Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Magnificent Megan

We're a little late in posting about Miss Megan Mitchell, but she definitely deserves a blog post! So here goes...

We asked Megan some questions that will be throughout this post with her answers, helping you to get to know the fun-loving actress and [hopefully] future missionary that we have come to know and love!

Enjoy the beautiful-ness!

Our Question Was: "What do you want to do with your life (dreams, goals, passions)?"

Her Answer: "In my life I want to do theater. I want to somehow be a cog in creating a vessel of communication where you don't need to be able to read, hear or even see to be touched by a performance. I want to create art that inspires people to love, appreciate, understand and laugh at the world around them. However, I want to honor God the entire time and readily change whatever direction I'm in for Him. I want to do some sort of missions at some point, and to be spontaneous and go to Europe and to embrace my own artistic style and to meet new people and have them meet me."

Our Question Was: "How do you think we have done at reflecting your personality through the photos that you've seen?"

Her Answer: "I think Photogenique Photography has done a great job at displaying my personality. I'm slightly crazy, and I felt the photos represented my need for fun. I found it really easy to express my ideas and opinions during and after the photo shoot- and before if I had thought of any."

Our Question Was: "What/who inspires you the most in life?"

Her Answer:  "One of the people who inspires me is Kristiana Looney, because she's pretty and smart and artsy and kind and a very talented photographer!"

Our Response To That (of course): "Aww, shucks!!"

Our Question: "Would you rather go to the theatre or a movie? Why?"

Her Answer: "I would rather go to the theater because you experience theater, but you watch a movie. It's like the difference between living and existing, you need a little lack of fourth wall in your life sometimes."

 And last but not least...

Our Question Was: "How would you describe your experience with Photogenique Photography?"

Her Answer: "I would describe my experience with Photogenique Photography as fun, spontaneous and comfortable. We made new friends with Twinsies Coffee & Cupcakes, which I never would have done had I not gone on my senior photo adventure with Photogenique. I really liked the colors, light and myself in the pictures."

So there you have it, folks! Straight from the horse's --er-- the MEGAN'S mouth! ;)

Message us today to book your shoot!

~Kristiana and Nathan


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Sam + Autumn

Our experience with Sam and Autumn Anderson was one that we'll fondly remember from now until the ends of the age. :) It happened that a group of girls was in the same car, rollin' through the drive-through of the Starbucks that Nathan works at. He asked the usual question: "What are you ladies up to today?" --Her soon-to-be sis-in-law, Ryanne, pointed to the back and announced that "this one" in the back was getting married! Nathan, being the opportunist that he is, asked who they had planned on to do their photography. Turns out, there wasn't a plan in motion yet, so Nathan gave them our card and sent them on our way. Wonderfully enough, they booked with us almost immediately and we were able to bless the family, as well as leave more blessed than we could have expected! We also made great connections and even better friends. :)

After all, that's what the photo business is all about...loving people and making new friends each time.

Throughout sharing these photos, we'll go over some fun facts we've learned about the couple and hopefully you will leave this post feeling like you know them a little better too!

Fact #1: Autumn adores pink. :)
She is also a purist when it comes to tea.
And we mean PURE. No sugar, no honey, no nada.
Just tea. ;)

Fact #2: Upon getting her dress on, Autumn frantically fluffed it up and down in the air 
and quoted Dispicable Me in saying "It's [seriously] sooooo fluffy!"

Fact #3: These kids have a genuine love. :) Autumn even bought Sam a 
pair of cowboy boots to wear on the wedding day. Way cool!

Fact #4: The bride and groom scored their wedding venue {Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum} just 3 weeks before the wedding! And it came with super awesome tanks and jets on site!

Fact #5: Sam is hardcore. So hard core, even, that he researches on Wikepedia intensely as a hobby!

Fact #6: Two of Autumn's bridesmaids are besties and have the last names "Bacon" and "Rice". 
They eat it for breakfast pretty much regularly when together!

Fact #7: Sam is actually loyal. This is a staged photo above. We swear! Haha ;) 

Fact #8: His eyes lit up when he saw her in that dress walkin' down the sidewalk toward him!

Fact #9: Both Autumn and Sam have a passion for music and are in love with The Beatles in particular. For their first dance as a married couple, the pair danced to the group's famous song, "Eight Days a Week". All the music played at their wedding and reception was from before the 70's! So sweet!

Fact #10: The entire wedding party (especially the bride and groom) know how to have fun and a good time! We enjoyed participating in laughter after many a pun and several witty comments! What a blast getting to hang out with such a great group of people! 

