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October 31st, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Style

The veil: that billowy gauzy fabric atop of some brides heads: some of us love them, some of us, not so much. I personally love veils of all kind; however my most favorite are long veils worn on very windy days ;)

We have all seen a variety of veils: cathedral length, fingertip length and the ever popular birdcage veil. But how did the veil find it’s way into the bridal accessories? What were it’s origins?

Some say Rome was were the veil was introduced, being used to conceal a bride’s features and confuse evil spirits. I didn’t really read anywhere why evil spirits may have been in hot pursuit of these brides, I can only assume they came to let them know that the strapless gown fad is over.

Others say the veil was there to prove the bride’s purity and to protect her from the evil eye, which was obviously being thrown by the crazy ex-girlfriend.

What made most sense to me was the idea that the veil was in place during an arranged marriage. The bride’s features were only revealed to the willing groom after the ‘I do’ deed was done, preventing him from backing out ahead of time.

These days, like most details picked out for a wedding, it’s pretty much do as you like. I love love the trend of different colored wedding gowns & choosing a veil that either compliments or matches the gown shade you’ve chosen.
Go bold, go different, go with what you like.

If you’ve always dreamt of wearing a floor length veil following behind you on your day like a little mini-me, do it! If you can’t shake the idea of adding a hot-pink birdcage veil to your ensem’ – go for it! Veils, like shoes and purses, flowers and jewels, are there to add to your look & to show off a little slice of your personality.
And, if the whole idea of a veil fills you with the ick, don’t wear one. I don’t think the evil spirits will mind one bit ;)

Happy accessorizing!




Street Style Assignment Winners

October 23rd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Mingle

We’re happy to announce the winners of our latest assignment series, Street Style!

First place goes to Audra Medunitza-Welton. Her image of a person crossing an intersection, through a rainy window was made perfect by the 2 red lights.

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Personalize It

October 12th, 2011  |  by  |  published in Featured, Shoot

I love weddings with details- ALL kinds of details- from ceremony seating to rings, shoes to favors, cars to flowers.  Personally, I believe that the details can really set the tone of the wedding.  After all, the style of the very first Save the Date card can tell you if the couple is planning a formal event, a vintage event, a unique event, or all of the above!  I could spend hours alone in a room with interesting details,  photographing them on reflective surfaces and then on textured surfaces, in available light and then with an off-camera strobe, and finding all kinds of different angles to show them off.

However, as much as I love having time to play with the details by themselves, I think it is also important to bring your couples into the details and “personalize them”.  At every wedding I try to take a handful of details shots that include the people in them to add variety to the detail shots and to actively incorporate them in the story of the day.

The bridal/bridesmaid details are usually the most obvious and most accessible details to personalize.  After all, most of my brides will have a handful of fabulous details and I can usually find time to photograph her with her details right after she puts on her dress:

Wedding Details

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Assignment Series: Street Style

October 2nd, 2011  |  by  |  published in Mingle

Our newest assignment for you is “Street Style!”!

Your assignment is to show us your best images interpreting Street Style, whatever that means to you! This might be a photojournalistic exercise or an artistic construction. We leave it up to you to define the phrase and how you will interpret it.

You are more than welcome to comb through your files for a photo that illustrates the term, but we would absolutely love it if you shot something for the assignment, special!!

We have our amazing sponsor Ultra Color Lab back along hooking us up with a fantastic Grand Prize of a 20×30 photographic print, and a 16×20 print for 2nd and 3rd place.

Our assignment series is open to everyone. We’re hoping you’ll wanna play along! The most creative entry wins!

We will post all of the entries on our Facebook page, and post a few of our favorites on our blog, complete with a link back to your blog or website.

How to enter :

Images should be sized to 590 pixels on the long side. (If you need help figuring that out, ask your favorite Shootstyler.) And by all means, slap that logo on there if you have one! You can enter up to one photo a day for the duration of the assignment. Email your entry to:


We have an album on our Facebook fan page. When the entries start coming in, we’ll post them there first. Check in with us at Facebook if you are looking for some inspiration.


The deadline is October 11th! Let’s have fun doing this together!! Assignment series: “Street Style!”


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