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C & R | Wimbish House NYE Wedding | Atlanta Wedding Photographer

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Having a Wimbish House Wedding? On New Year’s Eve?! I’ve said it before and I’ve said it over and over again – when you have a New Year’s Eve wedding you are deciding to host a New Year’s Eve PARTY. Don’t try to be low key about your wedding if it’s on NYE. You’re asking people to spend a party holiday with YOU – so you need to put on a party.

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I mean you don’t HAVE TO – because I’ll never say you HAVE TO do anything for your own wedding (but seriously – if you invite more than 10 people then… don’t be lame and have a party.)

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I’ve photographed several new year’s eve weddings and fortunately – they’ve all lived up to the hype – they’ve all had crazy crazy great parties for the reception. It’s simple really. In fact it’s almost easier to have a great party reception on New Year’s Eve because people are in the mood to party. That’s not always the case with other wedding receptions. Sometimes people are just like… laaaaaaaaaaaaaame. And then other times they’re just tired. But on NYE – they won’t be. 

Plus – all you really need to get the party going is a decent DJ, party hats, and some noise makers. Seriously – if you have party hats all of a sudden it’s a CRAZY party. In fact – if you want to have a great party reception at your regular, non-NYE-wedding – then just make sure you have enough fun party hats. And Sunglasses. AND alcohol. 

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I know I know – alcohol is not a must have – but if you want to play percentages and just have a better chance at a better party… do not have a dry wedding. A dry wedding is a 100% reason for guests to leave your reception early – like right after the cake cutting early – or even right after dinner. Because damn if most people are gonna hangout with you til midnight without any alcohol. What are they? 12 years old? I mean… okay unless it’s a religious decision then just label your wedding reception as a ‘lock-in’. You know, like back in your Christian teen youth group days. Remember those? A “Lock-In” and you raised money by saying you were going to talk or dance or sing the whole time/every hour or something. And you were raising money for your youth group to go on some missionary trip to help indigenous peoples of wherever with their poor lives and poor living. 

Oh – but your NYE wedding. Right. 

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So what else do you need? Food. Snacks. Well – at least a great dinner. This is not the time for one of those receptions where you just serve heavy appetizers and think that people will be satisfied. F*ck that. You need to serve them dinner and have a decent amount of dessert. Now you don’t need to buy the $1,000 cake – just have more than enough cheap cake and spend the money on the alcohol – cause then that cheap cake will TASTE AMAZING.

In conclusion, Caroline and Ryan are AMAZING and Full of Awesome. 

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2017 Top 10 Best Destination Wedding Locations in the U.S.

First – this list is the MOST OFFICIAL of Official Lists EVER in regards to the Top 10 Best Destination Wedding Locations in the U.S. for this year of 2017. 

2017 Best Destination Wedding Locations in the U.S.

So. Here are the best cities and/or locations for destinations weddings in the United States? Easy. We got this. 

  • Atlanta, Georgia

    • Okay – I’m completely biased here. But really – Atlanta is a great destination wedding location! In fact – many, many, many of our past couples that have gotten married here in Atlanta – don’t actually live in Atlanta. Why? Because it’s a great central location – with an amazing airport that everyone can fly into very easily. Plus – the food is crazy good. The city is super, SUPER. And you have about a billion amazing wedding photographers within walking distance of any area of the city. Seriously. I should know – we compete with ALL OF THEM. And honestly – they really are ALL AMAZING. 
    • But more so – the night life here is great (not that I know) and the food amazing (have I said that already?) and well – the rates for everything here will save you a good bit over the wedding rates in places such as New York or Southern California (well, really ALL of California). 
    • Also – no matter what kind of wedding venue you want (farm, mansion, museum, industrial warehouse, etc.) – you can find that in or near Atlanta. Okay except a beach.
  • Sea Island, Georgia

    • Hey! You wanted a beach wedding? SEA ISLAND, GEORGIA is your place. 
    • Because Sea Island is basically a private island and you can only stay there if you’re at one of the two resorts, OR you happen to own a house there. So you’ll be avoiding all of the crowds of people that are visiting the nearby public beaches… alright that totally sounds bougie and elitist – but come on – it’s YOUR wedding. You’re not inviting EVERYONE anyway. 
    • Oh yeah – and from the chamber of commerce – tourquoise waters and pristine beaches – it’s like the Carribean except, not. And you can do all the cool beach resort things. 

