Jonathan Chase Photography: Blog https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog en-us @ Jonathan Chase Photography (Jonathan Chase Photography) Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:09:00 GMT Thu, 17 Jun 2021 18:09:00 GMT https://www.jonathancchase.com/img/s/v-12/u255861265-o330340855-50.jpg Jonathan Chase Photography: Blog https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog 90 120 Slaughterhouse on Headquarters Road will ruin the rural lifestyle of Nicholas County, Kentucky https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/6/slaughterhouse-will-ruin-the-rural-lifestyle-of-nicgolas-county Summary of Issues Raised at 6/11/21 Nicholas County Cattle Co. Public Hearing

1. We all agree that 50 new jobs are an admirable objective but slaughterhouse jobs are characterized by significant turnover, high incidence of accidents, and workers compensation claims plus the majority of positions are filled by transients. Is it realistic to think that Nicholas Countians will apply for and fill these jobs?

2. 50 residents in close proximity to the plant will be subject to odor, noise, increased truck traffic, and other negative aspects of this activity that will lower property values and deter potential future property buyers from moving to NC when they realize that these type of operations are possible due to no planning and zoning restrictions.  The people attending the meeting and raising this issue included lifelong county residents and others who have lived here 5-20 years.  Prior to buying the land did you do any due diligence on the potential impact to local residents and did you meet with any residents to discuss their possible concerns?

3. Using the 125 gallons per head process water requirement indicated in your business plan equates to 125,000 gals. per month water usage.  Since the average Nicholas County residence, monthly usage is 3,000 gals. this would equate to an additional 40 residences. The plan to drill wells to satisfy this demand is problematic due to the unstable limestone layer and water quality is poor.  Also, the Nicholas Co. Water District has not been contacted by the company and is constrained by infrastructure and supply issues.  How do you plan to resolve the process water supply issues?

Also, how do you plan to provide drinking water for the grazing cattle in the pipeline at the site to be slaughtered? One week's slaughter of 250 head equates to about 110,000 gallons of water or the equivalent of another 40 average Nicholas County water customers or a total equivalent of  75 residences per month. 

4. Wastewater treatment and solid waste disposal is an issue. Based on average slaughter yields about 3,500 tons of solid waste per month or 12-15 semi-truck loads need to be disposed of.  Also, lagoons have been mentioned for wastewater storage.  Do you have sufficient plans to effectively handle both of these in an environmentally safe and odor-free manner?

5. The proposed entrance located on Headquarters Road raises safety issues because it’s near a curve and the road is narrow.  Have you talked to the state about widening the road or adding a turning lane to overcome these concerns?

6. Normally when buying property for a project such as this, options are first taken contingent on certain conditions being met.  Why wasn’t that done in this case?

7. How has your operating plan changed after the site was reduced from the original plan for 1,000 acres to the current 400 acres?  Will this mean more cattle being shipped in by truck?  Normally how many cattle need to be on-site to satisfy a 250 head per week slaughter?

8. Normally a level ground, rectangular site is preferred for a project like this.  Your site is irregular shaped and very uneven.  Have you calculated additional site preparation and infrastructure costs and compromises to the layout that will negatively affect daily operations and profitability?

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) life rural Slaughterhouse https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/6/slaughterhouse-will-ruin-the-rural-lifestyle-of-nicgolas-county Tue, 15 Jun 2021 16:27:46 GMT
Prom Followup https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/5/prom-followup Prom Followup

Just days before this year's prom at my local high school, the CDC relaxed the mask requirement which made for a much happier prom! 

Here are Lauren's prom photos with more to be added over the next few days and beyond!  https://www.jonathancchase.com/p1014803036. She's a beautiful young lady & I'm blessed to have her as my client. 

I also photographed the Prom Walk-In and will post those photos by the end of the week, maybe the following week. 

And finally, I don't appreciate another photographer poaching my clients.  It' unethical in my opinion and certainly not nice, especially among friends.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) followup prom https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/5/prom-followup Mon, 17 May 2021 18:53:11 GMT
Let Them Dance – Why Prom is Important! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/5/let-them-dance-why-prom-is-important Let Them Dance – Why Prom is Important!

Let Them Dance. With so many Proms canceled last year, and things possibly still uncertain this year, many schools are wondering how – and if – they should put on a Prom event in 2021. The answer is “Yes!” Nicholas County High School is having a Prom in less than two weeks,  Prom isn’t just another dance. It’s more. It’s part of something bigger. Here’s why Prom is such an important part of high school.

Prom is a Rite of Passage. Prom night is the culmination of four years of learning, friendship, and school spirit for the senior class, and often it’s the last time the entire class is all together before graduation. For students, Prom, along with graduation, symbolizes the end of high school and the beginning of their adult years. It’s a rite of passage that students remember for the rest of their lives.

Prom is a School Tradition. Prom is the ultimate school tradition. Many schools trace their year-end Prom event back to the first year the school existed, and many have never missed a year – until now. Students take pride in Prom, and the memories stay with them for the rest of their lives. Ask anyone who ever attended their Prom, and chances are they can tell you every detail of the night – what they wore, who their date was, their prom theme, and more.  Prom is a big deal and something schools count on every year as a way to say goodbye to the Senior class.

Prom Brings Students Together. Traditionally, Homecoming is considered THE event of the year for promoting school spirit, but Prom is just as important for bringing students together. For seniors, it’s often their last chance to have fun with their friends, look back on their years of high school, and share memories before everyone moves on with their post high school lives. It’s the social event of the season and the ultimate way for students to show their pride in their school and their class.

Prom Promotes Inclusiveness. This year, it’s even more important to have an event that everyone feels like they can be part of. Make Prom that event by encouraging everyone to attend. No date? No problem. Let students know it’s ok to go alone, with another person as friends, or with a group. Prom is all about the memories students make spending time with each other at the Prom.  It’s an important tradition and rite of passage for your students.

It brings them together and gives them amazing memories of high school that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Let them dance!

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) 2021 important prom https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/5/let-them-dance-why-prom-is-important Tue, 04 May 2021 13:24:21 GMT
Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/5/choosing-the-right-props-for-your-next-photo-session Choosing the Right Props for Your Next Photo Session

Have you ever thought about adding props to your photo sessions? Props can add interest, depth, and extra flair to your pictures. Get your children to hold coordinating flowers for a spring or summer shoot. Love sports? Then use baseball bats in your next family photo to bring out your passion. Here are a few tips for ways to incorporate props in your next photo session.

1. Avoid trends. While you might have recently seen a few photos that incorporate a specific prop, try not to use something that will not look dated in 20 years. Classic is better and there are many fun options to choose from.

2. Be realistic. It’s easy to go wild when thinking of a theme for your photo session. You should decide on one that you can find props for. For example, if you want to use seasonal props, try and source them in that season as they’ll be easier to find, and before you decide to remake your favorite movie scene, think twice about whether you’ll be able to find suitable outfits for everyone in the photo.

3. Size matters. Some larger props work well in photo sessions such as using your grandpa's farm tractor as a background piece. However, some larger props can take away from the beauty of the photograph altogether. Make sure that your prop enhances the photo and doesn't detract from it

4.    Make it meaningful. If your child has a favorite stuffed animal or if you have a musical instrument that you treasure, try and incorporate it into your photos. This way your pictures will have more meaning to you and your family  5.    Use what you have. Make the current season work to your advantage by using what’s available. Leaves in the fall make for amazing props in photos and don’t cost a thing.

Remember, using props can be the perfect addition to your photos but make sure that they don’t become the main focus.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) photo Props shoots https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/5/choosing-the-right-props-for-your-next-photo-session Mon, 03 May 2021 15:50:21 GMT
2021 Nicholas County High School Prom - Dancing in the Moonlight! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/2021-nicholas-county-high-school-prom---dancing-in-the-moonlight 2021 Nicholas County High School Prom - Dancing in the Moonlight!

Date: Saturday, May 15th Time: Walk-Ins Begin at 6 pm

Location: NCHS Teacher Parking Lot “Under the Tent”

Student Dress Code: The prom is considered a formal event.  Students, please be aware that you will be required to wear a mask. 

Gentlemen: Please wear dress pants, bowtie/tie, and vest/jacket (or both).

Ladies:  Dresses must reach fingertip length, no slits above fingertip length, no bare midriff areas more than 2 inches.  

Prom Pictures – I have a couple of openings for prom pictures before the event at a location to be selected once I know what the weather will be. On a sunny day, we’ll be outside & indoors if it is raining!  I will also photograph the Walk-In. PM me for more information and to book your session.  DON’T DELAY and chance missing out on a memory preserved forever. 

Prom Walk-In: Prom walk-in is a prom tradition at the Nicholas County High School Students' names are announced as they walk across a decorated stage and to have photographs taken. I will photograph the Walk-In.

Students will be assigned a walk-in time.  Please be prepared to wait in line and plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled walk-in time. 

Students are asked to drive around the roundabout and a parent will park their vehicle

Parents and spectators can stand or bring chairs to watch the walk-in announcement of students.  Students can invite up to 10 people for walk-in activities.  Attendees are asked to maintain proper social distance and be masked.  

Upon arrival, students please check in with the prom attendant.

Students are required to wear masks but may remove their masks for photos taken on the walk-in carpet & for dinner.

Students are required to enter the prom after they cross the walk-in carpet. 

Parents are asked to leave after their child has completed the walk-in.  

Students will be allowed to leave in their vehicle parked in the student parking lot before the end of prom.  However, once a student leaves, they will not be allowed to re-enter.  

Crowning of Prom Royalty will take place at 11 pm. Students on the Prom Court can invite 4 people to watch the crowning ceremony.  Those attending the crowning ceremony should arrive at 10:45 pm.

 
 
 
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(Jonathan Chase Photography) memories pictures prom walk-in https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/2021-nicholas-county-high-school-prom---dancing-in-the-moonlight Mon, 26 Apr 2021 13:26:36 GMT
Self, and Gear: Take Better Wildlife Photos without Buying Anything! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/self-and-gear-take-better-wildlife-photos-without-buying-anything This is a continuation from last week which discussed yourself as a photographer and what you are photographing. 

