{ some say double the trouble. I say double the love. }

Two weeks ago today, I had the pleasure of cuddling these little cuties. So, so tiny at less than 5 lbs each. Roman and Brady were absolute angels. My assistant for the day was my best friend, Heather. We both have twins ourselves. So, this brought back fond memories of our own snuggle bunnies! Big brother was also a handsome little guy.;)I enjoyed my session and I hope Mom and Dad enjoys their images.:)

{ Why ya gotta be so mean? }

I am a little disheartened right now. I just defriended a “big name” photographer on Facebook. Now, mind you, I’m quite sure that this person has no idea who I am and surely won’t miss me, but I couldn’t take the negativity anymore. I friended this person because I truly admired their work. I still do. They have a huge amount of talent. It was kinda like seeing behind the scenes of a celebrity’s life. At first I thought that I was just too sensitive when they would rant about the “shoot and burn” photographers because, hey, I started there. But, after several months, I realized that this person must really be insecure to be so ugly about people that they don’t even know. Several times they posted images from other photographers and tore them apart. Really??? I seriously dreaded that one day I might see one of my images show up. Ranting that selective coloring, overabundance of props, selling the CD of images was killing the industry is just ridiculous to me. Everyone, I mean EVERYONE, started somewhere! Every photographer and every consumer sees things differently. What I adore, you might not even like and vice versa. There are plenty enough clients to go around. No need to be possessive over them. They do have their own free will and can think for themselves. Good photographs should be an investment. These captured moments in time can not be regained. But, not everyone’s idea of “good” is the same. If the client is beyond thrilled with the images that they receive, who are you to judge?!? The “cheap photographer” will not be the death of your business, your bad attitude will!

jennifer rivera - June 30, 2011 - 9:42 am

WELL SAID! I have had to do this to alot of other photog friends. I dont know why anyone should get on their high horse, and think they rule the world. Help out the beginners, dont trash them. Every artist has their own vision, just because you dont understand it.. doesnt mean its not good. And as long as the clients happy. who cares.

Hayley - June 30, 2011 - 9:58 am

LOL. I love the song. :) I love your photos.

Becky Purdy - June 30, 2011 - 10:33 am

Well spoken and the perfect song to go with the blog….♥

{ sweet summertime }

This session was rescheduled many times last winter due to erratic weather. I’m so glad that we were able to squeeze it in before all of the smoke from the wild fires. Chase is named very accurately as that is exactly what I had to do… chase him everywhere. As you can see from his pictures, he is a CUTIE PIE and ALL BOY! Loved it! I’m so glad that I was able to convince big brother to get in a few shots at the end. To me, they symbolize classic summertime.:)

This next  image reminded me of a Norman Rockwell.:)

{ Photography } southern style

I get emails quite frequently regarding how to shoot, how to edit, different styles, etc. I try to answer them in the best way that I can. Since I am a visual learner, I’m often left wondering if my reader understands what I am trying to explain. So, I have been playing with the though of teaching classes/workshops.  After I posted my thoughts, the response has been overwhelming. Wow! It’s already truly amazing to me to have so many follow my work, but then to know that you would love to and are excited to learn from me is extraordinary. I have been playing with the details in my mind for the last few days. I’m sure I’ll learn what works best by trial and error. :)

First up, a Beginning Photography class on August 27, here in Folkston. You do not have to be a practicing photographer for this. You simply need to have the desire to learn how to use your DSLR. Are you on AUTO mode and desire to get off of it? Do you want to learn how to change your settings so that you can capture your kids in action? These are things that I can teach you. It will still require practice from you, but I can get you going! This class will take place on Saturday, August 27 from 9am-5pm. It may last a little longer. It depends on how much you want to keep shooting.:)First, we will go over the basics on your camera. Then, I will line up a couple of different sessions for us to shoot. You will be able to shoot along with me and see how I set up each shot and how I interact with the models/families, etc.   as I feel that this part is just as important as the actual picture taking part.;)The cost will be $200. A non-refundable retainer fee of $100 is due to book your spot. The class will be limited to 8 participants.

I’m also excited to share that I am working on several out-of-town workshops. woohoo! The cost of these will be $350 for a one-day workshop. Since these will be geared for the practicing photographer, they will include 3 sessions as well as an editing portion. A minimum of 6 participants will be required. If you are interested in hosting one of these, just let me know!

God has blessed me with a talent and turned it into a business. I’m excited to start in this portion of it!

And because no post should be without a picture… please enjoy another shot of the super-sweet, beautiful Billie!

Jennifer - June 15, 2011 - 8:50 am

Wow, Christy what a beautiful picture!

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