Little Gardens Wedding

I had the pleasure of photographing a Little Gardens wedding a few weeks ago.  It was a beautiful day in Lawrenceville, GA.  I absolutely love gardens so I was excited to return to photograph this wedding. I always take a few extra photos of the landscape to use as inspiration in my garden.   The bride and groom had a First Look to make sure they had enough time for romantic portraits. Their evening ceremony wouldn’t allow enough time for family and bridal party portraits and have a good variety of couple portraits. The tall hedges hide what seems to be a secret garden on the right of the front porch. This was the perfect spot for the groom to await his bride. With two photographers, we were able to capture the joy & excitement on both the bride and groom’s face as they saw each other for the first time.  This is such a sweet and intimate moment that can’t be captured during the ceremony.   The bride wore a gorgeous tea length wedding dress. I loved the illusion neck with embroidered bodice. The A line and tulle skirt is great for twirling.   With as many weddings as I photograph, it’s always great to […]

Do you need a second photographer?

I see this question come up a lot on bridal forums and even photography forums. There are pros and cons to having a second photographer. What most photographers won’t tell you that  all comes down to the personal preference of the photographer and how they work best. Portraits of the bride and groom in different locations were taken at the same time, before the ceremony. I prefer having a second photographer (a professional not a student, assistant or camera holder) because it benefits me and my style of shooting. It keeps me relaxed and able to focus on moments and emotions around me. It allows me to take some creative risks, because I know another trusted professional is getting the safe shots. But I can, and often do, photograph a wedding alone. I know other very talented photographers that prefer to shoot alone. They find a second photographer to be a distraction. They work better when they’re in their own zone and don’t have to direct another person. Sometimes they’ve had problems finding a competent second shooter that won’t get in their way. One moment, two perspectives. My advice is to base your decision on the work of the photographer you’re considering […]

Ideal Times for Your Photography

On your wedding day, I’m sure you will want photos of everything! From candid shots of wedding accessories such as shoes and rings, to genuine and natural portraits, and pictures of the wedding venue. However, it’s important to remember that taking these photographs takes time so you should do a little planning of the important memories you want captured. I work with my couples to create a timeline that ensures all the important details are photographed. Here are a few tips for creating ideal times for your photography. RINGS, DRESS, SHOES AND OTHER DETAILS I’m sure you love the beautiful shots of the wedding rings laying on the table, the bride’s dress hanging before you put it on, or the bridal bouquet. It’s best to have these photos taken early before the mayhem begins. Have these items ready and waiting for your photographer to arrive. I generally spend 15-20 minutes on these details. PREPARATION If you’d like to have photos taken as you get makeup done, and get dressed, I would suggest giving your photographer at least an hour to get these photos. These will be some of the most emotional images, highlighting the anticipation of what’s to come.  This […]

Consumer vs Professional Wedding Album

In my last post, I talked about 5 reasons you should consider having a wedding album instead of relying solely on digital photos to re-live and share your wedding memories. Now I’ll explain the differences between a consumer and professional wedding album. When I meet with brides, they are often unsure of the type of wedding album they want. They’re always surprised at the cost of an album. After seeing deals for albums on consumer sites like Shutterfly, for such a low cost they have a hard time determining what makes a professional album worth the money.  Even many professional photographers, offer inexpensive, cheaply made albums. Their price to the bride is often less than my wholesale cost before images are added.  So here are a few things to consider when choosing between a professional versus consumer album, that can make your purchase decision a bit easier.   Album Assembly Many albums companies have to compromise on materials & assembly to keep costs down. They use PVC in album pages which can cause the image to deteriorate over time. The paper may also fade or yellow over time. Another common issue is cracks or a pink line may develop in the […]

