Jennifer Butler Photography: Blog http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Jennifer Butler Photography jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:29:00 GMT Thu, 23 Mar 2017 21:29:00 GMT http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/img/s/v-5/u847625039-o1009561692-50.jpg Jennifer Butler Photography: Blog http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog 90 120 Smiles Program Special Kids Photography of America http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/4/smiles-program-special-kids-photography-of-america I am currently seeking a care provider in the local Josephine or Jackson County to assist me in facilitating this program.  I am looking for a care provider who can identify appropriate worthy families based on the  Special Kids Photography of America guidelines.  Provide familes with details about the Smile Program (which I will provide), sharing with the family, and then sharing my contact information with the family.  

To qualify for this service, a family with a special child must be recommended by to me by a social worker, hospice care facility, physician nurse or other service/care provider.  This is not based on income -- only need.  Some families are very burdened with medical or therapy demands; extra expenditure for a professional photography would present a hardship.  The Family will receive 30-45 minute photo session, with 8x10 print copyright-free image of their child.     

I will arrange for the photographic services to be provided to the family, I just need your help finding families in need who qualify!

 

 Please and Thank you

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) SKPA Smiles for Katie Special Child Photography Grant available in Josephine & Jackson County OR http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/4/smiles-program-special-kids-photography-of-america Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:24:49 GMT
One Eleven Theatre Company Presents "Little Mermaid" http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/4/one-eleven-theatre-company-presents-little-mermaid  

I had the pleasure of seeing the magic behind the scenes of "The Little Mermaid" presented by One Eleven Theatre Company, Directed by Sandra Castle.

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Little Mermaid One Eleven Theatre Co http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/4/one-eleven-theatre-company-presents-little-mermaid Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:30:00 GMT
Attitude of Gratitude http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/attitudeofgratitude A few years ago a colleague shared some of best words with me.... 

"Attitude of gratitude"  I so am grateful for her sharing those those simple words, yes wise words, and her continued friendship over the years.

 

I would like to take a moment and reflect upon some of the things I am thankful for....

I am so thankful for the opportunity to be working with Southern Oregon Aspire, sharing in the experience and adventures of art and photography with others.  I am so grateful for the students I have had the opportunity to work with, and learn from; for each and everyone of them has taught something new. 

 

I am so very grateful for Carrie Colson, my assistant, and for all her hard work.  Carrie has a great attitude, is full fun and adventurous.  Although she is not taking photos, she has an amazing eye!  Thanks Carrie, for seeing this great moment !  :)

 

i Love what I doing , doing what I love 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) gratitude list thankful http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/12/attitudeofgratitude Wed, 09 Dec 2015 21:25:19 GMT
Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/southern-oregon-aspire-photo-club Member of the Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club member  enjoys capturing time, seeing the all the brilliant colors of Fall, as he learns photography is " all about the light!"    

Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Camera Club member gets out to enjoy capturing the fall colors as he learns "It's all about the light!"

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/11/southern-oregon-aspire-photo-club Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:00:21 GMT
Childhood Independence "BIKE NOW" http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/childhood-independence-learning-how-to-ride-a-bike One of the largest parts of  childhood independence is learning how to ride a bike!

For most children, the biggest obstacle of learning to ride a bike is fear. However, for others it's a physical or developmental disability.

"Bike Now", was a week long bike camp, put on by Medford Children's Therapy and Jackson Care Connect  (aiming  to teach anyone how to ride, no matter the disability.)

Occupational Therapist, Rebbeccah Bieri, with Medford Children's Therapy, is an avid cyclist.  Rebbeccah helps people with physical or developmental disabilities to become as independent as possible. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys competitions. Over the years she has  realized how limiting it is for those patients who never learned how to ride a bike. After been asked by many, " Can you help me, teach my  child to ride a bike?"  Rebeccah, knew with her skills alone she did not have what it took to teach those with physical or development disabilities how to ride a bike.

 

Rebeccah Bieri, began her search.... researching, and researching, she learned of a Portland based program called "Bike First!"  "Bike First", helps young people with disabilities such as Down syndrome and cerebral palsy learn how to ride bikes. "Bike First", is similar to camp "Lose the Training Wheels", in California.   Rebeccah's goal to have bike camp in Southern Oregon, as oppose to kids having to travel to Portland.  

