Our Core Values

October 31, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

The future of photography in the East Texas area is changing and I am proud to say that we are a part of it.  Never before have people been able to walk away from any event with their portraits or action shots in their hands until now!  How do we do it? 

We have three (3) core values at Expression in Motion:

1. Honor God in what we do and give back to our community

2. Produce a better product than our competition

3. Produce that better product faster than any of our competition

By far the hardest of the three of these is to honor God!  Why?  Aren’t we Christians and believers?  Well of course we are.  The hard part is when temptations present themselves and you have to ignore them or when a customer is completely wrong or being unreasonable and we have to react ABSENT of any emotion.  This is especially difficult for me as I am an emotional guy.  I have been known to speak first and think later and the outcomes are often not good.  Really one of those moments when you look back and say, “Man, I shouldn’t have reacted like that.”  This is not only in true in business but in life.  Sometimes we react to a situation with our kids that is completely based on emotion…and we regret it. 

So, how do we overcome that?  I believe it takes a rededication every single day.  I try to wake up every day and say, “Today is going to be a better day than yesterday because I know I have the Lord, my God, is on my side and He is in control.”  It is this rededication that, I believe, continues to provide blessings in not only our business lives but personal ones as well.  Where I often fail is that once I rededicate myself in the morning I don’t think about it again until the next morning.  Periodically, I look back on a situation and think of how I should have stopped and prayed for patience and then made a decision.  I guess that’s why we’re human and far from god-like.  But, if we continue to really listen to God’s direction – not just hear Him but really listen – then we will not be misled.  One very clear direction that God has led us is to give a portion of our profit back to various associations / organizations and people.  It’s a simple way for us to thank the people that have had us out for their events.  90% of the organizations we work with are non-profit and all of the money goes back in to the organization.  Maybe an organization can take the money we give back and buy the league trophies with it or maybe the money is spent to help finance a new restroom for the facility.  Whatever the case, we try very hard to pay the same blessings we have received forward to those who need it!

#2 & #3 above go together like peas & carrots!  True regardless of your faith, if you don’t produce a better product or produce your product faster than your competition then you won’t be around long.  When we started producing portraits onsite in the mobile photo lab, I was told, “You can’t do that!” – “No way will that work in the time you want to do it in!”  My response was very simple “Why not?”  After hours upon hours of dedication and frustration, we have proven that you can produce a quality product in an extremely fast manner.  We have proven we can do it because we had to FAITH to ask, “Why can’t it be done.”  Do we still fail…EVERY SINGLE DAY!  Every day we fail at something or something doesn’t work out like we planned.  But it goes back to the rededication of our lives that keeps us going.  We learn from those failures and try our best to “hear” what God has in store for us and follow His direction.  After all, we are disciples first and photographers/designers second.

 

Please feel free to email me or contact me at any of the methods below.  I’d love to hear your story!

 

God Bless,

Jeff Newland

(903) 720-5896

jeff@expressioninmotion.com

John 9:1-5


Dixie Texas Regional, State and World Series Tournaments

August 06, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Think back to the famous question every child is asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” For those that grow up with an interest in baseball, there are many that respond, “I want to be a professional baseball player!” We had the privilege of capturing memories that some of the young athletes in attendance can look back and use to tell their story. “This tournament was a step taken along my dream path.”

      Dixie Regional & State Tournaments         

This year’s Dixie AA LARGE and AA JUNIOR State (Machine Pitch) Tournaments, and Dixie BOYS Division Tournament were held in Center, TX over July 5-9, 2014. For those that like numbers, during these tournaments, 47 games were photographed including:

  • -Over 7,000 memories for AA LARGE
  • -Almost 6,000 for AA JUNIOR
  • -2,500 for BOYS Division

This tournament held a special remembrance with the flag at left at half-mast during the duration of the tournament for one young Broken Bow All-Star athlete. The Broken Bow All-Stars of Oklahoma renamed themselves “Team Rowdy” in his honor after he lost his life in a car accident.

The following weekend, Center, Texas was again the host for the Dixie AAA LARGE and AAA JUNIOR Regional Tournaments, and Dixie MAJORS State Tournament as well over July 12-15, 2014. From the 42 games captured at this event, the gallery counts produced:

  • -Over 5,000 memories for AAA LARGE Division as well as for the AAA JUNIOR Division
  • -Over 4,600 for Dixie MAJORS Division

That’s over 30,000 images in the novel of this year’s State Tournaments at Center, TX. And those aren’t “spray and pray” shots! We take our photographs with precise aim to tell our athlete’s story. It’s fun to hear those that come by looking through the photos on our proofing laptops, referring to it as “watching” the game play out live one click at a time. These tournaments brought the heat of both high temperatures and action! The most memorable action that comes to mind would have to be the 5 over the fence home runs in a row by Dixie Majors Athens All-Stars and on their 2 out rally! Those expressions were priceless to capture……true smiles of pride and accomplishment. I’m proud to say that our orders were processed within 7-days after the completion of each tournament – unless of course you chose an item we produced onsite and were able to take it home with you. Our aim is to give the best customer service and quality products we can and never get comfortable with “just good enough”. We want to make it clear why we stand out above the competition.

