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How NOT to Choose a Wedding Photographer

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:29 pm | 0 Comment

You have seen it on practically every wedding photographer's web page and in bridal magazines. It seems that everyone wants to give the bride and groom advice on how to choose a wedding photographer. Most of what I have read is sound and useful advice, but I thought it might be helpful to write an article that explores this in more detail. So lets look at the mistakes

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Behind the Lens with A Photo by Ashley

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:24 pm | 0 Comment

A Photo By Ashley

Member Ashley of A Photo by Ashley's love for photography started when her first son was born. "It's something about capturing life as it is...Especially for myself, I watched my son grow right before my eyes."Ashley tells us about her style, what she offers, how she juggles work and family, and more in this edition of Behind The Lens. 1. How and when did you get

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Top 5 Engagement Photo Session Questions

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:13 pm | 0 Comment

Engagement photo sessions are usually the first time a newly engaged couples work with their professional photographer. Often, it is also the first time you and your fiance have photos taken together. Below are the top 5 questions couples ask (or should ask) themselves and their photographer to get the most out of their engagement photo session. 1. Where should we

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Engagement Photography: Display Tips

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:12 pm | 0 Comment

In the last article we talked about how to create beautiful and unique photos for your engagement. Since then we have received several comments from couples wondering how they could put their engagement photos to good use. One couple absolutely loved the idea of having professional engagement photos taken, but were unsure of what to do with those photos afterwards

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Steps a Professional Photographer Can Take to Effectively Manage Digital Photos

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:11 pm | 0 Comment

With the increased use of digital photography over film photography, photographers have found themselves managing terabytes of information. Managing this information effectively has become one of the keys to running a successful photography business. This article offers some suggestion on managing this data in an effective, efficient manner. Use an offsite location

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Christmas Wedding Theme Ideas

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:10 pm | 0 Comment

Planning a wedding for the Christmas season adds even more magic to the spirit of the holidays. We put together some ideas to help with your Christmas Wedding Theme. Attire: For the bride, a traditional white gown with a velvet or fur shawl and a fur muff rather than a bouquet to keep you warm. For the Groom, all white tux with tails. The bridesmaids

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Wedding Albums – Flush Mount vs Matted

By at September 23, 2013 | 3:09 pm | 0 Comment

If you're having trouble choosing between a Matted album and a Flush mount album for your wedding, it's very likely because it's confusing! (especially if you're not familiar with book-making) I'll share two examples below from my trusted album company, and I'll try to explain the difference between the two. FLUSH - In a flush-mounted album, the print extends

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Behind the Lens with Aaron Riddle Photography

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:16 am | 0 Comment

Aaron Riddle

Member Aaron Riddle of Aaron Riddle Photography never thought about himself as a wedding photographer, but when he was asked to photograph a co-worker's wedding he absolutely fell in love with it and that's when his venture into wedding photography began. Learn more about his photography style, how he stays up to date on new technologies and techniques, and more in this

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Valentines Day Wedding Ideas

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:13 am | 0 Comment

// Are you getting married on Valentines Day? You can't get more romantic than that! Even if you don't tie the knot on that actual day, you can use a Valentines day theme which will still have that romantic effect. You can use some of the following Valentines Day Wedding ideas to help fill the air with romance:       Location Book early if your

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Photoshop Action Can Save Money

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:12 am | 0 Comment

I'm sure most of you are familiar with the phrase time is money, but as a small business owner that phrase takes on a whole new meaning. After I photograph an all day wedding or spend two hours with a new engaged couple, my work has just begun. I still have several hours of editing, resizing, uploading, and tagging to do. I know that the amount of time that I spend on a

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Common Format Of A Wedding Reception

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:09 am | 0 Comment

Arrival of guests at hall Introduction of wedding party Introduction of bride and groom Blessing Meal Cake Cutting Toasts Bride & Groom’s First Dance Father & Daughter’s Dance Mother & Groom’s Dance Special Dances Bouquet and Garter Toss Dancing and Fun // Arrival of guests at reception site Some guests may arrive early to the

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Prospecting Strategies That Work for Photographers

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:06 am | 0 Comment

// When it comes to lead generation, there are two important ways to go about it:  Marketing and Prospecting Strategies. To break it down for you, Marketing strategies are the process of advertising your business in print, TV, Internet, Direct Mail, etc to generate a response from someone. Prospecting strategies are the face to face, voice to voice process of

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Brides: Do you want RAW photo files?

