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Sam&BriannesrusticBarnByFernbridgecountrywedding

Sam and Brianne had over 300 people at their rustic country wedding in Ferndale. This is no surprise. They are so loved by so many because of the caring and loving people that they are. We started out the day at Brianne’s sisters house where the girls were getting ready. Next we traveled to the Bear River Casino where we had some fun taking the guys pictures. Then we headed to the Barn By Fernbridge, which is a one of a kind venue for those country loving brides. Their outdoor ceremony space is beautiful and they have no shortage of great picture locations. There was plenty of love and laughter during the ceremony. The celebration continued long into the night that ended with a gorgeous sunset. Thank you Sam and Brianne for asking me to capture your wedding day. It was absolutely beautiful!

Venue: @Barnbyfernbridge
Planner: KND Crafty Creations
Flowers: Pocket of Posie
Tuxes:Tuxedo Den
DJ: Heat Wave
Officiant: Jovonne Dempster
Videographer: Diamond Memories

Alyssa's Eureka High Softball Sportrait Session

Softball season is in full swing, and it is bringing back memories of Alyssa’s senior Sportrait session last year. Alyssa, her mom and myself met at the Eureka High softball field and had fun creating some memories together. We got a great combination of some more natural poses as well as some more dramatic off camera flash images.

How to Dress for Your Spring Senior Session

Throughout your four years of high school many pictures are taken, capturing fun filled moments you will remember for years to come.  Out of all the snapshots you will take and memories you will make, there’s one kodak moment that will stand out more than the rest, one that is so meaningful, it will last a lifetime.  Your senior portraits.

Senior portraits are treasured photos taken by a professional photographer, they capture the pure teenage innocence and freshness, as it’s poised on the brink of adulthood, ready to enter college or begin a career.  Because senior portraits capture such a precious moment in your life, you will want to knock this photo session out of the park! Here are some helpful tips on how to dress for your spring senior session!

Plan on bringing more than one outfit.

You should arrange to bring at least 3-4 outfits to your photo session in a variety of colors, not just your favorite hue.  When choosing which outfits you want to bring, include different styles, such as casual, semi-formal, formal or outdoors. By having a variety of styles this will give you an opportunity to get creative and allow your personality to shine through!

Professional photographers have a great eye for color and lighting, so don’t be afraid to bring an array of different hues.  Having a variety helps see what colors of your outfits stand out the most, depending on the location of your photo shoot. For example, if you are planning on having your photos taken in some of Humboldt County’s Redwood forests, wearing an outfit with a deep purple hue in contrast with some green redwood sorrel in the background can make for an exceptionally beautifully vibrant photo!

Remember to bring accessories for all of your outfits, from footwear to jewelry and hair accents.  Since several full-body images are also taken, make sure to check your socks and shoes! You will want the right shoes for the appropriate outfit and also want to make sure your socks match! You never know, that full body shot might end up being your absolute favorite pose.

Check your clothing prior to the photo shoot to make sure it isn’t spotted or faded, and be sure to transport your outfits (you can wear one when you arrive), on hangers to prevent unnecessary wrinkles.

Visual simplicity with your clothing is important.

It’s important to not bring outfits with words or designs, stripes or pictures, except possibly your school logo.  You want your face, eyes and true expression to be the focal point, not the words on your shirt.

Color is important.

Solid colors are highly recommended for most or all outfits of choice.  For outside pictures, think of spring and summer colors of sky blue, pale green, watermelon and dark peach to complement the outdoor setting.  Again, depending on the lighting and where your desired location is for your photo shoot, colors may vary.. Bringing a variety of different hues will help you and your photographer make the best selection of an outfit, for each destination location and photo op!

Help accentuate your best features with your clothing.

If you have a more slender build, spaghetti straps and short sleeves will accentuate that feature.  Turtleneck tops tend to look best on people with longer necks. If you have more of a round or square shaped face, square-neck tops will look great!  Thinner faces tend to look great with rounded-neck tops.

Be selective with the jewelry.

