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When do you have a first look? | Wedding Planning | Vlog

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When should you have the first look on your wedding day? We recommend – I recommend not doing it any later than 1.5 hours before your ceremony. So that gives you at least 30 minutes for the portrait session (bride and groom) – and then you have about 15 minutes for your wedding party, and then you have plenty of time to get you guys tucked away, and hidden before all of your guests start arriving about 30 minutes before the ceremony.

So yes – at the latest – 1.5 hours before your ceremony for your first look. You can always do it earlier than that depending on the logistics and where you want it to be. For example if your hotel is beautiful and you want to do it there, or someplace else between your hotel and the venue. Build in the time and plan for it.

One more time! Definitely! Your first look should take place 1.5 hours before your ceremony? (Repeated three times – and now you will NEVER FORGET IT.)

Okay! THAT is when you should have your first look on your wedding day!

Or… don’t have it. That’s cool too.

OR DO.

Your schedule will look like this:

12pm – Preparations/Getting Ready

3:30pm – FIRST LOOK/Portrait Session

5:00pm – Ceremony

See? Simple. Easy. Wedding.

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This Post is about Destination Weddings in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Destination Weddings are awesome! Well – they can be awesome.

But where do you begin?

I don’t know either – but here’s what I know – if you’re looking to cut down on the number of people attending your wedding… HAVE A DESTINATION WEDDING.

Basically – make sure that the people you REALLY want at your wedding, can attended/fly/make it there – and then everyone else… they’re on their own man. And most of them won’t be able to make it. Seriously. Work peoples? Ha. Someone has to stay behind while you’re away on a beach. Lame relatives? They’re lame so they were probably only coming for the free food and drinks AND they weren’t going to give you a good gift anyway.

Best friends? Of course they’ll be there. THEY WILL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES. (unless they’re preggers or something – that’s an alright excuse.)

Oh – and here’s a PRO TIP – don’t invite anyone that will make the trip all about them – and not all about you guys getting married.

Because F*ck that.

Oh yeah. I should probably include some actual tips on how to have a destination wedding in Playa del Carmen, Mexico (like the title of this post suggests.)

Well – first check out this video from Cassi & Nick’s wedding!

SO. Tips.

1. Work with a travel agency/operator. 

Sure you can piece everything together – but NO. Don’t do that. Get help. A travel agency is especially helpful for your guests – because the agency will do all of the organizing and then all you have to do is check up on things. Who’s booked their trip, who hasn’t – stuff like that. But you don’t have to do any of the flights/hotels/airport transfer organizing.

2. Be available to your guests.

You are basically inviting them on vacation with you. SO HAVE A VACATION WITH THEM. Especially if it’s a few days/week of time. Don’t hide in your room. Spend time with everyone you invited. Whether that’s a planned dinner/lunch every day or taking over a corner of the pool (or a whole pool). Don’t leave anyone out – even the introverts. (but you’re not their butler/doormat/ concierge either.)

3. Arrive a few days before your wedding day and leave a few days after your wedding day. 

You get a few days to start relaxing before your wedding – and then a few days after to party!

4. Decide on how much you actually care about your wedding photos. 

Your options are basically – hire the resort photographer, or bring your own. Obviously bringing your own is going to cost you way more money – but the photos will be WAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY MORE. More better. More awesome. More everything. It’s not a bad choice to take a chance with the resort photographer – if you don’t give any fucks about your wedding photos.

5. HAVE FUN.

Look. If you’re having a destination wedding and you’re not having any fun – then that’s actually a REALLY BAD THING. Because dammit – not having fun at your big fancy wedding ‘back home’ was exactly what you were trying to avoid by having a destination wedding with fewer people. So SOMETHING IS WRONG IF YOU’RE NOT HAVING FUN. Fix whatever that is ASAP. Kill it. Squash it. Send that person home. Whatever it takes. Don’t put up with it.

6. If you’re having your wedding down in Playa del Carmen – hire this lady and rent all of your decor from her instead of having the hotel do it, and instead of flying down 10 suitcases full of decorations.

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Photography Studio Interns Wanted

We are LeahAndMark & Co. and we’re looking for a handful of Interns to work with us over the next three months.

Part training program, part studio internship (with our Commercial Photography company, Project5A Studio.This is our Portfolio

Our company is expanding and with the increase in business and projects we’re now moving into a new studio in a few weeks.

We’re not like many other photography studios. We get crazy ideas and we run with them. We ‘start’ at ridiculous and take it up from there. We love photography. This isn’t our hobby and we make a living doing this. We’d love to have you working with us.

