I am changing blogs!

January 22, 2009

For those of you following on a RSS feed, you are probably very confused by the multiple postings, but this the link you need to follow to get to our new blog!!

When I started blogging, I was using Blogger and then I switched to WordPress because I post larger images. Now I am switching back to blogger because my friend Bethany explained you can make pictures bigger in blogger too.  That is fine and I guess that alone wouldn’t cause me to make the effort of switching back until I realized how much more control I have using the Blogger HTML code. Sorry for any inconvenience, but I am officially moving back home to Blogger.  Here is the new blog address:

http://www.missy-cochran.com/

Our Image Transition

January 15, 2009

Okay, so I have some explaining to do. If any of you have seen our website in the last little bit, you will notice that we are making some changes. Melanie is deciding not to book any weddings or portrait sessions this year of for the next few years. You can still follow her blog which I have a link to on the right side of my blog, but it will be mostly personal work. “Why is Melanie slowing down?” You might ask. Well, it’s because she has two babies that want her attention and she wants to be an awesome mom. She is thinking about getting back into it all in a few years when her kids are in school. In the meantime, she is still planning to second shoot with me this summer whenever she can. It doesn’t look like they will be moving to Texas this year either so that means that she will probably be with me for most of my weddings–wah hoo!!

And now for some more explanation, When Mel and I were first starting artisan we spend a good little while trying to think of the perfect name. We thought we had the absolute best name ever, “Artisan Photographics.” Artisan because we consider ourselves to be very artistic and photographics because it isn’t just photography, we pride ourselves in our ability to process our work with photoshop and the best editing software to make it really stand out. It was a total bonus that it began with an A and would be at the top of every alphabetical directory. Life was perfect until…we realized that Artisan Photographics is about one of the most generic photography business names on the planet. We saw Artistique Photographie (nice people, bytheway), Artistic Photography, and even A Artistic Photography just to name a few–in Oregon alone!!

Inspired by photographers who personalize their online presence, I decided I wanted to do the same. Not only are we changing our name and our logo, but I intent to post a lot more blog entries that are personal. I know you all want to know what I eat when I am camping, but seriously, that is the stuff I may share. Everyone should know that I am not afraid to make silly faces, so you will probably see more of that as well. I want to post video and pics from my point and shoot–yes, I too use one of these amazing little devices.

We will be phasing out the old brand very slowly, it will probably take about a year before we have the logo completely swapped out, but it will be obsolete soon enough.

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Mike and Becca

January 6, 2009

I just have to share these.  Mel took them while she was in Utah of Mike (our brother) and his fiance, Becca. Mel said they just wandered around for about 4 hours and stopped anywhere that looked interesting. Isn’t that cool? Mel took control of what they wore and everything. It’s a very Artisan style photoshoot.

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i just have to share!

January 5, 2009

This post is for photographers and it’s all free.  Who can beat free info about photography?  Any photographers out there who want some guidance I have some realy cool stuff to throw your way!  It’s maybe not the best way, but it’s worked for me so far and it’s what I value.  Click below to read the rest of the story.

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The Obsession Continues

January 3, 2009

I can’t get the fine art feel of “A Year of Mornings” out of my head!  It’s a slow January, as it always is.  I love this time of the year because I am caught up with the bulk of my work and I actually have time to read books.  I go crazy this time of year because there aren’t enough pictures to take of people.  Taking pictures of people is the best, but I am using some of this extra time to practice some more abstract concepts like those I found on New Years.  Below are some pictures I took this morning around my house.  It was so fun to experiment with photoshop and try some things I haven’t done before.  I want to do a little mini shoot every morning to keep my creative juices flowing and hopefully it will help me to add a bit more of a fine art flair to each photo session too.

 

 

 

 

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It’s been a lovely New Years morning.  Jeff and I slept in, which was a great contrast to our 5:45am jaunts to the gym.  Although I went to bed early forgoing any festivies, Jeff stayed up past midnight ushering in the new year with Heroes V one of his favorite games.  While I let him sleep in even later than I did, I jumped online and ignored work for a little while to feed my intellect the substance of my motivation.  I have an account with google reader that allows me to blogstalk all my favorite people.  The past couple months I have been browsing quickly through and moving on as if it were a chore to be completed–not the mentality to have when looking for inspiration.  This slow, raining morning I took my time and read every blog.  One photographer I really like, had a link to some really cool fine art photography pieces and I fell in love with the concept.  Check it out!  Fine Art Story boards.  Anyway, I created one!  It’s very abstract but tells the story of a couple I took engagement pictures of buying salt water taffy at the Oregon Coast.  Here it is…

 

 

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Cool, huh! So, they are a custom print size and if you want one from your photo session, they will be the same price as the print that matches the width. For example, a 14×7 (which is the correct aspect ratio for this print) would cost the same as a 11×14 print.

Brett and Jen

December 20, 2008

So, this is my brother-in-law’s wedding and I suppose that now I should say it’s my sister-in-law’s wedding as well. These are just a few quick ones that I liked. Mel and I took pictures throughout the day, but we tried to enjoy the wedding and we took lots of breaks from our cameras.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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