Brooke

First going into Brooke's session, I knew that she was a dancer, but I wasn't quite sure what to expect.  I told her that I could guide her on what to do and how to pose but I didn't know the names of any dance poses and she would have to show me what she could do.  She sort of giggled and agreed.  About 5 minutes into her session, I was BLOWN AWAY with what this girl could do!!!  Brooke showed me her contemporary moves and holy cow it was so cool!!!  I loved getting to know Brooke during her session and I'm excited to share some of my favorites!

Wedding Hair and Makeup Trial - What to Expect & Why It's Important

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One of the things that I always recommend to my brides is to have a trail of your wedding day hair and makeup. Working with a professional artist to help create your vision for your wedding day ensures that you and your artist are on the same page for the look you want, as well as selecting the products that are going to work best for you!

  • Select the Right Products for You 

While most makeup artists carry a variety of products in their makeup kit, you don't want your wedding to be the off day your skin decides to have a reaction to a new product. If you know you have an allergy or sensitivity to certain products or ingredients (like latex or talc), your trial would be the optimal time to let your artist know so that they can use products that will suit your skin best.

  • Look Like Yourself

Having the opportunity to do a run through of your wedding hair and makeup gives you the chance to see what you'll look like before the actual event. You've spent all this time combing through magazines and Pinterest and bookmarking beautiful inspiration. However, what looks great one on person might not suit you.  I always encourage brides to select hair and makeup that will enhance their natural beauty and feel confident. Pick a look that makes you still look like yourself!

  • Test it out

It's not everyday that you get dressed up with a fancy updo or false lashes.  If you want to do something different for your wedding day, a trail would be the perfect time to test it out and see how it feels after a few hours.  Did too many bobby pins give you a headache or did the false lashes tickle you?  Take some time testing them out and tell your artist if there are any changes you want to make on the day of the wedding.  

  • Plan Your Look

You've heard the phrase, "poor planning prevents proper performance." Well, the same goes for planning your hair and makeup look in advance. Don't want until the last minute to figure out what kind of look you want. Set you and your artist up for success by scheduling a makeup trial to figure out the look that will be most flattering. Try to picture yourself on your wedding day.  What kind of feel or theme do you have for the wedding?  This might help deciding what you want your hair and makeup to look like.  Still stuck?  Ask your artist for recommendations!  Take the extra time to decide how exactly you want to look.

  • Get to Know Your Artist

The trail is a great way to meet your artist that you will be working with on your wedding day!  If for no other reason, schedule a trial so that you can spend some extra time with a person who will be responsible for helping make your wedding day. Take a little time to know your hair and makeup artist - ask questions, tell them about your day of timeline or your family members who might need some extra time or patience. Share any details that might help them do their job on the day-of or to make you feel more comfortable on your wedding day. 

Megan

Growing up, my best friend was a ballerina and I was always fascinated with her pointe shoes.  It was crazy to me that she could do all of these elaborate moves all while on her toes!  When I heard that Megan wanted to bring her pointe shoes to her portrait session, I got so excited!  I had an amazing evening working with Megan!  I was so impressed with what she could do!  She moved with a sesnse of grace and beauty.  I love how her images turned out!!!

For Brides: Wedding Details to Bring

Wedding details are one of my favorite parts of a wedding day!  I love photographing all of the pretty details that are meaningful to the day's story.  This blog post is to help brides remember to bring all of the important things that are essential to bridal details!

Although these items might not be what you're thinking about the morning of your wedding, you don't want to forget about the details!   

  • the dress & wooden hanger
  • veil & hair pieces
  • bouquets & boutonnieres
  • rings (all three!)
  • shoes 
  • jewelry
  • perfume
  • invitations, programs & save the date
  • garter
  • family heirlooms
  • special gifts
  • anything else with sentimental value
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As you are packing for the morning of the wedding, go ahead and tuck all of these details into a gift bag or shoe box so that they are all together.  Let your Maid of Honor know where they are when she arrives in the morning! That way, if you’re finishing your hair when I arrive, she can show me to the details instead of interrupting your hair stylist!  This will be easier on you because you won't forget anything and your photographer will LOVE you if all of the details are all in one place!!!

