Hitched Wedding Magazine Feature

Hitched Wedding Magazine Feature

 

 

The lovely style shoot I recently photographed is currently being featured in the anniversary issue of Hitched Wedding Magazine!Hitched Wedding Magazine

Hitched Wedding Magazine features Ontario’s most beautiful engagements and weddings. Their goal is to help couples plan their wedding by showcasing the locations and amazing local vendors our province has to offer. 

Lisa Makins launched this magazine exactly one year ago and I must say that I am loving her work and so glad to be a part of the anniversary issue! If you’re looking to purchase the latest edition or want to buy any or all of the past issues check them out here.

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Purple Romance Style Shoot

Purple Romance Style Shoot

 

Right before we celebrate Christmas I wanted to share a few images from an inspirational shoot that I did with Julia Foley from Local Ottawa Valley Events. She was the organizer behind the scenes, bringing together hair, makeup, gown, location, flowers and décor. It was such a blast to be a part of this creative, fun day and take advantage of the mild December we’ve been having!WeddingWed_PR1

Photography: Tripp Photography  |  Wedding & Bridesmaid Gowns: Sinders Bridal House  |  Flowers: Kelly’s Flowers  |  Venue & Props:  North on 29  |  Hair & Makeup: Erica Wright Makeup Artistry  |  Cake & Cupcakes: Ediblesins  |  Invitations & Stationery: Daisy Designs  |  Models: Kris & Ryan

The ‘Pinterest’ Perfect Wedding

The 'Pinterest' Perfect Wedding

Many brides imagine that their wedding day will be “picture perfect” and many very much are, but sometimes things go completely wrong and although the day is stressful and chaotic at the end of the day the couple realize that it’s the celebration with family and friends that truly matters.

Usually this realization comes after a surprise mentor speaks to the bride and groom to help them realize that it’s okay to have a ‘Pinterest Fail’ Wedding and that the beauty of the day is indeed the memories shared with those who mean the most to them.

This mentor can be anyone – a member of the bridal party, the wedding photographer, the DJ or maybe even the wedding planner. I have been that person for many brides and I am happy to say that at the end of the day everyone is smiling and grateful for the memories of their special day.

The worst thing any bride or groom can do on their wedding day (and probably any day, really) is over plan and over think. You can plan the most ‘Pinterest’ Perfect wedding, right down to birds singing in the trees, and in the end, it could rain – pour, in fact, and the ceremony will have to moved inside. No bird. No songs. Just wind and rain. At the same time the ceremony could be delayed, experience unexpected organizational issues, and be too hot or too cold for anyone to be comfortable.

These things happen. By micro managing things and constantly worrying about whether or not what comes next will turn out as planed, you will only end up disappointed and stressed causing you to miss out on the magic of the day.

Even Royalty has their ‘Pinterest Fail’ moments – including this photo in which the flower girl is clearly not impressed with the royal kiss!

Royal wedding

Photo source: http://www.brit.co/wedding-photo-fails/

Regardless of what happens on your special day, the important thing is to laugh, smile and see it for what it is – an unavoidable moment that in the end, will be memorable for everyone (including the little girl in the photo above, who I am sure will hear about her expression for years to come!). Sometimes ‘Pinterest Fail’ weddings happen for a reason – to let everyone see the real beauty of the day – spending quality, memorable time with family and friends.

So remember, sometimes things are beyond anyone’s control, and not everything will look like it does on Pinterest or as they do in professionally laid out wedding magazine photos. Let go of the need for perfection, and enjoy yourself!  The more stressed you are, the more uptight and stressed you will appear in your photos. If you are relaxed your natural smile will shine through, meaning you are more likely to love each and every photo of yourself!

Do you have any examples of ‘Pinterest Fail’ weddings that turned out okay in the end? I’d love to hear about them – leave a comment below or on my Facebook page.

Wedding Guest Cell Phone Etiquette

Wedding Guest Cell Phone Etiquette

Last week I discussed why couples should consider having an unplugged wedding. This week I am going to talk about cell phone etiquette for wedding guests. While recently editing some wedding photos I was in shock at the number of people looking down at their phones during the ceremony, dinner, the reception – the entire day! Remember the good old days when instead of feeling the need to take a picture of everything we participated in and savored special moments?

