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My favorite couples aren't hosting a traditional cookie cutter wedding. I am looking to book off-beat style weddings. Studio favorites usually include different cultures coming together, tattooed or non-traditional couples, or same sex weddings. Most of all I seem to love people who care more about getting married with personal touches rather than having a wedding fitting today's trends. If this sounds like you, give me a call today!
Happy wedding planning!
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Jones Custom Photography
511 Lee Blvd - Richland, WA 99352
Jones Custom Photography is based in the Tricities, WA Area (Richland, Kennewick, Pasco.) Available in Eastern, WA - Oregon Coast - Seattle - Spokane - and all over the Pacific Northwest.
Most of my boudoir sessions are private so I get excited when I can actually share a few on my blog. This beauty recently became engaged and wanted to gift her future hubby something special for Christmas. She was so excited when she picked up her Little Black Book the week before Christmas that should couldn't wait to give it to him. I got a text within an hour of delivery that he loved it!
Did you know that I have a private group on facebook dedicated to my boudoir photography? Come join the fun! (ladies only please) https://www.facebook.com/groups/jonescustomphotoboudoir/
About this time ever year I get the pleasure of capturing portraits for a local dog training club to update what they call their "Brag Wall" for all of their awards to be shown off. Here are the sweet pups I got to meet this time. I always have such a blast (and nice people break) getting to play with dogs for a few sessions.
If you would like portraits of your pup or other animal, they are always welcome along on sessions or in the studio!
For more information on dog training contact the Columbia Basin Dog Training Club. They have an awesome facility out by Horn Rapids.
2016 was such a great year for the studio! I cannot wait to see what 2017 brings and what kind of amazing portraits I am privileged to capture. Here are some of my favorite images from the year:
I have noticed a pattern in my favorite weddings. Usually there are two cultures coming together in a fun party, a wedding couple that are more about celebrating their love vs. putting on a big show, and an overall easy-going feel to the entire day. April & Almir's wedding definitely fit that description. I had such a blast capturing the moments of their wedding day!
My personal favorite moment was getting to witness April giving Almir his wedding present at their First Look. We had pulled off a secret Bridal Boudoir session without him even suspecting anything. Almir's face when he opened his Boudoir Album was priceless.
Here is a link to their wedding video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3nbCKLNHK0 and some of my favorite images from their wedding.
Laura & Dale were another fun backyard wedding I had this year. I can always tell when I meet a bride that we will click well when the wedding colors match my branding (red, black & silver) and they are incorporating fun elements like her skeleton wedding cake.
These two were so sweet together even though the groom wasn't super excited about having to pose for photos all day. Lucky for him, I try to keep it short & sweet and then let him go have fun.
This wedding was in a family member's backyard. She warned me ahead of time that she had secretly purchased confetti cannons to surpise the bride & groom. I think my new favorite thing for a wedding is a confetti cannon! The moment those went off at the end of the ceremony was wedding magic!
Here is Laura & Dale's wedding video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nEi2E_bQfXY and some of my favorite images from their wedding day.
One of my favorite projects of this year (and probably ever) has been creating images for the Warrior Sisterhood Survivor Calendar. I was lucky enough to hear the stories of four beautiful women and capture their beauty in four very different styles of sessions. I can't wait for the next one!
For more information about the Warrior Sisterhood and how they help women affect by cancer in our area visit heir facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/WarriorSisterhood/?fref=ts
I don't take on many high school seniors but I love the ones that I do capture. Kaylie and her grandma came to me this fall. This senior wanted something different combining her love of Harry Potter books in with her session. We went down to a spider filled Chiawana Park right at sunset and played around in the dark forest. I hope this senior realize's how beautiful she is! Here are some of my favorite images from her session:
There are three things I have to constantly remind myself of:
This applies to my studio, kids, husband, family, house, ect. When what I have doesn't seem like enough I need to remember that people out there would kill to have what I have. Right now I have an amazing husband who loves me more than I think I deserve sometimes, 2 beautiful kids and a roof over our head. It might not be a mansion, we might have bills, I may not have the fanciest clothes or a nicely decorated house. I do have a family that loves me and a predictable income that allows us family time and security knowing that even if there is nothing left, our bills are paid each month and plenty of food on our table.
Aside from family and housing, I have more than some photographers could dream of which is an actual studio and a steady client base that loves my work. I might not be rich, I don't get to travel the world shooting in exotic locations but I do get to capture some pretty amazing moments in my own town/state/area.
Starting out in this journey as a professional photographer, I could only imagine being where I am today. Some days I look at others in my industry and think that they are doing what I should be doing and then have to put myself in check realizing that I am doing what I should be doing as well and nothing happens over night, everything happens in steps.
