Wedding Day Details

 

I love to shoot wedding day details! The bouquet, the shoes, the rings, the boutonniere, etc. As a matter of fact, it is my personal favorite thing to shoot on the wedding day. I have always loved shooting macro photography and being a wedding photographer, shooting the details gives me a chance to do this on a personal level for my client.

I always ask the bride to have her wedding planner or the friend/family member who is decorating or helping in the wedding planning process, to have the brides bouquet, the rings, an invitation or announcement, and any additional details that she would like to have photographed, ready for me when I arrive at the venue. I then photograph these small details before any action begins at all so that they can be returned quickly to the bride and groom while they are getting ready.

I will sometimes have the opportunity to photograph other details during the reception when the bride and groom are eating and mingling with guests. I try to take some creative shots of the bouquet in areas where there is a beautiful and winning background. I will also walk around the entire venue getting those very important wedding and reception details shots.

I love letting my creativity and vision shine through my wedding photography and no matter what your genre of art, always let your own personal creativity shine through.-Nichole Whitburn -N&N Photography

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N&N Photography Studios; Renovation Complete

We are proud to announce the Grand Opening of N&N Photography Studios! We are offering $25 Gift Certificates toward any Photography Package booked with us before October 31. The following photos are the renovation process. I am so very happy and looking so forward to serving our future clients in our brand new studio! More photos coming soon. www.nandnphotoshoot.com

Getting Fat While Editing/Ice Cream and Photoshop

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{Photography by: N&N Photography} 

I have gained 10 pounds (okay, much more) since I have become a photographer. I have a tendency to munch away while I edit, chocolate bars and caramel ice-cream are my favorites. I think to myself that while I am out on a shoot, I am burning it all off, but no, that does not seem to be the case. I seem to be working extra hard at gaining the weight mindlessly, but not good at losing it mindfully. I know that I have to snack healthier and I am sure I will someday gain control of this beast! (And this weight before it becomes one!)

A friend and I recently chatted about my very obvious weight gain and she said to me, “It’s a small price to pay for happiness.” After thinking about that statement for sometime, I realized I am happy and extremely blessed being able to do what I love; create beautiful and artful images. Weight, with a little effort, can come off, I just have to choose healthier snacking choices. But true happiness, is for me, non-negotiable and is not measured in pounds. -Nichole Whitburn, N&N Photography                                                 www.nandnphotoshoot.com

The Cost of Wedding Photography; The Priceless Investment in Memories

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Just the thought of the cost of a wedding is daunting to most anyone. Most young women grow up dreaming of the fairy-tale wedding: the magnificent flowers, the ornate cake, the jaw-dropping designer dress, the cathedral, beach, or sunset. They think of all these things and the truth about all of these things is that they cost money.

Today’s weddings are steering away from the tradition that the brides family are those who will cover the cost. In this new and modern world we live in, the bride and groom are paying for nearly everything. Especially if it is the second or third time around and that’s okay. However, those who are on a limited budget and are paying for all of it themselves, are very careful about where they spend their money. You think about all of the things that you have to buy to make yourself and our venue beautiful and satisfying for your quests: the food, favors, flowers, decorations, cake, etc.

Most everything that has been bought and paid for for your special day is mostly all consumable or of one use or wear. And after the food is eaten, the flowers expire, everyone goes home, and the rentals are returned; what is it that will last forever other than your memories of the day? Your wedding day photography! Your beautiful images of all the important moments from your special day! Photographs of all the details, of the flowers, your dress, the cathedral, your hair, your makeup, the first dance, the beautiful cake, the first kiss as husband and wife, the amazing fun and laughter at the reception. One day that can not be recreated. Your wedding photography album is the only thing that will last and span generations for you and your families enjoyment.

Wedding photography package pricing can seem expensive at first glance, however when you are making a decision on wedding photography, think about why wedding photography is important to you and what you are looking for in a photographer. Also remember that you are paying a professional for their time, to capture all of those important moments as they unfold, and to edit and deliver them to you as beautifully packaged works of art. Some photographers offer payment plans to pay for your wedding photography package with payments over the course of your engagement, up until your wedding day. And if your wedding day is a year or longer away, you can start a savings plan for your wedding photography.

A Final Thought: The one most important thing to remember, is that your wedding photography should never be a place to cut back on when it comes to your budget. Your wedding day photographs are timeless memories of your love and memories are irreplaceable.

-Nichole Whitburn, N&N Photography                                                 www.nandnphotoshoot.com

 

Does a Bride Really Need to Hire a Professional Makeup Artist?

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{Photo Credit: Makeup Artist Justine Faataui}

As a Professional Wedding and Portrait photographer, I would most certainly say the answer to this question is Yes! I am not talking about a friend that just loves makeup or draws her eyeliner on evenly. And even if you have been doing your own makeup for years and feel confident that your makeup will look great on your special day, Consider this:

A Professional Makeup Artist knows the best colors, foundations, powders, matte formulas, etc. for all skin types and for all types of lighting. For indoor and outdoor portraits, close-ups shots, and makeup that is for sure to last through the Nae-Nae and the Electric Slide. And I am sure you still want that beautiful glow when your walking hand in hand, with your new husband, into your magical departure photos of the evening.

My husband and I have had the unfortunate job of edited  100+ photos of a bride who’s makeup had went horribly wrong. I am not talking about running mascara. Let’s just say that the right foundation color and the right setting powder makes all the difference in the world. A pro will make sure that your makeup is made for flash photography and looks great in any light. The morel of this story is: Don’t let your friends do your bridal makeup, (unless of course they are a professional makeup artist.)

My advice is to call a few pros in your area and give yourself plenty of time before your big day. Ask to see if they have a free trial session so that you can see if you like their work. Talk to them about the look you would like to achieve on your wedding day, be it natural, earthy, romantic, or all out dramatic glamour. Another thing about a pro, is that most of them will stay, for a reasonable amount of time, throughout the ceremony and reception to do touch ups. If you are in the East Tennessee area, feel free to contact us for a few we know who are excellent. Thank you, Congrats, and Good luck! -Nathan & Nichole Whitburn, N&N Photography; Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Event Photography