{minna tip} #23

January 29, 2010

Hi grooms – I know I usually focus on your brides, but occasionally I do talk directly to you. Here are a few beneficial tips for you. It’s your big day too! I want you to be the best you can be. So here goes –

01. Try not to drink too much the night before your wedding unless you want to look hung-over in your photos. Save it for the big party (after your speech, of course)

02. Trim your nostril hair. Believe it or not when you smile, sometimes the camera picks it up, and it interferes with your otherwise, polished look. Trimmers will do the trick

03. Designate a groomsman to become the expert on pinning flowers to your lapels. Too often, I’ve seen droopy flowers fall off before the groom has taken his vows

04. Designate another groomsman to become the expert on pocket squares. Make sure they are all folded and placed in the same manner

05. When you kiss your bride, hold your smooches for a few more seconds than you normally would. No need to rush with a quick peck. It gives me more chances to get a great kissing shot

06. When you go for the garter, don’t be afraid to work it! Your playfulness makes for fun photos and I’m sure your bride will enjoy the show

07. Many of your weddings are in the summer. Some grooms have bald and shined heads. Carry a package of oil-blotting papers to dull the shine a bit. These papers work well on oily noses and foreheads too

08. When you and your groomsmen are getting ready, bring a bunch of black dress-socks with you, just in case your groomsmen wear the wrong color socks or athletic socks

09. Remember grooms…your photos are so important to your brides. She will appreciate every effort you and your groomsmen make to look your best

10. If you can’t remember any of these tips on your wedding day, remember this…smile, kiss your bride often and have fun!

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{minna tip} #22

November 5, 2009

When short on time take your photos! – The reception is like a sprint. Really, it goes too fast. There are many people to talk to. There are tons of activities planned. Everyone wants your attention, and most likely you don’t want to disappoint. It’s very difficult to divert your attention back to taking wedding photos, once you get caught up in your reception activities. It’s best to arrive at your reception hall first, before your guests arrive. That way we can take loads photos before everyone descends on you, your groom, and the rest of your bridal party. You’ll get a first-look at your beautiful dining room and anticipate the wedding festivities you’ve planned for so long. Plus, photojournalistic & creatively-posed photography in an empty reception hall is pretty posh!

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Are you guys sweltering yet? It’s very, very, very hot in NYC, for those of you out of town. Finally we’re getting the summer we thought would be rained out forever. I was inspired to post this {minna tip} blast-from-the-past. Hot summer wedding photos benefit greatly from these little babies. Read on:

oil-blotting-papersBlot out instead of applying more – One great but small investment you can make on your wedding day is good money spent on Oil Blotting Papers. Powder applied to your professional make-up can become caked-on and harder to fix as your wedding day progresses. With oil blotting papers, you can easily dab out oily areas…usually the forehead, nose, chin, and for the guys, your freshly shaved heads, too! The oilier the skin, the more shiny blowouts appear in your wedding photos. So do yourself a favor and place a few blotting papers in your bridal clutch and vest pockets to combat oil.

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{minna tip} #19

July 24, 2009

Keep a few wedding reception traditions – I’ve noticed many post-millennial brides tend to forego the wedding reception traditions of yesteryear – the bouquet toss, cake cutting, removing the garter, rice throwing, etc. But, hold on…this is my appeal to you. Do them anyway. Why? Photographically, they round out the timeline of your reception well. I know these photographs may seem corny today, but looking back on your wedding day 10 or 20 or 30 years from now, these traditions will add a certain charm to your wedding album…even if you are somewhat embarrassed, apprehensive, or awkward. Your natural expression is part of the fun! Plus, your kids will enjoy your photographs much more than you will. So don’t be afraid to dive in and embrace all the cheesiness of it!

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{minna tip} #18

July 15, 2009

Watch a funny flick –  Yes. Drop everything. Put in that DVD and watch a funny flick. There’s nothing like a hilarious wedding movie to take away all your pre-marital stressors! Here are my top ten:

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10 – TIED: Green Card / Four Weddings & a Funeral

9 – The Best Man

8 – The Wedding Crashers

7 – 27 Dresses

6 – Sex and the City

5 – The Corpse Bride

4 – My Big Fat Greek Wedding

3 – The Hangover

2 – Bride of Chucky

1 – Muriel’s Wedding

 

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{minna tip} #17

July 3, 2009

Practice makes perfect – Bridal dresses can be quite complicated to figure out. So can headpieces, jewelry & bouquets. Especially last minute! Don’t wait until the day of your wedding to figure out how to bustle-up your gown before your first dance as a new bride. Count how many buttons there are at the back of your dress and bring a repair kit. Test the loops to make sure they can get around those tiny buttons. Don’t be too hasty when testing your zipper…be gentle and make sure the zip doesn’t get caught into the fabric. Know exactly where to fasten pins in your hair so your headpiece sits securely and complements your wedding-hairdo just right. Let your gown designer show you how to tie your bows the right way. More importantly, you must pass all this information along to your bridesmaids or whoever else is designated to help you shine on your wedding day. And practice. I’ve seen too many zippers run off tracks, buttons pop without the tools to replace them, and headpieces fall to the ground. Practice will not only make perfect, but it will save you a lot of time and frustration.

