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  • Livvy Kristin Wedding Photography

    About the Photographer

    When I received my first DSLR camera for my 15th birthday, I thought, "Cool! A new hobby!" Later, when I shot my first wedding at 17 and received a love gift of $50, I thought, "Spare cash? This is great!" Then, I became a go-to for senior portraits at a few local high schools, and I thought, "Maybe I can actually do this as a 'side gig' to supplement income from my 'REAL career." And when, in February of 2017, I received a Facebook message from a woman I'd never met, saying I came highly recommended to photograph her daughter's wedding, I realized I had a chance.

    So, I took that chance. I made a dangerous, naive, irrational decision... or so that's what people told me. I quit my "real" job as a full-time marketing professional, and I started my photography business. Oh, and the woman who messaged me on Facebook in February? This is her daughter.

     

    Courtney's Bridal Portraits

    My greatest joy in being a full-time photographer has been actually getting to know my gorgeous brides. Now, I have time to meet with them individually, laugh and cry over a cup of coffee, and find out what I can do to make their wedding more memorable and less stressful. I also collaborate with brides on Pinterest to create "wish lists" and see how many of those quirky, nostalgic, and stylized images I can deliver.

    Courtney's "Bridal Portraits" board was full of classic, timeless photos with some rural style thrown in. So, we chose the Chickamauga Battlefield in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, for our location and incorporated poses and ideas that came from the pins she shared.

    Of course, portrait sessions are a lot less hectic than the main event. So, when it comes to the big day, my number one priority is to eliminate stress. Usually, this means wearing a few extra hats, meeting a need when I see it, and being a team player. My photography partner and incredible boyfriend, a fantastic cinematographer and lighting professional, has also been known to keep groomsmen on schedule and herd relatives for family portraits.

    If you want to see photos from Courtney's wedding and more sessions from Livvy Kristin Photography, like us on Facebook or check out our website

     

  • An Isle of Wight Wedding

    My name is Jason Swain, I consider myself very lucky to be able to say that I live and work as a full time professional photographer on the beautiful Isle of Wight, and that I love my job.

    I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember. Initially I used photography as a tool to gather information to support my love of painting and work as an artist. Then, over the years, I grew to appreciate it as an art form in its own right, and I gradually became hooked. It was a little over 11 years ago when I decided to also make my passion my livelihood, and took the leap to become a full time professional.

    In that time I’ve shot an incredibly diverse range of subjects, covering everything from major pop festivals and sporting events to stately homes and product launches. I’ve been on TV sets and in cages with monkeys, and of course, I’ve shot a lot of weddings, which is why I’m here today writing this blog.

    For me, weddings are the most demanding of photographic assignments, as well as the most exciting and most fun. You are entrusted with capturing these special moments, and unlike say a commercial shoot, there’s no second chance, no take two. There is only the one “I do” moment, there’s only one "you may kiss the bride” there’s only one “first dance” and whatever the light, whatever the conditions, you’ve got to get the shot, and it's got to be a good one.

    To try and stay at the top of my game and keep fresh, I set myself a limit to the number of wedding bookings I take each year. The hope is that by doing this, I don’t become one-dimensional and by continuing to work as a professional photographer in other fields, I will continue to develop my skills and experience. All of which should hopefully result in better photos for all my clients.

    I think when I started out, my wedding photography style would have been described as natural light / reportage / candid, and even now I still like to take a low profile and catch the candid natural moments that show the real emotions of the day. But often a couple will also look to the wedding photographer to provide the spark and creativity to help create extra special moments, that special sense of occasion, because it’s not just another day, its the BIG day. So as I’ve become more experienced over the years, I’ve become more comfortable with taking the lead, and making sure there’s an interesting and fun set of photos to look back on with a few fun set piece shots alongside the candids.

    I’ve chosen a very recent wedding (September 2017) to take a look at here, as Jonny and Sally’s wedding was everything I love about the occasion. As a couple they couldn’t have been more happy and smiley and photogenic. The friends and family were super helpful, the location of church and reception was perfect, and the Isle of Wight itself as a backdrop was on top form on a splendid late summer's day.

    We created a couple of fun scenes with both the bride's party and the groomsmen, and I instigated a bit of competition for the best shot between them.  Using the vintage bridal car (an old Austin) as a prop, we tried for an untouchables / peeky blinders / goodfellas pastiche with the gents (only slightly spoilt by the groom who couldn’t stop smiling). Then with the additional borrowing of a few instruments from the band for the ladies, they performed an acapella version of ‘Caravan of love’ to get some real animation and life into theirs.

    But it’s the clifftop shots with just the bride and groom that I really love. Taken at Whale Chine, and looking back along the South West coast of the island, standing there arm-in-arm with the world at their feet, I love how it symbolizes the life they have ahead of them, a life full of possibilities.

  • Zoomoptic Photography

    Zoomoptic Photography is a Frisco-based, portrait photography company who loves people and are passionate about photography. Our differences are truly our strengths. Albums are the heirlooms for your family, and your images will shape how you remember these days for generations.

    I believe in creating timeless, elegant images fit to grace the pages of magazines and tell the unique stories of your family. I'm here to create beautiful, dramatic, personal images that capture your personalities and your day.

    I want our clients to be at ease because the best pictures happen when people feel free to be themselves!

    Every single person is uniquely different from the next so I spend time getting to know each client personally so when we're creating photos together, the images reveal who they truly are.

    I'm a photographic artist specializing in newborn, family, children and wedding photography.

    I graduated from the University of Phoenix with a Master’s in Business Administration degree. 

    In 2012, I began doing freelance photography for several clients who requested my services.This ultimately led me to formally create Zoomoptic Photography, LLC.  I have traveled all over the United States and internationally documenting people’s lives.

    I use high-resolution Nikon digital cameras and lens to capture their photographic images. All photographs are enhanced by using Adobe Photoshop software. I use some of the highest resolution cameras on the market today, creating detailed photographs that bring life to my art.  I'm  the web designer and technical expert for Zoomoptic Photography. I specialize in the creative efforts of post-production, lighting, website design and marketing promotions.

    My portraits are offered in color, black and white, or sepia tones. My website showcases several of my favorite maternity photography, newborn photography, baby photography, child photography, family photography, and wedding photography. I take great pride in my experience, having photographed over 2000 clients. My goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible during your session.

     

     

     

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