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2014-09-25_0002He wanted to propose in a way that she would never forget, in a way “that she deserved”… She just wants to “wake up everyday of my life for the next 103937 years next to my new husband.” Right there, doesn’t that show plenty of love?

After Chris’s sister set up an online profile for him and he began “searching through the women”…. There… there was Ashley. And well, the rest was history. They met, they began finding their favorite hideaways, treat stops and more. And back to the proposal…. The day was coming and Chris recalling that he was “terrified”.  One could state, there’s nothing to be terrified about but come on. We all know that’s not the truth. The nerves can take over and we want only the best for the ones we love. And again, he wanted to propose in a way that she deserved. And a way that represented how he truly felt about her. Well… Things don’t always work out how we want them to… Dapper Man Wedding Photographers in Ct.“The proposal went so bad, haha. I wanted to do it at the place where we met. But after too much ice cream, a stomach ache and exhaustion, it turned into me saying screw it. I reached in my sock drawer where I momentarily stashed the ring and popping the big one as she was getting ready to go to bed.”

Of course she said yes!!!

That brings us to the wedding day. I know you’re getting tired of me saying this, but it was another day that has stellar weather. It’s what this year has been filled of almost every single wedding. And for these two. They knew it was another perfect day. The nerves, no one can say there were “nerves”… Chris was “more anxious.” He knows he made the right deception because the “love was tremendous and it was so exciting”  For Ashley, no nerves there either. “Not one bit. He’s the love of my life. I was more worried about timing of the day and walking down the isle Infront of all of our guests!”

Before they could walk down the aisle though, it was a day that consisted of such a powerful first look. And this is what they’re all about. The quiet moment, just the two in love. No one staring at them. Just their tears, emotions, laughter… And boy, this one was a powerful one. I won’t lie, I’m an emotional freakin’ guy. And I honestly believe that’s part of what makes me love what I do so much and this was just another first look where my breath was taken away. Where the tides were rising a bit in my soul. (that’s me saying I might have teared up a little)…

And it’s one of the moments Ashley recalls the most about her day even. I mean, of course that’s because I was chilling with them and it was just us, but who can blame her… or maybe, just maybe it wasn’t me at all…. “Honestly, the look on Chris’ face during the first look right after you snapped that pic you posted he tilted his head to the left and just make this look like “god damn” … That. I will never forget.”

2014-09-25_0037The other thing about this first look, it didn’t take away from the moments when Chris saw Ashley walking down the aisle toward him either. Each moment, was simply, well… Off the hook… Chris, to this day is probably saying “sorry I lost it and wrecked the first look”… Damn, he didn’t wreck anything. That’s what it’s all about…

“The sound of her heals hitting the stone right before the first look. That’s when I lost it.”

 

The ceremony flew by and off to Stonington Borough we went. It wasn’t a long time we had to shoot but we made the most of it. Using the water, the streets, the setting sun… All of it was spectacular. And looking back, like most couples, they have advice. They have memories.

2014-09-25_0041While there are pieces of the day that Ashley says she would do a little differently, bringing to point, to really make sure your vendors are the right ones for your day. (She did not mean that she wouldn’t want me there by the way. haha)… The advice they do want to share. (other than making sure your bridesmaids have fans to keep you cool with that dress on). (did I just throw that in there Ashley??? DOH! )

Ashley: Allow as much extra time during the day as possible. A timeline is KEY. Your event planner/wedding coordinator is vital to the flow of your day and choose a photographer you love, you’re going to spend the entire day with them 🙂

Chris: I would try to slow things down even more. I had advice to really enjoy the moment because time flies. But honestly I didn’t understand how quickly it does until this very moment.

All in all, it was another fanTABulous wedding for sure! And now, now you can watch the video, check out the photos, CONTACT ME HERE if you need an awesome photographer for your day. No matter where you are, we may be a Ct. / Maine Based Wedding Photographers but we capture weddings across the country and around the world.