Try to avoid wearing attention-grabbing jewelry.  You want the photograph to accentuate your face, eyes and personality, not draw unwarranted attention to your jewelry.  Also, Jewelry can date a photograph very quickly. Classic jewelry pieces are best.

Apply natural makeup but with a little flare to it.

I know it can be tempting to get very “glam” when having pictures taken but this could very well make you look like a complete stranger in your senior portraits.   Be sure to apply some of your makeup as you normally look on a day-to-day basis. It’s important to keep “who you are” conveyed in your photos. Adding a little additional makeup to dress things up and compliment who you are, is also okay and can really tell the story of “who you are” to “who you are becoming”.  Just try to find the balance of keeping your true self in your photos.

Be comfortable and confident.

Last but not least, be comfortable and confident on the day of your shoot!  Your outfits should reflect who you are and your style. Don’t be afraid to be bold!  Feeling good about yourself is key to an amazing photo session! When we feel great about who we are, that is the energy that gets put out into the universe!  Positive, happy, confident, feel good energy gets portrayed in photographs through your smile, your body position and poses. Let your personality unfold and create snap-shots you will look back on and smile for a lifetime!


5 Questions to Consider when planning a Humboldt County Fall Wedding

5 Questions To Consider When Planning A Fall Wedding

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Congratulations you are engaged!!!!

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Now all the planning begins. One of the most important decisions to make when it comes to wedding planning is the date! When are you going to get married? Spring and Fall weddings are beautiful, but don't count out fall weddings. They can be absolutely gorgeous here on the north coast. If you are thinking about planning a fall wedding there are 5 things to consider.

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  1. What will you wedding color scheme be? In the fall think of colors that naturally appear in nature during the fall season. Plums, oranges, reds, yellows, mauves and earthy tones. A fall wedding is not the best season to have pastels or bright colors. These colors will clash with the season especially if you are having an outside wedding.

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  1. What flowers are in season? 

  • Asiatic lily

  • Celosia

  • Dahlia

  • Orange gerbera

  • Purple alstromeria

  • Calla lily

  • Chrysanthemum disbud

  • Leucadendron

  • Rose or Bi-color Rose

  • Yarrow

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As you will notice all the colors of these follows are orange, purple, yellow and reds.

 

    3. Give it a rustic feel. The fall is the perfect time to have rustic wedding theme. Here are some ways to add in the rustic feel

  • Mason jars for glasses or desserts

  • Have a barn wedding

  • Use barrels of hay for decor or seats

  • Use burlap for decor, small details, and table clothes

  • Use wine barrels for decor or tables.

 

    4. What type of food will you serve? Great fall wedding food includes

  • Wine and cheese boards for cocktail hour.

  • Serve apple dishes like tarts, candy apples and apple cider.

  • For a wedding favor have a popcorn bar, where they can create they own popcorn treats to take home.

  • Have a smores bar. Fall wouldn’t be fall without smores.

  • Instead of a cake think about doing mini pies for everyone. This adds a rustic fall feel.

    

 5. Are you going to have your wedding outside or inside? The fall is a great time to have an outside wedding. The temperature is beautiful during the day with a chill at night. The chance of rain is extremely low and the trees have changed colors. Here are some things to consider if you are going to have an outside fall wedding.

  • If your reception is at night make sure to have heaters or blankets for your guest. Nothing is worse than being in a strapless dress and it drops 20 degrees once the sun goes down.

  • Think about incorporating a bon fire if that is an option.

  • As the wedding moves closer to November it will start to get darker earlier so take that in consideration for your photos when planning your ceremony and reception time. You can google sunset times for your wedding date and discuss that with your wedding photographer.

  • Use the fall leaves as props in your wedding photo. Nothing is more beautiful than a bride and groom surrounded by the fall leaves.

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I hope these five questions to consider when planning a fall wedding help you plan your perfect fall wedding. Remember picking your date is the most important step but picking your photographer is the second most important. These fall wedding photos will last a lifetime. I would love to hear from you, what are your favorite fall wedding planning tips?

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