I’m so happy to get to show you images from Veketa’s BiB session. We did the shoot at StudioWed on a very rainy, windy day (just like this entire week, actually), but they were so warm and sweet that the weather didn’t matter. And let me tell you I am a SUCKER for reindeer antlers on a dog.
I’m just gonna say this: Natasha and Christian are ADORABLE. I had an amazing afternoon in the park with them. You can tell how much fun they have with each other… playful teasing, lots of fun, tons of laughter. I didn’t want the session to end. What is more awesome than a bottle of wine, Cami Cakes and scrabble on a warm Sunday afternoon? (and she even brought extra cupcakes for me and Scoobie West, who did her makeup, so she’s my new best friend)
I think this is my favorite shot from the entire session. This kind of laughter is what life is made of.
Forgive the duplication, but I can’t decide if I like color or black and white better. I can’t.
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I’m so lucky in this job to be able to bask in the glow of some spectacular moments of life. During Lawanda and Trevor’s first look on their wedding day, Lawanda got a little overwhelmed with the moment. Then I watched something beautiful happen, as Trevor and Lawanda took a quiet moment to center themselves. He wiped a tear from her eye, they took deep breaths, and I saw this loving serenity wash over her.
Today, another tip for getting pretty photos on your wedding day. Don’t forget to bring a pretty hanger for your wedding dress. The gown always is delivered on a very functional but usually ugly hanger that helps the dress to keep it’s shape in transit. But when we’re ready for photos, you’ll much prefer something pretty. A plain hanger is fine, but it is so easy now to find customized hangers, and this is one of the few parts of the wedding you can keep forever.
Have you ever seen the Vanity Fair series “In Character”? It is done by photographer Howard Schatz, where actors, against simple backgrounds are given scenarios and one frame to emote. If you haven’t seen it, you can see a collection of good ones here.
Here’s my take on it, with a baby. Some babies are just SO talented.
So you’re an overachiever, and you want to be prepared for your photo shoot? I’ve got a few tips to help you look better and feel more confident.
To demonstrate, I enlisted the help of Eleanor from Nuage Designs. Eleanor might be gorgeous, but she is a real person. (ie. not a model), so she was a great person to help me demonstrate all these concepts.
1. Get your hair and makeup professionally done. There’s a reason why stars travel with hair and makeup people: the pros know how to accentuate your best features and make you look awesome. A good hair and makeup person will make you look a little more polished and refined than your normal look, and they know exactly how much extra makeup looks good on camera without looking too done. In this case, the most awesome Scoobie West did Eleanor’s hair and makeup. She’s super pretty even in the before picture, but AFTER: stunning.
(If you still want to do your own hair and makeup, that’s cool, just remember that you’ll need a little extra oomph over your everyday look.
2. Tell your photographer what you want to play up and what you want to minimize. Look, we all have areas we’re sensitive about. So tell me at the beginning of a session what you feel your best features are and what you don’t love so much, so I can pay special attention to that as we shoot. And I know it’s not easy: sharing info about what we don’t like about ourselves isn’t really comfortable. But don’t assume I’ll know, either … I’ve done a session with many a girl whose tummy or legs or arms I envied, only to find out that’s a part she wants to hide!
3. Wear clothing that plays to your strengths. If you don’t like your arms, don’t wear a sleeveless or strapless dress without a cover-up. If you love your legs, wear a skirt instead of pants. Don’t hide behind shapeless clothing, but try to find garments that fit well and show the shape of your body.
Need help? Check out this article on How to Dress For Your Body Type.
4. Keep your body at a 45 degree angle from the camera. I always say “everyone looks better from the side”. When your body faces the camera directly, you’re showing the widest part of your body. If you turn to the side (not profile, but half way between), you’re showing me your shape… your waist looks slimmer.
6. Think: CURVES. In a photo, straight lines are blah. Photographers have a saying: “If it bends, bend it.” because curves are flattering. And this includes your WAIST, too. Create curves for yourself by putting your weight on one leg, and bending the other leg so your waist curves. This accentuates your waist, and by the way, looks sexy.
7. Keep your Neck Long. While we all have things we like about ourselves more than others, I’ve never heard anyone say “That double chin looks hot!” You’ll feel and see the difference if you focus on making your neck as long as it can go. That DOESN’T mean lifting your chin up, though. Try to make your neck long but not see UNDER your chin. Think of a string lifting you up tall from the top of your head. Which helps your overall posture too. Which brings me to…
8. Good posture matters. Keep your shoulders down and back, stand tall, with your tummy in. This has a great effect on your entire body. Your clothes will look better on you and create long, smooth lines. Just like your neck, think long and tall, from head to toe. And when you feel tall and lifted and strong, it can make you feel a little more confident, too!