  • Florida Keys, Florida

    • It’s still technically winter and I’m still absolutely wishing I was at the beach. SO. Another beach destination.
    • Because COME ON. It’s the FLORIDA KEYS. You KNOW it’s super cool down there. And your wedding will be super beautiful. And you don’t know anyone else that’s even had their wedding down there. You will literally be THE ONLY ONE you know who’s ever gotten married down in the Florida Keys.
  • Aspen, Colorado

    • Seriously. Pick a medium to small town in the mountains in Colorado and done.
    • So we picked Aspen. Because HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO COLORADO AND SEEN THOSE MOUNTAINS?
    • It’s F*cken AMAZING.
    • Now your wedding will automatically be F*cken Amazing just because of those mountains and all the mountain-y things 
    • People at the office will be bragging about how they got married at their Farm Barn and you can be like F*CK YOUR FARM. I got married at 8,000 feet. (or 13,000 if you get married at the top of a ski resort)

  • Las Vegas, Nevada

    • You know why you pick Las Vegas for your wedding destination? Because all you do is tell people when to show up and you’re done. 
    • Literally – pick a hotel/venue, buy their package where THEY DO EVERYTHING – and then you’re done. People won’t even be bugging you about what they should be doing because it’s Vegas and they won’t really want to see you until your wedding day anyway. UNLIKE other resort destination weddings where you basically have to babysit the whole group to make sure they feel welcome or some other BS. 
    • And if anyone asks you where you got married you can just say Aspen, Colorado.

  • Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    • I don’t know. I saw a photo and thought it would be a cool place. 
    • Maybe it’s too much like Aspen, Colorado.
    • Ah forget it – just get married in Aspen.
  • Coronado, California

    • I grew up there. (Silver Strands military housing yeah!) And it’s winter right now. I miss the beach. 
  • Wisconsin/Michigan

    • For us liberals that grew up on the coast – we would never, ever, think about having a wedding in Wisconsin or Michigan
    • But that’s too bad because it’s totally cool and beautiful there 
    • I know – Wisconsin and Michigan are two states and probably different from each other
    • But are they really? I don’t know – I’ve pretty much lived along the coastal states my whole life (except that part in Arizona – but even then everyone just escapes to San Diego whenever they can.)
    • So Wischigan. I’ve actually photographed 4 weddings there and one thing I can say is that THOSE PEOPLE ARE F*CKEN AWESOME. They love them their beer and I love them for loving their beer. 
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  • Hawaii, Hawaii

    • Pick an island
  • PNW (Pacific Northwest)

    • If you like trees they have lots. Pick a state up there. Make some #LiveAuthentic #Kinfolk #GetOutside Instagram posts 
    • You can visit my cats that live with my sister in Portland, Oregon
    • There are a lot of waterfalls apparently
    • But no really – visit my cats in Portland.

2017 Top 10 Best Wedding Destination Locations in the U.S.

Different Food & Dinner Options for Your Wedding

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I’m making a few assumptions with this post.

  1. You want food available/to feed your guests something
  2. You’re feeding them dinner

Of course you absolutely have the option of not really providing any food for your guests (just make sure you let me know that this is NOT THAT KIND OF WEDDING). This is not unheard of – you can simply have a ‘cocktail reception’ as they say – which would still kind of mean that you’d be providing some food but more like simple appetizers and bites. Nothing resembling a meal. Unless you eat 34 bites.

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SO. What are the dinner food options for your wedding? Or more appropriate and specifically – what are the different food service options for your wedding reception? Ah yes – Food Service Options.

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Say it again – Food Service Options for Your Wedding Reception (that’s just SEO junk there)

