Hair and make-up. Keep it simple. This is not the time to try a brand new hairstyle. Why not plan a hair and makeup ‘rehearsal’ day. This way you can be sure it is what you want AND you will have a clear idea of HOW MUCH TIME IT WILL TAKE to create it. Very often things take longer than expected and that leads to a stressful situation – running out of time for photos or being late for your ceremony or both! With good planning and time management things will go smoothly and your photographer will have plenty of time to capture images of you getting ready, plus beautiful portraits of you dressed and ready to go! And last but not least, add at least 15 minutes to everything. Build time in for yourself and your wedding party to avoid running late.
As a wedding photographer in Connecticut, I am comfortable behind the camera, but a bride and groom may not be so comfortable as the subject on the other side. That is why I highly recommend ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS before the wedding day if possible. This gives you time to feel what it feels like to be the main photographic subject all day! The more time you spend with your photographer, the more comfortable you will be in front of their camera. This kind of pre-wedding session will also give you time to get to know your photographer and visa-versa: be yourselves – wacky, fun or a little crazy and there will be plenty of “moments” to capture the real you in photos you will cherish. Also, your photographer can help you learn to pose so you look great on this day AND ON YOUR WEDDING DAY. Posing is the not the big bad ugly that so many people think it is. I pose people to look their very best. Isn’t that what everyone wants – to look great? I also realize that it is important to look natural, too, there is no better place than an engagement session with your photographer […]
Many brides are looking for stylish, fun and helpful accessories and details for their wedding day. Etsy weddings is one place to find such things. One thing that I would recommend is a pretty hanger for your dress. Most brides don’t think about this, but in the photos it can make a big difference! Notice the dress on a clear plastic hanger (below)… this is better than the paper covered hangers from the cleaners, but a pretty silk padded one may have looked nicer. Or a wooden one with a ribbon or two? The dress hanging on a light colored armoire, at Amarante’s Seacliff, as opposed to a darker surface, helps to hide the hanger or at least make it less noticed. If you are planning a wedding in 2012, check out the many wonderfully creative sites for unique ideas to enhance your special day! (Pinterest, Esty, and the many wedding blogs you can find online. Check out bellableubridal.com – it is a couture bridal blog- it is filled with inspiring and cool ideas! Some you can translate and create yourself…. Please leave a comment here if you have a favorite website or place where you love to get […]
I have been meeting with many engaged couples lately and I noticed that most of them are concerned about how the photographer(s) work at capturing natural images. My clients want images where the subjects are not distracted from the action by a photographer who keeps telling them to smile, or pose etc. So I thought I would post just a few that show what happens when I make myself invisible. There are many more.. but this gives an idea of how I work and some moments that are captured while the subjects are unaware. The first one here is the couple enjoying the walk back from out portrait session after the ceremony. I walked a head and waited until they were engrossed in conversation. They didn’t know I was still photographing them. Here is Dad, sitting on the bed looking up at his beautiful daughter as her mother arranged her veil. I could not have caught that expression if I made myself visible. I like to ‘shoot through’ as well. This mother and daughter was a grab shot as I walked through the cocktail hour. There was a nice connection between them that attracted my eye. And […]
Often brides ask about the dresses they see in my portfolio when they meet with me regarding my wedding services. Here are a couple of dresses that have attracted some attention from brides who are still loooking for that perfect dress. I thought I would share what I know about them because it may be helpful. This dress was a Maggie Sottero design, it has beautiful details and flowing lines. Here is a look at the back. This dress, below, is a Tara Keely design. I believe she found it at Mariella’s Attic in Rocky Hill. Good luck finding your dream dress!
Getting married in 2012? 2013? Research is key to finding the wedding professionals who will help you create the wedding day of your dreams. There are many websites and blogs that will list vendors in your area with reviews and images of their work. To name a few, WeddingWire, Wedding Reports, GetMarried, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings and the list goes on. Depending on the style of wedding you are planning it is helpful to look for vendors that have that ‘ feel’ you are going for. Now is the time to make a short list of vendors for 2012 weddings, and get out there and meet face to face. Meet ups are more than just exchanging information as you can get a feel for the person who you will be communicating with AND spending hours with on your wedding day. My recommendation: find the people you are comfortable with and actually like. Usually the rest will fall into place. Check back as I will be posting about some of my favorite wedding vendor colleagues that I love working with and that you might consider for your wedding. 🙂 This beautiful centerpiece above was created by Melissa at Stylish Blooms […]
I know it is rather traditional and maybe out of date to some minds.. but this kind image is a favorite of mine. I love the uniqueness of each hand; the contrast and the details. Hands have always been a favorite photographic subject of mine. When I studied fine art at UConn, I made a book (by hand) filled with photographs called, “Hands at Work”. These were dentists, artists, a baker, a mechanic, etc. Hands in themselves can tell the story of the person or persons they belong to. What does this image say to you? Please leave your thoughts, I would love to know.
Here is a look at a few details and quiet moments from one of my favorite weddings of last season. If you are looking for a beautiful venue, professional and helpful staff, check out the Waterview in Monroe, Connecticut. It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. There was an abundance of natural light everywhere which I love! There are many large windows which made a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony, the bride and her details. Once it cooled down outdoors, the garden area offered me some beautiful reflected light for more portraits. Thanks for visiting my blog. Feel free to leave a comment, subscribe or simply check back soon! 🙂
Congratulations to Petra-Ann and Derrick who were married in a beautiful ceremony surrounded by friends and family – many who came from Jamaica! I had a great time photographing these gorgeous people. As usual, Amarante’s Seacliff did a great job! Here are a few of my favorite moments from the day. First, a quiet few moments with mom and dad. Bubbles kept the kids busy while we waited for everyone to arrive! And at last, even after dark we had portraits to do down by the water at Amarantes…. the skyline and the evening was beautiful!