We had a great time photographing Jessica and Grant on Saturday afternoon. We met at Oliver Winery, located just north of Bloomington. The winery has some great landscaping, and the limestone sculptures really add to the photos. We always enjoy coming to this location. Jessica is a former Colts Cheerleader and is now a full time Registered Nurse at St. Francis Hospital. Grant, a graduate of Valparaiso in Electrical Engineering, is working for the Tippmann Group. Jessica and Grant will be married on July 11, 2009 in The Community LIfe Center at Washington Park East. Jessica and Grant have such great personalities and were so much fun to be with, we are really looking forward to sharing their wedding day with them.


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I ran across this list of marriage sayings the other day and thought it might be nice to share them here. Since we are near the height of the engagement season (which actually starts around Christmas day), I think these following words should have a lot of meaning to newly engaged and soon to be engaged couples.

Marriages are made in heaven and are consummated on earth.

Author Unknown

The real act of marriage takes place in the heart, not in the ballroom or church or synagogue. It's a choice you make not just on your wedding day, but over and over again and that choice is reflected in the way you treat your husband or wife.

Barbara De Angelis

A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.

Mignon McLaughlin

Don't smother each other. No one can grow in shade.

Leo Buscaglia

Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads which sew people together through the years.

Simone Signoret

Marriage is not a noun; it's a verb. It isn't something you get. It's something you do. It's the way you love your partner every day.

Barbara De Angelis

Love seems the swiftest but it is the slowest of all growths. No man or woman really knows what perfect love is until they have been married a quarter of a century.

Mark Twain

When a marriage works, nothing on earth can take its place.

Helen Gahagan Douglas

You don't marry someone you can live with, you marry the person whom you cannot live without.

Author Unknown

A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.

Andre Maurois

A good marriage is one which allows for change and growth in the individuals and in the way they express their love.

Pearl S. Buck

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I thought it might be a good idea to explain, and show the difference between these three types of images. The first is simply the images that are downloaded from the camera’s memory card after a photo shoot, hence the name SOOC or Straight out of Camera. For me these are RAW images. RAW images should be compared with the negatives that were produced back in the film days. So, in that way, they are unfinished and are not ready for public viewing. In fact, most computers need additional software in order to even view these images. This first image is a direct conversion from RAW to jpeg. Nothing has been done to the image other than converting it to the jpeg format. This image needs a contrast boost, and at least a slight saturation and/or vibrance increase to make it a proof quality image. Since the photo was taken outside in late afternoon sun, the white balance was close enough to not need any adjustment.


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In this version, the contrast, saturation, and vibrance have all been adjusted and the image is ready to go online and be burned to DVD for delivery to my clients. Normally, If I felt like an image needed cropping I would do it at this stage.


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This final stage is reserved for images that are ordered from us as enlargements and for images that will be used in our wedding books. The image has been taken beyond the proof stage and completely retouched. What this image needed mostly was, an evening out of the exposure in the background, the red markers from the golf course removed, and the debris in the water and on the grass removed. As a final touch, the image was cropped and a vignette (darkened edges) was added to bring attention to the subject---our Bride.


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1. Plan in time for a “photo walk”. Its that 30 minutes or so after your formals, but before your reception starts. We need this 20-30 minutes of alone time with you and your new husband to create some of those relaxed romantic portraits that everyone loves. Its from this session that 90% of our enlargements are made. This is the number one way to ensure great images. Give us the time to take them. So please, plan it into your schedule.

2. Plan in a realistic amount of time for your hair and makeup. This is the number one time line killer at weddings. Remember, that they will likely have more to do than expected with all the girls there, and Mom’s too. Everyone will want a little touch up done, which can easily put you behind schedule. Nothing adds stress to your day like running behind.

3. Don’t overdo the makeup. This is especially true for those of you that normally don’t wear much. You want to look like you would normally look to go out for the evening. Many brides think that they need more makeup for the “pictures”. This simply isn’t true. Some makeup is fine, but you don’t want to appear drastically different than normal. Same goes for suntanning. The day before you get married is not the time to get a tan; and the spray on kind will make you look orange.

4. Drink responsibly . Sounds silly, and we aren’t trying to sound preachy here, but moderation is the key, you don’t want to get so sloshed that you cant remember the day. (Or the night :-) ). I'm sure there are brides that did or said things they certainly wouldn’t have had they been less intoxicated. No one looks really good when they’ve had too much to drink. And as a corollary to this, you should make it a point to eat something, as it helps you hold what alcohol you do drink, and keeps your energy level up all day too.

5. Make sure all your important family members know they are supposed to go back to the altar (or wherever your ceremony was) immediately following the ceremony for the formal photographs. If all the players are there, we can do the formals in less than 25 minutes for most families. However if we have to hunt down Uncle Harry…then all bets are off.

6. Its your party, ENJOY it!! We see lots of brides that are obsessed with getting to “see” every single guest that they miss their own reception. Thats a shame, especially considering the money you are spending on it! (oh yeah, it does give us much better photo ops too :) )

7. Here’s a big one. During your key dances…ie your first dance, and parent dances…LOOK AT EACH OTHER!!! This is the time you have been waiting for. Go ahead, get emotional, get mushy, and forget about all the guests. Forget about me. If I need you to look into the camera I’ll ask trust me, but what I REALLY want is you two looking into each others eyes on this most special moment. Same goes for your parents dances. Remember this is a HUGE moment for them too, so acknowledge the stature of the moment by sharing it with them…look them in the eye…you wont be sorry!!

8. Be on time. This goes without saying of course, but like I said above, nothing ups the stress levels quite like running behind. Some things are gonna just seem to run late, and that’s no problem; however a little pre-planning in these problem areas can ensure that your day runs smoother and your blood pressure remains much lower. I know several of these tips have centered around time, but it truly is the one mood killer. Its hard to stop and smell the roses….when you’re running late already. The first thing that gets cut when you are behind is always the photo time, (see #1) which should be the one area that is never touched. Nevertheless, it is.

9. Delegate all the tasks for the day. That’s why you have bridesmaids!!! Their whole job for the day is not to party, its to help you!! Sure they get to party….but job number one is to make sure that you are attended to. (thus the term attendants). The less stuff you have to worry about on your big day the better. Delegate and relax.

10. Plan your exit strategy. This avoids you incurring overtime charges from your DJ and caterer, and brings the event to a nice emotional closure. (which of course makes for great pictures too). That way you can get out of dodge, and the guests will know its over, and not feel obliged to stay, and by doing #9 above, all your stuff will be attended too while you whisk off to your honeymoon!!

It is likely we may expand upon this list, but if you do your best on these 10, you and your photographer will be well on your way to great images!!!

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