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Fall Family Session Advice with Alison Bernier

This past year I met Alison Bernier, a local Orange County photographer who specializes in children and family.  I had admired her work from afar for a while and luckily we became connected!  Doesn’t hurt that we are new neighbors as well, so I stalked her till she was my friend, haha!  Her work is always incredible and I have been lucky to work with her for a few kid’s birthday parties this past year.  

She has such a way with capturing emotion and those priceless moments that you never want to forget.  Plus, she is so incredibly easy to work with, she’s honestly a dream!  Court is definitely quite smitten with her which is evident in the way he tackles her constantly… Sorry Alison!!!  But truly, if anyone can captivate your little ones and get them smiling during a session, it’s her!

Alison is helping us today by giving advice on Fall family sessions… Yes, that time of year is upon us!!  It’s time to start thinking of your yearly family photos so you can be ready for the holiday season.  She’s giving all of her advice on the matter and also sharing about her upcoming mini sessions!  So get ready for your photos with Alison and I’m sure you’ll want to book with her too!!  My family and I just did a session with her and I’m sharing the photos with you today, along with a little bit of my own advice.  Keep reading for all the details!

All photos by Alison Benier
Jacquelyn’s Hair by 1011 Makeup

When is the best time to book your family session?

The Fall is definitely my busiest season so it’s best to book as early as possible if you want to get pictures done in time for a holiday card. For newborn sessions the best thing to do is contact me while your’e pregnant to let me know you’re interested and then book the specific date the week baby arrives.


What advice do you have for parents taking photos with little ones?

 Have fun with your kids and let them be kids. Sometimes this means letting them behave in a way you wouldn’t normally but usually that means they will be enjoying themselves and be smiling. Throw them in the air, tickle them and tell them silly jokes. Those are the moments that feel most genuine and candid.

How long is a typical session?

 I have two different sessions available. A Mini or a Full Session. The Mini is 45 mins and the Full is for 1 to 1.5 hours. 

I also do special Holiday Mini Sessions that are short and sweet at 20 minutes. 

I know I have to shoot fast with kids and I like to mix it up and keep things moving. If kids don’t want to sit still then, we do walking shots. If they are feeling snuggly then seated ones with Mama. I try to let them dictate the flow of the session to avoid meltdowns as much as possible.

Where are your favorite spots to shoot families?

 One of my favorite spots is the beach, lately in particular Newport Beach where there are open expanses of sand to play with and gentler waves rolling in for kids to play in at the end of a session. I also love any park that has big beautiful trees for the light to peep through and create pretty sun flare in the lens.

How should we dress as a family for photos?

 If you’re having a hard time picking out outfits for the family an easy way to make everything come together is to select 2 or 3 colors for everyone to work with in combination with denim and neutral colors. It pulls everyone’s outfits together without making you all look like you’re in uniform.

 One thing to avoid is tee shirts with large graphics or text on them as they can become distracting.
 
Also if Mama is going to be in a print then keep everyone else’s outfits in solid colors or prints that don’t conflict with each other. For example a bold plaid shirt on Dad will likely clash against a bright floral dress on Mum. The same goes with multiple plaid and check patterns on Dad’s and little ones.

Most importantly wear something that you can move around in and play with your kids in. The whole point is to capture your family having fun together, playing around and interacting, try not to let your clothes get in the way.

What are your favorite moments to capture at these sessions?

 I love being able to capture the interactions between each of you. The natural way a Mother will fix her child’s hair or the way a Father can so casually throw their toddler over his shoulder. It is nice to have those classic portraits of everyone looking at the camera but the beauty for me, really lies in the little details. The little things you want to remember later on when your kids are big and grown.

Give us your top 3 advice for family’s going to their session?

 1. Make sure everyone has full bellies before your session. If we are doing a Full Session feel free to bring some snacks for a little break during the session
 
2. Bribery doesn’t hurt. You’re happy to come out and have your photo taken because you’re getting rewarded with pictures that you will treasure afterward. Give your kids ( and husband if need be! ) a treat to look forward to at the end.
 
3. Be yourselves and try not to stress too much. I know that’s easier said than done but kids feed off our moods. Begging a kid to look at the camera and smile doesn’t usually work, it’s better to play games and be silly with them to try and coax out the natural smiles and giggles.

