Therese & Kevin got married {and what to do when your nervous about your photography session}

Who: Therese & Kevin

What and Where: Ceremony at Church of the Ascension, Reception at The Jeffersonian

When: March 2019

People like Therese and Kevin make my job so fun. Their entire family is incredibly kind, they are super comfortable in front of the camera and their main focus during their was truly just to enjoy their wedding day. This all came through in the images taken through out the day.

Being in front of the camera can feel weird at times, which I totally understand! Even as a photographer I feel like I don’t know what to do with myself in front of the camera most of the time! The truth is, it can feel weird or silly when someone takes your picture. Most people feel this way, especially if they are not used to being photographed. What can you do if you feel uncomfortable in front of the camera? 1. Know it’s totally normal to feel this way. 2. Don’t overthink it. Yes, there are certain positions that are more flattering, but don’t get caught up in thinking “If I move my arm like this, sit like this and move my head like this, it will be perfect!” Often times, getting too caught up in the pose can create an image that is stiff and lifeless. I do help with posing while photographing, but it’s important to stay relaxed, have fun and laugh! Especially if you feel silly. Letting out a laugh can help break the tension and the added bonus is that it creates a beautiful image. 3. You are better at this than you realize. We are all our own worst critiques aren’t we? I can’t tell you how many times I have heard couples tell me that they are “super awkward” in front of the camera. Often times, those same couples hit it out of the park! Don’t be so hard on yourself and remember that this is supposed to be a fun experience. I don’t photograph models for a living, I photograph regular people. So, I don’t expect any of my clients to come to a session “model” ready. haha. 4. Know that your photographer will help you. I like to do a variety of different things when I’m working with any client including talking with them to help them feel more comfortable, suggesting poses, keeping them moving and giving them something specific to do, stepping away and out of ear shot while taking images to give them room to breath and chat with their loved ones while I take wide-angle photographs and more. I don’t expect anyone to smile directly at me for every single image. That gets exhausting, right?

Enjoy the happy images below from Therese and Kevin’s wedding! Thank you guys for being such great humans and congratulations on your new marriage!!

Hair: Laura Heady (J. Estell Salon)

Flowers: Oberer's Florist

Dress: Bridal Suites of Louisville

Suits: Men's Wearhouse

Cake: The Bakery of Louisville

Food: Mark's Feedstore

Drinks: Morris' Deli

Dj: All Star Entertainment

Maggie & Nate

Who: Maggie and Nate

What and Where: Ceremony at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, reception at The Jeffersonian in Louisville, KY

When: May 2019

Hair: Mane Beauty Parlour Inc

Catering & Flowers: Swan's Landing

Dresses: Rebecca's Wedding Boutique

Suits: Men's Warehouse

If you don’t know already, I love Catholic Church weddings. Well, let’s be honest, I get excited about all weddings. But, those stained glass windows get me every time. And I love all the symbolism and meaning in Catholic wedding ceremonies. When Maggie and Nate told me that they were getting married at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, I was really excited about the challenge of working inside another church. Then, when I photographed Maggie and Nate’s engagement session I got even more excited. The couple is low-key and sweet. Maggie is very bubbly, while Nate is calm and collected. They both had great attitudes and I could tell the wedding day would be a lot of fun.

I started the day at Maggie’s parents’ home photographing the girls getting ready, while my assistant for the day, Johanna, photographed the boys getting ready at a nearby hotel. (My usual second shooter, David, was busy with his oldest daughter’s high school graduation. Congratulations Sierra!)

When we arrived to the church, Maggie and Nate exchanged gifts before doing a first look. It was SO MUCH FUN to photograph those two inside the church - the building provided us with some great indoor photo ops. After capturing some images indoors we moved outside to get more pictures of the couple together and also photograph the wedding party.

The wedding ceremony was lovely, of course! Following the ceremony, we drove to The Jeffersonian for the reception. The wedding party’s flowers from Swan’s Landing were absolutely stunning the entire wedding day, and the floral arrangements continued to impress during the evening at the ceremony. Maggie’s sisters provided a lot of entertainment with their speeches as well. Maggie and Nate had a live band play at the reception and they were fantastic! They even pulled the flower girl, named Caroline, to the middle of the dance floor to sing “Sweet Caroline”. It was definitely a crowd pleaser!

About first looks: I am often asked what my thoughts are on first looks and if they are a good idea or not. My opinion is this - it depends the wedding. Often times, a first look can be beneficial for practical purposes and to shake off wedding day jitters. If you do a first look, you can take almost, if not all, of the formal portraits before the wedding ceremony to allow for a seamless transition to the reception so you have more time to spend with friends and family. Some couple also like that they get to see their future spouse in private for the first time, since most of the wedding day feels like a whirlwind of activity. However, I don’t like to pressure people into doing first looks. I don’t think anyone could have convinced me to do a first look on my own wedding day! That moment when I walked down the aisle to see my husband for the first time was a moment that was very special to both of us. The other benefit of waiting to see your spouse first the time at the ceremony is that if it isn’t already dark outside after the ceremony (such is the case with many winter weddings), the sun will be lower for your bride and groom portraits. Are you familiar with “the golden hour”? This is the time of day that photographers love because the light is softer and warmer, which makes for beautiful portraits. However, even if you do a first look, you can still take portraits outside in the evening if you want to. Also, choosing to wait to see each other during the ceremony might be a good choice if your venue needs to be flipped for the reception. So, before you decide what you would like to do, talk with your fiancé about your priorities for the day, what you each feel most comfortable with, and bounce ideas off of your photographer!