~What I bring with me to a portrait session~

Besides some fun and creative ideas for pictures and my relaxed and calming personality, I have with me my Canon 5d Mark III, a few lenses, typically my Canon 28-300mm and 50mm, along with a lens critter to help grab kids and doggies attention. See some examples below of photos I used the lens critter in to capture their attention.

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~What I bring with me to a Wedding~

For Brides: If you request pre-ceremony pictures, I will bring my HUGE emergency kit and leave in the back of my SUV. Here’s just a few things I keep in it: Tylenol, allergy pills, tissues, pens, paper, bobby pins, nail clippers, tweezers, deodorant, vaseline, wet wipes, baby powder, sunscreen, disposable razors, lip gloss, hairspray, chapstick, eyedrops, tums, Pepto, a couple of phone chargers, lint rollers, bleach pens, wrinkle releaser, safety pins, clear nail polish, q-tips, super glue, straight pins, scissors, and even extra earring backs and necklace clasps.

Seriously, if you forget it I probably have it. All the medicine is travel-sized and individually wrapped. I also have a bridal hanger and 10 bridesmaid/groomsman hangers should we need them.

Lots of preparation goes into wedding planning on my end. Besides cleaning equipment, charging batteries and packing up, I print out your wedding details questionnaire and formals list, and attach them to my super awesome clipboard that has pens, scissors, paper, a mini paper fan etc inside.

For equipment: I bring my Canon 5d Mark III, my 100mm macro lens if my bride wants detail shots, my 16-35 wide angle lens, my beautiful prime lenses, 50 and 135, along with 2 zoom lenses, one mid-range and the other a long range. I bring 2 speedlights if I need them for the reception, along with a LED Light.

Wedding Day Timeline Examples

Wedding Day Timelines

Below are 2 sample timelines regarding Wedding Day Photography.

The first timeline is a traditional wedding timeline where the bride and groom do not see one another until the ceremony.

 Click here to view Traditional Wedding Timeline   

The other timeline includes a first look, where the bride and groom share some alone time before the ceremony and have their formal photography done, along with the bridal party formals all prior to the ceremony.        

Click here to view Wedding Timeline with First Look

Questions? Did this help you plan your day? I would love to hear from you!

~*Featured* Location; Syracuse NY~

I’d LOVE to share one of my FAVORITE places to take pictures in our area!!

Thornden Park is a beautiful park in the Syracuse area just past the hospitals off Ostrom Ave.

It features a gazebo and arches filled with vines and flowers in the right part of the season, a waterfall, brick paths and stone benches, as well as an amphitheater and playground.

The fee to reserve the location within the park of your choice; Rose Garden, Lily Pond, Amphitheater is just $40 for up to 4 hours and reserves that area for you, your family, and your photographer for the times and date on your permit. Anyone else can be escorted off the property.

Please enjoy some of the pictures captured from the lovely Thornden Park.

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~Why You Need An Album~

Why Digital Images are Not Enough

I got to thinking earlier this year about all the lovely weddings I have shot since 2011 and how few people have ordered an album at the time of booking or come back after their wedding to order an album.

One of the first questions people ask when looking for a
wedding photographer is if they offer all the digital images
from their wedding. In fact, many couples plan to only
purchase the digital images and aren’t interested in anything
else.

By only purchasing the digital images, you’re putting yourself
at a huge risk of losing your photos in just a few short years.

There are two scenarios that continually happen. In the first scenario, the image files sit on the storage device, forgotten. Life gets in the way. The wedding album never gets made.

The second scenario is the bride and or groom begins a layout and then realizes that they are in over their head, don’t know what they are doing or the design process is too time consuming for them to finish. So they stop and again, the images are forgotten.

Even I am guilty of having a hard-drive and external hard drives
full of photos of my kids and family that I simply haven’t
had time to order prints of yet.

This is why I believe that a professional wedding album
is very important. Even if you never do anything
except store it in a closet, you’ll still have images to look
at and enjoy years from now with no additional work
whatsoever.

I hope that some of my clients did put together their own albums and had fun doing it but I have spoken to quite a few who just never have found time to do it. I want my clients to have something gorgeous to treasure forever and to revisit with their kids and grandkids.

USB’s, DVD’s and other memory sticks may not even work in 5/10 years!

You must have an album!

The Luxe Album is a contemporary flush mount wedding album. It is a wedding album designed for those who want elegant simplicity, but not austerity. Cover materials are available in animal-free leatherette, classic linen, or Japanese fabrics, with various photo option displays for the front. Available in several formats, the inside covers are decorated with your choice of Japanese-patterned accent fabric. Finally, the album is handsomely presented in its own matching storage box.

 

 

I only offer professional, high quality albums made
with archival inks and papers that are created to last for
generations with proper care.

I want the memories of your
wedding day to be seen and enjoyed by your family for years
to come. Don’t risk losing your memories. Make a beautiful album one
of your priorities. I promise you will not regret it.