First off let me just say this is HARD WORK,  I was told that before I came into it, and I have been doing photography for about 4 years now, I’ve been part of an extremely rigorous BFA program at Georgia State University, and it does not compare to what you experience while working with LeahandMark. – Intern Joshua (Season X)

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Then I was an intern. And I knew I could create again. The confines of the lens became a sanctuary and gateway. Something familiar but completely new territory. Something I wanted to explore but never fully conquer. I gave myself the three months to see if art was supposed to be apart of my life. If it was, three months would be more than enough time to figure it out. So I dove in, head first. – Intern Jo (Season Six)

Before I did this internship I worked, but I didn’t work hard. I didn’t realize how much I could knock out in a weeks time when I just got up and did it. I think the main reason so many  photographers aren’t able to really get their business to thrive is not because they suck at photography, but because they are lazy. Or if they are working hard, they are pouring their time and energy into becoming better at their “art” instead of figuring out how to get clients. Mark is the hardest working photographer I know. He will show you how to hustle and teach you the meaning of hard work. - Intern Meagan (Season Six)

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Responsibilities:

  •  setting up lighting equipment and backdrops
  • carrying equipment and supplies
  • general computer work
  • social media marketing
  • attending events and photoshoots
  • manage event photo galleries
  • attending team meetings
  • photo editing
  • contacting potential clients
  • other duties as assigned

Requirements:

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must be a reliable, dependable, self starter
  • Photography experience / student preferred
  • Must have dependable transportation
  • A working DSLR camera
  • Laptop Computer
  • Cell Phone

It’s okay if you have a day job – we do ask that you’re available to work on weekend mornings or evenings or all day depending on our business needs. It’s only three months!

What will you get out of this Internship? 

  • Real Photography business experience (shooting, marketing, working with clients, etc.)
  • An opportunity to make contacts and network with established companies
  • Work side-by-side with full time photographers
  • Attend Intern-Only workshops (all of our workshops are for interns only – not the public)
  • You get to work with a badass crew of photographers that make things happen.

Deadline for Applications is Friday, October 11th, 2013.

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Family Portraits With You | by LeahAndMark & Co.

Have we mentioned that we do family portraits? And newborns? And Maternity sessions? And… heck. Pet Portraits? And I know we should probably have some wording on this website about how we ‘capture the true emotion and essence of your family’  or ‘we capture your personality, your quirks, your You’… um.

Well. I just want to make nice photos. um. Really nice photos?

Whether it’s in Arizona, Pennsylvania, here in Georgia, or anywhere else – having photos of your family is important. Sure I’m a photographer so of course I believe that – but over the past few months we’ve really started focusing on booking more maternity, newborn, and family portraits. Now more than ever as Jonah continues to grow up, - I really appreciate family portraiture. Not just from a photography stand point – but from the simple viewpoint of having a good photo, and being IN a good photo with the people you love the most.

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We’re regularly asked, “What camera do you recommend I buy?” – and our answer is simply the one you’ll use most often. Because a great & expensive camera is useless if you don’t actually pick it up and take photos with it.

Now obviously there is a difference between hiring a Professional Photographer and just taking family photos with your point & shoot on a tripod, or a table – and although we suggest that everyone hire a photographer every now and then – we even MORE suggest that you take the time to make your own photos of the people you love. Because any photographer will tell you that the best photos are always the ‘in-between’ shots.

And compared to the two hours that we have with you during a session, you have opportunities everyday to take photos that we could never dream of making.

So yes – we’re always happy when you hire us and we love making beautiful photos of you and your family – but you should be making those photos that we can’t. Those are the best ones anyways.

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The Classic Getaway Car (Your Wedding Exit)

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Your ‘getaway mobile’ is literally the very last photo-opportunity that will occur during your wedding day.

Obviously – some people care about what they drive off in – and some people couldn’t care less.

These are obviously the people that care – because they went to the trouble of hiring not just nice cars, and not just a plain limo – but vintage classic cars. The type of car you don’t normally see driving down the road on your morning commute. Clearly these couples wanted to drive off in style.

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Different Types of Wedding Exits

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How do you end your wedding? Do you just… turn on the house lights and tell everyone to go home? Trust us – if you don’t make a plan for the end of your wedding – that might actually happen. Because once the DJ is finished – it’s usually over. So why not end everything in style and put a perfect end cap to your amazing wedding day!

But how should you make that exit? Here’s how some of our past couples have made the walk.

1. Bubbles! (can be tricky – make sure someone cues everyone to start blowing bubbles at the perfect moment just before you start walking)

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2. High Fives & Harmonicas! 

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3. Glow Sticks! (There was a fire advisory in the area so the couple couldn’t have sparklers for their exit – so they had glow sticks!)

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4. Party Poppers (… can be tricky… everyone held onto theirs so it all tangled and became a net that caught the couple and wouldn’t let them get away!)

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5. Streamers (attached to sticks!)

