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Amy + Tommy

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Amy and Tommy had a beautiful wedding on a very nice October evening at the Thomas Walton Manor in Laurinburg NC.  The decorations and ceremony were very memorable.   One of my favorite moments was Amy’s personal and sometimes humorous vows.  The families had a great reception catered by Rick’s Catering of Laurinburg.    I was ahppy to be there to capture special moments for the newlyweds.  Congratulations!

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Congratulations to Tammy and Gene

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This was a great wedding ceremony and reception.  I was impressed with the boys excitement about wearing tuxedos  They expressed their happiness for being dressed up and “looking good.”    Best wishing to Gene and Tammy!

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Congratulations to Kaitlin & Ryan

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After photographing Kaitlin and Ryan’s engagement photos I could not wait to until their wedding day.   Fun was going to be had by all.  the first item on my agenda was to meet Ryan and his family for a group session by the lake at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter SC.   Other than a few gusts of wind, the conditions were great for some outdoor photography.   Upon completing Ryan’s family photos, I traveled to Kaitlin’s house to hang out with her family and capture some candid moments of the bride during her preparations.  The whole family, including the cats were entertaining and I had a great time observing the “getting ready” process.  After dressing the bride, attaching flowers to family members, one pricked finger, we were ready to head to the Chapel.  Kaitlin’s family surprised her with a limo to carry her and her bridal party.  I relocated Ryans waiting room and witnessed a relaxed groom just hanging out with his guys.  The service was a nice event with a few spoken words and brief exchange of vows.  As expected, the formals were entertaining, but flowed as planned.   It was obvious that everyone was ready to get to the reception for more fun.

The reception hall was decorated by the bride and her family.   Everything was beautiful and I captured lots of photos while waiting for the newlyweds to arrive.  The food and D.J. were excellent as the dinner transformed into a party.  I do not think that there were many people who didnt dance.   The song selection was well planned.   As expected fun was had by all and as I wrapped up the final photos, the bridal party were planning to continue the night bowling with the bride and groom.  thank you to Kaitlin and Ryan for letting me be a part of your special day.

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Gearing up for a busy 2013 wedding year.

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I am excited to have opportunity to capture and share special moments.  I enjoy shooting portraits, wedding formals and candid during special events.  My experience allows me to provide a valuable photography service.  

Pricing a photographer is an important part of wedding planning.  With many people in the field, finding an experienced photographer is sometimes more important than price.  You want to make sure that the person with the camera has the knowledge and equipment to handle various situations and still capture the special moments of your big day.  Whether your wedding party consist of 6 to 26 people, the time of coverage is what my fees are based on.  A smaller wedding typically doesn’t result into less coverage time.  I recommend that review my prices below as well as the pages about me and my experience.

A complete list of my wedding photography services with pricing is available HERE.

I am exhibiting at a few local Bridal shows and look forward to meeting several new Brides-to-be.

2/17/2013 – Belk Engagement Party – Rockingham – 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

2/24/2013 – Piedmont Bridal Show – Cole Auditorium, Hamlet – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

3/24/2013 – Spring Bridal Show at the Fair Barn – Pinehurst – 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Great advice from other wedding professionals.

wedding day photographyI do not usually link to other blogs here, but the following links are a must read for engaged couples planning their wedding day.

-The first has been a favorite of mine for years as I have seen “Uncle Joe” in action during several weddings that I have been hired to photograph.

“Why Hiring Uncle Joe to Photograph Your Wedding Isn’t Worth the Savings”

-The next link is very special since it does not come from another photographer.   A wedding venue owner notes her reasons for hiring a professional photographer based on her experience with wedding events.

“Why You Never Skimp On Wedding Photography!”

-This article has some great advice on cost and what to expect regardless of the size of your wedding.

“There Is No Substitute For a Professional Wedding Photographer”

-This next link is a horror story from a couple who thought that they had hired a pro.  This is a great reason why you should ask to see a recent complete wedding collection and printed samples from your photographer.  BTW – I have a collection of my most recent work available for viewing HERE.

“My Wedding Photography Nightmare”

Here are the top 5 reasons for hiring an experienced wedding photographer: (From an article at Today’s Bride)

  • A professional wedding photographer knows how to capture every single moment of your wedding in all its glory. They can give your photographs a polished look.
  • An experience photographer should suggest some unique ways to photograph your wedding. For example they will assess the location and suggest good areas in which to take the photographs so that the scenery will enhance the images.
  • If you are also employing a videographer then the photographer can take photographs that work well with the narrative and editing techniques chosen by the videographer.
  • Your photographer will have different ideas on how your final images can be presented. It is your special day so let everyone know how beautiful you looked and fun the day was.
  • Depending on your requirements then an experienced wedding photographer can usually bring along a second photographer so you can capture multiple angles, or at least recommend a photographer who they can work in tandem with to produce a great result.

Make sure you book your photographer well in advance. Just know that the best wedding photographers are being booked months in advance. Their reputation often precedes them and couples are clamoring to book their services. So get your date in early.

