Jennifer Butler Photography: Blog en-us (C) Jennifer Butler Photography (Jennifer Butler Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:04:00 GMT Jennifer Butler Photography: Blog 90 120 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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(Jennifer Butler Photography) SKPA Smiles for Katie Special Child Photography Grant available in Josephine & Jackson County OR Wed, 27 Apr 2016 05:24:49 GMT
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.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Little Mermaid One Eleven Theatre Co Mon, 11 Apr 2016 21:30:00 GMT
Attitude of Gratitude 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 

(Jennifer Butler Photography) gratitude list thankful Wed, 09 Dec 2015 21:25:19 GMT
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!"

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club Thu, 12 Nov 2015 04:00:21 GMT
Childhood Independence "BIKE NOW" 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. 
(Jennifer Butler Photography) Bike Now MCT4Kids Medford Children's Therapy kids with disabilities learn to ride a bike special kids learn to ride Tue, 04 Aug 2015 00:53:56 GMT
Happy Birthday America                 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



(Jennifer Butler Photography) 2015 Grand Marshal Crescent City Parade Crescent City Parade 2015 Grand Marshal Lavina Bowers Lavina Bowers grand marshal Sun, 05 Jul 2015 23:30:00 GMT
Overcoming a 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.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) moments of self comassion overcoming bad day Wed, 01 Jul 2015 04:30:00 GMT
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.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Do Hours How I Many My Need Photographer? Wedding Fri, 26 Jun 2015 00:56:00 GMT
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.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Are First Looks Important? The significance of the first look Wedding Thu, 25 Jun 2015 03:26:00 GMT
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.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) How much time do I need Wedding Session Wedding photo time Tue, 23 Jun 2015 00:42:00 GMT
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.
(Jennifer Butler Photography) Do Have Second Shooter We Why a choose have second shooter to we Tue, 16 Jun 2015 00:35:00 GMT
Southern Oregon 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.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon Aspire Wed, 03 Jun 2015 20:47:39 GMT
Photographers 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!

(Jennifer Butler Photography) - Feeding Get Hungry Photographer Photogs Too!: Your day on wedding your Tue, 02 Jun 2015 01:43:00 GMT
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. :)



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!







(Jennifer Butler Photography) Looking cute while Pregnant Maternity Fashion Maternity What to Wear Wed, 20 May 2015 15:52:53 GMT
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.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Benefits & Importance of unplugged Wedding Power off all devices Unplugged Wedding Wedding Ceremony Wed, 20 May 2015 04:52:30 GMT
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!


(Jennifer Butler Photography) So Oregon Aspire Josephine County Southern Oregon Aspire Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club Grants Pass Wed, 22 Apr 2015 07:47:50 GMT
So Oregon Aspire - Photo Club

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

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon Aspire Grants Pass Pacifica Gardens Grants Pass OR So Oregon Aspire Josephine County Southern 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 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.
(Jennifer Butler Photography) Engagement Session Fiancé Preparing Session" for your Fri, 10 Apr 2015 04:31:32 GMT
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.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Before the bid day Wedding Session pre-event consult Wed, 01 Apr 2015 03:50:51 GMT
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.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Spring Session prepare for Spring Sun, 08 Mar 2015 21:00:00 GMT
The Power of Bribery Why bribery is OK during a child's session


Picture day can be a very, very stressful time if you have children. Finding the right outfit and a date that everyone is available on already causes you a headache.  Once you have that down, everything is smooth sailing. You have prepared everything to be perfect, and then your worst nightmare happens – your child won’t cooperate. Even after you’ve coached him or her for the past two weeks and the entire car ride leading up to the session, they still just aren't having it. You’ve tried all of the usual tricks and nothing is working. Sounds terrible, right?

Well, I’m here today to save you from this nightmare, and help you prevent this from even happening. Behold the power of bribery. I know some people frown upon this, however, they probably haven’t tried to get a 48 , and 12 year old to sit in one position together, looking at the camera, and smiling. It’s no easy task! As a photographer, I’m going to give you the green light and tell you that it’s OK to bribe your kids for the sake of good photos.

We have a very limited amount of time to get all of the photos that you need, and I don’t want you to be stressed out or feel that we are  crunched for time because little Timmy is having a meltdown, or is hiding behind his hands the entire session, or sticking his tongue out at me. So, I welcome bribery with arms wide open!

Every child is different when it comes to bribery. They all have different personalities and like different time

  • Fruit snack, candy, or ice cream
  • A sleepover with a friend
  • Staying up later than usual
  • Extended play time, TV time, or tablet time
  • They don’t have to eat their vegetables that night at dinner
  • They don’t have to do chores the next day
  • Give them back a privilege that’s been taken away the last time they were in trouble

While these aren’t the only options, I  thought I'd give you a starting point to brainstorm your own ideas to help get your child to cooperate. Jennifer Butler Photography -32Jennifer Butler Photography -32

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Child Photo Session The Power of Bribery Why Bribery is OK During a Child's Photo Session Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:15:00 GMT
Tips for getting ready for your wedding day How to Look Your Best on Your Wedding Day

We’re here today to talk about wedding day prep. Here are some tips to help you look and feel your best.

  1. Tanning: If you’re going to tan before the wedding, be sure to avoid tan lines – especially if you have a strapless dress. If you’re getting married in the summer, make sure that in the two to three months leading up to your wedding you’re tanning evenly to avoid tan lines.


  1. Hair & Makeup: Get your hair and makeup professionally done. Be sure to do a trial run beforehand to ensure you like the look before your big day.


  1. Accessories: Try on your dress with different accessories you think you want to wear on your wedding day. This way, you know what it looks like with the dress so you know for sure what you want to wear, and are not trying to decide on a necklace, etc. on the day of your wedding. This takes away getting ready time and causes unnecessary stress.


  1. Shoes: Walk around in your wedding shoes prior to the big day to get them worn in. Also, take some sandpaper to the bottoms to scuff them up a bit so you don’t slip down the aisle or on the dance floor. If you are going to walk around in grass, you’ll want to get some high heel protector caps so you don’t sink in the grass. Also be conscious of walking on uneven grass so you don’t face plant in your pretty white dress.


