Allan Photography: Blog http://allanimages.com/blog en-us (C) Allan Photography allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:29:00 GMT Wed, 14 Jan 2015 22:29:00 GMT http://allanimages.com/img/s/v-5/u806131315-o198342551-50.jpg Allan Photography: Blog http://allanimages.com/blog 120 72 Wedding Tips http://allanimages.com/blog/2015/1/wedding-tips I picked this list of tips  up from I wedding forum I belong to several years ago. Wish I could remember which one of the members put this together so I could them credit here. There is some good advice here.

Shasta Burns at Wine and Roses in Lodi

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10 Ways YOU Can Make Your Wedding Photography Better

I know, I know; that’s my job right?

Well yes and no.

Here are 10 things that YOU can do to help us create those fantastic images we both want!!

1. Plan in time for a “photo walk”. It’s that 20 minutes or so after your formals, but before your reception starts. We need this 20 minutes of alone time with you and your new husband to create some of those relaxed romantic portraits that everyone loves. It’s from this session that 90% of our enlargements are made, where your thank you card shot will come from….this is the number one way to ensure great images. Give us the time to take them. So please, plan it into your schedule.

2. Plan in a realistic amount of time for your hair and makeup. This is the number one time line killer at weddings. Remember, that they will likely have more to do than expected with all the girls there, and Mom’s too. Everyone will want a little touch up done, which can easily put you behind schedule. Nothing adds stress to your day like running behind.

3. Don’t overdo the makeup. This is especially true for those of you that normally don’t wear much. You want to look like you would normally look to go out for the evening. Many brides think that they need more makeup for the “pictures”. This simply isn’t true. Some makeup is fine, but you don’t want to appear drastically different than normal. Same goes for sun taning. The day before you get married is not the time to get a tan; and the spray on kind will make you look orange.

4. Drink  responsibly . Sounds silly, and we aren’t trying to sound preachy here, but moderation is the key, you don’t want to get so sloshed that you can’t remember the day. (Or the night). We have had many a bride that did or said things they certainly wouldn’t have had they been less intoxicated. No one looks really good when they’ve had too much to drink. As a corollary to this, you should make it a point to eat something, as it helps you hold what alcohol you do drink, and keeps your energy level up all day too.

5. Make sure all your important family members know they are supposed to go immediately following the ceremony for the formal photographs. If all the players are there, we can do the formals in less than 25 minutes for most families. However, if we have to hunt down Uncle Harry…then all bets are off.

6. It’s your party, ENJOY it!! We see lots of brides that are obsessed with getting to “see” every single guest that they miss their own reception. That’s a shame, especially considering the money you are spending on it!

7. Here’s a big one. During your first dance, and parent dances…LOOK AT EACH OTHER!!! This is the time you have been waiting for. Go ahead, get emotional, get mushy, and forget about all the guests. Forget about me. If I need you to look into the camera I’ll ask trust me, but what I REALLY want is you two looking into each others eyes on this most special moment. Same goes for your parents dances. Remember this is a HUGE moment for them too, so acknowledge the stature of the moment by sharing it with them…look them in the eye…you won’t be sorry!!

8. Be on time. This goes without saying of course, but like I said above, nothing ups the stress levels quite like running behind. Some things just seem to run late, and that’s no problem; however a little pre-planning in these problem areas can ensure that your day runs smoother and your blood pressure remains much lower. I know several of these tips have centered around time, but it truly is the number one mood killer. You can’t stop and smell the roses….when you’re running late. The first thing that gets cut when you are behind is always the photo time, which should be the one area that is never touched.

9. Delegate all the tasks for the day. That’s why you have bridesmaids!!! Their whole job for the day is not to party, but to help you!! Sure they get to party….but job number one is to make sure that you are attended to. The less stuff you have to worry about on your big day the better. Delegate and relax.

10. Plan your exit strategy. This avoids you incurring overtime charges from your DJ and caterer, and brings the event to a nice emotional closure. That way you can get out of dodge, and the guests will know its over, and not feel obliged to stay, and by doing #9 above, all your stuff will be attended too while you whisk off to your honeymoon!!

11. Ok I know this is an extra, but Schedule an engagement portrait session. You’re probably wondering what this has to do with wedding day images. Truth be told, an engagement session not only results in some great images that you might want to use to build a custom guest sign-in book out of, but it allows you to get comfortable in front of the camera. It also gives both you and the photographer a chance to learn how to work together. When the big day comes around you’ll be more at ease while having your photos made.

