3.28.2013

A Personal Post

Keller


As Keller has gone through so many changes the past few weeks I felt it was time to stop a moment and reflect on them all. What better way than to write a blog post on how much he has grown up recently and how fast it has happened? It's amazing to me how fast it really does happen. Just in the past 2-3 weeks he has outgrown size 4 diapers, size 4 shoes, his 18 month clothes finally fit him, he would rather sit in the "big boy" chairs at the table than his high chair. He refuses to eat unless he has a fork. And every day he says a new word. His favorite ones right now are "uncle", "aww man", "I know" and we even caught him once saying "Nailed it!" It was such a precious and priceless moment :) Every day I feel more and more blessed to be his Momma. And now today he is about to experience his first Easter egg hunt! I can't wait to be there to see all the action unfold. And of course I'll be that Mom, with her camera, snapping every picture along the way. One day he will thank me. And I will thank him for fulfilling my life. I love you, Keller Leslie!

3.25.2013

In Case You Haven't Heard

In case you haven't heard... the new website is LIVE y'all! I am so excited and super proud of the outcome! Especially that new logo, owl, and herringbone background. All hand drawn and watercolored by me! :)

It's LIVE Y'all!


I wanted to take a moment to explain a few things. I decided to incorporate a splash page which is what you see above and separate Weddings from Portraits. I think this just makes for a more precise message and cleaner navigation. Besides the new logo and how I will be conducting sessions, nothing has changed! The message and goals are still the same, of course the photos are still awesome, and you can't forget the music! On the Portraits website the song playing is the one I've always featured on my website. My favorite, by our favorite band, "Mighty River" by Railroad Earth. And no worries, I got permission straight from them to use it :) But I've added a new song the Weddings website, it's called "All About Your Heart" by Mindy Gledhill. I absolutely love it and feel as though it represents my branding and amazing couples perfectly!

Some of my favorite features on the new website: now you can access the site from your iPhone and iPad! Although, if viewing from your phone it looks nothing like from a computer or ipad, just a little side note there. Also, I love that you can add images from any of the galleries, featured or private, to "your favorites" by clicking the heart and arrow icon on the bottom left of the image. To view all your favorites on one page just click the heart icon at the top of the site next to the Pinterest icon. This will come in handy when ordering photos and building a custom album!

So how have I changed up the sessions you ask? The pricing is still the same. The exceptional customer service and professionalism is the same. The photos are still beautiful. I've just added an extra feature that I hope you will enjoy as much as I do. All sessions will now include a pre-session consultation to discuss style, theme, color etc. I want your photos to blend with your home and lifestyle, not sit in a desk drawer on a disc. We will talk about the products you are in need of and areas of your home that are bare and need a gorgeous wall portrait. I have a degree in Interior Design and love to put it to use! If you have an idea in mind but can't quite envision the final product, I'll bust out my skills and sketch up a rendering real nice for you ;) Once the session has been completed we will meet back up within 3 weeks of your session date to view your photos in a slideshow set to music. We will go through these together, discuss the ones you like, LOVE, and can't live without! With my help and expertise you will be able to choose images for your home & gift prints for your family with the ease & confidence in knowing that you are making the perfect choice! I am here to cater to you and want your experience with Studio MJW to be the best ever! Please click here for FAQs and the answers if you are interested in a portrait session and here if you are interested in hiring Studio MJW to capture your special day.

customsessions


I am located in Florence, MS but am available for travel. I know it's not possible to meet up for in-person viewing and ordering for all sessions, so I do charge a small fee to cover travel and online hosting for your proofs if that is the case. I am currently booking for March-May. Click here for more info and to schedule your session!

3.22.2013

Nakoma + Michael | Chickasaw Oaks Village | Memphis, TN | Memphis Wedding Photographer

I've known Nakoma & Michael now for a few years and was super excited when then asked me to be their wedding photographer. Excited because of the genuine love they share. Excited because it was going to be a winter wedding. Excited because it was a really cool venue. Excited because it was going to be a small and intimate affair. And that it was! 

Nakoma & Michael were married on January 26th in the Chickasaw Oaks Village on Poplar. Their ceremony was held at Just For Lunch and it was the neatest location! No bridesmaids or groomsmen so I got to spend lots of extra time taking their portraits and I liked it that way :) There were so many sweet moments, great friends and family, and delicious food and wedding cupcakes! 

I would have to say the first wedding of 2013 will be one to always remember! Congratulations you two and thank you again for choosing Studio MJW to capture your special day!

Johnson Wedding


3.19.2013

It's LIVE Y'all!! | Website Launch & A Celebratory Giveaway!

Finally, y'all! The brand new website is now LIVE! I am so excited about it I wanted to have a celebratory giveaway! So I've rounded up all my favorite vendors and collected some awesome goodies for the taking! To enter just follow the directions on the Rafflecopter widget below! The giveaway is going to end April 1st and winners will be notified via email. 

Thank you to all the fabulous people who donated! And thank you to my awesome fans and clients. I do this for y'all! :))

Now on to the prizes!!

A lovely print by the oh so fabulous, Kate Thomas of Little Things Studio.

Little Things Studio

A absolutely stunning headband by the lovely Molly Gee of MOLLYGEEdesigns!

MOLLYGEEdesigns

A gorgeous statement necklace from one of my favorite Facebook auction sites, bid-girl!

Big-Girl

An adorable canvas tote by Kristen Ley of Thimblepress. Love her stuff!

Luxe Direcetions

A hardcover photo book from MyPublisher. Very easy to use software and the results are fantastic! I highly recommend the matte finish!

My Publisher

My Publisher

A custom cell phone cover for you iPhone or Galaxy Samsung from mycustomcase.com. Absolutely love mine!

mycustomcase.com

And of course something for the photographers...a $25 Gift Certificate to Birdesign. I'm slightly obsessed with all their templates!

Gift Certificate

AND a One Hour Portrait Session with your's truly! This time though...I'm including the High-Res Digital Files. Yep, I'm THAT excited about my new website!!

big giveaway

So get going and enter away! And be a doll...share, tweet, pin with all your friends! Spread the word of my giveaway celebrating the launch of my brand new website!!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


3.02.2013

Best Photo of 2012 | Winners Announced!

Wow! What an incredible turnout I had this year with the Best Photo contest! The Facebook page received over 50 new page likes this week, the contest had just over 1,660 votes total, and according to Facebook algorithm the Best Photo of 2012 contest reached over 21,500 people!!!! AMAZING! The most I've ever reached was a little over 3,000! I'm still in shock at the response, support, and encouraging feedback. Thank you to everyone who participated, voted, shared, commented, etc., etc. And a BIG thank you to my awesome clients! Couldn't do it without them! I love y'all!!!

Now on to the main event! The Best Photo of 2012 is....

Best Photo of 2012


Mallory's gorgeous bridal portrait!

Coming in second was the sweet Fitzgerald family!

Second Place


And of course, some honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions


And as a thank you to all those that took the time out to check out my business page and the contest I'm choosing one random voter to win a FREE 1 hour portrait session with Studio MJW. The winner is...Ashlea Machart! Ashlea, please comment below to claim your free session!

Thank you again to everyone! Can't wait to do it again next year!

P.S. If you're planning on booking a session with me for Spring, you might not want to wait any longer to get on the calendar. It's filling up FAST! There are still some openings available for Spring Mini Sessions in both Jackson and Desoto. Email amelia@studiomillyjeanweakleg.com for more info!