 

  • Venue: Stonington Meadows, Stonington, Ct.
  • DJ: Harry Gambardella – HG Entertainment
  • Florist: Robin Hollow Farm
  • Caterer’s: Costal Gourmet
  • Dress: Provonias from Alexandria’s Bridal Boutique,
  • Shoes: Clark’s 
  • Rings: Nigrelli’s Jewlery, Westerly, RI
  • Other Jewelry: earrings… Humm can’t even remember lol got them at Nordstroms
  • Cake: mystic market east ( not recommended by couple and I can vouch for that too ) 
  • Hair: Paul Perrira, Lazuli Salon (bride) and bridesmaids used Studio B Salon in Cranston, RI
  • Tuxes: Men’s Warehouse 
  • Hotel bags, menus & favors: LeLa Events & Sweets

And feel free to leave your thoughts, well wishes and comments below in the comment field so Ashley and Chris can feel the love.

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So, as the story goes, at times I share other pieces of myself here thru posting. Sometimes it’s about a new drink of choice such as the post here about Root from Art In The Age. Other times maybe it will be about an adventure, the changing of seasons and more. Today, today I just wanted to share a couple songs that I’ve been listening to lately. And by listening to, I don’t mean they’ve popped up and that’s that. I generally mean that I’ve gone back to them over and over again…. So I will post them here, now. Maybe it’s more of a way for me to easily go back and listen to them again with out having to hit up the tube of you….

Anyway. Music. Live music. Gosh. There’s not much better….. Maybe it’s because I can be an emotional mess, maybe it’s because I feel things. If so, all the better because those feelings are what have me capturing the images at a wedding I do. Who knows…

And hey, before you venture off. Let me know what you’ve been listening too down in the comments below. I’m always up for some new tunes and would love to know.

This one below, give it till at least the minute and a half mark…

And on a different note… Just couldn’t find this one good in a live format.

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“that first touch that first moment when we could touch each other again after the hand fasting, I remember how that felt and how right it was.” I honestly feel as though I could start and finish this post with those words alone… “After the hand fasting”… What a great way to put it. Not being able to see each other, to kiss, or to even tough.

2014-09-22_0001As the story goes, there seems to be a debate over who said “I Love you first”… As Ian recalls, “I think if I have to mention one big turning point though it was when she first told me she loved me.  She claims I told her weeks before calling her up all faded at a Halloween party.  But I’m pretty sure I broke my phone that night when a Tetris piece bumped into me so her story is full of holes. Anyway, we were driving back from getting falafel which she had never tried but I convinced her wasn’t really full of beans so she risked it, and she just out and told me she loved me.  I knew I loved her, more than I’d ever thought possible and I had wanted to tell her for so long so there was that, but more than that, hearing her say it was incredible.  Not to sound stupid cheesy but it was actually musical when she said it.  Even when she says it today it’s still amazing.  So knowing she loved me was it.  If she felt about me how I felt about her we’d always be together.” And that’s just it for these two. They will always be together. They both have commented a few times that they would “always be together”… Even Laura with her exact words, “I’ve always known we’d spend the rest of our lives together, whether we did it legally, when we did it, or how, wasn’t something I worried about. I knew we’d be together, and how future played out was yet to be told.”

