn’t think to myself as a teenager, ‘Hey, this is what I want to do with my life’. No. My journey started out of necessity. While on vacation one year, my little Kodak point and shoot was stolen. At the time, I was heart broken, because I had photos of my then, three children on an SD card inside the camera. I had to resort to using my phone, which had a 2.5 MP camera on it. That’s when I made the decision to invest in a “good” camera. It’s been one of the best investments I’ve ever made. Jesus took something bad and turned it into something amazing. From there, it has snowballed into what I have now. A business I love.

For a while now, I’ve been considering moving into mostly wedding and wedding related event photography. And what I mean by that is engagement photography, bridal photography, boudoir photography, and weddings. These areas are my absolute favorite. When I think of photographing a wedding, I get the most amazing feeling of excitement. The thought of getting to capture the day that a bride has planned since she was a little girl, gives me the best feeling. The day that she turned into a game when she was 10 as she walked down an “aisle” made of the chairs in her parents dining room which seated her stuffed animals and dolls. The day that she turned into a notebook of clippings from ten different magazines. Clippings of engagement rings with diamonds so large, they should be kept under the tightest of security. Cut outs of dresses so exquisite, that her father might have to take out a second mortgage to pay for it. And bridesmaids dresses so beautiful, that her best friends would want to wear them over and over again. The day where all of her planning has finally come together and her wedding dreams are realized. Her day. This, is what I want to do with the rest of my photographic career.

I understand that this may take some time, but I’m willing to wait for what I want. I’m constantly learning more and always trying to further my education. I have decided to work towards certification also. It’s a new area of my life and I look forward to discovering it. Til next time.

Do Well and Do Good

J