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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 »

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  • July 11, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Somer Nelson - Love your work. You’re very talented:)ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 3:32 pm

    Allison - What an excellent idea, and your photos are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    Christen - Love the first look pics!ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    Laura - I love this idea! Your photos are great, you are quite talented :)ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Charlotte - I always thought I would prefer the traditional “walking down the aisle” first look, but I can see how having some quiet, tender moments before the ceremony would make for better pictures. Awww, these are so incredibly beautiful.


Independence Day is one of the most patriotic holidays celebrated in the United States. The word independence sounds like a typical word, but when evaluated, is very significant. Independence means freedom, and we all know that nothing is ever really free. We need to be grateful today for our independence and those who fight everyday for it. View full post »

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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 »

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Here at Alina Thomas Photography, we have been trying to find the best way to serve our clients with access to their images. After all, clients are our priority! After doing immense research and trial runs, we are proud to offer our clients their online galleries through Pixieset. Here are a few of the reasons why we chose Pixieset and why we think it is best for our clients. View full post »

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  • June 23, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    Larianne - I’ve used Pixieset. It’s very easy to use :)ReplyCancel

    • June 25, 2014 - 1:20 pm

      Alina Thomas - That’s what I like about it too, Larianne!ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    ann - I’m so switching to pixieset!ReplyCancel

    • June 25, 2014 - 1:21 pm

      Alina Thomas - Might be a good change, Ann! It’s been beneficial for me.ReplyCancel

  • June 24, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    David Lara - Nice post…it’s very similar to ShootProof.ReplyCancel

    • June 25, 2014 - 1:22 pm

      Alina Thomas - Never used ShootProof but heard only good things about it.ReplyCancel

  • June 25, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Candy Acosta - I’ve tried Pixieset and I liked it very much. I just can’t seem to be able to leave Zenfolio.ReplyCancel

    • June 25, 2014 - 11:49 am

      Alina Thomas - I said the same thing about Pass but I was finally able to make the switch. Pixieset seems to offer more of what my customers are looking for so it’s totally worth it!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 6:25 am

    Arica - Great way to present your new offerings to your client! Well put together blog post. Love me some pixieset.ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Melissa Avey - Great post. Love your style by the way!ReplyCancel

    • June 26, 2014 - 4:50 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thanks so much, Melissa!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    Lindsey - Is there any advantage to Pixieset over PASS? They seem too similar…ReplyCancel

    • June 26, 2014 - 4:49 pm

      Alina Thomas - I just switched from Pass to Pixieset because Pixieset offers some great features that Pass does not have. For example, with Pass you have to pay in order for your clients to be able to download all their images at once. Otherwise, they would have to download them one by one which takes a long time. What I really love, is the option to create “Favorites” which makes the album ordering process so much easier. I can simply download the pictures that my clients “Favorited” and start creating their album right away, instead of having them come to my office and go through their wedding pictures with them to select the ones they like. To me, it was worth the change!ReplyCancel

  • June 26, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Vi Johansson - I love the idea with the trees!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    Jessica - Great post! So informative for your clients. I love the images too!ReplyCancel

  • June 27, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    debbie - great infoReplyCancel

  • June 28, 2014 - 11:20 am

    Shelley Hohe - Right now I use PASS, but Pixieset looks pretty enticing! Thanks for sharing!!ReplyCancel

    • September 5, 2014 - 3:59 pm

      Alina Thomas - You are very welcome! I used Pass before as well, but I found Pixieset to be a better option for me.ReplyCancel

  • September 5, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Hector Rivera - Nice blog!! i love my zenfolio, can you link pieset with zenfolio??ReplyCancel

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 »

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  • June 13, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Kate - What a great way to show how you’re different! And now we know if we’re your ideal clients or not, too!ReplyCancel

  • June 13, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Arica - Nice idea for a blog post! I think it’s important to show what you expect from clients and they can expect from you. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2014 - 12:48 am

