1. Team Member Spotlight: CHRIS

    Favorite form of potatoes? Covered in cheese and bacon.

    Music in your headphones right now? City and Colour

    Most hated chore? The dishes!

    Least favorite mode of transportation? Flying, I HATE heights.

    Favorite body part (of yours)? My beard, that’s a body part, right?

    If you had to change your first name, what would it be? Chris, instead of Christopher…easier to write

    Spirit Animal? Otter

    Guiltiest pleasure? Disney movies, I can quote them all.

    Worst/most embarrassing job? Movie theater usher.

    Hidden talent: Playing violin

    Toilet paper: Draped over the top or hang under the bottom of the roll? Over the top – the right way!

  2. Team Member Spotlight: RACHEL


    Favorite form of potatoes? Sweet potato fries

    Music in your headphones right now? JT, Can’t Stop the Feelin’

    Most hated chore? Ironing

    Least favorite mode of transportation? Pogo Stick

    Favorite body part (of yours)? Upper lip, because of the scar

    If you had to change your first name, what would it be? Charlotte 

    Spirit Animal? Lionesse

    Worst/most embarrassing job? Muck and shuck…cleaning horse stalls 

    Toilet paper: Draped over the top or hang under the bottom of the roll? Over the top, there is no other way

  3. For Photo-ers: Making Pretty “Getting Ready” Pictures

    When we first started photographing wedding we wondered how those famous photographers got gorgeous pictures of their clients getting ready on their wedding day. All the shots seemed to be so in the moment but also so beautifully lit. When we walked into a hotel room, church basement or (gasp!) grandma’s living room we weren’t achieving the same results. Was it the location? Or the subjects? Sometimes. However, often times there were a few little steps to take to get similar results.

    Here is our approach to taking amazing Getting Ready pictures…

    1. Show up early. Standard start time for us is 1 hour before the bride is in her dress/ groom is in his suit. “Start time” is when we tell clients we’ll arrive. We actually show up 30 minutes prior to start time to park and do a little bit of scouting before we walk into the room. Then with any extra minutes we get to know the people in the room. The trick here is to leave the camera in the bag and introduce yourself around. This will clue you in to which people are super important when it comes time to document the emotional last moments of getting ready.

    2. Let the light in. It’s no secret that lots of light makes for beautiful photographs. You don’t just have to accept that dark getting ready room as is. Ask if anyone minds if you open the curtains/blinds/whatever else is blocking the light. In 5 years of weddings I have never had a bridal party say no. Another trick is to turn off any light sources you don’t want casting a weird color (i.e. room lights, lamps, mirror lights). Just ask first, but most of the time no one cares. Natural light makes all the difference in a great picture so do whatever you can to introduce it to a scene without having to use a flash.