Do This- Night Shots

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Woohoo!  Our “Do This” planning tips series is back after a bit of a summer hiatus in the McClain household.  We had some wonderful news late spring plus add in a busy wedding season and a growing toddler- life has been hectic but amazing.  We hope our readers love the quick wedding tips and as always we love feedback if you want to see something specific on the blog!  Happy reading campers!

‘Do This’ is a biweekly blog series created to be a super quick read, highlighting awesome wedding ideas that you may want to incorporate into your own event!  Got an idea for our Do This readers?  Email me at mmcclainphoto@gmail.com with your thoughts! 

Night shots (photographically not the liquid kind) are growing more and more popular these days and we love doing them!  Three tips for the perfect night photography creation:

  1. Build it into your timeline.  If wanting to create a night time photo, chances are you’re going to need to slip out of your reception for at least 15-20 minutes.  Be sure to work with your photographer on the best time that doesn’t interfere with dance floor festivities or plans your entertainer/DJ may have in their timeline.
  2. Add an element for an additional image pop. Adding in a natural element like your bouquet, sparkler, an umbrella if raining, or a veil can take a night photo to the next level.
  3. Pick the location. Shooting near a tree, water element, or structure at night is pretty magical for your image.  Bonus points if your venue has some sort of lighting like globes, patio lights, or Christmas lights.  Urban locations are great as well to gather traffic movement with tail lights.
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Alicia & Chai’s Engagement

Laughter is not only the best medicine but the best thing for a fantastic session with an awesome couple.  We met up with Alicia and Chai at Mulberry Art Studio for their engagement session with plans of making our way downtown for the final portion of their evening.  Mother nature had other plans, giving central PA a few buckets of rain all weekend!  Alicia, who was also celebrating her birthday, and Chai didn’t let a little foul weather ruin their session and were sharing in smiles and laughter, making for some great images!  We also had special guest and fantastic photographer, Harmony from Philter Photography, join us in capturing the couple’s candid session.  Check out Alicia and Chai’s images below and be sure to leave the couple some love!

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Rain Won’t Cancel This Show!

Hurricane Irene versus Spectacular Wedding- Winner: Spectacular Wedding!  Keri and Jordan held one of my favorite weddings of the year this past week!  Despite the rainy weather, the facilities at Riverdale Manor were perfect for an outdoor pavilion wedding and an indoor gorgeous reception.  Troy and his coordinating team were phenomenal and took care of every detail needed, including cleaning mass amounts of smashed cake from the floor!  I’m also not sure which set of photographers that evening had the better end of the deal… the hopping dance floor photographers or the getting crazy with an inflatable monkey photo booth photographers?  For those who are unsure of adding a photo booth to your event you may want to check out these images!

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