Amanda Verhoeve Photography, Ontario Canada | Featured Packaging

Name/Business Name: Amanda Verhoeve Photography

What type of photography do you shoot? How long have you been in business?: I mainly shoot families, couples, seniors and specialize in equine photography. I opened for business in 2012 at 17 years old !

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Featured Photographer: Kristin Deavers Photography – King, North Carolina

Name/Business Name: Kristin Deavers Photography

What type of photography do you shoot? How long have you been in business?: I started my photography business in 2008, and it has slowly changed over the years.  In 2013 I was finally able to take a leap of faith and leave my “Office Space” job and focus on photography completely.  Currently I specialize in weddings and families.  I am also pretty passionate about animal rescue and donate my photography services to an awesome organization called Project Pearl.  They work in conjunction with our local county animal control to help increase adoption rates in our area.

Where are you located?: King, North Carolina

When did you first join the Kraft & Jute family?: 2-3 years ago – and I haven’t looked back since!

Name your favorite Kraft & Jute packaging product that you can’t live without.: K + J offers packaging that is totally ME!  When I used to offer DVD’s I couldn’t live without the stitched kraft DVD sleeves, but now that I’ve shifted to USB’s I am in love with their burlap USB pouches and corrugated presentation boxes.

Best advice that you’ve ever been given in your photography career?: Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing (it’s a distraction).  Be YOU!  Your ideal clients are investing in you!  Trying to be someone else (in presentation or methods) won’t ever work or feel fulfilling.

If you and your camera were invisible for one day, what would you shoot?: My daughter – I wish I could bottle her up while she’s still this sweet, innocent age (she’s 4).  I’m obsessed with documenting her!  She’s our only and when she’s all grown and I’m old and crusty, I want to make sure I remember everything.

Tell us a story of something funny, embarrassing, or suspenseful that happened during a shoot.: Every shoot with me is funny and I am CONSTANTLY embarrassing myself!  All for the sake of getting relaxed and happy folks in front of my camera.  It really does help!  Photography can be intimidating – as a photographer and as a client, and the more you can do to connect with folks as a real person (instead of the person wielding this huge, scary piece of plastic and metal), the more relaxed and true to life your images are.

Ever split your pants or get injured all in effort to capture that special shot?: Never any pants splitting, but I do have some really exceptional “photographer poses” that help me stoop or squat into the perfect angle for detail shots or little ones.  I always tell my clients “My awkwardness = photography awesomeness”.  That’s never failed me (yet!).

If you were in a public area and everyone was skipping instead of walking, would you join the fun?: Of course!  I’m the one leading the pack!  If embarrassing myself helps others have fun, I’m all about it!

Why do you feel that packaging is so important to your brand?: Your entire client experience, from start to finish should be consistent with your brand.  For me, I like a natural, clean look and K+J delivers just that!  When I present my clients with their images, I want them to take away a beautiful, finished product, and that includes taking the time to package their items with all the fun packaging that K+J offers, while adding my own personal touches that are consistent with my brand.  It’s all about setting yourself apart from others in this industry, and packaging is a super important step!

Hierloom USB
Natural Burlap USB Pouch shown with USB drive.
KDP Packaging (1)
Brown Kraft Single CD Sleeve.

KDP Packaging (3)

KDP Packaging (4)
Corrugated 4x4x3 Box tied up with a Notecard.
KDP Packaging (5)
Corrugated 4x4x3 Box with Natural Burlap USB Pouch and USB drive.

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Kraft & Jute Products in post:
Brown Kraft Single CD Sleeve
4 x 4 x 3 Corrugated Box
Natural Burlap USB Pouch

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Featured Photographer: Beth Forester Photography – Madison, WV

Business Name: Beth Forester Photography

What type of photography do you shoot? How long have you been in business?: I have been in the business for about 19 years.  Although I am known primarily for my Senior work I run a full-time full-service studio shooting seniors, events, children, families, and babies.

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What’s in Your Photographer Bag?: How to Prepare for a Wedding Day “Emergency”

By Jess & Stephen Robertson []

TogToolsBy now, it’s safe to assume that you’ve read at least one blog post that shares what is in a photographer’s camera bag. And while it’s great to learn about all of the awesome gear other photogs own & use, and lust and drool over the items you hope to one day have, I think they are leaving one of the most important things out.

Now, let me back up here a second. I (Jess) went off to Newport Beach to shoot my very first wedding in 2010. I learned so much about things like what lenses I should bring and how to network with the other vendors. But the most valuable lesson I learned that day: Create an emergency kit!

Our poor bride had a little mishap with her dress, where the piece of fabric that they added in the back didn’t quite cover up her backside when the dress was laced up. And we were stuck on a yacht, with no Target or drugstore in site. Luckily, someone on the boat had a safety pin.

So, for all of you wedding photographers out there, listen up. If you don’t have anything like this on you when you show up at a wedding, add it to your to do list to put one together this week. Your brides will thank you!

Here are some examples of what your Wedding Day Emergency Kit should include, based on issues I’ve run into while shooting weddings. This includes necessities not only for the bride, but for you as well:

  1. Safety pins – an essential!
  2. Bobby pins/hair ties – I always wear a few in my hair so that I have easy access to them. This may not work so well for our male wedding photogs 🙂
  3. Double-sided tape
  4. Mints
  5. Advil – long days, irregular meals, surprise visitor…enough said
  6. Tums
  7. Dental floss
  8. Tissue – the parents will love you for this one!
  9. Feminine hygiene products
  10. Deodorant
  11. Hairspray
  12. Tide pen – for those stubborn, missed stains (Note: white chalk is great for covering stains on wedding dresses.)
  13. Band-aids – great for blisters from those not-so-comfy shoes
  14. Clear nail polish – not just for chipped nail polish! You can fix nylon runs, repair shoe bling, even mend a small tear in a veil.
  15. Sunscreen – if it’s an outside wedding
  16. Snacks/water – you must eat and stay hydrated!
  17. Travel sewing kit w/scissors – great for emergency repairs

Now, the hardest part is finding something convenient that all of this will fit into. You can use anything from a travel bathroom bag to a tackle box to some nice, sturdy gift boxes that you can place in the bathroom. (Kraft & Jute has a kraft box or a burlap bag that could easily fit the bill!)

Of course, every bride & every wedding is different, so you may need to add or subtract items. But I hope this helps you get a good start!

About the TogTools team:
We are a husband & wife photography team based out of Southern CA. We believe that business skills & tools are vital to the success of a professional photographer, so we created TogTools to help new photographers become business rock stars! We connect new photographers to why their art matters, while helping them build a solid business foundation so that they can share their art for years to come.

We both enjoy embracing our inner nerd. In our down time, you might find us at a local coffee shop or bookstore, shooting just for fun, playing with new toys at the Apple store, or having impromptu dance parties with our son.