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Check out the rest of the photos of Kate and Kaleb on the SmugMug Event!


To see the rest of the photos we have up online from this shoot, visit the SmugMug Gallery.

We were at the national mall (Washington DC) They love the old smithsonian building and right by there is a carousel. The workers were excited to have us there and let us go for a turn.

Turns out these types of carousels are pretty difficult … they would be fine if all they did was spin in a circle but all the things go up and down as well… this means the bride and groom went up and down at differing times.

But I made due and got some fun shots.


This speaks for it self I suppose.

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These fit into the series… same colors and look. A vendor also there in the mall.


Check out the rest of the photos we have up online from the wedding day on the SmugMug Event!

Here’s showing off some reception pictures from a recent wedding in DC. I am getting around to editing a lot of those wedding pictures so expect posts on a pretty frequent basis coming up.

I really wanna chat about the fun lighting I did to make this outdoor into the night reception work.

Check out the rest of the photos we have online of the wedding reception on the SmugMug Event.

This was right before the reception at the small luncheon… We’ll post the pictures of the wedding at the DC LDS temple tomorrow morning.

It was a very nicely decorated wedding… so much fun and relaxed. It was outside on a big lawn at a church building… really a very picturesque location.

They had a polaroid photobooth of sorts (someone clicking the button)

OK so the lighting got pretty dark towards the end of the evening… specially here when they were cutting the cake.

Had I not had a flash we’d be talking 1/5th of a second at f/1.4 … meaning lots of camera shake and dull colors.

But I had two lightstands I set up… one by the DJ and the other like 20ft from the action 20ft in the air with a sand bag to keep it set.

You can only imagine if I didn’t have flash… meaning you’d have to imagine because the pictures would have never been taken or seen by anyone.

I told them in fact that they’re lucky they had someone there that could handle that lighting condition because this was no ordinary easy situation.

There are other ways than radio controlled speedlights on lightstands set-up to cross light the whole reception… but I just don’t know if Speedlight on top of the camera and dragging the shutter would have cut it. There certainly weren’t any ceilings to bounce off of.

The exit.

They almost forgot to do their Thank You picture to send to people but we rememberd later on in the evening. I had a couple of guests hold it with the bride and groom a few feet behind in the background. Fast and quick… but we got it.

From an hour ago… I’m recovering from the heat so I thought I’d find one of the first pictures and show it online. There are more awesome ones to come but for now here you are.

They rented a sail boat and we went out for a couple hours taking pictures.

This one below we used some flash

Now we move on to the Rehersal

Then the rehersal dinner

Then the Ice Cream social

Then tomorrow for the wedding and reception.



Here’s the situation: you’re a bride who loves photography, you want really great art work to remember your wedding, however in your searches for the perfect photographer you’re finding your budget just doesn’t allow you to get what (or who) you want.

Consider “Formals” or what is better described as: couple pictures on a separate day from the wedding.

Some call  them “groomals” (because it’s a combination of the word bridals and the word groom) and many times they can be called “First Look” because that’s how it starts – Capturing the first time HE sees the bride in the dress looking stunning. (I would call that Formals with a “first look” moment)


Any Budget

There are always options out there for photography that can fit ANY budget. Some photographers are more expensive and some won’t charge hardly anything or will do it for free because they’re just starting.

But if you want the high quality of work with a proven track record of consistency with a style that matches your aesthetic preferences those artists can cost more. (due to supply and demand and the amount of investment the artist has put into their craft, both time and money)

I believe in the concepts:

When there’s a will there’s a way.
Thinking outside the box.

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So you’re a bride and you want amazing pictures, you found your photographer but simply are not able to reach the budget for wedding day pictures… maybe doing your pictures on a prior day of just the two of you would be more beneficial.