 

With  lots of organizing, planning, and support Rebeccah and her supervisor, Deirdre Nixon, Clinical Director of Medford Children's Therapy began planning in January 2015 Southern Oregon's first bike camp,  called "BIKE NOW"!

Medford Children's Therapy and  staff worked to publicize the camp, raising awareness and raising funds partnering with Jackson County Connect.  Rebbeccah coordinated and organized the set up of camp with the director of "Bike First" , because these camps don't use just any type of bikes to teach their participants.

 
Lose the Training Wheels developed a step-by-step teaching approach using bikes of different sizes and styles called "the fleet."
The starter is an "outrigger bike," which has two training wheels that are mounted on a hydraulic system. The pneumatic apparatus allows the training wheels to stay on the ground on twists and turns for optimal balance. Once riders are comfortable on the outrigger, they move to a two-person tandem bike, where a volunteer controls the bike from the back seat. Participants then graduate to a two-wheeled standard bike with a long handle attached to the frame behind the seat. One volunteer holds the handle, and another runs beside the rider. The final step: two wheels, two hands and a single rider controlling the bike.
 
Although not everyone is comfortable on a bike, they all learned to ride! :)
Everyone had a wonderful week!  It was a positive experience! 
Southern Oregon looks forward to "BIKE NOW" 2016. 
 
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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Bike Now MCT4Kids Medford Children's Therapy kids with disabilities learn to ride a bike special kids learn to ride http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/8/childhood-independence-learning-how-to-ride-a-bike Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:53:56 GMT
Happy Birthday America http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/happy-birthday                 Happy Birthday America!                                        

 

4th of July weekend brings so much to celebrate.....

 

It was a magical moment, a weekend Grand Marshal, Lavina Bowers, will never forget! 

 

Lavina Bower's  birthday celebration started with having all 18 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren in the Crescent City Parade.  A day that will never be forgotten by many!                                          

                            

                                                                                                                                                        

Happy Birthday Sweet Gram

 

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) 2015 Grand Marshal Crescent City Parade Crescent City Parade 2015 Grand Marshal Lavina Bowers Lavina Bowers grand marshal http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/7/happy-birthday Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:30:00 GMT
Overcoming a over a bad day http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/getting-over-a-bad-day Everything just feels really, really good. But it isn’t always this way.

What I’ve learned about life is that it’s totally cyclical.

There are good days, like today, where I feel totally in sync with The Universe, where I feel like I’m exactly where I need to be.

And then there are other days, like a few days ago, where I feel … less than great. Days where I focus on how much better I could be. Days where comparison bites me where it hurts. Days where I feel like a total and utter failure.

What I’ve come to realize is that no matter what stage of “accomplishment” you may be at, whether you’re just starting your business, or whether you’ve been killin’ it in business for years – we all suffer sometimes.

And it’s okay.

I’m writing this today for those of you who beat yourselves up because you’re not where you thought you’d be, for those of you who suffer from major comparisonitis, for those of you who can’t seem to get into “the flow”.

Feeling “in the flow” is accessible to us all, but you must accept that it is cyclical. Sometimes you’ll feel really stuck, paralyzed, out of it, not yourself – AND THAT’S OKAY. The important thing is to soothe yourself in those moments by showing yourself compassion. 

Here’s what helps me get over a bad day:

  • I meditate.
  • I take time by myself to just chill and do something soothing.
  • I listen to my favorite music.
  • I focus on what I’m grateful for.
  • I focus on what I *have* accomplished.
  • I remind myself that sometimes growth hurts. And that even though it sucks today, it’s building up to something better.
  • I think *kind* and *loving* thoughts.
  • I make sure to avoid beating myself up about having a bad day.
  • I massage my feet.
  • I nap :) 

You, my friend, are on a journey, as am I. We were put here to make this world a *way* better place, and I’m pumped to do this together.

Just remember, along the way, that things take time. Remember that a little bit of work every day goes a long way.

