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This week we are showcasing a stunning wedding straight out of a fairytale. The lovely couple, Samantha and Michael, held their wedding in Australia at Rydges. This special day was submitted to us by Kathryn from BWedding Invitations. Kathryn was able to talk to Samantha and Michael, who shared their love story and thoughts about the day. This fairytale wedding was captured by Jashan Photography, an impeccable Brisbane wedding photographer. We hope your hearts flutter at these pictures like ours did! First, here’s what Samantha and Michael had to say:
“We met at a dance battle. Mikee was dancing on a show in Las Vegas that had a six-month contract at Jupiters on the Gold Coast. A mutual friend had set up a dance event for all for the Brisbane dancers to battle all of the Americans and afterwards it became one big dance party. At the end of it, Mikee got my details. When we were on holiday in Rome, we had gone to the top of this huge building that overlooked the whole city. I’d had the ring in my pocket for the past few days, but never found the right time to propose. Sammy had said, “I love Rome.” And I said,” Oh yah?” and started reaching in my pocket for the ring, but I kept fumbling for it. To buy time, I asked our friends who came with us to take our picture. After two photos I still hadn’t managed to do it, and finally I mustered all of my courage and asked her on the third time, “Will you……Marry me?….” She was speechless and we got a great photo of her reaction. After a long moment of gasping, she said yes.
For our wedding we had so many guests fly in from America, so the view for the reception meant a lot to me. I wanted to show off how pretty Brisbane was, so we chose Rydges because of its stunning views. Our wedding styling was very traditional with blush colors. So cliché. Since my husband and I both dance, there was a lot of pressure for us with our first dance. I planned the ceremony, reception and honeymoon. It was Mike’s job to put together the first dance. Everyone really enjoyed it and I think we were able to live up to everyone’s expectations. Phew! At the end of the night, when we went back to the room together as husband and wife, we had a giggle. We survived! Everyone was happy. The circus was over. We are married and in love.”
Thank you so much, Kathryn, for submitting this spectacular wedding! We love how unique it was and how Samantha and Michael really focused on who they were as a couple.
As a wedding photographer, the thought of packaging and shipping your finished product may be the last thing on your mind. If you have prints for sale on a personal website or your business website, knowing how to package your wedding photography for shipping to the bride and groom is very important. Your packaged prints, wedding albums, or framed photographs may be what prospective customers see in a gallery or what you send in the mail. No matter what, you want to be sure to use packaging materials to keep your photos safe and looking professional.
Everything that you do with your business is a reflection of your brand… that includes your investment of time and the care that you put into packaging. From the materials you use to wrap and protect your prints to the container used for delivery or shipping, you are building a relationship with your customers. An ideal packing list includes rigid backing to support your prints and, if possible, high-quality archival material for long-lasting protection.
There are so many different ways you can package and ship your prints, so what you choose to do for your wedding photography business is really just a matter of preference. Today, ClearBags is going to tell you about a few packaging solutions to help you create an awesome finished product that fits your brand as well as some ideas for shipping.
Photo credit: ClearBags
Packaging For Photography
How can you package your wedding photography so that it looks professional and inviting to your customers? A simple method is to place your prints into a clear plastic bag along with a piece of rigid backing to keep it from bending. You can also hinge your prints to matting to enhance your presentation. Your final package can also include additional touches that reflect your personal style.
What makes one package stand out from another is the quality of materials used. Here are some ideas of art packaging supplies that you can use.
1. High Clarity Archival Bags
The higher the clarity of your plastic bags, the better your presentation. Clear archival plastic bags made of Biaxially Oriented Polypropylene, or BOPP for short, have set the industry standard for clarity and they are archival safe. Archival BOPP bags show off your prints in high definition while keeping your product well-protected. While paper folios and paper cases are some other options, BOPP bags are less expensive and allow your art to shine through.
When selecting a BOPP archival bag, here are three options to consider:
Protective Closure Bags – made with the resealable adhesive on the body of the bag instead of the flap. With this design, the adhesive does not stick to your prints when pulling them out of the bag.
