The art we create together is meant to be touched, seen, and held off a screen
How are you going to display your photos? Get your photos off your facebook wall and on to your real one where they can be treasured and admired for years to come. I pride myself in being a full service photographer who captures and documents your most fleeting moments to be looked back on for years to come.
Social media changes, technology advances and fails, but albums and framed prints are timeless and the archival paper I print on can last hundreds of years! One of my favorite things to do is pull out the boxes of photo albums, prints, and slides we have saved from all the way back to my great grand-parents' days, will your great grand children be able to say the same? We are the most photographed generation, let's make sure those photographs live on past facebook and instagram and into the hands of our future loved ones to remember our stories by for generations to come.
I believe in full service photography that involves planning your session, guiding you through your photos, and getting you tangible items you can view daily to put a smile on your face. Show people who you are and show them with great style.
Tips & Tricks For A Smooth Wedding Day
I. Be sure to have a hair and makeup trial at least three months before your elopement or wedding. This will give you peace of mind to know exactly how you will look and give you the opportunity to change things in advance if necessary!
II. Allowing 50% more time for hair and makeup than you originally anticipated alleviates the number one reason wedding schedules end up running late. This will assure you have plenty of time for all the portraits you want to take before your elopement ceremony or wedding.
III. Have food delivered to your getting ready location. It may be hectic, but take the time to have a bite before your wedding since it will be a while before you have the opportunity to nourish yourself during your reception. Snacks are also great to have on hand at any given time.
IV. Have your florist deliver your bouquet/boutonnieres to where you are getting ready, getting ready can have plenty of downtime for photographing those details. Plus you’ll want your flowers there and ready to go for portraits as soon as you're ready!
V. Prepare an emergency bridal kit with clear nail polish, mints, a sewing kit, stain remover, Visine, safety pins, bobby pins, pain reliever and mini deodorant.
VI. If your wedding is in a church or historical venue find out their rules on photography and flash photography. All venues are different, and some restrict flash photography, the location of photographs, where the photographer can be during your ceremony, and even the times when photos are permitted.
VII. If possible, arrange to have your formal photographs taken before your ceremony. Getting this step out of the way early in the day frees up the rest of your time to spend with each other or your guests. You will be able to go straight to cocktail hour and catch up with loved ones without stress. It’s a new age and it’s no longer considered bad luck to see each other before your ceremony, in fact it's encouraged by having a first look that will lead into your couples portraits and formals.
VIII. Make sure you discuss a “rain plan” just in case Mother Nature doesn’t see sunshine in the cards, and make sure it's a plan you are okay with. Utilizing umbrellas as opposed to taking the whole show inside can dramatically change your photos and expectations.
Considering An Engagement Session?
Shooting an engagement is important for several reasons.First, this time allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera with me as your photographer, figuring out how you work best together before the wedding. Next, you can showcase your personalities in a more intimate setting, while creating some fun captures for wall art, your weddings sign-in book,sign-in board and thank you cards (shot early enough, we can also provide the images for your Save The Date cards and invitations).
Engagements are so engaging! Romance is in the air and the anticipation of a lifetime together comes to a crescendo in the rush during the weks leading up to your wedding, causing you to wonder: Is an engagement shoot necessary? After all, your wedding pictures share the beginning of your life, right?
Well let's explore this a bit so you can make a more informed decision on if an engagement session is right for you!
Great Engagement Shoot Ideas
At your home: An intimate setting where you both feel relaxed and that is special to the both of you.
At your favorite cute coffee shop: Quirky and cozy, local mom and pop shops area great way to take a quick break to refuel and to catch some local, architectural shots with you in the process.
Your favorite hike: Always a favorite, take your love outside and into some epic views, shout your love from the mountain tops!
Doing your favorite activity: You both enjoy listening to music on vinyl and your record collection is out of this world! what better way to set the mood than to spin your favorite tunes together and get close!