A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of documenting this small intimate wedding.  And I am so excited about 2017 because I have a couple more weddings on the books this year.  Documenting weddings allows me a little extra creativity with lighting and fun details which I love.  Although it was cloudy and somewhat rainy outside, the love between these two made it seem sunny and warm.  I had so much fun with Mr. and Mrs. Holloway and their wonderful family!

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Now that the crazy frenzy of fall family sessions has died down, I have a little bit of time to share on my blog some some news about something that I am so excited about.  A little over a year ago I joined an awesome community, Clickin’ Moms.  I had known about this community for quite some time but hadn’t really explored it much.  I can’t even remember specifically what got me looking into joining, but I do remember being amazed at all that it had to offer.

After joining, I learned of an elite group within Clickin’ Moms called Click Pro, that is invitation based on a scored set of 150 images.  At the time I learned of the group I thought my goal would be to join at the beginning of the year (2016).   Initially I thought, being confident in my photography,  that coming up with a set of 150 images would be fairly easy since I had been shooting professionally for 3 years and had tons of images stored away on hard rives.   But then I actually sat down and started culling through them, trying to make a set.  After reading through the critique forums and joining a couple of prep groups, I had begun to see things with much more critical eye.  Sure I had images that captured beautiful moments but I started to see so many things that could have been composed better or where lighting could’ve add much more interest.  So a few weeks passed and weeks turned into months.  During this time I pushed myself to shoot in times that I normally didn’t want to shoot (aka anything outside of the golden hour. :))   I started exploring the light found in my house.  I practiced more using my speedlites.  Then my goal became to apply before the end of July.  Then July came and went and I still felt it wasn’t ready.  Then September rolled around and I knew that things were about to get crazy with fall family sessions.  I came to a point where I knew that I just needed to see what the outcome would be.  I had poured my heart into this set and I was very nervous.  I knew it could better but I was also satisfied with my work.   So I took the plunge and submitted.

Then I waited for what seemed like an eternity…Twelve days to be exact.    During that time, I had imagined how I would feel if I was rejected and how I would cope.   I am, after all, very passionate about my photography so admittedly I think it would have been very difficult.  I kept telling myself that as long as I am happy and satisfied with my work that it really shouldn’t matter.   Thankfully, I didn’t have to experience that rejection and I was accepted!

So before I ramble anymore …here is my set. (It is a mix of client work and personal and I almost feel a little shy about sharing it on my mostly client work oriented blog.)

 

A year ago, I would have never imagined I would have grown as much as I have.  Through this process I have pushed myself creatively and experimented, and because of that I am more confident in my art.  Thank you to all of my awesome clients that trust me in what I do.   And I can’t forget to thank all of the wonderful ladies that provided me feedback with set while I was working on it.  I am certain that without that that feedback my set would not have evolved to what it is.

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I had such a great session with this beautiful family the day after Thanksgiving!  It’s amazing to see how love multiplies a family and I know these grandparents are incredibly proud of their family.  Thank you O’neil Family!2016-12-03_0002pinthis2016-12-03_0006pinthis2016-12-03_0004pinthis2016-12-03_0003pinthis
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{Keri Jones is McDonough GA Newborn and Family Photographer and serves the Metro Atlanta Area. Specializing in newborn and children’s photography, Keri loves capturing little ones and their families. }

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I’m taking a little break from all the editing to post a blog.  I have almost made it through the busy season with just a few more sessions and a little bit of editing to finish up.  This momma is so gorgeous and we had such great light mixed with the fall colors that I had to show her off on the blog, plus maternity sessions are just about one of my favorites!   I can’t wait to meet her sweet little man.

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{Keri Jones is McDonough GA Newborn and Family Photographer and serves Metro Atlanta Area. Specializing in newborn and children’s photography, Keri loves capturing little ones and their families. Keri is now booking maternity and newborn sessions for 2017.}

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Another newborn session I love!  This little guy put was ready to party when he first got to the studio but it wasn’t long before he crashed and got comfy ready to pose for us. Not only was he great, but his big brother was so awesome too!  It’s so fun to see the little ones that I photographed when they were still babies holding their baby siblings!  Thank you to this precious family!:)
pinthispinthispinthispinthispinthispinthispinthispinthis{Keri Jones is McDonough GA Newborn and Family Photographer and serves Metro Atlanta Area. Specializing in newborn and children’s photography, Keri loves capturing little ones and their families. }

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