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    When I started the “How To Photograph The Bridal Party” series, I had no idea that it would become so popular. So many of you have messaged, liked, commented, and pinned the posing ideas I shared with you and I couldn’t be happier that my approach to shooting the bridal party portraits has helped my fellow photographers all over the country. View full post »

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    Last week I shared my approach to posing the bridal party on a wedding day and how to get the most out of the bridal party portraits in a short amount of time. This week I am going to talk about how I work with the groom and the groomsmen to ensure that I create images that my clients will love.

    My approach is really simple. I create each pose based on the previous pose. You might want to call this a posing evolution if you will, but  this system works great for me and I am excited to share it with everyone out there that is struggling with having a consistent posing system. View full post »

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    • January 18, 2016 - 9:17 pm

      Jeff Wedding Photographer - Thank you for this! Some great ideas here. Posing the guys can be tricky at times, since they’re typically ready to party after the ceremony. :)

      I would definitely be interested in seeing what you have to say for the ladies too!

      Nice work!ReplyCancel

      • January 19, 2016 - 12:56 am

        Alina Thomas - Thank you, Jeff! The posing tips for bride+bridesmaids will be live later this week. Be sure to check back. :)ReplyCancel

    Last year I made a series of changes in my business to better my couples’ wedding experience. One of the changes I made was creating a system that allowed me to pose the bridal party in a timely manner. We all know that on a wedding day things usually get delayed, the timeline gets off track, and as a result it cuts into the amount of time we had allocated for portraits. If you know in advance the things that you need to accomplish, you manage for even a very short amount of time to work in your favor. View full post »

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    • January 8, 2016 - 3:35 pm

      Colby - I love this article! Definitely, helpful to have a few core poses. Would love to hear about your poses for maids and groomsmen!ReplyCancel

      • January 8, 2016 - 6:28 pm

        Alina Thomas - So glad you love it, Colby! I will work on those in the following weeks as well.ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 3:45 pm

      Aimee - Yes please do a blog post for the other poses! This was so helpful, I really appreciate you sharing <3ReplyCancel

      • January 8, 2016 - 6:27 pm

        Alina Thomas - I’m happy to hear you enjoyed the article, Aimee! I am going to share the other poses in the following weeks. Make sure to come back and let me know your thoughts!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 4:14 pm

      alex - Thank you so much for this! Great job. Any posts on posing are gold in my book!ReplyCancel

      • January 8, 2016 - 6:23 pm

        Alina Thomas - Posing can be challenging if you don’t have a system in place. I’m glad you enjoyed it!ReplyCancel

    • January 8, 2016 - 5:28 pm

      Evan + Lee - Thanks you for this post! I’m bookmarking it for our reference!!ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2016 - 11:46 am

      Deb - Love this… I look forward to hearing about your next core poses for bridal party. Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

      • January 13, 2016 - 7:01 pm

        Alina Thomas - I’m so happy you love it, Deb! The next post is coming up soon.ReplyCancel

    • January 9, 2016 - 12:45 pm

      Aimee G - Such a great post!!! As a planner, it’s so helpful when the photographer is organized and can keep things moving so the wedding party or family members don’t start to wilt or get weary. I would love to have a quick chat or collaborate with you on a post about the family portraits during a wedding. I’ve helped photographers corral families of 75+ – would love your insight and to have an open conversation about this part of the wedding day.ReplyCancel

      • January 13, 2016 - 7:03 pm

        Alina Thomas - Hi Aimee! I would love to discuss that with you. I have a system in place for the family portraits as well. Email me @ I’m always happy to help!ReplyCancel

    • January 10, 2016 - 9:28 pm

      Melissa Batman - Thank you Alina for posting this! I would also love to hear about your 8 core poses for the ladies and guys. I am a huge fan of your work!ReplyCancel

      • January 13, 2016 - 7:04 pm

        Alina Thomas - Thank you, Melissa! You are too sweet. I’m excited to share the other core poses soon.ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2016 - 3:44 pm

      Courtney - Great post! Love the images!ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2016 - 3:46 pm

      Samantha - Great post! I LOVE posts for posing for photographers! So many great tips for bridal parties because they can be so scary sometimes! Thanks for the thoughtful article :)ReplyCancel

      • January 13, 2016 - 7:06 pm

        Alina Thomas - They sure can. The trick is to stay in control and have a system in place.ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2016 - 3:49 pm

      Hannah - Perfect! Great idea to get it down into a groove.ReplyCancel

    • January 13, 2016 - 5:30 pm

      Theresa Rasmussen - Great idea and poses! Would love to know about your bride/bridesmaid and groom/groomsman poses as well!
      Do you have a sample like this for couple or family poses?