Gear, the subject that we like to discuss at length. As mentioned, I am not encouraging you to buy a super-telephoto lens or the latest camera; I am encouraging you instead to know the camera and lens you currently have better. Depending on your camera, there are limits to what is photographically possible and to how well you can control your settings, but the more you know about its shutter speed capability and lens focal length, for example, the better you will choose when and why to push the shutter button.

Let’s assume, however, that you have a moderately priced DSLR or mirrorless camera and a standard zoom lens, something with which you can control exposure settings. With a setup like this, you can create great images. Start by getting comfortable with your camera, know how to operate it, change settings, and use it without having to dig into the menu. Create custom settings and get to know the feel and sound of the camera’s functions. With an understanding of your camera’s operation, it’s time to experiment. Play with shutter speed, aperture setting, and focal length. Even without a long telephoto lens, improve your ability to walk closer to animals without disturbing them and understand how best to compose in the frame you have, while still featuring your subject.

Instead of a tight and tack-sharp shot of a bird on the water, imagine a wider shot of many birds, and instead of bringing the subject into crisp focus, slow the shutter speed and you have this impressionistic scene of blurred wings taking flight over reflective and rippled water. Use control over the tools you have to make a shot that speaks of the moment and your relationship to that moment, and you will have created a great photograph.

Remember also that gear is not just a camera and lens; it is film, battery life, basic accessories, and protection to keep the camera functioning out in the field. It is also transportation and maps and apps. Make sure the tools you are using are in the best condition possible and ready to withstand the rigors. Clothes and footwear are also gear. Know what you need to wear to keep yourself in the game, especially when it’s cold.

Start with what you have, photograph what and where you already know and bring your best self into the game. With this in mind, you will begin to see better results, and, with time, you will build upon that—hike farther, find new subjects, expand your toolset. But for now, take better wildlife photos without buying anything.

Let me hear your anecdotes on wildlife photography with or without expensive setups, in the Comments section, below.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) better canon gear photographer https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/self-and-gear-take-better-wildlife-photos-without-buying-anything Mon, 19 Apr 2021 14:04:27 GMT
Take Better Wildlife Photos without Buying Anything! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/take-better-wildlife-photos-without-buying-anything Take Better Wildlife Photos without Buying Anything!

There is no wildlife or bird photography without a camera and lens, but I am here to tell you not to buy another piece of gear. It is not the camera or lens that will make you a better photographer; rather, the three things that will improve your wildlife photography are: to know your subject better, to know yourself better, and to know your gear better. I'll cover the first two today & the third in next week's blog. 

Subject -  Of these three, I think that the most important, or at least the first to address, is to know your subject better. And that means research—reading, tutorials, conversations—and time in the field, with or without your camera—walking and observing, making mental notes or even “IRL” notes on animal location, movements, and behavior. Do not overlook other aspects of your “subject,” such as the light, shadow, weather patterns, and landscape. There is no substitute for experience and for making the time and having the patience to observe the behavior of your subject in its environment. This, of course, could mean a lifetime of observing your backyard or just giving yourself that extra day to study a new location you may be photographing for a week.

There are also ways to streamline or expand an understanding of your subject and its behavior patterns and movements. Aside from reading and research, this includes speaking with other photographers, or even scientists. Also, if you have your property or other means, trail cameras can be very helpful in understanding animal behavior.

One thing I encourage: Tell the story of your encounter with the animal, incorporate the vision you have of your location into the photography. Don’t pretend that a city park is the Serengeti. Find ways to frame your image that illustrate your subject as part of the environment you are in; don’t frame out aspects to imply a different location or to isolate the animal out of context. Create the story you want to tell.

Self. Knowing your photographic self is a way to improve your wildlife photography. This area encompasses a broad swath of ideas and behaviors, but at the top of that list should be the self-assurance that this is the type of photography you want to be doing, because it takes time and dedication. I think many photographers fall into a trap that has us pursuing a kind of photography that we once told ourselves was the “real” photography, whether that be wildlife, news, or fashion, without asking ourselves how we like to spend our time when we photograph and what truly thrills us. If you have tried wildlife photography and know you enjoy the rigors and rewards, then pursue it with a confident and curious passion and you are well on your way to improving your work.

With that existential issue behind us, it is important to understand your strengths and weaknesses and find ways to be more patient, stealthy, persistent, or creative in your pursuit. Also, understand the role that exercise, nutrition, hydration, and proper attire will have on your ability to stay present and engaged in your photography. A part of this self-awareness is understanding what it takes to get the photograph you want ethically. As it is said, there are no shortcuts, and good wildlife photography takes effort and time, patience and stillness, and a willingness to be uncomfortable. Embrace that, find ways to make it enjoyable, even consider photographing with a partner if that might help. If you want to be a better photographer, push yourself to be.

 
 
 
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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Wildlife photography skills https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/take-better-wildlife-photos-without-buying-anything Mon, 12 Apr 2021 13:33:59 GMT
2022 Seniors & Parents https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/2022-seniors-parents 2022 SENIORS & PARENTS

Uniquely styled shoots for you!  I believe in the power of creating something unique for each client and this includes a location for your session. I have an ever-expanding list of exciting and unique locations from constantly scouting out our area. You should see my sketchbook of session ideas. I love scouting locations and putting together a shoot from there! Together we will discuss your interests, after-school activities, and dreams. Then we will choose locations and wardrobe to create that perfect session that we design together. One of the things I've always loved about my photography is incorporating scenes that compliments my clients. We're creating one-of-a-kind art so to me there is no limit to the location. Want a session with pops of color? Lots of horses?  Let's do them. Fields of flowers? Lots of snow? Yes & Yes!

My sessions are unique and the sky is the limit.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) #jccphoto 2022 parents Senior portraits Seniors https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/2022-seniors-parents Mon, 05 Apr 2021 14:00:06 GMT
Photographing Your Kids! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/photographing-your-kids Every Parent's Challenge...

Like life, kids are all over the place. It’s hard to get them to sit still, much less for a photo. Photographing active kids isn’t easy, but I’ve learned a few tricks along the way and thought I’d share some so you can learn how to photograph kids in motion and make your active toddler (and even athletic teen) moments to cherish forever.

Take a Lot of Photos. A huge perk of digital photography these days is the chance to keep snapping and delete the outtakes. Don’t feel like you need to take one perfect picture and be done with it.

Set your shooting mode to continuous and hold that shutter button down to take a burst. Later you can go back and delete the blinking and blurry pictures, but you’re more likely to capture a good one amongst many.

Use aperture priority mode (could also be portrait mode) If you aren’t comfortable shooting in manual yet, or find it difficult to have to continuously change your settings as your toddler runs from shade to sun and all over the place, try using aperture priority or Av mode.

This allows you to change your f-stop. The lower the number the more “blur” you’ll achieve around your subject. My lenses go as low as f/2.8 and f/1.4. Don’t go too low and too close or their whole face won’t be in focus. You can set your lens to the f-stop you want, focus on your child, then let your camera do the rest.

 Let Them Play! Don’t feel the need to stifle your child into a pose. Just let him do what he loves and be nearby to capture that. I like to have a great zoom lens on hand when capturing my active kids so I have the option of zooming with my feet, or my lens if I’m confined to the stands. Tk your shutter speed. This will help you freeze the scene as your child is in motion. I try to keep my shutter speed above 1/500 when I’m trying to photograph my active kids. This may mean raising my ISO to compromise and give myself more flexibility, especially when I’m shooting indoors.

Get Creative and Silly. What makes your child laugh? Your singing? Dancing? Pretending to tickle him? A natural laugh will come across much better than a forced smile. And there’s a good chance if you’re being silly, he may stand still to watch long enough for you to snap a picture.

Pay Attention to the Background. The environment can give context or be distracting. It’s so frustrating when I get a great picture of my kids but there’s a bunch of junk behind them. Try to get it out of focus or move to get a better angle. To make it out of focus in your shot, try lowering your f-stop number and/or zoom in more with your lens. This will cause your background to go out of focus or out of the frame.

Follow Them in Action. If you move your camera at their speed and snap the photo you can freeze them in motion while blurring what’s going on behind them, making for a fun action shot called panning. You’ll want your shutter speed to be around 1/50 to 1/80 to achieve this. It can be tricky to achieve this but practice makes perfect. I usually raise my f-stop over f4 to give myself some leeway if I miss the focus, and use Al-Servo Mode for continuous focus.

It keeps tracking the moving subject versus focusing using One-Shot mode when you hold the button halfway down. This will make catching a clear shot of your moving target a little easier.

Be Patient. It’s rare that the very first picture I take is the one I want to keep, print, and frame. If they did something cute, they’ll likely do it again with a little encouragement or patience.

Good luck and have fun making memories with your little active ones.

 

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Camera Kids Photography https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/4/photographing-your-kids Thu, 01 Apr 2021 18:34:16 GMT
2021 Nicholas County High School Prom https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/3/2021-nicholas-county-high-school-prom 2323 2021 Nicholas County High School Prom

The Nicholas County High School Prom is scheduled for May 15, 2021.   The expense (dress, shoes, flowers, hair, makeup, jewelry, the dinner, and the photographer) is an expense in almost every tax bracket! You want to make sure you or the photographer you hire captures your junior or senior at their very best and preserves some of those memories of them with their friends and dates.

Here are some tips to help you do that even if you are not hiring a professional photographer.

Find even light. This is going to be tricky for group photos because the space a group takes up is too much. If they photos at 4:30 before they go to dinner, the sun is just too high in the sky to get nice even light on their faces all at once. In that case, try to find a building tall enough to block the sun so the group is in the same light. If you can't, then turn their backs to the light so it's on their hair and not unevenly on their faces.

I will have off-camera flash to act as a fill light to even out shadows and enhance skin tones,

Variety of Shots. Be sure to get individual photos of them, not only with each of their close friends but by themselves, in closeups, three-quarters length, and full length so you get the train and shoes.

Turn-Around. If the back of her prom dress has detail, get a photo of her looking over her shoulder as you see in the top green one above.