Flap Seal Bags – flap seal bags have the adhesive on the bag flap. These bags allow you customize the height by folding the flap past the opening of the bag, allowing more flexibility. The downside is that the adhesive may catch on your print when removing it from the bag.
No Flap Bags – As the name suggests, these bags have no flap. They also do not have any adhesive; they are sealed on three sides and open on the top. Many people like no flap bags because they are easy to use. The downside is that they are simply not as secure because there is no way to seal the bag closed.
When considering all three of these options, protective closure bags are considered the most ideal for packaging photography. The location of the adhesive on the bag makes it easy to remove and insert prints without doing any damage or harm making it a popular choice.
Photo credit: ClearBags
2. Get The Right Fit
When you are packaging your wedding photography, you also want to make sure the bag fits appropriately. Loose bags may look tacky and thrown together where a properly fitted bag looks more professional. Plastic bags vary in size and in depth to accommodate all types of products including ones that have a backing or photos that come matted or framed. When selecting a bag size, check the amount of depth needed with any additional backing or matting that the specific product includes. Some people like to buy a bigger bag altogether to fit more than one print inside. This could be a good option for customers who order multiple prints like many do for a wedding.
3. Bags For Canvas and Framed Photos
Canvas and framed photography pieces will require thicker and more durable packaging to be sure that it stays protected and our Canvas Gallery Wrap bags are the perfect solution! These bags are sized to accommodate the depth of a canvas or frame, are laminated for extra strength, and are designed with an oversized flap. Like protective closure bags, the adhesive is on the body of the bag so it won’t come in contact with your art. The laminated material still retains high clarity for a professional presentation and keeps out moisture and harmful elements. The longer flap is helpful as it allows you to adjust the fit as needed. You can use these bags to package a single framed piece or hold a group of smaller prints together.
4. Backing Board
Even though it is not as showy as one of the clear bags, a rigid piece of backing is just as important to protect your prints. But, not all backing boards are created equally… here are the options to consider:
To determine which of these options makes the most sense for your wedding photography, consider the level of protection needed and the thickness of the print. Foam core is available in 4-ply and 2-ply thicknesses and can be completely archival or just have only archival surfaces. This type of backing is quite rigid and sturdy for mailing prints and can later be used by your customers for framing. You may prefer a solid white or black foam core board to the appearance of cardboard. On the other hand, a heavy-duty corrugated pad or chipboard may be exactly what your piece requires. Do include this essential piece to your package to keep your prints from bending or creasing.
A beautiful mat will really allow your print to stand out and could increase your sales potential. For a gallery presentation, the presence of a mat may be the determining factor in making a purchase. For a mailed package, customers may attach a higher value to a matted piece and result in a future purchase.
Mat boards can be simply decorative or archival-grade and last for decades. Here are some available options:
Slip-in mats – Slip-in mats are great if you want something quick, easy, and efficient. With slip-in mats, the mat is already affixed to the backing. Simply slide your print into the opening at the top of the mat and you’re all set – no tape or adhesive is needed to secure your print. As slip-in mats are relatively new, these are usually available in small sizes in black and white and cost a bit more than other mats.
Pre-cut mats – If you need more choices, you can find a wide selection of conservation-grade and decorative (non-archival) pre-cut mats in popular and larger sizes. If you don’t need archival packaging, decorative pre-cut mats are a cost-effective way to add a splash of color to your presentation.
Custom mats – You may have a customer who has something in mind or an original piece that requires specific sizing. This route allows you the flexibility to dream up whatever color and size you desire to create your masterpiece. You can also create a unique experience by pre-printing your signature directly onto the mat. You might also try using mounting tape for a quick and convenient way to mount your prints to backing board.
Photo credit: ClearBags
6. Including That Personal Touch
Your final product packaged beautifully wouldn’t be complete without your very own personal touches. This is where you can show off your own brand or business. You always want to include your business card so the customer has your contact information. You could also include a personal note or photo to the client thanking them for their order. A few other things you could include are: a packing slip with their printed order, Certificate of Authenticity, or a customized card (that could include a discount for a future purchase). Extending these personal extras invite your customers to get to know you better and shows your commitment to your business.