We had the special opportunity to end our 2014 Dixie tournament season with the first ever Dixie AA Machine Pitch/Coach Pitch Division World Series Tournament that took place in Texarkana, Arkansas July 17-21, 2014 hosted by Texarkana Arkansas Baseball Association. We were there to capture the start of the excitement at the Opening Ceremonies on July 17 that took place at the beautiful Trinity Baptist Church of Texarkana. The next morning the teams were due to arrive at Ed Worrell Park……but the rain made it in first! Volunteers and staff came together to get the fields in play condition as quickly as possible. Even though the morning games had to be rescheduled, those there early enough had the unique opportunity to see two helicopters come in to help “blow off” a good portion of standing water from the fields to assist them in drying out in enough time to start the afternoon games as scheduled. By 3pm it was time to “Play Ball” and the tournament was officially on! There were back to back games from then on out as scheduled and the drive of the athlete’s became more apparent as team banners came off the fence lines. There were 32 Machine Pitch and 34 Coach Pitch games shot with almost 20,000 photos captured to help mark this special achievement that many won’t have the opportunity to experience again.

     

A Special Congratulations to Team TEXAS (Nacogdoches, TX) for taking home the inaugural coach pitch crown & to Team Florida (Sebring, FL) for taking home the inaugural machine pitch championship!

t was a blast to be a part of such a great events this year, working closely with the families to complete their orders of Team and Individual photo CD’s, posters and prints, action collages, composites, plaques, and banners, both onsite and through our website www.expressioninmotion.com/photos after the completion of the events. Don’t’ forget to think about the upcoming seasons and your team needs! With each event brings new products, new designs, and ideas so keep a look out for updates on the website and special onsite deals we’ll be offering with upcoming events!


Fishing for the Right Angle

May 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

       There are so many avenues one can take when it comes to our personalization options/inclusions and photography opportunities, you just can’t stick with one! From individualized personalities and interests, to preferred web-based or face-to-face sales, we work to find the best fit for you and meeting your needs. While we’ve been focused mainly on softball and baseball lately, this past weekend we were invited out to be a part of the KYKX Big Bass Bonanza 2014 to provide them with this year’s t-shirts and promotional items. You couldn’t have asked for better weather at this year’s event! With clear blue skies and full sunshine from dawn to dusk, many families, anglers, and spectators came out to share in the fun. The only cloud on the weekend was not being able to watch the boys play at our Diana Baseball Tournament, relying on others for those play-by-play updates throughout the games. But that’s how it goes sometimes and I’m very thankful for the individuals that were able to help out! As the saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.”

     It wasn’t a surprise that the biggest hit at our tent was our customized cell phone cases! Many enjoyed our new display boards, having many design choices at their fingertips for ideas, to mix and match with, or include photos with, to make it unique to them!  Some of the other items that were available for onsite processing were a variety of sizes of wooden plaques and photo easels, mugs, neoprene koozies and eyewear keepers, a fun new addition of trailer hitch covers, and of course this year’s official event t-shirt.

     Some of the fun photo shots of the weekend were the bass of course! We got photos from start to finish: anglers drawing them out of their live wells to proudly show them off, weighing them in, the contenders displayed in the massive bass tank directly out in front of us, and miscellaneous shots throughout the weekend of vendors, events, and the gorgeous sunsets over the lake.

      Memories are made at every turn in life from simple afternoons at home with your family, to extravagant planned events. And while you can’t catch them all, especially if you can’t be two places at once, be sure to try to capture yours when you get a chance!

As Always – Capturing Memories while you watch the Moments!

Jennifer


Even the Best of Plans Shift

April 25, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

We all know that life usually doesn't follow the path WE plan for, whether it’s something of simplicity or major in life. While many aspects are out of our control, some things are within the realm of learning curves. This can especially be true when starting a new business, even with extensive planning and research. Expression in Motion wasn’t born with photography in mind at all, but as solely providing onsite and on demand personalization. We were dependent on clients providing their own photographs whether it was uploading them from their cell phone pictures or their saved pictures from social media. While this option is still available it doesn't always provide the best quality to apply to the items wanted.

We were often asked if we provided photography as well, and we always had to respond that we did not. That’s when we started linking up with local photographers for onsite availability, but this brought on its own difficulties due to the timing needed for on the spot editing. Our whole premise is providing quality personalization items onsite vs having to order. While we welcome the opportunity to work with other photographers for orders, the best way to accomplish our onsite needs is to use our own talent, providing high resolution quality photography! While onsite, Jeff is the main graphic designer doing sales and production and I’m on the fields capturing the moments as they occur. Additional photographers are brought on as needed depending on the size of the events. Most weekends it’s a family effort with one or multiple boys helping out in a variety of ways. While most of the time this brings on added fun and much appreciated help, there’s always moments of conflict here and there, but it sure wouldn't be the same without them involved and I love them included.

Family is extremely important to remember which is why Easter weekend remained family focused as well as this upcoming weekend with the start of Dawson and Jacob’s Dixie baseball tournament weekend in Harleton, TX this evening. We’ll be our rooting on the Legends! Have a wonderful weekend everyone!  Please send me any questions or comments.  I love feedback!

