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Thursday Tips: When to Schedule Your Photo Session

06.16.2011

The Summer is HERE!

As a non-native Texan, this heat is just killer. Although, I may be starting to get used to it. Kind of.

With it being so hot (and getting hotter!) this time of year in the Dallas area, like I’m talking 100+ degree weather, I thought it would be helpful to suggest the best times to schedule your portrait session – engagements, bridals, day after, and Beloved sessions. Because, if you’re like me, you don’t want to look a hot mess. A hot, sweaty mess. Unless you’re one of those lucky people who doesn’t sweat. And if you are, what is your secret?!

A few things to consider if you are in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex:

  1. If you’re wanting to shoot an outdoor session, I recommend the fall (late September to early December) or the spring (March through early June). And even early June in Dallas is cutting close into the hot zone. We can certainly shoot in the winter, even if there’s snow, you may just have to bundle up a little more than usual.
  2. If for whatever reason, timing only permits a session in the hot, summer months, then I recommend scheduling your engagement, bridal, day after, or Beloved session in the morning. Early morning, as in when the sun is rising. Even if you are not a morning person, (and let me tell you I am not one either!) shooting in the early morning provides much more comfortable temperatures, usually in the 80′s. And the light is also just as pretty as sunset.
  3. And of course, there’s shooting indoors. While I personally prefer the outdoors, and natural light photography, we can always shoot indoors, should it be needed. Especially here in Dallas, where the weather can go from sunny, to cloudy, to storming in a matter of minutes.
  4. So what time of day should you schedule your session? You may think that since it’s nice and bright in the middle of the day that it would be an ideal time for a session. No! Actually, it’s probably the worst time because it is SO bright that it cause squinting, it’s super hot (in the summer), and can cast unflattering shadows on your face.
  5. I recommend clients schedule their engagement sessions about an hour and a half before sunset, during the “golden hour” when the light is nice and pretty. So in the fall and the spring that right around 5-6pm depending on when Daylight Savings Time starts/ends. Sessions usually last about two hours.

Why do I love shooting at the “golden hour”? Because you get golden light, like this:

Golden Hour Dallas Wedding Photos Catie Ronquillo

And the golden light on the right? LOVE! These were shot in mid-May and the weather was amazing!

Best Golden Hour Wedding Photos Dallas Catie Ronquillo

Happy Thursday!

For other Thursday Tips check out these previous posts:

Wedding Day Timeline
Feed Your Vendors
5 Benefits of Hiring a Wedding Coordinator
Why a Second Shooter is Important
Let Your Personalities Shine
Remember to Take a Break
Contacting and Meeting Your Wedding Photographer
How to Find Your Wedding Photographer
5 Reasons to Have an Engagement Session

 

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PERSONAL, RESOURCES

Thank You!

07.15.2010

This morning I tried not to check my Twitter stream too obsessively.

Because I knew it was coming. And I was sitting on pins and needles. And getting nervous.

Why? Well, because of YOUR help we made it to the top ten of the Elizabeth Anne Designs and The Sweetest Occasion Inspired Creations Contest. And the winners were announced this morning.

And with MANY THANKS to YOU, we got 2nd Place!

Dallas Wedding Vendors 2nd Place Inspired Creations Conetst Catie Ronquillo
Check it out on Elizabeth Anne Designs and The Sweetest Occasion!

Thank you so much for your votes and your support from our entire team, After Yes Weddings, The Left Handed Calligrapher, and Emily Hudspeth Hair Design & Makeup Artist!

Happy Thursday!

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CLIENTS, PHOTOGRAPHY, RESOURCES

For Brides: Win a Complimentary Hair and Makeup Trial with Emily Hudspeth!

03.01.2010

Calling all 2010 brides! Enter to win a complimentary hair and makeup trial with Emily Hudspeth on the Sweet Pea Events blog! My girl and wedding planner extraordinaire, Kelly Simants, is partnering with Emily Hudspeth, to give YOU the bride a chance to find that perfect hair and makeup artist for your big day.

I just met Emily last week and I can tell you she is not only a fabulous hair and makeup artist, but she’s also so fun to be around! She used to live and work in Los Angeles, so we quickly related through our California connection. We were lucky enough to have Emily on board to do some hair and makeup for the Dallas PhotogShootout (which I’ll be posting this week!).

Check out some of Emily’s work from Friday:

Working her magic on our lovely model, Erica.

Emily Hudspeth Hair and Makeup Artist by Catie Ronquillo
Emily Hudspeth Hair and Makeup Artist by Catie Ronquillo
Emily Hudspeth Hair and Makeup Artist by Catie Ronquillo

And the end results!

