Fizara DIY Photo Albums http://fizara.com Design-It-Yourself Photo Albums and Wedding Albums Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Annual WPPI Conference and Expo is Going on Now http://fizara.com/the-annual-wppi-conference-and-expo-is-going-on-now/ http://fizara.com/the-annual-wppi-conference-and-expo-is-going-on-now/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 14:00:59 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9496 Photo credit: Marco Antonio Photography The Annual WPPI Conference and Expo is Going on Now. The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference and Expo is taking place right at this very moment in Las Vegas. WPPI is the place to see and be seen if you’re an active, amateur, or aspiring wedding or portrait photographer, […]

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The Annual WPPI Conference and Expo is Going on Now. The Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Conference and Expo is taking place right at this very moment in Las Vegas. WPPI is the place to see and be seen if you’re an active, amateur, or aspiring wedding or portrait photographer, videographer, filmmaker, or industry creative. Thousands flock to WPPI for a week-long event made up of conferences, talks, and a huge trade show. Attendees can hear from some of the most popular and successful artists, learn new tricks to help their business grow, and go home with some really cool new toys. According to the WPPI site, some of the conference topics you can attend this year are:

Photography Master Class: A focused two-hour, hands-on session limited to 50 participants that provides a detailed learning experience. Master Class tracks cover a wide variety of vital photography and filmmaking topics including Lighting, Wedding, Portrait, Inspirational, Business,Workflow and Filmmaking.

Plus Class: A Plus Class is a one-day, intimate and intensive learning experience. Limited to 25 participants per class, you’ll experience classroom learning through a 2-3 hour presentation by one of our world-class photographic instructors followed by hands-on training through an afternoon of shooting on location.

Photo Walks: Photo Walks are exclusive 1 ½ -hour, hands-on shootouts limited to 25 people each that focus on teaching the participants to sharpen their observation and composition skills while shooting alongside an industry leader.

WPPI summarizes this magical event and all the benefits to attending, on its site:

  •  Learn superior technical skills and new shooting styles
  •  Build new relationships to grow your business
  •  Experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers
  •  Discover competitive and affordable ways to grow your business
  •  Meet some of the world’s finest photographic instructors
  •  Make an investment in yourself and your future

WPPI is not only a great place to learn about the industry, it’s also the place to rub elbows. Bring your business cards and get ready to network in an international way.

Here’s a video from the WPPI site.

The WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference and Expo takes place from February 26- March 5, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Are you going?

Get all the info here.

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5 Beautiful Maternity Shoots We Love http://fizara.com/5-beautiful-maternity-shoots-we-love/ http://fizara.com/5-beautiful-maternity-shoots-we-love/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:00:39 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9486 I love browsing blogs. A warm cup of coffee and my laptop make for a cozy winter morning swooning over beautiful stories and inspiring photography. While popular wedding blogs have become a staple in many a bride’s wedding planning toolbox, what’s one to do after the big day? A whole new genre of bloggers has […]

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I love browsing blogs. A warm cup of coffee and my laptop make for a cozy winter morning swooning over beautiful stories and inspiring photography. While popular wedding blogs have become a staple in many a bride’s wedding planning toolbox, what’s one to do after the big day? A whole new genre of bloggers has taken over the internet and filled that void: family and lifestyle blogs have arrived and are growing as quickly as the adorable new families they showcase. Just as wedding blogs helped us find our wedding gowns and plan our parties, blogs like 100 Layer Cakelet – born from 100 Layer Cake – (so cute, right?) and Grey Likes Baby, inspire our nurseries and plan the sweetest of showers. And while our favorite wedding blogs feature cute cuddly couples, baby blogs feature maternity shoots and new family photos. Here are 5 beautiful maternity shoots we love, featured on our favorite baby blogs.

Who says brides and grooms should get all the fun? I love this formal family shoot photographed by The Great Romance and featured on 100 Layer Cakelet. This sweet little family of 3 (soon-to-be 4) is celebrates their next chapter with a black tie shoot in a beautiful garden and I’m wondering why I haven’t seen more ultra-dressy family shoots. This is such a great alternative to the relaxed and casual family shoots I’ve seen. And seriously, little boy suspenders are the cutest!