      • January 13, 2016 - 7:08 pm

        Alina Thomas - Hi Theresa, I do have something similar that I use for couples and family portraits. I am going to talk more about it in the upcoming blog post.ReplyCancel

    There has been so.much.sparkle in my newsfeed lately… and I’m absolutely loving it. To all the couples that got engaged around Christmas time, Congratulations! This is such a fun and exciting time. You are probably looking forward to start planning your beautiful wedding. There are so many options to choose from when it comes to wedding planning: from wedding venues, to florists, DJs, coordinators, photographers, to finding the perfect wedding dress. These are all big steps in making sure your wedding day runs flawlessly.

    With all the excitement that is probably going on in your families, I want to just tell you to step back, relax, and soak it all in. One of the first things you are probably going to do when you start the wedding planning process is have your engagement photos taken. Some brides like to use their engagement pictures for their save the dates or invitations. Brides, today’s post is for you! If you are wondering what to wear to your engagement session, here is some inspiration brought to you by my 2015 couples. Enjoy! View full post »

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    • January 4, 2016 - 9:11 pm

      Brandi - Beautiful job! So many lovely, cozy moments.ReplyCancel

      • January 14, 2016 - 8:04 pm

        Alina Thomas - Thank you, Brandi! Each and every one of these sessions is dear to my heart :)ReplyCancel

    virginia-lynchburg-wedding-photographer_0015I can hardly believe that Christmas is already over and that 2016 is just around the corner! We’ve had an aaamazing 2015 wedding season, all thanks to our wonderful couples! Each and every one of them are dear to our hearts and being able to serve them is truly a joy.

    To close out this wedding season, Timothy and I wanted to give  you a sneak-peek into what is going on behind the scenes at Alina Thomas Photography during a typical wedding day. Without further ado, here are some of our 2015 behind the scenes photos! View full post »

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    • December 30, 2015 - 7:13 pm

      Cassidy - I love this outlook!! It is very interesting to see you both in action. Great teamwork!! I love when my seconds grab behind the scene shots!ReplyCancel

      • January 14, 2016 - 8:01 pm

        Alina Thomas - Thanks, Cassidy! The behind the scenes blog post is among my favorites every year.ReplyCancel

    • December 30, 2015 - 10:36 pm

      Maria - Oh my goodness! So many wonderful images from 2015!! Beautiful wedding photography!ReplyCancel

    • December 31, 2015 - 1:35 am

      Madison Beaulieu - Love the behind the scenes peek! The veil trick – love it! :) Thank you for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

    sierra vista bedford vaAre you ready to speed up your workflow and get your editing done in a shorter amount of time? Fantastic, I’m here to help you with just that.

    I want to share with you 5 steps I implemented this year that helped me tremendously in my editing routine. My goal with every wedding I photograph is to deliver all the wedding images to the bride and groom within a week. Why? During the busy wedding season I sometimes have weddings that are back to back, a few weekends in a row. When that happens, I make sure that View full post »

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    • December 11, 2015 - 3:32 pm

      Morgan - This is GENIUS and you are a lifesaver! So ready to use these hacks!ReplyCancel

      • December 11, 2015 - 4:06 pm

        Alina Thomas - Aww, thanks Morgan. I hope they help you and your workflow!ReplyCancel

    • December 11, 2015 - 3:41 pm

      April Bennett - Number three is brilliant; I don’t know why I didn’t think of it before!!!!!ReplyCancel

      • December 11, 2015 - 4:04 pm

        Alina Thomas - Aren’t the aaaa-huh moments the best?! I hope the smart previews will help you in your editing process from here on.ReplyCancel

    • December 11, 2015 - 5:57 pm

      Niki - I’ve heard lots of people rave about Photo Mechanic but I’ve yet to take the dive… Debating it! Thanks for sharing these tips; I’m excited to try them out and see what difference they can make in my work flow.ReplyCancel

      • December 11, 2015 - 6:46 pm

        Alina Thomas - Niki, I’m sure you’ll be hooked once you try it out. It has saved me so.much.time!ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2016 - 5:48 pm

      Cinnamon Wolfe - Great tips! # 2 is me ALL DAY. I need to just STOP!! lol.ReplyCancel

    • January 6, 2016 - 6:13 pm

      Kara - It’s so wonderful that you get the images to the client that fast! It’s amazing how much work goes into the process. I’m not a photographer, but I can appreciate that it’s so much more than showing up and taking pictures, a point that I think is, unfortunately, lost on a lot of brides and grooms!ReplyCancel

    Happy Saturday, friends! I came across this beautiful commercial from the Swiss photo printing company, ifolor last night and it was so touching that I had to share it with you all. This was such a sweet reminder why preserving memories is so important.