Thank you, everyone!

Monday, August 12, 2013

"The New Normal"

Everyone is getting into modern seems the deeper we dive as a society, the more items are discovered and tweaked in order to please us. I (Kristiana) remember how easily-pleasable I was when I was a kid. I had my little Kodak disposable cameras and I went wherever and got horribly-wonderful pictures to remember my memories by, and that was "the life".

Now-a-days, however, we have stuff like this...

And on the other end of the spectrum...stuff like this:

So no matter how giant or small your lens is, people everywhere are getting photos. But the reason behind those photos has dwindled. There used to be very few photos taken of one's family, once upon a time. There was maybe 2 pictures taken of a family in the whole span of their lifetime together. Now, a mom has 10 bajillion photos of her children. But she doesn't spend as much real time with them. 

One of our favorite things about photographing people is our ability to set the camera down for a while and enjoy life with people. We ask what they're really into. We come to a birthday party wanting to enjoy ourselves as much as the next person, and not coming wanting to be just "the cameras" and hide behind our lenses. 

I propose that "The New Normal" be about people. Photographing should be balanced. Next time you feel like getting a photo of a friend or family member, ask if you can join in and be a part of it. :) 

Because a memory will fade, but a picture lasts forever.

At Photogenique Photography, we're about valuing people, and helping you shine. And we're growing in our "new normal" daily alongside you. 

Join us! 

Kristiana & Nathan Looney

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Photogenique's First-Ever "Free Photo Shoot" Drawing!

Nathan and I were thinking of ways to get the word out about our photo business, expand our portfolio, and bless people, when--LIGHTBULB!!--Nathan got it!

"Why don't we have some sort of a contest?" said he.
"What sort of a contest?" said I.
"Like a drawing or something." said Nathan.

...and so...the idea was born. And the prize is worth at least a Benjamin Franklin and THEN SOME! Odds are, if you've gotten this far, you've heard the news and are at least remotely interested. And we're SO glad that you are! 

But before all the excitement...please read over the guidelines:

Disclaimer: This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Kristiana and Nathan Looney and not to Facebook. The information you provide will only be used for inspirational benefit.

1) All entrants to this drawing may not be staff, sponsors or associated with in any way to Facebook.

2) This drawing is limited in that the photo shoot may contain ONLY between 1 and 6 persons. 

3) Participants must be willing to travel to within the Salem-Keizer boundaries for their photo shoot in the event that they win the drawing.

4) The drawing will remain open throughout the entire month of July. The last date for entry will be July 31st and the winner will be decided at random and be announced on our blog. We will also contact the winner in a private message via Facebook. 

Instructions are on our Facebook page! :)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Photogenique's Fabulous Updates! :)

Ahh, Photogenique has been much too long since I wrote!!

I have been posting the majority of exciting moments happening with my business on Facebook, but I'll go over a few of the highlights for those who may have missed out:

*NEW website design! I feel this design really reflects me as a person, and my style. I hope you all love it as much as I do!

I'm hoping to purchase my own internet domain soon; preferably NON-flash website so all you lucky ducks with cooler gadgets than I have (insert "i-device" here) can access it from anywhere! Will update you all on that when it happens!

*Customized Senior Announcements/Grad Invitations are included FREE with every senior photo package! I am super stoked about this, as I love seniors, and I want to reflect them more by going above and beyond the photos themselves!

*Consultations --I was recently blessed to be able to meet with a fellow photographer and leader in my life, Bethany Shelton. She ran her own business for a while, called "Good Soil Photography", and gleaned a lot from that experience, which she was kind enough to share with me! I learned all kinds of NUGGETS that I have been determined to work into my way of doing business, one by one.

One such nugget was meeting potential clients for a consultation before every shoot. This helps me get to know YOU, your likes, your dislikes, and what YOU expect your photos to display.

You see? --It's all about YOU...not Photogenique. I have found that once I dedicate specific time to listen to people and what they have to say, my business is improved, new friendships are created, and stress is dissolved on both ends. It's a win-win. :)

*Welcome Packets --one thing that goes along with every consultation is a Welcome Packet. These are still in the workings, but I think I've got the basics down...seeing as a packet even exists now. I CANNOT EVEN SAY how much these packets bring to the table! Tips for prepping before a shoot --Contract --Print Release --a personal letter from me to you...and more!

I am excited to share these things with you and to invite you to be a part of my photo journey! To find out more, message me on my personal facebook account {} or send an email to


- Kristiana
[owner of Photogenique]