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{minna tip} #16

June 16, 2009

Prep for the bridal-prep – Most couples do enjoy ‘getting ready’ shots as the bride slips into her wedding gown to whisk away and meet her groom. So let’s talk about the bridal preparation area. In all honesty, most bridal prep rooms look like a grenade hit them and left behind dry-cleaning plastics, wire hangers, tissue paper, street clothes, and candy wrappers everywhere! The key is to create an organized-mess. Your wedding-day details will be captured – from crinolines to champagne flutes…but let’s move the organized-mess to the sides and in background so the bride (and her bridal party) can take their rightful place at center-stage. Don’t let the extraneous stuff become the main event!

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{minna tip} #15

June 4, 2009

Have a smoking reception – You and your groom will be smoking-hot for sure during your reception, but forget the fog machine. Piping in smoke for dramatic effect is beautiful initially, but as the smoke-bomb thins out around the room, it may cause a few issues – residue, digestion problems, and if you have sensitive olfactory senses, the smell may be unpleasant. An added concern I have as a photographer is keeping my assortment of lenses residue-free. Plus, the dispersed-smoke generally makes the photos look as grey as the fog. If you really must use a smoke machine, go for it, HARD! Not halfway. A constant and steady stream of the fog makes your photos look terrific, especially when accompanied with laser effects. If you’re looking for alternatives though, I highly recommend laser lights, strobes, glow-sticks, sparklers (while outside), disco balls, & crystals.

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{minna tip} #14

May 17, 2009

Wear your contacts AND your glasses – for my spectacled friends, I know your glasses are near and dear to you and part of your identity. I would never propose you totally go without them. However, I will suggest wearing contact lenses at least part of the time on your wedding day. Your eyes are the most beautiful part of your face, and to obscure them with eyewear in your wedding photos, means we miss a big part of you. 20 years into the future, I’m sure you would like to see what your face looked like without glasses, just as much as you’d want to show off your eyewear of choice. So for variety’s sake, let’s shoot some pictures with and without your glasses.

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{minna tip} #13

May 3, 2009

Rely on your bridesmaids  –Why? Because they rock! Bridesmaids have the most awesome job on their friend’s wedding day, and that is to make sure the bride looks great! Here are a few things to help her out: Tilt those flowers – remember to tilt your flowers away from your body just a tiny bit toward the camera. That way, we get to see how lovely the flowers are arranged. Straighten that dress – if the bride’s gown has a train on it, straighten that dress when she gets to the altar, so she continues to look great from the back in her photos. Perform emergency surgery – Have a bag of emergency tools ready to assist with any hair & make-up touch-ups as the day progresses…especially through happy-tears and meals! Provide handkerchiefs, tissues, lipstick, blush…anything that will preserve her gorgeousness throughout the evening. Reduce stress – You’re her buffer from any stressors that may arise on her special day. Do whatever you must to squash it. She’ll look better in pictures and she’ll thank you later!

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{minna tip} #12

April 22, 2009

weddingslippers2Do bring comfy shoes – A pair of comfy shoes can save your feet during your special day or on a photoshoot. Sometimes the trek from location-to-location-to-location in a pair of wedding pumps can be treacherous especially if you are unaccustomed to wearing them on a daily basis. Foot pain is no joke and easily registered on the forehead and in your smile. So, by all means, throw a pair of comfy shoes in a bag!

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{minna tip} #11

March 30, 2009

See your groom before the wedding – It’s okay to break a few traditions, especially if you want to capture beautiful photographs before your wedding day officially begins. This can be advantageous for several reasons. You and your groom are freshly made-up to look your best. You have no distractions as your family and friends haven’t arrived yet. And you have a few intimate moments together before your day kicks off. Those pre-wedding sensations before walking down the aisle can be immense. Let’s capture all those wonderful emotions in your photographs! Plus, you’ll have an extra hour or two to spend with your guests. You may even get to attend your own cocktail hour! The day goes by swiftly, so I’m up for anything that will create more time for you to enjoy your wedding.

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{minna tip} #10

March 21, 2009

Choose a transparent veil – Make sure your veil is thin enough so we can photograph your gorgeous face as you walk down the aisle. When shopping for your wedding veil, take a few pictures with your camera-phone to view the transparency. Remember, all veils to some degree look diaphanous, so it’s a good idea to perform a test before purchasing. No matter your fabrication – tulle, organza or chiffon – run it through your fingers, drape it over your head, and check the transparency against your face. If the wedding veil you’ve inherited is a little opaque, no prob. Just make sure your dad or the individual giving you away, flips it back, right before you meet your groom. We want a clear view into all those lovely emotions you are feeling as you take your vows!

