JMP Fall Mini Sessions

I’m very excited to finally announce the details for the Fall Mini Sessions this year! I wanted to do these for mini summer sessions, BUT, fresh apples aren’t ready until late summer/early fall around here. SO! Here they are!

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I’ve mentioned on facebook more details, but I will go into more detail here since that’s what it’s for, lol.

These sessions are going to be apple themed. I’m trying my darnest to use a local apple orchard, but that’s a work in progress. Either way, I’m working on getting things that will make these sessions very special :) I’m looking to have fresh picked apples, wooden crates, some homemade items, and possibly some pumpkins! And if I find anything else worth throwing in there, I most definitely will have that!

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As it says above in the photo, sessions are $95 for the 30 minute session, 15 digital files, and you’ll get 10% off your print order if you decide to make one :) all returning clients get the session for $85 and if you’re a new client that refers a friend (that books), you get the session for $85 as well. Everyone else is $95. Full payment is due upon booking.

I’m keeping these dates and times available so everyone will get the chance to book a session. Two during the week of the August and two weekend days. And only two weekend days in September. If I can’t get the apple orchard for the location, I will be doing them at Miliken Park in Spartanburg. It all depends on the owners and what they agree to do with me.

Again, I’m VERY excited about these sessions and I really hope you guys are too!

Please contact me at contact@jennmarie-photography.com to book a session today!

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Most Loved JMP Photos To Date

We all have those moments in our photography career where we see a photo from the backs of our camera and go, “YES.  This is the one”.  Or that moment may not happen until after you start to cull through all of the images taken for that day.  Either way, it happens…and buddy, it’s magical.  I’ve had my fair share of these throughout the years and felt the need to share them with you and the story behind them.  Please keep in mind, there are some of these that are…OLD, like from a few years ago old.  It’s not my style anymore or my preference, but I STILL love those photos.  Read below to find out why :) And these are in no particular order, just whatever order they were uploaded in, lol.

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Best LovedNathan & Krista were my first shoot of 2014!  They were so enthusiastic and such a joy to work with.  And on top of all things, were awesome enough to work with me on this crazy awesome shot that I absolutely love so much.  The sun was shining at one TEENY little spot, but if I got it right, it would result in a beautiful shot.  It took me about five minutes of moving myself and readjusting them, but we got three amazing shots from that tiny spot of sunlight and I don’t regret one second of it.  This is one of my MANY favorites from their session and just a fave, in general.  You can view their session HERE.

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Best LovedThese two shots (above and below) are from the same session (if you couldn’t already tell, lol), but it’s because I love them both so much.  Glenn & April are such an amazing couple and April is such a great friend of mine!  We have worked with each other on numerous occasions.  From weddings and styled shoots, plus personal things, like my daughter having her hair cut for the first time (and by April, no less, lol) have been fantastic.  Both of these photos have so much color, April’s gorgeous blue eyes, and Glenn’s undying love for his beautiful wife.  They need to get themselves back up here to SC so I can see them…and their precious baby boy :P  You can view their blog post HERE.

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Best Loved JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Best LovedAnnie found me on Thumbtack.  If you don’t know what that is, I’ll link it HERE.  I was actually requested by Annie to send my info and a quote regarding her small, intimate elopement back in the fall of 2013.  With her request there were other photographers sending their information and asking questions about her big day.  I was extremely excited to find out that Annie & Jordan picked me to photograph their wedding day.  I loved the fact that they both loved my work and were willing to travel from NC so I (YES, ME) could be their photographer.  HOW AMAZING IS THAT?!   Now, all of their photos, I loved, but these series of shots were special to me just because of the lighting and the thrill of rushing to get it before the sun went away.  It had been cloudy all day, but then we looked across the street and saw this super warm and gorgeous light beaming on the street, so we just took off.  It totally paid off because this is one of the many photos from the collection that I keep coming back to as a favorite.  You can view their downtown Spartanburg elopement HERE.

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Best LovedI’ve recently blogged about these two awesome people with their beautiful baby boy, so if you want to see that, you can do so HERE.  Before I photographed their lovely little family, I took some photos of just Matt & Ashley.  This was in December of 2013 and at the time she was around 5 or 6 months pregnant.  But out of all of the photos from the session, which you can see HERE, I love this one the most.  It’s so simple, but you can clearly tell just how much they love each other.  Something about the closeness and the light coming from behind them.  I just love it…and them, haha.

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DeAnna.  Done her bridals and her wedding and I loved every single second of it all.  But this photo from her bridals has always stuck with me.  The area, her absolutely gorgeous eyes, and just how laid back she is in this photo, just pulls me in.  This girl absolutely rocked her bridals and I’m so blessed to have been chosen to document everything for her and her hubby John :)  You can view her bridals HERE….and their wedding HERE.