2014-09-22_0007And before we get too involved in the day itself, can we just talk about the proposal? I think I love it because Ian was so ready that he just went with it… I won’t bore you here with my banter. Instead I’ll just let you read his own story on how it went down… “I had thought I was gonna do this big triple wow thing.  We were gonna go hiking, cause we hike, to some new pretty place with a great view.  We’d hike all the way up and then get to the vista and she’d be all, “wow”, and then I’d give her a really sweet present.  I’d spent a few weeks sculpting a little black rhino. I don’t know why.  I’ve sculpted my whole life and I listen to the clay and it said little rhino so that’s what I did.  I just wanted her to have something that she could look at and know that I put time and care into it because I love her.  Anyway, great view, first wow, sweet present, second wow, and then ring, big third wow, she’d be so overcome she’d have to say yes… What actually happened is I got the ring and it drove me immediately insane.  I made the best dinner I could, wrapped up the rhino and tried to buy wine.  After dinner I asked her to walk around the park with me to watch the sunset, (we live across the street from a park).  I almost botched the whole thing though because to get into the park you have to get over a short stone wall and in jumping over the wall the two boxes honestly fell out of my pocket.  I thought I was blown for sure but she only noticed the little box with a rhino in it.  She was all super excited though cause it was obviously a present so we sat down at the first bench and I gave it to her.  She was, thankfully, delighted with the little rhino. It now lives on her desk at work.  Then I pulled out a ring and asked her to marry me.  The first thing she said was, “is this real?” and so I had to be all, “um… yes, will you marry me?” and then she waited like three agonizingly long seconds to say yes.  But she said yes.  I think in total I probably had the ring for less than 5 hours.”

2014-09-22_0016So now that they knew that, it was time to get married, a “back yard” tented wedding. It wasn’t so much a back yard as it was a up on a hill, 300 miles down a dirt road (that could be a slight exaggeration), with views that spanned for miles. Yet again, perfect weather, with a breeze, clouds frolicking in the sky and a random bee or two. (that’s more of a fact for a certain bridesmaid, than anyone else I believe)…

Getting ready was full of laughs for the girls, and quiet contemplation for Ian… I recall getting to the wedding site and chatting with Ian and giving him his space as well, all while catching photos and his nerves, his nerves were definitely high. “Up to the ceremony I was nervous.  More nervous than I’ve ever really been before.  I kept thinking of all kinds of reasons we wouldn’t be able to get married that day and how terrible that would be.” Nothing stepped in their way though. The bagpipes brought on the festivities and the ceremony began rolling right along. The smile on Ian’s face when he saw his soon to be wife walk around the corner. And the way Laura’s face lit up… It’s these moments, well, among others, that just have me loving what I do all the more. “I remember not being able to take my eyes away from Ian. The moment I came around that corner and saw him – he’s all I saw. I remember seeing his smile, and his face, and his eyes.”

The ceremony was perfect, the tears of joy, yet the calm love that filled the air. And as they slowly came close to one another, after that kiss… You know, THE KISS, they hustled down the aisle. I believe in a “let’s get this party going” kind of way. And that’s just what they did. They rocked out the night with dancing, loving, laughs, bee stings and tears… If I do say so myself it was perfect. As for Laura, thoughts… Well. You can read them for yourselves.

Laura’s thoughts on how the day went: “Awesome. It was the best day and night of my life.  All of the guests I’ve talked to have told me that they had so much fun, but whose going to tell a bride they had a terrible time at the wedding? Though I do believe them and some of the stories Ian and I have been told of their experiences are hilarious.” –  2014-09-22_0032And when asked if she had any tips or thoughts… “I would suggest that if you don’t have a wedding planner, at least have someone on the day of who is the coordinator – not a family member or friend, but a real third party whose sole job it is to tell people (including yourself) where to go, what to do, what comes next, and won’t let you forget things (like cutting the cake, or throwing the bouquet, etc). Also, if you know you get grumpy when you don’t eat all day (…) eat something. You’ll still be beautiful in your dress, and then you will have more patience for whatever might get thrown at you.  And, try not to let anyone get stung in the mouth by a bee, right before they have to give a speech (or at any time really). Though if bees are a potential, have Benadryl and an epi pen handy juuuust in case.”

And as a groom, Ian has some sound advice to other grooms out there: “Don’t have too much coffee before the ceremony.”

Feel free to comment down below the photos and let them know what you thought / think of their day!!!