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{minna tip} #9

March 17, 2009

Take your time – Sometimes sheer nervousness will propel you toward your groom faster than a blink of an eye. Why diminish your big moment? Slow it down a little. Enjoy your saunter down the aisle. Give us time to photograph you in all your glory. We especially enjoy the outburst of emotion when everyone sees you in your wedding gown for the first time. Your friends & family gathered specifically to enjoy that moment. And we all want to take plenty of pictures as you make your way to the altar!

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{minna tip} #8

March 11, 2009

Utilize those moments of bridal preparation before walking down the aisle – Those few precious hours getting ready for the big show with your girlfriends & close family members is often filled with plenty of emotions….emotions you might otherwise miss, photojournalistically, if you’ve chosen to schedule your event from the ceremony, on. Nothing beats a room full of yakking, laughing, and crying between loved ones! Plus all of your bridesmaids are in the same room. Your faces are freshly made-up & your hair is in place. You know where your bridal bouquets are. And your dresses are still perfectly clean. Once the day gets going, it’s harder round-up the major players in your wedding, especially between courses at the reception. So take advantage of those warm, intimate moments with family and your bridal party prior to the ceremony.

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{minna tip} #7

March 4, 2009

oil-blotting-papersBlot out instead of applying more – One great but small investment you can make on your wedding day is good money spent on Oil Blotting Papers. Powder applied to your professional make-up can become caked-on and harder to fix as your wedding day progresses. With oil blotting papers, you can easily dab out oily areas…usually the forehead, nose, chin, and for the guys, your freshly shaved heads, too! The oilier the skin, the more shiny blowouts appear in your wedding photos. So do yourself a favor and place a few oil blotting papers in your bridal clutch and vest pockets to combat oil.

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{minna tip} #6

February 25, 2009

Embrace the Sun – Nature provides a fresh light source, so whenever we have an opportunity to take advantage of daylight, let’s do it! I adore shooting with as much natural lighting as possible and only use flash when necessary. Daylight provides a beautiful glow against your skin and seems to illuminate your church and reception hall perfectly. At dusk, ambient lighting from crystals and candlelit centerpieces are great alternatives which look absolutely lovely in your wedding photos.

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{minna tip} #5

February 16, 2009

Schedule your wedding-day dry-run with your engagement session – Like most brides-to-be, you’ll probably schedule a test run of your wedding-day hairstyle and make-up. But don’t let your sweeping updo, ringlets, freshly-plucked eyebrows or new lip color go to waste! They may look good in a magazine, but I’m sure you’re curious to know how they translate to your real life and real photographs. Don’t wait for your wedding day to find out! Book your engagement session, make-up & hair trials together. Take advantage of these dry-runs and produce beautiful images of you and your fiancé. Plus, if need be, you’ll have the time to study and modify your look before the most memorable day of your life.

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{minna tip} #4

February 12, 2009

Don’t try to fit an 8 hour day into 4 hours – rushing around to get a lot of stuff done in an unrealistic timeframe will be more nerve-racking as your special day unfolds. There’s never enough time to enjoy those special moments if you’re scrambling to cross off the next item on your itinerary. When you are stressed, you will look even more stressed and distracted in your wedding photographs. Here’s an idea. Schedule eight solid hours of activity in eight hours, with ample time in-between for prepping, mingling with your loved ones and of course, taking your wedding photos. If you are unable to schedule all the hours when you book your wedding, don’t worry about it. You can always upgrade your contract to add them later. Even on your wedding day, if you need more hours on the spot, no problem. You can always purchase more time with us. So, slow down, enjoy your wedding day, (because it goes by in a blink of an eye) and look cute in your photos while you’re doing it!

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{minna tip} #3

February 8, 2009

Pick a trusted friend to dissolve family issues…in advance! – inevitably you may have to invite one family member who doesn’t get along with another. This is real life. It’s very, very common. Your wedding day may not smooth out long term squabbles even though you may want it to. So do yourself a favor. Assign someone dependable from your personal entourage to diffuse conflicts between the ‘Hatfields & McCoys’ who are having a spat. You grab your mate and two glasses of champagne, and let’s take a few more wedding photographs until the whole thing blows over. Then the both of you whisk in, and resume your place in the spotlight. Works like a charm every time!

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{minna tip} #2

February 5, 2009

Book your Engagement Session – You take pictures all the time, I’m sure. In this age of digital photography you should be used to it, right? Maybe, but on your wedding day, you and your mate are usually the sole focus of our cameras and the hundred or so cameras of your guests! Like Britney Spears (or whoever the paparazzi is trailing now), it can be daunting to suddenly be the object of that much attention. Engagement Sessions are good for normalizing an abnormal situation. You get to experience the click of a camera with spectators looking on and practice looking your best. Plus you’ll receive a CD full of images of you and your mate in your everyday-looks. You can even create an Engagement Guest Book or a Signature Board as keepsakes. Your guests will especially love checking you out when you play your Engagement DVD Slideshow at your cocktail hour. Now is a great time to book your springtime Engagement Session. It may be freezing outside, but April will be here any minute!

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