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Here is a little teaser of a wedding I had the enormous pleasure of capturing a couple of weeks ago. It was an absolutely incredible day. We laughed, we cried, we danced and we braved the some particularly tricky weather. So much more from this wonderful and lovely day coming soon! I can’t wait to share the rest of this lively celebration!
A beautiful summer day, a sparkling waterfront venue, a young bride and groom very much in love and a large group of excited guests makes for a truly memorable wedding day! This ceremony took place at Spencer’s On The Water in Burlington and was a celebration bursting with fun! Goofing around, lots of laughter, practical jokes and more abounded. It was such a pleasure to capture! (more…)
More and more modern couples are opting out of the traditional engagement photo session because they don’t love the idea of ‘posing’ in front of the camera to announce their upcoming nuptials.
What I most often hear from clients is that they a) don’t really want that many photographs of just themselves b) they aren’t doing save the date cards or c) that they would rather have photographs of another occasion surrounding their upcoming wedding.
So, LLB Creative has cooked up three fantastic alternative shoot ideas to book in lieu of an engagement session.
1) A GLAMOUR SESSION Consider this – most brides-to-be spend up to an entire year getting into the best shape of their lives for the big day. You work really hard so that the gorgeous dress fits just right and looks absolutely spectacular when you walk down the aisle. So why not celebrate what you’ve worked for with an intimate, yet elegant boudoir session that shows off your radiant bride-to-be time of life?
LLB Creative has teamed up with Luxette Lingerie to create a stunning glamour/boudoir photography package that guarantees final photos that look like they came from a magazine while celebrating the true you! Our all female team offers professional hair and makeup, professional styling and the comfort of a private, welcoming studio.
We have an in-person consultation before your shoot so that we are sure to capture exactly what you are looking for. And ALL photographs that identify your person are kept completely offline! This means that your intimate moments remain just that – yours!
A glamour session can be as dressed up or as dressed down as you’d like. We can do super glam or very casual — you set the tone and style! Regardless of which approach you would like to take, we will create a custom experience that suits you to perfection! Have questions? Don’t be shy! Just zip us an email and ask!
2) A BRIDAL SHOWER PHOTO SESSION Think of how beautiful the last bridal shower you went to was. There were probably pretty flowers, stylish decor and a fabulous cake, not to mention all of your friends a little bit dressed up for the occasion. Maybe it was a carefree picnic with loved ones or perhaps a lively cocktail party?
Choosing to have your bridal shower professionally photographed is a fantastic way to do two things. Firstly, it captures lovely lifestyle shots in a very organic and genuine manner that you can cherish forever – after all, your grandmother did spend weeks planning and making your shower cake from scratch. Secondly, it is a fantastic way to introduce some of your wedding guests to your photographer, which will ultimately help them to relax on your big day when flashes are going off here there and everywhere. Isn’t it always nice to see a friendly face?
A lot of great moments happen at a bridal shower, it’s a shame not to document them in a beautiful manner. No bridal shower? Then consider having a photographer document your visit to a bridal shop, engagement party or rehearsal dinner!
3) A POST-WEDDING FASHION SHOOT Of course on your wedding day we will be sure to shoot some memorable (and fashionable!) bridal portraits of you and your better half dressed up to the nines. But for those couples who are feeling a bit adventurous a post-wedding fashion shoot (either in studio or on location) can be an incredible way to create a very magazine-esque look that will wow your family for generations to come.
This concept is very similar to ‘trash the dress’ except we don’t trash the dress (unless, of course, you want to!) With years of experience shooting fashion lookbooks and pieces for various publications, LLB Creative knows how to handle expensive garments with care while getting an unbelievable shot. We will cook up a really cool concept for you, hair and makeup is once again provided and then off we go for your very own magazine quality photo shoot!
An engagement session package can be swapped out for any of these alternative photo shoot options or added on to any existing LLB Creative wedding package! The possibilities are truly endless to help you get the wedding photography coverage that will suit you and your finance best!
Over the Thanksgiving weekend I packed my camera bag and headed to Guelph to capture a lovely intimate wedding. The couple styled everything in a chic vintage style, right down to the groom’s snazzy suspenders! More from this day at a later date!
Last weekend I had the honour of photographing a gorgeous autumn wedding — although the weather felt more like mid-summer than crisp fall! The joy of the day was palpable, the laughter non-stop and the happy tears plenty. It was certainly a celebration to be remembered and although the final wedding collection is shaping up to be rich in stunning fall colours, I thought a quiet, tender moment captured in classic black would be a nice little sneak peek! We were going for soft, romantic and timeless. More from this spectacular day coming soon!
A few weeks ago I had the enormous pleasure of photographing a modern, trendy engagement session. This wonderful couple wanted something that felt very urban, yet classic and also relaxed, so we hit the streets of the Queen West neighbourhood (recently named the second coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue… in case you were wondering) and had a fantastic afternoon! So much more from this engagement session on its way soon!
As you know if you follow this humble little blog, I always do my best to encourage bridal clients to have FUN on their day. Don’t worry about timelines, don’t stress about the flowers being delivered a bit late, try not to fuss about the cake if it starts to melt under the summer sun — there are dozens of guests to assign to damage control if need be. Instead focus on the joy of the moment. Let those butterflies jetting around your stomach take flight and carry you to new levels of giddiness and glee.
However, I don’t just encourage this philosophy for my lovely bride and grooms; I also do my best to make sure guests and the bridal party aren’t bogged down by seriousness. The results can be truly heartwarming once everyone lets loose, like these adorable bridal party portraits. I love how you can see the character of each individual person shine based solely upon their chosen ‘funny face.’
Not only does this make for a truly memorable compilation, but it also ensures a beautiful smile seconds after. Don’t worry, as much as I adore and encourage the funny face, I always make sure to get a pretty portrait of everyone too.
Which would you prefer for your bridal party memento? A nice traditional smiling face or a wacky, whimsical funny face? Or both! We can always do both! I can’t stop smiling myself whenever I look at this lovely group!
Whenever I am lucky enough to photograph somebody’s wedding, I like to spend a little extra time on the ring shots. I do this for two reasons. Firstly, once the words ‘I do’ are uttered these rings will never be removed from the hand again. Secondly, a lot of time (and money!) goes into choosing the perfect ring, so it seems like a shame to simply snap one picture and move on.
My personal preference is to style the rings with something that is sentimental to the couple. For example, with this particular pairing I used rustic elements, such as tree branches, wood and picket fences, because the couple loved the outdoors and were having a country wedding.
If you’re photographing wedding or engagement rings and aren’t sure where to begin, try thinking about these three tips:
1. Keep the shot simple and uncluttered so that focus is entirely on the pieces.
2. Experiment with different surfaces, such as tile, wood and even sand to see how different colours and contrasts makes the jewelry pop.
3. Use a shallow F-stop when photographing jewelry so that you can really call attention to the fine details, like the stone (or stones!)