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The boho trend isn’t only for brides; mama-to-be can embrace fringe, doilies, and of course, flower crowns, and this mama certainly does it well. I love this outdoor shoot by Gideon Photography, featured on Grey Likes Baby. The cute parents look so pensive and fashionable walking through golden fields and olive groves.

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This winter maternity shoot captured by Alissa Saylor and featured on The Little Umbrella, is so peaceful and beautiful. I love the trapper hats, sweaters, and lace. This couple looks so sweet and in love.

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This shoot by Avia Rosen, featured on 100 Layer Cakelet, is so beautiful – everything about it. I love that it captures a mother’s sweet relationship with her first son. I love seeing lifestyle shoots with mamas and their littles. While everyone is so excited getting ready for the newest arrival, it’s so important to also document the relationship the soon-to-be big brother or sister has with his parents.

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This shoot, captured by Emily Burke Photography, was featured on The Bump with an interview with the photographer. Burke tells The Bump, “I love working with beautiful environments and soft, magical lighting. Throw in a willing and excited subject who is at the most beautiful and emotional time in her life and you have an absolutely perfect situation to create real-life magic with your client.”

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We hope you love the roundup. Check out these blogs for beautiful images and all the tiniest inspiration you could want. What blogs do you follow?

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Leonard Nimoy, the Photographer http://fizara.com/leonard-nimoy-the-photographer/ http://fizara.com/leonard-nimoy-the-photographer/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:00:52 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9466  Photo credit: Digital Trends In sad news, Leonard Nimoy passed away last week. The most beloved alien of our time was 83-years-old. While the world affectionately knew him as Star Trek’s half-human, half-vulcan Dr. Spock, he was also a very different man to some: Leonard Nimoy, the photographer. Photo credit: Leonard Nimoy / Via R. […]

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In sad news, Leonard Nimoy passed away last week. The most beloved alien of our time was 83-years-old. While the world affectionately knew him as Star Trek’s half-human, half-vulcan Dr. Spock, he was also a very different man to some: Leonard Nimoy, the photographer.

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BuzzFeed shared some of the stunning images from a series Nimoy photographed in 2007 called The Full Body Project. The works are a collection of black and white nude images of members of the burlesque group, The Fat-Bottom Revue. Nimoy states that he used to photograph women with what he calls a more “classic” look, which adhered to a more conventional idea of beauty. Nimoy says he was interested in working with women who were part of a “fat liberation” and conveyed a strong self-image. Nimoy told the R. Michelson Galleries,

With these new images, I am now hearing different words. Sometimes “beautiful,” but with a different sub-text. I hear comments, which lead to questions. The questions lead to discussions—about beauty, social acceptability, plastic surgery, our culture and health. In these pictures these women are proudly wearing their own skin. They respect themselves and I hope that my images convey that to others.

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Nimoy was not new to photography. While he was known the world over for his Star Trek fame, he was consistently practicing his photography. BuzzFeed featured some of his photographs from as early as the 1970’s. R. Michelson Galleries, which houses Nimoy’s body of work gives us some background, Leonard Nimoy first experienced the magic of making photographic images as a teenager in the early 1940s. His darkroom was the family bathroom in their small Boston apartment. His subjects were family and friends. He studied at UCLA under Robert Heineken in the early 1970s and later received an “artist in residence” appointment at the American Academy in Rome.

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His Hand Series was a collection of photographs solely focused on the simplistic but artistic form of the human hand.

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Nimoy told the Huffington Post he began in film photography as a child, using a family camera he still owns. Though a long-time film photographer, he discusses the transition to digital saying, “For me, getting out of the darkroom is a revelation. I’m out in the sunlight! I’m working with light instead of dark, so I’m comfortable with the transition.” For his more recent work he used a Hasselblad. Though Nimoy had vast experience photographing the human form, and the nude one at that, perhaps some of his most revealing works were those of his Secret Selves series. Nimoy photographed subjects dressed as their alter egos, showing multiple sides to our everyday personalities in an attempt to portray our humanism.

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Perhaps Leonard Nimoy’s prolific career as a lifelong photographer, pales to the masses in comparison to his Dr. Spock persona. Perhaps millions will know and love him as that half-Vulvan embodiment that is immortalized in reruns, remakes, and those fantastic quotes. However, as with so many great artists, their most personal and meaningful work is sometimes not known or appreciated until their passing. The art world has been singing Nimoy’s praises for decades, but we have a feeling it won’t take long for the rest of the world to catch up. Leonard Nimoy’s incredible spirit will undoubtedly “live long and prosper” in his art.

