About kirstenrayphoto

Hello! I have done photography since I was in the 4th grade, I am now 31 so that is a LONG time! I entered my photography projects in 4-H and usually received Grand Champion, Reserve Grand Champion, or 1st place! I was a second shooter for a photographer with weddings and other events from 2012 to the middle of 2014. At the end of 2014 I started my own photography business. To me it is not simply taking pictures. It is so much more than that. It is capturing memories. I'm very client oriented, to me it is all about getting what the client wants. I normally involve my clients in the process of poses and locations. Clients tend to have great ideas and are very creative. I always ask if they have ideas on poses so that they are not only in the picture but are a part of the creativeness too. I like for the clients to feel like they are not only in the picture but had a special role in the photograph too. I am based in Southern Indiana, in a small town called Washington. I graduated from Barr-Reeve which is a school in Montgomery, IN. If you have ever heard of the Amish that is where you will find them! I have a 11 year old son and have been married for 5 years.

Who Remembers the MySpace Surveys?!

I sure do! I loved doing them! I still do them on Facebook on occasion. I figured I would look through some old ones and reminisce. Maybe you will find out some things about me you didn’t know! It’s always fun to learn about your photographer…;)

 

Are you craving something?
No

What do you hear right now?
Listening to Periscope.

Is your bed against more than one of your walls?
No, just the head of the bed is against the wall.

What do you do when you get nervous?
I usually can’t sit still.

How many hours of sleep do you get a night?
4-6. My sleeping pattern is so messed up.

Do you start the water before you get in the shower or when you get in?
Before I get in.

Do you like the rain?
Yes. I like storms too, as long as there are no tornadoes.

Who were you last in the car with, besides family?
A photography client, Ashley S.

Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
No, but that sounds like a good idea!

Do you like cotton candy?
Yes! And really like the cotton candy ice cream.

Do you have siblings?
Yes, I have 1 sister.

This morning, did you have any unread text messages?
No.

Does anyone completely understand you?
I doubt it, lol.

Did you wake up in the middle of the night last night?
Yes, I don’t know the last time I slept through the night without waking up at least once.

Where is your phone?
In front of me.

When will be the next time you fly on an airplane?
No idea.

Did you have plans today?
Yes. I had a photo shoot.

Would you rather go a month back in time, or a month forward?
A month forward, hands down!

How many piercings do you have?
8

 

That survey wasn’t too long. I might just do one of these every month or so.

Do you miss those surveys? What was the craziest one you filled out?

Have a great evening!

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The Rules for the New Modern Wedding

I agree so much with this great article! I will give my thoughts on each rule and you can read the original article too. I would love to see your thoughts in the comments!

The old rule: Thou shalt not steal the bride’s thunder by wearing white to a wedding — oh, and black’s out of the question, too.

I didn’t realize wearing black was pretty much frowned upon. But the golden rule is not to one up the bride. Also, don’t dress like a slut…I’ve seen it way too many times.

The old rule: Thou shalt not take photos on your smartphone, because … wait, what’s a smartphone?

I can not emphasize enough on letting the photographer do their job and take the pictures. And not just because I am a photographer. It has always bugged me. Follow the rules of the couple if they have specified them. If they haven’t are least be respectful.

The old rule: Thou shalt send in your RSVP via snail mail.

Yes, always be courteous and RSVP. And do so in the way the couple requested.

The old rule: The bride and groom are expected to create a registry. And thou shalt not stray from the items on the list.

Always always always stick with the registry the couple made. They made it for a reason and to make it easier on you to buy them a wedding gift. You can not go wrong with their registry….or money. Money is always good. Since a lot of couples already live together they more than likely have a lot of the main stuff.

The old rule: Thou shalt respectfully participate in all wedding traditions, including the throwing of the bridal bouquet.

Don’t be a party pooper! The bride is doing a bouquet toss because she wants to which she wants her single girl friends to participate. I know it may be embarrassing but just humor the bride and do it!

The old rule: Thou shalt attend every second of the wedding ceremony, which will most likely be in a religious setting. Then, you can attend the party.

I understand there are reasons you may not be able to make the ceremony since it’s earlier in the day than the reception is but if you can go to the ceremony even if you do find it boring. This has always bothered me when it’s a younger couple and all the friends show up to the reception but are nowhere to be seen at the ceremony. Don’t just come for the party part of the day. You were invited to their day and that includes the ceremony. Just be respectful.

