Category Archives: Wedding Party Photos

Tip for Tuesday on your wedding Day



In the hustle and bustle of putting together wedding there are a few things that go under the wayside.  I’m sure you think ‘Oh my photographer knows what to capture’.  The truth is we like to focus on what matters most to you.  And, that can vary from person to person.  For example.  One of my brides, her father made all of the centerpieces for her wedding.  I would not have known that if I had not asked.

I always ask my brides, ‘are there any significant things you want me to focus on’ or ‘is there a shot list you have?’  When photographers ask that question, they want to know things such as:

  1.  Are there any family heirlooms that will be incorporated in your wedding day?
  2. Are there any people that you may have exceptional relationships with?
  3. Is there anything that has been especially made for your wedding day that you would like me to focus on?
  4. Are there any people that you don’t get to see very often that you would like me to photograph during the reception?
  5. Are there specific poses you would like me to attempt during the getting ready, ceremony, or reception?

Another detail that I ask about is ‘Family Dynamics’.  Are there any divorces, or animosity between any family members that I need to know.  Are there any people you think will be difficult during the photographing of the extended family?

These questions are all very important.

While it is your photographers job to make sure to capture your precious moments.  We do need information to make sure that we can get exactly what you are looking for.

I always go into detail with my clients and ask a lot of questions before hand and request a shot list.  This way when the day comes you don’t have to worry about what will or won’t be captured.

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

Booking 2017 Weddings



Now Booking for 2017 and even 2018 weddings.  If you are planning on getting married in the next year or more it’s best to schedule your free consultation with me now.  Especially, if you are planning on a destination wedding.  Once you book your wedding date you get a complimentary engagement session.  This is great for those ‘Save The Dates’ that you will be sending out here shortly.  It’s also great to get some couple photos of where it all it began to remember the journey you have had as a couple.

In the end photos are what takes up back to those precious moments.  It’s what we can tangibly hold in our hands that is left of the specials days we shared with our loved ones.

Make sure you get ahead on scheduling that FREE consultation TODAY!!!!!!

Contact me anytime with any questions you may have!!!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com

Marcie Kobriger and John Bollinger Wedding



News Channel 3 Anchor Marcie Kobriger and John Bollinger were married on September 3, 2016.  It was a gorgeous day.  Marcie and John were married on the Kalamazoo Growlers baseball field.  It was such a beautiful ceremony.  So many people showed up to celebrate these two.  It was a joy and an honor to be a part of such an awesome wedding and reception.  The day was AMAZING!!  I wish these two all the joy in the world!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Contact me anytime for questions!!!

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



Jesse and Russ Wedding



On August 27, 2016 Jesse and Russ were married!  It rained for over half the day.  We were slightly worried that things were going to be quite wet.  Around 1 pm things changed.  The clouds parted, the sun came out and it was SMOKING HOT!!!  And, I’m not talking about the weather.  These two had such an beautiful, awesome, amazingly gorgeous day!!  It was such a joy and honor to be a part of their wedding.  I wish these two all the joy in the world!!!

Contact me anytime to schedule an appointment today!!!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com



Garrett Elopement



On August 12, 2016 It was super hot, but that didn’t stop this awesome couple from getting married.  Jermaine Jackson was the officiant, Maywan the groom and the beautiful Nikkita was the stunning bride.  I was notified the night before the elopement.  It was a small ceremony.  The memories of this ceremony will last a lifetime.

Maywan and Nikkita were naturals in front of the camera.  It was a pleasure and a joy to capture the love that these two share.

Contact me anytime with any questions you may have about wedding, engagement, family, senior, kids or more photos you would like to have taken.

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthornotnphotography@gmail.com



What this weekend Has!!!



Crazy busy this weekend!!!  Saturday morning I have an event with Kalamazoo Strong I am photographing.  If you are not busy and want to help make a difference in this awesome Kalamazoo community come and join us!!  From 10 am – 2 pm I will be photographing the Kalamazoo Golf Classic and Community event.

Saturday night I will be having fun with this lovely couple above!!!  We will be getting some awesome shots.  Not gonna tell what we are doing, but it’s going to be great……!!!!!!

Sunday I will be photographing a Bridal Shower for Sarah Degraw!  I am absolutely thrilled about.  It will be held at Southern Exposure where I photographed the Hannah and Kaleb’s wedding.  Such a beautiful location!!!

Please contact me anytime with any questions you may have!

www.kthornphoto.com

(269) 599-2094

krystalthorntonphotography@gmail.com