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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 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 »

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, I hope this quick guide will be a great resource to many of you. I use it consistently to make sure I don’t forget anything and am on point for the wedding day. View full post »

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 pre-wedding routine, so please feel free to tweak the list below to make it your own. View full post »


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 interact with you LIVE by leaving comments in the chat box, or “hearting” your broadcast. View full post »

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. View full post »

photography challenge

You may remember when I first started my 365 photo project back in January, I was really excited about it. I was not looking to add something else to my to-do list, but really wanted to push my creativity this year and pick up my camera daily to document my everyday life. Three months later, I am just as excited about it as I was in the beginning. I cannot believe that I have already started month four of the 365 photo project. It’s been so much fun trying to come up with new ideas each day and make it interesting!

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Disclaimer: This article is designed to provide information regarding the misconception between copyright and printing right, and help my customers understand the difference between the two.

“Do I get the copyrights to my wedding pictures?”

The term copyright is often misunderstood. I have realized that when most couples ask if they will receive the copyrights to their wedding images, they actually mean printing rights. As a bride, I know that I would like to be able to print my wedding pictures anytime and anywhere (of course, I would encourage you to invest in HIGH quality prints since you have already invested in HIGH quality photography, but more on that another time). As a photographer, I strongly believe in printing your images and keeping them as a legacy to show your children and grandchildren down the road. So, the answer is YES!, we always give our couples a print release form, that allows them to print their pictures, post them on social media and share them with family and friends, but they do not get the copyright to the images.

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When it comes to choosing their wedding collection, many couples can’t decide whether or not they would like to include a wedding album. The decision is particularly hard to make since we live in a digital age, and they get a cute little USB with all their wedding images anyway. But the question is — How often do you go back to that USB to look though pictures? Not too often. More often than not, it will be forgotten in a drawer somewhere gathering dust. View full post »

What I love most about the ending of one year and the beginning of another, is counting all the blessings that the past year has held and all the new and exciting things that await. Every year has its challenges. We try to focus on so many things throughout the year, and start so many projects, that it becomes nearly impossible to carry them all on, and that’s okay. It is alright to feel overwhelmed at times, but what really matters is your determination to finish what you started. I am here to help you stay organized and keep your priorities in-check.

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Many photographers struggle with accurate focus, resulting in images not being consistently sharp. This is why a great deal of images are being deleted during the culling process. If this is happening to you, I am about to give you some hard-earned advice that will help you achieve accurate focus every.single.time! View full post »