It’s Back!

It’s officially the start of football season! If you’ve ever had a single conversation with me, then you’d probably know football is my least favorite sport. I personally find it very time consuming and there’s wayyyyy too much stoppage time to make it an enjoyable sport to watch, but that’s a whole different story. But here we are… this season I got wrangled in to playing my first year of fantasy football. Once I told my friends that I joined, they all responded, “Are you serious?! But you hate football…” To be honest, I expected my fiancé to run my lineup, but with him playing three leagues, I’m on my own. So what can we do to make football more enjoyable? Make a bet, of course!

I’m hoping that beginner’s luck is on my side and I’m going to work my butt off to actually win our league. What’s on the line is something I feel more strongly about than my hate for football. So you’re probably asking, “Alex, what on earth could make you actually enjoy football and put an effort into winning your league?!” A PUPPY- THAT’S WHAT. YEP. A-real-life-freaking-puppy is on the line.  The Fiancé really knows how to motivate me. So send your good thoughts, prayers, or positive vibes, my way so I can FINALLY get my puppy! (I guess I’ll share and we can call it ours eventually).

Now back to photography! Check out this adorable engagement session photographed by Brianna.

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For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.

Grab a Cold One

A while back I talked about unity ceremonies and how there are so many different options to “combine” your lives together. Today I have another idea for you from Kristen & Jarred’s wedding at Wedgewood at The Retreat. Beer plays a huge part in their lives. They both love drinking a cold one and exploring new breweries together. So on their wedding day, it was only fitting to share a glass of beer to symbolize their union.

Jarred bought a limited edition beer while on a trip. The brew master created it for his wife in honor of their anniversary, so Jarred saw it fitting to share with his bride on their wedding day. They poured the beer into a glass and shared it together.

Unity ceremonies don’t always have to be lighting candles together; you can use sand, two different types of wine, beer – get creative! The most important thing is to find something that symbolizes and fits the both of you best.

See Kristen and Jarred’s beautiful wedding below photographed by Cara!

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For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.

Music

Remember a while back how I’d promise I’d share my tips with you as I go through the planning process? Well… I’m back with more advice! This week I’ll share some insight on music.

Music has been a STRUGGLE for me. I’m one of those people have extreme music A.D.D. and can hardly get through a song. Road trips with my fiancé are a blast 😜. But anyways, back to wedding music. When curating our playlist, I wanted to make sure I had a few songs that every generation would like. I had my grandparents, parents, and Maid of Honor help me with a few favorites.

I avoided the typical dance music (like the Cha Cha Slide, YMCA, Don’t Stop Believin’ etc.) simply because I hear these songs EVERY single weekend and my brain would explode. So here’s the BEST advice I received from our owner and a past bride (THANKS BRIANNA!): 1. Aim for more genre related music than specifics and 2. Make a “Do Not Play List” and “Must Haves” list. It was like the heavens opened and my life became so much easier! I’m still fine tuning, but I thought I’d share my current list with you!

Check out Kyra & Alex’s adorable engagement session photographed by yours truly!

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Always Be Prepared

We’ve talked a little bit about preparing an emergency kit for your wedding day, but let’s talk a little bit of what else you should do to be prepared. Today I’ll share two pieces of advice that will be a serious help: timing and a list of contacts.

Creating a timeline is an essential part of your wedding day. It helps not only you, but your wedding party, vendors, and family stay on track for all of the fun you have planned! One of the biggest mistakes that I see in timelines is not leaving enough time for certain events. While venues and planners typically create these, your photographer should also have one for all of the photos you’d like. When I work to create my couples’ timelines, I ALWAYS make sure to leave extra time in for certain events that I know take longer (ie, table rounds and money dance). This allows us to not miss any of the important events. I always recommend doing your cake cutting, bouquet, and garter tosses before open dancing to ensure that you still have everyone’s attention and so that we don’t miss these awesome photos!

Now let’s talk about a contract list. If you hired a planner, they typically have a call sheet with everyone’s name listed. However, if you didn’t, I’d highly suggest keeping a running list with your vendors name, the main contact, and their phone number and/or email. As a worst case scenario, having this list printed and with you on your wedding day will be incredibly helpful. Another suggestion I  tell my couples is to have their maid of honor and best man be the main contact on the wedding day. You likely won’t have your phone on you as you’re getting ready. By designating them to take calls, this ensures that you’ll be stress-free and that they can help handle any issues.

Check out Alyssa & Christian’s wedding photographed by yours truly!

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Back to Reality

After spending a wonderful week in paradise, it’s back to reality for me. I soaked up the sun, sipped on Mai Tais, and enjoyed the beauty that Hawaii has to offer. It was a nice and much needed mid-wedding season break. My heart is still in paradise, but my head is in full-on work mode. Being on vacation (and a strong ass coffee this morning) definitely helped me feel more ready to kick today in the butt!

As artists, we can sometimes hit a wall. Like any other medium, we can feel our creativity in a rut and unsure of what to create next. For me, traveling brings out so much creativity. I don’t know if it’s because I put my camera down for a week or if it’s because I got to experience a beautiful new part of our world, but I feel truly refreshed and ready to create. Taking a step back helped me to think about new angles, composition and to have a little fun in my work.

When I photograph weddings, I love to nail my shots first, then have a little fun! I’ll spend a few minutes trying out new poses, changing my lighting, or just allowing my couples to interact with each other without a whole ton of direction. In these little moments, there’s something simple and beautiful that is captured.

Check out this engagement session photographed by yours truly!

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For more information on engagement or wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.

 

 

SOS

It’s so weird to me to be on the other side and planning my own weddings vs. being a photographer of one! I promised I’d share some fun tips with you as I embark on this journey so today let’s talk emergency kits. Being insanely Type A when it comes to planning ahead, I’ve put together some essential items that can come in handy should there be any whoopsies.

