3 Tips for Better Wedding Photos

Thursday, June 28, 2012

You just had the wedding of your dreams and experienced the celebration you hoped for but what if the memories caught on film were not what you had in mind? I believe amazing photos are not only the work of a great photographer but happens with one's ability to convey what it is they want, then setting a scene for such moments to take place. Here are a few suggestions to consider when communicating your expectations with your photographer.

1. Details- You know all those real life weddings in blogs and magazines you've been swooning over and inspiring ideas you plastered your pinterest boards with? Those weddings stand out and are featured because they took time to take traditional elements and creatively personalize them. Some ideas are beyond your budget but most are quite do-able if you take the time to do a little research on how you can cost efficiently flip an idea into your own angle. Why am i mentioning this? Because all these details make for awesome photos! You can have tons of posed photos and photos of great scenery, but the style that translates through one's wedding is very personal and paints a lasting impression you'll want to look at over and over again and not want to feel like you would have changed a thing. Pinterest is a free, excellent tool and a one stop shop to compile all your ideas and show any of your vendors or bridal party the ideas you have in mind.

2. Photographic Style- Maybe Uncle Ned offered to shoot your wedding and that's all you can afford. No problem with that. Uncle Ned doesn't have to be a wedding photographer per se, but he and even photographers that specialize in weddings would benefit from being shown different images you like. Telling them what you like and don't like about each image can only help them to not have to assume what it is you want. The difference of outcome can be compared to the way a hairstylist could interpret the haircut you're describing versus having an actual visual image to go by. Do you like fine art photography? Urban Outfitters Spring catalog type photos, abstract, artistic, urban, whimsical or more classic/traditional photos? Showing your photographer examples can help them identify whether you prefer the look of natural light or staged lights and can help them be better prepared. Please take the time to narrow down what looks good to you and ask your photographer if he/she is able to realistically re-create that vibe with their equipment, experience etc.

3. Shot List- I'm not talking about just handing your photographer a list of which family members you want photos taken with after the ceremony. Although that's one aspect of a shot list, what types of photos do you want memories of in your photo album? Candids, scenery, newlyweds amidst a sunset background, specific reception events in particular? Photographers have their own basic list of major segments throughout the wedding to cover, but they can't read your mind. If it's important to you to have photos of you and your bridesmaids getting ready, staying until your send off or capturing you being silly as you enter your honeymoon suite, please don't assume they know to capture that and feel free to let them know your order of priorities.

Bottomline, i can't stress enough how utterly important photography is! You did all the planning and now it's time to invest in a professional to capture all the details of your beautiful story. There are no second takes to capture once in a lifetime moments, so do your part to make your shots count!

Image via:
The extraordinarily talented Nelwin Uy

To UGG or Knot to UGG?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy first day of Summer, everyone! 

For this week's post, i have something that isn't summery at all. While i know wedding season is in full-swing, the brides who are getting married already have their details in place and the newly engaged/up and comers are looking for new inspiration or final touches to include on their big day. Perhaps you are having a fall or winter wedding? If so, i've got just the item for your consideration. 

Introducing... (drumroll, please) the recently launched UGG "I Do" Collection. Yup, I said it! UGGs has followed in TOMS' footsteps and created a few pairs of wedding-esque shoes. They call it a collection, but so far there are only three different types of "I Do's" available. What do y'all think? Would you wear them with your wedding dress? I know there are a ton of UGG loyalists out there and i happen to not-at-the-moment be one of them, so please be warned, my commentary is coming from a different perspective. 

Check out those fluffy flip-flops. It makes me cringe to imagine a groom lifting his bride's gown for the garter toss and find her rockin' those! But, I will admit, after a long day in stilettos, those shearling fluff flops would feel heavenly. I know some of us can't stand high heels and others live in extremely cold climates but seriously... UGGs!? I think a wedding collection is a very smart move for them and I am actually looking forward to seeing what other bridal styles UGGs comes up with. I know they're comfy, but they never struck me as a sexy boot. They make my feet look bulky and scream 'comfort.' Now if UGGs came out with a sleek, wedge ankle bootie in the iridescent sparkles, that just might be the ticket!

Photos via: UGG & NY Daily News

Flip Book Wedding Favors

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The time in between the ceremony and the reception usually calls for a cocktail hour where the newlyweds go off to take photos with their families and oftentimes they are concerned with a way to keep their guests entertained. In the past couple years, photo booths have made an incredible comeback at weddings.

Photo booths have been a great way for guests to remember and take home memories of your wedding day. Still images are awesome but those pictures can also 'come to life' for around the same price of renting a photo booth! Remember those flip books you loved as a kid? They are the perfect alternative for wedding save-the-dates and/or personalized favors.

Guests will have about 30 seconds to leave a video clip which is then turned into a 60 page custom flip book. The entire process just takes a couple of minutes.  Take a look at the video below to see how flip books work. Also look out for green screen flip books, which allows you to customize your background. It's a fun and interactive wedding favor that is sure to be a hit with your guests!

Vintage Styled Shoots

Monday, June 4, 2012

The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of events. I mentioned before, we were in the middle of moving, so along with packing, unpacking and everything else in between, I had a couple styled shoots lined up that required some special attention. I wasn't quite able to post my usual blog last week but i'm back and ready to hit the ground running!

I wanted to share a couple 'behind the scenes' shots that I took with my phone. We had too much fun shooting this "Modly in Love" elopement styled shoot at The Ace Hotel in Palm Springs. I love working with Mark & Crisanta of Infiniti Foto. With them, it's a family affair (literally) since our kids get to come along and it becomes a daycation of sorts!

Our oversized dessert topper by Purple Jade Designs ended up being the perfect statement prop 
Gorgeous desert sunset but our bride's hair was completely windblown, her veil wouldn't stay on!

Each wedding I work on is significant to me but it isn't everyday that you get to reconnect with a childhood friend. Nikki and I have known each other since seventh grade and working with her has a special place in my heart. We lost touch after high school and last year started working on styled shoots together. I'll be coordinating her and Gary's wedding this September and i'm extra pumped because Nikki is obsessed with all things vintage and has enjoyed thrifting and digging for the past 15 years, so you can just imagine the style that is going to radiate on their wedding day! Her collection of odds and ends over the years has led her to launch Thrifted Sister Vintage. Together, we collaborated on her engagement session, inspired by her very love of vintage, we chose to highlight a few of her favorite eras. 

Seasons Come and Go but Our Love Never Goes Out of Style
Summer 50's | Spring 70's | Fall 60's | Winter 20's
I think our fall scene ended up looking more appropriate for winter and our 20's scene ended up being more like fall. What do you think?

Can't wait to show you the actual photos and save the date video by the incredibly talented team from CakeFlix! I'll be posting the final and more detailed shots shortly, under "Spotlight." 

Stay tuned :)