~Wedding Day Coverage Recommendations~

There are many things to think about on your wedding day. Below are my recommendations for planning your wedding day photography and two sample timelines. Below is a traditional wedding timeline, at the end of this blog is a sample timeline with first looks prior to the ceremony.

SAMPLE OF TRADITIONAL WEDDING TIMELINE

Coverage Options and Suggested Length of Times:

 ~Detail photos of your dress, jewelry, shoes etc~ 15-30 minutes

~Getting Ready of Bride/Bridesmaids~ 30-60 minutes

~Bride-Side Family Formals~ 15-30 minutes

~Getting Ready of Groom/Groomsman~ 15-30 minutes

          ~Groom-Side Formals~ 15-30 minutes

~First Looks~ 15 minutes

~Ceremony~ 15 minutes to 1 hour

~Family and Bridal Party Formals~30-60 minutes

~Bride and Groom Formals~ 15-30 minutes

~Reception Coverage~ 2-4 Hours

Allow more time than you think you need to get ready! It’s better to be safe than RUSHED! View a sample timeline below!

SAMPLE OF WEDDING TIMELINE WITH FIRST LOOKS

~Is a Photojournalistic Wedding Photographer Right for my Wedding?~

Traditional vs Photojournalism?

Every wedding album has the highly staged group photos. You know the ones where everyone is lined up in a perfect row based on their height; or the photos where the wedding party is positioned in a variety of semi-awkward poses? Well, thankfully, there is another option that requires many less staged pictures. Are you breathing a sigh of relief already? Are you a bit camera shy or just don’t want to miss the party? Then please keep reading 🙂

You should seriously consider hiring a photojournalistic wedding photographer. This approach to wedding photography minimizes the number of posed shots that are taken during the wedding day (but still accommodates Grandma’s need to have a couple of special pictures with the bride and groom). For those who are completely unfamiliar with the benefits of hiring a photojournalistic wedding photographer, here are a couple of highlights:

  • Photojournalistic wedding photography allows the bride and groom to enjoy more of their day! Instead of having to spend an hour or two posing for photos, this process might only take 20-30 minutes. The means more time to interact with guests, and more time to bask in the glow of your big day.

 

  • A photojournalistic wedding photographer is an expert at capturing the spirit of a wedding. While posed photos will help you remember who your bridesmaids and groomsmen were twenty years down the road, they don’t always capture the essence of the married couple or the unique aspects of the wedding.

 

  • A wedding, much like everyday life, cannot be scripted. And oftentimes, it’s the unexpected moments that are the most memorable and precious. It’s these moments that photojournalistic wedding photography is best-suited to capture. After all, you and your fiancé are a one-of-a-kind couple…shouldn’t your pictures reflect that?

~What is a First Look?~

I thought I’d discuss this a little bit for those of you who may be wondering what a first look is or for someone who just wants some more information regarding them:)

A first look is completed prior to the wedding ceremony. This gives the bride and groom a chance to see each other before the ceremony, and allows them some privacy in a serene, calm environment where true emotions are sure to unfold.

This is somewhat staged, where the groom would face away from the bride, and the bride would start to walk towards him. Once within reach, she would tap his shoulder or use her hand as a blindfold and he would turn around and see his beautiful bride for the first time.

All the while, your wedding photographer, will be freezing these moments in time for you. From a good distance away of course, and chances are, you won’t even know they are there!

Questions? Please let me know: Contact me now

~What should I wear to my portrait session?~

There are a couple of things I always like to mention before the session so you can come prepared. The first is wardrobe, which always generates questions.

Let’s consider staying away from the cliché white shirt and blue jeans. Though it is a popular choice because it is easy, it does not tend to be the most flattering combination. In general, I always recommend against lighter colored tops, as they wash out your face. Darker colors always look best! The colors you choose do not matter as much as staying away from clashing patterns. No flannel, polka dot, Hawaiian shirt, argyle sweater combos. One of the things I have seen that works well is to bring a couple of clothing options. Layers are a great idea.

Another cool thing to do is to include items in your portrait session that are important to you or that you can have fun with. For example, if you have a motorcycle, bring it. If you have a Viking helmet, wear it. If you have a cute dog, bring it. If you have an ugly dog, leave it at home… haha, just kidding!

Our portrait sessions are full of fun! I capture you and your family in a candid way, with very minimal direction.

Chat with us today to book your session!

~What To Expect When Hiring Me~

You have taken the necessary steps to book me to capture your wedding.

Now What???

Well, I have open email access daily, you may also reach me by phone or text and we can get together anytime you need. After we have booked your date, I will email you a receipt including any remaining payment(s) and their due date(s). I will also send you an email letting you know what to expect from me in the upcoming months before your big day, not limited to, emailing you a month prior to your wedding with a family and bridal party formal shot list and helpful tips for filling it out. I will also email you a week and a day before your wedding to double check all times and locations for accuracy,  and send some helpful tips to remember the day of your wedding to help it go smoother like remembering to eat and how to hold your flowers

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