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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

New look and specials

What would your grandma, mother, or friends love to see this season?
How about a beautiful custom photograph of their loved ones!

As you can see the blog has undergone a slight transformation.
I spent the whole day trying to copy a HUGE html code by hand when all I had to do was save it as a PDF! Craziness.
I am happy with the results, the new look is very much me.
The only reason i'm pushing the special so much is that it is only good through December 11th, for the $55 price tag it is quite a deal!


Monday, November 28, 2011

C + D Winter Park, FL Engagement Photographer

As you can see, I really love my scrabble tiles.
C + D are so refreshingly in love, she smiles, he whispers about how beautiful she is and so on!
They were pretty much up for anything, we met on the pulsating Park Ave.
 The park was swarming with photographers and families, the weather was perfect and the sun was setting! I am so happy that I was able to work with this couple before their wedding day (next May) they were so much fun!

Congratulations on your engagement, may these next 6 months pass by and the stress that usually plagues a wedding, avoid you!

Click the image below to see the rest of C + D's engagement shoot!

Alyssa Ann Photography's Specials:

Holiday Mini Sessions - From today through December 11th I am offering a mini session for only $55.00 (a $20 savings) for a 1 hour on location shoot! You can receive a $10 credit (making it only $45) if you refer me to a friend and they like my page AND book a shoot with me!
Holy Reindeer thats a steal!

2012 Senior Portraits - Coming Soon special rates for your grad, these shoots will be booked from January 1st to April 1st and ready by graduation! Stay tuned for that one!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Myla + Eric

There was this boy that loved this girl. They both have firey red locks and love of comics. The boy made her his and gave her the wedding of her dreams!
This couple is so sweet, so giggly and perfect for each other!
I loved working with them, and I am honored that my first wedding was theirs.

The day started off at Box Office Salon in Winter Springs

And then it was off to one of the Bridesmaid's house to get ready. The Bride did her own make up and the make up of each of her maids.

At this point the skys were gray and we were praying the rain would hold off, the mother of the bride discovered a dead duck in the grill of the grooms car, and one of the ushers tried to convince us that his brown socks would match. Still, Myla was unrattled.
As she applied her make up and put her jewelry on she was giddy!

Myla's dress was inspired by Marilyn Monroe and her mom made it! It was beautiful!

 Image inspired by a find on Pinterest!

The couple was married at the beautiful Lake Lilly in Maitland, Florida and the reception was celebrated at the Maitland Civic Center.

 This couple is expecting their first baby soon! So sweet!

 This is their son and ringbearer!

The beautiful and delicious cake was made by Myla's sister!
Such a talented family!

And with that, I wish the Bride and Groom all the happiness in the world and many many years of blissful marriage!

If the button doesn't work, click this to view more pictures and to like my page!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

The first time.

Yesterday I had the pleasure of shooting my first wedding. And as I sit here safely in my cocoon of self self doubt with a large scoop of Baskin Robins Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream, I have decided to share a few of the things that I learned. I know that someday I'll flash back to this post and be able to admire how far i'm come since then.

1. I learned that my strength is in posed shots. WELL, that kinda sucks because a wedding is a humdrum of action and is constanly moving, changing and unexpected beautiful moments happen that my auto-focus wasn't ready for. Yes, there are posed shots after all is said and done with the ceremony but wedding photography needs to embody the whole event.

2. You can make all the lists that you want, but as I said before everything is constantly changing, and when it comes right down to it, they won't cut the cake at 8pm on the dot. And that is perfectly okay, it's their day and they should enjoy it!

3. Dr. Scholl's would be a big step up from my worn in maroon Converse. I will admit my Conies came in handy when running all over the park and climbing on a gazeebo to get "the shot" but by 6pm my piggies were screaming!

4. Expect the unexpected. I thought I had a leg up on the lighting situation at the reception because I had toured the civic center prior to the event, what I wasn't prepared for was that the lights were turned almost completely off for the dancing. I got zero, yes zero respectable shots while the lights were dimmed. Invest in an external flash, and NEVER rely on your kit lense.

5. Take pictures of all the special touches that the couple provided, there is a bigger picture than using photos for advertisement. Include the quirky touches becasue that is what the bride and groom want to see and after all they are the ones you are working to please.

6. Make a resolution to have fun as well, it will make it so much easier . Photography should never just be a job - it should be your passion, if so that infuse your portraits with a little something special.

7. Business cards, much of a photographers work comes from refferals - you may not hand out a single one but its better to be prepared then not.

8. Get a proper camera bag. If you camera bag is only big enough to hold your lens and back up batteries then you have a problem. I would suggest Jo Totes or a Kelly Moore bag

9. Bring a water bottle. I can't tell you how many times I begged God not to let me die from thrist. Haha

10. Don't compare yourself to others. Especially not your FIRST one! Everyone is unique, each true photographer has their own special something to bring to the table. That special something is what your clients admired enough about you to hire you!

It's a long day, get plently of rest the night before any event. Be quick on your feet and forgiving in your nature. Be bold and bossy when it comes to wrangling the family members and bridal party for pictures. Don't let anything slide just because it is inconvinent. But most of all, you have to believe in yourself. Self doubt is not invited and should not be entertained.

My first wedding was that of Myla & Eric on the 5th of November.
Their wedding theme was inspired by the 1950's, which suits them perfectly.
Their favors were Comic's that I shot and a very talented friend/bridesmaid of their's designed and edited! 
The brides mother made her wedding gown as well as the vests for the groomsmen and ushers.
The brides sister crafted her delicious wedding cake.
It was a beautiful celebration of love.

To view the rest of these photos head over to Alyssa Ann Photography on Facebook
and like my page! I will also be blogging the whole wedding soon!