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Laura's Advice: Why You Should Print Your Pictures


“Don’t let you pictures grow up to be jpegs”

I think all photographers can agree, printing your images is one of the most important parts of having your pictures taken! Whether or not that is creating an album, a family yearbook, prints to hand on your walls or just a box of prints to look through, getting your images off of your computer is so important!

I read this quote somewhere and I believe that it says more than I could, I don’t have the source, but these are not my words :)

“I believe in the value of a printed photograph. I believe that a family’s memories should be preserved and passed down - reminisced over and treasured. I believe that photographs should be a part of our daily lives - a tangible reminder of a time that was precious and dear, and people that are loved and missed. I believe that our generation’s legacy is too important to trust to technology that will certainly become obsolete. I believe that photographers leave a legacy that will only be fully appreciated years from now.”

Friend, if you are reading this a want to start printing your photos, whether that be your wedding images or the ones you take on your phone of your dog (guilty!) Here’s my advice:

  • I would suggest using Artifact Uprising, they are a wonderful company to print through and create albums with.

  • Talk with your photographer! They would love to help you print your images

  • If you are one of my clients, you can order your prints directly through your online gallery!

Laura's Advice: Should You do a First Look?


I want to start by saying, your photographer should never, ever force you to do something you do not want to do on your wedding day. This should go without saying, but I have heard too many stories about photographers forcing opinions, posing, etc. on their couples. Remember it is your day, you get to decide what you will and will not be doing :)

With that being said, I get asked the question “should we do a First Look?” and here is my response, “it is completely up to you!” It is truly such a personal decision and there are a lot of factors that play into making this decision.

A few things to consider when making a decision:

  • Will it make you anxious to not see your groom before the ceremony?

  • How will the light be on your wedding day? Will it be dark outside when your ceremony is over?

  • Will you want a private moment with your groom before walking down the aisle?

  • Do you want to head straight to your reception after your ceremony? Get to mingle and enjoy cocktail hour with your guests?

Regardless of what you decide, the moment you see your groom, whether that is walking down the aisle, or during a private First Look, will be one of the sweetest moments of your entire day!


Laura's Advice: Preparing for Your Engagement Session


Last week I chatted all about why engagement sessions are so important, and how to get the most out of yours! Now that you know all about engagement sessions, I wanted to share more about how to actually prepare for it!

Outfits: The setting and ‘feel’ of your engagement session will dictate your outfit choices! However, I usually suggest two outfits: one casual and one dressier. If you don’t feel like purchasing something, Rent the Runway is a great option! Or borrow a dress from a friend :) You can always look at inspiration boards on Pinterest or ask your photographer for outfit suggestions.

Hair and Makeup: Your engagement session is a great opportunity to get your hair and makeup done! Most HAMU artists do trial runs before your wedding, so this is a good time to do that!

Be on time: Most photographers tend to shoot the last two hours of sunlight, so when the sun is gone it’s gone! Being on time allows you to relax and not stress and gives you plenty of time with your photographer!

The little details: Go get your ring cleaned before your engagement session! Since there will be plenty of pictures being take of your ring, you’ll want it to be extra sparkly and shiny! Also if you’re a gal who loves to have her nails done, get a fresh manicure before your session! Along with having lots of pictures of your ring, your hands will also be making a frequent appearance! Empty out your pockets,: cellphones, keys and wallets can show in your pockets in the pictures (this is for the guys especially!)

Have fun! This is the most important piece of advice I can give you! If you are having a good time with one another and your photographer, it will translate into beautiful images! Don’t take yourselves too seriously and enjoy the process.