We want all the details about your upcoming Mini Sessions!!

I will be holding my Holiday Mini Sessions for 2017 on October 7th and 8th at a couple different locations around Orange County.
Holiday Mini Sessions are $200 and include 4 retouched digital images for you to make cards and gifts with.  Additional images will also be available for purchase from your online gallery.

You can email me for more details, alison@alisonbernier.com

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As far as my advice… 

Mamas, treat yourself and get a blow out or your makeup done.  I went to my amazing friend Erica from 1011 Makeup.  It relieves the stress of having to do it yourself and when you feel like you look good you are much more comfortable in front of the camera!  So have daddy watch the little ones and go get pampered!Don’t get the kiddos dressed until you get to the location.  The last thing you want is for them to get their perfectly chosen outfits dirty for their photos!  So wait until the last possible minute and throw those cute clothes on!!  Crisis averted!

Bring extra outfits, for the kids and for you!!  I was so lucky the day of our shoot that I had a backup dress in the car!  It was so windy for us and I had a wrap dress on… The last thing you want is your hoo-ha making an appearance on the Christmas card, so make sure to have extra clothes… Mother Nature can be crazy sometimes!!

This may sound crazy, but when I am planning our outfits I make a mood board… I know I’m not the only one guilty of this because Abby is also just as psychotic.  Here was my board for our shoot with Alison…
Now, our outfits didn’t exactly end up like this but they were close…  It’s good to have a color scheme and have a sort of theme with colors.  I’m a visual person so doing something like this really helps me!!

Couldn’t agree more with Alison about coming with full bellies and bribery… This goes for husbands too!!  Because lets face it, they can be divas too…

Lastly, have fun!  If you’re stressing about each and every thing it sets the tone for the whole shoot.  You’ve gotta go with the flow and enjoy yourself.  Don’t be disappointed if you don’t get that one shot where everyone is looking at the camera and smiling.  In my opinion the better photos are of you all looking happy and loving each other, capturing moments which Alison does so well.

Thanks again Alison for sharing all of your wisdom and making it easy on all of us!!

xx

Jacquelyn

 

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By on August 23, 2017 in FALL, FAMILY, MINI SESSIONS, PHOTOGRAPHY, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Wedding Spotlight – Carlie Statsky

I’m excited for this month’s wedding vendor spotlight because I just had the pleasure of hanging out with this beautiful lady.  Carlie Statsky was one of the first photographers we worked with.  Right when we started, our first styled shoot!  I reached out to her because I had admired her work for sometime and considered her one of the best.  Lucky for me, she was excited about our mood board and concept we had for our shoot.  At the time I was so new in the industry I was just so excited she said yes to us!

Now years later we are all lucky to call Carlie a friend.  We’ve done some really fun projects with her, big occasions for her family and amazing trips for us.  The best part is getting to know her incredible family along the way!  At our first shoot when she strolled in with her husband Gabe, all of us were in awe of this beautiful couple.  We have since dubbed her husband Gabe the Babe.  Her kids Myles and Kaia are beyond cute and sweet and just as talented as their Mom & Dad.Carlie’s work is nothing short of beautiful every single time, and I really think it’s because she takes so much pride in it.  Working with her I see her take time to get each and every detail, something I so appreciate as a stylist as so much time is put into each project or wedding.  She’s easy to work with, always patient and handles everything with a smile.  We truly can’t say enough good things about this talented lady, so we just had to share her with you today.  I know you will fall in love with her like we have, and her whole family.  Keep reading for our Q&A with this talented woman.

Tell us a little bit about you…

I’m a wife to Gabe, a mama to Myles, (who’s almost 13) and Kaia, ( who’s 10) and a photographer and workshop host living out in the Santa Cruz Mountains. I was born in San Francisco to an artist and an entrepreneur, both of whom have hippy hearts and aren’t afraid to take risks in life. Our family moved to Australia when I was in elementary school and I spent all of my high school years there, as well as some post-college years too, so I consider myself both American and Australian. Growing growing up in both of those countries, plus my time spent living in Barbados and New Zealand, have shaped who I am…  Someone obsessed with travel, family, good humor, good design, people’s stories, moments of joy, documenting meaningful moments, new experiences, and all things personal growth related.

