This will be my first time teaching a photography class, and I’m super excited! We’ll be covering basic camera operation as well as tips to get better images of your kids. For a cost of just $10, this two hour class will encourage you to start moving the dial away from the green box and start telling your camera what to do. Email to register (or use the PayPal button below).
I have resolved to introduce film into my business, and by the end of this year I hope to offer a film option to every client. Beginning with an interview, I have coaxed a couple clients into allowing me to practice, but I have not completed a finished product for them – yet. The first attempt should be ready soon. I also have a few models lined up to allow me further experience at combining portraiture with film. Alas, my main subjects for practice are (and always have been) my kids. My daughter’s love of the new Lego Friends line inspired me to produce this film. I love that I am able to capture my own family’s memories in this new and unique way.
Someday, I hope to look back on this film and see the flaws in editing, shooting, sound, and story. But today I love it. Today it is my best work. Enjoy!
Shade Tree Films – I watched a 30 second clip from one of their wedding films and was so overcome with emotion that I immediately registered for their film workshop. I thank them for being the inspiration to use my camera to it’s fullest.
LensRentals.com – I rented the 50mm 1.2 lens used to film Abby. (Of course, I loved it and will own one soon. 🙂 )
The Music Bed – Alleviating my main concern with film and slide shows – music licensing – The Music Bed offers a wonderful selection of moving songs, including the one used in this film – “Crazy” by Stars Go Dim.
When I was asked to be the photographer at Arnold Drive Elementary PTO’s “Photos with Santa” fundraiser, of course I jumped at the opportunity! Who wouldn’t want to spend a couple of hours with Santa and seventy grade school students? I had a BLAST! The school had set up a lovely scene, and some PTO members were there to assist me with taking image numbers and names. We had over 70 kids in under two hours! The participants will receive a 4×6 print for their donation to the PTO. FedEx just delivered the prints -hot off the press- and I will get them to the school tomorrow (Thursday).
If you’d like to order additional prints, please email me with the image number and size(es) you’d like. My special event price list can be found here. If you would like your image uploaded to Facebook for FREE, please post your image number on my facebook page wall.
Thank you to the PTO for asking me to assist with this fundraiser! I really enjoyed photographing this event!
At the beginning of November, I attended a film workshop hosted by Shade Tree Films. Billed as “Cine-skool” and hosted by Chad and Drew, who have an incredible artistic vision, the class led attendees through the entire process of creating a meaningful film. Having seen their films, I “had” to learn how to do what they do – I had to discover their secret – their “recipe”. Studiously, I sat through all three days of the workshop. I learned about equipment, software, methodology, sound. There were guest speakers to tell us about branding, and music. We shot and edited an entire film! The experience was incredible. It revitalized me and made me really start to think about the storytelling possibilities that film can add to my photography. However, as I flew out of Dallas, I was disheartened because what kept sticking out in my mind was the cost of the equipment I needed to “do it right.” I have one GREAT lens, and it’s portrait zoom – not great for film. My other lenses are just so-so. I have a tripod that weighs about 200 lbs – not very mobile or discreet. I had NO audio devices whatsoever. I use a PC – the “standard” for film is MAC. And my studio lights are strobes (they flash). I decided that I would not let what I didn’t have deter me from the process, so after I returned home, I tried interviewing my first clients using the on-camera mic (FAIL!). First up on the purchase list – a shotgun mic. (A shotgun mic goes on top of the camera and will record what it’s pointed at.) I bought the mic two days before Thanksgiving and as I was paying for it, I resolved to make my family’s Thanksgiving celebration my first film.
I hosted 24 of my family members – most of whom stayed in my house – over a five day period. I did not record as much footage as I would have liked, and I would have preferred to interview one of my sisters (interviewing myself was kind of weird), but I used my multi- thousand-dollar-not-good-for-film-but-perfect-for-portraits-lens, and my two-ton tripod, and a cheap shotgun mic. From the footage I created this – what I’m dubbing as my first real film – with my $50 editing software. I know every aspect needs work, but I love it. I love the film process, and I love that forever my family will be able to look back at this two and a half minutes and remember five whole days.
The problem on days that I do events is that I forget to eat. Predictably, I get about an hour into the shoot and I start getting a headache. By the end, it’s excruciating. Thursday night, at the Halloween Charity event, was no exception.
I did the event to benefit the Airman’s Attic food pantry. It’s an event I’ve wanted to do for a couple of years, but did not have a venue. Grateful to the Welcome Center for letting me use space during their costume contest, I set up my studio. For a donation of canned goods (or $5), each participant would receive a 4×6 print. Not too busy, but in a steady stream, little ones started lining up for photos. There were witches, princesses, zombies, puppies, and pirates. All ages – all decked out in their costumes. I had a blast! The kids were SO cute and had so much personality. There were a few wrinkles that I’ll work on for next time (literally – my backdrop needed ironed!!). Thankfully, I had asked my babysitter to help assist with information gathering, and I couldn’t have done it without Miss Kristan. We had one huge rush, and then, suddenly, the room went from crowded to empty. ( I believe the diversion was the hayride.) In the end, we had a full box of canned goods and a little cash collected for Airman’s Attic – a pretty good success. I was thinking of starting to tear down, when this little guy walked up.
