Hi, and Welcome to the Jackie Ranson Photography Blog

I am an on-location newborn/child, family, and wedding photographer, located in Virginia. Here, you will find a few personal favorite sneak peaks from each recent session. You will also see a few photos of my own family in the mix.

Thanks for stopping by, and I look forward to working with you in the near future!

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

18 Months Old {Part One}~ MINE

Today my baby bug is 18 months old!! I can't believe how big she already is! {Where oh were does the time go} I got to take some studio shots of her yesterday, {bare with me as I am really new to this studio stuff and I know there is alot more for me to learn}~ Little N is such a sweetheart, loveable, caring and full of energy. She is such a ham! Happy 18 Months Buglet!! I Love you~

love that tongue! <3

My favorite of the day~

If you would like to get this outfit that Little N is wearing here are the amazing vendors that sell them:
Rainbow Tutu ~ Teeny Tiny Tutus
Rainbow Leggings~ Teeny Tiny Tutus
Purple and Teal Flower Headband~ Mimi's Babies 
Yellow Flower Headband~ Neishas Blue Baby Boutique
White tank~ Old Navy

Monday, March 28, 2011

Why Cut Budgets On Something SO Important?

Ive been wanting to write this for a while now and I just didn't know how to put it in words... I just hope this will help you when deciding on your photographer as well as your photography~

People spend hundreds of dollars on engagement parties, bridal parties, decorations for their weddings, food, and gifts, but when it comes to “being on a budget”, they choose their wedding pictures as something to cut. Weddings pictures are something that LAST a lifetime, something the most important people in your life will see forever. You will only get to make this important decision once and when the wedding is over there are only a few things you will have left ~the ring, the dress, the wife/husband and the photography.

I see a lot of brides and grooms go to someone that they know, who own a nice camera and decide to use them as their wedding photographer to cut cost. When they get their photos back, they are kicking themselves for not spending another few hundred dollars to get better quality photos from a professional photographer who has been doing it for years and it shows in their work.

Here are SEVEN reasons why you should choose a PROFESSIONAL photographer over the hobbyist:

1. They will be able to anticipate what is about to happen and be in the right place at the right time. Professional photographers can walk any environment and foresee where to go and how to get the best shots in a fraction of a second.

2. Consistency in the quality of photos. Amateurs believe if they shoot enough photos you should end up with a few good ones. It doesn’t work that way and 10,000 non professional shots will never rival 500 taken by a professional. Taking multiple images from the same bad angle with poor lighting won’t make a shot any better.

3. They have dealt with hundreds of couples and know what they expect from a coverage as well as what the family will hope to see.

4. Ability to deal with any adversity with the weather or drama that might arise on the day. Unplanned delays due to traffic or lack of light at the end of the day. Even when there are wardrobe mishaps your photographer can give you advice on how to avoid this becoming an issue in your photos.

5. Experienced photographers make you feel more relaxed as they are confident with their photography and reassure you that all is going well. They know what to say and what not to say. You and your bridal party will enjoy the experience of the professionalism and be more willing to participate in the photography.

6. They know how to create a special photo opportunity. Even if you want natural photojournalistic shots there are moments that need the photographers input, otherwise the shots might just look amateurish and boring. It is a mistake to believe that amazing photos will appear all day out of nowhere. A few subtle tweaks can make a shot go from dull to extraordinary and still be candid and natural.

7. Getting the most flattering angles to make you look great in your photos. This is a day where everyone is at their best and a professional photographer knows which angles and lighting will bring out the most attractive images of you. They also have equipment that will avoid red eye from flash photography and have tricks to avoid reflections in glasses. So you will look thinner, taller and stunning if you pick a professional photographer.

Your wedding photos aren’t worth risking so choose a professional wedding photographer who can match your style and capture your beauty on your big day. Remember, just because you like them as a person, doesn’t mean their style will match up to what you have in mind for your big day.

The Bottom-Line: With regards to Professional Photography, you absolutely get what you pay for! Inexperienced, non-professional photographers will often make several critical errors during your event. They can not be re-done as there just one opportunity to capture certain moments! Therefore, ask yourself this question: If I could hire a Professional Photographer and know that my images will be captured and kept safe, is this worth it to me? If the answer is “yes” then you have made a wise decision! If the answer is “no” then keep in mind the risks involved in losing precious moments forever.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Inspiration Fridays

Welcome To Inspiration Fridays~ I have decided to show you what inspires me as a photographer every friday. 

I always feel like looking at other amazing photographers helps me with my inspiration for photoshoots. Today was a bit different...Today I was feeling a bit RED as its Wear Red Fridays.. until they all come home..
Alot of people really don't understand how a military family feels, or really just don't think about it. There are many wives, husbands, moms and dads out there who are hoping a praying that their daughter, son, husband, wife, dad, mom come home and Fridays to me Aren't just the start of a weekend, its the start of supporting those who need us the most- The Marines, The Soldiers, The Coasties.. I hope that next Friday you will show your support for the military and wear red. Here is my inspiration for today~

none of these photos were taken by me.. all are from other amazing photographers in the world..

