05.04.11

Click on Wedding Video below to see a sample of our new video service we offer.

Posted in Creative, Post-wedding, Weddings at 8:05 am by Andrew

We offer a new video service, here at Forever Always Photography, LLC, taking your favorite photos from our shoot and putting them into a video slide show for you to enjoy. Let us know what you think.

God Bless,

Andrew

Wedding Video.

04.16.10

Spring Fever is Here!

Posted in Children, Creative, Engagement, Fun Shots, Hobbies, Senior Pictures, Weddings at 12:28 pm by Andrew

Wow, I know this is beginning to sound familiar, but time sure flies! Things have been a little crazy around here for so far this year. Between weddings, senior photos, helping models build their portfolios, maternity & newborn shoots, engagements, motorcycle and car shoots and swap meets, and having my business TheSteelToad.com placed on a race car and steins up at Old Hat Brewery, I have been trying to get caught up on the computer end of things. I know I said this last time, but I am going to do my best in keeping up on this blog. I actually do better at keeping up on Facebook with the two separate business pages. If you have not yet become a fan of the pages, go to ForeverAlwaysPhotography.com and click on Facebook. You can join there. You can also go to TheSteelToad.com and click on the link to the Facebook page on the homepage and join that fan page as well. That way you can keep up on all the latest happenings.
Any seniors still needing photos for this year 2010, I will be glad to work with you in getting things done quickly. Those who will be Seniors this coming year, I am already taking in students for the Ambassador programs. I already have a girl for Lawton and Mattawan, with a few others talking with their parents. Sign up quickly if you are interested. Only one girl and guy allowed from each school. Major, and I mean MAJOR discounts are given along with some really cool perks. Don’t wait too long to sign up.

God Bless,

Andrew
269-303.1806

Here’s a few pics of what’s been going on:

The Happy Couple

The Extended Family

The Girl Loves Peacocks

Doing a little Audrey Hepburn

The Wait is Almost Over

Sweet Baby Lane

The Start of Something Big

Too Cute

2010 Ducati Streetfighter S

Shannon Racing (before my logo was added)

First Sponsorship

11.17.09

Wedding Reception @ Gallagher’s

Posted in Family, Weddings at 4:34 pm by Andrew

Things have been crazy lately, which is a good thing. It is always nice going into the holiday season busy!

So I get a phone call last month on a Tuesday wondering if I could possibly photograph a wedding on that Friday? That’s how crazy things have been going this Fall. Lucky for both of us, I was free that Friday, at least after I rescheduled a Senior session I had for that day. Thanks again Pearson’s for being flexible!

Well, we just had the wedding reception this past Saturday, which meant tearing down all my gear at the church where I was photographing the new directory, packing it into the Trooper and setting it all up at Gallagher’s on Stadium. We had a good time. Of course, I then had to tear everything back down and haul it back to the church where I set it all up again and started taking pictures again Sunday after church service. We will finish up the directory photos this weekend and then start back up again Sunday with another Senior session.

Don’t let the busyness keep you from calling to get a session in before Christmas though, for we love being busy!

God Bless,

Andrew
269-303.1806

Reception Session with Bride

Church Directory photo

05.12.09

Why not hire Uncle Harry to photograph the wedding?

Posted in Uncategorized, Weddings at 12:06 pm by Andrew

Sorry I have not posted anything for a few weeks now. Things have been just a little hectic to say the least. I have heard many photographers say “There are those who have experienced a hard drive crash, and those who WILL”. I always guessed it was due to the fact they were using cheap hard drives in the first place. That wouldn’t happen to me, I have a nice LaCie external I keep things on, since my internal is already full. Well, if it was a car, you would have heard the crash from blocks away. Not good at all!

