WEDDING magazine feature | Featured Alabama wedding Photographer

As if the news of expecting our little nugget wasn’t enough wonderful news for the new year, we also wanted to share in our JOY in the recent accomplishment of our Mooresville Alabama wedding featured in the most recent December/January 2015 issue of Wedding Magazine!! Ever since we have been in business, it was our dream to have a full featured spread in WEDDINGS Magazine! This international magazine is FULL of wedding ideas, real weddings, tips, unique floral bouquets, and more.

We are so excited for our couple, Jake & Jordan for this fabulous opportunity to have their wedding recognized internationally!! It couldn’t have been possible without the hours of hard work from Erica Thimsen of Helping Hand Parties. She is the most classy, sophisticated, lovely wedding planner and coordinator in the Huntsville and North Alabama area we have had the pleasure of working with. Congrats to all the professionals who made magic that lovely Fall day <3

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Tiffany Conners - January 13, 2015 - 4:14 am

Yay!

Barry Pickens - January 12, 2015 - 6:13 pm

Wonderful accomplishment, Jan! This is more good news happening for you in 2015! :-)

Sara Pickens Schumacher - January 12, 2015 - 3:05 pm

Yay! That’s awesome!

Amber Palmer - January 12, 2015 - 2:59 pm

Congratulations! That is so exciting!

A HAPPY new year indeed…

Happy 2015 sweet readers! Where to start with this wonderful and elating news… Chase and I met while I was visiting family in Alabama in 2003. We have now been married 8 1/2 wonderful years now. It seems to go by all too quickly… We have absolutely loved being best friends, lovers, and by each other’s side in life’s happy moments and through life’s bitter trials. For years, I prayed that God would send me a precious soul who loved me and the Lord. God blessed me with more than I asked for…

This is something that is not comfortable to talk about, but I want to give God the glory through the good and bad. Throughout our marriage, and before Chase and I met, I have struggled with depression. The past 3 years was severe, and it was a very dark time in our lives. Chase so patiently walked with me hand in hand through it all, and after MUCH prayer, counseling, continually reading the Bible’s truths, and support from family and friends, the Lord has eased that stronghold in my life. Even in the valley, God is good… and was by my side every step of the way. The Lord blessed me with Green Tree Photography in 2010; He gave me the opportunity to use my creative skills as a wonderful outlet, which helped me grow mentally, spiritually, and helped build relationships that are so very dear to me. Business kept growing steadily. We were growing in our education, art, business-sense, and we were bringing in ideal clients! (Still have the BEST clients we could ever imagine). But something was missing…

Ever since I was a small girl, I dreamed of one day having children to call my own. Someone I could love, serve, grow with, and instill the Godly principles throughout the Bible that have blessed my family throughout generations. In the summer/fall of 2014, we felt the Lord calling us to start a family. In the past, the thought of bringing a child into my world of depression absolutely terrified me… the thought of a child in our lives is still a fearful one indeed. However, Chase and I prayerfully considered this step, and acknowledge that fear is NOT of God (for God gave us a spirit NOT of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7). The fruit of His spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control (Galatians 5:22-23) We can rest in His promises and know that in all we do, He is in control and guiding us if we just listen. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it… We must not base decisions on fear, but listen to His lead. Well…. we listened, and are happy to announce we are expecting in August 2015 =)

Hope you enjoy our video of our pregnancy announcement =) We shared with a handful of close friends and family, and are so excited to share with the world this little happy blessing <3

 

 

Our attempted family photo this afternoon… the girls were over it;)

 pregnancy announcement to family and friends

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Rachel West - January 7, 2015 - 2:54 am

You have me in tears! I had to pause in a few moments bc I couldn’t see I was crying so much! I’m so happy for you and will be praying over your pregnancy

Ginny - January 3, 2015 - 3:40 pm

Jan, congratulations! Thank you so much for your honesty on this post. I deal with depression as well. With two kids and being an artist, it’s pretty challenging at times. I do have some tips for post-partum that I’d love to share with you. I’m so excited for y’all. Let’s chat in person soon. ;)

Rachel Weaver McDaniel - January 2, 2015 - 5:28 pm

Such wonderful news!! We love you guys and can’t wait til August!!