For the who – what – where’s and why’s…

Venue:   Myers’ Pond Forest, Union, CT, owned by Hull Forestlands, LP

DJ:  Carl & Janice Myers  (no relation to George Myers whom the spot is named after)

Florist:  Fleurescent,  Milford CT (Elizabeth Wecker) 

Caterer’s:  Maneeleys, South Windsor, CT

Dress: Maggie Sottero bought from Sukran’s Bridal, Norwalk, CT

Shoes:   Jessica Simpson 

Rings: Pellegrini Jewelers, Norwalk CT

Other Jewelry:  Veil was created by Sukran of Sukran’s bridal

Cake:  Kerry Mulkern (Laura’s aunt)

Bag Piper: Michael Greenham (Willington CT)

Mens Attire:   Pronto Uomo  (from  Men’s Warehouse)

Hair and Makeup:  Hair – Mood Studio, Sturbridge MA.  Makeup, Charlotte Holberry (bride’s brother’s girlfriend (and friend!))

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2014-09-15_0039“With the passing of Toby’s grandmother unexpectedly that week it was hard to balance the emotions of happy and sad.” It’s so extremely difficult when we lose someone close to us. And just a week before a wedding, a day that should be filled with all the love we have had in our lives from day one, it’s like a power struggle inside for the feelings we “think” we should or shouldn’t have. Here’s the thing though, I firmly believe Toby’s grandmother was at their wedding, in each smile on that day, in each tear and in the beautiful breezes and magnificent day that was…. Their day.. For that, this post goes out to Toby’s Grandmother and all those smiles…..

Now, let’s rewind a bit… Let’s start where these two met… How they met. As Toby recalls, it was almost a “set up”, but I don’t think he minded at all. “Fran and I met at the Bidwell Tavern in Coventry.  I knew who she was but we never really had been introduced before.  I was there with a group of my friends that night.  My friend, Jon Overton, came with is girlfriend (now his wife) and her cousin, Fran.  I didn’t know it, but Jon was playing matchmaker that night.  Fran just so happened to sit across from me and before I knew it we were chatting it up all night.  We had many of the same interests; camping, biking, hiking and other outdoorsy stuff.  And at the end of the night I walked her to her car and she gave me her number.  It really may have been love at first sight!”

2014-09-15_0003And at first sight translated into the relationship that became Toby and Fran’s… From what I gathered, this relationship went on for sometime. Maybe even a long time??? I may be wrong, but I don’t think so… Anyway… They found each other and sooner or later the moment had to come. When he would ask the woman in front of him to be his wife, his partner in crime. And the moment did come. When asked about the proposal, Toby had quite the story to share. I mean, it’s so great that the excitement caused someone in the restaurant to collapse!?!? “I wasn’t nervous about proposing until the day that I picked up her ring.  I picked up the ring on Friday morning and then the panic started to set in.  I thought that I had to propose real soon.  She would definitely find it if I waited too long.  I just got a new job also that week and was going to start it on Monday.  I knew that I wanted to surprise Fran with the proposal, so this seemed like a great cover for going out and celebrating!  We like hanging out in North Hampton and I knew that she always had wanted to stay at the North Hampton Hotel, so I made a reservation for the hotel for the weekend.  I called Fran just moment later and told her to pack a bag and that we were going to North Hampton.  I drove over to her place and picked her up.  On the way, she asked where we were staying.  Not to ruin my surprise, I told her that we were staying at a Marriott up there.  After a bit of traffic, we finally found ourselves in the city.  She was very excited about getting away for the weekend and started to freak out a little when we pulled into the driveway of the North Hampton Hotel instead of a Marriott.  I told her that we would celebrate in style over my new job.We then poked around town for a little while.  We checked out some shopping that she wanted to do, stopped in for beers at The North Hampton Brewery, and discussed some options for dinner.  This entire time, I was freaking out inside.  I had a ring in my pocket and had no idea how I would propose to her.  I was being a little paranoid about it too.  2014-09-15_0005I thought that I would for sure lose it if I didn’t give it to her soon.  I would drop it, or pull it out with my change and she’d see it or something crazy like that.Finally, we decided to stop for dinner in the tavern that is downstairs from the North Hampton Hotel.  We had had drinks there before and heard that the food was excellent.  It has a great cozy atmosphere in there and I instantly knew that this would be the place that I would propose.We got some drinks and ordered dinner.  I was winging this whole thing.  I had no real plan for how I would propose.  I decided to take her by complete surprise by tricking her a little.  During our dinner, I reached for my wallet and told Fran, “Oh no!  I’m missing my wallet!”  She couldn’t believe it.  I told her that I must have left it at the North Hampton Brewery.  She didn’t know what we should do.  Should we go back and look for it?  Should we call them?  2014-09-15_0007 Did it just fall out, onto the seat next to me?  I told her that we should look under the table.  Maybe it just fell out of my pocket and onto the floor.  As she was looking under the table, I took the ring out of my pocket and went around to her side of the booth.  I knelt down and held out the ring.  When she finally picked up her head from looking under the table and saw me, I took her hand and said, “Fran, will you marry me?”

