Photo Tip: First Look!

Why do so many brides opt for a first look?  Let me share with you why!

Back in the days of arranged marriages, brides and grooms were not allowed to see each other before the wedding at all.  This was so the groom wouldn’t back out of the wedding if he found the bride unattractive!  That tradition turned into the superstition that seeing each other before the wedding was bad luck.  Now, more and more brides and grooms are taking control of their special day!  They are getting rid of that tradition, so they can have AMAZING wedding portraits!  Scheduling time before the ceremony gives us the time we need for the most important photographs of the day… the portraits of the bride and groom!

Here is how it works:  The bride and groom will get ready separately, just like “normal”.  When both are ready, we will take you to a predetermined place for your first look.  While the bride and groom lay eyes on each other for the first time, we blend into the background and capture every look, every kiss, every tear. These images will be your most cherished from the day.  You will still have that special moment of seeing each other for the “first time”.  Bad luck?  I don’t think so!

Now you can have all the time you would like for the most important photographs of the day.  We will have plenty of time for those fun, romantic, and creative photographs that you have always dreamed of!  There will be no rushing, no waiting guests, no missed cocktail hour.   The best part of a couple seeing each other before the ceremony is that it lends to a much smoother layout for family portraits and cocktail hour. By capturing formal photos before the ceremony, it frees the family and bridal party to mingle, catch up with out of town guests, and simply enjoy the mood of the day. Some couples opt to spend cocktail hour with their guests as their time is so limited during the reception, or some opt to enjoy some time alone or celebrating with the wedding party in the limo.

I love it when a bride and groom choose to see each other before the ceremony. But, more than anything, I want my brides to be happy. I simply explain options because I know they’ll make an educated decision. Often times brides think there are rules to weddings (Cannot see groom before hand, Must throw garter, Cannot be seen as a couple until the Grand Entrance), but I believe there should only be one rule: Do What Makes You Happy.

Here are some First look images:


Professional Photographers of Michigan top 7 photographer!

Wow! I had a great time at the Professional Photographers of Michigan Annual convention. I was very honored to be named one of the top 7 photographers! I scored merits on 5 out of 6 of my prints that I entered. Here are my prints on display at the convention. Mine are the bottom two on the left, and the 4 on the right!



We had a GREAT time in nashville, although it was too short. We were at the Professional Photographers of America’s national photographic convention. We could only stay for one day, so we made sure we made the most of our time there. We spent most of the day in the Trade show, checking all the newest and greatest products in the photographic industry. One of the cool things was the alluminum prints by one of our Grand Rapids Vendors. The fun part was that they used two of my images for their samples at the trade show! 01112010020111201003

I also spent time in a mentoring program with a National Judge for print competition. We looked at some of my images, and she gave me some suggestions and helped me pick out images that I am going to compete with. I LOVED this… it is such an honor to have wonderful photographers mentor me. I am working on getting my Masters Degree from Professional Photographers of America, and this helps me get closer!

I also walked through the prints that were on display from last years international print competition. Only prints that score a merit are displayed. Last year I was honored to have a print score a merit, so I made sure I found mine, and had my picture taken with it hanging in the exhibit!


Photographer of the year 2009!

Last night we had our awards Banquet Christmas Party for the “Professional Photographers of Western Michigan.” At the awards banquet, we award the top 10 photographers, and photographer of the year. The way the photographers earn the award, is an accumulation of points that are earned from print competition, album competition, and attendance to programs. I am very pleased and honored to say that I was awarded the top award, Photographer of the Year 2009! Congratulations to all my colleagues who also came in the top 10!DSCF8411DSCF8408

The members of our group have become great friends!  Here is a picture of some of my photographer friends!  Congratulations to all the other top 10 winners!


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