Wedding Week 2015 Image Contest

Posted on January 30, 2015

Win one of three gift certificates to Design Aglow...valued at $300, $200 and $100!

1. Scour your archives to find your three best wedding or engagement images
2. Tag them with #weddingweek2015 on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter
- OR -
3. If your profile is private, you can simply upload here (Images must be entered one at a time, with a limit of 3 total.)

Winners will be announced Tuesday, February 3rd.

*Please note: Entering more than 3 images will disqualify you. Design Aglow will be choosing the final winners based on originality, composition and technique, while taking number of votes into account. All submissions go through a very basic preliminary round of approval before they are moved onto the voting page.

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Design Aglow's Wedding Week 2015: Meet Tyler Branch

Posted on January 30, 2015

It’s bittersweet, but like all good things Wedding Week 2015 has to come to an end. To conclude our roundup of the most inspirational wedding photographers in the industry, we’re thrilled to have Tyler Branch with us.

And, if you haven’t entered the Design Aglow Wedding Week 2015 Image Contest yet, you only have through Sunday (@ midnight PST)! Submit your three most creative wedding (or engagement) images now on Facebook and Instagram using hashtag #WeddingWeek2015. You’ll be entered to win one of three Design Aglow shopping sprees. (Click here for more info.)


Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and how you got started in photography.
My name's Tyler Branch. I'm 28 years old and live in Huntington Beach, California. Eight years ago I fell in love and married a girl named Katie. Today we now have two beautiful babies who have changed our lives forever. My journey in photography began when I was in high school and was required to take an art course. I had no idea it would turn into what it is today.



How do you describe your style?
It's hard for me to put a label on the style. Truthfully it's because I'm not entirely sure, and also because it's always changing. How I was shooting years ago is different than it is today.



What or who really inspires you?
If I'm totally honest? God. Anytime I'm blown away by anything visually, whether it be landscape or light, it's always speaking to me of something far greater than just a pretty picture.



What are your top 3 tips for photographing weddings?
Firstly, be yourself. My biggest challenge is just to be genuine in the way I shoot and handle my clients. It's pretty amazing what happens when you just be you, and let the facades go. Secondly, shoot from your heart. Whatever stirs something in you, shoot that. These will be where your best images come from. In my opinion, the greatest photographers are those with the biggest hearts. Finally, don't give up. Keep doing what you’re passionate about and the results will follow.

To see more of Tyler's work, visit him at tylerbranch.com.

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Build Instant Rapport With Complete Welcome Packets

Posted on January 30, 2015

 We’ve put together everything you need to help your modern wedding brand with original marketing content and templates that guide clients through every step of the process. The clean lines, modern typography, and open spaces give the images room to breathe, and evoke a feeling of bold style. You’ll never worry you’ve missed something because we’ve included everything from checklists, professional tips, novel tools for upselling, and subtle ways to get your studio name out into today's unique marketplace.

Wedding Welcome Packet: Minimalist Edition at a glance:
• Welcome greeting
• Wedding day bridal guide
• "Just For Grooms' trifold
• Studio policies and payment information
• ...and much more!
 

 Looking for a more classic design? Check out our Classic Edition!

Visit our Wedding Week Collection to get 20% through Monday, February 2nd @ 11:59 pm PST!

To get the presentation folder shown in the images, please visit the Design Aglow Paper Shop.

*Special thanks to the following photographers for the lovely images featured in our samples: Ashley Kelemen Photography, Emily Blake Photography, Erich McVey Photography, Judy Pak Photography and Kallima Photography (Modern Minimalist Edition) and Paul Johnson Photography, Untamed Heart Photography, Picsee Studios, Heather Mann Photography, Two Ring Photography, Novotny Photography, Bliss Photography, JG Photography & Kathleen Frank Photography (Classic Edition).