  • Sewing kit/safety pins/glue/fashion tape
  • Stain Remover
  • Medicines: Pain reliever/anti-acid/allergy medication
  • Scissors (absolute must for cutting of tags!)
  • Wrinkle release/steamer
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, mints
  • Clear nail polish/nail  glue/file
  • White chalk (hides oil stains and any stains that may get on your dress)
  • Clean white cloth
  • Hair things: bobby pins, hair ties, hairspray, comb
  • Makeup: mirror, q-tips, wipes, lipstick, oil blotting sheets, tweezers, anything you may need for touch ups
  • First aid: hydrocortisone, bandaids, blister blocker, bug spray
  • Snacks, water bottle, energy drink
  • Phone charger
  • ID, cash, check book
  • Notebook & pen
  • Tissues (because DUH)
  • Ring cleaner (THE number one thing! If you have time to get your ring professionally cleaned beforehand, I highly suggest doing so!)

This list could go on forever, but here are things that I’ve found are super useful! Some of these things I keep in my camera bag when I’m photographing weddings – just to be safe. What are some things I’ve missed or you’ve found come in handy during planning? Share them with me!

Now that the seriousness is over, check out this wedding photographed by the talented Rachel at Wedgewood Sierra La Verne.

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So Trendy

Wedding season is in full swing and it is officially summer!!! YIPPEEEE!!

Trends come and go, but I have a feeling that these bridal trends are here to stay. They add a truly unique element to your wedding day.

  1. Colored Weddings Dresses. A blush or soft hues look so beautiful in photographs. Personally, I love when brides go against tradition and forgo a pure white dress as it can look blue in photos. Ivory or champagne have just a hint of color that look stunning.
  2. Sparkle. Does sparkle every really go out of style? Whether it’s on your dress, your jewelry, or your centerpieces, having something that sparkles helps things to nicely pop against your other details.
  3. Royal. Kate Middleton and Megan Markle both had elegant and timeless wedding looks. The clean and lacey looks are here to stay.
  4. Comfy shoes. Comfort > everything. There are so many designers creating fancy flats or adorable tennis shoes. I’m a HUGE fan of the Kate Spade X Keds collaboration. Sparkles + comfort = winning.

Check out some of these trends from our brides!

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Feels like Summer

It’s finally starting to get warm here in Southern California and I feel SO excited for summer! The hot weather can make weddings feel exhausting, but the summer days off feel so relaxing. When I’m not photographing a wedding or editing, I love sitting by the pool and reading. It’s such a stress reliever and it’s always great to get extra vitamin d!

Since summer is our busiest time of the year, we’ve all learned how important it is to de-stress and take a day fully off. This is SO hard to do sometimes. A lot of time people think that we shoot the wedding and that’s it, but there’s a lot of work that actually go into  the backend of photography. We answer lots of emails, write blogs, work on social media, learn new techniques, backing up files, and edit. It truly is a full time job. Since weddings usually fall on weekends, some of us implement “Holy Monday”. We use that one day to unplug and refresh our minds before starting our next work week. It’s a great cure for the “wedding hangover” we often experience after back-to-back weddings.

Wedding season is officially in full swing. June is our busiest month so we will be sharing a ton of new, beautiful weddings with you!

Check out Kathlyn & Daniel’s engagement session photographed by Elaine. These two love birds tie the knot tomorrow!!

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For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.

I Don’t Know What to Wear

One of the most popular questions I get asked about engagement sessions is “What should we wear?” So friends, I’m here to share some of my best fashion advice with you!

  1. Compliment each other. Try to chose clothes with similar textures and tones. A solid option is always neutrals or earthy tones. Do NOT go old school 90s and wear matching jeans and plain white shirts. Mix matching textures creates beautiful depth in photographs.
  2. Avoid large branding/logos. You want your photos to have a timeless feel. Seeing logos can be distracting from your pretty faces!
  3. Fitted can be more flattering. For gentlemen, fitted pants and a nice shirt have a classic feel that look very clean in images. For ladies, I personally find that outfits that are fitted in at least one spot – like skinny jeans and a flowy top or a dress that’s fitted on top and flowy at the bottom, look really nice in photos. If you want all tight or all flowy, that’s totally okay too!
  4. Accessorize. Add a little flair to your outfit. Select pieces that you feel work well with your outfit!
  5. Your ring! This might be an obvious one. But this is something sentimental between the two of you. My biggest piece of advice: don’t forget to  clean your engagement ring!!!

At the end of the day, we want you to select outfits that show off your personality and style. We sometimes recommend bringing two outfits if you really can’t decide; maybe you have one that is casual and one that looks slightly more formal. While it’s not necessary, it can be nice for you to have options.

Here are some cute outfit ideas! If you’ve already booked with us, ask us about our engagement guide for more suggestions on outfits and locations.

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For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.

Choosing Your Vendors

Choosing the right vendors for your wedding is crucial to helping things run smoothly. It’s so important to choose vendors that you trust, feel a connection with, and are dang good at their job! As a couple, you want to make sure that your wedding will be as stress free as possible. One thing that’s great about our studio, is that we have a referral list of trusted vendors.

When you book with us, we share this incredible list with you! It includes a planner, florist, photo booth, videographer, suits, hair and makeup artist, and an invitation designer. We’ve trusted these talented artists with our own weddings and would love to share their amazing work with you! Because we’ve built strong relationships with each of these vendors, we know that they are top-notch at their jobs and will make your wedding day the one of your dreams.

Check out this fun engagement session photographed by yours truly!

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For more information on wedding photography in Southern California or to get a quote, please visit our website at www.shyheartstudios.com or give us a call at 657-221-8882.