Destination wedding planning checklist

Now that you’ve booked your destination wedding, and have gotten acquainted with your  wedding consultant and photographer, it seems like you’ve got months, but the big day is right around the corner!

Eight to 10 months in advance

In order to manage expectations for this special event, you need to start by setting your wedding budget. Asses the amount you have set aside for the wedding (not including travel). And if there are members of your family who will be contributing, discuss their contributions with them well in advance.

Timing is everything, especially when you are planning a destination wedding. And if there are certain people that you specifically want to have in attendance, giving ample notice is not only necessary, but also proper etiquette. Check with key family and friends before you finalize your wedding date so that they have plenty of time to make suitable arrangements.

Check important items off the list before yoiu walk down the aisle

Start seeking inspiration from stylebooks and galleries on blogs, wedding websites, and planning portals, which will help shape your wedding style preferences. Online boards like Pinterest are great tools to assist you in the initial stages of destination wedding planning. Some wedding planning sites give you the opportunity to create your own custom boards, helping you collect ideas on colour palettes, seating charts, decorations, dresses, bridal party attire etc.

Select your attendants, both female and male. Start thinking about their attire and communicate your expectations before-hand. Once you’ve spoken to your bridal party, it’s time to focus on you, you and only you! Choosing the wedding dress that suits your body type, the occasion, the destination and your style is one of the most important parts of your wedding planning process. Go dress shopping immediately! Make appointments at local wedding dress shops or start perusing online bridal stores to get ideas of what shapes and styles make you all giddy with excitement. Then, once you’ve said, “Yes” to the dress, look at purchasing or renting your groom’s attire.

Decide what you are going to do with printed materials, from invitations to save-the-date cards, menus to programs, and whatever other collateral you’d like to make part of your special day.

Make sure you and your hubby-to-be have valid travel documents and meet all legal requirements to leave the country.  If you are having a religious wedding, book your officiant now, and make sure all legal documents are ready and valid (passports, religious requirements, etc.) for this specific type of ceremony.

Photos hold the most precious memories of your big day. That is why your photographer is your most prized vendor. Book your photographer and confirm that your wedding location will allow outside vendors.

 Choose the right Photographer for your Big Day months in advance

Choose a wedding location, including a venue for your ceremony, cocktail and wedding reception. Once this is complete, you can start getting a better idea of how your celebration will look and feel in these spaces.

To ensure that you are a blushing bride, create a health and beauty schedule for yourself (gym, facials, hair cuts, etc.) so you’re in good shape – all around – for the big day.

Your wedding consultant will host a personalized, interactive wedding website for you, so it is time to start working on the site, by including all the things you’d like to share with your guests leading up to your wedding day.

The fun begins when they give you the bar code gun at your favourite department store or boutique shop. Register for gifts and add these details to your wedding website.

Your wedding bands are a symbol of your commitment to one another. Choose rings that will reflect your personalities, but that will also have longevity in terms of style and durability.

Finally, about eight to 10 months in advance of your special day, you will want to send out Save the Date cards to give guests plenty of time to make travel arrangements. There are great deals available when travelling in large numbers, make sure to ask questions about group travel during the planning process.

Four to seven months in advance

Get the whole gang together for your Big Day

Here comes the fun stuff! This is the time to choose your flowers (bouquets, boutonnieres, chuppah, flower petals, centrepieces, etc.). Music will make or break your event, so it’s important to book your musicians (soloists, bands, DJ, etc.) to ensure that the soundtrack to your special day suits your vision. Just a friendly reminder that at this point in the planning phase, you will need to have finalized your photographer and videographer (if you haven’t already). When it comes to the look and feel of your event, this is the time to decide on, and confirm, the colour scheme and theme that will make your celebration unique.

Food will be a very important part of your day, and something that will take careful consideration, especially since you’ll want to consider the various food preferences and allowances of your guests. This is the time to narrow down menu selections for the reception, cocktail reception, etc. This is also a good time to determine your bar selections for all events. Will you be asking the venue to prepare a signature drink for your special day, or offering special shots to commemorate your nuptials, all these need to be considered and communicated at this time.

