Every bride has things that she cares about. I cared a lot about having a bazillion lanterns at our reception tent because I wanted it to “glow”! Some brides spend big bucks on the dress! Others spend a ton on stationary. I LOVE photographing beautiful invitations on wedding days! However, if you’re a bride who didn’t splurge on your invitation, I STILL want to photograph it and here’s why!
You may not be in love with your invitation but I really need it on your wedding day. If I’m not you’re wedding photographer, then I’ll speak for your photographer and say that they should need your invitation too!! The invitation usually plays a big role in the bridal detail shots… especially if the invites are neutral in color and have beautiful script or serif fonts! Some brides have said “Oh I forgot the invitation but that’s ok, I don’t need a picture of it!” and that’s why I’m writing this post!
I don’t need the invitation just because I want to document what it looked like, I need the invitations to use them as a “Connection Element” throughout the other detail shots! I teach about connection elements in our SHOOTING DETAILS MINI-GUIDE but the basic idea is that if you use a similar element in your detail shots somehow, they will pair together so much easier on the blog and in your album! I usually use my bride’s invitations for the large suite shot, earrings, and multiple ring shots!!! So if you are a photographer and you have problems with brides not bringing their invitations for you to use, make sure you explain that there is more too it than they think!!!
Happy Wedding Wednesday Friends!!!
When I’m scrolling on Instagram or looking through images after a shoot, some images just stand out and capture my attention more than others!
I don’t know if I have ever photographed a more gracious bride in the most horrendous heat! Seriously, Kelsey is a literal angel on earth. She brought her entire family to Virginia from South Dakota for this portrait session and was so incredibly kind even in the midst of 100 degree heat and humidity!
Lenses are NOT cheap, so when you invest, you want to make sure you’re choosing the best option!
If you think about a wedding day and the part that makes you cringe is having to interact and direct the groomsmen, I get it.
This was one of the most beautiful ceremonies I have ever seen, but the timeline didn’t quite pan out like we had planned.. The rings got lost, hair & makeup went long, storms were rolling in and there were some stressful moments!
You’re not going to believe this but this session was probably our easiest DC engagement session to date! We had glow, no crowed, a beautiful setting and the most wonderful couple!