I am so excited to announce on my blog that I now have a studio! I share the studio with another wonderful photographer, and started doing so in October. It is located in Jefferson, just a few minutes away from Albany and also not far from Salem! It's an awesome space with beautiful natural light! For the month of February, I'm running a special! If you have a studio session, you'll get a gift card to the adorable coffeshop next to my studio! Here are a few photos from just some of the sessions I've held in the studio!
It's time for the 2018 Engagement Session Giveaway! Deadline extended! Enter by Friday, February 16, at midnight! Congrats to all who have recently become engaged! What an exciting time! I'm excited to giveaway an engagement session to one lucky couple! To enter: 1. Email a photo of yourselves (cell phone photos are perfect!), engagment ring, along with a bit about yourselves and your proposal story. Entries must be received by 2/16/2018. 2. Like Venia Photography on Facebook at www.facebook.com/veniaphotography 2. I will select three (3) finalists and post on www.facebook.com/veniaphotography for voting by 2/17/2018. Voting will close at noon on 2/24/18, and winner will be announced that same day! 3. Engagement session must take place within 30 miles of Albany, OR, or a travel fee may apply. All couples who enter will receive a special discount on a session!
This week a post went viral. Every photographer longs to "go viral" but this was not the good kind of viral. I can't count how many times I saw it posted. A woman posted family photos she had had done. She posted them publicly & made the post shareable. The problem was, these photos were badly edited. And what's more - they had the name of the photographer on the photos. I am heartbroken for this photographer. Now, it's possible these aren't the photos she delivered. Someone might think they're playing a prank. But even if they are the photos that she took, edited, and delivered - now her name is blasted everywhere, and any chance of a career she might have had has likely been ruined. And I can't being to imagine how she's feeling. Not only was this post shared thousands of times, but people made spoof business pages and have them filled with posts making fun of her. People, we need to do better. Photographers, we need to do better! Almost every photographer started somewhere that wasn't great. I'm so thankful I've been surrounded by other photographers who have poured into me and encouraged me. I still have a long ways to go. There are many times I have a vision and I'm just not quite able to capture it the way I want to. I remember years ago when I took some photos of a friend's brand new baby. I was having trouble getting his skin to look nice, and sent the photo to a photographer friend to ask her for some pointers. She gave me some, and I implented them - I thought. Turns out, I took it a little too far and the photo ended up looking a little silly. And I didn't notice how silly it looked and posted it on Facebook before what I had done was pointed out. Goodness, I'm so thankful no one took that photo and blasted me all over Facebook. Granted, I hadn't charged for the photos, and I hadn't made quite the obvious mistake this particular photographer did, but even still. We are constantly hearing about bullying among kids and teenagers, and we shake our heads, and we "tsk-tsk" and form anti-bullying committees and campaigns. Our hearts hurt when we hear of yet another child who has hurt or killed themself because of being bullied. Yet what I saw happen yesterday was nothing short of bullying. When something like this happens online, we forget there is a real person out there, being hurt by the posts and words being spoken. I've been so fortunate to be surrounded by photographers who are about "community over competition." I share a studio with another photographer, I am friends with photographers who share ideas and props and equipment and more. Lesa, if you are out there somehow reading this, I would love to come along side you during this time. I know other photographers, too, who would do the same. I hope you have some real life support right now through this, but I certainly hope you'll reach out and allow me and others to help you on this journey.
I LOVE Bend, Oregon, and anytime I get to take the trek over the mountains with my photography, I jump at the chance! In August I had the opportunity to photograph Heather and Chris's sweet wedding at Benham Falls. What a gorgeous location for a wedding! The falls were beautiful and it was such a lovely August day. When I arrived, Heather and her sister were at the top of the trail, while Chris and the rest of the family were down a little ways at a lookout point where the wedding would be held. It was so sweet because Chris and Heather's littlest one had fallen asleep and he only wanted his mom or dad to hold him. I loved how they held him throughout the ceremony as they joined their family together. Heather and Chris's kids were all part of the ceremony and were all thrilled with the events of the day. Even though I'm a photographer from Albany, Oregon, I love to travel. If you're in Bend, Oregon, or anywhere else really, contact me. I'd love to talk about your photography needs!
Rachel & Mike had a beautiful wedding at Illahe Hills Country Club in Salem, Oregon. I was so honored to be their photographer and be able to capture their day! Rachel & Mike were both surrounded by great friends to support them on their wedding day. I loved the colors of the ladies' dresses, especially up next to the grey suits the men wore. Rachel & Mike chose to do a first look before the wedding. I'm always happy to do a first look or wait for the ceremony for them to see each other--whichever the bride and groom prefer! Rachel spent months growing succulents for their wedding. I loved all the details used! Even the cake had succulents! Rachel's bouquet was made from flowers she bought at the Salem Farmers Market that morning! The ceremony was lovely and included traditions from Rachel's heritage. During the reception we snuck away for a few photos of just Rachel & Mike. I especially loved the ones with Mike's restored VW! If you're looking for a wedding photographer in Oregon, or anywhere (I travel!) I would love to talk to you! Contact me and we'll set up a time to talk about your day!