  1. Eat & Drink: The best way for you to look your best is to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water the days leading up to, and the day of, your wedding. Also, be sure to eat on your wedding day throughout the day so you don’t pass out or get a headache. And if you’re going to drink alcohol, don’t get drunk before photos – especially if it’s red wine that can stain everything (including your mouth). Save it for after all the big events at your reception.
(Jennifer Butler Photography) Best, Day Wedding Day Wedding tips for getting ready look your best Mon, 02 Mar 2015 15:42:11 GMT
8 clothing tips/ideas for maternity sessions  

Not sure what to wear for your maternity session? Check out these great tips to help you prepare:


  1. Remember, the main purpose of this session is to show off your baby bump, so be sure to wear more clingy clothing to your session. It doesn’t necessarily have to be tight, but you want it to be more form fitting so you can see the bump. Just be sure that it’s still comfortable for you.
  2. I suggest wearing shirts with some kind of sleeve on them – they are more flattering for photos. Things like a dress with 3/4 length sleeves, or a form fitting tank top with a sweater/cardigan over it are always a good idea.
  3. Dress in layers – this will help to give you several clothing ‘looks’ without having to fully change your outfit every time.
  4. Belts can really help accentuate your bump. We suggest trying to add one to your wardrobe for this session.
  5. Dresses with gathering at the sides also help give your bump more definition and are a great option!
  6. I would like to suggest bringing a button-down shirt to your session. You can wear it over a tank, or if you want to expose your belly, we can use this shirt to do so, while keeping the rest of your upper body modest.
  7. Be comfortable! Above all else, your comfort is the most important thing. If you’re uncomfortable, it will show on camera. Find an outfit that feels good and that you know you look good in. This will help you to relax for the best photos. Jennifer Butler Photography -2Jennifer Butler Photography -2
(Jennifer Butler Photography) Clothing tip for Maternity Photo Session Maternity Session clothing clothing for moms to be Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:15:02 GMT
The Importance of Maternity Photos  

Even though pregnancy comes with a lot of difficult trials, it is an amazing time in your life. It is a time of celebration and anticipation as you prepare to meet your little bundle of joy. It’s a time where you become strong – stronger than you ever thought you could possibly be. During this time, you create your initial bond with your child that will continue throughout your entire lives.


There are very few women who actually feel like they are beautiful while they are pregnant – especially during the first pregnancy. The miracle of pregnancy is a beautiful thing. Swollen feet, stretch marks, and hormone changes aside – you are growing a real Jennifer Butler Photography -6Jennifer Butler Photography -6 live human being inside of you. All of those side effects come from different things your body has to do to help nourish and protect your baby.


You are beautiful, and you should take the time to celebrate these changes and this amazing moment in your life. These photos will be a great gift to pass down to your child as an heirloom of your first memories with them. This is something they can treasure forever.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Importance Maternity Maternity Photos, Photos" Session" of Sun, 01 Mar 2015 00:14:18 GMT
Choosing the best way to display photos in your home Displaying Your Photos in Your Home

Now that your session is over, it’s time to decide where you are going to put your photos and what will look best in your home.


  • Canvas – I offer beautiful canvases stretched over varying thicknesses of wood to make it stand out more or less depending on your preference. These photos are free-floating and do not require a frame.
  • Framed on Wall – Dress your photos up with stylish frames to match your home décor. I offer a variety of print sizes for you to choose from. Contact me for more details.


*When hanging photos on your wall (framed or canvas) you can choose to hang a single photo, or a group of photos in a collage to change it up.


  • Framed on Shelves, Desks, Tables – If you are renting or don’t want to put holes in your walls from prints or canvases, you can also frame your prints and place them on shelves, desks, or tables around your home. (You can also do this in addition to the wall hangings if you’d like.)
  • Photo Boxes – Customized photo boxes are totally in! These are very popular amongst my clients. This is a great way to display your photos, and you can keep more prints inside or use them as a keepsake box to house your precious memories.
  • Albums/Coffee Table Books – If you just can’t pick out a few photos to display in your home and you need more space, you can always get an album printed up and place it on your coffee table or give as a gift.
(Jennifer Butler Photography) Choosing the best way to display photos Displaying Your Photos Wed, 25 Feb 2015 03:26:00 GMT
5 Tips for a great gender reveal session  

If you are planning a gender reveal session in the near future, here are some tips to help you with your preparation.

  1. Book your session in advance

Once you find out your ultrasound date, call and schedule a reveal session. There’s nothing worse than being excited and wanting to tell the world about your little prince or princess, only to find out that your photographer is booked for the next two months and can’t get you in for adorable reveal photos. I suggest scheduling a date and a backup date in case your baby is being modest on ultrasound day. This way, if you don’t find out on the date that you thought you would, I will still have a spot reserved for when you do find out.

  1. Pre-plan your reveal session

During your pre-session consult, we can discuss how you would like to do your reveal. I can help you brainstorm, but also suggest looking around to find ideas and a style that you like. Do you want to use blue and pink balloons, glitter, a cake, or paint? What’s your style?

  1. Try to put a unique spin on your reveal

After you’ve found an idea you like, try to change it to make it your own by adding personal touches unique to you and your spouse.

  1. Involve your other kids (if you have some)

If this is not your first child, I always love having the big brother/sister(s) involved in the photos. It makes it so much more exciting and shows the whole family together waiting in anticipation for their new family member.

  1. Wait until the session to find out what you’re having

This is something that is not required,but I do recommend it.

I love to capture the real emotion when the parents first find out for the very first time the gender of their child. If you find out at your appointment, the initial surprise (sometimes shock) is over.


Wait until your session, ask your doctor not to tell you, but instead write down the gender and place it in an envelope for you. You would then give the envelope to me and then I can take care of the planning.


If you’re doing balloons, I can fill the box for you. If you’re having a special cake baked, you can tell us the baker and we will inform them what color to fill it with, etc. I am here to help you. Jennifer Butler Photography -7Jennifer Butler Photography -7

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Tips for a great gender reveal session maternity reveal session reveal photo session Wed, 18 Feb 2015 03:26:00 GMT
Why I prefer to schedule sessions around sunset The ‘Golden Hour’

So you want to learn about golden hour, huh? It’s a pretty popular time of day for photographers to shoot. I will tell you what it is and why I prefer this time of day to others.

 I do have some daytime sessions available, but I prefer to shoot in the hours leading up to sunset. This is called the ‘Golden Hour.’ During this time, the lighting is absolutely perfect.

The perks:

  • You get yummy light flares and beautiful soft light.
  • There are no soft shadows or squinty eyes from the blinding sun at high noon.
  • In the summer, the weather isn’t too hot, so you’re able to relax a little better knowing there isn’t sweat running down your face or making stains on your shirt.
  • During Golden Hour, everything is warm and pretty and gives off a magical feeling.

I can also get some sweet silhouette shots as the sun is going down on the horizon

(Jennifer Butler Photography) family photo session general photo session info golden hour what time to schedule a photo session Wed, 11 Feb 2015 03:52:00 GMT
Choosing the perfect Location for your session Choosing the Perfect Location for Your Session to Match Your Home

It’s almost time for your session and we’re trying to decide on a location. Here are some things you’ll want to think about:

1. Keep in mind the décor of your home. My personal photography style is bright and bold. However, my home is more vintage-themed. I would never have us dressed in bright colors on a canvas in my wall because it doesn’t go with my rustic décor. Make sure you coordinate your outfits and locations to match the décor style of your home. You also will need to coordinate the colors with the walls of your house so they don’t clash.

2. If you have a rustic home like mine, studio portraits don’t typically look good unless you put them in vintage type frames to make them fit in more.

