Friday, August 30, 2019

A Day In The Life Of...

Have you thought about what all you do in your daily life?  I thought I would go through a routine day for Jo H Photography and what all I do on a daily basis.  It all of course depends on my workload but most days are pretty similar

My day always starts off at 6:30am with a morning walk with my amazing rescue dog "TED"  I'm so thankful for him because he has given me motivation to get up and get moving.

When I get back from the morning walk, I have to get he Java going, I'm ready for coffee and Bible Study, I "Write out" my bible study, I feel like it helps me understand and take in every work that's in my Bible.  I'm currently studying Psalm,

At that point, it's breakfast and into my home office, We converted the guest room into a office for myself.  I had been working on the coffee table, dinner table, anywhere I could set my computer down.  That was causing me so much wasted time carrying things back and forth I needed more organization.

I pulled the carpet in that room and repainted walls and trim and this weekend we are putting down wood flooring to finish out my home office, next week the organization begins constructing my desk and storage areas.  I like to be as efficient as possible and would like my work to flow and stay organized.

If I don't have any photography jobs then my morning is spent in the office working on order, or learning something new.  After lunch its time to do some house chores and trying to keep the home clean and organized for my family.

After lunch and cleaning its back it the office if there is more work to be completed or projects to work on.  If i have a race to photograph I start loading up my gear an hour before I have to leave.

Depending on the photography event, I may carry 2-3 lights, i rarely take all 5 lights unless I am working a remote camera or photographing youth rodeos.  I pick up Kathy (she works the photography booth) and we head out. We plan ahead using MAPS to see what time we need to be at a location.  I like to allow 1 hour of set up time before the race, if I have time I like to capture a few behind the scenes photos or talk to some of the contestants for that night.

The race depends on a lot of things, some races run 25-30 an hour, some 40-50 an hour.  We of course love the faster races that keeps up in and out as quickly as possible and we like that.

Kathy runs the photo booth and does an amazing job, we download 10 runners at a time to the booth laptop, so runners can come up and see their photos right away.  Unfortunately I stopped posting photos online due to so many people using their phones to take snapshots and posting them, they didn't buy them so I had to stop this process.  You can see photos on site immediately; depending on the race, I may work on your order right there in the arena so you have them to share immediately.  If it's  a really dusty arena I won't do that because it can ruin my computer equipment.

After the race and after everyone leaves the photo booth, we load up all of our equipment and head home, if I need to finish orders I work on them at home and make sure all digital orders are finished the same day.  Print orders are done by noon the next day so I can get all prints on one shipment as I overnight them to myself to get them out to everyone within a few days.  I know some photographers print on site, it's just not something I will do, I give every photo if it's a $15 digital to $50 print the same care, I want to know what you get is 100% perfect in my eyes.

Bed for me on most days is 11pm depending on work load or how far we have to travel.

I'm blessed to do something I love, photograph, capture memories of people and events.  I have the biggest support system around me with regular clients that keep me going.  I couldn't do what I do without everyones support.

for 2019/2020 I've decided to cut back on some of the bigger races and stay with some of the ones that I know I can be finished in 4 hours or less, we are picking up youth rodeos and of course portraits and weddings is a primary focus to grow into for 2020.

If you need a photographer reach out and lets see if we can do some work together.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Swimsuit Session

I think of myself as a equine portrait specialist, when I have an opportunity to step outside my expertise it’s always fun.  Kylee (senior rep 2019) asked if I would be interested in doing a swimsuit session as her send off to College.  Of course, I loved the idea.  After a few scouting trips (which I highly recommend if your a photographer/videographer) we picked our location and then it was getting our schedules together.

Lake Ray Roberts Johnson Branch served as the perfect background for our beach/swimsuit session.  The beach is clean and there are not a lot of trees blocking the water which if angled correctly gives you a ocean look.  Not a lot of people were on the beach during the week so at that point it was working on ideas and angles

Kylee came prepared with about 6 to 8 swimsuits and outfits. We didn’t want all the phots in one outfit so we outlined what angles and poses we wanted in each suit.  I was so happy with the outcome of this session (Kylee makes my job as photographer easy, she follows direction and can hit all the poses and looks anyphotographer would want).

I wish this young lady the best, she’s been on my sponsor team for two years and I know her future is bright and I can’t wait to see what all she accomplishes.

Photographer:  Jo H Photography
Model:  Kylee Scribner
Photographer Assistant:  Nana :)
Location:  Lake Ray Roberts to book your session

Friday, August 16, 2019

How Important is Quality

Recently I was asked “How Important is Quality to you”.  Thats a no brainer, since my first day of photography I wanted to put a quality photo out there if it’s on social media or on print.

Unlike some photographers I won’t print my photos at the barrel races, some days I get them SOOC (Straight out of camera) perfect and could print on site.  I like to take a look at them to see if they need to be straightened, exposure is too high too low etc.  I give each $10 social media tag the same amount of attention as I do a $26 8x10 print.

Quality is very important to me, and my answer to that person that asked me that was “I will quit before I sacrifice quality”

Portraits same thing, things go a little slower (most days) than a fast paced barrel race, but I pay close attention to my background, ambient light, artificial light, people, horses, dogs, everything comes into factor when creating a piece of art for someones wall.

Quality should always be your top priority as a business, artist or individual.  I want to be known for my quality work not for settling for less.

If your looking for a quality photographer, look no further JO H PHOTOGRAPHY is your photographer. Check out my work and let me take care of “All your photography Needs”