Officially a week into our stay at home order here in Arizona, and I wanted to share some ways you can still plan your wedding in your pj's at home! 𝟭. 𝗥𝗲𝘀𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗿𝘀! You may not be able to tour a venue or try on dresses, but you can start researching these vendors. Make a list of your top vendors for each category and start to reach out to them about pricing, your questions, etc. Then, after our stay at home order is over, you are prepared to hit the ground running! 𝟮. 𝗞𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗿𝘀! Most wedding vendors have quickly been able to adapt to virtual meetings, contracts, payments etc. If the vendor doesn't have a store to visit, you can most likely book them virtually! Think wedding planners, photographers, officiants, DJs, florists, etc. 𝟯. 𝗗𝗼 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗗𝗜𝗬 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗷𝗲𝗰𝘁𝘀! You can order your supplies online to be delivered (etsy, amazon, etc) or for pick up (home depot, target, etc). Then, get your DIY on! You can store things like invitations and programs, centerpieces and table decorations, signs, non-perishable favors, and wedding arches store really well! 𝟰. 𝗪𝗼𝗿𝗸 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗹𝗼𝗴𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗰𝘀. Its never to early to start making your guest list, choosing your wedding party, planning your timeline, making rehearsal dinner plans, choosing a first dance song, etc. The more little details you get out of the way now, the more time you will have for all your in-person meetings that got pushed back a bit! Being stuck at home can definitely make planning your wedding a bit more challenging. But, you can totally still make huge progress in planning. The key is to be flexible and do all the things you can from home now, so you have plenty of time to do the in-person things later this year! #PMA #PMAPhotography #WeddingsPMA #WeddingDay #RealWedding #WeddingPlanning#PhoenixWeddingPhotographer #PhoenixWeddings #ArizonaWeddingPhotographer #ArizonaWeddings #AZWeddings #AZWeddingPhotographer #WeddingInspo #LoveAuthentic #LoveIntentionally #MakeMoments #WedPhotoInspiration #ClothandFlame #ClothandFlameWedding #SuperstitionMountains #SuperstitionMountainsWedding
I am so thankful that we took a spontaneous trip up to Sedona two weeks ago to take some pictures with the baby bump. A special thank you goes out to my tripod, Canon app, and Chipotle who let this pregnant lady use their bathroom when I picked up our to-go order. 😂 Fingers crossed that we will be able to get some more maternity photos done down here in the desert, even if I am hella pregnant, lol. 🤞🏼🤞🏼 #PMA #PMAPhotography #ArizonaWedding #AZWeddingPhotographer #PhoenixWeddingPhotographer #SedonaWeddingPhotographer #FlagstaffWeddingPhotographer #lifeofaphotographer #meettheartist #beingboss #BossBabe #BossLady #LiveAuthentic #ladyboss #dowhatyoulove #creativeatheart #calledtobecreative
Find yourself a partner who looks at you like this. Even on a Sunday morning with your crazy bed head and morning coffee breath! #PMA #PMAPhotography #WeddingsPMA #WeddingDay #WeddingInspiration #RealWedding #WeddingIdeas #PhoenixWeddingPhotographer #PhoenixWeddings #ArizonaWeddingPhotographer #ArizonaWeddings #AZWeddings #AZWeddingPhotographer #WeddingInspo #LoveAuthentic #LoveIntentionally #MakeMoments #WedPhotoInspiration #ArizonaBackyardWedding #BackyardWedding
Are you planning any DIY elements for your wedding day? All of the wedding I photograph have a personal touch, and often in the forms of a great DIY. They range from more simple things like custom made centerpieces or menu cards to large items like custom arches, tables, and wedding dresses sewn by sisters! My own wedding had a ton of DIY elements. Grandma sewed my wedding dress. We made the centerpieces and favors. And so much more. But, I want to hear about you! What DIY or personal elements are you including in your wedding?! #PMA #PMAPhotography #WeddingsPMA #WeddingDay #WeddingInspiration #RealWedding #WeddingIdeas #PhoenixWeddingPhotographer #PhoenixWeddings #ArizonaWeddingPhotographer #ArizonaWeddings #AZWeddings #AZWeddingPhotographer #WeddingInspo #LoveAuthentic #LoveIntentionally #MakeMoments #WedPhotoInspiration
Not even going to lie, I am missing the hell out of photographing couples right now! Self portraits at home are just not the same. 🙈 I am so excited to get back to photographing couples in epic places like the Salt River, Sedona, and Flagstaff. Because, let's face it, it will be warming up in the valley by the time we can get out and shoot again! #adventuresession #makeadventure #adventurealways #letsgosomewhere #togetherweroam #PMA #PMAPhotography #PMACouple #AZEngagementPhotographer #ArizonaEngagementPhotographer #EngagementPhotographer #EngagementPhotos #EngagmentPhotography #PhoenixEngagementPhotographer #PhoenixEngagement #couplesession #coupleshoot #SaltRiver #SaltRiverEngagement
