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Hi, I’m Jacqueline – welcome to my blog.  I am a lifestyle photographer in Raleigh, North Carolina.  I take photos of just about anything. I’ve done everything from engagements to newborns. From the babies to the high school seniors & lots of fun sessions between.  This is the place where you can check out my latest sessions, see what I’m up to these days & check out some of my other photography.  I tend to document my life through the camera (as many others do)  So, get comfy, hang out, comment if you feel like it, but definitely keep coming back.

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Camera Talk

July 8th, 2014

In the not so distant past, if you would have asked me what my daily camera of choice was, I would have told you it was my Nikon. I want photos from everyday life, but don’t want to sacrifice the quality for the convenience of a point and shoot camera, so I use my “big […]


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In the not so distant past, if you would have asked me what my daily camera of choice was, I would have told you it was my Nikon. I want photos from everyday life, but don’t want to sacrifice the quality for the convenience of a point and shoot camera, so I use my “big camera” as it’s often referred to as. I love that camera, but what I DON’T love is how hard it is to carry it the places that I’d like to take photos.

Last year, I started looking into a smaller camera for my non-business related photos. My main goal was to not sacrifice image quality, manual control over the images, and no nagging feeling that I should have toted out the big guy instead. What I ended up with really changed how I interact with photography on a day to day basis, and has returned my “freedom to snap”. I set out to find a camera that was high in photo untitled shoot-020quality, small and portable.

After much research, I ended up with the Olympus EP-3, and even though it was mid range for Olympus, this camera is fantastic for me. No more lugging the huge camera, figuring out which bag fit all of my gear, trying to decide how many lenses I wanted to bring along. To combat my “which lens” dilemmas, I picked up my EP-3 with only a 17mm lens (equal to about 35mm on my large camera). After a year and a half, I’m happy to report I made with the single non-zooming lens. There were no decisions other than take a photo or not. This camera is small enough to fit in all but a few of my purses — another bonus I had missed.

How are the photos? I think in low light, my lens is a bit noisy, but I could just be a little nitpicky.  If you’re on the fence about buying a new camera because you feel like you need to go big, do your research and see what other options are available.  My camera is tiny, but very capable. It has more features than most people use on their DSLR’s, and if you like to use your camera in manual mode, you can do that too by programming a few buttons. I like it, once I got the hang of it.  It has in camera art filters, and a host of interchangeable lenses including zooms that you can purchase if needed.  The lenses are also very small and lightweight – even the zoom lenses.

So, long story short, if you need a better camera, don’t immediately go for the large DSLR if you don’t need all of the features. Check out all of your options, and you just may end up with a gem that better fits your daily life.

Now for the images… All but the first one taken with my Olympus Pen E-P3.

On a side note, if you have another system – you can purchase adapters and use some of your old lenses.  With the $24 adapter, I’m able to use my Nikon lenses with great results (See the photos of President Obama’s visit!).  I was pretty sure that with bag checks and security, professional cameras would not be allowed into the venue without a valid press pass. If you know me…you also know there was no way I was going without a camera.  I stuffed my Olympus, converter and 3 Nikon lenses into my tiny camera bag and crossed my fingers.  The guy checking my bag said “Nice little camera..I hope you can see him with this!”.

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Fun Fridays – Tutorial Time

May 4th, 2012

Today’s tutorial is on converting images to rich black and white using your desktop editing software.  I am using Photoshop in my tutorial, but the techniques of adjusting the contrast, brightening the whites & making sure your grays aren’t flat can be used in practically any image editor. Here are some key points from the […]


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Today’s tutorial is on converting images to rich black and white using your desktop editing software.  I am using Photoshop in my tutorial, but the techniques of adjusting the contrast, brightening the whites & making sure your grays aren’t flat can be used in practically any image editor. Here are some key points from the video:

  • Use photos that have nice contrast to begin with
  • Be cognizant of skin tones in your black & white conversion, and in your color tinting.
  • Use the quick conversion tool in your software, but don’t be afraid to tweak your blacks & whites
  • Using adjustment layers in Photoshop will allow you to turn your conversions on and off.
  • Always save a color version and a black and white version – do not overwrite the original version of your images!

Check it out, and please email me or send me a message on Facebook if you have any questions!  Have a great weekend, and get out there & take some pictures :).

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Destiny

May 4th, 2012

A few weeks ago, I did a senior session with a friend of mine. I had never met Destiny before, and she’s just gorgeous! She came dressed and ready to go, and can I just say she was WORKING those heels! I love how they gave her outfit a great pop of color, especially in […]

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A few weeks ago, I did a senior session with a friend of mine. I had never met Destiny before, and she’s just gorgeous! She came dressed and ready to go, and can I just say she was WORKING those heels! I love how they gave her outfit a great pop of color, especially in some of the downtown shots.  We checked out two different locations, but I think my favorite were the ones downtown.  There had been a massive thunderstorm the night before, leaving leaves, sticks and branches all over the place – but she didn’t mind tromping on a few sticks to work it for the camera.