Becca Brock Pickens - January 2, 2015 - 4:30 pm

So sweet! Love it! ☺

Sarah Gage - January 2, 2015 - 4:00 pm

Jan I am so happy for you guys!! I keep up through FB and really enjoy your pictures and your testimonies! I too shed a few tears for you this morning, your video was so sweet and such a blessing to see both of yalls parents so elated! Congratulations!!!

Brittany Hanson - January 2, 2015 - 3:54 pm

Cangratulations Jan! So happy for you guys!

Kelly Chappell McGuffin - January 2, 2015 - 3:52 pm

I can’t wait!

Barry Pickens - January 2, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Love the announcement video format, and wonderful friends & family in it.
Looking at your two girls, Snuggles & Roxy, something tells me there will be another girl in the mix, however, Chase might just get a Cubby Scout too. <3

Casey Shell - January 2, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Thanks for my morning cry! ;) What a beautiful video and a fantastic way to remember this moment. You two will be wonderful parents!

Susie Pinson Bass - January 2, 2015 - 2:06 pm

What a wonderful gift to all ur family. I could not be happier to hear your news

Rachel - January 2, 2015 - 11:35 am

Billy and I are crying tears of joy after watching your video! The Lord is so good!

Marilyn Wells - January 2, 2015 - 9:48 am

Congratulations. Loved your testimony Love y’all very much and yes Our Mighty God is With u all. Your daddy wanted to tell choir soooo bad but he did not : )))

Jamie Clauss - January 2, 2015 - 6:51 am

That was freaking ADORABLE!!!!!

Huntsville AL wedding photography | Southern plantation wedding | North Al wedding

Tiffany and Douglas’ wedding took place at the local Huntsville, Alabama plantation wedding venue, Annabella at Cedar Glenn. We are especially fond of these two because they met while serving together in the military. Military weddings have a special place in our hearts, and we are SO GRATEFUL for their sacrifices to serve this great country so we can have the freedoms we do. The support and love from these families was overflowing with love and grace. Thank you Tiffany and Douglas for allowing Green Tree Photography to capture your memories that you will be able to pass down for generations to come. We are honored.

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Photography studio inspiration | Clean, light, airy office

We are SO EXCITED to share with our precious readers our photography studio/office after working tirelessly the past two years remodeling our new home! When we first moved, for months, we were walking on plywood and working in an empty room on top of a fold-out table. Not quite the photography studio and office I dreamed of… Items were scattered and stress was high, but the Lord blessed us with a thriving business that year, and our sales were higher than ever. Proof that you don’t have to have everything to be a successful photography studio =) We took pictures of when we started; when we first bought the house, and it is a humble reminder of the trying beginnings that the Lord brought us through to grow us, test us, and give us a heart of gratitude. As you scroll down, we will explain where we purchased some of these items to give you inspiration when you’re creating your creative office space! As a professional wedding and boudoir photographer in Huntsville Alabama, I spend 85% of my time in the office. I want my photography studio to be my sanctuary, my creative escape. My photographer creatives completely understand what I’m talking about;)Thank you again for dropping by, please share your photography studio space with us below!! We would LOVE to see what you have come up with!

The desk is called Whitney, from Pottery Barn. It seemed to fit our brand quite well. and is truly ergonomically designed. 

The chair cover is hand-made by yours truly. The fabric came from Joanne’s Fabric and Sir’s Fabric in Fayettville, Tn. And the lovely frame came from one of our most favorite companies, Organic Bloom! They are such sweet people to work with. The talented artist who took the lovely portrait of us is by Briarwood Photo. One of our favorite film photographers in Huntsville, AL!

This is Roxy, she is our newly adopted sweetie pie. She loves walks and cuddling.

The furniture was purchased at Nadeau here is Huntsville, AL. It is for packaging clients’ orders and when we get items in that need tending to. 

This is where I sit on a daily basis. My chair is a Tempur-Pedic office chair. Above my desk is a small portion of the thank you cards of some of my sweetest clients who send thank you’s our way to make us feel special.

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Denise Stringer - December 6, 2014 - 4:36 am

Such awesomeness, Jan! Next time we’re up that way…I’d love to come see your place! You’re so very creative!