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6. A Parade (flanked by the groom’s mother and sister, this couple led all of their guests in a parade to their awaiting limo)

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7. Driving a decorated golf cart while being pelted by lavender (I think it was lavender… or rice… I can’t remember…)

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8. Sparklers! (By far the most popular choice for exits at night! Honestly though – you want to get the foot long sparklers and not the shorter ones you can buy at the grocery store. Even if you have to have them brought in from a nearby state it’s totally worth it! They’re always selling them at the state line anyway (fireworks of that level aren’t legal for sale here in Georgia.)

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One of the best things about photographing weddings is how different weddings can be. Even the same ‘type’ of wedding, such as a backyard wedding. We plan and plan and plan – but in the end it’s generally always a good bit crazy. What’s kind of funny is that the weddings where crazy is ‘planned’ – are the weddings that can best handle changes or serendipitous happenings. The weddings that are planned in 5 minute blocks – those are the ones that often times don’t account for crazy.

And hey – doesn’t it just sound more fun to account and plan for crazy? (although I should probably not call it crazy, and call it something like ‘whimsical fun’ – because sometimes crazy turns into crazzzzzzzzy - and no one wants CRAAAAZZZZZY, just you know, ‘crazy’, the good kind!)

Oh. Andrea & Cara. LOVE.

You. Are. Awesome.

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Sometimes it’s bright & sunny on your wedding day. That hasn’t really been the case for most of our weddings this year so far. Sometimes your wedding takes place on a mountain top so high that you’re literally getting married in the clouds. See how thick the fog is in these photos? That’s because we were literally up in the clouds. Check out the shots.

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Six Reasons to Have a First Look (Or Not!)

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A ‘First Look’ is generally when the two people getting  married see each other before their ceremony. It’s usually a semi-staged event, where your Asian photographer (me!) says hey person 1, stand here and look that direction  - and then I’ll tell person 2, hey, walk over there and say hi.

Well. Basically something like that.

Should you have a first look before your wedding? Should you wait and not see each other until your wedding ceremony? Yes.

No.

Yes. And no.

I used to push for the first look – because that’s what photographers do. We want that specific time set aside for us, so we’re guaranteed our space to make literal amazing. I used to push for it. Now? Not as much. What I do require is a 30 minute block of time for the couples portrait session. That can take place before or after the ceremony – as long as it definitely happens. No matter what. No matter how late the schedule gets. No matter what. Here are the things to consider when you’re deciding whether or not to have a first look before your wedding ceremony.

1. The Time of Your Ceremony

If your ceremony is at sunset then your portrait session will probably be taking place in the f*cken pitch black dark. That’s a situation when we should’ve had a first look because we need more light than NONE. Of course – if your ceremony is a little bit earlier and then the timing of your portrait session is sunset – that’s PERFECT. See? In that situation we didn’t need the first look. AND now the portrait session is taking place a much better time than at 3pm in the midday sun. Think you can’t have a slightly earlier ceremony time? WHY NOT? It’s your wedding.

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2. Do you want to enter your reception earlier?

The timeline goes like this:

5:00 – 5:30 Ceremony

5:30 – 6:00 Family Formals

6:00 – 6:30 Portrait session

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If you don’t have the first look – you’re saving 30 minutes of time before you enter your reception. To be honest though – some photographers are SLOW. I’ve heard of other photographers taking an hour+ to complete the family formals and then you STILL have to do your portrait session. That’s a nightmare and that photographer should be fired. Who takes two hours to complete family formals and the portrait session? Anyway… if you happen to have a slow photographer, then YES – you will want to have a first look because otherwise it’ll take 2+ hours before you ever enter your reception. But if you have a generally great photographer – they’ll knock the family formals out and then take care of you during your portrait session and you won’t feel like anytime has passed anyway – and as long as you have a real cocktail hour (you know – with DRINKS and hors d’oeuvres) everyone should be fine.

Of course – you’ll also need to take into consideration any travel time if your ceremony is taking place somewhere other than next door/at your reception venue.

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3. Do you even want ‘First Look’ Photos?

The thing with the ‘first look’ is that without it – you can’t make those photos. If we try to make them after your ceremony, after you’ve seen each other already… well… now we’re just REALLY faking it. It won’t be genuine and also it would just be kind of weird. So yeah – that’s definitely something you should consider. Do you even want those ‘first look’ photos? I think this is actually the NUMBER ONE question you should ask yourself when making the decision to have a first look or not. Sure we try to go into the portrait session right after this, but if you don’t even want the first look photos then the portrait session can definitely take place after the ceremony.

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4. It’s tradition to not see each other until the ceremony.

I won’t argue this fact. It is tradition to not see each other until the ceremony. However – I will say that nearly half of our couples DO have a first look, so this tradition is kept up only about half the time among the couples that we photograph. So there. How about that. It’s not good or bad or against tradition – but it’s definitely a perfectly great option that you shouldn’t feel bad about choosing.

