steaming it up with boudoir photo …

Boudoir photography. Intimate photography. Steamy photos. Everyone has a different name for it, but it all comes down to one thing.

Sizzling, yummy, sexy, classy photos of a beautiful woman.

This concept has been around a long time. My sister-in-law had hers taken waaaay back in the early 90’s. We teased her then, but she LOVES them now. It’s a permanent reminder of herself back in her prime (going to get an email for that comment).

For the few of you that don’t know what we’re talking about…. it’s an opportunity to take beautiful photos, like a model, that are tasteful, but sexy. Let’s just say. Thank God for professional makeup and Photoshop.

This is a perfect gift for your groom or husband on Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Earth Day, Groundhog’s Day…. you get the idea. They are going to love it. No matter what “day” it is.

We’re excited that more local photographers are doing this type of shooting her locally. Here’s a few to look at…

Matt with Matt Vickers Photography has his own unique style …

Andrea Walker takes beautiful photos with Walker Studio….

Don’t let the lingerie intimidate you. If that’s not your style, talk to your photographer. Tousled hair, professional makeup and a guy’s dress shirt.

Let YOUR OWN personality show through.

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

ps Thank you Matt and Andrea for the photos. BEAUTIFUL!

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pretty engagement photos

We believe it should be a priority to get to know your photographer by investing in the engagement photos. It helps all of you relax and get to know each other (especially when many people have anxiety about having a camera in their face). Once you trust each other, the wedding day is a breeze.

For your visual fun, check out our clients Whitney + Tyson who are tying the knot on August 7th later this year. We also are doing the design and decor and cannot wait for their wedding day.


incredible photographer: Equinox Photography

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do not box in your wedding photographer :: part three

Part Three of our “don’t box us in” five part series about your wedding vendors!

If you have ever read this blog, you know how much we heart wedding photographers. We post about them often! We may be an intricate part of creating the memories but they are capturing them, forever!

Your wedding photographer will want to schedule a meeting with you to review the timeline, nuances and review the photos that you want to capture on your wedding day. This has evolved into creating a “shoot list” that your photographer will list all the photos you want, such as:

Bride and Groom at Altar

Bride and Groom with Bride’s Parents

Bride and Groom with Groom’s Parents

….and so on.

Not a bad idea, your photographer doesn’t want to miss an important photo that you want. However for your consideration, look at the points below.

Tips for the best outcome working with your wedding photographer:

1. Definitely have an important list for your photographer (you favorite Aunt that you haven’t seen in 20 years coming to see you), they will want to know that. But try not to make this ghastly long list that requires your photographer to be reading from a piece of paper instead of pointing and shooting your wedding.

2. If you are of the more traditional type and have a large wedding party and family, do not think that it is possible to shoot this long list of photos in 45 minutes. It’s not humanly possible, no matter how fast your photographer says they can shoot. You are setting them up for failure, stress on your wedding party and yourselves, especially when timing is tight.

3. If your wedding is later in the day or early evening and you do not want to see each other before you walk down the aisle (read our series on this issue), but adore those outdoor casual shots, understand that may not be impossible. We can’t stop the sun from going down, Mother Nature has a mind of her own. We’ve had many clients in this scenario (although we warned them) told us after their wedding day that they wished they had listened to us. Due to weather, timing, or the sun setting, they were never able to get those outdoor shots. There are no do-overs in weddings.

Trust your wedding photographer.

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

Tomorrow, part 4 of this “don’t box us in” vendor series

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why wedding planners simply love wedding photographers

fun and fabulous photos or our bride/groom by: Equinox Photography

By the time your wedding day rolls around you will have acquired many vendors. They all play an important role in making your day spectacular. Of all the vendors though, wedding planners and photographers actually spend the most  time with you on your wedding day.

So in the spirit adoring admiration, here are the top reasons why wedding planners just love wedding photographers:

1. Photographers are unbelievably creative.
2. They capture precious, once-in-a-lifetime memories. Even the goofy ones (see above).
3. Their end product produces smiles, tears and a legacy.
4. Even though the wedding day is hard on their feet, legs, back, neck, arms, and trigger finger; they do not complain.
5. Blogs by photographers are inspiring, humorous and evoke emotion.
6. Modern photographers will do (almost) anything to get that unique shot.
7. They make brides and grooms feel extraordinary, on their most important day.
8. Experienced photogs are like Ninja’s; you don’t even remember seeing him/her shoot that photo!
9. They appreciate it when the wedding planner gives them a heads up on something “special” so they can get the shot.
10. Okay, let’s face it, photogs are just plain cool.

Perhaps the reason that wedding planners love wedding photographers so much is because there are some fundamental similarities in what we do, which is “create”.

Except for Reason #10, we’ll give that to the photographers, hands down.

featured photo credit: pfe iPhone

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seeing each other before the wedding ceremony :: part five/finale

This is the finale of  the discussion whether or not you should see each other before your wedding. We’ve talked about where the tradition comes from, how you can create a special moment and/or meeting for you two, the emotional benefits and now we’ll cover why it can help logistically.

it’s all about timing

When planning your timeline for your wedding day you will be shocked at how fast the day can go by. There is hardly enough time to get everything done! Including your wedding photos. No matter how good your wedding photographer is, it is physically impossible to get 40 formal shots of you and your extended family in 30 minutes after the wedding. Getting the majority of photos done before your wedding will free up so much time for you and your wedding party.

photo credit: walker studio artistic photography


  1. Actually being able to go to the limo after your ceremony for a true Send Off to the reception.
  2. Having more time to spend together with your wedding party between the ceremony and reception. These are the memories that you will remember and hold on to forever!!!
  3. Not keeping your guests waiting so long for your arrival. That can lower consumption of food and bar!
  4. In case of bad weather you have opened yourself up to having two possible choices for outdoor pictures!
  5. Depending on the timing of your day, you may be allowing yourself enough time to go to a second location (something fun) between the ceremony and reception to get some cool shots!
  6. Not feeling rushed, rushed, rushed!!!

confession time

When I got married, we did not see each other before the wedding, which was quite silly really. Our ceremony was outside on a beautiful golf course and our reception only a few feet away. We went with the tradition although I was totally peeking to get a glimpse of him. We had our guests wait while we finished up pictures after the ceremony. They all stayed outside and watched us, which made me feel uncomfortable because as the consummate hostess, I felt bad they had to wait. We also started losing some natural sunlight. If I had to do it over again, I would have met my husband and taken time to walk around the beautiful golf course to capture some awesome photo moments. Instead, I felt rushed and awkward after. You can see it on my face.

bottom line

It’s your decision which direction you want to go. Just whichever you choose, decide NOT to be rigid. Enjoy your day and embrace it. If your finance catches a glimpse of you rounding the corner, everything is going to be o-k-a-y. I had a client once ask me if we could hold up a sheet as she walked into the ceremony location so he wouldn’t see her until she turned the corner to walk down the aisle. Huh? Then I had another client who ran out to see her groom (she was in her wedding dress) to greet him when he arrived before the ceremony. It was spontaneous, lively, and full of love. Just what your wedding should be like. For pete’s sake people, plan your wedding….but LIVE on your wedding day!

featured photo credit: jesse and gena

Read part four of this series…