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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 »

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  • May 1, 2014 - 1:46 pm

    MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) - Those are lovely pictures and what a wonderful idea to keep the wedding excitement going!ReplyCancel

    • July 11, 2014 - 12:38 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thank you, MryJhns!ReplyCancel

  • May 1, 2014 - 8:11 pm

    Meeghan - Wow! That is a great idea….we had engagement photos, but I like the idea of post-wedding photos…ReplyCancel

    • July 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm

      Alina Thomas - After-Wedding sessions are so much fun!ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2014 - 5:53 am

    Allison - An after wedding session sounds like a great idea. I’d never heard of that before.ReplyCancel

  • May 12, 2014 - 10:44 am

    Christen - What a great idea! Passing this on yo friends and family who are getting married this year!ReplyCancel

    • July 11, 2014 - 12:39 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thanks, Christen.ReplyCancel

  • May 14, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Mandy - I love this idea! I was so unhappy with my wedding pictures, this would of been a perfect solutionReplyCancel

  • May 16, 2014 - 12:05 pm

    Larianne - I’ve never heard of such a session. That’s pretty cool, and it totally makes sense!!ReplyCancel

  • May 17, 2014 - 11:39 am

    Debbie M - I’ve never heard of an after wedding session. Interesting idea!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 7:00 am

    Ana Lynn - That’s a interesting idea! Wish we had done something like that, but I mainly regret the video taping disaster – pictures we had taken were awesome! ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 7:33 am

    Jenny - What a lovely idea! (and that bride’s red cardigan is fabulous!)ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Emily - This is new to me! I haven’t heard of these sessions before. What a good idea.ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 10:47 am

    Jean Lynd - I love this idea. I need some shots of my hubs & me after 25 years. ReplyCancel

    • July 11, 2014 - 12:41 pm

      Alina Thomas - That would be a really great gift for your anniversary!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 11:03 am

    Nikki - After-wedding photo shoots are a wonderful idea! I’ll never forget the wedding I attended that took absolutely for-ev-er to take their photos while the guests sat around bored in an overly-lit ballroom. The hotel was pretty, but very plain for a background. Great advice!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    Farrah @ Reflective Mama - What an awesome idea!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2014 - 2:22 am

    Sonya - This sounds like a great idea. I had never heard of this before but I would have loved doing this when I got married.ReplyCancel

Lynchburg-Wedding-Photographer1When Christa and Israel asked me to photograph their wedding, I knew it was going to be a blast. What made this wedding stand-out from others was the unity within the family. It was great to see such closeness between siblings. One unique item that caught my eye was the bouquet that Christa’s mom hand-made for her. It was exquisite in detail and was a great display piece. To be honest, I do not know if the girls who lined up to catch it during the reception were trying to be “next” in getting married or just wanted a closer look. Not only was the bouquet, as well as the other decorations gorgeous, but the venue suited the couple perfectly. View full post »

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This Easter is especially important to me because it is the first one I get to spend with my newborn son. He is my little miracle! He was not supposed to be born until April 18, 2014 but came a little early, March 27, 2014. This was definitely a surprise, but I consider it a blessing to get an additional 3 weeks to spend with him! View full post »

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  • April 21, 2014 - 10:13 am

    MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) - I can’t wait to make these for April Fools next year! Or just to freak my kids out ;pReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2014 - 10:33 am

    Earl-Leigh - Neat! I’m going to make these next year!ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Laura - So cute!ReplyCancel

  • April 21, 2014 - 8:40 pm

    Meeghan - Neat! That is such a cool idea. I had a great Easter with my family. We are so blessed. It was such a beautiful day -weather wise…nice to actually spend it outside.ReplyCancel

  • April 22, 2014 - 2:33 am

    Nicole - Wow, how did you make this?! Do you have a recipe or instructions? This is so cool! Very unique.ReplyCancel

    • April 24, 2014 - 6:28 pm

      Alina Thomas - I can send you the recipe, if you would like.ReplyCancel

Lynchburg-Bridal-Portraits01I can finally share this bridal session with you all! As you are reading this, you should know that Christa just walked down the aisle with the man she is no longer calling boyfriend or fiancé, but husband. I have scheduled this post to automatically show up on our website just moments after these two have officially tied the knot. I know the pictures of this wedding are going to be a blast to go through and select from and I cannot wait to share them with you. Until then, enjoy browsing through Christa’s bridal session that we captured last month! View full post »

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  • April 13, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    BettyPhelps - Beautiful!!!! Love them.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2014 - 9:17 am

    Jen Dixon - These are just gorgeous! A beautiful bride for sure. By the way, I am loving the Toms.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2014 - 10:34 am

    Brooke - These are gorgeous! I love her bouquet so much!!!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2014 - 11:41 am

    Ashley - These bridal portraits are beautiful! I love her bouquet.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2014 - 11:47 am

    Heather Armijo - Beautiful images! She makes an absolutely lovely bride! Love the Toms!ReplyCancel