3. If you have a more modern home, studio photos will more than likely be your best option.

4. You can also choose to have a lifestyle session done inside your home. We will come to your house and take photos of your family in your own natural environment. These are beautiful and will look great in your house because they match perfectly.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) choosing perfect location family photo session general photo session info Wed, 11 Feb 2015 03:40:28 GMT
When should I book my maternity session?  

Just as soon as you know your due date, let me know!  We can then decide on a time that is best for your photos. I like to schedule maternity session around the time around when you are 7 to 8 months along. This way, you are far enough along to show off your baby bump, but not to the point where you are going to be miserable in your photos.


As you go along your pregnancy, things may change with your due date, or you may start showing sooner and want to do them earlier. Just contact me and we can discuss this and help you find a new date.


If you’d like to add on a gender reveal session, I typically recommend doing those photos shortly after your 16 to 20 Jennifer Butler Photography -9Jennifer Butler Photography -9 week ultrasound when the baby’s gender is discovered.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Maternity Photo Session Maternity Photos When to schedule Maternity Photo Session Tue, 10 Feb 2015 23:52:00 GMT
How Color Effects Your Photos Have you ever noticed the effect that different colors can have on your mood?

When you are surrounded by bright vibrant colors- think when the sun is shining, when you’re on vacation in a tropical places and there are colorful flowers and brightly colored patterns everywhere- your mood naturally elevates.

When you are in a room that is full of neutral and soft colors- like grays, cream, rose pink, sage green, you can feel the calming effect and often it can take away some stress.

The same can be said for the color choices of your clients that you photograph.  Think about the kind of message you want the photographs to portray and help your clients chose clothing that fits with that.

Often the location will dictate the mood of the photograph.

For example, if you are photographing a young family in the park, most likely that will be a happy, playful session.  Therefore, the family would want to chose clothing colors and patterns that fit that happy, joyful mood.  Maybe hot pink, kelly green, royal blue and white?

On the other hand, if you are photographing a newborn with his parents.  This is NOT a time for bright, jarring colors.  Newborns make us think of soft snuggly moments and quiet, sweet and sleepy babies.  It would be best for these parents and the newborn baby to be in soft, natural colors. . . white, cream, light gray, tan, rose pink, etc.

Help your clients pick the best clothing for not just the setting you’ll be photographing them in, but also for the mood you want to portray in your photographs.  You’ll see a big improvement in both the quality of your work AND your clients will feel like the final product is “just what they wanted.”


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(Jennifer Butler Photography) How Color Effects Photos It's all about color clothing color family photo session what to wear what to wear, what not to wear Fri, 06 Feb 2015 04:36:00 GMT
Tips for Emotionally Preparing Your Husband For your Photo Session Preparing Your Husband for the Session

For some of us, preparing our husbands for the family photo session is as exhausting as preparing the kids. If your husband is happy-go-lucky about photo day, that’s excellent. If you’re dealing with someone who’s reluctant, however, then here are some things you can do to help:


  • Especially if this is your first session together with the family now that the kids are mobile, let him know how the session will go and discuss your expectations. Also, if you have to bribe the kids, communicate this with him so he can help remind them of the bribery.
  • Warn him that the kids will probably be crazy or freak out and that he should prepare himself for that. Let him know that it will still be fine and to try not to get overwhelmed or worried.
  • Let him know that the more helpful he is in getting himself and the kids ready, the less stressed you will be and the less chance of an argument between you arising.
  • Remind him that the session is only one to two hours and then it will all be over. This way, he sees a light at the end of the tunnel and can stick it out.
  • If your husband is being difficult, bribe him to cooperate during the session as well. If it works for the kiddos, it may very well work for him!
  • And most importantly - remind him that you love him (and that he loves you, and that’s why he’s cooperating with this). Tell him how much you appreciate his support and cooperation in this, and how pleased you are going to be with the finished photos.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Preparing Your Husband For Family Photos Preparing your Husband for Photo Session family photo session Wed, 04 Feb 2015 03:09:00 GMT
Dressing for a Family Winter Session Rogue River, Grant Pass ORRogue River, Grant Pass OR

What to Wear to a Winter Family Session 

Winter’s cold, sure, but it makes for some seriously stunning photographs. Snowflakes, snowmen, white canvases, glittering icy trees? It’s a photographer’s veritable wonderland! Here’s how to dress to take advantage of that winter wonderland.


  • There’s bound to be lots of white, so really punch things up with splashy colors. Think bright red, navy, yellow, green. Any color that really pops against white is a go.
  • On that same note, don’t hesitate to play with prints. We love seeing gingham, polka dots, stripes, etc.
  • Really bundle up and play up the winter factor. We love seeing fur-lined boots or hats, oversized chunky scarves, adorable gloves, etc.
  • Do wear a couple layers underneath to ensure you stay warm. Double up on those socks and throw on some long johns, if you must!


(Jennifer Butler Photography) clothing color dressing for a winter family session What to wear Winter photo session Wed, 21 Jan 2015 01:41:18 GMT
Photographer Wedding Terminology 101 A Client’s Guide to Wedding Photographer Terms

As photographers, we use a lot of terminology that you may not understand. This article is to help you get to know some of our terms in regard to your wedding photography.

  • Traditional – Traditional wedding photos are the standard portraits, poses, and events taken at weddings. These are the images that we get at every wedding, no matter what. For example, bride and groom standing side by side looking at the camera, or the exchanging of rings and kiss during the ceremony.
  • CandidCandid images are photos that are not planned, but are taken as they happen. They are very much in the moment and are different for every single wedding. They aren’t posed or forced.
  • PinterestThis is when a photo is posed via a style that can be found on the popular website, Pinterest. We often have clients show us Pinterest boards they’ve created of different images they like.
  • Romantic – These are images that are based on the couple and shows them interacting with one another and being lovey toward each other. They are sweet and more natural poses.
  • Fun – Fun photos are spontaneous, in the moment photos where the couple or bridal party acts silly and loosens up as opposed to the sometimes stiff feeling of formal photos.
  • Details – Detail shots are just that – pictures of details, like the flowers, your rings, place settings, shoes, jewelry, etc.
  • Formals – Formal photos are typically done after the ceremony (sometimes before) where the family and bridal party gets together with the bride and groom and takes photos where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling. There are a variety of photo groups here depending on the family bridal party sizes and with whom you want photos.
  • RAW – This term is used to describe the files before they go through their editing process.
  • JPEG – A JPEG is the type of file your images are converted to after they are edited and the format that most photos are printed from.
  • Editing – This is where we adjust your photos. If we need to make them brighter or darker or enhance the colors. This is our editing process. We can also take the color out and make the image a black and white photo.
  • Proof – Your proofs will be an album of the best images from your wedding, but not the final version.
  • Retouching – During our editing process, retouching is where we can remove blemishes and smooth out skin, minor adjustments, etc.