7. Shipping Time
Even though shipping is one of the final steps of the process, you want to be sure that you are shipping your prints safely so they get where they need to go without any damage whatsoever.
How you ship them just depends really on what you prefer. There are many options available to you, depending on the size of your work, how much money you want to spend, and how you want to present it. You can wrap your prints in tissue, brown paper, cardboard, or silk. A more expensive piece may warrant a fancy, boutique box for a more satisfying experience for your customer.
Unboxing a piece of photography is an experience in and of itself and is your customer’s first impression. What you are shipping will, of course, influence this decision. No matter what type of container you choose, remember to support your art with some kind of rigid backing. Consider these various options:
Rigid mailers – For lightweight to medium-weight art prints, rigid mailers are perfect. They provide sturdy support and reinforcement for items that need to stay flat such as art prints. You can also find heavy-duty mailers that are thicker and designed to take on more weight.
Tubes – Another method of shipping prints is to roll them up and put them in tubes. This works well for lightweight pieces and for shipping more than one print.
You will have to factor in the size of the package you are shipping when deciding what option to use. And remember to always support your photography and artwork with some kind of rigid backing, no matter which of these packages you are shipping them in.
Photo credit: ClearBags
8. Finishing Touches
It always looks professional to use printed labels on your packages rather than writing them in on your own. And you may want to think about adding a “Do Not Bend” or “Fragile” sticker on each photography package you ship. Each of these make your packaging look so professional, which in turn showcases your brand in a great way!
This post was written by ClearBags, the premier packaging company that specializes in Crystal Clear Packaging. ClearBags offers thousand’s of packaging products. With over 4,000 styles and sizes in stock, they have what you need for your business. Visit www.clearbags.com to see more!
Spring has sprung and the time has come for wedding season to begin. So much attention and detail goes into planning every part of the wedding, including picking out the bridesmaid dresses. Today, we are here with some fabulous spring bridesmaid dress ideas!
Your head may spin thinking about what colors fit your not only your wedding theme, but also the season. Spring is wonderful because there are so many colors to choose from! You can keep it soft with pastels or be vibrant with bright colors.
Another thing to consider is the style of the dress. Depending on the location of the wedding, the Spring season may still be a bit chilly or it can be nice and toasty. It’s important that no matter what the weather holds, your girls are just as comfortable as you. Those that are still feeling the last bits of cold in the air, consider pairing the dress with a cute layer for warmth. Then when the dancing gets going, it’s easy for your bridesmaids to shed off the layer while still looking beautiful!
From simple to elegant we have you covered on different styles that your girls will absolutely love! Take a look below and hopefully this will bring you some great inspiration for your own day.
Bridesmaid dress shopping is another planning part that should be fun and exciting. We hope that some of the dresses shown throughout these pictures helped shape the image in your mind for your own wedding even more! We would love to see what you picked out, so make sure to tag us on Instagram @snapknot.
Today we are showcasing a dreamy New York engagement session between Tracy and Robert. As you may know, New York City has endless possibilities when it comes to a photoshoot, and this lovely couple decided to keep it classy and iconic. Exploring Central Park and the Louis Vuitton corporate building, Sophie of Sophie Kawalek Photography shot the beautiful images! Tracy and Robert showed off their love not only for each other, but also for the city that never sleeps during their session. Tracy shared with us a little about the love story between her and Robert that led to a forever fairy tale dream:
“Robert and I first met in 2013 when he tutored me on an MBA economics assignment prior to starting medical school. We quickly became good friends and stayed in touch even after my class was over. We became inseparable the following summer and started dating. For the next 4 years, Robert was a medical student at McGovern Medical School in Houston while I worked in the Oil & Gas industry while pursuing my MBA. On Match Day in late March 2017, it was revealed that Robert had matched to Cornell in Manhattan, New York. He proposed in late April and moved to NY to start residency in June- I moved at the beginning of August. Fast forward to a couple of months later… Robert’s schedule as a 1st year resident at New York Presbyterian has been hectic while I started working at the NY corporate office of Louis Vuitton. During a team lunch on the 14th floor, I was inspired by the beautiful city views from the terrace. The city view consisting of the trees in Central Park, the Empire State Building, and The Plaza Hotel was so iconic and dreamy. The terrace was also very private which was perfect for the shoot. We are loving our life as New Yorkers and can’t wait to tie the knot in Houston next May!”
