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Oh how days like these make my heart happy!! Days on the farm, yes. Days celebrating new life, a thousand times yes!! I have been so blessed to document some big moments in this beautiful couples life, and I was beyond honored to get to capture some baby reveal images for them. Celebrating the joy, and gift this new little one will be to Jared and Alise.
I love to photograph people in love! So what could be better than the wedding of high school sweet hearts, still so in love?! Kaleb and Gail are so full of joy and adoration for each other, It was an incredible joy to document their wedding day! The event was styled and coordinated by Ashley Graham Events- Brides, if you are looking for an amazing wedding coordinator, Ashley is your girl! I am always impressed with her and her team! Ever detail, from the gorgeous flowers (by Rose and Blossom), to the custom signs, and table settings was perfectly styled. A huge thank you to my second shooter and right hand girl, Tori Anderson!
All Star Vendors for this event include: Ashley Graham Events, Lisa Wise Photography Ferguson Films, Kiss and Makeup, Rose and Blossom, Belle Gardens, Celestial Selections, Complete Music, Sweet Frostings Bakeshop, Oh Shoot Photo Booth, and Bridal Collections.
http://www.lisawisephotography.net, http://www.ashleygrahamevents.com http://www.fergusonfilms.com, http://www.roseandblossom.com http://www.sweetfrostingsbakeshop.com, http://www.kissandmakeupspokane.com
Summer is here and with it lots of fun family portrait sessions. I had so much fun hanging out with this beautiful family! Baby Hank, you melt my heart with those big blue eyes!
Here is some pretty inspiration for all you lovely brides out there planning your big day! This Shoot was styled by the incredible, Ashley Graham Events. Inspired by organic fruits, and all things soft and whimsical, this is one of my all time favorite shoots! Amazing Florals from Erica's Expressions were the perfect touch for the naked cake and elegantly designed tablescape. Deep maroons are a popular color for fall weddings, but can also be lovely inspiration for a spring wedding. This shoot was part Fuji 400H film and part digital images. Reds are always a stunning color for film photography. Film images were developed and scanned by The Find Lab. "The unique tablescape is garnished with pomegranates, berries, pears, subtle yet luscious maroon peonies, and green vibrant foliage to create a perfect harmony. The delicate components are complimented by gold antique candlestick holders and finished with fresh crisp candles"-Ashley Graham Events. The hair design by Janet Carpenter is the perfect combination of fairytale and bridal elegance. Makeup by Evelyn Maura is spot on, as always! The Paper designs by Nicole Mae Paper Design were beyond incredible. I can't say enough about this All-start vendor list! Make sure you check out all of their websites, link at bottom of blog. A huge thank you to Ashley Haikkila for assisting me at this shoot!
Photography: Lisa Wise http://www.lisawisephotography.net
Dress: Cameo Bridal http://www.cameobridal.com
Florals: Erica's Expressions http://www.eefloral.com
Stationary and Paper Design: Nicole Mae Paper Design http://www.nmpaperdesign.com/index2.php
Hair: Janet Carpenter: http://www.janetcarpenterdesigns
Men attire: Tuxedo Gallery http://www.tuxedogallery.net
Makeup: Evelyn Mauro http://www.evelynmauro.com
Cake: Staci's Cakes http://www.staciescakes.com
Venue: Belle Gardens http://www.bellegardens.com
Unique Antique Pieces from The Attic: http://www.atticrentals.com
Models: Tori McMillian and Brand Haas
So you've booked your photographer and all the details for your wedding are starting to fall into place. Time to get your engagement session on the books!
Enagagement sessions are the perfect way to get comfortable in front of the camera, and also get some beautiful pictures of the two of you. A great way to use these photos is for your save the date cards, invites, and display them at your wedding.
Here are a few of my top tips to help your engagement session run smoothly and capture those perfect pictures you've been dreaming about!
This is going to sounds bit cheesy, but I think of every portrait as a recipe- it needs some basic, quality ingredients to create something yummy! Here is my list of those top 4 ingredients/tips:
1. Good Location- this is something I decide on with the help of my clients. I have a handful of go-to locations that I use often, but I always love to see you new spots! If you have close family or friends with land, open fields, old barns, etc. that can be a great place to start. Pick a location that fits your style and personality.
2. Beautiful Light- Portraits are all about light, and light can bring out your best qualities, or your worst. It's not just about a correct exposure, it's about the quality and direction of light. Leave this up to your photographer, but be ready to stand or move to spots that you don't necessarily see the potential for. Believe me, they see something you don't. I love to make the light dance behind my clients. They may not notice it at the time, but they see it in their images.
3. Wardrobe. Planning outfits can be a challenge. Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration for colors and textures. Dress for the season we are in. Summer- wear a cute dress and heals. Fall/Winter- bundle up with scarves and boots. Do add pops of bold colors, but nothing fluorescent, ever. Earth tones are soft and pretty too! Wear things that compliment you; your skin, your hair, your eyes. This is always a good excuse to go shopping ;)
Bring an outfit change. One Dressy outfit and one casual outfit are perfect. You can bring more, but do you really want to spend all your session time changing clothes?
This is also the perfect day to schedule your trial makeup run for your wedding. Professional makeup can help your photos so much! Here are links to a few of my favorite local MUA's:
4. Emotion!!! This is SO IMPORTANT!! This can make or break your photos- We can put you in beautiful light, in a breathtaking setting, dressed impeccably, but if there is no emotion, there is no flavor. Be ready to be silly, flirty, and romantic with your fiancé! Have fun!! This is such an incredibly special time in your lives, and it goes fast! enjoy it!! Don't be afraid to laugh together, dance, or even sing! Whatever it is to make it your own!
Side note/Heads up- To start out, posing is going to feel completely unnatural- yep, that's right it's not always comfortable to be infront of the camera, especial if it's not something that you're used to. It WILL fell uncomfortable, and unnatural, atleast at first. But be ready to just go with it! knowing that as we work together to figure out how the two of you pose and interact best, it will become easier, and by the end of the session you will be posing like pro's!
Well, there you have my it, my favorite engagement session "recipe ingredients". I hope this was helpful and you love every minute of your photos!