Selecting your wedding cake, including flavours, style, icing and decor, is next on the list. Also, if you are electing to have a cake topper, this is the time to search for it.

At this point, you’ll want to make sure all invitations (including programs and escort cards) are in the works.

Two to three months in advance

Find the perfect flower bouquet

Shop for footwear (keeping in mind all events and baggage allowance), and also shop for your “outfits” for the wedding weekend, including the rehearsal dinner, good swimwear (keep in mind tan lines for your dress), and any other necessities.

This is the time to finalize flower selections, dinner and drink menus.

When it comes to photography, since your day will be a whirlwind for you and your groom, it’s helpful to create a shot list you would like the photographer and videographer to capture, since these vendors might not know if you want lots of photos with your bridal party, or a special portrait of you with Grandma J. Regardless, it’s good to communicate what memories you’d like them to focus on – after all, this is your day, and you want to create valuable memories you can cherish on your 10th, 25th and 50th (even 70th) wedding anniversary!

Confirm the officiant, and make sure you have all documentation ready if you are having a religious ceremony.

If your hotel or restaurant requires that you let them know about any special meal requests, send out dinner selection inquiries to your guests.

Update your website with any newly planned events, like the rehearsal dinner, welcome cocktail, after party or post-wedding brunch.

Voila! The time has come to send out your invitations.

Capture the most special moments with a shot list

It’s almost go-time! Put together a wedding itinerary for your guests. This is a nice touch for out-of-town guests (which is pretty much, all of them) to receive, since it keep everyone moving in the right direction of the big day.

Compile a music playlist of some favourites, if you have hired a DJ or are setting up an iPod set list, here’s your chance to pay tribute to your past, present and future with some great, and meaningful, tunes. If you’re hiring live musicians, start selecting songs, as well, or send them sheet music now to learn.

Source and order all wedding favors and bridal party attendant gifts.

Finally, you want to have some fun while you’re in an exciting new destination with your loved ones. So what better way to thank your guests for joining you in paradise, than by arranging a fun-filled tour or excursion for the group before or after the wedding?!

In the end, all the planning and organizing will result in an event that will be etched in your memory forever. Make it count, and most importantly, make it fun!

The Art of Wedding Photography

Your wedding day is approaching and you strive to find the best wedding photographer available who can capture your special occasion with images that are not just photo snaps – they are photographic art!

When most people think of wedding photography, normally don’t think of fine art or artistic photography. Why is that? And why is the bride not getting the finished product she visualized in her head while searching out the “right” photographer?

In order to be able to answer these questions, we need to take a look at the photos and ideas our modern day bride-to-be is looking at and how she found them.

manda and Kain - Roatan Wedding Photography

The look of the bride is probably the most important part of capturing the best photographs for a wedding, getting a good fitting dress, having the right hairdo and make-up that make you look gorgeous, but artistic photography of the entire event, to include others in the wedding ceremony and the ceremony itself is vital.

Brides-to-be search through bridal magazines in the grocery store line, seeking out wedding photographer blogs, and go Google, Google, Google!!! What do these three sources have in common? They are bringing you the best of the best. These sources weed out the good from the fabulous. Wedding magazines are showing you the most amazing images of the most beautiful brides in the most perfect locations taken by the best photographers in the world. The wedding blog sites and Google images that the bride-to-be sees are posted by high-paid photographers who have a lot of money to drop on front-page Google advertising.

Advertising in Google ain’t cheap!

In each case, the common denominator is “cost.” So does that mean beautiful artistic weddings equal big money? Well, it doesn’t always mean you need to spend your life savings on your photographer, but it definitely does mean you can’t hire your cousin or student photographer and expect the same results. If a wedding photographer is charging you $500 for his services, you cannot possibly expect a $3,000 final product. I hate to use that time old, worn out saying, but, “you get what you pay for.”

So we know price has a definite effect on whether or not the bride-to-be will receive the dream wedding photography she is hoping for. But wait, there’s more! It’s not price alone. It’s very possible to pay big money for a wedding photographer and still not get what you discussed at the consultation that went so well.

