“How Do I Choose a Wedding Photographer?” | Tips for the Bride to Be | Wedding Photography

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Choosing a Wedding Photographer Editing Retouching Photo

If you want to look like the image on the right: ASK your potential wedding photographers the below questions! If you don’t ask you can’t be upset if you still see that last minute breakout, etc… Remember: “EDIT” to some photographers doesn’t mean “retouched”!

I used to plan weddings way back before I ever picked up a camera professionally, and here’s a list I compiled way back then to help find the photographer you’re looking for when you email prospective photographers.

I urged my Brides to ask these questions to make sure quality expectations are met, and that there were no surprises when they got their finished images back.

Truthfully I’m saddened every time I hear a story where a bad photo experience could’ve been prevented.  All it takes is a few simple questions.  Since different Photographers have different styles, AND since some HIDE their real work behind only a few “best” images on their site….make sure your style and skill level expectations mesh with theirs! :)

One gal recently told me her friend’s wedding photographer only edited the first 100 images, and had a charge per image after the first 100 to edit more. A fact she was only made aware of AFTER the fact…that was a sad, and unnecessary blind side. So, KNOW before you sign a contract…and by all means…SIGN.A.CONTRACT!!!!

Here are a few popular questions to ask your potential Wedding photographer
(or Senior, Boudoir, Family, newborn, etc…) Because really it’s a once
in a lifetime memory…and you don’t get a “do-over”!

1) What retouching do you do? Do you retouch at all? If I have wrinkles, dark
circles or big under eye bags will you remove or soften them? Whiten
teeth? Soften skin? Remove blemishes or stretch marks?
2) Does the disc of images I get contain Hi, medium, or Low res images?
What size can we print up to?
3) Will the disc have your watermark on the images?
4) Do you know what angles to shoot (or NOT shoot) from if I’m slightly
plump or have larger folks in my pictures?
5) Natural light…Do you know how to shoot indoors with and WITHOUT a
flash? I don’t want shadows or red-eye in the Church or reception!
6) How do you handle “blinkers” or “squinters”?
7) How many images do you retouch?
8) How many images do you actually edit? What are the charges to
edit/retouch?
9) Will you show me an entire gallery from a wedding that you’ve shot?
10) Do you give instruction on how to pose or move?

11) My venue is a Church and they have a restriction on photographer’s not being allowed in the sanctuary during ceremonies (or they’re allowed only behind the last row of pews).  Is this a problem for you?

Optional questions:

12) What kinds of professional products do you offer to help me display my images around our new home?

13) What’s your turnaround time?

14) Do you travel? How far? Have passport, will travel? Travel fees?

15) If I have family and friends who want images are you equipped to handle their orders so I don’t get stuck with the bill, and ordering all of those images?

Once you have these answers review the entire wedding gallery they link you to CAREFULLY!  Do people look professionally posed or awkward?  They may say they edit every image, but do they all look cohesive…do they all look edited the same way?  If not are you OK with that edit/not edit style?  If you’re wanting more “candid” images, and they have mostly “smile and look at the camera” images you may want to keep looking, and vice versa if you want more traditional “poses” or “mom shots”.

NOTE: Some photographers may say they retouch, but look at close-ups of the bride and groom specifically.  Are their pores deep, dark, and harsh? Do they have dark bags under their eyes…I call them “laugh bags”? Yellow teeth? Blemishes? Stretch marks? Red Eyes? Harsh shadows or strong orange or yellow casts in the inside shots? Are the images STRAIGHT or crooked? Glasses glare? And so on. Ask yourself “AM I OK WITH THAT?”

Not every professional photographer is an editing and retouching freak like me…it’s not their style, or maybe they don’t know how yet. And to each their own, but make sure you’re not expecting super smooth, flawless skin, and white teeth when they only do color and b&w editing. Make sure you’re not expecting slimming angles for fluffier frames when the skinny people in their gallery look wide.

Note:  “EDITING” does NOT = RETOUCHING! DO NOT ASSUME this! Ask!

