- May, 03 2013
- By Jenna Miller
- Babies, Families
Get ready for photo overload! When it comes to blogging a session, I can’t just pick a favorite photo or two and move on – especially with a session as adorable as this one!
For her husband’s upcoming birthday, Amanda wanted to surprise him with photos of her and their boys. Being such a sweet and beautiful group, I was beyond excited when she asked me to take the photos. The icing on the cake? The awesome location…in their backyard. Can you believe this is their backyard? I about died when I saw the dock. Needless to say, I’m sure I’ll be back again to use this awesome space!
As far as photography goes, you all probably notice how much I love to use the sun to create a bright, hazy look. But I also love me a rich, colorful edit too. The backdrop and lighting created the perfect recipe to achieve just that. Although, I did incorporate the haze for the last few shots.
- Mar, 26 2013
- By Jenna Miller
- Personal, Products, Uncategorized
After almost two years in business, I have finally formed a brand that I think best represents me and my work! It wasn’t easy, as there were many times that I almost threw in the towel and hired someone to do it for me. But in the end, I think taking the DIY route was worth it! In this post, I will go into further detail and explain where I got my supplies and which vendors I used for my non DIY items. Hopefully this will inspire people out there that have been thinking of tackling their own branding!
1. Business Cards
As a person that likes to live minimally (a.k.a. a neat freak) I like to keep things simple…even when it comes to my business. I decided on the folded business card from MpixPro because I wanted to showcase a picture from each genre that I photograph – families, couples, maternity, and newborns. The front would feature my logo, and my contact info would be displayed on the back. Clean and simple. I had it printed on the pearl paper because I absolutely love how my photos look with the subtle sheen that it provides. It makes it a little more fancy, which is fun. I also rounded the corners and tied some twine in the middle for some extra flair…I’m not sure if I’ll keep the twine, but for now it works.
2. Custom CD Sleeves
The cd sleeves are not DIY, I actually had them custom made from Etsy. The seller is Bent Tree Studios and you can find their website here. The sleeves feature my logo on the front, print release information on the back, and turquoise stitching along the perimeter. The reason they look a little bit off is because I taped on craft paper with my new logo to hide my old logo that was originally printed on them. Yes, I am a little embarrassed to admit I have had three logos since I began my business, but my most recent one is definitely a keeper. It was designed by Jack + Molly Creative and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out!
3. Thank You Cards
Since I love to paint, I actually incorporated some hand painted elements into the design of my thank you cards and marketing materials. Using watercolor (the whole theme of my brand) I tested different colors and techniques on paper and canvas. Since the paper curled up on the edges, I knew they wouldn’t work well for thank you cards. And obviously canvas wouldn’t work either since it’s so flexible. Once the paint was dry, I scanned them onto my computer and then digitally enhanced the paint and added the white wording. I printed them onto white card stock, rounded the edges, and voila!
4. Burlap Bags
The whole gist of my look is soft, artistic, and timeless but with a touch of vintage. With the watercolor and large of amount of white space in my website and marketing, I was looking for the perfect touch of vintage to add to my packaging. When I came upon this great post from Silverbox Creative, I was immediately inspired and knew the burlap bags would be the perfect touch! And also a nifty little something the client could find a use for. I ordered the 6×10 sacks from Gempler’s and they fit my cd sleeves and info cards perfectly! I also printed out the flower from my logo and made tags, and attached with twine to personalize it more.
5. Tissue Paper
The colors of my brand are turquoise, pink and peach with turquoise being the dominant color. I found just the perfect shade of tissue paper at Hobby Lobby to wrap it all up. With a piece of twine tied around it, it makes it just a little bit prettier while keeping everything together.
And that is my post on my DIY packaging. I am still looking for some type of goodie to add in there for the client, but I can’t decide if it should be a photo product or something edible. Once I figure that out, I am sure I will share it on here. I hope some have found this post helpful!
