I just love wedding couples! We captured some pretty amazing color during the golden hour at this wedding...
Privacy is important, especially to parents, which I respect immensely. My senior shoot from this past weekend was just that...the parents declined my offer to post a sneak peek on social media. I get that...these are your babies and their privacy is extremely important you. So please NEVER feel badly about declining, that is precisely why I always ask. Here is the backdrop though...it was pretty fab!
Rita Carlton Hotel - Denver
Hands down, the BEST Horah dance party ever!
Love letters, ear gauges, and a great group of guys and gals makes for a super fun June wedding :)
Since this blog is relatively new, it might look like I haven't had much experience with children and family photography - that couldn't be further from the truth! I have been photographing families since 2007 and LOVE IT! I have 4 kiddos of my own, so I work well with people with short legs :) Here are a few of my favorite family/kid photos! Click on the photo below to see more!
A peek at last weekend's wedding shoot. We did a "golden light" shoot which takes advantage of the hour of warm light before sunset. It warms the pictures and gives them a slightly washout look. They also brought out glow sticks at the reception, which was fun to play around with regarding shutter speeds.
Another summer wedding sunset in the books! Congrats to Kayla and Zach! Your cowboy wedding was classic!
This bride and groom were amazing on every level! They were fun, experimental and it showed in their final images! Congrats to these two beautiful souls!
Congratulations to Troy on his year-long journey of health and wellness! The after shots were an honor to take ;-)
This young woman is not only kind, strong, smart and beautiful, she's also working towards her goal of being a USA Olympic Archerist! Keep your eye out for her!! Here is a sneak peek at her recent senior photoshoot.
This is YOUR YEAR so congrats! These photo shoots are meant to be fun. So get a good night sleep, be prepared (by reading ALL the tips offered below) and it will be amazing!
Please be on time - early if you can. Showing up late cuts into your photography time AND it makes everyone edgy and unnatural.
Show off YOUR style and don't try to be someone you're not. These images are meant to show off your soul, not your friends. BE you, be awesome!
Bring multiple outfits so that you have choices! I will help you decide if you'd like too!
Group your outfits together on hangers. Make sure items are ironed and ready to go.
Plan on changing quickly. The faster you change, the more time we have to photograph and the more photo choices you’ll have later.
Make sure you’re comfortable in your clothing and that it flatters you. This will ensure that you like how you look when viewing your photos.
If you’re self-conscious about your arms, avoid sleeveless or cap-sleeve shirts and tank tops, as they tend to make arms look fuller.
Avoid stripes and plaid. Solid colors photograph much better than busy patterns.
Bring a variety of colors and mix the level of styles. Some should be dressy, some dressy-casual, and some casual.
If you’re comfortable in dresses, bring them! They photograph really well and offer a nice variety from your other casual clothing choices. We can mix dressy and casual dresses for some great looks.
Heels are GREAT if you're comfortable in them - boots too! Flats can also work well if you mix them with the right outfit.
No flip flops please, they don't photograph well,
Keep it simple if you can and don't plan to do too much to it, other than touch-ups, during the session.
Consider bringing hair spray, clips, pins, and whatever else is needed to keep your hair out of your eyes if it’s windy. Also bring a brush and mirror for quick hair touch-ups.
Don't make any major changes to your hair before the shoot, as this can lend itself to not liking your photos.
Makeup that is well done is one of the best preparations you can make for your session. It will even out skin tones and help give your photos that extra pop for a model-like look. Even if you don’t normally wear makeup or wear very little, take the time to do it well and your photos will look their best.
Makeup should only be slightly heavier than normal. Mascara should be clean and not clumpy. Avoid makeup with an SPF because it tends to create a shine. Summer shine can be controlled by using translucent powder that knocks out shine without adding additional color.
Keep it simple. Big, shiny jewelry can distract from the important subject, you. If you have different jewelry for different outfits, you might put each set of jewelry in a plastic baggie and hang it on the hanger with that outfit.
All that being said, the proper jewelry can really complement your outfit. It’s nice to have a variety to choose from and it doesn’t hurt to bring numerous options with you.
They’re great! Bring props that help show who you are. Some popular choices are:
- Sports equipment (soccer ball, basketball, softball bat, etc.)
- Sports uniforms
- Musical instruments
- Activity related items (dance, art, school clubs, etc.)
Most lenses have a glare. The safest option is to check with your eye doctor and ask if they’ll loan you a similar pair without lenses.
Tan lines are a distraction and take away from your photos. If you choose to tan outside or in a tanning bed, don’t overdo it. We don’t want you looking orange and leathery.
Makeup helps a lot here, but we do retouch your photos, so please don’t be concerned about minor breakouts. We have you covered! If your acne is more severe, you’re still okay. We had bad acne is high school and understand! We’re happy to help you out with some extra retouching.
Friends & Parents
Friends or parents are welcome and often can be a help. However, if they distract you, it may be best to meet them when the session is over. You’re welcome to have a couple of shots with a boyfriend, best friend, sibling, or parent at no extra charge.
Clouds are great, rain, not so much. We watch the weather as your date approaches and will take necessary measures as needed.
Please make sure the colors of your undergarment coordinate well with your outfits and don’t show through your clothing. If you need a strapless, please bring one to your session. Tucking or moving straps will not always work or give the most pleasing look. Check ahead of time to ensure that undergarments don’t leave unpleasing lines underneath your clothing.
Finger & Toe Nails
If you paint your nails, make sure they’re done well for your session. Chipped nail paint will show and distract from you. Avoid bright colors that will distract from you and may not work with all your outfits. Instead, opt for basic or natural tones.
Children can be challenging, but it's not their fault. When you take a child, dress them up in clothes that aren't comfortable, and ask them to cooperate and smile for a stranger they don't know...you're asking for trouble. Having 4 kids of my own, I get that. And to add to the mix, we moms/dads get all stressed out because they're not smiling, they're running amuck and so forth! So how do you get good photos then?
Well, you let them be kids. Let them play, let them be silly and yea, sometimes we bribe them with candy (per parents permission, of course). We photographers do what it takes! I find that following THEIR lead offers up some pretty amazing photos that will warm the cockles of your heart ;-)
So don't stress, the photos will happen, just let them be kids and mom and dad...just breath!
Welcome to my blog! Since having designed a BRAND new website this year, my old blog was sadly put to rest. My NEW blog is up an running and you are reading my first post! So, why am I good at photographing weddings. Well, most would think because I have great technical skills when it comes to photography, and that is true. However, it takes WAY more than that to be a good photographer. It takes MAD people skills and you have to genuinely LOVE people - and I doRead More