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I'm Amber, a Harry Potter obsessed wedding and brand photographer for those who are anything but ordinary based in Phoenix, Arizona.

When I don't have a camera in my hand, you can find me hiking with my husband, snuggling pups, or planning my next Disney trip.

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You got engaged, had a celebration, and are now ready to start planning your wedding.  Wedding photography is super important to you.  So, you start to ask yourself, “Is it took soon to book a wedding photographer?”  The short answer is “Nope!  It is never to early!”  Once you have secured your wedding date, you can book your photographer.  But let’s dig down a little deeper into when you should book your wedding photographer.

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When to Book Your Wedding Photographer

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If you are anything like me, you love your tattoos and you want to show them off on your wedding day. In fact, my husband and I exchanged tattoos for our wedding presents to each other. But, unless your tattoos are somewhere always visible like your hands or your neck, you may not be sure about how to show them off. That’s where I come in!

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How to Show Off Your Love for Tattoos At Your Wedding

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Once you have found a photographer whose style you like and pricing matches your budget, how do you make sure they are a seasoned professional?  Here are 5 quick questions to ask your photographer that will separate the newbies from the true professionals.

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5 Questions To Make Sure Your Wedding Photographer Is A Seasoned Professional

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I am seriously all about the engagement sessions.  I think they make such a big impact on your wedding day and are also a great way to get cute photos of you and your partner in something other than wedding clothes!  (I mean, we can only hang so many pictures of ourselves in formal outfits, right?!) So, now we are left with the question of what to wear for our engagement session.  Not to worry, I am laying down my step-by-step guide to choosing your outfits below!

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How to Choose Your Engagement Session Outfits

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I am exhibiting at the Arizona Bridal show this weekend!!!  I am completely re-designing my booth for this year and am really excited to meet all the engaged couples!  This is my third year doing the bridal shows.  I feel confident in my experience at these shows to give some tips for attending a Large Bridal Show!  These are the shows with more than 100 vendors vs smaller shows that venues put on of their preferred vendors.

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Tips for Surviving A Bridal Show

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If I could tell every couple with an outdoor wedding one tip, it would be go make sure you have even lighting for your ceremony.  Unfortunately, cameras do not see shade and sunlight as well as our eyes do. So, if you are in the shade and your fiance is in the sun, one of you will be light and one of you will be dark in your wedding pictures.  Additionally, if you have your faces in the shade, but your arms are still in the sun, your arms will be starch white in your pictures. So, how do we avoid this? With the same lighting for you, your fiance, and your bridal party.  Here are my top tips on how to achieve this.

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The 1, Most Important Outdoor Wedding Tip

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Alternate Title: It’s like rain on your wedding day.  (Because I could not miss an opportunity to quote Alanis Morissette.)  

It does not rain often here in Arizona, so when it does we tend to think the sky is falling.  But thankfully, rain does not have to ruin your wedding day. In fact, I think rainy wedding days in Arizona are fun!  How many other people will have those amazing clouds in their wedding portraits? If you are getting married during the rainy season, here is how to prepare to make sure your day is amazing.

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Preparing for a Rainy Wedding Day

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Family Portraits are an important part of the wedding day.  I try to do the family portraits just before or just after the ceremony so that all the family members will be present and camera ready.  (I let me couples choose depending on if they are doing a first look and if their family runs on time or late.) During this time, I will photograph the couple’s immediate family members: grandparents, parents, siblings, nieces/nephews.  And any other family members that are extra important (like an aunt who was like a second mother).  I will get as many family portraits as the couple wants, but we will save the other ones for the reception.

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Wedding Day Family Portrait Groupings

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80% of weddings in Arizona are outdoor weddings.  Most commonly, an outdoor ceremony and an indoor reception.  And, with an average of 299 days of sunshine, we need to make plans for the sun rather than the rain.  Between how versed we are with outdoor vendors and the fact that we need to plan for the sun more than the rain, I found that the general tips for outdoor weddings fall short for Arizona.  So, as a professional Arizona wedding photographer, I decided to make my own list to help the Arizona brides and grooms.

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5 Arizona Wedding Outdoor Ceremony Tips

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Do you ever feel like you are seeing the same wedding over and over again on wedding blogs?  I do. That is why I love these 5 wedding blogs. Not only do they make a point to post a diverse array of couples and wedding styles, they have amazing articles to help plan your wedding!

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4 Wedding Blogs for Non-Traditional Couples

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