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If you are anything like Ariel and I you probably get a bit nervous at the thought of having your photo taken. For me, the idea of posing for a camera over the course of 2 straight hours brings anything but a smile to my face.

Of course, luckily, I’m not in a position that I have to pose for those 2 hours. If I were though, there are 3 effortless tips that I would hope someone would share with me to improve my Asheville engagement session. You read that right, just 3.

A colorful young couple poses against a deep red brick wall  standing at either side of an iron framed red door during there engagement sessionpintopinterest
    A quirky young couple peering over the top of there self chosen books for an engagement session imagepintopinterest
  1. Eat something!

    Seriously! Wolf down an energy bar or two right before the session. It will do wonders to keep your energy up and you won’t be wondering when you get to eat toward the end of the session.

    Ariel and I have a habit of letting sessions run late. After you give us the 2 hours we scheduled for the session we are happy to let you go whenever you need, but we would hate to have you cut out just because you’re hungry.

  2. A visibly passionate couple poses near the Copley T stop in Boston Massachusetts with the Boston Public Library in the background at nightpintopinterest a couple poses in front of a covered bridge in Woodstock Vermontpintopinterest
  3. Don’t be afraid of color!

    This is where I tend to get a little bit to technical. I will spare you most of the discussion about the difference between density and hue. The point to this tip is simple.

    “Don’t be afraid of color!” ~ AMW Studios

    Bright colors, pastels, earthy tones; they all work. Just try to avoid extremes in density. Very, very light and very, very dark are hard for the camera to capture accurately in one exposure. Black and white is easier than light pink and a deep dark red so don’t worry about the wedding dress against the tuxedo. Again, at Ariel’s request I won’t go into the tech side of dynamic range. Just know that color is great in photos and we are happy to talk you through it!

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  5. Choose a significant location!

    Capturing real emotion requires real emotions! Part of what we do as professional Asheville wedding photographers is to bring out emotions in our clients. A lot of this emotional persuasion can be done through conversation, jokes and general sociability. Some of it however, has to come from our clients. Being in a location that induces emotions makes that side of things much much easier.

    First date locations are a great place to have a session. The place where the proposal took place can make for some great images too. It doesn’t have to be a spot where something earth shattering happened, just a place that makes you smile when you think of going there or doing that!

    We are more than happy to call a restaurant and inquire about access before they open! Maybe even getting some items from the kitchen for the table!

Attractive couple posing in front of a vibrant red barn board wall on Cape Cod during there engagement sessionpintopinterest

If you don’t do any of the tips above, just trust your photographer! You hired them for a reason!

Have any questions about a session you have coming up? Think we should have put something else on the simple 3 list? Leave us a comment!

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A cute couple poses for engagement photography in Copley Square Boston pintopinterest

Two weeks ago we met up with this awesome couple for their spring engagement session in Boston!! We had a blast exploring some of their favorite places in Boston! The session started off in Copley Square where we spent much of our time at Trinity Church which makes the perfect backdrop for engagement photos (or, wedding photos, for that matter). From Copley we headed over to Fenway Park where they often go to Red Sox games, they even brought their own Jersey’s! Last we headed over to pick up their two pups and we wandered in the park by their home, I think we got some cute ones with the dogs:)I absolutely love it when couples involve their pups for their engagement sessions, it always adds a fun dynamic to the session! Jess and Paul decided they wanted us to photograph their wedding after a chat over the phone so this was our first time meeting these two… I think it’s safe to say that they are awesome and we can’t wait to document their wedding this weekend at the gorgeous Bishop Farm B&B in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Bishop Farm is easily one of the most stunning wedding venues that we’ve photographed at in New Hampshire. I can’t think of a better time of year to have a barn wedding in the mountains that May before it gets to hot and with flowers in full bloom!
A huge congratulations to Jess and Paul, we hope you love these photos! We absolutely can not wait for your wedding!!! Matt + Ariel Couple during their engagement session in front of Trinity Church in Bostonpintopinterest Couple holding hands during their Boston engagement sessionpintopinterest Silhouette of couple kissing at Trinity Church during their Boston engagement sessionpintopinterest The archways at Trinity make some awesome light for engagement photospintopinterest couple sits on a wall at trinity church in Boston for their engagement sessionpintopinterest reflection of Trinity Church in the Hancock building during a Boston engagement sessionpintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0263-8pintopinterest Couple walks across the road in front of Fenway Park during their Boston Engagement sessionpintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0302-10pintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0328-11pintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0316-12pintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0332-13pintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0342-14pintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0352-15pintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0401-16pintopinterest Couple poses outside the main Fenway Park gate during their boston engagement sessionpintopinterest Couple in front of the famous Fenway park sign! pintopinterest Dog poses with it's owner during their engagement session at a park in Boston pintopinterest AMWStudios-150509-0413-20pintopinterest It's always fun to involve the pups during your boston engagement sessionpintopinterest

