-Our 2017 Weddings-
2017 was so incredibly good to us!! We shot 26 weddings total (not counting all the engagement sessions and miscellaneous sessions we did throughout the year)! As most of you can guess, we love love LOVE weddings so here’s to all of our 2017 couples!! We appreciate you guys so very much!
Congratulations and shout out to all of our wonderful 2017 couples. Thanks for an amazing 2017!
Leigh + Kevin (01/28/17)
Kim + Aaron (03/11/17)
Shailyn + Kevin (03/23/17)
Elizabeth + Justin (04/01/17)
Haley + Corey (04/08/17)
Sarah + Leon (04/14/17)
Ciara + Gabe (04/29/17)
Morgan + Josh (05/20/17)
Ashley + Nick (06/03/17)
Courtney + Garrett (06/10/17)
Maggie + David (06/11/17)
Anna + Justin (06/16/17)
Alyssa + Mark (06/17/17)
Jade + Aaron (06/24/17)
Ella + Masaud (07/22/17)
Miranda & Travis (09/16/17)
Jessica + Daniel (09/30/17)
Shannon + Chris (10/07/17)
Elizabeth + Austin (10/21/17)
Lauren + Luke (10/29/17)
Amanda + Travis (11/04/17)
Emily + Dillon (11/09/17)
Tiffany + Mason (11/18/17)
Evy + Corey (12/09/17)
Allison + Ryan (12/10/17)
Sarah + Sam (12/17/17)
Are you getting married in 2018? If so, we would LOVE to set up a meeting to see if we have a good connection! (Contact us here)
Allison + Ryan’s Wedding Day
Two weeks ago, Allison & Ryan said ‘I do’ at Burritt on the Mountain in Huntsville. Their wedding was elegant with classic details and truly one of the most beautiful weddings I have had the honor of photographing. Although it was chilly outside, we all made the best of the beautiful sunny day. Not only were Allison & Ryan so great to work with but their whole wedding party was incredibly fun and easy going! We loved getting to spend the day with these guys!
Congratulations, Allison & Ryan!
Venue- Burritt on the Mountain
Florals- In Bloom Floral Design Studio
Coordinator- Kathleen Bernal Events
Caterer- I love Bacon (Keith Hill)
Cake- Edgars & Black Forrest Cake
Makeup- Colleen Gagnon MUA
Hair- Serenity Salon (Jessica Sledge)
Dresses- Something Blue Shoppe
Music- Josh Allison
Rentals- All Needz
Tiffany + Mason
Tiffany and Mason got married this past November and everything was beyond perfect! Their Tennessee wedding happen to fall on an overcast day which was great for pictures. From the very beginning, Tiffany was so responsive to everything I suggested. Talk about an ideal client! We had plenty of time on the wedding day for everything I typically do and so much more.
Congratulations Tiffany & Mason! I wish you both nothing but the best!
Venue: Rose Marry Farm
Dress: Finery Boutique
Cake: The Cake Lady Creations by Jane
Florals: Petals by Ali
Videographer: Erik Halley
Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation
Let’s talk about wedding venues. A wedding venue will likely be the very first thing you book when you start the planning process of your wedding. The venue you choose is important since it will be the backdrop/stage for everything that will happen that day. Also, your venue will add to the style/theme of your day and will make a large impact on your photos.
Our first wedding venue feature is on Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation.
Meet Heather and Carla, the owners of Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation. Not only do they run the venue, but they work closely with each couple to make sure their wedding goes as smooth as possible.
1.) Whats your favorite thing about weddings?
Heather: “We love witnessing all the special wedding moments! As cheesy as that sounds, its a fleeting life we live & these moments will be etched in history as your memories. We are so honored to help form these momentous times.”
Carla: “Seeing everyone’s eyes on the bride as she walks down the aisle. You can feel the love and support from the friends and family to the couple!”
2.) What tips do you have for couples starting the wedding planning process?
Heather: “Hire professional wedding vendors! For example, you can save money by hiring a friend to be your DJ but his inexperience could affect the reception you spent months planning. Hire reliable vendors!”
3.) How is Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation different from other venues in Huntsville?
Heather: “Our certified wedding planners guide you through the wedding planning process.Hand in hand we help you plan every detail for your big day. From Fluffing your dress, to drying your tears, we are there from the time you arrive until the last person leaves for the night!”HCWP offers two ceremony options and a 4500 square foot reception area, perfect for any wedding day.
Heather and Carla continue to improve the venue and seem to be always adding something. Their newest improvement was white-washing the Hay Barn (which is one of the two ceremony areas).
Contact Heather if you have any questions or if you would like to set up a time to visit Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation.
Here are some of my favorite images from past weddings I’ve photographed at HCWP!
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Let’s talk about wedding gear. Every photographer is a little different about what they decide to invest in, gear-wise. There are many items out there for shooting weddings so really it’s more about finding the equipment that improves your overall quality or makes it easier to do your job (or hopefully both). Ultimately, if you do photography as a profession/business you need high quality gear. Having the right gear for the type of photography you do is like having the right tools to build a house. It takes time and research to figure out what tools you need for the job (depending on what you plan to specialize in and your business model) and over time you invest in those tools.
Here’s what I take to every wedding:
-Nikon D810 (as my main camera)
-Nikon D800 (as a backup camera)
-Extra camera batteries
-Lots of memory cards (sd and cf)
-Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 II- I use this mostly for ceremonies and anytime I want to get true candids from afar.
-Nikkor 105mm 1.4- Great for details and ring shots.
-Sigma 35mm 1.4 Art- A good one for large group shots or wide shots of the ceremony or reception.
-Nikkor 50mm 1.4 D-This one is great for family pictures and most everything else (its very versatile).
-Nikkor 85mm 1.4 G-My go-to lens for portraits that only involve one or two people.
*(I also have a Nikkor 24-70 2.8 but I rarely use this lens- which is just a personal preference).
That covers cameras and lens for weddings, what about supplemental lighting? Everyone knows that most receptions have poor lighting so you pretty much have to be ready for anything (check out the reception pictures from the Botanical Garden wedding, can you tell the power was out for most of the reception and we only had the building’s emergency lights as ambient light?). Having fast lenses that work great in low lighting is very important (when working in less than ideal lighting) but additional light sources is important as well!
For additional lighting I use:
-Four Nikon Flashes (one on camera and three for ocf lighting)
-Pocket Wizards to trigger those flashes
-A video light
-Three sturdy light stands
-One small stand for backlighting
-LOTS of batteries
In addition to equipment, I also bring a lot of miscellaneous items to every wedding. Everything from command hooks to a sewing kit to pretty hangers… I feel like I have it all. Most of these items I have accumulated over the eight years I’ve been photographing weddings and I’m still adding items (just a few weeks ago I realized I needed a compact umbrella on me at all times, just in case it decides to rain in the middle of a ceremony).
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