    Debbie M - great listReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2014 - 3:37 pm

    Eden - Great selling points!ReplyCancel

  • June 15, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    melanie - That’s a great list!ReplyCancel

  • June 16, 2014 - 12:02 am

    Carmen Hall - Great list for your soon to be clients. Definitely helps them know that they’re making the right choice in choosing you.ReplyCancel

lynchburg-wedding-photographer-alina-thomas1Kaitlin and Will were a blast to capture behind our camera sat the beautiful Old City Cemetery in Lynchburg, Virginia. They met each other 4 years ago while working in theater and instantly became close friends. After being so close for 3 years, enjoying adventures, laughter, and growing together, they realized they were meant to be together and started dating. Another 10 months down the road, Will decided it was time to make this commitment permanent and asked Kaitlin to be his bride, which she describes as the best day ever! View full post »

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  • June 6, 2014 - 8:52 pm

    Amber Albright - Beautiful photographs, beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2014 - 12:19 am

    Linda Kahle - So colorful! You are so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • June 7, 2014 - 4:19 pm

    Melissa Avey - These are beautiful portraits! LOVE :)ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Kristy - Gorgeous. Love all the details. Beautiful couple tooReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 11:53 am

    jennifer beitchman - Such a fun and colorful session! Love all the details and colors.ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 12:22 pm

    Carmen Hall - Love the theme! You captured every detail so perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Patricia Knight - This looks like it was such a fun session. Beautiful images. And congratulations to the happy couple.ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 7:33 pm

    Donna - Amazing! Love the props and how creative you were with them! Beautiful session!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 7:58 pm

    Michelle - You have captured this creative couple beautifully! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 8:00 pm

    michelle - You did an amazing job capturing the creativity of this couple!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 11:05 pm

    heather - What a perfectly styled session! Love every detail!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    Lai - This is absolutely stunning! Love how you stacked the suitcases and created a vintage theme. Gorgeous outdoor themed session with lots of creative ideas!ReplyCancel

  • June 14, 2014 - 1:07 am

    Debbie M - interesting themeReplyCancel

  • September 3, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Fotogrupa - Absolutely amazing idea to use all of those items. I’m truly inspired :)ReplyCancel

    • September 5, 2014 - 4:07 pm

      Alina Thomas - Now that makes me happy! I love it when my work inspires others.ReplyCancel

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 »

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  • June 6, 2014 - 3:39 pm
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    Dana - Well said. I couldn’t agree more!ReplyCancel

    • June 6, 2014 - 4:34 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thank you, Dana!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 8:56 am

    Sarah - Well put! Even I need to follow this advice! :)ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 8:56 am

    David Lara - Couldn’t agree more. Will have to reference this for clients when they ask silly questions, lolReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 1:48 pm

    Jaime Gilliam | Graceful Wedding Management - That is good advice! Having prints provides a lasting memory.ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Jaime Denz - Couldn’t agree moreReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    Christen - I am a strong believer in convenience, decrease in stress, and time being worth a lot more than money! That’s why I order prints from professionals and why I pay to have my kids’ birthday parties outside of my home!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 6:10 pm

    Kristen Kelly - Good advice! My sister is a photographer and I’m sure she’d agree with you!ReplyCancel

  • June 9, 2014 - 9:28 pm

    Amanda Brendle - Well said! So important in this day and age to have the printed pictures from your session. I am so sad for our future generations that won’t have pictures of their family, parents, or even themselves because someone along the line never took them off a CD. Soon enough, CDs will even be obsolete!ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2014 - 8:32 am

    Meeghan - Great points! I think professional photographers just do a better job at printing the photos too…they make them look so much prettier than printing them yourself.ReplyCancel

  • June 10, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    Whitney S - I love having both (digitals and prints). However, I do love seeing the photos hanging on the walls in our home :-)ReplyCancel

