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I work with every bride before their big day to make sure there’s plenty of time to get the photos they’re expecting, and there are a few things to consider when putting together a wedding timeline that allows for ample photography.
This year was the first year I entered the annual Shoot and Share Photo Contest, and it's safe to say I am now addicted.
It's never easy being the person in front of a camera. I would imagine that even Gisele used to get nervous before big shoots. While we can't all be expected to be supermodels (wishful thinking!), there are certainly things you can do to make your headshot experience a relaxed one.
In the photography world, some folks watermark their photos, and some folks don't. It seems like a really small decision in the grand scheme of things, and while that might be true, it's a very calculated one.
I think no matter what anyone says, just about every mama dreams of putting together a nursery for a sweet baby girl. When we moved into this house, I knew immediately that the tiny room at the end of the hall would be perfect for a tiny pink little girl bedroom.
There are some questions that you should ask a potential wedding photographer before you sign on the dotted line. I've created this list to make your life a little easier!
Thea was such a breath of fresh air to photograph! I loved that she had her own style that was so true and unique to her personality. Not to mention she is beautiful. Her fair, porcelain skin and auburn hair was so fantastic to get in front of my camera!
My 2017 senior season kicked off with Nicole, and it was a fabulous way to start the year. I got to know Nicole a bit when I shot her sister Katie's wedding. I absolutely loved this whole family, so I was thrilled to get to work with them again for Nicole's senior photos!
I'm not too secretive about the fact that I'm a huge fan of a first look on your wedding day! While I certainly don't require any of my couples to have a first look, I have shot enough weddings to know that they offer a ton of benefit, and I make sure my couples know all the pros and cons as they are planning their day.
You're using Facebook to try and grow your creative business, but you're frustrated because no one is seeing your posts--or worse, they're seeing them but they just don't care. So, why bother with a platform that's not showing you any return? Chances are, Facebook isn't the bad guy.
Fun fact: I have shot over half of my weddings pregnant. And, since I've had babies in October and November, I'm usually shooting pretty far into my second and third trimester, and typically in South Dakota heat. While it's not super ideal (it's CRAZY what a toll wedding days take on your body, even when you're not pregnant!), it's also the reality of life right now as we grow our family.
Have you ever been to a wedding that feels like absolutely every last detail has an important meaning to the bride and groom? It feels so special to be invited in to something so sweet and personal, and that's exactly what Sam and Brent's wedding day felt like.
My job is always the easiest when a couple wears their love for each other on their sleeves, and if I had to think of two lovebirds that embodied that trait, it's Natalie and Nate. These two were practically glowing all day long, filled with so much joy that they'd soon be husband and wife. Nothing could dampen their day!
Emily got in touch with me over email in January, and I felt like I connected with her right away. She was so sweet and complimentary, having been referred from past brides of mine! Within a couple of emails, she let me know they were planning an outdoor wedding in Mitchell, SD and I was so excited. While I love outdoor weddings, they're obviously hard to come by in South Dakota (hello, I totally get it!), so I was thrilled to hear she was willing to take the chance!
Real talk: there is something so empowering about having a good photo of yourself. Whether you're updating your Facebook or LinkedIn profile, freshening your website, or even just emailing a snap to your mom so she can update the family picture frames, doesn't it feel great to look good in a picture!?
There are so many decisions to make as you plan one of the biggest days of your life; it can be really overwhelming! One of the terms that has been getting tossed around quite a bit lately is “unplugged.” Will you have an unplugged wedding? Should you have an unplugged wedding? What the heck is an unplugged wedding!?
Paula first got in touch with me about a week before her stepdaughter Alli's wedding day. She was so excited about a charm she'd incorporated into the bridal bouquet honoring Alli's late mother. It was so important to her to make sure the charm itself was documented, but also Alli seeing it for the first time.
One of the things that I’ve noticed as a wedding photographer is the general confusion when it comes to wedding planning and when to start hiring your wedding vendors. I get it - you’ve likely never planned a wedding before and suddenly people are asking you all of these questions and your head is spinning. Let me help shed some light on one of these topics!
I've been excited for Randy and Sydney's wedding all summer - and if we're being serious, probably way before then! These two love to be unique and have such a great eye for detail and flair for the unexpected. I knew their wedding day was going to be amazing and no detail would be left out!
One of my favorite parts of being a photographer is that no two weddings are the same. Every one is just a little, if not a lot, different than the last.
It's so fun for me to be able to capture all these different days for different people, who have different styles and stories. I love photographing all the perfect details for their days and telling their stories in photo form. But sometimes I get a little selfish and want to make some of those creative calls myself!
Every wedding holds a special place in my heart, but Megan and Zach's really stands out. Megan has been like a bonus little sister to me for as long as I can remember. Our parents are the best of friends, so we've basically grown up together. Many Friday and Saturday nights were spent with all five of us siblings together while our parents hung out, and I wouldn't have it any other way!