- Mar, 19 2013
- By Jenna Miller
A few days after the fabulous Savvy Workshop, I got invited to partake in an impromptu beach shoot. Two of my new workshop friends had a few more days in Florida, and the sunny weather provided the perfect opportunity to get outside and shoot.
Our beautiful model was Tara, a fellow workshop attendee whose family owns a photography studio in North Dakota. Behind the lens was me and also the lovely Brooke Ringdahl, who has a photography studio in Minnesota.
These wonderful ladies and I stayed in the same house together at the Savvy Workshop, and right off the bat I felt at ease and as if I had known them for much longer than a few days. I mean, I definitely shared more personal info with them then I do a lot of people I know! We just clicked – there’s no other way to put it.
Our shoot was very casual and fun. I followed Brooke’s lead as she directed Tara, and together we got some gorgeous shots right before sundown. There’s no comparable light to that of the golden hour…especially at the beach.
Of course I had to get a few behind the scenes shots of my other wonderful new friend!
Thank you ladies so much for inviting me to join in on the fun! I am so thankful we met and hope to see you again in the near future…hopefully at a Savvy reunion!
- Mar, 14 2013
- By Jenna Miller
While in Texas, I got to do an engagement session for this beautiful couple and I am just so excited to finally share these photos!
Chloe is one of my good friends from Laughlin AFB, and I was thrilled when she asked me to take her engagement photos. Since she has experience modeling, I was even more thrilled because I knew she would work the camera!
She envisioned a session that would be fun and “spicy.” I just loved when she used that word – it’s something that perfectly explained to me what she was going for and I’ll never forget it.
The session was so much fun! These two have an obvious chemistry that is playful and affectionate with a little bit of “spice,” and I think it really shows in the photos.
Chloe and Zay, you model couple you – thank you for choosing me to take these photos for you. I hope you love them as much as I do!
- Mar, 09 2013
- By Jenna Miller
- Personal, Uncategorized
For the past year, I had been searching for a photography workshop to attend. Being self taught, I thought it would be a good idea to get some professional training and add credentials to my name. Hey, you can never have too much knowledge, and always have room to grow!
When I came upon the Savvy Workshop and saw it was taking place less than an hour away, I knew it was fate. I had to go! They were going to be touching on every aspect of the business; from shooting and styling, to pricing and marketing. And the speakers are fabulous – just fabulous! I had been familiar with their work so that made me even that much more excited to attend!
The weekend ended up being everything I had wished for, and so much more. In a nutshell, it was a girls weekend in paradise with lots and lots of learning. It rained almost all weekend, but that couldn’t keep our spirits down – we were all so eager to shoot, learn and share. Our days were filled with classes, presentations and photo shoots, and our nights with savory meals, late night chats, laughter, wine and more laughter. It was an amazing group of ladies – no drama or competition here, just love and support.
Before I attended the Savvy Workshop I found myself in a rut. Since moving to Florida, I’ve struggled with getting my name out there – especially with having no knowledge of marketing. In Texas, I got lucky – my name spread by word of mouth very quickly, so I never had to advertise…not once.
After moving to Florida, I questioned my place in the photography world, and wondered if this was the right path for me at this point of time. The passion was there, but the business was not. Luckily, fate brought me to the Savvy Workshop and it was the answer to all of my questions. I left feeling inspired, encouraged, motivated and finally had the resources to properly run a successful business. It’s going to be a lot more work than I had initially thought, but it will definitely be worth it. As they say, “anything worth having is hard work!”
I want to give a big thanks to Marsha Mifsud, Alice Park, Beth Glisson, Laura Winslow, Kara May, and all of my other fabulous savvy sisters. My heart is overflowing with gratitude for your friendship, guidance, and support. Our weekend together was one for the books and I am so thankful you all came into my life! I look forward to keeping up with your adventures in life and photography!
Below are some of my favorite shots from the workshop. The models were beautiful and so easy to work with! For more information on Alys Beach, check out their website here. It is without a doubt one of the most fabulous places I’ve been and I highly recommend paying a visit if you’re ever in the area!