To see more of Leonard Nimoy’s images, visit R. Michelson Galleries.

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Get to Know Photographer Mark Wright http://fizara.com/get-to-know-photographer-mark-wright/ http://fizara.com/get-to-know-photographer-mark-wright/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:00:34 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9365 Today, we’ll get to know photographer Mark Wright, of Mark Adrian Photography. Mark started in sports photography and quickly discovered that wedding photography was just as exciting. His images are bright, bold, an – most importantly – fun! Mark’s images have an unmistakable quality to them in that his subjects always look engaged and like […]

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Today, we’ll get to know photographer Mark Wright, of Mark Adrian Photography. Mark started in sports photography and quickly discovered that wedding photography was just as exciting. His images are bright, bold, an – most importantly – fun! Mark’s images have an unmistakable quality to them in that his subjects always look engaged and like they’re really enjoying themselves. This talented, Michigan-based photographer is a winner of The Knot Best of Weddings – 4 years in a row! He’s also a winner of the Couples’ Choice Award from Wedding Wire 4 Years in a row! Mark takes a few minutes out of his busy day to tell us a little about his start; how his work has evolved throughout his career, and just how he gets those incredible smiles.

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I have been a photographer all my life. I started shooting and develop my our film at a very early age. One of my favorite past time was spending hours in the darkroom. My days could turn to night and I would never know it until I peeked out of the dark room into the dark of night.

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I started out in sports photography. I love the action and reaction of sports. As my skills developed I tried wedding photography and found it was as exciting as sports photography but with an added level of challenge. Because in sports photography if you miss the ball being kicked, there is alway another opportunity to catch the kick. But with weddings you only get one chance to catch the kiss. I always say weddings are not for the weak at heart. You have to love it or hate it. I personally Love It! Believe it or not I approach every wedding as a sports photographer. I want to catch the reaction and reactions of the wedding day.
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This is one of my favorite photos. Weddings can be challenging but our clients deserve great memories in spite of any challenge. We took this shot on a hot summer day in Plymouth, Michigan. When we arrived at the location there were 5 other wedding parties at the same location. We had started our couple’s session with Todd and Megan and there were people EVERYWHERE! Here is what we said to create this magical moment. “Todd and Megan, I know there is a lot going on out here right now. But you just married the person you have been dreaming about all your life. Close your eyes and think of each other. On the count of 3 I want you to open your eyes and imagine you’re having your own dance party. 1,2,3,” Click: a perfect moment. Every time I see this photo it reminds me of the fresh and unconditional love between Todd and Megan.
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Every photographer has their on style. My style is to connect with my couples and their wedding party. No matter how large the group I work hard to know everyone by their first name. I worked many years on developing my skills to comfortably interact with just about everyone. So I get energy from people and love to work with large parties. The ultimate goal is to help them be relaxed, have fun and most importantly build trust so they will “Let me in” to tell the story of the day.
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I don’t know anyone who likes to stand and pose all day, so that’s not how I work with my couples. Action and fun are the key. So I have them do thing together that they love to do. Maybe it’s just taking a walk together, or maybe it’s just a quite moment with me 50 feet away. 
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The major change in my work was the result of chance meeting with another photographer about 6 years ago. He became my mentor and opened my eyes from just shooting pictures to telling love stories. This photographer is still one of the driving forces in my work and life. Our relationship has challenged me to constantly improve and helped me realize my value and the fact that my best photographs have yet to be taken.
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I love digital photos. They are quick, easy, and fun to share. But for me a wedding album is the only way to capture the wedding day for eternity. When I meet with a couple I let them know the major product that that will receive from us is their wedding album. We feel honored to be making their first family heirloom together. This heirloom will be easily be viewed and shared with family and friend for years to come. 
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I look for photos that move me. Photos that not only take me back to the moment, but photos that make me relive the moment. I see it , it feel it and I’m positively impacted by the picture.

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I moved from a photographer to becoming a story teller by realizing great pictures seldom happen accidentally. Great wedding photographers understand their couples and their couple’s relationships with other. The key to telling the story is to create opportunities for natural emotions to happen and then capture it.