The old rule: Thou shalt consider bringing a plus one if and only if the invitation makes it clear that a person other than you is being invited.

Typically the invitation will be addressed to Ms. Jane Doe or Ms. Jane Doe & Guest. Only bring a friend, meaning boyfriend or girlfriend if it says & guest. Obviously if you are engaged or married and the couple knows this then it’s fine to bring your fiance or spouse. But it’s best to not assume and bring whoever you want unless it’s clear.

The etiquette to weddings is different for each one and typically if you know the couple well enough you will know what to do if there is something you question. Of course you can always ask the bride or groom but try not to bug them.

Here is the original article: Not your parents’ wedding: The new do’s and don’ts for modern wedding guests.

Everyone’s a Photographer These Days…

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Well at least it seems like it. I don’t know how many “photographers” there are in my surrounding area.

Fauxtographers.

When I put the word photographer in quotes I’m including the fauxtographer’s. There are quite a few definitions of the word fauxtographer. The best one I found is from Techopedia. Techopedia’s website defines it as fraudulent photography, where photographs are manipulated through Photoshop or manipulated by other means to change the information they convey. Fauxtography is often used to manipulate the viewer and promote a particular agenda.

Fauxtography is also occasionally used to refer to low-quality or humorous photographs taken by amateur photographers who have started photography businesses or blogs despite their limited experience and skill. In this sense, fauxtography is an Internet meme.

The first definition I don’t totally agree with because it says that photos are manipulated with Photoshop. I don’t know any photographers that don’t use Photoshop or another photo editor program to edit their images. Now the second definition I do agree with. I mean there is even a website dedicated to all of the fake photographers which is You are not a Photographer. It has some pretty comical photos. You have to wonder what these people are thinking! Do they really think the photo is good?! It just blows my mind.

Why Are There So Many “Photographers?

There are several reasons these days that everyone thinks they are photographers and turn it into a job. Technology is the biggest reasoning. You will read it in every blog post or article that it seems like as soon as someone gets a nice camera they can start charging people to take their photos. The gear you have does NOT make you a photographer! You can have the best, top of the line camera and lenses and still take horrible pictures. It does help to have good equipment but it sure doesn’t MAKE you a legit photographer. Another reason the rise of “photographers” has sky rocketed over the past few years is because every smartphone has a camera. Yes, sometimes you can take an awesome picture or two but still, you’re not a photography. And yep, phone photography is a thing. There are photographers that use only their phone for to do sessions in place of a DSLR camera. But again just because that new Iphone can take a good photo and you can edit it on 1 of the thousands of picture editing apps does not make you a photographer. FYI, some of those picture editing apps make the pictures look like crap.

Does it Bother Me? Well Yes…

I am not complaining about these people, don’t get me wrong. Yes, it drives me crazy that people can do the above, make a FB page, and become a photographer overnight. And yes it does bother me some. Why does it drive me crazy and bother me? Well typically these people are charging $15-$20 to do photos and “edit” the photos and hand them all over to the person they took pictures of. Who wouldn’t love to pay that amount and get EVERY photo taken! Well, the only people I can think of are those that don’t respect true photographers and the photographers behind the scenes work. It’s kind of like going to a hair stylist who ordered some scissors, combs, brushes, etc. off of Amazon and titled themselves as a hair stylist because they have the right equipment. Would you honestly go to them for your hair care? I highly doubt it. In the photography world of social media see these fauxtographers as hurting professional photographers business. I guess that can be true but then again a client who wants to pay $20 to get their pictures taken and are happy with being handed over all of the images aren’t my ideal client. I understand not everyone can afford professional photographers and that’s fine but that’s also why I offer payment plans. And I myself am not that expensive. Art is expensive, good art is really expensive. I know a lot of people would be surprised to hear that most people who are looking to have great photos of their family displayed in their home will spend between $500-$3,000 for photography products.

Educate Yourself. I Have.

