The calm before the storm

This week my two boys had fall break from school so we headed over to Vertuccio Farms near our house for their fall festival. I’ve been editing like a crazy lady for the last couple of weeks and getting ready for the fall wedding season that is almost upon us! I haven’t shared much on the home front for awhile; mainly we’ve been busy with everyone’s day to day schedules. This week I really tried to slow things down a bit, so the boys could get a breather and finally spend some time outside somewhere other than in a swimming pool! For those of you that live in Phoenix, you know that we are now coming out of hibernation. Congrats, we survived another summer! Nolan showing me how big his pumpkin will be.

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Melissa & Jonathan’s Engagement Session

I recently got to meet up with Melissa & Jonathan for their engagement session. We decided to wait out the summer for cooler temps and I’m so glad we did! They live very close to old town Scottsdale, and use their bikes regularly when they go out to restaurants in the area. We did the session very close to their home, so they were able to ride their bikes that we had fun incorporating into the shoot. I enjoyed getting to know them better and am looking forward to capturing their wedding this November and working with their wedding planner Nicole Arend.
After the our time at the Civic Center we made a stop at Papago Park for sunset. 

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Jamie & Nicholas – 9/20/14 Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert Arizona

I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Jamie & Nicholas this year. I was able to do their engagement photos earlier this spring and they are such a fun couple!Quick selfie of course! So pretty! My talented second shooter Eric spent time with the guys, capturing them getting getting ready, while I was with the girls. Above and below by Eric.Eric captured the cake beautifully above.Such a fun reception!A glowstick get-a-way to cap off the night!

Vendors for this wedding: 

Ceremony & Reception site: Val Vista Lakes, Gilbert Arizona

Officiant: Rev. Kent Rini

Florist: God’s Garden Treasures

Photographer: Memories Through Time – Amanda Howard, Second shooter – Eric Fullmer

Videographer: Memories Through Time – Mike Howard, Second shooter – Christopher Walag

Dress shop: Suzanne’s Bridal Boutique

Tuxedo: Jos. A Bank

DJ: Todd Bristol

Photo Booth: Pure PhotoBooth

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Photosession questions

In preparation for the upcoming fall mini sessions, I felt it would be good to cover some frequently asked questions. A lot of this information is from the FAQ page, to see more you can visit by clicking here.

What should we wear for our photosession?

Since this is the most frequently asked question, I’ve taken the time to put together some important points to consider when selecting your wardrobe.

  • Don’t be matchy. I know this isn’t a real word but I’m hoping you remember this first point. Unfortunately, the normal tendency for people planning large group photos is to have everyone wear the same color or nearly identical clothing. Although this may sound like a great idea, it rarely works out because everyone will blend in together and your photos will lack personality. Instead, we recommend you select clothing that has some details, contrasting and/or similar color themes. For example, girls could wear prints and boys could wear solids/stripes. Dressing in layers is recommended too, it helps create depth and texture. Remember, color is your friend! I really do not recommend wearing black and/or white because it doesn’t resonate in color photos. 
  •  Avoid outfits with distracting logos or writing that will cause the viewer’s eyes to wander from the main subject; you.
  • Be comfortable with what you’re wearing. If you’re not comfortable, it could show in your photos. This is particularly important for maternity sessions. Make sure you can easily move around in your clothes. If you’re constantly pulling down your shirt or fixing your dress straps, chances are, at some point, I may capture shots where your wardrobe is out of place. This also holds true for children. Select clothing they can freely move around in and perhaps let them help make wardrobe selections.
  • As every girl knows, accessories and shoes complete the look. I can’t tell you how many times my clients show up in flip-flops, looking great from head to ankles. Don’t forget about your shoes because your feet may show in some of your photos. Also ladies, don’t forget hair accessories and jewelry can add a lot to your overall look. You don’t want to be looking at your photos and wishing you could change some of those details after the fact.
  • Consider the setting and backdrop of your photos. If you’re planning to wear formal attire, be sure to communicate this because I might be planning on bringing you to a location which requires you to sit on the ground, grass or rocks. Another example is that if you’re planning on wearing a colorful summer dress for a spring or summer photosession, I would want to avoid any awkward urban or brick wall backdrops. Instead, I would visit a park, field or grove. This holds particularly true for seasonal photosessions. Whatever your vision is please share it with me. Great communication always leads to better photos!
  • Bring a change of clothes. There are so many good reasons to bring a change of clothes. Not only to help bring variation to your photos, but in Arizona, you never know when a clean dry shirt will come in handy!
  • While it’s great to dress current or be fashion forward, I don’t recommend dressing in trendy clothing for your photosession. This will only date your images and by dressing more timeless, your images will last longer!What should we do to prepare for our photosession?
  • There are lots of factors to keep in mind when getting ready for your photosession. The first factor to take into account is the time of day your photosession is scheduled. I like to photograph families with very small children near the end of the day, because unlike adults, it’s challenging for infants and small children to avoid squinting while in harsh outside lighting. If this conflicts with dinner time make sure to have some snacks on hand just in case.

    For families with very young children, our best images will taken within the first 15 minutes. Once the novelty of the camera has worn off its harder to keep their attention. I like to capture as many formals as possible in the beginning and the rest is more candid. Your welcome to bring a favorite toy etc. if you feel it will help, I almost always have bubbles on hand as well.

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