Why do I urge every Bride to ask these questions  Well….If you don’t ask you have no right to be upset later.  Of course we put our best work out front for the world to see, who doesn’t?  It’s the actual full Monty of a recent wedding that will speak VOLUMES. So, ask and review, and above all have PEACE about your decisions. Weddings are meant to be fun, so make sure you’re going to be able to relive that fun AFTER the fact…through your images!

Happy Wedding Planning & keep on rockin’

-Braska Jennea

BONUS!  Guess what!  There’s MORE great Wedding Planning Freebies within this blog!!!  Check out the links below for more outside the box Wedding Planning Wisdom.

Part 1: Your Best Photos

Part 2: More About Budgets, Locations, and PHOTOS!

Part 3: Maids & Men, Looking Your Best, and TIME Management!

Part 4: The W.E.A.K. Wedding Emergency Aide Kit

Alyssa + Craig – Hixson, TN Greenway Engagement – Chattanooga Wedding Photographer


Alyssa and Craig’s Chattanooga Engagement Session took place on a GORGEOUS day out at the Hixson Greenway. I didn’t know it even existed, but I’ll definitely be back!

The Spring Bradford Pear trees were in full bloom all around the Park, and an impromptu hike led to a trapse along a small “trail” that cleared into an old rock quarry. I’m so glad they were up for an adventure too!

Younger me would’ve had that trail mastered in 1/3rd the time…and probably barefoot at that. Older me was “slightly” more cautious of my footing given the platform rubber Old Navy flip flops I’d donned not knowing just what an exciting adventure lay before us…and mostly because of the equipment I was carrying! “If I fall save the camera!” Was heard more than once ;)

I and my gear escaped unscathed…albeit a few blisters may have existed between the 3 of us, and our faulty “hiking” footwear! Ha!

I always have a marvelous time getting to know my brides and grooms to be. Watching them interact with each other tells you a LOT about the people in front of the lens, and these two simply are SMITTEN!

It’s clear Alyssa is more than the moon to his shine, or the butter to his biscuit, and she’d lovingly follow him anywhere…no matter the shoes…no really ;) He always had his hand there to catch her, and I adored how they couldn’t stop smiling at each other when I’d ask them to act like I wasn’t there.

They’d seen a few “Sequence” Couple Pinterest images, and while I’m a “free styler” not a “copy cat” I do like to take a couple’s idea and fit it to them; thus the super awesome, yet more complex than I anticipated, sequence shot was re-created using a large bare tree that I fell in love with in an open field. For a first go at it, I’m pretty stoked with the results.

I cannot wait until their Memorial Day Weekend wedding in just a few short weeks! It’s going to be an undoubtedly FUN, FAB affair to be remembered!

See ya’ll real soon!

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The Trails…were sketch at best ;)Alyssa & Craig - Hixson, TN Engagement - BraskaJennea Photography_0010.jpg

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“Let me take a selfie” With one of the sweetest backdrops I’ve ever seen ;) Alyssa & Craig - Hixson, TN Engagement - BraskaJennea Photography_0019.jpg

And then we reached the end of the trail to see this…
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A little more fun with the shadows!
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And a little Sequence Shot love! How fun is this!!??Alyssa & Craig - Hixson, TN Engagement - BraskaJennea Photography_0028.jpg

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A little more playing with my favorite light of the day…sweet sweet sunset!Alyssa & Craig - Hixson, TN Engagement - BraskaJennea Photography_0045.jpg

And how about this for a ring shot! Those blooms….MMMM!Alyssa & Craig - Hixson, TN Engagement - BraskaJennea Photography_0046.jpg

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Easter Mini Sessions – Spring 2014 – Athens, TN Child Photographer


I adore Easter and Spring Mini Sessions! Every year it’s so much fun coming up with a new design, theme, decor, and baby chicks! I try not to go “Fru fru” or “trendy” so the pictures will still be cute in 20 years…not fad we’ll look back on and go “We thought that was cute back then? What were we thinking!”…you know…like giant poufy sleeves on wedding gowns, or bangs loaded up with so much hairspray they resembled cotton candy! ;)