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Thanks so much to our expert! To see more of Mark’s work, visit his site, Mark Adrian Photography.

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11 Ideas for Unforgettable Engagement Photos http://fizara.com/unforgettable-engagement-photos/ http://fizara.com/unforgettable-engagement-photos/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:00:58 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9349 So you’re engaged! Congratulations! Being engaged is a time to thoroughly enjoy your relationship and celebrate the decision to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. If only there were some way to capture this blissful feeling and cherish it forever. Your engagement photos provide the perfect precursor to the actual wedding invitations and […]

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So you’re engaged! Congratulations! Being engaged is a time to thoroughly enjoy your relationship and celebrate the decision to spend the rest of your life with your best friend. If only there were some way to capture this blissful feeling and cherish it forever.

Your engagement photos provide the perfect precursor to the actual wedding invitations and are a great opportunity to spend some quality time being romantic with your one and only. Going into your session with a head full of ideas can also make this experience one of fun and creative expression with beautiful results! We know your mind is on the wedding, so we’ve gathered up our favorite ideas for photo shoots to make this step a little easier.

Location, Location, Location

Regardless of type of photography, location makes a huge difference on the quality and message of the final product. The options are endless, but these spots are tried and true.

Get Into Nature

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There’s something so peaceful and calming about being at one with nature, and in an engagement session, a natural scene also serves to bring a couple even closer together as they experience this blissful state together. Perfect romantic photo opp, anyone?

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Our favorites are oceanside and fields of dreams, but if it suits you better, talk a stroll through the trees, go for a countryside bike ride or get in touch with nature any other way you see fit. It’s your engagement, after all.

Appreciate Your City

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The place you found true love will always be dear to your heart, and your city can make an excellent backdrop for a beautiful series about two lovebirds headed for nuptials. When the time comes, pay tribute to the place it all began and snap a few shots that undeniably identify your heart’s home.

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Whether you choose to show off the whole city by way of skyline or find a defining feature of the place you call home, it’s difficult not to feel comfortable and natural in your own environment, and that a beautiful album makes.

Head to the Tracks

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For some reason, whether it be added depth in the photograph or the symbolism behind its ongoing nature, a railroad track makes quite an amazing spot to take photos as a newly engaged couple. Safety is key here, so make sure not to set up camp on active railroad tracks, but if you have access to the decades-old transportation system in its downtime, give it a try. You’ll emerge with a photo collection for the ages.

Take It Back

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Symbolism that translates into photographs isn’t unique to railroad tracks. Sure, new buildings are stunning and shiny and scream for attention, but old buildings have history. They have strength to stand the test of time, just like your relationship. If you’re looking for a location with meaning, check out older buildings in your city, maybe not as modern and clean as the newest additions, but still sturdy enough to hold up through the storm.

Actions Speak Louder Than Poses

Ultimately, the most deciding factor of your engagement shoot will be what you and your lover do while you’re on camera. Regardless of what you’re wearing or where you shoot, the story here is that you two love each other, so take actions that show it.

Balance Each Other

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The Chinese culture has a concept called “yin and yang,” in which opposing forces balance each other out so that all is well in the world. Maybe your relationship doesn’t affect the world, but the two of you obviously balance each other, so become yin and yang! Not only does this pose mimic the cultural icon, it’s pretty fun too!

Show Your “Love”

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Pictures are worth a thousand words, but what’s the harm in adding one more? Use parts of yourselves or props (hands, feet, shoes, sparklers, banners, handwritten signs) and make the theme of your photos clear: Love!

Play Dress-Up

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Remember when you were a kid, and you couldn’t think of anything more fun than dressing up and posing? Engagement sessions can be an adult opportunity to do just that! Discuss a fun theme with your partner in crime, and have a little fun with your photographer.

Make It Tasty

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There’s no rule that being the stars of an engagement shoot can’t involve a whole day of fun for your tastebuds as well as your mind. At some point in your photo session, take a break to munch on your favorite treat together, and let the photographer capture it all. We promise, you’ll look happier together than ever!

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If you don’t have time to actually eat or have overwhelming fear of getting your perfectly chosen dress dirty, opt for colorful gum to add a “pop” of flavor to the final product!

