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September 16, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ 7 questions to ask wedding photographers ♥

  • Do you have backup camera equipment?
    Every photographer should have backup equipment that they bring with them on your wedding day in case their camera breaks down and is rendered useless. A wedding day can't be repeated so if a piece of vital camera equipment breaks your photographer should have backup equipment so they can keep shooting and not miss a shot.

  • Are you licensed and insured?
    Photographers who photograph in the Canadian Rockies are required to have a business license for every area that they photograph in. It's required to have a Parks Canada business license, a Banff-Lake Louise license, a Canmore license and a Yoho National Park license if you are photographing in those areas. Your photographer should have a valid business license for the area that you are getting married and carry a copy of that license in their camera bag if they are asked to present it on your wedding day to avoid delays. A professional photographer should also carry business insurance to cover their equipment and their car if an accident happens on your wedding day you want to make sure there is coverage. Most wedding venues also require that photographers working at that venue carry valid business insurance in order to photograph in their space.

  • Are the photographs on your website from real weddings or inspiration shoots?
    If you see photographs that you love on your photographer's website make sure you ask them to make the distinction between photographs that they took on real wedding days and photographs that were taken during a styled inspiration shoot. On wedding days photographers have to create compelling images despite harsh light, bad weather, tight schedules and other difficult situations so it's important that they show you work from real weddings. It's easy to create beautiful images from a styled shoot when the photographer has complete control over the time of day, weather and creative freedom with limitless time. You need to know if your photographer can create those same types of photographs on a real wedding day when they don't have 2 hours to photograph your cake.

  • Do you work with an assistant?
    I work with my husband full time who is there to assist me by carrying my equipment, driving the car, carrying the bride's shoes and bouquet when needed and helping me with lighting to create the photographs that I create. Having an assistant ensures that my photo sessions run as quickly and smoothly as possible.

  • How long after our wedding day will we receive our final edited images?
    A lot of photographers shoot several weddings every week-end and then start editing photographs at the end of their busy season. I've heard from several couples that they had to wait 3-6 months to see any photographs from their wedding day. It's important to know up front what you can expect. While editing varies with every wedding your photographer should be able to give you a ballpark figure so you know what to expect after your wedding day.

  • What are your travel fees and what is included?
    It's important to know up front what some potential extra charges you might be expected to pay to get your photographer to your destination wedding. Ask in advance what your photographer's travel fees are. Some photographers will ask for a price per km travelled and you may be required to pay for their hotel accommodation for 1 or 2 nights. Factor that in when comparing fees.

  • How do you handle meals on a wedding day?
    It's important to feed your photographer on your wedding day so they can do the best work possible for you. Ask in advance what the best arrangement is for them at your specific venue so you can have that organized in advance and you aren't surprised on your wedding day.









July 19, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ Wedding Day Emergency Kit ♥
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ost mountain wedding venues don't have quick & easy access to a convenience store so it's really important to pack a little emergency kit to have with you as you get ready on your wedding day in case any fashion emergencies arrive. In my years of photographing weddings I've compiled a list of the most commonly needed items on wedding days.

Waiting 20 minutes for a hotel front desk to find and deliver a pair of scissors can cause a big delay so be sure to have a pair of scissors with you, it is rare that I am in a room photographing a bride getting ready where a pair of scissors isn't necessary. I would say scissors are the most commonly ask for item during wedding preparations.
If you have a wedding dress with little loops and tiny buttons a crochet hook can help in doing your dress up easily.
I have witnessed the zipper breaking on a wedding dress moments before the wedding ceremony several times. Having a needle and thread and a pair of scissors so the bride can be sewed into her wedding gown is essential should the zipper fail.
Here's my list of items to pack in your wedding day emergency kit:

  • Scissors Small and sharp! An absolute must have in the bridal suite.
  • Needle & Thread Hopefully you won't have to use it but if you need it you need it.
  • Extra Earring Backs I've been to a lot of weddings where an earring back gets dropped on the floor rendering the earrings useless so bring extra backs.
  • Sunscreen You don't want a burn that lives on in your wedding photographs forever. Besides arriving to your honeymoon with a sunburn is never fun.
  • Lint Roller for the boy's suits
  • Static Cling for bridesmaids' dresses
  • Pepto Bismol & Advil and anything else to settle tummies and headaches
  • Feminine Hygiene supplies
  • Band Aids for blistered feet
  • Krazy Glue or whatever else might work should your heel go astray.
  • Bug Spray
  • Stain Remover Somehow a groom's collar always ends up with lipstick on it from hugs. Better yet bring 2 shirts for the groom!
  • Crochet Hook if you have a dress with a million tiny buttons that do up with tiny loops
  • Safety Pins
  • Bobby Pins
  • Lipstick Extra tube of your wedding day lipstick for touch ups
  • Mints because gum always looks terrible in photos
  • Handkerchief for happy tears, looks much better than a wadded up ball of kleenex
  • Chapstick & Lotion It's very dry in Alberta so be sure to bring along your favourite chapstick and lotion

    What would you add to the above list?









