About The Day https://abouttheday.com/blog Wedding Photography Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:36:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.10 Cody & Bridget https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-cbj/ https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-cbj/#respond Sun, 23 Jul 2017 01:36:59 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4312 Auburndale, WI :: We first met Cody and Bridget while shooting their engagement photos last year at a few locations around Dallas Texas. They both are]]>

Auburndale, WI :: We first met Cody and Bridget while shooting their engagement photos last year at a few locations around Dallas Texas. They both are uniquely different personalities, and they are total opposites in so many ways, yet it’s obvious it’s a part of their attraction and a big part of their charm for those of us who know them! Bridget is like the moon, spinning and ever out there… and Cody – like the Earth – keeps her in orbit with his gravitational pull of sensibility and logic. It’s a joy to capture their personalities and be a part of their most special day. :)

Their wedding took place at Youngs Dairy Farm in the old wooden barn; doors flung wide open to allow a breeze, and everyone teary-eyed as Bridget and her father walked down the isle.

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Cord & Katie https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-ckh/ https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-ckh/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 23:59:21 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4297 Arthur, NE :: It was almost a year ago when we first talked with Katie & Cord about their plans for their wedding day and photography on his]]>

Arthur, NE :: It was almost a year ago when we first talked with Katie & Cord about their plans for their wedding day and photography on his parents ranch “The Haythorn Land & Cattle Co.” located in rural western Nebraska. Upon our arrival, we could see what they’d envisioned and were excited to get to work taking it all in. Even better, a big amount of unexpected rain had revitalized the entire landscape and the place was green, lush, and smelled of warm grass carried on soft prairie winds.

Katie arrived to the ceremony in a horse drawn carriage and was the picture of the most beautiful storybook princess imaginable, while Cord, handsome and rugged; wearing a cowboy hat and denim, looked on in raptured amazement… and – as you can see – the entire day was a country fairytale.

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Will & Mary https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-wmm/ https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-wmm/#respond Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:21:44 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4285 Cascade Locks, OR :: This isn’t the first time we’ve shot a wedding on Thunder Island which is located in the middle of the Columbia River]]>

Cascade Locks, OR :: This isn’t the first time we’ve shot a wedding on Thunder Island which is located in the middle of the Columbia River in the iconic and famously beautiful Columbia River Gorge, but this probably was the most wind we’ve ever had to contend with at a wedding before. It felt like you might get swept away on the walk over the bridge, practically unable to hear your own voice in the rushing air, but thankfully the dense trees surrounding the ceremony site created a wonderful wind-block and we were able to get some incredible photos of Will and Mary!

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I still haven’t decided which one I like better (below)… Silhouette or Lighted?

Bride and Groom in Silhouette on Thunder IslandBride and Groom under the Trees on Thunder Island Wedding Rings and Flowers Bride and Groom cut the cakeDragon Stone theme Wedding Cake Bride and Groom kiss on bridge to Thunder Island Bride and Groom almost swept away by wind on Thunder Island
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Rochelle & Kristi https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-rkh/ https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-rkh/#respond Thu, 06 Jul 2017 23:35:08 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4272 Olympia, WA :: You can tell that Albees Garden is beautiful no matter what time of year it is, but July in Washington is sort of the pinnacle of]]>

Olympia, WA :: You can tell that Albees Garden is beautiful no matter what time of year it is, but July in Washington is sort of the pinnacle of perfection when it comes to weather you depend on. Every season has it’s unique offerings too, but a breezy warm afternoon, surrounded by fragrant flowers, lush greenery, and soft green grass is unbeatable.

Kristi & Rochelle were the cutest Bride couple ever, both having a “baseball” background and history together (how they met), and using that background to theme the wedding decorations… but they also were dressed so beautifully in white that they lit up the entire day and brought a fantastic beauty to an already stunning day.