  • June 21, 2014 - 6:29 am

    ONLINE PHOTO GALLERIES FOR CLIENTS– PIXIESET | Alina Thomas Wedding Photography - […] Clients the Opportunity to Order Prints Straight from Their Galleries – This is obviously a great feature because clients no longer have to go through all their images, send them to us, and then let us know what sizes they want for each picture. This makes the buying process as easy as can be and is as simple as 1-2-3! For information on why you should order prints through your photographer, click HERE. […]ReplyCancel

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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lynchburg-wedding-photographer-alina-thomas001This photo session took place at the beautiful wedding venue Sorella Farms, in Evington Virginia, where Emily and Ian will be getting married later this year. We had a magnificent time capturing their engagement pictures. Emily and Ian were both laid back and easy to work with. We are very excited to see this couple tying the knot and couldn’t have hoped for the shoot to be any better. Between Ian’s patriotism and Emily’s spontaneous personality, this couple has everything they need to have a happily ever after life together. View full post »

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  • May 29, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Whitney Lane - She has honestly the most perfect hair! What a beautiful shootReplyCancel

  • May 31, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    Devon - Beautiful Pictures! Congrats to the couple.ReplyCancel

  • June 1, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    Meeghan - Beautiful photos….beautiful couple.ReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2014 - 5:54 pm

    Arica - What a dream location! That pond (I think it’s a pond?) is out of this world! This couple could not have been a better fit for the scene. They look amazing together. You did a wonderful job showcasing their personalities. Well done!ReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2014 - 10:10 pm

    Tosha - They are an adorable couple! Love that location too! Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • June 19, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Anna - Gorgeous venue, gorgeous couple…and perfect photos! Love these!ReplyCancel

  • June 20, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Chantal - Oh my goodness they are too cute! The color if the lake is also incredible! Such a great location!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    Shuanna - Beautiful session! What a cute couple! Seems like they had a lot of fun!ReplyCancel

  • October 17, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    HOW TO CAPTURE CREATIVE PHOTOS OF COUPLES | Alina Thomas Wedding Photography - […] one of our couples, Emily and Ian, chose to use their wedding venue for their engagement pictures. Love this […]ReplyCancel

lynchburg-wedding-photographer-alina-thomas01We had the honor of being asked to do this sweet couple’s wedding photography and loved every minute of it. We have known Jesse for many years and got acquainted with Chelsea after they began their relationship. The wedding was lovely and incorporated so many things that the couple holds dear to them, such as family. Chelsea has a large family and her siblings sang for the couple at their ceremony. Her dad also did the service and melted the hearts of the audience with his passion for his daughter and this new journey in her life. It was great seeing the love Jesse’s dad has for him in being there before the wedding making sure everything was taken care of. View full post »

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  • May 28, 2014 - 3:01 pm

    Rachel - I just had to stop by because I noticed you’re from Virginia haha. But the pictures are beautiful. I’m not so secretly planning color schemes for my future wedding. Won’t be for awhile, but it’s fun.ReplyCancel

    • May 28, 2014 - 7:47 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thanks for your comment! Wedding planning is so much fun! Keep us in mind for your big day!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2014 - 4:29 pm

    Steph - Amazing work, Alina! The love these two have for one another is so evident, and you captured it perfectly!!ReplyCancel

    • May 28, 2014 - 7:43 pm

      Alina Thomas - Thank you! They were so much fun to work with!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2014 - 7:55 pm

    Amber Albright - Beautiful wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    chantal - what a beautiful day!!!ReplyCancel

  • May 28, 2014 - 9:17 pm

    Cynthi-Boise Wedding Photographer - So beautiful! I love your clean, crisp editing. You’ve captured their day so wonderfully!ReplyCancel

  • May 29, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Whitney Lane - What a fun weddingReplyCancel

  • May 30, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Ashley - I love her expressions during the first look! So cute!
    This looks like such a fun wedding day and you captured it beautifully!ReplyCancel