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Photo Things – Instax Mini Printer Review

Over the past few years, one thing is for sure…Polaroids have totally made a comeback! I remember my parents buying a polaroid camera when I was in elementary school. I had a science project and we needed something that could take quick photos so we could add them to the project that same evening. Back in those days, before cell phones and snap chat, this was the quickest, most convenient way to take a photo! As a kid, I thought it was the coolest thing ever to hit the shutter on our polaroid camera and have a photo in your hand almost instantly.

Although technology has evolved by leaps and bounds since I was in Elementary school (let’s not even get into how many years ago that was!!) I think polaroid type cameras have come back into our day to day life BECAUSE there’s so much advanced technology right at our fingertips. I think having access to so many wonderful, fancy things has almost created a societal craving for a simpler time when the coolest thing you could do photography-wise was print out a fun little photo almost immediately after taking it.

I personally LOVE having tangible representations of the photos that I take. I don’t believe that photos are meant to live on computers and phones. Of course, our portable devices make it so much easier to enjoy our photos wherever we go, and I love that…but there’s just something so special about being able to hold a photo in your hand.

Anyway, you’ve most likely seen the Fuji Instax cameras or the Polaroid film sold by the Impossible Project. I own an Instax camera myself and while I love it, I’ve found something that I love even more! Enough to write an entire blog post about it!

The downsides to the Instax camera were: 1. It’s kind of clunky and not easy to carry around with me. 2. The photos are not always the greatest. I realize that’s part of it’s charm, however, as a professional photographer, I AT LEAST, want photos that are exposed halfway decently. Is that asking too much?!?

The Instax mini printer solves BOTH of those problems! You use your phone (via an app you can download from the App Store, or the Android equivalent of the App Store) to print out photos saved on your phone! If you have “nice” photos saved to your phone, you can print those too! I don’t have to carry the Instax camera or the printer anymore…I just wait til I get home and print the photos out! (Ps, while writing this post I discovered that there’s a newer version out…and it comes in GOLD!!)

I. LOVE. IT.

The photo quality is SO much better and I never feel like I’m wasting the film, which is not the cheapest (hint, buy it on Amazon or Walmart.com). I think this camera would make a wonderful gift! It would also be really fun to give or get as a bride or bridesmaid…think of all the fun, memorable moments at and leading up to a wedding (bridal showers, bachelorette parties, honeymooning, etc) that would make totally fun Instax moments?? AND…Mother’s Day is soon! Moms love photos, guys!

I swear this is not an advertisement for it…I just love mine so much and I thought you guys should all know about this amazing photo thing. Hope you all go and buy one! If you do, let me know what you love about it in the comments!!

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Planning Tips: What to Wear as a Wedding Guest

Want to know something funny? Before we started photographing weddings almost six years ago the only wedding we’d ever been to was our own! It’s kind of crazy to think back to that time…especially since now we’ve been to over 125 of them!

Since we’ve got a few weddings under our belt, it’s usually pretty easy for us to decide what we should wear to a wedding whether we’re guests or photographers. If you haven’t been to as many weddings as us, don’t worry! We’ve got you covered.

One of my favorite ideas for wedding guest attire is to rent it. Rent the Runway has tons of great options for women. They’ve got things at all different price points and they carry lots of dresses and jumpsuits by designers I’d never wear otherwise!

For guys, there’s the Black Tux! The Black Tux kind of like the Rent the Runway for guys. They make it so easy to decide what to wear and the process is really simple too!

If you’re attending a wedding soon, or you’re looking for helpful content to add to your wedding website to share with wedding guests as a  bride or groom planning your wedding day, check out this helpful infographic from The Black Tux with some insight on how to dress for different types of wedding days!

If you, or someone you know, is interested in renting a sweet tux for an event coming up, check out tuxedo rentals page!! John and I can’t wait to have an excuse to dressed up and try it out for ourselves!!

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Airlie Wedding Photos | Rebekah + Chris

My favorite thing about this time of year is the return of wedding season! I enjoy the downtime during the winter because it’s nice to have a chance to get things organized again for the next season, but shooting is where it’s at 😉.

We kicked off our 2017 season with Rebekah and Chris’ wedding at Airlie in Warrenton. After days of storms, we were treated to the perfect spring weather for their garden ceremony! I loved spending time with Rebekah, Chris, and their friends and family who came from all over to be a part of the wedding day. Enjoy a few of my favorite images!

(Scroll to the end to see all of the vendors involved with this wedding)

Vendors:

Venue: Airlie // Coordinator: Sparkling Events // Flowers: Shelley’s Floral // Cake: Gateau // Band: In Full //Makeup: Beauty by Judi // Bridal Gown: Casablanca // Rentals: Main Street Linens //

(Interested in working with us? We’ve still got a couple 2017 dates left and are booking for 2018! Email me for more details)

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Monthly Meeting – April 2017

I don’t know about you, but it seemed to me like March was not only the longest month ever, but that it also flew by in the blink of an eye! At the beginning of this past month I was carefully packing all of our things to move, and now we are pretty much settled in AND we’ve been on an adventure to Charleston…plus, I’m half blonde now…many other things have happened too!

