Catching Memories Photography: Blog en-us (C) Catching Memories Photography [email protected] (Catching Memories Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 06:41:00 GMT Catching Memories Photography: Blog 120 79 Cassandra and Dj's Surprise Proposal I want to introduce you to Cassandra and Dominick.  I had the honor of photographing these two recently and wanted to share their story with you.  Cassandra told me how her and Dominick met and I must warn you to get some tissue it will bring tears to your eyes.  Cassandra was almost 17 when she met her best friend Mat who was a chunky ball of brown fur, white paws, green eyes, and puppy breath.  He stole Cassandra's heart.  They were best friends and pretty much did everything together.  In Cassandra's words he was loyal, protective, attentive and her favorite part of the day.  The love between these two was undeniable.  

More than a year had passed and one morning when Cassandra was getting ready for school she saw a voicemail on her phone.  Instead of listening to the message she called the number back.  A man's voice answered and asked her if she had a dog named Mat.  She said yes and he calmly told her he had been hit by a car.  This knight in shining armor stopped and picked her beloved Mat up and drove him to the nearest Veterinarian's office.  He told her on the phone that they would not start working on Mat until she arrived.  Cassandra and her family drove to the Veterinarians office and were put in a room.  Cassandra dropped to her knees when she saw Mat's condition.  Mat was mangled and could not walk but as soon as he saw her he recognized her perked his ears up and tried wagging his tail.  Cassandra was hurting seeing her best friend in so much pain.  She was able to visit with him a little while he was under sedation but then was asked to leave so they could operate on him.  Mat passed away a few hours later.    

Cassandra said the man who had tried to save her dog wanted updates to see how he was doing and to see how Cassandra was doing up to this point the two had not met.  Cassandra called the man and told him that Mat had passed away and that she really wanted to do something for him for trying to save her friend but he refused and said that he would want someone to help his dogs if they needed it.  Cassandra ended up getting on Google and found an address for the man who helped Mat.  She made a card and printed some pictures of her and Mat for this genuinely kind person.  She ended up driving to the address with her sister.  Cassandra was expecting to meet a middle aged man but instead a very handsome Dominick had pulled up just getting home from work.  As Cassandra was getting out of her truck Dominick said "well this is mildly stalkerish....."

Mat passed away on January 23rd 2012.  Dj and Cassandra met on January 24th 2012.  They went on a few dates and have been inseparable since.  Cassandra said "God never takes away without intending to fill our life with something even better, and he does all things for the good of his people."  Cassandra misses Mat and thinks about him often but she feels blessed to have Dominick in her life.  He makes her a better person.  

Dominick said that from the second he saw Cassandra he had an overwhelming sensation in his heart that he had to find out everything there was to know about this beautiful country girl. He says it was truly love at first sight. He said her smile is contagious and her laugh is unforgettable. She's quiet and shy but will also speak her mind if she needs to. She is passionate about everything she does and has a drive to always succeed. Dominick said Cassandra is a strong Christian who has brought him closer to God and made him a better man. Dominick said "She has this what I call a pummel hug where she wraps her arms around you and squeezes you tightly, I love it."

Here are some of Cassandra and Dominick's 4 legged family members. 



I feel very blessed that I was able to meet this beautiful couple.  Cassandra and I spoke a few times about doing a session but I had no idea how wonderful this experience was truly going to be.  She said the pictures would include her boyfriend Dj, their 2 dogs and her horse.  I was very excited because I love animals and thought this would be a really fun shoot.  I met them at a farm in Ocala, Florida on November 8th 2014 and we hit it off immediately.  We joked around while we started to take some pictures.  While Cassandra was taking care of her horse,  Dj told me he was going to propose to Cassandra.  I  was in total shock.  How lucky I am as a photographer and a person to be able to witness such an important moment in a couples life.  Dj and I found the perfect spot and while I took some photos of Cassandra by herself Dj snuck off to his truck to get the ring.  I pretended to pose Cassandra for another shot and this is what happened.  I do have to mention that Dj was shaking the entire time!  


Congratulations Cassandra and Dominick.  I am a better person for having met you both.   

