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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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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 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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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 Outdoor Arizona Wedding 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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When you are looking for a wedding photographer, the biggest part of their packages is based on the hours of coverage for your wedding day.  So you may be wondering how many hours of coverage you really need. Do you really need a photographer for 8 hours or even 10? Well, it depends on what you would like captured by your photographer.  Here is what is most commonly documented by the hours of coverage.

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How Many Hours of Wedding Photography Coverage Do You Really Need?

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Do you love Disney?  It’s hard not to now that Star Wars and Marvel are officially a part of Disney!  Do you want to show that love for Disney at your wedding? Many of my couples include touches of their love of Disney at their weddings.  It is a great way to bring something you and your fiance love into your wedding day. Here are some of my favorite ideas!

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10 Ways to Add A Little Disney Magic To Your Wedding

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Most venues will have getting ready suites for the bride.  But, a lot of the time you only have access to this room a few hours before your ceremony.  So, what do you do? And what if your venue does not have a place for the groom to get ready?  Don’t worry, this is actually pretty normal. Here are some options for where to get ready on your wedding day.

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Where To Get Ready On Your Wedding Day

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The unity ceremony is a common part of wedding ceremonies from all cultures.  It symbolizes the two individuals or families coming together as one. Before I got married, when I thought “unity ceremony” I immediately thought of the unity candle.  You know, the two small taper candles that the bride and groom use to light a fat candle. And that fat candle will sit in their house to collect dust and maybe even melt in Arizona!  But that is no longer the only option! There are many unique unity ceremonies from you to choose from (or create your own!). This is a great opportunity to personalize your wedding ceremony without breaking traditions.

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10 Unique Wedding Unity Ceremonies

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