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Hiring your wedding and engagement photographer tips!!

 

Ahhh!  It’s that time of year again when the weather warms up, people are outside more, the birds start chirping and the grass gets greener….!  Hopefully soon anyway.  This is my favorite time of year.  When all of the newly engaged couples start contacting me for engagement photos and they start looking for wedding photographers.   Ahh, love is in the air.  Super excited for this year, I have several weddings booked already and I am hopeful to get several more.





So here’s a couple of things I want you be aware of when looking for your photographer.  Make sure you find someone that meets several of YOUR criteria when looking around.

  1.  Make sure that your personalities fit together.  Just because you contacted a photographer and even met with them.  Doesn’t mean that they are the right fit for you.  These are your most precious memories that they are dealing with.  If you are not comfortable with them then it will show in the photos.
  2. Find out how long their turn-around-time is.  This could be very important, depending on if there is a holiday or an important event coming up and you want to give some of the photos as gifts.  You want someone that will meet your time frame.
  3. Can they handle stressful situations.  Sometimes during a wedding a situation will arise, how are they going to handle this disruption to the timeline…
  4. What if they get sick…  Do they have someone that could cover them if something should happen and they are unable to make your special day…
  5. Ok, so you have a photographer in mind and you see their packages and you know what you want.  Customer service is not on the package, Does this photographer have customer service skills, are they willing to deliver beyond the package…
  6. And lastly, what type of editing will they do to the photos?  This is HUGE, because if you have a photo of the entire wedding party and someone’s eyes are closed, will they Photoshop different eyes on them?  You need to know the extent of the editing that they will do before you hire them.
  7. Most importantly COST.  You want something FAST, CHEAP, and GREAT QUALITY.  As the old adage goes, you can pick two of those. What is FAST and CHEAP is not always GREAT QUALITY.  Please remember this.




This is YOUR wedding day, and there are so many important decisions that you have to make.  Make sure you consider all options and remember in 50 years when you look back on your day, what do you want to remember most from it?  The cost, the quality of the photos, the lack of photos, or that you took your time and picked the best photographer for you and your fiancée and received the best quality photographs of a memory that could never be duplicated.

 

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Words for Wednesday (How to love yourself in Photos)

Ok, so here are my words for Wednesday.  They are quite motivational and need to be read several times to get them through.  How to love yourself in photos!

We as humans tend to be the hardest on ourselves.  I’ve heard this time and time again from people.  I will love a photo, show it to them.  And, they HATE it!  Hate everything about the photo.  I go home edit the photo and post it to Facebook.  And then they LOVE IT!  LOVE it to the moon and back, absolutely L-O-V-E IT!  Why?!  It’s not because I edit the photos very much.  I do slight touches here and there. But, for the most part it’s the exact same photo.

There is one reason why I think people dislike the photos at first when they see them in the back of my camera.

  1.  Because they have a complex with themselves:

First and foremost people have a major complex when it comes to themselves.  I have had several photographers that I know take a beautiful photo of this GEORGOUS person.  And, the person hates it!  Because they pick at everything about themselves.  There is this one thing that no matter who takes the photo they will always see it in the photo.

So, I have started saying this to people when I take their photos.

“It doesn’t matter if it is a million dollar photographer that takes your photo.  If you have a complex with something about yourself, you will see it in the photos!”

“With me you don’t have a complex, this is about you!  This is meant to be fun, exciting, amazing, and I give you permission to LOVE yourself!  Love yourself like you always mean to love yourself!”

I don’t take photos for someone to look back at them and think ‘YUCK! I don’t like how I look in that photo!’

And here is the reason why I think they love the photo after it’s posted to Facebook:

  1.  Because they post it to their page and get a bajillion ‘LIKES’ from family and friends.  With everyone saying how great the photo is.  They get that outside gratification that they needed.

The best part about that is when it comes time to do another photo shoot.  They are more relaxed and have more fun the second, third and so on, times.

Well, here it is people, LOVE YOURSELF!  I give you permission to love the photos, to share them, brag about them.  And, most of all to enjoy the time you have with me.  It’s meant to be fun and exciting!

 

 

Words for Wednesday

Well, here is something about myself.  I am such a softy.  I have been to so many weddings in my entire life.  And, I still find myself crying at each and every one of them.  I am so emotionally invested in weddings.  They are such a happy and beautiful time.  In fact I keep tissue in my camera bag because of this!

