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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
As a wedding photographer, I think engagement sessions are an absolute must before your wedding. So much so, that I have photographed an engagement session just two days before a wedding because the groom lived in Ireland! But once you have done an engagement session, what do you do with the photos? There are actually a lot of fun options! Here are some of my favorites.