Let’s go back and take another look at those wedding magazines…

The bride-to-be spends hours -and in many cases her whole life- daydreaming, page by page, through those 3-pound wedding magazines, deciding which of those fabulous brides she is going to look like; which hair style model she is going to detach, take to the salon, and make her own; and where she is going to find a makeup artist that can make her look like the bride on page 98? How and where will she find a dress close to the look of the $12,000 dress in the photo in the $1,200 price range.

Hhhhmmmm…..get the picture yet? (no pun intended)

All these things matter and are very important for that final look, but the bride-to-be is missing one key factor.

*The magazine photographer and the 19-year-old girl modeling as the magazine bride.

Yes, modeling “as” the bride. Those are not brides in the magazines, they are models. The photographer who took those images is not a wedding photographer, he/she is a fashion photographer… and yes, there is a huge difference.

So what now?

Do you just accept the fact that you’re not a professional model, go find the best wedding photographer you can, and hope for the best?

Of course not. As the bride-to-be, you just need to do your research and find the “right” photographer.

I actually didn’t start out in “wedding photography”. I went to school for TV production and then eventually fell in love with photography. I shot fashion/modeling photography for years, before and while I was a wedding photographer.

Part of doing your homework is finding out the photographer’s background. What are their photographic roots, and are they still working creatively in other realms?

It’s very important for me and my team to strive and step out of the cookie cutter wedding photography world and pursue fine art and artistic image styles so that we are able to bring those over to the weddings we shoot.

Like any well developed fashion photographer, I have the ability to direct a model. I am also able to pose my bride-to-be like the perfect little model in those matte finish magazines.

Professional models are taught to pose on their own and take direction from the photographer. I shoot my weddings in much the same way. I stay away from stiff wedding-like poses. I have also directed a few zero experience models, so directing a bride-to-be, with no modeling experience, is not a problem. I also strive to get natural, relaxed poses from the bride and groom following the ceremony, those in the wedding, and the entire wedding event.

The last thing we need to talk about is the darkroom.

Twenty-five years ago, we didn’t even know what digital cameras were. Everything was film and darkrooms. The photographer carried around about 15-20 rolls of film and spent days in the dark room developing his/her work, or sending it out to an expensive processing lab to do that for him. The photographer had to really know his/her stuff or throw away hundreds of dollars on film trying to get the perfect shot, or spend many hours in the darkroom trying to fix it.

Nowadays we have digital cameras, and Photoshop has become the moder photographer’s darkroom. I have and still shoot film on my own time. I have taken these principles and applied them to wedding photography. I have developed my photographic skills in order to get the perfect shots without taking hundreds of very time consuming shots. I also educated myself in the “digital darkroom”, which is now known as Adobe Photoshop. I never – let me say this again – I NEVER let a photo leave my hard drive without being edited. That way I can give my bride and groom 100-200 amazing fully edited photographs they will love and will be able to print or share in their social networks – not 1500 snaps with multiples of the same pose or Uncle Henry with his eyes closed or the ring-bearer digging into his ear.

It’s true, less is more. Quality of images is always better than quantity. Be hesitant to hire a photographer that offers you thousands of photos. Really, who of your friends and family is ever going to look through 2000 images?

I realize very few wedding photographers do this and I’m sure a few of them may get upset at me for giving the bride and groom this revealing information, but it’s important for the final product.

So, what constitute artistic wedding photography?

  1. Posing and shooting the bride-to-be as a model.
  2. Capturing the best artistic shots of those in the wedding, those attending the wedding, and the events that follow.
  3. Hiring well-rounded, artistic, multifaceted, and hopefully fashion driven photographers who just happen to be wedding photographers as well.
  4. Paying the equivalent of what you are expecting.

Most important, have fun with the search! Use your gut and this bit of info, and you will know when you have found the “right” photographer.

Now it’s up to you to allow me to create those fabulous images in your behalf. Will you?

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engagement photos

Why should you take engagement photos?

