Friday, May 25, 2012

Kerri & Brian ~ Meridian Habitat Wedding


Kerri & Brian were married at the Meridian Habitat in Puyallup with their reception following immediately afterwards.  And next month we will have the honor of photographing Brian’s sisters wedding in Tacoma.  We love getting to know our families through repeat events and seeing many familiar faces.

Kerri & Brian opted to do a reveal so they could transition from ceremony to reception without taking time from their family and guests.  I always love seeing the grooms expression the first time he has that first glimpse of his beautiful bride, and Kerri was stunning!

You can view the photos in a slideshow if you like, our slideshows can be found here on YouTube – Family Affair Video’s.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Timing is Everything ~ Part Two

Today, I thought we would start out with making time for wedding day photography. First thing to keep in mind is how complete your coverage is and how quickly the desired photographs are taken is dependent on how organized the wedding party and families are. If they aren’t where they need to be when they need to be there, time gets delayed or cut short. You pay for us to be there by the hour, if we have to stay there longer to get the required shots it’s going to cost you in either money, bored guests (who leave early) or not getting all the formals you had hoped to get.

We advise talking to us before finalizing your wedding day schedule. There are many things to consider in terms of photography and natural light or desirable light. Certain times of the day are more photogenic than others. The midday sun for example is harsh and often creates ‘raccoon eyes’. Not exactly the most desired look on your wedding day! While early or late in the day can cast a beautiful warm glow on everyone.

Never assume it only takes 10 minutes! Pay attention and respect the schedule that was discussed prior to the wedding. Being an hour late can make or break your images. A good photographer will help you in keeping time to a minimum so you can maximize your time with your guests. We have photographed many weddings and know the best ways to keep your schedule on track. There are several reasons why keeping to your schedule is important, probably the most important is to make your wedding day flow seamlessly from start to finish.

One time saver is to designate someone that knows your family & friends who is willing to be in charge of organizing people for portraits. They can gather people needed, direct them on what photographs they will be in and then release them when they are done. This keeps things moving efficiently and smoothly.

The more photos you get completed before the wedding ceremony, the better off you are.   Your make up is fresh, clothes aren’t wrinkled, and most important you don’t have guests waiting for you while you get your photographs taken.  Also, by doing prior to the ceremony, guests haven’t arrived and aren’t trying to take the same photographs the photographers are taking.  This has you and the wedding party looking several directions at once and slows down the formals process.

Most people only get married once, maybe twice in their lifetime.  Keep in mind your photographer has been to hundreds of weddings and has learned from experience what made the most pleasurable experience for the couples, their families, friends and guests.

If you missed part one, you can find it here: Timing is Everything ~ The Reveal

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

Lacey & Travers ~ Queen City Yacht Club

Just playing around on Animoto and having fun.  You can do this too with your wedding photos, it’s simple and easy.  Or you can always use what we had created (no charge)!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Laura & Rees ~ Point Defiance Park


Laura & Rees took advantage of our recent Living Social special, and we met with them on one of our colder days, with a bit of mist in the air.  With the weather being ‘undesirable’ it actually gave us the park almost to ourselves!  Weather doesn’t have to be sunny to have a fun portrait session!  Just add a colorful jacket like Laura is wearing or if the mist is more than you want, add a colorful umbrella.  We even have a couple we keep in our car for such an occasion!

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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Timing is Everything ~ Part One (The Reveal)

Every now and then my husband and I will be talking about weddings, events or even portrait sessions.  As we are always working on improving our services to our customers.  With those discussions we will often say “this would make a great blog entry!”  Well, we are finally starting a series of wedding day tips that we will post on our blog for you to take and use as you desire.

Since we have many brides and grooms who often tell us they don’t want to see each other before the ceremony.  We decided to open with the pros and cons of doing a reveal as compared to not seeing each other until ceremony.  First we will start with not seeing each other prior to the ceremony.

There’s only one reason really why people don’t want to see each other prior – “it’s tradition” and considered by some as ‘unlucky’.   How did this tradition start and why is it considered unlucky?

This goes back to the days when wives were considered property and marriages were arranged.  Many times the groom had never seen the bride until the wedding.  This is also where the tradition of wearing a veil came about.  The whole idea was so he couldn’t see her until the marriage was a ‘done deal’ so he couldn’t bolt and leave her at the alter in case she was less than lovely.  If he bolted this could result in wars and blood feuds causing it to be unlucky indeed.   Not a tradition that is exactly flattering to the bride in our modern world. 