It’s Not Always About The Face

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If you’re inviting friends and family to your wedding or showing them your engagement photos, chances are they know your faces. What they may not know is the depth of love the two of you feel for each other. While it’s impossible to truly show that to your loved ones, taking some focus off your faces can go a long way towards showing how much you really care.

No matter what route you go with your session, it’s important not to forget the reason you’ve hired this photographer in the first place. You’re head over heels in love, heading towards matrimony and eager for everyone to know, but most of all, you want each other to know. Enjoy this. It’s completely dedicated to your love!

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Top Wedding Album Design Tips by Andrew “Fundy” Funderburg http://fizara.com/top-wedding-album-design-tips/ http://fizara.com/top-wedding-album-design-tips/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 13:00:27 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9290 The post Top Wedding Album Design Tips by Andrew “Fundy” Funderburg appeared first on Fizara DIY Photo Albums.

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Tip #1 Remember Why – The Family Legacy

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The first tip in wedding album design is to remember why we, as photographers, are designing albums. Sure, there are all of the business reasons to design albums – the profitability, the brandability – but ultimately we are creating albums for the legacy of the family.

There is no other photography format in the world that lasts longer than albums. Any photo that you hang on a wall – whether it be canvases, long-lasting fine art inkjet or traditional prints behind a frame – won’t last as long as prints inside a book. Print longevity is all about lightfast and prints in books are protected from light.

We are preserving our clients’ legacies–for them, for their children and their grandchildren. With albums, we are preserving their legacy the safest way possible, in a way that will last hundreds of years.

Tip #2 – Less is More

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The number one mistake I see people make when designing an album is simply putting too much into the album. Sometimes this means too many images per page and sometimes this means too much design. Albums don’t need a lot of backgrounds, fades, images as backgrounds, etc.

The design should show off the imagery, not the design. To quote one of my favorite books, “Don’t be afraid of the white space.” Don’t be afraid to let your images breathe on the page. White space on the page simply shows your clients that are you are confident in your imagery.

Tip #3 – Have a Workflow

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Having worked with thousands of photographers regarding album design, we’re able to see what works and what doesn’t work. One of the worst things you can do is start your album design process with 500-1,000 or more images from a wedding (all of your wedding keepers). Regardless of what software you use, it is cognitively impossible to be effective when dealing with so many images. Use a piece of software like Lightroom, Bridge or Photo Mechanic to pare down your album selects to 80-150 images before starting to design.

When choosing my album selects, I target 3-4 images total per page and then end up using about 2.5 images per page. For example, my album selects total about 90-120 images for a 30-page album and then in reality, I end up using about 75 images in a 30-page album. Of course each photographer will differ, but this is a good target to strive for.

Tip #4 – Focus on Mini Stories

Top Wedding Album Design Tips by Andrew “Fundy” FunderburgPhoto credit: Marco Antonio Photography

The easiest way to design an album is to view each spread (a left and right page) as one mini story. On each spread you should only place images that were taken during the same moment, have the same basic color palette and are part of the same sequence.

When you do this, designing an album becomes simple. Start at the beginning of the day, select images that are mini stories and place them on spreads. When you are finished placing the mini stories on the spreads, refine the design and you are done.

Once you become accustomed to designing with mini stories, you’ll start shooting for these mini stories and cull for them and your album design process will become faster and faster.

These tips were written by Andrew “Fundy” Funderburg, the CEO of Fundy Software, husband and father, avid street photographer and world traveller.

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3 Newborn Photography Videos We Love http://fizara.com/3-newborn-photography-videos-we-love/ http://fizara.com/3-newborn-photography-videos-we-love/#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:28:48 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9333 One of our most popular posts is 10 Photos to Take on Baby’s First Day. We, as photographers, love the art of newborn photography and it seems you guys do too. There is so much that goes into those beautiful images of a few-day-old baby: space heaters, props, a whole lot of patience, and an […]

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One of our most popular posts is 10 Photos to Take on Baby’s First Day. We, as photographers, love the art of newborn photography and it seems you guys do too. There is so much that goes into those beautiful images of a few-day-old baby: space heaters, props, a whole lot of patience, and an extra hand – or two – are all necessary in safely capturing all those teeny, tiny newborn details. So just how do photographers get such amazing photos like this one by Lacey Meyers?

