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Justin – Anytime Teen Session

August 29th, 2011

This session is truly a rare sight on my blog. Honestly, I don’t photograph a lot of teenage boys! So in addition to this being new to me, it was new for Justin as well. Boys are a lot different than girls, they are pretty much anything goes, so when we met in Charlotte N.C., […]


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This session is truly a rare sight on my blog. Honestly, I don’t photograph a lot of teenage boys! So in addition to this being new to me, it was new for Justin as well. Boys are a lot different than girls, they are pretty much anything goes, so when we met in Charlotte N.C., the game plan was to head to the city and have some fun.

Justin was completely open to anything, and I love those types of sessions. Since I’m not from Charlotte and only vaguely know my way around, we rode around and stopped when we saw a cool spot. As with sessions in Raleigh in August, it was around 100 degrees, it had rained heavily the night before and it was muggy (two of my least favorite photo conditions are hot and muggy!). By the time we finished I think we were both suffering mild heat exhaustion!

Justin, thanks for being such a good sport in the heat, and thanks for showing me your best “Top Model”, when clearly you probably only watch for the cute girls :).

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jacqueline perry photography teens

jacqueline perry photography teens

jacqueline perry photography teens

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It’s Friday – Anything Goes!

August 26th, 2011

And today, the topic is growing up :(.  It is my son’s first day of kindergarten, and as you might know, he’s the only one around these days.  I’m not sad, or weepy or anything like that, I’m excited, and happy & so many other things besides sad.  This week, we spent a lot of […]


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And today, the topic is growing up :(.  It is my son’s first day of kindergarten, and as you might know, he’s the only one around these days.  I’m not sad, or weepy or anything like that, I’m excited, and happy & so many other things besides sad.  This week, we spent a lot of time together. He’s been in camp all summer long, so during the day he’s been pretty active.  This week we went to the museum, we worked a lot on his reading (he’s doing awesome!), and we worked on his computer skills. I realized how independent & grown up he is. His major excitement was going to the museum to dig for dinosaur fossils (From what I can tell, it looks like he found some fossilized baby rodent teeth…certainly NOT dinosaur teeth!!) – but he enjoyed himself.

His 6th birthday is still a few weeks away, so I’m going to spare you the photo retrospective (ooooh, but there WILL be a photo retrospective!), so today, it’s just First day of School photos.  I like his school because they do stagger the entry for younger students.  There is a class size of 6 or 7 students only, and they’ll go for half a day (I’ll get him in about an hour, actually!).

We’ve already had a parent’s meeting with his teacher, and a meet the teacher day at school, so by now, he’s pretty NOT excited about the whole thing.  I think he’s more excited about his new shoes that he thinks makes him jump really far.  This morning, we gathered up all of his supplies, the two class plants that I pulled off the bulletin board at school, and of course the camera & headed outside for “First Day of School” photos. We made it to school & I was able to take some great classroom photos of him. I can’t wait to hear how his day was, and on Monday, when all of his classmates are there. I want him to love learning, which I think he does. I want him to assert himself & figure out how to balance the social game that is school. Right now, it’s all smiles & he loves everyone, I hope it stays that way for a long time. I never want him to turn into someone who hangs with the mean kids, who excludes others, or who makes fun of people who are different. I hope he doesn’t drag into class, I want him excited, and hopeful about all of the things he is going to learn.

I can’t wait to go & get him even though I’m pretty sure when I ask him how it went, his only answer will be “fine”. It’s ok, I’m going to draw out every bit of information from him that I can!

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Aubrey’s turning Three! – Anytime Session

August 24th, 2011

It’s no secret – Aubrey is one of my favorite clients! I took some of our first photos together in December of 2008 when she was only a few months old, and she was soooo expressive!  Since then, we’ve done quite a few photos together, so she’s pretty used to me and the camera.  Long […]


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It’s no secret – Aubrey is one of my favorite clients! I took some of our first photos together in December of 2008 when she was only a few months old, and she was soooo expressive!  Since then, we’ve done quite a few photos together, so she’s pretty used to me and the camera.  Long before she could talk, she was able to express with those beautiful eyes (usually it’s “really lady? one MORE photo?”), but this time, she was finally talking to me — as only a three year old can.  My favorite line was “…But I AM looking at the camera!!” This girl has energy, energy, ENERGY!!! (yes…with exclamation points) and I think at the end of this session, we were all done for the day.