Take steps towards your goal, no matter how small.

And never give up.

You are wonderful, and a gift to the world. Never forget it.

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) moments of self comassion overcoming bad day http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/getting-over-a-bad-day Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:30:00 GMT
How many hours do I need to book my photographer for? http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/how-many-hours-do-i-need-to-book-my-photographer-for

One of the most frequently asked questions I am asked is:

"How long should I book my wedding photographer for?"  This is a great question, and I'm here to help you find the answer.

 

What do you want covered?

First, you need to decide what important details you want covered. Do you want a lot of getting ready shots prior to the ceremony? Do you want me to stay for the entire reception? These details will affect the length of time you will need. If you want me to stay until your reception exit, and you want a lot of candid, getting ready shots, you will need full day coverage. If you just want a few getting ready shots, that will knock off some time. If you want me to stay for just the main events in the reception and not until the last guest leaves, then this will also shorten the day. By deciding on a start and/or end time, this is the first step to booking your package.\

 

Length of Ceremony

Next, you need to think about the ceremony length. For a Catholic wedding, the ceremonies tend to be longer, so you will need to a lot more time for that. If you want me to cover you getting ready, the ceremony, and the reception, I suggest 10 hours for Catholic weddings. If you have a shorter ceremony, you won’t need to take out as much time from your schedule.

 

Location Transfer

Now let’s talk about location. If you have a shorter ceremony and your reception is at the same venue as your ceremony, then you won’t need as much time because you can take out travel time. I would say something like this would be good for six to eight hours, depending on the formal photos.

 

On that same note, if your reception is at a different venue, you will need to include travel time into your schedule. Also incorporate the amount of time it takes to pack up all of your stuff to take to the reception. If you are going to take photos along the drive to the reception, more time will need to be added for that as well.

 

Formal Photo Requirements

For formal photos, you have to consider how many people are in your bridal party, and how many people are going to be in your family photos. If you have a small bridal party and a small number of family members having photos done, (and you’re at the same location the whole time), then six hours will suffice. If you have a larger family or bridal party, you will need closer to eight hours.

 

Special Exit

If you’re doing a special exit from the reception, like a sparkler exit, you’ll need to have full day coverage.

 

Some weddings can be covered in just four hours. If you’re having a backyard wedding or a courthouse wedding where your reception is short (for example, no dancing, etc.) and maybe just like a sit down dinner at a restaurant, then this could all be covered in four hours time.

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Do Hours How I Many My Need Photographer? Wedding http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/how-many-hours-do-i-need-to-book-my-photographer-for Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:56:00 GMT
The significance of the first look http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/the-significance-of-the-first-look

Are First Looks Important?

Many of my couples ask me whether or not they should have a first look. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering the same thing. In my professional opinion, I think they are an excellent idea. I love first looks. I know that they are a tad bit ‘untraditional,’ but let me take a minute to explain the benefits of a first look.

 

1. Your wedding day will be crazy busy. No getting around it. You have so much to do and so little time to do it in. If you have a first look, it helps to calm down the day a bit. Instead of trying to rush around to get everyone together and have pictures taken between the wedding ceremony and reception while your guests are waiting, you’ll have that time to relax and enjoy your guests and not have to worry about being late to your reception. We can do all of the main portraits before the ceremony even begins – at the very least, the bride and groom and bridal party photos. This way, your hair and makeup are still perfect, as they were just finished. If your family is coming earlier, we can do their photos beforehand, as well, or we will only have to worry about those portraits after the ceremony and not the bridal party shots.

 

2. A first look also gives you a very special, intimate moment with your new spouse. If you are nervous or stressed out, this will especially help to relax you, and your spouse can comfort you and let you know it will all be OK. During the ceremony, there are many of people around and you can’t fully take in the moment because everyone is staring at you. With a first look, that moment is just between you and your spouse (and your photographers, of course).

 

3. Even if you have a first look, your husband will be just as happy to see you walking down the aisle and you’ll still take his breath away. Don’t worry that you’ll be spoiling the moment by seeing him prior to the ceremony.

