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Wedding Traditions: Do You Have to Follow Them?

By at February 17, 2012 | 4:55 pm

Wedding traditions....you know the drill. Walking down the aisle to Canon in D major, throwing the bouquet at the reception, have the garter belt removed... need I continue? Some people think this is a necessary part of the wedding while others want to forgo these traditions, and find them overdone and a bit tacky. There are many brides that dream about a classic

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5 Steps To Close the Deal with Brides

By at February 16, 2012 | 2:25 pm

OMG, wedding season is about to be in full swing. Don't have the calendar all booked up yet? Well, you're in luck. I find that Feb/March is the best times to book up those last minute wedding planning brides! Having steady inquiries coming in but just can't seal the deal? No worries. Here are my top 5 steps to close the deal with brides. 1. Stay in Constant

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More Updates & Improvements to Help You Book More Brides

By at February 16, 2012 | 2:25 pm

2012 is off to a great year! We've already announced our new State-Featured advertising options to give you the choice of increased visibility on our main state pages. This month we're excited to announce our new home page layout, site navigation and Bride 1st focus to help you book more brides. Our new layout takes full advantage of the latest trends in web design, and

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10 Fun and Unique Wedding Photo Ideas

By at February 15, 2012 | 11:27 am

So you want fun, cool, classic pictures. And you don't want to look "posed". I totally understand. Looking at my wedding photographs, there are only a handful that I really, truly love. A unique wedding photo capturing the moments when I see the joy, the laughter, and all of the fun that we had on that day. The best part about my favorites? They were ALL posed. Every.

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Are You Losing Quality When Converting Images to Black and White?

By at February 15, 2012 | 10:27 am

Are You Losing Quality When Converting Images to Black and White? Gary Fong explains why preserving midrange tones is important for the highest quality when converting color digital images to black and white. He shows how much information is lost with the common "desaturation" method and capture in BxW mode provided by most digital

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Get Brides to Contact You in 4 Steps

By at February 9, 2012 | 10:14 am

If you want to get brides to contact you, making sure you show up where they are gives you a huge advantage over the competition. But once you figure out where they are: How do you get them to contact you? 1. Determine the desired action you want them to take. What do you want the bride or groom to do when they stumble across your website, Facebook page or

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Brandon and Desiree: Cloverdale IN Wedding Photography

By at February 3, 2012 | 12:00 pm

An amazing story brought to us by Amanda Galloway of Silver Linings Photography Cloverdale IN Wedding Photography reminds us just how family, history and location can bring more meaning to your wedding and photography. When Brandon and Desiree decided to have their engagement portraits done at Cataract Falls in obscure Putnam County, they did not know

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Wedding Trends 2012

By at January 31, 2012 | 2:13 pm

As we enter a new year, we are already seeing some huge trends pop up, whether they have been carried over from last year or are all-new. A trend by definition is the general direction in which something tends to move. We are bombarded with new ideas from social media, celebrity weddings, Internet and other publications, so of course one of a bride's priorities is usually

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MetroStyle Studios – Elegant & Contemporary Minnesota Wedding Photography

By at January 26, 2012 | 4:29 pm

MetroStyle Studios

We're excited to welcome MetroStyle Studios out of Minneapolis, Minnesota. A Minnesota wedding photography style that's elegant, edgy, and contemporary, George Day provides top-tier photography, photofinishing, and customer service, inexpensive packages, and modern albums & wall art. We had the opportunity to find out more about George and how he got started, what he

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5 Must-Have DIY Wedding Photo Props

By at January 26, 2012 | 2:52 pm

I happen to be a huge fan of fun photography. Last year, photo booths were all the rage...who am I kidding? They'll probably be all the rage again this year. However, I think that wedding photography is definitely leaning more on DIY wedding photo props this year. I'm not advocating giant top hats and oversized glasses, although those can be lots of fun for silly

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5 Fun Group Wedding Photo Ideas

By at January 25, 2012 | 2:37 pm

5 Fun Group Wedding Photo Ideas I don't ordinarily spend a lot of time planning group photographs. Usually the environment and the group's personality guide me on how to proceed. Group shots can be relatively formal, particularly when parents and grandparents are involved. This is not a bad thing, grandmothers really love those type of shots. While I'm always happy to

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Nystedt Photography – Candid & Creative Massachusetts Wedding Photographer

By at January 24, 2012 | 11:15 am

We are thrilled to welcome one of our newest Featured members, Massachusetts wedding photographer Daniel of Nystedt Photography! Daniel has photographed hundreds of weddings in a variety of countries and has studied under some of the worlds top photographers. His style is a mix of candids (photojournalistic) and creative portraiture. Daniel shared with us a little

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Get Rid of Ugly Bounced Light on Group Photos

By at January 18, 2012 | 3:03 pm

Getting ugly bounced light on group photos? Using a Lightsphere and Chrome Dome with the proper camera and flash settings, Gary Fong demonstrates in great detail how to eliminate both shadows and harsh flash from your group photo shots. Take a look and share your tips & comments!

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3 Easy Ways to Revive Your Wedding Business Website

By at January 18, 2012 | 2:38 pm

I know. You've been meaning to revamp your wedding business website for months...maybe years, but it just seems like such a huge undertaking. It may seem like an eye sore to your business image, but not all hope is lost. Even if you don't think you have a whole lot of time or energy to pour into it right this minute, I've got a few easy tips for you to get back on

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Photographers and Social Media – What NOT to Do

By at January 18, 2012 | 2:29 pm

Photographers and Social Media - What NOT to Do We all know there are the people on Facebook who are constantly whining and complaining through their Facebook pages. But if you are using Facebook to market your own business, this is definitely not the kind of thing you want to be posting. You don't want a negative attitude to be associated with your business, especially

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Want to Look Great in Your Wedding Dress? Here are 5 Easy Tips!

