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08
Jan
09

Shootsac

Oh how I heart you, Shootsac. Jessica Claire you are a genius and I truly adore you. I have been drooling over the Shootsac’s for the past year, begging, pleading, whining. I did it all to no avail. So, when Jeff and I made the big 4-lens purchase I turned to him and declared, “Now I have to have a Shootsac!” He rolled his eyes and gave me a half grin, “I figured you say that.”  I came straight home and ordered my glorious new lens tote.  Now it is here and I am in love!

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Isn’t it gorgeous??  The designed covers are sold separately- when I saw this particular cover I was so excited!  It is so me and I just adore it!

For any of you Photographers who don’t know what a Shootsac is or you are debating on getting one, I urge you to go for it!  It is so light and so comfortable to wear- last weekend I packed three of my lenses- including my beast of a lens- the 70-200 2.8L- it wasn’t bulky or awkward.  The Shootsac is made out of heavy duty neoprene, so while it cushions and protects your lenses, it is also light in weight.  This is a must-have for all Wedding Photographers, in my humble opinion.

06
Jan
09

Oh so True!

So, with my new site, new outlook, new year and new beginnings, I have decided to expose more of me.  After all, if you are a potential client you will be hiring me- not my portfolio.  For all of my past/current clients, you will know some of these facts first hand.  🙂  So… Here I go:

1. Yes, True is my real last name- it’s not for business, it is an actuality!  🙂  I became Mrs. True almost 10 years ago, formerly Ms. McCulloch.

2. I talk with my hands- always.  And I mean really talk with my hands.  My grandmother is a lip-reader and I grew up in her home with my dad and brother.  We had to motion at everything we were talking about or use our hands to emphasize our words, because she couldn’t hear.  So, on a shoot I will generally over-motion and over-emphasize strictly out of habit.  You can thank my Grandma.  🙂

3. I can recite Dirty Dancing word-for-word!  Challenge me- I am not lying.  When I was nine years old I watched the movie about twice a day until I literally ruined the VHS.  That was the summer of 1989 when everyone called me Baby and it didn’t occur to me to mind.  Honestly.  I had a perm and minus the nose, I was a mini Jennifer Grey.  Johnny Castle was what I thought all men were going to be like when I grew up.  I married a white boy who can’t dance- go figure!  😉

4. I’m a reality TV junkie.  I like it all!  Well, I should say I like the mindless reality TV- I don’t like COPS, I just think it’s depressing.  Top Model, Project Runway, Bachelor, Big Brother, Real World, the Hills…  Honestly, I can’t get enough.  I love when they play marathons on the weekends- there is no better way to spend your Saturday than on the couch curled up in a blanket watching LC & Audrina- yet again!

5.  Everytime I laugh, I cry.  For real!  I swear it happened after I had kids- once I get going the waterworks just begin to flow.  I can’t help it or prevent it.  So, be prepared, if you get me laughing, you’ll get me crying.  😛

So there you have it.  If you go to my website you can view more of my quirks.  And remember, nobody puts baby in the corner.  Hehe!

01
Jan
09

Resolutions

So, I am not someone who can generally make a list of resolutions and keep them.  Even with my best efforts, they just seem to fall off my radar and I don’t think of them again until the following year is almost here and I realize that everything I *wanted* to accomplish didn’t even come close to happening.  (Oops!)  🙂

This year I am keeping it simple. 

I want to do this and I mean reeeeaaally do this.  Photography.  My passion.  My dream job.  I love it and I feel like it loves me back.  I want to take my business to the next level.  I want to be successful, in demand, creating gorgeous images, making a lasting impression and sustain lasting relationships.  I have the support from my loved ones and they believe I can do this.  I believe I can do this.

So, my resolution is to keep on going.  I love the path I am on and I want to start running!  🙂  Bring it on 2009, I’m ready for you!!!

01
Jan
09

Fast Track Coaching w/ Dane Sanders

So, I have said it before and I will say it again: Dane Sanders is pretty much amazing.  When I received the email that Dane was going to be offering Fast Track Coaching once a week, I immediately signed up!  I mean, 30 minutes a week of direct coaching from the guru himself, pretty fantastic!  🙂 

As most of you know, 2009 is going to being my “branding” year- and no, I don’t mean like cattle.  I am committed to developing a brand for my business.  I am finding my foothold, my style and my purpose in this industry and I couldn’t be more thrilled!  🙂  It’s very exciting.  These weekly lessons are going to be like food for my soul, my weekly inspiration and reminder to stay on track. 

