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This was an amazing day! Filled with preparation for this Maternity shoot. I was graced with the opportunity to capture maternity images for an old school friend. Shanice and I attended junior college together. She and her family were amazing to work with. They were enthused and eager to have a great shoot. Shanice styled two very lovely maternity gowns which epitomized the essence and excitement of an expecting mom.
Shanice’s significant other (Donte Nelson) sported a GQ style that include black slacks, a button up, a blazer with color cordinated shoes. And, their oldest daughter (Naimah) was the most adorable little lady ever. She was so helpful with the shoot. I just want to say, thank you to Shanice and her family for allowing me to be a part of their agenda.
P.S. I wish you all the best delivery and a healthy baby. Best regards — Dewwond
SNEAK PEEK AT YOUR MATERNITY SHOOT
I had the pleasure of photographing a stunning Prom Send Off. Ms. Carrie Burns (Mother of Derrica) did an amazing job with the decor. I was completely blown away by the high end setup. One would have thought that it belonged to the rich and famous. Carrie’s extravagant interior design did not come together without help though. She had a host of love and support from family and friends.
Now, of course the main attraction belongs to Ms. Prom Diva herself “Derrica Burns.” She was absolutely breathtaking from head to toe. I won’t try to describe her attire, because I will not do her justice; but I will just grace you with a sneak peek at some of her photos below.
Carrie and Derrica, I had an amazing time photographing your prom send off. Thank you so much for allowing my company (Kentyla Arts Designs) to be a part of your agenda. As always, I feel honored as a photographer when given the opportunity to document beautiful history through photography. It was a beautiful day, the location was decked out, and Derrica and her escort looked absolutely stunning. I hope the day was pleasantly fulfilling for you all, and all who attended . — Dewwond
SNEAK PEEK AT YOUR PROM SEND OFF
This was a day filled with excitement! OJO wanted to extend an already romantic day (date) with a surprise outdoor photoshoot for his wife (Michelle). OJO and I met for the first time a week prior to the actual photo session. He told me that they had never had a professional photo session. And, so he wanted to surprise her with a shoot for her birthday. I responded, “This has to be magical!”
All the while, Michelle had no idea that her husband planned the shoot. Which was great, because she initially believed that they were just going out on the town to have a good time. But, when she showed up at the location, something very funny happened. While approaching the Centennial Fountain (location of the shoot), the following dialog went something like this…
Michelle: That guy over there looks so familiar.
OJO: What guy?
Michelle: That guy over there with the camera.
OJO: Yeah, he does, doesn’t he (chuckles)?
Michelle: Wait a minute, that’s Dewwond. Wow, he must be down here working.
OJO: He’s waiting on you bay. He’s here to capture your beauty. Surprise!!!
As if Michelle hadn’t already been emotional from the day to point, she was overwhelmed with emotion; and pleasantly surprised at what her husband did for her.
Michelle and OJO, I had an amazing time photographing the two of you. Thank you so much for allowing my company (Kentyla Arts Designs) to be a part of your agenda. As always, I feel honored as a photographer when given the opportunity to document beautiful history through photography. It was a beautiful day, and our session made it even better. Continue to be an example of rich love. — Dewwond
SNEAK PEEK AT YOUR PHOTOSHOOT
It was aptly described as a wedding for friends and family from near and far. This was a day filled with love, laughter, and contentment. This is a tale of a guy who fell in love with a girl whose soul lights the world on fire. Shannel can walk into a room and make someone feel like they’re the most special person in the room. And, no one knows this better than Charles; the man who acts like the match to Shannel’s flame.
For as much as the couple ignites love around them, people can’t help but be attracted to their light. They emit a positive, joyful energy and invite others into their love. Their paths intersected at just the right moment. This was apparent when they said I do in front of over 200 of their closest family and friends at Bethel New Life Church in Chicago.
Shannel and Charles (Chuck) wedding was more than a moment to document a marriage, it was a day set aside to highlight two souls who are determined to make the world a better place. Together. Cheers to health, joy, and making memories! Much love and appreciation… — Dewwond
Shannel and Charles, I don’t have all the right words to say, but what I can come up with this: THANK YOU. This is rather a small thing to say for how grateful I am that you all allowed me to be a part of such an amazing accomplishment. I’m deeply honored as a photographer to document your love. And, I’m so happy to call you family. Shannel, you’re my little sister, and I want nothing more than for you to have an amazing life. Congratulations!!! Have fun in Vegas!!!
SEEK PEEK AT YOUR WEDDING
Personalized Stationery Items | Print’s Not Dead! A Short Guide To Help You Rock Your Business Stationery
Personalized Stationery Items | It’s safe to say that the way we communicate nowadays is a lot different than the way our parents used to communicate. It’s a huge leap going from one generation to the next one, and when you think about it, we’ve seen many means of communication change, evolve to keep up with the times, or go completely extinct. We live in the age of emails, smartphones and social networks such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, after all. So why should you care about stationery items? Aren’t they a thing of a long-gone past?
Not really! Even though the way we use stationery items changed, it doesn’t mean that print is dead. Printed stationery items are still alive and well, and are just as important for your business as ever, if not even more. Your stationery can say a lot more about the services and products you’re providing than you think, and it will oftentimes represent your business and make an impression long before a potential client decides to pick up the phone and call.
Do Your Homework | Personalized Stationery Items
Stationery is defined as writing materials, including cut paper, envelopes, writing implements, continuous stationery, and other office supplies. Stationery included materials to be written on by hand (e.g., letter paper) or by equipment such as computer printers. Since business stationery covers a wide range of supplies, you’ll want to take a step back and determine the items that you’ll actually use. It doesn’t matter how appealing your stationery items are, or how much you invested in them, if you don’t actually use them.
