Wedding Photographer Personal UPDATE: Some Gear Reviews

August 6, 2020

Hey friends and clients! It has been quite a year for my business and I thought it would be great to just give a quick update to the goings on with Jamelle Kelly Photography!

I was going through some old posts and links and found a fun article a friend at B&H wrote about my visit to WPPI a few years ago. You can check it out here. As a photographer, working in a very fast-paced, ever-changing technology world, it is very important to stay on top of trends in digital photography, business insights, weddings, albums and software– just to name a few. WPPI is a trade show held in Las Vegas every year where I can explore new options or just get re-inspired for my business. It’s also a great place to start if you are just getting your feet wet as a professional photographer. It’s especially easy for me to attend– seeing that I can drive to Las Vegas for day if I don’t have the time to spend on the full convention and classes. This season has left me some extra time for continuing education and some online research to stay fresh on my gear and the industry.

Some of things I checked out at WPPI, I did end up incorporating into my business. One of my favorite editing tools is the Loupedeck keyboard. You can check out the blogpost link above for a little more info on my switch to loupedeck. I’ve been using the product for over a year now and really love editing again!! As a photographer, we spend a lot of time on the computer after the awesome shoot with our clients! The workflow is so important and having a good system in place helps keep our sanity and enjoying the art of editing photos.

I also ended up purchasing my Think Tank backpack for my more adventurous shoots, which is a lot these days. I find myself hiking to new locations and epic vistas much more than attending the big tented parties. Sedona is home to some of the best locations for intimate weddings photos. I have my favorite locations, but I’m constantly on the hunt for new locations, better sunsets and great experiences for my clients. Not to mention, I have the Grand Canyon and Horseshoe Bend just a little to the north.

Sooo….. back to the update on the business. Things are a little slower around here, which frees up lots of great last minute elopement opportunities in Sedona and Northern Arizona. Lots of weddings cancelled, lots rescheduled and some are still trying to figure things out with their families. Not going to lie…. things felt very scary at moments. I’ve had to dig deep and focus on new parts of my photo craft. Ask lots of hard questions and then get back to work!! Being a business owner has its advantages, but you have no one to blame except for yourself at the end of the day. I stick true the work hard, play hard motto…. it may have been a little reversed this summer, but life is marching on.

Intimate weddings!! This is your year. There are so many wonderful advantages to having a small wedding in Sedona. Come visit! Let’s chat.

Portraits. YES. YES. I love shooting portraits. Families, high school seniors, business marketing headshots. I’m in!

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