You can usually find me editing photos in the rad little office that my husband Gabe built for me while listening to This American Life, The Good Life Project , Jess Lively or Ted talk podcasts, going for runs along Westcliff with Gabe while our kids bike beside us, traveling to some of Northern California’s most beautiful spots to photograph weddings with Gabe as my amazing second shooter, making beds and cleaning up after my kids because clutter and messes hurt my eyes, making time for girls’ night out, or dreaming up some new idea for a photoshoot, a workshop or a trip away. I feel incredibly grateful that I get to have a creative and fulfilling career, while raising our family close to our family and lots of nature. Life feels both grounded and expansive, which is what I crave on the daily.

How and when did you get into photography?

 I first fell in love with photography when I was a teenager growing up in Australia, because my babysitter, (who I thought was the absolute coolest) was into all things creative; especially photography. She taught me the basics and then took me on my first overnight backpacking trip to Wineglass Bay in Tasmania. It was such a beautiful and inspiring experience for me, and I loved how my photos from that trip kept all of those special memories and positive feelings so alive and tangible for me.
 
Then shortly after that trip my brother and I were home for Christmas holidays, (our summer vacation) and this huge hail storm hit, so the cold ice hitting the hot earth created a huge layer of steam all over the ground, so I grabbed my camera filled with sepia film and ran all over our country property taking photos of my brother silhouetted in the steam. I’ll never forget the feeling when I went to pick the film up, and the photos somehow completely captured the magical, eery and enchanted feeling of that day.
 

From that moment on I knew that I wanted to be a photographer, so when I left Australia for college in the US I applied to do an independent bachelor’s degree in photojournalism, combining all of the photography from the art department with all of the journalism, social documentation and anthropology courses that I could, with dreams of telling stories with my photos for a living.

What do you love most about shooting weddings?

 
I am still so obsessed with witnessing and documenting the total joy and love shared between people in such intimate moments, in such beautiful places on a wedding day. I think that positive and powerful energy is contagious and my husband and I always leave a wedding on a high that leaves a real impact on our daily lives. We always end up getting to see the most beautiful sides of people, their families and their relationships, and those characters and connections often leave us feeling inspired to be better partners, parents and friends ourselves. How do you stay creative outside of photography? We love to travel as a family, (everything from little stay-cations to big international trips) and that always provides a fresh perspective, but I also just love to document the small, beautiful and meaningful moments of raising our family in Santa Cruz just using my phone. I like to think of each photo as a little declaration of gratitude, and I think that most of my art is really inspired by the moment of love, beauty and connection in the world around us.

 
I also really love to collaborate with other creative professionals in the wedding and event industry to do inspirational shoots each and every year, so that we can dream up new ideas and try new things. I’ve also been shooting a lot of film again on my medium format Contax camera, because that feeling I get when fresh scans arrive in my inbox totally reminds me of those same feelings I got when I first started loving photography.

You are a busy mom of two, how do you balance having your own business and being a mom?

 Oh that ever-elusive work-family life balance! If that actually exists, I don’t think that I’ve found it yet, but I think that we can all find our own sweet spot somewhere close to it. :) Having an office that’s separate from my house has really helped me to be more focused and productive when I’m at work, and more present when I’m home with the kids. I also schedule one weekend off a month so that I don’t miss out on all of the weekend fun with the kids, and we never do back-to-back weddings anymore.
 
I have to say I couldn’t do it all without the amazing support and help from the 4 grandparents who are actively involved in our kids’ lives. Having them around means that I can be away for weddings and not be riddled with mom-guilt because I know that they’re in such good hands, and when we miss sport games etc we’re getting play-by-play texts, photos and videos sent to us so we feel like we’re almost there too. I’ve found that it’s so important to ask for help when needed, to delegate tasks that don’t inspire me and slow me down, to set boundaries for myself on when it’s time for me leave work behind, and to keep working on myself as both a business owner and a mom. Some days I’m in that sweet, almost-balanced spot, and some days I’m not and just have to try again the next day. 

What’s your favorite shoot or event you’ve shot with Beijos?