It also amazes me how well the bride and groom hide their nerves on the wedding day.  Even after all of the weddings I have been to, it’s amazing how much love is there during that time.  There are some many people that cry during the ceremony and the reception.

If you find yourself thinking ‘I don’t want to cry during my wedding’.  Ignore that voice.  Go ahead and cry, let the tears flow.  Blubber like a baby, ugly cry if that’s your way.  Do what YOU need to do to express yourself on YOUR wedding day.  Don’t feel that you have to stifle any emotion.  EVER!  Whether it’s your wedding day or not.  It’s NOT human!

So, here’s a secret for you.  YOU are SUPPOSED to cry on your wedding day.  You are SUPPOSED to feel an overwhelming amount of emotion.  This IS an emotional day.  If people that go to weddings don’t even know the people that well.  And, THEY cry.  Let it go.  Cry!  Cry those extremely overwhelming happy tears!  This is supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience and the whole point is to enjoy it in its entirety.

Besides, when you have your make up done they use waterproof make up, and usually spray some solidifying spray to keep it from running in tears or sweat.  So, if you hold back your emotions, it’s not because you think your make up will run.  It’s honestly because you are afraid of what other people will think.  And your wedding is NOT the day to worry about that!

Tuesday’s Wedding and Dress shoe tip

 

Ever wear high heels to a wedding, event or anything outside?  It’s the worst isn’t it??!!  I was in a wedding a few years ago in a field.  Here I was wearing this short beige dress, with these super cute silver heels.  And I had to walk the length of the entire aisle on my tip toes.  Every time I put my heels down they went right into the soft dirt.  I had to spend the entire ceremony on my tip toes.  The ceremony was short.  However, my calves were feeling it when all done.  I then had to do wedding party photos in these heels. (Insert Fake Happy Smile Here!)

Fast forward several years…

This year I was at a wedding that was going to be in a field as well.  I looked down and saw this clear looking thing on the heel of one of the brides high heeled shoes.  When I asked her what they were, she told me ‘Solemates‘.  These plastic rubbery covers easily slip on and off your heels.  Not only are these ‘Solemates‘ awesome for in the dirt.  They are just as awesome on steady solid ground.  They help with balance, coordination.  And, lets be totally honest here.  We could definitely use some balance and coordination when we have a couple of drinks.  Which makes them super awesome for wedding receptions!  I have not had to use them.  So, this is not from experience at all.

I personally would purchase them because of the usefulness of these.  Not only are they super useful when it comes to walking in high heels which is a skill all on its own.  They are small and come in different colors to match your shoes.  And, to top it off they come in different sizes as well!  If you plan on wearing high heels for any reason in the near future I recommend looking into these!

Feel free to contact me anytime!!!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com

Why Book Krystal Thornton Photography



What you get when you book with Krystal Thornton Photography.  You get a customized email just for you on Clothing, Make-up, Skin and Posing tips to help your session run as smooth as possible.  There are NO session fees so you only pay for product and photos you WANT!!  You get to customize your very own package without being told what items you can and cannot get.  You get at least an hour of photographing, and each image fully edited for online viewing in your very own gallery.  And that is just for family, senior, engagement boudoir and other smaller sessions.

If you book me for your wedding day, I come with my wedding box.  In it there are emergency supplies like: extra toothbrush, bug spray, sunblock, tide stick, clothing tape, sewing kit, ponchos and so much more!  It is my goal to make sure that your special day runs as smooth as possible.  You not only get a photographer you get a friend for life!!!

Here are reviews on my website from past clients: Krazy for Krystal

Be prepared to be awed!  I am here to help you through every decision in your photo session.  Customer service is a huge deal to me and I want to make this experience one that you and your family or significant other will remember forever!  Contact me anytime day or night with any questions you may have!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotograph@gmail.com



Trash the Dress Hannah + Kaleb

Hannah and Kaleb Trash the dress (19 of 43)



On June 11, 2016 Hannah and Kaleb were married.  It was such a beautiful day!  When these two are together it’s easy to believe in soul-mates.  Hannah and Kaleb definitely complete each other. You can tell by the connection they share with one another.

We had to wait to do their Trash the Dress session, however, I feel it was absolutely perfect.  I don’t think I could have made this any better!  They nailed Every. Single. Photo!  Hannah was once again stunning in her wedding and Kaleb dapper as usual!  It has been such a blessing and a joy to be a part of their special moments.  I cry still every time I look at their wedding photos!!!

Hannah and Kaleb Trash the dress (17 of 43)

Contact me anytime to schedule an appointment!!

http://www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com