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Wedding Portraits Can Be Candid

By at August 18, 2013 | 5:49 pm

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

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

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

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

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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Behind the Lens with Farrah’s Photography

By at July 30, 2013 | 9:13 pm

Farrah's Photography

Member Farrah Williams-Deck of Farrah's Photography in Maryville, Tennessee began shooting wedding photography in 1999 when asked to photograph a friends wedding and from that point on her business grew into a full time career. Learn about her style, advice for photographers just starting out and what makes her stand out in this edition of Behind The Lens. WPUSA:

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Behind the Lens with Ellys Photography

By at July 30, 2013 | 9:11 pm

Ellys Photography

Member Elly Russell of Ellys Photography in Winston Salem, North Carolina realized her passion for photography when she took a job at a professional photo lab and started photographing friends and family. She believes it's all about the lighting and starting your business with a solid portfolio. Learn about her style, advice for photographers just starting out and what

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Behind the Lens with pikthis LLC

By at July 30, 2013 | 9:09 pm

Member Jeff Blumberg of pikthis, LLC's love for photography started when he was just a young child, shooting with his mom and their Leica! His first wedding shoot was his cousins over 16 years ago and he's still going strong today. Jeff feels there is one word more than any other in the business that is misused and misunderstood, find out what it is and learn about his

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Creative Engagment Photos

By at July 30, 2013 | 9:02 pm

Engagement shoots have become widely popular among newly engaged couples, and almost all of them want something different and unique. The best way to achieve that is to make it personal and have fun. That is when the best and most creative photographs are taken. Engagement photo sessions are supposed to be casual and relaxed so in this case, sticking to your comfort zone

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Take Advantage of Crowd Sourcing Your Photos

By at July 30, 2013 | 9:00 pm

There is a hot new concept called "crowd sourcing" that's actually a pretty old idea. Originally, it was said that if you had an infinite number of monkeys typing on an infinite number of typewriters, they'd eventually write all of Shakespeare's sonnets. This new "crowd sourcing" concept suggests that instead of having a few professionals doing something (writing

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Photography Styles – A Different Kind of Difference

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:59 pm

One word of caution, the style of photographs do have some technical and procedural differences in how your wedding is shot. For example: Degree of control - Traditional photographers and fashion style shooters tend to do a fair amount of directing (you & your guests) in order to achieve their results. Photojournalistic guys can be more a fly on the wall, somewhat

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Ideas for an Easter Themed Wedding

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:56 pm

Spring is in the air, the sun is shining and birds are chirping. What a wonderful time to get married! We have put together some tips and ideas for a beautiful celebration. Colors Pastels, Yellows, creams, whites, gingham, lace and chiffon are all popular choices. Florals and polka dots are also great fabric pattern choices. Photo Courtesy of Jenny Haas

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Dinner Time! Capturing your Wedding Meal

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:48 pm

I don't usually take pictures of people eating at a wedding. Most people don't want a camera pointed at them when they are enjoying the food and the pictures are…well, often not flattering. On the other hand, brides work hard to provide something nice. So generally I still feel compelled to do something with food. Food itself, of course, can be pretty photogenic.

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Brides: Setting up a list of ‘Have-To’ Photos

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:46 pm

In spite of the popularity of the 'capture the moment' photojournalistic style, group shots will remain important and wanted by brides, families and wedding guests. It's these group shots and 'have to' shots that have given brides plenty of stress, and photographers plenty of lists for the day. So how hard can it be to come up with a workable list of group shots that

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GREAT Group Photos with help from a Wedding Wrangler

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:45 pm

There is a lot of advice out there on taking great group shots. Most is oriented to photographers but I think it would be useful for brides to know a bit about what works well.. Of the techniques, some that work are: shooting from unusual locations (a ladder?); having everyone in the group strike a different pose; making funny remarks to loosen them up. Essentially,

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Grow Your Business by Asking for Help!

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:43 pm

We all have two jobs. First is the specific skill or trade we perform and second we all need to be great lead generators. In this section we will discuss lead generating techniques and ideas to help grow your business and allow you to practice what you love doing. One great lead generating tip we've learned about that is very low cost, but effective is to grow your

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Halloween Themed Wedding Ideas

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:41 pm

You can forget about ordinary, traditional weddings when planning a Halloween themed wedding. We put together some tips and advice for you to plan a unique, fun, and elegant halloween wedding. Attire: Bride and Groom You can make it real simple by the bride wearing a plain black or red slim fitting gown while the groom wears a black tux with black shirt and

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How Many Photos should your Photographer Take?

