Wedding Albums

Here is the post I have been wanting to do for forever! I love my albums and have been wanting to share them with you. So, without further ado…

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I absolutely LOVE these albums. You can choose between leather and linen, with multiple color options, cover styles, gilding, and more. I always print with thick pages for durability, and it adds a nice weight to your album.

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Also, all my albums are the lay-flat style. This allows for a seamless center which will easily display a favorite photograph over both pages.

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You can also choose between a classic grey linen album box or the luxury wood album box.

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The luxury wood album box also allows for custom engraving.

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You will also receive care tips for your investment!

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What is your favorite detail of these amazing albums? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out my wedding album video!

-Kristen D.


Moving, Editing, & The Big Fake Wedding

BFW_promo1Wow, so we finally have an apartment… well, almost. We are waiting for a one-bedroom to be finished with upgrades before we can move. Then we will only be living there for a couple of months, and then moving into a two bedroom in the same building. We are almost there! I am so excited. The past few months have been rough, but we are almost to the point of setting up a home again. I am trying to go minimalist for the sake of space, and I really think I would be much happier to have less stuff. Only having things we use or truly love is a great goal for us, and I think moving into a two bedroom apartment is going to help get us closer to that lifestyle. More on that journey in future post…

The past two weeks I have been editing my heart out. With 8 weddings in 6 weeks, I had plenty to edit. I can see the end of the editing process for these weddings. Just in time, too! I have two engagement sessions and two weddings in the next few weeks, not to mention second shooting for another!!

I have been pretty quiet about The Big Fake Wedding. It was amazing! I definitely want to participate if they come to Kentucky again. I LOVE the photos I created and can’t wait to share them with you! Alas, I have to wait. The Ruffled Blog gets exclusive rights to be the first to display photos from The Big Fake Wedding. So once they post, I will share!!!

My next blog post will be about my albums! I love my albums so much and think that every couple deserves them! Stay tuned!

-Kristen D.

 


Billboard!

A very exciting moment happened last week! The billboard that I helped create was placed on I-75!

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Here is Megan (the model) taking a selfie in front of our creation!

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I couldn’t have done this without these awesome ladies. Megan was an awesome model, and Lacy is a woman with vision.

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To see more of Megan modeling Lacy’s gowns, click here! To check out The Steel Magnolia bridal shop, click here! Thanks for reading!

-Kristen D.


Sound Business Decisions

So, when we lived in Alabama I got a phone call from an SEO company. They were legit, no worries. They offered a package to create a beautiful website and work on my SEO so that when you search for ‘lexington ky wedding photographer’ I would pop up on the first page on google. They said this would take anywhere from three to six months.

They did a good job. We had six keyword phrases that we decided to use for my site. Most of them got on page one of google. However, ‘lexington ky wedding photographer’ is still not on page one ten months later. I understand that this is because there are A LOT of wedding photographers in Lexington. So it is no fault of their own. It’s just the way the cookie crumbles…

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Yesterday I called them and asked how much it would be to just keep my website live and drop the SEO. It was simply more than I am willing to spend every month. So, I had to cancel the contract. Now, I have created a new website. I love the look and since it is created on the same site as my blog, the SEO will slowly but surely begin to creep up the google pages.

So, here is my advice to anyone starting a business. Make sounds business decisions. My thought process behind hiring SEO experts was that it would bring me many more clicks on my website which would generate more leads. I haven’t had a single booking through google. I know it takes time, but that is money I could have used elsewhere. Now my site is up and running for $70 a year, which is less than one month with the company who built my old site.

Make sound decisions. Business is a process. I’ll get there and you’ll get there. You won’t be at the top right out of the gate, and that is okay. Reputations take time to build. It is your reputation that will gain you the most clients. Not the top spot on google.

So take a look around my new site! www.kristendphotography.com

-Kristen D.


Excitement for My Business This Week!

 

One of my goals this year was to become published. I want my work to be seen on blogs, in print, and used for local businesses. Two of those will be happening this week!

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My work will be featured on The Steel Magnolia bridal shop’s new billboard! Not only will it be on a billboard, but will be placed on I-75! I can’t wait to see it completed! It should be up by May 15th.

More exciting news is that my work will be featured on the Pink Pearls blog tomorrow! I photographed a styled bridal session back in February which allowed me to work with some wonderful vendors!

Now, my next goal is to get published in a magazine. Let’s do this!

-Kristen D.


