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What “The Dress” Told Me About Photography

"The Dress" and what it says about wedding photography in a digital world.

You know you saw it. You know you argued with everyone around you about it. We all did! Do you know what I’m talking about??? “The Dress” Some say it’s white and gold, some say it’s blue and black, and Kyle says it’s periwinkle and olive green. Me, I saw white and gold with a tint of blue. Black absolutely did not exist anywhere in that dress. Anyhow…

The Dress fiasco got me thinking about my industry. How in the world do so many people see such different colors in a digital image? And what does that say about photography? Here’s what I came up with:

  1. When you’re searching for a photographer, you should 100% absolutely love their color style. If we’re all seeing such different colors in digital imagery then it’s safe to say your photographer does too. We can calibrate our screens all we want, but we’re still all going to color correct our images to a style we like. Find a photographer who’s images look pretty to you and hire them, because apparently color differentiates from person to person. Also, view their blog & website on multiple devices before making a decision.
  2. Lighting matters!!! That dress was different colors to different people because the photo was taken in crappy light. Excuse my language. Bad lighting=inconsistent coloring. Every. Single. Time. Photographers, find good light. Brides, find photographers who can find good light.
  3. Photographers: calibrate your screens regularly!!!! Desktops have more consistent color than laptops, so if you’re a mobile business take your calibrator with you and calibrate every time you change lighting situations. The research about why we all saw different colors in The Dress said that a lot of it had to do with the light we first saw the image under, which means our eyes can trick us! Take out part of the inconsistent guess work by calibrating. I love my Spyder4Pro.
  4. Brides: trust your photographers when it comes to time of day and location for photos. They know what they’re talking about! Unless you want your wedding photos change colors every time someone looks at them, trust the professional.
  5. Lastly, Kyle and I should look never look at images together, haha. Actually, probably the opposite. We probably should both look at our images and critique them together so we get a more neutral opinion.

There you have it. That is how “The Dress” changed the way I think about photography.

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Bouquets of 2014

Green & White rose bouquet

It’s cold and miserable out today. Yucky rain with no snow. So I thought, why not brighten up the day with some pretty flowers! Spring is just around the corner and soon we’ll be seeing beautiful buds pops up everywhere! But why wait for the excitement of that first blooming flower when we have all these pretty bouquets from 2014 to reminisce about!

We worked with some amazing florists last year: Fresh Affairs, Serendipity Designs, The English GardenFlowers By Kyle, Daniel’s Florist, our favorite Asheville florist The Bloom Room, and Lily Belles Events out of Wilmington! There were so many more than that, but it’s hard to remember them all!! My apologies if I left you off the list, I promise it wasn’t intentional : ) Each and every time we show up for a wedding, we’re blown away by the amazing creativity these florists have. I see a flower and think, oh that’s pretty, they see masterpieces that take your breath away.

I’m excited to see what 2015 has in store! If it’s anything like last year, we’re in for a treat!

White Rose Wedding Bouquet Green & White wedding bouquet White roses against blush colored bridesmaid dresses. Purple ranunculus with white hydrangea blue & white bridal bouquet Orange Tulips with babies breath bridal bouquet Green & White wedding bouquet Colorful spring bridal bouquet Pink & Purple peonies wedding bouquet Pink gerber daisy bridal bouquet white & pink rose bridal bouquet cascading white rose bridal bouquet

Red & Green fall wedding bouquet

Alison - March 4, 2015 - 11:10 am

Those peonies…wow!

Suzanne Milano - March 5, 2015 - 2:35 am

Oh, those orange tulips! ??

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Brittany Terris Photography Mentor Session with AJDP

Raleigh, NC wedding photographer is now offering mentor sessions.

Yesterday, I announced that I’m now offering mentoring sessions! It was nerve wracking and exciting all at the same time. It’s definitely been on my heart for a while, but if I’m being honest with myself, I was scared. Until Brittany. She emailed me specifically asking for a mentoring session, and gave me the confidence I needed to convince myself, “I can do this!”.

I met her last week at my house for her one-on-one mentoring session. She had already told me over email the areas she wanted to focus on, so after a few minutes of chit chat, we dove right into things. We went back to basics to really understand how a camera works. You can’t take consistent properly exposed images if you don’t understand why the good ones turn out the way they do. It’s not the camera that does it, it’s what you tell the camera to do. My goal for her was to send her home with a new understanding of how to achieve proper exposure image after image, and with the mental tools to do it. We practiced what I was teaching her during her headshot session, and then she got hands on experience by photographing me in return. Then we headed back to my office so I could show her how quickly you can edit a session when all the images are properly exposed. She wasn’t home two hours before she was texting me out of excitement because she edited my images in just a few minutes! Made my heart so happy!!!

Here’s what Brittany had to say in her own words:

“I had the privilege of doing a mentoring session with AJDP and I couldn’t have been more pleased. AJ and her husband were so welcoming and their knowledge and talent is amazing. The session was so practical, fun, and life giving to my photography business. You will leave with a head full of goodness! I highly recommend if you are seeking to improve in any area of your photography business.”

