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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.


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.