From seeing these fauxtographers pictures I can only assume that they have not been to any photography workshops, taken any classes or e-courses, studied any aspect of photography, or have watched any of the many tutorials or e-course YouTube videos. This is another reason it bothers me that fauxtographers are getting business when I may not be. I have done tons of reading, studying, watching hours upon hours of videos on things from the basics to editing tutorial videos to ways to better my photography.  I spend so much time to better myself as a photographer and will work with you to get what you are envisioning in your photos so that I am giving your images 110%! I don’t cut corners and I don’t rush with my editing because I truly care about the work I am putting out there and what you are getting.

We All Had To Start Somewhere.

We all started somewhere and nobody starts out of the gate doing perfect work. I was there, I wasn’t great in the beginning. I’ve learned over time and I still am learning. And there are even times now that some sessions just don’t make the top of my list of favorites. There are lots of reason for this. The lighting may have been bad that day (amazingly enough sometimes Photoshop can’t even fix some of these cases), the client may be uncomfortable and that will definitely show in their images (even though I try to talk with them prior to their session and when we meet up for their session I’ll make small talk with them.). So if you are just starting just do some studying, watch some videos, ask to intern with a photographer you admire in your area or contact them to ask questions. I will warn you their are some photographers who are secretive about their craft but it doesn’t hurt to ask.

There is so much more I could say so I may do a follow up or a part 2 on this subject.

Below are a few photos from You are not a Photographer for you viewing pleasure, =). Would you really hire these people??

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There is too much going on in this image. And her eyes!

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This is when you should NOT be using Photoshop. Again, too much going on and why?!

Be sure to check out the entire website for some laughs! Thanks for reading! Feel free to comment your thoughts.

Check out these Event Products!

Look at all of this stuff in these pictures!! They can be created by me, with your help of course to make it YOUR way! The items you see in the pictures are RSVP cards, Invitations, Save the Dates, Return Labels & Address Labels, Thank You Cards, and Christmas Cards! There are so many other sets for different events from Baby Showers to Senior Open House to Baby Announcements! The possibilities and designs are endless! If you are interested in any of these items or others please contact me! *Please note, the designs shown below are not all of the designs carried. They are just a few of the many designs.

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Photography Products

I am now offering more than just prints! I am offering different photography products for you to display your photos! I will list them along with a description of them and some images.

Gallery Wraps

Gallery Wraps are a way to turn any photo into a work of art. If you’re looking for a quality Gallery Wrap, without anything fancy such as a laminate, or hanging options, our Gallery Wraps are the perfect solution. These Gallery Wraps are finished with saw tooth hangers and corner bumpers without any paper backing.

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Barnwood Frames

Add charm by displaying a special image in a genuine Barnwood Frame. From vintage themed weddings, to milestone moments, WHCC’s Barnwood Frames create natural warmth in one’s home.  Reveal your beautiful story with a frame that has a beautiful past. Handcrafted in Minnesota, these frames are built using reclaimed wood from old barns. Our standard Barnwood Frame arrive fully assembled complete with craft paper backing, a wire hanger and a ‘Minnesota Made’ stamp on the back.

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Float Wraps

Float Wraps are built to grab attention. WHCC takes your photographic or canvas print and wrap it around padded masonite, then coat it with a protective laminate for a sleek, elegant look. It’s black paper backing and thick gatorboard block with holes allows the image to hang extended from the wall, giving the appearance that your image is floating.

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Wood Prints

Give your prints a natural look with your image printed on real maple wood. The beauty of the grain comes through on the lighter colors and white areas of your image giving it a soft and warm feel. Clients will love its eco-friendly durability along with the vibrancy of their images. Wood Prints are finished with a protective laminate. These arrive ready to hang with a pre-cut keyhole. Please be aware that the wood printing process is different from WHCC’s photographic printing process. Due to the nature of the maple wood, no two boards will look exactly alike. Each print will be unique and one of a kind. Pair your favorite outdoor, natural light image with the latest trend of printing on wood, from newborn babies to beautiful outdoor weddings. It will make a great addition and conversation piece in your client’s home.

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Metal Prints

The brilliance of WHCC’s Metal Prints is unparalleled! Using an innovative dye sublimation process, your custom images are printed directly onto high quality aluminum for a clean and lasting finish. WHCC’s Metal Prints show off vibrant colors in a way no other medium can. Your most captivating shots take on life-like depth and dimension for an impressive display that stands the test of time. Metal Prints give your home décor an ultra-modern feel. Brighten up any workspace with sleek, stylish, contemporary art. Create breathtaking scenes in a studio or gallery space. No matter where they are displayed, Metal Prints will steal the show!