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Creative Bride and Groom portrait in front of Montreat College's Waterfallpintopinterest

Rebecca and Sam had a gorgeous fall wedding at Montreat College, tucked away in the mountains just outside of Asheville NC. There are so many reasons we were over the moon excited to be a part of their wedding day, one very big one was that they were our first wedding booked in North Carolina… oh but there were so many more… Our very first Skype meeting with these two was a blast and we quickly discovered how much we had in common… Particularly our love of the outdoors, hiking, beer, good food, travel. Did I mention that these two were about to embark on their pre-wedding honeymoon hiking the Santiago De Camino, an amazing, grueling 500 mile trek across Spain. If you haven’t heard of it I highly recommend the movie The Way. Maybe two days before we did our initial Skype consult with these two, we had watched The Way… So when Rebecca and Sam mentioned that they were about to embark on the adventure themselves, we took it as a sign that we were meant to document their wedding day :)!! So needless to say, we were thrilled when they decided we were the right photographers for them! Check out some of our favorite images from their wedding below!

Bride poses for a moment before her ceremony at Gaither Chapelpintopinterest ashevilleweddingdetails-2pintopinterest ashevilleweddingdetails-1pintopinterest The Bride looking gorgeous as she gets her hair donepintopinterest Baby Enjoying the Wedding Day Festivities of Getting Readypintopinterest Flower girls little feet dangling as she sits on brides lappintopinterest Bride and Flower Girl Posing for a Quick pictures during getting readypintopinterest The earrings get put on at Gaither Chapelpintopinterest Getting dressed at Gaither Chapelpintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0244-10pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0247-11pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0289-12pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0326-13pintopinterest Bride poses for a moment before her ceremony at Gaither Chapelpintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0527-15pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0516-2-16pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0520-17pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0537-18pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0553-19pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0576-2-21pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0592-22pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0607-23pintopinterest bride and groom walk down the Gaither Chapel aislepintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0623-25pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0731-26pintopinterest Bride and groom show off their shoespintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0691-28pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0744-29pintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0909-30pintopinterest ashevilleweddingportraits-montreatpintopinterest Bride and groom enjoying some ice cream during their couples portraits at their Montreat College weddingpintopinterest Bride and groom enjoying some ice cream during their couples portraits at their Montreat College wedding!pintopinterest The bride and her sister pose for a quick portraitpintopinterest Wedding Party having some fun during the fall wedding at Montreat Collegepintopinterest

Rebecca’s choice of the vibrant purple colors in the bridesmaid dresses along with the whites and purple accents in her bouquet were absolutely stunning against all the stone architecture at Montreat College! The wedding party made our job super easy, they were some of the most fun, willing groups we have worked with!!

purple and white bouquets were perfect for this fall wedding in the mountains near Asheville NCpintopinterest AMWStudios-140906-0996-36pintopinterest the bride and her ladies in purple bridesmaid dresses on the bridge at Montreat Collegepintopinterest handsome groom and groomsmen pose for a moment on the bridge at Montreat Collegepintopinterest

When it comes to couples portraits it never hurts to have a super adventurous bride and groom! These two were all about climbing around on rocks in front of a gorgeous waterfall, whatever it takes to get the best angle:)Don’t think that we made them take all the risk… Matt and I always joke that it’s not a normal day at work unless we climb at least one tree (wall, rock, mountain etc..), traverse a stream or something of that nature. Again… Whatever it takes to get the best angle!

AMWStudios-140906-1167-2-39pintopinterest bride and groom take a quiet moment by the riverpintopinterest Adventurous couple poses on their wedding day on the rocks by the stream at Montreat Collegepintopinterest Montreat college's waterfall is the perfect place for couples portraitspintopinterest adventurous bride and groom on the rocks in front of a waterfall in the mountains of NCpintopinterest beautiful purple flowers on a traditional white wedding cakepintopinterest bride and groom share a first dance during their wedding at Montreat Collegepintopinterest bride and her father sharing a moment during the reception at Montreat Collegepintopinterest Groom and his mom tear up the dance floor in the Anderson Auditoriumpintopinterest Bride and groom cut the cake at their montreat wedding receptionpintopinterest guests having fun at Anderson Auditorium reception at Montreat Collegepintopinterest guests having fun at Anderson Auditorium reception at Montreat Collegepintopinterest guests having fun at Anderson Auditorium reception at Montreat Collegepintopinterest wedding cake at Anderson Auditorium reception at Montreat Collegepintopinterest guests having fun at Anderson Auditorium reception at Montreat Collegepintopinterest Dancing at the reception in Black Mountainpintopinterest A happy Sparker Send Off is a great way to end the night at this Montreat College weddingpintopinterest

Complete with beautiful scenery, pretty details, fabulous food and some of the friendliest guests/family/friends… Needless to say their wedding set the bar pretty high when it comes to Western North Carolina weddings! With our move to Asheville North Carolina coming up this fall, we can’t wait to officially become Asheville Wedding Photographers!