This year I wanted to go with a simple, classic, colorful vintage vibe! Only a Farm would do for the background…we are in the south after all! As usual I set out to get new baby chicks a few days before, and picked some CUTE baby Rhode Island Red and Golden Comet Pullets. Now, before someone says something about buying baby animals only for photos, let me assure you we raise the babies every.single.year, and they become egg laying hens for my parents…there’s nothing like farm fresh eggs grown from someone you know ya’ll! It’s a win win.

I filled my white picket wheelbarrow with Spring blooms, and the rustic wire wheelbarrow with eggs to house the bunnies! I’ve discovered over the years that 1) I’m terrifed of bunnies, but their cute factor is just too undeniable 2) the safest way children can interact with them and the bunny not try to flee is to put them in a cute basket…or sitting on plastic Easter eggs ;) 3) bunnies and chicks like each other…especially standing on the bunny’s back! ha!

Enjoy the CUTENESS party people! There’s soooo much to oooh and ahhh over! And just in case you still don’t have their Easter outfits picked out yet, there’s still time to book a session ;) Just shoot an E-mail from the Contact Me section on www.BraskaJennea.com

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The Doctor is IN! – Stewart Family Dentistry – Athens, TN Photographer


Welcome to Athens the brand new Family Dentistry Office of Dr. Brad Stewart! He and his precious wife/hygienist, Brittany, have remodeled the old Chocolate Delight building on Decatur Pike, and are bringing their faith based Dentistry Business to Athens!

I couldn’t be more happy for such a sweet, kind hearted, God fearing couple. Sure I may be biased because I know them personally, they’re beautiful souls inside and out afterall, but they’re ready to light up, tidy up, brighten, and revamp smiles all around the area!

I was privileged to capture some images in their office of the staff, and I have to say they’re a great looking crew as well. Check out their website http://www.bradstewartdentistry.com/, and If you’re looking for a Dentist to call your own I highly recommend giving them a call…you won’t regret it!

Congratulations Brad and Brittany! I’m so excited to see where God is going to take you in this new venture. I’ll see you all myself in a couple of weeks! ;)

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The Waiting Room decor, and Children’s Nook are warm and inviting…and waiting for YOU!Stewart Family Dental - Athens, TN Dentist - BraskaJennea Photography_0002.jpg

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Dr. Bradly K. Stewert and Mrs. Brittany Stewart.  One brilliant Dr. + Hygienist team.
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Dr. Brad’s Fabulous Assistant, Amy, and Receptionist Extraordinaire, Sandra.
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The whole wonderful Stewart Family Dental Crew…indoors and out.
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The Dr. is IN! Come see for yourself how hard he’ll work to put a smile on your face!
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Robinson Maternity Session – Murfreesboro Lifestyle Photographer


A little over five years ago, with a Kodak 5MP Point and Shoot Camera, Catherine and her first born, Anna, who was still warm and cozy in her belly, became my first ever maternity session. It was Fall in Murfreesboro, TN, and we hit the pre-sunset hour, now known as the “Golden Hour”, right on time at the Stones River Battleground.

Now she, her husband and also my friend, David, along with Anna await the arrival of another little blessing…another baby girl Robinson!

I made a beeline for the Boro first chance I had, and the timing was perfect. Little Miss seems to be trying to be impatient to meet everyone so she’s tried to come early. Thankfully she’s still safely inside, and I was able to capture the little miracle growing in mommy’s belly the weekend of her shower!

My first baby bump was with this precious family, and it had to be that all the years later I captured the cuteness of baby bump number two! I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!

Hopefully I’ve improved *some* over the last 5 years ;) and I eagerly await meeting the newest member to the wonderful Robinson crew.

Thank you Catherine and David for not only being my first “guinea pigs”, but treasured friends!

XOXO, B
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