She freaked out a little and finally said yes!  I put the ring on her hand and I sat back down, still freaking out myself a little bit.  Fran had a “perma-smile” going on and couldn’t stop starring at her new diamond.  So I had to joke around a little bit and told her that her salad would get cold if she didn’t finish it soon.
Just a few moment later, the entire fire department came running in!  Someone in the back of the restaurant must have been having a heart attack or something.  We never found out what had happened, but they took a person out on a stretcher.  It kind of changed the mood in the restaurant but not the excitement that we were feeling.
It was a great night all in all and wouldn’t be the last time that we’d have a fire department involved in our marriage process!  (The Vernon Fire Department was called to my parents house when we had “yard clean up day” a week before the wedding.  We were burning some brush and the smoke bothered one of the neighbors I guess.  The fire department showed up after we had already put out the fire.  So we seized the opportunity to get a few photos of the bride-to-be with all the volunteers in front of the fire truck!)”

 

2014-09-15_0023Yea, I didn’t “have” to share the whole story, but I sort of felt like I had to. 😉 But then, then came the rest of their lives together. So we come to current day, when their wedding was coming. It was another wedding for 2014 that had such spectacular weather! I mean, a beautiful day, passing clouds, on a lake. Walking up to the house and seeing just how great they made this “back yard wedding”… OMG. As you can see from the pictures they had such a great look, all the details, nothing missed out on. The chandeliers hanging from the trees, the colour palette that flowed seamlessly with the surroundings. The sail cloth tent that not only looked great during the day, but glowed with such a soft look in the evening. Really, if you’re thinking about a backyard wedding, take note of this one for sure. And for a large part of that, a HUGE THANKS goes out to Kathi Lin Taft… “Kathy helped decorate and coordinate the day of the wedding . Kathy is my hairdresser, she has amazing vision and attention to detail. I could not have asked for a more incredibly stunning day with every detail so perfectly thought of. She is not a professional decorator or wedding planner. She did all of this out of the kindness of her heart. Kathy took days off of work, spent many hours of her own time, and enlisted help from her family to make our day PERFECT!”

2014-09-15_0020Much like the theme was set as the perfect backyard wedding, it also led to all the perfect back yard wedding moments… For Fran, it was coming down the aisle. I recall seeing her myself, up on the deck, grabbing shots as she was so radiant, Toby’s eyes, completely fixed on her. And that moment, as farm recalls… ” I think the excitement I felt right before  the wedding as my little brother walked me out of the house – I just wanted to squeal and jump around (and I did). I was so excited to get down the aisle and stand next to Toby and become his partner in life, his wife. Staring up at him and looking into his eyes was incredibly special.” 

For Toby: “I remember the first look.  It was in a neighbors garden.  The place was gorgeous and the moment felt kind of magical.  Knowing that Fran was just feet behind me and I couldn’t look at her yet was driving me a little crazy.  I could hear her voice and wanted to steal a peak at her.  Finally, I was told that I could turn around and see my bride.  It was amazing!  She looked so beautiful.  Her hair, her dress and most of all her smile!  That moment really stands out in my mind.”

