Re-run: DIY Weddings–Photography

March 27th, 2017

Today’s DIY topic is:  Photography.  I’ve updated the original post a little here.

You might look at the cost of professional photography (which can run from $1,500 on the very low end to over $6,000 on the high end) and you might think you’d be better off without a professional photographer.  You might be right.  Or you might be very disappointed.  It all depends on how important photos are to you.

Here's a photo I took with my point-and-shoot camera and limited photography skills.

Here’s a photo I took with my point-and-shoot camera and limited photography skills.

If having high quality photos of your entire wedding and reception is not your first priority, you can ask a friend or relative to document the day for you.  Someone with good photography equipment can probably take decent photos for you.

But if having professional quality photos is important, it’s difficult to get them without paying professional prices.  Professional wedding photographers have equipment and skills that ordinary mortals lack.  The best consistently take copious, excellent photos that capture the essence of your day.  They are on the spot and work hard so they don’t miss any important moments.  It’s also important that they are not guests, but are hired to work for the entire time, so they will be alert and sober until the time they leave.  They know what to look for and how to take good (and often stunning) photos of your wedding.

The same cake in a photo taken by Agnes Malorny, professional.

The same cake in a photo taken by Agnes Malorny, professional.

If you have a friend or relative take photos, they may or may not have the same equipment.  Unless they are professionals or truly talented amateurs, they probably don’t have the same skills.  And you won’t know until the wedding day if they will be paying attention (and sober) for the whole evening.  At some point, a friend or relative is going to stop working and start enjoying the party, which is an option a paid professional doesn’t have.

As with all DIY projects, think this one through before you make a decision.  There is a definite difference in quality between amateur and professional photos.  Decide what is important to you, and then pay a professional if you can’t live without those photos.

Big Things Coming

March 20th, 2017
The guests enjoyed themselves.  Photo by Studio Finch Photography, www.studiofinch.com

Fun times coming! Photo by Studio Finch Photography, www.studiofinch.com

As I’ve mentioned once or twice before, there’s a new website in my future.  I’ll make a big announcement when it’s completely ready, but keep your eyes open.  It’s going to be a big improvement.  I mean, I love my old website, and it as served me well, but it’s time for an update!

But there’s even bigger news.  Very soon, you’ll see a new address for me.  I’m moving into a real, grown-up office space.  Julia at Crafty Broads and I will be sharing her cute space in Rogers Park.  (I’ll do a profile of her so you’ll know more about the custom garments and alterations she does.)  I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the meeting space there.  As a bonus, if you have an appointment there, you might see some of my handmade lace and custom embroidery work on display.  I’m looking forward to sharing that with the world, too.

Stay tuned for updates on all these new and exciting things!

More Photos! Lake House Wedding

March 13th, 2017

I had a huge amount of fun with this wedding last September.  The bride and groom had unique and fun ideas for their wedding day, and they did it in their own style.  It was one part wedding and one part kiddy carnival–and eco-friendly to the core.  They rented a lake house in Wisconsin and made sure that everyone had a good time.  It was a wonderful wedding!

You could tell from the moment you arrived that this wedding was like no other.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

You could tell from the moment you arrived that this wedding was like no other. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The lemonade stand was a give-away, too. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The lemonade stand was a give-away, too. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

It had rained in the morning, so the bride and her family hung up family photos in the early afternoon.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

It had rained in the morning, so the bride and her family hung up family photos in the early afternoon. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Skipping stones were ready for the lake.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Skipping stones were ready for the lake. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Something for everyone on the picnic tables:  flowers and crayons.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Something for everyone on the picnic tables: flowers and crayons. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Finally, everything was ready.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Finally, everything was ready. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The processional went from the house down to the waterfront.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The processional went from the house down to the waterfront. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Even the baby was part of the festivities.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Even the baby was part of the festivities. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

It was a beautiful ceremony, with officiant Rev. Darrell Jones.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

It was a beautiful ceremony, with officiant Rev. Darrell Jones. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

And then the fun started with lawn games and barbecue.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

And then the fun started with lawn games and barbecue. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Jana Kinsman brought her Doodlebooth to the party.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Jana Kinsman brought her Doodlebooth to the party. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Both kids and adults had their faces painted.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Both kids and adults had their faces painted. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The kids had lots of fun things to do (and so did the bride).  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The kids had lots of fun things to do (and so did the bride). Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

It's possible that the grown-ups had even more fun than the kids.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

It’s possible that the grown-ups had even more fun than the kids. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

There was even cotton candy.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

There was even cotton candy. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The bride and groom saw to it that everything was composted or recycled.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

The bride and groom saw to it that everything was composted or recycled. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

There was even a chance to dance to the music provided by the DJ.  Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

There was even a chance to dance to the music provided by the DJ. Photo by Ryan Timm Photography.

Committed 2017

March 6th, 2017

Did you miss Committed 2017, the annual wedding show staged by the Green Wedding Alliance?  It was a couple of weeks ago at the Greenhouse Loft.  As always, it was a fun, low-key afternoon of food and flowers and happy people planning their weddings.  All the vendors are members of the Green Wedding Alliance.  Here are a few photos from the show.

Committed wedding show

Greenhouse Loft was decked out for the occasion.

FIG Catering was there with their delicious food.

FIG Catering was there with their delicious food.

So was Food for Thought.

So was Food for Thought.

Cacao Bakery was right next to me.

Cacao Bakery was right next to me.

Erickson Design was across from me with their invitations and paper products.

Erickson Design was across from me with their invitations and paper products.

Spilled Ink Press was there, too.

Spilled Ink Press was there, too.

Fab Flora had a fab display.

Fab Flora had a fab display.

And Pollen had some of their floral displays there.

And Pollen had some of their floral displays there.

One of the most unusual vendors, PoemGrown will write custom poetry for your event!

One of the most unusual vendors, PoemGrown will write custom poetry for your event!

And here was my table.  Green wedding planners always bring their bicycles!

And here was my table. Green wedding planners always bring their bicycles!

A little close-up.

A little close-up.