We love watching families grow, especially when they have been a client of ours for so long! We photographed Cisa and Antonio's wedding back in 2013, their engagement session in 2014 and now we were lucky enough to photograph their beautiful daughter's 3 month old photos. She is the cutest thing and we love that our job lets us capture so many stages of our couple's lives.
Beginning Of Planning| Determine What is Important to YOU! At some point, the wedding industry decided what every wedding should consist of and what should be important. There are so many traditions and timelines and faux pas and so many "must have" items for your wedding, but is it something YOU really want for your wedding? From cake cutting to the bouquet and garter toss, even to the detailed Pinterest lists for what photos you have to get, no wonder why every bride is overwhelmed. To make this process more about the two of you, I tell my clients to list the three things that are the most important to them on their wedding day. Is it having the perfect venue? What about your photography and videography that you will always have? Is your dream so have the perfect floral arrangements and wow your guests? Have you imagined your perfect dress since you were little? What ever your top 3 must haves are, don't feel bad or feel like you have to follow a trend. It’s your day and you and your fiancé get to choose what is a priority and what will make your dreams come true of your perfect wedding. Let those top things get the majority of the wedding budget, time and effort because those are what will make you two happy. The little things will come, but focus on the stuff you’re excited about first, and then see what else you feel like fitting in.
These two are the most incredible people! Their personalities light up the room and they keep you laughing. Their wedding was a perfect reflection of who they are, and we were thrilled to be able to film their wedding. The rain held of for the ceremony, and even though it began to rain briefly during the reception, these two and the guests had the most amazing time dancing the night away.
There are so many "tips" everyone can give you. We have started our weekly tips in order to help brides and reduce their stress. You can read magazines and online, there are a million places to find wedding tips, but all in all every wedding is different and you need to find your groove. We want to give you a vendor perspective since we deal with so many weddings a year and pass on our wedding knowledge to you. A recent bride / friend actually wrote to me the other day which is what is sparking this post. She had no where to start, especially hourly wise for her photography coverage, so I know there must be a ton of other brides having this same issue. Again, every wedding is different but I wanted to give you a rough timeline just to see how many hours you are in need of. We break down the day like this| Groom prep| 30-45 minutes Bridal prep| 1 - 1.5 hours First look (if you are doing so) | 45 minutes Ceremony| 30 minutes Creative / formal photos (typically done during cocktail hour) | 1 hour (the more time the better) Reception| 3-4 hours Grand entrance First Dance Mother - son dance & father - daughter dance Dinner Toasts Cake cutting Bouquet and Garter Dancing This is a basic timeline to go off of, timing is not exact so adjust accordingly. If you are wondering where to start figuring out how many hours you will need for coverage, start at the ceremony and the time it starts. Work your way backwards from there and decide if you are wanting getting ready photos or a first look. After those are figured out, begin with reception and what special things you are incorporating like a slideshow, and what things you have decided not to do, such as a bouquet and garter toss. We sit down and help everyone of our couples with their timeline, we know it is a bit challenging and we are here to help! A main part of the timeline is if you are having a first look. We highly recommend first looks, they are special and gives extra time for photos and for video. If photography and videography is a main priority, the more time the more creative we get to be and a first look typically helps with that. Another big factor is travel time. Most couples' don't take this in to consideration but it is huge. We always want to account for travel time, so there is no stress on the day. If you are getting ready at a hotel, then your ceremony is at a church, and reception is at a separate venue, travel time in between each part of the day will account for quite a bit of time. If everything is all at one venue, more time is being spent on photos and not in the car going from location to location. Either way works and it depends on every couple, just remember to include enough time to get to each location.
What a great couple! We met at Fairfax high school for the football part of the session. They both have a love for the game, so what better way then to show it off with engagement photos? It was such a gorgeous day out and the field was empty! We couldn't have been more excited for the ideas they had and the photos we captured. We then headed to the Venice canals, which we had never been to before. We were beyond excited when we arrived. So many photo opportunities, and we couldn't wait to get started. We went to a couple different bridges, and LaCette and Mike were up for everything! The sun was setting, which made for beautiful lighting. We are so happy to have been able to get to know the two of them, and hear their story and the amazing proposal Mike put together! Congratulations you two, we cannot wait for your wedding this year!
Engagement sessions have become increasingly popular, and we personally encourage every couple to have an engagement session. It is great to let people know your engaged of course, and is wonderful if you are sending out Save The Date cards to friends and family, but it is mostly important because that is the time where you get to spend with your photographer getting to know each other.
We have heard from several couples that once they did an engagement session with a company, they knew they weren't the right fit. Connecting is everything, and you want to make sure you connect with your photographer and feel comfortable around them. An engagement session lets us ask questions, and get to know you both outside of the "wedding" talk. Of course we always end up talking about the details of the wedding and how everything is going, but we really just want to get to know more about the two of you and your story.
We encourage to pick out 2 locations, we love trying new spots out so we always ask what your favorite spot to go together is. We try to do two locations that are different from each other such as a park and downtown or the beach and a park, it gives us the most diversity in the images. We love if our couples bring a change of clothes for the separate locations as well. It allows our couples to go more casual at one spot and a little more dressed up for another, again variation in the photos!
We love capturing this special time in life and being able to see how much the couples have grown from their engagement session to the wedding day. Check out some of our favorite engagement photos! We hope to hear from you and are able to photograph your engagement session!
We love when brides have veils! We get to be a bit more creative, and lets face it, veils are just gorgeous! If you are going back and forth on whether or not to have a veil, think of having one maybe for just a few of the creative shots. The longer the veil, the more creative we get to be with our angles. Hope this gets you inspired with some creative wedding photos!!!
Hey everyone! Going into 2015, we have decided to do a "tip of the week" for all of those couples out there getting married. We know there is so much information on the web, but we figured to give you a vendor perspective which will hopefully help you during the wedding process! If you have any questions or a topic you would like us to cover feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. This week we have decided to go over the importance of your relationship with your vendors. Wedding vendors all play such an important roll in your wedding day, and you want to make sure you have a solid relationship with each and every vendor. So many times, our couples end up making choices based on price, which we completely understand because weddings become very expensive but that can not be the only reason why you hire them. We highly recommend our couples to sit down and have a meeting with each vendor in person. You need to feel confident in everyone you hire and you need to connect. If you connect, everything will be smooth.
This is especially important when you are hiring your wedding photographer and videographer. Your photographer and videographer are the people you will spend your entire day with. They are with you from start to finish, so you want to make sure you feel comfortable with them and most importantly, that they have the same vision as you. Your wedding day is the most important time in your life, and you are choosing people to capture every moment, and re tell your story after your wedding. You want to know that you can laugh with them and feel your best around them as well as know that they will get everything done and capture every detail of your day.
The engagement session is such an important tool to use when hiring a photographer. If you loved your engagement session, and they made your feel comfortable in front of the cameras, that will be the exact same experience you will have on your wedding day. If something was off, go with your gut and try another photographer. You want to go into your wedding day with complete confidence in your vendors. With your perfect team, everyone will be on top off it and make your day run perfectly.
This is a once in a lifetime experience and you don't want money to control who you work with. If you connect and you want to work with a specific vendor, that is what matters. Once you start your wedding planning, you will know exactly what I mean! Good luck planning!!!