Anyone who knows me well knows I'm passionate about travel, and working as a destination wedding photographer offers so many great opportunities to see (and shoot) new places with fresh perspectives. In San Francisco this summer, my sweet friend Jaron Schneider pulled some strings (read: begged Toby Harriman) to get me into an empty seat on a helicopter - we had such a blast - Jaron shot video, while I took stills flying high over the city by the bay. Special shout out to AV Connections for making it happen! I absolutely love California, and can't wait for my next visit!
It's finally here - Fall that is - and along with it a fabulous feature in the Fall 2015 issue of The Celebration Society Weddings magazine! This Charleston destination wedding inspiration coordinated by Lemiga Events in Atlanta was a who's who of some of the best wedding vendors in the South (keep scrolling for details & originals), and I'm so excited to share some top picks from the shoot with you lovelies!
| Venue - Wild Dunes Resort | Planning & Design - Lemiga Events | Stationery - Papered Wonders | Escort Card Display - TEN23 Designs | Welcome Boxes - A Signature Welcome | Gown - Maggie Sottero from Bridals by Jodi | Tabletop - Polished Tabletop | Florist - Rhapsody In Blooms | Rentals - 428 Main, Eventhaus | Linens - Nuage Designs | Cake - Sablee | Doughnuts - Glazed | Hair - Tamsyn Rickards | Makeup - Lauren Campion | Menswear - The Modern Gent | Hair Accessories - Treats for Tresses | Groom Bow Tie - Brackish Bow Ties |
So, you and your sweetheart are ready for some professional photos together. Yay! While your photographer will offer great suggestions, it's always smart to give some thought to what you'd like to accomplish in advance of your session. Several factors go into making a fabulous couple's shoot, and today we're going to talk about - you guessed it - location, location, location!
While natural settings with lush greenery are always pretty, you'll get more bang for your buck by selecting a few varied options. From architectural details to urban art and floral arbors, creatively using the surroundings will give you a more interesting set of photos. I'm delighted with what we captured during Mike and Mia's Los Angeles couple's session - bright geometric art, sunny street shots, and even rustic-looking wood gave us tons of options, all without leaving the city!
In an urban setting, rooftops, museums, and fancy locations have their appeal, and can make for gorgeous photos. That said, some may require permits or other arrangements to be made prior to your session and can add to the overall cost. If you have your heart set on a place like this, talk to your photographer and do some research beforehand to avoid annoying hang-ups the day of. Accessibility is also important to consider in a natural location - if you're shooting on a mountain, make sure to have a way to the top figured out before showing up, and wear appropriate shoes (or carry the cute ones to change into!)
3. Keep the focus on YOU
With all that said, a talented photographer needs nothing more than good light and a happy couple to take great photos. Selecting a location that you are familiar with, or that has special meaning to you as a couple will show in the finished product. The focus is on you and your love for each other, not fancy buildings or landscapes, though they sure can look nice. For example, while they are wearing casual outfits on a city street, Mia and Mike absolutely glow while stealing smooches on their bikes in the afternoon light. No fancy trips needed!
Finally, talk to your photographer! We live for this stuff, and are here to guide you in making your engagement portrait session or couple's shoot a complete success!
Once in a while, everything just comes together. This was one of those days. At the end of a photography conference we worked at, Sarah of This Rad Love and I snuck away with our patient and adorable subjects, Katrina and Josh, for an impromptu shoot as the sun slipped into the ocean. While we had under an hour to catch the light, what we got was pure magic. These two are nuts for each other - and so much fun they were even game to get in the water, fancy clothes and all!. We had so much fun, and were so ecstatic about the results that we booked digital + film hybrid sessions in San Francisco & Los Angeles this month. It's been a month of excitement, and I'm excited to finally share these beauties!