I’ve said before that wedding photography is so much more than just the photos on the wedding day. There’s so much more that goes into the whole experience that you have with your wedding photographer. You are working with your photographer from the moment you book them, which is often a year out from the wedding! You are talking back and forth about engagement pictures, wedding day timelines, planning advice etc. Throughout that whole year of planning we are getting to know each on a more personal level so that by the time I show up on the wedding day, I’m more like a friend than a vendor. The photographer is the only vendor that is by your side the ENTIRE wedding day. From when you step into your dress to when you hop in your exit car after the reception, your photographer is usually no more than a few feet away. So that means when you have any questions as the day goes along, your photographer is usually going to be the one you turn to. If it starts raining or we’re running behind on the timeline, you’ll probably turn to your photographer to ask “what do we do??”. So wouldn’t you rather that person be like a friend and not a stranger? You want this person to be someone you know and trust and can feel comfortable with. This makes for an amazing experience for all involved! After the wedding is over, I want the bride to not only be pleased with the photos, but also be pleased with the entire experience from start to finish! View full post »
This is a topic that applies to ALL photographers out there! Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been doing this for a while, learning light is one of the most important aspects of photography! In my opinion, light is the main factor in the quality of an image. You can have the most beautiful setting, gorgeous subjects, and the fanciest camera you can get your hands on, but if the light isn’t right, then the image will fall short. The best thing to do when learning light is do some basic research then go outside and practice, practice, practice!! No matter how much you read about light and how to use it properly, it’s not going to really click until you’re out there doing it! No matter the lighting conditions you’re dealt with- sunny, cloudy, overcast, etc.- if you know how to “see” and manipulate light, you can get amazing light no matter what!
No matter how many proposals I shoot, I still get so nervous!! Is she going to see me? Am I going to miss the moment? Ah! Jeff is a friend of Branden’s from school. After four years of dating his beautiful girlfriend (now fiancee), Brittany, he was ready to pop the question! He reached out to me back in December about photographing the proposal. I LOVE when guys think to get a photographer to capture their proposal! Believe me, the girl is always SO happy they did!! He said he planned to do it on the bridge that goes over the Hague in Ghent. This bridge is special to a lot of people because it is full of locks that people have put on there over the years. One of my couples from last year actually got engaged on this bridge and they put a lock on the bridge on their wedding day! Jeff planned a date night where they would walk to dinner, but made a stop at this bridge along the way. He surprised her with a lock for them to add to the bridge. When he handed the custom red lock to her, she turned it over to see that it read ‘Will You Marry Me?’ on the back! So sweet!! She was so surprised and said yes, of course!! I’m so glad that I was able to capture this special moment for them! And I actually had Branden with me too, so we got it from both sides of the bridge! I may or may not have been hiding in between a dumpster and a porta potty on my side of the bridge… whatever works! So happy for these two and wishing them all the best as they start wedding planning!! :)
Today’s topic is for all the wedding photographers out there! I LOVE same-day slideshows so it was the perfect topic for kicking off my ‘Ask Anything’ series! Same-day slideshows can seem very scary and intimidating to do, but once you get a good system down, they’re really not that bad! For those of you that don’t know what they are, it’s when the wedding photographer sneaks away during dinner to put together a little slideshow of a few images from the wedding day thus far. That means we’re uploading, culling AND editing- all within the little 20-30 minutes break we get for dinner! Yikes! It’s so important to have an efficient system down for tackling these so you don’t end up being a hot mess trying to get it done! I learned my system while second shooting with Lindsay Fauver last year. I can’t thank her enough for teaching it to me! It’s quick, easy and so efficient! I can do it in 15 minutes!
In the photography world here in Virginia, we have officially entered the “slow season”. In some areas where it’s warm year round, they never slow down, but in areas where it’s in the 30s or below in the winter months, people just don’t want to go outside for pictures, and neither do the photographers! Haha! So during these months we get to slow down and regroup after a very busy season of life! As much as I love shooting weddings and sessions, it has been really great to have this time to relax. The timing was actually perfect because Branden is on his more laid-back rotation right now at the hospital so we’ve been able to spend a lot of quality time together! So instead of shooting weddings and sessions EVERY weekend, we now get to rent movies, hang out with friends and sleep in!! And we’ve been loving every minute of it! What got me through those crazy months of endless weddings and engagement sessions while still working a full-time job was knowing that I had this time to look forward too. I knew that I’d be getting that break I needed to recharge.