I have a sneaking suspicion that April is going to fly by just as quickly as March…we’ve nearly made it through the first week already!

Here’s how I did with my March Business Goals:

Blog 3 times a week – I kept up with my blogging 2-3 days a week! This is still down from my goal of years past of blogging every day, but I think my content is stronger when I’m not forcing myself to post every day.

Finish submitting the remainder of my 2016 work – I’m about 75 percent of the way finished!

Finish reading “Everybody Writes” and blog about it – Whoops…I blame moving for not finishing this book. It’s probably tucked away somewhere just waiting for me to return!

Finalize tax preparation for 2016 taxes – Done! Whew, what a relief to have this finished!

Work on putting together a list of bigger goals for the business – Between moving and everything else, I didn’t really have a chance to work on this, but I did decide to bring one goal I’ve had for a long time to fruition…you can read about it here!!

Take some stock photos for future use in blog posts and on social media – I’ve gotten a few done, but I’d like to work on more. I’m planning to set aside a full day for this.

Here are my April business goals:

  • Once a week pre-Blog a week’s worth of content a week in advance
  • Finish planning and prepping (and HOST!) the very first Styled Experience
  • Finish reading “Everybody Writes” and blog about it.
  • Stock photo day for blog and social media images
  • Research a few new ideas for client gifts
  • Send my camera to be cleaned

Last month’s personal goals:

PR my deadlifts – DONE!! I pulled 230 last week and it was really a highlight of the month! I also squatted 185!
Have the new place unpacked within two weeks of moving. This went really well thanks to the help of my parents and lots of pre-move organization!

Eat at home 3-4 nights a week. We’ve probably eaten at home 5-6 nights a week….and I’m loving it!

April’s personal goals:

  • CLIMB THE ROPE…at the Spartan Race on Saturday. Last year, at my first race, I got almost to the top of the darn rope before failing and having to do the most pathetic, sad burpees as my penalty. This year, I’m gonna make it up, I just know it!
  • Schedule at least one date night/day with John where we don’t use our phones. We spend a decent amount of time together, but we’re both bad about being on our phones, which makes the time not as quality as it could be.
  • Read one novel for fun. I’ve been trying to read The Devil Wears Prada, but it doesn’t have the magic that the movie does (at least, in my opinion…) what’s another fun, light read I could pick up while I’m traveling this month?
  • Stay healthy while traveling. Hit me with all your immune system secrets!! I’m traveling next week and I’ll be running my Spartan this weekend and I’d like to stay as healthy as possible!

This month I am excited for:

  • Starting my 2017 wedding season!
  • Running my second Spartan Sprint
  • California, especially San Francisco
  • The first season of adult kickball for John and me!

I hope this month is a good one! It’s been great so far, and there are lots of fun and exciting things on the calendar, so I’m pumped about that! Hope you April is fantastic!

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Airlie Wedding Photography Sneak Peeks

Although the weather has taken it’s time warming up, I can definitely tell that Spring is in the air! Sunnier, balmier days are ahead for sure. This weekend was a good indication of that…we had our first truly “busy” weekend of wedding season and it was such a great way to start out a new season! It always feels good to start fresh, doesn’t it?

Saturday morning John and I woke up early and headed out to help photograph the Runaway Brides 5K, a race organized by my friend Stephanie for charity! I love running and weddings so this was right up my alley. I was thrilled it worked out for us to be a part of it. We were set up to photograph and volunteer at the obstacle course station, which I thought was so fitting since I’m actually preparing for my second Spartan Race this upcoming weekend! After spending weeks and weeks training for my own race it was fun to help coach the girls through the army crawl portion of the race!!

Runaway Brides 5K in Hume VA

All in all, I thought the 5K was such a great event!! Kudos to Stephanie for organizing it all!

After the 5k we photographed our first wedding of the year at Airlie. I loved shooting there last year, so I knew that Bekah and Chris’ wedding would be so beautiful and it didn’t disappoint! Though the weather was really sketchy on Friday, we lucked out with a gorgeous Spring day on Saturday…can’t complain about that! We had such a great time with Bekah and Chris and their friends and family and I’m excited to share more soon!

Three photos of a wedding at Airlie in Warrenton VA

Sunday morning I went to my last big training before my above-mentioned Spartan Race. The rest of my week will be focused on active recovery and taking care of my body so it’s ready to conquer all of the obstacles ahead of me! After training, I photographed a friend and fellow Spartan’s family! I don’t often have time to dedicate to family sessions, but I love getting to do them when I can! Especially for friends!

Outfit ideas for family photos in springtime

As for our Monday, John and I are going to be traveling separately over the next couple weeks, so we’re spending the day together since we will be apart for so long (the longest we’ve ever been apart!!). I know I’m going to miss him this next 12 days we’re apart (but who’s counting?) so I’m trying to squeeze out every ounce of QT with him that I can. I’ll reply to my emails besides anything urgent tomorrow! I hope you all have a great Monday!!

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