Today’s lesson did not disappoint!  Kevin Kubota was a guest speaker!  (What a way to kick things off, right??)  Kevin is a self proclaimed “Action Hero” due to his AMAZING Photoshop Actions that I just L-O-V-E!!  They rocked my world the first time I used them- me and my portraits just adore him!  If you don’t have them- buy them!  Honestly, you’ll be so glad you did!

Anyway, I can’t begin to express how amazing it is to get insight and tips from the front-runners of the Photography World.  It’s truly a gift.  They’ve been there, they’ve done it and they are so graciously giving back to the rest of us who are just starting out and want to build a solid business.  If you are a photographer- take advantage of this amazing program that Dane is offering!

31
Dec
08

Reflection: 2008

Wow.  I cannot believe that a year has already gone by.  Where did it go?  Honestly…?  To say that this past year was busy would be a total understatement.  2008 was crazy- and I loved every minute of it!!  🙂  It has been a year of growth, discovery, purification and blessings.  I am so fortunate to have the support from family, friends and clients, to do what I love. 

As chaotic as this past year has been, I am hoping, praying and planning on doubling my workload as I push forward with my new brand, equipment, style and ambition!  2008 was good to me, but I can’t wait to see what 2009 brings!  Here is a little collection of some of my favorite images of 2008.  Enjoy!

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Derek

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 Jason & Heather- Engagement

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Andrea

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Hannah

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Alisha

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 Kylee

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Taylor

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Justine

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Grace

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Kaydence

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Ramp Family

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Dustin & Jamie- Wedding

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 Flora Family

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Cody

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Spencer

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Jamie

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Johnny

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 Hannah & Tyler

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Jason & Heather- Wedding

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Mark & Justin- Engagement

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Alex

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Sarah

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Jessica

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Craft Family

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Brandon

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Brittany & Derek- Engagement

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Scott & Brittany- Engagement

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Kief Family

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Thank you for an AMAZING year! 

 

31
Dec
08

Senior Reps 2010

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 Are you interested in representing Holli True Photography as a Senior Rep for the Class of 2010?  I am currently accepting applications from now until March 31st, 2010.  Only 2 or 3 Reps will be selected from each school, so act fast!  Being a rep is fun and easy, as long as you enjoy being in front of the camera!  🙂  Be sure to check out all of the details on being a rep, then apply! 

Curious what a session will be like? Check out these sample sessions: Jessica Sarah

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact me! 

It’s your year…  Celebrate it!

29
Dec
08

My Bag of Tricks

So I am totally freaking out!!  I am married to the greatest guy in the world- honestly ladies!!  🙂  I am always amazed by Jeff’s unwavering support and love.  I just can’t thank him enough. 

When I brought up our need to purchases new lenses, he took it like a champ.  The lenses we had were okay, not horrible, but definitely not great either.  I want to move forward with our business and to do so, we needed new lenses pretty badly.  After many weeks of scouring the internet for reviews, looking at sample shots of several different lenses, we finally selected the lenses we would purchase.  Sadly, I really haven’t had a chance to test these babies out, but I have some fun sessions planned in the next few weekends and a wedding in mid-January.  Yay!! 

Here’s a little showing of my new equipment!!  Aren’t they gorgeous??  My poor family had to “Ooh and Ahh” to appease me, since they know verly little about photography, they just didn’t understand my excitement.  Hehe, at least they faked it for me!

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50mm, 1.4  Prime Lens- so far my favorite!  I can’t wait to see what this little gem is going to do for me!

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85mm, 1.8  Prime Lens- another fabulous lens.  I used this one all of Christmas Day and loved the results!

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100mm, 2.8 Macro Lens- this is actually an old favorite.  I purchased this lens 2 years ago, it was my very first Prime Lens.  The moment I attached it to my camera, it was instant love.  🙂  I use this lens for every wedding ring shot and I absolutely love the way the images turn out.  I find myself using it to capture most of the details of a wedding day.

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24-70mm, 2.8L  This lens was transferred in from another store and due to the bad weather up North, I just got it on Friday.  This lens will primarily be Jeff’s lens, but I am very excited to play with it!  Luckily for me, Jeff is very good about sharing.  🙂

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70-200mm, 2.8L IS  My must-have lens.  I have been drooling over this lens for the past 2 years and it is finally mine!  Granted, this lens is a beast- but I am in LOVE with it!  I am totally looking forward to how in-shape my arms will be after wedding season next summer!  😉

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I will post more about these lenses in the coming weeks, once I have a chance to play with them!  I also have to add that I cannot wait to receive my new Shootsac!  🙂  I have been begging for one of these bags since Jessica Claire  came out with them and I am just beside myself to get one finally!  🙂  YAY!