Nov 27, 2012

One Week Old | Alpharetta Newborn Photographer

Whew! I have done SOOO much today . . . (with the help of an awesome hubby who took care of my sick little guy and ran errands for me while I worked). On days like these, I'm full of energy and ideas. Here's what I did:

  • Shot newborn session
  • Packaged client orders
  • Did laundry
  • Delivered client orders (I felt like Santa Claus!)
  • Researched brand packaging
  • Went Grocery shopping
  • Worked on dishes
  • Finished editing and designing our family's Christmas card
  • Ordered Christmas cards
  • Thought it would be nice to have BFP-branded thank you cards
  • Designed thank you cards
  • Ordered thank you cards
  • Decided to reward myself by editing one portrait from today's session
  • Edited cutie below
  • Oh, and wrote this blog post

Now I think I'm sleepy enough to go to bed. Good night!

Nov 19, 2012

Workshoppin' it! | Atlanta GA Photography Workshops

Photographer Marchet Butler teaches Atlanta GA Photography Workshops

I'm so excited to show off some of the photos from Saturday's Day of Photography Workshops. We had such a great time getting deep into composition, camera controls, and light. Our models were great--posing for us and letting us take the time get camera settings right! We shot both indoor and outdoors with natural light, and even had enough time to take eachother's headshots.

As you will notice, I keep workshop sizes small (only 2 to 5 participants), and that's on purpose. When I taught larger workshops, I felt that the students didn't have the time and one-on-one attention that they really needed to come away from the day feeling successful. Here are some comments from the participants:
"I thought Marchet did a fantastic job! I learned so much both in terminology and hands on. It's great to have a packet of information to leave the workshop with."
"I considered myself an intermediate photographer but was so surprised at how much additional info I learned. The instruction helped put it all together. Love that I have materials to take home."
I will be teaching another Day of Photography workshops in January, and I am so excited to offer an additional Advanced Photography workshop as well. Please contact me for more details!

Nov 15, 2012

Going Vintage | Atlanta GA Photographer

This is just a sneak peek of a shoot I did a while back with my good friend and fellow photographer, Kaylene Fister of Southern Kiwi Photography. The photo is by Kaylene. Thanks girl! The styling and editing (lots of it!) is by me. I will be doing a post on what editing I did next week. Stay tuned!

Nov 13, 2012

Outdoor Maternity Portraits | Roswell GA Maternity Photographer

One of my biggest regrets was not having professional pictures taken when I was expecting. Sure, I have photos, but nothing I would want to display in my home. At that time, maternity photography was just starting to become popular, and I wasn't skilled enough to produce my own pregnancy photos, so I skipped them. Fast forward to today, and maternity photography has become an important part of the pregnancy experience. It's one of my favorite things to shoot--especially outdoors, because so many photographers only do maternity shoot in studio. Here is some of my recent work with a couple expecting their first.

Looking for a Roswell maternity photographer or Alpharetta maternity photographer? Contact me.

Nov 10, 2012

Sweet Dreams, Cowboy | Alpharetta GA Child Photographer

My son decided he wanted to be a cowboy tonight . . . for bed. And this is why I love photography.

Alpharetta Family Photographer | Roswell Family Photographer

Alpharetta Family Photographer and Roswell Family Photographer

Marchet Butler offers advice on Alpharetta Family Photography and Roswell Family Photography

Choosing the right family photographer
Is it time for family pictures? Are you looking for an Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer? Consider the following:

Your Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer should offer a great experience beginning with the consultation, an continuing through the shoot and into the ordering session. Think about your first contact with a photographer. Do they respond to your email or phone call in a timely manner? Do you feel a connection with your Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer when you talk to them? Is their personality a good fit for your family?

Then, what kind of experience do they offer during the shoot? When you have kids, it's important to know that your Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer is comfortable working with children, even when the kids have a meltdown or are extremely shy during the shoot. A photographer with a sense of adventure and a lot of patience will get much better photographs that someone who doesn't have experience working with kids.

When choosing your Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer, it's important to browse through the photographer's portfolio and see if their style appeals to you. Do you like the images that the Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer has posted? Are the images consistent in quality? Are a variety of shoots represented? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, you have found a good candidate for your Alpharetta family photography or Roswell family photography. Now, let's consider price.

The cost of your Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer is important, but should not be the main factor in determining whether or not to hire the photographer. In the world of photography, higher cost usually means more experience and better quality. Remember, the portraits you receive from a professional Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer will be treasured for generations to come--if you hire the right Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer. Low-budget photographers or photographers that offer "shoot and burn" services are most likely to be inexperienced and inconsistent in quality. The money you "saved" hiring them will have been a waste if you aren't happy with their photographs.

A professional Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer understands that it's the art pieces that clients truly appreciate day after day: framed portraits, canvases, archival portraits, and other high-quality image products. That's why it's important to pick an Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer who has a variety of high-quality art products to offer. Here are a few questions to ask your Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer: Do you work with a professional print lab and other professional vendors to create your products? Are your portrait products archival? Do you offer framing? Do you guarantee your products?

Choosing your Alpharetta family photographer or Roswell family photographer is one of the most important decisions you will make this season, especially considering that these are the images your family will keep for generations. So, invest in professional family portraiture. You won't be disappointed.

photo by Stacey Johnson
Marchet Butler is an Atlanta GA portrait photographer based in Alpharetta, GA. She offers Alpharetta family photography and Roswell family photography as well as portrait photography for babies, children, seniors, and extended families. To find out more about Marchet and her portrait art, go to

Nov 8, 2012

Atlanta Child Photographer | Outdoors in Fall

Some of you may recognize this sweetie from my opening slideshow. She is so photogenic, but very busy, so we used the first part of the shoot to get the most important shots including this one. LOVE it! The gorgeous bokeh is from the 85 mm prime lens I used, and the rest -- other than a little color adjustment and minimal retouching is as shot in camera.

Want to learn more about shooting beautiful portraits? I'm teaching a Day of Workshops in a week. Join me!

Nov 6, 2012

A Day of Photography Workshops | Alpharetta GA Photography Workshops

I'm happy to announce A Day of Photography Workshops event coming up on Saturday, November 17th! This is a hands-on, intensive day of workshops designed for people who want to improve their photography skills with their digital SLR. From 9:00 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon, I'll be teaching participants how to go from point-and-shoot to taking well-composed, beautiful photographs. We'll work with models (real people that pose for us that day), eat, visit, learn, and make friends! Since I limit the number of participants to 5, I'll spend time with each participant to practice the principles I'm teaching that day. The Day of Photography workshops costs $143 and includes lunch, the workshop, and workshop materials.

If you are interested (or have a friend or family member that would enjoy this workshop), please drop me a line. Also, I am planning a second Day of Photography Workshops Event in January, so if this date doesn't work for you, let me know so I can add you to my January contact list.

You can read more about the workshops here: