Thursday, April 24, 2014

Taxes and Vacation Are Behind Me Now, Time to Move Into Wedding Season

I haven't written a post in a while. I was working at Jackson Hewitt during the winter doing taxes. Yes taxes. I guess I'm a tax nerd. At least taking their class and working for them paid off. I'm amending my 2012 and 2011 returns and getting the family more money, quite a bit too. Yeah.

Right after tax season me and the fam. went on vacation to Myrtle Beach. I haven't been there since I was three. We stayed for a week in a friend of a friend's condo eleven floors up right over the beach. It was wonderful hearing the waves 24/7 and to see the sun rise every morning.


You can't beat this view every day!

I plan to write more posts about myself on this blog (I know I've said this before and it didn't happen. I'm going to try harder, I promise). I think it's important for potential couples to get a sense of who I am before they book with me. I'd say I'm a regular boring person like everyone else with the exception that I always have a camera attached to me. LOL I was just imagining the camera being literally attached to me in really strange locations like my back. Yes, I have a strange sense of humor that most people don't get so I tend to not let that out when around clients and people I don't know well. I'm afraid I'll scare them.  

I hope you'll follow my journey and see what it's like to own your own business as a wedding photographer. My struggles, my fears, my loves. All the things you're not supposed to talk about in front of strangers. Those are always the most interesting things to talk about anyway.

Things are going to be changing for me, some good, some bad, and this time I decided I didn't want to be alone for the ride.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Herald-Mail Media and Valley Mall present the area's largest Bridal Expo!



Sunday - January 19, 2014 - 10am-6pm - 80+ exhibitors - Fashion Shows in Center Court at noon and 4pm - Door Prizes - Free Admission


The Herald-Mail Co. will hold its annual Bridal and Prom Expo on Sunday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Valley Mall.

More than 80 vendors will offer products and services for brides and prom-goers.The event will include entertainment, activities and runway shows at noon and 4 p.m. showcasing the latest wedding and prom fashions at Center Court. The snow date is Feb. 23.For more information, call 301-791-7177.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Coming Soon The Winchester Bridal Expo Jan 5, 2014

Free Wedding Invitations Seminar At the Show!

The Winchester Bridal Expo is pleased to announce that there will be an informative presentation designed to help brides and grooms with the task of choosing their wedding invitations. The presentation, "Invitations: What You Need To Know" will be presented by the wedding invitation experts at Kimberly's -www.kimberlys.biz . This seminar will cover all aspects and components of wedding invitations.
Register for the Bridal Expo at www.winchesterbridalexpo.com
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My #Bridalshow Booth #Giveaway Winner!

I'm a bit behind on announcing this. At the bridal show I had a portrait #giveaway at my booth. My son Logan picked the winner and here is the name he drew IVA REYNOLDS you are the lucky winner and I'll be contacting you via email shortly.

Iva has won a one hour outdoor session at any location she would like to shoot at. She can use the session as an Engagement session or Family portraits, whatever she likes.

Congrats and I hope I hear from you soon Iva

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Want to Learn From Other Photographers? Here's Some Hashtags to Use to Connect

 If you'd like to learn from other photographers and maybe you'd like to share your work and see the work of others then here are some hashtags to help you.

 #Photography
 #Photographie,
 #Photographer,
 #Photog,
#Photogs
 #Camera,
#DSLR,
 #Lens,
#photoshop,
 #HDR
 #Photos,
#Foto,
#Fotograf,
#picture,
#Picturesoftheday,
 #POD (Photo of the Day)
 #Photojournalism,
#Streetphotography,
 #portrait,
#weddingphotography,
#travel

Use them on twitter, Google+, and now even Facebook.
The Broad Photography Hashtag
#Photography

For General Photography Discussion

#Photographie#Photographer, #Photog, #Photogs

For discussing camera gear. assorted photography equipment, and software
#Camera, #DSLR, #Lens, #photoshop, #HDR

For linking to one of your photos

#Photos, #Foto, #Fotograf#picture, #Picturesoftheday#POD (Photo of the Day)

For categorizing your photos
#Photojournalism, #Streetphotography, #portrait, #weddingphotography, #travel
For a more personal photography discussion (ie someone might actually respond to your tweet)
#Togs
- See more at: http://www.pdnonline.com/emergingphotographer/The-Twitter-Hashtags-8596.shtml#sthash.tLZYDIsl.dpuf
The Broad Photography Hashtag
#Photography

