Wedding Albums.....(and why you should have one included in your wedding package)

Salt Lake City Wedding - 12x12 square wedding album, opens up to 12x24!

Salt Lake City Wedding - 12x12 square wedding album, opens up to 12x24!

One of my favorite parts of shooting weddings is getting to design the couples wedding album. Wedding Albums come in a million shapes and sizes, you can get thick glossy paper or a thin soft matte look, leather, crystal, photo or fabric covers, from simple to elegant, the list goes on.

An Wedding Album should match the couples personality, that is a big  part of the design process

I love when I work with a company that puts the extra effort into building a quality album. I know my clients will receive an Album that not only looks amazing but it will last for generations!

Think about a wedding album for a moment, what is its purpose? To hold the memories from one of the most important days of your life, for a lifetime. Actually a lifetime is not enough, an album needs to last generations, so your grandchildren and their grandchildren can look back on your life.

When a couple sits down with me I try to impart as much information and wisdom to them so they can make the best choice in every aspect of their wedding plans, the Wedding Album is a large piece of that process. 

Think about a wedding album as a gift to your children and their children,
it changes everything!

Best of Luck on planning your Big Day!

*Visit my New Album Designs Page and see some of my favor wedding and engagement albums!

 

 

Make Time for your Wedding Memories

It is your big day, it's your wedding day! You’ve waited your entire life with great anticipation for this very moment, don’t blink, you’ll miss it. Weddings are just like every Christmas, no matter how long you plan for it, once it arrives you never want it to end. You’re surrounded by friends and family, present are given, joy is over flowing and then before you know it, it’s time to leave for your honeymoon. So many important and possibly once in a lifetime things take place on  hits all important day. It's the job of your wedding photographer and Videographer to capture these memories for you. There is one under appreciated aspect to the day that can make or break your memories.


Timelines and schedules may not be the “pretty part” of your wedding day but they will make your day a much more enjoyable and stress free day. 

As a wedding photographer, the most important thing I have with me on a wedding day is the couples time. When couple look through my portfolio they see beautiful portraits and stunning landscapes but compelling photos don't happen by accident.
What they dont see is all the time that went into planning and setting up those photos. One of the hardest lesson for new photographers to learn is when NOT to take a photo; when is it, "The right time to wait"? The sun, clouds, rain, people in the background and “the moment” are all “mist like” factors to consider, most impossible to control but without a schedule and TIME, none of this matters.

Couples planning their wedding should sit down with their wedding photographer and discuss what’s most important to them throughout the day. In my Wedding Photography Consultations, I can never stress enough the importance of having and sticking to a schedule. I always plan in a little cushion for the couple before the ceremony and in our Couples Portrait session. You need to leave time to be spontaneous and creative with what’s around you. Plus your couple need room to breath, to relax and to get into the moment you are creating for them. A rushed and stressed bride is not a happy bride and the work you produce will suffer as a result.

Here is a sample and very generic timeline

10am - 11am Groom Prep

11am - 11:30am Travel to Bride

11:30am - 1:30pm Bridal Prep

1:30pm - 2:00 Travel to Ceremony

2:30pm Ceremony

3:30pm - 4:00pm Family Portraits

4:00pm - 5:45pm Couples Bridal Portraits

6:00pm Reception......

This is just an example  of a typical wedding day but you can get a sense of how much goes into making your wedding day a success.

I hope this was helpful and wish you the best of luck on your wedding adventure!

If you are looking for a wedding photographer, consider Stephen Alexander Photography, no matter where your wedding takes place, I'd love to be there for you.

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The WOW Factor

 

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY WOW FACTOR

Duke University Chapel — Bride & Bridesmaids

Duke University Chapel — Bride & Bridesmaids

©Stephen AlexanderPhotography — Wedding at The Duke University Chapel

Every Bride and even some Grooms scoure the web looking for the most beautiful, amazing and stunning wedding photos to add to their Pinterest "Wedding Photography" Page. Photos that are the best of the best qualify for the Wow Factor. 

The Wow factor is what happens when you see a killer photo and it stops you in your tracks, you actually stop and just stare at a photo. Your eyes move all around the photo. First you see the image  as the complete  photo and then your eye digs into each and every detail. You'll begin to notice the highlights and shadows, how the light hits each subject. The emotions from the moment the photo was taken become clear to you and finally your left wanting more.

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One factor that every couple should consider when looking at those WOW shots is where they were taken. That means if you live in a coastal region, you should be searching for images from a similar region. Same goes for the mountains, who doesn't like a good waterfall, however if you live in Florida, waterfalls are probably not an item to put on your shot list.

Another tip, don't stress the venue. Of course you want a nice venue with the look and style you feel fits your personality however a skilled wedding photographer can make magic with a nice nook or the right lighting in almost any space.

The Cotten Room, Durham, NC

The Cotten Room, Durham, NC

Kings Daughters Inn, Durham, NC — Catharine & Cory's Valentines Day Wedding

Kings Daughters Inn, Durham, NC — Catharine & Cory's Valentines Day Wedding

I shot this photograph above in front of a window using a reflector to bounce light back on the bride. This could have been shot in almost any location with a window. The focus is always on the Bride and Groom, remember everything else is secondary and background is most definitely secondary. Most everything that is not the subject will fade to a nice soft blur.

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Another example of finding the right angle in a nook, I shot this at a hotel pool area and I put the bride and groom in the middle of a patch of bloomed lilies. The shallow depth of field created a sharp focus on the couple and the flowers create a beautiful background of color. No one would ever know where this was photographed by the framing and background.

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The shot above is a favorite of mine, shot during the brides prep session. The bride was siting on a bed next to a window to provide a complimentary cross light. Our eyes are programmed to focus on a persons eyes in a photo and that is exactly where your eyes go in this photo, straight to the brides eyes. 

You are the most important element on your wedding day, find a dress that makes you look amazing and be sure to hire a professional Hair and Make up Artist. Don't let the guys miss out on a good tailor for their suit and guys shouldn't wait for the last minute to get a hair cut just incase some adjustments are needed. 

I hope this helps relieve some stress and worry about finding the perfect million dollar venue or location for your big day. More info to come soon, check out www.stephenealexander.com for more examples and more WOW Factor!

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Tips For Planning Your Wedding

Tips For Planning Your Wedding

Tips for planning your wedding day!

With unlimited options where do you start in the planning of the most exciting day of your life!
Here are a few tips!