Branding and Marketing ideas for photographers | Wedding Welcome Packet

For the longest time, I have felt the need to share to encourage y’all with the journey it has taken us to get there we are today with our photography branding and marketing side of the business. This is not easy to share because it exposes a side I think we all don’t like to talk about… it shows our vulnerability and that we are not perfect and all started from humble beginnings. We are here to tell you, it is NOT an easy journey, but it’s worth the sweat and tears invested if cared for and maintained properly. I have next to my desk the quote by Neil Gaiman that reads “If you’re making mistakes, it means you’re out there doing something.” I once told one of the girls I mentored, ‘If in your business, you’re getting too comfortable, shake things up a bit! If you feel like you’re gonna throw-up because you’re too nervous to step out of the box, GREAT! Keep it up. Continually push yourself to excellence if that’s where your heart is. God is the author of creativity, and what better way to point people to His love by using your art!’ Let me say that this is NOT a post to tell you how we have ARRIVED, and are doing all things perfect now. We are FAR from that… No business is perfect, and we all can better ourselves in one way or another.

In 2010, Green Tree Photography was born. Sometimes, I laugh at where we came from when it comes to our brand and marketing materials, our wedding packet, business cards, design… and am humbled by where God has brought us. We smile at our VERY first blog post, and reminiscence on the all-too-difficult and rewarding journey. The things we never knew were even a priority in a photography business. Marketing? Branding? Packaging? I have always been one to try and make things classy, and give it the VERY BEST when doing something. It’s a principle my parents taught me, and has stuck with me to this day. Give people your best, be NICE, have a servants heart, be giving, and most of the time you get the greater blessing. Be treated the way you would want to be treated.

Below is my humble journey from 2010-present. Our VERY FIRST business card was a picture taken in our back yard of some weeds; printed from Vista Print. I actually paid a little more a didn’t get the free cards with Vista Print’s logo. Pretty fancy huh? We then got a college student to design a business card, and the color chosen? Grey. Not sure why I chose grey, but there it is in all it’s glory. I knew Green Tree seemed “green,” so why not “go green?” The texture in the paper printed out, given to clients was a cream linen. The business card stepped up to a linen backdrop from a picture I had taken, and I added burlap and lace to folders I found at Staples. Glossy folders at that… Envelopes were also from Staples with a bamboo print. The Wedding Package pamphlet was designed by another company, that of course I didn’t research, and got them to design… never ending up with a product I truly was happy with. It never seemed to flow right, I was never happy with what I wanted to give to my clients who were choosing to invest with Green Tree Photography.

 

We researched online, read books, listened to audio marketing advice any chance I could, studied for HOURS upon HOURS, and prayed how to better the business… Branding and Marketing all started coming together. Three very influential women that boosted my confidence with GREAT advice was Leila Lewis of Inspired by ThisLaura Casey of Southern Weddings, and Summer Watkins Ball of Grey Likes Weddings. Their blogs are filled to the brim with information to better your business in a classy way.

When you think about branding of companies, some favorites that come to mind is Kate Spade and Anthropologie. Let’s talk Kate Spade for a moment… Everything you see of hers you can see it and know it’s her brand. The color, logo, font, structure of the bags, quality, and MORE. Learning this was a complete light-bulb moment for me. My degree was in Speech Pathology, so this talk was completely foreign to me! I subconsciously knew it existed, but putting it into practice with MY business? How in the world!? After having a one-on-one phone consultation with Leila Lewis of Inspired by This, everything started making  a little more sense.  And from there, we tweaked our colors, packaging, logo, contracts, materials given, products offered, and collections. After blogging about our Photography Studio Packaging, it was picked-up by one of the most recognized Photography Magazines in the industry, Chic Critique! Check out more on the feature below. What an honor to be recognized for our branding and mentoring program! Completely humbling journey…

2010-2014 business cards…

Above is the Wedding Packet that we currently give to our wedding clients who choose to book with us for their wedding day. It includes, Welcome Page, Notes Page, Wedding Details we ask the couple so we can put-together a timeline based on their particular needs, a list of the Wedding Professionals (Wedding Vendor List) they use so we can keep in contact with them, and provide imagery for their businesses to use, a business card, and an envelope to send us the items in the Wedding Packet once they fill it out. When clients come to the wedding consultation with us, we have Wedding Collections that we go through, secured in a tri-fold from Loktah with different albums offered, etc.

Moral of the story in this blog post? I love wildflowers. They are in ever picture shown… don’t judge.

