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It was a beautiful day in March, late in the day when I arrived to document a beautiful wedding between two beautiful people I took engagement photos for about a year or so previously. I had asked them to tell me the story of how they came to come together and here it is.
"Early summer late June at a bonfire in central Massachusetts Arron Delman met Christina Hobby. We’d love to say it was love at first site but Christina was strong willed and independent and Arron was over eager and a bit too intoxicated. She quickly turned down his attempts and the night came and went.
However, as fate would have their paths would once again cross at mutual friends homes they were reunited where they engaged in like-minded conversation about education, career and future. At the moment - there was a hint of a spark.
Their relationship grew with Arron’s persistent and Christina’s love of spontaneity with uncanny zest for life. They grew together moved in to an apartment and started to see the world together from the volcanoes of Costa Rica to the Art of Italy. They then moved to Austin Texas where their love would continue to unfurl Where Arron would propose outside her prized jeep in the pouring rain and they would be wed in South Austin. This s but a chapter in their book of life with many pages to be written."
This amazing couple had a very intimate wedding (just the two of them) .
That night I witnessed a real fairy tail happen right before my eyes. I know that these two will have many more moments just as magical as these and I really hope to be a part of capturing these moments for them. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Delman!
I recently got to fulfill a wish off my bucket list. I don't have a very large list, visit Ireland and Scotland, go to a Lantern Fest, Go on an Eagle Cruise, Stay at an all inclusive Island Resort and see all of our National Parks. I go to at least a few of our National Parks every few years and love to check out and enjoy the wilderness.
However, I have to say, as majestic as that is, I feel this was equally so. I arrived in Paige Texas in the late afternoon and prepared as I do for any shoot that I do. I was eagerly awaiting the lanterns but enjoying capturing the nuances of the few hours before. The food and music I found to be average for any festival. They did not have many food options and had only one musician, a local singer, whom was great with the children. They had a bounce house and dressed up fairy's for the kids. So not much in the way of entertainment.
However as the night began to grow dim, and the fires where lit for the S'mores and the masses began to show, the night began to grow more magical. It was at first like a childhood memory of camp outs with people drawing on their lanterns with messages to loved ones gone before, notes of love and promise, mentions of wishes and some just drawings of hearts and the random smiley face. I quickly began to realize how much this would mean to many who were there to honor lost loved ones with messages on a lantern they would send into the sky to be recepted.
It was amazement that this huge lantern was going to go up into the sky and float into the heavens. These glowing paper lights began to float, just a few at a time up into the sky and I was captivated and to be honest emotional as I watched them rise.
This amazing flush of excitement and wonder rushed over me and before I knew it, I was in tears. Happy tears, but tears non the less. I can not explain the reason why this came over me other than a feeling of being part of this amazing experience that I shared with so many people I did not know.
Watching the utter amazement in the eyes and faces of the little ones, watching the tears of some that sent their messages to the heavens and the smiles of those who where just joyous to experience the magic of it all.
I have decided to give away a wedding portrait session. This is not coverage for a wedding, but a one hour session at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock to give a couple that may not have been able to get those special portraits of just the two of them, due to weather or time or even lack of funding.
In order to participate in the sweepstakes, you must LIKE our Facebook page www.facebook.com/momentsenshrined , share the sweepstakes and comment. 5 Extra entries for following us on Google plus, Pinterest and Twitter and Instagram @ moments_enshrined. Once there you must share and comment on our sweepstakes post. The drawing will take place on October 1st. GOOD LUCK!
I have had a love for photography for as long as I can remember! The history in the photographs was always so intriguing. Who was this person? What was their life like? Where was this photo taken? Who took it and what were they thinking when they snapped?
As I got older and decided on portraiture, one of the main decisions I had to make was what I wanted my specialty to be, and why did I want that specialty in the first place. In my thought process, I looked back on photos that were important to me, those of family and friends and what memories those photos represented. One thing that hit me hard was that the only professional photos that my family had taken where those very formal photos taken in a studio with those fake smiles and no real memories attached to them at all.
It was at that moment that I decided to specialize in Lifestyle Family Portraiture (everything from infant to weddings and all those moments in between) because I could take my clients out and allow them to create memories in a beautiful setting so that when they looked back on those photos they would remember being out with their loved ones, tossing a ball, flying a kite, watching their little one dig into their first cake, playing in the flowers or rolling around playing in the field. To capture REAL memories for them means everything to me.
The second thing I had to determine was, would I have a studio or would I work with Natural Light (sunlight) and I chose Natural light. My reason for this was simple, to me, manufacturing light to much took away from that natural feeling I was capturing and would make it feel more like a studio session and less like I was just capturing the memories happening in front of me. Is it less perfect? At times it is less than perfect light, but I feel that my clients see those finished photos and memories and would choose it over the perfect manufactured photo every time. That is not to say that I don't enhance for the best effect for what I am capturing.
To see their child with a real smile, a real emotion. To see their fiance with that genuine look of love and admiration while they stroll together down a beautiful pathway or while they sit by the water enjoying each others company.
I just hope that the memories I capture for them become their most treasured possessions as they also mean the world to me. My work brings me tremendous joy. I am happy to share that will all of you!
By Alicia Donovan
Owner/Photographer of Moments Enshrined Photography
In my line of work, photography, one of the most asked questions is "what should I wear?". I even created a page on my site to help guide my clients to get the best possible results. One of the things I stress is if your session is outdoors, which all of mine are, with the exception of weddings, and infants, then be sure to either dress in whites and creams to stand out or dress in bright colors that won't blend into the natural surroundings. For instance, if you will be surrounded by greenery and blue skies, then shades of green or blue, may not make you stand out from your surroundings the way you would like.
Here are a few great examples of beautiful families in appropriate colors for their surroundings.
The first example is a very clean and crisp style of dress for a beautiful and very elegant image.
The second is a bright colorful look that is also great to help your child stand out. Reds, Bright Yellows, Oranges, Vibrant Greens and Blues that are not muted work wonderful in natural settings.
In a group setting, always try to dress similar with colors that blend well, but not exact. This way, each individual stands out yet everyone still has a beautiful cohesion which forms a beautiful portrait. As you can see, in the image example below, blues and greens can work in various shades in the right backgrounds. They are all in white and blue, and blend beautifully due to their varying shades and tones.
Another great tip is to always pick your outfits the night before your shoot to avoid a mad rush and problems right before a shoot when you could run out of time and with children it is best to have a backup outfit with you, in case of accidents!
Lastly, remember that the best props can be accessories; your jewelry, hats, boots, scarves etc. These can change a photo from plain to amazing, and just plain cute as you see in the accessories in this photo!
I hope that this has helped you in your attempt at the perfect outfit for your shoot! Good luck!!!!
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