Photography

Home Engagement Photos – A New Trend

HHOME ENGAGEMENT   Here’s a trend that starting to build in our area, the Home Engagement Sessions.  Many couples choose to document their engagement in a safe, comfortable environment – their home!  Nothing is more personal than doing your engagement photos around your own comfortable environment.   And, since you are shooting at home, it’s easy to…

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Are you considering a First Look?

A “First Look” is the term used when a bride and groom decide to see each other before the wedding ceremony.  Many couples go back and forth on this decision.  While, a traditional bride might prefer to have her groom enjoy the first sight of her as she walks down the aisle, there are many…

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Here’s How to Make Those Engagement Photos Great

With the new year it’s time to welcome a new group of newly engaged couples who will begin their wedding journey.   Besides setting a date and a budget, many couples, especially if the wedding has a short planning period, want to get their engagement photos early in the process.  Generally, I suggest scheduling your engagement…

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Help Your Photographer Capture YOUR Special Day

Every bride needs to know a few things about working with their wedding photographer to capture those amazing images that you absolutely love.  Here’s how to help your photographer capture your special day and get those images. You hopefully hired a professional photographer that has done this many times.  So, trust your photographer to get…

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One of the MOST Important Decisions of Your Wedding

  The photographs from your wedding day will be a timeless keepsake and choosing your photographer will be one of the most important decision you will make regarding your wedding.  Wedding photographers can be very expensive or not, focus on a number of different styles, and offer a variety of levels of service and experience….

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First Look or Not?

A “First Look” is the term used when a bride and groom decide to see each other before the wedding ceremony. Many couples go back and forth on this decision. While, a traditional bride might prefer to have her groom enjoy the first sight of her as she walks down the aisle, there are many…

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Top 2 Reasons to Hire a Professional Photographer – It’s a decision you won’t regret!

The most precious day of your life is surely your wedding. You want to ensure that every moment of your special day is captured in a unique and beautiful manner.   I have heard from many couples after the fact about their poor decision in hiring a friend or family member to do the job.   Their…

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The Bride’s Guide to Wedding Photography

Forget the bridal magazines and their list of questions to ask a photographer. They have no idea!  Most magazines are “publishers” and they have no idea of “REAL WORLD” concerns with regard to questions about photography that really matter.  Most likely they have never photographed a wedding.  Yes, they publish articles, but their bottom line…

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How to Choose your Wedding Photographer

The photographs from your wedding day will be a timeless memento of a truly special day. Wedding photographers can be very expensive, focus on a number of different styles, and offer a variety of levels of service. All the bridal magazines say to look at some basics like does the photographer work more classic style…

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How to Keep Formal Portraits Stress Free at Your Wedding

Guest Blogger: Patrick Pope – Patrick Pope Photography (www.PatrickPopePhotography.com) How Many Formal Photos – and How Much Time Should I Allocate? Ah, the ubiquitous family group shots. They’re not exciting, but they’re an important part of most weddings. The fact is, nobody really likes posing for these and everyone is much happier when they get done…

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Photo Album or Photo Book

Weddings are a milestone in life and there’s no better way to keep those memories of that special day that a quality Photo Album or Photo Book.  So, what’s the difference between a Photo Album and a Photo Book you ask?   Here’s the difference. One of the most obvious differences between Albums and Books is…

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Tips about PHOTOGRAPHY for Your Wedding Day

      How much time do you need for photography on the wedding day? A good rule of thumb is to plan about 30 minutes for family formals at the church or ceremony location and between 1.5 and 2.5 hours for creative (out-and-about) photos. Seriously, after a couple hours it gets very tiring, so…

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Real Questions to Ask A Potential Photographer

Forget the bridal magazines and their list of questions to ask a photographer during the interview process. They have no idea! There are some questions suggested by the magazines that have no bearing what-so-ever on the real world of wedding photography, and others that are hopelessly out of date. Here are some questions that actually…

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Formal Photos – Sizes & Number of Groups & Time You Should Allocate

    Ah, the ubiquitous family group shots. They’re not exciting, but they’re an important part of most weddings. The fact is, nobody really likes posing for these and everyone is much happier when they get done quickly and move on with the day. Not to mention that some venues leave only a very tight…

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3 Ways to Help Your Wedding Photographer Capture Great Moments

(Guest Post by Patrick Pope Photography: (PatrickPopePhotography.com) Want your wedding photographer to capture those special moments? Every bride needs to know a few things about working with their photographer to get amazing images that will thrill you and excite you every time you view those images. TIPS FOR AMAZING RESULTS: First – Hire a professional…

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The Two Photographer Myth

(Guest Blog by Patrick Pope of Patrick Pope Photography, www.PatrickPopePhotography.com) “You need two photographers for your wedding.” This is the prevailing belief among most couples as they look for photography. The reality is this statement is simply too broad of a brush and assumes that every couple has the exact same needs, which we know isn’t…

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How Many Formal Photos – and How Much Time Should I Allocate?