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This was from the VERY FIRST styled shoot I had ever done.  I paired up with my girl, April and her team at Classy Styles (at the time, she has moved to Florida since then) for this wonderful bridal shoot on Glassy Mountain near Pickens, SC.  April, the bride, was so amazing to model for us AND we didn’t have to wait long to publish the photos because her wedding was the very next week!  It was an experience all in itself, but this photo was one that I loved very  much.  It was also one of the very last, right before we left the mountain.  We never got to the Glassy Mountain Chapel (which we fully intended on using, but that’s another story, lol), but we made use of what was around us :)  You can view the rest of the photos from the bridal shoot HERE.

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Cody & Cassidy’s wedding was one for the books.  It was small, outdoors and was PERFECT for my style.  They had burlap and shotgun shell boutonnieres.  It was awesome, haha.  This photo though, has to be my favorite ever.  Cassidy was probably around 6 or 7 months pregnant here (correct me if I’m wrong) and her little baby belly just filled my heart with joy after I took this photo.  I immediately knew it was going to be a favorite and it definitely has been.  You can view Cody & Cassidy’s wedding blog post HERE.JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Best Loved

This styled shoot.  I can’t even….GAH.  It was the first one that I wanted to do for myself and I knew immediately that once Chris & Jessica volunteered, that it was the perfect fit.   I had envisioned this vintage picnic styled shoot and by George, if they didn’t absolutely ROCK IT!  This photo tells me everything that I worked so hard for, paid off.  From the way that Chris & Jess were dressed down to the old radio sitting behind them or the old books we used.  EVERYTHING was perfect.  And I can’t wait to show off the most recent styled shoot from this past Sunday. Y’all are gonna DIE from it being so dang gorgeous :P

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Devon & Wendy are just…adorable.  I offered to do their photos for the longest time and I’m guessing Wendy finally gave in on me, haha.  But this one is one of my favorites of them.  I’m pretty sure this was from Dec. 2012 and my shooting and editing style have definitely changed since then, but I think with Wendy’s red hair and just how freaking CUTE they are…I’ll let it slide by :P  You can view their shoot HERE.

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Last, but surely not least, one of the oldest…EVER, lol.  This is Michael and Brandy, I couple that I worked with back in early 2011 and when my style was just…too much, lol.  This shot was taken immediately after a “serious face” shot, that Brandy wanted.  As you can tell, the seriousness didn’t last very long, haha.  This may be an oldie, but it’ll always be a goodie to me :)  You can view their gallery HERE.

These are not all of the ones that I’m in love with, because I’m most certainly not done with this amazing journey!  Shoot, I’m sure if I would’ve waited a couple of weeks, I’d have a few more to add to this list.  These are just ones that I can’t let go of, no matter how hard I try.  If you’ve looked at the other galleries and blog posts, what were your favorites?

Have a great week everyone :)

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The Rowe Family

This session was a first.  The first of MANY others, I hope.  This session with the Rowes was my first lifestyle shoot and I absolutely LOVED it.

I have worked with Matt & Ashley before back in December of 2013 when Ashley was just 6 or 7 months pregnant (and glowing, I might add!).  Their session made me so happy because there were so many images that I absolutely loved, and still do. You can find their session HERE.  So when Ashley got up with me and told me that they wanted to get their little family photographed SOON, I was ecstatic beyond words.  We had originally decided to shoot at Milliken Park here in Spartanburg because it was relatively close to their home just in case little Jonah got too hot and then we could finish the session at their home.  The weather kept changing on us and was telling me that it was going to rain most likely (and it did NOT, of course, lol) and was going to be pretty hot (at least 95 degrees).  I finally asked Ashley if she thought that doing them all in their home would be better.  The lifestyle shoot would capture them in their home where everyone was most comfortable and little Jonah wouldn’t be burning up.  They loved it and it was set.  I was so excited to be doing their family pictures, but what I didn’t expect was for it to be SO much better.

Even though little Jonah was  tired and hungry, he was a champ and was happy for about half of the time I was there, haha.  He then got VERY tired and fussy, so Ashley had to take him into another room to get him calm and the next thing we knew, he was OUT like a light, haha.  Poor little feller was so tired he just passed out.  I was so happy to photograph this beautiful little family and hope they enjoy these photos as much as I do! :)

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Jonah’s room.  Ahhh…this room was just PRECIOUS!  And the canvas collage on the wall above his crib, I just couldn’t get enough of.  ADOR-ABLEEE!

