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Choosing whether or not to do a first-look session is not always the easiest thing for a bride and groom to decide. It seems that many couples disagree on this topic so we think it should be addressed before your wedding day. The reason for many of the disagreements is simply the culture in which the bride and groom were raised. Some people prefer the traditional “first-look” being when the bride walks down the aisle, whereas the new, modern “first-look” takes place before the ceremony. Neither one of these options is wrong, but we are going to explain why we prefer the new, modern “first-look” from a photographer’s perspective. View full post »

Think about your bridal session as a trial run for your wedding day! This encompasses everything from the shoes you are going to wear, to the style of your hair and makeup. You want to see yourself as a bride and be able to make any changes needed before the big day. You may have your mind set on the way you want to wear your hair, but after testing it out for some pictures, you may realize that another style is what best suits your look. Keeping this in mind, here are some do’s and don’ts when preparing for a bridal session to ensure that it goes as stress-free and smoothly as possible: View full post »

Congratulations, you’re engaged!  I am so excited that you got to the booking-your-photographer stage in planning your wedding. This is a big one…  dare I say, one of the most essential!  It is extremely important that you get to know your photographer well in advance before the wedding day so that you can rest assured that your photographer’s style is what you have envisioned for your big day. Want to know if we would be a good match? We might be the wedding photographers for you if… View full post »

In today’s society, when everything is so digital, it makes sense to only purchase your digital images from you photography session, right? Well, not quite. I heard so many times about people whose computers had crashed and ALL their digital family photos were stored on the internal hard drive.What a loss! All those memories that were meant to last a lifetime are suddenly… gone! While most clients nowadays prefer to have the digital negatives and printing rights to all their images, the chances are that their USB will end up sitting in a drawer somewhere collecting dust and their digital images won’t be looked at anytime soon. View full post »

He popped the question, and you said…YES! Now it’s time to start planning for your big day! When it comes to wedding planning, two of the most-important things that a bride has to decide on are what dress to wear and which photographer to document their special day. View full post »

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Sorella Farms is one of my favorite wedding venues around! One of the most important decisions that you will be making for your wedding is the venue. It is the location that you will be holding the most-important day of your life at so it needs to be absolutely breathtaking. This needs to be a place that really reflects who you are as a couple and allows you to express yourself through the décor of it. It should not be a place that you choose without thought because remember, people are coming to see you and should be wowed on this day! With all of this being said, we decided to interview a venue that we believe is one of the most suitable, charming and stunning in the Central Virginia area: Sorella Farms. The following are the questions we asked Sorella as well as their answers: View full post »

I’m sure you’ve already heard this many times, but we can’t stress it enough: ENJOY YOUR WEDDING! The day fades too fast! You’ve spent hours, days, months planning all the details to make sure that your big day runs flawlessly. How exactly do you plan to make the most of the little time you have to enjoy with your dear ones at your wedding? View full post »

Engagement sessions are an essential part of your overall wedding photography package. Why? They are a great opportunity for you to get to know your photographers before your wedding day, see how they work and get comfortable in front of their cameras. These are just a few reasons why you should establish a relationship with your wedding photographers before your big day to ensure that it runs flawlessly.

Here are a few things to take into consideration when preparing for your engagement session: View full post »

One of the most-asked questions by our clients is “What should my fiancé and I wear to our engagement session?” Is this a question that you are struggling with too? To make it a little less stressful for you, here are some tips that we have put together. View full post »

When it comes to planning a wedding, choosing the perfect dress is essential. This should be one of the most-thrilling experiences in the process of planning the biggest day of your life. Most girls dream of their wedding day long before they meet their significant other. It is important to pick a dress that is what you have envisioned since you were a little girl. You deserve something that is unique and fits your personality. Your dress should be a representation of who you are as a person. It should exemplify the beauty of who you are and you should look beautiful in it! View full post »