June 13, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ Framed Fine Art Canvas Prints ♥
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love these Framed Fine Art Canvas Prints for getting your photographs off your computer and on your wall. They are so simple. They come ready to hang. This framed print is 30x40 hanging above my 5 foot loveseat to give you a sense of scale.

The frames come in white, gold, silver and black.

All you need to do is tell me what photo you would like and I can take care of the rest.

Get your photos on your wall where you can see them everyday and get joy from them.









February 27, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ Unplugged Wedding Ceremony ♥
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here are several reasons why an unplugged ceremony may be a good fit for your wedding day and I wanted to share some insight based on what I have experienced in recent years.

For those of you who have not heard of an unplugged ceremony there is a movement in action where couples are asking their guests to be fully present with them during their wedding and leave their cell phones and cameras turned off for the duration of the wedding ceremony.

I have witnessed a huge increase in the amount of guests who are spending the entire ceremony with a camera, cellphone or iPad in front of their face photographing the entire ceremony instead of being present with the couple.
As a photographer I am hired to capture important moments for a couple and I have been shocked at how many times guests have literally stepped out into the aisle to get a photograph of the bride walking down the aisle with their iPhone while blocking my ability to capture that photograph for the couple. I have been forced to delete a lot of processional and recessional photographs due to a guest stepping out into the aisle to take a photograph. I understand guests' excitement to capture that photograph to post to Facebook or Instagram but couples typically invest a significant amount of money and trust with their wedding photographer to capture those moments for them.
I have heard far too often that photographers take too long to get couples their images or won't allow them to share them so friends and family feel desperate to take their own photographs to share with family and friends who couldn't be at the wedding. If you think an unplugged ceremony is a good fit for you then talk to your photographer in advance and ask about when you can expect to have photos to share with loved ones. Some photographers will provide a sneak peek couple of images for you to share right away if they know in advance you are having an unplugged ceremony.
I think the key to having a successful unplugged ceremony is to prepare your guests well in advance and let them know all the reasons it is important to you. You can give your guests a heads up that you having an unplugged ceremony on your wedding website, your invitation, your program and have a sign at the ceremony.
This guest was so excited about photographing the ceremony that she stepped in front of me and blocked my ability to photograph the ceremony for the couple.
Here are just a few reasons why an Unplugged Ceremony may be right for your wedding day:

  • When you walk down the aisle or look out at your guests during your ceremony you want to see their faces not their iPhones
  • You have invested a significant amount in hiring your wedding photographer and you don't want their ability to capture your wedding ceremony to be put at risk by overexcited guests stepping in front of their camera or blocking an important photograph
  • You have found it distracting when attending other weddings when guests spend the entire ceremony snapping photos and moving in their seats to get a better angle
  • You want the first photos of your wedding ceremony on social media to be the professional photographs your wedding photographer has taken for you
  • It's important to you that your guests be fully present with you while you say your vows to each other









February 1, 2016 · Tips for brides

♥ 18 Essentials every Bride needs on her wedding day ♥
I always recommend putting together a little wedding day emergency kit to have with you in your room when you get ready. I have seen it all from the zipper on the bride's dress breaking as she gets into it and having to be sewn in, to a heel break as the bride was set to walk down the aisle and many other wedding day surprises.

Most of the weddings that I photograph are at locations where a corner store is not nearby or simply not an option so it's best to come prepared with everything you need.

Here are a few must haves:

  • Scissors Small and sharp! An absolute must have in the bridal suite.
  • Needle & Thread Hopefully you won't have to use it but if you need it you need it.
  • Extra Earring Backs I've been to a lot of weddings where an earring back gets dropped on the floor rendering the earrings useless so bring extra backs.
  • Sunscreen You don't want a burn that lives on in your wedding photographs forever. Besides arriving to your honeymoon with a sunburn is never fun.
  • Lint Roller for the boy's suits
  • Static Cling for bridesmaids' dresses
  • Pepto Bismol & Advil and anything else to settle tummies and headaches
  • Feminine Hygiene supplies
  • Band Aids for blistered feet
  • Krazy Glue or whatever else might work should your heel go astray.
  • Bug Spray
  • Stain Remover Somehow a groom's collar always ends up with lipstick on it from hugs. Better yet bring 2 shirts for the groom!
  • Crochet Hook if you have a dress with a million tiny buttons that do up with tiny loops
  • Safety Pins
  • Bobby Pins
  • Lipstick Extra tube of your wedding day lipstick for touch ups
  • Mints because gum always looks terrible in photos
  • Handkerchief for happy tears, looks much better than a wadded up ball of kleenex









 
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