Monday, February 28, 2011

March Weddings

Tomorrow will be March 1 and I'm having a little reminiscing fever of the weddings I photographed during the month of March in the last two years. To be honest, I can remember these weddings as if they occurred yesterday. Lovely couples, lovely personalities, and lavish weddings. With that in mind, anniversaries are approaching and I hope that all of these couples are still in wedding bliss. Thank you all for allowing me to document your new beginning. Take some time to view the March 2009 and March 2010 weddings below and wish them happy anniversary. CHAUNCEY + DEIDRE March 6, 2009 CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE




Sunday, February 27, 2011

Baby Mason | Mom and Dad's First Born

Celebrating the life and blessing of your first-born or gift of life surpasses every "first" that we experience in life. Brian and Joyelle are the proud parents of "MASON". He was born about a week after I photographed their maternity session. Talk about cutting it close. Mason is being spoiled rotten by mom and dad - what else can you expect? Congratulations Brian and Joyelle and may God bless your family.


Friday, February 25, 2011

Ladies of Society | DST 2011 Jabberwock Ball Contestants

This year I will be photographing the Delta Sigma Theta Kansas City, Kansas Alumnae Chapter Jabberwock Ball. Eleven beautiful young ladies are competing for college scholarships, talent awards and the honor to wear the 2011 Miss Jabberwock crown. More pageant photos will follow after the DST event late March.

CLICK HERE to view the 2010 contestants.


Saturday, February 5, 2011

Digital Cameras Become More Affordable

I read an article on MSN Money this morning that gave me chills and almost made me choke. The title of the article was "12 Things That Will Cost Less in 2011". This is a must read for everyone but there was one particular category that caught my attention. See below...

Full-size digital SLR camera

2009 lowest: $346, Pentax K2000 10.2MP Digital SLR Camera with 18-55mm lens from Meijer ($8 shipping)

2010 lowest: $319, Canon EOS Rebel XS 10MP Digital SLR Camera with lens from Barnes & Noble ($5.49 shipping)

2011 prediction: $299

Why? In 2011, these high-powered cameras will start to cost what point-and-shoots cost a few years ago. Why go for ridiculously high mega pixel counts in a digital camera when you can get a great SLR instead?


After further investigation, these low prices were available during the "Black Friday" mayhem. But what scares me the most is that the digital photography industry isn't as complex any more. I'm a Canon professional line user (1Ds M3 and 5D M2) but what I'm finding out is that as the economy gets tougher to survive in thereby making it harder for families to get ahead financially, the DSLR industry is placing some of the professional technology in the lower-end consumer cameras. The only thing left for a photographer is "creative style". I've been shooting long enough to remember when brides/clients would come into the studio during a consultation and ask the photographer what type of camera he/she uses. When I started photographing, my first camera was a Pentax K1000 then gradually worked towards to owning a Bronica ETRS 645 and a Mamiya RB67. After several years, I transitioned to the digital world of Canon in 2001. A photographer was labeled a professional by the type of equipment he/she used. Well, that day an age has passed away since the camera makers are keeping up with the demand of the consumers and including some of the same digital processors that are in the professional cameras into the consumer cameras. What does this do to the professional? Not much, from what I can tell. Digital flash cards, digital media, lenses, dedicated flashes, and camera bodies are becoming more affordable which now forces the professional photographer to prove their creative style regardless of what kind of DSLR they use.

My only advice to my readers is to focus on the photographers creative style, image quality, product, and personality. Photography is an art and should be treated as such. ◦

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Affordable Pricing | New Improved Products

In the last few months I have been in prayer about what I can do different with the business, how to offer different quality of service and what to offer in enhanced wedding products. Well, I believe that God has spoken to me on some ideas and I'm still in prayer about the others. Needless to say, I'm really excited about what is on my plate.

I cannot go without saying that 2011 is starting out to be a wonderful year. So far, brides in the local area have voted for us to win The Knot Best of Weddings 2011 (we were fortunate to win 2008 and 2009) and the Brides Choice Award 2011. These are huge! Thank you Kansas City.

What's different about Royal Photography you asked?

Due to our challenging economy, we have created a new wedding investment structure without jeopardizing our creative photography style that our brides demand. Now, for a limited time only, we are offering a $1,000 complete wedding package. Other wedding investments range from $2,500; $3,700; and $5,000. All investment packages were created for the bride in mind. We are confident that our new investments will motivate you to secure our services.

Next, we have some very unique and custom designed bride and groom albums that scream, "open me up and let's see". We have generated a strong relationship with our album company and they have responded to some of our unique ideas. Our new custom albums are available in various sizes.

Next, we are offering some awesome Guest Books, Engagement Albums, unique Metal prints and canvas material books. You gotta see these!

Finally, we have created some new business cards that are simple but deliver a message to the clients we meet. First impressions is a quality of measure that can be compromised.

It's always my desire to "push the envelope" to become the best wedding photographer there is in the greater Kansas City area and abroad. You will see that our brand is something that we stamp our heart and soul on and we are confident that you want to share these heirlooms for years to come.

As God continues to reveal his plan for me and Royal Photography, I will share them with you. Continue to keep us in your prayers as we will do the same for you.

Thanks again and God bless.


We Are In the Top 5 Percent!

I just found that we won the 'Bride's Choice Award' for 2011 from WeddingWire! This means we are in the top 5 percent of Wedding Pros nationwide! Check out our listing on WeddingWire.

Thank you Kansas City. We couldn't have done it with you; you all are the best!

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