Monday, August 6, 2018, we did a maternity photo shoot for a girl who won our latest giveaway on facebook. She is 34 weeks pregnant with a baby boy to be named Noah and brought her darling little 3-year-old daughter along with her for the shoot.
I am pretty sure my son thought the little girl was just along for him to play with, and they hit it off quite well which made for some cute photos all by itself.
The shoot went great and we got a ton of good shots. We had originally wanted to do some shots with the sunflower fields but were disheartened when we arrived and found all the sunflowers droopy and leafless from the recent storms.
We still managed a good set, and I was happy with the results. I think we will be shooting baby Noah when he arrives as well, so be sure to check back for the cuteness. Enough chatting, here is the pictures you came to see.
Its time to change up our promotional special and today starts our new Fall Special. This special will run for August, September, and October.
This special includes:
1-hour photo shoot (1 location, 1 outfit change)
Choice of 3 Poses
(1) 8×10, (2) 5×7, (5) 4×6, and (4) wallets of each pose
That’s a total of 36 prints – (3) 8×10’s, (6) 5×7’s, (15) 4X6’s and (12) wallets
Total price for all- $99 !!!!
Additional options always available, and we can combine or add to this package to get you what you want. You can also substitute print rights to the photos in place of the physical prints. You can also mix and match your prints, as long as we end up with the same total prints and sizes.
On July 14, 2018 we celebrated Jase’s 5th Birthday. It actually was more like an end of the celebration, as his birthday was on July 1 and he has been in celebration mode ever since.
We had our usual large party organized and ran by Tracy. Again this year we held it at the Bell County Volunteer Fire Department Headquarters in Pineville, KY. They are such an amazing family up there and we have the best time when we are up there.
This year’s theme was Pokemon, and as usual it was a great time with lots of food. We did something a little different this year. Most people know we are big into charity work and community support. We obviously try to instill that value into Jase, and this year, to help him understand and participate in this, we held a toy drive during his birthday party.
In Harlan County since the late 1970’s a man named MIke Howard has delivered toys and food to needy families ever year at Christmas dressed as Santa. The yearly runs have become just part of the tradition of Christmas in Harlan. Everyone went out to watch Santa go by riding in the back of a truck and the train of support vehicles that trailed behind him, often with lights, sirens, and music blaring.
Well Mike passed away in January of this year after a lengthy battle with cancer. Mike was an angel on earth to so many people, and truly touched everyone he met. I spend time as a young man riding along with the support train and helping in the workshop wrapping and loading toys. I didn’t spend a lot of time there, but the time I spent has left a lasting impression on me. Tracy and I try our best to serve our community and help where we can. Much of the reason I hold this value today is because my father introduced me to Mike during my 8th grade year.
Mike’s son and daughter have decided to continue to the tradition in memory of their father. Tracy and I decided that we wanted to help this noble cause, and have been collecting and donating toys since January. This was what led us to the toy drive.
Due to some unfortunate events and poor timing our turnout for this year’s party was rather low, but regardless we had an amazing time, and had great food. We managed to feed a ton of first responders that were working which always makes us happy. Check out some of the pictures.
Jase with his toys for the Toy Drive. He was so excited to give the toys to “Santa” for other boys and girls
So as of July 17th we have officially relocated from Richmond to Berea! It took us a long time to find a location that we thought we would be happy with, and so far we think we have found the perfect place. We are close to the interstate so it makes Richmond just a few minutes away.
We are excited to be in a first class city like Berea. The amount of community that is present in this city can be felt just walking around. The most important thing though, is the artistic community. The city’s motto is “Where art’s alive”, and from what I have seen it can not be more true.
We joined the Berea Chamber of Commerce and are very excited to get our feet wet with them and get involved in some of the community events. You all know the most important thing for us from the moment we started this business was not only making customers happy, but creating memories with them. Partnering with an organization as active in the community as the Berea Chamber is surely going to help us with that goal.
If you want to schedule a photoshoot soon we are going to need a week or two to get back up and running, but let us know and we can try to work something out if it is time sensitive. Soon we hope to have our biggest addition to the business ready to go, our very own home photo studio complete with all the equipment needed to take amazing photos!
On Saturday July 7, 2018 we went and spent the day checking out Jurassic Quest. The event was at the Lexington Convention Center and, according to their website, “Jurassic Quest is America’s Largest and most realistic Dinosaur Event”, well how could we miss that?
The website goes on to claim that “Jurassic Quest is the only Dinosaur event that has true to life size dinosaurs. From the very small, to the gigantic, skyscraping dinosaurs that can only be seen at Jurassic Quest events. Jurassic Quest has over 100 true to life size dinosaurs in each of it’s 2 events. In collaboration with leading paleontologists, each one was painstakingly replicated in every detail. Whether their prehistoric counterpart had skin that was scaly, had feathers or fur, Jurassic Quest has spared no expense in bringing this realism to life. In Jurassic Quests Dinosaur World, the dinosaurs roar and move, some even walk around. At a Jurassic Quest event, there’s a sometimes-blurry line between our visitors watching the dinosaurs… And the dinosaurs watching them.” So the question is, did it really hold up to all that?
We arrived and expected huge crowds, but didn’t find it, despite arriving at mid-afternoon on Saturday. With all the claims of how large the event was, and the continued advertising that it had expanded over and over, we expected every inch of the convention center to be filled, and it was not.
We made our way through to the entrance into Heritage Hall, and finally found the event. We fought our way through the lines and security to get in, and then had to walk all the way around the outer hall to the very back corner.
