Emily Dobson Photography

Bridal Extravaganza – Engagement Session Winner March 3, 2010

Filed under: Engagement,Wedding — edobson86 @ 7:00 AM

This past Saturday, I had the chance to attend my first very first Bridal Fair – the 2010 KHQA Bridal Extravaganza in Quincy! My husband was an absolute lifesaver through this entire experience. The further I got into to my preparation, the less prepared I felt. However, everything came together Friday night as we spent a few hours setting up a practice booth on our dining room floor – you know you love it. Wade traveled to Quincy with me on the day of the fair to help set up and admire many of the other booths. Once it was all said and done, Wade said he really enjoyed the experience too. My friends, I feel a full-time assistant coming on!

 

 

I had the opportunity to meet tons of great brides, and even a couple of grooms during the bridal fair. I am so grateful to every bride, groom, mom, grandma, friend, cousin, and aunt who stopped by my booth and took the time to say hi. At the show, I gave couples the chance to register for a complimentary engagement session. I had such a good response that I decided to give away two sessions instead of the original one. Thank you to everyone who registerd, and be sure to contact me as soon as possible to book your wedding!

 

The winners of the FREE engagement sessions are:

JENNY CROOK and MICHELLE GALLAHER

 

 

 

I will be in touch with the winners over the next couple of weeks to discuss further details. Again, thank you so much to everyone who stopped by my booth. I was blessed by your kindness and interest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Engagement Photo – {Macon, MO Engagement Photographer} February 22, 2010

Filed under: Engagement,Wedding — edobson86 @ 5:07 PM

Hey friends! I’m trying to decide which of the following images is my absolute favorite. I can only order one in a large print, and I want your input! This will be a very short poll as voting will end at midnight tonight. Get your votes in quick, and let me know…

 

 

Which engagement photo is YOUR favorite (vote on both creativity and execution)?! Click on the link BELOW to vote!

 

Which image is your favorite?!(answers)

 

 

 

 

 

Image #1

 

 

 

 

Image #2

 

 

 

 

 

Image #3

 

 

 

Image #4

 

 

 

Image #5

 

Wedding Photography Packages – Custom Designed Wedding Album February 12, 2010

Filed under: Portraits,Wedding — edobson86 @ 3:56 PM

When creating Wedding Packages for prospective clients, I created, erased, recreated, adjusted, erased, and recreated some more. I’d done research and looked in to what other photographers offered, but the one thing most had in common was complexity. Every time I developed a package I liked, I’d look away, then look back and think “It looks so confusing!” I wanted to offer my brides something simple, but full of quality.

 

 

When designing my wedding packages, I knew one thing for sure: custom designed wedding albums would be included. I love the high-end quality of a professionally designed and printed wedding album. As a former bride, I also love knowing that my personal wedding photos are safe in a timeless album – an album I can look through whenever I want, and someday share with my kids and grandkids. The timeless aspect of a wedding album is exactly what I want my brides to have. Most girls dream of their wedding day for years (or was that just me?)! But after all of the planning is complete and the wedding day is over, I want couples to be able to cherish their memories and remember the details for years and years to come.

 

 

Over the past couple of weeks, I found some time to custom design a wedding album for Brad and Cari Gaunt. I chose Forbeyon as my album printing company, and let me just say, that decision was a seriously good decision. I love it! Below you will find a few snapshots of the finished prodcut: a 12×12 leather cover, flush mount album with linen pages that have been uv coated for added protection.  Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

www.emilydobsonphotography.com

 

 

Snow Day – {Macon, Missouri Wedding Photographer} February 8, 2010

Filed under: Personal,Wedding — edobson86 @ 11:03 AM

With the exception of the good ole college days, this is the first school year I’ve truly been able to enjoy snow days. As a student I typically always enjoyed a break, but in the back of my mind I knew I had to make those days up. We rarely had more than a three day weekend for Easter, and most of the time we added a day or two on to the end of the year too. Last year, in Memphis we only had one…maaaaybe two snow days – nothing much. Now that I’m back in MO, the snow days are quickly adding up. Fortunately, Baby Dobson is due May 22nd, and since all of Macon’s holidays are guaranteed, I won’t be making up any at the end of this year! My apologies to the lucky ones who do get to make them up…

 

 

The Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie turned out to be quite spectacular! I tried a small piece last night, and gave Wade a bite that turned into another small piece. Oops! Looks like we’ll be taking a chocolate pie to the staff luncheon today. By special request, here is the Cheesecake Pie recipe compliments of Michele Sadler.

