Huntsville, AL Engagement Photographer | The Westin engagement shoot

Where to begin with this dear couple… We have absolutely loved working with Matt and Sarah from our first meeting. We hit it off so well, we ended up talking for over 3 hours and bonding with our excitement and interests. Their kind and easy personalities made for the perfect fit! From day-one they trusted us with our ideas and talent making an all too perfect engagement session.

It all began one evening meeting for dessert here in Huntsville, Alabama at Grill 29 in August 2012. A little over a year later Matt was proposing to what blossomed into the love of his life! Matt and Sarah’s love for one another is absolutely breath-taking. Matt simply adores Sarah with every ounce of his soul. The way the two of them light-up when they’r together is palatable to all. He showers her with affection and love she deserves. Their adoration for one another made for a charming engagement session. Don’t you think?

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Anthro inspired senior portraits | Huntsville AL. Photographer

It’s that time of year when our seniors are flooding-in to shoot their portrait sessions here in Huntsville, Alabama! This particular Huntsville, Alabama senior simply shot for an Anthro-inspired senior portrait session. She nailed it. The clients that come through our doors these days, we keep to a minimum. Our heart is to give the best CARE and ATTENTION we think you deserve. We invest time into our seniors to give them the best boutique photography experience, and to give unique, high-quality, fine-art products that will stand the test of time. Photography is not only lovely imagery to share digitally, but our mission is for you to enjoy fine ART in your home. Something you can be proud of. Every image captured is thought-out, and carefully curated for a purpose. Choosing the right photographer for you is vital for a lovely experience you can’t get back for one of the most important times in your life. Oh, How we cherish our clients. xo

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Top 10 questions asked by photographers | Business Questions

A few weeks back in honor of Small Business Week, we asked you to send us a list of business questions you may need the answer to. We are honored when photographers come to us with questions we can walk them through in their steps to success. Being a business owner can be one of the toughest jobs around, and isn’t for the faint at heart. So, we are humbled and thankful to be guiding you through the process! We definitely don’t know everything there is to know (and are continually learning), but can give you guidance in what we have learned the hard way so you won’t make some of the same mistakes in the process.

1. How do you describe your brand? Clean, light, fresh, timeless… going to share in a blog post SOON my very FIRST marketing materials… be warned, it’s pitiful;)

2. Did you go to school to study photography? No, former Speech Pathologist. Just worked VERY hard (and still working) to perfect and craft our art!

3. How many weddings do you average per year, and do you have certain policies when booking? 20-25; we require a non-refundable retainer and a wedding contract to lock-in the date. The total is not due until 2 weeks before the wedding.

4.  If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why? 85 1.2 It gives the soft imagery that I love so dearly; the dreamy effect our clients love!

5. Do you outsource your editing? Yes, we are currently using The Album Design

6. How do you stay inspired day to day? My friends, husband, and mostly my faith. Prayer has gotten me through many a rough time, and brought me to the name of the business, Green Tree Photography. Based upon Jeremiah 17:7,8. I find that when I’m in a slump, if I give my mind rest through prayer, the Lord brings me to the next focus for life and business. Feeling refreshed!

7. I get really nervous before a photo shoot with my clients, do you have any tips to help with that? When we meet, I ask them questions about themselves. How they met, what they love about one another, the proposal, etc. I will incorporate those tips in the session to get them thinking about the love that brought them to the place they’re at. I do guide them into poses, but talk behind the camera to get real, raw expressions, and be my silly self that seems to put them at ease =)

8. What ways do you market your business? SEO, building lasting relationships with clients and other like-minded professionals, and going by Luke 6:31; The Golden Rule. ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’. Be fair to people, and treat them with love and respect, as I would want. They appreciate you for it =)

9. What products and/or companies do you use for your clients? We use a handful of companies that we have researched that fit our brand well. You can see more of our photography marketing materials HERE!

10. Have you made Sundays a non negotiable “non work day” in your business? If so, how has that worked for you? Yes, absolutely. Sunday’s are a MUST for time-off. We typically only schedule ONE wedding a weekend. With that said, there have been times when we booked a Friday and Saturday, but Sunday’s are not a question. It’s our only day off, and rest and time at church is needed!

Hope this helps and answers a few questions on your journey as a professional. Hang in there, keep smiling, and be nice! It always wins in the end =)

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Romantic, soft, timeless, WEDDING PORTRAITS | Day after wedding session

We had the absolute pleasure shooting a wedding-portrait session for Zyketra and Madison. These two met years ago; and dated in college for a short time. Zyketra’s free-spirit nature got in the way of Madison’s proposal, and they decided to part ways. Not for long… After a few years of being apart, and one sweet little baby girl later, Madison called her randomly one day. Zyketra knew it was the Lord bringing Madison back into her life. Someone who will love her and her little girl unconditionally. These two were a dream to photograph… Is the location not DREAMY!?

The imagery you witness here marks one year of marriage, and a sweet little-one on the way! We couldn’t have been more honored to have Madison and Zyketra choose Green Tree Photography capture such a lovely stepping-stone in their lives. For this, we are honored, humbled, and grateful… xo

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Earlean Hinton - June 3, 2014 - 2:51 am

Just beautiful! May the Lord continue to bless you all on your journey!

Alice Hurst - June 3, 2014 - 2:11 am

They are simply beautiful!

Ruth McKinstry Henry - June 3, 2014 - 1:55 am

Breath Taking!! I Love Every photo!!!

Bridget King - June 2, 2014 - 10:52 pm

beautiful!

Moenique Phillips - June 2, 2014 - 8:15 pm

I love your photos. Very intimate poses. Congratulations!