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Are First Looks Important? The significance of the first look Wedding http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/the-significance-of-the-first-look Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:26:00 GMT
Not having a first look? How much time do you need after the ceremony for photos? http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/not-having-a-first-look-how-much-time-do-you-need-after-the-ceremony-for-photos

 

If you want to go the more traditional route and forego the first look, here are the minimum times you will need to schedule out for photos after the ceremony.

1. For family formals, you will need 30 to 45 minutes depending on your family size.

2. You will need a half hour for bride and groom portraits and 30 to 45 minutes for your bridal party pictures, depending on the number of people in your party.

3. If you are taking photos off location, you will have to gather everything together and transport it. It is a good idea to designate a friend or someone who is not going to be in photos to do this for you to save time.

4. Keep in mind that it is super hard to keep family, friends, and bridal party members together and all in one place after the ceremony, especially if it is a large party. For that reason, you need to allot some extra bubble time in case someone goes missing.

These are the minimum times. If you have more people in your family and bridal party photos, you may want to add some more time.

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) How much time do I need Wedding Session Wedding photo time http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/not-having-a-first-look-how-much-time-do-you-need-after-the-ceremony-for-photos Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:42:00 GMT
Why I choose to have a second shooter http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/why-I-choose-to-have-a-second-shooter Why I Recommend Have a Second Shooter?

All of my wedding packages include two photographers – a main photographer, and a second shooter. A second shooter is an additional photographer who is there to cover the wedding as well. We choose to have a second shooter for many reasons.

  1. It is impossible to everywhere at one time. If you want photos of the bride and groom both getting ready, we can’t be in both locations at once. By having a second shooter, we can cover more events at one time. If you like candid shots, you absolutely want a second shooter. They will be able to get all of the little moments that are happening behind the scenes. If you only have one photographer and he or she is with the bride while the groom is getting ready, then you will have to have the groom mock up and fake these moments to look candid, while missing the real thing. You don’t want “forced candids.”

 

  1. During the wedding, the main photographer is so focused on getting all the traditional shots that sometimes we miss the candid moments during your ceremony. A second shooter is looking out for these moments. By having a second shooter, it ensures that you get more candid shots.

 

  1. You’ll also get more creative shots for the same reason. Second shooters aren’t worried about getting the traditional shots because that is what the main photographer is doing. This frees them to be able to be more creative. They can catch different angles and give you a fresh perspective.

 

  1. With a second shooter being there, we always have a backup on scene in the event the main photographer gets sick or injured. The second shooter will be able to take over for them without skipping a beat.

 

  1. It is also good to have two different cameras shooting the event. In case of emergency – for example, a camera is broken or a card gets corrupted – you will still have photos and they won’t all be lost or damaged.

 

  1. If we are limited on time, having a second shooter will ensure we don’t miss anything. One of us can be shooting the reception details while the other is in cocktail hour getting all of those candid moments and details.
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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Do Have Second Shooter We Why a choose have second shooter to we http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/why-I-choose-to-have-a-second-shooter Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:35:00 GMT
Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/aspire-photo-club "Inspiring Unlimited Opportunities for People to Create the Life They Choose"

 

Southern Oregon Aspire believes that every individual not only has the right but "Aspires" to live, work, play, recreat, worship and enjoy the community they live in, just as we do. 

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon Aspire http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/aspire-photo-club Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:47:39 GMT
Photographers Get Hungry, Too!: Feeding Your Photographer http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/photogs-get-hungry-too-feeding-your-photographer Feeding your Photographer on your wedding day

 

A wedding typically lasts 10 to 12 hours. If we take getting ready shots and are there all day, we try to eat a big breakfast before we get there, but that only lasts so long. We are often running around like crazy all day trying to cover the whole wedding, and don’t have time to snack or take a break. We’ve literally been known to run to the bathroom to cram down a sandwich or pretzels that we packed in three minutes and then get back to it.

All that said, it is important that we get a small break to eat during the day. This is preferably done during the reception when everyone else is eating, which works out because nobody wants to have photos of themselves eating, anyway.

