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  1. Rehearsal. There are a million moving pieces to a wedding, both before and during the actual event. And those pieces don’t all come together until the actual wedding day. Bridal portraits pre-event give you a chance to test your dress, shoes, make-up and photographer all at one time. Not to mention, if you have bridal portraits done, you’re groom and family won’t be standing idly by waiting while you have a few quick shots done before the reception. So you won’t look rushed or frazzled, simply a beautiful bride.
  1. Comfortable. Bridal portraits are a win-win for you and the photographer. I’ll learn which poses work best for you and you get to know me, allowing you to become comfortable in front of the camera.
  1. Stylized. All of your wedding portraits will be in one place, bridal portraits offer you the ability for some variety in a different location. Stylized bridal portraits make for magical photos that can really accentuate your dress, jewelry and overall mood of the photos.
  1. Creativity. As a lifestyle film photographer, I do not use backdrops or staged posing. For your bridal portraits, and all of my photography, we get to explore new areas, new angles, new lighting and focal elements. Have a floral crown or a turquoise bracelet you love but won’t be wearing during the ceremony? Bring it to your bridal portraits for some gorgeous pops of color and personality.
  1. Gifts. Even if you decide not to display a bridal portrait at your reception, you’ll have these photos available before the wedding, allowing you to print and frame bridal portraits as gifts for your mother and new mother-in-law.

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I thought it might be good to write a bit about why I’ve chosen to be a film photographer, especially in this digital-era we’re living in. I started my career as a film photographer back in 2005 and continued with film photography through college, where I graduated with a degree in Fine Art Photography.

Everything about film photography gets me excited: the sound of the shutter clicking (you know, that sound your iPhone makes when you take a photo), the square shape of medium format film (familiar with Instagram?), standing in complete darkness opening a film canister, the smell of developing chemicals, unrolling the film and getting a first-glimpse at the photos.

There’s no checking the back of the camera to see if everything’s set correctly. There’s no spray-and-pray method, shooting 10 photos in a row and hoping one turned out right. Film photography is all about knowledge and understanding. I meter light and I focus accurately because each image taken with film costs about $1.

Another very important component of film photography is teaming up with the right lab. The 1-hour photo places can certainly develop and scan film, but the quality isn’t there. I have tried several labs but fell in love with Indie Film Lab out of Montgomery, Alabama.

I love everything about film photography. It’s beautiful, grainy and yummy. It makes skin look flawless, colors have this bold pop and photos have this touch of romantic nostalgia we all crave.

If you’re under the impression that film is old, outdated or inferior to digital, I suggest you take a second look.

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What a fun photo shoot! Everybody coordinated their outfits perfectly and posed themselves very well, as is evident in this “spoof” family snapshot!

It was a perfect day for this photo shoot which was followed by a co-surprise 50th birthday party for Missy (the beautiful Mom) and a grad party for Steph (the new college graduate!).

Big congratulations and birthday wishes to a fun family!

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