Decorations for Wedding at Albees Garden in Olympia Baseball theme decorations for Gay wedding at Albees Garden in Olympia Baseball, Cracker Jack, wedding decorations at Albees Garden in Olympia Table decorations for Wedding at Albees Garden in Olympia All the wedding day makeup Kristi has her makeup applied Rochelle sees herself in the makeup room Wedding Cake is set at Albees Garden in OlympiaThe wedding dresses are placed in the tree at Albees Garden in Olympia Little girl in round mirror Decorations for Gay Wedding at Albees Garden in Olympia Kristi laughs while having her hair doneConverse All Star Bride shoes Rochelle and her Bridesmaids Young boys play on the piano at Albees Garden in Olympia Two Brides romantic closeup Two Brides during gay wedding Two Brides familyKristi and Son Two Bride Gay wedding with full wedding party Kristi and her Bridesmaids Rochelle and her Bridesmaids Brides with their parents Kristi and her father 2 Brides with extended parents Rochelle pins flowers on her dad Rochelle and her daughterCeremony chair decorations for Wedding at Albees Garden in Olympia Rochelle walks with her mother Kristi with her father and mother Gay wedding ceremony with two beautiful brides Home base with signatures of guests Brides read vows to each other Sand ceremony during Gay Wedding Brides walk down the isle together at Albees Garden in Olympia Entire Wedding group Albees Garden in Olympia Gay Brides and their Bridesmaids pose with Baseball theme at Albees Garden in Olympia Gay Brides and their Bridesmaids with Baseball them at Albees Garden in Olympia Brides enter under baseball bat tunnel Head table at Albees Garden in Olympia RochelleKristi Two beautiful Brides kiss in the woods at Albees Garden in Olympia Brides dance closeup at Albees Garden in Olympia Brides and their kids first danceGay Brides cut wedding cake Brides kiss with wedding cake at Albees Garden in Olympia Desert wedding decor at Albees Garden in Olympia Little girl with Bride Smile Face Gorgeous Brides kiss in setting sun at Albees Garden in Olympia Brides pose with barn door Gorgeous Brides move in closer Brides dance together in setting sun Gay Brides Wedding Flowers and Rings Sunset table settings at Albees Garden in Olympia
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Christopher & Monica https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-cmh/ https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-cmh/#respond Fri, 30 Jun 2017 19:43:27 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4263 Manitowish Waters, WI :: Wisconsin is such a captivatingly beautiful state and it has a distinct personality that is recognizable as soon as you]]>

Manitowish Waters, WI :: Wisconsin is such a captivatingly beautiful state and it has a distinct personality that is recognizable as soon as you arrive. Weather you like (or don’t like) cheese, brats, lakes, and mosquitoes won’t matter, because it’s beauty is exceptional and it’s charm is unique.

It’s easy to see why Christopher & Monica chose to return to Keith Island (where they got engaged too) for their wedding ceremony. The peaceful lakeside cabins and lush forests felt like a slice of heaven just made particularly for their family and friends… and us too.

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Josh & Nicole https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-jnd/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:56:21 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4249 Platoro, CO :: Never heard of the place? Well, it’s no surprise… It’s far up in the mountains (10,000 feet up) and only accessible]]>

Platoro, CO :: Never heard of the place? Well, it’s no surprise… It’s far up in the mountains (10,000 feet up) and only accessible if you’re willing to drive up 40 miles of a rough, rocky, and dusty dirt roads to get there. But sometimes locations that are so isolated from the world, places that are so unique and special, make the very best settings for a wedding. Especially when these are the spots that are yours, and yours alone.

Josh & Nicole were married in a open field overlooking the little town of Platoro, surrounded by family, friends, and towering mountains.

Wedding rings in the center of a sunflower Groom puts on shoes and shows wild socksGroom and groomsment hanging out in front of the cabin in Platoro, CO Beautiful Bride sitting her dads truck Lovely Bride adjusts her dressThe Bride comes down the log cabin stairs in Platoro, CO Ring bearer shows sign to introduce the Bride The Bride arrives by Polaris Father and Bride come down the isleGroom looks at Bride as she comes down the isleHillside wedding in Platoro, Colorado The Bride looks on during vows Bride and Groom leave the wedding ceremony A big family portrait in Platoro, CA Bride and the kids The Wedding Party poses in Platoro, CO Wedding party jokes around in Platoro, CO Bride and Groom in the fields above Platoro, CO Bride and Groom kiss in front of 4x4 with wedding party in it Bride and Groom kiss in front of red Toyota truck Brides and Groom on yellow bridgeThe wedding cake and licenseBride and Groom pour sand The Bride and Groom kiss during first dance Bride and Groom cut the wedding cake Bride and Groom in Platoro, CO The Groom poses in the wind in Platoro, CO The Bride shows her dress in Platoro, CO The wedding couple stand in the meadow in Platoro, CO
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Jason & Sarah https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-jsb/ https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-jsb/#comments Tue, 13 Jun 2017 04:11:49 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4238 McMinnville, OR :: Rainy days are not uncommon in Oregon, and learning to adjust to it is just a part of life. If anything, the rain is a large part]]>