  • Seated Meal
    • Alright – this is you probably already know as one of your main options. Just feed everyone a seated meal like it was a restaurant with a very limited menu. Yes there are some great benefits to having full seated meal service – but those benefits definitely add up in costs. Largely in the costs to provide enough servers/waitstaff to make sure that the plates get served in a timely manner. The problem or costs can get exponentially greater as the number of your guests grows. Definitely something to keep in mind. You’ll also want to balance out the quality of the food with the number of guests and costs. A seated meal/dinner service is often thought of as the most traditional food service but that doesn’t mean that you can’t go with one of the other options and still have an amazingly impressive wedding reception.
  • Family-Style Meal
    • You know how some restaurants say they serve food ‘family style’? Which really just means they bring the food on slightly larger plates to your table and make you serve yourselves. Right. Okay. This is sort of in between a seated meal and a buffet. More like… a seated buffet. YES. EXACTLY. Feels fancy like a seated meal but unfancy like Golden Corral…
  • Buffet Meal
    • Ahahaha I just made a Golden Corral joke just now and it was HILARIOUS (see above like two lines.) – okay your wedding reception buffet doesn’t have to be like the amazing buffet at Golden Corral – because that’s some DAMN FINE FOOD THEY HAVE THERE. No seriously. I LOVE Golden Corral. I only eat like 3 things and pile on 5 plates of the stuff – but I LOVE those three things. Same with your wedding reception buffet. You give people the opportunity to eat as much as they want of the same 3 things and leave the rest for the rest of the people… often times cheaper than a seated meal and with way more food for everyone. Just don’t go cheap okay? As in – barely enough food for people. I’ve seen roast beef sliced so thin and small that it was basically cold cuts.
  • Brunch or Lunch
    • This changes your whole day. If you’re not having a dinner reception then you don’t have to have dinner food. Heck – if you’re having a dinner reception, you don’t have to have dinner food either. Anyway – breakfast – everyone loves breakfast food. And if they don’t love breakfast food then they don’t need to be attending your wedding because they’re probably some kind of miserable f*cker. (WHO DOESN’T LIKE BREAKFAST FOOD?!) Oh yeah – and if you’re having a brunch/breakfast/lunch wedding reception – the drinking will probably be WAY LESS than if you were just partying the night away. Boom. Saved you some money. YOU’RE WELCOME.
  • Heavy H’orderves/Cocktail hour
    • IDK. I said something up there earlier about how you don’t have to serve as much food if you’re just serving heavy h’orderves – unless that’s what you’re serving for dinner – then you DO have to serve just as much food… which may or may not save you money. Because I know we served heavy h’orderves for dinner at our wedding and that was still damn expensive. What do I know about any of this really – I’m a photographer.

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Alright! Thank you! You’re awesome!

 

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C + P | Flying Caballeros Ranch | California Wedding Photographer

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A few months ago I had the honor and fortune to fly out to San Luis Obispo, California for Caroline and Paul’s wedding. It’s actually been a while since I last photographed a wedding out in California – but of course it’s always great (mostly because it’s not Georgia.) (ha but don’t get me wrong – I love Georgia weddings – duh – and I’m not just saying that because I’m SO RICH FROM ALL THE GEORGIA WEDDINGS) – but you know. California is so awesome! And I’m not just saying that in some kind of desperate wedding photographer sort of way (you know – when on their website they’re like, ‘available for destination weddings WORLDWIDE.’ – uh. That’s like DUH. Of course you’re available for weddings anywhere people will pay you. Stop begging.

Oh right. Caroline and Paul’s wedding – it was at the amazing Flying Caballeros Ranch out in San Luis Obispo, California. SO AWESOME. I actually flew into LAX and then drove up the coast to get there and aside from the traffic – it was a great drive… IDK. I like the beach. I didn’t get to go to the beach and I barely saw the ocean but ummm, okay maybe I’m desperate for the beach and even driving by it made me happy. Okay. Right. Where was I?

Oh yeah. Caroline is Andre’s sister and Andre is an amazing photographer (artist) that worked with me a few years ago here in Atlanta. So. It was great that Andre referred Caroline to me because that’s FAMILY. And you don’t refer someone to your family unless you think good things about that someone. Plus. Photographers – we’re awful petty people so a referral from another photographer is a BIG COMPLIMENT. You know what I mean.

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Right. See? Wasn’t that awesome and amazing? Look at that landscape. Look at those people. Look at those… IDK – all those wedding things in the wedding photos! So pretty! So… awesome! So… oh yeah I was also fortunate enough to work with my friend Markie Jones on this wedding – she actually flew down from Washington state to help me out so yeah – all kinds of AWESOME RIGHT?! YES.

Now if you follow me on Instagram or if you’ve kept up with us over the years – you know that we’ve been fortunate enough to photograph weddings all over the country semi-regularly. Like more than I EVER thought I would. Seriously. Especially for wedding photography – cause come on – there are AMAZING wedding photographers EVERYWHERE. And these people could always hire someone closer to them than hiring me to fly out of Atlanta all the way to… wherever they are. Right? RIGHT. In fact – most of the time these days whenever I get an inquiry from some far away state I’m usually like… are you sure you haven’t look around locally? Because I’m sure I can find someone pretty awesome that’s RIGHT THERE.

And then sometimes they still hire me. I know. Crazy right? I don’t get it either. But I do appreciate the f*ck out of it.

AND HEY! 500 words! I’m OUT.

 

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Vegas Wedding? Make Time for The Strip

If you’re having a wedding in Las Vegas, NV. – you’ll want to make time for a portrait session down on the strip – or downtown on Fremont St.

