Photography by Studio EnVogue – Dothan, Enterprise and Ozark Alabama

Christy and Chris
July 28, 2007, 5:44 am
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My last blog for a bit as Ralph and I are getting ready to take a few days off… He’s recovering from his surgery and I’m just plain taking some time off! We’ve worked the past 8 Saturdays in a row as I’m READY for a bit of R&R.

Here’s few sneak peeks of Christy and Chris’ beautiful wedding at First Baptist Church on Main Street here in Dothan. We got so many amazing shots I had a hard time choosing ones to use here. Everyone was so nice to work with and the church as absolutely amazing. I can hardly wait for them to see the ceremony shots; they are just BEAUTIFUL! I especially love the shots of Dad walking Christy down the aisle as this was an extra special moment for father and daughter. Christy’s Dad has had some health problems recently and Christy was so thrilled to have him escort her in the wedding of her dreams… We were honored to capture the moment.


The Saga Continues…
July 28, 2007, 4:20 am
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I had a very nice visit with one of our brides this afternoon who expressed how much she appreciated my blog! I was overwhelmed as she explained just how informative she thought it was and how she AGREED with my points on how the influx of digital has caused a great number of non-professionals to enter the market. She wasn’t alone as many other CLIENTS and TRUE professionals have expressed the EXACT same frustrations I have in confronting the over abundance of POOR PHOTOGRAPHY being introduced to the internet and being labeled ‘professional’… We all hear the “I have a friend or a spouse who’s a photographer” statement almost on a weekly basis! None of us are doubting that this influx of creative tools to the market will certainly introduce A FEW very talented artists, but I can assure you they will be like the ones on AMERICAN IDOL, they will be few and far between!

It’s not the shear number of DSLRs now on the market that threaten our livelihood nor is it the few talented individuals that will RISE the to the TOP with theirs, it’s the fact that SO MUCH of what the consumer is seeing when searching for a photographer on the internet is simply not professional… What’s the problem you may ask? The problem is that over time we run the risk that the average consumer will simply become accustomed to seeing POOR IMAGING and therefore become ACCEPTING OF IT. Let’s face it, the general public is easily jaded and this is a real concern. What a HORRIBLE TRADEGY it would be if we lose the true art form of photography. What a sad day it will be when those who have literally worked for YEARS to perfect their craft will NO LONGER be appreciated or even respected any more than the guy down the road who just purchased his digital rebel xti!

So for all my ranting lately, I have received some amazing feedback from fellow seasoned professionals and we all agree on one thing. It’s time that we started educating the consumer on the difference between the average digital shooter and a tried and true professional. So, the GOOD NEWS is Ralph and I are taking the FIRST STEP as we are actively seeking more seasoned professionals with a minimum of ten years working experience to establish a counsel of leadership authorities who can help us produce educational materials for the average consumer. We are EXCITED about what the future holds in this business because as Sandy Puc’ (one of our modern day masters) stated in last month’s Professional Photographer Magazine: “When digital came along the focus was on shoot it fast and fix it later. But now photographers are working on the setup, the lighting… trying to understand how it works instead of duplicating it later on the computer. I love that people are trying to create art again.” THANK YOU SANDY for taking the words right out of our mouths! IT WON’T BE LONG before the unprofessional shooter is once again separated from the pack as more emphasis is put on getting it right… If you’re a true professional who is interested in joining our BRAND NEW affiliation of ‘SEASONED PROS’ we look forward to hearing from you!

Fun with a Senior
July 25, 2007, 9:48 pm
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Just a quick post to share a few fun shots I took earlier this week of one of our local seniors. Miss Shaneise didn’t want to go outside of the studio for her session as she didn’t want a public audience for her session. One thing is for sure, she certainly didn’t have to compremise and end up with boring senior portraits. She was relaxed in no time and we had fun creating these wonderful images for her!

The important message here is that here at Studio EnVogue we aim to please. Whether you want your senior portraits done in the studio, on the hood of your car, or in a coffee shop we’ll get the shot that makes you happy!

By the way, I’m taking a few days off as my hubbie is having surgery tomorrow. Nothing major, but we’re going to let him take it easy for a few days and baby him anyway. Besides, I could really use the time off myself! I promise to keep everyone posted if we have any problems with his surgery. Talk soon… -Cindi Kay

Rachel and Josh
July 25, 2007, 12:04 am
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A few ‘sneak peaks’ for one of the most fun couples we’ve had the pleasure of working with this year! Rachel and Josh celebrated their special day at Maria’s Vinyard right here in Dothan Alabama and Ralph and I both had a BLAST with them as well as their friends and family. I even got to meet a few folks who knew how to talk ‘shop’ with us! It was kind of cool to meet a couple guys who knew why I was using the lens I was using…

Oh, I just had to include the broken beer shot. It’s a special ‘in memory of’ photo that we know they will appreciate! Thanks again guys for having us at your AMAZING WEDDING! -Cindi K and Ralph

July 21, 2007, 2:15 pm
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So we’re off to shoot another wedding! We’re leaving shortly for First Baptist Church here on Main Street in Dothan. I can hardly wait for this one. Christy and Chris have a wonderful day planned with family and friends and I’ve already got a ton of COOL ideas planned for this AWESOME church. I love the old architecture and thrive on the artistic shots that we can get inside (and outside) of these old wonders!

Last weeks wedding was a real BLAST. Rachel and Josh were upbeat ALL day and we got so many wonderful shots at Maria’s Vinyard. I hope to have some ‘sneak peaks’ posted by the first of the week. Have a terrific weekend -Cindi Kay

Favorites from the Beach!
July 17, 2007, 8:37 pm
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We did a ton of cool family stuff at the beach last week, but this family traveled the most miles so they get the blog! Thanks Kim for choosing us to document your family reunion on the beaches of Destin Florida. Here are a few of my personal favorite ‘journalistic’ shots. We have tons more to share on your gallery. Talk soon…. -Cindi Kay

Malinda and Matthew’s wedding
July 17, 2007, 7:59 pm
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We started out a bit rocky as Ralph’s insurance card had expired and we had difficulty getting onto Fort Rucker, but we always try to leave early just in case we have such a mishap and it’s a good thing we did or else we wouldn’t have made it on time! I hadn’t been in a taxi cab in years! Malinda was in good spirits as we arrived because her and her bridesmaids were cracking up laughing at us as we unloaded our gear from our ride! I gave EVERYONE permission to hound Ralph all day about his needing to update his insurance card because I figured if I was going to have a ride in ‘paid’ transportation anytime soon, surely it would be a LIMO!

All went well with this wonderful wedding and ALL had a great time! I’m still editing a few shots, but we got great stuff throughout the entire day. It’s just too bad that no one got a shot of us getting out of the taxi cab; I would love to hang that over Ralph’s desk for a few years! Enjoy your ‘sneak peak’ and we’ll have the rest posted shortly on our regular website.