Check out the images below, and also click on the slide show to see additional images from our shoot. Destiny, you were great! I wish you all the best in the future!

Be sure to leave your comments & let me know what you think – and if you’re on Pinterest, check out the *Pin It* button that you’ll be seeing on every blog post from now on. If you like this session & love the photos, just pin it!




 

 

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Prom Photos

May 2nd, 2012

I was asked to photograph pre-prom photos last week.  It brought back memories of being a senior with only ONE month left of school.  Do you remember what it felt like when you were 1 month away from the day you probably counted down every school year since first grade? (12 more years….11 more years!). […]

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I was asked to photograph pre-prom photos last week.  It brought back memories of being a senior with only ONE month left of school.  Do you remember what it felt like when you were 1 month away from the day you probably counted down every school year since first grade? (12 more years….11 more years!).

For this post I decided to try a slide show.  Partly to test the technology, and also because it shows everything in under 5 minutes!

Like the soundtrack? Download it here – Wait Til You See My Smile by Alicia Keys

Congrats on your upcoming graduation Clayton & Soniel! And despite being followed by your own personal stalkerazzi during the pre-prom festivities, you guys looked great & acted like it happens every day :).

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Daunte

April 13th, 2012

I have known Daunte all his life, in fact, I just love it when I get to do maternity photos, then newborn photos, and photos as the babies grow into toddlers then children. If you are a blog follower from way back, you have probably seen photos of Daunte as a baby – head full […]

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I have known Daunte all his life, in fact, I just love it when I get to do maternity photos, then newborn photos, and photos as the babies grow into toddlers then children. If you are a blog follower from way back, you have probably seen photos of Daunte as a baby – head full of gorgeous black hair and sparkly happy eyes. Doesn’t ring a bell? No problem…check him out. Tell me he didn’t know how to strike a pose at a very early age.

Well, that was three years ago, and his parents wanted new pics for his third birthday…since they hadn’t had photos in forever. That’s usually what happens, you look around and realize the last family photos you had either a) Don’t include most of your kids or b) Features your children as newborns or young babies. They change so much!

So, we got together in October, and went to Mordeci park (the same place I photographed the Hines family). But it was terribly cloudy that day, so we didn’t make it to all of the photo hot spots. This session (a week later) found the grounds looking very different. It had rained, which in turn browned the beautiful orange and yellow leaves on the ground. What was left were crunchy and dry, the rest had been blown away!

The awesome, cool, perfect for fall location that I described to my clients looked nothing like I wanted it to, but that’s Fall in N.C. Instead of focusing on the beautiful colors on the ground, this time I took advantage of the few leaves still hanging around the trees & used a colorful building & still green grass as backdrop.





I love these with the green!

Daunte was as cute as ever, and what a HUGE personality he has! He’s charming and funny, and warmed right up to the idea of photos. We then changed locations to Pullen Park, to the lesser known hilly side across from the N.C. State University campus. They day was gorgeous, and the colors at Pullen Park were much more fall than downtown’s offerings. Check out the gallery below to view the rest of the photos with the Jacksons.

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Let’s talk scale

April 12th, 2012

Well, it’s not Wednesday, but I’m on the topic of walls anyway (albeit a day late!). Today, I’m talking about scale, the scale of portraits you hang on your walls. Most of us have been on Pinterest, we’ve seen great wall arrangements that feature 20 + smaller prints in frames in a great grouping. While […]

 

Well, it’s not Wednesday, but I’m on the topic of walls anyway (albeit a day late!). Today, I’m talking about scale, the scale of portraits you hang on your walls. Most of us have been on Pinterest, we’ve seen great wall arrangements that feature 20 + smaller prints in frames in a great grouping. While that’s a great aspiration…if you’re like me you don’t have 20+ smaller prints framed in similar frames, nor the willpower to mark our precise hanging spots for 20 or more frames. They need to be straight, they need to be evenly spaced, I need new frames….gah! Where do you even begin planning that?

I’ll tell you where you DON’T begin! You don’t begin at your portrait ordering session! Do you know why? Because 8x10s look lonely living alone on the wall, and unless you have a grouping, it can make your walls look awful lonely & sparse. If you’re already working on your grouping, then by all means, add some 8x10s in. If you are not and just thought to hang your 8×10 alone, let’s revisit my naked dining room. Yes, it’s spruced on one side…and naked on the other. So, it makes the perfect setting to illustrate “that room at your house where you have that empty wall”.

