• Planning

    Five Princess Wedding Shoot Ideas

    Some prefer to have it done before the wedding itself while some prefer to wait after. What exactly are we talking about? The obligatory wedding photo-shoot of course. Whatever both your decisions may be, we can all agree that a wedding shoot is nothing but fun. A part of the fun happens to be planning the concept the shoot will be based on. Inspiration for the shoot can be, for example, from a scene from a movie that the two of you can relate to and wish to emulate. The latter will certainly make the brainstorming process even easier since you’re both provided with a storyboard and all that is…

  • Planning

    Should you Have Your Wedding Pictures Taken Before or After the Ceremony?

    Traditionally couples have their wedding pictures taken after the ceremony. More and more modern couples, however, have decided that it makes more sense to have the pictures taken before guests even start to arrive. When faced with this question, you have to decide which option makes sense for you. Advantages to Pre-Ceremony Pictures Taking pictures before your ceremony will help you keep a tighter schedule by getting one task finished before the event starts. Instead of making your guests wait, you can jump right into the reception party. People who don’t like waiting will love you for skipping the traditional route and getting right to the fun. Pre-ceremony pictures might…

  • Photography,  Planning

    Destination Wedding Photography

    If you’re having a destination wedding, there may be extra considerations that you need to take when hiring a wedding photographer. You can either hire a photographer and pay for his or her travel fees, or you can hire a local photographer. Both come with their own pros and cons. If you hire a wedding photographer and take him or her to the destination, you will be able to do a lot more in person communication beforehand. Perhaps he will shoot your engagement photos and get a feel of your personalities and character. If he has worked in the location before or does destination weddings frequently, he could provide the…

  • Creativity,  Photography

    Photography Do’s and Don’ts

    I love black and white photography. It’s artistic, moody, and atmospheric, but I’m not sure I would want my wedding to be entirely in black and white photography. There are moments when black and white photography are great. DO choose a photographer who’s style is versatile, but not disjointed. You want someone who has a vision of what your wedding will look like, but you also want some shots that are out of the box. If you can afford it, you might want to consider a second shooter. DON’T go avant garde. Remember that these photos need to stand the test of time. If you’re too focused on artsy photography,…

  • Creativity

    5 Engagement Shoot Ideas

    I love engagement shoots! Here are five fun ideas for themed engagement shoots. 1. Play Dress Up Do you have a flair for the dramatic? Then you and your fiancé might want to enact a romantic fantasy. Perhaps it’s a page taken out of Casablanca or the Princess Bride or The Great Gatsby. 2. Bring Your Best Friend If you have a pet, chances are they feature pretty prominently in your life. Why not bring them along and make them part of your shoot? 3. A Place with History In every relationship there are moments and places that carry some emotional significance – the place where you first kissed, the…

  • Creativity

    Engagement Photo Tips

    Why take engagement photos? Often times, they’re included in your photographer’s wedding package and a great opportunity to learn to work with a photographer. Not only will your photographer be able to learn all your best angles — very important — but you’ll also figure out what works and doesn’t work. Also, you can use your photos as part of your Save the Dates, wedding decor, or even show them during a slideshow during your reception. So that, you’re all signed up for your first model assignment, here are some great prep tips! 1) Make Time for Some TLC Even if you’re not normally a makeup person, you should spend…

  • Planning

    Taking Great Pictures

    One thinks of a photograph as a one-act play. -William Albert Allard Photographer and writer William Albert Allard has been an impressive force in mainstream photography. Most well-known for his work in National Geographic, his photos are almost always compelling. Another one of his quotes is, “I think the best pictures are often on the edges of any situation, I don’t find photographing the situations nearly as interesting as photographing the edges.” While this might not be the best sentiment for your wedding photographer to have, it’s something that you and your fiance may keep in mind while snapping your own photos. Many of the newest smart phones have great…

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    Five Shots To Take

    We’ve covered the shots that you have to take for your wedding: the portraits, the cake cutting, the first dance, etc. Here is our list of shots that aren’t part of the wedding photography canon, but are so memorable that they might soon well be! 1. Your Parents While everyone knows to get the groom’s reaction when the bride enters into view, but what about his parents or your mom? Some of the most touching photos I’ve seen is when parents tear up; whether it’s during the ceremony or during the speeches or the first dance. 2. The Shoe Portrait This is an adorable thing for couples to do, but…

  • News,  Photography

    History of Wedding Photography

    Wedding Photography in the 19th Century By Natalie T. December 26, 2011 Wedding photographs are an agonizing process already, but did you know that back in the days of early photography, people had to hold a pose over a minute? Early daguerreotypes, a photographic process that captures an image onto a silver coated copper plate, took sixty to ninety seconds to capture an image and the sitters had to stay very still for a crisp image. Due the amount of equipment needed, these photographs were often taken in studios where the photographer could rig up vises to hold one’s limbs in place. Imagine wearing a big pouffy dress and trying…