Another concern is they will lose the aisle ‘wow’ factor.   Trust us, the magic of the moment won’t be lost!  I’ve seen plenty of grooms tear up even after they had a reveal and were doing all their portraits.   There is nothing like seeing a bride walking down the aisle with her dad.

While we respect those who choose to stick with tradition, we do have work a-rounds, that we can recommend to get all your portraits completed.  It requires careful planning and sticking to a schedule.  One thing delaying the timing can effect the entire day!

Why do a reveal?  The biggest reason we hear from past brides is getting to see the grooms expression!  Brides who didn’t have a reveal admitted afterwards they didn’t see the grooms expression because they were concerned about tripping over their dress, they were distracted by guest cameras flashing, and generally trying to keep calm.  Because walking down the aisle is drawn out affair, by the time you get close enough to him, his thoughts are on the next steps of the ceremony.  His first expression was when you were beyond being able to see it!

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You can see how this reveal allowed us to capture the look of anticipation upon the grooms face as he reaches to draw his bride out for his first sight of her and the joy on his face when he sees how stunning she looks.

At a reveal, it’s intimate and you have that chance to savoir the moment and see his expression of delight as he sees you for the first time.  I’ve seen many grooms who were moved to tears that would’ve been wiped clean or gone by the time the bride made it to the alter. 

We’ve heard from couples that the reveal actually helped them calm their nerves and reminded them what brought them to that moment and allowing them that brief moment of time to be together without all the demands from families, friends and guests all vying for their attention.

Getting all the portraits done before has other benefits.   First, the day smoothly transitions from the ceremony to the reception.  You aren’t leaving the guests waiting.  Have you been to a wedding where you had to wait an hour or LONGER for the bride & groom to make their appearances?   As a general rule plan on it taking one to one and a half hours for all the formals.  Guests simply don’t appreciate the long wait and besides that they are eager to congratulate you and celebrate your marriage!

Again, this can effect a timing issue for those who don’t have the reveal.  If the ceremony runs late for any reason (and most often they do), then either portrait time gets reduced and becomes stressful for all involved which means you lose those memories forever OR the portraits run late due to the ceremony running late and now the caterer has food that is ready to serve and the bridal party isn’t there yet. 

On a final note, we’ve often heard a bride mention that she wishes they had done a reveal instead of waiting for the ceremony.  We’ve never heard a bride mentioning that she had second thoughts about having done the reveal.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Connie’s Family ~ Family Portrait


Our Living Social special was an overwhelming success, and has allowed us to meet many wonderful families, engaged couples, families with their pets, etc.   If you have a voucher, we are waiting to ‘shoot’ you!  Be sure to contact us with your voucher number so we can book your session before the most desirable dates are gone!

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Damian ~ Newborn Portrait

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Meet 1 week old Damian who was our model for an ‘aspiring portrait & wedding photographer’ group that we host.   When we host these photo sessions, we don’t get many opportunities to take photos ourselves as we are helping the attending photographers with lighting issues, posing, or even camera settings – often on cameras we don’t use on a regular basis.  Still, it’s fun being with the other photographers and all that creative energy!  The photographs above were taken by Sonny or myself.

Damian was a wonderful model, he pretty much decided to sleep through the entire session. The only thing he really didn’t like was being moved around much – just let him be! =) 

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kristina & DJ ~ Alexander Country Inn

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Check it out, there’s a blue bird (blue jay) over the grooms shoulder.   I call it a blue bird as it symbolizes happiness and I foresee happiness in their future! =)

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Kristina & DJ flew in from Oklahoma in late March after finding Alexander Country Inn when they were looking for best places to elope.   After the wedding ceremony we drove into MT Rainier National Park for some wedding day portraits. 

The ride ended up being more of an adventure than any of us planned.   While the roads in the photo above look pretty good, they quickly turned treacherous as you gained elevation.  We had an embankment on one side and a canyon on the other side and in front of us an approaching car when we hit a patch of ice that decided to put us into an uncontrolled fishtail.

I was more than happy to put our SUV into the uphill snow bank!  After that we were willing to call it quits when we reached Longmire where we took several photographs and even had a blue jay come and pose with the couple.

Thank-you Kristina & DJ for being such good sports in the snow.

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