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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”!

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1) Do your dress shots show the details of the dress? My dress has beautiful __________ (lace, beading, feathers, gathers, etc…), and I want to make sure I can see those details in my images…instead of just looking like a white washout.
2) 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?
3) Does the disc of images I get contain Hi, medium, or Low res images?
What size can we print up to?
4) Will the disc have your watermark on the images?
5) Do you know what angles to shoot (or NOT shoot) from if I’m slightly
plump or have larger folks in my pictures?
6) 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!
7) Do you know how to handle “blinkers” or “squinters”?
8) How many images do you retouch? What are the charges to retouch more?
9) How many images do you actually edit? What are the charges to
edit more?
10) Will you show me an entire gallery from a wedding that you’ve shot?
11) Do you give instruction on how to pose or move?
12) 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?
13) What kinds of professional products do you offer to help me display my images around our new home?
14) What’s your turnaround time?
15) Do you travel? How far? Have passport, will travel? Travel fees?
16) 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 & Rock ON!

-Braska Jennea

BONUS!  Guess what!  There’s MORE great Wedding Planning Freebies at your fingertips.  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

Panama City Beach Family Photographer – August 17-22nd


Panama City Beach, Florida! BraskaJennea is coming for you! BraskaJennea-Photography-Steckley-Family-Panama-City-Beach-Photographer_0019.jpgIn the Panama City or Destin Florida Beach area? Want to have professional Family, Senior, Engagement, Bridals, or Anniversary portraits made on those pristine, sugary, white sandy beaches backed up by those clear, emerald ocean waters?  Contact us to get your pick of appointments (only 2 prime Sunset sessions available), or schedule a mini-session.

Collections will start at only $250 and include: 20 minute Mini or 45 minute Full Session for up to 10 subjects (additional subjects addable), clothing consult, 3 weeks Online Gallery storage for viewing and ordering, Signature BJP Collage Design AND professional 10×10 Collage print, Professional Print Credit to purchase your desired pro prints, and choice of 10 Hi-Res Digital Files with print release OR all finished, fully edited images with print release.

You don’t want to miss this fantastic opportunity to save some $$$, and have KILLER Family Beach Portraits…or another session that strikes your fancy.

Check out some highlights from last year’s PCB adventures, and if you’d like to purchase an Oceanic Scene for your home check out the Beach Gallery in the BJP Fine Art Gallery Here. BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0012 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0013 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0014 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0015 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0016 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0017 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0018 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0019 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0020 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0021 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0022 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0023 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0024 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0025 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0026 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0027 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0028 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0029 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0030 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0031 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0032 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0033 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0034 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0035 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0036 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0037 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0038 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0039 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0040 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0041 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0042 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0001 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0002 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0003 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0004 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0005 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0006 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0007 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0008 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0009 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0010 BraskaJennea Photography - Panama City 2013 - Florida Beach Photographer_0011

 

 

Welcome George! – A Police Officer and Mickey Mouse Themed Newborn – Tennessee Newborn Photographer


What do you get when you mix a McMinn County Sherrif’s Office Correctional Officer momma with a gramma who loves everything Mickey Mouse and Disney…one CUUUUTELY dressed newborn baby boy!

Emily gave birth to little Mr. George two weeks early after a regularly scheduled appointment revealed he was ready to enter this world. I met them at the hospital when George was merely two hours old to capture his first portraits. Nothing is more special to me than being there to capture a miracle’s first moments on earth. Simply blows me away every.single.time.

After a couple of hours shooting in between those few changes, feeding attempts, visitors I had some of the sweetest newborn images of my portfolio…but we weren’t done yet!

When George was about a week old they had me over to photograph him in some insanely ADORABLE crochetted newborn hats and diaper covers. A tiny Mickey Mouse and a tiny Police Officer were just too much cuteness to handle. THEN they showed me the “handcuffs” that went with the policeman’s outfit…I DIED! O.VER.LOAD!!!