Ah, the ubiquitous family group shots. They’re not exciting, but they’re an important part of most weddings. The fact is, nobody really likes posing for these and everyone is much happier when they get done quickly and move on with the day. Not to mention that some venues leave only a very tight window of…

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How long should I plan for photos between the ceremony and reception?

Obviously one answer isn’t going to fit every wedding or every schedule, but this is a good starting point that should work for the vast majority of weddings with very little modification. For the creative portraits and run-around shots I recommend about 60 to 90 minutes of actual photo time. Less than that and it…

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7 Ways to Help Eliminate That Awkward Feeling in Front of the Lens on your Wedding Day

On your wedding day it’s vital to feel comfortable in front of the camera, and lots of couples say that they feel awkward and a bit uneasy – and that stress will show in your images.  Nerves are generally translated into your photos as strange expressions and stances.  Your smiles will be stiff and your…

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2 Ways You Can Help Your Photographer Capture YOUR Memorable Moments

Every bride needs to know a few things about working with their photographer to get amazing images that will thrill you and excite you every time you view those images. First – You hired a professional photographer who has done this many, many times.  TRUST him/her to yes, get those must have moments (the first…

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Wedding Day Tip – Reception Timing

Problem: The ceremony is at noon, the reception is from 6:00 to 11:00. That many hours with the photographer is going to get expensive! Yes, that is a problem – if the couple wants every minute of the reception photographed. In reality most receptions are covered very well in less than three hours of photography time. If…

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8 Reasons to Have a First Look

Are you debating whether to see one another before the ceremony?  Let’s these 8 photos of tender and loving moments show you why they are so popular.  

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Wedding Albums & Photos

  A lot of photographers have asked us questions regarding the preferences brides have concerning wedding albums, and we really felt that we did not have the answers to some of their questions, so we decided to go directly to you – our brides and readers – for some specific answers about wedding albums and…

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Don’t Have Regrets!

    When I ask brides who decide to have a “family friend” photograph their wedding or why they cut the budget for photography, I usually receive one of the two responses below.    I want to spending my money on the things that are more visually gratifying such as the flowers, my dress (of…

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Your Best Portraits Ever! Part Two

On our last post we talk about ways for you to Capture the Best Portraits Ever!  This post continues with more ideas for you to look your very best on the big day.   • Don’t point your body directly at the camera. You always want to have one shoulder closer to the camera. Not…

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Your Best Portraits Ever! Part One

You want to look your very best in your wedding photos, right? You’re in a beautiful dress (or snazzy suit for the guys). You’ve got perfect hair, perfect makeup, perfect flowers, perfect everything. You’re all set for the most amazing photos of your life!  And then it all goes to ruin with a stiff, awkward…

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12 Tips To Get The Most From Your Wedding Photos – The Run-Arounds

Guest Post courtesy of Patrick Pope of Patrick Pope Photography (www.PatrickPopePhotography.com)   Ah, the run-around photos. Some think of them as part of the formals, but frankly I think they’re completely different. Formals are the line-up photos of family and wedding party done at the venue and are about as creative as making a bowl…

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Trash the Dress Wedding Photography

Trash the Dress is a current post nuptial trend that can be a lot of fun.  After you are married and now that you have made a commitment to each other do you really need that dress?  So, why not trash the dress and get some fun picture while you do it?  Generally speaking most…

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People Love Stories

People love stories.  Photographs, pictures, images, call them what you wish, they are in fact frozen moments in time and every image has a story.  And the fact is, when you go back and look at an image, it is about the image – but it is also about remembering the feelings and emotions that…

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Misconceptions about Wedding Photography

The number one misconception about wedding photography is the belief that the photo is done when the shutter is clicked.  After all, that’s the way most people take vacation photos or photographs of family and friends.  Click.  Done.  So why on earth is wedding photography so expensive? The reality is that wedding photography is a…

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