Let’s weigh the benefits of Formals: The benefits to the photographer equates to a saving for the bride and groom

  • Flexibility: They don’t have to set aside a popular wedding date many months in advance and turn down many other weddings. They set formals often on a free weekday and unlike a wedding they have the ability to move the date if something big comes up. They can also plan the day when it gets closer and both parties better know their schedules.
  • Timing: They get to choose any time of the day they want to take pictures, which can lead to better lighting and a less rushed pace.
  • Location: They can choose any location or several locations, they are not limited by the schedule of a wedding day as to how the schedule dictates the locations possible.
  • Quality: Because of time and location they can spend a little extra time making the photography better.
  • Subject: To many photographers these are the pictures they enjoy the most. They get to take only the most appreciated and exciting pictures and not have to take group pictures and other shots that aren’t as artistic for them.
  • Presentation: These pictures are most often done Before the wedding and in most cases they can be selected and edited prior to the wedding… meaning they can have enlargements AT their wedding reception.
  • Stress: Weddings are known to have the element of stress. many great photographers avoid weddings because they aren’t people persons or they don’t like the stress of having to be in charge or feeling like this is one of the most important moments and they can’t mess up.

All in all when you take many (or all) of those things into considerations it’s no wonder these shoots can cost a lot less from even the best of photographers.

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Does it replace wedding day photography?

NO. I sure hope people don’t read into this post that way.

Regardless of what you choose, I hope you still get pictures on your wedding day.

Why wedding day pictures are important:

  • It’s all about the moments and memories. (What more can I say)
  • You’re wanting to capture the things that happened, how the day looked, any memorable events and people and details.
  • All of those unstaged moments that a photographer is often there to just capture without notice without staging in the best possible way.
  • All of those people that travel long distances to be there.
  • Did I mention emotions: Emotions are high and varied that day, we want to remember them.


Wedding Day or Formals

So why consider pre-wedding formals for couples over wedding day? You don’t.

But it might be a good option to do both… and it might be less expensive to do both.


You can have that photographer who you really love (but can’t afford to do the full wedding day) do formals and then be more OK with hiring someone more in your price range do the wedding.

Regardless of what people think of this, but it’s a fact that many people are offered free photography by friends or family members. Be that a good or bad thing.

But this is one option for the bride to be able to figure out what she wants and is able to do.

Don’t forget this awesome option:

Have your favorite photographer do BOTH. (formals and wedding day) You get all the benefits of both lists (which I listed above) with the best Art for you.

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About this situation:

I have been friends with her father for a while now (he’s a long time photographer – not weddings)

I told them because of that relationship AND knowing their budget that i’d be able to work with them on their wedding cost. And even still it was hard… so I explained the concept of formals and that worked for them.

They get married on the 23rd and their budget might not be able to afford even most beginning photographers but they were able to get some beautiful pictures that document their Love and their personalities and are strong symbols of their wedding.


They got to go to their wedding location, we got to spend a lot of time focused on their pictures, more time than I would have had on their wedding day. Without the stresses of the wedding day that the bride, mother of the bride or groom have on that day.


I got to focus on what I enjoy the most focusing on the love and the personalities and I got to pick a free day that I wouldn’t have been shooting anyway.

They still want a photographer for the actual day (and we are trying to find a creative solution for me to be there) but they made the judgement call that these pictures would provide a great benefit at a great value.


You deserve the best, believe in yourself:

Let’s take on this subject for a moment because it’s something i feel sometimes people have problems with.

Often people don’t attempt to get what they really want and “settle” for what’s easiest.

Keep in mind: Deserving “the best” doesn’t mean feeling like you’re entitled to “the best” – but entails finding it and working for it.



OK Well on we go with another episode of the Paris Wedding Formals

This time we find ourselves still in Montmarte… First we stop outside of a Creperie for their brightly colored red wall.

Then on the way out of this area they stopped at a Biscuiterie and got some more “candid” shots.