Let me say that again – MAKE TIME FOR YOUR PORTRAIT SESSION. Whether you have to do it the day before or the day after or the same evening – after your wedding reception and before the after party – MAKE TIME. It’s worth it. If you have a great photographer – it’s DEFINITELY WORTH IT. Don’t settle for only photos at your hotel – get out there and get some photos that LOOK LIKE VEGAS.

You won’t regret it.

Alright – if I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

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Ask to See a Full Wedding Gallery | Vlog

One of the questions you’ll definitely want to ask any wedding photographer – is whether or not you can view a complete and full wedding gallery – from one of the weddings that they’ve photographed.

Sure it’s easy to get great photos every now and then – or lucky shots – or during segments or portions of a wedding day – but what about the ENTIRE DAY? How do they handle the getting ready/prep shots vs the portrait session vs the darkness of a reception?

Not all wedding photographers excel at all parts of the wedding day – some are heavily skilled at the detail shots of STUFF – other people are more focused on people – and then some photographers shoot strictly artistically and abstract. You need to make sure that you have a good feel for how they photograph WEDDINGS – and not just wedding portraits, or only detail shots.

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There IS a difference.

And if you view several full galleries – you’ll be able to see how much they repeat or shoot ‘the exact same way’ over and over again – maybe you want that, maybe you don’t. It’s all in HOW it’s done. Some people can do the same poses with different couples in different locations – and make it all look LIKE THE SAME THING. Some people make it look so very different and unique.

It’s all in how you do it. Just like anything else.

Alright – if I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

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The Best Way to Identify Bad Wedding Photographers | Vlog

One of the questions you’ll want to ask any wedding photographer you’re considering – is simply “Can we view a complete and full wedding gallery you’ve photographed?”

This is also one of the best ways to separate the good photographers from the really bad photographers (or the ones that are at least not as good.)

The truth is that a wedding portfolio will obviously have THE BEST photos that the photograph

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er wants to show off – but that’s usually 1 ormaybe2 photos from each wedding. What you want to see is how they handle THE ENTIRE DAY – at least a few examples of complete weddings from start to finish.

There’s no hiding behind 1 or 2 great images if you’re seeing 400+ photos. Not only that – you’ll be able to see how that particular photographer handles different lighting conditions, different people, and different locations. Do all of their photos look like they could’ve been photographed anywhere (and not location specific? That may or may not be a good thing. If you picked a location because of a certain look – you’ll want that to be reflected in your photos.)

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Does that photographer use the exact same pose at EVERY WEDDING? Obviously there will be some overlap – but if you get the feeling that the photographer only has 2-3 poses and that’s it… You may not want that.

Selecting a wedding photographer is so much more than just their photos – but you want to make sure that their photos are at least as good as you need them to be. You want to make sure that they don’t just get lucky shots every now and then. You’re paying them good money and honestly – for the most part – their photos need to bemuch better than anything your guests can take.That’s why you’re hiring a professional photographer.

Alright. If I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding – and I’ll talk to you later.

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What are your Wedding Photography Goals? | Vlog

One of the most important things you’ll want to consider or think about – in regards to your wedding – is what is/are your wedding photography goals?

Basically – in about 4 weeks after your wedding, when you receive your wedding photos – what will you see in the photos that will make you thinkwow Mark didn’t totally F*ck up our wedding photos!

That’s the baseline rule of thumb – what are you looking for that would make the wedding photos a success for you. Whether that means some ridiculously amazing portraits of the two of you – or great intimate documentary photos of moments that just happened – or ALL OF THAT AND MORE.

Share your wedding photography ideas and goals with any of your potential wedding photographers and see what they say. See if they understand what you’re describing and if they have more ideas or input on the subject. If they ask more questions or are open to talking about that with you more – that’s always a great sign. You want someone that will photograph your wedding the way your wedding needs to be photographed. Not just someone who will run their ‘wedding photography’ program and pump out their usual work.

Because honestly – your wedding is different and special. Like you.

Alright that was probably totally just generic ‘you’re a special snowflake’ copy but still – there will be moments during your wedding day that are unique to you guys and your wedding – and your photographer should be capable enough to capture those right the eye and attitude.

Alright. If I don’t see you on your day – have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later.

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What About Transportation on Your Wedding Day? | Vlog

One of the things that many people forget to think about for their wedding day is their transportation. How are you going to get to everywhere you need to be? Where you are you getting ready? How will you go from there to the venue for your ceremony? What about after your ceremony over to where your reception is taking place?