9. Toes: Point em! The image in #8 above illustrates this point too. Pointing your toes elongates the line of your leg and makes your calves look great, even in pants.
10. Smile with your eyes. There’s a reason Tyra says that all the time. The camera knows the difference between a fake smile and a real one. I noticed that the best pictures of me were always taken by my boyfriend, because when he was taking the picture I was looking at the camera (okay, him and his iphone) with love in my eyes. You can fake a smile, but you can’t fake HAPPY. Try thinking about happy, exciting thoughts… maybe how you’ll feel when you’re finally sitting on the beach with a fruity drink on your honeymoon. Or remember a time you felt really proud of yourself, or think about what makes you sexy and confident. Look at how the look on Eleanor’s face changes EVEN WHEN SHE’S NOT LOOKING AT THE CAMERA. Happiness is pretty. Confidence is pretty.
11. Appreciate your own beauty. That means having realistic expectations of how you look. We tend to hold ourselves up to an unrealistic standard of beauty, because we see it on TV and in movies and magazines every day, and it’s easy to get caught up in that. We compare ourselves to people who make a living by looking good. That’s a full-time job, which can mean crazy workouts, plastic surgery, restrictive diets and lots of photoshop. Even the beautiful people get smoothed, slimmed, lifted, de-wrinkled, and distorted into an unrealistically perfect state. (Check out this article on how even people who are “professionally pretty” get photoshop help to look that way) and we compare our normal-body-normal-job-straight-out-of-the-camera looks to that. But the truth is, we’re all beautiful in our own special, unique way, and when you feel that, it comes through in the camera. So forget about anyone else and appreciate your own awesome self.
13. RELAX, and BREATHE. Just like a wild animal, the camera can smell fear. So now that you’ve read and practiced Tips 1-13, when you get to your session, you can relax and just be yourself. If you don’t remember everything, don’t sweat it. It’s my job to watch out for all this stuff, not yours. Your job is to enjoy the session and have fun. I always say “You can’t take a bad photo of someone who is genuinely happy”. Be happy, and the camera will too.
I first met Jack’s mom Heather when we did a session a few years ago, and when she said they were having a baby I was so happy! You know how you look at some couples and think “boy, are they ever gonna make beautiful babies!” Well, baby Jack is proof of how true that is.
Before I introduce you to the family, can I just say how ADORABLE Jack’s room is? That perfect shade of grey, the blue-green, the Dr. Seuss, the chevron. Yup, love it a lot.
I love being able to show the entire family, and the sweetness between them.
This is one of my absolute favorites.
And dad was taking his own pictures.
As we finished our session, Jack gave this little smile.
This morning I’m so happy to show you the last part of Veronica and Marlon’s wedding: The reception and after party.
Aaaaand then they turned around and went back into the hotel. A few close friends and family stayed behind for a rockin’ after party with a DJ.
And can I show you the awesome late night treats? As I blog this it is only 7:30 am and I find myself craving french fries. And biscuits. And cake pops. Dang it.
Veronica changed into a different dress for the after party, which I loved! The more relaxed atmosphere was great for dancing, dining, and lots and lots of hugs.
Holy gorgeous wedding, Batman. Sometimes great vendors come together to create a real work of art, and that’s what happened at Veronica and Marlon’s wedding. I don’t know how Michelle Gainey manages to create something that is both classically beautiful and creative at the same time, but she sure does.
Before we get to the reception though, I want to show you the appetizers the bride and groom were greeted with immediately after the ceremony. You know I love food, but when food is PRETTY…. oh, yeah.
Let’s take a look at the cocktail area. Such an inviting area. Oh, how I love the look of these round settees. And one of my favorite linens.
This escort card display is BEYOND. Between simple elegance of the cards, the padded table supports, the mirrored table, and that almost-too-perfect-did-you-hang-that-just-for-this-event artwork, yeah.
What I love about the reception decor is the simplicity of black and white with the softness of the linens and florals. And orchids. Oh, orchids.
The dance floor had this fabulous monogram, and was flanked by lounge furniture on each side, and the head table opposite the dance floor. LOVE the head table.
And these chair covers? Perfection.
Their first dance was so, so sweet.
And let me tell you about the cake cutting. They managed to make it kinda sexy!
Check out a few more images from the reception. Heartfelt speeches, dancing, laughter. Love.
More fun tomorrow!!
Veronica & Marlon’s Wedding Reception at the St. Regis Atlanta: Vendors