This is the Wedding Packet given to our precious wedding clients when they choose to use Green Tree Photography. We chose white and lace because we want our brand to “flow” well. We RARELY use Krafty products because we feel the clients that choose to book with us aren’t looking for Kraft, they are looking for a finer ART product, great textures, and something that is elite in the industry. We still use linen paper when we print materials, only white so everything flows together nicely.

chic critique feature

In honor of the individuals who have taken the time to encourage and help us along the way, we want to pay-it-forward and offer a FREE one-hour branding and marketing consultation to someone in-need. To enter:

1. Leave a comment below with any challenges you may have faced, people who have inspired you, what you may be facing currently

2. Share a link to your website in comment below (if applicable).

3.Please also share on instagram and tag @jan_greentreephoto with hashtag #greentreegiveaway for a chance to win the FREE consultation.

Look forward to hearing your stories, and meeting the winner! Will be announced Monday, 10/20/2014. xo

What a journey this has been… How ever grateful we are to the people who took the time to invest in our lives to grow us into the people and business we dreamed to be! Give us a chance to GIVE BACK!!! Don’t forget to share your info with us, and enter our drawing for a FREE consultation!!! xo

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Alexis LaForge - October 8, 2014 - 1:09 am

This would be awesome. My husband and I started our photography business during the last recession. I have learned everything I know by googling and researching and writing everything down. I have shared my info with a few of my friends who were starting their own businesses in baking or doulas.
My challenges are: branding. I am not sure if I even want to keep our current logo/brand. I would like to offer a packet but do not even know where to start, where to buy and what I should include. Honestly branding scares me and I have been overwhelmed with it. Marketing I have relied on referrals and SEO (been trying to blog to help as well). Beyond doing a groupon and a failed vendor booth I am at a loss. I really want to brand and make our end product something to be proud of.
People that inspire me Stacey Reeves, I read from Rock the shot and P31 group.
Website http://www.laforgephotography.com
Thank you for paying it forward :)

Laura Hagood - October 7, 2014 - 12:55 pm

What a fantastic gift!! This is so beautiful and amazing and if I were to win, I would definitely find a way to pay it forward. With my 3 little ones I barely have time to work on my brand so this would be such a huge blessing!!

Amber Lynne Richards - October 7, 2014 - 12:07 pm

What a sweet gift to offer fellow photographers!! Your marketing products are beautiful!

Challenges: Having been in the business for just shy of two years, I’m at the point where I think my branding and marketing efforts need to become bigger parts of my professional and business goals. I truly think I could help take my business to the next level by designing/redesigning things like my website and creating tools such as a “What to Expect from your Session” and “Pricing & What to Wear” Guides, and other products that could really use a branding and marketing consultation from folks that have already been through the process and can share what has worked for them! Help in deciding how my products should look and feel to best represent what I have to offer would be amazing! I think I can sometimes want my products to be perfect and I get so overwhelmed that that prevents me from doing them at all! And that needs to change! :)

Folks that inspire me: Emily Jeffords, Jenny from Little Green Notebook, John & Sherry from Young House Love.
Website: amberlrichardsphotography@smugmug.com

Thank you! Amber :)

Stephanie Rogers - October 7, 2014 - 2:45 am

This is so amazing! My husband and I are rebranding and I am changing everything about my business. I have a friend who is designing our logo and branding stuff but would love all the help we can get in this process! Thank you for offering up this!

Tara Stallings - October 6, 2014 - 9:56 pm

How amazingly generous!

I’ve been working on my photography with a ‘slow and steady’ attitude, without ever putting much effort or care into marketing. Our youngest isn’t in school yet and I’ve tried to focus on having her at home with me. And next year, she’ll be in kindergarten which will leave me an amazing amount of time to spend on this art I love! Personally, life situations are uncertain right now too, so having the marketing in place to bring in a sustainable income is of utmost importance and something I need to figure out quickly.

I would love to be able to focus most of my time on shooting weddings, with some families too :). I so appreciate the consideration! http://www.tarastallingsphotography.com

Lucy Thompson - October 6, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Oh my goodness, Jan! I SO need this! I’m trying to get my brand to where I want it to be, I have so many ideas but can’t put it into motion. I need HELP!!! I just moved and I’m trying to set myself apart and be noticed. I crave a more organic and natural feel to my brand and the style I want to portray, I just don’t know how to do that. And now with this wild move, I don’t even know where to purchase business cards and such anymore. I would LOVE to have a meeting with you about branding, whether or not I win your incredibly gracious gift. Please let me know. :)

People that inspire me… So many! You, Lauren Keeton, Carla Lawrence, Dewdrops Photography, Organic Bebe Photography, just so many!