A huge thank you to the rest of the team who helped to make Rebecca and Sam’s wedding day awesome!

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Spring time flouwers blooming on Mount Lafayettepintopinterest

Ariel and I love to hike!

A little less than a year ago (June 2014) we took the image above while we were hiking the Mount Lafayette loop. Those little white flowers are called Diapensia; according to “The Appalachian Trail Visitor’s Companion” by Leonard Adking, they bloom between June and July near Mount Lafayette and Mount Washington here in New Hampshire.

Anyone who has hiked Mount Lafayette won’t be surprised to know that it wasn’t our first time up there. It was however our first time up there in such perfect weather surrounded by carpets of these beautiful, tiny white flowers.

This brings us to the title of this post; Elope in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. More to the point, have you considered an elopement on top of Mount Lafayette this June or July? Can you think of a more perfect place to get married? Surrounded by the gorgeous White Mountains! The weather in the early summer tends to be better than any other time of the year. The Diapensia are in bloom and the AMC has the Greenleaf Hut less than 20 minutes from the top of Lafayette.

Would you like Ariel and I to join you for your Mountain top elopement? We are available most week days in June and July since our weddings tend to be on the weekends. Most importantly though, we love the idea of a mountain top elopement! We even have elopement coverage on our new Investment Page!

I should probably note that we are happy to photograph an elopement at a less extreme location as well. I just came across this image and thought, “Wow…what a great place to get married!”. With AMC’s Greenleaf Hut located so close to the summit of Lafayette, it would be a great place to stop and change on the way up or spend the night the day before. You could even have your closest friend’s join you since there is a ton of open area at the top of Lafayette.

If you are still just considering an elopement check out this article by someone who actually did it: Things to Think about When Planning an Elopement

Do you think I’m crazy to suggest an elopement on Mount Lafayette? Do you love the idea and want to go for it? Speak up! You can give us your thought privately by contacting us or you can just tell everyone by leaving a comment.

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Plates of Lobster Rolls and Dishes of Lemon Wedges at a New Hapmshire Tented Weddingpintopinterest

“The food looks amazing!” is probably the single, most common, precisely, identically and exactly repeated coupling of words that runs through my head on any given wedding day. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that the same would be true for Ariel.

Did you ask why? I was hoping you would. (No need to feel bad if you didn’t but I’m going to tell you either way)…

First…we love food! LOVE food! We, that’s Ariel and me, LOVE FOOD!

Wedding appetizer with Ravioli and cherry tomatoes on a white platepintopinterest

Second, and this is the only time in our daily lives that this is routinely true, by the time dinner comes out…we are starving. Ever go to the grocery store hungry? Everything looks like the most amazing thing you have ever seen. Wedding food is pretty phenomenal in comparison to what most of us put on our plate on a day to day basis. So again I say “The food looks amazing!”

I am quite proud that I personally have never removed a guests arm to get at that amazing cuisine. This time, however, I would not go out on that limb to include Ariel in my statement.

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“ This little piece of gum is a three course dinner! ” ~ Willy Wonka

Willy Wonka may have said it first but many a wedding venue or caterer has said it since. Granted, they generally change the wording a bit but it sounds just as ridiculous.

Like most things… most of the time, everything is great! Then, once in a while, we go 8 hours without anything more than an energy bar that we threw in our bag “just in case”. This is not the best way to get the most out of your Asheville wedding photographers.

Imagine hiking for 8 hours (with a moderate day pack…say 15 lbs.) in 90+ degree heat without a single break for water or food. I don’t know about anyone else but for me, about 4 hours into that hike I start making very poor decisions.

Now, I think it’s finally time to get to the point. I’m unable to speak for every wedding photographer out there; but to get the most out of these Asheville wedding photographers the formula is simple:

  1. Speak to your venue or caterer ahead of time about their policy on feeding vendors.
  2. Let them know that you would prefer that your photographers and videographers be fed at the start of the dinner service not at the end.
  3. If you are paying for your vendors to eat the same food as your guests (as apposed to vendor meals), check with the day of coordinator when you get to the reception to make sure they are aware of this. We are perfectly happy with the chicken but we wouldn’t want you to pay for the filet anyway.
  4. When you sit down to eat, the day of coordinator will come over to see how you are, take this opportunity to ask if the photographers and videographers have been fed. If we eat while you eat, we can’t miss anything.
  5. To solve all of these issues…consider hiring a wedding planner. You will never regret having one!
An assortment of cupcakes on a rack at a weddingpintopinterest

Oh yeah…a little sugar boost after dinner can’t hurt either.

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