  • April 16, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Lauren - Good heavens, what a gorgeous bride! Lovely dress, lovely light.ReplyCancel

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 »

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  • April 11, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    lindsay - great tips.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    Rhea - These are great tips! I particularly like the one about finding a location that represents the couple.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 4:38 pm

    Kate - Good points!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 4:50 pm

    heather - Great tips! Very important (and often overlooked) to choose a location that suites the couple for their engagement session.ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 5:57 pm

    Chantal - Such great info!!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    Katie Estes - Great advice. I was pretty much nodding my in agreement with every point!ReplyCancel

  • April 11, 2014 - 10:55 pm

    Katie Estes - *head

    oops!ReplyCancel

  • April 14, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    Jenni - Great couple photo tips!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 6:30 am

    ALINA THOMAS (PHOTOGRAPHY) - The SITS Girls - […] How To Prepare For Your Engagement Photos […]ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Susan - My husband and I, didn’t even have engagement photos taken. Had we done so though, your tips would have been invaluable! ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    Carrie - Great tips! I love the idea of getting engagement photos done on the same day as your makeup trial run.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    JoAnn - Great tips! I’m going to pass these along to my friend. I did my makeup trial session before my engagement photos and I am so glad I did!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2014 - 11:18 am

    Rebecca - I think this is great advice for any photo session! And being on time is so important….you can lose great lighting if you’re late people!ReplyCancel

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 »

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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 »

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  • April 15, 2014 - 7:10 am

    Allison - I have a daughter getting married this year. Great advice!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2014 - 7:21 am

    Earl-Leigh - These are excellent tips! I made the mistake of trying on some glitzy, body-hugging dresses when I was getting married. It was not my style and the boutique owner could see it all over my face. When we found THE dress…we all knew it immediately!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2014 - 9:36 am

    MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) - Lovely photos and great adviceReplyCancel

Historic-Downtown-Lynchburg-Engagement01Lauren and Wayne first met at Radford University in 2009 during their drawing class. During their time as art students, they would frequently visit their family and friends across the state of Virginia. Lauren, who is from the Lynchburg area, introduced Wayne to some of her favorite locations downtown. One of their favorite locations became the Speakertree Record store, where Wayne would stop in during their visit to expand his collection of vinyl records. Because of their love and appreciation for small businesses, downtown Lynchburg became a favorite location for shopping, dining, and visiting. Wayne proposed to Lauren in May of 2013, just outside of the studio where they first met. They plan to bring friends and family together to the central location of Lynchburg, Virginia for their wedding in June of 2015 at the wonderful location of West Manor Estate. Both Lauren and Wayne are very excited to continue building a strong relationship and are ready for whatever is next in their life. View full post »

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Valentines-Day-Engagement-Lynchburg01This engagement session is by far one of our favorites. We teamed up with I Do Events from Lynchburg, Virginia to decorate and make this session beautiful. We thoroughly enjoyed the elegant feel that this styled-session permeated.

Breanna and Seth were such a joy to work with. We literally could not have picked a better couple that resembles the meaning of love than these two special individuals. It was a true pleasure getting to know this couple and seeing the chemistry between them glowing in how they treated one another.

One thing we quickly learned about them is that the saying “opposites attract” certainly fits their relationship. Breanna has a love for ducks that is certainly not shared by Seth. Seth grew up in a country setting and is looking forward to living somewhere that is more city-like after marriage, whereas Breanna grew up in town and wants to one day live in the country. We are excited to see where their new life together will take them and also whether they will be living in the city or out in the country with little ducklings waddling around! View full post »

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  • April 3, 2014 - 10:29 am

    Jen - Adorable couple… these will love these!ReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2014 - 2:25 pm

    Ashley - What a perfectly styled Valentine’s engagement! These are all so lovely! :)ReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2014 - 2:48 pm

    Heather Meehan - Awesome Valentine’s Day session. I love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2014 - 2:52 pm

    Chantal - So cute! I love everything about this session!ReplyCancel

  • April 3, 2014 - 5:47 pm

    Kristin - Such a beautiful couple! I love the colors too. So perfect!ReplyCancel

After-Wedding-Session (1)This after-wedding session for Ruben and Patricia took place in the beautiful landscapes of Oradea, Romania. This couple was easy to work with and listened to every piece of advice we gave them for posing. The scenery in this session is absolutely gorgeous and the weather was as well. Something that really made the photo shoot distinct was Patricia wearing a red sweater with her wedding dress. The added color really made the images pop. Ruben was very kind-hearted and made sure that he did everything he could to help his wife during the shoot, from hanging decorations to making sure her dress was not getting dirty. We wish this happy couple many more years of laughter and love! View full post »

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  • April 4, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Caroline - OMG I love everything about this! Her dress! Her red sweater! His suspenders! The colors! Wow, just love this. You must have loved photographing them. <3ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2014 - 3:28 pm

    Amanda - Love,love,love the red! What a lovely couple and great images!ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Ashley - The red cardigan is a nice, stylish touch! These are beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • April 4, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    lindsay - Lovely!ReplyCancel