Props. Think ahead and bring a prop. Last year, we were at a local arboretum with a Model A Ford to add to a Roaring 20’s themed prom. 

Candids. It shouldn't be hard to capture the emotion if your son or daughter is with their friends. Hopefully, they will be excited and laughing and so you need to keep that camera clicking.

Posing: Have you ever had someone take your picture and you just thought, "What do I do with my hands?" Find things to lean on, hold onto, or feature their wrist corsage, or bouquet. These were taken the day after prom so they no longer had those things.

Background It's not the most important thing, but it IS a thing! Look at the surroundings and try out different backgrounds.

2022 Senior Models: I am now accepting applications for my 2022 Senior models so if you are or you know a junior who might be interested, I have room for one more.  Please contact me for further information, an interview, and a short portrait session at no cost.

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) high school prom photography prom seniors https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/3/2021-nicholas-county-high-school-prom Sun, 21 Mar 2021 19:44:33 GMT
Red Cape Photography Project https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/3/red-cape-photography-project 1414 The Red Cape Photography Project

Every year my goal has been to do a unique portrait project. I named the Red Cape Photography Project after an inspirational photo taken by a photographer friend in New Jersey. This project involves four spectacular locations, four seasons, a beautiful girl, a red cape, and a candle-lit lantern.  Locations include the old stone staircase at the horse park in the late spring, a waterfall in the summer, Shaker Village in the fall, and a snow shoot on the old steel girder bridge in Carlisle.

Covid ended this project for 2020 before it got started. My goal is to revive this series in 2021.  I have one model signed up and am looking for a second.  After the red cape photos at each location are done, I will do a second series with each model in an outfit of their choice.

I am actively seeking one more model for this project If you are interested, please message me to arrange for an interview and a short portrait session at no charge to you. 

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) 2021 Fashion Portraits Seniors https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2021/3/red-cape-photography-project Sat, 20 Mar 2021 20:48:37 GMT
Senior Portraits - What to Expect https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2019/3/senior-portraits---what-to-expect What to Expect – Seniors

High school senior portraits: Specific to me. my senior shoots are usually divided into two or more sessions and are located in and around the greater Lexington area.  Each session is about 2 hours with one to three outfit changes per session. Please plan one formal and two casual changes.

What to wear: Don’t stress! Wear what makes you feel GREAT. What you’re the most comfortable in will make the best photos. Also consider bringing an outfit that represents your sports team, cheer or extracurricular activity.

Ladies, as you know accessories go along way to making an outfit and your photo. Plan on having extra jewelry, scarves, hats, and bags with you. If it speaks to who you are, bring it along.  

NOTE:  When it comes to makeup for these portraits, please remember “less is more”.  Bring your make up bag along for touch-ups 

Guys, you are not off the hook here!  Bring your uniforms, jackets, boots, and hats.  Love that vehicle? We can include that!

Props: Again, if it says who you are and what you love please bring it along.  Props can be large or small. From the size of a truck to a treasured leather book. If you love it, bring it.  Examples - chairs, suitcases, sports equipment, musical instruments and the like. This is your session and it should reflect your personality! Most importantly, be yourself, be comfortable.

Fun:  We strive to make these sessions relaxing and memorable.  Plan to have a bit of fun!

Want to see those photos? Approximately two weeks after your last session, your photos will be available for viewing and selection in your private online gallery on my website. This is where you will get to view a slideshow of all your beautiful images, make your selections for signature processing, and see samples of all the products you can have your photos printed on.

What to expect: To make the whole process a bit easier I’ve answered the questions I get asked all the time, what you can expect before, during, and after your sessions.  

Before your session:  

1. When do I need to have my Senior Portrait turned in to the yearbook staff at school?  Some schools take a cap and gown Senior Portrait at school, so you don’t have to worry about the yearbook. In that case, many Seniors choose to have their own creative Senior Portraits taken by a professional photographer.  Other schools require you to personally turn in a digital file by a deadline.  If that’s the case, let me know, so I can help you.

2. What about location? From fields, barns, fences, and animals to modern buildings and downtown locations (or a combination) we will find the perfect spot for your shoot. Consider what you love and who you are because that will determine where we do your photos.  

If you don’t have a specific place in mind…no worries, I’ve got plenty of ideas.

3. When should I schedule my senior session? As early as possible. When the weather warms the schedule fills up. To avoid disappointment, make sure you get your session scheduled for your most convenient time.

4. How much will my senior pictures cost? Contact me for a private. personalized quote. My senior packages run from $100 to $600 or more. Please note that the session payment fee is due on the first day of your first session unless we have made prior arrangements.

5. What about prints and albums I might want? Prints and other products are not included in the session fee but are available for purchase through my website. I also do printing for a reduced cost with equal or better quality than commercial printers. You can find examples on my website.  If needed, a high-resolution digital image will be sent directly to your school free of charge.

6. What about digital images for social media? I will provide you, at no cost, a limited number of digital images with my logo you can use on social media and share with friends. 

During your session:

1. How long is a session? You can plan for 90 minutes per session which will give you approximately 60 minutes in front of the camera.

2. What will we do?   When we meet on location, we’ll talk a bit about some ideas you may have, some I have, and a few photography specific details.  My wife Kathy will be with us to help with posing and helping you look your best. Kathy will be watching carefully for details.

You may have a few jitters, but you’ll quickly learn that we are easy to get along with and will help you get comfortable. I’ll take a few test shots to be sure my camera settings are correct and then we’ll get started. You don’t need to be worried about what to do, how to smile, how to stand or how to pose – Kathy and I have it all covered!

3. Should I change outfits? YES, you should! Feel free to bring different clothing changes!  Before we start, we’ll talk about what clothing you brought because different clothing looks best in different settings. Some ideas: https://www.pinterest.com/chase4555/

4.  May I bring a friend? Sure!  Sometimes it helps to have someone there for support or to laugh with. I will be concentrating on YOUR Senior session, but your friend is welcome to come.  If you want a photo or two with a friend or a group of friends that’s fine too.  It’s always nice to have someone along on a shoot, but just warn him/her that I will probably put them to work!

5. Do I sign a model release? Yes, that’s YOU! Your chance to model. After we’re finished with the session, I’ll need you or your parents (if you are under 18) to fill out a short Model Release which allows me to use the photos from your senior session to promote my business. 

After your session:

1. How long until I see my photos?   Your images will be ready to view within 2 weeks of your last session unless it falls in an extremely busy time for me. However, I will have low-resolution, unedited, watermarked photos available on a private gallery for your review shortly after our last session.  I will post some of my favorites on my website and social media, primarily Facebook and Instagram. You can use those as well free of charge.

2. Are images posted to Facebook and Instagram copyrighted? Yes.  All images posted online whether it be social media or to my website are copyrighted unless specifically released to the public domain by the photographer.   

3. How do I book a senior portrait session? To book your session, either call me at 859-473-2107, email me at jon@marinerkennels.com, or contact me through Facebook, Instagram or my website.

 

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Photographer portraits seniors https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2019/3/senior-portraits---what-to-expect Thu, 14 Mar 2019 14:37:59 GMT
2021/2022 Senior Portrait Prices https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/5/2019-senior-portrait-prices 2021/2022 Senior Prices

I have a number of packages to fit every budget, ranging from $100 to $600 or more. All sessions include an online private gallery for review and selection of proofs for editing; product recommendations and affordable printing. Additional hours are available at $100/hour.

I do most of my outdoor senior sessions during the “golden hour” which is 90 minutes before sunset because the sunlight is at its best for portrait photography at that time. Indoor sessions are usually done during the day. 

My wife is my art director and she accompanies me on every shoot.

Gold Package - $600

Unlimited locations & unlimited poses

Up to 5 hours which can be divided into 2 or more sessions.

Online password-protected gallery available for 60 days, containing a maximum of 200 images for review.  

A limited number of acceptable images provided on a USB Flash drive for sharing on social media, email, etc.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) are available for download.  

High-quality prints and specialty items are available for purchase separately.

Silver Package - $300

Unlimited locations & unlimited poses

Up to 3 hours which can be divided into 2 sessions.

Online password-protected gallery containing a maximum of 100 images.

A limited number of acceptable images provided on a USB Flash drive for sharing on social media, email, etc.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) are available for download.

High-quality prints and specialty items are available for purchase separately.

Bronze Package - $200

2 locations & unlimited poses

Up to 2 hours

Online password-protected gallery containing a maximum of 60 images for review.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) are available for download.

High-quality prints and specialty items are available for purchase.

Basic Package - $100

1 location & unlimited poses

Up to 1 hour

Online password-protected gallery containing a maximum of 30 images for review.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) are available for download.

High-quality prints and specialty items are available for purchase separately.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) 2019 portraits seniors https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/5/2019-senior-portrait-prices Wed, 16 May 2018 10:53:25 GMT
Are You a Photographer? https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/2/are-you-a-photographer 2022 Senior & Best Friends Photo Sessions.2022 Senior & Best Friends Photo Sessions. Are you a photographer?” the woman seated next to me on the airplane asked. She had spied my camera bag with two bodies and three extra lenses.

The truth is that I would not claim to be a photographer. I would say I’m a guy who takes photos. I am reluctant to exaggerate, in part for fear of inadvertently insulting professionals who would scoff at the pretense of those who have acquired gear and believe they possess the skill. Nowadays everyone fancies himself a photographer, meaning perhaps none of us is — at least very few of us should be bestowing the title upon ourselves.

Assessed by high standards, I am an amateur, a hobbyist, a dilettante. I could hardly be offended by that status because photography has been an important avocation since the Kodak Brownie made the art accessible to ordinary consumers. It has been integral to family life. The “Kodak moment” is one of those advertising slogans that became a cultural touchstone.

Yet I do carry two cameras (three counting my smartphone). That is a sign of earnest obsession more than it is of any expertise I suppose in a sense I am a photographer though. I qualify by the measure of sustained interest despite intermittent breaks. We take for granted an ability to disseminate even a simple snapshot that could not have been imagined when I developed, enlarged, and printed the original frame of film.