Cull – This is the process where we eliminate ‘bad’ or duplicate images before you get your proofs. A bad image would be one that is way too dark, bright, blurry, someone

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Client's Photography Wedding Guide Photographer's Terms Wedding Session Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:24:00 GMT
Capturing your big day I am with you from the time you start getting ready for big day into the night of your reception. I will cover Getting Ready, Ceremony and Reception, Family and Bridal Party Portraits, Wedding Day Details, and all of the Special Moments throughout your day.


My style is very candid. However, I we talk family posed images  and bridal party photos. For most of the day, you’ll barely notice I am there, as I try to remain discreet. I will not be all up in your face or being a distraction to you or your guests.


I will cover all of the main events throughout the day and will get all of the many details that you worked so hard to put together for your big day. If there’s something in particular you want to make sure I  capture, just ask. I am happy to accommodate you. If you want to get a not-so-formal photo with some friends during the reception, just pull me aside and ask I will  snap a photo or two. Just sit back and relax, because I've got you covered!

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Capturing your big day Wedding Wedding Session Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:24:00 GMT
What to wear, What not to wear!

What shall I Wear, What Not to Wear


Choosing the appropriate attire is very important in photography.  Solid colors that are paired with large pattern or stripes will look spectacular.  Stripes and small prints, may not look good in photos, this is why large patterns and solids are preferred.  If you are seeking a dreamy look, choose pastel colors, off whites, and soft prints to achieve this look.  If you want to achieve a dramatic look, choose colors that are bright, BOLD, and Colorful.  Do not be shy when mixing colors and patterns.  There is not rule, no limit, be creative!

If you want your focus to be your attire, minimize your accessories.  Accessories may take away the spotlight from your outfit.  If you want your accessories to make a statement, wearing solid colorful clothing is an excellent choice.

For children, I recommend outfits with a lot of visual interest.  Textures, ruffles, layers, lots of layers over tops, skirts, dresses, jeans, legging.  Think outside the box.  This is about making it fun; don’t forget they are still kids!

I love shoes, colorful shoes, closed toed shoes, with detail, color and bling! Be sure the shoes you choose are appropriate to the season.  Personally, I love bare feet photos shoots, you may prefer shoes.


DO NOT TRY AND MATCH COLORS!  Coordinate colors, but what you do not want to do is make it seem like you tried and failed!  As I mentioned before, todya's  trend does not call for matching colors, actually it allows for endless creativity.

Accessories are also tricky to pair.  Coordinating them equally would be the way to succeed. 

Ideas for girls – hats, hairpiece, necklace, bracelets, belts, scarfs

Ideas for boys/big guys – hats, beanies, suspenders, belts, scarfs

Same rule apply as far as color and accessories.  Choose one color, two is the max.  LESS is more for a family or group photos.  May Let mom pick her outfit first and then work around that for the rest of the family

                                              BIG NO - NO's!

1.  Avoid large logos/printed brand unless for commercial purposes

2.  Stay away from pure whites

3.  Avoid sneakers of any kind if possible

4.  Say no to tee-shirts

5. DO NOT over accessorize


(Jennifer Butler Photography) accessories clothing color what not to wear what to wear Sat, 17 Jan 2015 06:07:00 GMT
Murf's Marvelous Pancake & Handcrafted Syrups IMG_1495.JPGIMG_1495.JPGWaterlogue 1.1.2 (1.1.2003)
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Murf's Marvelous Pancakes & Handcrafted Syrups, made right here in Grants Pass, Oregon @ Kia's Kitchen on "G Street." (between 6th & 7th Street)

Share in the special moment to personally meet Murf every Saturday morning 8- noon, and sample her "marvelous pancake syrups".

If you can't make it to breakfast, purchase "Murf's Marvelous Pancake & Handcrafted Syrups" or gift packs at some of the downtown merchants

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Kia's Kitchen Murf's Marvelous Panckes & Handcrafted Syrups Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:26:14 GMT
Williams Post Office Country Living in a small town....


Traveling down a two lane road, seeing maybe 8 cars, I mailed off a birthday package to my great niece today. 

It's a special year, she informs me, for it's her first double digit year. 


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Williams Oregon Williams Postoffice Fri, 16 Jan 2015 07:04:06 GMT

Just a  little fun to new beginnings as we share in the rest of our lives together..

We have decided it is time to marry our best friend, together forever we will be.


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(Jennifer Butler Photography) engagement Sun, 04 Jan 2015 01:27:00 GMT
Why you should hire a professional photographer to do your events Should I Hire a Professional Photographer to Document My Event?

If you’re on the fence about whether or not to hire someone to photograph your event, consider these reasons:

Let’s say the event is a family reunion and you want to get a group photo of the whole family. You could do it yourself, but one of two things could happen then.

A) You have someone take the photo for you, leaving a family member out of the photo because they had to take it. This could possibly offend that person or make them feel awkward for being excluded.



B) You set a timer on your camera. This can be problematic because there are so many people in the photo that you will need to take several images to make sure everyone is looking and has their eyes open. You will have to take two to three times as long to get the photos done because you’ll have to keep resetting the timer, and you still might not have gotten the shot. Hiring a professional will eliminate all of this stress.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to go around all night taking selfies with my phone or camera with all of my friends and family members. I would much prefer to relax and enjoy the moment instead of trying to capture it. The quality of the photos will be much better than the selfies. Also, trying to take a selfie with a group of people is next to impossible when trying to get everyone inside the frame (selfie image with iPhono)

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Hiring a Professional Why hire a Professional Photographer general photo session info Thu, 01 Jan 2015 18:31:00 GMT
Happy Winter Solstic

Christmas brings so many fond memories and family traditions. 

Tonight, as I decorate my tree, I will reminisce over the past Christmases and loved ones.  My favorite family tradition was started by my Great Great Auntie, I was just 3 months old.  My first Christmas was the start of  my very own ornament collection. 

My collection started with the most beautiful gold angel with sparkled glittered wings and a bright fluorescence pink & lime green "Humpty Dumpty!  As the years passed my collection grew.  After the loss of my Great Great Auntie,  my collection continued to grow, carried on by other family members, made it a "family tradition."

Over the past several  years, I  have been able to share this family tradition with my 3 most beautiful great nieces.  In many years to come, they will each decorate their own families Christmas tree, in their own homes reminiscing over family traditions.

Never to forget they each hold a special place in their Great Aunties heart.

Merry Christmas


Let a post, and share with me your family traditions

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Christmas time Holly berries family traditions winter solstice Sun, 21 Dec 2014 05:20:00 GMT
Tis the season  

I saw Santa at the Tree Lighting Ceremony & First Friday Night Art Walk, downtown Grants Pass.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Christmas Lights Downtown Grants Pass Tree Lighting Sun, 14 Dec 2014 19:21:55 GMT
Featured in local paper - Applegater Winter 2014 Winter edition 2014

Applegate Valley Community Newspaper, Inc.
P.O. Box 14
Jacksonville, OR 97530
The art of people:
Local photographers

love their work      Page 1     continued on      Page 3

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Applegater Newspaper The Art of People local photographers Sat, 13 Dec 2014 06:23:00 GMT
Black Friday To many of you "Black Friday" is the biggest shopping day of the year....

