Heather and Troy

I had the honor of photographing my cousin's wedding in December. This would be my first Christmas themed wedding and I enjoyed every minute of it! Everything was so relaxed and good. They had the opportunity to enjoy their entire wedding without any major mishaps! They are both very fun, loving people and you can see it through everything they do! Heather and Troy-150 Heather and Troy-163 Heather and Troy-127 Heather and Troy-213 Heather and Troy-30 Heather and Troy-301 Heather and Troy-152 Heather and Troy-29

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A Brand New Year

Wow! 2012 was an awesome year! It was a wonderful time of growth for me and my photography. I travelled to 3 other countries, a few very large conventions, and most importantly I asked my wonderful  girlfriend to be my wife! I would like to thank all those who have helped encourage me this year and my photography friends, largely Mary King, who helped me learn more than I have the words to list. So, a new year, another set of goals to be had. There is something magical about wiping the slate clean and starting a new year; the thought of getting a new year to work on your dreams is exciting and wonderful. I must admit though, new year's resolutions have never been my forte. I most always fall back in to what is comfortable and forget that I wanted things to be different. But, for some reason, this year feels different. I am so excited about this year, my photography is transforming to something I have an even stronger passion for; not to mention that I am getting married this year!

I have new gear, a new perspective and list of goals for 2013 that I think will all add up to an awesome opportunity for both me and my readers and fans. Look forward to some new and exciting things in 2013!

On to the fun part!

This is a small teaser from Troy and Heather's wedding. What a wonderful couple they were to work with! I loved watching them interact with each other and I am so honored to have been part of this special day. It was a December wedding with a beautiful Christmas theme. It was my last wedding in 2012 and I can't think of a better one to end with!

Lastly, I would like to thank you. If it was not for you, this blog would not exist! I love being able to share my journeys with all those that are willing to read them! So thank you so much!

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Prom Season!

So, though I know most proms are a little earlier in the year, certain schools (like my sister's) have theirs very close to the end of the school year. I went to the same school and we always had our Spring Banquet in the first week or two of May. I really like this time of year and it is always so beautiful in South Carolina. Well my sister and her boyfriend were on their way to Prom and I had them stop to meet me and snap a few shots before they were wrapped in evening's events.

I stumbled across an area not even 100 yards from the clubhouse where they would be going, and decided this would be the area I want to use. It was on one of the Fairways of a very swanky private golf course. We hurried down this little gravel and dirt path that I'm sure was used for landscaping or maintenance carts serving the course. The grass was lush and the trees beautiful but the sun decided to stop hiding behind the clouds and became quite bright outside.

I really enjoyed this shoot and not just because it was my sister. I got a little nostalgic and it made me think about how cool it is to have photos for Prom different than what everyone else gets. Jillian and Josh met at the pre-determined place that is tradition for Prom photos with their friends and family and then they had another chance to get a different set of photos that are a different flavor than what everyone else was able to get.

Here is a taste of the shoot, you can see more on my Facebook Page

My first Engagement Shoot

So,

Having only been engaged myself for a couple months, I know one of the largest trends in recent history has been to do engagement themed photo shoots for the lovely couple. Many photographers build them in to their pricing of wedding contracts and others use it as an opportunity to show the couple how they work and then pitch the idea of shooting their wedding also.

I, am neither of these at the moment. I had never even thought about shooting a couple for their engagement shoots. I have been a couple themed photo shoots with my fiance(at the time my girlfriend) and really enjoyed it but never thought of shooting them myself.

Well the opportunity presented itself in the form of a long time friend of mine who goes to my church that is also recently engaged. I asked her if she was interested in getting some photos taken of her and her sweetie and she gladly accepted the offer. We scheduled out a time to meet up and started preparing. One of the most amazing tools for an aspiring photographer in my opinion has to be Pinterest. Kim, my friend getting who I was doing the photo shoot for, signed up for Pinterest and then went to work looking up things she liked. If you are ever lacking inspiration, it is a great tool to take advantage of to get wonderful ideas for photos to offer.

We met up last Sunday afternoon down at the Conway Riverwalk, which is a very popular place for photos. Kim did alot of the work for me by printing out one of her pin boards full of ideas and we went from there!

Creativity and vision and wonderful and necessary things for a good photographer to have, to listen to the customer and what it is they want is a useful skill I have learned a valuable lesson with.

The following is my favorite photo of the day:

It was a wonderful experience to capture the beautiful moments between this couple. They became comfortable in front of the camera and doing what felt natural which turned out to be a beautiful representation of this couple. Afterwards, she was so happy with the photos, she asked me to shoot their wedding! What a wonderful surprise! 
They were such a pleasure to shoot and I can't wait until my next engagement photo shoot.
Stay tuned for more!
-Jarrett