Hello again lovelies! I have a special treat for you on the blog today. The inspiration for this shoot came to me one morning when I was taking my daughter for a walk in her stroller (she adores being outside!) and I noticed the light just streaming through the trees. It was breathtaking and I was able to capture a couple frames before our walk was over.
Being the crazy DIY-er that I came, I thought up a beautiful design for a winter bouquet that didn’t look too Christmas-y. It was composed of holly berries, bits of noble fir and evergreen boughs. I then dusted it with some snow spray from my art supplies to give it more of a frosty appeal to it.
The end product was quite lovely and I cant wait to make more bouquets for my future shoots!
The day of the shoot arrived and unfortunately, the sun decided not to show her lovely face. Boo! Though the sun wasn’t shining, I had an absolute blast working with my model, Jolena.
She was a dream to work with and provided her own wedding dress, accessories and hair/make up application. For an inpromptu PNW Wedding shoot, we pulled it off perfectly and I got some seriously swoon-worthy photos!
Check them out and enjoy pinning away!
Looking back at 2014 | Tacoma Wedding Photographer Kerry Jeanne
As 2014 draws to a close, I look back on what an amazing year it was. I met so many new friends and clients, reached several personal goals that I set for myself and even acquired my dream gear. If 2015 is anything like 2014, I absolutely cannot wait for what it holds in store. I already have several projects in the works that I’m anxious to start. Get ready for lots of loveliness coming your way soon!
Also in 2015, I will be making some huge changes to my business. I wont spoil it just yet, but stay tuned for a separate post on this!
Here are my top three highlights of 2014:
1. Made to Create Workshop
This was easily one of the most valuable investment of the year. I met a great group of aspiring photographers as well as the guest speakers. Two of them, Joe and Patience, helped especially with finding my photographic vision. I realized from them that I REALLY love film photography and I hope to be shooting hybrid in 2015!
2. Boho Chic Styled Shoot – Fort Steilacoom Park
My first wedding styled shoot (with Rebecca Anne Photography & Jenny Ostenson Photography) was a HUGE success. Not only did we get to style an amazing shoot, but we got to work with some very talented vendors and even got published in Style Me Pretty! Easily my biggest accomplishment of 2014. To see more photos, read my blog post on it here!
3. Canon 5D Mark III
If you’ve known me awhile, then you know that I’ve been saving up for years for my dream camera. Pennies have been scrimped and saved for this beast. Early in December, it arrived and you should have seem me jumping with joy, I was so excited! They say that it’s the photographer who makes great photos (And I agree) but updating your old gear sure makes a difference! I can go over 800 ISO without an obscene amount of noise. Can I get a “WOOOHOOOO!!!!’?!
Watch out, photography world. I’m blazing a trial!
4. (BONUS!) Jon & Jezzebelle’s Wedding – Manito Park, Spokane
How could I not add this to my top highlights? It was such an amazing experience to travel more than an hour for a wedding. I love local weddings, but I love traveling for weddings more! Especially if you are having your wedding in my childhood vacation spot. These two are some of my best clients and I am honored to have had the opportunity to photograph them on several occasions!
Check out their sessions in the blogs below! Kubota Garden Anniversary Session
Sigh. What an awesome year with so many beautiful images for my clients. Don’t forget to have them printed and displayed for all to see!
To my dear clients; thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me into your lives and photographing your events and family. I hold each session close to my heart and I can’t wait to see more of you in 2015!!
Are you looking for a photographer for you 2015 wedding or know someone who is? Pass along my info and contact me today. Lets get to know each other over some joe!
The dreaded ‘B’ word – Wedding Budget for every bride!
When planning her wedding day, the biggest thing a bride worries about is having the perfect budget that fits within her means, especially younger brides. I know that when I got married, having a budget, a tight budget, was extremely important because I had recently got laid off of work and Dan was going to be supporting the two of us.
I’m not going to lie, getting an email from a potential client with the headline reading “I’m on a tight budget” is enough to make any photographer cringe. Not because you have to stay within your means (I understand!!), but because we have to pay the bills and support our family as well.