The way they have it set up you everyone walks in the same spot, and you filter along a kind of self guided tour that takes you through all of the dinosaurs. The lights are off, it’s dark, they have fog machines going, and lighting creating certain moods and effects on the different dinosaur sets. It was pretty cool to walk through, but it no way was I super impressed. Neat is where I would leave it.
This took up exactly half of Heritage Hall. Once you get to the middle, the lights were on, and it was set up like a normal convention. There were inflatables for the kids to play on, dinosaur scooters to ride, sand pits with fake fossils for the kids to uncover, and of course a very large retail booth.
The actual attractions were actually fine, and Jase had a great time doing all of them. The issue was the lines to get to do anything, and the amount of time each activity lasted.
There were times when we waited upwards 25 minutes, for him to ride a dinosaur scooter for literally 2 minutes. We spent over 2.5 hours waiting in line to do everything besides the inflatables.
All in all I would say that it was a good time for a child. My biggest gripe was that there was almost nothing there that was incredibly interesting for an adult, and nothing for an adult to do other than buy stuff on the “convention” side. Yet we still had to pay $20 each to get in the door. Jase’s ticket was $34. We bought him the VIP bracelet, but honestly, without the wristband you are just there to walk through the dinosaur display, as you can’t do any of the attractions without it. I feel that a “parent’s pass” should have been available for $10, like most other “kid” conventions do.
The other gripe was that a lot of what they talked about on the website and facebook page wasn’t even there. We didn’t see any baby dinosaurs besides the little ones next to the big ones in the displays. There was no one walking around with baby dinosaurs for the kids to play with. There was also no huge dinosaurs walking around you could touch or pet.
We had a good time with Jase, but spent way to much money for what it was, and spent over 50% of the time we were in the convention center waiting in line. As of now, I don’t think we will be returning next year.
Time with Company: 4 years 11 months (Hire Date of 7/1/2013)
Jase is a hard working and dedicated employee. He has become my main assistant, and his input has been invaluable in bringing us to where we are today. He has even taken up the camera over the last year, and may one day become a part time photographer, though currently he prefers photography centered around random objects and peoples legs.
I remember the day I met Jase for the first time vividly. It was like my life changed in an instant, and I knew that we would work together forever. We have bonded so well over the years that I couldn’t imagine not having him in my life.
His position, Commander of Smiles, has kept him quite busy. As the name suggest, when it is time to have your photo taken, he will tell you to smile. While laypersons may not understand the importance of this, to me, and the other photographers, it is a Godsend. Jase also like to help out with equipment (light weight only), and can also be found working as one of my lead public relations personnel.
If you see Jase out and about be sure to say hi, and let him know he is doing a great job!
Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Ever wanted to try kayaking?
A new company has set up shop in Richmond, KY at Lake Reba Recreational Complex. Paddle Adventures Kayak and SUP rental offers kayaks for rent to take a trip out on Lake Reba for just a quiet trip or some fishing.
At lake Reba we rent both single-seat and tandem sit-on-top “Tribe” kayaks . While our single-seat kayaks are limited to one person, tandem kayaks are designed for two adults and a child (not exceed 60lbs or be more than 10 years old). Small, well behaved pets are welcome on single and tandem kayaks at the discretion of management.
A two hour rental costs $25.00 for a single kayak, or $40.00 for the tandems. They are open weekends and most holidays:
Friday 10am to 6pm Saturday 10am to 6pm Sunday 12pm to 6pm
If you are looking for something to do in or around Richmond check these guys out. A quiet trip out of the lake is a great adventure to have some fun, relax, and beat some stress! A perfect summer activity.
If you mention that you heard about them from us you will get $1 of your boat rental.
So we finally decided to shoot our first wedding. We met this couple hanging out at the dog park and after talking for a while we decided to photograph their wedding for them, and get our first wedding under out belt. The wedding was held at The Barn at the Meadow in Berea, KY
You hear horror stories from photographers about their first wedding and how bad it can be. Well, they’re right. From a photographers standpoint a wedding is a special circle of hell. You want to get every shot, and every shot is happening at the same time all over the place. Not to mention the number of desired shots is not 5 or 10, its more like 50. The mental checklist runs like a slot machine on a never ending jackpot, and you can just try to get everything, stay somewhat organized, and hope it all gets on the SD cards before nightfall.
I am very happy with the results. I think we managed to hold everything together, and overcome the obstacles well. Don’t let me fool you, we had our issues, like our second camera going down as soon as we arrived at the venue, but we were professional and ironed the wrinkles as we found them.
I feel like we were very lucky, as the couple and their families were some of the nicest and laid back people I have ever met. It was a great event, and I think everyone involved had a great time, which is of course is the point of the day, to celebrate the love and lives of the couple.
Hannah and Ethan thank you for allowing us to be a part of your day, and I hope you enjoy our work; I can promise you we poured our heart and souls into it. Your 50th wedding anniversary shoot is on the house.
Lets talk some stats for the photo nerds!
1175 total exposures for a total of 14.9 gigabytes of data. First cull 575 photos, second cull 310 photos. Total hours spent editing 21.7. Total of 114 edited photos in the final set.
4 videos taken at 8 gigs of data, two final videos processed at 5:02 run time, 2 hours of editing time.
2 documents for digital copy (Guestbook and Wedding Planner)
Total time on site 6:20, total miles driven 30.7
Final package for delivery- 2 videos, 114 edited photos, 2 PDF files (guest book and wedding planner), 1175 unedited photos, 4 unedited videos for a grand total of 26 gigabytes of data.
So its prom season here in Kentucky and I had a young girl call and ask for some photos of her and her date before their prom. They were great to work with and I think the pictures come out amazing. Here are my favorites.
PS. I had my little assistant along with me on this shoot.