I’m sure you have uttered the words “we don’t need a professional photographer” at least once in your life. We get it, choosing a professional photographer, coordinating outfits, getting everyone “on board” seems overwhelming and unnecessary,
but stop thinking like that RIGHT NOW!
Hiring a professional photographer will not only get you fantastic pictures to treasure, but a real professional can help you with all aspects of planning for the session so you don’t have to stress or figure it all out. For example, ideas with posing, tips for coordinating outfits, a variety of locations and so much more. We know what looks good in front of the camera and we know how to edit behind the scenes, as well as offering portrait packages that will make your heart skip a beat every time you walk by it in your home.
Yes, mobile phones are getting better every day.
Selfie sticks proliferate society and make group photos easier than ever. The beauty of mobile images is their spontaneity, but careful planning of an professional portrait session that you’ll all be talking about for years is worth a little planning and investment in time.
A beautiful wall portrait of your family that you can enjoy from anywhere in your family room is a valuable and timeless piece of home decor.
It’s time to stop thinking professional photography isn’t for you, and schedule your session today. You won’t regret it!
I’m so excited to share these images from an engagement party in Hickory, NC last month. I had the pleasure of meeting Nikki and Pratik through my business mentor who referred them to me. This lovely couple was planning their engagement ceremony in traditional Indian fashion and I was blessed to be a part and capture all the culture and beauty of this wonderful family occasion.
Here are some of the images that highlight the great time everyone had at the party.
Here’s what Nikki had to say about her experience with Derek Johnson Photography:
“Thank you Derek Johnson Photography for the great images of our engagement party! We are so pleased with the work you did and they will always remind us of the wonderful time we had. Your photographs are full of life and emotion, and your attention to detail shines through in your work. Thank you again for the amazing memories you have captured.”
Nikki Patel, Charlotte, NC
As you may be planning for your next big holiday party, let’s talk soon and meet at your next event to capture all the joy and memories of family together for the holidays.
Let me begin by saying that I had the greatest time doing this sibling portrait session in Pineville, NC. This was the first time I’ve worked with the Phan children and I loved every minute of it at Johnston Park and downtown Pineville. Cynthia is the older sibling a Freshman at Nations Ford High School. Very energetic, style savvy and FUN!! Young Celina is a 3rd grader and while she started out a little shy and reserved, by the end of our session she was asking, “When can we do this again?”
This fun shoot began in Johnston Park, which on this beautiful Sunday afternoon was quite crowded! I’m used to shoot around the moving scenery and we were able to find some spots around the park to hide and get some beautiful images. The girls were full of energy the entire time and they posed so well together. We left the park and ended up in the very small downtown area of Pineville where the girls changed into dresses and we continued to get amazing images of them.
Check out the rest of the images below and remember this is the PERFECT time to get your kids together for a Fall/Holiday session.
You, my existing clients can save $150 on a session fee if you book between now and the end of November. That’s right, a portrait session is only $50 through the end of November
Let’s get together soon and create some lovely images like the ones below.
So check out the beautiful and FUN Phan sisters!
I’m so excited about canvas gallery wraps! I’ve been offering them for a while and I alway enjoy receiving them in, prepping them for delivering and then watching my client’s eyes light up from joy and surprised at their beautiful portraits.
“So why canvas gallery wraps and WHY SO BIG??” Past experiences with retail portrait studios have conditioned most of use to consider an 8×10 portrait a sizable print – nice photo paper, glossy finish and ready to slip into a simple frame to place on a coffee table. 8×10 portraits are staple product and excellent for viewing an image held in your hand. Most of us enjoy the decor in our house from a distance of 10-20 feet as we move around the living spaces. Fireplace mantles, stairway walls and those large spaces above our couches are typical areas where we add decorative elements that make us smile, that make our house guest stop and admire. These are the areas where we can display beautiful imagery of our families.