You may ask yourself: how can I afford my dream photographer AND stay within my budget? My answer: Rearrange your priorities. Those monogrammed napkins may be très chic; but they will be used and crumpled up within moments of dinner. The one hour limo ride that you booked? (Guilty as charged!) Skip it and save it for your one year anniversary at the ballet. The extremely popular venue that Carrie Bradshaw got married in that costs more than Madonna’s gold teeth? Ladies, do I even need to comment on this??
My point is we have been putting all the wrong priorities on the details that won’t matter once the wedding is over. The cake will be eaten, decor sold on craigslist and the dress will be stored in your closet (never to be worn again) but the ONLY thing that lasts is the photography. Years later you’ll still be looking up at the photos on the wall, reminiscing about the moment when you danced your first dance as husband and wife. You’ll have your morning cup of coffee with your sweetheart and flip through the pages of your customized wedding album (complimentary with wedding collections!), laughing at the goofy choreographed dance that you did with your Dad, or tearing up at the tender moment when your groom saw you for the first time in your white dress. These are the details that no one can put a price on.
I understand that wedding photography is expensive but it is an investment that will last a lifetime. Your images will be passed down to your kids and then to their kids. Who knows? 100 years from now they may pull out your album and say, “My great-great-grandparents looked stunning on their wedding day!” When I was planning my wedding, I pulled inspiration from my grandma’s wedding photos as well as my parents. That is how influential your photos can be.
(Below is a photo of my great great aunt Sophie on her wedding day. She lived to be almost 104!)
Now don’t go running to the first photographer that offers $100 to shoot your entire wedding, because chances are, they’ll miss at least one important part of your wedding. Why? Lack of experience. I was that photographer a little over six or seven years ago. I had the drive and the heart, but I didn’t know how to work my camera and I was very inexperienced. As a result, I missed a crucial moment at one of the first weddings that I ever shot. Cue cringing and a face-palm or twelve. It was humiliating, but I was determined to keep photographing weddings. Looking back, I wish I had fully understood the profession before providing a service. Here I am now, 7 years later. I am a business owner that has spent countless hours perfecting my photography skills and investing my hard earned money into gear that I know will get the job done and done right.
Tell me, would you hire a medical student to perform major surgery on you? Would you hire a beginner architect to build your dream house? Or a flight student fly an airplane? If the answer is a resounding no, then why would you hire a beginner photographer to shoot the most important day of your life? Don’t get me wrong. All aspiring photographers should have the opportunity to photograph a wedding, but not at the expense of their clients. Second shooter jobs are perfect for portfolio building and you get to work with some of the most amazing photographers in the industry. I sincerely wish I had known about these types of opportunities before jumping head first into the game.
One couple I am now friends with came to me for wedding photography awhile back. We clicked great but when I had given them my pricing, it was unfortunately out of their budget. Determined to save money, they turned to craigslist to find a replacement that was about a third of my pricing. They did find one and got what they paid for. After their wedding had come and gone, they emailed me back saying that they wished that they had gone with me. Their photographer was good, but not particularly experienced in shooting weddings and it showed. They told me that their wedding was only the second that the photographer had shot. They received some memorable shots, but not composed or executed properly. That being said, they wished that they had stopped to evaluate how much the memory of their wedding day meant to them. To them, they realize now that those moments were irreplaceable.
Maybe to some brides the photographs aren’t as important as say the dress, but if you don’t have a fantastic photo of you in that bomb-dot-com dress then what would be the point? My point is: don’t skimp on the only thing that lasts after the wedding day. There are many great ways to cut costs across the board to focus on the things that do matter. Here are some great examples to help cut costs.
Find a venue that isn’t quite so popular and customize to to your own liking. My husband and I found a high school cafeteria for $100 (For the ENTIRE day plus tables and chairs!). It wasn’t particularly glamorous, but it had a HUGE dance floor and that’s all that mattered to our guests! (Cue a crazy version of the chicken dance!)
