I love photographing weddings! What a happy and exciting time! When booking a wedding, one of the first things I like to do is get to know the couple. Through conversations I can gather ideas that are important to the bride and groom. Most brides have an idea of what type of pictures they want, but I also like to send a suggested list of moments that can be fun to capture as well. From this list, I can create an outline of poses and pictures the couple wants me to take throughout their special day. My favorite part is the candid moments you catch that are not planned. Some of these shots turn out to be some of the couples favorites.
Taking pictures of a large family can be difficult and take a lot of time if you are not prepared. I had a blast taking this fun family's pictures, The family ended up having a great time too! When photographing a large family, it is best to do so earlier in the day, especially if there are young children involved. Everyone is usually fresh and rested when conducting a session in the morning. This client really wanted a large family picture so I made sure I took the group picture first, then I took this kids pictures, and then individual families next. When photographing young children, I have been more successful when I don't force the child to pose, but get them in a more natural setting.
Just about any outdoor location can make for a great setting for pictures. This family picture was taken within walking distance from my parents house. The natural backdrop of the woods with its tall trees, bushes and grassy areas are perfect for capturing those shots! You want your surroundings to compliment your subjects not take away from it. Go out there and take a look at what local areas where you live make a great spot for family pictures. You might be surprised at what you find.
Today's theme is glass. I love this old glass knob on a wall hook. I bought this several years ago at Canton. (First Monday)
It important to capture the bride and groom, the birthday girl, or the beauty around us, but it is equally important to photograph the little details too. I love sneaking up to where the wedding reception will be held before the ceremony to get shots of the food, décor, flowers, and of course the cake. Close ups and shooting at different angles can create for some awesome shots. This insect is one of my favorite photos because you can see through the grass blades to the tiny insect that landed on a single blade . I have recently had the chance to study macro photography, and I find it fascinating to be able to look at the little details of an object. I love this type photography because it allows you to appreciate the little details of flower, insect, leaf, etc. You find yourself looking at things from a whole different prospective.
Wedding receptions, parties, and just about any occasion is a great opportunity for me as a photographer to capture those little details that you have worked so hard on in planning your special event. These close up shots make for a great collage! So go ahead a notice the buckle on a bridesmaid shoe, the wedding rings, candles, and party favors. You will find yourself looking at things in a whole new light!
A fun and unique place for taking pictures is at The Harbor in Rockwall. The Harbor is located on the shores of Lake Ray Hubbard, and offers shopping, fine dining, movie theater and specialty shops. There is a beautiful water feature, lighthouse, unique walkways and bridges that make for a great backdrop for any photos. I even found some rustic Texas doors that would make a great background. I found the best time of day to take pictures at The Harbor is early morning before most of the shops and restaurants open. That way you can get some good shots of your subject before there are lots of people around.
Another creative way to easily display your photos is this cute hanging board with decorated clothespins. I have to admit, I cannot take credit for making this. My daughter made it for Christmas last year. I love it! All she did was paint a board, cut some vinyl letters out using the cricuit, added some rope for decor and hanging, and then glued on some cute decorated clothes pins to clip on the pictures. I really love this because you can change out the pictures easily any time you want. Too cute!!!
In previous blogs, I have discussed how you can create photo tiles, canvas your
own photos, and re-purpose your old picture frames. Another way to display some of your favorite pictures, is to create photo blocks. All you need is scraps of wood, paint, sponge brush, modge podge, ribbon, buttons, etc., and of course a picture. I had my wonderful hubby cut some small pieces of wood. (4 x 6 or 3 x 5) I painted the wood first, then put a light coat of modge podge on the front
side of the wood to put the picture on. Make sure you use a picture that is not
glossy print. I found glossy printed photos smear when using modge podge on
them. After you place the picture on the lightly coated side of the wood with
modge podge, let it dry for about 15 minutes. Put another 2 coats of modge
podge on the picture, including the sides of the wood, letting it dry about 15
minutes in between coats. You can glue buttons, ribbons, etc. on the block, or
just leave it plain. I love photo blocks because they can stand alone on a
shelf, or counter. No hooks, or nails are involved.
I discussed earlier in the week different ways to arrange photos on your walls. Today we are going to look at some unique ways to display your photos you may not have thought of before. This blogger used an old window to display her picture. It turned out very cute! This blogger, Hammers and High Heels, has some very creative uses for old ladders including hanging photos on one. Makes me want to go out and buy some old ladders... Who would have thought a curtain rod would be a great way to hang pictures on the wall. Check out this idea on Country Girl Home's blog. The fun thing when displaying your photos is to be creative. Think outside the box, and look around for unique items you can use to display you photos. I would love to hear how some of you have used your creativity to display your photos. Comment below and let me know!
I love to capture those special moments in people's lives through photography. I am constantly looking at a scene and thinking how could that work in a photo session, or what angle would work to capture the beauty that God has blessed us with.