We had so much fun with Allison and Shivan! Their wedding day was just packed full of joy, laughter, personality, and, of course, superhero details! If you thought ranch weddings were only for boots and hay bales, this will show you differently. A beautiful venue, no matter where it is, can be transformed by a team of great vendors to make it suit your personality just perfectly. Allison and Shivan’s goal was to have “a fun and playful wedding without it looking too rustic or country.” They pulled that off quite well! There is no doubt that the Santa Fe River Ranch is a beautiful venue for every the wedding theme!
We love the creativity from Dream Day Cakes in incorporating the pretty sunflower details along with the fun superhero details of this amazing cake and cupcake display! They were just as scrumptious as they look!
Genius Entertainment kept the party going, with help from Allison and Shivan and their stellar first dance!
Valentine’s Day may be over, but the romance of February is still going strong! Love was definitely in the air for Amanda and Steve on this gorgeous, sunny day at the Thomas Center. Their classy engagement session included fine wine, elegant dancing, and incredible music. Steve is actually classically trained on the violin and Amanda sings and plays guitar. Their love for the arts, and each other, shined through in image after image, making it hard for us to narrow down the selection for this post!
With the wedding a little over a month away, we are so excited to see how all of the details come together. There’s no question that this wedding will be incredibly elegant and sentimental. Can I put in a request that Steve’s violin makes an appearance? Congratulations Amanda and Steve!
We’ve had the honor of working with this incredibly relaxed and fun family for two years. I can hardly believe how much Cakki has changed. Last year she carried her stuffed animal with her the whole session. And now she seems so grown up! Lem, Dana and Cakki came in this fall for a Family Session before the holidays. Can you tell we are in Florida?! I absolutely love that they decided to go with pinks and greens. The bright happy colors in their outfits definitely matched their personalities and Dana thought it would be a fun pop of color when the images were displayed their walls. We also designed an adorable card that definitely stood out amongst the red and green ones!
At Lem and Dana’s Reveal, we designed what we call a Triptych to combine three precious images of Cakki, well… just being Cakki! See near the bottom of the post how we displayed the images together. They are printed on the same photo paper where the portrait can be framed as one unit. It think it deserves a pink frame!
We love you guys and have so much fun every time we see you! We’re looking forward to working with you again soon!
This is Cakki’s Triptych. What fun! Their Christmas card design is below as well. Thanks again Lem and Dana and we hope you’re enjoying your canvases and enlargements on your walls! I’m sure Cakki’s beautiful smile on your wall makes everyone happy!
This is the first of our “We Love” Wednesdays series! We want to set aside this time to feature products, vendors, places, and all the other things that the team here at Footstone Photography just loves! What better time of year to kick it off than with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. Now, we do think you should make your loved ones feel special throughout the entire year, but to go with this holiday, our first post in the series is all about how we love sweet things and finding ways to make celebrating your love special!!
Valentine’s Day is Friday, y’all!! Hopefully you have already been able to make some plans for your special someone, but we took it upon ourselves to help you out! For the past couple of weeks we gave ourselves the arduous task of sampling the sweet treats offered around the Haile Village Center, to give you some insight on some of the sweet treats Gainesville has to offer. Trust us, it wasn’t all fun and games. We had to eat so many sweets for y’all! We love that our studio is in such a cute community and if you haven’t had the chance to visit all these wonderful shops and restaurants, you definitely should. Here are a few that we want to introduce you to :
Patticakes! You have probably seen a lot from us about all of their delicious coffee and cupcakes. We are big fans, and of course work very closely with them at events as a fellow wedding vendor. But, they also have lots of great bagels, ice cream, smoothies, and other tasty treats. We sampled some cupcakes – Red Velvet, Wedding Day, and Vanilla to be exact – and of course a latte! They do have some very special cupcakes, just for Valentine’s Day, so you won’t want to miss out on that. This is the perfect place for a casual outing on Valentine’s and their hours on Friday are 7am to 9pm.
