This family is amazing, and beautiful, and covered in glorious freckles.  Growing up, Amy was one of my youth group leaders in my church, and she has such a special place in my heart because hers is so quick to love and befriend (it runs in the family, the whole family tree is full of saints).  I used to babysit these kids, before there were five of them; I can’t believe how quickly time flies, and I now have a daughter of my own!

We took their family pictures out at Bountiful Pond on a beautiful evening.  I took my husband’s car out to the shoot (only about 7 minutes away from my house) and I forgot to check the gas gauge before I left.  Of course the gas warning light clicked on just as I went over the overpass, but I was nearly there and didn’t want to be late, so I crossed my fingers that I would make it there and home again.  After a smooth and beautifully lighted shoot, I was headed home and the light popped on before I even pulled out onto the road.  I made it (barely) to a gas station along the way, and I realized I had forgotten my wallet.  Of course.  Luckily I have an amazing husband who packed up our little girl and came to my rescue… 😉

I loved this shot from the end of the night as we were walking back to the cars.

  • LeeYen Lobendahn

    Ah! The crazy things that always seem to happen huh? 😉 Glad you made it because these are beautiful!

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  • Kristina Bills

    CUTE CUTE CUTE family and photo’s great job!

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  • Jessie Evans

    haha, I’ve had this happen TWICE where I’ve almost run out of gas taking my husband’s car to a shoot. Great photos!

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  • Kylee Maughan

    Wow you did so great with such a big family! Love these!

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Taking the time to select, style, and organize your outfits will go a long way in your picture taking experience.

 

Here are a few simple guidelines to go by when choosing your outfits, whether they be for engagement photos, portraits, or others:

  • Where and when are you shooting?  Coordinate your wardrobe to fit your surroundings and the season.
  • Pick at least 2 or 3 colors overall, and then use different patterns and shades of that color.  Various textures and shades of colors look more visually interesting and blend better than trying to match colors exactly.
  • You can pick whatever colors you like, I’m personally a fan of navy as a starting color, it goes with everything and any season.  I also recommend staying away from bright/light reds or coral colors, as they tend to change color if I need to make adjustments to skin coloring; dark reds are usually fine.  Jewel colors always look good with any skin type or environment!
  • Do not put everyone in the same outfit.  Mix it up, play with patterns and layering.
  • Avoid teeny tiny patterns or stripes, as it can create a wavy effect in camera, called “moire.”
  • Layers!!  Jewelry, scarves, vests, hair accessories, jackets; layers make all the difference in the interest of the photo.
  • And finally, just be real.  Wear what you are comfortable in, and be practical.  If you feel like you’ll be fighting to keep your articles of clothing in proper place the whole shoot, you will look stiff and unnatural.
  • Jessie Evans

    Great tips!

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  • LeeYen Lobendahn

    Such great tips! (and I LOVE those boots ;))

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Hey lovies!  Remember that sweet and classy park wedding I posted a few months back?  I’m happy to say that today it’s being featured over on LDS Bride Blog!  They loved it so much that they’re doing it in two parts, so make sure you tune in for part two coming next month!  And it’s easy to love, these two and the minimalistic yet lush, romantic details are just perfect together.  Head on over to the post to see for yourself!

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  • Kristina Bills

    Oh can’t wait to see it!!

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  • Tara Carter Winsor

    How fun! Gorgeous photos!

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  • LeeYen Lobendahn

    oooh love the new twist on black and red! And his ring?!?! Love it!

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I often get inquiries from brides about my wedding photography coverage and pricing.  After I tell them my packages and what they include, I sometimes get a response such as this one: “Well my fiancé’s mother has a friend who will do our engagements, bridals, and the entire wedding day for $300.”  Others list a price and ask, “Would you be able to shoot our wedding for that much?”  As much as I wish I could help you out, I cannot do an entire wedding package for that amount.  There is so much time, effort, and money, not to mention passion and creativity, that goes into my business to get you the best product, and I won’t compromise the quality and my standard of my work to give you less than my best.

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Why The Photography Is So Important

I don’t mean one bit to be condescending, judgmental, or even upset.  I’m literally not even personally offended that that particular bride chose a $300 option over myself.  I understand that everyone has a budget, I most certainly had a tight one when I got married.  But if I may get on my soapbox for just a moment, I want to tell you what I tell the majority of my non-booking inquiries who say that they are going with another option just because of price:

“I truly wish you the best of luck.

 Whatever you end up doing, just make sure that you LOVE the work of whomever you hire. The only tangible things that last from the wedding day are the ring and the photography/videography; the dress goes in a closet, the cake gets eaten, the flowers die, but the photos last forever, and not just for you, but for generations. I promise if there’s one area where you want to splurge/save for, it’s the photography, because 30 years down the road you want to absolutely love your photos and have your festivities documented by someone who can offer you both high quality images and experience.

So whether you choose me, a $300 photographer, or an $8000+ photographer, find someone with the style and quality that you love.  You get what you pay for and I promise it’s worth it, and you’ll look back glad to have found the quality rather than settling for the cheapest option at the time. I’m even happy to recommend some incredibly talented and higher end photographers than myself if you’re interested, because I want you to be completely thrilled with your photos.”

