Inspirational Kick-in-the-Ass Rant Time

Ever think of how many things we put off doing because it’s not the perfect time or we don’t have every detail meticulously planned out?? Well, stop it! Just jump in. With both feet. Fail…Miserably. Mistakes are the best teachers. Learn from them. Then come back smarter, stronger, better, more efficient, whatever. Guarantee you’ll be a lot further along than the person still making plans…

Six Quick Posture And Posing Tips To Help You Look Great In Your Wedding Photos

bride posing against red textured wall

“Now, point your chin zees way.  Nu, head back leetle bit..Now look at zee camera, but look away.  Da Da Da Da Da, tilt head this like – ah. You moved.  Vee start over”…So you can get puppeteered by your crazy Russian uncle who took pictures once upon a time in the Soviet Union and appear slightly “off”, or you can follow these few tips so you can tell him, relax chief.  I got it.  So lets explore these fairly comprehensive concepts, shall we?

  1. First of all! Its your wedding day!! You better show up to this thing relaxed and beaming.  Designate someone to play bouncer if needed, such as a Van Damme in Bloodsport type. That way, you don’t have to get your hands dirty (We’re only half kidding).
  2. Before you pose, don’t…You see that big square box we keep following you around all day with?  Try to act like that box and the creepers behind it aren’t there. We know you may feel the urge to look directly into it and grin ear to ear every time you see it and sometimes that’s fine. But bear in mind we very much see what we do as visually documenting your day.  The instances where your long veil gets stuck on the alter and you literally can’t take a step forward, (shout-out to cousin Carm!!) Don’t feel bad!  Flubs happen.  Those are some of our best shots and the ones you’ll remember most fondly.  It  cannot and shouldn’t be posed all throughout. That said…
  3. Get Inspired  We know you’re into Pinterest pretty heavily. It’s totally OK to pin a few of your favorite poses and give them a shot on your big day. It’s actually encouraged. Knowing what you like will be a big help to you and your photographer on the shoot or wedding day. Also, feel free to practice – the mirror is your friend (you vain person you)!
  4. Pick a Side If you have a good side, don’t be afraid to whip it out come time for formals.  Most of us don’t have a symmetrical face, so you might consider turning your head toward one side as opposed to looking at the camera directly on.
  5. Posture and Such  Sometimes we don’t realize that our posture isn’t 100% until we see it in a photo.  To avoid slumpy shoulders and a sunken chest, pop your shoulders back and slightly puff your chest out (this works for both guys and girls). Be mindful of clinging to yourself  i.e. separate your arms from the rest of of your body for a slimming effect. When you know you are going to be looking in the lens, another tip is to elongate your neck and point your chin down.  And then there’s the hands and arms just hanging around.  A hand in a pocket or on the hips give a little more attitude without trying too hard.  Or you can fiddle with your dress, bouquet, or even, dare we say get close to your new spouse! Just avoid being stiff; it is okay to be goofy and let your personality and mood shine through.
  6. Don’t over-think it Thing to remember is to try not to concentrate so hard on how you look…that is why you hired a photographer, right? We know when you look uncomfortable, stiff, whatever.  It is partly up to us to make you look good:)

Most of all, think positive and try not to stress, the hard part is over! Put that game face on and go make some pictures the grandkids will be embarrassed of.

Miguel & Jackie’s Vow Renewal at the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey

Rainy Romantic Outdoor Wedding Ceremony

Sometimes you want a do-over!

Miguel and Jackie… what a pair of genuinely nice, fun, easy-going people to be around! Their story goes that their wedding the first time around did not go so great – the photos, how they looked, none of it came together. All that apparently had zero bearing on their future life together because despite being as young as they are, these two have been married for 15 years! For year #15 they wanted to do something special and take a second crack at the wedding they should’ve had. No pressure photographers, no pressure…

So what better place for two loving people to come together than a place where wine AND beer lovingly come together! Enter the Vineyard & Brewery at Hershey…if ever we were tempted to drink on the job it was here.

You knew this was going to be fun. After a week of weather watching and amateur forecast predictioning, the rain that was promised didn’t disappoint in the least. Rain. All. Day. Determined to make the most out of wedding day part two, our couple braved the elements with rain falling and all, making for a ceremony to remember. Throw in some rowdy partying afterwards plus a big finish and it looks like their wedding mulligan was a success despite all the weather constraints.

Post #1 a.k.a. What the hell am I reading?!?!?

[Types into Google: “How To Blog”]

“Really?! Hmmm..That’s a lot of work. Orrrr…”

[Types into Google: “Grow a blog without the actual blogging part”] – Your search returned ZERO results.

“Damn it.”

[Types into Google: “Donald Trump Hair Real” BACKSPACE, BACKSPACE, BACKSPACE, BACKSPACE… Types: “How To Eliminate Distractions and Procrastination”]

….Aaaaand here we are, a mere 13.5 months of meticulous research later…a blog is born!!!!!!!! Welcome!!!!!!!

We’d love to give you the low-down on all the fun crap we have in store for this blog but truthfully – we have no friggin clue what we’re doing here, and that’s fine. What we do know is at the end of the day, we want this to be an extension of ourselves as well as our work, and hopefully a great resource for our future clients.

Long before we were wedding photographers, we were an unenlightened engaged couple who sometimes wish we could go back in time to yell at ourselves knowing what we know now. We’re hoping this blog sheds some light on both the perspective of the unenlightened couple we were and that of the long-since married photographers we are now, and if anything, we can at least tell you that it should be a fun read in the process.

If you ever feel the need to be well-informed, inspired, or just have a chuckle, stop by our blog. Your pals The Deez are here to help.