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If you are anything like me, you probably spend a lot of time researching before purchasing an important piece of equipment for your photography. However, when I discovered these macro filters that I am about to introduce you to, I didn’t even blink before I purchased them online. View full post »

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Whether you are a professional photographer, or just an ambitious individual with a point-and-shoot camera, it is important to take good care of your digital files. Most people are under the misconception that the chances of something happening to their digital images is slim-to-none, when in reality, they are just as likely as anybody else’s. View full post »

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  • September 5, 2014 - 3:29 pm

    Arica - I wrote a very similar blog post about this! So so so important for clients to care for those images to keep as heirlooms for generations!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    Melissa - such a great post! i think people don’t remember how often tech fails or changes!ReplyCancel

    • September 5, 2014 - 9:38 pm

      Alina Thomas - Very true, Melissa. Thank you for taking the time to read it.ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    Anchorage Newborn Photographer - Chasity Noel - This is a great post!! Very important info for sure!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2014 - 9:23 pm

    Tosha - Very important tips! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2014 - 10:18 pm

    Danielle @ Family Centsability - As the mom of two toddlers, I’ve learned that backing up my photos is very important – we had a close call last year! I thought I had lost several important photos but thankfully was able to recover them. You bet I do everything to keep them safe now. Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

    • September 5, 2014 - 10:42 pm

      Alina Thomas - Oh no! Glad you got to recover them. Backing up is always the way to go.ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2014 - 2:47 am

    Tory Blum - This was so helpful, I have to bookmark this! You never know what happens, right?:)ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2014 - 8:26 am

    Sam Panes - I’ve learned something today and that is not to keep my memory card in such places. Very informative post you have here.ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Stephanie Bourne - I learned the hard way to back up files when my computer crashed. I lost a while year of photos.ReplyCancel

  • September 6, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    Inspiring Kitchen - Such good tips to know. Huge risk to lose data otherwise. thanks.ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2014 - 4:04 am

    Pam Garrett - Great reminders. Recently, my computer was stuck in start-up mode, so I took it to the repair shop. The cost of repair was $100, but I had to pay an extra $50 to get them to save all of my data. A flash drive is a lot cheaper! Have a great week!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Bree - I’m terrible about removing my USB memory card correctly. :( Thanks for the tips!ReplyCancel

  • September 7, 2014 - 4:44 pm

    V - Okay, I’m guilty of not ejecting my memory card! My computer always ‘yells’ at me for it too. But I never understood why it was such a big deal. Thanks for shedding some light on the issue. Very good to know.

    I also had no idea that a memory card could get damaged just sitting out on the table. Wonderful and helpful post. Going to stumble this one!


  • September 8, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    Ashley - Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! I’m so bad at not properly ejecting my external hard drives – this was a great reminder to take that extra two seconds! :)ReplyCancel

  • September 10, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Shannon - very helpful post thank youReplyCancel

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We are continuing our interview series with wedding professionals in Lynchburg, Virginia and are happy to feature our friends at Love Is In The Air on the blog today. If you are a bride-to-be, Love Is In The Air is your one-stop-shop for your wedding needs. Whether you are looking for a wedding planner, flowers or cakes, they have them all in one place. Moreover, they offer décor, catering and calligraphy services that you are just going to love! Keep on reading if you want to get a peek into the behind-the-scenes at Love Is In The Air. View full post »

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  • August 29, 2014 - 8:14 pm

    Danielle - Sounds like a fun event! That is really helpful that it is one stop shopping.ReplyCancel

  • August 29, 2014 - 11:42 pm

    1StopMom - I had a very simple wedding 18 years ago. I am hoping to have a big wedding for one of my anniversaries. These are great questions and answers. Thanks for the post!ReplyCancel

  • August 30, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Adanna - I’m starting to plan my 10 year anniversary so I Absolutley enjoyed thisReplyCancel

  • November 21, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    SIERRA VISTA | MVP WORKSHOP | BEDFORD, VA | Alina Thomas Wedding Photography - […] as well, so if you are just starting to plan your wedding, give them a shot as they can provide décor, cakes and catering for your big […]ReplyCancel

Last week we had the pleasure of featuring one of our fellow wedding vendors, makeup artist, Ashley Ancheta. Today we are continuing with part two of this interview. If you are in need of a Lynchburg based makeup artist for your wedding, give Ashley a call. You won’t regret it! View full post »

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Today we are featuring an interview with wedding makeup artist, Ashley Ancheta of Makeup by Ashley. We had the honor of working with her at a local wedding in Lynchburg, VA back in April, and fell in love with her work. If you are a bride-to-be, you will not want to miss out on this interview! View full post »

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  • August 15, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    Kira T - This is a very cool interview. I always have someone do my makeup because I’m terrible at it lol.ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    Cherlyn - oh my gosh! When she said magnet school – I knew she was going to be from LA! I also went to a magnet school – and had friends who attended LACES {actually I think my husband went there for a wee bit!}

    Great interview and I like that her main concern is the comfort level of the bride and not having to do it only one way..and great tips!ReplyCancel