We captured him giving a little grin in a beautiful white blanket embroidered with his little name in blue, and then in a Polo by Ralph Lauren onesie and a “What Does the Fox Say?” insipred Foxy Footed outfit. This id has STYLE…and he’s just a baby ;)

We wrapped up in his Mickey themed nursery in his first ever Disney garment. I sense many trips to Disney World in this little guy’s future ;) Of course the little fella broke out his “campaign” wear for the county’s local sherrif, Joe Guy. I don’t think a politician has ever had a cuter campaigner!

Thank you Emily, and George, for letting me capture these treasured moments. It was truly a blast and an honor!
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Grandpa’s band says it all…”Heaven IS for Real!”
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Yes…yes this tiny policeman IS wearing his own handcuffs…how funny/CUTE is this? *Please note: Newborn pose safety was used in this composited image. NEVER leave a newborn’s head unsupported!*
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Now this is the ONLY live mouse I’d keep in my house! <3 <3 <3
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Jenna is THREE! – A Third Birthday Portrait Session – Athens, TN Photographer


It doesn’t seem like it was three years ago when I photographed this little beauty as a teeny, tiny, newborn. Now she’s a Doc McStuffins, “Dabloons” loving, ball of energy! *”Dabloons” is her word for balloons ;)

I went to highschool with both of her parents, Erin and Jason, and while Jason was at work we glammed this beautiful momma up for some “mommy and me” images as part of the session at the studio. Last year they celebrated her second birthday at Panama City Beach, and as luck would have it I was there too so we scheduled a Beach Family Session in honor of that milestone birthday.

We headed out around downtown Athens for some “dabloons” time, and Jenna was fond of them to say the least! I’ve found sessions with children and baloons can be unpredictable so nowadays I tie fishing line to the baloons to make sure the parents have control at all times. It’s a wonderful trick becasue there’s NOTHING sadder than a toddler crying watching their “dabloons” float away.

She ran around the whole time, only pausing to tell us things about her balloons…or take off her skirt and run around. I called her “the streak” for all you Ray Stephens fans out there ;)

We ended their session just before a storm blew thru so it was perfect weather and perfect timing!

Thank you Erin and Jason for letting me document your sweet princesses life. She’s such a precious blessing, and her parents are great blessings and friends too!

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Michelle + Jonathan – An Ocoee River Elopement – Athens, TN Wedding


They did it! They eloped! Michelle & Jonathan picked a beautiful late May morning to have their sweet Courthouse Ceremony at the McMinn County Annex.

Surrounded by family and close friends they said “I Do”, and then, after a quick wardrobe change ;), we headed to the Englewood Fire Department where Jonathan is a Firefighter for some super fun images with his gear, and one of the trucks. I believe my favorite images were of Michelle in his hat and jacket…and then the ring shot with the love birds in the door handle reflection were icing on the cake.

After the Fire Dept. we road tripped it a brief ways up to the Ocoee River for portraits at the Whitewater Center. I LOVE that bridge! The water was fully loosed this day, and we were treated to kayakers and rafter alike taking their turns on the upper Ocoee rapids.

The best photobomb ever occured as we were shooting at the water’s edge when rafters from Quest drifted perfectly into our frame shouting accolades of Congratulations, and hoisting their paddles in the air.

They wanted pictures to annouce their marriage with their precious fur baby sporting signs “You’re NOT invited to the wedding…” “Because Mom and Dad are already married!”, and Bear was a picture perfect pup! She was definitely excited for her parents :)

As we were wrapping their session the skies opened up with a nice soaking, big giant rain drops, rain, and they ignored the umbrella for a nice chance to cool off. After Michelle changed out of her dress they were off, and today, July 5th, they will celebrate with their friends and family at their reception.

Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Parrott! I pray you a lifetime of love, and laughter! Thank you for allowing me to capture the beginning of your journey :)
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That reflection of them though…it had me at HELLO!
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Thank you Quest rafters for the EPIC photobomb! *High Five*
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Hilary + Alex – An Ocoee River Barn Wedding – Cleveland, TN Photographer


If you’ve never cruised Hwy64 to Ocoee Tennessee then you’re seriously missing out. The river is B.E.A.Utiful, the whitewater rafting cannot be beat, but there’s also a sweet little barn they’ve turned from a bar into the Ocoee River Barn. It’s a lovely spot for a Country Wedding…or as Hilary and Alex would have it…a small, intimate BEACH Wedding here in the hills of Southeast TN.

