We Have Officially Moved!

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!

Jurassic Quest – Lexington, Ky – July 7 2018 at the Lexington Convention Center

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.

If you went let me know what you thought.



Getting to know our team : Jase Hensley – Commander of Smiles



Name: Jase Hensley

Position: Commander of Smiles

Salary: 1 Happy Meal & 1 ice cream per shoot

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!

 

Jase hard at work on a shoot

My little assistant


Summer Special!!

Summer Special!!

During the months of June and July we are going to be offering a Summer Special.

This special will be a “mini-shoot” for $50 plus tax.

Our “mini-shoot” will consist of a half hour photoshoot and will include 5 edited poses with full releases.

Great for some quick summer photos, family portraits, or anything else you want to make a memory of!

To book just fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you to confirm all the details as soon as possible. We look forward to making memories with you!

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Paddle Adventures – Kayak Rentals at Lake Reba – Richmond, KY

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.

From www.kypaddle.com:

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.

Ison Taylor Wedding – May 19, 2018

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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.

 

Prom Photoshoot

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.

 

My little assistant

Birthday Shoot – Cupcakes and Putt-Putt

We shot a birthday party for the wonderful Aeriana Zandra Jade. The party was held at Adventure Falls in the Lake Reba Recreational Complex in Richmond, KY.

The party was friends and family. After some cupcakes and ice cream everyone went and played mini-gold, and had a wonderful time. Here are some of the pictures.

 

Preschool Graduation and Spring Picture Photo Shoot May 3, 2018

So we wanted to take some spring pictures of Jase to use in some ads and to send out to family. Unfortunately, our school does not do a graduation ceremony for preschool. Fortunately, you can get anything from amazon!

We ordered a black cap and gown. We also found a black and white 2018 tassel for the cap. I think the shoot went amazing, and the EKU campus in spring is the perfect backdrop. I am really happy with the way they turned out, and think I was able to capture his quirky attitude. How did we do?

Jase Grad EKU 1 WMJase Grad School 1 WMJase Grad School 2 WMJase spring 1 WMJase spring 2 WMJase Spring School 1 WM

Annual CASA Prevent Child Abuse Event Richmond, KY April 13, 2018

On April 13, 2018 Madison County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for children) hosted it’s Prevent Child Abuse event on the front lawn of the courthouse in downtown Richmond, KY. The annual event is held to bring attention to child abuse in the local community. As a symbol of those affected, attendees installed 509 blue pinwheels on the lawn, representing the 509 children currently in the Madison county CASA system.

The event included multiple local agencies, including the Boy Scouts of America, Madison County Girl Scouts, Telford YMCA, Hope’s Wings, Early Childhood Council, Apollo Pizza, Pregnancy Help Center, Buffalo Wild Wings, ABC Daycare, EKU’s Social Work Dept., Richmond Fire Dept., Raising Canes, and many others.

Free food and refreshments were served and there were games and activities for kids as well as fire truck tours by the Richmond Fire Dept. Agencies had booths set up and were distributing information about locally available programs. The theme of the event was celebrate the children, and learn to identify, report, and reduce child abuse in our communities. The event was a success with a large turnout and perfect weather.