By at January 17, 2012 | 1:02 pm

Your big day is quickly approaching. What is one of the most important things when it comes to being prepared? Looking your best in your wedding dress! Follow these 5 tips to make sure you look great in your wedding dress: 1. Shop Early No matter what our personality or age, almost every woman has an idea of how she'd like to look on her wedding day. No matter whether

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5 Steps to a Flawless Face on Your Wedding Day

By at January 12, 2012 | 11:00 am

Want a flawless face on your wedding day? Then don't wait until a week before your wedding to start taking care of your skin. Your skin didn't get to where it is now in a week so you're not going to be able to change it in that amount of time either. We know you are just too busy planning to start thinking about it now, but you can't neglect a very important part of your

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Romantic Vintage Wedding: D Coleman Photography

By at January 11, 2012 | 1:45 pm

This amazing vintage wedding was sent to us by member D Coleman Photography in Missouri. Talk about romantic! And check out the brides gorgeous vintage jewelery bouquet. Lots of talent went into capturing the details, love and happiness on Clayton and Jaime's wedding day, thanks for sharing with us David & Sarah! You can check out more photos from this day

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Tips to a Successful Photography Business

By at December 29, 2011 | 4:07 pm

There is something I have caught onto when it comes to having a successful photography business. It's the phrase "I may try that" or "I'll try my best to do that". I thought about this after reading this quote on a friend's Facebook wall: Trying is lying. There is no such thing as trying. You do it or you don't. You get results in life or you have excuses why you

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How Photographers Attract Brides

By at December 15, 2011 | 12:20 pm

How Photographers Attract Brides - When it comes to your wedding business, you're always trying to stay up to date with the latest trends. But just because everyone else is doing it, doesn't mean you have to too! You only need to do the things that are right for YOU, that is how you are going to attract more brides. There's a little thing marketers like to talk about

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Top 10 Places to Find Wedding Photography Clients

By at December 14, 2011 | 2:42 pm

Wondering where to find wedding photography clients? A lot of wedding photographers tell me, Once I get the bride or groom in front of me, I can book them. But how do I get my stuff directly in front of real brides? Step #1 - Find out where your ideal clients are hanging out. Once you know where they are, you can meet them there. Then Step #2 comes into play - Get them

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Wedding Photo Booths: Should You Have One?

By at December 13, 2011 | 1:50 pm

Over the last few years the growing trend of wedding photo booths at weddings has started to raise many questions with professional photographers. Some photographers have even started offering these set ups as a part of their package plan. In this short article I would like to note both the positive and negative effects of having a photo booth. I shoot about 40 weddings

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Grow your photography business – Say Yes

By at December 7, 2011 | 2:13 pm

Grow your photography business Think about all of the times in your life when you were given an opportunity, and you didn't say yes. Do you ever wonder what would have happened if you had taken that opportunity? Would you possibly be making significantly more money? This is something I definitely find myself thinking about every now and then. Everyday, we are

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Photographer Marketing – Simplicity = Sales

By at December 2, 2011 | 12:47 pm

When it comes to your photographer marketing materials, always remember to K.I.S.S. (keep it super simple). This applies to any marketing materials you work on. Whether it be a brochures, letters, your packages, workshops, or other products, you want to make sure that you aren't overcomplicating things in your messages. If you don't make it focused enough, brides wont

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5 Tips to Look Best in Wedding Photos

By at December 2, 2011 | 11:23 am

Your wedding day is the most important day of your life (at least so far). And I know that you want to remember it fondly. I know that I still get all googly-eyed when I look at my wedding pictures. I want you to have the same warm fuzzies when you look back at yours, so I'm going to share a few tips with you that will help look best in wedding photos. Talk to Your

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A Traditional Wedding Budget – Who Pays For What?

By at November 29, 2011 | 12:22 pm

While expectations are changing in modern weddings, the traditional wedding budget and the breakdown of who pays for what is fairly straightforward. In the United States, Europe, and most western cultures, the bride's family traditionally bears the brunt of the wedding cost. The following are the costs typically paid for by each of the primary people involved in a

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Photographers 2011

By at November 27, 2011 | 11:00 pm

Sometimes its difficult for friends and family to know what great holiday gifts ideas for photographers are out there. Problem solved! We've assembled a list of 17 great items on every photographers wish list this 2011 holiday season. Simply share this post with the Santa or Mrs. Claus in your life, and you'll be sure to get something great to help improve technique, your

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5 Tips For Choosing a Wedding Theme Uniquely You

By at November 22, 2011 | 11:04 am

You've dreamed about planning your wedding for years, but now that it's finally time the whole process seems daunting. Looking for a way to pull all the details of your wedding together? Consider a theme! Having a wedding theme in mind, however emphasized or understated you make it, is the perfect way to put your personal stamp on your special day and make sure every

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Modern & Romantic Wedding – JFCI Photography

By at November 17, 2011 | 6:55 pm

Jennifer of JFCI Photography in Minnesota captures the fun, sweetness and happiness of every moment. She shared with us some of her favorite photos and details about the recent romantic wedding of Jamie and Matt who were married at the Landmark Center in St Paul, Minnesota: October 1, 2011 was an amazing day. The sky was beautiful; a cloudless deep sapphire blue. The

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Off Camera Flash Comparison – Gary Fong

By at November 16, 2011 | 1:48 pm

Gary Fong demonstrates the difference between the outdated studio umbrellas outdoors and the Lightsphere Collapsible in this off camera flash comparison. He shows how the Lightsphere gives more of a focused light as opposed to the

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