Archive for January, 2014

January 22, 2014
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I first photographed Kate and her beautiful girls many years ago, and now I now I have the pleasure of working with this talented and amazing woman on her new endeavor, The Confident Stitch.  Here is an excerpt from Kate’s blog:

“The Confident Stitch is a gathering spot for anyone who delights in the fine details, and major triumphs, of handcrafted garments.

We believe life is too short, and too lovely, not to wear clothing that embraces your figure and expresses your individuality – we want every woman to share in the confidence that comes from a garment that fits perfectly. This blog explores the simple pleasures of combining fabrics that make your heart sing, with custom-made patterns that curve with your body. We also provide the resources you need to transform your great sewing idea into your next favorite outfit, confident that each stitch is bringing you closer to a perfect combination of form and function.”

Visit her website at www.theconfidentstitch.com for more information.

Here are some images featuring her beautiful, custom garments.

 

 

 

January 22, 2014
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I had a very satisfied headshot client today and wanted to share what she wrote after her appointment.

“Andrea Jones is amazing!  I made the mistake of going to another photographer and was extremely unhappy with my results.  I wasn’t given any direction as to posture or positioning.  My collar was rumpled and uneven and my necklace was askew.  Andrea advised me about what to wear and ensured that I was looking my best.  She was professional, friendly and put me at ease.  I highly recommend everyone has their pictures taken at Andrea Jones Photography.  I know I will!”

~Shanni B.

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January 19, 2014
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I so enjoyed the Best of 2013 Giveaway contest for my clients, and now I want to offer something to other photographers.

UPDATE: I HAVE EXTENDED THE CONTEST FOR TWO MORE WEEKS!  GET YOUR ESSAYS IN SOON!!!!!

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A Mentorship Unlike Any Other

Why do you attend a workshop?  Most of the time, it isn’t to increase your strengths.  Instead, it is to develop those areas of your photography that are your weakest.  What if you could take a workshop where you decided the topics to be discussed:  Want to know how to use studio lights?  You got it.  Unsure about how to convince your client to buy that 24”x30” wall portrait?  No problem!  Even better, though: What if you could take that workshop, exploring your topics, 1-on-1 with the instructor?

In the 10+ years I’ve been in the photography business, I’ve learned that there are few substitutions for doing something myself.  The only real shortcut I’ve found is learning from someone else’s experiences, understanding the lessons from their trials-and-errors and applying them to my business.  And I’ve been asked by friends and colleagues, “Why do you do it that way?” and “How did you learn that?”  I enjoy these opportunities to give back to this profession that has given me so much.  I’ve taught photography workshops over the last couple of years and, recently, I started teaching 1-on-1 mentorships on specific topics.  My one-on-one mentorships usually cost $750.

I am offering a one-of-a-kind mentorship to one lucky person.  This mentorship will be free and customized to your business, your photography, your vision.  I will help you amp up your business in the areas you select.  In exchange, I will share the next steps in your journey on my blog as your business and your photography grow, improve, and evolve.

Are you ready?  Are you the one that will take your photography and business forward?

To enter, by January 31st:

First, comment on this post with a link to your website/portfolio;

Second, share this post on your facebook page;

Third, Like my business page, Andrea Jones Photography, as that is where I will be sharing details about this mentorship; and

Fourth, email me a short essay (less than a page) at andrea@andreajonesphotography.com explaining why this mentorship is what you and your business need.  Please put, “Mentorship Essay” as the subject.

From those entries, I will select five photographers to interview, and from those five, select the recipient of the free mentorship.  The mentorship will include 8 hours of 1-on-1 instruction at my studio in Helena, Montana.  Any photographer living outside a 75 mile radius from Helena may enter.

January 19, 2014
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We just finished up with The Best of 2013 Giveaway on my Facebook business page.   The winner was the very first image of a brave little warrior who just finished a year of chemo and YAY, his scans are clear!
Here are the images that were in the contest:
January 17, 2014
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Oh, look, I’m still playing catch up with my blog posts!  This gorgeous wee one and her full head of hair came in for a visit before Christmas.  She was already moving past that window of sleepy, curled up newborn, but we were able to get some precious images of her sweet self.  Mom and Dad took home a gorgeous custom image box with their order and Grandpa got a Standout Wall Portrait of baby B’s sweet face.  It was a pleasure meeting you and working with you all!

January 11, 2014
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I can’t believe it took me this long to blog about this session.  I had THE. BEST. TIME. photographing these darling little girls.  This was the first newborn I photographed after I took a newborn workshop from the super talented Michelle Glasser (yes, even after doing this for ten years, education is still very important so that I can continue to learn and grow), and it was the easiest, most perfect newborn session I had ever photographed.  I also just adored working with the lucky mom of these two dollies (and Dad was great, too!).  She was a dream client.  All around, I wouldn’t have changed a thing, and walked out of my studio that day just floating on air. Big sis got her own little session out of the deal, and boy did she ham it up for me.  Mom chose to forever preserve these precious memories in a gorgeous custom album that is so breathtaking I didn’t want to let it go.  Enjoy!

January 11, 2014
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This little darlin’ did not want to let me off easy, so she made me work for my supper!  She was awake for most of the session, so we spent more time soothing and feeding than actually creating images.  But in the end, we managed a few cute ones of this itty bitty princess.

January 11, 2014
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Here are some images from a studio portrait party.  The hostess invited guests to come to the studio, brought food and beverages, and entertained while I did 20-30 minutes sessions with each family in the camera room.  The hostess received her session for no cost, and received her images at a significant discount.  Let me know if you are interested in hosting a party and earning professional portraits for your family.

 

January 11, 2014
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Ugh. Ugh. Ugh. I am already failing at my resolution to be a better blogger.  I have so many sessions that I haven’t blogged yet.  Must.  Make.  Plan.

So bear with me as I try to catch up with sessions from 2013!

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