McMinnville, OR :: Rainy days are not uncommon in Oregon, and learning to adjust to it is just a part of life. If anything, the rain is a large part of why it is so beautiful… and there are fewer places more beautiful then the Willamette Valley in it’s blooming wineries everywhere you look. You can see why people from all over would want to get married here! Jason & Sarah are doubly blessed to live, and be married in such a gorgeous location.

Viewing life through a lens, the weather has benefits and challenges no matter what it’s like outside, and the rain brings amazing skies and moody softness to everything, so there’s no reason to be sad when it rains at a wedding! As you can see Jason & Sarah weren’t concerned by the random showers either. I think they both look perfectly adapted and absolutely stunning!

Bride comes up behind Groom during first look Bride and Groom hug during first look Bride and Groom kiss in front of large window at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum The Bride is surrounded by her beautiful flower girls The Brides family get close for a group shot Brides mother adjusts veilThe Bride and her father The Bride and Groom with his family A beautiful Bride with red roses at the Evergreen Aviation & Space MuseumLovely red and white wedding bouquet at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Bride and her bridesmaids at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum The entire wedding party at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Great looking Groom and his groomsmen at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Fierce looking skies over Bride and Groom Bride and Groom get closer with dark skies Gorgeous Bride poses at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Father walks Bride down the isle Groom speaks his vows during wedding ceremony Bride says vows during wedding ceremony The rings are exchanged The wedding Kiss Bride and Groom exit the church Bride and Groom pose in front of 747 at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Grandparents cake topperThe wedding cake and topper Mugs that say I love you more then coffee, but not always before coffee The first danceJason and Sarah have their first dance Sarah dances with her father at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Bride and Groom have a little cake fight during cake cutting Bride and Groom are surrounded during their danceA big kiss under a vivid sky Bride and Groom show their rings Mr Right and Mrs Always right A stunning Silhouette at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum Bride poses under umbrellaThe Bride and Groom make a break for it The Bride and Groom make a helicopter exit Brides and Groom do a fly-by over wedding guests Bride and Groom stand beside the helicopter Bride takes over during helicopter flightBride and Groom pose in the orchard Bride and Groom kiss in the orchard Gorgeous bride looks at camera Handsome groom poses in the orchard Bride and Groom walk down the runway
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Heather & Kali https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-hks/ Sat, 27 May 2017 06:25:45 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4218 Whitney Portal, CA :: I love the highway 395 corridor running along the back side of the Sierra mountains in beautiful California. We driven that]]>

Whitney Portal, CA :: I love the highway 395 corridor running along the back side of the Sierra mountains in beautiful California. We driven that route many times and marveled at the breathtaking landscapes and towering peaks that are everywhere, and each time we pass by we wish we had more time to take it all in.

To our surprise and delight, Heather & Kali love that area so much so that they selected to be married there, (and chose us to be their wedding photographers too), right there below the staggering and truly overwhelming Mt. Whitney. We had an absolutely amazing time sharing in their day, taking in their joy, and capturing their most special moments.

