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  • I am a wedding & family photographer based in Greenville NC. I love shooting and enjoy traveling throughout the United States for different photography events.

    To me, photography is a personal experience that allows a moment to be captured in time. My clients know that our time together usually involves lots of interaction and tons of laughter. The experience is designed to be fun and non stressful!

    I hope each of you visiting my page have had a chance to connect in some fashion to my images and I hope you return again soon!

    Thanks to each of my clients that allow me to be a part of their lives..you are what makes my business what it is! Until we meet again..Laurie

    and a big thanks to Shannon B. Atkins Photography for my fabulous bio picture!!

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Engagement, Bridal, & Wedding – Rock Springs – Greenville, NC – Gretchun & Jimmy

Because I am ridiculously behind in my blogging and I would like to try to catch up sooner rather than later, I’m putting a little twist into this post! In this post you will get to see the whole shebang….. favorites from the Engagement session, the Bridal session, and even the Wedding!!! So hold on to your seats and be prepared for all kinds of pretty!!

I’ve personally known Jimmy’s family for many years. So much so that it isn’t uncommon for me to show up at a family function and pull up a chair. They never quite know when I’m going to pop up and I don’t know that they could get rid of me if they tried. So when Gretchun and Jimmy called and said they were getting married I was glad to be a part of their celebration. As you will see below everything they had was fabulous but I’ve loved even more staying in touch with them since the wedding! Whether I run into them at the store, a restaurant, or even through a quick text I have a tender heart for this couple!!

So Gretchun, I know you have been waiting for a while for this post and I promised that one day I would get to it, well today (or I guess I should say tonight) I finally got around to keeping my promise!! Wishing you and Jimmy many years of happiness and joy!!

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Fantastic D.I.Y Wedding – Wilmington, NC – Victoria & Ben

So you have seen the engagement pictures of them playing in the grocery store, strolling through the woods, and snuggling on the beach (if you didn’t click HERE). You have heard their love story and now you get to see their insanely fabulous DIY wedding! I see a lot of weddings and I see a lot of things brides make to make sure their wedding is personal and unique but when I showed up to Victoria’s wedding I was BLOWN away!! For months her and her fiancé collected materials, built an altar to get married under and their own tiki bar, cut down trees to make places for people to sit during their ceremony in the woods, built a huge door to they would have an entrance to their wedding, made center pieces for their table… I mean literally, the list could go on and on. For months she had been telling me everything but seeing it in person was nothing short of spectacular!

Victoria and Ben, I loved being part of your day and capturing your journey for you to remember for years to come! You guys are amazing and when I look at you, I see a team! Continue to work together with each stage life presents you and continue to add to your love story! I know it’s long past due but your images had to be shown for the world to see!!!! xo

 

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Meet Hannah….. Crutchfield Photography – Greenville, NC

Meet Hannah! I’ve only had the chance to photograph Hannah one other time. It was a few years back and it was with her family. After a brief interaction at that session, I soon realized she was in the same grade and school as my son. I knew she had looked familiar but I just hadn’t made the connection. As the years have passed, our paths have crossed here and there and her kindness has always stood out to me.  I know it sounds weird that I have been impressed with kindness but sometimes that is a trait that is lacking in our young people (esp in middle school).  I mean come on, everyone knows middle school in general can be hard.  It’s hard as pre-teens try to figure out who they are. Hard when they test boundaries or new found freedoms. Hard as they face so many changes (emotionally and physically).  Hard when their friends want them to act or dress a certain way. All around it can be hard because they just want to be accepted. But there has always been something about Hannah that has always stood out. She is naturally beautiful but she has a kindness that shines through as well. She has always impressed me with her genuine heart at each encounter, even if the encounter was short.

So when I was looking for a model for an Inspirational shoot I was doing a few weeks ago and she offered to help, I knew she would be a great choice! That day as I was scrambling to decorate and finish the goodie bags she jumped right in to help at every turn. Whether it was carrying tables, filling bags, or grabbing the moss the wind was blowing, she did it all with a smile. She was so happy to help and grateful for the opportunity and might I add a FABULOUS model… just check her out!!

Thanks so much Hannah!! I hope you had a fabulous time and I hope you love the images! A big thanks to Longstraw Farms for letting us use the venue for this shoot (more to come on that soon) and to Rebecca Briley of Salon Blonde for doing an amazing job on the hair and make up!!!

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How do you run your business??

This is a post I did a few years back on my old blog and after gettting another email referencing the appreciation for this knowledge, I figured it might be good to bring this particular post to the new blog. So except for a few changes this is pretty much copied from the one I did years ago. A few things to remember while reading… this information is for the state of NC (it does vary by state) and at any time this may change. So even though this gives good information, make sure you are taking the time to check into what your county and state says.

So many people (mom’s in particular) pick up a digital camera, take a few photos, and overnight become a photographer.  I’m not knocking it because I had a similar journey! But what this post will address is the business part of photography.  Many people reading this will say…. well I don’t really make money at it, so I don’t consider it a business.  I may challenge that with….. “Do you have a business name, do you have a website or Facebook fan page, do your charge for your pictures, do you have a logo or do you advertise your services?”  If the answer to any of those is yes, then I would say you probably are running a business, you are just trying to avoid the business part of it.  A lot of people combat that with…”But I don’t make any money, I’m just learning!” And even though that may be true, most businesses don’t make a profit during their first few years. Matter of fact, a typical business takes 5 years before it shows a profit.  But not making a profit does not eliminate you from the responsibilities you have with a business.

