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Drying your Wedding Flowers

Wedding Bouquet Wednesday!

I have developed a new love for wedding bouquets. I have always thought they were beautiful, but recently my weddings have had extravagant bouquets…and I felt my heart wishing I could see and smell them every day! They were remarkable! Some were adorned with little gems and jewels, others with priceless sentiments: a grandmothers necklace, a picture of a passed loved one, the stone from a family heirloom.

Wedding bouquets are not just wild flowers picked on the way to the ceremony anymore. They are hand-crafted, lovely story pieces that brides are now using to reflect their personality! From Burlap Bouquets on Etsy, to hot pink roses, the wedding bouquet is quickly becoming one of my favorite things at weddings.

I was wondering how many brides actually keep their flowers? I know I still have my wedding flowers, but they were silk! I do have my bouquet from my sisters wedding, that I dried and love. So I started wondering if brides know they CAN dry out their bouquets? After finding this feed on the bridal forum of Wedding Wire, I realized, not many brides think of it!

There are many resources online about how to dry your wedding bouquet. ProFlowers even wrote an article about how to best air dry your flowers. The Knot, probably the most commonly used wedding resource, has a great article on preserving your flowers as well. And, of course, Pinterest in LOADED with wonderful tutorials.. my favorite is frame pressing.

Here is a fun idea too! One of our brides hung dry her bouquet, and used it in her Trash the Dress session after the wedding! (Before and After Below)
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Below is a slideshow of a few of my favorite wedding bouquets. I simply love how brides are making them more than just a bouquet! So unique, and extraordinary!

Fathers Day 2014 Memorable Gift

Are you looking for a Fathers Day gift that stands out from every other Amazon.com gift? There is nothing better than a Fathers Day session to capture special moments between Daddy & his children.

Looking back on pictures evokes beautiful nostalgia that takes you back to the moment and lets you revisit that day again and again.

This year, give the dad in your life something that will last a lifetime!

fathers day photo session

fathers day photo session

Make this Mothers Day Memorable [Family Photos, greater Sacramento Area]

Mom’s. They devote their lives to these little humans, little ones that need them to kiss boo-boos, scare away the monsters, give butterfly kisses and count little piggies. Not to mention, feed them, clothe them and teach them everything from ABC’s to “please” and “thank-you”‘s.

Mom’s. The most loved, the least recognized, always treasured and seldom told so.

This Mother’s Day give your mom a gift that she can treasure for the rest of her life. Give her the gift of a family photo session. One hour, spent joyfully with her family. Then let her pick the enlargement for the mantel! Each session comes with an enlarged 16″x20″ print to frame, hang, and cherish forever.

This Mother’s Day, think outside the box.

Mothers Day Photo Gift

Stay true to your style [style & standards]

Not everyone is going to like your style as a photographer. There. I said it.

And that’s ok.

Imagine how boring it would be if every picture we looked at was the same style. Or every wedding invitation was the same, every wedding dress the same, every bouquet… the same style. That would get kinda — mundane and very.very boring.

As your business grows, you refine your style and smooth out the edges to create a solid brand. There is naturally going to be people whose style preferences do not match yours. Friend, that is ok! I’m not saying do not try new things, or be willing to adapt and grow as you wish…but that is the key… as.YOU.wish. Do not let the tides of society who idolize a style one day and bury it the next determine your style.

As your business grows, you will put a lot of time, thought, tears and technique into your style. It is wise to take constructive criticism, acknowledge advice; however, if we all change whimsically with the winds of a negative comment or displeased on-looker, there would be no consistency or foundation for our businesses.

Not every photographer is going to like your photos.
Not every person [read: potential client] is going to like your style.

That is the beauty in diversity. The clients that do not like my style I can guarantee will find a photographer whose style they like. Sometimes I even make recommendations to other photographers based solely off the style the client is wanting! [I'm referring to editing style as well as shooting style]. Our clients will have a style all of their own. It may be something small, like they prefer cooler tone photos to warmer tone photos…easy to accommodate without jeopardizing style and standards. It may be something big, like they want a zombie attack in a cemetery…not as easy to accommodate with jeopardizing style and standards. You have to decide where you draw the line. Cooler photos, sure. Zombie attack, not gonna happen. Its not a matter of right or wrong. Its a matter of style and standards. Plain and simple.

It is important that we stay true to our style and standards when building our business and booking clients. I remember a photographer once telling me he would refer clients out to other photographers that he knew would match their style – and I thought he was crazy. Now, eight years later I completely agree with him. Sacrificing your style and standards for the sake of booking a client will lead you to the edge of a slippery slope where it will become too easy to forsake the brand you have built. Trust me, there will be a photographer out there for them. It’s okay if it isn’t you.

Photography is an art. And what I see through my lens is different than what you see through yours. Its okay to get inspiration from social media, but why would I want to force myself to see (capture) the exact same thing that was already captured? I would much rather look at it from my own perspective, and create my own beautiful. When a client sends you a link to their Pinterest boards that have hundreds of pictures, they are not their to replicate exactly, but to create an ambience from which to begin.

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