2014-09-15_0025It would be so easy to continue on about their wedding. To tell more stories of dance floor shenanigans or when guests began jumping into the lake naked… (okay, the jumping into lake thing didn’t happen. haha…) Instead I will close out with a few tips from Fran and Toby to other couples. And of course a handful of photos below where you can see some of the moments that they’re talking about… Most of all, ENJOY!

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Tips for future couples:

From Fran, the bride:

  • Don’t wait till the last minute. Make lists and do much as you can far in advance, it will give you less to think about the closer the big day comes.
  • Take time for just the two of you the day of and the days before even if its just a few minutes.
  • The day of, be in the moment, put all your worries to the side and take it all in, all the love and support by your new partner, family and friends! It truly is an amazing day- let it be perfect.

2014-09-15_0029From Toby, the Groom:

  • Don’t wait to the last minute to get the planning done.  We waited a bit longer than we should have on a few things.  It makes it more stressful than it should be.
  • Take it all in.  Once the wedding starts, it all goes by so fast.  Its like a big blur.  Take time to enjoy what is going on.  All the friends and family there are there for you.
  • Let loose a little.  Don’t stress out about the day of the wedding.  No one will care if you mess up your words a little, or if your “not good at dancing.”  Just let loose and have a blast.  Enjoy yourself!
Vendors:
Photography: TAB Photographic (ME!)
Hair & Make up:  Larissa Lake Makeup Artist
Venue: Toby’s (Jonathan Tobin Schnetzer’s) parents’ house on Bolton Lake
DJ: Jim Hogan’s Music Mix.
Ceremony Music: Suite Occasions- Windsor CT
Florist: Willow floral Design, Cindy Limberger Floral Designer, Ellington CT
Caterer’s: Villa Louisa
Dress: Cassablanca Bridal from the Wedding Embassy, Oakville CT
Shoes: Nina shoes
Rings: Dunbar Jewelers, Vernon CT
Other Jewelry: Vail, Hair piece, and Earrings. Wedding Embassy, Oakville CT
Anklet was Nonny’s (Toby’s Grandmother) my something borrowed from Toby’s sister Amy
Cake: Cakes by Donna
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2014-09-11_0005I meet many of my awesome couples for the first time when shooting our engagement session. HAH! I said “our engagement session”. And thinking about it, I guess it is sort of “ours”…. My couples receive some great images and I get to create them. That makes them “ours” doesn’t it??? Anyway, I’m not going to give you a 5 best tips, or my 10 things that will make your engagement session awesome. Instead, I’m going to just type, I’m going to run through a session in my head from start to finish and just let it all come out and hopefully it will help all the wonderful couples out there get a good idea of what can help make their engagement session the best thing it can be. (I think I’ll number them anyway just to see how many I come up with here)

1) First and foremost, is the engagement session itself. Some couples just believe they don’t want it or need it. Maybe they’ve been a couple for 17 years already and it’s no big deal. Maybe they’re trying to save money or maybe they just don’t want it done. Here’s the thing though, it’s important. One of the biggest reasons, it gives me as the photographer a chance to work with my couple before the big day. I can see how they are in front of the camera, and they can get a feel for how I work behind the lens. How easy it is to create beautiful images with a fun flow, laughs, hugs, maybe some tears….. Not to mention, some wedding days, there’s just not as much time as the photographer deserves, so this is a chance to get some added photos for the two of you showing how great your love is for the world around you to enjoy. No matter the reasons, an engagement session really is a wonderful piece of your connection and a great lead in for your day. (especially if you need a cool idea for a guest book, like image post cards using photos from your session, or a photo book using your images for guests to sign)….

Now that we’ve come to the decision that yes indeed, an engagement session will be great, it’s time for the session itself.

