Imagine you're about to walk down the aisle.
You've spend countless hours making sure everything goes as planned. You hired your dream photographer, your make-up and hair are on point. You're about the marry to person of your dreams.
And then as you start to walk, you're looking into the crowd of people you've hand selected to be part of your big day only to see the backsides of their mobile devices while they take snap shots of you.
Your eyes search to make eye contact with your soon to be life partner, but your aunt is standing in the middle of aisle to get a better glimpse of you as your uncle is calling out your name to look over to him so he can take a photo of you on his big fancy camera.
And all you could think of is:
WHAT. IS. HAPPENING.
Summer time is the number one time of the year when people decide to get married. Most people are willing to to stay out later, plan their vacation times, and for the ones with kids, this is the time of year the kids are out of school.
But what about engagements? I went to visit Auntie Google to check, and I guessed correctly. The most popular date for people to get engaged is on Valentine's Day (however, there are 364 other days in the year that people all over the world get engaged).
And seeing as there are so many times in the year that people pop the question, that just means that there that many opportunities to plan an engagement session.
Planning your engagement session is super important, but also shouldn't be stressful. So to make your experience of going through your session as smooth as possible, I wanted to give you a few tips on what you can bring to your engagement session.
You're going to thank me later. Trust.
In the photography industry of photographing people, us photographers get invested the people they work with (myself included). We’re in the business of making people happy. And sometimes it comes at a cost.
With so much information about photographers and how-go guides out there (my blog included), I thought I would do something a little bit different this week and talk about the big elephants in the room. As much as I love my elephants, these are not the elephants I want in my room. (That came out weirder written down than in my head. Oh, well.)
I’m talking about things photographers don’t want to say to their clients, and just wish they already knew.
So with that out of the way, let’s get to this week’s blog post…
Hanging up photos in your living room, home office, or even your kitchen to bring life and character into the space.
I've mentioned this before, but there's also something to be said about having photographs printed and tangible in your hands; The feel of the paper, the lustre finish, the way the colors pop! Magical.
Since I've had the pleasure of photographing the coolest clients, I thought to put together a how-to guide on creating your own photo gallery to put up in your home or office space.
You know that feeling when you’ve thought about an idea over and over again and you finally just decide--why not??
Yeah, that’s how I feel about my first ever print shop!
As a photographer, I live and breathe photography. But there’s just something about actually having tangible photos in your hand. So, when I thought to open up and offer prints of my photography I thought how fun would it be to be able to have my work hang up in other amazing people’s homes (even if I’ve never photographed them as clients)?
And guess what? Not only do I have prints, but I have the cutest home pieces and daily items with my photography on it! Take a look!
Do you remember back when you would walk into a photo studio to take your family portraits or when you and your friends would take pictures together to give to everyone?
The process of choosing where to go and how the pictures would come out was part of deciding whether or not you got your pictures taken there. Similarly, as photographers we use your photos to showcase what we can do for someone like you, a potential client, their friends or family members. The idea is simple--people always want to see what they'll get before they decide.
Gone are the days of burning a CD of images or a DVD slideshow for clients. Insert the times of instant gratification when you receive a link directly to your private online digital photo gallery right to your inbox (say that one five times fast)!
When my clients hire me, they all get a personalized photo gallery where they can view, download and share (soon purchase print straight from gallery) their images as soon as they receive their link. With Pixieset, they have revolutionized my delivery by light years!
If you're wondering how I deliver my photo sessions and wedding online galleries, you are in for a good one where I walk through how to navigate the gallery and download them.
This is gonna be good...
While your cocktail hour is so much fun for your wedding guests to freshen up with some chilled champagne, a cold brew, or some treats, as a wedding photographer I like to call this time: Photo Hour.
Ever wonder when do the wedding couple get a chance to take those stunning wedding portraits of just them glowing and basking in each other's admiration? It's most likely taken during cocktail hour, and as long as you've got treats and wedding drinks handy your guests won't even notice you're gone (Sorry to break it to you). However, you will have this amazing time to take those stunning wedding portraits of you and your forever partner-in-crime done in the mean time.
Not sure if cocktail hour is necessary for your wedding, let chat shall we?
We all do it at one point or another. We meet someone for the first time, shake their hand introduce ourselves, exchange a quick little story, and we tell ourselves that we'll remember this person's name and what they do. But the truth is, we forget.
We may remember something about their story that stuck out, what they did for a living or what they wore. So there's nothing different when it comes to meeting a few dozen different wedding vendors month after month as you plan out your wedding day. As you try and remember everyone's name and keep their phone number in your phone, remembering their business names or social media handles are not particularly on the top of the list of remembering (at least not when you're planning one of the biggest events of your lives)...
I sat across the table with her in a crowded Starbucks coffee shop when she told me that she didn't even know where to start. As we both had an iced cold coffees in hand, a small part of me thought, "Well, I'm a photographer, not a wedding planner." came across my mind, I still knew I had to help her. This was the among the first weddings I had ever shot.
I am a...
Los Angeles native.