Engaged in Atlanta

I had the pleasure of photographing DeJaune and Ben, a cute couple who got engaged in Atlanta. Even though they met in high school, they weren’t high school sweethearts. Their friendship developed into a mutual attraction, then a relationship and now an engagement. I’ve always believed the best relationships start as friendships. When I asked Ben his favorite thing about DeJaune, he said “Her beautiful smile. Her whole face lights up.” I asked DeJaune the same question and she felt the same way about Ben.  You can see from the engagement photos below, they both have beautiful smiles. These two just exude love and happiness. You can tell that they really enjoy each other’s company. Who else but a playful couple who really loves each other, would play Thumb Wars during an engagement shoot. We had a great time taking photos near Atlantic Station and the Millennium Gate museum. First Date – Johnson Family Reunion Favorite Movies to Watch – (DeJaune) chick flicks, (Ben) Action. Favorite Things to Do Together – Just relax, snuggle on the couch and spend time together.  They sound like my kind of couple. Instead of spending their engagement planning a wedding, they spent their time search […]

Wedding Photography Contract

What’s common in a wedding photography contract Finding the perfect wedding photographer can take months as you search different websites, Instagram, or Facebook pages. Once you have found who you think will provide the best service and capture the magical moments of your special day, it’s important that you schedule a time with them to sit down to discuss and go over your wedding photography contract in detail. A wedding photography contract is essential to ensure there is no miscommunication between you and your photographer. It outlines what you should expect to happen on your special day, you and your photographer’s guidelines and the price. Some common things that are included in a typical contract are: Compensation and Fees This expresses what your photographer determines you will be responsible for outside of the pricing for your photographs. It includes their retainer fees, price for additional hours outside of the package, and if you must take responsibility for traveling costs for your photographer.   Product Pricing and Order Placement This part of your contract is of course one of the most important to go over, because it provides the details of what services included and the price. It also describes ordering […]

Defoor Centre Wedding

Tamara and Faheem, whose engagement photos were featured on Munaluchi Bridal,  were married during a romantic wedding ceremony at The Defoor Centre last month. Tamara was stunning in her custom designed pink wedding gown by local seamstress Susan Willis. The wedding couple, even the groom, was full of laughter and smiles all day.  Here are a few favorite photos from their Defoor Centre Wedding. Atlanta Wedding Vendors Venue- The Defoor Centre Wedding Coordinator – Kori Shaw Florist- Carithers Wedding Gown- Susan Willis Makeup Artist- Sylvia Smith DJ- Nic Rogers

Payne-Corley House Wedding

Happy three week anniversary to Kristin and Nick, who were married at the Payne-Corley House in Duluth, GA. The couple are childhood friends whose families moved from the same NY neighborhood to the same Lawrenceville, GA neighborhood.  It seems they were fated to be together.  Their first kiss happened when they were only a few months old. They had a beautiful, outdoor fall wedding with stunning bouquets provided by Jeanna Bailey of Floral Matters. Thanks to Andre Brown for photographing the wedding with me. Here are a few highlights from their Payne-Corley House wedding. Atlanta Wedding Vendors Venue- Payne-Corley House Bouquet- Floral Matters Gown from Bridals by Lori Transportation- Horse and carriage from Nottingham Shire Music/Band- The PR Experience Cake- Frosted Pumpkin Centerpieces- Abby’s Floral Design Video- Focus on Video  

The Wedding First Look- My favorite things

Welcome to our April Blog Hop! This month we are focusing on our favorite wedding ideas to help you in the process of planning your wedding or event. Get ready for some great ideas, inspiration and how to as you move along through the blog hop. You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Irene Tyndale at Irene Tyndale Events  on Natalie’s Blog Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you make sure to see and learn from all of the articles featured here today. Wedding First Look Wedding couples hire me for my ability to document, candid moments and show how the day feels in addition to what happened. One of my favorite moments to photograph is a First Look.  When a wedding couple will see each other before the ceremony  I’ll arrange a time and place for them to see each other for the first time called a First Look. This is a great opportunity to get natural expressions and emotions so I love when couples decide to do this.   All the formal portraits are done before the ceremony so everyone can enjoy the […]

Romantic Wedding Photos

Romantic wedding portraits from Atlanta wedding photographer Images by N'neka
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