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 am loving all these senior winter shoots! Don’t forget we have winter senior collections available for the months of January and February. Luckily, Hannah bundled up for her senior session. It was so cold! We had a beautiful sunny day, but that wind was a little chilly. We shot this session out at our home. Our acreage is wooded so there are many pretty spots after a snow. Hannah is a 2014 senior from Helias High School. She is so fun to photograph and such a sweet person. I am going to be so sad to see these girls graduate.
This is exactly how I feel on a snow day!
The day has finally came and I am so excited to announce that we are adding Cinematography to our services. At the end of 2012, Nick started shooting video predominantly for my marketing projects. Early last year, I joined him in shooting video. It has created a whole new excitement for me! I love it! Film-making and photography have one thing in common, storytelling. We have learned a new way to tell a story. These stories come to life in a way a still photo cannot. We flew under the radar last year accepting a couple weddings and our best known project the Best of the Road video. This year we are officially launching this segment of our business!
My husband, Nick Pantaleo, is our lead cinematographer. We are available for wedding and commercial projects worldwide. We will accept a limited number of video projects in 2014. If you are interested please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can view more of our work on the “Pantaleo Films” tab.
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.
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It is crazy to think that another year has flown by. Looking back, it has been an awesome year! I have photographed 25 couples start their lives together and almost 50 portrait sessions. This marks the first year I have had a commercial location. I pushed myself to limits of productivity I never thought I could handle alone. I feel so blessed that I get to photograph so many awesome people. I have also made many new connections and friends this year. 2013 was the first full year we have lived in Jefferson City. I feel like I have finally adjusted and I can normally get places in town without using my navigation (pathetic, right?). The best part is the capital city finally feels like our home.
Nick and I started our video services and filmed our first handful of weddings this year. We have also taken on several commercial projects. One of which was the Best of the Road Competition for Rand McNally and the City of Jefferson City. Pretty cool when we won! Nick is currently working on a website and other materials to offer his video and filming services to the public next year. He will be taking a select number of weddings and commercial projects for 2014. I am amazed at how awesome he is at video and photography; I guess his teacher is pretty excellent ;) He started shooting with me this year, and I constantly found myself liking his shots over mine.
I launched a new website this year and started re-branding my business. It was time for a fresh look as my last website was over 2 years old. I will be adding new content on a regular basis and have added in some new categories which include information for photographers, brides, and seniors. I am excited to share information with all our you about shooting and my business. I am happy with the amount of work I have had published in magazines and websites/blogs. It is always exciting to see your work loved by others.
The personal highlights of our year include celebrating our 2 year wedding anniversary! We also started small projects on our home; hoping that 2014 will be the year for our big remodel. Nick started his MBA this year and will graduate with his Masters in 2015. I feel that we have made great improvements getting organized personally and with our businesses. That feels so good! I have taken on more personal projects this year than any years past. These projects are refreshing and keep me inspired. I look forward to shooting more on my own time and perfecting this craft.
2014 is going to be the best year yet. I made some new rules about how much work I will be taking this upcoming year. I am looking forward to spending more time with my family and exploring new cities and opportunities. I also plan on giving back the knowledge that I have absorbed from other professionals in the photography industry. That’s right, I will be teaching again this year! I am looking forward to offering a class and one-on-one consulting for other photogs in the near future. I have a couple of new exciting ventures coming for 2014 so I guess you will just have to stay tuned :)
Thank you for your continued support and best wishes to all of you in 2014. Happy New Year! Cheers!