In this last photo set, she wanted to hold up two finger so bad out of habit.  The last photo she was too done with us!

Aubrey’s mom, Shirley wanted some photos for her birthday party invites, and photos with a very cute hat she had.  The thing was, the hat wouldn’t fit the curls!  The humidity was probably 80% on the day of photos, and anyone with curly hair can tell you who wins every time in the flat iron v/s humidity battle . So we got the hat on, and some cute photos..right about that time, the hair gave up, we did a side pony, and that gave up too, finally it was time for a wardrobe change & a hair restyle.

As luck would have it, Aubrey was born a few days after her dad, Joseph, so Shirley wanted photos of the two of them together.  As we were thinking of what to write on the chalk board, he said “I know what it SHOULD say….nobody even cares about my birthday anymore!” — so pretty much that’s what we went for!


And as anyone with a three year old can tell you, they get very independent.  The only people they seem to want to listen to aren’t adults, and luckily, that’s where having a very persuasive older cousin comes in.  Aubrey absolutely adores Riley, so she was there to lend some extra support and guidance. Besides all that, isn’t she gorgeous! She has the best eyes!

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Lauren – Newborn Session

August 19th, 2011

I just LOVE new babies, and when I say new, I mean days old. They are so soft, so flexible, and just adorable, especially when they are that tiny & have little baby fat rolls already. I was so pleased when I got the call to do Lauren’s photos, because not many years ago, I […]


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I just LOVE new babies, and when I say new, I mean days old. They are so soft, so flexible, and just adorable, especially when they are that tiny & have little baby fat rolls already. I was so pleased when I got the call to do Lauren’s photos, because not many years ago, I also did her big brother’s newborn photos. So, I loaded up the gear & went out to meet the lovely Miss Lauren. In case you’re wondering, no, I don’t make the new moms leave the house with a newborn in tow, I totally do house calls!

So, let’s get to the photos. This girlie is gorgeous! So peachy, with little bits of baby fat here & there, chubby cheeks & perfect baby lips. Oooh, I wanted to take her home (well, for the daytime, and then bring her back around dusk!). She slept well, she gave me the poses I needed & she didn’t cry once. I might just have the magic touch with newborns after all — I seem to be saying those words a lot lately!

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Creating a feature wall

August 17th, 2011

What do you do when you have the strong urge for color in a room, yet you know you can’t paint the entire room? You create a feature wall. Pick a wall, could be the odd wall that’s not exactly large enough for anything else, or the area above your mantle, or a narrow space […]

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What do you do when you have the strong urge for color in a room, yet you know you can’t paint the entire room? You create a feature wall. Pick a wall, could be the odd wall that’s not exactly large enough for anything else, or the area above your mantle, or a narrow space between two hallway doors. That wall is perfect to accent with paint, and add decor as a feature wall.

I’m pretty visual, I love collecting ideas, and I love to do projects. The problem with my method is that I’m not a planner. I’m the type to buy now, sort materials and ideas later. You can only imagine all of the things I’ve purchased for a potential project that never really made their way into fruition. That was long before you could do everything online…so, this week I’m going to share a few places online to help you get a project planned and priced before you ever hit the store. Today’s post is dedicated to the buyers…not the planners. I’m sure the planner-people are reading this now thinking “Duh – who buys first?”. Well, this post is for us!

Planning it online
So, you picked your wall, and the first thing you want to do is run to Lowes or Home Depot and get paint…right? Well, there’s a better way. Lots of paint manufacturers now have online paint color selectors so you can “try” colors on blank walls in a real room. My favorite is at Behr. Play with all of the colors in a variety of rooms – and if you like you can even upload a photo of your room and color that too. Sherwin Williams also has a similar paint selector.

After you choose a color, then head to the paint store — but only to buy a sample…or a few swatches that you can see from far away.  Most companies sell tiny cans of paint in order to let you test colors.  Take it from me…sometimes a test is good.  Thanks to no test colors, the Apple Green I picked for my son’s bathroom dried and turned into Shocking Shrek Green!