Thank you so much, Tracy, for not only sharing your beautiful story but also these lovely photos! We absolutely love how Sophie was able to capture the peacefulness of the park and the majestic beauty of the buildings. To see more of Sophie’s work you can visit her website at sophiekawalekphotography.com. There is always something timeless about incorporating older buildings into photos, and we love the idea of using them for an engagement session!
If you loved this engagement session then get ready because you are definitely going to love this Brooklyn Session as well! Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and tag us in your beautiful photos so we can give it some love. You can find us @snapknot!
This week are showcasing a stunning floral wedding that took place in sunny California. Marcia and Matt, the lovely couple, chose to hold their big day at The Terrace Willow Glen in San Jose. Surrounded by loved ones, the couple said their vows and celebrated forever together.
Holly of Holly D Photography captured the day and all the beautiful moments that took place. Holly has done an absolutely amazing job at capturing the pure joy on each persons face. Each photo has stunning lighting that highlights the background of the venue perfectly. This wedding is a wonderful example of how simple bouquets can be the perfect touch. Look out for the dessert bar pictures because we love how fun and unique they are!
Thank you so much, Holly, for submitting these stunning photos. We absolutely love how bright and magical this wedding was. There is nothing better than seeing a couple so in love like Marcia and Matt. This wedding is a wonderful showcase of how far simple touches can go. Check out more of Holly’s work at hollydphotos.com or on her SnapKnot profile.
Travel with us to Florida so see this absolutely gorgeous intimate outdoor wedding! Just like Matt and Marcia’s wedding, this Florida wedding will also make you swoon!
Are you still looking for a great place to register for your wedding? Wayfair Registry has gifts for every aspect of your home from kitchen, dining, bed and bath and outdoors! With millions of products to choose from, you will never run out of registry gift ideas!
Here are 6 reasons to have your wedding registry at Wayfair:
Free shipping – no matter how big or small the gift, everything ships to the couple for free!
Extra 10% off – For up to 6 months after your big day, you will receive a 10% discount on everything left on your registry that was no purchased.
Customizable checklist – Wayfair really has everything you need for your new life together, and their customizable checklist helps you to be sure you register for everything needed.
Group Gifting – Multiple guests can chip in together to purchase some of your bigger wishes on your list.
Free Returns – If you receive a wedding gift that you had on your registry but decide you do not like or need it, you can return it for a store credit for up to 90 days after your wedding date.
Registry specialist are there to help you! – Registrants and their guests receive personalized support and guidance from the Wayfair specialists.
Getting engaged is just the start of a beautiful and wild ride that you and your fiancé will take. The thought of engagement photos is probably one of the first on things to get done before the big day; so we reached out to some photographers to get some tips they have for the perfect engagement session! From ways to feel comfortable to making sure the pictures are just what you dreamed of, these photographers provided some insight to questions you may not even think to ask.
Holly from Holly D Photography had a lot of great insight to share as well! “Sit down with your photographer first hand and get to know them. It’s a good idea to feel your photographer out by making sure that they are a good fit for you and your fiancé! This is the perfect time to make sure that your personality’s do not clash and that you all get along really well. This will make for a great day of photos! It is also important to be open and talk about what you envisioned for your photographs. Think about your color scheme, location, props used and different ideas that you might have. Lastly, discuss what you plan to wear and make sure you will feel comfortable in the clothes you will be wearing. Don’t forget to plan for all types of weather, just in case!”