Maybe we cannot be so sure about defining ourselves. A person also can be deemed a “photographer” without great exertion. A single viral selfie seems enough to turn a person into a celebrity, even an icon. Andy Warhol is remembered for declaring that each of us would have our fifteen minutes of fame He is not recalled for his subsequent quip that all of us would be famous in fifteen minutes. Warhol was always in on the joke. He would be amused by our narcissism.

There is a difference between what we do and who we are. If we do it enough, however, it becomes who we are. For me, it is enough to try my hand at art and science that continues to fascinate me. Although I have enough jobs and honors, I am aware of how much more I need to learn to be worthy of “photographer. 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) amateur photographer professional https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/2/are-you-a-photographer Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:55:44 GMT
Kentucky Three Day Event Schedule - April 25 - 29, 2018 https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/2/kentucky-three-day-event-schedule---april-25---29-2018 Wednesday, April 25
1 p.m. Cross-Country Course Open to the Public
3 p.m. First Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane
4:30–6 p.m. Competitor Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium


Thursday, April 26
7 a.m. Gates Open
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8 a.m. Dressage Test Ride — Rolex Stadium
8:30 a.m.–Noon Dressage Tests Begin — Rolex Stadium
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
12:45–2:30 p.m. Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring unless otherwise noted
1:30–3:40 p.m. Dressage Tests Continue — Rolex Stadium
4:30–6 p.m. Arena Familiarization — Rolex Stadium
6:30–9 p.m. Barley, Barrels, and Bluegrass Dinner – The Livery (Ticket Required)


Friday, April 27
7 a.m. Gates Open
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
8:30 a.m.–Noon Dressage Tests Resume — Rolex Stadium
10:45 a.m.–4 p.m. Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring unless otherwise noted
11 a.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Horse Inspection — High Hope Inspection Lane
1:30–4:30 p.m. Dressage Tests Continue
6 p.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* $35,000 Welcome Speed Cup 1.45m — Rolex Stadium
6:30 p.m. The Head Up Heels Down 5K. Portion or proceeds go to the 2018 official charity. 


Saturday, April 28
7 a.m. Gates Open (including Land Rover Tailgating)
8 a.m.–5 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
8:30 a.m.–10 a.m. Prince Philip Cup Mounted Games — TBD
8:30 a.m.–2:15 p.m. Demonstrations and Exhibitions — Walnut Ring unless otherwise noted

10 a.m.–4 p.m. Cross-Country Test (Horses start every 4 minutes. There will not be a 1½ hour lunch break.)
11 a.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Autograph Signing
Noon Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Course Walk — Rolex Stadium
3:30 p.m. Kentucky Invitational CSI3* Opening Ceremonies — Rolex Stadium
4:30 p.m. $225,000 Kentucky Invitational CSI3* 1.60m — Rolex Stadium


Sunday, April 29
7 a.m. Gates Open
7:30 a.m. Non-Denominational Worship Service — Pavilion between Stonelea/Claiborne Rings
8 a.m.–3 p.m. Hospitality Tents Open (Hospitality Ticket Required)
8 a.m. Second Inspection of Horses — High Hope Inspection Lane
8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Sponsor Village & Trade Fair Open
9:30–11 a.m. Champions Live! — Kentucky Club
11 a.m. Jumping Course Open for Competitor Inspection — Rolex Stadium
11:30 a.m. Presentation of the Teams of the USPC Prince Philip Cup — Rolex Stadium
Noon Opening Ceremony & Presentation of Officials and Flags — Rolex Stadium
1 p.m. Jumping Test Begins — Rolex Stadium
3 p.m. Presentation of the Awards — Rolex Stadium

 

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) 3 day event kentucky https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/2/kentucky-three-day-event-schedule---april-25---29-2018 Fri, 09 Feb 2018 13:54:38 GMT
Super Blue Blood Moon - Wednesday! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/1/super-blue-blood-moon---wednesday This week a Super Blue Blood Moon will form, representing an incredibly unique photographic experience. 

Taking place on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, This rare celestial event is when a blue moon and a lunar eclipse combine with the moon being at its closest point to Earth. The last time these three elements combined was back in 1866 making it truly a once in a lifetime event. 

Enjoy!  

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/1/super-blue-blood-moon---wednesday Mon, 29 Jan 2018 21:35:14 GMT
JC Photo Newsletter 1-2018 https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/1/jc-photo-newsletter-1-2018 Hi Everyone:

Happy New Year!  2018 is off to a very cold start here in Kentucky with the morning temperature for the last several days below zero.  Hopefully, this won't last much longer as I'd much prefer to be out photographing the wonders of Kentucky, although I do have some printing projects to catch up on, a couple of contests to enter & gallery presentations to get ready.  

Facebook determines what we see & what we don’t see, all driven by paid advertising & promotions tuned to our interests.  As early as 2012, there has been increasing concern that Facebook’s push for sponsored content would diminish consumer organic reach as they give more and more precedence to paid advertising.  What we as consumers post if it’s not paid is automatically given a lower priority which prevents us from reaching a large majority of friends, acquaintances, and clients.  I’m sure you have noticed a decline in “likes” and comments on what you post.  It’s not that no one cares, they just don’t see it.

My photography business relies on referrals and to a great extent on exposure from Facebook and Instagram for recognition, marketing and importantly to push potential clients to my website so they can see firsthand if I’m a good match for their needs or to purchase prints, cards, albums, and gifts.

Rather than depending on social media to get my message out,  I’ve added a “My Schedule” page to my website (www.jonathancchase.com) which contains not only my schedule of near-term, future events I’ll be covering but the occasional announcement.  Please do check often because once the weather breaks, I plan (and hope) to be very busy. If you want me to photograph an event not listed and/or to focus my coverage on a particular person, team, etc. please be sure to let me know well in advance so I can make appropriate arrangements for coverage and to be sure I bring the right camera/lens combinations.

In addition to the listed events, I’m planning late spring portrait shoots at Keeneland, the Arboretum, and the Kentucky Horse Park. If you're interested, please let me know. Shoots at the Keeneland Spring Meet are exceptionally festive and well received. The Arboretum and the Kentucky Horse Park are ideal for portrait photography.

Further, I’ll send an occasional email message (like this one) covering opportunities, upcoming shoots along with any new offerings. For example, new for 2018, I now offer quality, affordable prints (done in-house) compete with mats and protective envelopes in a variety of sizes to meet your needs.  I guarantee my prints will match the quality of any you can purchase including both local and online commercial printers. Out of town orders are welcome. 

Please feel free to comment, ask any questions and to forward this email to anyone who might be interested.  Also, if you do not want to receive further emails from me, please reply to this one asking to be removed & I'll do it. 

Thank you for your loyalty & I hope to see you all before much longer. 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) newsletters https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2018/1/jc-photo-newsletter-1-2018 Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:59:14 GMT
Diminishing Return from Facebook & Instagram https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/12/diminishing-return-from-facebook-instagram Hi Everyone:

I’m sure many of you are aware Facebook determines what we see & what we don’t see, all driven by paid advertising & promotions tuned to our interests.  As early as 2012, there have been increasing concerns that Facebook’s push for sponsored content would diminish consumer organic reach as they give precedence to those who pay for it.  I’m sure you like me, have noticed a decline in “likes” and comments on what you post.  It’s not that no one cares, they just don’t see it. What we as consumers post if it’s not paid is automatically given a lower priority and prevents us from reaching a large majority of friends, acquaintances, and clients. 

My small photography business relies on exposure from Facebook and Instagram (owned by Facebook) for recognition, marketing and importantly to push potential clients to my website so they can see firsthand if I’m a good match for their needs.  

To help overcome this problem, I’ll be sending private (and short) email messages from time to time covering upcoming shoots, ideas & opportunities along with new offerings.  For example, I’m going to offer affordable, quality prints from my printers, rather than having to order through my website.

Included will be a link to my Blog (here)which will explain all I mentioned just in greater detail.

Please feel free to comment, ask questions and to forward this email to anyone who might be interested.  

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) newsletter https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/12/diminishing-return-from-facebook-instagram Wed, 27 Dec 2017 15:20:50 GMT
About Jon Chase the Photographer https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/11/about-jon-chase-the-photographer About Jon Chase, the Photographer

Why hire Jon Chase over another photographer even the ones you’ve known for many years, who live in your community and have kids going to school with your kids?

It’s simple really!  You want something different and unique that speaks to you, to your family, to that special person on that special moment.  You want the best and you want it to be different. These are not just clichés. They are the heart of my photography. My work celebrates the uniqueness that is you, that is your family, your children. Your experiences, your joys, sorrows, and milestones are all part of what make you & your family different  My job is to capture those differences in the pictures I take. My purpose and my passion is to capture the unique in you, your family, your children and your events.

Each and every one of us has a story to tell. Maybe yours includes the laughter that runs through your family, the deep connection you share with your loved ones, or your pride after overcoming a life-threatening disease or the cherished moments of pride you have when your children succeed. .Whatever your life’s story, it is completely your own. And it is the uniqueness of that story that I love to capture with my camera. It is my goal to bring the best out of every person and show just how gorgeous that inner beauty really is.

Though I’m always after a quality result, I also love the process of connecting with my clients, making them feel not only comfortable but like themselves. You won’t find stiff poses, fake smiles or the same locations used over and over. I strive to bring out the heart of who you are with my camera. I move beyond the surface of “smile” and stiff poses to create an atmosphere during which you and your loved ones can feel comfortable, relaxed and at home.

Before we decide to work together to create beautiful images, we need to decide if I’m the right photographer for you and if you’re the right client for me. Here’s a little insight into what I’m all about.

I have ideas.  I love clients with a “vision” of what they want and then let me run with it. Give me an idea, a feeling, a mood that you’re trying to create and then let me go. A substantial part of what you’re paying for is my experience, my creativity, and my ability to read  and interpret a scene. Trust me to do it!

I talk a lot to my clients.  My best work come from clients who are relaxed in front of the camera, talk with me during the shoot and respond to my verbal cues. Some I’ve photographed so often, they know what I need to take that perfect shot.  If all you want is “traditional” photographs with staged poses in over used locations, I am not the right photographer for you. My style is overwhelmingly candid, catching you, your family, your children as you and they are in real life.