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Families

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Families

These teddy bears were requested to be put into the photos one way or another.  The one on the left was made from Ashley’s great grandma’s mink coat and the other is made from her grandpa’s suit.  Very sweet…even if Jonah wasn’t feeling it, lol.

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This particular moment was when Jonah was pretty upset and crying so what does Mama Ashley do?  She starts singing.  Beautifully, might I add.  And her voice eventually calmed the little man down so he could go to his daddy :)  And then, of course, the little booger was as calm as can be.  No cries for that little man!

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And I couldn’t forget about Pablo.  Probably the most furry and lovable cats I’ve ever met.  And quite pretty as well :)

I loved photographing this little family and hope to do so again in the future.  Jonah is absolutely beautiful and Matt & Ashley are just wonderful parents.  :)

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Adam & Joanna – Married

We met in May 2013, ALMOST the same date as their wedding.  We talked about how on that day a year from then, she would be a married woman and never imagined that a year would go by so quickly.  I didn’t meet Adam until the day of the wedding, all of the details were between me, Joanna, and her sister.  I had been speaking with Joanna over that year about anything with the wedding.  She would send me texts about how excited she was for her bridals (because c’mon, when you see her and her dress, you’d be excited too, lol.), and just a countdown of the days until the wedding.

 Their story dates back to July 2011.

Joanna  was in the process of moving here from Georgia for a job and had been going to their church regularly for a month or so. One Sunday, Joanna and her mom left after the sermon so she could help her best friend do some shopping for her own wedding.  She gets a phone call while she was on her way, from another friend that said  “Hey after church this guy came up to me and said I will give you $20 for the pretty blonde’s phone number”.  Well, of course, you have to know that she gave permission to give it to him!  Haha.  15 minutes later she gets a phone call and the first thing he says is, “By the way, I’m not married”.   Joanna’s friend had joked with her that he was actually married, so it was pretty funny that was the first thing he said, haha.  They talked for a week and he ended up asking her out on a date that Friday night.  And of course, you know how it went :)

Seriously, the cutest story in the world :)  And a beautiful wedding to go along with it.

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Weddings

Yes…those are sprinkles, haha.

I told you.  What a gorgeous wedding!  And what a wonderful couple.  I can’t explain how blessed I am to have been part of this whole process.  Her bridals, the wedding, everything was perfect for the two of them.  Adam & Joanna, I wish you both the absolute best in life and love…you absolutely deserve it :)

If you’d like to have your wedding photographed by JMP contact me before June 30th and you could get a discount on your total collection!

Have a great weekend everyone :)

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Preschool Portraits – Gaffney, SC

I’ve been absolutely DYING to get this blog post together because of the experience alone.  When I received the email from the director of this preschool about 30 minutes out of Spartanburg, I knew it was something that I really had to think about.  Preschool portraits was something that I had never done before and was definitely out of my comfort zone, considering it’s partially studio photography.  I had to invest in a nice neutral backdrop, backdrop stand, and various other things that would make these preschool photos stand out.

It may be an obvious choice for some people to immediately take the job, but for me, it meant that I was putting myself out there, plus I wasn’t guaranteed an actual profit, BUT if everything went well, I could gain potential work in the future.  A lot was riding on this decision.  But ultimately, I chose to do it.  And I’m glad that I did!  These kids were absolutely wonderful to work with and so adorable in their own little ways.

Here are just a few that I fell in love with :)

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JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

JennMarie Photography - South Carolina Portrait & Lifestyle Photography - Preschool Portraits

I only used two of this little man’s photos because he had way too much fun with the chalkboard, haha.

All of these cuties really made the day go SO much easier and I couldn’t have asked for a better outcome!  Here’s to experiences :)

OH!  And if you’re interested in hearing my set-up, I’m listing everything down below :)  I WISH that I had enough time to get a shot of everything, but I was really cramped on time and there was very little space.

BUT! I did get a shot of my set up in my living room to prepare for the preschool photos, so MAYBE this will give you an idea :)

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I was just testing the lighting in this photo, which is why the backdrop wasn’t pulled out all the way OR the chair would’ve left marks on the drop (especially since it was on carpet).

I made my own backdrop stand using PVC piping.  It cost me around $25 total (including clamps).  I went by THIS tutorial from River Road Rustics :)

I used THIS backdrop from Savage.  It’s a seamless paper backdrop and worked well enough for my needs.

Lighting is all natural light coming from a door directly behind me.

EXIF data varies for all photos, but this is what it generally was:

Shot with 35mm f/1.8

Shutter speed: 1/125th  to 1/160th sec.

Aperture: F/2.2 (at times) but mostly F/2.8

ISO: 800

I hope this has helped anyone as much as I know others have helped me! :)

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