Although group photos are a more directed portion of the day, I still strive to keep these looking less cliche and more natural, **beauty in the imperfections**. Every group is different, I love shouting out a command and photographing the reaction. And most importantly- I like to keep it quick! No more than 30 mins for the whole wedding party - photos of just the girls, just the guys, and both!! (any longer and people are over it anyway). I’ve never walked away from a wedding feeling like we didn’t get enough in that half hour. Photos are important, but I know there’s also other important things going on, and I never try to keep you from your party too long🍻 Are you a bride with a laid back vibe? 2020 dates are open for grabs!
The suspense is over! 👏🏻Jack & Brittney’s 3 page spread in @wisconsinbride magazine is now over in my stories. And thanks so much to the friendors back home in WI who were kind enough to send me vids & snapshots of it. You da best ♡ Always surreal seeing your photos published in print, head over to stories for all the pretty deets!
Very honored to announce Jack & Brittney‘s wedding day has been featured on 3 whole pages in the newest @wisconsinbride Magazine 😍. And I won’t even be able to see it til April (wah, killing me!) . . Who’s got their copy? Did you find me? ((Bonus points if you hook a girl up with a pic!😉))
I love taking on new locations, traveling a little further, hiking a little longer. Brides - if you find the photographer you love hasn’t shot your location or venue before, don’t let this be a deal breaker! It could actually work out in your favor! Some of my best work has been times I was pushed to think a little differently, try something new. My creative brain kicks into overdrive, so many fresh new ideas and inspiration fill me. It may feel safe to go with a photographer whose shot your location millions of times, but more important than location is connection. Who do you connect with? Artistically? Personally? Hire that person. Photo taken above as a @joshuatreenps first-timer (see stories for the rest of the session!) Are you planning a #destinationwedding or #elopement? Let’s connect!👋🏻
Meet the #Bouquet , the only other thing that’s gonna tag along with you and your partner in almost all your wedding photos! Pro tip: don’t skimp out! While the focus is obviously on the two of you, the bouquet has a way of adding that extra oomf, romance, and magic✨If budget is concern, ask your florist on ways to cut down without having to sacrifice your precious 3rd wheel floral child👶🏼🌸
Where troubles melt like lemon drops ♡ . : #joshuatree #jtree #engagementsession #joshuatreenationalpark
I was recently talking with a friend about her wedding, and it made me realize there is so much real and raw advice that past brides can give to current planning brides. Not from a photographer or editor in a magazine but straight from the source - someone that has recently gone through it themselves. Tips like not stressing on planning those tiniest of details that in reality, just get lost on a wedding day. Or how they wish they would have placed less emphasis on getting allll those group combination photos and placed more emphasis on solo time with their partner. And last minute additions that turned out to be the BEST (ahem, the late night snacks). During planning, we think we need it all and in hindsight we realize the things we wish we would have done a little bit differently. But by then it's too late and you're writing the thank you cards✍🏻. So I've had this idea for a while, and I'd love to include bits of advice from my past brides to YOU. I'm finally about to blog all the weddings of my 2018 season, but rather than just sharing their photos and story, I want it to be educational too. Are you a bride-to-be? What topics would you love to see covered? Or if you're a past bride, what topics SHOULD be covered? Jot em down below and look out for the blog posts soon!
Can I be honest? I hope your wedding day is not the #bestdayever . There I said it🙊 Wedding days are day 1 of marriage, and if we already built this day up to be the best-of-the-best with our partner, then what happens when the fun and adrenaline of the day is over? When the last song plays, your guests go home, and that dress you’ve been dying to wear is now back home hanging in your closet. If that were the best day ever, how is it going to feel going forward, without the butterflies and rainbows and reality hits? What would be the point of signing up for a lifelong marriage, wouldn’t we all just plan weddings for fun and then welp, seeya later? For Alex and I, our wedding day of course was a beautiful day, but it was not the best day ever (one, it went by so fast I barely remember it😅)and two, there have been so many other days I have felt something truer and deeper with my husband. Example, a sunrise drive through Yellowstone. Not saying wedding days aren’t beautiful and amazing, they totally are. But someone told me once to “plan a marriage more beautiful than your wedding.” And I’ll never forget that advice. I know it’s just a fun little expression and we quote it and use it as cake toppers but I challenge you to let go of “best day ever” - What about “best lifetime ever”? Because as great as throwing a giant party and wearing an epic dress for a day is, the real magic of being married is in the everyday. ✨ Cheers to your #bestlifetimeever , can we make this the new hashtag?
Putting together a new client “wedding guide” magazine & it has me digging through past weddings and being reminded all over again what a sweet journey this past year has been. I am so anxious to take everything I have learned and apply it to this new season of weddings. Until then, I’m practing on #saguaro ‘s 🌵 Check out stories for a little glimpse of our AZ adventures last month!