Sisters Restaurant! We totally recommend stopping in for brunch here – their food is to die for! This is definitely the restaurant perfect for morning people – on Friday they are open from 9am to 2pm. As far as their Valentine’s sweets, though, this is the place to go for a slice of cake that will make anyone fall in love! We sampled the chocolate and vanilla cake with banana buttercream icing, but there is an ever rotating selection of fabulous cakes! You can also order a personalized one for your sweetheart or other special occasion. For Valentine’s Day, they do have a very special 4 course wine boutique dinner with live music, but this event is by invitation only (if you are on their mailing list), so get in contact with them to hear about all these special events!
Haile Village Bistro! If a romantic European Bistro is on your Valentine’s wish list, you will want to check out this place! It’s the authentic European experience – without the plane tickets! The owners bring British and Persian influences and you will find touches and flavors of Europe throughout the restaurant and dishes. They have an always changing variety of tortes, pies, muffins, cheesecakes, puddings, and many other tasty things on their dessert menu. Some of our personal favorites are baklava and welsh cakes that you see bleow. They will be open 7:00am-9:30pm on Friday.
Limerock Road Neighborhood Grill! This is such a fun restaurant! On Friday, they will be open from 11:30am-11:00pm, so a great place to check out for lunch or dinner. They even have live music sometimes! They are known for their amazing selection of burgers, but of course, we were on a mission for dessert. Key lime pie and peanut butter pie are definitely our favorites, but they also have favorites like cheesecake and ice cream sundaes. You will love this place!
South Garden Restaurant! This is a personal favorite of Paul’s, but anyone who loves a great Chinese meal will love this place. We know they might not be the traditional Valentine’s date, but who doesn’t love a great fortune cookie?!
Cacciatore Pizza! Our final location isn’t on the map for their sweet treats, but yummy pizza… that’s what they do best! This is the perfect place for a Valentine’s date this year because they are only open for meals on Thursday and Friday evenings from 5pm to 9pm.
We wish you all a very sweet Valentine’s Day with the ones you love!!
Our “Tuesday Tip” this week is for all the family and friends of our brides and grooms, especially those in the immediate family and bridal party. We all know that the bride and groom are the focus of the wedding day, but obviously, they aren’t there alone! Here are a few tips that make sure everyone on your wedding day is camera ready!
- Make sure you plan enough time for hair and makeup.All too often, we have seen the bride ready on time to get in to her dress, but no one else is ready to help her. Talk with your makeup artist and hair stylist to make sure you have enough time built into the day to make sure everyone is as camera ready as they want to be before we arrive. This is especially important for mom, sisters, and any VIP’s in the wedding party who will be helping the bride get ready. We want the timeline to flow smoothly, so do everything you can to be ready before the bride needs to start getting into her dress.
- Brides, let people know before the wedding that you would like (or need!) them to help you get in your dress, so they can be dressed first! Someone is going to need to button those buttons, or lace up your corset, so make sure they are aware of it ahead of time! One of our favorite parts of the wedding day is the getting ready time. You can just feel the excitement and anticipation in the air. We want the pictures to reflect all these sweet and beautiful emotions – not people feeling self-conscious or hiding because they aren’t quite camera ready. This is why we always recommend for Mom, Maid of Honor, and Bridesmaids to be dressed before the bride is dressed. An alternative idea is to have matching or coordinating outfits for all the ‘maids to be wearing, so even if they aren’t in their wedding day attire, they still coordinate in the pictures. It really makes a difference in the flow of your wedding album when the getting ready portion of the day includes the same colors and feel as the rest of the day.
- Think about your wedding colors and have your family coordinate.The parents, siblings, nephews and nieces aren’t always a part of the bridal party and that’s ok. It never hurts to have the family coordinate, though! The same as we would recommend for any family session, think about colors that coordinate, compliment, and go with the style of the wedding you are having. Pictures with family are a very important part of the day, so it never hurts to put some effort into making sure they look the best they can!
