Photography class | Digital Photography Beginners Workshop

Good afternoon to our dearest blog readers! After MUCH wonderful feedback and by POPULAR demand, we wanted to officially open up a Saturday in February 2014 for another glorious Photography Workshop! You may have remembered the last digital photography class we hosted back in the Fall of 2012 that was a smashing hit! We have some new, fresh, great information in-store for our newest attendees. We are SO READY to share our gifts with you all, and hope you can join us for this fabulous experience! Do you want to learn how we shoot? What techniques we use to get the imagery we love? Then this class is for you! Whatta you say?

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A few additional details:

Who this photography workshop is for? – Do you want to understand the basic concepts of photography? Do you need a creative outlet? Are you thinking about making photography a career? Do you have a digital SLR, but have no idea how to use it? Do you want to be able to control your camera? Are you a mom or dad and just want to make great images of your kids? Do you want to learn a new hobby? If so then this class if for you.

What we want you to get out of this workshop: – We want to teach you the basics on how to use your camera; for YOU to learn how to control your camera and YOU be the artist…. not let your camera decide for you. We will discuss posing, lighting, and manual camera settings.  You can test out your mad skills in a fabulous styled session towards the end of the day.  If there is enough time, bring your laptop and we will review your images. Green Tree Photography will provide snacks and goodies!

What to Bring: We will provide a model for a styled session, so bring your DSLR camera and at least one lens, charged battery, memory cards.  This workshop is taught from a Canon perspective.  If you have any other brand of camera such as Nikon, Olympus, or Sony you are welcome too!

Any restrictions? If you are under the age of 18 you need a signed consent form from a parent/legal guardian.

Time? 1:00-6 pm

Where do I sign up? Use the button below to pay through paypal using your credit or debit card. All payments are non-refundable.

“Chase and Jan you guys are awesome and very professional photographers!  Thank you for sharing your knowledge and providing such a comfortable atmosphere, and beautiful models. It was a pleasure to meet you and my fellow attendee’s!” -Charlotte
“I really love how casual it is. I like how Chase and Jan are each coming from two different perpectives… one engenieering standpoint and Jan the artistic side. Great class!!” -Melissa
“Definately feel like I understand how to use the settings better. I feel like I now understand how to get the look I want!” -Kim
“Wanted to say thank you for our workshop last month!! It has definitely got me full speed ahead on my photography career. I so love all your dreamy moments you have captured! Actually I love all your work!” – Kristy
“I feel like a professional” -K
“Loved the shooting outside. The class was very beneficial and a ton of fun. Enjoyed learning to use manual.” -L
“Definitely know how to use my camera better and the correct features to use.” -C“I feel I know my camera WAY BETTER! The class was totally enjoyable! I gained tons of knowledge! Thank you =)” -Jana“Thank you so much for the class!  This class helped me so much and I cant wait to put all of this knowledge to use!” -D



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Southern Weddings Magazine Feature | Huntsville Alabama Wedding Photography

Snuggles and I want to announce our excitement by first thanking each and everyone of our clients along the way who have believed in us, and stood by our side through thick and thin. Owning my own business has been one of the hardest hurdles I’ve ever faced, but with immense blessings along the way. What wonderful plans the Lord had in-store for us. We are forever grateful for His blessings! Never did we ever dream from the start to be featured in such a lovely wedding magazine such as Southern Weddings! We are honored and THRILLED they wanted to feature our dear couple Johnny and Tina. You may remember their engagement session here in Huntsville, Alabama a while back. Johnny and Tina are one of the most precious couples we have had the pleasure of working with. If any couple we could have featured, they would be the couple! A huge thanks to Sylvia Smith with Pro Makeup Artist Studios for making Tina’s makeup look flawless!

Brides, this magazine is not like any other wedding magazine. It is full to the brim with wedding ideas and information to have the perfect SOUTHERN WEDDING of your dreams. They are a great group of ladies who hearts are in the right place; focused on strengthening marriages and the soul for true happiness! We were overjoyed when they sent the magazine in the mail with a sweet, personal note, saying thanks for our support and work. Another reason why we LOVE the south =D Hope you get a chance to pick up a copy of this fabulous issue. We are overwhelmed with happiness =)




Marissa Auten Kloess - November 21, 2013 - 3:02 pm

Hooray! We are so thankful to share your work!

Jessica Magee - November 20, 2013 - 9:21 pm

You deserve it more than anyone!! Congrats!

Desiree Franz-Roberts - November 20, 2013 - 9:16 pm

that is so awesome! congratulations you are very talented and wonderful person defiantly deserve it!

Holly Spencer Malik - November 20, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Yay! So proud of ya’ll!! You deserve it :)

Yana Yakhnitskiy - November 20, 2013 - 8:04 pm

Congrats! You deserve it! And you look stunning! Love your long hair!

Erin Lindsey - November 20, 2013 - 6:56 pm

YAY!!! :-D Congratulations!!