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5. Where might your first look actually take place?

This is a tricky one. Because you could have an amazing location in mind and your photographer might not know how to handle it. There’s a chance your photographer makes average photos in amazing places. On the flip side – your photographer might know how to make amazing photos out of lousy spaces. On the side-side, it’s not your job to do your photographer’s job. Of course – a little help is always appreciated. If you know that the only place we can do the first look is a broom closet – maybe…. maybe we shouldn’t do the first look. Of course – if you don’t care that it’s in a broom closet – then by all means, have at it.

But HEY. This is YOUR WEDDING DAY. Why not give the first look the time and space it deserves because you got dressed up and you look f*cken amazing. Why would you stick yourself in a broom closet for a first look? If you have to take an extra 15 minutes to go over to that amazing spot where the sun hits everything just right – then DO IT.

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6. Aw screw it. HAVE A FIRST LOOK DAMMIT.

Seriously. HAVE A FIRST LOOK. I don’t know anyone who’s ever been like - aw man, look at all of these extra photos we have of us being ridiculously happy and in love. 

If you’re paying me a trillion dollars to photograph your wedding then I recommend you get your money’s worth – and demand that we do the first look. It’s okay – you don’t have to feel bad about it. I’ll be fine. Really. So if you want the first look just let me know and we’ll turn on the faucet that sprays amazing and beautiful everywhere while you guys meet up and bask in your love (you know – along with having an Asian guy yelling you to kiss/hold hands/be in love, etc.)

DO IT. Have a first look.

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We are very fortunate that we get hired to photograph a wide variety of weddings. Weddings that take place in churches, parks, art museums, and of course – farms in Iowa. Anne & Dominic first flew me out to San Francisco where they live, for their engagement session (see here). A few months later we all flew out to Iowa where Anne’s parents live. And yeah. It was all pretty, and awesome, and beautiful – and check out that BLUE SKY. And yes – the idea that someone would fly me across the country twice – just to photograph them – is kind of crazy – and amazing – and just… we definitely wanted to do a great job for Anne & Dominic. We wanted to make them some photos that we just couldn’t make anywhere else.

That’s the trick though isn’t it? Especially for us when we’re being flown all over the country to photograph weddings. Photos from a wedding in California shouldn’t look like photos from a wedding in Maine. Photos from a wedding in Boston shouldn’t look like photos from a wedding in Berkeley. Different locations, different times – and definitely different clients. Even if you use the same poses – a good photographer would know how to make the shot unique to that situation; unique to the couple.

Anne & Dominic? Amazing. Awesome. Dominating?… ah… I should’ve stopped while I was ahead.

(oh – we also flew our photobooth all the way to Iowa as well! Check out those crazy shots, here.)

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Five Tips for a Better Photobooth at Your Wedding

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We do not like failure. We don’t like losing. We don’t even like things that kind of lose or fail. Especially photobooths. Especially your photobooth at your wedding. No one likes a dead dance floor at a wedding and we absolutely hate a dead photobooth. SO. Here are a few tips on how to make sure that your photobooth is busier than me at a Chinese buffet.

1. Location, Location, Location

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Where  you put your photobooth, matters. The closer to the bar – the better (makes sense right?!) If not near the bar area, then at the very least put it somewhere in the reception space room with the dance floor. DO NOT put it by itself on a different floor or other room tucked away in the back somewhere, hoping people go out of their way to find it (at some plantation home weddings the only space for it is in a completely other room, where guests probably won’t ever visit.)

Your photobooth should be considered another piece of entertainment – so put it in the vicinity of the dance floor or bar.

2. Have an Open Bar

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I mean – yeah you don’t need to have alcohol to have a kickass photobooth – but it definitely won’t hurt…

3. Tell your guests about the photobooth

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We’ll do everything can to get people into the photobooth – and of course have it announced by the DJ/band – but one of the best ways  to make sure people know you have a photobooth is by telling them. You don’t have to go around and notify every single person – but as the two people getting married – you should definitely make your own visit to the photobooth – and bring along your best friends. All of them.

4. Have Props for Everyone!

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PROPS. Your photobooth company will probably provide props – but if you have any crazy ideas for props or want to bring your set – DO IT. Also – ANYTHING can be a prop. ANYTHING.

5. Have a GREAT Photobooth Attendant!

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Some photobooth attendants are basically just button pushers. Boring, boring, BORING button pushers. What you want is someone who will not only pull people into your photobooth – but that will also get the ‘best’ out of them once they’re in there. You don’t want 4 boring photos of them just staring blankly at the camera. You want different poses, different looks, and a lot of fun attitude! Your photobooth attendant is the emcee… of that 10 x 10 space for 3 hours… (I know, it’s like being the captain of a rowboat but whatever! We love it!)

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