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***WEDNESDAY WEIGH IN***

As photographers we know and understand completely just how hard this decision is for your big day.  Believe me it’s not easy for us either.  While there are numerous photographers out there and some may think the market is over saturated, the key to finding the one to fit you and your vision is really very simple.  But with all that wedding planning we understand just how hard it can be to try and make these decisions.  You’re likely asking yourself where do we start?

ALP WEDDINGS – Wednesday Weigh In is here to help.  We’re strictly keeping Wednesdays dedicated to weddings…and not just about wedding photography even though that is our passion!


HOW TO FIND YOUR PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER


STEP 1: WHATS YOUR STYLE

While research is important, how do you begin to research someone or something you’re not even sure you know what/who’s style you love?

We recommend choosing the style of photography you fall in love with first.  Seek out styles that taylor to how you want to feel overtime as you look back on your day as you flip through your heirloom album specified to fit you and your vision.  So while you’re heading on over to Pinterest to start looking, make sure to create your board and fill it full of images that make your heart flutter.  Images that inspire you.  They may be from a fashion blogger, a real wedding or staged shoot, it could be as simple as a flat lay image.  Regardless of inspiration its a great place to start to seek out that perfect match for your photography needs.  I’d be lying if I said you won’t go down the worm holes because you will but the fun about creating these boards is you’ll have a pristine idea of what you want your memories to reflect on your big day.

STEP 2:  DO THE DIGGING

This is so important.  While one couple may not have been completely happy with their wedding photographer, they may not have clicked well enough to have a more than reasonable outcome.  Whereas another couple may love and boast about the exact same photographer.  We’re all human after all and therefore we won’t always click well with each other.  So its very important that you dig into the ones with the styles you favour.  This is just a start.  Start reading their about me pages and get a small sense of getting to know who you’ll be meeting for coffee in the next step.  Personally we offer all inquiring clients our free guide to wedding photography.  (We’ll attach the form below to request our guide) It’s a small token of our appreciation for just looking us up!

A photographers portfolio will tell you a lot about how they capture ones wedding day.  We all have a different eye.  I may see one angle and another may see a complete opposite.  But, that doesn’t mean one is more right over the other, it may just mean difference in perspective.  However a portfolio will not tell you how you will get along.  This brings us to the next step, of which we will touch more on next week.  But we did promise you a little freebie!!!  Scroll to the bottom and fill out the request form for your ALP WEDDINGS – A COMPLETE GUIDE TO WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY.

 

We don’t want to overwhelm you as we know the process of planning a wedding is somewhat stressful and oh so busy.  So we’re going to leave this right here and reconvene on the topic next Wednesday where we will discuss the next steps of setting up interviews with photographers and seeing a full album in person of a wedding.

ALP WEDDINGS - A COMPLETE WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE
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***PASSION FOR PRINT***

THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED GENERATION OF ALL TIME COULD WIND UP BEING THE NEXT LOST GENERATION



Printing photographs is something I am extremely passionate about and with good reason.

We are taking photos more than ever, but almost all are digital files.  Very few tangible prints are being produced today.

Digital files are not safe with technology always changing and failing.  Yet we entrust our most precious memories to clouds, cd’s, & usb drives.  Apple computers don’t even include usb or disk drives anymore.  If you’ve ever lost the photos on your phone, you know the heartbreak.

An entire generation is growing up without a printed photographic record of their lives to pass on as our grandparents once did.  Thus our stories will soon disappear.  Our own history will disappear.

There is a great value and importance in printed photographs for our lives and for the generations after us.  The history of where we came from, our legacy will continue on for generations all thanks to the power of print.

This is why we print.


THE PUZZLING QUESTIONS

For the last year or more I kept asking myself why is the desire on having only the digital copies of images?  Is it because Social media has made it easy to share images with others around the world (at the risk of them being drowned in a pool of digital saturation)?  Is it that they just couldn’t afford the prints?  Maybe, but what really puzzled me is the ability to invest in a $1000 or more on a vacation and while it is an experience, in the end what is left to show of it… Maybe it’s that I appreciate having Fine Art hanging on the walls of my home.  Captures so elegant that when I look at them they take my breath away.  They remind of the moment my child made her quirky smile because she was genuinely annoyed at me for saying ‘okay just one more baby’ because I couldn’t handle the chance of missing a moment of her little personality that melts me.  So overtime I look back at those moments hanging on my walls and they melt me over and over and over again.  The best part, I don’t have to dive into a pool of digital saturation trying to find images on Facebook or IG to remember those moments.  Whatever the answer is for others, I want the art that I create for my clients to be enjoyed for a lifetime.