I don’t discount rates. I will never shoot for a client who tries to negotiate my rate. My rates are based on the effort and time I put into my work.  If you do not place the same value on my work, please look elsewhere.

I don’t “snap a few quick pics” for anyone. That isn’t what I do. It isn’t fair to those who hire me because they value the time, work and effort I put into creating a meaningful product.

So please take a chance and call me for more information at 859-473-2107 or references if you want.  And please take the opportunity as many others have and enjoy the experience. You won’t regret it.  I wish each and everyone of you happy Thanksgiving and a Merry Christmas.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) hire me why https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/11/about-jon-chase-the-photographer Wed, 22 Nov 2017 19:54:14 GMT
Assateague Island's Wild Horses https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/10/assateague-islands-wild-horses I had a great time photographing Assateague Island's wild horses.  They are well known, even to many people who have never been to the island. The "wild" horses on Assateague are actually feral animals, meaning that they are descendants of domestic animals that have reverted to a wild state. Horses tough enough to survive the scorching heat, abundant mosquitoes, stormy weather and poor quality food found on this remote, windswept barrier island have formed a unique wild horse society. Enjoy their beauty from a distance, and you can help make sure these extraordinary wild horses will continue to thrive on Assateague Island.

 

Local folklore describes the Assateague horses as survivors of a shipwreck off the Virginia coast. While this dramatic tale of struggle and survival is popular, there are no records yet that confirm it. The most plausible explanation is that they are the descendants of horses that were brought to barrier islands like Assateague in the late 17th century by mainland owners to avoid fencing laws and taxation of livestock.

 

The horses are split into two main herds, one on the Virginia side and one on the Maryland side of Assateague. They are separated by a fence at the Virginia/Maryland State line. These herds have divided themselves into bands of two to twelve animals and each band occupies a home range. The National Park Service manages the Maryland herd. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company owns and manages the Virginia herd, which is allowed to graze on Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, through a special use permit issued by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The permit restricts the size of the herd to approximately 150 adult animals in order to protect the other natural resources of the wildlife refuge. It is the Virginia herd which is often referred to as the "Chincoteague" ponies.

 

Many visitors first learn about the Assateague horses from Marguerite Henry's famous book Misty of Chincoteague. The story takes place during a traditional Chincoteague festival called "Pony Penning.'' On the last Wednesday of July, the Virginia herd of horses is rounded up and swum from Assateague Island to nearby Chincoteague Island. On the following day, most of the young foals are auctioned off. Proceeds from the sale benefit the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Department.

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) assateague horses island ponies wild https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/10/assateague-islands-wild-horses Sat, 07 Oct 2017 13:42:22 GMT
Multi-Image Downloads! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/9/multi-image-downloads Great news! I’m improving the way all my clients download multiple images. Beginning September 21, 2017, multi-image downloads will be faster and more reliable.

 

Clients who download large numbers of photos, and those with weak or intermittent internet connections, sometimes experience lag time and download failures that will be resolved with this new downloader functionality.

 

Instead of the system compiling the images together while you wait, it will now bundle the photos together into a zip file behind the scenes. When the zip files are ready to download, you will receive an email with the link(s) where they can be downloaded.

 

Note that these changes apply to multi-image downloads only - single image downloads are not changing. The improved download process will apply to digital order downloads by the end of October.

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me.

 

Thank you! 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) downloads https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/9/multi-image-downloads Sat, 16 Sep 2017 13:12:25 GMT
2017 Senior Portraits Pricing https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/8/2017-senior-portraits-pricing I have a number of packages to fit every budget, ranging from $100 to $600 or more. All sessions Include an online private gallery for review and selection of proofs for editing; product recommendations and affordable printing. Additional hours are available at $100/hour.

I do most of my outdoor senior sessions during the “golden hour” which is the 90 minutes before sunset because the sunlight is at its best for portrait photography at that time. Indoor sessions are usually done during the day. 

My wife, Kathy is my artistic director and she accompanies me on every shoot.

Gold Package - $600

Unlimited locations & unlimited poses

Up to 5 hours which can be divided into 2 or more sessions.

Online password protected gallery containing a maximum of 200 images for review.  

A limited number of acceptable images provided on a USB Flash drive for sharing on social media, email, etc.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) available for download. 

High-quality prints and specialty items available for purchase separately.

Silver Package - $300

Unlimited locations & unlimited poses

Up to 3 hours which can be divided into 2 sessions.

Online password protected gallery containing a maximum of 100 images.

A limited number of acceptable images provided on a USB Flash drive for sharing on social media, email, etc.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) available for download.

High-quality prints and specialty items available for purchase separately.

Bronze Package - $200

2 locations & unlimited poses

Up to 2 hours

Online password protected gallery containing a maximum of 60 images for review.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) available for download.

High-quality prints and specialty items available for purchase separately. 

Basic Package - $100

1 location & unlimited poses

Up to 1 hour

Online password protected gallery containing a maximum of 30 images for review.

High-resolution digital images (Signature Edited) available for download. 

High-quality prints and specialty items available for purchase separately.

 

 

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) 2017 portraits pricing seniors https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/8/2017-senior-portraits-pricing Sat, 19 Aug 2017 13:12:36 GMT
You Know What's Scary? https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/8/you-know-whats-scary No matter how much people are warned, no matter how many safety glasses are handed out,  I know there will be those who end up staring at the solar eclipse with their naked eye. Some will be adults, but more will likely be children.  Some will foolishly seek to tempt fate. Others may somehow, someway have not gotten the message: DO NOT LOOK AT THE SOLAR ECLIPSE NEXT MONDAY WITH YOUR NAKED EYE!!!!

Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality 

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or hand-held solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun.  Be sure to inspect your solar filter before use.  If scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.

  • Always supervise children using solar filters.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or another optical device.
  • Similarly, do not look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or hand-held solar viewer because the concentrated solar rays will damage the filter and enter your eye(s), causing serious injury.
  • Seek expert advice before using a solar filter with a camera, a telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device. Note that solar filters must be attached to the front of any telescope, binoculars, camera lens, or other optics.
  • If you are within the path of totality, remove your solar filter only when the moon completely covers the sun’s bright face and it suddenly gets quite dark. Experience totality, then, as soon as the bright sun begins to reappear, replace your solar viewer to look at the remaining partial phases.
  • Outside the path of totality, you must always use a safe solar filter to view the sun directly.
  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

A solar eclipse is spectacular. By following these simple rules, you can safely enjoy the view and be rewarded with memories to last a lifetime.

This does not constitute medical advice. Readers with questions should contact a qualified eye-care professional.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/8/you-know-whats-scary Tue, 15 Aug 2017 13:16:49 GMT
The 2017 Total Solar Eclipse in Kentucky https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/7/the-2017-total-solar-eclipse-in-kentucky On August 21, 2017, a total eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a narrow corridor that traverses the United States of America. The path of the Moon's umbral shadow begins in northern Pacific and crosses the USA from west to east through parts of the following states: Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, and South Carolina (a tiny corner of Montana and Iowa are also in the path). A partial eclipse visible from a much larger region covering all of North America including the greater Lexington area.

A few minutes after entering Illinois, the shadow leaves the state as it crosses the Ohio River and arrives in Kentucky. It is here that the lunar shadow's axis makes its closest approach to Earth's center - the instant of greatest eclipse - at 18:25:32 UT1 (13:25:32 CDT). At this location (lat. = 36°58.0'N, long. = 087°40.3'W), totality lasts 2 minutes 40.1 seconds, the path width is 115 km (71 mi), the umbral velocity is 0.647 km/s (1447 mi/hr) and the Sun's altitude is 64°.

Hopkinsville (pop. 3,000) lies on the central line only 19 km (12 mi) southeast of greatest eclipse. The duration of totality here is within 0.1 second of the value of greatest duration near Carbondale, IL. Although some people are fixated on fractions of a second and the ultimate duration of totality in selecting an eclipse viewing site, these issues will fade into the noise as cloud avoidance and clear skies ascend to the rank of utmost importance on eclipse day. No doubt, a 30-second eclipse in a clear sky beats a 7-minute eclipse behind clouds.

Ever since its Oregon landfall 71 minutes earlier, the eclipse track has been gradually curving further and further south of east. Its azimuth is 115° as it crosses into Tennessee and the umbra begins the final 20 minutes of its trek through the USA.

Safe Eclipse Viewing - Every total eclipse of the Sun begins and ends with a partial eclipse. The partial phases require either a projection technique or a special solar filter to be viewed safely. Of course, during the few brief minutes of Totality when the Sun's disk is completely covered by the Moon, it is then safe to look directly at the Sun with the naked eye or through a telescope or binoculars.

Weather Prospects in Kentucky - It is early afternoon - around 1:30 pm - when the track reaches Kentucky and afternoon clouds, if there are any, will be building in the sky. Afternoons in Kentucky and much of Tennessee are no cloudier than the early morning according to observations from the weather satellites. What changes is the type of cloud: convective clouds build in the afternoon as the ground heats and warm thermals begin to rise. In contrast to eclipse sites in western states, the cloudiness measured in states east of the Mississippi shows a higher frequency of overcast conditions - just short of 20% of recordings in much of Tennessee and Kentucky. Compare this to just 10% to 15% in Wyoming and to 5% to 10% on the Columbia Plateau in Oregon.

The terrain across western Kentucky is relatively flat - a landscape of small, rolling hills that make up the Pennyroyal (Pennyrile) Plateau. Off the Interstates, roads are tree lined, limiting the view, but accompanied by generous openings that look across the many farms in the region. As the track enters Tennessee, the land begins to rise, crossing the low hills of the Highland Rim before dropping into the Nashville Basin.

A great source of weather forecasts in the days leading up to the eclipse is Jay Anderson's Eclipsophile.com.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/7/the-2017-total-solar-eclipse-in-kentucky Sat, 29 Jul 2017 16:22:18 GMT
Tips on Preparing for the August 21 Total Solar Eclipse https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/7/tips-on-preparing-for-the-august-21-total-solar-eclipse On August 21, 2017, you’ll have the first chance in decades (1979 was the last) to view a total solar eclipse from within the continental US. If you miss it, you’ll have to wait until 2024 for another chance; that is unless you want to travel around the world to chase the next eclipse. Twelve states will be in the path of totality (that part of the eclipse where it can be seen as a total eclipse). They are South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon. Most other states in America will able to view a partial solar Eclipse.  