For me one of the hardest parts of being a photographer is the actual business part.  The book keeping, the payroll, the taxes, any one of those words can easily send me into a panic attack!!! But in all honesty I think just me knowing my weaknesses gives me an advantage in my business.  I know that sounds crazy but for me, I know I stink in those areas so I find qualified people that can help! To start with, my mom does all my book keeping. Not only is she 100% trustworthy but that is what her career was for years.  If there is a penny missing, she will crunch those numbers until it is balanced. And then I have an amazing CPA, Alex Pappas with H. Edwin Gray, that handles all my payroll, taxes, and any crazy questions I can muster. And by handle, he literally send me the forms I need to send each quarter with a little sticky that says…sign here with an addressed envelope and a sheet listing how much goes in each envelope.  On occasion I get people that ask how much my CPA cost me and my answer is always the same….”It’s not cheap but it’s worth it!” When it comes down to it, I know my business is being run the right way. Every business owner has to decide what they spend their money on and for me it’s a no brainer!! I’m going to pay to have an expert help me with the business part because simply, I’m clueless!

So, if you are one of those people trying to slide by and not pay taxes because, “it’s just a hobby”.  Then let it be a hobby and do what you love to do without the money involved.  But if you want to be a photographer and earn money, step up and do it right. Because if you don’t and you get caught, it won’t be good!! Just recently I called the NC Department of Revenue to settle some questions I had concerning sales tax. You see in our lovely state, photographers have to pay sales tax on everything not just their products!! That’s right…session fees, labor, anything we charge for is subject to the 7% sales tax.  This is something a lot of photographers don’t even realize.  Most photographers think sales tax is only applicable to their products, such as prints, albums, etc.  But in the state of North Carolina that couldn’t be further from the truth.. The auditor I spoke to personally showed me on the site where the bulletins where outlining it and proceeded to tell me, tons and tons of photographers have been audited on their sales tax over the past couple of years and have been caught not paying it correctly. So to any NC photographer that is not paying 7% sales tax on all their sales, please start!!! The auditor even told me that most of the ones caught weren’t doing it because they just didn’t know.  But not knowing doesn’t eliminate your responsibility when you run a business. If you are like me and you don’t know the business part, get a book keeper and a great CPA (if you need one I happen to know one).  You may think it’s a lot but I promise the penalties and fees for doing it wrong is worse!!

So there it is, my latest rants and raves.  This may not be a popular post and I’m fine with that but I’ll leave you with a image to remind you of how you may feel if you get caught doing it wrong……

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2015 Photography/Business Classes Announced

Beginners/Intro class

 The Beginners/Intro class will focus on learning more about your camera, distinguishing the different settings and why they are important. This class is a mixture of a short lecture, observation, then hands on learning.  A head-shot of each participant will be done by me – printing rights of image will be provided to each participant! This class will be limited to 10 people and will last 2.5 hours.  Each participant is required to bring their SLR camera and their manual for their camera.  Date/Time:  February 7, 2015 9am-11:30am

Cost is $150  (full payment is required to reserve a spot)

 

Pricing for Profit

You’ve been asking, so here it is once again! Have you started or do you want to start a photography business but you have no clue how/why to set your prices? Not sure how to set your base price or even how to make a profit from your business, well this class is for you! You will also receive a handout with some handy busines advice from a local CPA that has handled many photography accounts for years. You don’t want to miss this one! Date/Time: February 7, 2015 1:00pm

Cost is $30 (full payment is required to reserve a spot)

 

The Wedding Explosion

This class is a hands on approach to an actual wedding day. It will be held at a local venue with detailed coverage from the beginning of the wedding experience to the very end. This includes the interaction between clients, the importance of contracts, live shooting of a wedding day itself with an actual Bride & Groom (including getting ready, detail shots, a ceremony, and key reception moments).  It is designed to cover each moment…..from the first dialogue with the client to the delivery of the final product.  Tons of information, hands on instruction/shooting, and lunch is provided. Due to the hands on experience, this class is limited to a maximun of 10 students.  Date/Time: February 28, 2015

Cost is $500  (a non refundable retainer of $250 is required to hold a spot and the final payment of $250 is due February 5th)

 

Photographing Kids

This class was designed for those interested in learning how to photograph children. We will have a lecture part and a hands on shooting part with babies and children of various ages. (Newborns subjects will not be included as one of the models). For this class you will need to have an idea of how to use your camera. This class is more about posing and interacting with kids on how to get those perfect moments.  Due to the hands on experience, this class is limited to a maximun of 10 students.  Date/Time: March 14, 2015

Cost: $150  (full payment is required to reserve a spot)

 

One on One Photoshop/Photography 

Are you a hands on learner that is ready to go to the next level in your photography/editing but you need a little more direction?? Then a one one one session is perfect for you.  Sessions are a minimum of 2 hours and are customized to the area you want to learn/grow.

Cost is $75 per hour (weekday rates) or $125 per hour (evening/weekend rates)

Daily rates: $500 (9:00-5:00)  This does include a completely customized experience to help you grow in the area your business needs help. (It can include hands on shooting with a model, step by step guide in editing, business coaching, in camera tutoring, etc) It does also include lunch. These sessions are VERY limited!!!

 

TO BOOK A CLASS OR RESERVE A SPOT EMAIL ME AT:  lcphoto@suddenlink.net

 

 

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