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The secret to a stress-free wedding day? A well planned wedding day timeline. If you ever have, or are currently planning a wedding, you will soon find out how challenging it is to come up with a timeline on your own, when there are so many things to consider. Believe me, I’ve been there!  For […]

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I am beyond excited to share this engagement session with you all for two reasons: I had the opportunity to photograph at Sierra Vista, one of the most gorgeous barn wedding venues in Virginia, and work with an amazing couple whose love story is very similar to ours. I’ve shot at Sierra Vista in Bedford many […]

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  • May 20, 2015 - 11:12 pm

    Edna Schaaf - These pictures are so sweet! Mindy and Derek be happy I love you both . NannyReplyCancel

  • May 20, 2015 - 11:18 pm

    Nanny - Mindy I looked at the pictures again and cried. I am going to miss a special time in you and Derek’s lives. It hurts but know my heart will be with you both. I love you guys,

How often do you come home after shooting a wedding and realize that you forgot to sync your camera with your second shooter’s? Now, this is not a problem if you don’t like to edit your images in chronological order. But, if you are anything like me, and like to keep a consistent look  throughout […]

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Shooting a wedding can be a lot of fun! You get to hang out with the most important persons at the party, put your creativity to work, and capture memories that will last a lifetime. It’s only after you get home, cull the wedding pictures and start editing, that the hard work really begins. If […]

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  • May 1, 2015 - 4:38 pm

    Allie Strouse - Love these tips!! I didn’t know about the auto advance! I normally just use the filter menu at the bottom right and when I am culling, I have the filter set on unrated. That way once I rate the pictures, it automatically leaves the screen and the next one pops up, if that makes sense. This also helps me know where I am in the culling process a little quicker in case LR gets shut down or I get up and walk away!

    Excellent blog!


With the wedding season just around the corner, I thought I would share a little sneak peek into how I prepare my camera bag the day before the wedding and what other things I bring along. As many fellow photographers are about to enter the lovely and crazy season in the next month or two, […]

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  • May 2, 2015 - 3:28 am

    Michele - Thanks for sharing your list! I am just starting to do weddings and also a list lover.

    I am curious which Macro filters you are using as I am considering these as well.

    Thanks again for your insights, your work is lovely!


There are so many things to remember when you pack your camera bag before a wedding, so I always try to do as much as I can in advance. Here are a few things I do to ensure that I am all set and ready to go before the wedding day. This is my own […]

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  • April 24, 2015 - 2:43 pm

    Diana - Great tips! Thanks so much for sharing your pre-wedding routine!ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2015 - 4:51 pm

    Irene - What a great article on how to get ready for a wedding. This definitely serves as a great checklist for a wedding photographer.ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2015 - 6:17 pm

    michelle - what a fantastic wedding preparation checklist, thank you for sharing…i will definitely be using it (especially the part about saving the timeline to my phone, i’m always losing the paper).ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    Corey - Great pre-wedding routine to make photographing the big day go smoothly!ReplyCancel

  • April 24, 2015 - 7:07 pm

    Samantha Eckhaus - What a great post! It is so important to set up and prepare before a session.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2015 - 12:40 am

    Kristina - Awesome tips, even for those like me that don’t do weddings :) thank you!ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2015 - 1:00 am

    Edith Levandoski - I think couples will love to know exactly what it takes to get ready the night before their big day from the photographer’s perspective! It’s good to see how organized and prepared you are.ReplyCancel

  • April 25, 2015 - 1:42 am

    Magan Konoski - Nice simple blog on the most important part before heading off to a wedding!ReplyCancel

WHAT IS PERISCOPE? If you haven’t already given Periscope a try, you’re missing out! Periscope is a FREE Twitter app that allows you to share and watch live video broadcasts from pretty much anywhere in the world as long as you are connected to the internet. How ahh-mazing does that sound? What’s more, your viewers can […]

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  • April 15, 2015 - 3:41 pm

    Sarah H - Thanks for the tip! I feel like I can never keep up with all the new social medias so I love the breakdown of how easy it really is!ReplyCancel

    • April 15, 2015 - 5:47 pm

      Alina Thomas - I know, Sarah! I’m the least excited when it comes to new social media platforms because, just like you, I feel like I can never keep up with all of them. But I was hooked as soon as I found out about Periscope. I feel like it can really benefit my business.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    Loren - I have this downloaded but NO one follows! Maybe I need to broadcast it a little more! Great post!ReplyCancel

    • April 15, 2015 - 5:42 pm

      Alina Thomas - Have you posted about it on your social media outlets? Most people don’t even know about Periscope yet because it’s so new. You need to let them know, so they can follow. What is your Periscope name? I would love to connect.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 5:55 pm

    Kat - I didn’t even know this was a thing! Thanks for the info. I am heading to check this out now!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 8:15 pm

    Doru - Thanks for sharing this! Very interesting topic!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 8:39 pm

    Cyd Lapour - This looks so cool! I’ll have to try it out!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    Steve - Well, thanks for giving me another social mediaish app to download onto my phone. I’ll be watching you. Wait, did that sound weird? lol. Have a great day :)ReplyCancel

    • April 21, 2015 - 7:27 pm

      Alina Thomas - Haha! I’ll be sharing a lot of behind the scenes so make sure to connect, Steve.ReplyCancel

  • April 20, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    Rhiannon - This is so fascinating to me! My husband and I were watching a move last night that was made in the 90’s and we laughed at the old chunky computers, lack of iPhones and GPS devices :) Our world is changing so fast and things like this are a testament to that. I have to look into Periscope. I have been hearing so much about it!ReplyCancel

At this time of the year, it seems like everyone is trying to get more organized, both on a personal and business level. While spring cleaning has already taken over our homes, I know that my computer could use some cleaning as well before the wedding season officially starts.

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  • April 15, 2015 - 10:02 am

    Alex - What a great post, Alina! I am definitely going to follow these steps – I am in serious need of a computer clean-up!ReplyCancel

    • April 15, 2015 - 5:48 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thanks, Alex! I know cleaning our computers can be a dreaded task.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2015 - 8:58 pm

    Jade - Such a good idea! I lack some serious organizational skills on my computer :)ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2015 - 3:35 am

    Arica - I am so using this guide! Thank you for the tips!ReplyCancel