We do prefer if you provide a meal for us so we don’t have to leave and find a local food place, or worry about spoiled food that’s been sitting in the car all day. Although it can be what everyone else is eating, we don’t have to have a plated meal as long as something is provided. Many venues offer vendor meals that you can get for us, so inquire about that when you have the chance.

Finally, it is important to feed your photographer because it is hard to stay creative on an empty stomach. Think about if you didn’t get a lunch break at work – it makes it hard to focus the rest of the day because you’re so hungry. You also don’t want us passing out during your reception.

Please let us know arrangements ahead of time so we know the plan. Thank you!

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) - Feeding Get Hungry Photographer Photogs Too!: Your day on wedding your http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/6/photogs-get-hungry-too-feeding-your-photographer Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:43:00 GMT
Maternity Fashion http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/5/maternity-fashion Jennifer Butler Photography -2Jennifer Butler Photography -2 Maternity Fashion Looking Cute While being Pregnant

 

 

Can I just throw something out there really quick?

Why is it so hard to find fashionable maternity clothes? Why does everything look like a giant moo-moo? What happened to still looking cute and fashionable while you’re growing a human inside of you?!?!?!?

 

That’s why I decided I needed to share some KEY points with maternity fashion. So pregnant ladies, listen up! Now I fully understand, all women have different body types…some may feel insecure about the way they look being pregnant while others don’t. But let’s be honest, NO ONE wants to look bigger than they actually are. Am I right? So here are some tips on how to feel amazing about yourself regardless of size while you’re growing that tiny miracle inside of you for 9 months, and the first few postpartum months after. :)

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Wear solid colors.

Solid colors really help flaunt your bump! Patterns have way too much going on and tend to draw attention AWAY from your bump, and ultimately make you look larger than you really are (womp womp). We want to show that bump off! Solid colored maxi dresses, maxi skirts, or a brightly colored solid pant with a neutral top can be easily accessorized with hats, scarves, belts, and jewelry..your options are limitless!

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Invest in pieces of maternity clothing that will grow with you and fit you WELL.

I am loving the ruched maternity tanks from Old Navy. I have one in black, gray, and white. They are amazing and make you LOOK amazing. They hug in the right spots, and really flatter your shape. Plus, they are easy to throw under a long cardigan that’s already in your closet or to wear with a maxi skirt. Maxi dresses in a neutral color are also a great investment. Don’t give up on jeans just because they don’t button! Purchase a belly band (less than $20!) that way you can wear your jeans for as long as possible. But when you’re further along, find a pair of maternity jeans that fit you well.

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Avoid baggy clothing (that doesn’t look good with a properly positioned belt

No, no, no, no, no, no, no. Baggy shirts, sweaters, etc. they do nothing for you when you have a giant bump. This is acceptable for first trimester when you aren’t really showing, or if you’re trying to hide your pregnancy because you haven’t made the announcement yet. But, wearing a large baggy sweater when you’re 7 months pregnant? It’s not flattering. You will most likely feel very large, and not good about yourself. And this is a time you should embrace because you’re GORGEOUS and therefore, you should feel amazing!

 

Accentuate your beautiful bump with belts

Belts are your friend! We want to show our bumps off because after all, they’re beautiful! So use a belt to accentuate your bump by placing it right at the top of the bump/right under your boobs (which are also probably large at this point) to really show it off. It gives you a “waist” back and really flatters your new/changing body shape. I do this all the time with non-maternity dresses, tanks, blouses, and tees!

 

 

(Pending soon–to-be mamas photo)

 

 

Don’t hide your curves or that belly!!!

SHOW. OFF. YOUR. BELLY. Got it? There are some women out there dying to be in your shoes (I was one of them!). Stop complaining about it, and show it off. You are pregnant and beautiful. You are growing a blessing inside of you. Show your shape by wearing ruche and wrap styles that really enhance your curves and grow with your bump.

Don’t hide your curves or that belly!!!

 

Hope this helps my soon-to-be mamas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Looking cute while Pregnant Maternity Fashion Maternity What to Wear http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/5/maternity-fashion Wed, 20 May 2015 15:52:53 GMT
The Benefits of having an Unplugged Wedding http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/5/the-benefits-of-having-an-unplugged-wedding What are the benefits of an unplugged wedding?