There are many reasons it is important to take engagement photos once you have become engaged.  An engagement session with your photographer is without a doubt one of the greatest services you and your fiancé can take advantage of prior to your wedding. As a couple who likely has never been photographed professionally before, the engagement session is a valuable tool every couple should utilize or insist upon.  Some couples may feel it’s a waste of time or is not necessary, however there are many valuable reasons why you will benefit from utilizing this opportunity.

First make sure you choose your wedding photographer, once you have done so, go get your engagement pictures taken right away. The closer you get to your wedding the less time you find you have to accomplish all that needs to get done. Make sure if possible to use the photographer who will be photographing your wedding. This is the first and probably the most important reason to get your engagement pictures taken.

engagement photos

Establishing a relationship with your photographer long before your wedding will make a difference in the outcome of your wedding images.

I spend about an hour or two with my couples watching them, listening to them, having fun with them, getting to know them, and photographing them all at the same time.

I take note of how they interact with each other, their individual personalities, and even their quirks. These mental notes, along with many other conches and subliminal thoughts help me to capture and photograph images on the wedding day that are unique to that couple.

Have your engagement photos taken at a location that is important or that has some meaning to the two of you. This could be a place you got engaged or a first date, it could be at a place you both like to spend time, or something you like to do together such as a shared interest. Here are some locations where my clients have taken me. To their hometowns, the college where they met, a favorite restaurant or bar, a museum, the zoo, a movie theater, or as simple as the home where they live.

The other benefit is you get to know your photographer and see how he or she works and you will get to see images of yourselves long before the wedding.

The advantage of this is that you can let your photographer know ahead of time if there are shots or angles you do not care for, also you can let your photographer know the things that you do like, communication is key.

Another thing you might want to think of doing is having your hair and makeup test done on the same day as your engagement session. This way you get to see how your hair and make look in photos and you can let your hail and makeup people know if there is anything you would like to change.

I can promise you once you see your engagement images and you are excited about them, you will have more confidence in yourselves and in your photographer. On the wedding day you will look forward to having your picture taken, instead of dreading the thought of having a camera pointed at you all day.

Are you getting married soon? Let me save your most important day memories and take gorgeous images of your wedding. Contact me HERE:

Amanda and Kain – Roatan Wedding Photography

Amanda and Kain – Roatan Wedding Photography

Amanda and Kain came to Roatan on a cruise ship to have their destination wedding on the beach of Palmetto Bay Resort. Here are a few photos from their special day.

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Amanda and Kain – Roatan Wedding Photography

Cristina and Gilberto – Roatan Wedding Photography

Congratulations to Cristina and Gilberto who enjoyed their wedding on the beach of Palmetto Bay Resort.
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Professional Real Estate photo improves Realtors online presence

I see a lot of listing photos in Real Estate business – and most of them can best be defined as ordinary.  Using pure percentages, the number of ‘marketing quality’ photos vs. the number of ‘could barely be bothered’ photography is astoundingly low. With the result that it takes more time than it should to find a listing with better-than-average photos. That’s not right.

In any business that has a presence on the internet (that would be everybody), visual first impressions are emphasized for even the most insignificant products.  Why then, is such little attention paid to real estate photography, probably the most significant purchase any consumer will ever make? It’s ridiculous to even mention the latest statistic of how many people starts their home search on the internet – 78% according to NAR – mostly long before they’re ever in a position to buy.

Apparently, some agents figure that a home’s features will be always be apparent to a casual browser – one who is flipping through and comparing hundreds of these home listings. That notion couldn’t be further from the truth. Like any competition, you need to stand out to get noticed.  And can anyone deny that real estate listings compete against others in their respective categories for the user’s attention?

So what’s an internet buyer looking at first?

  1. The property address (can’t change that)
  2. The list price (you’ve no doubt spent plenty of effort determining a price)
  3. The photos, which you have the power to optimize

Which experience, as a consumer, is the better one? (Click on each)

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Here are 2 steps you need to take to get a competitive edge in any online portal.

1. Optimize your photos

A pretty broad statement, but it may not be as hard as you think.

