Wedding Photography

Lacuna Artist Lofts Chicago Wedding | Kristin & Phil

I had the privilege to help document a beautiful Lacuna Artist Lofts Chicago Wedding.  It was an absolutely beautiful day complete with sunshine and fluffy clouds.

I always have a wonderful time when I get to shoot a wedding with the amazing Jenna Marie and this wedding was no different.  I was left in awe from the unique orange cake, the lush floral bouquets, and the beautiful floral adorned bridal hair!

Enjoy!

xo,

Nikole Marie

Lacuna Artist Lofts Chicago Wedding

 

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12 Different Places to Use Styled Stock Photos

There are so many places you can use styled stock photos in your blog and business. I can’t share enough how great brand photography and stock photography are as an investment in your business.12 Different Places to Use Stock PhotosI’ve already shared how to work with your stock photos, but at times people get lost about where to use them.

There are so many ways you can use your stock photos or brand photos once you have them. There’s also a lot of versatility in the use of one photo, which is why I share how to work with photos.

12 Different Uses for Styled Stock Photos

SOCIAL MEDIA

Visual posts get so much more engagement than posts without graphics. So it’s smart to use stock photos with your social media posts because beautiful professional styled photos help you build brand credibility. There are so many places to use great photography on your social media accounts.

Instagram

Instagram is a great place to use stock photos because it’s completely visually driven. You can use a phot by itself or you can overlay text to share a message. This one I think is a pretty obvious location. When you have quality photos it enhances your brand and business.

Facebook

Facebook also has many places you could use styled stock photos. One place to use stock photos is the header image on your Facebook Page. Another place stock photos can be used is on your posts. Engaging images can entice people to pay attention. Also great photos can be used to enhance your Facebook Ads and posts.

Twitter

While twitter is super chatty don’t discount the power of using photos make your posts stand out. It’s also a great place to use stock photography because most people aren’t pulling through images as often so they really draw attention to your posts when you do!

Pinterest

Pinterest is another one of huge places to use styled stock photos because having kick butt blog graphics draws readers in. So you want to make sure you’re using fab imagery that you can then pin to your Pinterest account.

LIST BUILDING

List building is an essential part of business and marketing.  It is especially important if you’re running a business online.  There are two key places to use styled stock photos if you’re working on list building.

Opt-in Graphics

Visuals will help draw readers eye so that they look at your opt-in more closely. With strong visuals your opt-ins are more likely to gain attention.  I use stock photos for my opt-in graphics for my FREE photo email course opt-in page, and any opt-in really ;)

Opt-in PDFs

When you’re creating pdfs it can be nice to have beautiful images in it to go along with all the knowledge you’re dropping.

WEBSITE

Your website is the place where you can use styled stock photos the most.  It’s a great way to refresh a website and add style.

Sidebar Graphics

Using pictures to make your sidebar pop can be an easy way to make your website look even better!

Website Header

The header is the first part of your website people see. You want it to bring people in immediately. This is where great stock photos can do the heavy lifting.

Blog Post Graphic

This one I think is the more obvious one. People often use photos and graphics to make a feature graphic for their blog posts. It really is a great way to draw in readers by featuring gorgeous stock photos at the front of your post.

Widgets

Widgets are often those graphic representation of organization on your website. You want to share about other parts of business, then there’s often a widget for that. Using stock photography can be a great way to dress up your widgets to make them look that much better.

MARKETING

Like I’ve said before marketing with styled stock photos adds to your brand.  It helps establish your style and can set you apart.

Webinar Slides

Using stock photos for webinar slides or as graphic additions to your slides can make your presentation more interesting to watch. Having great stock photography throughout adds reasons to stay and pay attention to the webinar.

Printed Materials

Great photography only enhances a brand. Having great designed marketing materials with stock photos throughout can only add to the visual appeal.

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Kenmare Loft Wedding with Elegant Candle Light Details | Chicago

Christine and Chris had a beautiful and elegant candlelit Kenmare Loft wedding.  The day started as a beautiful day in downtown Chicago.