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Lodi CA Scott Allan Wedding Wine and Roses do's and don'ts photography http://allanimages.com/blog/2015/1/wedding-tips Wed, 14 Jan 2015 20:08:49 GMT
Lisa & Kacie present Ashton http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Lisa-Kacie-present-Ashton

We photographed Lisa and Kacie’s wedding last year in Galt. This year we had the opportunity to do a “Welcome to the world” session for their new daughter, Ashton. Here’s a short video of the session:

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Amanda & Josh married in Modesto’s college district http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Amanda-Josh-married-in-Modesto-s-college-district

Amanda & Josh were married in Modesto’s college district in an intimate garden setting. The reception followed at the same location. Enjoy their Wedding Book:

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Lindsey & Caley married in Turlock http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Lindsey-Caley-married-in-Turlock Lindsey & Caley were married in Turlock, CA at Our Lady of Assumption. The reception followed on the Church grounds. We’ve been photographing weddings for Lindsey and Caley’s friends for several years now, so it especially fun for us. We hope you enjoy the Wedding Book:

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Ali & Josh married at Morris Chapel http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Ali-Josh-married-at-Morris-Chapel

Ali & Josh were married at Morris Chapel in Stockton. The bride was dressed at Wine and Roses in Lodi, and driven to the Chapel in a great old Rolls. After the ceremony Ali & Josh returned to Wine & Roses for an awesome evening of dining and dancing. We hope you enjoy a preview of their wedding book:

Here’s a video of the wedding, There is music in the video, so you may want to adjust your volume.

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Central California Classic Wedding Creative Wedding Photography Destination Morris Chapel Weddings Wine and Roses intimate Wedding Photography http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Ali-Josh-married-at-Morris-Chapel Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:43:37 GMT
Adriana & Antonio married at Vintage Gardens http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Adriana-Antonio-married-at-Vintage-Gardens Adriana & Antonio were married at Vintage Gardens in Modesto. They chose our smallest package with just three hours coverage, but it worked out great. Here’s a preview of their Wedding Book. Take a look:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Creative Wedding Photography Outdoor Wedding Outdoor Weddings Vintage Gardens Weddings wedding photographers http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Adriana-Antonio-married-at-Vintage-Gardens Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:33:34 GMT
Stephanie & Marc married at Saint Stanislaus http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Stephanie-Marc-married-at-Saint-Stanislaus Stephanie & Marc were married at Saint Stanislaus Chrurch in Modesto. What a beautiful building to work in. They held their reception in Oakdale. Check out their Wedding Book preview:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Dream wedding Romantic Wedding Photography Saint Stanislaus Weddings wedding photographers http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Stephanie-Marc-married-at-Saint-Stanislaus Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:23:31 GMT
Jessica & Donnie at Whispering Pines http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Jessica-Donnie-at-Whispering-Pines Jessica & Donnie were married at Whispering Pines near Mi Wuk Village. What a great location. Here’s a preview of their Wedding Book

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Central California Creative Wedding Photography Destination Outdoor Wedding Outdoor Weddings Weddings Whispering Pines Wedding intimate Wedding Photography http://allanimages.com/blog/2013/1/Jessica-Donnie-at-Whispering-Pines Fri, 04 Jan 2013 13:14:23 GMT
Oak Farms Vineyard, and more http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/7/Oak-Farms-Vineyard-and-more Shasta and Joel finished their wedding day at the beautiful Oak Farms Vineyards north of Stockton With dancing and dining under the Oaks. The day started with Bridal portraits at Wine & Roses and was followed by a perfect ceremony at the U.O.P. chapel. Below are both the video and wedding book. ( for those viewing at work…The video does have background music and sound.)

The Wedding Book:

Shasta & Joel's Wedding BookShasta & Joel's Wedding Book first draft

Wedding video:

Shasta & Joel's VideoPress the play arrow to watch.

