Closing up “shop”

  • January 9, 2015

This is going to be a bittersweet post. The short version is that I am getting out of the photography business. Continue reading if you want to know why.

I have been doing my photography business for a while, but it has never been super successful financially, mostly because I’ve not been able to attract enough clients. I’ve tried a bunch of different things (lower prices, higher prices, advertising, etc.) and nothing really changed. I love taking photos and working with all the wonderful clients that I’ve had the chance to work with, but it’s just not working out business-wise. So it’s been a long time coming, I think, but today it’s official; I am no longer accepting new clients.

Current clients, rest assured we’re still going to make beautiful photos together. Nothing changes for you. Now I get to focus my energy on making your sessions the best they can possibly be and on new adventures, both personally and professionally.

I will always remember the good times I had while photographing all of my clients. I’ve made new friends and reconnected with old ones through photography. It’s been a fun ride with good memories, such as:

The time Andrea’s father built a bridge to a tiny island in his lake for his daughter to get married on to Jacob.

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Being a part of Carley’s lifelong wish of being married at her grandparents farm to the wonderful Spencer.

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All of the beautiful bouquets of my brides, especially Hannah’s (girl, that was an amazing bouquet).

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Even tho it was hot and bugs were flying up our noses, Amy + Matt were troopers and took sunset photos on their wedding day.

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Using my past soccer skills, to run backwards with all my equipment to get these amazing shots of Caitlin + David’s sparkler and rose petal send off.

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Photographing my childhood friend, Erica’s wedding to Brandon was magical.

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Sneaking away for a few minutes to get even more gorgeous photos with Katie + Kaleb.

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The cutest backyard wedding of childhood friend, Christina to John, bringing her back into my life.

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The glorious 80 degree January wedding of Alyssa + Colin was mighty fine.

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The elopement turned into a family session of Sarah + Mike. How wonderful to have your family there for such a special day!

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Meeting Rachel + Kevin and finding all the things we have in common still keep us friends. So happy I photographed your wedding!

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The vineyard wedding of Tirzah + Bob that got me my first newborn session. Your family is adorable and I am so happy I got to document not only your wedding, but your family as well.

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Laura + Brandon, you were my first wedding that wasn’t a family member (lol). Thank you for having me document your day.

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And many more!

To all the couples when I first started, thank you for believing in me and having patience as I was learning my new craft. I couldn’t have done it without you.

To all the seniors and families, I have many great memories of you all too! (didn’t want to have a crazy long post, so I’ll omit the photos)

To my family and friends for letting me practice on, I’ll still be taking photos of you for years to come. :)

And a HUGE thank you to Jackie Cooper. I remember that day we met for breakfast to see if you would take me on as an intern. I was so nervous, but hopeful that I could work and learn from you. And boy did I! Thank you for taking me on and teaching me all that I needed to know. You are an amazing photographer and I am so glad we worked together and are still friends. Thank you!

And lastly, Tanner, you have been through it all with me. From my beginners mistakes, to my triumphs, to this time now as you held me in your arms as I asked if this was the right thing for me to do. You have always been there and supported me and were my number one fan. Thank you. So very very much. Thank you.

I’m not gone forever from the internet world, you can follow my adventures on my personal blog lovelytomeetyou.com

My first Photo Booth

  • September 12, 2010

2 weeks ago Jackie Cooper asked me to do her PhotoBooth at a wedding. I was nervous but excited to do something fun and new. We went to the church the day before to set up the white backdrop, props and to test out the lighting. The next day I got there before the guest began arriving and set the camera up. It started out slow, but once people saw how other people were playing around and being creative with the fun props, it picked up and there were a lot of funny shots:

Recap: Summer 2010

  • September 9, 2010

I love being the 2nd photographer with Jackie Cooper. We have done quite a few weddings with a couple miscellaneous sessions in the mix. Along with meetings, long drives, and lots of photo talk, we have become a pretty good team. I have made tremendous leaps and bounds with photography and the business behind it all.

Here are some of my favorite images from this summer…

May 17th, 2010 Grace

Team Jackie

  • September 8, 2010

One of the funny things about 2nd shooting with someone with the same name is that people think it is hilarious. Seriously they do! Some laugh and make jokes, while others just smile and nod. I like those responses.

When Jackie Cooper asked me if I wanted to be called by Jaclyn or Jackie I didn’t really have a preference. We decided to go with Jackie to see if it was catchy or confusing. So far it’s been quite catchy!

Recently we were called Team Jackie. Maybe a little bit better than Jackie 1 and Jackie 2?