Use a pro every time you have a listing. You can’t go wrong with professional photography – in any listing price range. A better visual always adds to the perceived value. And the great thing about professional photography is that someone else does the work, albeit for a price.

Short of paying for a professional, consider some basic improvements on your own, starting with the camera you use.

A good SLR camera can give even an amateur a much better result in focus, lighting and range (wide angle). And with today’s SLRs, you don’t need to do much more than frame and shoot. Even some higher end point-and-shoot cameras take great photos. Just make sure you have good light.

These photos were taken by an amateur (that would be a friend) from the same spot using each camera’s automatic settings.  They have not been retouched in any way.

Droid Razr (Android)

Image shot with smart phone


Image shot with iPad

Point and shoot – Panasonic DMC-Z57

Image shot with point/shoot camera

SLR (single-lens reflex) – Nikon D80

Image shot with SLR camera

The case for a good SLR camera is pretty clear. And with some setting tweaks, even the above can be improved upon.

Most cameras today will give you the required resolution (pixel count), so that your images can fill a large screen in high-definition.

But be careful. Although megapixel is a camera buzzword these days, don’t misinterpret it’s meaning. A 1-megapixel camera can produce an image with 1 million pixels – roughly 1200 x 900. Yet I have an 8-megapixel camera in my Android phone, which takes (comparatively) lousy photos.  For an image to display well on a full-screen monitor – you need a high pixel count, but high pixel count does not equate to a quality photograph.  The Droid Razr (8-megapixel) image above is a good example of that.

2. Make sure your images get to all the important websites in their high-res format

Given that you graduate to or are already producing quality photography, your most important initiative now is to ensure that potential buyers see those images in their best light wherever they appear on the internet.

The problem with most real estate listing syndication processes is that they originate with the MLS. MLS listing photos are typically dumbed down in size which affects their ability to be viewed in full resolution. So they’re taking your quality images that would be viewable in sharp full-screen resolution and limiting them to a fraction of their potential visibility and impact.

Some listing syndication processes allow the automatic and/or manual upload of the original images with the intent that they be distributed to all real estate websites on a company’s syndication list. This is an ideal situation.

Short of that ability, agents should select what they feel are the most important real estate sites and when possible, upload their full-size original photos directly to their listings on those sites.

This quote in a Chicago Tribune article from the Chairman of VHT, a company that specializes in real estate photography, sums up the issue well…
“If you don’t have anything that’s unique about your property, then you want to make it look as good as possible. Good, clear photography of a neat, clean home may be your one competitive advantage if you’re on the market and competing against 20 similar starter homes. You may be able to make it sell before the guy who has the same house across the street.”

Brokerages should take the time and energy to educate their agents in the importance of Realtors understanding how real estate photography works and the benefits it brings to their listings. While a DIY approach is understandable, hiring a professional will bring much more money into your sales. Contact me at to give your listings an extra boost!

Canon EOS 70D

New Canon 70D with revolutionary video focus system

Canon yesterday unveiled an outstanding new addition to its world-famous EOS series – the EOS 70D. Designed for aspiring enthusiast photographers, the Canon 70D is the ideal camera for anyone looking to take their photography to the next level. It combines completely new, world-first Canon imaging technology with powerful, creative and wireless sharing features – delivering a responsive, all-purpose camera ideal for capturing the moment with stunning images and Full HD video.

Canon 70D

Capture the moment with stills and Full HD movies

The EOS 70D features a new 20.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor, designed and manufactured by Canon. It’s the first Digital SLR in the world to feature ground-breaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which delivers smooth and accurate autofocus (AF) when shooting Full HD movies and fast AF acquisition when shooting in Live View mode. Paired with the 14-bit DIGIC 5+ processor and 19-point all cross-type AF System, the EOS 70D captures incredible, full resolution images at up to 7 frames per second, with up to 65 JPEG or 16 RAW images in a single burst*. Additionally, a native ISO range of ISO 100-12800 enables photographers to shoot in lower light conditions and use faster shutter speeds whilst retaining high image quality.