- Communicate ahead of time with family who will be involved with pictures during the family picture time.We almost always recommend for family pictures to take place after the ceremony. This will help to make sure everyone is there and ready. (We’re definitely not opposed to doing them before if our couples really want to, but we’ll warn you that we end up doing them again because someone usually doesn’t make it.) We suggest that family members are made aware of when and where these pictures are taking place. We help you compose a list with the names and order you’d like to take these images. It helps make sure this is not a chaotic time and we don’t leave anyone out. We have this almost down to a science, so if it is well planned ahead of time, this should take just a few minutes to photograph after the ceremony.
- If you want your wedding guests to follow a certain dress code, make sure to communicate that clearly on invitations and wedding websites.People are always wondering what to wear to weddings, so don’t be afraid to answer the question for them! Give information based on how formal the affair is, what weather might look like at that time of year, and if the ceremony, cocktail hour, and reception will be inside or outside. These all help your guests to feel the most appropriate and comfortable… and the pictures will reflect it!
Most of you reading Footstone’s blog know that Paul and I have two little boys. So we’re always saying, “the boys” this and “the boys” that… What’s funny now is that with Stephanie and Kaitlyn both joining the Footstone team full time, we find ourselves referring to them as “the girls are working on this” or “the girls asked if we would do that”… I don’t mean this to sound like we consider them like children! Quite the opposite in fact. They have come in and taken over our studio in amazing ways. I just think it’s humorous and I wanted to share a little bit about “the girls” in this post.
If you follow our blog regularly, you’ve probably also noticed the recent excitement and energy we’ve been putting into it. I have to give all the credit to “the girls”. At one point, Stephanie made me aware of all the amazing work we had that never made it to the blog. ”The girls” also reminded me how I’d always been talking about just writing and sharing random information that I’ve learned over the past 6 years in our industry and how helpful this information could be to clients, friends, fellow photographers, etc. It was just never put on the top of my priority list! So my two incredible “girls” have created topics, graphics, and a schedule so that we are regularly sharing all of our work, advice, and sometimes random inspirations.
So, my first attempt at From the Desk of! is all about Imaging USA!
The Professional Photographers of America is a non profit organization with a mission to help photographers learn their craft while supporting us as we try to live out our dreams while being profitable. The organization was started in 1869 and serves 26,000 photographers all of the world. Every year they host Imaging USA where thousands of photographers gather to study the creative, technical, and business sides of our industry. Paul and I have gone every year we’ve been in business. It’s been invaluable. The first year was incredibly frightening and humbling as we realized the scope of what we were trying to accomplish. Now we go and see familiar faces we call friends, share the growth we’ve been experiencing, and learn from others how we can continue to improve. It’s even recently been mentioned to us to consider preparing content as we may be asked to join the ranks of PPA Speakers. So exciting!
I’m just going to share one piece of information I learned from Imaging. (I have an entire notebook full of notes so you can email me if you want to hear more!) Angela Carson, a incredible photographer in Northville, Michigan has built an amazing business and has been photographing in her studio for 20 years. I love her spirit, her energy and her intense honesty! Something she said in her presentation brought me back to the foundation of success.
“Success is found in the details,” she said. ”Treat every year of your business as it’s year ONE!”
WOW! So true! Our first year, while most of which I try to forget, was intense effort day after day desperately trying to figure out how to build a business from the ground up. Paul had been photographing already for nearly 6 years, but stepping out on your own is the ultimate test of your talent, willpower, and extreme faith. Now here we are, another 6 years have gone by, and we couldn’t be happier with what how our clients have supported us, trusted us, and invested in us. We are reminded to continue to maintain that drive and passion day after day, year after year and make sure that every detail of our business is deliberate and refined. Footstone is gearing up for an amazing 2014 and beyond excited to spend another year doing what we love and sharing in our clients’ most special moments. Thank you to PPA, Imaging USA, all the inspiring photographers around the world for reminding us how lucky (blessed) we are to be able to photograph for a living. What joy it brings to us and hopefully to you as well!