Sure. It might be super easy if everything is taking place in one location – but if it’s not – you need to think about all the in-betweens. Home to the salon to home to the church to the reception to the hotel. That’s a lot right there!

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And then if you have a large wedding party – and you’re planning on everyone traveling together – will everyone fit? Will YOU fit with your gigantic poofy wedding dress? Maybe. Maybe not. You should probably make SURE that you all will in fact fit in whatever vehicle is moving you and your team from place to place!

Uber? Taxi? MAKE SURE it’s a large vehicle. Make Sure Make Sure Make Sure.

Your transportation is easily something you can lock down and plan for before your wedding day – so take a few minutes and make the proper arrangements. Or – you know – make your maid of honor/best man take care of that for you. Sounds like a job they should be able to handle right? Hopefully. Ha. Of course they can handle that!

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Along with all of that – make sure you have your getaway plan for the end of the night. After along day of wedding-things, you don’t want to have to worry about getting to your hotel room.

Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!

 

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How to Help Your Stylists Give You Perfect Wedding Hair! | Vlog

Since I was getting my ‘hawk refreshed – I figured that I’d cover a few tips on helping out your stylist for your wedding hair!

A few months before your wedding – find a hairstylists and have a ‘trial’ session. If they’re a professional stylists – they’ll ask you questions to narrow down your ideas and get a better idea of what you want your hair to look like on your wedding day.

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You will want to bring anything you can to the trial with you. Photos of your dress, and then also photos of you IN your dress as well. Having those will help your stylist get a better idea of how your hair will sit on your head with the dress on your body. Sounds like common sense right? And it is – but this is wedding stuff we’re talking about so common sense GOES OUT THE WINDOW! Cause you know – weddings are bonkers!

Bring any photos you’ve gathered as well for ‘hair’ inspiration – and then also any colors, or fabrics or really anything you might want your stylist to incorporate somehow into your hair for that day.

Another good idea is to make sure you know what you DON’T WANT. That’s almost as important as knowing what you do want – and it’ll cut down on the wasted time of going through bad ideas that you were never going to like in the first place 🙂

Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!

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How Long Do Wedding Photos Take? | Vlog

You spent all that money on an amazing wedding photographer – so here’s my biggest piece of advice – SCHEDULE TIME FOR WEDDING PHOTOS.

Make the time in your schedule.

Just like anything else you really want to make time for on your wedding day – like the ceremony. Even if you don’t really want to take photos – if you hired a professional wedding photographer – get your money’s worth. And in order to do that, you have to make the time for photos. You should make enough time so that your photographer has the space and room to do THEIR WORK.

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How long should wedding photos take? The short version? 1 hour and 17 minutes.

The long version?

Thirty (30) minutes for your first look/portrait session. Thirty (30) minutes for the family formals. And 17 minutes for the wedding party photos. Sure those times can blur and bend – but not the portrait session. It’s a minimum of 30 minutes blocked off for the portrait session. Give your photographer at least that much time if not longer. 45 minutes is great! I wouldn’t even know what to do if I had an entire hour! My head would probably explode!

So there you have it. That’s how much time it takes for wedding photos!

Alright! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!

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How to Avoid Ugly & Stiff Wedding Photos | Vlog

If you’re like normal people and you’re not very comfortable in front of a camera, you may be wondering – how are things going to be on your wedding day? Don’t worry! That’s why you hire a professional wedding photographer!

That’s totally their job. That’s what I do. It’s kind of my thing.

We’ll run you through a series of motions and setups. Everything is inhow you do it.We won’t put you in front of ‘things’ and just say stand in front of this, stand in front of this, now stand in front of this. Be Boring be boring be boring. NO. Never.

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There are lots of different tricks. For example – just being ready. I’ll have you two looking at each other, staring all loving like, and then I’ll get ready – and then say ‘hey, look at me’ – CLICKCLICKCLICK and then you can stop looking at me cause that’s um, AWKWARD for me too! ha.

Yeah. You don’t need to stare at me for 5 minutes. Right? Right.

Oh yeah – and you should always always always feel very comfortable giving your photographer your photo ideas and suggestions. Even if that photographer is an ARTISTE! F*ck that. You hired them. Work with them – and they should be open to your ideas.

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For me – it’s always quicker and faster for me to make the best attempt at your photo idea, than to think too hard about whether or not we should even take the photo. Like… let’s DO THIS! And then we’ll sort it out later you know? Right.

Okay! If I don’t see you on your day, have a great wedding and I’ll talk to you later!

 

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