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Albums

Celebrate the chapters in life that mean the most to your clients with our exquisite and surprisingly affordable Albums. Each client has their own story to tell, and every Album can be customized to tell it. WHCC’s Albums beautifully chronicle your client’s wedding day so they can remember every detail for years to come. Baby’s first year goes by fast. An Album makes a cherished keepsake for all the precious moments and milestones along the way. Clients love our high-end Albums for commemorating Graduations, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Anniversaries, and all of life’s big events. With our attractive price-points and so many sizes and styles to choose from, you can make any photo shoot into an Album-worthy event! Our Albums provide an upscale and creative way to compile photos in one place and enhance the imagery with your own layout and design. WHCC’s full-page Album spreads are mounted to substantial cardstock for thick pages that lay flat. Each turn of the page is a new opportunity to create a storyboard or collage. Or fill an entire spread with that one image that is worth a thousand words! Our Albums provide a durable and stylish keepsake that will stand the test of time and keep your clients’ special memories vivid.

My Etsy Shop! Let’s Get Things Rolling!

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Hello everyone! I have been very busy starting an Etsy shop, reading all the tips and tricks I can find, and learning all the stuff I need to know to get a bigger reach and become better. I sold my first print in February and that sale kick started my Etsy obsession of getting everything in place and learning all I possibly can. I am selling my photography prints, mostly the nature and abstract photos. As of now I am offering six different print sizes: 8×10, 11×14, 16×20, 16×24, 20×30, and 30×40. I also offer custom orders which means that if you want a picture of something within reason that you would like to have as wall art in your home or you would think would fit a theme you have going in either a room in your home or your home in general you can contact me and I can try my hardest to get a picture of your vision and create something. I plan to offer digital downloads for all pictures so that customers can print the photo and use it for whatever reason they need. Some of the reasons I have seen customers purchase from other Etsy shops digital downloads is to use them for invitations, cards, etc. I also plan to offer framing for the photos in the near future. I am thinking of offering different types of wood since my Dad makes custom handmade clocks, jewelry boxes, and other items and has knowledge of that type of thing. His Facebook business page is called “The Time is Now”. You should definitely go check it out! He has some items in stock and you can contact him with an idea or even work with him on what you are looking for. If you are good at sketching you can sketch your idea and he can go off of your sketch and sketch something and more than likely bring whatever you are imagining to life. You can also contact him and tell him what you are wanting and he can sketch what you describe to him and try to bring it to life.

Okay so back to what I am doing! Other than offering digital downloads and framing options I will offer other photography products such as gallery wraps, floating wraps, metal prints, etc. The products are endless! It just takes a lot of time to get ALL of that listed on the store.

Just like with my photography businesses there are times that I feel like I won’t ever get anywhere and the one sale I made back in February will the only one I ever make. I seem to be the type of person that wants instant gratification and I just have to remind myself that with my photography businesses I did not book up a month over night. It took a good year and a half to REALLY start booking.

I plan to do more advertising on social media sites once I have gotten my Etsy shop a little more “stocked”. But as always the biggest and best advertising method is word of mouth and when people share my work and help get my Etsy store name and link out there. So now to me asking for your help! =) If you would please share my Etsy store I would greatly appreciate it. I plan to do a contest or giveaway on a social media site I use for my photography businesses (so make sure you are following my photography social media accounts!) to get some more traffic on my Etsy shop. I am also posting all of my photos for purchase or that will be available on my Etsy Shop on a Pinterest Board. The Pinterest Board is Kirsten Ray Photos. Make sure you follow it as I’m still adding photos because it’s going to take me quite a bit of time to upload all I have available. So be sure to share the Pinterest Board or re-pin pins from the board to help me gain some new followers and hopefully soon to be customers as I get it running a bit more. And as always I will give an incentive for helping me out!

You can visit my Etsy Shop, Kirsten Ray Photos . Of course sharing my Etsy shop is encouraged! I will be able to see my followers so again incentives will be given as a thank you!

 

Kirsten Ray