Many photographers have asked us if it’s worth attending a bridal show. Our answer is always, “YES!” I mean, why wouldn’t you? Hundreds of brides come TO YOU! We have met countless brides and couples there and it provides 25% of our annual income.
Our previous client referred us to Ashton and Victor and we were so grateful that they did. Totally remember meeting Ashton at Cafe Intermezzo with my wife and learning about her and the plans that she had for her wedding. One thing we learned about her was that she is someone who makes decisions well and executes her plans. She came with just a few questions and after answering them, she simply booked us 13 months before her wedding date.
We couldn't believe it when Kelly inquired us about her daughter's senior portraits. We totally remember her baby Hannah when we used to attend the same church years ago. We were like, "wait... Hannah? She's a senior in high school??!" Wow... it's unbelievable to me how fast time is flying. It's definitely bitter sweet as parents, and I know that we will be doing our kids senior portraits before we know it too. We were so happy to book this session and make it happen.
As parents, don’t you want to freeze time sometimes? Don’t you ever look at your child and wonder, “Wow…. I wish she could stay like this forever.” or “I really love the stage that he’s in right now.” As parents ourselves, we too have felt that way many times and still do…. and you know as well as I that kids grow up fast and you want to do whatever you can to remember every stage and what they liked or were into during that time.
Style... That word is what comes to my mind when we think of Tanekka + Robert. They know what style is and they have it! They were our first couple to shoot at the Swan House couple of years ago and it was the most epic engagement portraits we have ever done! We met this sweet couple at David Tutera's bridal show, and we just knew that Tanekka was a bride who was excellent in everything that she did. She booked us almost 2 years before her wedding date! She is a planner who makes decisions fast and gets the job done. We really respect that about this powerful duo.
There are many reasons why we enjoy engagement portraits that are beyond taking the photographs of our couples. During these sessions, we really learn a lot about our couple’s personalities, the chemistry between the couple, how comfortable they are in front of the camera, how they interact with one another.
Rain... we've been getting a lot more of it than we would have liked this summer. It's as if Georgia has become Florida... hot and humid during the day and then afternoon thunderstorms in the afternoon... Well, because Fraderica + TJ didn't have first look on their wedding day, they decided to do a post wedding session. We were stoked when they told us that it was going to be at the Swan House! It's almost like a hidden treasure, and every time we go there, it takes our breath away. As the day got closer, Mr. Weatherman kept giving us bad news, so we had to reschedule. We were so bummed! But, hey... what could we do, right? It was so worth the wait because the day finally arrived and it was epic! Rain was nowhere in sight... nothing, but beauty all around especially our bride! Fraderica looked incredible just like the way she did on her wedding day and TJ of course looked sharp in his tux! They faced the heat like champs and we had an amazing shoot... If you follow us on Instagram and Facebook, I'm sure you've seen some of these sneak peeks and how we have shared that Fraderica has professional modeling experience. As a photographer, modeling is something that I have learned to appreciate more and more. It's beyond going in front of the camera and looking pretty. It's a skill... a serious skill that not many can be taught to do. It definitely has to come naturally and as you can see in the photos, it shows how this couple really knew how to get it done.
Do we recommend post wedding sessions? YES! HIGHLY! Think about it... no stress of a wedding day. Three whole hours of shooting in places that you can't on a wedding day and tons of portraits of just you and your spouse which are the photos that will matter most, AND there's no distraction of any kind. You don't have to rush to get anywhere... You just take photos! On top of that, you get to wear your dress again. I mean, when will you ever wear it again? Probably never... I think this couple would agree with us! Fraderica + TJ, you guys made such a wise decision for getting these done for yourselves. Thank you for coming out and pushing through the heat to create these images together. You guys were amazing and we appreciate your love of photography! We hope you enjoy them as much as we had photographing them. Once again, congratulations and we hope that your marriage is better everyday and that you'll cherish one another forever!
Don't get me wrong... I love weddings. Of course I do! But, one thing that makes a portrait session better than a wedding day is that we can talk to our clients and really have a down to earth, stress free conversation as we shoot with them. We shot Christen + Sean's wedding in Florida last summer and when we received their inquiry for maternity photos, I remember my wife and I both simultaneously saying, "Awe.......!" What is it about babies that just makes our hearts melt? We are parents of three and even through all the craziness that we went through raising them, we STILL love babies and believe that pregnancy is such a beautiful thing. Our youngest this year turned 4 and my wife and I have been having some baby fever lately... I know, we cray! After this shoot, it made us want another little one even more. I mean, how can you not? Look at this couple... look how happy they are!!!! Look how gorgeous Christen is with her baby bump... Oh, how precious is this season of life? Their baby is so blessed to have a loving father who is hard working and nicest guy ever.... and a mom who is sweet, kind, and very intelligent. She is a third grade teacher and let me tell you.... my oldest child just finished third grade and I couldn't help her with half of her homework! Teachers seriously amaze me... from their organizational skills, to their patience, intelligence, discipline and of course the love they have for each child in their classroom is truly amazing! How they can keep order with all those children in one room gets me every time. I can't do that even with my OWN kids and I only have three! :)
Christen and Sean, it was really such a pleasure seeing you both again. We are really so happy for you both and can't wait to hear the good news of your child's birth! You guys are going to be INCREDIBLE parents. Hope you love these photos and can't wait to do your next session. This time, with your baby in your arms... :) We love you guys!
You know it's an amazing wedding when my wife comes to me and says, "If we ever get married to each other again, I'd do it just like this...". Yes, it was that beautiful. The venue, the style, the colors, the bridal party, the guests, and of course the dapper groom and his gorgeous bride. And can we talk about her dress please? One of the first things that we do as soon as we get to a wedding is to ask where the bride's dress is. We drive in anticipation wondering what she's going to wear because that will determine so many things for us as photographers. The length of her train, how mobile it will be, how delicate, the fit, her veil, everything... It determines the poses that we will use, where we can go at the venue for photos, etc... Well, as soon as we saw Sarah's dress, both of our jaws dropped wide open.