We All Started Somewhere…

 

Today, I want to go back in time to 2012. Springtime had turned the corner, and photography had just peaked my interest. Let’s go back to the beginning of my business, when all I had was a point and shoot (and occasionally my mom’s camera)…

Now entering the DeLorean…

I present to you a small collection of my first images as a photographer:

 

Back then, I was super proud of these images. Looking at these now, I wonder what I was thinking. Oversaturated, too high contrast, and talk about tilt! But you know what? I will never go back and change them. This is the beginning of my journey. This stands as a testament of how far I’ve come. This is a reminder of the experimentation and hard work I put forth to hone my skills. Now I am creating images like these…

Time and practice make a difference. So, let’s help each other. Let’s guide each other. Let’s build each other up. Remember, we all started somewhere.

Come with me on my journey to building my portraiture business. Follow me on Instagram: @studiolexington

-Kristen D.

www.kristendphotography.com

 


Just Put the Pillow on the Couch

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I know. Odd title, right? Well, here’s the story.

Carrie and I were watching Captain America and my son was jumping on the couch, which then caused a pillow to fall on the floor. I instructed him to pick up the pillow and place it on the couch. In all his toddlerness, he refused to do so. Crying, screaming, falling to the floor as if I had just insulted him to highest degree. He even picked up the pillow, walked to the couch, and dropped it on the floor. At this point, Carrie laughingly stated, “All you have to do is put the pillow on the couch.” Then I began laughing at the sheer ridiculousness of the situation, and how much harder Gabe was making it on himself. After he finally put the pillow on the couch, we went back to watching Captain America and everything was peaceful.

How often do we make things on ourselves much harder than needed? All because we simply don’t want to do them? Here are a few of my “pillows”-

  • Laundry
  • Cooking (Paul usually cooks, or else we would eat out every day.)
  • Getting the oil changed.
  • Blogging (I am getting better!)
  • Managing money.

What about you? What are you making hard on yourself? My best advice is just put the pillow on the couch.

-Kristen D.


Journey

I have a family, a business, and the disorganization that comes with both. I read my favorite photographer’s blogs and admire their work as well as their organization skills. They have it all together. Beautiful studios, beautiful work, and have so much knowledge.

My dream is to have a beautiful home, with a dedicated room for everything. An office, a playroom, a home studio, etc. That would be wonderful. I also dream of having my own studio in downtown Lexington. A beautiful modern studio, with HUGE windows for  natural light. Also an area for sitting with clients and a receptionist area. Possibly a full-time assistant…

I’m not there yet, and that’s OKAY! I once saw a photo on Instagram that reminds me of this every time I sigh in discontent. Want to know what it is?

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I am not there yet. That’s okay. It’s my dream. It’s my goal. It’s a journey. The journey is what gives us the wisdom and experience. Be focused on the steps you need to take, and the destination will come with time.

-Kristen D.

 

 

 


My Old Kentucky Home

We made it safe to Kentucky! I can’t wait to get started on my business! This year will be a game changer!

I AM GOING TO TEACH…

If you read my blog, you’ll remember I wrote a post about how meeting a man named Frank has inspired me to teach. I am currently planning out the curriculum that will be covered in this class. So far I know it will be between 6-7 hours with a lunch break, cover many topics for newbie photographers, and will take place in Lexington, KY in late May or Early June.

I AM GOING TO GET PUBLISHED…

One of my goals is to get my work published in magazines and on blogs. I can’t wait to see my work featured. It’s going to happen, because I am going to hustle.

I WILL PHOTOGRAPH IN TWO MORE STATES…

Another goal I have for this year is to travel to two new states. I have photographed weddings in Kentucky, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee. I would love to add at least two more to this list! (Anyone want to get married in New York or Chicago? Let’s chat…)

This year will be amazing. I can’t wait to see what adventures lie ahead!

-Kristen D.


Inspired to Teach

I was waiting to meet someone at a local tourist spot in Kentucky. I had my camera with me. I needed to take a couple of test shots and asked a man to be my subject. I took a couple of photos of him, and I was satisfied with the light.

“Her’s turned out great!” A man named Frank was behind me and noticed my photos on the LCD screen of my camera. He came over and asked me what my settings were. I told him and noticed he was in a different mode than me. We started talking about manual mode and ended up talking about white balance.

“My pictures come out really orange sometimes.” I showed him a few tricks to fix his white balance in different situations. By the end of our talk he said, “It was nice to meet you. Thanks for the lesson.” I shook his hand and he went with his tour group while I continued waiting.

I was taken aback by the word ‘lesson’. I didn’t really think of our conversation as a lesson. I have taught flute lessons and taught color guard for years. This didn’t feel like a teaching experience. It felt like a fun conversation with a fellow photographer. He was right, though. I was able to teach him something new. It was really cool.

I am now inspired to teach a beginning photography class. I have no idea when or where. However, I am confident it will happen this summer, maybe even spring. Stay tuned for some upcoming classes!

-Kristen D.