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We Made the List!

We made the 2018 List of Best Wedding Photographers in Springfield.  You can see the Complete list HERE

Congratulations to everyone on the list, and here’s to a great 2018!!!

January 2018 and the New Year

As will all good things, 2017 has come to an end.  But, now it’s a new beginning and time to start looking ahead to what 2018 has to offer.  There is so much potential in this year that it’s hard to comprehend at times.  But really, it’s all up to us!  Here are some of our goals for 2018:

• Build a new studio facility (will also be available for rent)

• Offer photography classes

• Photograph more wonderful people than last year

• Stay positive all year long

What are some of your New Year’s goals and dreams?

 

5 Useful Tips for Photographing in the Snow

Our weather lately has been hit or miss.  One week it’s 70 degrees outside and this week it’s ice and snow.   With times like this, especially during winter time, you have to be quick to take advantage of whatever weather nature throws at you.  This week I took advantage of the snow, and wanted to share with you my 5 useful tips for photographing in the snow.

Tip #1.   You have to get cold.  This seems like a no brainer.  If you shoot in the cold of course you have to get cold.  But you also have to be ready for everything that comes with it.  Here in the Midwest region that means you have to be ready for icy cold wind, freezing temperatures, icy roads as well as snowy and wet ground.  If you aren’t ready for any of these things you might be in for a surprise when you try to hold your camera bare handed for more then 5 minutes outside.   You might not need everything but it’s always wise to bring or be wearing a warm coat, gloves, hat, boots etc.  After this weeks experience I am considering adding a tow strap to the trunk of my car!

Tip #2.  You have to find a willing subject.  As much fun as it is to shoot in the snow and as amazing as the photos will turn out, you still have to find someone willing to venture out there with you.  Thinking about photographing kids outside?  Not a bad idea, just be ready for a quick session and be willing to be flexible with your clients!

Tip #3.  Use the right equipment.   Have you thought through what happens if you fall?  What if it’s snowing?  Can your equipment stand up to being in the elements?  A few years ago I helped photograph a trash the dress session with 7 brides.  There were three photographers there and none of us were prepared for what happened.  It started raining, not hard but constant.  I had an umbrella with me and that was it.  It kept most of the rain off but not all.  I was happy I was using quality gear that day.  It kept anything major happening to my camera and lens.  One of the other photographers wasn’t so lucky, he had a $400 repair bill due to water damage.  Just think it through and be ready for anything!

Tip #4.   Exposure is the key.  Snow is tricky to photograph.  Even on a cloudy sky, 90% of the landscape is pure white.  You have to take care not to blow out your highlights and at the same time not under exposing your subject who is a complete contrast to the white behind them.   Typically I will get an exposure reading from my subjects face through the in camera meter.  If you have a hand held meter then that’s even better.  That’s where I start.  Exposing for my subject I’m able to adjust the exposure accordingly to get the most detail possible from the snow.   For me and how I photograph, it works quite well.

Tip  #5.  Play.  How many sessions do you shoot in the snow in a given year?  If I am lucky I’ll photograph in the snow 1-3 times a year at most.  So when you have the stars align and you have your subject, your location and your gear just be sure to make the most of it.  As long as your subject is smiling away be sure to keep clicking.  Try new poses, new ideas, different outfits and backgrounds.  That way you know you’ll have a favorite to call upon when you need it.

Bonus Tip.  Keep your cell phone charged with a charger in the car.  If this week was any indication this could have ruined my photo session.  After parking in what I thought was a relatively safe spot on the side of the road, I soon realized I might have ended my day photographing.  When we were leaving my subject pulled away safely in their car only to have me stuck with a dead phone in mine.  Luckily for me after about 5 minutes I was able to gain some traction and get out, but if I hadn’t, the rest of our photo session would have been over!

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Christmas

Now is the perfect time to schedule Christmas portraits.  Put it off any later, and you might just miss the deadline for a Christmas delivery.  With the print volume from the photo lab increasing this time of year, production runs 1-2 weeks later.  So plan ahead for those portrait gifts!

Portraits

What makes up a portrait.  Well for one, there needs to be someone in the photo.  You.  You make a portrait so special.  Without you, it would just be a photo of a background, a place outdoors, or the grass or rocks around.  You give a portrait life, you make it important.  You make a portrait an heirloom.  Something your family will treasure for generations.  You give the portrait a meaning to exist.  Without you, there is no purpose of a portrait.

What do I specialize in.  Portraits of you.  417-894-0230

Wednesday is Drawing Day

Today I’m giving away a 5×5 Framed photo from one of your sessions.  But you have to do a little work to win.  Suggest all your friends to become our Fans on Facebook and I’ll enter your name into the hat.  Next Wednesday I’ll draw from those who entered and announce the winner!  You can earn a second entry by leaving a review of your experience with the studio on the Fanpage.   This allows everyone to enter, past clients, current clients and any complimentary sessions!!!  That’s it, go enter!!!   HERE IS THE FANPAGE

Black Friday

Today is the day that the most dedicated shoppers are waiting for!  Black Friday.  Most of those dedicated shoppers aren’t reading this right now because they are either out shopping, or are home asleep after their early mornings in the trenches.  This year my wife went out early and only shopped at one store, then I in turn at 7am went out and was able to secure everything I needed/wanted!

So today I’m offering a Black Friday special that lasts until Sunday night at midnight for all the sports enthusiasts.  I’m offering an 11×14 sports collage of your favorite athlete (you must be their parent)  for 70% 0ff!!! That makes our normally priced $250 collage only $75.  Take a look at the sample below!

Passion – Love – Commitment

Not only are these three things feelings that I have for my relationship with my spouse.  They are three feelings I have toward the artwork I produce.  It’s been a wonderful journey to arrive to where I am today and I am truly grateful that I have passion, love and commitment to my craft or I would have given up out of frustration years ago.  But enduring through my creative pitfalls and learning techniques that I lacked when I first started, I believe I’ve truly become an artist today.  So when you schedule your appointment, you aren’t just getting someone who thinks they can make a quick buck because I have a fancy camera.  You are getting someone committed to what they are doing.  Someone who is committed to giving you the best experience and the best end result possible.  Don’t be fooled my imitators or newcomers with no experience.  It will save you  a dollar or two to start with, but down the road those feelings of regret and remorse will not bring your irreplaceable memories back for you.

Models Wanted

Take a look.  We are needing new models for the class of 2012 & 2013.  Interested in being a model?  Want to earn free stuff?  Apply today!  JUST CLICK HERE.

Don’t let Fall Pass You By.

Fall is here.  Soon the beautiful leaves won’t be.  Don’t hesitate, get your photos done before the weather turns cold.  Get the beautiful fall colors while they are going on outdoors.  Get them done in time for Christmas!  So many reasons to get your photos done now!  Do I have to list them all?