Category: Engagements and Weddings

How to Plan For Your Portrait & Engagement Session

Often people look around gaining inspiration for their portrait, or engagement session from Pinterest, and Instagram. They spend hours pinning, and creating the “perfect” session board, only to find in the end they are unhappy with their session when the images are delivered.

Why?

They didn’t infuse their personalities, or story into any of their images. Your story is your life, and is filled the things that make you, YOU! You can’t copy that. So let’s dive right in to planning YOUR session.

Choosing the RIGHT Photographer FOR YOU!

— Photographers all have different styles of images, and different personalities, so choosing someone that fits with you is essential to planning your session. If you have a bright, bubbly personality, and you want that conveyed in your images,  you wouldn’t want to go with someone who has a darker, edgier style. For me, when I’ve planned my own sessions, I make sure to go with photographers whose personalities match mine. For my head-shots, I went with Hope Taylor, who has a bright, bubbly personality, and our styles just seemed to fit really well. It made the whole experience flow seamlessly, and we constantly laughed through the entire session.

Location

— I always encourage clients to think of a location that is special to them, or I help them choose a location that fits their personality, and style. For a high school senior, they may want to choose to have their session downtown in the city, because that’s relevant to their style. For a couple, it could be the place they had their first date, or the place he proposed.

Clothing

— Long gone are the days of the white button up, and denim jeans(thank goodness!). This is where choosing the right photographer can help you decide on what to wear as well. If you want a more luxurious feel, and look to your images try that cute LBD, a pair of pumps, and statement jewelry. If you’re style is laid back, and casual, go for minimal jewelry, a nice pair of jeans with emphasis on the shoes, and pair your casual top with a jacket.

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What Season Is Better For Portrait, & Engagement Sessions?

So often people will plan their portrait sessions, and not infuse their own personalities, and preferences into the mix. They simply copy what they see others doing on Pinterest, or Instagram. While it’s great to gather inspiration from those sources, don’t copy exactly what you see. 

This blog post, will be one of two in a mini-series about planning your own unique session that feels like you. The first step is very simple, you just have to answer one question: “What season is your favorite?” , or “What season holds the best memories for you?” 

My answer is fall all the way! Some of my best memories with friends, family, and business happen in the fall.

Below, I have images from every season that I have shot in, and each one is unique, and beautiful.

Spring: If you love fluffy flowers already in bloom, or are blooming(Cherry Blossom Trees are life, and  Dogwoods), if you love pastel colors, spring dresses, warm days that still turn into cool nights, then this is perfect for you.

Summer: The summer days are hot, but those summer evenings last, and last. The summer flowers are out in their full on bright colors(Red Hot Pokers are my favorite, and my second are Sunflowers!!). The sunsets later in the day, making an evening session so enjoyable.

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The Best of 2017

Is it crazy that 2017 is already coming to an end? It feels as though we should be in June or July, not in December, and about to celebrate Christmas, but here we are friends. I have had so many amazing sessions this year, and have gotten to work with some amazing industry peers. I really hope you enjoy this highlight reel, and a few outtakes.

2017 started off with a snow storm, and a storm in my personal life too. Little did I know that 2017 would be filled with challenges, but would also bless me with some amazing friends, old and new.

I had this crazy idea of shooting in Lowes Home Improvement, particularly in the light section. This was an experimental shoot, but Calle was up for it. We had so many laughs in between takes, because we had to dodge so many employees trying to catch us.

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Groundhog Mountain Blueridge Parkway Engagement Session

One of my favorite things during an engagement session is to hear the story of how my couples got together. After they went back, and fourth over who would tell the story, they went in together to tell this one.  Harlie, and Tyler both went to the same elementary school, and of course she had a crush on him, and it turns out he had one on her too, but they never talked. Harlie ended up moving to a different school. The years passed, and she ended up seeing him pop up on her social media, and she knew exactly who he was. After four days of Snapchatting, and texting, they finally went on their first date together at a local restaurant, Chili Rojo. After they met there, they went to the movies, and ever since then they have been inseparable.

I cannot tell you what an honor it was to photograph their sweet engagement. I hope you enjoy these images!

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Why Should You Plan Your Wedding With Your Photographer?

Hi friends! Remember last week when I did Planning Your Engagement Session: The Guide (If not then go read that first, and come back here)? Well, here’s the planning your wedding portion of that post. As I stated in the last post, planning a wedding is no easy task. You have to think of a million, and one things all at once. There is picking out a florist, choosing a venue, choosing a hair-stylist, and make-up artist, deciding what type of wedding dress suits you, helping brides-maids pick out their dresses, etc. The list goes on, and on.

That’s one reason why I’m here to help you. Yes, I am a photographer, but I’m going to tell you why you should invest in your photographer. When you invest in a photographer, not only are you getting their photography skills, and expertise, but you are getting their knowledge of the wedding industry too.

Here are my top 3 reasons of why you should invest in your wedding photographer:

Connections in the wedding industry

–Many photographers, myself included, like to get to know their industry peers. So if you are looking for a florist, a venue, a dress designer, make-up artist, hair-stylist, etc. Your photographer probably has a list just waiting for you. I love giving out my personal recommendation list.

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Romantic Mt. Airy Summer Session

This beautiful, romantic downtown Mt. Airy session still has me all heart eyes. As soon as Abi, and Omar arrived I knew this session was going to be very chill, and full of golden hour cuddles. I remember Omar telling me how him, and Abi met, and I feel like my little business had some very, small part in them being together.

Abi had added Omar on Instagram, not long after she had a session with me, he started to inquire about her, and the rest is history. Every time I see an Instagram post of these two I start swooning, and I hope that you do too after seeing these images.

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Vintage Barn Events Wedding || Whittier North Carolina

Hello friends! Being a traveling photographer has it’s perks, such as shooting at this beautiful venue, Vintage Barn Events. I had the privilege to work with Ruby Peoples Photography once again on this wedding, and I met a few new amazing vendors such as Jennifer from Green Mountain Weddings. The bride & groom, Tyler and Kayla, and their entire bridal party were so welcoming, and so funny to work with. I hope that you enjoy this peek into their big special day.

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Lindsey and Brit’s Asheville Wedding || Second Shooter

Hello friends! I recently had an amazing opportunity to help out a fellow photographer, Ruby Peoples with her downtown Asheville, NC wedding. We met up at this beautiful hotel called Aloft where the bride & groom were getting ready.

Lindsey and Brit were such were so much fun to work with, as well as their entire wedding party. Everyone was so laid back throughout the whole day. I hope that you enjoy these images from a second shooters perspective, and make sure you visit Ruby Peoples Photography too. She is a wonderful photographer, and such a sweet person to work with.

I loved how everyone was so close to each other, and how all the ladies helped one another get ready.

While the bride was getting her dress on, there was nothing, but smiles and giggles.

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Should You Request An Unplugged Wedding?

Hello friends! You have probably heard this word floating around on the Pinterest boards you have been staring at for hours, or heard it somewhere on Facebook, but are not too sure what an unplugged wedding really is.

An unplugged wedding is where you ask friends or family to place their phones in a basket, or a designated place during the wedding ceremony, or in most cases the entire wedding. The idea is for all wedding guests to be present, instead of looking at their phone screens.

So how do you determine what’s right for you?

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