What time is the eclipse going to happen? Well, it depends on where you are. It will be morning on the west coast, but early afternoon on the east coast. Here in Kentucky, it will occur between 1:24 & 1:30 in the afternoon. The big dilemma is what to do if you have less than optimal viewing conditions the day of the eclipse. In most populated areas, you probably won’t have the ability to speed to a new location because there will likely be hundreds of thousands of other eclipse gawkers thinking the same thing. Several experts have referred to it as “a logistical nightmare.” Just be ready for massive traffic jams if clouds should appear just before the eclipse begins and have a well thought out exit strategy in place.

In a worst case scenario, make the best of what you have. During the 2013 total eclipse of the sun in Australia, thousands anxiously waited for the possibility that the heavy clouds would break. At the moment of totality, they were treated to the totality experience. Don’t give up hope.

Prior to the day of the eclipse, check local television stations’ websites for their current weather broadcasts and load their URL into your phone or tablet. All local television stations will be making weather predictions continuously just prior to the day of the event.

Viewing and Photographing.  Solar Eclipses are not safe to be viewed by the naked eye, so you must prepare to take the appropriate precautions to keep from harming your eyesight. Do not view or photograph the sun without the use of a solar filter and appropriate protective eyewear designed for viewing a solar eclipse. Failure to observe the proper precautions may result in permanent eye damage or vision loss.

Just as importantly, if you are photographing the eclipse, you need to use a solar filter on the end of the lens or use a telescope specifically designed for viewing solar eclipses, or else you could harm the camera’s image sensor.

The only time during a solar eclipse when it's safe to look directly at the sun without a solar filter is during totality. In fact, you have to take your solar filter off the camera to photograph the totality of the eclipse, putting it back on to capture the back end of the eclipse as the moon moves away from obstructing the sun.

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/7/tips-on-preparing-for-the-august-21-total-solar-eclipse Mon, 17 Jul 2017 15:18:48 GMT
Photographing the island of Oahu in Seven Days. https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/6/photographing-the-island-of-oahu-in-seven-days PHOTOGRAPHING OAHU IN SEVEN SHORT DAYS! 

 

On Thursday, June 22, 2017, Kathy & I fly to Honolulu, Hawaii for a much anticipated vacation  I was stationed there from 1969 through 1972 & my son David was born there.  It will be great fun returning to reacquaint myself with the island I love.  I've put together my "must take" spots to photograph while there.  Wish me luck! 

 

1. LANIAKEA BEACH. The North Shore of Oahu is home to a beach with plentiful bright green algae that the turtles love.  On a given afternoon, there are often as many as 20 turtles basking in the sun on the sand and in the shallows of the water.

The “Turtle Beach” as it has become known, is home to turtles year round. However, they are easier to find in the summer, spring, and fall when the waves are not as large.  In addition to shooting the turtles at this beach, also consider using the bright green algae on the rocks and the beautiful outcropping of trees on the right side of the beach as a location for a sunset shoot!

 

2. SUNSET BEACH. Sunset Beach is the most dangerous beach on Oahu–by a long shot!  It is home to towering and powerful waves year round, but especially in the winter.  Only the strongest and most experienced swimmers should venture into the water when the waves are up, but if you're aware of that warning then you should also know that it is an excellent location for photography.

For landscape photographers, look for the lookout areas surrounding this beach where you can shoot the sunrise as the light hits the rocks below.  For sports photographers, you'll find some of the most exciting and adventurous surfing scenes in the world.

 

3. HANAUMA BAY. Hanauma Bay is hands down, the best snorkeling location on the planet.  This is primarily a location for underwater photos, but also the view of the bay from the top of the hill is spectacular!

 

4. PALI LOOKOUT. The Pali Lookout is well known among locals but is not yet a major tourist destination.  The Pali is an amazing overlook over the island.  It can be difficult to take good landscape photos at an overlook because there is nothing in the foreground to allow for scale or depth in the photo, but this view is so fantastic that any photographer would have a difficult time not bringing out a camera for a gorgeous panoramic shot of the island from here.

 

5. HALEIWA STREET PHOTOGRAPHY. Picture a bunch of hippie surfers from around the world congregating in just one city, and you understand Haleiwa.  During the winter months, this is the surfer capital of the world, and it makes for fantastic street photography.

 

6. VALLEY OF THE TEMPLES. This is a terrific location for architectural and landscape photography.  The most famous temple in the valley is the Byodo-In Temple, a Buddhist temple modeled after a 900-year-old temple in Japan.  This location provides gorgeous buildings to photograph in manicured gardens.

 

7. NIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY AT TANTALUS/ROUND TOP. The Tantalus/Round Top area is an awesome location for shooting from an overlook to see the entire city. At night, this is a fantastic spot for shooting the lights in the city below, the clouds close above you, and the ocean in the distance.  It makes for a fantastic shot and one that most tourists would never think of taking.

 

8. SUNRISE AT LANIKAI BEACH. No, this is not a repeat of #1.  That's Laniakea Beach, and this is Lanikai Beach.  Lanikai Beach is a favorite spot for local photographers to shoot the morning sunrise.

Lanikai beach is a great place for photography because it offers palm trees close to the water, the Mokulua islands in the bay, and other natural features that add a lot of needed interest to a beach landscape photo.  You can also rent a kayak here and take it out to the islands in the water for a view of undisturbed Hawaii.

 

9. KAENA POINT. Kaena Point is a mile-long strip of beach on the western-most tip of the Island of Oahu.  What makes this a great photography location is that it is under very little tourist pressure and offers sweeping views of the ocean bordered by a beautiful beach and the rugged Waianae Mountains.

The undiscovered nature of Kaena Point also makes it a great spot to find wildlife.  If you are lucky, you may even catch a glimpse of the endangered Hawaiian Monk Seal on the beach!

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/6/photographing-the-island-of-oahu-in-seven-days Sun, 18 Jun 2017 13:23:07 GMT
Senior Portraits - Pricing Explained https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/4/senior-portraits---pricing-explained Senior Portrait Pricing – Quick & Easy! 

My fee is currently is $100.00 per hour which includes 25 to 30 images for each hour in front of the camera, plus post-processing of all selected photographs. All clients will have a private, password-protected gallery on my website from which to choose images for processing before purchase.

Most seniors want their portfolio shot in multiple outfits taken at different locations which simply cannot be done in a one-hour session. I’ve found the best results come from two one-hour sessions, one session per day. The time between gives me an opportunity to review the previous session’s photographs to ensure it meets my standards.

Prints ordered from my website are reasonably priced (4x5 for $5.00, 8x10 for $11.00 for example) and shipped directly to customers.  Digital images are currently priced at $2.50 each and provided via email or on digital media.  Digital images for social media are free. 

For availability, my schedule is flexible enough to meet almost all requirements with advance notice.  Please remember, the golden hour for portrait photographers is the two hours before sunset when the light is perfect for taking portraits. Conversely, anything between 10-am and 3-pm is not good for portraits because of shadows cast by the sun.  

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/4/senior-portraits---pricing-explained Tue, 18 Apr 2017 11:48:14 GMT
Pricing in 2017 https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/2/pricing-in-2017 Pricing photography is one of the hardest jobs of the professional photographer.  If my price is too high I might lose the opportunity. If it’s too low I leave money on the table, and if I do that too many time, I will go out of business.

In my opinion, the photography industry is stable, yet forever evolving, after the digital disruptions of the last twenty years. Digital cameras, amazing new software and social sharing change the way photographers approach the craft, deliver images and make money.

Today everyone can be a photographer! A camera is a part of the average person’s life, located in their pocket, equipped with a good lens and amazing enhancement software. Even better, the images are backed up instantly or shared around the world in seconds.

With so many photographers working, there is enormous pricing pressure in the profession. However, there are so many new opportunities in the visual world, I don’t need to limit myself by participating in commodity photography. Event photography, portraits, nature, and documentary are good examples. However, this does not mean I can’t bring something new to the table.

One of the biggest problems in the photography industry is the photographer who does not understand the value of their work and copyright. If someone does not have time or skill to create a needed photograph, my skill is valuable to them and payment is required. If someone wants my copyright, that means ownership of my image has great value to them. If my copyright has no value, then why are clients working so hard to get it? My time is valuable, my expertise has value, and my experience as a person and photographer add to the equation. If I want to supplement my income as a photographer, I must charge enough to keep myself in business.

The answer is that most photographers don’t work a 40-hour week.  A full-time Independent photographer is a contractor who needs to pay his expenses. Good quality photography equipment is expensive and cameras, lighting, support equipment and software must be upgraded every few years. Photographers must also invest in their portfolios, marketing, and advertising. Editing and post production can take hours. The cost for this time must be considered into the pricing formula.

How Much Do Photographers Charge?

Some, usually professional photographers, claim that the value of the image and has little to do with the status of the photographer. In other words a student, semi-pro and professional should charge the same. This is because the value of the image to the client is the same.

However, every person or business has a different need, values photography differently and has a different risk tolerance. There is a lot of photographers out there and many styles to chose from in the photography marketplace. Unfortunately, not all photographers understand their value and not all clients value photography.

Finding the right photographer.

Below is a list of types of common photographer categories, average rates (local use), and generalizations to help guide you in your quest to find the right photographer. Note that, when you hire a professional, the rate may increase due to how you plan to use the photographs. For example, a photograph created for a local magazine advertisement (local use) does not command the same fee as using the same image for a national marketing campaign. The value of the photo is greater and a professional photographer does charge a premium for more prominent image use.

Hobbyist – Free or (under $100): There are many people who love the craft of photography. They have a good eye and like to share their passion with family and friends. Many have a job in another or related industry, and, most likely, don’t follow many of the best photography business practices, but they can get the job done.

