Thursday, December 29, 2011
"I was SO excited to win the last R&G giveaway several months ago. The prizes I received have really helped me take my business to the next level. It was so fun getting box after box in the mail as the wonderful props, packaging, and other goodies came flooding in; it felt like Christmas! As a mother of three who can't always justify spending more money on props for the business, it was such a blessing to get a huge gift like that and be able to share what I won with my clients and make their portrait sessions that much better. I'm so grateful for the generosity of all the donors and R&G Photography for the amazing giveaway."
Take a look at what everyone is donating and see the bottom for details on how to enter!
You can start posting your comments on my blog and entering NOW!
Please remember to post your email along with your comment so I can contact you if you win!
Love Bird Studios - A free Save the Date video or other announcement video
Check out this awesome sample video
Petite Fleurs by Bellasma - 2 headbands from their shop
The Sunshine Marigold by Miss Whitney - Felt Pouch
Gradybug Designs - $25 to their shop
With Eager Hands by Beth Hays - A character hat of your choice (from their album on Facebook)
BIRDesign - Any two items from their shop
A Little Loopy - A newborn hat of your choice
Precious Moments Crochet Designs -The multicolored hat pictured
R&G Photography - Free full session ($150 value)
You can have up to 7 entries! Please leave ONE comment on THIS blog posting (with your email so I can contact you!) for each step you complete. The comment on my blog is your ticket to win!
1. Become a fan of R&G Photography on Facebook (if you're not already a fan) - Click "like" on my page: www.facebook.com/rngphotos
Then come back and comment on my blog and tell me that you "liked" us or that you were already a fan! This step is mandatory.
2. Become a fan of ALL of the other vendors by clicking the links below and then clicking "Like" on their pages! (Just click your web browser's back button to return my blog.)
Take your time and leave some love on the vendors pages and let them know that R&G Photography sent you! Then leave one comment below (in my blog) saying that you "liked" all the vendors!
*Remember that you can get comment blocked if you go too fast. You have several days to enter so take your time folks! We've made it easy for you by putting the links for all the vendors together below...
Petite Fleurs by Bellasma
The Sunshine Marigold
With Eager Hands
A Little Loopy
Precious Moments Crochet Designs
3. Post about this giveaway on your personal or business Facebook Page. Make sure you tag my page when you do so!
For example - make your FB status say "Come check out the giveaway R&G Photography is hosting." Start typing @R&G Photography on your wall post, a drop box will appear, select R&G Photography and it will appear as a link - that means we're tagged!).
Come back and leave ONE comment on my blog telling me you posted on your FB page.
4. Purchase something from ANY of the participating vendors during the giveaway (now until Jan. 8th). Come back here, and leave ONE comment telling us what you bought and from which vendor! (YOU CAN DO THIS UP TO THREE TIMES for a total of THREE additional entries! Buy three items from one shop or one item from three different ones! Make sure to leave a separate comment for each item you buy!)
5. Follow our Blog! Leave ONE comment telling me you are a follower!
If the winner of the contest isn't local - we will have TWO winners and the second will receive the
We are also adding an incentive on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/rngphotos) to get some extra goodies for FREE! Check out Glorious Memory on Facebook; they are donating a $30 gift certificate to their shop to a random winner who SHARES the status and giveaway!
Just go to our fan page by clicking HERE & share the status that includes details about Glorious Memory's page!
THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR HELPING US REACH 1,000 FANS!
Owner of R&G Photography
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Thursday, November 17, 2011
*Gift certificates purchased on Black Friday will expire April 30th 2012. Sessions will be scheduled December through April.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
It doesn't look like much yet............ but picture this:
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
It's just a tattoo ;)
The design was sketched out by one of the artists at the shop. I told him I wanted a 'girly Jesus fish' and this is what he came up with. I love it! The swirls make it look less tribal and manly, and I'm a huge fan of the fact that it's unique and special to me. There is only one thing I love enough to have it tattooed on my wrist... my love of God!
I've wanted a tattoo for over 7 years... And I finally got mine during Garren & I's anniversary trip. We stopped in Nashville, TN and there is this awesome Christian tattoo parlor on the main strip of the city!
Did it hurt? Um, yes. It definitely did. I wouldn't rate the pain as high as I THOUGHT it would be, though... but at time it felt like tiny knifes slicing me.. ouuuwch! Totally worth it, though.
I just wanted to share with you my little secret :)
Have a great day!
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
The photo on the left is from this year and the photo on the right is from two years ago - when I was finally figuring out that I loved photography enough to make it my career. Notice how much my photography changed in just TWO years!
This got me thinking...
There are so many photographers out there right now trying to 'make it' and so often I hear people complain about other photographers work. I will never, ever talk bad about other photographers.
Everyone starts somewhere and everyone grows at a different pace.
We all have different styles, genres, reasons for doing what we do, and that's what makes each photographer unique and worth it. When you come to our studio, you'll notice we have a photo journalistic style with unique products we offer. We have a smile on our face just as big as YOU do behind the camera, only we're not faking it! We LOVE what we do - and THAT'S why we do it!
I will also say this, everyone who loves photography doesn't necessarily have to make it their career. Any photographer out there who owns their own business would agree - it's no easy job. Breaking even is a goal (you know, making more money than we spend on equipment!) Going from 'taking pictures' to being a 'business owner' is one of the most challenging things I have EVER done. I love my job and I adore my clients, so for me - it's worth it!
Be positive, be strong!
