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

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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

It’s Time to Update Your Headshot – Profile Image Mini-Sessions


How many business cards do we see?  Which ones are we drawn to? Most people are drawn to the visual cards…the ones with an image to catch our eye.

I know for me personally I’ve always been drawn to the cards with images of people.  The person offering the service having their image on their card, website, profile, etc…usually gets my business.
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Therefore, August is “Head-shot & Profile Image Awareness Month” here at BraskaJennea Photography!

It’s time to show your clients your face, have a “non-selfie” on your social media profiles, and update your dating profiles with a recent image!Lynn-Mashburn-Headshots-Athens-TN-Photographer-BraskaJennea-Photography_0004.jpg

Come by the studio for a quick 10 or 20 minute head-shot session to update your lovely mug on all your social media sites, web presence, cards, and so on.

A great head-shot should reflect your personality, instill confidence in you/your brand, and convey a warm, open nature that draws potential clients to you.

Mini Session options will be as follows:

$95 for 10 Minute, One outfit, Studio session complete with Color makeup for women. *False Eyelashes available for $10*
-Professional Facial Retouching (Fine lines, crows feet, blemishes, teeth whitening, stretch marks, etc…)
-3 Finished Images (Edited and Retouched) with marketing and print releases
-Hi-Res Digital Negatives available via immediate online download once images are finished. 
-1 5×7 Professional Print of Photographer’s choice
$145 for 20 Minute, Two outfit, Studio session complete with Color makeup for women. *False Eyelashes available for $10*
-Professional Facial Retouching (Fine lines, crows feet, blemishes, teeth whitening, stretch marks, etc…)
-6 Finished Images (Edited and Retouched) with marketing and print releases
-Hi-Res Digital Negatives available via immediate online download once images are finished. 
-1 8×10 Professional Print of Photographer’s choice
Session appointments are limited so e-mail us from BraskaJennea.com to reserve your appointment now. Deposit of $50 required at booking to hold your session, and is non-refundable, but with notice appt may be rescheduled.
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Lynn Mashburn – Headshots & Lifestyle Portraits – Athens, TN Photographer


Every woman needs portraits that capture that light, that LIFE in her eyes…in her soul. I happen to treasure this aspect of my calling and passion. Showing women what the rest of us see…that they really ARE B.E.A.UTIFUL is something I cannot put a value on. It’s something I’ve found that can’t be taught or learned, it’s something you can either do or not…much like I can’t do math without a calculator or deal with blood…those aren’t my calling. This is…and I’m thankful for that!

So, when Lynn told me she wanted headshots for a new career path, and for stepping back out into the dating world, I was more than happy to oblige! Starting a new leaf this year of trying to let clients see their completed images before e rest of the populace is proving more fun than I imagined.

I received a phone call from Lynn right after she viewed them for the first time, and like so many of my boudoir clients, she was in a speechless kind of state. She “couldn’t believe” that what she was seeing was her…but it is!

Why we as women have such a hard time seeing our true beauty is a mystery to me…I have a hard time seeing my own afterall. God created us ALL in His image, so therefore we’re all beautiful in our own special ways. So I LIVE for moments where I render clients speechless :)

Here’s to one STUNNING soul, and the new trails to blaze that lie before her. She has a spirit and a fire you can see in her portraits, and the world should look out because she’s already taking it by storm!
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Sheby’s Senior Prom – Fletcher Park Portraits – Cleveland, TN Photographer


I’ve known this beauty since she was a youngin’ in my old youth group. It’s been amazing watching her grow into this brilliant, talented, people loving young woman. I still can’t believe she’s about to start college!

We did her Senior Prom portraits back right before her graduation at Fletcher Park in Cleveland, TN, and even from just the few months between her Senior Portraits at the Ocoee River til now she’s somehow gotten more radiant.

Her coral sequined gown glittered in the sunset, and her beau’s sunglasses lent us the perfect means to capture the “apple of his eye” in his Oakley Sunglasses. It was one sweet Senior Prom portrait session, and the weather couldn’t have been more perfect…the storm held of until a few minutes after they left!

She’s now a Walker Valley High graduate now getting ready to start a CNA program, and then College this August. I have no doubt Shelby will take this world on with a beautiful grace, and ease….she gets it from her momma!

Bruce and Renee thank you for choosing me to capture Shelby’s senior year! It’s my extreme honor to know you all, and call you friends!
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Meet Mr. Cooper – Athens, TN Child Photographer


Meet Mr. Cooper! He’s a new addition to one wonderful family, and everyone, including me, is smitten with him!

The day I met him in my studio he was all smiles…all wiggly smiles!

We used his handmade Pirate blanket as a backdrop for his first images, and the way he crossed his little feet while trying to “raise himself up” was adorable! Those little cheeks just make you want to just eat him up.

A friend of Jenny’s made the CUUUTE Crocheted Owl Hat and Diaper Cover, to which Coop was only to happy to try and eat the ears off of ;) When he put one of the chin ties in his mouth, he made this “GRRRR” face and while editing the images I burst out laughing. Just too funny!

Placing him in my old wooden child’s chair prooved to be too much of a distraction…he wanted the screw in the arm and was studying it profusely! A boy through and through even at 4 months!

We ended with a few closeups of his beautiful face, and his charm cannot be denied. This little boy is one precious angel, and I’m so thankful he’s made it into Matthew and Jenny’s family. Little Cooper you are loved so much already, and I’m so happy to know you!
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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