-This final link is my own two-cents about hiring a professional.

“Experience is important when hiring a wedding photographer.”

Congratulations to Marcella and James

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Congratulations to Aaron and Natasha

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When I met with Aaron and Natasha several months prior to their wedding they had everything planned out.   It was obvious to me, that planning had been taking place for a long time.  Natasha knew the photos that she wanted and provided clippings and ideas for me to add to the list.  On the wedding day, just before setting up to photograph the groomsmen, the skies got dark and dropped heavy rain.  I was prepared to adjust the schedule, but fortunately, the sun reappeared and the rest of the day was beautiful.  The Jefferson Inn in Southern Pines allowed us to use their property for several photos with the groomsmen and his family.  The wedding took place at the beautiful Village Chapel in Pinehurst, N.C.  Between the ceremony and shooting formals I was able to get a brief history of the church from the music director.   I was happy to have been able to photograph inside this facility.   After we completed the formals at the church we following Natasha and Aaron back to Southern Pines for more photos at the Jefferson Inn and downtown Southern Pines.  It was their request to shoot several poses prior to going to the reception.  The weather continued to provide great lighting and a little more heat than desired, but we managed.   After shooting a few poses at the train depot, we began to walk back to the vehicles and Aaron noticed the Sunrise Theatre and requested some shots there.    The Theater and their antique auto made for a very nice vintage setting for a few photos. BY the time we arrived to the reception hall, the guests were finishing their dinner and we proceeded shooting first dances and the newlyweds walked around to greet guests.  It was a great reception with a super cool D.J. and delicious food.  Best of luck to Aaron and Natasha!

 


Brian and Shelley’s Big Day.

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Last year, during Brian and Shelley’s engagement session, it didn’t take me long to realize that this was going to be a fun couple to work with.  The smiles and playfulness between the two was pleasant to watch as we moved around to capture some photos.   During our final meeting prior to the wedding, Shelley had everything scheduled for the day.   I felt like I was working with a bride/professional wedding planner.  She claimed that the “teacher” in her required the preparation, notes, examples…etc.  It was great for me!!  I typically play a larger role in the planning and scheduling of the photography for the day, but didn’t mind Shelley’s game plan at all.

As expected, during the pre ceremony photo sessions, the bridal party as well as the groomsmen were very relaxed and having a good time.  With the calmness from everyone and Shelley’s notes, I had great time doing my job.

I was happy to watch Shelley and Brian together during the reception.   This was a very fine day and a great celebration for the newlyweds.   Best wishes to you both!

Wedding Photography Services.

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You can design your own wedding photography package from the six options listed below.  A 25% deposit must be submitted with photography agreement to reserve your date.

A. Engagement photos $150.00 (approx 2 hours) Total number of photos vary.
-Copyright release photo file CD included. Several poses will be recommended.
-Option A is free with the purchase of B, D and E.

B. Bridal portraits $175.00 (approx 2 hours) Total number of photos vary. Several poses will be recommended. One 16×24 print of the file of your choice is included with this package.  Additional time can be scheduled.

C. Rehearsal services and dinner $250.00 (approx 3 hours) Includes 4×6 prints of all photos.

D. Wedding Day includes Bride’s preparation, Wedding Ceremony and Formals $600.00 (up to 4 hours)
-Bride and bridal party preparation
-Groom and groomsmen preparation
-Formal bride and bridesmaid photography prior to the wedding
-Formal separate bride and groom photography prior to the wedding
-Wedding ceremony
-Formal group photography – Bride and Groom, family, groomsmen…etc.
-Print package included – One 11×14, Six 8×10’s, Ten 5×7’s and a set of 4×6’s of all of the edited photos captured during the scheduled sessions above.

E. Reception photography, including speeches, first dance, bouquet toss, garter toss, cake cutting, misc candid shots, and departure of the bride and groom $300.00 (up to 3 hours)
– Print Package included – 4×6 of all edited photos captured during the reception.

F. High Resolution digital photo file CD with copyright release – $250.00
– Photo File CD will contain all edited photos captured on the wedding day
– Each file will be accompanied by a black and white version
– All photo files will be resized for unlimited printing and sharing
– Max print size is approx 8×10

The options listed above have been designed to allow coverage of most styles of weddings.  However, if you have additional or other requests than offered, I will be more than happy to discuss your plans an put together a package to better suit your wedding photography needs.

Mileage/travel may apply.   Additional time will be calculated per hour at a rate of $100 per hour.

A group photography list will be determined during a pre-wedding consultation with photographer.

Click here for Wedding Photography Contract.

Complete wedding galleries:

Click here for Katie and Kyle‘s wedding gallery.

Click here for Cameron and Sandy’s wedding gallery

Click here for Lenea and Wade’s wedding gallery

Click here for Lee and Laura‘s wedding gallery

Click here for Jonathan and Jacque’s wedding gallery.


Click here for Matt and Lindsey’s wedding gallery.


