Thursday Tips | Kansas Wedding Photographer

April 06, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

Kelsey Stremel offers fresh, modern fine art photography including wedding and event coverage, lifestyle family portraits, senior portraits, maternity, newborn, commercial and landscape photography. Stremel Photography - Hays Kansas premier wedding and portrait photographer Kelsey Stremel offers modern fresh wedding day coverage, family photography, senior portraits, baby and maternity photography and commercial photography; serving Hays, Ellis, Victoria, Russell, LaCrosse, Plainville, Great Bend, Dodge City, Stockton and Western Kansas.

The wedding industry, surprisingly enough, is rather small. It’s a tight knit community. I follow several different wedding blogs, florists, photographers and other wedding vendors in order to stay current with wedding trends around the world so that when my clients have a questions I can answer it to the best of my ability. I think it’s important to always be learning. It’s what keeps us fresh, current and it brings out the best in us. As I have been researching and learning I have found some awesome blogs and resources for brides.

One of those inspirational blogs is Every Last Detail. The fabulous editor there, Lauren Grove started an awesome series called Thursday Tips. Every Thursday Lauren is committing to sharing some “tips” with brides. She generously invited other wedding vendors to participate in this weekly segment and I’m excited to participate as well! So, every Thursday you can expect a few wedding tips on the Stremel Photography blog. At the end of the post I will also have the links to several other wedding blogs who are sharing their tips as well. Helping us all learn, stay fresh, current and the best that we can be!

So, I’m sure you are wondering when I am going to get to the tips right?

Here we go…

Three tips to help you get the wedding pictures you really want!

1. Make a list of all the formal shots you need/want. When time runs short it’s hard to remember all the family groupings that you wanted to have a picture of.  This is the one time of day when a list is very important. Writting out your needed formal portraits before the ceremony allows you to talk to both sides of the family and plan accordingly.

2. Talk to your photographer a week or two before your wedding. Make time to grab a cup of coffee with them and tell them all about your wedding plans. I love hearing about every detail that my clients have prepared for their wedding. If a bride is wearing earings that are a family heirloom, or you are getting married in the same church as your parents did, I want to know it. These little details will help me to do a better job covering your wedding. The more I know about you and your wedding plans, the more unique, personal and complete job I can do photographing your wedding.

3. Delegate responsibility and take a little time to just enjoy your wedding day. Wedding days are a tightly orchestrated affair. In all the hustle and bustle it can become easy to get stressed out! Remember to take a little time for yourself. If you need a minute to catch your breathe, take it. It’s your day. Ask family and friends to help you and take a little of the stress off.  Ask a favorite cousin or aunt to be in charge of keeping the boutonnieres organized and pinning them on the men. Have a close friend who isn’t a bridesmaid be your personal attend. She can get you a glass of water, your lip gloss or Tylenol if you need it.  The more you delegate, the less stressed you will be, and the more energy you can focus on enjoying your wedding day.  How does this relate to taking pictures? Well, a happy stress-free (well, relatively stress-free) bride makes for the most beautiful and vibrant pictures.

I hope you find this first edition of Thursday Tips helpful! I’ll be sharing more ways to tips to help you get the wedding pictures you really want next Thursday too! Other wedding blogglers participating in Thursday Tips are: Every Last Detail, Bow Ties & Bliss, Love, Milky & Honey, Little Bit Heart, The Oceanside Bride, Soundtrack to I Do, Shaye Cochran Photography, and Catie Ronquillo Photography. If you have any suggestions for a topic you would like to see me cover on Thursday Tips, please leave a comment, send me an email or give me a call (785)259.1733 and let me know!

Finally, every post needs a picture.

Picture of a father and daughter dancing at a wedding reception at the fanchon ballroom hays, ks

 

Kelsey Stremel is a modern fine art Wedding and Portrait Photographer from Hays Kansas. She is quickly becoming one of the premier photographers in western kansas. You can read the original blog post here Thursday Tips | Kansas Wedding Photographer


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