Did some catalog work recently for a popular plus size retailer. What do you think? 🙂
Here are a few images from a recent Couples in Love Session that took place in the heart of Brooklyn, NY. Theresa and Mark are an awesome FUN loving couple living in New Hampshire with New York in their hearts.
A little back-story about how I came to be their photographer. Theresa and I played softball for rival high schools. We competed against each other for 2 seasons before I went away to college. These weren’t your average girly type rivalries. These games had real energy … The kind of energy you experience at a Yankee’s vs Redsox series! Not Exaggerating. As a pitcher, I had my fair share of line drives to my head at the mercy of Theresa’s powerful bat. I also had no problems throwing high fastballs as a warning line drives like that come at a price. This was like, 12 years ago! Ahhh the childhood memories. 😉 I can’t believe she’s all grown up …
We got together for a mini couples session in Brooklyn a few weeks ago and made sure to get a few shots at the Promenade with the city skyline as the backdrop and then we took a walk to scope out a neat hide-away alley in the Dumbo area. We had a beautiful day, and as you cal tell from the pictures, these two had a great time!
When trying to figure out how many hours of photography you need on the day of your wedding, it’s very important to have a good understanding of the flow and structure of wedding day. You can read more about wedding timelines HERE. The day goes by fast! And although we, as brides would like to assume that everything will go according to plan, we have to expect the unexpected. There will without a doubt be a few delays and surprises which may throw your original timeline slightly off track. Whats important is to make sure you give yourself extra time where ever possible. Planning extra time into your day guarantees a stress free and easy flowing atmostphere for you, your bridal party and more importantly, helps you determine how many hours of photography you REALLY need.
A few months ago, I came across this really helpful article that breaks down a full day of wedding photography coverage to give a better understanding of how much time is recommended at specific times of the day. I think this would be quite helpful to you so of course I had to share!
Time Management: Fitting in Photos During the Wedding Day
Article By: Joshua Zuckerman
What time should the photographer arrive? This is a key question, and it takes careful planning to determine the best start and finish times so there is photography coverage for all the important parts. If you’ve hired a wedding planner, they will create a schedule and work with the photographer in advance and throughout the day so everything run s smoothly. If not, then keep in mind the following recommendations when planning the flow of events.
Still Life Shots Happen During the Getting Ready Time (Recommended: 1 to 1.5 hours)
While the bride is having her hair and makeup done, this is the best time for the photographer to shoot the still lifes – rings, shoes, dress, flowers, etc. Collect the items in advance so they are ready when the photographer arrives. In addition to the still like photos, time should be left for candids of the bride with her bridesmaids and family. If you have a second photographer, they will typically be with the groom as he gets ready. If you don’t have two photographers, then the groom should be within close vicinity (ex. Next floor in a hotel)
Do the Bride Portraits When She’s at her Freshest (Recommended: at least 20 minutes)
The best time for bride portraits is immediately after the bride is finished getting ready. This is when she is at her freshest most perfect state, and brides usually like the transition time wit the photographer as they get used to wearing their dress. One thing to be careful of is that despite advance planning, time set aside for the bride portraits can be lost to continuous tweaking of hair and makeup. From the photographer’s perspective, a slightly out of place hair won’t make a different in the photos, but what will matter is not having any time to photograph the bride. So set a hard stop for hair and makeup to leave time for portraits.
Find Time for Couple Portraits Before or After the Ceremony (Recommended: 40-60 minutes)
There are pros and cons to seeing each other before the ceremony. On the pro side, couples have more time for photos if they do them before the ceremony. On the con side, some brides and grooms are nervous before the ceremony and can’t relax while the photos are being taken. I’ve found many couples look and act differently after the ceremony because they’re not only more relaxed, their faces have a newly married glow.
If you decide to see each other beforehand, there are ways to make it special. Think of the first viewing as a private date and a chance to be alone before the wedding gets underway. Find a nice room at the venue to have a glass of champagne or take a stroll outside. Typically, 40 minutes is enough time, but an hour is optimal because it allows for cushion if you are running behind.
If you’ve decided to not see each other beforehand, then you may want to plan some time for couple portraits and group shots/formals immediately following the ceremony. Be clear with the photographer about how much time you want to spend on this so you have enough time to enjoy the cocktail hour.
Do the Formals Fast (Recommended: 5 minutes per grouping)
Do the formal group shots quickly. The goal is to capture who was there. Hands don’t need to be positioned, bouquet alignment is not a priority, and speed is essential. If you’ve hired a documentary style wedding photographer, you will have plenty of great candid photos of guests throughout the day.
