In college I studied business and learned all about marketing towards my target audience. Why did studying business give me an advantage in starting my own creative business? It helped me because as I quickly learned, starting your own business is really 50 percent business strategies, 30 percent people skills and 20 percent about being […]

My best advice for the best outfits to wear for your engagement session is to keep it simple. Stick to two outfits that are more neutral so that you guys are the focus of the shoot and so that it blends in with any location. In this blog post I will lay out what to […]

As photographers we often hear the phase, I think I will just have a friend shoot my wedding, they have a nice camera. While I totally get budgeting and saving money I promise you this is one area you will not want to skimp on. Why? Because you will regret it. I can tell you […]

As a wedding photographer I think the number one thing I hear from brides is that the planning part is a bit overwhelming. I totally get that as it was for my wedding as well. That is why I wanted to reach out to one amazing wedding planner, Elise Brannan to ask her top 3 […]

The question I get most from brides is how do I plan out the timeline of my wedding day? First and foremost, if you have a wedding planner they will be the best person to talk to about this. However, if you do not have a wedding planner your photographer should be able to help […]

I am obsessed with timelines, lists, planners and anything that keeps me organized. (I even color code my lists and plan out each hour of the day). So today I am giving you my wedding planning timeline to help you out with what you should book and when you should do it, but first a […]

For this years anniversary post I want to be super real with you all and share with you everything I have struggled with over the past four years and why I almost quit. Being this real is legit scary for me since it means really putting my weaknesses out there for you all to see. […]

You are engaged and starting the process of finding the dress that makes you cry, smile and see yourself as a bride all in one. Thats not an easy task but I am here to help you find the perfect wedding dress by showing you the 7 best wedding dress stores in the United States. […]

I hear brides asking all the time why should I do the first look, why should we take sunset pictures and what vendors are really important? Instead of me giving you my two cents on the matter, I thought I would ask my past bride’s advice to future brides. So sit back grab a piece of […]

For more wedding tips check out this post on planning your wedding timeline: How to plan your day of wedding timeline.

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