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5 Tips to get Ready for Your Portrait Session

The day has arrived and it is time to have your Family / Senior / Engagement photos take.  Here is a quick and dirty list of 5 things you can do to help things go smoothly during your photo session

  1. This one is for the ladies.  Have your hair and makeup ready to go.  Usually as a photographer we are planning things around a set schedule.  We may have other photo sessions before or after yours, or just family time planned.  Just like your time during the day, come camera ready.
  2. Prepare for the unexpected.  Stained clothes, wrinkles, rips and tears happen.  We are moving in and out of cars, around tables, trees and sometimes ponds and rivers.  Be ready for what can happen, we can guarantee we are ready on our end.
  3. More is always better.  Not sure if the brown or the blue outfit is better?  Bring both.  It’s so much easier to create images with items that we have available to us then ones we don’t.
  4. Things happen.  We always want to keep our appointments and times, but sometimes sickness, weather or car crashes happen.  It’s happened to us, and it has happened to clients.  Don’t fret, there is no charge to reschedule due to one of these circumstances.
  5. Enjoy the moment.  Even if a parent is making you take photos.  We will do everything in our power to make things fun and enjoyable.  It’s only going to last 60 minutes or less, then you can be on to your other things.

Spring into Summer

With spring now here, summer is bound to follow.  If you enjoy being creative and don’t mind trekking out to the creek or river then we might just be the photographer for you!  Send us a message to and we can schedule your senior session for you!

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Does a Camera Make You a Photographer?

A lot of times I ask myself this same question. Does a camera actually make me a photographer?  It makes me think about what I do and why I do it.  Why do I choose to spend evenings and some Saturdays away from my family and spend it with strangers taking their photos?  Do I do it for the money?  Do I do it for notoriety?  Do I do it because I love it?  I think the simple truth is that it’s a little bit of all the above.  On some of the assignments I’m able to take some of my older children with me as assistants.  It gives me time to bond and spend time with them.  The extra money isn’t bad, but it’s not enough to quit my day job.  I think less and less people on certain social media channels notice my work now more than ever.  I think at the core of the reason I do what I do, and focus on the High School seniors is that I really truly want individuals to have great memories of their youth.  I wish I had more photos of me during that time, and more photos of my family in general.  I also do what I do because I’ve practiced, learned from some of the greatest artists in the nation, and taught others how to do the same thing.  Am I the most amazing thing ever?  No.  But I’m not half bad either.  Check out my social media channels and give me a follow :  INSTAGRAMFACEBOOKTWITTERGOOGLE +

What’s Important

There aren’t many things more important than family, friends and those things that you hold dear to your heart.  Everyone’s list of important things vary and I believe it’s important that you recognize what truly is important in your life.  It’s one of the reasons why I do what I do and help others capture memories of their lives.  Let me share with you my list:

  • God
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Hard Work
  • Spending Time with Loved Ones
  • Great Memories.

I hope your list is a great one and that you take the time to write it down so you’ll never forget what’s important to you.  Remember that it’s so important for us to capture great memories that we can have for a lifetime, so we can pass those down from generation to generation! If you’ve put off having family, children or senior photos off, don’t wait, take charge, capture those memories and lock them in forever. You’ll be glad you did.  If you decided to use Jones Photography as your photographer and you’ve read this post, share that with us when you book and you’ll save 25% off of your order.

Spring Is Almost Here!

Time to get out and enjoy the weather. It’s also a great time to have your Senior Photos taken, wether you are an early bird looking for 2019 senior photos or are graduating this year, there is still time!

Don’t forget, you can apply to be a Senior Model at  Be sure to do so quickly as spots fill up fast!

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!!!

Valentine’s Day

We hope you enjoy your holiday no matter how you choose to spend it.  Remember, we love you.

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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!


2013 Fun Facts

Here are some great Fun Facts about Jones Photography and what we’ve done this last year!

2013 stats and facts for Jones Photography.

2013 stats and facts for Jones Photography.