You are enough, I am enough, what I have is more than enough. Some days I really need to remind myself of this and not take what I do have for granted.
Running a business on your own can be hard & lonely but it is so much fun and worth the flexible schedule. If you are a photographer and are struggling with the same type of issues, feel free to reach out, I love connecting and making friends in the industry. It helps so much to have someone going through what you are and having a sounding board for ideas.
A little over a year ago, my mother in law brought me a cute doll cradle she picked up at a thrift store. She thought it would be perfect as a prop to use with a baby. About the same time, I started Eli's First Year portraits and thought I would make sure to showcase the cradle in each of his milestone sessions to show how much he had grown each 3 months or so. I am in love with the results!
Funny story, about halfway through the year, I was with my mother in law at an event and had told her I what I was doing with the cradle. At the same event, we ran into Eli & his parents. Dad happened to be a long time coworker of my MI. Small world!
One thing I love that many photographers don't is a backyard wedding! I have grown to completely appreciate a bride & groom laid back enough to get married in a DIY fashion to celebrate their love with close friends & family. Elyza & Doni were another couple like the ones I usually enjoy that just wanted to celebrate coming together.
Miss Charlie is coming back to the studio for another year soon with her baby brother coming soon! I had such a fun time capturing her first year and can't wait to have the family back. Here is a look at her first year album.
Welcome and Happy Easter!
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If you read my blog, you know that I love making lists. I have tried to keep them at a minimum but lists save my life some days. This one is for other photographers. Over the last few years there are a few tips and tools I have learned that are super easy and save me time. Time = Money in this business and if it doesn't equate to money, it definitely is something I like to save to put my energy elsewhere.
THE TOP 6 TIPS THAT HAVE MADE MY LIFE A A PHOTOGRAPHER EASIER
1. Shooting in RAW - I have been doing this for as long as I remember. Most professional cameras have the option to shoot RAW and from what I have heard, some iPhones are coming out with the option. RAW files are a bit larger in size but being able to have control over your images is worth the used up space/.
Here is a link to how to shoot in RAW mode: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Nomej06mqE
2. CreativeLive.com - Creative Live was created by an amazing team of photographers in Seattle. They offer free classes that live stream online. The classes range from photography, business, music production, marketing and soooo much more. You can watch for free when the classes are airing and purchase the classes to watch anytime you want. I have been fortunate enough to attend quite a few live as well. Over the last 15 or so years I have taken about every type of photography class you can take and have learned more through CreativeLive than I have anywhere. Most of the classes really focus on the business side of photography which is where most people need help.
Click this link to check it out: https://www.creativelive.com/
3. Back Button Focusing (BBF) - Most cameras have a button on the back that lets you focus and keep it there instead of using the shutter button which resets everytime. I recently learned this after years of meaning to try it. The button on mine is called "AF-ON" and setting it up took all of 30 seconds. It was so simple and has made such a difference, I am kind of kicking myself for not doing it sooner.
The easiest way to figure it out is go to YouTube, type in your camera model and BBF. Here is the video I used to learn: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PN9R0D3pF0
4. Frequency Separation - If you know my style, you know I love skin. I cringe when I see a beautiful image and the skin is totally blurred out. Skin has texture and it should show up in portraits. That being said, sometimes skin needs help. This is where frequency separation comes in. It makes two layers: the skin texture and the skin coloring so you can edit them on separate layers. I was so overwhelmed by the idea of trying it that it took awhile to finally go for it. Now Frequency Separation is an action on my computer and takes seconds to touch up someone's face or something pesky like cellulite on legs.
Here is a link that shows you how to use Frequency Separation and how to set up and action on your computer for it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ldhG9fmgC7o
5. Sync All in RAW Editing - When you are processing your RAW files in Photoshop, there is an option to sync the settings of the files that you select. I am pretty sure Lightroom has this option but I use Photoshop. See the image below for how to sync your image settings. This seems like something simple but it has saved me so much time, I can't even imagine life without it. Shout out to Julia Kelleher for teaching me this at one of her CreativeLive classes. If I didn't learn anything else (which I did) this would have been worth it.
6. Custom Watermark Brush - Creating a watermark in Photoshop that you can stamp onto any image is super simple and saves time and multiple steps. I have one set up for each version of my logo that I use.
Here is a link to create your own watermark to use in photoshop from the ladies over at I Heart Faces: http://www.iheartfaces.com/2013/11/how-to-make-a-watermark-brush-in-photoshop/
It is easy to get overwhelmed with all of the tools and actions out there. I only use the ones that truly save me time. I hope that these help you as much as they have helped me. Figure them out and go take a nap or something with all of the time you just saved.
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