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What your wedding photographer wants to tell you {Mormon version}

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
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



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.





Idaho State Dance & Cheer, Eagle High School Cheerleaders

Prepare for image overload…

These talented and beautiful young women are headed to USA Nationals in Anaheim, California tomorrow. They will compete against teams from all over the United States and will represent Idaho so well!

When they hit this routine at State last Thursday, I started crying. They have worked soooooo hard and put it all on the line on that floor.

Hard work = results, so it was no surprise that they took FIRST in State for the Show routine.

Way. To. Go. Ladies!


Idaho State Dance & Cheer RMHS Diamonds

Last summer, I had the immense pleasure of meeting these amazing young ladies. They are the Rocky Mountain Diamonds and dance for Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho.

Their coach, Trisha, is a friend of mine and she asked if I would be willing to put together a poster for them, as well as doing a photo that they could use for the programs in the dance team competitions that they would be entering this year.

They were well behaved, curious, and all around fun to work with.

Fast forward to March 2014 and I had the opportunity to take a few snapshots at the Idaho State Dance and Cheer Competition that was held at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.

I’d like to introduce you to the STATE CHAMPION Rocky Mountain Diamonds.

Oh, and did I mention that they are repeat champions?

Way to go, ladies!


Rocky Mountain Diamonds

State Champions, Rocky Mountain Diamonds




Idaho State Cheer and Dance Competition {part one}

One of the many advantages of being a small studio is the personalized attention that I can show to my clients. Because we work so closely together on personalizing each high school senior photo session, I really get to know each senior and what their interests and talents are.

Last night, I had the opportunity to attend the Idaho State Cheer and Dance competition. I had 3 seniors that would be competing and I knew that I wanted to be there to capture the culmination of their many years of blood, sweat, and tears.

Mallory is cheer captain on the Eagle High School cheer squad, Morgan is on the Eagle High School dance team, and Kierra dances for Rocky Mountain High School.

I am so glad that I can hand pick my clients, that we “get” each other, and that since my clients are limited, I have the time to attend these amazing events.

Congratulations to both Eagle and Rocky! It was a pleasure to spend the evening with all of you!!!

{Eagle High School Cheer Squad’s reaction to NOT coming in second in the SHOW category}

{Eagle High School Cheer Squad’s reaction to coming in FIRST in SHOW}

{Parents, lol}

{Bringing home the trophy}



My website is currently under construction, so check back soon for updates. For now, enjoy one of my all time favorite images.

Francesca was living in an orphanage that Ghana Make A Difference was helping and she showed me one of her classrooms at her school.

This image Merited and was accepted into the Loan Collection this year for Professional Photographers of America. It was a tremendous honor and I hope that it brings awareness to a great cause.

For more information, visit www.GhanaMakeADifference.com.