Barry Pickens - November 20, 2013 - 6:49 pm

Awe Jan & Snuggles! This is truly wonderful news and a blessing from God. We love y’all, and you’re the best photographer I’ve ever met. <3

Fall Themed Wedding in Mooresville ALABAMA | Autumn Wedding

We were crossing paths with Jake and Jordan inadvertently leading up to us meeting for their wedding from the start. While Chase and I were on the market for a new home, this sweet couple was in the process of finding a house they would call home as well. They actually put an offer on the SAME house we were highly interested in. They ended up getting it, and we ended up purchasing one right around the corner from them because we loved the neighborhood so well! We have become friends throughout their wedding process, and couldn’t thank the Lord for such a precious couple He has put in our path.

Jake and Jordan chose to marry in Autumn; in the quaint little town of Mooresville, Alabama, at what is known as Lyla’s Place or Peebles Farm. Their Fall Themed wedding had a lovely array of red, orange, and yellow inspiration to compliment the outdoor changing leaves of October. They mentioned they wanted their “wedding to be comfortable and fun for the guests.” It was just that and much more! The outdoor ceremony and gentle October breeze lent itself to one of the most perfect wedding day’s we’ve witnessed! The detail of the day was impeccably designed and curated by non other than the uber-talented Erica Thimsen of Helping Hand Parties. Her dedication, class, and temperament helped the day become a true dream for Jake and Jordan. We couldn’t bottle-up the gloriousness of the day all into one post, so be on the look-out for their dreamy reception images next week! May you two grow together in love, and closer to the Lord each day! We are blessed to call you clients and friends! Stay tuned…




Aimee Mac - October 31, 2013 - 3:06 am

Gorgeous colors and photos!

Ginny Erickson - October 30, 2013 - 6:26 pm


Tori Simms - October 30, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Beautiful people and beautiful photos!!! Such a gorgeous wedding!

How cell phone cameras can take away special moments

We are huge supporters of Social Media and the use of what our nifty cell-phone cameras can do these days! Instagram and Facebook has changed the way we share our lives with the public as well as our businesses. It has allowed us to engage with our clients, follow-up with them, and their families like never before and we LOVE that! The personal relationships it allows go beyond social media, and we are grateful for this. Until recently it seems we have noticed the unfavorable outcome of the use of new technologies.

Let me begin by saying that we don’t mean to make-fun or call-out anyone by this post, ONLY to inform future brides by a few suggestions… We are aware that there are many facets to a wedding, and professional wedding photography is just one of those. As Professional Wedding Photographers for your wedding, we are hired to capture the raw emotions & create ART that is one of a kind for your wedding day that represents you as a couple. There are numerous aspects to Wedding Photography that goes into play on a wedding day… Lighting, location, timeline, weather, personalities, emotions, composition, camera gear, logistics, and the list goes on. It is one of the most precious tasks that we do NOT take lightly.

To put it plainly, cell phone usage can take away raw moments/emotions, and even be a distraction on a wedding day.

We have seen time and time again throughout a wedding where the guests are distracted from a sweet moment due to the usage of their cell phones. On occasion, we have a guest get in middle of the aisle as the Bride and Groom are seeing each other for the first time with their “camera,” during the ceremony various cell phones are flashing off and the screens are illuminated as they reach arms out on the aisle or up in the air, the going away shot occasionally has to be re-done because people are in the walkway directly in front of the couple…

We understand wholeheartedly that the guests are excited and want a picture of their own to share on social media, but this breaks my heart to no end! What should have been a moment the guests can freely enjoy ‘in the moment,’ we have not captured as hired Professional Wedding Photographers due to obstruction, cell phone cameras are the main focus in the imagery, or we have to completely re-do the shot & not capture the raw emotional expression of AND for the couple.

What can be done to help out with this unique Wedding Cell Phone Camera phenomenon?

1. Ask your guests in your Wedding Program to please turn off ALL usage of cell phones all-together.

2. Have signs at the ceremony AND reception, and ask guests to please limit Cell Phone pictures and/or usage.

3. Ask guests to please limit Cell Phone pictures and/or usage during the wedding in the Wedding Program, in conjunction with a sign in the Ceremony AND Reception.

As photographers, we are here to capture the essence of your wedding day. Create imagery that you will cherish for years to come.  Our heart is for you to cherish ART that you can show your family today, and your children and grandchildren tomorrow. We hope to make guests more aware by this post.

We are guilty of being ‘Instagram artists’ too  ;)And want to share special moments on social media with everyone just like the next person! However, next time you hold your camera up at a wedding, during the ceremony, while the bride is walking down the aisle to see her husband-to-be, dancing with her daddy at the reception, or walking away to head to the honey-moon, please be mindful of the months, days, and HOURS  of planning they did to go into the wedding day to make it special. The money they invested to hire a professional wedding photographer to capture the moments they will pass down to their children and great-grandchildren. Do you really want to be THAT guy in the picture with the cell-phone held up blocking the couple?

Please trust us as professionals and take the time to BE IN THE MOMENT with the couple. Take-in moment-in-time that seem to rush by all too quickly.