 

 

Caramel-Pecan Cheesecake Pie

1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1 9″ unbaked pastry shell

1-1/4 cup chopped pecans

1 cup caramel ice cream topping

 

-In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, 1 egg, and vanilla until smooth. Spread into unbaked pastry shell. Sprinkle with pecans.

 

-In a separate small bowl, whisk remaining eggs. Then, gradually whisk in caramel topping until blended. Pour over pecans. Bake at 375 degrees for 35-40 minutes or until lighty browned. Loosely cover with foil after 20 minutes IF pie browns too quickly. Cool for one hour. Refrigerate for at least four hours before slicing.

 

-Wade and I thought adding chocolate to the mix would be splendiferous! Next time, I think we’ll try to pour hot fudge over the pecans before the caramel topping. Let me know if you try it out!

 

 

Recently, I’ve been prepping several wedding photos. I came across these two beauties over the weekend. What do you think?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday Morning Blues January 25, 2010

Filed under: Personal,Wedding — edobson86 @ 3:09 PM

Okay okay, it’s not Monday morning anymore, but it’s still a bluesy Monday.

 

 

Today, I sit at home sick. For the third time in three months, I have a nasty sinus infection – yuck. And I tell you what, it’s kickin’ my butt this time! If last night was any indication of what a sleepless night will be like once our new baby arrives, I am in for a huge rude awakening. I’ve been sipping on orange juice and taking Tylenol Sinus and Sudafed to hopefully knock it out without a third Z-pack. I feel like such a druggy.

 

 

The good news is I’ve had some time to design a wedding album. With only a couple more spreads left to create, I thought I would share two of my favorites with you. My design style is simple, clean, and elegant. I want to avoid getting too trendy as wedding albums MUST stand the test of time. I can’t wait to place the order, and blog pictures of the real product as it’s going to be beautiful!

 

 

In the meantime, if anyone feels like buying me a present, I’ve recently decided I want Rachael Ray cookware – ALL of it. I mean, I’m about to be a mom and I must provide a good meal for the family, right? How can a good meal go bad with part of Rachael Ray in the house?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Website is Live! January 13, 2010

Filed under: Bridal,Children,Engagement,Family,Investment,Personal,Portraits,Senior,Wedding — edobson86 @ 10:35 PM

That’s right folks! The Emily Dobson Photography professional website is now live! I’ve been waiting for the this day for several months, and am so excited to finally showcase my work in a professional, online gallery. Please, tell your friends and spread the word through e-mail, Facebook, and Twitter!

 

 

Once you click on the link above, you will be directed to my splash page. From the splash page, you may choose whether you want to be directed to my website or my blog. For those of you who follow me here on the blog, I hope you will continue to show me some love and stop by frequently for updates, special offers, and to see all of my most current work.

 

 

On my website, you will find investment information for both custom portrait and custom wedding photography. To celebrate the newly launched website, I’d like to throw out a couple of offers:

The first five people to book a portrait session will receive $20 OFF their sitting fee!

The first three brides to book a wedding will receive $200 OFF the package of their choice!