You may have been spending "Black Friday shopping....

I was chasing rainbows, enjoying the transformation of a new beginning.


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(Jennifer Butler Photography) Black Friday Double rainbow Southern Oregon rainbow Sat, 29 Nov 2014 04:45:00 GMT
Weekend Get-a-way Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature it is winter!  Nothing better than spending the weekend with friends at the coast.  IMG_4366.JPGIMG_4366.JPG

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Brookings Oregon good time Mon, 17 Nov 2014 07:32:00 GMT
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What an amazing opportunity...

Photographing a local artist and her studio for her upcoming book. 

To discover I have admired her work for the pass years.  Best wishes to you Karen and a successful book.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) red shoes Sun, 09 Nov 2014 05:00:00 GMT
How to Prepare to Ensure a Stress-Free Picture Day How to Prepare to Ensure a Stress-Free Picture Day


When it comes to family picture day, a lot of stress is typically associated with days leading up to the session. I am here to help you relax and be prepared all at the same time. Here are some tips:


  1. Find the outfits you want everyone to wear a month in advance and set them aside somewhere safe. Then try them on a week ahead of time to ensure everything still fits comfortably and that you didn’t miss any stains or holes that you couldn’t see until they were being worn.
  2. As soon as your family changes out of their photo attire, make sure it is clean and pressed to be ready for the big day. Set the clothes together (sorted by person) and place them somewhere free from harm and dirt. Be sure to tell everyone that these are picture clothes and not to be worn until picture day. This will help to be sure that no articles of clothing go missing. Don’t forget about shoes, jewelry, belts, and other accessories.
  3. About three to four days prior to the session, start talking with your husband and kids about the session and what will happen and how they should behave. If you plan to use a bribe, now is a good time to set that in place. Continue to talk to your children daily to prepare them for the session.
  4. Two days prior to the session, pack a bag of everything you will need on picture day – snacks, props, bribery, etc. and put it somewhere you can grab it and go. Be sure to include wipes in case things get messy, an extra hairbrush, and other “emergency” items, such as bobby pins and a backup lipstick.
  5. On the day of the session, make sure everyone is well fed, but not overfed. We don’t want sick little tummies from overeating, but we don’t want anyone getting “hangry” (angry because they are so hungry) either. Do not get your family dressed in their photo clothes until after they have eaten and brushed their teeth. This will prevent spills and other messy accidents.
  6. If you have young children, avoid any colored drinks the day of the session until after we are finished. Also, get them to wear a bib or drop cloth if they drink anything on the way to the session to save their shirts from wet spots or stains.
  7. Once you get to the session, try to relax. If you have set a bribe, please let me know so I can use that throughout the session if the children get restless. Trust your photographer - know that I will take care of things and will deliver amazing photos of your family. Jennifer Butler Photography -7Jennifer Butler Photography -7
(Jennifer Butler Photography) family photo session preparing for photo session stress-free photo session stress-free picture day what to wear Sat, 25 Oct 2014 02:40:00 GMT
Technology Is it a blessing the technology kids have today?

Tablets, computers and iphones

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(Jennifer Butler Photography) technology today Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:53:00 GMT
7 Tips for Preparing for Your Autumn Session How to Prepare for Your Autumn Session

Autumn is one of the most popular months of the year for portrait sessions. After all, nature is doing its thing with all those vibrant colors, plus you get a chance to really play up your wardrobe with accessories in the crisp weather.


1. Make use of accessories and clothing that play up the "autumn" feeling. For example, opt for leather boots, cable knit scarves and comfy cardigans look amazing on the whole family and can really bring a picture to life. Tip: neutrals do really well in the fall against all that foliage.


2. Timing is everything. Start paying attention to that shift in weather as summer melts into fall. Once the leaves start changing, call up your photog and book a session. I know that I like to plan fall sessions, so chances are I've got a session ready for you.


3. Location is everything. If it's autumn, you better believe we're playing outside in the gorgeous weather. I have a lot of locations to choose from that have particularly pretty backdrops. I'm also open to your suggestions.


4. Plan for a mid-afternoon to early-evening session, when the light is just gorgeous. The days are shorter in the fall, so we need to plan accordingly to get that golden hour light.


5. Play in the environment. Chances are there are leaves on the ground or a few buds lingering around. I may have you throw leaves up into the air or something similar. Remember, this shoot is all about capturing your family bond and having fun, so let loose and get into the season!


6. Pack the necessities. It can get chilly in autumn, so you may want to bring some necessities on hand. I recommend a lip balm, moisturizer, warm packs for your hands, tissues, and, of course, warm apparel.


7. Wear comfortable shoes and accessories. Since we're going to be outside, we'll probably do lots of walking. If those boots look amazing, but kill your feet, scratch them. If the scarf looks adorable on Timmy, but it's scratches his face and makes him unhappy, it's better left at all. Jennifer Butler Photography -52Jennifer Butler Photography -52

(Jennifer Butler Photography) 7 Autumn How Prepare Preparing Session Tips Your for to Sun, 05 Oct 2014 04:15:00 GMT
Applegare Winery I have grown to enjoy the peace and tranquility of living in the country. 

Come visit and we can tour the local Applegate Wineries.  If you time it right, we can stomp some grapes and make wine.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Applegate Wineries grapes. Sun, 21 Sep 2014 01:45:00 GMT
Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club Session #2  Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club    

The student love getting out n bout, even in the hot summer months!

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Asprie Club" Oregon Photo So Southern Oregon Asprie Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:34:00 GMT
Growing up A birthday holds a meaning that means so much.  There's a story written in a very old book about a birthday in 1714, and it's been said that 300 years from this date a child shall be born with a dream that has the ability to light up the world with a smile, and provide the world with a gift that can only be released after the age of 12.

300 years ago there was a girl who knew she had a gift; a gift to live her life unlike any others, and to provide a heart which would change the world.  She prayed and asked that if such a girl was created 300 years from now that she would have amazing gifts that would surley change the world, but it wouldn't be until her 13th birthday that she would begin to see the amazing powers she had.

She would be born in the morning and she would have to be the oldest of her siblings; so, she could always be there to care for them and teach them her gift.  She would be honest and tell it the way it is.  She would be stubborn cause when your right you have to have the will to not back down. She would deserve the finest things in life, and she would get them.  Not because she was spoiled and wanted them, but simply because she deserved them.

She would always care for others more than herself. This girl would be special and everyone would know it, some will even be jealous of it. 

So, if today is your birthday and you are a girl who was born in the morning on August 12th.   Know that you are amazing and there is no one like you! You hold the answers to questions people cannot answer.

Stand for what you believe, stand for who you are, stand to help others, stand because your a star!  Feel what you feel inside, never run never hide because my girl born August 12th, you hold a dream inside.
Your meant to change the world!  You are an amazing little girl, and just know inside that your the royalty in this world!  Your smile will light up a room, your beauty will make others assume, but you will always be yourself no matter what they do.

