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You believe in your story. I surrender to it. Capture it. And hand it back to you in a way you can remember forever.

You're about to embark on the most wonderful of adventures. Because you're here that tells me you value epic, mind-blowing photography. Well done!

I'm fortunate, and sometimes I have to pinch myself when I think about how much I love what I do. I illustrate every story you trust me with.

Incredible photographs result from a trusted relationship between us. This comes from a friendship, and from time invested in getting to know you, and why you have chosen the different elements that will make up your wedding day. Think of me as a visual biographer of sorts, a narrator, telling your story through the images of your day.

I want you to be blown away by how beautiful you really are, by how beautiful I see you to be.

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Indiana Outdoor Engagement Photography

by June 25th, 2015 17 Comments »

He was smitten with her from the very beginning. “I remember the first time that I saw Maria, which was in the downstairs lobby of the condominium complex where I was living in Boston. I thought she was beautiful. Then she opened her mouth, and that lovely, thick Colombian accent came out. She immediately went in for a big, warm hug, showing me how friendly Colombians are,” said Tom. “We went dancing that night. I’m not big on dancing, but I definitely wanted to dance with her.”

This was one of the "moments in-between".

This was one of the “moments in-between”.

Tom and Maria’s relationship has involved their families since the beginning . Tom has been to Colombia 3 times to spend time with Maria’s family, and Maria has spent multiple weekends and holidays with Tom’s parents. With Maria’s family being out of the country, Tom’s parent have placed a significant role in her life and they have been extremely supportive of their relationship. They wanted to take the pictures at a special place for both of them, and Tom’s parents house (where Tom grew up) was the perfect choice. They love relaxing by the fire in the fall making s’mores (Maria is addicted to them since she first tried them after moving to the U.S.), they love drinking wine while relaxing at night, and after four and half years of dating they can hardly stop snuggling each other. “Through the years we’ve had many special moments around Tom’s parent’s house and its important to have these photographs to remind us of all of the memories we have built at this place,” said Maria.

This is one of my favorite images from the engagement session. Tom and Maria looked  as if they were completely "at home" with each other, no matter where they might be. The essence of each couple is so important to find.

This is one of my favorite images from the engagement session. Tom and Maria looked as if they were completely “at home” with each other, no matter where they might be. The essence of each couple is so important to find.

 

Tom’s mom, Cheri, generously took her time to stylize the photo shoot down to the smallest of details. During the shoot it began to rain and while the rest of us dashed into the house waiting for it to pass, Cheri was under a tree, keeping the campfire ablaze.

In roughly a year Tom and Maria will say their “I do’s” and lucky me, I’ll be there to capture all the moments between this beautiful couple.

-ST


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Wedding Photographer, Indianapolis IN, Wedding Day Timelines

by April 4th, 2015 No Comments »

A wedding is a whirlwind of events, gone in the blink of an eye. There’s little more important to a perfectly executed day than a well organized timeline for your wedding photography. The secret to a stress-free day? Schedule enough prep time and cushion your timeline for those unexpected surprises along the way.

Typically the ceremony time is the one thing that is already set and wedding photographers have no control over it. What we do have control over is what images are taken before and after, and how the day is organized. Will the couple do a first look? Are the reception and ceremony in the same location?  What time the sun is setting? If the ceremony is at 6 and the sun is setting at 6:45, I strongly encourage a first look to work within the best light (if you aren’t familiar with a first look is, read here) and explain all the reasons why it might be advantageous. All these factors come into play.

We’ll work on the timeline together about two to three weeks before the day of the wedding. Its important that you share your timeline with anyone who is involved in the wedding. This includes anyone in the wedding party (throat clearing…groomsmen), family members, other vendors, and anyone else contributing to the day.

A few other things to consider:

Family photos: Two to three minutes per shot — if your family is properly organized.

Bridal party photos: Two to three minutes per shot. I like to keep these simple knowing you’d like to make it to your own cocktail party.

Don’t have a first look planned? Allow 30 minutes post-ceremony for photos of you and your groom. If you did have a first look, you’ll still want 15-20 minutes post-ceremony for just the two of you.

Save photos of very large groups (like classmates, coworkers, and large extended family groups) for the reception, when your DJ or band leader can make an announcement to gather everyone. You’ll be able to take the photos much faster than trying to track down 50 people during the cocktail hour.

 

For all this talk of detail, though, hear this: your wedding timeline is a guideline. As long as you don’t keep guests waiting and the food is fresh, it’s totally fine to deviate from it as the day begins to flow. And that’s where a talented coordinator or planner comes in. I know one is not in every budget, but I would highly recommend making room for one if you can, and if not, at least arranging a handpicked family member or friend to be the point person on the big day. If you’re the type to stress over whether everything is getting set up correctly and whether little details are being taken care of, a coordinator could be the best gift you give yourself. A coordinator is also a gift to your family and friends (and your photographer) – both because you’ll be less stressed, and because it will allow them to relax, as well. A win win! (southernwedding.com)

Tell me, do you have a timeline for your wedding day yet? Do you have any tricky questions I can answer? Are you doing anything different with the flow of your day?

 

 


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If You Choose to do Your Wedding Day Make Up Yourself… Indianapolis, IN wedding photography, Richmond, IN wedding photography

by April 22nd, 2013 No Comments »

Ladies, part #4 on the makeup for wedding day photography series. Guest blogger and professional make up artist, Jessica Winchell studied makeup application for photography, magazine editorial spreads, film and TV, fashion, and bridal at the prestigious Cosmix School of Makeup Artistry in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where she studied under award winning makeup artist Erin Koplow and celebrity makeup artist Victoria Duke. She’s an expert in airbrush makeup for all types of events. You can see more of her work at jmariemakeup.com.

If doing your own makeup is the way you decide to go, Jessica provides a few tips to make things go smoother:

-Skin Tone… Don’t be that girl.  Before applying foundation, match the color to your CHEST, NOT YOUR FACE.

-Pick ONE feature to play up, eyes, lips or cheeks.  Dramatic eyes? Choose a lighter lip.  Bold lip? Choose a more simple eye look. Bold cheeks? Go easy on the lip and eye.

-Don’t forget to curl your lashes. It helps to create a bright, wide eye. Even if wearing false lashes, curl your own beforehand. While we are talking about lashes…Stick with waterproof mascara on your wedding day. Don’t risk running mascara.

-Highlighter. A highlighting concealer or a highlighter mixed with your concealer really opens up and brightens the undereye area like nothing else can do.

-PRIMING IS KEY!  Prime your face, lips and eyes after moisturizing.  A face primer is going to allow the makeup to glide on easily, fill in pores and fine lines, prevent you from getting as oily and make your makeup last so much longer.  Eye primer keeps eyeshadow from creasing or fading, allows for beautiful blending and gives the pigment in the eyeshadow a perfect base to really POP! Lip Primer works the same,  it is going to prevent your lip color from bleeding or fading as quickly as it normally would sans primer. Using a lip stain helps with this as well.

 

 

 


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