 Oooh that’s a tough one …. if I’m allowed to count one I didn’t shoot but one that we worked on together it would definitely have to be my 40th birthday party in Palm Springs! That was a weekend I’ll never forget and you ladies went above beyond to make it such a perfect evening for us all!
 
Then I have so many favorites that I’ve shot, but 2 are tied for the top spot: One was the Reach workshop that I hosted with Allison from Engaged and Inspired at Holman Ranch. It was so rad to have all of the attendees sitting down and enjoying a meal together at the beautiful, colorful fiesta-inspired table that you ladies helped design, and then head up the hill for a sunset styled shoot with the most inspiring couple, wedding-day details, and Carmel Valley views to capture.
 
The second was our recent Beijos Girls’ getaway trip to Guerneville. It was so much fun to explore all over that cute town with you 3 and then stay up late drinking wine and talking by the campfire outside our Autocamp airstreams. I love how you ladies continue to innovate and create such inspiring and beautiful content for your readers, and how you’re all hard-working and creative mamas. All 3 of you can effortlessly whip up the prettiest tablescape, outfit or cocktail recipe, all while holding a baby on your hip and looking like a babe! I’m already looking forward to our next photoshoot adventure together…  What 3 words describe you best? Sentimental, (aka sappy AF) excitable, and adaptable


What are 3 things that people may not know about you?

 1. I have very eclectic music taste, from folksy girl power type artists to full on gansta rap. My friends would make fun of me for knowing all of the lyrics to both the Indigo Girls and Eazy E. :)

2. After college I drove all the way around Australia by myself with my camera and my surf board in an old 4 wheel drive Land Cruiser that had a sofa that converted into a bed in the back. I’ve had close encounters with sharks, crocodiles, stonefish and crazy people. I’ve also have close encounters with some of the most beautiful people and places too, and I’m just happy to be alive to tell my kids the stories!

3. I was actually living in Sydney, Australia when I met Gabe. We met through mutual friends at a graduation party and we were inseparable for the next 5 days. After only 5 days of knowing him, I decided to move country for him. I’ve done some crazy things in my life, but that was probably the craziest – I’m so glad that my intuition proved me right and that things worked out, as we’ recently celebrated 13 years of marriage!

On an ideal weekend off where would we find you and what would you be doing?

 Any weekend off is an ideal weekend in my book, but I love going on little trips with my family and close friends to all of the amazing places where we usually work, like Big Sur, Carmel Valley, Napa or Tahoe, and just enjoying all of the good food, wine, views and pools/hot tubs that they have to offer. I’m not one to sleep in, as I’m always too excited to see all of the pretty places and do all of the fun things. I usually need a weekend off after my ideal weekend, because they’re kinda exhausting, but you won’t find me complaining one bit. I’m always down for some quality family time and an adventure…

We feel so honored to have worked with Carlie and to call her our friend.  Thank you for sharing a little bit more about you and all of these gorgeous photos!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on June 26, 2017 in PHOTOGRAPHY, Uncategorized, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Wedding Spotlight – Megan Welker

This year we want to share some of our favorite wedding vendors with you!  You have probably heard most of their names as we are lucky enough to work with them regularly.  Our first vendor we will be talking about for 2017 happens to be my favorite… I don’t usually choose favorites but this girl has basically become a family member at this point.  We love her as a friend, love working with her and Beijos wouldn’t be Beijos without her.  She is talented, kind, supportive and just the best.  You guessed it, I’m talking about Megan Welker.

Beijos was fairly new when I came in contact with Megan.  She was recommended to me from a friend and once I met her I knew we would be friends.  She’s sarcastic and funny, totally gorgeous and plus she is Portuguese, what’s not to like?!  I began stalking, I mean asking her to work with us on a regular basis, and lucky for me she kept saying yes!  Haha!!  I even was able to style and coordinate her wedding, which was a complete honor!

Needless to say, we can’t recommend Megan enough as a photographer.  She is a true talent who cares so much about her work and it really shows.  We all know Megan is beautiful, but I can honestly say she is even more beautiful on the inside!  Ok, enough gushing, let’s get to our Q&A with Megan and learn more about her, from her!  Megan is also wearing the best camera straps from our buddies Gunn & Swain and Taryn Kent, you can check them out here!