If everything I was working on was printed it still would have been bad; however, I had a wedding on the drive and it was NOT printed! Panic does not quite describe the feelings I was going through. I had heard of photographers losing all their photos and being sued to fly everyone back to redo the wedding day for photo purposes (this is TRUE). This was one of the main reasons I originally became a member of PPA (Professional Photographers of America). Included in my annual dues with PPA, is an insurance policy for just that reason.

Drivesavers.com is the best at recovering data, and with a wedding on the line, I decided not to trust it to a friend working out of his basement, pretty sure he could do it. The original estimate knocked me off my seat: between $900-$3500 depending on the severity of the crash and how soon I needed it back. Once I regained consciousness I called up PPA to see if I was covered, something Uncle Harry more than likely would not have been able to do. Because of the wedding on the drive it was covered. I would only need to pay the deductible of $200, thank you Lord:)

I received the drive back yesterday with over a 98% recovery and all of my photos intact. Needless to say I have purchased a Raid 1 system that now backs up everything unto two identical drives in case one decides to quit. After talking to friend yesterday afternoon and explaining what happened, he proceeded to tell me how his niece took the pictures at his daughter’s wedding and lost the flash card before she could print the photos. Five year’s later, still no photos, only memories:(

The question is….”When it comes to your wedding, are there somethings that are worth paying a little extra for in order to have done right?” Yes, everyone has a digital camera today and might be able to take good photos, but if something goes terribly wrong, will “sorry” be the only thing you get in return?

God Bless,

Andrew

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11.22.08

Having fun with the Dress!

Posted in Post-wedding, Weddings at 9:50 pm by Andrew

Okay, so most brides spend over $1000 on their wedding dress and get to wear it once. Men, we will never understand why one would spend that much on a dress…though a really killer pair of Ostrich skin cowboy boots, possibly. The money, however, is already spent so why not take time to use the dress for photos when everyone is not so stressed?

Post-wedding photo sessions are very casual and relaxed, giving the bride and groom the opportunity to choose their own poses and locations. Many times the bride has seen their photos from the wedding day and knows which ones she wished they could have taken. These sessions give the bride the opportunity to capture these images. There are some brides that really want to take a picture that more than likely will get the dress messed up, and for that reason, taking them on the wedding day would not be good. Post-wedding sessions are the perfect time for such photos, for the dress has not yet been cleaned, though many today are not saving their dresses for their daughters to wear, feeling their daughters will more than likely want their own unique dress.

Today, we had fun taking post-wedding photos here at the studio and at two barns nearby. The bride and groom both felt more relaxed than on their wedding day, though it was a tad colder today than on their wedding day:) Now they have photos of them sweating on their wedding day, and freezing out in the middle of a snow-covered field in Southwest Michigan. How often does one get the opportunity to take a wedding photo with an Irish Sport Horse? Definitely unique, and that is what post-wedding sessions are all about.

If you feel you would like to take some more photos with your wedding dress, give us a call and let us work through ideas you may have. For those wanting something really different, check out www.trashthedress.com. This is a collection from photographers all over the United States with brides that have done some really crazy things with their dress. We will be glad to help you bring any idea you may have to print.

God Bless,

Andrew

Groom

Outside

Irish Sport Horse barn

09.21.08

Eric & Suzanne

Posted in Weddings at 5:32 pm by Andrew

What a difference a week can make. The previous Saturday brought with it a steady downpour the entire day, bringing the river levels higher and higher. This past week has been nothing but beautiful skies, though the river was still rising due to the creeks and run-offs throughout Michigan. This was a little scary, mainly due to the fact that the wedding was taking place along one of the dams on the river.

Saturday, the lower river walks were under water; however, the area the wedding was to take place on was dry and beautifully green. With temperatures in the mid-70′s, one could not ask for a more perfect day. The entire day went very well, with photos at the bride’s parents before the wedding and ending that evening at the Bed & Breakfast with dancing and cake. We even took a few moments to run downtown for some post-wedding shots in between. Everyone had a great time.

God Bless,

Andrew

Eric & Suzanne