Monday, October 3, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
First of all I want to say thank you to everyone who participated in our Share the Love contest. We had so much fun reading the stories and looking at all your photos. Our judges and I collaborated to make a very difficult decision... who would WIN?
What we decided is to award two free sessions - one to the best story and one to the 'people's choice' (the contestant with the most likes and comments).
Our 'people's choice' award goes to Madi, nominated by David Quinn.
The best story winner is Kayleigh Garden's grandparents Edith and Calvin nominated by Kayleigh.
We don't want to leave anyone empty handed, so even if you aren't the winner of the contest - we would like to offer you half off a session! Please email us and we will give you details!
Friday, September 9, 2011
To enter, EMAIL us at firstname.lastname@example.org a photo of someone you love... it could be a grandparent, a sibling, a friend, a child, a pet, a parent - but keep in mind, the photo you choose will be posted and voted on by our Facebook fans!! :)
Please attach who is in the photograph and why you are nominating them!
Send all your family and friends to 'like' R&G Photography to 'like' & comment on the photo you sent in! Each 'like' and comment will help us decide our winners, but the voting will not solely be based on 'likes' & comments - we will have a panel of judges to help decide what lovely story and photo was the best! :)
The contest will begin on September 16th and end on September 23rd. The winner will be announced on our blog (www.photographyou.blogspot.com) on our anniversary!
*Those who are nominated are not obligated to purchase anything. Their session will be scheduled before the end of 2011 & taken within a 30 miles radius of Sandoval, IL*
Take care and start sending us those photos & stories!!
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
This November we are going to celebrate our studio's ONE YEAR anniversary. We are hoping to have a open house and invite clients and guests to view our studio - hopefully with all the redesigning complete - snack, take some photos, learn about photography - and get some free goodies, too!
We are also planning a 1k giveaway for our Facebook fans! We currently have just over 800 fans - I can't believe how many people we've reached via Facebook. Oh how I love social networking :)
On a personal note, my hubby and are are going to be celebrating our One Year Anniversary the 25th of September <3 WOW I can't believe it! The year has been PACKED with amazing experiences & I'm so excited to see where our lives take us.
Jason and Aurelia Stratton for the lovely updated photo of us! :) I can't wait to get our METAL print from them! We are looking into offering metal prints at our studio, too! Such a neat and unique way to display photos!
Take care all and enjoy the last few weeks of swimming weather (if you're a fish like me!)
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
It's scary and daunting to those who don't know how to control it - which was me not too long ago. Putting a flash on my camera was about the extent of what I knew about using non-ambient light. Now, though, I am confident that I could light just about ANY situation and make beautiful images for my clients. I will continue to learn and perfect, but I am so thankful for the knowledge Bryan shared with me at our two day one-on-one workshop in Goshen, IN.
Here is a shot of Bryan during our first day of training, haha! Love his expression! He was ready for us to bring in someone different to shoot by the end of the day!
Here is an image using one off camera light with our gorgeous model, Kimberly.
And here is a shot using the techniques he taught me at our last wedding.
A special thank you to
Bryan Chris, of Bryan Chris Photography, for teaching me SO much in two short days (well longs days, but they FLEW BY!). What he taught me will help me grow into a more reliable, creative, and unique photographer. I am so thankful for his talent and for allowing me to soak up everything I could. He not only taught me the basics of OCF, but also about editing, workflow, posing, and so much more.
Kim Chris, Byran's wife, for allowing him to be out incredibly late working with his hard working student (me!)
Christi Nelson of Rawsii Photography for guiding me to Bryan for his teachings and for helping us find such a wonderful model for practice
Kimberly Post, a friend Christi Nelson's, for modeling for us on such short notice
Rachel and Nate Howard for being wonderful hosts and allowing me to stay with them during my workshop
I'm hoping to post more on HOW we got these shots in the future - so keep an eye out for those posts!
Monday, July 25, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
What's new with R&G?
We had our photos taken by Jason & Aurelia Stratton
View the photos by liking their Facebook page & clicking HERE.
We won "Best Fundraiser" for our Little Miss Relay Pageant!
View photos from the event here: http://rngphotos.smugmug.com/LittleMissRelayPageant2011
I upgraded into the world of smart phones (so I should have NO excuse to leave my poor blog unattended for weeks! ;))
We got some amazing new equipment in our studio: OCF (off camera flash) equipment (which will allow us to do some really creative lighting in the future!), a new back up camera (a D300s) and a 60mm micro lens, mmm!
We photographed an incredibly beautiful wedding. Mrs. Rachel Pedal was one STUNNING bride. Rachel and I don't just share first names, we also attended the same high school and share lots of old memories. Congrats to Rachel & Mark and good luck on your venture to Korea!
We were able to take some photo orders for a couple EXTRA SPECIAL people in our life - my 'second' parents (aka: my wonderful in-laws).
I am so, so excited to get their prints framed and up in their new home. Their home was destroyed back in April by a tornado - see the article by clicking HERE. The rebuild is going to be a long process - but worth the wait.
Thanks for reading and enjoy your summer - it's flying by!
Oh, and don't forget about our Christmas in July special!!!
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Saturday, June 4, 2011
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
This is the first summer that I can remember when I didn't have a long and dredging school year to tackle before I was able to enjoy it! It's crazy going to school for literally your whole life and then suddenly not having class to go to anymore! For all you kids out there - look forward to the days with no school... but to all you adults out there, we all know life is much more dredging than school could ever be ;) Nonetheless - I love my crazy, sporadic, and not-always-perfect life... especially in the summer!