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We’ve collected 3 different videos showing what goes into newborn photography. Just like the photographer themselves, the shoots differ in many ways, too. In-home, in-studio, posed portraits, and lifestyle shots are all different ways to compose newborn sessions. Here are 3 Newborn Photography Videos We Love.

This is a behind-the-scenes newborn studio shoot by photographer, Ana Brandt. You can see Ana’s impressive studio space, several assistants, and all of the amazing blankets, accessories, and props she has for her clients. This is a great video if you want to see what an in-studio photo shoot looks like. Visit Ana’s website here.

This next video is a behind-the-scenes video by The Photo Sisters. We’re given a step-by-step instructions for a newborn shoot, using natural light, in a home office. This is a great video tutorial for those of you who are interested in taking your own images of your baby at home. The video has clear instructions, understandable language, and an in-depth explanation of everything Ali, the photographer, is doing. All you need is a baby! You can find videos, product reviews, and photography news on The Photo Sisters’ Youtube channel.

This third video is by Academy Photography. It’s more of a lecture-style video where we’re shown some great examples of beautiful newborn poses using props and creative backgrounds. We’re given a quick glimpse at several different newborn in-studio photo shoots using unique items to give images a completely custom look. This is a great video if you’re looking for some new ideas to add to your bag of tricks.

We hope these videos are helpful. Are you interested in newborn photography?

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10 Fresh Color Palettes for Summer Weddings http://fizara.com/10-fresh-color-palettes-for-summer-weddings/ http://fizara.com/10-fresh-color-palettes-for-summer-weddings/#comments Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:00:29 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9278 The summer wedding season is almost upon us! That means everything from amazing brights, beautiful earth tones, and warm, softer shades. Our favorite wedding blogs showcase real couples and real weddings – indoor, outdoor, local, and international. They inspire us and give us ideas for our own nuptials. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 fresh color […]

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The summer wedding season is almost upon us! That means everything from amazing brights, beautiful earth tones, and warm, softer shades. Our favorite wedding blogs showcase real couples and real weddings – indoor, outdoor, local, and international. They inspire us and give us ideas for our own nuptials. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 fresh color palettes for summer weddings.

Light blue and ivory

This seaside wedding, photographed by Jessica Burke and featured on Style Me Pretty, embraces the blues in a pretty palette of pale – but not too pale – periwinkle, and bouquets of soft ivories and a hint of green succulents. These elegant and flowy blue dresses are a perfect something blue.

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Ivory and deep purples

We love this color scheme of ivory and deep purples. This shoot, from Once Wed, features a range of cranberry and plum to deepest eggplant creates the perfect dramatic and monochromatic palette. In a sea of pinks and corals, this pairing is rich and luxurious – and makes a great scheme for a nighttime wedding.

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Orange, coral, and pink

This laid-back Palm Springs wedding palette is fun, vibrant, and festive. Green Wedding Shoes showcases this sweet wedding filled with bright pinks, oranges and corals that look incredible against the bright desert sky. This color scheme looks fresh and even neutral as it’s used in little pops here and there throughout a mostly white backdrop.

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Aqua and yellow

This fun wedding is featured on Ruffled. Photographer, Jackie Wonders, captured all the sweet, summery details of this wedding. The bride told Ruffled, We were going for a feeling that was California cool, relaxed yet elegant. The style and design was meant to reflect a celebratory get together rather than a formal dinner. Our colors included sunshine yellow and muted green hues with pops of orange and subtle hints of blue that accented the warm and free spirited color palette.

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Green, ivory, blue

This wedding, shot by Bret Cole and featured on Grey Likes Weddings, is simple, natural, and perfect. The greenery made up almost all of the wedding color against a canvas of white and the natural browns of the setting. The couple were married in a redwood grove which set the tone of the whole affair. We love how the color scheme is so minimalist and doesn’t compete at all with the venue. How can you compete with this beautiful setting?

10freshcolorpalettesforsummerweddings5Photo credit: Bret Cole Featured on Grey Likes Weddings

Peach, champagne, cream, and gold

This soft palette of peach, champagne, cream and, gold is light, classy, and elegant. Photographed by Edyta Szyszlo, this ornate, styled shoot is featured on 100 Layer Cake. Gold candlesticks, gold flatware, and peach wine goblets are set on a sequined champagne table with fresh green garlands with sweet, cream flowers.