Warmly, Jan




Nicole - October 24, 2013 - 10:41 am

What sucks is I don’t even know the man who is ruining that photo of Daniel to take a picture of me on his phone…

Theresa Sutera Cook - October 16, 2013 - 1:43 pm

I actually have it in my contract that the bride and groom are responsible for the behavior of their guests and that I am not responsible for any photos that were ruined due to guests. I always have in the contract and tell the couple that during the ceremony and private photos that cameras are not permitted as they have hired me to do the job and the guests need to just sit back and enjoy. I hate it when they stand over my shoulder and take photos. I am very ballsy myself and will tell people to leave if they are not suppose to be in the photos or hired by the couple to take photos. I also have it stated that if guests continue to keep me from doing the job I was hired to do and the couple fails to control guests, I am permitted to leave and not obligated to refund the couple and they get what they get. I will not play these games. Luckily, since they know I can leave. . . I haven’t had to much trouble.

Evelyn Oconnor - October 11, 2013 - 6:42 am

Thank God we capture every moment on our special day as we planned. Our guest did sensibly in taking picture for their keepsake . It is all fun though what does it matter? Abstract shots is great

Mark O'Connor - October 10, 2013 - 4:05 am

How about a two thousand dollar.( Fine)..fee..up front….Payable when anyone stops the Pro Photographer from doing the job they are being there for.using any other flash equipment or getting in the way of the Photographer ie Blocking a setup shot.

Christian Collado - October 10, 2013 - 3:40 am

this sucks monkey balls…

Ashley Carpenter Julian - October 9, 2013 - 11:27 pm

I used to shoot weddings and this is most certainly one of THE most challenging and annoying issues that I dealt with. Once I was photographing a cake cutting, and I had a guest stand just a couple of feet with her cheap little camera in front of the cake and would NOT move. She had the audacity to be insulted when I hurriedly asked her to move so I could get at least one decent shot without her backside in it. I think these people actually think they’re doing the bride and groom a favor by taking these photos in case the pro misses it. And I don’t care how great of a photographer you are, you could be doing everything right and some arrogant, ballsy guest could step in front of you at just the right time and steal the moment.

Denisse (Lotus Eyes Photography) - October 9, 2013 - 4:40 pm

Never had this problem personally. I’m not afraid to ask someone to step back a bit if they are in the way of the photograph (since the couple paid thousands of dollars for me to be there to photograph the wedding. They usually understand.

Always bring some good lenses just in case you are confined to the back of the church etc (which has only happened once- and my clients and I both loved the pictures thanks to my awesome camera gear).

Be prepared.

David Sabino D. Orendain - October 9, 2013 - 9:53 am


Rocky Chan - October 9, 2013 - 8:23 am

It’s not that i don’t agree with the sentiment of the article, but I also believe that it’s the challenge of the photographer to overcome the obstacles of his environment. I’ve actually seen quite a number of photos that used the repeating pattern of people holding up their devices as a wonderful, if a little quirky, compositional tool. No offense to the photographer, but the shots shown above could have been avoided if the photographer took a few steps closer to the subject. Or at least do a crop if he had the resolution overhead to do so.

Weddings tell a wonderful story of not just the couple about to be wed, but of all the guests who became witnesses to their union, albeit to a lesser extent. If these people are holding up their phones, well, that’s a reality of the world we’re living in and our kids and grandkids will look back at those photos and go, “Oh wow, they actually had to hold up stuff to take pictures??!?!” and the photos then serve their secondary purpose of preserving the time they were taken.

Dave Eicher - October 8, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Sorry but this went on wayyyy before cell phones showed up. Cell phones that take photos have just increased in numbers and make it too easy. You can try and ask the Bride to curtail it, but I wish you much luck.

Deborah Parisher Templin - October 8, 2013 - 5:36 pm

i agree to a point, but the problem for the guests is that the photo albums are created and meant for the bride and groom and are expensive enough for the bride’s remembrance of the day…..however, not all the guests will get copies of some much less all the pictures or even be able to see them. Find a solution for that and you can solve your problem….Thanks!

Alyson Church - October 8, 2013 - 4:10 pm

The last wedding I shot , numerous people got in the way with their phones. Very frustrating, time consuming and shot ruining in addition to longer post editing. They need to be told that’s why the photographer is there. As a gift to the bride and groom, get out of the way is what I say :O) and the balls to stand right in front of the photographer who staged the shot.. O M G!!

Opul Albums - October 8, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Just posted this onto our FB page! Great blog post!!!

Photographers in Huntsville Alabama | Engagement

As we were going through a recent engagement session from a shoot here in Huntsville Alabama, this one in particular made me so happy and made me smile. I marvel at how a single image can be increasingly powerful and can spark emotions, thoughts, and memories that are hidden in our mind only to be awakened by a smell, image, touch, or sound that is ever so familiar. She is ever so full of joy and happiness for finding the one her soul loves! It brought back memories of a childhood song entitled ‘This is my Commandment” that goes like this:

This is my commandment

That you love one another,

That your joy may be full!

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