“OK, that makes sense but why more than one canvas in one place?” The beauty of a wall grouping is that it shows the various family combinations and the love between different people within the family. A family can relive a humorous moment during the portrait session in a multiple canvas grouping look fondly at the entire family, kids and the parents with the kids in once heartfelt glance.
So enough talking about canvas wrap, here are a few of my favorite canvas gallery wrap wall groupings. Maybe these examples with start to highlight areas in your own home that would make a great display area for a wall grouping of your own.
Quads: The Big T – Arranged and named after the famous University of Tennessee Big T band formation. Besides representing my alma mater, this is a beautiful wall grouping that allows for your favorite portrait and landscape portraits to be displayed on a large wall in a living area or hallway.
The Mantle Mate – This grouping is perfect over a large fireplace mantle. This large quad grouping mixes square portraits and landscape portrait for a symmetrical finish. The great thing about groupings is the variety that can be had from squares, portrait and landscape images. This could totally be configured in another unique and striking way. That’s why I love hanging canvas wall grouping with Command strips. Super quick and super clean and totally rearrangeable!
The Triplets – This is one of my favorites! A spacious center portrait flanked by two tall vertical images really fills in a large open wall in a family area. You’ll be able to enjoy your family every day you walk through and spend time in the family room with this big, beautiful arrangement.
Hopefully you’ve been motivated to adorn your own walls with some beautiful artwork of your family. Give me a CALL so we can talk more about and schedule a portrait session.
See you soon!
Hey Class of 2015 seniors or anyone that knows one – Are you ready to finish your senior year with a bang? Check out this offer that is still good for the month of February!
So what should you do now? Contact me now and let’s book your session.
Well maybe you’re not interested or don’t have a senior at home right now. Share with family and friends who have seniors and be rewarded for your referral. Check out my amazing Referral Program HERE!
REMEMBER, THIS OFFER IS ONLY GOOD THROUGH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. CONTACT ME TODAY BEFORE THE MONTH ENDS. 9 DAYS LEFT!
Happy Valentines Day Everyone! Enjoy this day with your loved ones. We at Derek Johnson Photography wish you all the love this day and every day can bring you.
You couples: Love hard, love always, love right
You young people: love your parents, love your siblings, love your friends
All: LOVE GOD AND WATCH HIM LOVE YOU MORE!
The Johnson Family
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If you’re reading this blog post you’re more than likely a current or past client of mine and I say THANK YOU for your support of my dream. I love creating beautiful images of families and high school seniors for my clients and giving them something to relive and enjoy over and over for years to come.
The best compliment you could ever show my business is your referral!
We all enjoy sharing a great experience and I hope you are eager to share your positive experience with the people you love.
As a way of saying thanks I want to make sure you know about our amazing Referral Program. Click on the link below to be taken to our program summary page. You’ll definitely want to check it out and start sharing your great portrait experience with family and friends.
One of our amazing portrait products that is perfect for showing off your past family portraits is our Custom Mobile Photo App.
It is a very neat app that loads directly onto your smartphone or tablet and allows you to show off your images from our session together. HERE is an example. If you don’t already have a custom mobile app from our past portrait session, contact me today and request a complimentary app ($150 value). And if you’d like an updated set of images to enjoy your app, give me a call and let’s set a session date!
To read all about our Referral Program, click HERE.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from your family and friends and seeing you again!
Derek Johnson, Photographer
I’m so excited about the first annual DFP White Portrait Event!
I wanted to pull the curtain back and show you some behind the scenes action on how I achieve a white background finish for studio portraits. There’s nothing cleaner than a beautiful portrait on a white background. When the accompanying elements like chairs, boxes and other props are in harmony with the subject, it all comes together in a beautiful and finished product. This very simple, almost sterile look isn’t for everyone but it’s a perfect alternative for a fun, modern portrait session when the very warm outdoors of the summer is not your cup of tea. read more
I had the awesome pleasure and opportunity to lend my photographic services and provide prom portraits at a day prom at the Pendergrass-Fairwold High School in Columbia, SC. This amazing school educates and nurture children with special developmental needs. read more