You have a gift that know one will ever understand so as you grow older, just know the world is in your hands.

Happy Birthday my sweet Angel

(Jennifer Butler Photography) life changes little girl grows up teenager Wed, 13 Aug 2014 04:50:00 GMT
Craft day with the girls I have had such a wonderful time spending this week with my 3 great great nieces and their yei-yei (my sister in law).

The family had the opportunity to travel from California to Oregon, stopping to visit other family members, to then share the week with me.  I love my girls, and my family, and cherish our time together.  Early morning pranks, fun in the sun, to late night talks Jennifer Butler Photography -82Jennifer Butler Photography -82

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Family Jewels Family memories Sisterly Love Sat, 02 Aug 2014 05:26:00 GMT
Country Living Showing the girls how people live in the county,

Early morning tour of the local farms....

Farm fresh eggs from Applegate Lavendar Farm, for breakfast...

Farm fresh syrup, jelly  and berries from Pennington Farm




(Jennifer Butler Photography) Country living farm fresh Fri, 01 Aug 2014 06:04:00 GMT
Summer Fun   IMG_3692IMG_3692 "We have never seen trees this big!"

Summer fun, exploring new places with Auntie! California Redwoods - Jedediah Smith State Park, one of my favorite places in the world!

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Cheerished moments Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park Sisterly Love Thu, 31 Jul 2014 05:13:00 GMT
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Valley girl has gone country....

Life on the farm, living in the country was a big surprise for the girls!


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Country life Williams General Store Williams Oregon country living Sun, 27 Jul 2014 00:08:00 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) So Oregon Aspire Photo Club Southern Oregon Aspire teacher teaching students Wed, 09 Jul 2014 02:19:00 GMT
Southern Oregon Aspire Photo Club I must follow in my mother's and father's footsteps somewhere along the way...

Who would have ever thought I would be teaching?  Teaching the basic concepts of photography to adults with disabilites.  Life doesn't get any better than this!

(Jennifer Butler Photography) So Oregon Aspire photo club Southern Oregon Asprie Thu, 26 Jun 2014 01:00:00 GMT
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You are beautiful from the inside out,

Wishing you a Happy Birthday!


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Happy Birthday Mon, 19 May 2014 06:13:00 GMT
Cousins make the best of friends

Ten plus years have passed, and it seems like just yesterday!  I love you and our special friendship we share!  You  will always hold dear place in  my heart!  I love you, cousin! Your one of a kind.... we are one of a kind xoxo


(Jennifer Butler Photography) cousins family love forever friends Thu, 08 May 2014 00:32:00 GMT
Spring has sprung The joys of living in a place where I can see and enjoy all four season!

It's been a long hard cold winter....
Let's welcome Spring!

(Jennifer Butler Photography) :looking back door" flowering magnolia tree my out spring has sprung Thu, 24 Apr 2014 00:32:00 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) Ashland, Oregon abandoned home Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:35:25 GMT
Hope Equestrian Denim and Diamonds 2014 Ellen Eadie, rider, @ HOPE Equestrian Center is featured in a video showen at the 9th Annual Denim & Diamonds Dinner and Auction, Saturday, March 15, 2014, @ Rogue Vally Country Club

Evening included dinner, Silent Auction, and "Adopt a Rider" Hope Equestiran featuring Ellen EadieEllen Eadie is one off the many riders at Hope Equestrian, Eagle Point Oregon.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Hope Equesterian Center Hope Equestian Denim & Diamond 2014 Special Kids horse therapy Mon, 03 Mar 2014 06:37:06 GMT
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Just a crazy fun day....

Just wanted to say "hello"
May your day be filled with happiness

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Just saying bad hair day hi" Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:12:00 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) Family Photo Grant SKPA Smiles for Katie Special Kids of America Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:27:30 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) Hope Equestrian 2014 Denim and Diamond Hope Equestrian Center horse therapy Tue, 18 Feb 2014 04:43:44 GMT
Front Page of Rogue River Press

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Oregon Speical Kids Photographer Rogue River Press SKPA newspress Special Kids Photography Tue, 04 Feb 2014 05:29:01 GMT
Hearts of HOPE Tuesday, brought pure excitement and joy to the  newest rider on the  ranch.Jennifer Butler Photography -1Hearts of HOPE

Tuesdays rider....
Enjoys her first time at the ranch,
first time on a horse
What a day... a day that will never be forgotten

(Jennifer Butler Photography) HOPE Equesterian Center Hearts of HOPE horse therapy Wed, 22 Jan 2014 18:47:36 GMT
The Art of HOPE, Hearts of HOPE The art of HOPELooking forward to spending time on the ranch capturing the hearts of HOPE.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) HOPE Equesterian Center Eagle Point Oregon therapeutic horseback riding to special needs individuals throughout Southern Oregon Sat, 18 Jan 2014 02:14:43 GMT
Happy New Year -2014 Nothing better to starting the New Year, a new beginning with family! Jennifer Butler Photography -24Jennifer Butler Photography -24

(Jennifer Butler Photography) New Year New beginning family sisterly love Sat, 04 Jan 2014 06:06:00 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) Pet Portrait Roxanne Wed, 11 Dec 2013 23:26:52 GMT
Winter or Fall? Jennifer Butler Photography -1Jennifer Butler Photography -1Believe it or not.... it is still Fall Although it appears winter is here, the First day of Winter is still a few weeks away

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Nature Oak tree Snowy day Williams, Oregon Winter barn Mon, 09 Dec 2013 22:39:08 GMT




                                                                        SKPA CONTACT: Karen Dórame   435.627.1628­­       






            Ask any photographer about taking pictures of children. It can be an extremely challenging task. Now, think of compounding this frustration by adding autism or cerebral palsy to the formula. This is an assignment that many photographers would rather not undertake. Realizing this, parents of children with special needs often do not even attempt to have professional portraits made of their disabled offspring. Other parents express their frustration, because they are forever hoping for—but not getting—a picture that will bring out the true “spirit” of their very special son or daughter.

 Jennifer A. Butler, has recently completed training offered by Special Kids Photography of America (SKPA), a nationwide nonprofit organization. This unique instruction helps make the photographer’s interaction with the child easier and the parents a lot happier with the results.

Take lighting for instance. Natural lighting is recommended for children with certain disorders, because some lighting conditions could trigger a seizure or cause a child to be frightened by a bright flash. When photographers realize this, they can avoid an unfortunate incident as well as the possible need to reschedule the photo shoot.

In other cases, some children may be sensitive to touch; others react adversely to subtle ambient sounds that may emanate from an air conditioning vent or squeaking door. “One of the main keys to success,” says Karen Dórame, SKPA’s executive director, “is effective communication between the photographer, the parent and to whatever extent possible, the child. The all-important pre-session interview with the photographer and parent helps everyone get a clearer idea of what to expect and the type of approach needed to work with the child.”

