head shot 1 copyI can’t tell you how many times I’ve been out with friends or family and I meet a stranger and we have some sort of small conversation. I get the eye roll, the annoyed smiles, the awkward quietness, or “the look” from whoever I’m with and it annoys them that I’ve said more than “hello” to someone.

Sure, maybe I’m more friendly than most. Maybe I like to talk more than most. I don’t know, but one thing I do know is that in this day and age, people walk through life feeling like people don’t care about them. Even strangers just treat them as passing souls in a world of busy, non-stop days.

I connect with people pretty easily. Whether I’m at the grocery store, the bank, Target, etc. Someone usually comments on how cute Carly is or they like my makeup or hair that day (though those days are few and far between now that I’m pregnant with #2) and somehow we start a conversation. When I go through a check out line, I am usually the first to say, “Hi! How are you today?” to the cashier, before they can even great me. It’s not something I necessarily purpose to do, it just comes naturally. Sometimes they say, “Great, how are you?” other times they say, “Oh man, I can’t wait to get off! 30 minutes to go!” Other times they just say, “Fine, thank you.”

In a recent conversation with my husband, I could tell he was super agitated that I had stopped and had a 2 minute conversation with a random stranger, but to him, it felt like a 10 minute waste of time. Here’s the thing… In a world where people feel uncared for, where suicide is something on the minds of many people, and people feel like they just can’t cope, sometimes, yes, SOMETIMES a polite conversation from a random stranger, a smile and a hello, or even a “Hey, I like your bracelet” can make someones world. You may have seen a recent article going around about how people who had attempted suicide state that had someone just stopped to smile at them, they wouldn’t have attempted it. Could it be that by annoying my family and friends by having small talk or just smiling and saying, “How are you today?” could save someone’s life? I’m all for that. I’ll continue to annoy the people with me to help save someone, or even just make someone’s day. Just some food for thought. Happy Tuesday!

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My 2014 wedding season is off to a great start! This past Thursday, Kristen and Joe tied the knot in a beautifully private ceremony at Hanna Park. It was chillier than most of us would have liked, but it was still perfect. Here’s a sneak peek.

In other news, I’ve very excited to reveal my new logo! I’m still in the process of rebranding my site, so be sure to check back for when those are ready. Big thanks to Leslie Vega of Leslie Vega Design for my new logo!

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ask me anything friday, amelia island wedding photos, amelia island wedding photography, ritz carlton wedding photos, amelia island wedding photographer, amelia island wedding photographers, jen shannon, jen shannon photographyHappy Friday! It’s time for another installment of Ask Me Anything Friday. This week’s question is a great question, and unfortunately, is something that could really ruin your experience with your wedding photographer.

How can you ensure your cards won’t become corrupt and lose my wedding photos?

Like most of my articles, I can’t speak for other photographers, but this is how I handle this question. First, unfortunately, there is nothing a photographer can do to 100% guarantee that a card won’t become corrupt. I shoot on CF, or compact flash, cards. These have a higher rate of failure than a typical SD card, however most professionals use professional gear cameras that either only take CF cards or have dual card slots for one CF card and one SD card. The camera records to the CF card and backs up what it has recorded to the SD card. My gear does NOT have dual card slots. Why? I’m not sure. I’m guessing Nikon wasn’t thinking when they made the D700.

Because I take the utmost care of my gear and I cannot 100% guarantee that a card will not fail and become corrupt, I choose to shoot on 4GB and 8GB CF cards, mostly 4GB. These allow a much smaller number of images to be recorded on the card. Many photographers find this annoying because  you can really only take about 250 photographs per 4GB card and yes, it is annoying to have to change out cards frequently BUT that means that the worst case scenario is that only a small portion of your wedding photos will be lost, not your entire wedding.

There are companies out there that allow you to send your cards to them to do a recovery attempt, but again, worst case scenario is that they won’t be able to recovery anything from the cards. This would be catastrophic if your photographer shot on a 32GB card and your entire wedding was on this one card. The likelihood of more than one card becoming corrupt in a single wedding is very small. So let me explain my process.

On a typical wedding day, I start out using my 4GB cards. I’ll photograph the bride getting ready on one card and if there is any room left on it when it’s time to take pictures of the guys, then I’ll fill up that card with those portraits. I’ll switch to another 4GB card and get photos of the guys/bridal party photos. Then I’ll take pictures of the guests arriving on the same card. I switch, no matter how much room is left on that card, to a new 4GB card for the ceremony. If the ceremony is long, I may have to use another 4GB card, but typically, I don’t “lay on the shutter” and take thousands of pictures of a person’s wedding. That’s not what they did in the film days ;) After the ceremony, I’ll do the family formals on the same card and then switch to another 4GB card to do the full bridal party photos and bride and groom portraits. Then I’ll switch to another 4GB card to take detail photos of the reception, the entrance, first dances, toasts, etc, and for the remainder of the reception, I’ll use an 8GB card. My process helps to ensure that, Heaven forbid something happens to the cards and worst comes to worse, only part of your day is gone, not the whole thing.

All of that said, I’ve never had a corrupt card. I really feel for the photographers that have this happen. The only person more upset than the couple is the photographer who has to deliver the bad news. Unfortunately, like I said, there’s nothing a photographer can do to ensure with 100% certainty that a card will not become corrupt. It’s just the nature of the technology, for whatever reason. The best thing to do is to ask your photographer their process so *just in case* something happens, you’re not completely without your professional wedding photos.

I hope that helps answer the question. Have a great weekend!

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