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Hiring a Wedding Photographer  


     Hiring a wedding photographer can be stressful

on a bride and groom.  There are a lot of excellent

wedding photographers to choose from and we all 

have different styles.  I decided to write a blog to

share some helpful tips on hiring the photographer

that is right for you.  I believe some of these tips

can save the couple a little grief down the road.




    1. The first step of finding the perfect photographer for your wedding is to decide on a budget for photography services.  

  2.  Once you have agreed upon a budget you can start researching local photographers.  There are several ways to find photographers in your area. Ask your friends and family for any references, search the internet, ask your venue, florist, or other wedding vendors who they recommend.  Look through wedding magazines,  and if you get a chance go to a wedding expo (you can even win free merchandise at the expos).   


3.  After you build a list of wedding photographers in your area, you can start narrowing that list.  Research the photographer's business on the internet  (many photographer's now have websites and Facebook accounts displaying their work).  Make sure the photographer's prices are within your budget.  Read about the photographer.  Read what other people think about the photographer.  See if the photographer's images meet your style and standards.  Once you narrow down your choices it is time to make contact with the photographers (you should meet with a few photographers).  First see if they are available the date of your wedding, then ask if you can meet with them face to face (these interviews are very important).   


4.   Interviewing the potential wedding photographer is important, and both bride and groom should be there.   Ask the photographer to email you or send you a copy of their wedding contract to review before your meeting.  Reading the contract prior to the meeting will help answer some of the questions you may have, or it might bring up additional questions to ask.  This meeting should give you some insight on the person, not just the face behind the camera, that will be capturing your special day.  Having a good relationship with your photographer can be priceless.  If you feel comfortable with your photographer they will be able to get some of those special images that you will cherish for a lifetime!                                                                                                      














5.  If you get a chance do an engagement session with the photographer that you have chosen.  If you are not happy with the photographer, you should still have time to find one that makes you happy.  Having an engagement session will ease your mind that your photographer is who you want to trust with your precious memories.  


6.  I suggest to my clients that they research on Pinterest, Facebook, Photography websites, Bridal magazines, etc. for inspirations of images they want taken at their weddings.  Images that are important to the bride and groom should be discussed in depth with the photographer. 









Hope your wedding day is fantastic, because every bride and groom deserve a wonderful beginning to a lifetime of LOVE!  

CMP by Angie  











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My Photography Adventure      Well, here we go.  My first attempt at writing my own blog.  I am sure one day I will look back at this blog post, re-read it, and say "Uh what?  What was I thinking?"   That seems to be true every time I look back at some of my first attempts at creating a website, my first photo sessions, edited images, pricing sheets, contracts, etc.  The process of opening a Photography business can be confusing, frustrating, hair pulling, but oh so worth it when things start to fall into place.  The saying, "What is worth having is worth working for" by Philip Pullman, is so true.   My husband has been there since day one and he has witnessed some of my little temper tantrums when I could not get something to work the way I wanted it too (usually something to do with my computer, I do not have much patience with it LOL).  

    Catching Memories Photography by Angie has been a work in progress but I am proud of where we are today.  I still have a lot to learn, but I am having the time of my life catching memories for my clients.  I have met some very interesting people on this journey.  I can say that most of my clients, I now consider friends.  The relationship I build with my clients is important to me.   

     One of the first lessons I learned about creating a small business page on FB was how mean people can be.  I have tried to remain positive and helpful to other small business owners and photographers but not everyone feels that way.  I had some of my work posted on a "Fauxtography" page that was created on FB just to make fun of and bash the work of photographers.  I was broken hearted when I first discovered my work on this page.  The comments some of the people were making on my work and the work of other photographers was just disgusting.  I just thought to myself, "These people must be perfect at what they do to be able to critique other peoples work."   If they were giving constructive criticism that would have been different, but the comments were mean and made fun of the images.  These people were hurtful and the posts were borderline bullying.  The page ended up being taken down from FB but I am sure there are a lot more out there.  The only advice I can give another photographer, if this happens to you. is just do not doubt yourself and do what you love.  I do not allow posts on my FB page that are mean or hurtful.  I like being positive and fun.  Bullying will not be tolerated on CMP.  

     I want to thank you for stopping by and reading my first blog.  Please subscribe because I plan on blogging more of my sessions, I hope to blog some funny experiences, and some photography tips.  Have a great day.  Angie



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