I find too many people are addicted to their devices and feel compelled to check them every few minutes – even on weekends – during a wedding ceremony no less! So what is the etiquette for using your cell phone during wedding?

1) Put it away and keep it away – this is especially true during the ceremony. Leave the photo taking to the professional photographer hired and trusted by the happy couple to capture the day as they want it to be captured. If you must take a picture, don’t use a flash and make sure you are not blocking the view of anyone else sharing in the moment.

2) Limit your use – if you are encouraged to take pictures during the ceremony or during any other time during the course of the day, limit the number of pictures you take, reserve its use for those special moments, don’t use your flash and again be mindful of others in attendance, including the professional photographer who is being paid to take pictures.

3) Ask yourself if that ‘selfie’ is necessary – nothing is more selfish than taking a ‘selfie’ during the ceremony, or with the couple in the background having their professional photos done. If you must take a selfie do so away from the happenings of the day so that you don’t inadvertently disrupt the other guests or the bride and groom.

4) Make sure your phone is on silent – if you must have your cell phone on (in case the babysitter needs to get ahold of you) then make sure it is on silent. You WILL feel your phone vibrate in your pocket or in your purse so a ringer is unnecessary. If the phone does vibrate during the ceremony quietly excuse yourself and only answer the phone once you have exited the room and cannot be heard by anyone participating in or observing the wedding, or better yet wait until the ceremony is done before excusing yourself.

5) Don’t post wedding photos online – unless the bride and groom expressly told you that it is okay to post photos of the ceremony right after it happened, show some respect and don’t do it. Weddings are special and take a lot of time and planning. Leave the public reveal to the bride and groom and let them show off their special day for themselves.

It’s easy to just take out your cell phone and snap a picture, but in doing so we have forgotten how to just appreciate the moment. The next time you are a wedding guest give yourself a gift and put away your cell phone and just enjoy the day. You will remember it unlike anything you ever post on Facebook.

Do you put away (and ignore) your cell phone during a wedding? Leave a comment and let me know.

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5 reasons why pictures turn out better when the photographer’s eye is on the camera’s viewfinder

 

5 Reasons Why Pictures Turn Out Better When the Photographer's Eye is on the Camera's Viewfinder

The viewfinder or eyepiece on your camera is there for a reason – so you can accurately frame your subject prior to hitting the shutter button. The digital or LCD screen available on nearly all cameras nowadays was created so you can check your photo afterwards or to show the resulting image to your subject.

I see many people taking photos while holding their camera out in front of them, trying to frame the image using the screen (also called the monitor) instead of using the viewfinder. Any professional photographer will tell you that taking a photo with your eye on the viewfinder results in the best photo! So, with that in mind here are 5 reasons why pictures turn out better when the photographer’s eye is on the camera’s viewfinder:

1) Steadiness – If your eye is to the camera then you can keep the camera steady easily; two hands and a face makes it’s own tripod! You can’t say the same when you are holding the camera out in front of you (especially if you are taking pictures in a busy, crowded place!).

2) Easier to find your focus point – If your eye is in the viewfinder then your attention is on the focal point, not on what is going on around you. This enables you to easily centre on the focus point in much less time then it would if you were to hold the camera out in front of you, bettering your chances of that perfect shot.

3) Easier to pay attention to detail – When you use the camera’s eyepiece you are zooming in on your subject and are better able to pick out the details, especially if it is a texture-based shot.

4) Interrupts flow – Think of it like using your cell phone while talking to someone in person. If you are constantly holding the camera away from you while taking a picture and then bringing the camera close to you to getting a better look at the shot on the LCD screen then you are interrupting the flow of shots and could very well be missing an important shot while looking and re-looking at your LCD screen! Keep your eye on the viewfinder and focus on the shot as your camera sees it, not your screen.

5) Professionalism – It makes you look like an amateur to stand holding your camera away from you. Professionals know and typically do hold their cameras to their faces to properly frame and focus a picture.

I use my viewfinder 95% of the time, and often I actually keep both eyes open, one looking through the hole and one catching the added movement outside of my sight. Relying on the LCD screen to take pictures is not only poor technique it kills your camera’s battery! With practice and learning to trust your instincts you will see why the viewfinder is an important part of your camera and will revel in the magnificence of your shots!

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