10freshcolorpalettesforsummerweddings6Photo credit: Edyta Szyszlo Featured on 100 Layer Cake

Pale pink, yellow, and ice blue

This beautiful wedding features a romantic and light palette perfectly befitting an Italian countryside. Lato Photography captured this event. The groom wore an ice blue suit and the bridesmaids wore the palest of pink dresses. A pastel bouquet and reception details rounded out this sunny wedding that took place at Castello Montegridolfo, in Montegridolfo, Italy. You can see the whole thing on Junebug Weddings.

10freshcolorpalettesforsummerweddings7Photo credit: Lato Photography Featured on Junebug Weddings

Taupe and yellow

This fun wedding may have taken place in the fall but the simple color palette is perfect all year round. These taupe bridesmaid dresses are a sweet neutral that goes with any season and the yellow sunflowers can easily be switched out for sunny tulips or a bouquet of pastel roses. See the whole wedding, captured by Jenna Petersen, on the Wedding Chicks blog.

10freshcolorpalettesforsummerweddings8Photo credit: Jenna Petersen Featured on Wedding Chicks

White, ivory, cream, gold

This monochromatic palette is classic and chic. This glamorous Los Angeles wedding had black and white striped sofas, bold gold accents, and even a Candy Land themed candy bar. If you’re planning a nighttime shindig, this is a palette you simply can’t go wrong with. See the whole wedding, photographed by OneLove Photography, on Green Wedding Shoes.

10freshcolorpalettesforsummerweddings10Photo credit: Onelove Photography Featured on Green Wedding Shoes

Pinks, light yellow, and lavender

This bright playful palette works really well for sunny outdoor weddings. We love how this wedding features bright pink dresses that pop against an otherwise neutral palette of muted taupes and rustic details. Can’t quite commit to bold dresses? The color scheme works great with a large variety of flowers. Create a bouquet of pink peonies with sprigs of lavender, cream spray roses, and sweet dahlias. See the entire gallery, captured by Leo Patrone, on Once Wed.

10freshcolorpalettesforsummerweddings11Photo credit: Leo Patrone Featured on Once Wed

What are your favorite color schemes for summer?

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Brittany Carress Shares Her Pro Tips for Senior Portraits http://fizara.com/brittany-carress-shares-her-pro-tips-for-senior-portraits/ http://fizara.com/brittany-carress-shares-her-pro-tips-for-senior-portraits/#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:00:06 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9249 Photography can be intimidating, even for the most experienced pro. You have to be prepared for things to change in an instant; know your equipment inside and out; and have an armful of tricks to engage your client, at the ready. If you have teenagers at home, you are probably well aware of just how […]

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Photography can be intimidating, even for the most experienced pro. You have to be prepared for things to change in an instant; know your equipment inside and out; and have an armful of tricks to engage your client, at the ready. If you have teenagers at home, you are probably well aware of just how trying it can be to get much more than a grunt ‘hello’ in the morning, much less a genuine smile. Senior portraits are, most likely, the last professional photos you’ll have of your kid as, well, a kid! They mark the end of school and the end of childhood (though they’ll always be our littles, right?). If you’ve ever thought about shooting senior portraits but don’t know where to start, this post is for you. Just how do you get your seniors’ authentic smiles and real personalities to shine through? We put it to a pro to get the best advice to engage your subject. Wedding and lifestyle photographer, Brittany Carress, shares her pro tips for senior portraits.

I remember being a senior in high school, and just really shy when it came to meeting new people. I really try to make them my seniors as comfortable as possible. I engage in conversation right off the bat. Most high school seniors will LOVE to talk about all that is going on in their lives, and their futures! I also reassure them by letting them know how beautiful/handsome/amazing they look and show them their beauty shots! I also love having my clients tell me one of the funniest memories they have. It really helps to get them engaged.

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Shortly after our session is booked, I send my clients a questionnaire to get to know them better.  I ask if they are into any sports or hobbies, what interest they have, what is something that they want to remember most during this time in their lives, what their favorite features are about themselves, etc. It really makes a difference.