It’s bleak and what it needs is a portrait to liven it up. So, you go to your ordering session & sit down to view all of your images from your photographer. Of all the things you would like to do…you decide to splurge a little and get the 8×10 size. It’s very big compared to a 5×7, the crop is even different. You get it home and frame it & place it in the middle of the big, blank wall. You stand back and admire it’s….well…smallness!


What happened to the large photo you had in your head? It’s so tiny you must walk up on it to see it. The truth is, your proportion and scale is way off. 8x10s are nice on a side table, on top of your piano even, and they’re huge in an album, but on a large wall, they don’t have that same impact. Small wall portraits CAN have a larger impact, in a smaller space – a hallway, a narrow wall space or a powder room. But on a wide open wall and even above your fireplace, you need to go up in scale.

I had the photo above printed at a much larger scale to demonstrate the point. Larger image, better cropping and fills much more wall space. On paper, this size seems GIGANTIC. It’s a 24×36 sized Signature Print, mounted on heavy board. Imagine this size as a canvas, and the impact it would have on a wall.

To compare the two, it’s like apples and oranges! When you’re in your ordering session and you’re not sure of what size is proportional for you wall, let’s look at some sample images and compare, or better yet, take measurements of your wall space & be prepared to fill it the right way.

Many thanks to the Jacksons for being my model family (yet again!).

Side note: I went to link to the blog post I was quite sure I made months ago and found the blog post still hanging out as a draft! Stay tuned tomorrow for a very, very late post with the Jacksons from back in the fall!

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Be Bold!

April 3rd, 2012

Bold patterns are in season this spring, don’t be afraid to mix and match them with some traditional favorites! Click on the photo below to check out individual items at my Polyvore site.

 

Bold patterns are in season this spring, don’t be afraid to mix and match them with some traditional favorites! Click on the photo below to check out individual items at my Polyvore site.

Be Bold!

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It’s time for some randomness…

March 23rd, 2012

So, this blog post is going to be all over the place, It’s Friday, and I’m in a sharing sort of mood! Since I’m a visual person, I tend to snap random phone photos.  It’s sort of a way of keeping a diary, only visually.  I need to be better at putting those photos somewhere […]


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So, this blog post is going to be all over the place, It’s Friday, and I’m in a sharing sort of mood!

Since I’m a visual person, I tend to snap random phone photos.  It’s sort of a way of keeping a diary, only visually.  I need to be better at putting those photos somewhere though!   Here are some interesting visual ramblings from this week:

1) I love this leather satchel, I use it as my work bag, camera bag & weekend bag
2) I’m not one for pastels, but this Essie color was calling my name!
3) My school made it to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament (Go Pack!).  We usually don’t make it, but this year the guys have played well.  I’m optimistically hopefully (and yet, I know how we do, so I’m not letting my mind wander past tonight’s game just yet!). This is a photo of Donovan in front of the Bell Tower right off of campus.

 

I do the same thing with the big camera, but it’s not with me constantly.

1 & 2) My son was drawing a “cheerful” picture for a classmate that wasn’t feeling well. I think his flower photo took a very wrong turn with “Spooky Daisy” and “ManFlower” up there.  I didn’t want to smash his creative spirit…so I let it roll, until he misspelled a word *oops! Gotta start over lil’man…and on a HAPPIER note please!*.
3) The St. Patrick’s Day Parade seemed like a good plan. He was bored and requested to leave early. Who does that at a Parade? This moody little dude does.



I’ve been getting goodies in all week, I have sample canvases & sample mounted images all over the place until they have proper storage.  I love the kiddies that I’ve worked with. “Baby Ballerina” is one of my all time favorite photos.  It’s so soft & sweet, and she gave me a lazy little blink as she fell back asleep.

Something else I want to do on Fridays is share some interesting local shops, artists & destinations. Today, I want to share the website of Brandi Moody, who designs great jewelry.  Her website, Ever So Lovely highlights artists & designers from all over the world.  She’s also a talented artist as well, and her Etsy Shop has some fab finds – from jewelry to art including these great earrings in varying shades for the summer.

I could have purchased them online, but when Brandi told me she has jewelry in one of my favorite local shops, The Clothes Hound, I was able to go in person and pick out my favorite color.  The color on these isn’t flat, most all of them have blended colors that look different from every angle.  I picked out the pair above which are more gold than they appear in the photo. They are going to go perfectly with jeans & things this spring & summer.

Have a great weekend, and enjoy the weather, if you dare play outside in all of the pollen! (Yes, that’s a pollen cloud coming to attack in the photo below!). Everything is bursting with the green stuff around here.