Gather Online Inspiration
There are many websites online that allow you to save a notebook, or favorites for later.  One of my favorite sites is Etsy.  Everything there is made by hand, and you can find some really great craftsmen and women there.  I also find myself frequenting these sites for ideas:

Apartment Therapy
Ikea
Offbeat Home
Tip Junkie
Pinterest

Sketch out your plan
While the paint dries, or while you’re getting used to looking at your swatch on the wall, pull out the paper & pad & start sketching.  If you’re a magazine page collector, pull those out too.  Getting a visual from somewhere usually helps jump start your own thought process.  What do you want to feature? One photo, a series of photos? Word art & photos?  There are so many possibilities!  I am trying my best NOT to accumulate paper these days, so I browse for ideas & save them online at Pinterest.

The thing is, this planning phase can go on for a long time, sometimes you decide you’re not ready for that next step, or you just like your walls the way they are for the time being.  Either way, knowing online resources for design & inspiration are always a good thing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wall Wednesday (yes, a day late!)

August 11th, 2011

Last week, I challenged you to jazz up your walls (or at least make plans to jazz up your walls on Pinterest!). I personally framed one photo (yay me!) and have my eye on about five photo frames that I am going to spray paint & use in an arrangement somewhere. I actually collected the […]


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Last week, I challenged you to jazz up your walls (or at least make plans to jazz up your walls on Pinterest!). I personally framed one photo (yay me!) and have my eye on about five photo frames that I am going to spray paint & use in an arrangement somewhere. I actually collected the frames from thrift shops for less than $10, and invested in a can of black spray paint. I bought the frames as wooden frames, but in actuality, I don’t like wooden frames, I like black frames/white mats. I’ve stared as this gang of off-colored frames for long enough, and hopefully before next week, that will be done.

On to this week’s topic. For about a month, I’ve been working on creating my Wall Guide for clients. It’s basically a catalog of ideas to jump start my clients in the ordering process. The guide features illustrations of 18 wall collections that I offer and all of the available options. So many times it’s hard to get a handle on what the sizes are just by reading them off of paper. This way, it’s a nice visual reminder.

So, feel free to browse the gallery guide, and if you like the fun background designs, check out my friend Shirley’s site, Wild Blueberry Ink. If you have ever purchased an image disk from me (or another photographer) and you never did anything with it, definitely stay on her site for a while and check out her awesome album designs & scrapbooking supplies.

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Taundra – Maternity

August 4th, 2011

As I post this, I’m sure Taundra is somewhere snuggled up with her beautiful baby girl.  Congrats Taundra!  We got together on a very hot Friday afternoon, and much to our surprise found the park practically deserted…which is hard to come by at Duke Gardens, since it’s right on campus, and usually jammed packed.  So, […]


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As I post this, I’m sure Taundra is somewhere snuggled up with her beautiful baby girl.  Congrats Taundra!  We got together on a very hot Friday afternoon, and much to our surprise found the park practically deserted…which is hard to come by at Duke Gardens, since it’s right on campus, and usually jammed packed.  So, having a very pregnant mom, and an empty park made for a very quick session on a lazy kind of Friday.

After one or two rounds of “…but I don’t know *how* to pose” (my theory is that…gorgeous folks say that because they’ve never had to worry about looking bad in a photo!!) we fell into a great rhythm. These photos absolutely blew me away!  Taundra is so funny and easy going, it was hardly work to get these out of her. I’ve known Taundra for a few years, and I’ve never seen her out and about looking less than fabulous, and that day, she was positively glowing – as a matter of fact…she didn’t even break a sweat and it was pretty warm that day!

Taundra, thank you for trudging through the park with me & braving those wild geese! By the way, if you’re in the Raleigh area and need a fabulous makeup artist, please contact Taundra, she’s been sending me perfect faces for a while now, and finally has her website up.

