Posted on Nov 06, 2016
Posted in Family, General

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.

Wehrmeyer Family Portraits Wall Grouping

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.

Wehrmeyer Family Portraits in Fort Mill SC

It’s time to stop thinking professional photography isn’t for you, and schedule your session today. You won’t regret it!

Posted on Sep 03, 2015
Posted in Products

Have you Viewed Your Custom Photo App Lately? If not then you really should give it a look. For those of you who may not know what I’m talking about read on learn more.

I absolutely love this product! In this digital age we live in we all work and live by our mobile devices. Most of us count our mobile phones as one of the critical items that we never leave home without. Naturally we all want to share photos, videos and other memories with our family and friends directly from our phones at a moments notice. Your custom photo app can do just that.

Here’s a quick tour of the features of your photo app:

You should see a custom app icon on the home screen of your phone.

 

 

 

 

Homepage Icon on your custom photo app

Homepage Icon on your custom photo app

Click on the icon and be taken into the photo slideshow where you can view your images!

Slideshow Image on your custom photo app

Slideshow Image on your custom photo app

 

At the very end of your slideshow you’ll find a couple of links that will take you to my website to view more portrait images as well as my amazing REFERRAL PROGRAM. You’ve got to check it out!

 

 

Extra Links at the end of your custom photo app

Extra Links at the end of your custom photo app

 

So there you have it. Take a look at your custom app if you haven’t checked it out lately. If the images are really outdated and we haven’t worked together in a while, I’d love to see you again and capture some new images of you or your family.

CONTACT me and let’s schedule a portrait session soon!

Posted on Aug 26, 2015
Posted in Family, Products

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.

Austin Family Canvas Gallery Wrap Wall Grouping  - Quads: The Big T

Austin Family Canvas Gallery Wrap Wall Grouping – Quads: The Big T

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!

Soler Family Canvas Gallery Wrap Wall Grouping - 2 Square Portraits and 2 Landscape Portraits

Soler Family Canvas Gallery Wrap Wall Grouping – 2 Square Portraits and 2 Landscape Portraits

 

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.

Addison Family Canvas Gallery Wrap Wall Grouping - Triplets arrangement over a big couch in the living area

Addison Family Canvas Gallery Wrap Wall Grouping – Triplets arrangement over a big couch in the living area

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!

 

Derek

Posted on Aug 28, 2014
Posted in Family, Seniors

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

 

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Posted on Jul 24, 2014
Posted in Products

Have You Enjoyed Your Wall Portrait Today?

It’s summertime and this is a great time to be with family and to have that long-delayed family portrait you’ve been talking about for years.  Maybe you have a Class of 2015 senior and you’ve noticed that many seniors are having their senior portraits created RIGHT NOW. Whatever the reason, you may be shopping around for a portrait photographer. Besides deciding who you will trust with your loved ones’ memories, you’re also probably thinking about how you’ll enjoy your portraits once they’re complete. In this social media driven and digital age we live in you may be thinking, “I’ll just hire one of these photographers who will burn all my images on a disk.”  It seems easy enough. You and your family meet this person, take some photos and you get a DVD or USB drive in the mail a few weeks later.

WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THERE”S A MUCH BETTER WAY TO ENJOY YOUR PORTRAITS?

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Posted on Mar 26, 2014
Posted in Family

I had the wonderful opportunity to have a family portrait session with my older brother Abe Johnson and the rest of the family. During this crazy winter of yo-yo weather patterns we planned our session on a particularly lovely day and headed out the Blythe Landing in Lake Norman, NC. read more

Posted on Mar 13, 2014
Posted in Family, Seniors

Does your photographer provide a complimentary clothing consultation before the session? They absolutely should! Did you know that what you wear during your portrait session may be more important than the technical and creative skill of the photographer? read more

Posted on Mar 05, 2014
Posted in Family

I had the pleasure of creating some amazing images of the lovely young Alaya Hamilton during a tween portrait session. Her mother Nekia graciously agreed to let me photograph her for a marketing campaign I’m preparing for.

 

We met on one of the warmer weekend afternoons this winter at Glencairn Gardens in Rock Hill, SC. I’ve utilized this beautiful park for portrait sessions in the past, but it’s been a few years and I was pleasantly surprised at the changes it’s undergone. read more

Posted on Jan 29, 2014
Posted in Family

Our third child, Derek Lowell Johnson Jr. graced us with his presence a full 12 weeks ahead of his due date….so saith the doctors. read more

Posted on Nov 27, 2013
Posted in Family

Holly Fellowes is a former work colleague and all around wonderful person. She contacted me for a family portrait session when she had all of her children and two grandchildren in town for a short period of time. read more