Jennifer A Butler,  has completed the SKPA Accreditation Clinic and is now combining this new skill base with previous photographic experience to provide solid skills and compassionate service to families with disabled or seriously ill children.

Contact:        Jennifer Butler at (541) 761-4014

Information about SKPA and the related publication, Photographing Children with Special Needs, may be obtained by visiting

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Local Oregon Photographer obtains accreditation with Special Kids Photography of America Fri, 15 Nov 2013 20:09:55 GMT
Down Syndrome Asso of So Oregon ART DAY....

All art painted by individuals with Down Syndrome Jennifer Butler Photography -15"Ariel"

All art painted by individuals with Down Syndrome will be taken and put into a calendar  for 2014 and later sold at an art show/wine event to benefit Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon.   The project is being put on by Rayna Carson,  North Medford High.  Rayna has asked that parents or self advocates give a brief story to go along with the art piece.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Art display DSASO Down Syndrome Association of Southern Oregon Kids Special Needs Special Kids Tue, 05 Nov 2013 06:36:11 GMT
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Art is a beautiful thing


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Art Walk Art display Grants Pass First Friday Grants Pass Musuem of Art Fri, 04 Oct 2013 22:44:00 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) Nature Pacifica Williams Oregon Steve Miller Band Ranch sunset Summer nights sunset Fri, 30 Aug 2013 22:11:00 GMT
Fire in the Sky

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon sunset fire in the sky sunset Wed, 14 Aug 2013 00:12:00 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon forest fire pacifica Fire Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:34:00 GMT
City girls go country IMG_0009Summer fun...I couldn't have asked for more! My 3 beautiful Great Nieces came to visit

(Jennifer Butler Photography) children family kids portrait sisters special kids Fri, 28 Jun 2013 21:47:00 GMT
The Art of Candid Child Photography Candid Child Photography


If your child doesn’t like sitting still or posing for the camera, have no worries, I can still get some great photos! Jennifer Butler Photography -124Jennifer Butler Photography -124 When children don’t want to cooperate, we as photographers, jump to plan B. It is our job to create situations where you child can relax and candidly bring out their personalities. About 97% of the time, I prefer candid shots instead of the posed ones.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Art Candid Child Photography The of Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:55:00 GMT
How to eliminate fake smiles during your session

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(Jennifer Butler Photography) How to Get Real, Genuine Smiles From Your Kids How to eliminate fake smiles during your session Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:55:00 GMT
Pre Session Warm up Child Interaction Time to Warm up Before Session I just wanted to take a minute to talk about the importance of the pre-session warm up. What is this, you might ask? This is the photographer-child interaction time that occurs before we begin the session. I always suggest that you show up a little bit early, maybe 15 minutes, to your session so we have this time to get to know each other. Especially with young children, it’s going to be a little bit scary interacting with someone they’ve never met before. I want to ensure I can really show off your child’s personality, so we want him or her to be comfortable  with me and with the environment.


If we were to just throw them into the middle of the session and there’s this stranger with a camera jumping around trying to get them to look and smile, your child is going to tense up and there may even be confusion. We really just want everything to run smoothly.


If you can arrive early, this will give me time to introduce myself to your child, and to try to get a vibe on how the session will go. Some children warm up right away, while others need the entire warm up time to start to feel comfortable and come out of their shells. And that is okay


After I introduce myself, I will try to get to know your child. I’ll ask them him questions about what they he likes, what they he don’t like, sing songs, maybe play a game, etc. Just to break the ice a little, so by the time the session starts, theyyour child is are happy and more familiar with me. Making sure you’re there early enough to have this time is probably one of the most important tips I can give you for your child’s session.


Once we’ve done a session and your child realizes that I’m not scary and we have fun together, the next session shouldn’t need much warm up time at all, if any. But for the very first session together, it is a must. Jennifer Butler Photography -151Jennifer Butler Photography -151

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Child photo session Pre Session warm up child interaction Tue, 25 Jun 2013 16:55:00 GMT
Mother's Day Special 1 hr photo session $70, includes (1 8x10)

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Grants Pass Oregon Jackson County Josephine County Mother's Day Special Mothers cheerish captured moments of time Southern Oregon Photographer Wed, 08 May 2013 03:47:02 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) 2013" Art Golf Grants Grants Pass Musuem of Art Golf Tournment Pass golfcart of Fri, 03 May 2013 22:18:00 GMT
April showers April showers bring May flowers....Jennifer Butler Photography (1 of 1)-2

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Abstract Wed, 01 May 2013 04:35:37 GMT
Merlin Marauders

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Merlin Maruaders bad guys cowboy action shooting cowboys real outlaws reinactment real outlaws Sun, 28 Apr 2013 21:22:00 GMT
Southern Oregon Little League Challengers Southern Oregon Little League Challengers welcomes the return of last years players, while welcoming over 35 new players!

Our first practice, all the kids left with smiles on their faces, and coaches did too!! 6 teams this year up from 2 last year and expanding, going to be an awesome year, we have some amazing kids.
Come join us and watch a game!!!

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Southern Oregon Little League Challengers Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:19:37 GMT
March 2013 March was a very busy month filled with lots of wonderful opportunities....

My first art wall display at Club Northwest was shared and enjoyed with many in the community.  While continuing to grow and develop my business, I had the opportunity to photography "Live to Dance" for The Arc Jackson. 

Traveling to Las Vegas for WWPI 2013 - A Wedding & Portrait Photography Trade Show provided me the ability and power towards mastering my craftsmanship. 

Spring, sprung and I began the beginning for what possible could be a busy year for weddings. 

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Art display Club Northwest Southern Oregon Little League Challengers Mon, 15 Apr 2013 03:15:28 GMT
Little League Challenger Wall Display I was presented with an amazing opportunity in February 2013, to create my first solo art wall display at Club Northwest, Grants Pass Oregon. My display represents children with physical and developmental challengers in the Little League Challenger Division, "Southern Oregon Little League Challengers",  and will be running from March 1-31, 2013.

I would be delighted, if time permits, to share some amazing photography with you.  Please stop by Club Northwest to view my display.

1 24x36 print, 11 16x20 on display.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Art display Club Northwest Southern Oregon Little League Challengers Art display children with physical and developmental challenges Mon, 18 Mar 2013 22:25:27 GMT
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(Jennifer Butler Photography) belliagio las vegas color flowers spin art stain glass stain glass flowers Wed, 13 Mar 2013 22:22:00 GMT
New Year New Beginning The Year ended with my photo on the front page of the "Sneak Preview Grants Pass's News & Review with an article "The Importance of Shopping Locally"  It was a new beginning, a new way to start the New Year.  Although, it is still January I have made tremendous growth....   learning, creating new ideas, and  planning.  

My biggest project for the month has been working on the creation of my new website. (see link above photo)  It is my hope that you will stop by and share your thoughts!'s a construction zone, so it might be a bit dusty!  Feel free to leave a comment on my guest page and share your your thoughts with me.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) G Street, Grants Pass Oregon Grants Pass's news & reviews Sneak Preview downtown Grants Pass historical buildings Grants Pass Oregon shop locally Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:09:02 GMT
Do I really need a professional makeup artist? Should I Hire a Make-up-Artist for My Wedding Day?