“I was incredibly impressed with how many new technologies the EOS 70D packs into one body, and how versatile it is,” said Brutus Östling, Canon Ambassador. “The EOS 70D is the perfect camera for anyone that wants to develop their photography skills. Not only is it suited to shooting people, landscapes and action easily and in outstanding quality, but also filming subjects in Full HD with focus speeds I never thought would be possible. The camera proved itself in the most challenging of circumstances, and had a range of new-generation technologies to comfortably solve any test I threw at it – especially with the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. It really takes DSLR shooting and filmmaking to a whole new level.”

Canon’s new Dual Pixel CMOS AF provides swift AF performance when shooting in Live View mode and smooth accurate focus for Full HD movies. It makes it easy for users to take their next step with movies, enabling them to keep moving subjects in sharp focus and create professional-looking pull-focus effects. The technology utilises advanced CMOS architecture, allowing two photodiodes to be mounted within each pixel, both of which can be read independently to achieve autofocus, or together for image capture, with maximum image quality at all times.

An advanced AF system for stills includes 19 cross-type AF points spread across the frame, providing high speed, accurate AF – ideal for tracking sports and wildlife subjects as they move within the frame. The AF system is customisable, allowing photographers to adapt to the subject they’re shooting. AF points can be used individually, together in small groups, or as a wide active area for more unpredictable subjects. A dedicated AF area selection button, positioned conveniently next to the shutter release, enables quick switching between modes, without having to take the camera away from the eye.

Expertly designed for professional control

The EOS 70D’s powerful specification is packed into an expertly-engineered body that’s designed for comfort and swift operation. The Intelligent Viewfinder, with 98 per cent frame coverage and 0.95x magnification, allows photographers to comfortably frame their images and visualise settings via the electronic overlay. Conveniently-placed controls provide instant access to the most frequently used settings, such as ISO, AF mode selection and metering, so users can quickly change settings and concentrate on capturing the moment.

A 7.7cm (3.0”) Vari-angle Clear View LCD II Touch screen with a sharp 1,040k dot resolution is ideal for video shooting, or composing images from unusual and creative angles. The screen is a capacitive type, which supports a series of multi-touch gestures including swiping and pinch-zooming – perfect for navigating menus, amending settings or flicking through images.

Clever connectivity for easy control and instant sharing

The EOS 70D is the latest EOS model to feature integrated Wi-Fi, providing the freedom to remotely control the camera, as well as share images. Using Wi-Fi connectivity, users can connect to the EOS Remote app and control a wide range of image settings, including ISO and exposure, as well as focus and release the shutter. Photographers can also remotely use Live View mode, as well as review and rate their images.

Instant creativity unleashed

The EOS 70D features a host of creative modes to make capturing unique images easy. In-camera HDR removes the challenges of shooting in tricky, high contrast situations, merging three exposures into one that captures more detail in both the shadow and highlight areas. With multiple-exposure mode, photographers can shoot and combine up to nine exposures into a single image, or use a range of Creative Filters to instantly change the style and look of their shot.

Experimenting with creative off-camera flash is easy, thanks to the Integrated Speedlite transmitter, which provides in-camera control of multiple Canon Speedlite EX flash units.

Creative Full HD Movies

Alongside beautiful stills, the EOS 70D allows photographers to create high quality movies with ease. Full HD (1920 x 1080p) resolution video can be captured with a choice of selectable frame rates, including 30, 25 or 24fps, and 60 and 50fps at 720p, and a range of compression options for post-editing and sharing. Thanks to new Dual Pixel CMOS AF, Movie Servo AF mode tracks subjects as they move, or even as shots are recomposed, ensuring they’re always in focus. Alternatively, users can select different focus areas over 80 per cent of the frame** simply by tapping the touch-screen, even when recording – ensuring that movies stay sharp and clear if a subject moves or the user changes the composition of a shot.

Videographers can also enjoy stereo sound using the internal microphone, or enhance audio with the in-built external microphone input terminal. Full control over settings such as aperture and ISO is also possible within manual mode, giving users greater freedom as their skills develop.