Consider Time Spent Moving From One Location to the Next
As you work out the day’s schedule, keep in mind the time it takes to move from one location to the next. If the venue is on a large property, ask the photographer to do a site visiting in advance or arrive early to scout for interesting locations. Also consider the entire venue, both inside and outside, not just the room for the reception. Some of the most interesting photos can be taken in less obvious spots like on the roof or in the basement.
Determine How Many Hours of Photography are Needed (Recommended: 8 to 10 hours)
Every wedding is different, but if coverage is needed from getting ready through to the cake cutting and dancing, most couples need between 8 and 10 hours. If the budget is tight, cut back to 8 hours and consider staging the cake cutting earlier.
If the party gets rambunctious just as the photographer is scheduled to leave, ask them to stay another 30 minutes or an hour. It is uncanny, but the party is usually most energetic at the end of the night when the band plays the best dance music and the guests are loosened up. Most photographers are happy to pro-rate their hourly fee.
For those of you like me, who LOVE information, I also highly reccomend reading Your Wedding Day Photography and Tips which gives a more extensive break down of a typical wedding day along with loads of helpful tips to make sure you get the most of your photographer on your wedding day!
Now, these are just guidelines to consider. Every couple and every wedding is different. The most important thing to remember in addition to getting the right kind of coverage is finding the right photographer for YOU. Someone you can trust, who makes a good fit and will work to the best of their ability to give you exactly what you’re looking for!
And because every blog post is better with a photo …. 🙂
Theresa and Mark just go together like peanut butter and jelly – they make an awesome pair! Here’s a fun shot of the couple doing what they do best.
More on these two later this week!
I am obsessed with Rainbow Weddings!
Another photographer friend of mine recently blogged “if you want something, you have to put it out into the universe”. I couldn’t agree more whole-heartedly with that statement and so I will put my desires out there any chance I get! That’s what a blog is for anyway, isn’t it? These days the internet and the universe are one in the same.
So … Rainbow Weddings! What’s not to love about the idea of a Rainbow Wedding? I bet you’re probably thinking a wedding like that would come across as tacky or too “Rainbow Brite”, but let me fill you in on a little secret … A Rainbow Wedding can be done very tastefully and be super chic with the right execution. If you don’t believe me, give David Tutera a Rainbow themed wedding challenge and watch what he does with it!! If you love color like I do, then the thought of a 5 tiered rainbow layered wedding cake tickles your insides!
Do you see the fabulosity!? I die for Rainbow Weddings! I flirted briefly with the idea of a Rainbow Wedding in the very beginning but chickened out before I could fully entertain the thought. How in the world would I be able to pull off a Rainbow Wedding? There are so many intricate details to consider and like I said before it has to be done correctly. This sounds like job for a Wedding Planner/Coordinator. Ummmm sorry … not in my budget, so I got over it and moved on. To be honest, I’m still going back and forward on my decision to create my cute little Rainbow Wedding. Now that I’ve done a load of research and glared at hundreds of pictures online, I have a vision for what my perfect Rainbow Wedding would be. I picture an all white reception with splashes of my favorite 5 or 6 colors scatter throughout – single color centerpieces for each table perhaps. Monogramed rainbow M&M’s in white pouches as wedding favors for the guest. A bouqet with assorted tones and last but not least an epic rainbow wedding cake!! I haven’t officially ordered flowers, printed invitations, or solidified any color scheme so I’m still toying with the idea. Please don’t judge my procrastination!! Every so often my mind drifts to thoughts of my very own Rainbow Wedding. You want to know the craziest part?! Somehow, Aloysius is now beginning to entertain the idea. How can I not go forward with a Rainbow plan in place if the Groom approves??! I’ve decided, regardless of whether I can pull off my own Rainbow Wedding this September, by golly, I’m going to photograph one!!
So this is what I’m putting out into the universe for all eyes and ears to see and hear! If you’re planning an amazing 2012 Rainbow Wedding in New York or anywhere else in the world (Yes, I will photograph a Destination Rainbow Wedding too) then we have to get in touch because I would absolutely love to photograph your colorful extravaganza!! I Do’s and Rainbows galore! For the Love of Color … lets do this, please. It would seriously make my day. Seriously.
6/5/2011 UPDATE: Here’s a link to Stephanie Yonce’s fabulous Rainbow Wedding. Stephanie is a fellow photographer and like me is a lover of color. I’m thrilled she found my blog and chose to share her colorful wedding with me! See images from her pretty Rainbow Wedding HERE! It was a beautiful day!