 

 

 

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Wall Wednesday – Easy hanging for Signature Prints

March 21st, 2012

If you have recently ordered any prints from me, you’ll notice a new addition to my product lineup called Signature Prints. These prints are mounted on a rigid board for protecting larger images. Most people will take their Signature Prints to their local frame shop to have them properly framed, as it’s hard to figure […]

 

If you have recently ordered any prints from me, you’ll notice a new addition to my product lineup called Signature Prints. These prints are mounted on a rigid board for protecting larger images. Most people will take their Signature Prints to their local frame shop to have them properly framed, as it’s hard to figure what to do with unframed artwork that isn’t a canvas once you receive it.

I recently ordered a few prints of our home, I didn’t want canvas and thought that I actually might mount them in my favorite configuration around the house, black frame, white mat. After it came in I decided against it. I actually used a really simple hanging method for some framed work around the house and figured that with a hack, it might work really well on my Signature Mount trio. For the framing fanatics…you may want to hide your eyes.

First off, I present to you my stark naked dining room (as far as walls are concerned).


I plan to fill the wall with family photos eventually, and paint. I didn’t want to make many holes in the wall because once the collection grows, I may have to reconfigure. I took a photo of the wall I’m considering and took it into Photoshop to play around, and after settling on an acceptable arrangement for the three, I went back to my wall.


I’m good with visually lining things up, so there are no pencil marks or grid lines, I have no idea where the laser level is either, so this project is freestyle baby! My main check point is the chair rail (because it’s pretty straight).

Now, I don’t know if you’ve used these or not, but they are awesome. They’re by 3M, and they are Command Adhesives (with Velcro). They remove easily and don’t snatch off paint. If you’re in an apartment, or don’t want to ruin your walls with holes, or care to protect the paint, this is a great product. I bought this pack of medium strips for $5.50. I stopped by the art store and purchased these clear dots as well to give the art a little lift from the wall.  Turns out I didn’t need the clear dots because the Velcro was just the amount of lift that I needed – but, they are a good option.


So after planning what’s to be a really nice feature wall, I get to the photo prep. Four strips per piece seems fair, so I follow the directions on the Command package to get my Velcro lined up, and pressed onto the wall.


It holds like I thought it would (they hold up to 1.5 lbs), and didn’t fall off after ten minutes. In my world, that means I’m good to go, so I repeat the process on the others, all totaled it takes about 15 minutes more.  A good thing about these is that it makes it easy to change out photography seasonally, or as families grow and change, or you can rotate photos in a popular room in the house. I love the way these turned out, and it’s no real wall commitment that I’m making, so when my dining room changes, I can move these around for the cost of about $5.


I really love the photo in the middle, it’s a metallic print, and while the other two are matte finish, this one just jumps out and the color is so vivid. It’s always an option…just ask when you’re ordering!


They also make larger strips to hold work in frames, these have been on the wall since last summer, and just like the small ones, they remove with no problems.

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Sharing & storing photos online

March 20th, 2012

Today I thought I’d discuss something very near & dear to my heart – online photos.  We all have them, and whether they are cell phone images or digital snaps from the *real camera* (as most like to say), I wonder just how many people ONLY upload their photos to Facebook.  Facebook is NOT a […]

 

Today I thought I’d discuss something very near & dear to my heart – online photos.  We all have them, and whether they are cell phone images or digital snaps from the *real camera* (as most like to say), I wonder just how many people ONLY upload their photos to Facebook.  Facebook is NOT a good permanent solution to photo storage.  As Facebook is a social media website, they included a handy way for people to upload photos, and it came just as digital cameras and smartphone cameras were becoming more popular.  Naturally, people got into the habit of uploading photos right to Facebook.  But what ELSE is out there?  Maybe you don’t think you need anything else, but hopefully I can sway you, if only a little bit.

I’ve been taking photos long before I was a professional, and one thing I realized early on is that I wanted to share with friends and family via email. I was a late adapter to Facebook, was never on MySpace either, so I had to find someplace online to put my photos to share with everyone. The first place I ended up was Flickr, followed by Shutterfly, and eventually Smugmug.  All three have their perks, and I’m going to walk you through them in this week’s handy-dandy tutorial.

So, if you’re a beginner with online galleries, and you’d like to get some free prints in the process, I can’t recommend Shutterfly enough! And as a bonus to my readers, get 50 free prints if you’re a new member – It’s free stuff – what’s better than that?

Jacqueline Perry Photography offer: Get 50 free prints when you sign up for Shutterfly.com!

And after you get your free prints, go back again for 40% off of a photo book. Check out this post to see my very first Shutterfly book.

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