***BOOKING SPECIAL*** Many of us find ourselves with a little extra time on our hands right now. Making this is a great time to check some to-do's off your wedding planning checklist! Like, maybe, booking your wedding photographer?! We will have to settle for a virtual vs in person coffee date, but nothing else has changed! And if you book me as your wedding photographer before April 30th, you will get a free 8x8 album (normally $900)!!! Yep, a free 8x8 wedding album!!!! This is legit the biggest booking special I have ever offered. And it is just for you for being a trooper and still planning your wedding through this crazy time! P.S. We can set up a payment plan if you are waiting for that fatty stimulus check to come in! We've got options! #PMA #PMAPhotography #WeddingsPMA#PhoenixWeddingPhotographer #PhoenixWeddings #ArizonaWeddingPhotographer #ArizonaWeddings #AZWeddings #AZWeddingPhotographer #WeddingPlanning #ArizonaWedding #FlagstaffWeddingPhotographer #SedonaWeddingPhotographer #ScottsdaleWeddingPhotographer #LocalAZ #ShopLocal #RealWedding
Yesterday I photographed my last wedding for 8 weeks. I am so thankful that I was able to be there for my couple. Their wedding may not have been exactly what they had been planning for the past year, but they were able to have a beautiful elopement with their close family. I have been pretty absent this week as I have been processing all of this. I cannot tell you how heartbreaking this past week has been, not only for myself, but for my couples. In a matter of a few days, I went from being stoked about a full wedding season to looking at an empty calendar trying to figure out how I will be able to make up this lost income before my maternity leave. I have spent this week in constant constant contact with clients, contacting my local government representatives, keeping up to date on what assistance is being offered for the self employed (we can apply for a loan...), and postponing my baby shower. For those of us that work in the event industry, this has been devastating. Many of us are self employed or contract workers, and therefore not able to receive the benefits that have been provided by the government so far. The number of people that I know that are out of work right now continues to grow by the day. I am beyond thankful that my husband's work has not been as greatly affected, as I know many that are not as lucky. I am also grateful that I have been able to reschedule all of my weddings so far, because I know many are not as lucky here either. Emotionally, I am still taking it day by day. Some days I am consumed with thoughts of how this loss of a season will affect my business long term. Other days, I am grappling with the emotions of being 7 months pregnant during a pandemic with empty shelves in the stores when I thought I would be preparing for my baby to come. And on good days, I wake up with new ideas for my business ready to get shit done. The good days are coming more and more frequently. And, as I work on my own 45 day, 45 point plan for my business, I have faith that everything will work out in the end. To those of you struggling right now, take time to feel your feelings, then get shit done. We will make it through this.
Don't mind me dreaming of butterbeers and The Three Broomsticks all weekend...
If I could tell every couple with an outdoor wedding one tip, it would be this: 𝗠𝗮𝗸𝗲 𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗻 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗰𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘆! Unfortunately, cameras do not see shade and sunlight as well as our eyes do. So, if you are in the shade and your fiance is in the sun, one of you will be light and one of you will be dark in your wedding pictures. Additionally, if you have your faces in the shade, but your arms are still in the sun, your arms will be starch white in your pictures. So, how do we avoid this? With the same lighting for you, your fiance, and your bridal party. The best way to see the lighting at your venue is to tour the venue about a year in advance of your wedding day. The sun will be in a similar position to where it will be on your wedding day. If your ceremony location is in full sun, consider a sunset ceremony with a first look. Before the wedding, test the lighting at the rehearsal. If it is still a bit harsh, just be sure that you are either fully in the sun or fully in the shade. And help each other out on the wedding day. You will be looking at each other during the ceremony. You will be able to see if the other has a weird shade line across their face or body pretty quickly. Help each other out by moving into or out of the shade. No one will notice, expect your photographer who is thanking you silently. Promise. #PMA #PMAPhotography #WeddingsPMA #PhoenixWeddingPhotographer #PhoenixWeddings #ArizonaWeddingPhotographer #ArizonaWeddings #AZWeddings #AZWeddingPhotographer #WeddingTips #WeddingPhotographyTips #AltWedding #OffbeatWedding #UrbanWedding