“1. I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. It’s a great resource for finding what inspires you, what photography style moves you and what type of photographer you want to have document the beginning of your ultimate adventure with the love of your life. Don’t let Pinterest become any more than that. Try not to get hung up on having a photo that looks exactly like something you pinned. I encourage my clients to share Pinterest boards they’ve created but I always reassure them that these are only starting points, idea boards. What we create together on your shoot will be our own exclusive collaboration. It will be our take on what love looks like.
2. Give in to the process and trust your photographer. Allow yourself to be completely immersed in the moments that you create with your fiancé on your shoot; have fun, be silly, play, dance, ugly laugh, be present. Your photographer wants to capture the most authentic, unfiltered you. Remember all the reasons you hired your uber talented photographer – trust their unique perspective, knowledge of lighting and perfect timing, and their ability to work your angles and make you look fantastic!
3. This is something people are usually the most concerned about. I always say above anything else, wear something that you feel absolutely bulletproof in. Select clothes that makes you feel beautiful, confident and invincible. Feel it mentally, emotionally, physically, artistically, lovingly, adventurously (insert all the adverbs!), and wholeheartedly. Stay true to your style, flatter your body type, your confidence will show as much as (if not more than) the frock you choose. Wear something that makes you feel how you love to feel. The idea is to coordinate, not match. So, you both don’t have to wear white button-down shirts and khakis, just look like you belong together as a couple.”
Megan from Meha Photography came to us with tips about lighting and location. “Be flexible with the timing of your shoot. People think that mid day is a great time since there is so much natural light, but it can cast weird shadow and cause those squinty eyes. If you’re constantly squinting to keep the sun out of your eyes you aren’t going to be comfortable and it will be much harder to have fun during the shoot! When it comes to location, always feel free to ask for suggestions. Chances are that your photographer has a bunch of places in mind depending on the setting you want. We know which areas will give you the best pictures!”
You can visit more work from Meha Photography at her Facebook Page.
Photo credit: Meha Photography
Photo credit: Meha Photography
We hope these engagement session tips have been helpful for your upcoming engagement session! Always be open and clear with your photographer and ask any questions you may have. They will help guide you through the process so that you get the results you want! Remember to have fun, you will cherish these photos for a lifetime!
Be sure to check out this posing guide to get some ideas for poses you may want to use during your session. They are simple and beautiful, but be open to any ideas your photographer may have as well. They want to give you those magical photos!
When you are planning your wedding, you want to be sure it is fun and memorable for all your guests….both young and old! The great thing is that there are SO MANY awesome ideas that you can do. Depending on if you are having an outdoor celebration, looking to add a little flair or give the kids something to keep them busy, check out these fun wedding ideas that your guests are sure to love!
A popcorn box that doubles as a program! Your guests can munch on yummy popcorn while waiting for the ceremony to begin.
Photo credit: Laura Dee Photography
Give your guests a mini tissue box… perfect in case there are some criers in the audience.
Photo credit: Something Turquoise
Give your little wedding guests a fun place to play!
Photo credit: Arrowood Photography and Bella Dolce Events
There is nothing better than a little humor to get the party going! Fun signs throughout are a great way to spice up the decor.
Photo credit: The Style Co
Having fun games for an outdoor wedding is something your guests will love! Making larger versions of childhood favorites is so easy to do!
Photo credit: Kate Jackson
A video booth is a great place for guests to tell you fun stories or advice they have for you!
Photo credit: Brooke Courtney
These wedding ideas came from the original article on Huffington Post. Here are some other awesome wedding ideas you will want to check out:
This week we are showcasing a beautiful farm wedding submitted to us by Alicia from Whole Blossoms. Ashleigh and Michael celebrated their special day in a small town in Maryland. Their day was filled with family, friends, and lots of love. Bello’s Portraits captured all the special moments for the couple and they are stunning!
Ashleigh shared with us some thoughts about her and Michael’s special day:
“My husband and I wanted a wedding celebration that reflected who we are so we opted
for an outdoor picnic wedding experience. We didn’t let ourselves be confined by any
rules or traditions we didn’t want to incorporate and the result was a day full of love and
fun – something you can really see in the photos! The flowers were the perfect accent to
the beautiful scenery around us.
