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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 »

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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