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November 14

Bride’s Diary: The Engagement Shoot

Wedding Paper Divas is bursting with staff grooms- and brides-to-be who are currently planning their weddings. We’re happy to share their stories with you as a part of this fun feature!

I have to first start off by saying, I don’t like to be photographed and I don’t like the spotlight. These two things I thought would make it difficult when it came time to take our engagement pictures, but to my surprise, it was a fun and special moment between my fiancé and me. We took the photos with the talented (and one of my very best friends) Eileen Roche who also helped make us comfortable during the shoot.

Here are some tips to consider when planning your engagement pictures:

  • Pick at least one place that has memories for the both of you (a park, city, train, etc.)
  • Make sure you coordinate your outfits so they blend nicely in the photos. I am not talking matching shirts, but keeping your dress in the same color palette as his shirt or contrasting colors that work (i.e. navy and gray)
  • Try your best to focus on him—it will help ease nerves and make for great candid shots
  • Laugh and kiss as much as you can… those are the cutest photos!

These are some of my favorite shots from our shoot. Our location was at Vasona Park in Los Gatos, California (which Adam and I frequent often on our bike rides) and the cute downtown of Willow Glen, California.

We used a large balloon as a prop for a couple of pictures and even though it didn’t cooperate most of the time, it was still fun! Will you be using any props for your engagement pictures?

Stealing a kiss while watching Sunday Night Football—we are huge football fans!

Meet Ashley

Ashley and Adam met a little over three years ago when they were both out with friends at a bar. They spent the night talking about sports and dealing with other friends’ drama. A few days later they went on their first date and have been inseparable since. Three years later, Adam popped the question to a very surprised Ashley!

Ashley and Adam are getting married April 28, 2012 at Ralston Hall in Belmont, CA.

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October 19

Photo Tips for Your Holiday Cards

Fall’s arrival means the holiday season is quickly approaching—making now the ideal time to snap the perfect photos for your holiday cards. We know how hard it can be to get just the right image, so to help you capture the perfect moment for your holiday cards this year, we’ve put together our top photo-taking tips from our professional photographers.

After you get the tips, head over to our sister company, Tiny Prints, to find the perfect design for you and yours!

Try these five tips to get on your way to taking better photographs…

  1. The best photos have a high resolution, or pixel count. Set your camera to the highest resolution possible to get the sharpest images.
  2. For better balanced photos, use the Rule of Thirds. Imagine a nine-square grid in your viewfinder and position your subject at any intersection of the lines—just not in the middle. This will make your photos more interesting and your holiday cards more unique!
  3. Love the light. No matter how cute you and your +1 look in a grainy or dark photo, low quality images will take away from the magic of your holiday cards. If indoors, shoot in front of a window or other well-lit place, or use your flash. If outdoors, try to avoid shooting directly into the sun or under it. If the sun is unavoidable, use your flash to lighten any shadows.
  4. Focus, focus, focus. Use your camera’s automatic focus to get crisp images. Using your flash, even when you’re outdoors, will also help deter the blur.
  5. Get close and be creative. Zooming in to avoid background distractions will create impactful images. Also, mixing up your angles (vertical shots!), shooting from different distances and playing with color coordination can make all the difference in your finished product.

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April 6

Photo Wedding Invitations: Wedding Stationery Wednesday

Photo wedding invitations are making a splash on the 2011 wedding scene. This fresh new trend is the perfect way to showcase your personality as a couple and add some serious personal style to your invitations. Here are just a few of our newest designs that celebrate this bold, ultra-modern invitation option—which is your favorite?

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March 8

Add Some Sparklers to Your Wedding with Bella Pictures

Using sparklers at your wedding is becoming an increasingly popular trend. Couple are leaving the rice and birdseed behind in favor of more environmentally conscious alternatives like bubbles and sparklers (which are a great way to celebrate the “spark” between the newlyweds!). When you think of sparklers, you probably think of Fourth of July and celebrating America when you were a kid, but why not bring that sense of fun and excitement to one of the most important days of your life? They also make for some fun photographs!

Want to see if Bella Pictures is available on your wedding date? Click here to find out!

