Inspiration in This Big Sea

An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.

There are times when you start feeling discouraged or like you’ll never achieve your dreams.  I tend to feel this way often, not even gonna lie.  It’s hard to constantly be uppity about your work and to be confident that you’re doing the best you can when there are so many people out there putting you down or when there are so many talented people in this world.  It’s not easy, I’ll tell you that.

I entered the Shoot & Share annual contest (more information HERE) for the first time this year and to feel discouraged about MY work is an understatement.  Going through so many photos (they had over 250,000 photos submitted this year!) and seeing so much talent and what these people can create just baffles me.  Like, how can I, a tiny fish out in this big sea, live up to what ALL of these other majestic creatures are coming up with?

But also?  It’s inspiriting as all get out.  Seriously, as I went through and voted for other photographer’s photos and favorited so many of them, it gradually hit me what exactly I was favoring and the style of each and every single photo.  I realized what it is that I do like, and what I don’t.  I felt myself craving for more wedding ring shots, drawing more towards photos with negative space, and dramatic black & white lifestyle and wedding photos.  I figured out what tones and emotion that I’m drawn to and how similar my likes are with what I deliver.

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2015 was an extremely slow year in my business, but I was also pregnant for almost the entire year, so that’s why, haha.  I wasn’t in the mood or inspired to be as productive or in the creative process like I usually am.  I was either down with morning sickness or tired and large.  Nothing inspiring about that, folks, lol.   Even if this contest discouraged me in the beginning, it’s EXACTLY what I need to kick my butt back into gear for 2016.

I’m making it a goal to regularly blog at least twice a week, and hopefully more, for this year.  I’m pushing myself to book more weddings and just MORE shoots in general to push this creative drive that has suddenly come to light.  I’ve never been more thankful for a contest, that I’m not even sure if I placed high or moderately well in, to get me back on my feet in my business and show me what I truly love doing and that I NEED to be back out there showing the world what I’ve got.

Ain’t nobody gonna bring me down 🙂

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Hello…It’s Jenn

Hey, how’s things?  It’s been a while, I know.  Life has happened…literally.

As you may remember, I announced my pregnancy with my son around this time last year.  I done as much work as I could, for as long as I could, being as pregnant as I was.  Done a few weddings in the spring and late May.  I welcomed two nieces within 9 days of each other in June (sister and sister-in-law).  I was due October 3rd, 2015 and I unfortunately had to wait an additional week before our precious son decided to make his arrival on October 10th, 2015 at 9:46 AM at my 41 week pregnancy mark.

Odin Alexander Ramirez (Yes, Odin.  Awesome, RIGHT?!) weighed 8lbs 12oz and was 21.5 inches long, is just as amazing, and is a clone of his big sister 🙂

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Other than giving birth to my son, I’ve been busy enjoying my life with my kids.  I’m booking weddings (at least three) for this year, already.  And getting ready for Spring and Summer because I. AM. READY.  Ready?  TO WORK, Y’ALL!  I didn’t do much last year due to my pregnancy because walking more than 10 steps made me feel like I should’ve just invested in a wheelchair for the last three months, lol.

So, I know that I’m SUPER behind on blogging.  There are so many sessions and a few weddings that I didn’t even blog because I just flat out got lazy.  So, I’m making it my goal to get those blogged, even if they are 9-10 months too late, haha.  And while I’m at it, I plan to start blogging more during the week, even if it’s not a shoot or wedding.  So, I’m open to topics and questions you may have that I can address in what may possibly turn out to be a Q&A weekly blog post 😉

On another note, the website has been slightly updated with new photos & pricing.  I’m also running a couple of promotions right now.  One is that all weddings booked by March 31st, 2016 will receive 20% off and the other is all portrait collections are $75 off until March 31st, 2016.  Book now and spread the word!

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I’ve also added a new header that incorporates the new logo for JMP.  Starting fresh for a new year because I’m ready to get back out there and photograph some beautiful faces and meet new people!

Hopefully the next post won’t be 6-7 months from now, haha.

 

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A Little Surprise…

I know I haven’t been as active on the blog or on the JMP Facebook page much here lately and believe me, I have reasons.  January & Febraury are my slow months because of the weather, right after Christmas, not as many bookings during this time of year.  So, I’m looking to book things more this coming month and through the summer to make up for the fact that I won’t be available during the Fall.  Why?  Well…let me explain.

Ya see……..well, I don’t really need to explain.  I can just show you.

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YES!  I am pregnant!  I am due at the beginning of October and my family is so very excited.  😀

This also explains why I have been so absent on the JMP Facebook page.  The struggle has been real with this morning (or all day, at times) sickness, lol.

