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i’ve always had a thing for time capsules. not that i’ve ever done one. well, since grade 4, when my elementary school celebrated their 100th anniversary and we all put something in (no clue what i put in). of course, the school shut down two years later (some sort of health and safety situation…) so… i guess i’ll never know. anyways, i think this is a great idea. you should do it. :o)


you can set up a wedding registry for any prints, albums and products that i offer?  please contact me to set up your unique registry!

i’m not kidding. check these out. they basically make me want to plan a wedding all around a “birds” theme… you know, when i get married…

as  you can tell from my blog entries this summer, i am available for worldwide destination weddings.  i am also available for worldwide portrait sessions.  perhaps you’d like to return to the university city where you met, or your favourite vacation spot — for your engagement photos.  maybe you are planning a family vacation to disney world and would like someone to document it — let me know!  my destination portrait packages are all-inclusive — they come with the session, all of my travel costs (airfare, lodging, etc.) and a disc of all high-resolution images!  destination packages start at $750… contact me for further details!

i’ve tried to be patient, to let this happen naturally, but i give up..

can one of my brides puuuhhhhhhllleeeeasssseee wear a birdcage veil???

my ultra-talented friend, missouri wedding photographer darbi wrote the most comprehensive — yet concise — article on planning a photogenic wedding and you must check it out! there are some wonderful tips here for practical planning, keeping your images in mind.

i’ve had a long-time love for tea parties. the beautiful colours and flowers and teacups and china and sandwiches… what could ever be better? i recently talked with a bride about the high tea wedding she is planning, and it reminded me of how much i love tea parties, and so, tonight, came across this article.

look here. and then you’re done. all the best wedding planning blogs, neatly organized. plus, there are so many awesome blogs i’ve never even heard of… like earth friendly weddings or preppy weddings or “handcrafted: the cure for the common wedding,” all about making your wedding as personal as possible.

this site just came out a few days ago, and i’m so excited to see how it grows and helps all you brides with your planning!

my friend kristy found these insanely cool and beautiful dresses several months ago, and we’re still crazy about them. so fun, so stylish, so awesome! and they even design those classy-jackie-kennedy-leaving-for-her-honeymoon-suits, which i would pretty much *die* to photograph. can you imagine how beautiful send-off shots would be with classic outfits like these?

i came across this fantastic article by mark parker on how to get the best photos possible on your wedding day. definitely give this some thought!


Brides Guide to Better Wedding Photography

I’m sure you already know that choosing the right wedding photographer is more important than choosing the right groom. (Just kidding). Getting the right photographer is important, but there are lots of things that YOU can do to ensure that your wedding photos are as good as they can be.

1.Pre-Wedding Photo shoot.
Having a pre-wedding photo shoot can improve your wedding pictures more than anything else you might do. Think about it, your photographer is VERY comfortable on his end of the camera. The time you spend with your photographer in front of the camera will help you become more comfortable being the subject. Try to get to know your photographer. Have fun. Be crazy. Let’s face it; those “magazine bride photos” that you have been looking at do not happen all by themselves. They are well planned, rehearsed, and the photo that you finally see in the magazine was probably picked from hundreds of photos. The more time you spend with your photographer, the more likely it is that he will capture that one special moment that only happens once.

2.The Pose.
“Chin up, a little to the left, shoulders back, stand on one foot, hold your breath…hang on…don’t move. ” Any photographer worth his salt should be able to pose you in an elegant and attractive position. Do you know the reason for all these the contortions? By lifting your chin you banish the double chin. Holding your elbows away from your body reduces the apparent width of your torso and accentuates the bosom. Shifting your weight to your rear foot cocks your hips into a position that gives you a sexy curviness. There are many other little tricks your photographer may teach you. Just listen and he will not lead you astray.

3.Hair and Makeup.
Your wedding day is not the right time to experiment with makeup and hairstyles. Be sure to plan a separate day to have a hair and makeup “dress rehearsal”. If you plan to wear a headpiece, use this time to make sure that it will fit with your hairstyle. If you plan it right, your photographer may be available to take some formals on this day too.

Give you photographer the tools he needs to be creative. When ordering flowers for the wedding, be sure to order an extra single rose, boutonniere, ribbon or other inexpensive items that the photographer can use in your photos. Don’t forget to have a copy of your wedding invitation that he can incorporate into the detail shots of your big day. Photos of wedding rings with flowers, invitation, maybe even your shoes and garter can really add to your album.

5. The Bouquet.
How should you hold a bouquet? In a single word.. DOWN!! Never hide your thousand dollar dress with a hundred dollar bouquet. If you’re a five foot bride, do not order a 3 foot cascading bouquet. It’s going to be a long day. By the end of the day, you will be wishing that your bouquet was smaller, lighter, more durable, and maybe even artificial. And if it’s too big you may even injure your guests during the bouquet toss.

6. Backgrounds and angles.
Remember, your wedding day is all about you. Many times complicated backgrounds in your photos distract the viewer’s attention away from the bride and will take away from your photographs. Keep backgrounds as simple as possible. Interesting angles are what keeps the images of a professional photographer from looking like the images of “Uncle Joe”. Everyone knows what a wedding looks like from 5 feet 6. You may see your photographer lying on the ground or climbing trees. Don’t laugh at him. That’s why he gets paid the big bucks.

When choosing your venue and time of day, keep lighting in mind. If your wedding is outdoors, the best light happens 1-2 hours before sunset. If your wedding is indoors, try to avoid buildings with high dark ceilings and few windows. Since natural light will look much better in your photos, try to plan your wedding when the room will be the brightest. By the way, photographers hate fluorescent lights. They make you look green.

8.Single Use Cameras
Lots of people use them and they seldom work. You may get a few good photos here and there but don’t expect too much. You’ll probably get a whole camera full of photos of Cousin Skip’s girlfriend that you hardly know. Your three year old niece will probably take a lot of pictures of people’s belly buttons. And if anyone gets tipsy at the reception you may get a lot of photos of the ground, shoes, or eyeballs (from holding the camera backwards). Your photography is best left to professionals.

Well that’s it for “The Brides Guide to Better Wedding Photos”. Congratulations on your big day. Now let’s make those memories last!

Mark Parker is a Birmingham Alabama Wedding Photographer. His work can be seen at