Hey…we have an announcement! On Sunday, May 19th, we will be teaching a Photography for Small Businesses workshop at Warrenwood Manor in Danville. During the workshop we will cover topics such as: how to create dynamic images for your small business brand that will make your social media pop and how to utilize your iPhone or camera settings to capture quality images. Then you'll hear about how to use editing software to choose the aesthetic that will best represent your brand and reach your target clients. You will receive training in creating flat lays, image composition and perspective as well as lighting. There will be time for Q&A as well as time to actually set up products and capture shots. We will be present for assistance and questions during the hands-on shooting time!
One of our favorite wedding venues is Warrenwood Manor in Danville, KY because it is stunning and Brittney and Amber are so sweet! We have worked out there a few times for various events but this was our first real wedding at Warrenwood! We were so excited to finally get out there and this wedding did not disappoint!
Jasamyn and Ken were such a fun couple to explore EKU (Eastern Kentucky University) with! They both graduated from the school so it was a very important location for them. We love when couples choose locations that are special to them and their relationship! We had never shot an engagement session before at EKU but we found out quickly that it was a great place! After shooting there, we went downtown in Richmond to Water Main, the bar that Ken owns and got a few cool shots!
Jasamyn was the winner of our engagement basket giveaway back in January at the Bridal Bliss Classic bridal show at the Hilton in downtown Lexington. It was exciting to finally have the opportunity to get to know them and capture their love. They are getting married in June of 2018 at Warrenwood Manor in Danville, KY. Jasamyn and Ken, we had a great time with you guys and wish you the best in your wedding planning!
When we meet with brides for consultations, we like to talk to them about their wedding day plans and what they envision for their day. It helps us to be prepared and get an idea of how we can best serve them. As we ask them questions, it often makes them realize that there are elements that they haven't thought about yet and in turn, they want to know our thoughts on the subjects. We never (!!!) pressure our clients to do things a certain way, however, we are more than happy to give them our opinions on what works best and how to make their wedding day as picturesque and stress-free as possible. So, over the next several weeks, we are going to blog about some of these parts of the day that you, as a bride, may wonder about.
Question: Where should we get ready?
Answer: The answer really depends largely on where your ceremony will be. However, there are some factors to consider. When you're getting ready, most brides want photos of the prep time. Hair being done, makeup being applied, hanging out with your girls, mom buttoning up the dress...there are lots of fun activities that happen before you even see the groom! So, here are some things to look for...
Ideally, a room with few distractions is best. An example of a distracting room would be a Sunday School room, which is often where brides using a church for the ceremony will get ready. The less clutter the better!
A room with windows will provide the most flattering natural light for photos. Keep the blinds open and the curtains back! You may want to avoid areas like church basements that have very minimal natural light.
Pretty is always better, right? Pretty mirrors, nice bedding, attractive wall colors and other decor will definitely add in the overall aesthetics of the experience. Take Warrenwood Manor, for example. These photos were shot in the bridal suite at Warrenwood Manor, a stunning wedding venue in Danville, KY. The lighting is lovely, the mirror is gorgeous and the rest of the decor just adds so much to these simple shots of the bride before she's even in her gown.
If you are not getting married in a place with a great bridal suite, consider getting ready at a hotel. 21c Museum Hotel is a unique location with great views and lighting. Also, the Campbell House in Lexington is a beautiful hotel with lots of southern charm and character. If you can't foot the bill for an additional getting ready space, you can always get ready at home. That way you have control over what items are around you and your proximity to windows and doors. If you are getting married at a church, try to choose a room that has some windows, a nice wall color and as few distractions as possible. Consider bringing some items from home such as a mirror. Taking down a few posters from the wall can help tremendously. Just remember to put them back up afterwards!
If you still have questions about getting ready before your wedding, comment below and I'll do my best to answer them! Also, if there's a topic that you think we should blog about, comment on that!
Photographer: KM Russell Photography
Venue: Warrenwood Manor
Model: Anna Duncan
Hair and MUA: Emma Eliza Makeup Artistry and Esthetics