EOS 70D – key features:

  • 20.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+
  • 19 point cross-type AF System and 7 fps shooting
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Instant sharing and remote control with Wi-Fi
  • ISO 12800 (H:25600)
  • Vari-angle 7.7cm ClearView II LCD touch screen
  • Intelligent viewfinder
  • Full-HD movies
  • *UHS-I card required for maximum burst duration

**Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible over 80 per cent of the width and height of the Live View frame

wedding photography

List of Wedding Day Photos

When it comes to planning your big day, one thing most photographers will always tell you is, “Make a list!” Providing your photographer ahead of time with a Wedding Day Photos list of essential images you would like to capture for your big day will help streamline the process and allow them to get a better idea of your creative vision
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Here’s a big list of photographs that your photographer can take at your wedding. We hope it offers you an easy to follow guideline and give you a great jumping off point for how to get the most out of your wedding day photography.

You can just print out the page, check off the pictures that you want and then give the list to your photographer. Also, be sure to highlight any particular pictures that you absolutely don’t want your photographer to miss!

Hint: Full length pictures capture all the beauty and magnificence of the wedding dress, wedding attire and beautiful scenery or backdrops. Close-up or half-length (above the waist) photographs better capture facial expressions and reveal more emotion.

The Bride

* ____ Bride dressing for wedding
* ____ Mother helping bride put on veil
* ____ Bride looking in mirror
* ____ Bride putting on garter
* ____ Bride-Full Length
* ____ Bride-Half Length
* ____ Bride-Close Up
* ____ Bride with mother-Full Length
* ____ Bride with mother-Close Up
* ____ Bride with father-Full Length
* ____ Bride with father-Close Up
* ____ Bride pinning on father’s boutonniere
* ____ Bride with Both Parents-Full Length
* ____ Bride with Parents-Close Up
* ____ Bride with Grandparents-Full Length
* ____ Bride with Grandparents-Close Up
* ____ Bride with sisters-Full Length
* ____ Bride with sisters-Close Up
* ____ Bride with brothers-Full Length
* ____ Bride with brothers-Close Up
* ____ Bride with immediate family
* ____ Bride with Maid of Honor-Full Length
* ____ Bride with Maid of Honor-Close Up
* ____ Bride with her attendants-Full Length
* ____ Bride with her attendants-Close Up
* ____ Bride & flower girl/ring bearer
* ____ Father helping bride out of limo

The Groom

* ____ Groom-Full Length
* ____ Groom-Half Length
* ____ Groom-Close Up
* ____ Groom putting on bow tie
* ____ Groom with mother-Full Length
* ____ Groom with mother-Close Up
* ____ Groom with father-Full Length
* ____ Groom with father-Close Up
* ____ Groom with Parents-Full Length
* ____ Groom with Parents-Close Up
* ____ Groom with Grandparents-Full Length
* ____ Groom with Grandparents-Close Up
* ____ Groom with sisters-Full Length
* ____ Groom with sisters-Close Up
* ____ Groom with brothers-Full Length
* ____ Groom with brothers-Close Up
* ____ Groom with Immediate Family
* ____ Groom & Best Man-Full Length
* ____ Groom with Best Man-Close Up
* ____ Groom & Best Man shaking hands
* ____ Groom & Groomsmen-Full Length
* ____ Groom & groomsmen-Close Up


* ____ Grandparents being seated
* ____ Groom’s parents being seated
* ____ Bride’s parents being seated
* ____ Flower girl walking down aisle
* ____ Ring Bearer walking down aisle
* ____ Bridesmaids walking down aisle
* ____ Maid of Honor walking down aisle
* ____ Father walking Bride down aisle
* ____ Father giving bride away
* ____ Bride & Groom at altar
* ____ Bride & Groom exchanging vows
* ____ Bride & Groom exchanging rings
* ____ Bride & Groom lighting candle
* ____ Bride & Groom-the kiss
* ____ Bride & Groom walking down aisle
* ____ Pictures of receiving line
* ____ Bride & Groom exiting church
* ____ Bride & Groom getting into limo
* ____ Bride & Groom’s first toast in limo

