Welcome To My Blogsite!

Hey everybody, my name is Jennifer Colona. I have a wonderful husband of 10 years & two beautiful little girls. With the birth of my first child, I decided to step up and make my passion of photography become a profession. I love capturing moments to remember for a lifetime and I hope you will let me capture yours. I have been capturing memories for 8 years now and I specialize in Portraits. Maternity, Babies, Children, Families, Seniors, & Weddings. I also shoot school & daycare events along with birthdays & reunions. I am mostly self taught at camera function & photoshop. I have taken photography as my arts elective at Southeastern Louisiana University & began to enjoy learning all of the technical information that goes along with camera usage. I also learned how to develop my own film, which I will not be doing unless forced, however, it is an interesting development. I have taken online courses in photography, with the help of Hammond Technical College online learning center, that taught me the use of my camera & digital development along with minor editing processes. I have taken several courses offered by professional photographers to expand my editing & business part of photography. I spend several hours a week studying & learning how to do different special effects, editing, work flow, along with expanding my talent & making my business grow. Along with photography, I am also a certified Elementary Education Teacher. I love children and enjoy feeling like a kid. My motto is "I dont wanna grow up." Like the Toys-R-Us song! haha "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away!"




{Catalano} Peek-A-Boo Previews

Posted on December 6, 2012

I have the cutest clients! EVER! 



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{Hall} Peek – A – Boo Previews

Posted on October 26, 2012

Take a look at this little cutie!  Isn’t he precious?



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It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS!

Posted on October 17, 2012

I will be having Christmas Mini Sessions:
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
Saturday, October 27th from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, October 28th from 9:00 am – 12:00.

The Mini sessions consist of approximately a 20 minute session up to 2 children per session. More than 2 children will need a second session.There is a $50 non-refundable deposit due at booking to hold your session. The remainder of the package/session is due the day of your session.

I will have 2 package options:
The session fee is included in each package.

* Print Package – $80
{1} 8×10 {4} 5×7 {4}4×6 {8} wallets {{one image only}}

* Digital Package – $100
All images from session on a CD with print release

ALSO, check out my regular session special!

These sessions will be held at my new studio in Loranger. YAY!

Message/text/call/email me to book your session today!
985-969-5410 jcolonaphotos@bellsouth.net
www.jcolonaphotos.com



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{Alack} Peek-A-Boo Previews

Posted on October 4, 2012

Look at these little cuties!



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{Vollenweider} Peek-A-Boo Previews

Posted on August 14, 2012



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{Joiner} Peek-A-Boo Previews

Posted on July 23, 2012



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NEW additions to JColona Photography!!!

Posted on June 13, 2012

SO……are y’all ready to hear about the exciting new additions to JColona Photography?  Really?  I’m excited to let you in on the news!!!

Well…drum roll please……….

Introducing……….Two NEW additions……….

Hair and makeup by the fabulous Ms. Katie Arnold, as an addition to any session when wanted and depending on her availability!

AND……….

Ssshhh…Sensuality in Progress!!!  JColona Boudoir Photography!!!  Yes BOUDOIR!!!

WOW you say?!  Well yes…you asked for it so you got it!!!  I have teamed up with Katie to provide a full service photography studio to meet all of your needs.  Katie and I put together a session this weekend to combine the two new additions……….

Can I get another drum roll?……….

Meet Ms. C!!!
Hair and Makeup done by Ms. Katie Arnold and Photography done by…well…yours truly!!!  Hope you enjoy what you see!!!  We can’t wait to meet with you!!!
Contact me for more details and information!!!

 

Add hair and/or make up to any session, depending on Katie’s availaibilty.  Seniors, Moms for family or maternity portraits, prom, Boudoir, or whatever……The option is there for you if you want it!  Katie does a beautiful job!



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{Carpenter} Peek-A-Boo Previews

Posted on June 1, 2012



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Valentine’s Day Love!

Posted on February 15, 2012

Anyone get engaged on Valentine’s Day???
I would love to hear about it!!!

It’s not too soon to start looking for photographers, caterers, DJ, etc. for your wedding!!!
Contact me for wedding packages!!!



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Photo Station {just SHOOT it!}

Posted on February 13, 2012

{The place where anything goes}

{for Events or Parties or as an add on to a Wedding Package}

So, what is it exactly?  The Photo Station is a photographer controlled portable studio.  Lights, camera, corny props, laughs…..action!  The Photo Station is setup for your wedding reception beginning after the first dances and continues until the end of your specified time (minimum of 2 hours of coverage).  I always loved the photo booths but never liked the way they limited how many people can fit, with this set up, groups of people can pile in for some wacky fun, silly, cheesy photos PLUS we supply the props.  You will be given a disc of all the images and all its “corniness” after your event.  Please note that photos will not be printed on the day of the event.

Think of it like this: I’ve shot many weddings, and I’ll tell you from experience that it can be VERY difficult to get a photo of everyone in who came to your wedding or event.  Let’s face it, some people feel awkward in front of a camera and tend to run away (don’t lie; you know you’ve hid from the camera a time or two!)  I’ve also seen brides and grooms place disposable cameras on the each of the tables in hopes of getting guests to snap fun photos to get pictures of people at random but…either the guests did not take pictures or the cameras were duds.  At the Photo Station, a photographer encourages you and your guests to get creative and have fun, capturing portraits, large group shots, dancing and action shots, and anything else you and your guests can dream up…with the corniest props…and you’re more likely to get even more photos of all of your guests in attendance.  Keep in mind…people won’t remember what your center pieces or favors look like, but they WILL remember how much fun they’ve had!

Also, don’t worry…the Photo Station is closed during major wedding events, such as your cake cutting and first dance, so the focus is still on you…the Bride & Groom.