Tell us a little bit about you… 

Well, for those of you who don’t know me, I’m Megan.  I’m a wedding and lifestyle photographer in Southern California.  I’m married to a pretty handsome dude and am the mama of two giant cats.

How and when did you get into photography?

Photography sort of just fell into my lap.  I was gifted a camera in college and started to take photos aka bribe my best friend to “model” for me.  Apparently the bribing paid off because soon after people wanted to hire me for family sessions and in 2008 I shot my very first wedding.  Since then my hobby sort of spiraled into a business and in 2010 I went full-time with Megan Welker Photography.

What do you love most about shooting weddings?

I love shooting weddings so much. I love the connection I have with each and every couple and the fact that they are trusting me to document one of the happiest times in their lives. That’s huge! I love that I get to experience new places with so many weddings and the friends I’ve made in the process. My favorite part of a wedding is when the couple walks up the aisle as husband and wife. It always is SUCH a happy moment!!

What’s your favorite thing to shoot with Beijos?

Does me saying all of the things count?  I really love the weddings and styled parties we shoot together.  It’s so fun seeing their vision come to life and being able to shoot all the pretty they made is the best.  Oh, and I love photographing their babies because they make the cutest littles ever!!

What’s your favorite shoot or event you’ve shot with Beijos?

I was going to say My Wedding!!  But then I remembered that I didn’t shoot it, thank god.  Besides the weddings we’ve shot together (because I legit love each and every one of those) I think my favorite might be the Thanksgiving table we did a couple years ago.  The location, the table, the everything!  It was so gorgeous

Tell us 3 words that describe you…

Loyal, Independent, and my husband says I’m funny.

Tell us 3 things about you we may not know…

I love fruit.  Especially in sweet things.  I’d take a strawberry tart over a cupcake any day!  My favorite color is forever and always white.  I’m 10 minutes early everywhere I go.  I blame it on my Mom.

On an ideal weekend off, where would we find you and what would you be doing?

A weekend off??  What is that??  My husband and I love going to antique stores and flea markets so we’d probably be there and meet up with some friends after for lunch.  Oh, and ending the night with butter cake from Nicks.  AH so yummy!! 

Ok, you had us at butter cake… Love you so much Megan!!!

xx

Jacquelyn

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By on January 18, 2017 in PHOTOGRAPHY, VENDORS WE LOVE

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Wedding – Helpful Tips From Photographers

We think it’s pretty fun to plan a wedding, but we also know how over whelming it could be.  We also belive that photography is one of the most important vendors you’ll hire to document this uber special day you will remember for the rest of your life!  To help us all out we contacted some of our favorite gals out there in the photography biz to give us some tips to help smooth over the process of your wedding day, so listen up, what they have to say is pretty good!

First we are hearing from Megan Welker…

#1. DO have an engagement session, even if you feel like you don’t need one. I love to do them for my couples because I feel like it gives us all a chance to get to know each other better. It’s a great opportunity for them to see how I shoot and the poses I use and it’s great for me to see how they interact together, which makes us all so much more comfortable together when the wedding day rolls around. And who doesn’t love extra photos during such a fun and exciting time? meganwelker-engagement-270 meganwelker-engagement-330

#2. DO get ready in a well lit (and tidy!!) room. Getting your dress on in a room with a lot of natural light makes for great photos. If a room is dark (like, cave dark) I usually try to open doors, windows, anything I can. If that isn’t an option I will ask my brides come outside instead. It’s worth it ladies!

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#3. DO a first look! I never, ever pressure my couples into doing a first look but I do like to give them all of the pro’s to doing one. First of all, you get to spend more time with your guests instead of taking photos during cocktail hour (and who doesn’t want to drink more with all of the people you love?). You get to spend time together, just the two of you, you will have time to do all photos with your bridal party and family. And best of all, it’s NOT rushed at all because we’ve scheduled the right amount of time for it all and not rushing to get back for your grand entrance. Best of all, you both still get that fuzzy feeling and cry happy tears when you see each other down the aisle.

