Photography by Studio EnVogue – Dothan, Enterprise and Ozark Alabama

Highly suggested reading
February 18, 2007, 2:35 am
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It has recently come to my attention that I am apparently giving free photography lessons or at least that’s the only way the following could possibly have happened.  Supposedly now at least two individuals who have never worked with me or taken one of my classes have told people they have learned their photography skills from me.  The entire reason for this blog entry is to assure anyone out there who may have hired someone claiming to have ‘learned from’ or ‘worked’ with me that they are more than welcome to contact me directly to confirm such statements.  I can easily answer the question here in stating that the only person outside of my family who has had any experience in working directly with me is Ashley Latimer.  I did have one other young lady who assisted me in my studio for a grand total of about two photo sessions and during those sessions I gave her practically no photographic instruction.

May I suggest that when hiring a photographer that you never take such statements such as ‘I have worked with ___’ or I have taken classes here or there with a grain of salt…  Ask to see lots of examples of their work and ask questions about their technical skills and what kind of PROFESSIONAL equipment they are using!  Ask them what their preferred LIGHTING RATIO is and why?  Ask them how they color balance for different lighting scenarios and what they do when they are shooting under florescent lighting.  YES, even digital cameras have issues with florescent lighting!  Find out if they even know the difference between an incident light reading and a reflected reading.  Ask them what an exposure factor is and if they don’t know fire them before you hire them! 

By the way, if you have taken a photography course and you still don’t know how to use a camera, then perhaps you really haven’t had a photography course.  Learning how to process images in a darkroom and learning how to use and camera and manipulate light are very different things.


Going BAX to JAX
January 1, 2007, 1:50 am
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Time flies by before you know it and another year is gone!  I can hardly believe it’s time to head back to Jacksonville for my annual adventures there.  I’ve got until January 19th to snap a ton of photos for my favorite client and help them complete April’s edition of Jacksonville Homebuyer Magazine which will include all of the this year’s FIVE STAR award winning realtors.  These agents have worked very hard to win their awards and I’m honored to be the one to capture them for this year’s magazine profiles.  Many of them will have full-page articles that will embody their life as a million-dollar agent and believe me it’s no piece of cake to create an image that truly depicts their awesome personalities.  All of the agents I work with are top professionals in their field and I’m always thrilled when we capture just the right image of them!Not to worry though, I always carry my handy dandy cell phone and promise to diligently check messages between photo shoots.  Our brides are encouraged to call at any time and leave a message if I’m on location.  I promise to call you back as soon as possible.  I also check my web email daily as I wrap up my day, so don’t hesitate to email me with questions or concerns as even when I’m working on location I never fail to follow up with existing clients!

By the way, we have a couple of brides from last year who still haven’t turned in their list of favorite images.  I encourage you to do so as soon as possible so we can get to work on your album design…  The longer it takes us to get your choices, the longer it takes for us to complete your order.  I know you all are busy getting life back to normal after your busy wedding and awesome honeymoon, but please don’t forget to make your selections as soon as you can!  I don’t want you to be celebrating your first anniversary before you get your wedding prints or albums!!!  JUST KIDDING…  Cindi Kay

My time with Bert Monroy
December 12, 2006, 8:51 am
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 Wow, what a whirlwind week it has been.  After seeing my Dad through heart surgery on Monday and making sure he was going to be stable on Tuesday I went through with my travel plans to spend time with one of my favorite artists later in the week.  I spent one of the most incredibly intense days of my life learning artistic techniques from one serious master of Adobe’s Photoshop CS2.  I headed out late Tuesday evening and arrived (the next morning) weary eyed but excited and eager to learn from Bert because he’s no ordinary artist!  He currently teaches at San Francisco State University, lectures all over the world and teaches a long list of corporate clients including Pixar’s Animation Studios… Not only do I have a new appreciation in what all goes into the creation of one of Pixar’s animated movies, but I can hardly wait to try some of the new Photoshop techniques I learned right here in my own studio.  I literally felt as though I had a backstage pass to a magic show as Bert revealed many of his very own secrets right before my eyes.  He also shared some pretty cool insight as to what’s coming up in the next version of Photoshop as he consults for Adobe.  Bert co-authored the very first book on Photoshop techniques ‘The official Photoshop Handbook’.  You can’t get much more ‘inside’ than that!  Mix my ideas with Bert’s techniques and what do you have?  I’m thinking you’ll get some of the COOLEST artistic images you’ve ever seen!!!!!!!

I have been planning ‘my’ time with Bert Monroy for months now and came very close to not being able to go.  I’m just so happy that my Dad’s surgery went well and that he’s doing fine.  After all, Daddy is a big part of the reason why I do what I do.  I want to make him proud…

Back from Sarasota
October 3, 2006, 2:58 am
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 Upon my return from another long week in Florida snapping those images needed for the December issue of Sarasota Magazine, I found myself knee deep in phone calls!  Ashley and I both were at the studio all day and could hardly get any work done for answering one phone call right after another.  I’m not complaining, just overwhelmed.  I just never thought we’d get so many calls!  Today wasn’t the first day recently we’ve had like this.  I suppose I should start preparing myself now for the holiday season that is fast approaching…

We’re bringing in some pretty awesome ‘photo’ goodies for the holidays this year.  I can hardly wait to share them.  We’re bringing in a second line of photo jewelry, some of the most awesome Custom Photo Handbags you’re ever seen, Custom Holiday Cards and some more amazing bridal jewelry including the ‘Something Bleu’ line.  The ‘Something Bleu‘ line will feature at least one tiny Blue Bead, Precious Stone or Swarovski Crystal that is sure to answer the age old question of what to wear in blue on your wedding day!  What a wonderful gift a dainty anklet with a tiny blue crystal imbedded in Sterling Silver would be for the bride to be!  If you’re having family photos made this year, then you’re in for a real treat with our upcoming specialty framing services.  I’m in the process of hand picking a select few ‘EnVogue’ moldings that won’t be found anywhere else but at our studio.  We’ll be offering our select moldings all year long, but will be introducing them this holiday season!