Elegant Kenmare Loft Wedding

I was fortunate enough to get to shoot the wedding with my friend Jenna Marie.  The simple elegance of the day was breathtaking.  We started the day at the Kinzie Hotel right in heart of downtown.  Christine and Chris had a beautiful ceremony with moments that were so special.  Their reception was elegant and lit by hundreds of candles.  The simplistic elegance was beautiful.  There was so much joy and fun throughout the whole wedding day, and it was a pleasure to be a part of it.Kinzie Hotel Getting Ready Kinzie Hotel Getting Ready Luther Memorial Church Wedding Luther Memorial Church Wedding Luther Memorial Church Wedding Luther Memorial Church Wedding Humboldt Park Bridal Party Photos Humboldt Park Humboldt Park Wedding Photos Humboldt Park Bridal Party Photos Humboldt Park Humboldt Park Wedding Photos Humboldt Park Humboldt Park Humboldt Park Wedding Humboldt Park Wedding Humboldt Park Wedding Humboldt Park Wedding Humboldt Park Wedding Humboldt Park Wedding Kenmare Loft Wedding Kenmare Loft Wedding Kenmare Loft Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Candle Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant WeddingKenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding Kenmare Loft Elegant Wedding

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Do a First Look

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What is a First Look

A first look on the wedding day is when the Bride and groom decide to see each other before they say I Do.  It can be one of the most romantic moments of the day.

There are so many reasons couples opt to do a first look.  Below are some of best benefits of deciding to do a first look.

You Will Look the Best for Your Portraits

Ok who doesn’t want to look fantastic in a picture?   Of course we all want to look our best, and bonus this is one of the added benefits to having a first look.  You get to have portraits taken when your hair and makeup is look amazing.  

The first part of the day is when you’ve just taken the time to get ready.  Not a lot of action has happened yet.  Often times there’s been a whole team helping the bride look her most beautiful.  It makes complete sense you look amazing at this point so you should have pictures taken together then.

An Intimate Moment with Your Soon to be Spouse

I’m going to be honest.  A first look can be one of the most beautiful moments of the whole day.  It is one of the few moments throughout the day that you have just for yourselves.  Throughout your whole wedding you’re often being wonderful hosts to your guests.  

This is moment just between the two of you, and you have a photographer there to capture it so you remember it for always.  It is so amazing to get to hold space for each other, and let the other one know just how excited you are to be with them for always.  It’s a beautiful way to share in each other.

A wedding day can be so limited on time, so it’s fantastic to have some time that is just for you two.  You will be in high speed the whole day so to have a first look is to have each other for a little bit of time even if it’s only for just a few moments.

Relax the Rest of the Day

Another reason couples love having a first look is because it tends to calm all the nervous energy.  Usually after the first look my couples feel so much more relaxed the rest of the day.  I see it in the way they interact.  I see it the in the pictures.  

There is something powerful about being in the presence of your love that calms couples down.

It can also be a relief to know that one of the part of the day is taken care of, and you both are ready to commit to do it together.  Once you’ve seen each other there always seems to be less stress.

Have More Time for Bridal Portraits

Lastly and maybe a little selfishly in service of my couples I think a major incentive to a first look is the added time for bridal portraits.  It can also be a day saver when the sunsets early.  When you have a first look it creates space in the timeline for bridal portraits.

I’ve said it before a wedding day moves fast, and even the most well planned weddings can get behind.  When you have a first look you’re able to take photos immediately.  You don’t have to worry about down time that can’t be used.  It is often the best use of the time that we have together.

Doing a first look can make the day run smoothly.  You have time to take portraits together and there’s not a rush.  There are more opportunities to get beautiful bridal portraits.

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The 7 Essentials to Love Your Wedding Photography

If you’re looking to choose your wedding photographer, then this is the guide for you.  It’s a quick cheat sheet for what to look for when you’re choosing your wedding photographer.

 

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