You’ve made a big investment in photography (and possibly videography as well) to help capture your big day. You want to make sure you absolutely look your best. Although, I’m sure you do a very nice job on your everyday makeup, I strongly recommend looking into hiring a makeup artist.


Here’s why:

Even though you’re great at doing your own makeup, a Make-up-Artist can do it so much better. I mean, after all, that is their job. We especially recommend hiring a good Make-up-Artist if you don’t normally do your own makeup. They know what will look good on you and can make it look natural and flawless.


Makeup artists use high-grade makeup – nothing runs, shines, or smudges, ensuring that you don’t have any makeup malfunctions during your big day. They also know what works well with the flash, the lighting at different times of the day, etc.


On your wedding day, you’re going to be moving around all day and you want your makeup to last. You’ll need to be wearing about 30% more makeup than normal. It may seem like a lot in real life, because you’re not used to it, but it won’t look like a lot on camera. Makeup artists know exactly how much to put on.


A Make-up-Artist knows how to accentuate your features to make sure you look your best for portraits and close ups. They know that cameras alter lighting and colors and how to avoid common makeup issues with photography. Some everyday makeups can make you look oily or shiny on camera – Make-up-Artists make sure the makeup they use will photograph perfectly. Also, on your wedding day, you’ll be wearing a lot of white. You don’t want to look washed out in your photos and a Make-up-Artist knows how to make sure that doesn’t happen.


And lastly, they know your schedule and can help keep you on track by making sure to have you ready on time.

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Brides & Make-up-Artists Hiring a Make-up-Artist Wedding Day Sun, 26 Aug 2012 04:15:00 GMT
First Friday Artwalk black and white or color... decisions decisions!  I am thinking black and white, for this is something new and different for me.   I am thankful to have my prints on display again during First Friday Artwalk. 

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Art display First Friday Grants Pass nature Tue, 31 Jul 2012 06:57:05 GMT
Mermaid PU MBB vs. TCNJ I think every little girl's dream is to be a mermaid or to see a mermaid. 

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Children Portrait Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:33:40 GMT
Daily Thought "Trust that little voice in your head that says, "Wouldn't it be interesting if..." And then do it.

~ Duane Michals

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Daily thought San Francisco boats harbor trust Wed, 25 Jul 2012 22:04:54 GMT
PDA is OK! Warn Your Clients About PDA in Their Engagement Session

Engagement sessions are about love and romance and the chemistry between the engaged couple eagerly awaiting their wedding. It’s only natural that with love comes PDA. That’s right, folks: public displays of affection.


Don’t worry, I don’t mean I’m going to have you completely grope each other during your session – those aren’t pictures grandma wants to hang on her fridge. During your session, I will ask you to hold hands, hug, cuddle, and even kiss! This is part of my normal workflow for engagement sessions. I just wanted to give you a heads up before your session so you know what to expect and have time to practice if you’re currently not OK with PDA.


(Jennifer Butler Photography) Engagement Session PDA Public Display of Affection Warning clients about PDA Sun, 11 Mar 2012 06:30:00 GMT
5 Tips for Spectacular Engagement Photos Getting ready for your engagement session? If you need some extra tips, check out this list we created just for you!

1. Dress for the season. Think about the season as you prepare for your e-session. If it’s summer, make sure to dress appropriately so you and your fiancé aren’t getting sweat stains and red faces during the session. If it’s in winter, wear bright colors so you don’t blend into the snow. Just be aware of these things so you are comfortable and your photos will look the best they can be.

2. Choosing the best session time. In the morning and later in the evening are the best times for a session because of the amazing ‘golden hour’ lighting. If you have a session at noon, there is going to be harsh lighting and your photos will ultimately suffer.

3. Be prepared. Make a list of everything you need for your session – brush, lipstick, extra clothes, accessories, etc. Put them in the car and be ready to go. Along with that, get directions and a GPS, or your handy dandy smart phone, and program in the address of the session. You don’t want to get lost and cause unnecessary stress. Leave with plenty of time to spare.

4. Be excited. This is also part of being prepared. If you’re excited, it can’t help but rub off on your fiancé. He or she loves you and gets excited when you’re excited. Your significant other can’t help but get excited, too. So build up the hype and let him or her know how important this is to you and how fun it will be.

5. Relax. Do not, I repeat, do not, stress out about this. This is supposed to be fun. I know you're worried about what you're going to look like, if the weather is going to cooperate, etc., but the more you stress, the more likely you’ll read stiff or uncomfortable on camera. The more relaxed you are, the better your photos will be. Do what you can to prepare for the session and leave the rest up to me. That’s what I’m here for, so just take a breath and relax. Hey, maybe this is a prime excuse to spring for that massage?

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Engagement Engagement Photo Session prepare for engagegment photo session Sat, 03 Mar 2012 04:30:00 GMT
How to coordinate outfits to get the best look in your photos How to Coordinate Outfits for Your Engagement Session


Not sure what to wear to your engagement session? We’re here to help! You should bring two to three outfits to your session so we can get a variety of different looks for you. We suggest the following:

  • Bring a ‘Dressy’ Outfit

It’s not every day you get to get all dressed up with your sweetheart and take photos together. Use this session as an excuse to really go all out and get fancied up! I’m not saying you have to wear a gown and tux (unless you want to), but maybe a dress or skirt for you, and a suit or nice slacks and a button up shirt for your fiancé. This outfit will be great for save the date cards, or the announcement in your local newspaper.

  • Go Casual

We also suggest you bring a more casual outfit. This outfit is ideal for your more fun, relaxed photos. Tailored jeans and a nice shirt are always a great choice, especially if we are going to be walking around in nature a lot. Make sure to bring shoes specifically for this outfit, too.

  • Coordination is Key

The most important thing to remember is to coordinate. You don’t want to be matchy-matchy, but you want to coordinate. Choose similar colors and styles that photograph well together. For example, you don’t want to wear jeans if your fiancé is wearing a suit and tie in the same photo. Also remember to dress for the location. For example, if you are doing a natural, rustic or vintage session, you’ll want to stay away from bright colors and opt for neutrals instead.

  • Things to Avoid

- Logos, unless we’re doing a sports session and you’re wearing jerseys, etc.

- Patterns – Try to stick with solid colors or minimal patterns. Plaid shirts are fine as long as your fiancé isn’t wearing stripes or polka dots. It’s a good rule of thumb to only have one partner wearing a pattern at a time.

- Fluorescent colors – These don’t photograph well and also can cast bright color tones on your skin.

If you have any further questions or want to discuss your outfits, contact me

(Jennifer Butler Photography) Engagement Photo Session Engagment Coordinate Outfits What to Wear Fri, 02 Mar 2012 09:00:00 GMT