International Photographic Competition – A First Timer’s Perspective

For the last few days, the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) has been hosting the highest print competition, the International Photographic Competition (IPC).  Photographers across the world have been clinging to their cell phones for the telling texts that are the first notification the fate of each image submitted as

It’s a Cake Smash!

This little guy let me take his newborn pictures and then he joined my baby planners.  It has been a true joy watching his personality develop.  He is such a happy friendly little guy!  You never know how a one-year old will respond to cake, but I think it is

Class Auction Photo Projects

Thanks to Pinterest, a little creativity, supportive teachers, and awesome kids, we were able to create these auction items for our school this year. For the project above, each student gave me his/her favorite Bible verse.  We took individual photos with bright card stock and Photoshopped the rest. For this

Best of 2013 Photo Contest

It’s time for the annual Best of 2013 from KJ Bradley Photography photo contest!  The 12 images below have been nominated to compete.  The grand prize is a 16 x 20 wrapped canvas or $100 off a 2014 session.   Second and third place will also receive smaller prizes.  You

Nikki & Ryan’s Wedding at Myrtle Grove Plantation

“…Uniting the two families is also a blessing from above. As a Mom, it made my heart swell to see the love and support from the families, friends, Marci, their wedding director and of course that Crazy, wonderful Bridal party. The day was Nikki and Ryan’s vision. From the flower

Good Sportsmanship Lives On

As a soccer mom with a camera, I am always on the sidelines cheering and snapping photos.  Actually, keeping the camera in front of my face helps to tone down my hyper yelling which makes my son happy.  Today, I was inspired by an act of good sportsmanship and thought

Tar River Wine Festival 2013

I was honored to be asked to photograph this year’s Tar River Wine Festival at the beautiful Rose Hill Plantation just outside of Nashville, NC.  The festival is a fundraiser to support the Futrell-Mauldin Community Foundation’s projects to better the lives of citizens in Nash and Edgecombe Counties.  The evening

2013 Eastern NC Livestock Show & Sale

I married a farm boy and as the mother of two 4-H’rs, I have come to look forward to the annual Eastern North Carolina Livestock Show and Sale for Edgecombe, Halifax, and Nash Counties.  Over the years, the event has become a tradition.  My boys enjoy the 4-H experience and

Horsin’ Around ~ Equestrian Photography

How many kids ask for a pony for Christmas at least once?  I know I did.  I never received one… apparently they are too large for Santa’s sleigh.  Luckily a neighbor had a stable full and she was willing to let me ride often.  After going off to college, I

Just Two Pictures

When Brittany and Jason decided to have a formal wedding, they purposefully chose to keep it small.  This down to earth couple understands the meaning of the day.  It’s not about attendants, long dresses with a cathedral length trains, or singers.  It is about a guy and a girl in