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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February 24

Winter Wedding Photography from Bella Pictures

Winter invites your imagination to soar—and lends itself to create a glamorous and magical event. With the right planning you can create a wonderland that dazzles with elegance and is perfectly brought to life with the colors of the season. For tips on planning a winter wedding, click here.

Want to see if Bella Pictures is available on your wedding date? Click here to find out!

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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January 11

Bella Pictures Real Wedding: Andrea & Robert

Planning a wedding at home? Get inspired by this gorgeous real wedding and a few tips from our guest blogger, Bella Pictures:

Andrea and Robert had a vintage style wedding at home in Los Angeles, California. Have you thought about having your wedding at home? Visit our planning section to see tips on planning a fabulous wedding with all the comforts of home.

Plus, don’t forget to check to see if Bella Pictures is available on your wedding date!

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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December 14

Winter Weddings and Holiday Sale from Bella Pictures

The holiday season usually brings along one of our favorite things—SALES! Check out this special offer from our regular guest blogger, Bella Pictures:

‘Tis the season for giving and Bella Pictures is in the spirit! Our holiday sale—up to 35% off wedding photography and video—starts this Friday, December 17th. Call 1 (888) 556-7590 to schedule and appointment today! Hurry, this offer ends Monday, December 20th.

Check out a few of these gorgeous winter weddings to help you get in the holiday spirit:

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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November 30

Bridal Sessions by Bella Pictures

Along with wedding photography, engagement photography and wedding videography, Bella Pictures also offers bridal sessions. The bridal session is a photography shoot with the bride alone. It typically takes place a few months before the wedding. The purpose of the bridal session is to illustrate the elegance and beauty of the bride in a private, relaxed setting. Many brides choose to wear their gowns for this session and use the session as a “test run” to verify that the accessories, hairstyle and makeup that they’ve chosen complement their dresses.

Check out Lindsay’s bridal session below. You can also see photos from Lindsay’s wedding, which Bella Pictures shot a few months later.

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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November 20

Photography Advice from a Pro

Are you planning on sending a photo holiday card this year to your friends and family? If you need some advice on how to take a beautiful, professional-quality picture, here are some helpful tips from talented wedding photographer Manus Chau, of Manus Chau Photography.

photography tips

What’s the best way to light an indoor photo shoot? Shoot near a natural light source if at all possible. Windows and skylights work well. Don’t be afraid to draw the curtains and open the doors!

What’s the best lighting for an outdoor setting? Avoid harsh direct sunlight. Don’t shoot on a clear, bright, sunny day at noon. Instead, try shooting earlier in the morning or later in the afternoon when the light isn’t as bright. Watch out for shadows on the face, too.

What do people most commonly forget when they’re planning a photo shoot? I advise people not to forget about the background. Remove any clutter indoors and make sure you have a pretty backdrop for your photo. Then try to take lots of photos from a variety of angles. Shoot from the floor and get a shot from high above you. Take as many photos as possibleyou never know—a shot you think is a mistake may be THE shot you had in mind.

What’s your very best advice for couples taking their holiday photos? Have fun, laugh and capture real moments and emotions. Those always make the best photos.

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October 19

Bella Pictures Presents Brianna & Thomas’ Pennsylvania Wedding

Brianna and Thomas met at Starbucks when Thomas was a barista and Brianna was a regular. Four years later, they were married in a traditional Catholic church during a ceremony conducted by the bride’s father in front of 130 of their closest friends and family. They followed the ceremony with a reception at the nearby Penn Oaks Golf Club in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Take a look at a few of their favorite photos taken by Bella Pictures photographers on the big day:

Congratulations, Brianna and Thomas!

About Bella Pictures

Bella Pictures is the most recognized name in premium wedding photography and video, and we’re proud to announce the launch of our brand new website.

Bella now offers an expansive wedding photography portfolio, with hundreds of wedding galleries and slideshows from all around the country, as well as a daily blog and a helpful planning section that features engagement session ideas, wedding day photo itineraries, budget-saving tips and more.

Most importantly, Bella now provides a completely transparent shopping experience, allowing couples to customize and buy photography, video and albums online.

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