By at August 19, 2013 | 1:01 am | 0 Comment

Recently, I've heard of couples asking for their photographer's RAW photo files as part of wedding packages. Now if you know all about the RAW files, JPG files, TIFF files, etc…then now is a good time to tune out. If not, read on. Do you suppose these couples know what a RAW file is? If they had a RAW file in their hand, would they know how cook it? Or would

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Responding to Online Inquiries to Increase Conversion Rates

By at August 19, 2013 | 12:58 am | 0 Comment

// Ok, so you've listed your business with multiple websites and associations to increase conversion rates. You've added contact forms to your websites and blogs. You've even setup Facebook and LinkedIn online profiles. And then it starts happening. You actually begin to get inquires for your services! So what do you do now? After all the time and money you've spent on

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7 Must-Remember Wedding Photography Tips

By at August 19, 2013 | 12:54 am | 0 Comment

Every bride wants her wedding day to be special, no matter what the budget might be for the actual event. And every wedding photographer has horror stories of photo shoots gone horribly wrong. Thanks to them, these seven must-remember wedding photography tips will help you be the photographer who adds to the occasion and makes it memorable. Make a list of must-have

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Stepping up your Game for a Great Wedding Day

By at August 19, 2013 | 12:50 am | 0 Comment

The professional wedding photographer is much more than the person behind the camera! With the digital revolution in full swing, anyone can take a picture. The professional is there to record the usual and customary, the spontaneous, and create the artful photographs that will be treasured for a lifetime. An experienced professional should have a calming effect on the

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St Patricks Day Wedding Ideas

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:35 pm | 0 Comment

St Patricks Day Wedding Banner

// St Patricks day is a great time to celebrate Celtic heritage and have a great time with family and friends. What a wonderful time to celebrate a wedding! We put together a few tips and advice to help you with your St Patricks Day Wedding planning! Attire: For formal attire, have the groom and groomsmen wear classic black tuxedos with green vests or ties. Or, casual

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Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:32 pm | 0 Comment

// All of your family and friends are in town for Thanksgiving weekend....spending time with them and eating delicious food, what a wonderful combination. Why not make it even more special and add in a celebration of marriage! Here are some Thanksgiving Wedding Ideas to help you plan the perfect day. Invitations: Make sure to send save the date cards as soon as

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Classic or Traditional Wedding Photography Styles

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:28 pm | 0 Comment

Classic or traditional wedding photography was the first in the history of wedding photography styles and probably the most common style used today. This is a timeless style that you have seen time and time again in wedding albums. Traditional wedding photography is defined as a carefully posed photograph where the subject is always aware of the camera. Traditional

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Two Camera Lenses, 6 Reasons to Own Them

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:25 pm | 0 Comment

Given the current state of technology, a case could be made that a photographer could exist today with only two camera lenses - a wide angle to moderate zoom, and a short tele to long tele zoom. That would be a mistake. For as good and flexible as today's zoom lenses are, there are some compelling reasons to choose fixed focal length lenses on occasion. I'll admit, 90

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Fun and Unusual Wedding Photography Tips

By at August 18, 2013 | 10:18 pm | 0 Comment

Today's wedding photography has license to be a little more artistic and free than it did in 1974. Gone are the stock standard bride and groom and in-laws shot, to be replaced with rich hues, fantastic contemporary poses and the candid storyboard of the wedding day. Every wedding photographer has their own particular style, from fun to candid, romantic to girly or