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I love when my clients bring their favorite things from home, or their hobbies, sports, interests with them. It is so much fun! I LOVE pets, so I encourage them as well. I also encourage many of my clients to bring a friend, or a sister/brother along as well. When you bring along someone who makes you laugh, I am able to capture that natural smile. Those images, are probably my absolute FAVORITE!

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I haven’t really had any “shy” kids so far. I did have a young man, who wasn’t really sure what to do at first. I let him know sometimes things might be awkward, but it looks super cool on camera. When I had him do something that felt weird, or unnatural, I showed him the photo afterwards, and he LOVED it.

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I encourage parents to watch the sessions. I fortunately have not had any of “those” parents. You know, the ones that direct their children while I am trying to pose them! It is comforting to the seniors to have someone with them, and to be there with them. I usually let my clients decide whether they want their parents to come watch.

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I have a few “go-to” locations. I chose these ones based on the amount of natural light I get in these areas. I also look for areas that have a variety of backdrops and settings that will give me a lot of different “looks”.

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I love how my senior clients have been super excited about getting their portraits done!

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It is so much fun to make these great kids laugh and watch their eyes light up. These are when my most favorite images are captured.

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To see more of Brittany’s work, visit her site, Brittany Carress Photography.

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Allison and Juan’s Ann Arbor Engagement http://fizara.com/allison-and-juans-ann-arbor-engagement/ http://fizara.com/allison-and-juans-ann-arbor-engagement/#comments Fri, 20 Feb 2015 14:00:47 +0000 http://fizara.com/?p=9190 I have the coziest Midwest engagement to share with you today. Allison and Juan’s Ann Arbor engagement session is soft, moody, and oh-so romantic. This couple has quite a bit going them: Together for 4 years, transcontinental, and the parents definitely approve. Allison, the sweet (and gorgeous) bride-to-be, shares some advice she’s learned along the […]

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I have the coziest Midwest engagement to share with you today. Allison and Juan’s Ann Arbor engagement session is soft, moody, and oh-so romantic. This couple has quite a bit going them: Together for 4 years, transcontinental, and the parents definitely approve. Allison, the sweet (and gorgeous) bride-to-be, shares some advice she’s learned along the way planning her own wedding – including when to pass the baton off to the experts. She also shares some love for her crazy-talented photographer, Britt Majka, of BAMPHOTO. This educated, multicultural pair have been busy juggling two full schedules and planning their upcoming nuptuals – all with a cucumber cool attitude, I might add.

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Juan and I have been dating for a little over 4 years. We had a unique introduction: my father interviewed him and thought Juan was a nice, young gentleman… so he introduced us! Juan came here from Colombia about four years ago, and we go back roughly every 6 months and we try to visit a different part of the country. I’m a native Michigander, but I’m hoping that soon enough my Spanish will be so good that you may mistake me for a Colombian as well.

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Juan and I both work very long hours, so I was pleasantly surprised that we both had a day off at the same time when he proposed over a home cooked Colombian meal.

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Being at home and with our dog was really important to me.

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Before the engagement photo session, I was quite nervous, because I’m not comfortable in front of a camera. There is barely any photographic evidence of me and my best friend! A martini certainly put me at ease. After a while, I kind of forgot we were getting our photos taken and it just felt like a romantic date. I can’t wait to see the photos from our wedding!

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I am still so impressed by our engagement photos. I had researched a lot of photographers through my wedding planner, Kaeli Garcia, before I found Britt Majka of BAMPHOTO. I knew I wanted her to photograph Juan and I when I saw her website- she has such a unique style and is truly able to capture a couple’s essence.

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If you work more than 40 hours a week and don’t have a lot of help from your family, I highly recommend getting a wedding planner. It has really taken the edge off of planning this wedding, and now I always have someone whom I can go to for neutral advice. I’m enjoying the benefits of someone who knows the ropes about weddings in this town. Our initial reception was to be at a restaurant, which closed suddenly- but my wedding planner, Kaeli Garcia, was able to find an even better location than the first, within a week!

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Congratulations, Allison and Juan! We’re so honored to share your beautiful engagement session. The big day is, no doubt, going to be just as stunning. And big thanks to BAMPHOTO for sharing your work with Fizara!

To see more amazing work by Britt, visit her site BAMPHOTO.
Wedding planning: Kaeli Garcia of Luna Soiree Events

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