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christmas gift ideas for photographersHappy (almost) Christmas Day! I can’t believe I am actually typing these words. It feels like it was yesterday that we celebrated Christmas 2015. This year flew by in the blink of an eye!! Although Christmas is NOT about gifts, picking the perfect gift to go under the tree for your spouse or children is always a fun activity.

Unlike myself, my husband always, always surprises me with the BEST gifts. Majority of them are photography related because… well, as a photographer, there’s always something on your wish list. I love capturing the milestones in my clients’ lives, as well as my own. With two little ones around the house I know that I will cherish the little things I document on my camera every day. To be completely honest, I think I make Timmy’s job pretty easy since I talk about photography all.the.time!! View full post »

Meeting future brides in person (or online via video chat) is the first step towards convertingPhotography Consultation Questions That Get You Clients
an existing lead into a booking. If you are wondering how to successfully conduct a client meeting, I am excited to invite you to learn how I treat each wedding photography consultation, and how you can improve yours as well!

If you are struggling with what questions to ask, and how to get booked by engaged couples, this post is for you!

First things first, and I can’t stress this highly enough, HAVE A PLAN! It is important that you handle each and every client consultation with confidence and care. Follow the same pattern, whether your consultation is via video chat or in person. Here’s the pattern I follow: View full post »

When I first heard about Instagram, I thought to myself: Oh boy, another social media platform to keep up with! I wasn’t at all interested in giving Instagram a try, so for the longest time I didn’t even create an account. However, Instagram became the fastest growing social media platform so I knew that if I wanted to keep up with the current trends, I had to at least give Instagram a chance. And I have to admit, it started growing on me!

If you are an Instagram user, View full post »

Do you want to cut your workflow time in half… or even more?

Do you spend more time culling through your images from a session than actually editing the images?

If that is you, I’m here to help. That used to be me before I started using Photo Mechanic as part of my workflow. View full post »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Disclaimer: Our friends from Venngage were kind enough to provide us with this awesome infographic to help our brides make their wedding album design process a little easier. Make sure to give them a shout out if you are looking to create free infographics with the infographic maker Venngage.

Choosing the perfect pictures for your wedding album is no easy task, especially when there’s hundreds you can choose from.  I was sitting down with one of my brides one day talking about wedding albums and how they should tell the story of your wedding day from beginning to end and which pictures should go on which spread. Then she asked me if I would be willing to write something like a small guide that would help her choose the right images and not get overwhelmed in the process. And I thought to myself, what a fantastic idea! Because I want as many brides and photographers alike to benefit from these little guidelines I put together, I thought it would only be fitting to share it with everybody on the blog today. View full post »