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Your Wedding Photography Budget- Ways to Save

By at August 18, 2013 | 9:59 pm | 0 Comment

Your wedding photography budget is arguably one of the most important wedding planning decisions you will make as a bride - after all, once the plates are cleared and the flowers die - all you'll have left of your wedding day is the photographs. Bottom line - scrimp on photography, and you'll regret it forever. You should plan to allocate a significant portion of your

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Wedding Photography Terminology for Brides

By at August 18, 2013 | 9:54 pm | 0 Comment

When searching for the right wedding photographer, you'll need to know some basic wedding photography terminology. First you'll need to consider the style of photography you want. Two of the most popular are traditional and photojournalism. Traditional is the more classic, posed style where photojournalism is capturing the moments and documenting the day as it unfolds.

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Effective Make-Up Techniques for Great Photos

By at August 18, 2013 | 9:48 pm | 0 Comment

Is it really true that you need to use make-up techniques to pile on foundation so thick you need a chisel to scrape it off, or lipstick so dark it appears you drank a can of brick paint so you don't look “washed out”? Of course not! That “washed out” look you might have seen in still photos is from direct flash with improper exposures set by the photographer, not

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Wedding Photos Before the Ceremony

By at August 18, 2013 | 9:37 pm | 0 Comment

// We tell many of our brides to rethink the only one hour between ceremony and reception for wedding photos rule. Here's how that standard timeline really works (imagine you're the bride): The ceremony begins a little late, because a bridesmaid couldn't find her shoes. You're totally flustered, but it's time to walk down the aisle. You eagerly await that "First Glance"

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Wedding Portraits Can Be Candid

By at August 18, 2013 | 5:49 pm | 0 Comment

Candid Wedding Portrait

There are posed wedding portraits and there candid wedding portraits. The latter description is not an oxymoron, it's a label I have for portraits that are captured in a photojournalistic style. They've been around since Cartier-Bresson invented the photojournalism and, of course, the former has been with us since the invention of the camera. Since a photo portrait

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Available light in Wedding Photography?

By at August 18, 2013 | 4:05 pm | 0 Comment

Well sometimes it's yes and sometimes it's YES! Often light is not where you'd think it is. Like in a bright field of flowers, which, while pretty, causes squinting and dark shadows. And camera flashes? I shudder every time someone fires off a flash when there is great light all around them. They have their place but not when they kill the beauty of what's already there,

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Military Couple’s Lakeside Wedding

By at August 9, 2013 | 11:09 am | 0 Comment

Bride and Groom Dancing

Kristen & Nick, a military couple, were married on April 30, 2013. Their beautiful outdoor lakeside wedding was held at Rachele's Lakeside in Dartmouth MA. Paul S. Robinson Photography shared some gorgeous photos of the day, more details about the couple, the venue, and his photography techniques. A Little About the Couple: Kristen and Nick are a military

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Marching Band Alumni Play at Own Wedding!

By at August 7, 2013 | 2:46 pm | 1 Comments

Marching Band Alumni Wedding

Katie & Anthony, UW Madison Alumnis married at Lake Windsor Golf Course on July 27, 2013. They obtained special permission to go onto the field at Camp Randall Stadium to take photos! Kristina from Lola Mae Images shared some of her best photos of the day, including the bride and groom playing the trombone together! "We shot a wedding this weekend at the Lake

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Wedding Necklace & Earrings Giveaway Winner

By at August 1, 2013 | 10:32 am | 0 Comment

Our Bridal Giveaway winner is Vanessa Ruiz of Long Beach California, she's won a Beautiful Wedding Jewelry Set from WeddingSparkles.com! WeddingSparkles.com carries a beautiful selection of bridal jewelry for you and your bridesmaids and other members of the wedding party, check out their website! We've teamed up with some great wedding vendors to giveaway some

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