Heather reads her vows to Kali The Brides say their vows An emotional moment in the wedding for both brides and the officant A good laugh during the wedding ceremony Heather and Kali show their rings over the flowers Heather and Kali along the rivers edge Heather and Kali have a good laugh Father gives Bride to Groom Brides and girls with blue toenails Brides kiss along the rivers edge Heather's family Heather's parents pose for a picture Kali's family Heather and Kali along the waterfall edgeKali and her family in the woods Young girl in the woods like a fairytale angel The brides and their families in the woods Heather with her family The Brides kiss the officant, who is also Heathers daughter Brides holding hands Brides hold hands and lean against a rock wall Beautiful bride stands in the sunlit woods Bride poses along the creek in the woodsBrides hair woven with flowers from the back Heather looks over at her bride Brides look at each other on a wooden bridge Brides pose in front of Mt. Whitney Brides kiss on a rock high above the valley Wedding couple raises their arms with Mt Whitney in the background Brides look at each other with a view of the valley from Mt Whitney Brides look out over the valley from Mt Whitney Brides look at each other in an arched rock Both Brides climb up through an arch rock Brides family near Heart Rock Brides look at a rock with a whole in the shape of a heart
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The Bride and Groom’s first look https://abouttheday.com/blog/couples-first-look/ Thu, 18 May 2017 18:58:23 +0000 https://abouttheday.com/blog/?p=4144 The couples first look (and when it should be scheduled) is a vital part of the wedding day, yet amazingly, it isn’t a question that most]]>

The couples first look (and when it should be scheduled) is a vital part of the wedding day, yet amazingly, it isn’t a question that most couples have considered when they contact us about wedding photography. Most couples sort of default to thinking, “Well, isn’t that how it’s traditionally done?” Sadly, it is, and for no more good reason then it’s presumed to be traditional – or even worse, for good luck! (Seriously, let’s be practical here! Luck is not what you should be depending on for your wedding day, is it!? You’d have to be nuts to let luck determine the outcome of your wedding – and life to follow – based on the Grooms first glance!) …And tradition? What tradition? The only traditional that can be attributed to this formality is “arranged marriages”, and – okay – in that case you would need luck. Lots of it!

The tradition of the Groom first seeing the Bride during the ceremony in the “civilized world” isn’t based on any belief system or religion, nor is it part of any modern cultural basis either. It’s mostly perpetuated by movies and fairytales that are fictional in an effort to provokes a sense of mystery and intrigue. Yeah, it’s so dreamy to visualize that moment when your planning your wedding, but lets dig a bit deeper into the implications of the first look in the real world where planning your wedding requires a somewhat more pragmatic approach.

Bride covers Grooms eyes during first look

Pros and Cons:

We have our obvious preference as wedding photographers, but our main concern is producing amazing wedding photography no matter what you choose, and regardless of your choice – most of the successes will come from knowing what to expect – and how to plan accordingly. The real objective here is to give you the insights we’ve gathered and interject some thoughts to consider. You come to your own conclusion, okay?


Calm Your Nerves:

If you are anything like me (and most everyone else), a large group of people staring at you makes you uncomfortable and nervous at best? That dream of yours since you were a little girl of walking down the isle to the delight of your new husband starts morphing into a swirling vortex and tunnel vision takes over. We’ve seen it hundreds of times; the expectations have been romanticized to dizzying heights, but when it becomes a real thing, the ability to take it all in – with all the pressures and difficulties that it took to get to that point – is overwhelming. Even those who think they’ll have no problem at all admit later on that it was all a blur and they can’t really remember any details they expected to treasure forever. Yet in strong contrast, those couples that do a first look ahead of time feel unified and confident by the easing of all those nerves. It’s a big stress reliever to feel solidarity moving forward together after that. The ceremony is a welcoming event because most of the the wedding day anxieties have been dealt with and the remaining formalities become effortless.

Bride is behind Groom for first look Groom turns to see smiling Bride

Far Less Risky:

It’s imperative to think logically and less emotionally when planning your big day. It’s a mind-set you’ll need to embrace if you expect to have any peace with the inevitabilities of a wedding. Whatever happens, happens, and that’s unchangeable. Better to expect a few mishaps and you’ll be surprised how much easier it is to actually enjoy your day. Odds are you’ll enjoy it far more then you’d expected! (Besides, you’re betting against heavy odds if you expect you’re version of perfection anyway!) There are just too many things that are outside of your control that can have a disruptive effect; delays, weather, sickness, traffic, missing items, etc.

If your approach has been sensible and you’ve planned well beforehand, relax now and enjoy the moment. It’s a good reason to do the first look prior to the major formalities for this very reason. By the time all your guests are expecting to visit with you, a large portion of the important photos will be done and you’ll be able to give some attention to your guests. Plus, should something outside your control change your schedule, this provides extra back-up time to remedy the problem without leaving you cramming everything you’ve dreamt of into a few minutes before the sun goes down. There are no guarantees, and making a smart bet might not feel romantic now… but in retrospect, running around in a panic, isn’t romantic at all!