Amateur – $25 – $100 per hour: These photographers are often hobbyist. However, they have a little more experience selling their photographs. For example, they may have a blog or an online portfolio.

Professional - Different types of photography lend themselves to different pricing models. Event photography is generally based on an hourly rate. When it comes to commercial photography, some photographers, like me, charge on a per-image or per-project basis.

Depending on the photographer, the per-image pricing model is a lower risk for the photography buyer. On the other side, per-image pricing rewards for the photographer for a job well done. In other words, the photographer has an incentive to do a good job. Some photographers charge as little as $25 per photo, while top photographers receive thousands of dollars for a single image.

Below is the average range for local hourly and per-image rates. It’s important to note that per-image pricing should be adjusted, based on production levels and the number of photos produced. Rates also fluctuate based on region. For example, and owing to numerous variables, photographers in San Francisco may charge more (in some cases considerably more) per image than their counterparts in Carlisle, Kentucky.

Student – $35 - 85 per hour or $25 - 100 per image: As with all types of photography, the student rate varies, depending on their photographic discipline, industry experience, and interaction with, or assisting professionals. Those who have experience studying under professionals tend to have a little better understanding of the industry. Some advanced students do - and should - command as much as professionals.

Semi-Pro - $50 - $150 per hour or $50-125 per image: These are photographers who have ambitions to join the ranks of the full-time professional. They may have job or income source to keep them afloat, however their aim to the leave the old job behind. Sometimes their additional skills are compatible with photography. They may be video professionals, designers, or graphic artists. Many compete with professional photographers for jobs but are not quite ready to jump in with both feet. Some are happy to create photographs part-time and will integrate the photography into their full-service package price.

Professional - $75 - $250 per hour or $75 - $250 per image: We can argue that a professional is anyone who is paid at least once for her photography. For the purposes of categorization, a professional is someone who depends on photography to make a full-time living. More precisely, professionals have a solid portfolio, experience and commitment to represent their photographic specialty.

Top Professional - $200 - $500+ per hour or $250 - $1,500 per image. Is there really a top professional? In any industry, there always will be a élite group. In the case of photographers, some of the top image makers command over $10,000 per day or $2,000+ per image.

Pricing ranges vary greatly, but this should serve as a guide.

Wedding Photography -  $1,500 – $3,500. The rates in the wedding industry vary greatly. Beginners might only charge $500, while top destination professionals command more than $10,000 to get started. Wedding photographers who develop a brand around their work command higher fees. It is important to understand your needs and desired photography style before you search for a wedding photographer.

Senior Portrait Photography - $125-$300. This rate depends on many factors, such as the number of locations, changes of clothes, and reprint package that you chose. Senior portrait photographers depend on referrals more than most photo niches. Make sure you interview your photographer before you hire her. Remember, Planning ahead makes for a better session.

Local Website Photography - $50-$125 per image. A small local business can find a photographer in this price range rather easily. The rate depends on many factors listed in this article. The type of photography and production required does play a role in pricing. It’s also more common today for photographers to consider your website traffic in their estimate.

Recommendations - I recommend you take a look at a photographer’s portfolio before you consider the price. Make a judgment as to whether the work that he/she creates is right for your needs. This rule is true at all levels of photography. It’s also important to note that an excellent wildlife photographer may not be the best choice for your wedding, or that a product photographer may not produce the style what you want for your portrait. That is, knowing how to work a camera doesn’t mean the photographer understands how to create the photographic vision you desire. Once you narrow down the portfolios of the photographers you like, then make price a consideration.

Who Should Own the Copyright?

As soon as the photographer clicks the shutter button, he owns a new copyrighted photograph. This is the case for anyone who creates a photograph. It’s the law. Even your smartphone selfies fall under the copyright law. When it comes to who should own the copyright in a commercial exchange, the default answer is the photographer.

A copyright is valuable. However, in most cases, there is no reason for you to purchase a copyright from a photographer. Only unless you plan to resell the photograph. Copyright ownership is not necessary unless you need full control of the images to a generate income. However, if it is true you may need exclusive rights for a period of time, “first right” of publication or request the images not be resold due to proprietary reasons. In these cases, you can negotiate with the photographer for temporary, exclusive, or long-term rights. This is why photographers ask how the photographs will be used. Typically, if you request a copyright purchase, or, as some people call it, a buy-out then there is an additional charge, usually 50-100% of the original photography fee.

For your safety, be sure to have photography use in writing for both proposals and contracts. State the scope of use for the photographs and for how long. Make sure that the photography estimate or contract fits your short and long-term needs. If the answer is not known, unlimited use of the images is an option. Photographers create additional income from their photographs, so there may be a fee for such requests which limit future income opportunities.

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/2/pricing-in-2017 Mon, 20 Feb 2017 17:22:29 GMT
Prom Photography 2017 https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/prom-photography Prom Photo Sessions - 2017

Bourbon County High School - 4/15/2017; Fleming County High School - 4 21 2017 & Nicholas County High School - 4 29 2017.  

All prom photo sessions are scheduled in the afternoon in one-hour increments which will limit availability. I am flexible for locations as I prefer to take you prom pictures where you want them done as opposed to being told where they are to be done.  

That said, I do have a few recommendations that have worked well for me in the past so if you don't really have a preference ask me & we will come up with something together.

Message me on Facebook or call me at 859-473-2107 to reserve your session, to discuss cost and for answers to your questions.

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/prom-photography Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:01:36 GMT
Why Hire Me? https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/why-hire-me Why Hire Me?

You may ask yourself, “Why hire Jon Chase over another photographer even the ones you’ve known for many years, who live in your community and have kids going to school with your kids?”

It’s simple really!  You want something different and unique that speaks to you, to your family, to that special person on that special moment.  You want the best and you want it to be different. These are not just clichés. They are the heart of my photography. My work celebrates the uniqueness that is you, that is your family, your children. Your experiences, your joys, sorrows, and milestones are all part of what make you & your family different  My job is to capture those differences in the pictures I take. My purpose and my passion is to capture the unique in you, your family, your children and your events. 

Each and every one of us has a story to tell. Maybe yours includes the laughter that runs through your family, the deep connection you share with your loved ones, or your pride after overcoming a life-threatening disease or the cherished moments of pride you have when your children succeed. .Whatever your life’s story, it is completely your own. And it is the uniqueness of that story that I love to capture with my camera. It is my goal to bring the best out of every person and show just how gorgeous that inner beauty really is.

Though I’m always after a quality result, I also love the process of connecting with my clients, making them feel not only comfortable but like themselves. You won’t find stiff poses, fake smiles or the same locations used over and over. I strive to bring out the heart of who you are with my camera. I move beyond the surface of “smile” and stiff poses to create an atmosphere during which you and your loved ones can feel comfortable, relaxed and at home.

Before we decide to work together to create beautiful images, we need to decide if I’m the right photographer for you and if you’re the right client for me. Here’s a little insight into what I’m all about:

I have ideas.  I love clients with a “vision” of what they want and then let me run with it. Give me an idea, a feeling, a mood that you’re trying to create and then let me go. A substantial part of what you’re paying for is my experience, my creativity, and my ability to read  and interpret a scene. Trust me to do it!

I talk a lot to my clients.  My best work come from clients who are relaxed in front of the camera, talk with me during the shoot and respond to my verbal cues. Some I’ve photographed so often, they know what I need to take that perfect shot.  If all you want is “traditional” photographs with staged poses in over used locations, I am not the right photographer for you. My style is overwhelmingly candid, catching you, your family, your children as you and they are in real life.

I don’t discount rates. I will never shoot for a client who tries to negotiate my rate. My rates are based on the effort and time I put into my work.  If you do not place the same value on my work, please look elsewhere.

I don’t “snap a few quick pics” for anyone. That isn’t what I do. It isn’t fair to those who hire me because they value the time, work and effort I put into creating a meaningful product.

 

So please be bold, take the opportunity as many others have and most importantly, enjoy the experience. You won’t regret it.   

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) bold different ideas quality unique https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/why-hire-me Tue, 17 Jan 2017 20:07:24 GMT
High School Student Portraits https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/high-school-student-portraits  

Senior & High School Student Portraits

My high school student portrait process is designed to create a personalized photo shoot and unique pictures for high school students to create portraits that are unique, artistic and bring out your personality to celebrate what makes you special. Occasionally, I create exceptional portraits because we happened to be at the right place, at the right time with the right outfit. However, most of my best work is the result of getting to know you and carefully planning every detail to ensure we are consistently in the right locations with the right clothing and accessories in order to achieve the desired look. In doing so, it is important I get to know you so we can use our combined creativity to craft and execute a plan that will lead to captivating, inspired portraits tailored specifically for you.

The Planning Session. Before your session, I prefer to meet with you and at least one of your parents to get to know you and plan your photo shoot.  I prefer to meet my clients in person, however, if that is not practical, I can “meet” with you over the phone. During our talk, we’ll explore your ideas, interests, activities, accomplishments and other things that make you special.  I’ll work with you to translate them into a plan that will create the photographs you expect.. We'll cover everything from locations, clothing, timing and any special concerns or requests. It's not unusual for my clients to want to make changes before the photo shoot so don't hesitate to give to call or email with your ideas or changes. Changes can have consequences you might not be aware of, so be sure to stay in touch so I can help advise about possible tradeoffs and make sure you get the images you are expecting.

Your Photo Sessions. Most of my portrait shoots are 2-4 hours total and usually take place in the late afternoon and early evening when the sun provides the most flattering light. I carefully plan your shoot to make the best use of natural light and locations, minimize travel and keep you in front of the camera as much as possible.

I try hard to make your photo shoot unique, particularly with regard to your classmates.  I will do my best to avoid photographing you at the same location as your classmates and if we do, we try to use the location differently. 

Clothing. I have a few general rules for clothing: Wear what you love! Bring extra outfits! Accessorize as much as you are comfortable! Dress for the weather. The rest really depends on the location and look we are trying to achieve. I do not don't put arbitrary limits on outfit changes because every person and every situation is different. In the rare case where the number of outfits you are thinking of  seems too few for the variety you are looking for or too many for the time we have planned for, we'll advise you about the tradeoffs and help you make the appropriate changes to the plan.

