As spring approaches (very slowly), I can’t help but already miss winter a little bit. Yes, crazy as that may be, it is one of my favorite seasons to photograph in! So when Colleen and Chris wanted to get their engagement photos done in the winter I jumped on it! We found a quaint location nestled in the woods, surrounded by bare trees and clean white snow. Colleen and Chris brought along a couple games to play–and I’m so happy they did! It was the perfect touch to their adorable engagement session. To top it off at the end of the session they let the snow fly! Who doesn’t love a good snowball fight after all. I could go on and on about these two, but I’d rather just show you. Enjoy!
It’s all about the details is the best advice we can give to our clients! Not only do the details truly tell more about you two as a couple (and your style) it is also amazing for us as photographers. All the little details help us tell the story of your day in the wedding album! And every time we get published onto online wedding blogs they need/want a plethora of details to show as inspiration for future brides.
The nice thing about details is that you do not have to break the bank when stylizing your wedding. Some of our favorite celebrations have had handmade items, antique touches, wildflower bouquets, and so much more! On our Pinterest board “I want to marry these ideas!” we like to show inspiration ranging from very elaborate to handmade! Big or small details–we love them all!
Looking for a few simple ways to add details?
*For an outdoor wedding make a sign that says, “I do’s” pointed towards the ceremony location.
*Bring an invitaion, rsvp card, and envelope along to be photographed
*Have an interactive dessert area for your guest such as a s’more station, sundae bar, or candy buffet.
*Rather than just a guest sign in book, have your guest leave their mark on something like this!
About twenty minutes outside of the hustle and bustle of Las Vegas is a quiet, adorable neighborhood where the Roberts live. Last summer they gladly moved out to sunny Las Vegas, NV for James’ duties in the Air Force. The neighborhood the moved to looked like it was off of a Hollywood movie set; adorable little “main” street with delicious restaurants, a park with all a kid could ever want (including movies on the lawn), and the gorgeous backdrop of the desert mountains. It truly was a perfect location for their family shoot.
We’ve had the privelage of photographing this lovely family since Ellisha was first pregnant with their son. It’s truly been an honor to have captured so many of their big life moments when the lived in the U.P. and now with the opportunity to photograph them in Nevada! They have so much love for one another and we couldn’t be more happy to be able to do a session while visiting town. Here’s a look into the fun session that is the Roberts Family!
When we leave the photography conference of WPPI (Wedding and Portrait Photographers International) we feel like we can take of the world. Our spirits are high, our heads filled with ideas, and our wallets a little lighter. The conference, held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has roughly around 15,000 photographers in attendance each year! Wowza–that’s a lot of photographers itching to learn and grow!
With so many options for classes to attend Alex and I love to do the “divide and conquer” thing to get the most out of the experience! These classes are broken down into every subject matter; marketing, posing, lighting…..the list goes on and on. Plus at the end of the week there is a HUGE three day trade show that we love attending to touch, feel, and see all the new products/gear available!
If you are a professional photographer thinking about attending this amazing conference I have a bit of advice for tackling the conference head on;
1.) When you register for the conference online make sure to pre-board for classes! Big name photographer’s classes fill up fast, so by pre-boarding you are guaranteed a spot!
2.) Book all your travel through a travel agent! This will save time and money! I book every single trip of mine through AnnMarie of Travel Connections in Escanaba, MI. Seriously–she is amazing! She set us up with an amazing room at the new Signature Towers of the MGM Grand, round trip flights, and shuttle to and from the airport. It was the easiest thing we did.
3.) Bring comfortable shoes! With all the walking just to and from the conference center your feet will thank you! Plus, don’t forget there is all the walking around to sight see in Las Vegas.
4.) Network, network, network! With so many photographers in one spot you never know who you are going to bump into! We carry around business cards for that very reason. l can’t even begin to tell you how many wonderful photographers from all over the world we met! It’s a blast to talk to people that are in the same career as you!
5.) Attend the classes! Yes as simple as it sounds Vegas has so many distractions, things to see and do; heck even wanting to sit outside the 90 degree weather is a distraction. If you want to still be a tourist, then plan an extra day or two onto the trip.
6.) Notes, notes, and more notes! It doesn’t matter how you take the notes (iPad, computer, or good old fashion pen and paper) just as long as you are writing down what you are learning! I can’t tell you how many things I forgot about until I looked back upon my notes.
7.) Plan a photo shoot while you there! Try to plan to do an hour long photo session! You can look up someone on Model Mayhem, try to findsomeone in the area by giving a shout out on social media, or just ask another photographer to model for you! Either way, apply all that you are learning onto an actual photo shoot. We were fortunate enough to have two wonderful session in Vegas! A Dreamy Desert Engagement session and a fun family shoot!
8.) Apply what you learned! With the overwhelming amount of information, new products, and networking it’s hard to keep it all that information organized to put it to use in your business. Take what you learned and build it onto your already existing business model. Don’t scrap what you’ve been doing for years (unless it’s not working at all) and start new–it will get mind-boggling and in the end you’ll just want to give up. Tackle doing to the new things in small, manageable bits. We try to give ourselves two new things a day to work on at max! Trust us, this will help keep you sane.
On top of being at this great conference, we were delighted to have a couple other U.P. photographers join in on the fun in Vegas! One of which, Daniele Carol Photography, was fantastic and snapped a few updated photos of Alex and i! It has been nearly 4 years since the last time we’ve gotten professional portraits taken, so needless to say we were long overdue! Huge thank you to Daniele again for it!
Another fun event we attended was the Lazers & Blazers party at Vanity Nightclub inside the Hardrock Hotel. This hipster/photography party was one of the highlights of our trip! We danced, we photo bombed the photobooth, and we got to be part of one EPIC harlem shake video. All in all–it was fantastic!
Speaking of Harlem Shake videos–we all decided that we should do a WPPI version of the Harlem Shake! Cameras, reflectors, and oh so much more. Rather than chatting about it–just click the image below or follow the link here.
As sad as we were to leave Las Vegas, we were even more excited to get back home and put to use all that we learned in that week. Now is the time to start planning how we can tackle the world head on–or at least Marquette. We have big plans in the works and we can’t wait to announce it all! Until next time WPPI, it’s been fun. Xoxo-Jen
Oh how we love to travel, it’s borderline obsessive how much we love it. Until recently we thought we were the only crazy couple liked that to travel that much–that was until we met our match in Andrew and Erica. This fantastic couple has quite the “travel miles” under their belt already this year; they booked us in Marquette for their summer wedding, they live in Alaska, and they flew to Las Vegas for their engagement session. We are beyond happy they did, we can not get enough of the desert. The lighting and the bare trerain mixed with the joyous love of Andrew and Erica makes us want to move out west in the winters (we can dream at least)! We are beyond grateful for them allowing us to take them all over Vegas that sunny day and warm evening. Our session started in what is known as the “dry lake bed” about 20 minutes outside of Vegas; the cracked desert beneath our feet and mountains on the horizon provided the perfect location for the start of their session. We finished their engagement session downtown on the “strip” of Las Vegas; it was amusing to see how many people tried to jump into the photos, but the only people we invited in their image was the two showgirls in full outfits. After all, it’s not Vegas without showgirls with dripped in feathers and jewels. We could write a novel about how wonderful, hilarious, and adorable these two are, but we would rather just show you. Presenting the dreamy desert engagement session of Andrew and Erica.