“Don’t romanticize your planning… Start planning for romance!”

Bride touches Groom's shoulder as he turns to see her

Rediscover Romance:

Hey ceremony dreamers, consider this! We find the first meeting to be far more romantic when the couple has the ability to interact in an intimate setting rather then during the actual ceremony. The reactions can be spontaneous, unrestricted, and completely real, whereas during a ceremony, those reactions are contained and confined (or even subdued by your preoccupation in it). Upfront, you can’t start hugging or gushing on about how wonderful each other looks (or even have a conversation). The ceremonies beauty is – in part, the structure and flow – whereas the reaction of a first look is unfiltered emotion, the real you; playful, tearful, excited, and unlimited and authentic. It’s a total release of stress and pressure shared equally with the one you love… What is more romantic then that?

Bride sees Groom waiting for her Bride and Groom hug during first look Groom turns to see his Bride during first look

Your Feelings Won’t Fade:

Many couples think they’ll spoil their ceremony with a first look ahead of time, expecting an emotional ceremony entry, and we can’t stress this enough… that doesn’t diminish or lessen how you feel at all. On the contrary, if anything, the emotions during the ceremony are generally more specifically focused on each other (harmonious and genuine), and less a display of nervous, anxiety, or an uncontrollable releasing of your built-up pressure in front of all your guests. Besides, there is a huge difference between seeing each other in private and seeing each other in front of all your guests, and each has it’s own emotions and responses. (If anything, I’d opt for doing both and enjoy the added bonus of twice the meetings! …and twice the photos!) There won’t be any less feelings or emotions (I promise), but having a grasp on which feeling and emotions occur – and when they do – will certainly give you the advantage of experiencing everything in a more meaningful way then simply recalling your meeting as a blur.

Bride snuggles up to Groom in first meeting

Doing a first look doesn’t lessen your emotions!

Emotional Bride walks down the isle

Free Your Wedding Schedule:

You really need to be a part of your wedding, and as silly as that sounds, it’s easy to find yourself trapped in an over-abundance of situations that have you occupied all day. Even as photographers, we realize this isn’t just a photo session and we encourage you to be involved in your day. You have family and friends to interact with, cake to eat, all sorts of formalities to enjoy, and we don’t need your attention the whole time to get amazing photos. Without good planning (and a few checkpoints along the way), the schedule can often lead to a train wreck with all the momentum of the schedule compressing at the end. Often we joke to ourselves, “We just pulled off the impossible… All those great photos in only 20 minutes”! But it’s a more of a sour note then something we’re really proud of. Sure, being forged in fire makes us better photographers; able to adapt and overcome crazy situations, but on the flip-side, do you really want to be the difficult wedding that we were tested at? Getting great results in those circumstances always leaves us thinking, “Imagine what we could have produced if they’d just given us more time?!” This is another compelling reason for a first look prior to the ceremony.

I can’t overemphasize how important it is to plan a balanced and evenly spread out day with “checkpoints” and bits of “flex time” to absorb the minor glitches that will inevitably happen. Even if you give us ample time after the ceremony for photos, it’s hard to tear yourself away from your guests and other developments that often depend on you or your input. (I’m sure you can imagine how that might affect the vibe.) If you have great pictures but didn’t enjoy your wedding, it’s a bittersweet victory.

Bride and Groom touch hands but cannot see each other Bride and Groom see each other around corner for first glance

More Photography Moments:

Regardless of all the other reasons, this might be the most significant. When the wedding is over, the photos will be all you have to look back on, so it’s important to get as many as possible, (and get your money’s worth). Scheduling a first look really smooths over the timeline in a way that keeps everything from piling up late in the day and causing chaos. It’s not just more photos either; it allows for more variety of photos too!

From our standpoint as photographers, we have very little control over what’s going on during a ceremony at all. If we have the perfect shot lined up and someone stands in front of us, we can’t call out to them to sit back down, or ask you to do something over again! We have to adapt constantly in those cases, and we have to do on-the-fly without creating a distraction or changing anything. It doesn’t mean we can’t get exceptional photos, but it most certainly has limitation and boundaries; things that wouldn’t restrict us during a less formal and more intimate first look… And of course, it’s not like we aren’t going to get those ceremony photos anyway, right?!

