I am so excited to be kicking off the year with an amazing editorial shoot with our 2015 senior models! This group of girls have won my heart. They are sweet, gorgeous, and so much fun! We have seven models this year representing Jefferson City High, Helias, Southern Boone, Rock Bridge, and Tolton High School. When I started coming up with ideas for this shoot, I wanted to do something with an editorial flare. We decided to do two different looks. One downtown Jefferson City and then something unique.
When riding my bike one evening, I saw that one our neighbors had a neat vintage VW bus and truck. I fell in love with that idea. Big thanks to Joe Raithel for allowing us to use his property for our VW shoot. Catherine Crum the Salon styled all of our girl’s hair and make-up. They always do an amazing job and will be offering our seniors the option to add on hair and make-up to any session this year. River City Florist also provided gorgeous floral crowns, petals, and other arrangements for this shoot. I am so grateful to be around wonderful and creative people!
We are officially booking 2015 seniors for the fall and summer. Last year, we booked several months out. This year, I am bringing on an associate photographer, Janelle Harris. There will be two of us shooting seniors this year! She has been second shooting weddings with my studio for two years now. She is wonderful and loves photographing seniors as much as I do. Weekends are limited with our wedding schedule. Please book early to get the date and time of your preference. Our 2015 online senior magazine is hot off the press! Send us an email for your copy. Cheers to the class of 2015!
I heard about this website a while back called Rent The Runway. Anything that has to be shipped to me in a certain time frame for an important event makes me a bit hesitate. After renting two dresses from them now, I can say I am a super satisfied customer! I decided to order one of their dresses for a styled shoot and I ordered one for myself as Nick and I attended the local Chamber Gala a few weeks ago.This company rents high end name brand gowns, dresses, and accessories for formal occasions for a nominal fee. For instance, most of these gowns are hundreds to thousands of dollars. You can rent a thousand dollar gown for about $100! That’s a smokin’ deal in my book! I would probably never want to wear that dress again anyways. I like new things :)
Let me take you through process. Go to their website and find the dress you like. You can order the dress in 2 sizes for the same cost! This way if one of them doesn’t fit you you have the other option. In both instances, one of the dresses fit perfectly. The dress comes to your home via UPS the day you select. The minimum day rental is 4 days, you don’t have to sweat about receiving your outfit in time. I ordered my dress to come on Thursday for an event on Saturday. This also gave me some much needed time to find the perfect accessories. The dresses come in nice garment bags you get to keep! The box also included the pre-labled envelope to mail the dress back. After you wear the dress just put in the envelope. No dry cleaning needed! I dropped by the local UPS store and sent the dresses back Monday. It was easy! The best part is that I could justify a pair of super fabulous new shoes on the money I saved renting a dress.
I think this dress rental option would be beneficial for brides wanting to save some money. It is also perfect if you wanted to do a more formal outfit for engagement pictures. I even thought it would be great for seniors that want to do something out of the ordinary. I’m passing along this neat business for those looking for a high end gown that may be on a budget or looking for something as a one time use. Below is a photo of the dress I rented for our Valentine’s Day shoot. It was a gorgeous Caroline Herrera gown that retails for almost $3,500. I rented it for $80! Here is a little peek into this styled shoot coming to the blog soon!
It is that time of the year when wedding inquires are rolling in! It is so exciting to hear about proposal stories from over the holidays. In the spirit of the season, this blog post is to answer many of the common questions my brides have about their wedding days. Wedding photography has evolved so much in the past 10 years. It is an art form and a personal preference. Below are the top 5 questions my brides ask. Hopefully this will clear up some of your questions. Happy Planning!
What is a First Look? When a couple opts for a first look it is one of my favorite parts of a wedding day. When Nick and I were married in 2011, we did a first look. Nick was hesitant at first, but he is happy with our decision. It was the only time during our wedding day that it was just us. I believe it was the only time I was able to breath and relax prior to our ceremony. The nice part, after our ceremony we were able to go straight to our reception and greet our guests.
How much coverage do I need? This is somewhat based on your preference. I typically arrive at least 2 hours prior to the ceremony. If you opt for a first look to photograph all formals before the wedding, then I may want to get there 3-4 hours prior. I allow 2 hours to complete formals. Sometimes we are finished within an hour. There are several variables to consider such as the size of your wedding party, family, and if travel is involved. If you are having a ceremony earlier in the day with a gap between your reception and ceremony, you will want more coverage. You don’t want to miss events at the reception. In my experience, having your photographer at the reception for two hours is normally enough time to get in the main events.
What is a Second Shooter? A second shooter is a second photographer who shoots alongside the main photographer the day of the wedding. As a main shooter, I am focused predominately on my bride and groom. However, there are moments happening all around. My second shooter takes a documentary style approach to every wedding. They are there to catch moments like the flower girls giggling in the corner and grandpa telling stories. It is a second perspective on your wedding day.
Why an Engagement Session? Engagement sessions are just as much for you as they are for your photographer. During an engagement shoot, I learn how a couple interacts and poses together. Plus we get to know each other, by the time the wedding day rolls around I am like an old friend with a nice camera. Engagement sessions are a great way to ease any nerves you have about being photographed. I believe that I am always able to get more photos of a couple on their wedding day having worked with them prior. They are more relaxed and familiar with my style. Even though you will have gorgeous wedding photos, you will want some casual non-wedding images to decorate your home.
Do I need a Wedding Planner? YES, YES, YES! Maybe you have the planning taken care of prior to your wedding day, but who is going to be in charge that day? You and your close family members will be too busy. At minimal, hire someone to coordinate the day of your wedding. This way you are not bothered with the time schedule and coordinating vendors. Several venues offer a day of planner. Keep in mind the planner they have provided is working for the venue. Make sure you have someone that is working for you.