Click here for Brian and Elizabeth’s wedding gallery.

Fees include photo sessions and processing. Each photo is retouched and sized during processing. All photos are shot in hi-resolution color large format. Online proofs will be made available for viewing and print ordering.

Proof DVD’s are available for $50.00 each.

Photos are printed in a professional photography lab using Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper. With this paper don’t worry about prints fading. The standard archival value is 100 years in home display and 200 years in dark storage.

Our photocart also allows you to register your event prior to the date and invite family and friends to send monetary gifts toward the purchase of prints from your event.

Print pricing are as follows:
Printed on Kodak Professional Supra Endura VC Digital Paper
16×20  $29.99
11×14  $19.99
8×10  $9.99
5×7  $6.99
4×6   $3.99
Set of 8 wallets   $8.99

Printed on Standard Kodak Color Paper
Economy 8×10  $6.99
Economy 5×7  $4.99
Economy 4×6  $2.39
Economy set of 8 wallets  $6.99

Wedding Album Details:
Available in 10, 24, or 40 pages
Not limited to one Photo per page/side. Photographer and client will work together to prepare each page to print.
Open Center Hinge
Prints extend to within approximately 1/16″ of the page edge
Black leather cover
Gold or silver foil stamping

Sizes   10 Pages    24 Pages   40 Pages
4×6         $168.00     $229.99     $329.99
5×5         $168.00     $229.99     $329.99
5×7         $189.99     $239.99     $339.99
8×8         $199.99     $299.99     $459.99
8×10       $229.99     $289.99     $459.99
10×10     $255.99     $339.99     $499.99

Jimmy McDonald Photography
2115 Brookbank Road
Ropckingham NC 28379
910-995-3569
jimmy@jmacphoto.com

Lenea and Wade’s Production.

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For as long as I have know Lenea she has had a love for the stage and a variety of live entertainment.  Participating on the technical side of numerous events made Lenea want to produce her own wedding in similar fashion. Participants, costumes, lighting and sound are just a few of the elements of a live show.    Lenea and Wade applied similar elements to their wedding.  They were the characters of their own production on stage with special lighting and sound.  It was a great show that continued to the reception hall.  The time and effort appeared to be worth every minute.  Congratulations to you both!

Congratulations to Sandy and Cameron!

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Sandy and Cameron’s wedding was a traditional Irish wedding with bagpipes and just the right amount of green.  The theme continued at the reception hall with beautiful decorations and the first dance music performed on bagpipes.  This was a great way for me to  start the 2011 wedding season! Cameron and Sandy had a wonderful ceremony and reception. Best wishes to you both!!

Congratulations to Laura and Lee!

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When I first met Laura and Lee it was obvious to me that their wedding was going to be one to remember.  Everyone was at ease and the plans were in place.  The only thing left for them to do was to wait for the big day. The big day arrives and not only is there sleet in the forecast, the local town Christmas parade will require blocking roads throughout the area.  We managed to beat the parade to the church and the ice was gone before the ceremony started.  Everyone remained calm and everything continued as planned.   I made a few trips between the bride and groom areas prior to the ceremony to get some candid shots and everyone was relaxed and ready for a great evening.  As expected, the ceremony was beautiful.   I have to give special kudos to the soloist for the wonderful a capella songs during the ceremony.  She has a wonderful voice!   During all of the weddings that I have attended during my lifetime, I saw a first during Laura and Lee’s ceremony.  After the ceremony, as usual, the groomsmen lead the parents and grandparents down the aisle, but did not return to usher the remaining guests.  Instead, the newlyweds returned in their place to greet each and everyone who attended.  This allowed the couple to see the guests who were not able to attend the reception and also allowed them to enter the reception hall, say a big “thank you” and eat dinner without interruptions.  Congratulations to a great couple with wonderful families!

Jonathan and Jacque

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jjblog1jjblog2jjblog3jjblog4jjblog7jjblog6Jonathan and Jacque had a very nice wedding ceremony at a small church in downtown Rockingham, NC.  The sanctuary was very dark, but provided an intimate setting for the service.  A big salute to Jonathan who was in the States during a 2 week military leave from Iraq.

Brian and Elizabeth’s Wedding

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Brian and Elizabeth exchanged their vows at the historic Leak Wall House in Rockingham, N.C.  The gardens are very beautiful and provide a wonderful setting for weddings.  More photos from Brian and Elizabeth’s wedding can be viewed by clicking here to visit their gallery.

Chad and Ashleigh

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Chad and Ashleigh had a beautiful wedding with many family members and friends participating.  The entire day was pleasant with the exception of a brief rain period following the wedding.  This was just a small kink in a perfectly planned wedding.  Upon our first meeting several months ago Ashleigh made it clear that she wanted some fun shots and lots of candid photos during the reception.  Just over 2000 clicks of the shutter provided me with a large selection of photos for Chad and Ashleigh to choose from.  I had a good time shooting!

The collection of photos can be viewed by clicking on the following link –www.chadandashleigh.com

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