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How to Hire a Photographer

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  Define your project. What do types of photos do you need? New headshots? Wedding photos? Photos of your dog? Family photos? Figure out the style of photography you like. The best way to do this is by searching ‘family photos’ or ‘wedding photos’ on Pinterest, or whatever type of photos that pertain to your […]

Wedding Desert Ideas: Individual Cakes | Joe + Allison Rude Wedding 3/2/2019

Weddings

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Looking for a new and different way to display your dessert at your wedding? Try individual cakes on every table! It gives your guests the opportunity to treat themselves to a sweet treat anytime after dinner, your guests are able to cut their cake slice to the portion they desire, and you can make all […]

2018 Fall Mini Sessions

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If I am being completely honest, I was SO nervous to host my first fall mini session shoot. I spent weeks figuring out the perfect location and perfect setup. All of the worry and stress definitely paid off with the way everything turned out! The start of my creative process was deciding what I wanted […]

5 Reasons to say ‘yes!’ to an Engagement Session

Engagement

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Whether the wedding photographer you’ve hired includes a complimentary engagement session in your package or has an engagement session as an all-a-cart option, you should always say ‘yes!’ to an engagement session and here are five reasons why: It gives you an idea of what it will be like working with your photographer on your […]

Ladies: How to Prepare for your Senior Photos

Seniors

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Senior photos are an important part of high school. It’s the first photoshoot you’ve probably ever done by yourself and it can be nerve-wracking being in front of the camera. Here is a list of tips and tricks to make sure you’re confident walking into your senior session! Nails: Nails are so small, but make ALL of […]

Wedding Planning Timeline

Weddings

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12+ MONTHS BEFORE ▢ Decide on your wedding date and time ▢ Gather inspiration. ▢ Choose a color palette. ▢ Create a budget. ▢ Pick your wedding party. ▢ Create your guest list. ▢ Reserve your ceremony and reception venue(s). ▢ Research vendors. Photographer, videographer, band/DJ, florist, caterer, officiant, etc. ▢ Take engagement photos. ▢ […]

Monday Coffee Thoughts: March 18th, 2019

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Always, always, ALWAYS photograph your sessions with a compact flash card as a backup because your SD Card can corrupt at any time (speaking from personal experience) If you haven’t tried coffee with cinnamon and honey– you’re missing out! Live life in the moment more often. If you’re anything like me, you’re always planning ahead […]

10 Facts About Me

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1. My go-to drink at Starbucks is a grande nonfat Chai Latte. 2. I’m terrified of taxidermy. I don’t really know why, but ever since I was little it’s always really freaked me out. 3. I’m an organizational freak I’m like the Monica Gellar of my friend’s group. 4. I was a competitive swimmer for […]

Top 5 Photography Tips

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1. Practice Practice Practice Photography isn’t something you can learn from a book or watching videos online. Although learning your camera is important, getting out and practicing is what makes you a better photographer. 2. Invest in Photoshop and Lightroom There is nothing quite like professional editing programs. They make life so much easier and […]

7 Must-Have Dog Items

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We fur mamas love to spoil our fur babies. I’m always on the hunt for the best toys, treats, food, bowls, collars, leashes, shampoos, and dog beds.  I’ve come across some of the best (and affordable) dog products that I want to share with other fur parents! These are also great items to consider if […]