TellaStory Photography’s 2nd Annual Fall Mini Sessions

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Professional and Creative Photography, Family Sessions, Fall Mini Sessions

TellaStory Photography is hosting our 2nd Annual Fall Mini Session Date.
We are only offering ONE day – due to a very hectic schedule.  Space for these mini’s is limited.
If you are interested please contact us ASAP to reserve your time.

Mini sessions are currently offered only once a year.  It is a great way to update your photo collection, add a few last minute photo opportunities of the family as we prepare for Christmas Card season.
BONUS:  We Get outside and enjoy our beautiful fall surroundings!

Bring your kids, bring your dog or your best friend; anything goes.
But don’t be late.  With limited time together we want to make the most out of our session.

What’s Included?
30 minute session
2 digital images
$65.00

Details:
**Call or email to reserve your mini session time.
**I will contact you with more details roughly one week before.
You will be updated on location details and other things to help make your mini session a success!
**October 22 is our current date.  IF – it rains the back-up date is October 29.
Please mark your calendars if you are reserving a time.
**Location will be somewhere in or near Osceola WI ~ I’ll admit, I’m still shopping around for the ideal location
-this will be dependent on the fall colors available at the time.  Don’t fret – it will be amazing!

How does a Mini Session day work?
1. Arrive on-time (preferably 10 minutes early).  Bring props, or just bring yourselves. Either way- we will have fun.  Remember it’s only 30 minutes (quick & painless)
2. Roughly 2 weeks after our date, I will post 15-20 images on-line in a private gallery for you to view.
3. Once you have your access code to your gallery, you may select your favorite images.
4. Included in your session fee~ you get to choose 2 images for digital downloads with a printing release.
This can all be done on-line or in person.
5. Can’t choose only 2 images?   Schedule a complimentary ordering session
I am more than happy to help you create beautiful prints from this session.

I am truly excited to offer this amazing opportunity.  Looking forward to hearing from you soon!
Happy Fall Y’all
~B

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Guide to a Smooth Wedding Day

Guide to a smooth Wedding Day

I love weddings!  Taking a moment to reflect, It’s humbling to admit I have been active in this industry for nearly 10 years and over 125 weddings under my belt.  WOWSA!

Yes, I should get a gold star.  With all that I have witnessed and experienced, I could write a full book about weddings.  Not necessarily how to photograph them, but how to “survive” your wedding day.  Which brings me to this blog post.  I’d love to share a little “wisdom” or insights if you can call it that.

I can honestly say, I’ve seen a lot of weddings done well.  I’ve also seen many weddings done not-so-well.  From tears during ceremonies, first meets and heartfelt moments. To screaming in my car out of frustration, venting how the day could have gone so much better, if only the couple had planned a little more.  The greatest weddings are often the most humble ones.  Money does not always equal great and the other way around.  Small tight budget weddings aren’t always lacking – they tend to pull the most at my heartstrings.

Wedding planners and coordinators are wonderful if you can find a good one.  When doing your research, find someone who has experience; ask them how many weddings they have assisted with.  The one with more weddings will have the most experience to get you through even the biggest mishap.  (Fingers crossed it’s not needed — but it DOES happen!)  Your coordinator should be kind, understanding and BOLD.  Someone who can make things happen the day of.  Don’t skimp here– your day depends on it. Even if you need to hire “Aunt Mabel” explain the details, go over them numerous times, give a detailed outline of how you envision your day.  Details are important.

Consider the Following:
Encourage your guest to unplug:
Take your wedding unplugged.  I do include in my contract that if I’m hired as the photographer, no one else may follow me around.  I do not ban other camera’s ~ as I understand the importance of the day.  I know your guests want to capture part of your day also, but when all you see in the crowd is a sea of phones help up, you can’t really enjoy the expressions as you exchange vows.  Not to mention, it’s so tough from my point of view to see past anything other than the oversized ipads and cell phones.  I recommend taking your wedding to a new level ~ unplugged.  Yes, it’s a thing.  Add a cute sign to your decor asking your guests to kindly leave their phones and cameras in their pockets.  Encourage them to enjoy your wedding with their eyes, not through electronic screens.

We can take this in the opposite direction and encourage guest to take pictures.  TSP offers the selfie station.  We love when guest take pictures, as long as they “stay out of the way” ~ snap away as an i-tographer.  If you can’t beat them join them…?  At your reception we set up a station where your guest can make prints directly from their phone using our wireless connection and printer.  At the end of your night, you will receive a box filled with images from your event.  There are always 2 ways of doing things, one way is not always right, but it’s your day.  You set the stage.