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Design Aglow's Wedding Week 2015: Meet Taylor Lord

Posted on January 30, 2015

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and how you got started in photography.
Hey there! I’m Taylor Lord and I currently live in Dallas, Texas— which has been great for wedding travel since I’m halfway between both coasts! I started doing photography my senior year, spring semester of college. It was a black and white film class and I loved it! I loved the intensity of shooting on-site and the calm, alone time in the dark room. Not knowing I could make a career out of photography, I started teaching 5th and 6th grade art out of college and was shooting portraits for fun. Like many others in my field, that small, small business of shooting portraits eventually turned into a wedding photography business with the help of MANY others and LOT of work and perseverance, and I quit teaching after 5 months!



How do you describe your style?
I would say my photography style is fine art, natural light, and editorial-inspired. I strive for light and airy compositions that are timeless rather than trendy and are “styled” rather than photojournalistic in nature (for the most part!). But I feel to be a great (rather than good) photographer, you should excel at all types of photography on wedding days, whether it’s the party or the portraits!



What or who really inspires you?
I’m truly, honestly inspired by light- I think I annoy my family and friends by mentioning what I feel is “good light” all the time when we’re out and about. I think as long as you have good light, you can create something beautiful, and with bad light, it’s ALWAYS more of a struggle. I mean that’s the definition of photography- “light writing.” I’m also inspired by independent movies- modern, thoughtful cinematographers are incredibly inspiring to me.



What are your top 3 tips for photographing weddings?
1) I believe one of the best things you can do in wedding photography is read your couple and what their mood is and really try and capture the essence of their style in your own special way rather than attempting to make everyone fit a specific mold.
2) I believe that being the most relaxed, happiest and most helpful person on the day of the wedding will take you MUCH further as a wedding photographer than a great photo will.
3) And last but not least, I believe that if you don’t get help from other photographers you will feel lost and alone! Having a community of those who can help you, encourage you and answer hard questions has been one of the most beneficial things to my business (and sanity!). :)

To learn more about Taylor, visit her at taylorlord.com.

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Design Aglow's Wedding Week 2015: Meet Nicole Mason

Posted on January 29, 2015

Tell us a little about yourself, where you live and how you got started in photography.
My name is Nicole Mason and I’m a wedding & portrait photographer, recently transported from Buffalo, New York to Portland, Oregon, where I already feel at home. I’ve had a camera in my hands since I was extremely young, shooting with both film and digital. I continued my education to study studio art in college, with a majority of those classes being in photography. I spent many hours in the dark room developing my own black & white film, and any spare time I had, shooting digital. I did an internship with a local wedding photographer and started second shooting weddings with studios in Western New York while simultaneously starting my own business when I was 19.



How do you describe your style?
I find it difficult to put words to my style, but my goal is always to capture the real moment, the feeling and emotion, whether it’s finding a unique way to frame the events that are unfolding before me, or setting up a shot in some light that catches my eye. I always strive for my images to reflect the way I see, but also to tell an accurate story of the subjects within them.



What or who really inspires you?
A couple of photographers that have inspired me for a while now are Sean Flanigan (A Fist Full of Bolts) and Michelle Gardella. They shoot everything in their own vision, fearlessly. What inspires me most when I’m shooting is the relationship that the environment has to my subjects; this is why I primarily shoot outdoors. Natural elements like wind, water, and light are so unpredictable. I love capturing the moments you never thought could happen, or never really see because they pass us by too quickly; a photograph can preserve that forever, and I think that’s incredible.



What are your top 3 tips for photographing weddings?
1. You’ve got to be ready for anything and be able to think on your feet. Things change in an instant, whether it’s because you’re waiting for grandma to get to family photos, or the bride is running late to the ceremony (which she has every right to be!)
2. Get to know the bride and groom. I’ve become good friends with many of my couples, and it makes it the best day ever, for everyone. When people are comfortable with you, you’re going to capture the real stuff and have fun.
3. Communication about time on the wedding day is key. Make sure that you know how much time you need to capture the best images of the couple, and make it clear to them as well, so you’re all on the same page.

To see more of Nicole's work, visit her at nicolemason.co.

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