We are so unbelievably honored and excited to have Sally & Patrick’s wedding chosen for the cover of North Central Florida Bride Magazine! You can also see their wonderful love story featured in the magazine. We also had many mentions throughout this issue including two other gorgeous Footstone brides, Jen and Ashley, who were runner-ups for the cover contest. There were also 2 weddings featured within the pages, Kelly & Dale at the amazing Biltmore Mansion and Emily & Trey at the rustic Santa Fe River Ranch.
We couldn’t be more honored to have such wonderful clients and vendors to work with at each and every wedding! You should definitely pick up a copy today!
Hey Everyone! Welcome to our first “Tuesday Tip”! We know there are a lot of questions out there when it comes to weddings, photography, small businesses, and so many other topics, so we want to be able to share some of our knowledge and experience with you. We’ll devote Tuesdays to sharing helpful information as it relates to photography. Send us your questions by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Today we are talking about Wedding Day Makeup! I get asked almost daily by my brides if it’s really worth hiring a professional make up artist for the wedding. Let’s be honest, all brides want to be the most beautiful, happy, and camera-ready they can be. I believe professional makeup is a must. One of the most important parts of hiring a professional for events such as this is that they know how to adjust your makeup to make it work with the camera and lighting so that your lasting memories are just as perfect as the way you feel that day in person.
From a photographer’s point of view there are a few things that you should definitely consider and talk about with whomever is doing your makeup:
Say yes to false eyelashes! This is a simple addition, but they make a huge difference. Not often in your life will you have someone holding a camera just a few inches from your face! False lashes really open up your eyes where the camera can actually see them.
Contouring! This is why makeup artists are artists – they are creating shadows in the appropriate places on your face, which mirrors what we are doing as photographers to light you from specific angles to give you the most flattering light.
Look “retouched” in person. Yes, as photographers we have access to software that can perform “magic” on unwanted blemishes or insecurities (and we absolutely use it when needed). But, the best case scenario is that our images look perfect in camera. When a professional make up artist uses skin matching foundation, contouring and blemish control techniques, you will look almost flawless in person… no photoshop required!
This talk comes just in time to go with the Makeup Tips & Tricks Workshop we are hosting at our studio this Thursday evening with the lovely and talented Kara Winslow. If you would like to attend please call our studio at 352-562-3066 or email us at email@example.com. There is limited seating for this evening, so please let us know soon if you would like to join. It’s a great night of learning with Kara, but of course the yummy treats and great company is just an added bonus!
When you hear us talk about our photography, you will often hear us talk about the “experience”. We want you to not only cherish your images for years to come, but the hour, afternoon, or day that you are spending with your loved ones, while we happen to be taking pictures, that is something we want you to remember as well!
Amanda and Charlie are a sweet couple that took full advantage of this “experience” for their Engagement Session. Sometimes our couples choose a landscape that they love to get their gorgeous images, but other times, couples think of a few things they love doing together, and just have us join them. When we first started brainstorming ideas for how and where this session would happen, Amanda and Charlie struggled with deciding how to make it personal. We asked them questions like, “Where do you spend time together?”, and “What kinds of things do you like doing together?” Amanda laughed because in her mind lots of Pinterest images came up and none of them really “fit”. I was happy to hear that, actually. So we came up with this plan that was truly original and focused on some of their favorite moments in their relationship. Oysters and beer. :)
They first met at Jacksonville Beach, so we knew the ocean needed to be an element. Then Amanda remembered one of their favorite restaurants in St. Augustine where they love the oysters and the magnificent view of the ocean. That was it! We joined Amanda and Charlie at Cap’s on the Water. Eating, sharing a drink by the water, and then walking the historic town. They talked about the wedding, Charlie couldn’t believe he was actually taking “engagement” pictures, Amanda smiled the entire time. It was an evening I know they’ll never forget.
We’re excited about the wedding Amanda and Charlie! We know it’s going to be a blast!
We’re hosting a Make Up Tips & Tricks Workshop with Kara Winslow Thursday, February 6th at our studio! There are limited seats available, and they are filling up fast, so if you are interested in attending, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We will have some delicious treats to enjoy while Kara shares the must-knows about wedding day make up. It’s absolutely no charge and each bride can bring a guest. Email soon!
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