What is an unplugged wedding?

An unplugged wedding is asking your guests to turn off their phones, cameras, tablets, and other mobile devices during your ceremony.

 

The benefits

  • There are many benefits to having an unplugged wedding.
  • When guests use their own cameras, there are many ways that this affects the photography that you’re actually paying for. Guests oftentimes are taking photos at the same time I am, and their flashes interfere with my cameras, leaving you blown out completely (and unsalvageable) or having weird shadows or lighting throughout the photos.
  • Guest cameras can leave a red or green dot from their focusing mechanisms. These will show up in our images.
  • If guests don’t turn off the noise on their cameras, they could be very loud when taking the photos. This can be very distracting to you and your guests.
  • Speaking of distracting – let’s talk about iPads and other tablets used to take photos. They are HUGE and are very distracting. If we are taking a wide photo of your ceremony, your eyes go straight to the tablet and completely ignore the beautiful couple exchanging vows.
  • Guests will often get in the aisle or stand in front of the professional photographers, blocking their shot. Sometimes, it’s too late for me to be able to get them to move, and I certainly don’t want to upset your guests by making them move.
  • During family formals, guests will often stand around photographers to get shots of their own, which can create harsh lighting if they use their flash. Even if they don’t use their flash, it causes the group to constantly be looking around, leaving wandering eyes. It’s hard for me, the photographer, to get a good photo with everyone looking at the camera when there are multiple people taking photos around you.
  • Most importantly, if your guests are taking photos, they are not fully able to enjoy the moment. They are absent and distracted by their picture taking and posting.

 

I highly recommend having your wedding unplugged, but respect your wishes if you choose not to. If you have any questions concerning this or how to unplug your wedding, feel free to contact me and we can chat.

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Benefits & Importance of unplugged Wedding Power off all devices Unplugged Wedding Wedding Ceremony http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/5/the-benefits-of-having-an-unplugged-wedding Wed, 20 May 2015 04:52:30 GMT
So Oregon Aspire - Josephine County http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/4/so-oregon-aspire---josephine-county

I am so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Southern Oregon Aspire, as a Photography Instructor.

Southern Oregon Aspire is  a nonprofit organization that provides residential and vocational support to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Jackson and Josephine Counties since 1975. Their mission statement is “Inspiring Unlimited Opportunities for People to Create the Life They Choose” which  epitomizes the longstanding work and the vision of the organization. They  firmly believe that every individual not only has the right but “Aspires” to live, work, play, recreate, worship and enjoy the community they live in, just as we do. Simply put….WE CHANGE LIVES!! be

 

Although, I truly believe the clients "my students" have CHANGED MY LIFE!

 


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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) So Oregon Aspire Josephine County Southern Oregon Aspire Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club Grants Pass http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/4/so-oregon-aspire---josephine-county Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:47:50 GMT
So Oregon Aspire - Photo Club http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/4/so-oregon-aspire---photo-club

Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club Members exploring their unlimited opportunities to have the life they choose. 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon Aspire Grants Pass Pacifica Gardens Grants Pass OR So Oregon Aspire Josephine County Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/4/so-oregon-aspire---photo-club Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:44:37 GMT
How to mentally prepare your fiancé for your session to get him to cooperate http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/4/how-to-mentally-prepare-your-fianc-for-your-session-to-get-him-to-cooperate Preparing Your Fiancé for Your Session

Are you stressing out about your upcoming engagement session? Not sure if your fiancé is going to enjoy it or want to participate? Check out these tips for helping get him to cooperate:

  1. Make it worth his while. Motivate him in whatever way you think will make him want to participate in your session. If there’s something he’s wanted you to do that you haven’t done, now is the time to play that card. For example, if you don’t like watching football and he’s been asking you to go to a game with him, bribe him with that (or whatever works for your man).
  1. In the time leading up to the session, explain to him what’s going to happen that day. He’s probably never done anything like this before and doesn’t know what to expect. He’s not on Pinterest all the time looking up cute engagement photos or anything like that, so he may not know anything about this kind of session, or even understand what it’s for. Tell him that the photographer is going to have you guys probably hold hands, cuddle, hug and kiss. You want to explain the session to him prior so it’s not scary for him and he won’t feel awkward as it’s happening. Let him know that it will be OK because you’ll be there the whole time and it will all be good.
  1. He can have a drink during your session to help loosen you up. (Not to get drunk, but to ease his nerves.)
  1. Be extra lovey with him before the session. Picture day is super stressful, so it’s easy to get into a fight beforehand. Make a point to be more loving and patient during this stressful time. This will make the photos better because you’re not upset with each other due to something that happened that morning due to stress. You’ll be able to relax and be more affectionate during the session.
  1. Explain the importance of the photos to him. Let him know, “I know this stressful and you don’t want to do it, but I want tomorrow to be all about us. In 50 years I want to look back on these photos. These are important.” This way he doesn’t think it’s just something that is on his checklist that he has to do before the wedding, but that they are important to you. He loves you; he’ll do it for you.
  1. Incorporate his ideas in the session. Ask him if he has any ideas for the session. If he has something he wants to do, then he will be more excited about them because he will feel involved and like it’s about him too, not just all about you. Think about what makes you guys unique as a couple and incorporate those ideas into the session, whether it be a location, props, clothing, etc.
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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Engagement Session Fiancé Preparing Session" for your http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2016/4/how-to-mentally-prepare-your-fianc-for-your-session-to-get-him-to-cooperate Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:31:32 GMT
What is a pre-event consult? http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/3/what-is-a-pre-event-consult What to Expect in Our Pre-Event Consult

Two weeks prior to your "big day", I like to schedule a time and place so that we get an opportunity to meet and talk about your wedding and expectations before the big day arrives. We will talk about your timeline and how your schedule is planned, decide when we are going to do the family formals and if you are having a first look, what time I need to arrive, when I will be leaving, where we will meet, and all of the other important details I need to know.

 

If you have any questions for me, the pre-consult would be the perfect time to ask. This consult is also a good time to chat and get to know one another, especially if you don’t have an engagement session planned.

 

Ultimately, this is important so you will feel more comfortable with me on your wedding day.


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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Before the bid day Wedding Session pre-event consult http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/3/what-is-a-pre-event-consult Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:50:51 GMT
7 Tips for Preparing for Your Spring Session http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/3/7-tips-for-preparing-for-your-spring-session How to Prepare for Your Spring Session

 

Here are  some tips to ensure your day is stress free and flawless for your spring session. Listen up!

 

1. Wear layers. Spring can be finicky in the sense that you can go from frigid to over heated in a matter of minutes. We suggest wearing layers -- tank top, tee shirt, cardigan, scarf, etc. That way each family member can peel off, or add, a layer as they see fit and remain comfortable throughout the session.

2. Location is a big deal. You better believe I am going to take advantage of the fresh, warm air and all those blossoms popping up from the ground and in the trees. If you have any favorite locations, let me know. 

3. Play into the colors of the season when choosing your family's outfits. Fresh pops of green, blue, pink and yellow are always a hit in the springtime. We recommend choosing a color theme for the whole gang, then slightly deviating from that with accessories to keep things interesting.

4. Speaking of accessories: wear them! Choose jewelry, scarves, or prints that play into the spring theme. Butterflies, flowers, insects, etc, can make for some super adorable family pictures.

5. Time it right. Book a session too early and you may miss out on those spring buds. Book too late and you've already wandered into summer territory. Keep an eye on the weather and give me a call!

6. Incorporate props. Spring offers some beautiful backdrops where props blend in perfectly. For example, old wooden chairs look stunning in a sea of blooming rose bushes, and a quilted blanket is lovely on the fresh, green grass.

7. Really think about your footwear. Spring can often mean a soggy ground, so flip-flops or heels are not the best choice. Instead, wear something that's comfortable and spring appropriate, like loafers, flats or boots.

 

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jenniferbutlerphotography@gmail.com (Jennifer Butler Photography) Spring Session prepare for Spring http://www.jenniferbutlerphotography.com/blog/2015/3/7-tips-for-preparing-for-your-spring-session Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:00:00 GMT