In addition to the actual details, feel free to include some items that will enhance your details shots! If there is a certain ribbon throughout the decorations or a special element that compliments your theme, please include it in your detail bag! These detail shots will allow your wedding gallery to flow together.

Taking the time to gather these special details will make such a difference!

FAQs About Shooting in RAW

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Since I posted about why you should shoot in RAW, I have gotten a few questions.  I thought that I would address those questions in a new blog post today!  If you missed my blog bost you can check it out here:

Why You Should Be Shooting In RAW - For Photographers

Without further adieu, let's get to the questions!

1. I've set my camera to RAW format & took some photos.  Now what?

Great work!  I'm so proud of you! (virtual hug) Now you need to transfer your photos from your camera to your computer.  

You can do this by connecting your camera to your computer or you can take the memory card out of your camera and insert it into a memory card reader that you can plug into your computer - which is the fasted way to import.  

Once all of your photos are on your computer, you can use a program like Lightroom to edit the images,  Once you're finished, be sure to export your files to JPEG in order to share or print.  

2. Can I print a RAW file?

Well... yes and no.  Not all programs will let you print RAW files directly.  Most printing companies require you to upload your files as JPEGs.  Some professional printing companies to allow you to upload RAW files, but it depends on the company.  

3. How big are RAW files compared to JPEGs?

The size of RAW files are generally 3-4 times the size of JPEG files.  RAW files are larger because they contain a lot more information compared to JPEG files which are a compressed format.  

4. Do I need to convert my photos out of RAW format?

No, you can store your original files in the RAW format.  Personally, I keep a file with my original RAW images as well as a folder with my edited JPEG images.  

5. What should I do with my JPEG photos now that I'm shooting in RAW? 

You can still keep your older JPEG images!  Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do to convert them to RAW files.  (Bummer right?!)  But you can do light editing to them on Lightroom.  Even though it's possible to make the same adjustments to JPEG files, the amount of adjustments is limited based on the loss of image quality.  

6. Should I deliver RAW images to my client?

I would not recommend this!  You'll probably want to do some editing on your RAW files, even if its minor adjustments.  You want your pictures to be the best that they can be before giving them to your client!  

Unless your clients are photographers themselves, they probably just won't want RAW images.  They wont be able to print them easily and they probably won't know how to resize them.  Overall, Raw files will be a pain to deal with and they will prefer JPEGs.  

7. When should I be shooting in RAW?

Whether you are a professional photographer, or you just enjoy taking pictures, I highly suggest shooting in RAW format.  Pretty much all DSLRs have the ability to shot in RAW as well as most point and shoot cameras!  In addition to that, you usually have the option to shoot in RAW and JPEG at the same time!  If you aren't already shooting and editing RAW images, I highly suggest that you go and try it!  

8. When should I shoot in JPEG?

Personally, I always shoot my images in RAW format.  With that being said, there is a time when you might prefer to shoot in JPEG.  Since JPEG images are much smaller than Raw files, your camera's memory buffer fills up much slower when shooting in JPEG mode.  You can switch to JPEG mode if you are shooting several images in a burst (many images in a small period of time - commonly used in sports photography).  

Keep in mind that your camera is still able to shoot bursts in RAW format, its just that you buffer will fill up faster and you won't be able to take as many photos as you could in JPEG mode.  

9. What software do I need to shoot in RAW?

The biggest and most well known RAW processing software is called Lightroom.  And let me tell you friend, it is worth every penny!!!  I use Lightroom to edit and convert ALL of my images!  I absolutely love this program!  Lightroom is an absolutely incredible investment to any photographer!  I love that I am capable of editing a large batch of images which saves me so much time!!!  

Macy's Sweet 16

As MAcy opened the barn doors, she burst out with giggles and tears when she found out what her family did for her.  After driving up to Virginia all the way from New Orleans ( with 6 of her closest friends!), Macy's mom told her that she was going to a cool new boho restaurant.  When macy opened the barn doors, she found her closest friends and family had all gathered together to celebrate her 16th birthday.  I'm so glad that I got to capture these special memories for Macy and her sweet friends and family!  

I loved hanging out with Rachel!  

Planning & Florals - The One Moment Events

Rentals & Decor - Paisley and Jade

Venue - Glasgow Farm

Catering - Hidden Julles

DJ - Black Tie Entertainment

Cake - Sweets By E