Be Aware of alcohol policies at your venue:
I’m not opposed to couples and wedding parties enjoying a cocktail or a few beers; but please consider the amount and the appropriateness of the drink.  A morning mimosa, a toast with wine, a mixed drink during dancing — all great things if  your convictions allow.  But if the venue doesn’t allow drinking or you’ve not purchased insurance to consume, along with a bartender, respect the venues space and don’t sneak it in.  It’s disrespectful, and you run the risk of getting fined and your drinks taken away.

Let me encourage you that if you plan to drink on your day, please do so responsibly.  I’ve seen too many inebriated wedding party attendants not “all there” during pictures, and too many slow moving brides and grooms who are unable to think clearly enough to really know what’s going on.  It’s your wedding day- be present.  Soak it in– fully conscious of everything.  You’d hate to miss the beautiful details of this once-in-a-lifetime day.

Go through your vows ahead of time:
Go through your wedding vows, like really go through them with your fiance.  Talk about what they mean to you.  If it’s canned material that your officiate brings to you, please know you have every right to tweak this, or better yet, write your own vows.  Too often I listen as the bride and groom repeat after the minister, only to get jumbled up on the wording because they don’t know what it all means.  The wedding is about the covenant being made – make it meaningful!

Planning meal times into your day:
Carve out time in your day to eat properly.  Remember your body needs enough fuel to last all day long.  For summer wedding especially, please also drink enough water to stay hydrated.

Consider the “first look”:
The precious first look – possibly my favorite part of the day!  It’s more common now, than what was practiced even just 10 years ago.  I will always respect my couples and their wishes no matter which way they choose to schedule their day.  But if you break it down and truly think about it, it can save a lot of time to set up a first look; plus all the emotionally filled images pre-ceremony.  It’s always just the couple and the photographer (lurking in a corner)- nobody wants a huge fan club watching as they share their intimate emotionally charged moments.  The first look is a great way to release any pre-ceremony emotions.  It also sets the stage to experience a whole new set of emotions as you begin the walk down the aisle.  Not to mention– we can set up the photography timeline and get the bulk of the formal photo’s done before the ceremony- which can leave more time to PARTY!

First Dance:
I have seen this many many times, where we just run out of time.  The couple is on a “budget” and can only pay for XX time for wedding day coverage.  Thus the first dance may not be covered by the photographer.  Think outside the box.  There is always a way to get events covered, the timeline may need to be tweaked a little.  At the start of the reception, the DJ announces the couple for the grande march.  As they enter the front, they can go directly into their first dance.  Then eat dinner and cut the cake while their guest are finishing their dinner.  Timeline problem solved.  No need to wait for the first dance to happen after dinner.  Of course you may need to still include the father daughter dance and mother son dance, this can occur after dinner or after the grand march.  Depends on how you wish to stage this.  Talk to your DJ & your photographer, they may be able to assist you in getting the most out of your coverage.

Buy multiple lighters for sparkler send off:
If you plan to have a fancy send off with sparklers; since rice is no longer  encouraged due to choking hazards to birds.  Please think it through and talk with your planner about how to best arrange this send off.  If you have only one lighter, and you light and pass it down, the sparklers at the beginning of the line will clearly be snuffed out by the time the last ones in line are waiting to get lit.  You’d think this is common sense- I can assure you, it’s not.  This type of send off takes planning.  The secret is to come together in the center and light all at once, or make several groups of lighters.  Also be sure to buy the LONG sparklers or the Wedding Day sparklers.  Be safe.  Fire/kids/alcohol is not always a good combination.

 

DON’T OVERLOOK THESE DETAILS:
Have a Trial Run of your hair and make-up before the big day:
Please do a trial run with your hair dresser and make-up artist prior to the wedding day, so that you are not surprised with the outcome on the day of.  There is never enough time to re-do one or both of these things.
Think if your hair style and how your veil will fit into your style.  If you have a fancy up-do and want to show it off, consider placing the veil below the style.  If you have a “bump” type style, or lots of curls you don’t want flattened, do not place the veil on top of your hair as this will flatten your curls and bumps you paid for.
Will you wear your veil all day?  Is it easy to take on & off?  Think about the length of your veil and all the hugs you will be getting!  More often than not, I hear a little yelp from the bride because someone pulled her veil too hard.  Is your ceremony outside?  How will the wind blow your veil & is it secure enough to withstand the superman effect?? There is so much to think about and this topic may deserve it’s own blog.

