Hi! My name's Daniel Solomon Jackson, and it's great to have you here. Whether you're here to look at some beautiful images or just to get some encouragement, I hope I can be a provider for both. So kick up your feet and stay a while.
Once again I fought back the anger as I stared at the mountain before me. This steep climb, which I had attempted so many times before was my mark of a repeated failure. The effort I perceived as adequate was always inevitably matched with an unwillingness of the task to yield to my determination. And […]
We’ve all seen it. You’re sitting at a wedding ceremony waiting for things to start. Everyone is chatting. You’re probably talking about how pretty the venue is, or maybe you’re getting hyped up because it’s almost time for eggnog season!!! Either way, at some point you look over to the side and notice two individuals standing on the edge of the audience holding what appears to be VERY nice cameras. Considering that they are the only people standing, you are led to assume they are PROBABLY the photographers, and in the literal blink of an eye, you form an opinion. What do you have to base this opinion on? Not much! At this point you haven’t talked with them, you probably don’t know their names, and at your distance you can’t even smell them! All you’ve got is the physical person before you. So, you base your entire opinion on that. Are they professional or do they seem… amateur? Do they seem like put together business owners or hobbyists? When you’re the photographer, the clothes you wear become the impression.
Every client has a smile, and it’s our job to help them find it!
There I was sitting in the back of a pickup truck. I was depleted and worn out… I had yet again crammed far too much in my schedule, and I was feeling it. Next to me sat my very good friend Amanda, one of my best friends and past #djaxbrides. She sat next to me concerned, and a great deal disappointed. You see, Amanda and her husband Ben had driven 10 hours to visit me that weekend… and in my business, I’d completely forgotten to write it down. They had come excited to see me… and I had spent the majority of my time just trying to stay afloat. This business, which was MEANT to be a blessing had taken over my life.
Photographers LIVE for light. It’s basically what we breathe throughout the day! So, our primary concern almost always deals with how we can best acquire “great light.” Let me show you how.
At weddings, there are a few things you just don’t do. You shouldn’t eat cake before it’s cut or step on the wedding dress. Unless you have a very strong urge, you shouldn’t object to the wedding during the toasts or sneeze during the first dance. Also, I can’t think of ANY good reason for you to sit at the bridal table to eat. When hitting the dance floor after the first dances, you’d be wise to not knock over the bride and groom. And when creating the aisle for a spectacular sparkler sendoff, you would be wise to not joke about setting the bride’s dress on fire. These though, are most certainly not the worst things you could do at a wedding, though… Well… unless you were serious about using your sparkler to ignite the bride. Outside of that one though, there really is only ONE unforgivable. What’s worse than standing up during the toast and telling the audience that you don’t think this marriage is such a good idea? Three words: lose a ring. Even just TYPING that makes me hold my breathe.