I talked about risk earlier, but it’s worth mentioning again… Spreading out your photo time throughout the day and using our checkpoint system not only creates more opportunities for pictures, but also protects you from certainties that could change at any time. (Example: If you wait until late to do all the photos where your are together, and the weather turns, you’re stuck!)

Bride sneaks up on waiting Groom Bride laughs as she comes down the isle Bride peeks around corner to look at Groom

Still not sure what you’ll do? No problem! Whichever way you choose to proceed is manageable if you plan ahead… but, taking into account what we’ve included above trying to learn from some of our suggestions, will give you a heads up on what to expect and how to adapt accordingly.


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Award List https://abouttheday.com/blog/wedding-photography-awards/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 03:00:42 +0000 http://www.abouttheday.com/blog/?p=3525 The awards and achievements that we’ve been recognized for over the past several years are always earned with due credit to those who have]]>

The awards and achievements that we’ve been recognized for over the past several years are always earned with due credit to those who have helped us along the way. We work very hard to keep our reputation spotless and our work meaningful, but much of our success has been built on the kind words, reviews, and thankful acknowledgments of those we’ve been blessed to serve.

Although many of these awards fade over time or become irrelevant (or even are deleted) when discontinue our advertising with some of the services listed below, we hope that the ongoing record of what we’ve worked so hard for is still a good indication of what you can expect from us moving forward.

Recent Awards


10 Years A+ Rated

10 Year A+ Award

2007-2017

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since we first got our A+ rating on the Better Business Bureaus list of national photographers, but it’s a genuine honor to be noticed for remaining on that list for the past 10 years. Thank you BBB for the work you do, and for giving us this recognition.

Yellowpages Top Honor

Yellowpages – 5-Star / 7 Years

Highest Reviewed Wedding Photographers – 2017

The Yellowpages is a giant in the advertising world, so to be their highest ranked wedding photographer again for the 7th straight year is jaw-jropping… even for us! We’re blessed to have such an exclusive and tremendous honor like this.

Expertise Top of the List

Best Wedding Photography 2017

5 Points – #1 of 204 selected

Expertise is a newly established web portal that condenses relevant data gathered online and tallies up the scores based on their 5 point method: 1) Reputation 2) Credibility 3) Experience 4) Availability 5) Professionalism – and we top the list!

WeddingWire 2017 Couple's Choice Awards

Wedding Wire – Couples Choice

Top Ranking Photographers – 2017

WeddingWire awards it’s highest ranking photographers with this award annually. It is based not only on the amount of reviews, but by the quality of reviews. To be selected for this award again is an honor, but our gratitude is to those who reviewed us.

WeddingWire 2017 Highest Reviewed

Wedding Wire – 140+ Reviews

Top Ranking Photographers – 2017

Not only did we receive the high honor of the Couples Choice Award again this year, but we also have reached another pinnacle of achievement topping the best reviewed photographers on wedding with over 140 5-Star reviews!

TheKnot's 2017 Pick for Best Of

The Knot – Best of 2017

Best Reviewed Photographers

TheKnot give out this award annually to it’s vendors that are in the top percentage of certified reviews, and has a clean record of service throughout the prior year. It is a great achievement for us because it singles us out as one of the top professionals in our business.

WeddingWire 2016 National Weddi Awards

Wedding Wire – Weddi Award

Highest Reviewed Photographer – 2016

This was a very big honor for us; being recognized as the highest reviewed photographers in 2016… Nationally! This prestigious award is only given to one photographer every year, and is presented, in person at WeddingWire’s annual WeddingWorld convention in Washington DC. The award symbolizes excellence in customer service and consumer happiness. We are so thankful to have this as a credit to our work.

TheKnot's 2016 Pick for Best Of

The Knot – Best of 2016

Best Reviewed Photographers

TheKnot give out this award annually to it’s vendors that are in the top percentage of certified reviews, and has a clean record of service throughout the prior year. It is a great achievement for us because it singles us out as one of the top professionals in our business.

