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Lauren Jonas

Editor, Office Operations http://charlestonweddingphotography.com/ @joanponeFacebook
My name is Lauren Jonas and I am a wedding photographer based in Charleston, SC. I graduated from Appalachian State University in 2009 with a BFA in Studio Art and Photography. Originally I started out studying Graphic Design but quickly switched over to Photography. I realized that having a degree in Photography still doesn't qualify you as a professional photographer. After moving to Charleston in 2010, I became friends with Patrick and Lee.Here at Fstoppers, I do a little bit of everything from editing, invoicing, answering emails, reading potential blog content from readers and drinking lots of coffee. I spend the rest of my time handling both Lee and Patrick's wedding and portrait editing as well as running Charleston Wedding Photography.If you have a question or concern about something don't hesitate to email me directly at Lauren@fstoppers.com.

10 Steps To Shooting Your First DIY Interview

About a month ago we featured a video from the guys over at Neko Neko Films. In this video, they cover a mix of tips that while some may be no-brainers, you might find some very helpful if you having a tough time figuring out where to begin. We interview people all the time and I can’t emphasize enough just how important the little things are to create an engaging, yet informative video. [more]

CreativeLive’s Personal MBA: A Solution To The Photography Vs. Business School Debate

Internationally acclaimed author Josh Kaufman will be hosting an upcoming creativeLive event dedicated to guiding you through the tenets and teachings found in every MBA program in the country. This 2-day workshop will start tomorrow April 4 at 9AM. [more]

Win A Free Copy Of Peter Hurley’s The Art Behind The Headshot!

We’ve teamed up with the guys over at Viewbug to give one lucky person a free copy of Peter Hurley’s The Art Behind The Headshot. We’re looking for the best examples of images showing photographers doing what they do. The winner receives a copy of the instructional DVD by renowned photographer Peter Hurley plus a feature in both the Fstoppers and Viewbug blogs. [more]

April Fool’s: Filmmaker Hacks DSLR To Shoot Long Exposure Video During The Day

Los Angeles based filmmaker, John Irwin, customized a DSLR intervalometer and hacked his Canon’s firmware to allow him the advantage of shooting long exposures in video mode during the day. The device uses a remote trigger to allow a controlled burst of exposure that is carefully calibrated beforehand depending on the available light. The key to his method was his ability to ramp the camera’s shutter to blazing fast speeds (upwards of 1/93000) each time the remote trigger is clicked. [more]

Fstoppers Meetup In New Orleans At Loa Bar

Lee, Patrick and I will be in New Orleans this weekend shooting a wedding and would love to grab a drink with any anyone in the area. The meetup starts at 8pm on Sunday March 10 at Loa Bar located at 221 Camp St inside the International House Hotel. We hope to see you all there!

Photography Business Makeover Workshop with Jasmine Star : Part 3

Beginning bright and early tomorrow March 6th, wedding photographer, Jasmine Star will be doing a different type of workshop. hosted by our friends over at creativeLIVE, This is the finale of the 3 part series on how to completely start your photography business from scratch. Be sure to tune in on to learn how to rebrand and recreate your photography business. [more]

Photoshop Week With creativeLIVE

Whether you’re just starting out or if you’re a seasoned professional, you won’t want to miss this week’s programming on creativeLIVE. Right now until March 2, they will be featuring some of the best instructors who will be teaching instrumental techniques for photographers. Some of the topics they’ll be covering include retouching and compositing, workflow and automation and using text and brushes. Start watching live NOW for FREE OR purchase the video downloads for $299 and watch them any time. [more]

How To Get Free Media Attention For Your Photography Business

Right now on creativeLIVE you can catch 23 year old Ryan Holiday giving away his secrets on how to be smart when it comes to getting free media attention for your business. You might think taking advice from a 23 year old is absurd, but since he landed a job as the marketing director of American Apparel he most have done something right. This course covers a major issue for photographers and we’ve come to realize we need to get even more creative in the way we market ourselves. [more]

Building A Successful Boudoir Business

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today until Saturday February 16, creativeLIVE is hosting photographer Jen Rozenbaum as she teaches a 3-day course on how to build a successful boudoir photography business. If you’re a wedding photographer like myself, this is the perfect outlet for those brides who are looking to give the perfect gift to their future husband. [more]

A Photographer’s Journey Back To Chukotka

Two years ago, we posted this video from photographer, Sasha Leahovcenco. His mission was to literally travel to the end of the earth to photograph people who never had their photo taken. This March, he and his crew are going back to reach even more people – people who have never even had visitors. Sasha has put his project on Kickstarter to help raise funds for his amazing project. [more]

Gear Review: Vello BG-N7 grip for Nikon

When major brands build product enhancements or special components, it’s only a matter of time before after-market options with much lower price tags become available. Generally speaking, off-brand products have about a 50/50 chance of being successful or disappointing. With the Nikon MB-D12 grip for the D800 being so highly priced, I took a look at Vello’s after-market model to see if it’s a worthy substitute. [more]

Learn Wedding Photography With Marcus Bell

If you’ve seen the promotional videos for Lee and Patrick’s new DVD, How To Become A Professional Commercial Wedding Photographer, several different wedding photographers are interviewed about how they run their wedding business. Being able to have insight into their workflow, their way of thinking when they’re shooting is such an amazing opportunity. For the next two days, our friends over at creativeLIVE are offering just that. [more]

How to Promote Your Photography Business with Video Showreels

If you’re trying to grow your business and connect with clients on a personal level, then learning how to promote yourself with video showreels is a great step in that direction (Lee is clearly ahead of most of us on this one – check out R.L. Morris Weddings to see what I mean). Today until January 26, Sue Bryce and Hailey Bartholomew will be teaching a step-by-step guide to marketing our businesses with video. [more]

Freshen Up Your Adobe InDesign Skills

Today and tomorrow only, creativeLIVE will be hosting Adobe certified expert, Erica Gamet as she teaches everything you need to know about Adobe InDesign. This class takes you from the basics, getting familiar with the Adobe workspace, color basics, and working with pages and layers, to advanced type, graphics and table manipulation and working with long documents! This class is designed for those with a firm knowledge of page layout, such as those migrating from QuarkXPress, PageMaker, or Word, and those who want to get past the basics of InDesign. [more]

Photoshop Mastery: Advanced Masking with Ben Willmore

As you know, Ben Willmore’s 3-day workshop on Lightroom is currently LIVE right now on creativeLIVE, but on Sunday January 20, he’ll be going at it again for a fourth round teaching us how to master Photoshop! In this workshop Ben will be teaching how to apply adjustments to limited areas, and techniques for removing the background of fuzzy, furry, or hairy subjects. He’ll also teach you how to remove the background from trees, glass, and other transparent objects. [more]

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