29 May 2015

Jon + Emily | An Indian Camp Creek Engagement Session, Wentzville, MO

This is a hard blog post to write. I fear that I won't be able to put into words how happy I am for this couple. And the reason is, this isn't just any couple. This is Jon and Emily and Emily has been my best friend since college!!! I met Emily 14 years ago. We were in the same graphic design program at Hickey College in St. Louis. There were a few weeks that we didn't really talk much, she was just a girl in my classes but then one day while sitting in the computer lab I got to talking about the WB station on TV (anyone remember that). Well, there was this frog on there that always sang "Hello My Baby" and I couldn't think of the name of that frog. Emily yelled across the room "It's the Michigan J Frog" and from that moment our quirky personalities meshed and we became best friends. If you have no idea what the Michigan J Frog is then you can look here LOL.

Emily and I live a couple hours apart now but we have always managed to stay since college. For years our weekends (when I could make the trip) consisted of Taco Bell runs and crocheting to chick flicks till the early hours of the morning. Yes, we're rebels LOL. I can remember Emily buying her first home, her first job out of school, and her first date with Jon. When I first heard about Jon, of course I had to ask lots of questions. I kind of felt protective, of course, because Emily was pretty smitten and I couldn't blame her. Jon is really a great guy. The truth is, I've only been around Jon a couple of times LOL. When you live two hours away it's hard to get together, especially when my weekends involve shooting weddings on weekends. Each time I've been around Jon it's always the same.... he's a really awesome guy with a fun personality. During the engagement session he kept making jokes and acting silly and that makes Emily laugh. I'm pretty sure everyone needs laughter in their relationship and to have fun and that's exactly what Jon and Emily have.

I'm so happy for my best friend and her soon-to-be new life as a WIFE! I absolutely love shooting wedding photos but this wedding will be a favorite for sure. I can't wait for Emily to walk down the isle next month but for now you all get a special treat looking at the beautiful engagement pictures we got a couple weeks ago at Indian Camp Creek in Wentzville, MO. It's a beautiful location and it's the same place they will be married.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

This is the exact spot they'll be married in next month!

21 May 2015

Issiac | 2015 Chester, IL High School Senior

I want you all to meet Issiac. He's a senior at Chester High School in Chester, Illinois and will be graduating with his class on Sunday. Issiac is such a handsome young man but he's more than just good looks. He's very smart and has a good head on his shoulders. He's accomplished a great deal of honors when it comes to his education and I cannot wait to see what this young man does in his future. But let's talk about his senior pictures for a moment. That is why you are all reading this blog now isn't it LOL.

There were a few places that we went for Issiac's session. I first met up with him and his mother at the high school to take pictures at the football field. Then we moved to a friend's farm where there was an awesome barn and two vintage cars. The last place was down by an old abandoned church. I love old buildings, especially the ones with paint peeling off the sides and rust showing through. There's so much character in buildings like that and they make for wonderful backdrops for portraits. Right by the church were some train tacks so when we were headed home we decided to stop by real quick for a few there as well. I love me a good train track!

I'm so pleased with how all of these pictures turned out and you are in for a treat! Enjoy looking through my favorites from his session.

This pictures reminds me of the movie Varsity Blues! Anyone else agree?

My absolute favorite from the day!!!

20 May 2015

Top 3 Investments I've Made In My Business

When I finally took the plunge and decided to start KC Photography, I didn't really know what to expect. I had a tiny Canon Rebel and a couple kit lenses and hardly any education on how to run a business. You always hear that to make money you have to spend it and that's definitely the truth when it comes to any small business. Today I'm going to talk to you about my three biggest investments that I've made in the last 5 years and how they have helped my business.

I'm a true believer that you should never stop learning, especially learning new things about your skill. The more I can learn about photography the better! I attended a workshop by Katelyn James back in 2013 and it was definitely the moment where I felt like I could really do the whole "wedding photography" route. I don't think I would have fell in love with weddings if it wasn't for that workshop. I learned so much from Katelyn and I'll never able to thank you enough for giving me the courage to keep doing this. I also attended another creative workshop in St. Louis too and it's so nice to keep those creative juices flowing. I hope to attend more conferences and workshops in the future and I cannot wait!

Like I said before, I started my photography business with a Canon Rebel. In the beginning I only wanted to shoot portraits and what I had was definitely working just fine. I was still able to achieve great portraits with that camera and kit lens. But the more research I did, the more blogs I read, I was seeing better quality images and I wanted the same for my clients. I actually purchased my first Canon 5D Mark ii and a lot of L-series lenses from a guy off of Craigslist. I know that kind of sounds sketchy but he was a really nice guy who shot sports photography and was giving up his passion for a while so that he could spend more time with his family. He gave me a great deal and that's how I couldn't have been happier. From then on, I noticed how great my images were from the glass (lenses) I now had. From then on, I purchased another Canon 5D Mark ii for backup and I'm in the process of saving for a new 50mm 1.2 lens and maybe a 35mm 1.4. I feel like I'm giving my clients the best work possible now and I owe that to a LOT of blogs and other photographers in the field.

A first impression is everything and if you're trying to represent yourself and your brand online in a cheap way then you're just asking for trouble. I learned from Katelyn's workshop about a brand called Showit and it is a software where I could design my own website, access and modify it any time I want and be able to deliver custom websites to my clients (+sites). I fell in love instantaneous and the minute I hit publish on my site I felt like it gave my business and brand the edge I needed. I felt more professional with my new website and I actually just had a redesign on it. My new branding and images that comes across is totally ME and I love it. Face it, if people don't like your brand/website they are not going to contact you.

18 May 2015

Robbie | 2015 Chester High School Senior

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Can you believe that Memorial Day weekend is coming up??? I'm sure you all are looking forward to your 3-day weekend but for now you all need to get excited about meeting this senior. His name is Robbie and he's from Chester. He's quite the charmer. It didn't take long before he was comfortable in front of my camera and we had such a fun time going from the Covered Bridge, to his home in the country to the Randolph County Lake. It was such a beautiful day and I cannot wait to show you these pictures. Enjoy the rest of your Monday!