This week’s Cincinnati Wedding Photography #tuesdaytip is: Don’t Worry About the Weather on Your Wedding Day! From the time you’re first engaged, to your actual wedding day, there can be A LOT of time spent making decisions, planning and in some cases…over-analyzing. Many of these decisions are in your control – they are things that you can make a final call on and control the outcome of. The color of the flowers, ceremony time, how many bridesmaids and groomsmen you have, when your first dance is, etc. There are of course other things you don’t have control over and anything that falls into this category, are things simply not worth worrying over. Many would say that the big one is the weather. I never knew when I became a wedding photographer, that meant I also would become a part-time meteorologist. In the amount of time I’ve spent looking at forecasts, I’ve learned one very important thing…they’re all guessing! While they’re usually pretty spot on about temperatures, I find the ‘chance of rain %’ to often times be a wild guess. I advise my brides to not even look at the weather more then 36 hours out if they can help it. Take this past Saturday in Cincinnati for example. All week it was listed as a 100% chance of rain. Brides who had weddings that day had to be thinking, ‘I guess all of our portraits will be indoors’, or, ‘I guess our outdoor ceremony will end up being inside’. Cut to Saturday and there was barely a single drop of rain the entire day. Of course I’ve also seen it flipped where you go into a day thinking there is zero percent chance of rain and…monsoon. On your wedding day, we will capture stunning images of your day, regardless of what the weather is or is not doing. If it rains? That's considered good luck! And any experienced wedding photographer will be more then capable of taking gorgeous images of the bride, groom and party at one of your venues or another pre-determined location. You’re going to be so happy on your day being surrounded by those closest to you, it will more then likely be an after-thought. So there really is simply no point in wasting time and energy worrying about what ‘might be’.
Excited to be part of @premierparkevents 'Brides and Bubbly' bridal show for a second year in a row this coming Sunday at the French House. If you are planning a wedding and want to meet some awesome vendors, stop by and say hello from 11 to 3! Go to bridesandbubbly.net to register! #premierparkevents #bridalshow #cincinnati #cincinnatiwedding
More Lauren and Evan on the blog! #cincinnati #cincylove #cincinnatiengagement
Lauren and Evan's engagement session is gracing the blog today. (Link in bio) Very excited to share this one. Sometimes the most unsuspecting spots can make for the best engagement session locations. For example, we did a god portion of their session in a parking garage - which offered both beautiful light and some unique images!
This whole session, I couldn't get over what an amazing smile Wendy has. Much more of her and Pete's gorgeous #overtherhine engagement session is on the blog! (Link in bio) #otr #overtherhine #thisisotr
#TuesdayTips: Hire Someone You Enjoy Being Around When hiring your Cincinnati wedding photographer, I know this may sound obvious, but it’s so important that you hire a wedding photographer that you not only trust, but someone you…LIKE. Someone that you mesh well with, you enjoy being around and actually want to be part of your wedding day. In most cases, your wedding photographer will be around you more then anyone else on your wedding day (and in some cases videographer too). So it goes without saying, that person should be someone you enjoy having around. But not only that, someone who you feel like you know a little bit. When your photographer walks into your room the morning of your wedding while you’re getting your hair and makeup I can only speak from the way I approach this with my clients, but by the time your wedding day rolls around, I hope my clients do not feel like a stranger is taking their wedding pictures. This is achieved through many steps leading up to your wedding. Starting with the consultation and several meetings leading up to your wedding day as well as the all important engagement session (more on this in a future #tuesdaytips). Through all of this, hopefully you develop a comfort level with your photographer. When couples are comfortable in front of the camera, IT SHOWS! This all starts with enjoying the person who is behind the camera. I encourage everyone to meet with more then one photographer and find that photographer whose work you not only love, but style and personality you equally love. That person will make your wedding day an even more memorable one! #weddingtips #weddingadvice #tiptuesday
So much lovely stuff on the blog for your weekend viewing. Including lots from Andrew and Elena's sunny Rincon, Puerto Rico session! #rincon #rinconpr #puertorico
The love these two have for one another is so amazing. So glad to have had the opportunity to capture it. Much more Jenna & Nolan on the blog! Shout to @mkf.photo for shooting this one with me - Give her a follow!
I teased it awhile back, but I'm finally ready to officially announce an exciting new add-on to Ben Elsass Photography. Introducing Photosphere! @photospherecincy a new Cincinnati Photobooth, but not in the traditional sense. Instead of producing prints, it produces gifs (or boomerangs) that are sent directly to your guest's phones. Photosphere is not just available for Ben Elsass Photography wedding clients either. It is hours of fun for your wedding, corporate event, birthday party, bar/bat mitzvah or celebration. Let Photosphere capture your nights emotion, in motion! Please take a moment and check out Photosphere on the beautiful new website created by @kaleighturnercreative - The site will answer many questions you may have about Photosphere. There is a short promo video to show you how it all works and there are also many sample gifs to show you exactly the sort of thing that will be sent to your guest's phones. To learn more about photosphere or if you are interested in booking it for your upcoming wedding or event, please reach out to email@example.com! #photobooth #photoboothcincinnati #cincy #cincinnati #gifbooth
More @slassy & @mostgoodindeed love on the blog! #rincon #rinconpr #puertorico #sandybeach