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They made sure that I got things in the pictures that would let others know that they were in Paris

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Yep I frequently got down on the ground… that’s how I work. Give it a little foreground


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Just putting up a couple for right now with more analysis coming up in the future. Any Specific pics you’d like me to tell the story on and describe how it went down (including technically) just let me know. There are many hundreds of photos each wedding it’s hard to know which picture you’d want to know most about.

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Because sometimes it takes me a while to get completely done with edits and then work on several blog write ups I’ll just do a short sneak peak of some of the pictures that i’ve already put on facebook for people to peak at… that I suppose maybe people here on the blog would like to see.

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And I haven’t even shown any of the Reception pictures

First look is …


The First time Chris sees Chelsea in her wedding dress.

First Look is…


The moment they embrace for the first time on that special day.

Doesn’t matter if it’s the day before, a week before or like this hours before there in her house as she walked down the stairs ready to go.

This is love… and this is what they call “First Look”

For those LDS Bride and Grooms we can’t document the moment you’re married for all time and eternity. But I can try to capture the emotions and the love you feel of another special moment as a symbol of that beginning.


2 days ago we talked about coming out of the SLC LDS Temple and some group shots… and more or less about the beginning of this wedding.

Read It

We shall now continue

We’ll focus on the kids themselves and then next edition we’ll end off with the reception


I think this is a picture one of my interns took as I was setting up a shot… he got in close and photographed this neat moment. Go Will!

In any case you’ll notice a distinct usage of plant life in their pictures… a couple of reasons, she loves plant life, she studies it up at Utah St and she is even did her reception at Cactus and Tropicals and so I’m thinking I’ve done more than a few weddings at SLC Temple so I wouldn’t mind at all focusing on some places I haven’t been to a lot since often I’m focused on the building.

OK let’s meet them

This is Bret

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He’s older than you think… not like ancient or anything but he’s older than his brothers who we kinda met last time.

And this is Michelle

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OK we hope to hear from Michelle and Bret later with their stories and advice from the day and hopefully learn about what pictures are special to them with some fun stories why.

But for now I took a quick peak at the pictures she posted on facebook to see what she was liking.

She put up that first one

A couple of my favorites I put up last time

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And there’s nothing like a good ol fashion straight smiling at the camera kinda picture.



Ok ok so it’s not exactly molten lava coming down a mountain… but it was once upon a time.

You should just be happy I wasn’t cheesy enough to title it “Whole Lava Love” – (Though I wanted to)

Anyway… expect a few more posts on this wedding. We did wedding pictures at the Kona LDS Temple and on the way to the resort we stopped in the middle of no where and took some fun pictures. It was like going to the salt flats for something totally unique, but obviously it’s not salt and we weren’t there at sunset, but where we were at sunset was pretty amazing and those will be coming… when I get back to Utah.  I leave Hawaii tonight and will be back in utah tomorrow. I have 3 weddings next week, so it’ll be busy.

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Posted by ScottJarvie at May 29, 2010

Category: (A) Daily Picture

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They haven’t even had their engagement pictures yet, but the festival of colors were happening and I told them if they got a wedding dress I’d take some pictures of them.
They did… and therefore in the mass of 10k+ people I shot a few pictures for a few minutes.

It’s almost like a trash the dress event.

They get married this August


Check out some more


  • Shoes – Check
  • Boquet – Check
  • Bride – Check
  • Groom – Check
  • Good interaction – Check
  • Good smiles – Check
  • Creative – Check
  • Classical looking bench – Check
  • Perfect – Maybe next time

They wanted to do something with the bench… I said sure let’s give it a try. At times I’d love to be the planner, think of great ideas way in advance, but then I realize why mess with a good thing.


No Thank You!

Thank you for always wanting me to do your pictures since we’ve gotten to know eachother, glad we could make it happen.
And I hope I did it justice!

To see more go here – Posted 180+ right now… more to come

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Some professional photographers won’t do family pictures… I love it. I also don’t mind giving huge discounts for them.
You can’t slack off on them, in fact they’re probably even more work, but that’s what family is for, helping out.

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