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December 06, 2013  •  Leave a Comment
Hiring a professional photographer for your wedding day offers peace of mind!
“I’ve got a friend who takes great pictures.”
“My uncle has a professional camera!”
“My buddy wants to be a wedding photographer and will do it for free.”
These are a few of the reasons given in opposition to hiring a professional wedding photographer. So why make the choice to go with a professional?
First, what is a professional wedding photographer? A professional wedding photographer is someone whose skill, professionalism, and artistry enables them to make a living with their photography. This is not someone who has a decent digital camera and gets a couple hundred dollars cash to get some snapshots at a friend’s wedding.
A professional wedding photographer has to be as good at running a business as they are at photographing a wedding. This includes the use of good contracts/agreements, clear concise information and pricing, well-articulated expectations (for both parties), and good communication.
Professionalism is paramount to being a wedding photographer. The ability to handle whatever situations that arise on the wedding day quickly, effectively and with a smile. A wedding is an emotional event and it is important to be able to share in the enthusiasm and excitement as well as diffuse any stress that might be present.
Additionally, knowing what to do, how to do it, and when to do it is something that comes with experience and professional expertise. Your wedding day is not designed to be a learning experience for your friend to figure out his new camera.
The wedding day, while the culmination for the client, is the halfway point for the photographer. The wedding marks the beginning of the story creation. The raw material is captured and it is the photographer’s job to weave the love story around the stolen kisses, soft smiles, joyful giggles and precious moments.
A professional wedding photographer should come to a wedding with a large array of equipment. This will include, a minimum of two professional camera bodies, several lenses, strobes, multiple memory cards, large quantities of batteries, brackets, cords, adapters, lightstands, light modifiers, alternative lighting sources and a tool-kit. While not every item will be utilized at every event, it is important to be prepared for every eventuality including, change in venue, bad weather, unexpected shots to capture, etc…
Your wedding is a day of joy and excitement. You don’t need the added worry that your friend/uncle/buddy is irreparably destroying the once in a lifetime memories he/she is supposed to be capturing. Hire a professional wedding photographer to give you the peace of mind you deserve on this precious day.

What should I wear?

May 02, 2012  •  Leave a Comment


What should I wear?

This is a very common question we hear before almost every photo shoot!! If you are stuck…we have a few suggestions!! Of course, we want your photo shoot to be all about YOU; however your attire can make a big difference in the final outcome of your beautiful portraits. You need to first ask yourself what you want from your photos. You should also remember to dress to your fashion style because we want you to be comfortable! Below we have given you a brief outline of some options for your session!


Darker colors tend to slim down the subject and work well with most backgrounds but denim, pastels, and whites work nicely with most outdoor settings. Steer clear of bold patterns or items that may distract the viewer from the subject. Don’t forget the idea of “contrast”. For example, if you are blonde, you will want to stay away from yellows. If you always have rosy cheeks, you may not want to wear red. Also, think about your skin tone and pick a color that will contrast with your coloring!


Even in the warmer months, long sleeves are usually best (something lightweight in the summer!). Bare arms and skin usually distracts from the beauty of the face! Feel free to bring a few items in a variety of colors and textures. We would be happy to mix and match with you. Make sure you are comfortable because this will translate to your photos. Always try everything on BEFORE you come!


If you are wearing simple attire, adding a scarf or textured necklace can always add a nice touch. However, you do not want to overdo the accessories! Also, be careful of shiny metals since they tend to create unwanted reflections which will distract from the beautiful YOU!




If you are doing your own makeup, carefully apply foundation and check all angles for lines. You may want to apply a loose skin tone powder to smooth out your skin. When applying the remainder of your makeup, you may want to apply it slightly heavier than normal but be very careful of harsh lines.



If you want to tie your hair back, do not wear a big bow… again, trying to avoid distraction! If you plan on changing your hair styles or if it is windy it is a good idea to bring a hair brush or comb.

And Finally…

You may find some fun inspiration from magazines or the internet. Oh and if your shoot includes more than one subject please try not to match—coordinate instead! It is hard to make a picture interesting when everyone is wearing the same thing! Keep in mind that pictures are flat enough (2-dimensional), so by mixing up colors and textures you’re adding depth. Most importantly, let your beauty shine from within!  This is your day!  We want you to relax and have fun and let your beauty shine from within!



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The Leton's and their adorable son Landon

April 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

We have known the Leton's for a few years, but this was the first time we had the pleasure of photographing them.  They are both elementary school teachers, with a love for the outdoors.  Landon is Chad and Lindsey's first child and he is truly adorable.  



They both have a passion for teaching others.  Chad an avid outdoorsman.  He loves fishing and uses his skills to teach and guide others to success.  He regularly guides others on the local lakes and holds classes for children.  Our girls will be attending his class this summer.

We look forward to seeing the Leton’s in the near future for summer pics!

Ryan & Erika

Erika’s Photography

Fall Day! - Keene Family Portrait Session, Hartland, WI

April 28, 2012  •  Leave a Comment


We had a blast with the Keene family.  It was an overcast fall day, but that didn't stop the smiles.  They had great chemistry and coordinated their outfits perfectly.  The girls did great as mom and dad looked on.  We enjoyed this image as they overlook their daughters.  Thank you for letting us capture these memories! 

Ryan & Erika

Erika’s Photography

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