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#4. DO an unplugged ceremony. An unplugged ceremony means your guests are not to use their cameras, phones, iPads (dear God, no iPads please) during your ceremony. It takes their focus away from “getting the shot”…for Facebook? and instead being present during your vows. No one wants to look out at their guests and see devices. It’s hard as the photographer to get a nice, clean shot of the bride coming down the aisle when others are blocking the view…

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#4. Talk to your photographer about lighting at your venue and what time is best for your ceremony to take place. Typically, two hours (or less) before the sunset is prime. It makes a HUGE difference.

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If you must have your ceremony at a certain time and the light is less than ideal, think about getting married until a canopy for better (diffused) light. It’s so much better than the sun in your face because, you know, squinty eyes and all.

Here’s what Meg Perotti had to say…

Tip 1 : Do an engagement session or at the very least, grab  drink/dinner with your photographer before your wedding day. A photographer is with you all day- with a camera a few feet from your face- you’ll want to feel comfortable with each other and get a sense of their work style ahead of time so you can set your insecurities aside and feel 100% at ease with your photographers ability to document your big day.
Tip 2 : Get a pretty hanger for your dress. A $4,000 gown hanging on a plastic hanger is criminal.
Tip 3 : This one isn’t always totally feasible but if possible, get ready in a location that is bright and airy! – and have your bridesmaids keep their belongings all tucked away in a closet or in an adjoining room .. nothing looks worse than a bride in a gorgeous gown surrounded by yesterdays lunch leftovers and dirty socks.

Tip 4 : After you’ve decided to trust the photographer of your dreams? Trust the rest of your team. No one photographs better than a relaxed bride- and no bride is more relaxed than a bride with a killer vendor team. Surround yourself with people you know will pull through to execute all of your wildest dreams and then do your absolute best to forget about all of those wildest dreams when your wedding date arrives. Your photographer will capture you best when you’re at ease and are enjoying yourself fully.

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Tip 5 : Make plenty of time for getting ready photos. Some of the best shots during the day are caught during those moments of anticipation. Front load your coverage …. dancing photos are fun but can be adequately covered in one dance set.. most of the guests who are going to dance, will dance right away and in my opinion, the sweatier people get the worse they photograph. :)
Here’s what Yasmin Sarai had to say…
Say yes to the dress! My biggest tip to brides is this: Don’t be afraid to choose a dress that suits your personal style. It’s sometimes easy to go with the dress that everyone else loves but don’t be afraid to choose something different! The photos that stand out to me most are often ones where a bride has chosen a dress that is a super classy, timeless look or one that oozes personal style. So often it can feel like I’m seeing the same dress wedding after wedding. Strapless dresses aren’t for everyone so my advice is don’t shy away from something with sleeves or a higher neckline. When a bride feels beautiful, comfortable, and confident, it really shows in the images!
Give yourself enough time! Delays usually happen at the beginning of the day, when the bride is getting ready. This can create issues with the timeline for possibly the rest of the day. Communicate with your vendors, especially the photographer, about how much time they recommend. Be realistic and take travel time, traffic delays, hair and makeup adjustments, and so on into consideration. If the timeline is delayed earlier in the day it may lead to less time for photos, unhappy waiting guests, and unneeded stress for the bride and groom, so it’s safest to give yourself lots of buffer time!
Tell the officiant to move it! One of the biggest pet peeves of photographers (other than the guest with the iPad standing in the middle of the aisle trying to take their own artistic photos), is when the officiant stands in the center of the couple just as they’re about the share their first kiss. Give your officiant the heads up and ask them to step aside as they make the pronouncement of “You may now kiss the bride!” so you can get an amazing photo of your smooch without the officiant grinning widely in between the two of you. It’s a small thing that can make a huge difference!