Who, What, Where, Why? | Personalized Stationery Items
Let’s get the basics out of the way first here – the point of stationery items is to provide your potential clients with all the information they need at a given time. And just like each stationery item will be slightly different, so will its intended purpose – some items will only provide your potential clients with your contact details, like your business cards, while others will allow you to include other information, such as a list of the services you’re providing, which means you’ll want to figure out the most appropriate contact information for each item, as some won’t be large enough to fit all of them.
Don’t Be Afraid Of Using Color | Personalized Stationery Items
Even though using too much color in your stationery design can add to the cost of printing, keep in mind that color can be an incredibly powerful tool when used right – it can help make your stationery stand out from even the largest pile, and it can actually guide the reader’s attention to the most important information. However, when choosing the color scheme, make sure you choose the one that matches your other branded materials, and that the color actually work well together.
Never Underestimate The Power Of Simplicity | Personalized Stationery Items
You’re investing a considerable chunk of your budget into the stationery for your small business – and you want to make every inch of it count, so you pack your stationery items with all the information that comes to mind. However, this might backfire and end up only overwhelming your potential clients. Never underestimate the power of white space in design – it can be used to organize long paragraphs of text into digestible chunks and help you emphasize the important information.
Ensure Readability | Personalized Stationery Items
You want your stationery items to stand out and be memorable, sure, but you don’t want to put their visual appeal before the functionality. At the end of the day, your stationery items are a delivering mechanism, whether for your message or just the contact information, and you want to make readability one of your top priorities. No matter how interesting that calligraphic font you like is, if it’s difficult to read, instead of straining their eyes, your potential clients will simply move on and throw your piece of stationery in the garbage.
Invest In High Quality Stock Paper | Personalized Stationery Items
Humans are tactile beings, which means the quality of the paper you use for your stationery items is just as important as the design itself – a thicker paper often feels more luxurious and can help portray your business as an established and reliable company, while a thinner paper can seem tacky and cheap. Is that a message you want to send to your potential clients about your products and services? Think of your stationery items as you would of a handshake – no one likes limp handshake, so why would they like limp stationery items?
Double-Check Everything | Personalized Stationery Items
When you decide that the design you came up with is just perfect and you’ve chosen the right paper for each stationery item, it’s best to order a test print to make sure everything looks just as good on paper as it does on your computer screen. Make sure the colors are just right, that the fonts aren’t too small, that there are no typos, and that all the contact details are up to date and correct.
If you’re between jobs, moving between two locations or simply changing your phone number, don’t have your stationery printed before you have all the relevant information ready – even the most appealing business card won’t do you much good if you scratch information on it and write down a different phone number with a pen before handing it to a potential client. As great as your business card might be, this will only portray you as a bad professional that doesn’t care about their business image.
The Importance of Mobile Apps for Your Business
The customers in today’s world are on the move and they’re using mobile application platforms to get there. Whether they use mobile phones, tablets, or other mobile devices they have all the information they need. That’s why mobile apps are so much important in today’s market.
You need to understand that mobile apps allow customers to have all your information at their fingertips. Also, it is important that your app works on multiple mobile application platforms. But for beginning, start with one platform.
No matter what your business is, a mobile app can help you get and retain customers., and that’s a fact. We all know that the first place customers go to search for a product or service is online. If your business is available online, and plus you have an app that users can download to their devices, your business will make really good impression. At a glance they will be able to see and open your app and purchase from your business.
Here are some of the biggest benefits of mobile apps for businesses. You can:
- build loyalty
- reinforce your brand
- increase your visibility
- increase your accessibility
- increase sell-through
- increase exposure across mobile devices
- connect you with on-the-go consumers
There are more of course. These are just some of the biggest. As you can see, benefits can be huge.
Not only that your business will have benefits, but your customers as well. Here are some of the benefits of mobile apps for your customers. They can:
- easy access to your inventory
- get notifications of special events, launches, etc.
- have one-touch access to your contact information
- get directions to your location from wherever they are
- make fast, seamless appointment scheduling
Until now, it should be really clear – the future of your business depends on your ability to get your business implanted on the phones of customers all around the world. You need to go mobile and be prepared to grow.
Important fact to note: Promotional email messages receive about a 4% read rate. PUSH notifications 97%.
Not only will your mobile app be a cool marketing tool (allowing you to say things like, visit our website to download our free app!) that will help get people returning to your website, but it will allow you to engage with your customers in a whole new way.
By now, you probably noticed that on our navigation menu we have a mystery gallery link. Currently the link is password protected. The gallery will be used for various things. For example
- VIP Members
- Special Calendar Events
You should definitely be on the look out for these different functions. You’ll have the chance to win cool prizes.
I can’t go without posting this project. Reason being, is the fact that I was called on to do it while I was deep in the middle of several other assignments. I literally had 3 days to come up with a composition the would fit my clients demands. S.N. Building relationships around integrity is imperative, because if my client and I had not established a trusting partnership, I honestly don’t think that I would taken time that I really didn’t have to work on her agenda.
The purpose of this project was to the rights of submitting a promo to “Walden University” about the importance of Social Change; and also, how Walden University has programs that position it’s students to be impactful trendsetters in relations to Social Change. Upon meeting the proper criteria for the promo’s submission, the submitter gains a great chance to receive several scholarships to further the submitters business plans. When I finally heard back from my client about her results, I was more than pleased.
Not only was my video excepted, but I will soon be awarded with Scholarships to further my companies agenda. Yah! —Tonesia Rouse