Special Ceremony Event:
If you are having an outdoor ceremony and you want to incorporate a unity candle, sand ceremony or knot tying.  Please take into consideration candles and wind are not always a good combination.  I witnessed too many failed Unity Candles in the outdoor setting.  You may want to consider the Sand Ceremony.  BUT then again, if it rains outside your sand will become sticky and mud-like.  Which may become difficult to poor into a bottle or glass vessel.  The alternative is a knot tying ceremony.  I have enjoyed watching this; plus you get a unique piece of artwork to display in your home.  I have also witness a special hand ceremony, where everyone in the bridal party is included.  The officiant will talk about how it takes a village to raise a family.  It takes your friends and family to survive the “real” world.  Very cool – google it.

Designate someone to steam out any wardrobe wrinkles.
Make sure someone knows how to use a steamer.  Better yet, have your dress & veil professionally steamed a few days prior to your wedding.
If you must steam garments the day of, please be sure to leave plenty of time.  DO NOT wait until the photographer is ready to photograph these items.
Also be sure to steam long before it’s time to put the article of clothing on, giving it plenty of time to dry.   There is nothing worse than “limp/wet” dresses.

Have a Helper other than a Bridesmaid: 
Some of the smoothest wedding days have been those where the bride had a help to carry her dress or flowers, lipstick, and extra hair accessories like bobby pins, hair spray and safety pins.  Designate someone to attend to you, but not necessarily one of your bridesmaids.  They will be needed somewhere else during this time.
Don’t forget your mom — you may wish to have a mother-of-the-bride helper.  Mom’s have SO much on their plate the day of the wedding, trying to get everything perfect for their baby girl!  We want mom to enjoy the day just as much as you.  Designate a mom-attendant that can help alleviate any of her worries. You or your mom can thank me later.
Another thing to think about, consider who will bustle your dress.  This process takes time and someone needs to be aware of the pattern of the bustle, so that you are not help up in between the ceremony and reception.  This person should be near you all day – there is nothing worse that trying to track down that ONE person who knows how to bustle….. and you are stuck waiting or don’t know where they are.  Thankfully if I am your photographer, I have seen enough bustles and spent enough time “under the dress” I am more than happy to assist with this process.  It certainly isn’t rocket science, but I can be confusing to someone who has only seen it done 1-2 times.  It’s easy to “forget” how to bustle when the time comes.

Hire Food and Cake Servers:
Please check with your venue or caterer to make sure that after you and your groom cut the cake, you have someone designated to cut and serve it to your guests.  It will not serve itself.  I have experienced a groom serving his own wedding cake!!  He should be mingling and enjoying his party.

 

Yes, I am a photographer.  During the wedding day I am also a hair dresser, a cake server, a dress fluffer and bustler, bartender, a sparkler-lighting assistant.  I can place veils, arrange flowers and pin boutonnieres.  Tie a tie like nobodies business, seamstress to ripped groomsmen pants (yes) and hem a dress in lightening speed.  I can coordinate large groups, small groups all with the crack of my whip and still bring out fun genuine smiles.  Wouldn’t it be nice if all I had to do was take pretty pictures of the emotions and the details of the day instead?  Non-the-Less, I am there for my clients 150%.  I am hired as a professional “whatever”  My goal is to help make every wedding day imperfectly perfect.  Now that is service with a smile.

Contact us to see how we may help you ~
We are still booking limited 2016 wedding dates
2017 has already begun to fill up.
It’s never too late to schedule your complimentary consultation.

Luxurious Wedding Albums

You are planning a wedding.
You’ve hired your vendors.
The big day arrives.  It’s absolutely AMAZING ~ imperfectly perfect!!

A few weeks go by as your continue life blissfully married.
Flash backs of your wedding day are rehashed through stories and memories shared between family & friends.
You receive your Images on a flash drive from your professional photographer.
L.O.V.E. all over again!!!  Memories have come alive with the images on your computer screen.
You experience “things” that you didn’t notice on your wedding day.  (it pays to hire a professional)
Imperfectly Perfect.  Life is good.

Turn the computer off, and back to life.  Back to living in the present reality.
Work, sleep, work sleep Eat.  Not necessarily in that order ~ you catch my drift?
Days go by.  Your wedding photo’s are sitting in a dark file on your computer.
You may wish to check them out ~ if time allows in your busy schedule.
It may be a year before you realize it’s your anniversary and time to relive that very special day.
Turn on the computer “Ooooo” and “Aawwww” – Love all over again.  Your memories have come to life once again.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WAIT A MINUTE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
I have a better Idea.  Don’t keep your memories stuck on a computer.
My lesson was learned 3 years ago the hard way.  when my computer crashed.
ALL — yes ALL my files wiped clean.  2TB of files Gone. Kaput. Missing.  No more memories.
Don’t let this happen to you —

It is my “job” to educate you on why prints and albums are so important.  Technology fails.
Did our parents have their wedding photo’s stuck on a flash drive or computer somewhere?
If that was the case- I’m sure our recent technology would no longer retrieve this information and their “memories” would be long gone by now.