Emily Hudspeth Hair and Makeup Artist by Catie Ronquillo
Emily Hudspeth Hair and Makeup Artist by Catie Ronquillo

And on a photographer’s note, let me just say how important it is to have awesome hair and makeup that not only makes you look and feel fabulous, but will last all day long through the all the photos, your tears of joy, and of course, sweating on the dance floor!

In order to win:

Leave a comment on Kelly’s blog (not mine!) and tell us about your most interesting hair and makeup experience…you know, the best haircut you’ve ever had…the funniest experience getting your makeup done, how your hair stylist saved the day, etc.

We’ll choose the winner by midnight this Friday, March 5th and will announce on Monday, March 8th. Winner will need to use the complimentary hair and makeup trial by August 31, 2010 and will need to be a bride getting married in 2010.  Winner will also need to visit Emily’s studio in Addison, TX for the hair and makeup trial.

So hop on over to the Sweet Pea Events blog for your chance to win!

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For Brides & Grooms: 5 Tips for Finding Your Photographer

02.25.2010

Today’s post was inspired by my own experience finding our wedding photographer.

And the way that I booked our photographer was probably pretty unconventional (knowing what I know now). It was completely over email. We didn’t meet our photographer until our engagement session. And since he lived out of our area, meeting him between the engagement session and wedding day was not as simple. But I have zero regrets about our wedding photographer, because he was SO AWESOME! And everyone at our wedding had a fantastic time.

But now that I think about it, it was because I didn’t know the ins and outs of hiring a wedding photographer, let alone the rest of the wedding vendors we worked with. Namely, because I had never been married, nor had I ever planned a wedding.

So since I’m guessing most brides who will come upon this post probably haven’t been married before or have never planned or contacted wedding photographers before, here are some helpful hints for getting the most out of your search.

  1. Ask for referrals from recently married friends. That’s actually how I ended up finding our photographer. And it’s the best way to find out about the style and personality of the wedding photographer. Were they professional, fun, adventurous, traditional, modern, etc. Make sure you find someone whose style you LOVE. And, it will give you some insight to their price ranges.
  2. Check out the photographer’s work. Read their blog. Can you get a sense of their style and personality? Is it something that you connect with, or is it not you? If it’s not you, that’s okay, it doesn’t have to be. Can you imagine yourself in the photos of the photographer? Can you imagine loving the photos fifty years from now? If the answer is “YES!” then start contacting your favorites.
  3. When you send out initial inquiries, most wedding photographers will want to set up an in-person or phone meeting. My mentality (at the time) was that I just wanted to know their price point, I didn’t want to talk to anyone. However, now I know that most wedding photographers want to ensure that they are a good fit with you. Because having a good rapport with your photographer who will be documenting your day is KEY. Imagine a wedding day where you don’t trust your wedding photographer or you don’t get along. It could make for a very uncomfortable time for a very important day.
  4. Narrow down your choices to three max. Make it easier on yourself. But if you’ve found the photographer that you ABSOLUTELY must have, contact them and let them know just that! We work hard to make it easy for a client to make that decision pre-meeting, and your meeting should solidify that conviction.
  5. If you are ready to book your photographer, book them! Most wedding photographers book anywhere between 6 and 12 months before your wedding date, so if you know that you want a particular wedding photographer, make sure to secure your date! And when you inquire with photographers, make sure you have a date! A photographer can’t secure a maybe this date or that date, and will require a retainer to book a date. So, it’s easiest if you have a wedding date set.

I hope this post was helpful. I know that if I had known what I know now, I’d be better prepared for hiring wedding vendors. I hope this makes things easier for both brides and grooms as well as photographers!

*NOTE: This is not meant to be a comprehensive list, but merely a starting point for brides and grooms. A comprehensive list would probably take up a series of posts.*

If you have any other suggestions or helpful hints, please leave them in the comments!

Happy Thursday!

what next?

  1. Share this with brides you know!
  2. Subscribe to our new monthly e-zine: tips from the best in the industry on creating a stress-free wedding that honors your relationship and, most importantly, building a lasting wonderful marriage.  Leave a comment below or click here to sign up.
  3. See more inside scoop with other posts on wedding advice for brides & grooms here.

PHOTOGRAPHY, WEDDING

Fun Details: The Ranch House in The Colony

02.04.2010

I love details. Details from a wedding really make the day. It allows the personalities of the bride and groom to shine through. I wanted to share a few of the fun details from Kathy and Cary’s wedding that I was invited to shoot with Allison Davis.

Since the ceremony was in a different location from the reception, they provided these great maps for their guests.

I loved their cake.

This was my first wedding where they had pie. So fun!

This is a clear labor of love: each stone was labeled with each guest’s name.

And I loved this: a popcorn buffet! A fun spin on the candy buffets that have been a big trend for the last year or so.

Details help set the tone, the personality, and the feeling of the wedding day. Think about all the fun things you can bring together!

Happy Thursday!

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