I didn’t get to meet them until the day of their wedding. They both live and work in California now, and he’s in the Navy, so Hilary’s sister-in-love, and long time friend of mine, Shemayah, hooked us up.

We communicated via e-mail and text. I’ve been blessed/cursed with a gift for gut feelings about people, and upon just entering the dressing room curtain I liked her. There was this warm, happy spirit about her. Meeting the Groom proved just as easy also…and he too has a penchant for making crazy faces. That’s always a bonus to me ;)

Capturing their First Look was beautiful. He had this “WOW! Just WOW!” Expression on his face. I cannot express my love for First Looks adequately. There’s nothing like that first hand grab, then that hug. It’s a monumental private moment I leave to the couple…and my telephoto lens ;)

I literally can FEEL any tension or anxiety melt away from both Bride and Groom after that first hug. After that it was as if the world went away, and nothing else mattered.

They decorated the barn with glorious beach themed accents from tiny shell balls, shell candies, sea horse salt and pepper shakers, even the Bridesmaid’s bouquets were arranged in large sea shells, and the fella’s bouts were made of tiny starfish! The reception rocked my world with the smell of an entire bowl of BACON, a tiered shell fountain, chilled shrimp, and the most DELICIOUS fruit dip I’ve ever dreamt of…everything made largely by the sister and sister-in-love of the Bride.

You know those cake toppers where the Bride is dragging the Groom, or he’s sporting a ball and chain? This cake topper smashed that one to pieces…the Groom was dragging the Bride away from the TV and her game of Call of Duty Black Ops complete with micro game console, controler, even a TV remote! The attention to detail was brilliant!

I was a *little* addicted to the Bride’s hair also done by her fantastic hair stylist sister, and was glad she was “on tap” just in case the constant rain that fell almost all day rendered her hair in need of a rescue! Ladies: If you can do it ask about paying your hair stylist and/or make-up artist to stay with you throughout portraits! It’s a MARVELOUS think if you can do it.

We were confined to the large tree in front of the barn for our outdoor portraits due to it being the best solid “umbrella” when the rain picked up, but everyone was in such great spirits the rain couldn’t dampen them.

The ceremony started on time, and was simply smashing under the various size twinkle lights with the burlap ceiling drape, and cute Apple Basket lights!

We’d arranged to do a day after shoot in a different location so they could get more varied scenes since the rain kept us pretty confined, so we headed to The Old Woolen Mill in downtown Cleveland, TN to make some new magic.

The weather was a drastic contrast to the day before with a GORGEOUS blue sky adorned with big white puffy clouds. The Bride loves Peonies, and our Peony garden was in full bloom so for a little change, and of course that immistakeable heavenly “Piney Rose” scent, I created an all Peony bouquet for the day.

You’ll also note the Groom’s “Lucky” Bout. in a few images…the Bride’s sister Chelsie is apparently a 4-leaf clover magent…collection over 20 something that day alone! Everywhere she looked there was another, but when Hilary, Alex, and even I tried we didn’t turn a single one! She’s just got a gift I do believe.

We ended their Day After session with images in front of my favorite Southern Tree, the Weeping Willow, and as usual a weeping willow doesn’t disappoint!

So, here’s the new West Family, Hilary and Alex! Thank you for allowing me to take part in your day!

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These Cufflinks were the Bride’s gift to her new hubby! How cool are they?
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 “Can you hear the Ocean?”
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 The funniest impromptu staring contest…and she won…he couldn’t help but crack under the pressure of “that stare” ;)
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These two had a blast with their cake ;)
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And the lovely Day After started off smashing, and ended smashing!
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Surrounded by Peonies…no place I’d rather be if I was a wedding band either
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The largest Four-Leaf Clover collection I’ve ever seen…and all in less than 5 minutes!
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They tried their “luck”, but Chelsie must’ve picked them all ;)
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