For General Photography Discussion

#Photographie#Photographer, #Photog, #Photogs

For discussing camera gear. assorted photography equipment, and software
#Camera, #DSLR, #Lens, #photoshop, #HDR

For linking to one of your photos

#Photos, #Foto, #Fotograf#picture, #Picturesoftheday#POD (Photo of the Day)

For categorizing your photos
#Photojournalism, #Streetphotography, #portrait, #weddingphotography, #travel
For a more personal photography discussion (ie someone might actually respond to your tweet)
#Togs
- See more at: http://www.pdnonline.com/emergingphotographer/The-Twitter-Hashtags-8596.shtml#sthash.tLZYDIsl.dpuf
hThe Broad Photography Hashtag
#Photography

For General Photography Discussion

#Photographie#Photographer, #Photog, #Photogs

For discussing camera gear. assorted photography equipment, and software
#Camera, #DSLR, #Lens, #photoshop, #HDR

For linking to one of your photos

#Photos, #Foto, #Fotograf#picture, #Picturesoftheday#POD (Photo of the Day)

For categorizing your photos
#Photojournalism, #Streetphotography, #portrait, #weddingphotography, #travel
For a more personal photography discussion (ie someone might actually respond to your tweet)
#Togs
- See more at: http://www.pdnonline.com/emergingphotographer/The-Twitter-Hashtags-8596.shtml#sthash.tLZYDIsl.dpuf
The Broad Photography Hashtag
#Photography

For General Photography Discussion

#Photographie#Photographer, #Photog, #Photogs

For discussing camera gear. assorted photography equipment, and software
#Camera, #DSLR, #Lens, #photoshop, #HDR

For linking to one of your photos

#Photos, #Foto, #Fotograf#picture, #Picturesoftheday#POD (Photo of the Day)

For categorizing your photos
#Photojournalism, #Streetphotography, #portrait, #weddingphotography, #travel
For a more personal photography discussion (ie someone might actually respond to your tweet)
#Togs
- See more at: http://www.pdnonline.com/emergingphotographer/The-Twitter-Hashtags-8596.shtml#sthash.tLZYDIsl.dpuf

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Check Out My New Wedding Package Prices!


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Brides and grooms aren't the only ones who make wedding promises. At Crouse Photography, I promise portraits you'll treasure forever. I promise to capture your special moments with style and elegance. I promise you'll be glad you called my studio for your wedding photography.
And, I promise the value you receive will outweigh the reasonable prices I charge. Look for yourself and you'll see from my packages that I specialize in wedding photography not for the money, but because I love it! New prices for 2014!
Not only will I capture the traditional family images, I'll also go a step further and capture something fun and unique.
To sweeten the deal even more, come in for a consult now and if you decide to book Crouse Photography within seven days of your meeting, you'll recieve the five following items added to any wedding package complimentary!
  1. FREE One Hour Rehearsal Coverage at ceremony location
  2. FREE Engagement Session w/ digital files
  3. Free Webhosting of your wedding for one year
  4. Two FREE 8x10 enlargements
  5. FREE 11x14 enlargement
Call me today and set up a consult to see my beautiful wedding albums. 304-229-4723
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Friday, August 9, 2013

One hour until rehearsal time

Today I'm shooting at the Purple Iris in Martinsburg WV. It's a beautiful location and conveniently located close to my home which is always a bonus. Below are some pics from the historic house.


I'm hoping the rain will hold off. I know the couple already plan to have their ceremony under the tent. Tomorrow they are forecasting 30% chance of thunderstorms so our chances of no rain are good. I've been lucky all year. Maybe that luck won't run out just yet.

I'm hoping to capture something new tomorrow since the amount of family I have to shoot is small. I'm not sure what yet. Hopefully something will come to me while I'm at the rehearsal.

I'm charging a lot of AA batteries. I think I'm going to use my speedlites more tomorrow instead of the Q-flash. I'll start out with the Q-flash in the barn room, but after that I think it will be all off camera speedlites.

My one speedlite it broke. The mount split which is the third time this has happened. Seems to be a common problem with the 580ex ii. I ordered a new mount, but it didn't arrive today like it was supposed to. I've learned how to repair it myself because it is too expensive to keep paying Canon $120 each time it breaks. Especially since I'd like to save money to buy the new 600s that are radio controlled.

Time to go format all of my CF cards before I forget :D