I snapped a couple of images while he just stood there, then he walked off. Thirty seconds later he ran back in, went over and picked up my tiny pumpkins and said, “CHEESE!!” I responded with, “Cheese? I don’t say cheese! Say, ‘gouda’.” And he did…
So adorable! What does all this have to do with me having a headache? Well, this little pirates mom had made cupcakes for the event. They were spectacular! The cake was moist, the frosting was a “take me away to dreamland” chocolate. AND, the baker is a military spouse AND she runs a cake business. (AND her cupcake raised my blood sugar and helped my headache) I want to give a shout out to Cakes by Robynn. It was a pleasure to meet and chat with her. Running a business as a military spouse is difficult, building a business is a constant process. We military spouse entrepreneurs have many talents and gifts. Next time you need something – check to see if its offered by a military spouse.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED TO THE AIRMAN’S ATTIC FOOD PANTRY! I’ll HAVE YOUR PHOTOS IN THE MAIL SHORTLY!
Is it time to get an updated family portrait? Are you dreading the “tripod and timer” look on the Christmas cards? Have you been shaking your head sadly, thinking, “I wish I’d booked Becky for our family portraits”? Well, get ready to smile! 🙂
Due to several inquiries and my low availability on weekends in November, I am making family portraits an event! This is a package deal – $350 for a mini Wall Portrait (11×14), 6 gift prints and 24 holiday greeting cards. I can only do eight of these sessions, therefore I am requiring a deposit of $100 to secure your session time. Please email me firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to reserve a session time and we can make payment arrangements. The remaining $250 will be due when you view your proofs and place your order. If you place your order before Thanksgiving, I can guarantee the greeting cards and gift prints by early December, but the framed Wall Portraits may not be ready for pick up until January.
Add Ons and Upgrades:
- upgrade to a 16×20 framed Wall Portrait for $100
- additional 12 greeting cards $30
- die cut greeting cards add $10 per 12
- add a digital file for $25 each
- Wall Portrait printed on Metal for $50
- Special Substitution: (because of the late date of portraits) – Substitute 2 digital files for the 24 greeting cards in the package.
These will all be done at one outdoor location – probably on base, and I will choose the exact location closer to the day of the sessions.
I would love to answer any questions you may have and give you an overview of the Rebecca Williams Photography experience. Please email me to set up an in person or over the phone consultation.
It was fun to meet my neighbors at the National Night Out event at The Landings here on Little Rock Air Force Base. Thank you to all who visited my booth! Don’t forget to “Like” my Facebook page (www.facebook.com/portraitsbybecky)
My “table” was exciting to plan and prepare. Already, I have some great ideas for improvement. See you at the next base event!
Milk Carton Haunted Houses
Use any size of carton, from an individual sized lunch carton to a half gallon. Cut out a door and some windows and cover entirely with black construction paper. Add some cute halloween stickers and glitter, maybe some candy corn and pumpkins, and you have an adorable decoration that your kids can help create. For an extra spooky touch, add an LED tealight. Create one house, or an entire village!
These would make great porch decorations! Add glitter and use different colors of construction paper for a more playful effect.
Printable Pumpkin Carving Stencils
Check out the goofy faces!
Tie Dye Halloween
Create a fun tee shirt, onesie, pajamas or a trick or treat bag with this adorable craft.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
LRAFB Spouse Selected to Attend Inc./Joining Forces Military Entrepreneurs Program
Little Rock Air Force Base, AR – September 7, 2011 – Growing a successful business as a military spouse or veteran is focus of Mentoring Fair in Washington DC.
Rebecca Williams has been running a professional photography business since early 2006. During that time the unique challenges that face military spouse entrepreneurs have been evident.
“The toughest part of holding a successful business in the military”, says Mrs. Williams, “is reestablishing my reputation and client base after every PCS.”
In August an initiative was announced by Inc. Magazine and Joining Forces that a Mentoring Fair would be held in Washington DC which would bring together the CEOs of Inc. Magazine’s 500 list with military families and veterans who were starting, or running their own businesses. Mrs. Williams submitted an application, which was subsequently accepted as one of only 100 participants in the Mentoring Fair.
“This is an amazing opportunity, and I am grateful to have been selected. The chance to get one on one business insight from CEOs who have built companies through all environments and economies is an invaluable resource. I hope to take away some great additions to my business plan.”
Rebecca Williams is the sole proprietor of Rebecca Williams Photography. Her studio is at her home, currently on Little Rock Air Force Base. She is a member of the Professional Photographers of America and has a City of Jacksonville business license.
Contact: Rebecca Williams
About Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000 Inc., the only major business magazine focused exclusively for CEOs of fast-growing, private companies, delivers real solutions for today’s innovative company builders. Inc. provides hands-on resources and market-tested strategies for managing people, finances, sales, marketing, and technology. The publication also looks beyond work to address the entrepreneurial lifestyle.
The Inc. 500|5000 is a list of the fastest-growing private companies in the nation. Started in 1982, this prestigious list of the nation’s most successful private companies has become the hallmark of entrepreneurial success. The Inc. 500|5000 Conference & Awards Ceremony is an annual event that celebrates their remarkable achievements. The event also offers informative workshops, celebrated keynote speakers, and evening functions.
For more information on Inc. and the Inc. 500|5000 Conference, visit www.Inc.com.
About Joining Forces Joining Forces is a national initiative led by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden to mobilize all sectors of society to give our service members and their families the opportunities and support they have earned. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society: citizens, communities, businesses, nonprofits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government. JoiningForces.gov provides ways for all Americans to step up and show their gratitude to our service members and their families. Visitors can send messages of thanks, find opportunities to get involved, and share stories of service.