Have your wedding in an off peak season and you could potentially see a savings of thousands of dollars. Skip summer and host a late fall wedding. You’ll get the beautiful golden light plus awesome off-season deals with venues!
For the cake, have a local baker create something small for just the two of you and have a sheet cake ready for guests. Same flavor, just a fraction of the cost!
This last tip is for the ladies! Wedding dresses can be obscenely expensive, but not if you shop a sample sale! Just about every bridal boutique will have dress sample (previously tried on dresses) sales a couple times a year. Though limited in sizes and styles, these gowns can save you a TON of money. Looking at David’s Bridal right now, you can save over 50% on various gorgeous dresses! One more tip is shop at places that have dresses that look like wedding gowns. For example, check out out the Evangeline dress from BHLDN. It’s simple, yet has delicate details that would make for such a stunning wedding dress!
All in all, there are so many different ways that you can afford your dream wedding photographer. So what you need to do right now is to take your Fiancé out to a quiet location (Park picnic with wine anyone??) and start a list of wedding day expenses. I’m including a FREE download of my easy-peasy importance list. Just download and fill out! Begin from the most important to the least important and explain why they are ranked that way. This will help you get a clear understanding of what you want to specifically budget your wedding day around!
I sincerely hope this blog post has helped you understand the importance of budgeting for a great wedding photographer and how to cut costs to afford it!
FUN FACT! Did you know that there are two different variations to the word Fiance? Fiancée means that a woman is engaged to be married. Fiancé is the male counterpart. Now yooou knoowwww!!
Have a tip to save money for Brides? Sound off below in the comments and pin away!
Manito Park Wedding | Jon & Jezzebelle | Spokane Wedding Photographer
How I have waiting for this wedding for months and months and months!
When I was little, my family and I took many trips to the Spokane area to visit my great great aunt Sophie (The famous Bruttles confectioner!) and explore the surrounding area. I have so many fond memories of Spokane, so when Jon and Jezzebelle contacted me about photographing their wedding portraits at one of my most favorite of gardens, Manito Park, I was hopping up and down in my chair out of excitement. I REALLY love Spokane!
So now I am officially a Spokane Wedding Photographer!!
It was SUCH a blast! I arrived a day and a half before their session to scout the area for perfect backdrops and for a back up, just in case the forecast turned for the worse. The day before their shoot, I was so worried. It was pouring out when I was scouting different locations, but I decided to just go with our initial location of Manito Park. I am so glad that I did! Even though it was freezing (A balmy 36 or so!), it was clear from rain. Cue a “WOOOHOOO!!!” from this excited photog.
The bride and groom looked so fantastic in their wedding attire. Jezzebelle wore a beautiful white strapless gown with floral tulle and beaded accents with a fingertip length tulle veil . Simply stunning! Jon wore his Air Force dress blues and looked dashingly dapper. The pair complimented each other perfectly!
There were so many highlights to this session (Including cupcakes!! [courtesy of Sweet Frostings]) and I simply can’t put it into words how grateful I am to Jon & Jezzebelle for allowing me the pleasure of capturing their wedding photos for them.
I have an amazing session to share with you on the blog today!
This session was a particularly exciting and fun one! Kate contacted me all the way from San Jose California (!!) and was interested in capturing her and her boyfriends first trip to Seattle for their 7th anniversary in a last minute session. They wanted to have their session at Pikes Place Market. Uhmm, can you say romantic??
We had initially planned for the session to be on Friday the 28th, but once the day came it was absolutely pouring out. Not sprinkling, but biblical-get-your-ark-out-raining. Luckily, Kate and Freddie were more than willing to stay an extra day after they were scheduled to leave so that we could try for some better weather.
This was the best idea ever! Sunday turned out to be such an amazingly gorgeous morning. It was a balmy 27 (or was it 21?) degrees out, but the sun was shining and Pikes Place market in Seattle was bustling with holiday shoppers and tourists. It was the perfect day for a session!
If you have never been to Pikes Place Market in the morning during the Holidays, you seriously need to make it a priority. It was so beautiful!
Check out the festive photos below & happy pinning!