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First half of 2015

The first half of 2016 has been the busiest time have ever experienced.  We’ve traveled extensively during this period including trips to New York, Florida (3 times), Charlotte and Charleston for commercial shoots, weddings and business visits.  Its been absolutely insane but we love it!

During this time, we’re excited to see Kelly + Tim’s wedding published in the Knot with a beautiful 4 page article.


Gorgeous Florida beach wedding with Courtney and Benny that Julie and I had the privilege of shooting in June.

Lovely vow renewal in the New York Finger Lakes Region we photographed in July.

Its been a whirlwind period and it looks to get even busier for the next 6 months including another trip to Europe for business/shoots, a number of commercial cinematography jobs and another trip to NYC this fall.  We thank every one of our special clients and friends that we’ve had the pleasure of working together with during this period.  We can’t wait to see where we end up next!

—Christopher and Julie

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18 ways to make your wedding the best ever

Set your wedding budget –

A wedding can be an elaborate and costly event.  As with any other large expenditure, you need to set a budget and plan accordingly.  Even the wealthiest families we’ve worked with have a budget.  Expenses can spiral out of control quickly if you don’t know what your overall budget is going to be and what percentage you can spend on each section of your wedding.  One trend that we have seen recently is cutting the number of invited guests while going all out on quality.  Its amazing what you can do when you only invite 150 people instead of 250.

There are fantastic tools available online to help you with your wedding budget including the Knot and many other resources.  Better yet, hire a wedding planner to help you put together these details.  There is always a give and take between your category spending, and a planner can help you make those decisions.

Book a planner  –

We realize budgets are tight.  Hiring a wedding planner may seem like a luxury, but a planner can help you maximize the bang for your wedding buck.  They can also help you provide a truly memorable event.  Keep in mind that planners do this day in and day out.  They know the vendors.  They know the locations.   They know the current trends and how to weave together all of these aspects to help you create a wedding that is uniquely you.  On your wedding day, they help remove stress by taking on the role of a coordinator.  They help keep you on time and help to shield you from the things that inevitably go wrong.  We rarely see a wedding day where everything goes perfectly.  Best to have a planner handling these issues instead of stressing yourself or other family members.  Let them sweat the details.

Hire wedding professionals –

As the economy has changed, there has been a huge influx of new vendors into the wedding market.  People have lost jobs and decided that now is a great time to start their own business.  As you search for wedding vendors, look for experience and a solid portfolio of work.  Remember that you get what you pay for.  This is never more true than on your wedding day.  Quality does cost.

Identify areas that are important to you –

Every couple we work with has prioritized certain aspects of their wedding day that are more important to them.  For some, its photography, for others it may be a unique location or floral.  Still others may want an incredible wedding cake.  Realize that some areas are going to cost more than what you’ve got in your budget.  You’ll need to cut in other areas to accommodate these priorities.

Hair and Make-up –

Hire professional hair and make-up stylists.  You preferably want someone with experience doing commercial photography.  Why?  Because they understand what is necessary to look good on camera.  A simple tip is that you need more makeup than you may typically wear.  A smooth, even texture to your skin makes for great photos and video.

Choose the right dress and have proper alterations –

Many of the brides we see are in dresses that just don’t fit properly.  You need to be honest with yourself.  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses and problem areas?  Bring people with you dress shopping that have a fashion style and sense.  Don’t get talked into something that isn’t right for you.  This may mean that you may not end up with the dress you thought you’d look great in.  Magazine ads are great at making people think they’ll look fantastic in a certain dress.  The reality may be quite different.  When a bride is in the right dress and it is altered to fit her properly, the results can be stunning.

Consider the entire day –

Simply put, your wedding day should flow together seamlessly.  Think of your wedding day as a movie.  There should be a consistent look and feel.  Everything should be considered.  Where you get ready, your church or ceremony location, your photo locations and your reception venue should all fit together just like a motion picture.  For example – if you have a grand cathedral for your ceremony, you won’t want to get ready in a small home.  Look into booking a hotel suite that looks the part.   Everything from your dress, flowers, accessories, hair, makeup – everything should create a harmonious feel.

Your best hair –

Alieshia Quinn of Robert Patrick Salon recommends that brides have their hair colored one to two weeks before the wedding so the highlights have a chance to settle down or the color can fade a bit.  The hair trial should be done 6-8 weeks before the wedding, so that gives the bride plenty of time if they decide they didn’t like the style and find a new one.   As for getting hair done for an updo, Alieshia recomment if possible to wash the hair the day before so it’s not completely clean.  If it’s slippery, the hair will curl much better.

Professional Makeup Artist Kimberly from Kajal by Kimberly offers these helpful tips about skincare basics for your wedding –

Skincare –

Months before your wedding, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and taking care of your skin.  Removing your makeup at night and hydrating your skin are easy steps and make a huge difference.

Foundation –

While some Brides just want a tinted moisturizer others prefer a full coverage, either way…choose a foundation based on the texture of your skin, a color that is natural on you and one that will hold up all day.

HD –

It’s important to keep in mind that photography is very telling when it comes to your skin & makeup.  Choose HD tested makeup (there are a lot of brands out there that specialize in great photography HD makeup).

Customize the look you’d like to achieve –

Whether you’re working with a makeup artist or doing your makeup yourself, take some time to pick pictures or looks that appeal to you.  This step really helps the makeup artist know what look you’re trying to achieve.

Eyes –

Make sure you’re wearing long wear eye products so that your look last all day.

Trend –

Trend is important to keep in mind when choosing a makeup…but don’t let it dictate your wedding look.  Whats “in style” now may not be in 20 years.  It’s best to enhance & not look runway on your wedding.

Lashes –

There always a good idea in photography and for people looking at you from a distance.  There are many forms of lashes…from natural to drama.

Lips –

Choose a lipstick texture that you’re comfortable with.  I love bright bold lipstick for Brides as well as natural nude.  From Matte classic to glossy pretty keep in mind you don’t want to be reapplying all day.

Contour –

This is a BIG trend right now, but when done right can be beautiful to bring out bone structure.


This one explains itself, you never know when the water works will come and you don’t want black mascara tears.

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