Posts in Photography
Unpopular Photography Opinions

I read an article on FStoppers the other day about unpopular photography opinions and found it very interesting. Unpopular opinions meaning sharing an opinion about something related to photography, videography, or the industry in general that, if shared publicly, might cause you to get some backlash from others in the industry. FStoppers asked 29 current industry professionals what their opinions were and I was surprised at how many I actually agreed with or at least had my own opinion on.

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Christopher & Tierney | A Classic Downtown Cary Portrait Session

Happy Monday friends! I'm so excited to be sharing Christopher and Tierney's portrait session with you today! I met these two back in April for lunch and I knew immediately that we clicked. We chatted about our growing businesses and how nice it was to be able to connect with people who share your passion. Time has flown by since that lunch date and our planned session came just in time for the hottest day we've had in North Carolina this year!

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Weekend Wrap Up | Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University

Ever since I moved to Raleigh people have been telling me how beautiful Duke University is so last Friday I decided to go and check it out for myself. They were right. Not only the gardens are beautiful but so is the campus! I went to KEAN in NJ and although it was a nice looking school.. it ain't got nothing on Duke. It kind of looks like someone hired a Scottish architect in the gothic era to design it. It's really incredible

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Gear For Wedding Days

Today I thought I'd share a "What's In My Bag" type post with you guys! When I was first getting started I didn't know what all I would need to photograph a wedding. I researched soft boxes, flashes, tripods, lenses, and a ton of different camera bodies. Ultimately I settled on Nikon and got my very first camera: the D3200. I love that thing, LOVED it. But as I was doing my research I knew that if I wanted to grow with any type of photography career, especially weddings, that I'd need to buy a full frame body and invest in prime lenses. 

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The New & Improved JAP Website!

It’s LIVE!! My new website has been live for a few days and I’ve gotten such great feedback on it! Thank you!! It’s been a long time coming and after over a month of back and forth design ideas, I’m finally really happy with this one. I didn’t hire a designer or a branding specialist to help me simply because I love the challenge of learning these pieces myself. Is it perfect? No. But it’s certainly a design that I can keep for a long time and maybe make a few small changes here and there if need be. But I’m loving it right now and I’m so proud of myself!

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The Nifty Fifty

When I first started in photography I didn't really have a clue what type of lenses I wanted to use. I had been use to using black and white film for class and my professors never stressed the difference your lens could make. After I started following a few wedding photographers I couldn't understand how they're couples seemed to really pop off of the backgrounds. I knew about depth of field but my images never looked like that. I stumbled upon the answer one day and have never looked back!

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Curating Your Facebook Business Page

Happy Monday friends, I hope you had a wonderful weekend! Today I'm sharing a few steps I'm taking to make sure my Facebook reach is still relevant in 2018. A few weeks ago Mark Zuckerberg informed the world that there would be yet another algorithm change to our news feeds. This change will filter our feeds to see more posts from friends and less from businesses, ads, and politics. I'll be honest, it's a great idea. However, because I am getting back into small business, I was a little concerned.

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Photography Skills To Learn and Improve In 2018

Last week I shared that I am going to be continuing my journey or growing my wedding photography business! Over the next year I want to challenge myself to learn and improve on a few things that I know will be beneficial when I go back to photographing weddings. While I have a lot of knowledge about photographing weddings, it's never too late to learn something else, no matter how advanced you are.

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Back To The Basics

The picture above is from 2014. The reason I used it for this posts is because, like the title says, I'm getting back to the basics - the basics of owning a wedding photography business. If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know it's no secret that I have gone back and forth battling with the idea of whether or not I should continue trying to run a small business or to just give up all together. 

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From The Archives

Over the weekend I was cleaning up and ran across my portfolio boxes from college. I'd forgotten just how long I hadn't opened them so I decided to check it out and see what I even still had. I was surprised because one box is FULL of negative film strips and the other is filled with hundreds of prints! As I was going through my prints I found some from I project that I had to do. The project was that we had to choose a topic/place/person and create a cohesive work out of it.

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How To Combine Multiple PDF's Into One Document

I may be late to the game but whether I'm early or late, I'm always excited when I learn something that will make a workflow flow better! That's where this posts comes in. Before I had InDesign I was trying to create spreads for my pricing and bridal guides in Photoshop. It worked fine except I had to export the spreads individually which was a problem because I wanted the guides to be PDFs. About the time my frustration was through the roof with figuring out just how to stitch the spreads from Photoshop together, I'd gotten InDesign so I didn't worry about it anymore. Until about a week ago. 

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