Contact me TODAY for information! (info@emilydobson.com)

 

 

While browing through the website, be sure to check out my FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions page. You will notice that I’m now offering free pre-session and pre-wedding consultations for prospective clients. Some people are completely comfortable communicating and booking via internet; however, I also know that some people would prefer to meet and speak with me in person prior to making a commitment. A consultation is simply a time for us to get to know one another. Tell me about you, your family, your wedding, your hobbies… anything that makes you or your family unique. You may also ask questions regarding the session and or products offered. I will have sample products available for you to view as well. If a face to face meeting isn’t going to be possible due to scheduling conflicts or travel distance, we may set up a phone consultation. If this is something you’re interested in, simply mention “consultation” during our initial contact.

 

 

As I close this point, I would like to send out a couple of Thank You’s:

  • First, HUGE thank you and bravo to Patty Dill for designing my logo! It looks fantastic – especially against the black back drop!
  • THANKS to Ryan Wingo for granting me permission to play his song “Wonders” on my website…such an awesome song!
  • To all my beautiful 2009 clients: I would NOT, I repeat NOT be launching this website and starting a new year of business without you. I’m thrilled to showcase your beautiful faces all over my website. THANK YOU for being simply wonderful.
  • And to my incredible husband, Wade: I LOVE YOU! Thank you for your support, patience, encouragement, website proofing, and unending love. You are my best friend.

 

NOW, spread the word, tell your friends, and find me on Facebook to become a fan of Emily Dobson Photography: another method of communication for updates, special offers, and current work.

 

 

THANK YOU FRIENDS and CLIENTS and ALL of my FAITHFUL FOLLOWERS!!

 

 

Cinnamon Rolls – {Macon, MO Portrait and Wedding Photographer} December 22, 2009

Filed under: Personal,Wedding — edobson86 @ 7:00 AM

Are you been ever in the mood to try something new? To branch out into the world and do something out of the ordinary? Not necessarily out of the ordinary, but something that is different and perhaps challenging for you? Yesterday afternoon, I took a step into the unknown – a step into the world of homemade cinnamon rolls.

 

 

If I’m perfectly honest, I will admit that Wade is the cook in our house. While my mom tried to teach me how to cook throughout my teenage years, I resisted the help. I didn’t have the desire to learn. I figured, “I’ll learn when the time comes.” When Wade and I started dating, I quickly found out that he thoroughly enjoyed cooking and there are actually some pretty amazing things you can do with food…like add spices! My dad is a super plain eater, so I guess I always thought cooking was boring. Since Wade and I have been together, I’ve taken up an interest in cooking and have drastically improved over the past three years!

 

 

Now, when it comes to baking, I like to think of myself as a bit of an expert. In fact, I’d challenge almost anyone to a chocolate chip cookie bake-off. What can I say, sweets drew my attention from a very young age! How can anyone resist the incredible satisfaction experienced after swallowing a big spoonful or cookie dough or brownie batter?

 

 

Last week at school, I substituted for a classroom that made homemade cinnamon rolls. I was quite intrigued by the process and thought, “I can do this!” I was attentive throughout instruction and even helped knead the dough. So when I decided yesterday was the day I was going to experiment, I was stoked. I went and bought everything I needed and took on Paula Deen’s homemade recipe.

 

 

With the Macon First Baptist staff Christmas party last night, I was on a bit of a schedule. I finished kneading the dough exactly on schedule. I simply set it aside and waited for it to rise “double in size.” Proud and excited, I went to my dough an hour later, and to my uttmost disappointment, it hadn’t grown a centimeter. I was ticked. All that time, energy, and ingredients wasted. I called my mom to whine, and she offered support…as did my facebook friends. I left everything out and finished my afternoon busily preparing for the staff Christmas party.

 

Upon returning from the Christmas party (which was quite entertaining I must say!), Wade informed me that the dough had risen! HALLELUIA, it’s alive! While, the moment of truth has yet to arrive, I must announce that there is a spark of hope left inside. Will this new adventure turn out to be a success after all? Or will my original assessment of FAILURE make itself all too clear again? Friends, we shall see.

 

 

Stay tuned for the revelation of truth…

 

 

(Again, because everyone likes pictures: check out these details from an gorgeous October wedding in Mississippi from Bradi and Cari)