  • August 15, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Jete Devisser - I’m loving the idea of interviews with other wedding vendors! This is a great way for your brides to get to know other vendors in the industry that are talented, and great to deal with!ReplyCancel

    • August 17, 2014 - 8:40 pm

      Alina Thomas - That is very true, Jete! I love featuring great vendors that I’ve had the opportunity to work with, and recommend them to future brides.ReplyCancel

  • August 16, 2014 - 11:07 am

    Chantal - Ohh I love interviews with other wedding vendors! Such a great write up!ReplyCancel

    • August 17, 2014 - 8:41 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thank you, Chantal! I enjoy getting to know the wedding vendors around through interviews like this.ReplyCancel

  • November 21, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    SIERRA VISTA | MVP WORKSHOP | BEDFORD, VA | Alina Thomas Wedding Photography - […] Ashley Ancheta did an amazing job enhancing the natural beauty of our stunning models with her makeup. If you want to find out more about Ashley, you can read the interview we did with this wonderful Virginia makeup artist. […]ReplyCancel

Want to make your groom feel loved and appreciated but having a hard time choosing the perfect gift? If you are at a loss for ideas, we’re here to help! Today we are sharing a few tips to help you choose the best gift for your groom. Want to know what our top picks for grooms’ gifts are? Here’s a list we created just for you! View full post »

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  • August 11, 2014 - 8:39 am

    steph - Such a great post that any bride could relate to. Men are hard to shop for! ;)ReplyCancel

    • August 17, 2014 - 8:48 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thanks, Steph. I know it can be quite difficult at times to find something they would like.ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 8:41 am

    Ray Urner - Yep, I would have been QUITE content with a pair of brand name shades. :DReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 9:02 am

    Arica - I really like your idea of doing a “his day” on the honeymoon! Never heard of that before, but I think it would be a nice surprise for sure.ReplyCancel

    • August 17, 2014 - 8:47 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thank you, Arica. I’m sure they wouldn’t mind having a day all to themselves, especially when we make the wedding day all about the bride.ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Clare Tam-Im - Aww I like this post! You’ve got some good ideas, especially ‘his day’ on the honeymoon.ReplyCancel

    • August 17, 2014 - 8:42 pm

      Alina Thomas - So glad you found it helpful, Clare. Visit often for more tips and ideas. :)ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 9:48 am

    melanie - Awesome idea for a blog post! Great tips!!ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Jete Devisser - What a great idea for a post! Men are impossible to buy for, and these ideas are fantastic!!ReplyCancel

    • August 17, 2014 - 8:44 pm

      Alina Thomas - So happy you found this inspiring. I know buying gifts for men is not always the easiest thing to do.ReplyCancel

  • August 11, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    nick - Great idea! Couples will really appreciate this advice.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    Sohail Chouhan - Despite the myth men are a little harder to shop for. We do not want a lot have almost all the things we need. Thanks for the ideas.ReplyCancel

Share the exiting news

This is the very first thing you’ll want to do! Although your first instinct could be to update Facebook, make sure to let your family and close friends know before you even think about sharing your excitement on social media. They will want to hear it from you and congratulate you personally! So, take a few minutes to call your dear ones. It will make a world of difference to them knowing that you took the time to share this unique moment with them. After you shared the big news with your inner circle, you can then shout it from the rooftops. View full post »

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Are you a fan of DIY projects, or just want to create something a little extra special for your bridesmaids? If so, this blog post is perfect for you! I believe that taking the time to create something unique for your bridesmaids is a great way of showing them how much you appreciate their friendship. Here is a cute and creative way to ask your dear ones to be in your wedding!

What you are going to need: View full post »

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Do You Need Two Photographers for Your Wedding?

Wedding planning is a roller coaster of emotions. Some things just seem to connect and go as planned, while others seem to take a lot of work to perfect. When it comes to choosing your photography, do you need two photographers for your wedding? This question runs through almost every bride while wedding planning. As photographers, we believe the answer is an outstanding YES! Here are a few reasons why: View full post »

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  • July 18, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Cynthia - Great advice and I would hire two photographers too!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    kate - Great post, great reasons for a 2nd!ReplyCancel

lynchburg-wedding-photographer-trivium1The Trivium is an exquisite wedding venue located in Forest, Virginia where Alyssa and Daniel chose to celebrate their dream wedding. From the beautiful outdoor ceremony to the extravagant ball room reception, their big day was filled with laughter and happiness. It was in 2003 that Alyssa moved to Lynchburg, Virginia from North Carolina and met Daniel. Although they attended the same school, worked in the same veterinary office, and even went to the prom with mutual friends as dates, they did not begin dating until these same friends kept telling them how “cute” they would be together. View full post »

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  • July 11, 2014 - 2:33 pm

    Karen - Stunning! Love everything! The venue, the colors, the style, the angles. Just stunning.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Nor Brunschwyler - The photographers did an awesome job!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    Karen Stucke - What a beautiful, fun wedding. The two of you are ADORABLE together. Wishing you a lifetime of love and happiness.ReplyCancel