You read that correctly.  I am so passionate about you loving your photos, having your precious moments brilliantly and beautifully preserved, that I would rather refer a different photographer – that I know will provide stunning quality and a great experience – to my brides than have them book an inexperienced photographer, or a family member or friend with no experience that offers only a “nice camera.”

“Some wedding photographers cost only a few hundred dollars, while others can charge a small fortune to do essentially the same thing right? Why do wedding photography prices vary so much? We know you might think they’re just “taking pictures” and with technology today almost anyone can do it. We’re here to tell you… YOU ARE SO WRONG! And you shouldn’t choose just anyone to shoot your wedding, it’s time to do your research and find the right match.”       –SnapKnot, Comparing Wedding Photography Prices

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Finding the Right Match

Again, I was on a tight budget for my own wedding, and with the help of my Super-Mom we managed to pull off a beautiful reception that was both fun and elegant; people still tell me that ours was the most fun reception they’ve ever been to.  The dress, the reception, the food, flowers, and invitations were all under budget, and by doing many things ourself we saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars.  The photography was the most important monetary investment for me, so I searched for a photographer that was in my budget, had a style that I liked, and who would be able to truly capture my husband’s and my personalities and love for each other.   We found Rob Higginson Photography, and let me just say, he nailed it.

Unfortunately for the world, Rob is no longer in the photography industry as he chose to pursue a different career, but we will forever be grateful for the incredible pictures that he gave us.  We cherish them.  Our photos match us perfectly; we will love the style even 30 or 50 years down the road, we love the minimal editing that enhances but doesn’t detract from our story and makes us feel real, and we love that he caught the in-between moments of giggles and kissing (because let’s face it, we were little firecrackers about to pop at this point).  Rob was also great to work with: he had an established business, payments were easy, he understood customer service, and he had contracts and systems set up to protect himself and us as the bride and groom.  In short, he was an experienced, quality professional that valued and cared for our pictures just as much as we did, and do.

It’s so important to find a wedding photographer that will take care of you, and it will take so much stress out of the planning process if you know that you and your memories are in good hands.  So whomever you choose, make sure that you love their style (and I’m talking, your heart flutters when you see their work), make sure that they are professional (they are experienced, can provide high quality equipment and consistent quality of work/editing/style, they have a business license and insurance in case anything should go wrong), and they understand customer service (you can easily communicate your needs and have them understood).

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The Bottom Line

Let me end with this: just because a wedding photographer is cheap does not always mean that they are not good.  And likewise with this disclaimer from SnapKnot:

“With all this said, just because one wedding photographer has higher prices, that does not mean that they are automatically better. It is still up to you to do that research, meet with each photographer you are considering so you can evaluate their skills.”  SnapKnot, Comparing Wedding Photography Prices

Your wedding photography is extremely valuable, and I give you my word that you won’t regret taking the time and or money to find the perfect fit for you and your fiancé!

If you’d like a breakdown of photographer’s pricing reasons, feel free to visit this fantastic article!
Why Wedding Photographer’s Prices Are “Wack”

 

  • Jessie Evans

    What a great, well thought-out article. It’s true, time should be spend finding the best fit!

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  • Kristina Bills

    Yes I totally agree!! :) Wish more consumers read this.

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  • LeeYen Lobendahn

    Couldn’t agree more! :)

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  • Tara Carter Winsor

    Agree!! Love what you’ve written!

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My beautiful cousin Amanda had her baby about 2 months ago and of course I was dying to take their pictures, even though my passion and experience lies in weddings.  Unfortunately for me, they live in the heart of New York City.  Fortunately for me, she flew back home with sweet Baby R in tow to have her meet the family, so we set up a time to take some portraits of them together – yay!!

Being with babies is a little slice of heaven; my dad says that he thinks the reason babies can’t talk is because if they did, they would tell us so much about the place they’ve just come from.  Can you even imagine what they could tell us?  Isn’t the best thing seeing a new baby with his or her grandpa?  Baby R is my uncle’s first grand-baby, and it was beautiful and adorable to watch him with her, coaxing smiles and staring with the wonderment that this new soul deserves.

Thanks so much Amanda, R is beautiful and I can’t wait to watch her grow up!

Amanda is a pretty good blogger; if you want a laugh, go through her pregnancy posts.  I love that she posts the day-to-day life of NYC, because I can see it vicariously through her, for now anyway!  She also has lots of fashion tips and loves French culture, which inspired her daughter’s name.

In this industry, they say that family make the worst clients.  Not Amanda, she was so gracious and as excited as I was, and her amazing family was helpful and loving and considerate.  Thanks so much to my cousin and Amanda’s sister Hailey as well for the lovely floral crown she made for Baby R!  Hailey works at Willow & Wildflowers in Bountiful, so if you need florals for your wedding day or otherwise, give her a call or stop on by!

  • Kylee Maughan

    So cute! I LOVE the flower crown. What a beautiful baby!

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  • Camilla Binks

    How gorgeous! Adorable baby and gorgeous momma! Love the flower crown!

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  • Kristina Bills

    CUTE!!! I want to kiss that baby!! Great pictures!!

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  • Tara Carter Winsor

    Oh what a doll!!! Those cheeks are to die for. And the flower crown is amazing!! Love them!

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