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:39 pm

How many photos do I take? How many do you want? I know that I'm not supposed to answer a question with a question but it's a question I get asked all the time. That's probably because it can be measured, like my fee or how many hours I stay at a wedding. Easy questions. Trouble is, it's tough to answer. So before I answer it, let's think about the question: How

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Look for the Light When Choosing a Photographer

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:36 pm

Why do you like certain photographs? It's interesting to think why any picture might interest you, spark a reaction. Having more insight into your own visual "aesthetic" and you do have one, might give you a better compass for finding the right photographer for your wedding. Or it could make your picture taking more fun. So back to the question, why a particular

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Brides: What it takes to look your best

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:33 pm

Your wedding day is one of the most important days of your life, so of course you want to look your absolute best. All it takes is a little preparation, and to help you out, here are some easy tips to keep in mind to help you look your best. Dresses: Select a dress that enhances your figure and hides that which you don't like. Be unique! Stay away from strapless

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Looking for a wedding photographer? Here are 15 must-ask questions!

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:30 pm

When looking for a wedding photographer, it's easy to become overwhelmed. You want to find a photographer whose style is in line with your wedding style. You also want someone who is professional, experienced, talented, and a pleasure to work with. It's important to meet with the wedding photographer before signing a contract! Your wedding photographer

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Ideas for a 4th of July Wedding

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:26 pm

4th of july is all about being with friends and family and enjoying a casual cookout in the beautiful summer weather. You can easily add some touches to your wedding to give it that All American, Festive 4th of July feel. We put together a few tips and advice to help you with your planning! Invitations: Make sure to incorporate flags, stars, stripes and

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Photographers Benefit by Creating a Timeline

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:14 pm

Every time I am hired to shoot a wedding, I will create a timeline for the big day. As the photographer I have learned through trial and error how difficult it can be to think and change gears when things go wrong if I never had a plan A to begin with! You might think having a timeline hinders spontaneity, however I would argue that having a clear plan frees my mind

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Photographers & Videographers; helping them work well together

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:13 pm

Have you ever tried to make dinner, and someone keeps coming in and eats your ingredients before you can put the recipe together? I can make great pasta, but if someone keeps eating the sauce before I can pour it on the noodles, you won't be impressed. This is what happens when a photographer and videographer don't work well together. Neither profession is

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Photography Lighting Techniques & Tips

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:08 pm

As wedding traditions evolve, more and more photographers find themselves shooting in less than optimal lighting conditions. Those 'safely lit' church ceremonies are moving outdoors into the harsh sun. Or brides will shift from an afternoon wedding to a romantic evening ceremony at sunset. And it's not like we can tell the bride "Yes I know that romantic evening ceremony

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When Looking for a Photographer What Photography Style is Right for You?

By at July 30, 2013 | 8:06 pm

Finding your photographer is like going through a visual/verbal maze. There are more labels than you can shake a stick at, as my dad used to say. One problem is that there is a belief that photographers' styles fall crisply into neat groupings, like traditional, photojournalistic, fashion, etc. Deb Carpenito of WeddingPhotoUSA has several nice articles two of the most

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5 Tips for Getting Perfect Wedding Photos

By at July 30, 2013 | 7:57 pm

Are you in the process of planning your wedding? Working with your wedding photographer is an important part of your big day. Here are a few important tips to help make sure you get the perfect wedding photos! Schedule your engagement photos in time to send to the newspapers you want to be announced in. Keep in mind that larger city newspapers may take

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“Must have” Photographs, To Pose or Not to Pose?

By at July 30, 2013 | 7:54 pm

Must you have them? You hear about "must have" shots in magazines and online regularly. Wedding planners, venue coordinators, wedding writers, you know, pretty much everywhere. What are they? Well they are either those special events in weddings (the first kiss, the first dance, cake cutting), 'photo-walks' (essentially posed portraits directed by the photographer)

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Gmails Promotions Tab Can Hurt You

By at July 25, 2013 | 11:54 am

Last week Google rolled out some big changes to Gmail. They've created a new category tab structure in your Gmail account that separates your emails into 3 categories: Primary, Social, and Promotions. If you send out marketing or newsletters through email, Gmails Promotions Tab can hurt you. This is what Gmail Tabs look like How Gmails Promotions Tab Can Hurt You Gmail

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Giveaway Winner – Personalized Wine Bottles!

By at July 22, 2013 | 11:54 am

Our Bridal Giveaway winner is Anggela Aranda of New Jersey, she's won 4 Personalized Bottles of Wine from WineGreeting.com! WineGreeting.com is where you can easily create a personalized wine label on a delicious bottle of California wine for your wedding, check out their website! We've teamed up with some great wedding vendors to giveaway some cool prizes, and

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