Formal Pictures

* ____ Bride & Groom Kissing
* ____ Bride & Groom-Full Length
* ____ Bride & Groom-Half Length
* ____ Bride & Groom-Close Up
* ____ Bride & Groom “gazing” at each other
* ____ Bride & Groom looking out window
* ____ Bride & Groom holding hands
* ____ Close-up of rings
* ____ Bride & Groom with Bride’s parents
* ____ Bride & Groom with Groom’s parents
* ____ Bride & Groom w/Bride’s extended family
* ____ Bride & Groom w/Groom’s extended family


* ____ Parents being announced
* ____ Wedding Party being announced
* ____ Bride & Groom being announced
* ____ Bride & Groom’s first dance
* ____ Wedding party dancing
* ____ Bride’s dance with father
* ____ Groom’s dance with mother
* ____ Best Man toasting Bride & Groom
* ____ Bride & Groom with Champagne glasses
* ____ Bride & Groom’s kiss after the toast
* ____ Wedding Cake
* ____ Bride & Groom cutting cake
* ____ Bride feeding Groom
* ____ Groom feeding Bride
* ____ Kiss after cutting cake
* ____ Bride tossing bouquet
* ____ Groom taking off garter
* ____ Guests dancing
* ____ Bride & Groom’s last dance


* ____ Close up of invitation
* ____ Bride or Groom with special friends
* ____ Bride or Groom with special relatives
* ____ Picture of band or DJ

Guests the photographer shouldn’t miss: (provide your photographer with a seating chart so that he can easily identify them)

Punta Negra Balcony View Dusk

Condo Punta Negra – Puerto Vallarta Real Estate

This week I just finished shooting this charming beachfront condo overlooking the golden sands and crystal blue waters of Vallarta’s famed south shore.
The spacious and open dining and living area overlooks the spectacular panoramic view of the entire bay, with doors opening to the generous terrace for true indoor/outdoor living.
Gentle ocean breezes and a spectacular sunset the mood for the shoot, which was helped with 3 external light placed in  convenient places.
Some of the images from the latest shoot are posted below.

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Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 is available for download

Adobe has just announced that the new version of its image editing software, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5, is now available for download from the Adobe website.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5
Adobe is offering Lightroom 5 for download to their Creative Cloud subscribers or as a standalone software download from the Adobe website with an upgrade price of $99 or $186 for new customers.
Standalone versions will also be sold through select retailers such as Harvey Norman and Officeworks.
Adobe’s Lightroom makes is easier to fix imperfections in images and produce professional documents that combine multimedia elements
The company says that the latest version of Lightroom adds new image editing tools that enable the user to “create better images faster”.
According to the press release, these new features include:
  • The Advanced Healing Brush – Enables customers to fix irregularly shaped imperfections such as dust spots, splotches, and other distractions with the precision and flexibility of a fine brush.
  • The Upright tool – Analyses each image to automatically straighten objects such as buildings and level horizons.
  • Radial Gradients – Offer customers the control to make photo subjects stand out by applying off-center and multiple vignettes in a single image.
  • Extended sharing and publishing capabilities – New video slideshows enable customers to combine still images, video clips and music in a creative HD slideshow that can be viewed on almost any device.
  • Updates to the Book module – Brings the ability to create, personalize and print elegant photo books from a variety of tailored, easy-to-use templates, as well as create customer-specific templates.
  • Smart Previews – Enables photographers to make edits to their images offline, without bringing their entire library of original files with them. Edits and metadata changes to Smart Preview files are automatically applied to the original images when they are reconnected.
So, what is the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom?
Lightroom shares some similar features to Photoshop and some professional photographers describe Lightroom as “good enough” for the majority of the day-to-day editing tasks, however it does lack some of the more advanced editing tools that seasoned Photoshop users would be used to.
Where Lightroom shines over Photoshop is the extensive image management capabilities that help professionals keep large volumes of images organised in one place.
Lightroom also possess a simpler user interface than Photoshop, so if you are a newcomer to the world of image editing software, Lightroom might be a good place to start.
It’s also worth noting that if you’re planning on buying the standalone version, Lightroom is significantly cheaper than Photoshop.