As Always – Capturing Memories while you watch the Moments!

Jennifer

jennifer@expressioninmotion.com

(903) 932-0688


Weekend in Review April 12-13, 2014

April 18, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

This is the start of my blogs that’ll be weekly at this point. I’m not in the habit of putting my thoughts out in full view, but sometimes life takes you in turns you didn’t think you’d go.  Action photography has been one of those turns for me that I’ve fallen in love with. I haven’t always been geared towards photography professionally, but loved to shoot and see the treasured results since my first camera as a child. I am a mother of two boys and we’re involved in sports year round.  It’s always nice to have a picture of your child in their uniform for the sport they’re involved in to mark that year…..it’s always been done that way.  Like most, I have a picture from each year of them.  I asked my oldest son one day what one of those pictures reminded him of and his response?  Waiting for his turn…..being told when to smile….oh wait, football players aren’t supposed to smile in pictures.  It reminded him of that day, someone else manufacturing the memory.  Show a picture to your child that was taken DURING a game, ask that question and be prepared for their answer.  Details of the game and experience the way you’d wished they’d remember their schoolwork!  The only problem though is that the pictures usually aren’t very good.  Let’s face it; the majority of us rely on cell phones for pictures, because it’s handy and affordable.

My business, Expression in Motion, has made various shifts over this past year as we’ve grown and continue to grow, but none as favored as the addition of action photography. Being able to offer associations and families reliable quality photography is an experience like no other.  I’m able to capture the athlete’s memories as THEY make them - genuine smiles that are produced by their efforts and successes are priceless!  That to me, especially as a mom, is exciting!  In addition to providing the photography, we produce on site personalized items that you can include those pictures on for no additional fees such as cell phone cases, plaques, photo easels, and more which you take home with you – no ordering needed!  Okay, so now I sound like this has become an advertisement.  I’m just proud of what we have and what we’re able to offer. Now…..back to the blog.

When the hustle and bustle of life weighs you down, a good place to regroup is out at the ball fields.  There’s nothing better than looking at life from your children’s viewpoint as they head out with eager anticipation and excitement.  Will today be the day they hit their first home run or even the ball for the first time?  Will they be at the top of their game and throw the runner out at first to end the inning for their team or catch that fly ball?  In the cool of the morning, with the sun on their backs, the softball fields were filled with eager girls from ages 9 - 14 for the start of the first day of the USFA Wild West Weekend Softball Tournament out at Lear Park in Longview, TX.  I’ve always loved to watch ballgames being here in the south with teams in prayer, heads bowed and knees bent.  These are some of my favorite pictures to include in the galleries adding to the story of event.  The coming together of opponents for the purpose of putting God first is a reminder to us all of how we should start each day.  

Thirty-eight teams took the fields throughout this tournament, playing eight games at a time, working to stay alive throughout the double elimination rounds.  No one wanted to be the ones to head home but all should have held their heads high for the amount of talent that was seen throughout the day.  The sun shone brightly throughout the day, with the word “rain” remaining a safe distance from the forecaster’s lips, leaving only the nemesis of the wind to contend with.  By the end of the day, there were sunburns, and weary legs and backs from the endless hours of crouching, but it all dissipates when reviewing back through your work from the day with pride that it was all worth it.  And that gets you right back up the next morning to start it all over again! Rain however was in the forecast for day two and it would only be a matter of time before it arrived.  Thankfully the day was well under way before the first wave of rain came through and it wasn’t continual, so even though there were some delays, the games played on!  Two days with two photographers, each team has at least one game in our thirty-seven game galleries for this tournament.  There are over 4900 memories captured that teams and individuals are able to acquire.  It’s always a wonderful feeling to hear the feedback from the athletes themselves, as well as their families, and know that the weariness of the weekends end was all worthwhile!

It was an absolute pleasure to view the games thru the lens of a camera, capturing memories that otherwise might have been forgotten.  We always think “I’ll remember that forever”, but in reality as most fades in time, especially when we’re young.  Memories are easily relived through moments frozen in time in treasured photographs of that smashing hit that scored the winning homerun, slide into home, a glove that was outstretched further than thought possible for the catch that made the crowd wow and cheer in excitement!  That’s what my hope is when I take the field with my camera - to capture “that shot” to help these athlete’s tell their stories for years to come. I’m often told how brave I am by parents being on the “other side” of the fence with nothing but my camera in front of me.  Have I been hit?  Oh yes, more than once, but thankfully nothing that has held a lasting effect too long.  The umps sometimes look at me with a wary eye, and occasionally ask to have me move closer to the fence to what is deemed “out of harm’s way”.  Others offer their vest while I crouch behind the catcher for the great viewpoint of the pitcher in action during warm ups.  Sometimes it takes getting out of your comfort zone to reach your potential! This thought sure pertains more to life than just getting great shots on the ball field!  I know there will be plenty more hurdles to cross as we continue grow and expand, and I’m surely excited to see what God has planned for us!

As Always – Capturing Memories while you watch the Moments!

Jennifer

 

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