Locations: I prefer to go the extra mile and photograph you at locations that are special to you so your pictures have more meaning (e.g. your home, places where you have grown up or spend a lot of time, places you have always loved.)  I have my own favorite locations as well so we can make recommendations to suit what you are looking for and in close proximity to keep travel between locations to a minimum.

Choosing and Ordering: Unlike a simple snapshot, my photography is a two part process resulting in a level of excellence my clients expect from a professional. The process starts with taking the images followed by making them into finished products. The time invested on site at the photo session posing and taking pictures is only a portion of the total process. Each raw image is individually edited and fine tuned using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom among others  to ensure the end result meets the needs of my clients,  All clients get product recommendations and an online private gallery for image review.

Prints/Media/Flash Drive: Each client may have a different set of requirements for the final delivered product, therefore instead of offering predefined packages, I prefer to give my clients the flexibility to define a package that meets their needs. This way everyone ends up paying for exactly what they want.

Optional Services: These include: major retouching/artistic effects, photo collages, graphic design, expedited service, etc.

A week or two after your photo shoot I plan to meet with you to show you your proofs and what most do, you can review them all in a private, password protected gallery. I’ll also help you pick your favorites and to place your order. You’ll get about 30 proofs per hour in front of the camera. So, if we did a two-hour session you’ll have about 60 images to review,   

Prints: Print orders are placed directly from my website either from your private gallery or from your public gallery.& will be mailed directly to you.  

Cost and scheduling: See my Blog titled Rates. If you are trying to figure out how much you can expect to invest in portraits with me, I encourage you to call me at 859-473-2107 and I’ll do my best provide an estimate based on what you want from these portrait sessions.

Testimonials: Many of my clients have been nice enough to share their thoughts about their experiences with me.  For example: “I have to share with all sincerity, that you are hands down the most talented photographer of any that I have known or worked with” and another “Jon you made the day live forever and took the moments so perfectly!!!!!  I can't say thank you enough!”

Availability and waiting list:  I typically schedule only one photo shoot per day and prefer 2-3 weeks lead time. I’ll do my best to schedule those who prefer to have a photo shoot earlier or have a deadline to meet, but preparation is a major key to a successful shoot.

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Senior photos portraits sessions https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/high-school-student-portraits Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:44:06 GMT
2017 Rates https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/2017-rates Rates

Unlike a simple snapshot, my photography is a two part process resulting in a level of excellence my clients expect from a professional. The process starts with taking the images followed by making them into finished products. The time invested on site at the photo session posing and taking pictures is only a portion of the total process. Each raw image is individually edited and fine tuned using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom among others  to ensure the end result meets the needs of my clients,  

Fees: My fee is made up of two components, a session fee, and a finished print/media fee. The session fee covers the time, vision, creativity, expense and skills required to capture the raw images during the actual session or sessions. The print/media fee includes the time, vision, creativity and technical skills required to produce a quality finished image.  The finished print/media fee is usually included in the session fee.

Prints/Media/Flash Drive: Each client may have a different set of requirements for the final delivered product, therefore instead of offering predefined packages, I prefer to give my clients the flexibility to define a package that meets their needs. This way everyone ends up paying for exactly what they want.

Optional Services: These include: major retouching/artistic effects, photo collages, graphic design, expedited service, etc.

All prices include product recommendations and an online private gallery for image review. 

 Family Portraits

Family portraits can generally be done in a hour at one location. Each client receives a password protected, private gallery of approximately 30 low resolution, unedited images for review, further editing by me and printing. High resolution digital images and prints are available at reasonable cost.

Senior Portraits

Senior portraits seek to reflect the spirit and individual personality of young people about to move to the next chapter in their lives. To that end, their photos should reflect their own qualities and interests. I take great care to use a variety of locations, poses & outfits to make every session personal and unique.

I offer a senior sessions beginning at $100; however, most take two sometimes more depending on locations. Each client receives a password protected, private online gallery of low resolution, unedited images for review, editing by me and printing. High resolution digital images and prints are available at reasonable cost.

Weddings

Wedding photography sessions start at $750 for up to six hours of photography and include a password protected, private online gallery of low resolution, unedited images for review, premium editing and quality printing.  High resolution digital images are available at reasonable cost. 

Events

Event photography is priced at $100/hour.  Each client receives a password protected, private online gallery of low resolution, unedited images for review, editing by me and printing. High-resolution images and prints are available at reasonable cost.

Booking

Planning photo sessions whether for a wedding, a special occasion, senior pictures, a family reunion, even a Christmas card can be confusing. Here's what you can expect from me to help you along the way.

As soon as you decide to book a session, contact me via email or a Facebook message. We'll discuss the specifics of your session - type, locations, time frame and cost. Shortly afterwards, I’ll email you information on suggested locations and a few other odds and ends. You'll find lots of useful information in my Blog as well.   

I do not accept credit cards. Once the session fee or a small deposit is paid, your session is booked. I book as far out as necessary. Fall and spring sessions go quickly, so it is never too early to get your session date reserved.

As a reminder, you can always email me at jonchasephotography@gmail.com, message me on Facebook or call me at 859-473-2107 should you have any questions.

My goal is to make your photography session a pleasant & rewarding experience for both of us!

 

 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Rates https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2017/1/2017-rates Mon, 02 Jan 2017 21:49:39 GMT
Mini-Shoot in the Snow https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/min-shoot-in-the-snow Mini-Shoot in the Snow Information:

 

Once we have a good cover of snow, I’m planning to do the shoot near the Man O’ War statue at the Horse Park. There are plenty of locations we can use to get some really great winter shots. It will cost $50 per person for one or the same for a group of three or less.  In other words, if you’d prefer to have three friends in one session, I’m happy to do that, but not for more than three at a time. Each session will get 30 minutes camera time & 10 high resolution digital images.  

 

 

If you have any questions, please contact me via this website or Facebook message, or call me at 859-473-2107.    

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Photography snow winter https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/min-shoot-in-the-snow Thu, 29 Dec 2016 20:10:39 GMT
Full Session vs a Mini-Session: What are the differences? https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/full-session-vs-a-mini-session-what-are-the-differences-and-which-one-is-best-for-you My mini-sessions are done on pre-scheduled dates usually a weekend, are held at a nearby location and are lower in cost compared to a full session. Mini’s are booked for 30 minutes camera time one right after the other. Each client receives 15-20 low-resolution digital files uploaded to a private gallery on my website for review, post-processing, and print purchase. High-resolution digital files on a flash drive are available at additional cost.

Mini-sessions by design are high volume and low-cost. Clients are not getting the benefits one would from a full session which include at least double the number of digital files for review, several different poses, outfit changes, location changes and premium editing services.

My full sessions are carefully planned and designed specifically for the individual client, are generally done outdoors at different locations around Lexington and generally require two hours or more in front of the camera. I do not overuse or spend a lot of time at one location to ensure each client’s portfolio is unique and specifically tailored to them alone.

My full sessions are designed to meet client needs and wants; whereas mini- sessions focus on a single theme.  Most of my best work is the result of getting to know each client and carefully planning every detail to ensure we are consistently in the right locations with the right clothing and accessories at the best time to capture a desired look. The better I know my client and the more relaxed they are always results in a better overall session, always!

I photograph full sessions generally during the week 90 minutes before sunset to take advantage of best evening light called the "golden hour." Weekends are reserved for weddings, mini-session dates, sporting events and for family events such as reunions.  

Full session clients receive approximately 30 low-resolution digital files per hour in front of the camera, uploaded to a private gallery on my website for review, selection and premium editing prior to purchase.  .  

When booking a full session with me, know that it is an investment for years and generations to come. My goal is to capture the personality of every individual I photograph and to create personalized portraits that are not only unique but artistic to help celebrate what makes my clients so very special.  

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Mini-Session Session full https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/full-session-vs-a-mini-session-what-are-the-differences-and-which-one-is-best-for-you Tue, 27 Dec 2016 03:33:58 GMT
The Gingham Dress https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/the-gingham-dress A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston and walked timidly without an appointment into the Harvard University President's outer office.

The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard, & probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge .

"We'd like to see the president," the man said softly. "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied.

For hours the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away.. They didn't, and the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted.

"'Maybe if you see them for a few minutes, they'll leave," she said to him! He sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, and he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office.  The president, stern faced and with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, "We had a son who attended Harvard for one year.  He loved Harvard. He was happy here.  But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed.  My husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus."

The president wasn't touched.  He was shocked. "Madam,' he said, gruffly, "We can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died.  If we did, this place would look like a cemetery."

"Oh, no," the lady explained quickly.  "We don't want to erect a statue.  We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard."

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building?" Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical buildings here at Harvard."

For a moment the lady was silent.  The president was pleased.  Maybe he could get rid of them now.  The lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it cost to start a university?  Why don't we just start our own? 

Her husband nodded. The president's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment.

Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford got up and walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the university that bears their name, Stanford University, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

Yo​u ​can easily judge the character of others by how they treat those who they think can do nothing for them.


 

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) Gingham Harvard Stanford https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/the-gingham-dress Sun, 25 Dec 2016 16:40:59 GMT
Welcome to 2017! https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/welcome 2017 is almost here! Maybe you didn’t reach all your goals this year. I don’t know anyone who ever does. Do you? Sometimes life gets in the way. Sometimes bad things happen to good people.  Sometimes we just drop the ball. But as 2017 is just around the corner, most of us will begin to set new goals with great hopes in what we can accomplish in the new year! Some we will achieve and some we will not but life will go on.

Here’s my challenge to you (and me) Before writing a single goal for 2017, make a list of all the good things that happened to you in 2016. You might be surprised even shocked at all the amazing good that happened to you. Like attracts like. When we are grateful for the good things in our life, more good things seem to come. I challenge you to make your list, share it here if you want.  

You just might be surprised how amazing 2016 was for you.   

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(Jonathan Chase Photography) 2017 challenge goals https://www.jonathancchase.com/blog/2016/12/welcome Sat, 24 Dec 2016 16:55:06 GMT