So, what does that mean for JMP?  Well, that means, unfortunately, no fall shoots.  I will most likely stop any/all bookings around mid-end of August, depending on how the pregnancy goes.  If I feel like I am able to continue shooting past that mark, I’ll announce it.  BUT!  For now, I am going to booking everything from now until mid August.  I may start back up in mid-late November, but like I I said, it all depends on how the pregnancy goes and how well I recover.

SO, with that being said, any/all shoots will be done this spring and summer.   And speaking of this Spring, I have planned my next trip to Kentucky!  If you are indeed interested, please contact me regarding booking as my spots are extremely limited due to the booking of a wedding and my personal time with family.

I want to thank those of you who already know about the pregnancy, and have congratulated and said such kind words to David, Hailey, and I.  We are so excited to be adding another member to our family and cannot wait for this next chapter in our lives to begin 🙂

 

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Jenn’s Sessions for Joy

I’ve been a part of the photography community since 2010. March will make it FIVE years. Can you believe that? I haven’t been a professional for those five years, but tell me who is when they first start out?  In these five years, I have went from a total newbie to, what I feel is, a professional photographer.  I have also relocated and that alone has set me back.

Ya see, whenever we had moved to SC from KY, my business was just starting to take off.  I had been shooting for two years, but never made it really official until February of 2012…I got my retail license.  And for a lot of photographers, that doesn’t seem like it REALLY makes you official, but at the time, it was a big step for me.  And then in April of that very same year, we ended up moving to SC.  Not the choice I wanted to make, but my business will go where I go.  So there I was, in a new state, with no clients, and no way of getting my name out there.  We had moved so unexpectedly, I had no time to prepare and start getting my name out in our area before we moved.  It’s taken a while, but I think I’m finally starting to get back to where I was about to be in KY.  Business started picking up in late summer/fall of last year and feel like 2015 will be even better.

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Being in Front of the Camera – Our Family Portraits 2014

If you know me, you know that I tend to stay behind the lens and capture amazing moments for other families, couples, etc.  It’s a rare occasion that I step aside and let someone else do the same for me.  Actually, it’s so rare that it’s never really been done, lol.  Until last month….

That’s right.  We had NO family pictures what-so-ever.  The only ones that we have are mostly of my daughter, Hailey, my hubby, David, or of Hailey & David together.  And if I’m being adventurous, I hand the camera over to David and let him snap a few of me and Hailey.  It’s super rare and I usually get gasps when it happens, lol.  But none of all three of us.  That had to change this year…it just simply had to.  I am so tired of hearing the “Why aren’t you in any of your own pictures?”, “Why don’t we have any of you and David?”, and “Why are there so many of just Hailey?”.  Trust me, it’s not by choice.  Getting your own family pictures done may seem like a simple task, but it’s really not.  Having the funds to do it, choosing a photographer that you trust and love, getting outfits, planning dates and times, etc……ETC.  The list really does go on and on.  I’m pretty darn picky when it comes to who gets to take our pictures simply because I want the emotion and I want someone who will be able to capture me and my little family in the best form it can be.  Every photographer in my area that I love, is a wedding photographer and doesn’t do family portraits….trust me…I tried it, lol.  And then I turned to my home town and found Kimberly Craft.

Not only did I really love her work, but I felt like all of her photos were just genuine and not all posy and fake, like most people.  Also, she’s a cool cat who cooks awesome looking burgers (I haven’t tried one yet…but I will next time I come to KY! LOL).  And I can’t turn down a good burger…I just can’t, lol.

Anyway, I decided to share with all of you my family portraits that Kim done with us when I was in KY last month.  We shot at the top of a mountain at sunset and it was the most gorgeous place ever for our photos.  It was a little chilly and kind of windy, so you know…of course I ended up wearing a knee length dress with no sleeves, ha!  My poor Hailey was freezing, but Kimberly’s step-daughter came with her and came to the rescue and was cuddling with her when she wasn’t getting her pictures taken.  Talk about the sweetest thing ever!  Her and Hailey were BFF’s for the evening 😛

These are just some of my favorites.

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Like I said, these are just my favorites from the whole session.  But Kim did such an amazing job with our photos and she was just wonderful to work with.  I’m pretty sure Hailey grabbed her hand immediately after we got out of the car and just took off walking like they had known each other for the longest time, haha.

I will have all of Kim’s information down below and if you want to find her Facebook, website/blog, it will all be there 🙂

If you are reading this Kim, we thank you so very much.  It was such an amazing experience getting in front of the camera and being with my family instead of being the one taking THEIR pictures.

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Have a great week everybody!

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