I encourage my clients to get something tangible, a storybook that allows your memories to come to life each time you open the cover or look at that Wall art.
A keepsake album you can pull out and look at whenever your heart needs a reminder of the wonderful memories made on a day filled with love and excitement.

There are so many styles to choose from when creating a specialized storybook.
My favorite album is timeless.  Printed in a castle located in Italy! (nostalgic!!)
These albums are amazing in every way.  Sometime you’ve got to see for yourself to believe.
I can preach to the choir, and babble until my face turns blue ~ instead I’ll show you a few pictures of these heirloom wedding albums.
Please note** pictures do not do justice for the quality and craftsmanship held within the binding.

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Contact me if you are in the market for a wedding photographer ~ Let’s chat!  We can meet for coffee or dinner ~ I’d love to show you in-person the products I’m talking about.  We will casually chat about your wedding plans and I will help you decide exactly what you need from your photographer to get the best coverage.

Your wedding day is special, and should be treated as such.
Get the full service from your wedding vendors- you don’t go to a car wash and expect to have 1/2 your car cleaned.
Just as you don’t go grocery shopping to purchase 1/2 of an apple.  Get the FULL service you deserve.
The 2016 Calendar is nearly full – with a few select dates still available.  Now booking 2017 Weddings- Reserve your date today!

 

The Traveling Camera Sack

The Traveling Camera Sack.

The perfect way to protect your gear on the go!

This week I found myself with a few spare moments to do something for me ~What is that?!!
Unheard of in my hectic mom-life & Crazy kids schedule.
I certainly don’t know how to sit still for very long!  My creative brain is always running, so I dug out my sewing machine, found my fabric stashed away and set out to create.
I didn’t have a project in mind when once I had the machine & fabric set up, but I found myself piecing together a little something for my camera gear.
Feeling Crafty
This product I feel is something most of us “mom-tographers” can relate to.
I like to bring my camera with me, but I dislike carrying the bulky camera bag & all the unnecessary items that I don’t need.
I prefer to travel “light” without excess baggage.  I wrap my precious cargo into a kitchen towel and toss it into my oversized mom-bag.

Behold.  The camera sack was created.  It’s a custom fit wrap for your camera when you want to travel lightly and efficiently with a stow n’ go philosophy.
The inside of the sack is lined with fleece and a small pocket for a spare battery or Memory Card.
I’ve tested it out on a few of my camera set-ups and found it to fit my gear (small lenses, large lenses and lens hoods included, battery grip).
The outside has a velcro closure with an adjustable fit.

I would love to offer these up for grabs if anyone is interested in protecting their gear in style.
Colors on hand are limited (see images below).
I am also taking requests, if you are looking for a color scheme to coordinate with your camera bags.
These are not just for professional photographers, they are great for the everyday mom-tog who wants to throw & go while protecting their gear in style.
Camera Sacks are available for $25.00 including Shipping & Handling.
These bags are up for grabs on my etsy store, click here

The images listed below are the styles & colors on-hand & ready to ship.  I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

Camera Sack Camera Bag

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Camera Sack Camera Bag

my lovely daughter rocking the camera sack.

Message me if you are interested or feel free to drop me an email: [email protected]

Vanessa and Jeff Engagement – Gorgeous Spring Afternoon!

TellaStory Photography’s 2nd Annual Fall Mini Sessions

Fall Mini Sessions. Osceola Photographer is hosting it’s 2nd annual fall mini session date. Update your family photo’s.

Vanessa and Jeff Engagement – Gorgeous Spring Afternoon!

Their paths crossed at a friends birthday party.  After learning more about each other early in the relationship they knew it was meant to be…

They enjoy spending their time together renovating homes and relaxing side by side.  Working movie quotes into everyday conversation.

These two sure have a quirky side that I adore.  I knew that we would would click when they told me they knew every word to Home Alone!

Lake Nokomis Engagement Session

With a surprise proposal on Thanksgiving Day, Jeff got down on his knee and asked to make it official after 6 years!
Their kitty cat may have been in on his little secret.

Check out this happy couple during their engagement session.
We walked around their neighboring park on a gorgeous spring afternoon!
Nokimis Park was busy, but that didn’t stop us from capturing a few simple moments between these two love birds.

 Vanessa and Jeff Engagement

Lake Nokomis Engagement Session

Lake Nokomis Engagement Session

The Wedding Plans can be described in four words: Fun, Relaxed, Romantic & Beautiful.
Congratulations & Best of Wishes on your Happily Ever After

XO
~B