Weddings Blog

Lauren & Chris’ Wedding Sneak Peek

Lauren and Chris were married yesterday! It was a beautiful day for a beautiful wedding, and I can't wait to share all of the images with you. For now, here's a sneak peek to give you a glimpse of their DIY orange and grey outdoor wedding. ...

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Why Consider a First Look – Arkansas Wedding Photography FAQs

Arkansas Wedding Photography: Why You Should Consider a "First Look" Since I shoot a lot of Arkansas wedding photography, a lot of brides ask me if she and her groom should see each other before the wedding. I usually say yes, but I always follow-up my answer with my personal and professional experience to explain why. I view the wedding day from a bride's perspective before approaching it as a photographer. I know what its like to finally be in the dress - nervous and waiting with anticipation - ready to walk down the aisle. My husband and I did not have a 'First Look' and I regret it. I'm not saying that it wasn't special seeing Andrew for the first time as the doors to the sanctuary opened. In fact, I cried like a baby. Seeing him that way just wasn't what I wanted or needed in that moment. All I wanted to do was wrap my arms around him, hug him and tell him how much I loved him. I was worried about how I looked crying and was worried about smearing my makeup. I wanted to feel comfortable and like myself, not a version of  myself on display...

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Why Hire a Wedding Planner – Arkansas Wedding Photographer, Meredith Melody

Congratulations! You're engaged and you're on the path to planning the most beautiful, romantic and memorable day of your life - you're planning your wedding! The idea of planning a wedding is exciting, but the reality is that it can also be challenging and stressful. A professional wedding consultant can help you with most, or all, of the tasks involved in planning your wedding. From timelines, checklists, vendors, accessories, emergency safety-pins and etiquette, a planner has the experience necessary to make sure your day comes together seamlessly and beautifully. Reason #1 - Design A wedding planner will help you turn your dreams into reality. Your planner will meet with you to discuss your ideas and ask questions so that they fully understand what you envision, and then go to work to find the right vendors to create the perfect wedding for you. What if you don't know exactly what you want or you're not into making a zillion trips to scope out caterers, florists and venues? That's OK! Your wedding planner will take care of the things you're not interested in doing yourself and can handle most the details for you. It's your planner's job to understand your vision, know your likes and...

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Wedding Photography FAQ’s – Little Rock Wedding Photography

WHY DO YOU LOVE PHOTOGRAPHING WEDDINGS? WHAT'S YOUR STYLE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? I think that weddings are a celebration of a very sacred bond between two people. I feel honored to be part of every wedding I shoot and I always treat the day and the people involved with the highest level of respect and courtesy. I love love and I adore weddings. I love the beauty, glamour and emotion. I believe that my job is to capture the day in a dedicated yet unobtrusive manner that yields beautiful, timeless images. My focus is a journalistic style of photography, and my approach to photographing weddings is classic with a contemporary flair. I always try to find the perfect combination of fresh, pretty and classic photographs that show honest emotions and real moments. I document my clients' weddings in a way that allows them to relive the day every time they look at their images; no detail is too small and no glance or embrace too brief. I work quickly to shoot the posed and formal photographs and focus most of my time and energy on highlighting the laughter, tears and love that you and your guests experience throughout the wedding day. I realize...

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Published – OneWed’s Savvy Scoop Blog – Little Rock Wedding Photography

Last summer, I had the pleasure of photographing Nancy and Jackson's Little Rock wedding (you can see their details post here and their portraits here). Today, their wedding photography was featured on OneWed's Savvy Scoop blog. The write-up that OneWed put together is beautiful and matches the elegance and timelessness of the day perfectly. Here's a quick snapshot of the post and a link for quick access. Happy reading! ...

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Wedding Day Timelines – Arkansas Wedding Photography

When consulting with my clients, I'm often asked about what time to begin portraits and the general photography timeline for the day. Your wedding photography actually has a great deal of influence over the events of the day, and if not planned properly, some of the basic happenings of a wedding day, such as hair and makeup appointments, can have a big impact on how the rest of the day unfolds. I thought it might be useful to share, from a photography standpoint, what I've learned to be an ideal wedding day timeline. If you've done any research at all on wedding timelines, you'll find that there is a lot of it out there and I have to give a special thanks to two photographers who've helped supplement my wedding photography experiences with their informational blog posts. Melissa Jill and Jasmine Star are always willing to share their knowledge of weddings and photography with clients and with other photographers - If you want to see their tips on wedding photography and their perspectives on wedding day timelines, you can read Jasmine's view here and Melissa's tips for a well-planned wedding here. The timeline I have outlined below is meant to be...

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Before and After Images – Little Rock Wedding Photography

I use Lightroom and Photoshop in my studio to make people look better. I don't make major changes to my images, but I often touch-up  lines around the eyes and mouth, remove stray hairs, soften shiny spots on the cheeks and forehead, and reduce the appearance of blemishes. I also adjust the color & contrast of images to make them look a little more interesting, or more realistic. I also like to play around with photos by adding an artistic touch to give the image a different look that helps define my style as a photographer. As you can see, these images are pretty nice looking straight out of the camera. The 'after' images just have a more polished look and have a little more 'pop' to them. ...

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