My husband and I were married at Valley of Hope Farm in Oakland, Maryland. I was a DIY Bride and crafted my own invitations and decorations. The evening before the wedding, three of my closest friends and I gathered to assemble the flowers I had ordered from Whole Blossoms. They arrived 2-3 days before the ceremony and kept beautifully in large tubs of fresh water. The experience of putting together my bouquet and the table centerpieces was a great way to bond and talk about our excitement for the coming day. I wore a Melissa Sweet dress from David’s Bridal with Nina Melinda shoes and my makeup was done by a local makeup artist, Jade Browning. My husband wore a suit from Express, a Prescott Floral Necktie from Wild Ties and suspenders from MountainLeather on Etsy.”
Thank you so much, Alicia, for this wonderful submission! The photos are absolutely stunning and the views are breathtaking. The flowers in these photos were provided by Whole Blossoms. They have a beautiful selection to meet your flower needs for your special day. If you enjoyed this wedding then you will surely love this summer farm wedding in Pennsylvania!
We are so thrilled that we had so many amazing photos entered into our first photo contest at Best Photo Contests! Today, we want to give a photography spotlight to Shawn Burns with Burnseye Photography who was one of our 5 runner ups with his photo below called “Rustic Kiss.”
Before you read more below from Shawn, make sure you enter your photo into the next photo contest that Best Photo Contests will be starting in April 2018. There will be more than 1 category this time… so stay tuned so you can enter for your very own chance to win.
How did you first get into photography?
“Growing up my father was an avid amateur photographer. I found the same passion early in life, which led to a great starting point when I was formally trained in high school and later in college.”
Do you only photograph weddings /engagements /couples?
“I specialize in weddings and engagements; however capturing any moment that is special in someone’s life is an honor. I have enjoyed shooting many various events; like photos of a cooking show for the Vice Channel, and Monks giving welcoming prayers to the Tibetan women’s soccer team arriving in America for the first time. I am honored to be the photographer for any event in someone’s life.”
Where is the coolest place you have ever shot a wedding / engagement?
“Shooting a destination wedding in Lima, Peru was an incredible experience. The culture and landscapes were overwhelmingly amazing.”
What is your absolute favorite thing to photograph?
“I love to photograph people in a way that highlights a significant part of their life. For example: a couple on their wedding day, musicians with their favorite guitar, a ballet dancer practicing in her studio, or showcasing a skateboarder’s favorite trick. Everyone deserves to have their moment look like a magazine cover and preserved forever.”
What type of style would you say fits you best?
“Having mobile studio lights that are entirely operated on battery power allows me to achieve a specific fine art studio portraiture look on any location.”
What is your most favorite shoot you have ever had and why?
“A couple I had previously done photos for had asked me to do their engagement shoot / wedding ceremony in Longwood Gardens, PA. They wanted to announce their engagement to family and friends but secretly get married as well. We spent the day together walking the grounds and getting the most genuine shots of their relationship. When evening came we found a secluded spot in the park under Christmas lights and I performed a short yet intimate ceremony. It wasn’t just the photos I took that day; it was about a powerful experience with clients who trusted me to be such a huge part in their lives.”
What type of camera do you use and why?
“I shoot with two Nikon cameras, a D810 for fine art portraits and a D500 for fast moving action shots. Collectively they are the tools that allow me to capture any type of situation and lighting environment.”
Are there any other fun or interesting facts about yourself that you would like to share?
“In 2007 I built an award winning wooden kayak from scratch out of an old redwood barn that was being taken down.”
If you are looking for a photographer to take your bridal, wedding or engagement photos, be sure to contact Shawn with Burnseye Photography. Visit his website at www.burnseyephotography.com for more information about his services. You can also visit his SnapKnot profile.
Stay tuned for the other spotlight posts on the rest of the runners up from the Best Photo Contests winners over the next few weeks!