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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 »

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 »

bride getting ready

As wedding photographers, sometimes we get to work in conditions that are less than ideal. This is most common during the getting ready portion of the day, when the bride is getting her hair and makeup done. As beautiful as they are, hotel rooms can be really challenging to photograph in. Even the ones that are a decent size become really crammed when you add about 6 bridesmaids, the bride and her mom, the makeup artist, the hair stylist, the photographer and all the getting ready bags all in one room. View full post »

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 that reason, I create a wedding day timeline for each and every one of my brides. This is helpful because it keeps everyone on the same page and allows enough time to capture the shots desired. A well planned wedding day timeline will ensure that your day runs flawlessly, while creating a stress-free atmosphere. View full post »

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 your work, you must have all your pictures in the order they were shot.

If you forgot to sync your cameras, don’t panic. Here’s some great news for you: you can easily time sync your images in Lightroom! Here’s how it works! View full post »

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 you shoot RAW, you know that what you see on the back of your camera after you take a picture is a .JPEG preview that the camera creates. When you import your RAW images into Lightroom, you lose all of that contrast and saturation that your camera applied to your .JPEG preview, and your images are basically… raw. They flatten out and don’t look nearly as good as they did on the back of your camera. View full post »