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Mike and I had a quiet 4th of July. We ran a few errands, repotted some tomato plants (please don’t let them die), and hung some festive red, white and purplish blue flowers on the front porch.

We had planned to watch a movie, but couldn’t resist going outside when we heard our neighbors out front with their kids.

One look at the sparklers and I ran inside to get my camera. We had SO much fun and I was so glad that they weren’t upset that we crashed their party.

I hope that you had a fabulous holiday with your family. Happy Independence Day!

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What do I say about this little piece of heaven hidden in Meridian, Idaho.

Beautiful.

Fragrant.

Inspiring.

A huge thank you to my friend, Don Johnson, for arranging our little field trip. It was a magical night!

 

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My baby brother met the girl of his dreams a few months ago. They have had a fairytale romance and it has been so fun to watch.

He proposed to Melissa at The Cheesecake Factory in Boise, Idaho, in front of both sets of parents, his kids, and my husband and I. I was able to snap a quick picture of them in the courtyard, but I really wanted their wedding photos to be nice.

We Loverdes (my maiden name) are not too patient, so when Melissa and William announced that they would be married on Saturday, I was not surprised. Turns out a six day engagement makes for a lovely family wedding. We had no time to worry about any of the fluff. We just concentrated on the few important things that meant a lot to the bride.

A huge shout out to Wishing Well Botanical and one of my new good friends, Jamia, for creating the beautiful bouquets. It was the perfect pop of color and Melissa loved them all.

The day was made even more special when Melissa’s daughter came all the way from BYU-Idaho to be there for her mom as maid of honor, and my sister, Ann, was able to get home from girls camp just in time to hop in the car and rush to McCall, Idaho.

What a perfect day!

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Also a huge thank you to Melissa’s parents for hosting the wedding at their cabin in McCall, Idaho, at the Whitetail Golf Course. It was a beautiful setting for them!!!

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A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to be one of 6 high school senior photographers to be in the CreativeLive studio audience when Salvator Cincotta presented a three day workshop. The workshop was broadcast to over 60,000 people all over the world.

After the workshop was over, Karen Stauffer of Karen Stauffer Photography contacted me to see how Sal’s advice had helped me in my business. We became fast friends and have kept in touch through messages and phone calls.

A few months ago, the opportunity presented itself for me to be an assistant at Shuttterfest, a photography conference that Sal & Taylor Cincotta were putting on. It was the first of it’s kind and I was thrilled to be a small part of it. As an added bonus, Karen told me that she would also be attending and she encouraged me to go so that we could finally meet.

Shutterfest 2014 was an absolute BLAST. It was small enough that we had access to all of the vendors and instructors and big enough that we photographers were able to make friends from all over the country. We took over the streets of St. Louis and learned from the best in the industry.

(That’s a frosty CREME SODA from Fitz’s – they make it and bottle it on site. YUM)

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I was privileged to assist Roberto Valenzuela, the author of Picture Perfect Practice and Picture Perfect Posing, attend classes taught by Skip Cohen of Skip Cohen University, and play with Blair Phillips of Blair Phillips Photography.

I can’t wait until Shutterfest 2015.

Fabiana Beatriz Photography ~ 208.781.1083

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A few days ago, my good friend Jenica, from Lemondrops Photography, posted a link to a fabulous blog post by Amanda Reseburg of Type A Images.

In her blog post, Amanda listed 25 things that wedding photographers wish that they could tell their clients. If you have a wedding in your future, I highly suggest that you read it HERE.

I thought about her post all night and asked her if she would mind if I did a “Mormon” version of her post. I tend to shoot a lot of weddings that take place inside temples for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and we do things a little differently.

One of the differences is that we don’t photograph the ceremony, as there is no photography allowed of any kind in the temples that dot the earth. It’s not secret, it’s just sacred.

Anyway, I wanted to share a few tidbits of information for future brides. Just a few things that I have learned along the way and things that we all wish that you knew as you were preparing for your big day.

Jump over to Type A Images to read all of Amanda’s suggestions (listed here)

1. Pinterest is Not Real Life
2. Don’t Let People Walk All Over You
3. Strapless Dresses Are Not For Everyone
4. Your Dress is PROBABLY Going to Get Dirty
5. If Your Groom Hates Pictures, Have the Come to Jesus Talk With Him PRE-WEDDING
6. I Can’t Tell You if Your Hair or Makeup Looks Ridic
7. Certain “Traditions” Kinda Give People the Willies
8. Glitter Doesn’t Make You Glow-y
9. We Don’t Know Your Family
10. I Can’t Make 4 Hours of Pictures Happen in 30 Minutes
11. Food Is Fundamental
12. No You Cannot Have Every Picture We Took
13. Forewarn Your Shooter
14. SLOW DOWN
15. Engagement Sessions Help Immensely!
16. Control Your Uncle Bob
17. Friends Do Not Make Good Vendors
18. Happy Brides = Great Pictures
19. It Might Rain/Snow/Sleet/Be Cold/Be Hot/Be Windy On Your Day
20. Gigantic Drunk Bridal Parties Will Affect Your Images
21. Hold that KISS
22. SMILE for Crying Out Loud! 
23. We Tend to Book Early
24. It Drives Us Nuts to Miss Perfect Photo Ops 
25. We Cannot Read Minds

 

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26. Wear clothing that compliments your wedding colors for the engagement session

Your engagement photos will double as decor for your wedding reception if you and your fiancé wear clothing in colors that compliment your wedding colors.

27. First Look sessions are such a great idea

Your wedding day is not about the photos. I want you to be in the moment. I want to document your day for you. I want you to enjoy every minute.

A first look that is done the week of your wedding gives you a chance to practice with your makeup, your hair, your veil placement. (I have had several brides decide that they want to change something about their outfit or hair after the first look). It gives us a chance to get some amazing photos.

 28. Noon is not a great time for family pictures at the temple

It seems that the most coveted sealing time is 10:30 am, which means that you will be exiting the temple around 11:15-11:30. At that time the sun will be directly overhead and everyone will have raccoon eyes in your family photos. Can I suggest that you have a brunch or early lunch and then the sealing? 2 pm would be a fabulous time to come out of the temple. Or schedule the sealing for 9:00 am and do a brunch after the photos.

29. A couple weeks ahead of time, provide your photographer a list of groupings that you want 

If you know that you want a grandparents shot, one with parents, one with friends, one with each side of the family…list those out and get them to your photographer. Be sure that you talk to both mothers so that you can make sure that their needs are also on there.

Yes, it’s ok to throw some new ideas out on the day of the wedding, but if your photographer has the majority of them organized, it only take a few minutes to do a couple more.

 

30. Tell us about any special details

Are you wearing your grandmother’s pearls? Did the groom design the invitations? Do the centerpieces hold a special significance? Please, please, please tell your photographer. There is no way that I would be able to know and I don’t want to disappoint you by not getting a photo of something that is so important to you.

31. Cut the cake and throw your bouquet half way through the reception

Lots of couples do not take the time to cut the cake or throw the bouquet until the end of the reception. If you would like to have maximum participation and your reception is from 7:00-9:00, then schedule these events for 8:00. The reception will be buzzing and your friends will be able to witness these great traditions.

:)

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