Creative Personalized Packaging

“Someone’s going to receive their photos in a lovely package tomorrow!”


The lady at the craft store asked me today: “What are you going to do with the hemp cords?” “I’m a photographer,” I replied, “….and I just bought some folders from the PX. I’m putting together my own packaging folders for my clients when I produce their photos to them.”

She loved the idea. I have so many crafts laying around the house, not in use and so putting them to use, I created something much cheaper than I would want to spend right now.  After purchasing some packaging supplies from Loktah, which seemed too expensive for me to buy in bulk at this time, I sat by looking through web pages looking for some unique folders.  But who says I have to get what others are buying.  Why not make my own stamp when presenting photos to my clients?

I think this is my way of personalizing my thanks to my clients too.


2012 | The Dressing Room Session | Anna & Christian

When I got the email inquiring my services for a wedding, it could not of come at a perfect time.  A perfect time to test out The Dressing Room Session.  So I asked Anna if we could meet downtown in Heidelberg with her fiance, Christian to talk about their up coming nuptials and take a few shots.  If the meeting was good, at least I could be put on the number one list of choice.  By the end of our meeting, I was booked!

2012 | Cherish the Dress Session | Erinn

Yay it didn’t rain! And we were praying it didn’t in that month of April .  With one eye out to the sky and the other keeping watch on make up and hairstyling, we were able to create our bride for the day for the Cherish the Dress Photo shoot.  After getting my flowers from the neighbourhood florist, Kreativ Geschenke & Blumen, and getting Angie I headed over to Crystal’s and for the next five hours everything unfolded perfectly and came together to create this wonderful moment when a bride could feel like a bride again.



Model: Erinn Keala Forester

MUA: Crystal Martin

Hair: Angela Renee’

Flowers: Kreativ Geschenke & Blumen

Place: Ladenburg, Germany

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2012 | The Dressing Room Sessions

Are free!!!

I was introduced to this neat idea when I read a blog earlier this month and decided to introduce it as a way of getting comfortable with potential brides and grooms.  It worked!  To my surprise, when I returned to Germany from my two week vacation in the States, I was approached by two different couples to photograph their wedding.  Besides being totally amazed at how quick God continues to work in my professional life (as well as my personal), I approached the idea to the couples who loved this ‘meet and greet’ session.

The Dressing Room Sessions will last for no more than an hour, with just fifteen to twenty minutes of photo work, so they could see my shooting style and get an idea of how I work.  It’s also a way for all to feel comfortable before the Big Day when everyone is excited, nervous, teary-eyed and in awe all at once; also knowing that the person capturing the most important time of the beginning of their lives, is doing what she needs to do to make sure in the end, everyone is content. Some of the photos will then be posted on the secure website for viewing, similar to what the bride and groom will expect when they view their wedding photos.  The couple will once again have these photos for their own and it is all free.  Unlike an Engagement Session where photos may be taken for slideshows at the wedding or to be put on Save-the-Date cards, the Dressing Room session has no future obligation if the couple doesn’t like me work.

So if you’re getting married in the future, sign up for The Dressing Room Session.  We’ll begin our time chatting about your upcoming nuptials and finding out what you are looking for in a wedding photographer and then we’ll have fun shooting your photos.

2012 | Couples Session | Victor & Aszure

Aszure explained to me in the couple’s bio that the chase began when she told her husband of ten years, to STOP sending her messages on her yahoo messenger.  Victor was added unto her yahoo messenger when a friend in common was setting up his Victor’s webpage on her computer.  Fate brought them together and their commitment before God has helped them through the good and bad times.

They will celebrate their 10 year anniversary on January 19th, 2012 and since times were hard when they first were married, and were only able to honeymoon at a hotel in Washington, DC, this past Christmas they were able to treat the entire family to a Mediterranean Cruise.  They value the times they share with their four children in between a pretty busy day which starts around 6:30am.

They see Prosperity and Longevity in their future as a happy family and their advise to others is to ‘Put God first, and compromise. Trust and love with follow.  Be willing to give yourself to your spouse entirely when it comes to intimacy.”

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2012 | Weddings | Justin & Jan, Tonder, Denmark

Tonder, Denmark 2012

So I get this email from Jan: “I’m getting married in Denmark and I want you and Julian there!”

Firstly I’m thinking, “Getting married? Where did that come from? Aren’t you in Augusta on vacation?”

But my friend was….and to a good friend of hers.  Jan and her two daughters were good friends of ours and we were happy and surprised of the engagement.  She had found love and wanted us to be there to witness her take her wedding vows with Justin, who was planning to move over to Germany.

It was a 6 hour drive from Heidelberg to Tonder Denmark, a nice town where a lot of couples travel to have a civil style wedding and stayed at a rented apartment.

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My Shooting Bag & Gears

Nikon D60 Body


AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G

Nikon D300S Body

AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

SB400 and SB900

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

And always on my shoulder, and a gift from someone, the Shootsac

Missing in the photos are my AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II and AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

2012 | The Year Of Weddings

I really couldn’t of imagine.  I sent a prayer to God asking Him to send some weddings, even wondering if I would ever get any.  It is great that God still works miracles, even in doubt.  I’ve counted 5 fives to date and I can’t wait for the two hoping for more this year too!  This year I’ve done three weddings so far, two Cherish the Dress shoots and two Dressing Room Sessions.  I thank God for many more to come!