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Dream wedding Oak Farm Vineyards Romantic Wedding Photography Unique Wedding Weddings Wine and Roses wedding photographers http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/7/Oak-Farms-Vineyard-and-more Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:32:49 GMT
Grand Island Wedding http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/7/Grand-Island-Wedding

We love designing Wedding Books for a brides. This book is a 12×8 book, so each spread you view is actually two 12×8 pages side by side. The wedding was a Sunday morning event at the Grand Island Mansion located south of Sacramento on Northern California’s Delta. Enjoy:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Central California Classic Wedding Destination Grand Island Wedding Outdoor Weddings Romantic Wedding Photography Weddings intimate Wedding Photography wedding photographers http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/7/Grand-Island-Wedding Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:02:54 GMT
Gabrielle & Nicolas Married at River Mill http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/4/Gabrielle-Nicolas-Married-at-River-Mill Gabrielle & Nicolas were married at the River Mill among friends and family. Even though it was a cool day, the ceremony took place in the fireside room in front of a great fire. Here are some of our favorite pages from their Wedding Book:

rings

groom details

groomsmen

bride

formal bride

beginning

kisses

rings2

formals

dance

wedding cake

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Donna & Peter married http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/4/Donna-Peter-married Donna and Peter were married at their  Knights Ferry Ranch in front of friends and family. Here some of our favorite pages from their Weeding Book:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Central California Classic Wedding Creative Wedding Photography Destination Outdoor Wedding Outdoor Weddings Romantic Wedding Photography Weddings wedding photographers http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/4/Donna-Peter-married Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:30:46 GMT
Meagan & Burke are Engaged http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/4/Meagan-Burke-are-Engaged Meagan & Burke are Engaged to be married this summer in Ripon. Burke is an Attorney in Texas and Meagan is attending law school there. But, Home is here in the Central Valley of California.

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Keri & Ben married at the Oakdale Country Club http://allanimages.com/blog/2012/4/Keri-Ben-married-at-the-Oakdale-Country-Club Keri & Ben and their children celebrated their marriage at the Oakdale Country Club and were joined by their friends and family for a great reception and party in the club house.

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Mary, Johansen High School Senior Portrait http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/9/Mary-Johansen-High-School-Senior-Portrait Mary chose to have her Johansen High School Senior Portraits made at Jacob Meyer Park in Riverbank. Here’s a brief video and some images from the session:

 

 

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) High School Senior Portrait Modesto Portrait Photography Modesto Senior Portrait Photography Senior Portraits Yearbook pictures http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/9/Mary-Johansen-High-School-Senior-Portrait Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:18:43 GMT
Alex and Matt married at the River Mill http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/8/Alex-and-Matt-married-at-the-River-Mill Alex and Matt were married this past weekend in a intimate garden ceremony at the River Mill, just north of Modesto. It was a little warm but the delta breeze and mature trees cooled it down. The River Mill staff did their usual thing, which made the evening go exactly as planned, which means happy bride, which means great images. check it out:

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Kimberly, Enoch High School Senior http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/8/Kimberly-Enoch-High-School-Senior Jacob Myer Park in Riverbank is one of our favorite locations for senior portraits. We met Kimberly there last week for her Class of 2012 session. Check it out:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Cowboy Senior Portrait Enoch High School Senior High School Senior Portrait Modesto Senior Portrait Photography Senior Portraits Yearbook pictures http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/8/Kimberly-Enoch-High-School-Senior Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:35:42 GMT
Logan, Enoch High School Senior http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/8/Logan-Enoch-High-School-Senior Logan chose to have her senior portrait session at Knights Ferry. It is a great place for senior portrait sessions, or for that matter it’s great for any type of portrait session. Here’s a short video of her session and some of our favorites:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Enoch High School Senior High School Senior Portrait Knights Ferry Senior Portrait Session Senior Portraits Yearbook pictures http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/8/Logan-Enoch-High-School-Senior Fri, 12 Aug 2011 10:21:05 GMT
Kayla & Seth’s wedding http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/7/Kayla-Seth-s-wedding Kayla and Seth were married Barone’s in Pleasanton this past weekend. The couple flew out from Tennesee last week with friends and family to celebrate with their California family. Everyone met at Barone’s for the wedding and reception, the celebration ensued. Here’s a brief video:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Classic Wedding Creative Wedding Photography Destination Outdoor Wedding Outdoor Weddings Romantic Wedding Photography Unique Wedding Weddings http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/7/Kayla-Seth-s-wedding Wed, 20 Jul 2011 14:25:15 GMT
Kelsey, Enoch H.S. Senior http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/4/Kelsey-Enoch-H-S-Senior Kelsey selected Jacob Myer Park in Riverbank for her senior portrait session. She had to bring her best friend for a couple of senior pictures. Check it out:

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allanimages@hotmail.com (Allan Photography) Enoch High School Senior Modesto Portrait Photography Ripon High School Senior Portrait Senior Portraits Yearbook pictures http://allanimages.com/blog/2011/4/Kelsey-Enoch-H-S-Senior Sat, 23 Apr 2011 13:48:23 GMT