2.24.2012

Morgan & Cody | Memphis, TN | Memphis Maternity Photographer

I had the pleasure of taking some maternity photos for a lovely Memphis couple a few weeks back. We took these out at Rhodes College. It was my first session there and it was perfect! I'll definitely be going back! Now when it comes to maternity photos I don't really care for the typical "bare belly with a flowing piece of sheer fabric". I like to mix it up and do things differently, whether it's a maternity session or any other for that matter. But my favorite thing to incorporate into a maternity session is FOOD! I mean com'on. I don't know about you, but that was one of my favorite things about being pregnant...eating anything and everything that I wanted. And those crazy cravings were half the fun! So I asked Morgan had she been having any cravings? Hence the lemons (lemon water) and Mickey D french fries! Enjoy the photos and please, don't be shy, tell me what you think!
 Thank you again, Morgan & Cody! I had a great time with you and can't wait to meet miss Aubreigh Elise!

2.14.2012

Happy Love

Happy Valentine's Day to all my lovely clients, past, present and future!

You are what makes it all worth it! :)

I've finalized some basic print packages so you can save some money when ordering those sweet images. Still working on some wall art and press collections. Will let you know when they are finished.

Also, I'm gearing up for a few exciting things: Fabulous Senior Sessions, Classy and Elegant Boudoir Sessions, Springtime Mini Sessions and of course Wedding Season!

More details coming soon but in the mean time let me know if you are interested in any of those or other sessions! My spring calendar is filling up fast!!

Hope everyone has a love-filled day today and everyday!

2.11.2012

B&A

Ok so I obviously reeeaaally suck at photo challenges. Fail. Maybe next time I will attempt a photo a day challenge with my cell phone instead of my nikon. I bet I'll make it much further. Hope none of you were relying on me for that lol. On to other things.

I've been wanting to do a blog post on a before & after to give everyone a better idea of what exactly I do after I'm done snapping the photos and uploading them to my computer.

I put the utmost care into my work. Whether it be corresponding back and forth with a client through email, gathering inspiration for an upcoming shoot, or executing those ideas throughout a session. But the work doesn't end there. When I'm done with a session I go home and transfer all those little pieces of art onto my external hard drive. Then I begin the weeding process. Some photos are of course better than others. Once I have it narrowed down to the best of the best I begin my editing process, one of my favorite parts of being a photographer. I love styling a session but in all honesty this is where I put that final touch; my own little spin. This is when I create most of my magic.

I use Photoshop and a few key actions to edit all my photos. Now not all photos need a whole lot of attention but every little bit counts. Most of the time I run one action, add a little tweaking and BAM! But every now and then it takes a little more on my part. Not every set up is perfect and some unsightly things creep their way into a photo. For example: I did a bridal session at a beautiful house in Brandon a couple months ago. "Heart of Pines is a Bed and Breakfast Inn and event destination that captures the essence of a warm, sophisticated elegance and charm of an earlier time. It is tucked away on 150 beautiful acres surrounded by pine trees." This breath-taking Victorian house was built in 1902 and is the perfect setting. But, there were a few things that weren't ideal for a bridal portrait. Let me just show you what I'm talking about...

 
As you can see there was a tv to the left and a speaker behind and to the left of the subject. Now I may have been able to move those things but considering this is not my home and the bride and I were so graciously granted permission to shoot here I didn't really feel comfortable moving anything around. So I worked with what I had (which was a GORGEOUS bride, aka my best friend) and I edited those things out of the photos.

Obviously not every situation is like this but I just wanted to share with everyone what I can do and what I will do to make a photo, my artwork, the best that it can be. And this takes time and lots of it. I know most people appreciate great photography and what goes into it but some people are just unaware of what it takes. I hope this post gives you a little bit more insight and helps you to understand. Also, brides (and family of brides) this is why it takes a few months to get your wedding photos back. It's because I care and I want you to have the best. 

Patience is a virtue my friends :)

2.03.2012

#FEBPHOTOADAY

I found this February photo challenge over on my friend Whitney's blog and thought, "How fun! I shall play along!" And I encourage you to pick up your camera and play as well. We're only a couple days behind!
So...day 1. I cheated a little on this one...I took this photo about a month or so ago but had not done anything with it so I figured this was a perfect opportunity. This is the view out of my kitchen window. My backyard and a beautiful lake. Isn't our plant window awesome?!
 Day 2. Words. This is Keller's nursery and yes, Mommy still has pictures to hang on the wall. Typical.
Day 3. Hands. I wanted a picture of Keller's hands but he wouldn't sit still long enough. These are my hands obviously. Complete with my grandmothers' rings. My mom's mom's on the left and my dad's mom's on the right. I get so many compliments on both and am so honored to own them :)

2.02.2012

Who Is Up For A Sale??

We have not one but TWO awesome sales going on at Studio MJW!!
 
Now through February 15th enjoy 25% off all gallery wrap canvasses! This doesn't happen everyday people so take advantage while you can!! Click here for sizes and original prices.

AND now through March 1st buy one print, get a second of the same image and size at half off! Sizes on sale include: 11x14, 10x20, 12x24 (my favorite!), 16x16 and 16x20! This is one amazing deal so don't miss out!!