    As a wedding photographer, I’ve always considered it an honor to document such precious memories in my couples’ lives. Photographing a wedding is a responsibility I don’t take lightly. View full post »

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    sierra vista bedford vaHappy Thanksgiving friends, both old and new! I can’t believe it’s that time of the year yet again. There are so many things that we need to be thankful for, and one thing I love about this holiday is that it makes us stop for a second and count our blessings. I have so many things to be thankful for! Timothy and I celebrated our 4 year anniversary yesterday (WooHoo!), we are all healthy, we have an amazing almost 2 year old son, we just moved into our new house, and the list could go on and on. But I just wanted to take a second to thank all of my amazing clients for trusting me with one of the most important days in their lives this year. I had the opportunity to photograph so many precious moments this year, and I just want you all to know that I am so very grateful for you! My journey as a Lynchburg wedding photographer wouldn’t be possible without you. View full post »

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    • December 2, 2015 - 4:44 pm

      Alexandra - These photos make me want to get married all over again <3 beautiful!ReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 4:45 pm

      Damaris Mia - These are absolutely beautiful! Great job on all the photos. Love the first look ones of the groom being silly behind the bride!ReplyCancel

      • December 2, 2015 - 5:16 pm

        Alina Thomas - Those are some of my favorite too! They were so great to work with.ReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 4:47 pm

      Sarah - these photos are stunning! you’re incredibly talented!ReplyCancel

    • December 2, 2015 - 5:23 pm

      Mandi M - Gorgeous! Love it! So nice!!!ReplyCancel


    sierra vista bedford vaLooking through some of my older sessions, I realized that I never actually shared this gorgeous fall styled shoot at Sierra Vista in Bedford, Virginia on the blog before. I had the privilege of participating in this amazing styled photo session as part of my friend’s (Megan of Megan Vaughan Photography) workshop at Sierra Vista last fall. This session came to life through the efforts of so many talented creatives that came together to make it possible. If you want to read more about the creative team and find out my thoughts about the workshop, you can do so by reading my workshop review. Although this is a styled session, I believe that it can serve as inspiration to all the beautiful brides out there that are planning their engagement session. View full post »

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    • November 25, 2015 - 2:08 pm

      Erica - Omg these photos are seriously stunning. I love the color palette!ReplyCancel

      • November 25, 2015 - 2:18 pm

        Alina Thomas - Thank you, Erika. Sierra Vista in Bedford Va is truly breathtaking!ReplyCancel

    • November 25, 2015 - 2:22 pm

      Brianne - Love these!! That bouquet is just perfect for a fall shoot and I absolutely love the combination of the groom’s look and the bride’s dress!ReplyCancel

    • November 26, 2015 - 1:35 am

      Samantha - What an incredible Sierra Vista Bedford, Virginia styled shoot! I am just adoring all of the darling details from the deep hues in her bouquet to the incorporation of a valiant steed. My oh my this Sierra Vista photos are just darling!ReplyCancel

      • November 28, 2015 - 6:13 pm

        Alina Thomas - Thank you, Samantha! It was such a fun treat to shoot at Sierra Vista.ReplyCancel

    • November 26, 2015 - 2:35 pm

      Jenny Storment - This engagement session in Sierra Vista is stunning. What an awesome shoot to be part of.ReplyCancel

    • November 27, 2015 - 6:11 pm

      Allison Anderson - It must be so much fun to just shoot a wedding when you are not on a deadline or strict timeline. This is a beautiful stylized wedding. The colour palette is so different, but it works perfectly with the surroundings at Sierra Vista in Bedford, VA.ReplyCancel

    • November 27, 2015 - 7:06 pm

      Christine - I’d never heard of Sierra Vista in Bedford VA before this blog post but now that I’ve seen it, I want to book a ticket and come do a stylized shoot of some sort haha. These are amazing photographs!ReplyCancel

      • November 28, 2015 - 6:29 pm

        Alina Thomas - You should totally do it, Christine! You won’t regret it. Sierra Vista has some of the most beautiful views. If you ever come to Bedford, I’d love to show you around. :)ReplyCancel

    • November 27, 2015 - 8:31 pm

      Christine D - I can see why you love Sierra Vista! This styled wedding is gorgeous! The colors, the couple, the horse…wow! And look how beautiful a non-traditional wedding dress can be! If I ever get to Bedford, VA I will have to check out Sierra Vista!ReplyCancel

    • November 28, 2015 - 6:04 pm

      Megan - Love this beautiful Sierra vista Bedford styled wedding shoot. Amazing styling and location too!ReplyCancel

    • November 28, 2015 - 9:00 pm

      Ruben - Wow Alina, this styled shoot in sierra vista is stunning! I love the styling, stunning couple, and the clean edits! Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

    Sorella-Farms-Engagement-Photos_0005We ended this year’s engagement season with Stephanie and Josh’s engagement session at Sorella Farms in Evington, Virginia. Sorella Farms impressed us once again with its beautiful landscape and gorgeous light. This sunset engagement session couldn’t have been any more perfect! I absolutely loved every second of it! If you haven’t heard of Sorella Farms before, it is a gorgeous wedding venue featuring  a rustic reception barn and beautiful landscape for outdoor ceremonies. View full post »

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