2014-09-11_00062) Location location location…. Hang on… How about location. Maybe there’s a place that means something to you. Maybe you just want a certain feel. Nature, industrial, small town feel etc. Location is surely something to discuss and be open to. One of the keys is having a bit of variety and with in a short distance, a handful of options. For instance, there are parks that offer gardens, fields and ocean. There’s places like DUMBO in Brooklyn that have everything from the skyline to street art to parks. The options are endless and if we work together we will find the location that’s perfect for you.

3) One of the most important pieces of your engagement session, and where you become key, is timing. Obviously, your session will be at a great location which we will touch on in a minute, but first, no matter your location, timing is key. Natural light is just that, natural. Meaning it literally changes by the minute. So it’s key for you as a couple, to show up on time. Showing up late could mean that we lose key lighting which in turn means that you lose some key photos. The perfect lighting truly can make for some of the most beautiful images so it’s key that we use the golden hour of the day and by showing up late, those crucial minutes slide away. Not to mention, arriving on time sets us up to have a relaxed session with out the need to “run” from spot to spot or rush through shots. And that’s exactly what happens when we start the shoot late. And don’t worry, I make sure I’m there on time too. I mean, how fair would it be for me to show up late. 😉    (That and I really hate being late for anything, even dentist appointments. Go figure)

2014-09-11_00014) Bring yourself, and your fiancé too. But……… If there are props that may represent who you are, bring some of them along too. I’ve had couples bring signs, books, wine and the likes. That doesn’t mean you have to bring something. About 70% of the engagement sessions I shoot it’s me and the couple and that’s it. And while we’re talking about what to bring, an outfit change is always great. Go formal go casual. Mix it up. Just about any clothes will do the trick. (try to stay away from red (it tends to take over the shot) and if you want you can stay away from pure white). Don’t be afraid to push the boundary and get a little edgy. Layer it up, layers always look good (check out any magazine or gap ad etc…), bring in some patterns. Guys, check your accessories. Belts, shoes, a watch. Go the extra steps to work your wardrobe just as much as the ladies. Or better yet, ladies, help your man out. I’m not saying you can’t rock a pair of sneakers, I LOVE my pumas, but don’t wear a pair that are a year old. And ladies, if you really want to shine, take things a step further, get your hair done, have your make up done too if you can. (I’m not saying you need it, you’re beautiful, but it will bring out a confidence in your shots. 😉 But most of all, be you. Bring your happy face, bring your love. You WILL have an awesome time and you’ll want to do it all over again the following week. haha….

5) A little PDA…. Or maybe a lot. Be comfortable, holding hands. The hugs. If you work with me I’ll work with you and give you direction so that not only you’re comfortable with a little (a lot) PDA but it will look and feel easy, effortless and will create some awesome images. Even just the art of holding hands, classy, timeless and artistic all in time.

6) Posers….. That’s what you are. Or what you will be. haha…. Okay, maybe not, but direction is good. And I, as well as any good photographer, will help you not only feel comfortable in front of the camera but you’ll look great too. Don’t be afraid to let your photographer know if you’re feeling uncomfortable. And I know for my couples, trust is huge and they trust me. I’ve had each and everyone of my engagement sessions shot in a way that always has a solid and magical outcome. Together, magic can happen.

2014-09-11_00027) The box, the comfort zone…. Let’s break it. This could mean being someone you’re not used to being. Maybe a piggyback is called for. Maybe being goofy, making faces. Joking around… We’ll break that comfort zone in a way that you won’t even know you broke out of it. 😉

8) And I think I’m coming to the end of said tips, but inspiration can be a little assistance at times. If there are shots you think you may like, share away. Obviously we all pretty much know what pinterest.com is and I, yes, even I have my “boards”… And yes, I did even have a blog post about my love hate relationship with that site. However, you can always feel free to share your thoughts but do so, knowing that a photograph is a moment captured in time and generally, the lighting has to be a certain way or a location a certain spot. But an idea may lead to a shot with a piece of that inspiration all of your own……

2014-09-11_00079) OH  OH! One more, FUN! Let’s have fun! Laugh, smile, joke around, trip, fall, jump, skip…. But the fun, that’s going to be the easiest piece of it all. So what do you say, are you ready for some fun?