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 And last but definielty not least….We have some tips from Carlie Statsky
1. Schedule a 1-2 hour engagement session with your wedding photographer
Absolutely everyone feels awkward when they first have the dark barrel of a camera lens pointed at their face, so engagement sessions are a really great opportunity to get comfortable with your photographer and that camera lens. I love to use each engagement session as a time to learn a little more about each couple, like how they met, what their style is, if they have any insecurities that we should know about when photographing them, (like if they dislike their profile, or big smiley expressions etc) and if they have any specific image requests, so be open to sharing that kind of information with your photographer. I also use that time together to show my couples how to pose in a way that looks natural, so that they can more easily fall into various poses on their wedding day when there’s much less time to explain and show things. By the end of your engagement session your photographer will feel less like a stranger and more like an old friend, which will only help you feel more relaxed and look more photogenic and in love in all of your wedding photos!
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2. Create a pinterest board with inspiration images to share with your photographer, but give your photographer the creative freedom to create something unique for you
I find pinterest a really helpful tool for getting an idea of the look and feel that a couple are hoping to create for their wedding, so I always ask to see a couple’s wedding-related boards, and I’m always inspired by what I see there. I think it’s equally important to avoid asking a photographer to copy a certain image for you, since each artist needs the freedom and creative control to be able to do their best work in any given environment. When you trust your photographer and follow their lead towards good light and great locations, (even if that means getting your dress or shoes a little dirty) your photos will always turn out better!
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3. Work with your photographer on the timeline and be sure to include some time for sunset photos
I always like to look over the wedding timeline before it’s set in stone to make sure that there’s enough time for photos of everything, with nice little time buffers so that no one gets stressed even if things runs a little late, (which they often do.) I also recommend trying to do as many of the bridal party pictures and family portraits before the ceremony as possible, and to keep the post-ceremony group photos to a minimum so that my couples can go and enjoy some of their cocktail hour instead of spending it all posing for formal photos. I also try to schedule in time to capture important ceremony and reception details before guest are invited into those spaces too, since there’s nothing worse than jackets on chairs and bags on tables in the photos. I also really encourage my couples to take about 20 minutes away from the reception to enjoy a few quiet moments together to get some beautiful shots just before sunset when the light its at its best. Those golden hour photos are the ones that couples usually end up loving the most and are the ones that get blown up and framed on the walls of their home because they remind them of how magical that day felt, so don’t miss out on that little sunset session with your photographer!
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Hope this was helpful to all the future brides out there planning their weddings… there were a couple eye openers for us as well.
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By on August 20, 2015 in BEIJOS BRIDE, BRIDAL, PHOTOGRAPHY, VENDORS WE LOVE, WEDDINGS

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Beijos Interior – Nursery For Miss Isla Jean

The fun little nursery for my new babe Isla Jean is complete and beautiful.  I couldn’t be happier walking into the space everyday, playing with her on the floor and rocking her to sleep.  Here is a peek into the space we love so much,  photos by my gal Megan Welker. Also featured on Glitter Guide today!

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One of the first pieces I picked out was this mobile from Dot & Bo, I love it!!

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This cute little mix in her crib is my favorite.  Stuffed Cats from Sweet Threads, Pillows from Urban Outfitters, West Elm and Etsy.

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This rug is what I was inspired with first from West elm

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In Love with this light box, another must have for her room.

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My husband build these honeycomb shelves. He loved building something special for her room.  Find them on Etsy here.

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Special little pieces hanging from these Land of Nod Elephant hooks

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Gotta have Freshly Picked moccs for my little lady too!

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Flamingo print from The Animal Print Shop

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My vintage dresser my parents kept all these years.  It was mine when I was young.  So special to have it in Isla’s room.

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Bedding and Wallpaper by Serena & Lily, blanket from Land of Nod. Also the amazing name printed wood piece by Twinkle & Toast

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Rocking chair from Land of Nod, Pillow from Urban Outfitters, Moroccan Pouf from Amazon

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Find the deer clock here and print here

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Ikea diaper cart for nursery essentials

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Now onto the sweet photos of my girls…

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Introducing Isla Jean…

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My husbands grandma made these little shoes for his sister over 40 years ago.  They’ve been passed down to every little girl in the Carriger Family ever since.

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This picture is my fave of them

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I think I have the balance of having two down for now.  It takes twice as long to do anything but so worth the joy they bring me everyday!!

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My Edie loves her new baby sister

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Hope you enjoy the space as much as I do.  Stay tuned for more Carriger family photos.

Xx Leah

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By on August 19, 2015 in BEIJINHOS, BEIJOS MUST HAVES, BEIJOS PICKS, FAMILY, HOME, INTERIOR, LIFESTYLE, PHOTOGRAPHY, STYLED BY BEIJOS

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