We require an indoor area (no smaller than 12′x12′), so contact me to see if the Photo Station is right for you and your venue.  Since we focus is on capturing creative, high-quality entertaining portraits, your guests will have access to the photos online in a gallery shortly after your wedding, instead of immediately receiving prints on site.  The Photo Station will not spit out the tiny photo strips…you will actually have all of the photos put on a disc as well as on my website in a gallery and added to Facebook so your guests can tag themselves!  How cool is that?!?!

The big question is…Can we get a Photo Station for our company holiday party, birthday parties, graduations, etc.?  And the answer is……….YES!
Do you really need a reason to act ridiculous?  I don’t think so!!

{Themes}
If you have a particular theme you are doing for your party/event…Let me know and I may have or can get some props to match your theme!

 



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Refer – A – Friend {or Family Member!}

Posted on January 25, 2012

Referral Program!!!

Refer a friend or family member to me and once they finish their session I will send you a $50.00 print credit certificate to use towards a future session!!!

That’s not all…The person you refer to me will also receive a free 8×10 of their session!!!

For every person you refer you will receive a $50.00 print credit once they finish their session!!!

So REFER away and add up those credits!!!

{Print credits are for prints only ~ not session fee…Print credits can only be redeemed once Minimum Order Requirement has been met}



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More Wrapping?!

Posted on January 20, 2012

NEW Crystal Wraps!!! Wow!!!

Crystal Wraps are not canvas; they are made with an exclusive fabric that sparkles and shimmers like fine crystal under direct light.
Facets never before seen in the printed world will now come to life and make each pixel shine!

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE:  It is strongly recommend lighting this product sufficiently with a picture light or spotting light.
Without adequate lighting the saturation and contrast will be adversely affected and the image will appear muted. Hence…the crystal fabric!

 



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Wrapping Explained!

Posted on January 20, 2012

Canvas Wrap Vs. Bevel Wrap

Canvas Wrap – A portrait printed on canvas cloth wrapped around a wooden frame, visible on the front and all four sides.
The front and all sides are flat, giving the look of a boxed effect.  Beautiful quality and eye catching details.

 

Bevel Wrap – Provides a fresh look to the popular wrapped canvas product.
A customer’s favorite image will have more viewable area from the front without sacrificing the quality look and feel of archival canvas and inks on a stretcher bar.  {Optional shadow box mount}



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Canvas Explained!

Posted on January 13, 2012

Stretcher Frame vs. Wrap

Ever wonder what the difference is between Canvas Frame and Wraped Canvas?

Well I am here today to explain the difference so you have a better understanding when you order your prints.
The difference is slight, but both have different dramatic impacts on your walls.
Canvas is one of the most popular print options when ordering precious family memories.

can·vas noun [kan-vuhs]
1.  A piece of closely woven, heavy cloth of cotton, hemp, linen, or similar material on which a painting or print is made.
2.  A painting or print on canvas.

frame noun ~ framed or framing verb [freym]
1.  A border or case for enclosing a picture, mirror, etc.
2.  Usually, frames. {the framework for a picture}
3.  To provide with or put into a frame, as a picture

wrap·a·round adjective [rap-uh-round]
1.  A wraparound object.
2.  Printing.  A material made flat and then wrapped around a cylinder or frame for printing.
3.  To wind, fold, or bind (something) about as a covering.

 

A Canvas Frame is stretched around a well made heavy duty construction wooden frame and stapled on the sides and back for security and stability.
The Image is contained to the front of the canvas frame only.  The image does not wrap around the wooden frame.
These prints should be framed in a beautiful frame and hung on your walls to treasure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Wraped Canvas is just that…a wraped image stretched around a well made heavy duty construction wooden frame and stapled on the back side only.
The image is clearly visible on the front and all four sides of the wooden frame unobstructed by staples.
These prints should be hung on your walls unframed to show off the beauty of your images in a 3D like way.

 



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Cropping Explained!

Posted on January 11, 2012

I have a lot of clients ask about why their pictures turn out to look different with different size prints.  Here is the reason why:

cropping: when ordering your prints

I have created this page to explain the whole photograph  phenomenon…dun dun dunnnnnn…..Cropping. What is cropping? It’s another word for cutting…..cutting portions of the picture out so that it fits the print size you have chosen (5×7, 8×10, etc.). If a rectangular photo is intended to fit in a size that is closer to a square in shape, the photo has to be chopped on each end. When ordering reprints, the cropping ratio will not remain the same on a 4×6, 5×7 and 8×10 print, therefore your final prints may not look exactly alike.

Let me try to explain…
A long time ago, in a world far far away, during the development of film sizes, someone decided that the rectangle works better for capturing images. BUT somewhere along the way printers and frame makers created several “convenient” sizes (5×7, 8×10, etc.) that became the standard  we now have today. This has created a problem that photographers have had to deal with for a long time (cue the cheesy sad music)…..our beautifully composed photos get chopped up, removing some of the origninality. It really drives us nuts similar to the way the number of hot dogs doesn’t match up with the number of buns.

How Do I Know What Size to Choose?
I could go into the mathematics of the aspect ratio’s but I can see it now, your eyes will be glazed over just thinking about all the math. So here are a few images to help illustrate my point and to help you understand what I’m talking about.
Below, you’ll see the  most common ratios and how each one will look different, depending on that ratio.

The Bottom Line
I try to take the “crop factor” into account when shooting most pictures. However, because it’s hard to know ahead of time what sizes the clients are interested in, I’m hoping this explaination may help clear up any confusion. I also want to point out that my lab can create images in almost any size you can dream up…..from wallets to posters.

This information was retrieved from:  http://jenmckenphoto.com/cropping-explained/



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