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!!!
The day started with bubbly personalities and bubbly drinks in the historic Linden Row house in downtown Richmond. I walked in, found Leah and then one by one I met her amazing bridesmaids. From the moment I met them all, I knew this was going to be a fun day, not lacking any energy! I loved the way this day started…. however, it got even better the moment dad walked in.
It’s an exciting day in Youtube land! We have just launched a brand new series that we’re really excited about!!!! So often when I’m going through KJ All Access episodes and editing our behind the scenes coverage of our wedding days, I find myself noticing a lot of scenarios that require a lot of thought and problem solving in order to create a FINAL image that I love!!
Gosh it feels good to do what I love to do again! This was my first shoot back since maternity leave ended and I loved every minute of it! I have known Matt and Abby for years and years and so while this was a true portrait session with paying clients and outfit changes, etc…. it was also a shoot with dear friends and it was wonderful to spend some time with them!
First of all, let me just say, I do NOT endorse not hiring a professional birth photographer! As you read this, keep in mind that I desperately wanted to have my friend and fellow photographer Jill with me during my fourth birth. I was heartbroken that she wasn’t allowed to be there!
Have you ever showed up for a wedding or a portrait session and took one look at the location and thought…. “You’ve got to be kidding me!!! How am I going to make this work?!” I have. I have had so many scenarios in my career where I have thought….“Ok, how in the world am I going to make this lousy location work as a great portrait location!!?”.
It still feels surreal to tell people about what we do for a living. We photograph weddings and we teach other people how to photograph weddings. It’s quite literally a dream job for a creative like myself who loves people! Every month when we do these Student Spotlights, I’m reminded all over again how much of a privilege it is to be a part of these photographer’s lives and play a small role in their stories.