Happy Anniversary Karla & Diego!


Their Anniversary is on Sunday, but in my opinion a 3 day celebration is always in order!

Turn on your favorite music, and have a look at this 🙂

 

 

Wedding Photographer Questions: My Top 3!


My all – time favorite wedding photographer question is “Will you photograph my destination wedding in Maui?” But I don’t get asked that question too often, so far, so it hasn’t made this list!

Instead, I’ve listed the three questions I get asked the most, and they’re three really popular wedding photographer questions.

 

Do I need to meet up with my photographer before the wedding?

You don’t HAVE to, but it’s always something I encourage. I take most of my wedding bookings at least 6 months before the big day – that’s a long time without seeing you!

  I want my couples to be comfortable with me, like we’re old friends. Emailing is good, but face-to-face is much, much better. Meeting up before the wedding and getting to know each other means that I won’t be a stranger on the day – which is great because I’ll be there for most of it, if not all! It’s so much easier to feel relaxed and be yourself with a familiar face, and that’s so important for your wedding photos.

It’s the same reason I love doing engagement shoots with my clients. Not only do we get to meet up and get to know each other better, but we get to have a little practice for the day!

Meeting up before hand is essential for your comfort level with your photographer on your big day! Some couples dread having their photo taken because they think it means a lot of awkward positions. This is my specialty!  My photography style is clean, fun, and well directed when needed – my wedding couples love it! We will always get more natural images if we have met at least once before!

Meeting up with your wedding photographer before the wedding is also the perfect time to dish about any last minute details and changes. You might be so busy fitting the wedding planning into your already hectic schedules, that you completely forget to fire off that email “Kristin, I’ve booked a surprise fireworks display! I want LOADS of photos of that!” Or “I need more dancing time! The wedding’s starting an hour earlier!” I REALLY do not want to miss either of those. 

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How many photographs will a photographer take on my wedding day? Why can’t I have them all?

I take about 150 shots an hour. Yep. That’s a lot!

And you don’t want them all!

That’s not because they’re bad photos, although there will always be a number of them that get cut because of a badly-timed blink, or an unflattering angle. There will also be a lot of similar images at key moments. The kiss, for example: I take plenty of ‘first kiss’ photographs because that’s a standout moment with so many expressions – before, during, and after.

Your wedding photos are a document of your day – a beautifully edited document.The editing process is an art. Instead of being a stop-frame animation of every single minute, your wedding photographs freeze the action at the perfect moments. By selecting only the images that really capture emotion and expression, you get a timeless wedding album with real impact. You’ll get the art!

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I love documentary wedding photos, but my Mom wants traditional group shots.

Do the group shots!

You can be the one to put the limit on the number of groups, or even better, the amount of time allocated to the group wedding photos, but it’s often easier to agree to having a few, formal wedding photographs taken. Plus, this is one time that your whole family will be together and you may not want it now, but you will certainly cherish it in later years!

Don’t get me wrong, I would shoot reportage wedding photos all day long, with some gorgeous, magazine-worthy bride and groom portraits thrown in of course. But I understand that the ‘line-up’ shots have their place too. It’s often only at weddings that families get together and you’ll be glad you took the time for some family group shots.

My wedding photography style is fun and clean, so even the group shots feel spontaneous – don’t worry about them looking out of place in your wedding album. 

Choosing a location ahead of time for family formals is a really great idea and one of the things we will chat about when we meet up!;)

So, those are three of the most popular questions to ask your wedding photographer. If you were looking for the answers to any of those questions, I hope they helped!

If there’s anything else you want to know – my rates for shooting destination weddings in Tahiti, for example, just ask!

Zory & Tylie


A perfect sunset in St. Pete’s beach Florida. The white powdery sand is filled with shells. Zory & Tylie came for a short shoot and missed baby Cambrie the whole time. But we still had amazing fun and got these beautiful pictures!

Thank you Zory & Tylie! you are both so very beautiful!

Stay Enchanted,

KA

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Gabby & Anthony


From the golf course to the ranch, Gabby and Anthony had their family’s support from all directions! I loved rolling into the ranch with its gold paper sign, dust swirling. So romantic. Gabby sang with the mariachi band and she was AMAZING! Then her dad played with HIS band and they had everyone out of their seats, singing and bouncing and screaming to the beats! I went back home  around midnight, but I heard the party was hopping till 4 am! Now THAT’s a celebration!

Thank you to Gabby & Anthony & the FOB’s most excellent band! Thank you to  Rolanda Hardy of Vision into Reality Events for introducing me to these fun people!

 

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I Am FedEx Portraits


I had an huge amount of fun photographing these amazing people and hearing their unique stories. Each one so proud to be a part of FedEx. At the end of the day I was wishing I worked for FedEx!

 

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Morgan & Bryce’s Engagement


Morgan & Bryce chose the LA Arboretum for their engagement session and our timing was perfect with peacock season! Truly I count ask for a better location, or better photo bombers! The peacocks were loud & oh so beautiful! Half the time we were shooting and half the time we were looking on in wonder as these beautiful birds strut their stuff. Morgan was gorgeous, the peacocks were gorgeous, Bryce was one happy guy and I had one of those perfect photo days!  Amen! And so it is!

 

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Stephanie & Cory’s Engagement


Wow!! I am just getting around to publishing this engagement session from the spring. I just shot their wedding last night! Sooooooo, I will be back dating this post! Lol!

Stephanie and Cory chose the Walt Disney concert hall for their engagement session with me and when we arrived the sculpture garden was closed:/ So we shot in a few locations we could get to, and then decided to come back again for more! They were more than happy to shoot again and it was well worth it! Here are some of the highlights with these lovebirds!

 

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Patty & David’s Hollywood Engagement


I hid out behind some trees while David got on one knee. Of course she knew when she came around the corner and saw the perfectly decorated spot that her besties had set up for the occasion. While the two lovebirds basked in the glow of his surprise proposal, all their family and closest friends were gathering in the wine room to celebrate with them!

 

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Khryssi & Van’s Wedding


Seriously the cutest couple ever. They dance to the beat of their own drum and have their own rules.  They pulled out some surprises for each other. Made each other laugh. Made each other cry and sang each song to each other! Fun fun FUN! Happily ever after is for sure!

 

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Shantel & Tom’s Wedding


Shantell and Tom, after years of being together, finally united their families. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room. Mine included. I feel so blessed to document this day for them and get to be in the same room with their amazing love energy.

You are so blessed. Enjoy every moment and continue to shine your light for every one around you. You are an inspiration for us all.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of it all! Hugs all around!

 

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