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Show off

August 3rd, 2011

When you take photos, what do you plan to do with them?  These days, chances are your main goal is to have something nice to post on Facebook to share with your friends, but while entertaining your friends with your photos, have you left your walls bare? There was a time before easy access to […]


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When you take photos, what do you plan to do with them?  These days, chances are your main goal is to have something nice to post on Facebook to share with your friends, but while entertaining your friends with your photos, have you left your walls bare?

There was a time before easy access to digital images when photos were treated with dignity.  There may have been a few 4x6s kept in boxes, but the majority of photographs came from a photography studio with intentions of being placed in a frame on a desk or the wall. Even when personal 35mm cameras were in the height of popularity, and every drug store had a photo lab, photos still made it into an album to share with friends.  But today, where are your photos?

I’m not just asking you…I’m asking me too.  Unfortunately, I can give a number (give or take a thousand stragglers) of how many photos I’ve not done anything with.  According to my search, about 43,532 photos live on my computer, and probably 10-15k are my personal photos. Yikes.  I look around my office right now and count 4 photos on the wall. I have 1 canvas in the hallway, and a few 4x6s in frames out there as well.  In the living room, I doubt if I have 30 photos displayed.  So, I’ll ask again…where are YOUR photographs?  I’m a photographer and less than 1% of my own photos are on display in my home.

I suck, pretty much.  I document everything, I have a camera everywhere, I love taking photos of my son & husband.  I’ll share them online with friends, and the rest are on file for ‘later’, for me, it’s that mystical point in time I’ve designated to deal with making my son’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, no…really his 6th year photo album. It’s going to be a huge undertaking, so later seems like the best time.

On the flip side, as a photographer, I see so many clients who only want to purchase a disk of images.  Every time, I want to shout “NOOOO!!! Don’t do it!!!”, because I know what happens…it goes into the desk drawer for later. Or maybe one or two images are printed out for Grandma — who luckily still believes in framing photos.  Deep down inside, I feel like I’m giving my bad habit to you in a “handy to hide” way.  A photo disk is not going to be used nearly as long as an album, and won’t get the exposure as your prints in a nice wall arrangement.  Computers are great, every one has a CD Rom or DVD Player, and it seems like they’ll be around forever….but let’s take a moment of silence to remember all those 8-track tapes you’ve ever seen around your parent’s house…and not an 8-track player in sight.  The point is, technology gets old. It seems like a good idea to have things on disk for ‘later’, but if you’re like me, later is never scheduled on the calendar, it’s stuffed in the junk drawer.

So, I dedicate this post to the folks with camera phones…the ones who post 1 out of 100 photos on Facebook, the people who have photos that never get deleted from the camera (because how ELSE to show your photos??), and the procrastinators.  We need to take action, and every Wednesday, I’m going to post some inspirational walls, and some cool things to do with your photos there.  I need it, and you probably do too!

The following photos are some ideas I pulled from Pinterest.  If you’re there, check out the board in more detail here.  If you want an invite, email me & I’ll see how many I have left!  For those who want the ideas fast, check out some of these walls.  They put my walls to shame times ten!





 

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Kennedi – Anytime Session

August 2nd, 2011

I did this session early this spring & I’m finally getting around to putting it on the blog.  Kennedi’s parents & I started discussing this session a little before her first birthday, in anticipation that she’d be walking…and she called our bluff!  She decided walking wasn’t her thing, so we waited…and waited.  This spring, not […]

 

I did this session early this spring & I’m finally getting around to putting it on the blog.  Kennedi’s parents & I started discussing this session a little before her first birthday, in anticipation that she’d be walking…and she called our bluff!  She decided walking wasn’t her thing, so we waited…and waited.  This spring, not only was she walking, but she was running!  Ahhh the beauty of new-found freedom on a toddler!  Miss Kennedi came ready for her session, with soulful little brown eyes & the best baby laugh ever!  I love a girl who laughs like she means it every time!

She arrived at the session ready to go with her little pink bow in the perfect position.  I love this age, it’s really more of a documentary on “what toddlers like”. You can’t really direct them, they will only sit still for 30 seconds max, so it’s a lot of following them & just capturing what happens.  It’s a lot easier than the alternative…trying to get a toddler in a garden of flowers to sit still and NOT explore!

So, thanks Brandi & Kemah for letting me photograph your little darling.