WWW.TABPHOTOGRAPHIC.COM – I will shoot your wedding no matter what in the world it is, currently, the only location I’m not sure I could get to would be the North Pole. (and that’s because I just don’t love the cold that much and if it’s -50 degrees, my camera gear may not like it either. But TAB Photographic will rock it out and work magic where ever your day goes down. Just reach out and let’s work together to create magic.

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Yes, that’s me… I’m just a wedding photographer giving away $1,000.00. I know, awesome right. Almost as awesome as being a unicorn. Which, that too I am. And don’t try to tell me I’m not. The photo to the left proves, 100%, that I am, in deed a unicorn. And this site, proves, 100%, that I am, in deed, a professional wedding photographer.

That all being said and made clear. I will also say that I am, 100%, in deed, giving away $1,000.00. Want in??? Then all you have to do is continue reading on. (OH OH! If you know someone that could use some cash, send them this post too so they can keep their eyes and ears open)

See, it goes like this, I’ve been invited into weddings, to capture the love, the moments and the crazy, for many years now. Shooting weddings from Maine to Florida, from West Virginia to Oregon, from Ct. to Jamaica and A LOT of places in between. Well, 2015 is shaping up to be another crazy awesome banner year! So….. What to do, what to do. How about have a little fun. Still reading???

So, one thing I dislike is paying to advertise. Advertise here, advertise there. Does some of it work? Sure does. However, I love thinking of new ways to have some fun when it comes to “advertising”… Right now you’re probably thinking “C’mon, how can I get my hands on that cold hard cash…

2014-09-08_0001And well. It’s actually pretty easy. As I mentioned above, I’ve captured weddings all across the country and around the world. And I want to do more! And sure, I could advertise in certain publications, print and digital. Or I could have some fun. I’m going for fun… SOOOO…. (this is really where you need to start paying attention) I’m going to give $1,000.00 to the three individuals that refer the furthest away weddings for the 2015 season. Unfortunately, not $1000.00 each, I mean, I’m not stupid ya know… haha

So the way it’s going to work is this…

  • First, the wedding has to be more than 237 miles from the zip code 06022 (that’s roughly at least 4 hours away or more)
  • Second, You refer a couple to me, TAB Photographic – www.tabphotographic.com no matter where they are in the country, world or universe.
  • This starts now, like right now, and will run till March 1st 2015 (that sounds like a really REALLLY long ways off, but it’s actually just like, 6 months)
  • The individual that refers the couple furthest away will receive $500.00 (CASH) after I shoot their wedding.
  • The second furthest away, $300.00
  • And the 3rd furthest away, $200.00
  • (and if you’re the only one that refers a wedding outside of that radius, all the cash is yours. Boom!!!)

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That all being said, if you have a lot of friends, you could in deed grab all three spots. Now, what if you, YES YOU, are 1 part of a couple looking for a wedding photographer that’s further away than that 237 mile radius, well, you will qualify for some other awesomeness too. Like saving some serious $$ from your photography option. So that also means, that if you refer someone I’ll not only take care of them, but you as well. You just need to make sure they tell me you sent them. Or let me know when you’re sending someone my way. Or if you want to make it easier, I’ll send you some cards to keep on hand in case you know or hear of someone getting married.
So yea, it sounds crazy. And well… Maybe it won’t work like I see. Or maybe you have a question or two about it. (in which case just ask it below in the comment section. And let’s make it happen so I can hand some cash over, capture some awesome weddings and have 2015 rock more than it already will….

You in???

And if you want to just talk about your wedding right now, you can Click here to get in touch.

I think that pretty much sums this post up… Enjoy!!!

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