1. Red barns, Amber waves, 2. Red rust, 3. Lost Red Riding Hood, 4. Red, 5. Red, 6. red red red, 7. Red, 8. Japanese Maple In the Wind (long handheld exposure) / red / red color / nature / - IMGP5472, 9. we love macs, 10. 74 { 365 }, 11. Cuba Gallery: Photoshop / tea / smoke / color / red / nature / light / green / photography, 12. Flag in the Garden

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Senior Reps Wanted

Looking for Senior Rep Models for Graduate Class of 2012! I'll be choosing ONE highschool senior from each of these high schools:  Middlesex High, Gloucester High, Mathews High, Northampton High and Nandua High.

What is a Senior Rep Model?
They are spokesmodels that help promote Jackie Ranson Photography with their own amazing portraits. An ideal senior rep model has lots of friends and is a very outgoing and energetic person.  Please only submit applications if you’re serious about this.

In order to be a senior rep, you must:
• Have great style, lots of personality and enjoy being in front of the camera!
• Be a current high school junior graduating in 2012
• Go to High School at: Middlesex, Gloucester, Mathews, Northampton or Nandua
• Agree to tell your friends and classmates Jackie Ranson Photography and share your senior portraits with them.
• Have a Facebook and post your photos in an album called Jackie Ranson Photography!
• Have your parents or legal guardians sign a model release form.
• Agree to represent ONLY Jackie Ranson Photography and use these images as your senior pictures.

What’s in it for you?
* The chosen seniors will get (1 or 2) FREE 2 hour session. (one spring and one fall)
* 50 rep cards to pass out to other seniors and friends with my studio information.
* A proof book to show off to all your friends and family.
* Web sized images for facebook.
* For every senior that books a session with me using your rep cards, you will receive a complimentary $20 print credit. There is no limit on how much you can earn, most senior reps will get an entire senior package for free from referring people.

When do I shoot my free sessions?
All Senior Rep Sessions need to be completed by May 30, 2011. Your other senior session can be done whenever during your senior year!

We need fresh new images for our website, blog, facebook fan pages and other promotional materials. Since we need images and you need great senior portraits, why shouldn’t we work together? Also, by you telling and showing your friends your awesome photos is going to go much further than me telling them they’ll love their photos. Telling and showing your friends is a win-win for everyone.

We’re kicking off this program immediately so don’t waste any time.

Here’s the Application! Email it to jackieransonphotography@gmail.com
The deadline is March 26, 2011, the chosen reps will be notified by March 27, 2011

Senior Rep Model Application for Graduates of 2012

First & Last Name:
Your Age:
Your Email:
Your High School:
Your Graduation Year:
Your Home Phone:
Your Cell Phone:
Parent/Guardian Name; First & Last:
Parent/Guardian Email:
Do you have your parent’s permission to participate?
Your Facebook Address:
What school, church, or other activities are you involved in?
Please include all clubs, sports, volunteering, etc.
What are your hobbies and interests?
What are your 3 favorite clothing stores to shop at?
What would you describe your dress style to be?
Are you willing to promote Jackie Ranson Photography to your friends by putting pictures on Facebook and handing out your senior rep models cards to all of your friends and schoolmates?

If your parents have any questions, please have them email me or call me at any time.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Marie Maternity { Virginia Maternity/Newborn Photographer}

This isn't just another maternity session. This belly has my #2 niece in it! So this session is a little dear to my heart and I am so happy that I get to capture the beauty in my sister in law as she continues to be beautiful throughout her pregnancy.
On Saturday we went down to the river by my house to take a few of Marie and some with Little M (niece #1). Little M wasn't into it as much as we would have liked but we still got some cute ones of her with baby belly. 

After a few down by the river, we left Little M with my amazing husband who had to watch both our girls and Little M,(thanks babe) we traveled around Middlesex looking for locations.  Glad we found what we did- a wheat field and an abandoned building.. two of my favorites~


I can't wait to meet her and to photograph her newborn shoot!! Only a few more weeks until Baby G comes!!                       

Monday, March 7, 2011

Brynna- 6 months old {Baby's First Year Plan- Virginia Photographer}

I can not believe that baby B is already 6 1/2 months old!! Watching her grow,(here & here) makes me realize how fast they really do grow.  Having the Baby's First year plan, I can help you capture your child throughout the year and when you look back, you will be happy to have them. 
B is always a happy baby and I am just excited that I can photograph her every 3 months.  Here are some of her 6 month portraits- my favorite age to photograph!
B is wearing the ankle and headband set from Birdie Baby Boutique

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring Specials~ Virginia Portraits Photographers

SPRING IS HERE, well almost! And what better way to celebrate then to have some Spring Specials :

Easter and Mother's Day are coming up. What better way than to get portraits done- both at one time! Also if you can not make one of those dates listed, don't worry, just email me a date that you can possible do it and we can work it out! Only a limited amount of space open! Book today!