If you want a new amazing photographer to follow, keep your eyes open for Brittany’s work. Her Facebook page is beautiful, and I saw a sneak peek of the website coming very soon! You definitely want to see that when it launches! Congrats Brittany! I can’t wait to see where your business takes you : ) I know there are big things ahead for you!

Much to my excitement and amazement, mentoring sessions have been going like crazy! Two were gone in the first hour, and I’ve had several more people email me with questions saying they’re hoping to snag one before they sell out! Click the image below if you’re interested in booking one for your business!

Raleigh, NC wedding photographer now offers mentoring sessions!

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Mentoring Sessions with AJDP

Raleigh, NC wedding photographer now offers mentoring sessions!

This has been a long time coming, but we are so excited to announce that we are now offering mentoring sessions!!!! My heart has always told me that I want to teach. I love sharing, and I love educating. Working with new photographers on the basics of photography, and helping more established ones transition their business into a full time endeavor makes my heart happy. It makes me smile from the inside out. I don’t think we can truly be happy unless we’re following our hearts, and this is definitely one of the directions it’s leading me to go.

I will be offering 2 types of mentoring sessions: photo mechanics and business mechanics. All sessions will be 3 hours long and will be held at our home here in Raleigh, NC. They include a 30 minute headshot session, so you can see how I interact with my clients and get some updated images for your website. And they’re all $300! Which is such a steal, because our portrait sessions alone are $500. So for less than a normal portrait session you’ll be leaving with knowledge and images! Here are the details on what each session entails so you can decide what’s best for you and your business:

Raleigh, NC wedding photographer now offers mentoring sessions!

There are only 8 spots open before wedding season begins, and they’re sure to go fast! See the dates and reserve yours before they’re gone by clicking on the text image below! Payment in full is required to reserve a mentor session, and they are non-refundable and non-transferrable. Should you need to cancel your session you may sell your spot to a friend for no more than what you paid for it. Currently, mentoring sessions are only open to girls. Sorry boys, maybe in the future we’ll have options for you.

Raleigh, NC wedding photographer now offers mentoring sessions!

I’m so excited to meet more photographers and see some businesses grow!!! Please email me with any questions aj@ajdunlap.com

Brittany Fargo Terris - March 2, 2015 - 3:08 pm

I had the privilege of doing a mentoring session with AJDP and I couldn’t have been more pleased. AJ and her husband were so welcoming and their knowledge and talent is amazing. The session was so practical, fun, and life giving to my photography business. You will leave with a head full of goodness! I highly recommend if you are seeking to improve in any area of your photography business.

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Destination Wedding Photography

I’m just going to put this out there. We want to branch out of the Raleigh, NC wedding market more than we have already. We don’t want to be full time travel wedding photographers, but photographing a few a year to get a change of scenery would be ideal. We have a baby now, we can’t be away from home too much : ) But we do want to photograph more of the private & intimate weddings held in unique locations. Think: lake in Canada, lighthouse in Maine, cliffs of Big Sur, desert of Moab, sheep pasture in Ireland, and ok, we’ll throw in a private beach in St. Lucia (who doesn’t like the ocean?)…we’re even game for elopements!

Image taken from a Seattle, Washington wedding. We are giving away our photography services to one lucky destination wedding couple! Maine, Canada, Iceland, Moab, St. Lucia, Australia, you name it we

There’s something about intimate destination couples that’s fun to photograph. Maybe it’s their adventurous spirit or their laid back attitudes. Whatever it is, we love these couples! Their days are so relaxed, and they give us full creative freedom to capture whatever our little hearts desire.

So we’re offering a once in a wedding opportunity for a lucky couple. Cover our travel expenses and we’ll photograph your wedding. Simple as that! No tricks or gimmicks, just take care of flight, hotel, food and rental car expenses, and we’ll be there! Like I said, we’re only offering this to one couple, so we’re choosing carefully. Want to apply?! If this sounds like you and your fiancee, or you know someone who might be interested please email me at aj@ajdunlap.com with the following details:

  • Wedding date (we have to make sure we’re available)
  • Wedding location
  • Picture of you and your fiancee
  • Detailed description of your day (colors, gown, flowers, details, guest count, etc)
  • Pinterest board of your wedding day inspiration if you have one or images of whatever inspiration you’re using for your day

The fine print: The chosen couple will be given 9 hours of wedding day coverage by 2 wedding photographer plus full resolution images with a print release, normally a $4000 package! Albums, engagement/bridal sessions and prints will be available for a la carte purchase. Couple agrees to give us full creative freedom, and ample time for bride and groom portraits (amount will depend on the location of your wedding), and permission to share and publish images. The chosen couple will be required to sign a wedding photography contract & model release, and can not have a wedding photography contract or verbal agreement with any other photographer. All applications due by March 27, 2015 at 11:59PM EST. We’ll email the chosen couple on March 30, 2015, winner will be emailed privately, and all couples not selected will receive an email notification. Because we’re looking for a specific type of destination wedding, we’re reserving the right to not choose a couple as well, but that’s not our goal! We want to find the perfect destination couple for us to photograph!!

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