January 28, 2014   |   tips, wedding

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Here’s another installment of my blog series “A Look Back.” I’ve already showcased first looks and bridal details, and now I’m focusing on my favorite part of the day: getting ready!

I’ve let my love for the pre-ceremony portion of the day slip before, but I’ll say it again: the early moments of a wedding day are SO fun for a photographer. As someone who likes to capture real moments and emotions, there’s no better time to do that than in the midst of all the energy, excitement, and jitters that come with preparing to walk down the aisle. Also, there’s so much happening during that short portion of the day: styling hair, putting on make-up, getting dressed, writing and reading letters to and from your soon-to-be spouse, hanging with your friends and family, staring in the mirror in complete awe–I could go on and on. All of those moments and more are represented in these photos that, for me, show how important it is to have a photographer with you as you prepare for one of the most important moments of your life.

Here are some pro tips for helping your photographer capture great “getting ready” photos:

1. Most importantly, make sure that the space in which you are getting ready–the hotel room or bridal suite–has plenty of natural light! This will make the difference between good photos and great photos. Don’t be afraid to ask the hotel for the room with the largest windows and the most light.

2. Allow at least an hour for the photographer before departing for the ceremony.

3. Have all of the bride’s details–the dress, shoes, jewelry–laid out and ready to the be photographed when the photog arrives.

4. Make sure that the bride’s make-up gets done last, allowing the photographer to catch at least part of the process.

5. Try to de-clutter the “getting ready” space as much as possible, eliminating a mess of suitcases, grocery bags, etc.

6. Surround yourself with the people that will help make you laugh; limit the people who will cause you stress.

7. Allow plenty of time. Remember, nothing goes according to schedule on the wedding day. Leaving yourself a little wiggle room will save a lot of stress.

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Let’s be honest: the most interesting stuff usually happens in the bridal suite, but we’ll give the guys some love here, too.

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January 20, 2014   |   wedding

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A while back, I started a “Looking Back” blog series, focusing on specific moments and images captured on nearly every wedding day. The first post featured first looks. Today, I’m taking a step back and starting at the beginning. In the hour or two that I spend with the bride (and groom sometimes, too) before a wedding, I love to capture the details of her wedding garb. Let’s be honest, there are usually three main players at every wedding: the bride, the groom, and THE DRESS.

So, this post pays homage to some of the fabulous dresses–and shoes!–that I’ve photographed over the years. So often, the dress sets the tone for the event, and it really speaks to the bride’s personality. Needless to say, then, I’m always excited to walk into a wedding day, and see the garb! Here are some of my favorites.

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January 6, 2014   |   baby, children, engagement, family, personal, wedding

2013 was another great year for me and for my photography business. Last New Year, I announced that DAP was changing a bit; I was slowing down and cutting back. I committed to focusing more on each photography gig, assuring that I got to work with PEOPLE and not just CLIENTS. And that’s just how this year turned out.

So, here’s a look back at the wonderful moments–and people–I got to work with this year, starting from the beginning. From baby photos to bar mitzvahs, seniors portraits to weddings, engagements to family sessions, I so appreciated being a part of the lives of everyone I worked with over the past 12 months.

And while we’re looking back, let’s look forward, too! I’m so excited to see what 2014 brings. I already have some amazing shoots on the books, and I can’t wait to see what’s next.  Happy 2014, everyone!

(Want to see more weddings that I’ve shot recently? Click here. And be sure to keep clicking through “older posts.”)

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