Expertise Top of the List

Best Wedding Photography 2016

5 Points – #2 of 100 selected

Expertise is a newly established web portal that condenses relevant data gathered online and tallies up the scores based on their 5 point method: 1) Reputation 2) Credibility 3) Experience 4) Availability 5) Professionalism – and we top the list!

WeddingWire 2016 Couple's Choice Awards

Wedding Wire – Couples Choice

Top Ranking Photographers – 2016

WeddingWire awards it’s highest ranking photographers with this award annually. It is based not only on the amount of reviews, but by the quality of reviews. To be selected for this award again is an honor, but our gratitude is to those who reviewed us.

Yellowpages Top Honor

Yellowpages – 5-Star / 5 Years

Highest Reviewed Wedding Photographers – 2015

The Yellowpages is a giant in the advertising world, so to be their highest ranked wedding photographer again for the 5th straight year is mind-blowing, and a tremendous honor for us.

TheKnot's 2015 Pick for Best Of

The Knot – Best of 2015

Best Reviewed Photographers

TheKnot give out this award annually to it’s vendors that are in the top percentage of certified reviews, and has a clean record of service throughout the prior year. It is a great achievement for us because it singles us out as one of the top professionals in our business.

WeddingWire 2015 Couple's Choice Awards

Wedding Wire – Couples Choice

Top Ranking Photographers – 2015

WeddingWire awards it’s highest ranking photographers with this award annually. It is based not only on the amount of reviews, but by the quality of reviews. To be selected for this award again is an honor, but our gratitude is to those who reviewed us.

Borrowed & Blue – Best

Voted Best – 2014

Borrowed and Blue was new in 2011 and started growing quickly. We could see they were a great recourse for couples and wanted to be a part of their marketing from it’s inception, so it was awesome to be voted best photographers (now for the 3rd time) in the National market.

My Wedding – Best Of

Best of Wedding Photographers – 2014

Although we had been with MyWedding since their beginning, and we had won their “Best Of” each year it was announced, their poor performance, slow responses, and horrible management left us no choice but to part ways.

Yelp

Rated 5 Stars

Although we have a 5 star rating with Yelp, they a very finicky review system that we’re not very happy with. Many of our clients report that their reviews never get posted or we would have a lot more!

TheKnot's 2014 Pick for Best Of

The Knot – Best of 2014

Best Reviewed Photographers

TheKnot give out this award annually to it’s vendors that are in the top percentage of certified reviews, and has a clean record of service throughout the prior year. It is a great achievement for us because it singles us out as one of the top professionals in our business.

Borrowed & Blue – Best

Voted Best – 2013

Borrowed and Blue was new in 2011 and started growing quickly. We could see they were a great recourse for couples and wanted to be a part of their marketing from it’s inception, so it was awesome to be voted best photographers (again) in the National market.

Better Business Bureau

Accredited Business – A+

The Better Business Bureau is a nonprofit organization focused on advancing marketplace trust, and we remained at their highest rating now for the 5th year in a row, and become an accredited business with a solid reputation for quality.

My Wedding – True Love

True Love Status – 2013

When a photographer gets 10+ reviews in a year without any negative remarks, they achieve a “Love” status. This was our 2nd award in the National market.

Borrowed & Blue – Best

Voted Best – 2012

Borrowed and Blue was new in 2011 and was growing quickly. We could see they were a great recourse for couples and wanted to be a part of their marketing from it’s inception, so it was awesome to be listed as one of their top photographers in the National market within our first year with them.

WeddingWire 2012 Couple's Choice Awards

Wedding Wire – Couples Choice

Top Ranking Photographers – 2012

WeddingWire awards it’s highest ranking photographers with this award annually. It is based not only on the amount of reviews, but by the quality of reviews. To be selected for this award again is an honor, but our gratitude is to those who reviewed us.

My Wedding – True Love

True Love Status – 2012

When a photographer gets 10+ reviews in a year without any negative remarks, they achieve a “Love” status. This was our 1th award in the National market.

TheKnot's 2007 Pick for Best Of

The Knot – Best of 2007

Best Reviewed Photographers

This was our first ‘Best of TheKnot, which they award annually to the vendors that are in the top percentage of certified reviews, and has a clean record of service throughout the prior year. It is a great achievement for us because it singles us out as one of the top professionals in our business.

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