PROFESSIONAL LAB VS. THE OTHER GUYS

The truth is, my art isn’t accurately reflected through ‘The Other Guys’.  I was frustrated and inconsolable seeing my images as a complete inaccurate reflection of my work.  It wasn’t me, that wasn’t what I had created.  It was quite frankly an insult to my vision.

Below you’ll see some examples of comparisons and they’ll be quite shocking.

In use with permission from Amanda Jackson Photography

 

So…we made a decision to keep all the print rights with AdaLilly Photography.  I know this may seem scary for some but its truly in everyones best interest and here’s why:

  • See example above and below
  • We’ve partnered with a professional lab right here in Calgary, and another lab in Eastern Canada therefore you’re supporting not only local business but Canadian businesses.
  • We’ve made sure their printing standards meet ours (nothing but the best for our clients)
  • Your prints will in fact imitate my art, being an accurate reflection of my final edits
  • By keeping the rights with the photographer, you’ll have more of a colour gaurantee when receiving your final prints.  (see examples above and below)

These are the most commonly heard reasons why clients don’t print through a photographer and their professional lab:

  • Too Expensive
  • Retail chains are just as good as pro labs (clearly they’re not; see examples above and below)
  • I don’t want to wait two or more weeks for my products
  • We just spent a ton of money on a vacation…

What I can tell you is you won’t be disappointed when printing with our professional labs.  Our packages exceed the retail chains cheap inclusive packages but hey we offer payment plans and the guarantee you’ll end up with beautiful timeless archival quality prints that are worthy of hanging in the Louvre!

 

Our Pro Lab Services include Wall Design

We offer wall design when you print with us.  What could be better than that.  We take the guess work right out!

In use with permission from Amanda Jackson Photography

So with all that being said, your session fee is just that.  But I will elaborate on that in another post this week.  For now if you have questions please send us a note.

 

AdaLilly Photography

***TIP TUESDAY***

‘The greatest gift that you can give yourself is a little bit of your own attention. ~ Anthony J. D’Angelo


And great portraits…

DO IT!!! Go all out when getting ready for your Wedding day, Maternity session or even Newborn Family session. You’re worth it! Pamper yourself.  Get your hair & makeup done.  You’re not only investing in timeless memories but in self care!


SHOUT OUT

We consider ourselves so incredibly lucky. We work with the best people in the business.

Photography: AdaLilly Photography
HAMU: Makeup by Miss Lu
Maternity Dress: Bugz & Moodles design by Frances Black Designs
Model & Mama of 2: Jacalyn Scott (She Slayed it)

***WELCOME***

GOOD MORNING ALL! I hope you all rang in 2020 with a bang! I however did not make it to truly see the clock roll over to midnight. So here I am bright and early eagerly awaiting the opportunity to greet you all and say…Thank you so much for joining us and being here this morning. In all honesty 2019 was such a learning curve of a year for us. It taught me so much on how to be better. A better person, a better mom & wife, and a better business owner. I’m really excited with what we have to share with you all in 2020. We’ve made some big changes and are itching to get rolling.

So to start the new year let me introduce myself!

Hello & Welcome! If you’re new around here I’d love to take a moment to introduce myself! I’m Andrea, but feel free to call me Dea, or by any of my other names most commonly heard around here (mama, mommy, mom, ma) I am the founder/owner/Lead Photographer of AdaLilly Photography. More importantly I’m a Big Dreamer, Mama of Two,  usually barefoot but a lover of Birkenstocks, chubby baby thighs, honesty (always honesty), and believer of Unicorns & Mermaids. I love all things whimsical and believe in fairytales, therefore I will absolutely cry at all your events, weddings, birth of your babies, you name it!

I firmly believe there is more to life than just a portrait. A story frozen in time is the couple in love, the journey of motherhood, the raw truth of love at first sight with a newborn and finally the lasting legacy that’s been carefully hand crafted and reflected in Fine Art Story Telling.

What sets my photography apart is not just my professional background, but my ability to notice the stories that don’t always stand out. I prefer a light & airy style with regards to my portfolio. I truly believe less is more therefore I take a minimalistic approach to all portraiture as I never want to distract or take away from the natural beauty that is being captured.

I AM A STORY TELLER, I CAPTURE THE REAL LIFE STORY HAPPENING IN FRONT OF MY CAMERA.

While my team & I are available for assignments internationally, I have a heavenly little boutique studio located in the southeast end of Calgary to capture some of life’s most treasured moments.

I am a lover of coffee and great conversation. Wanna chat, shoot me an email or text!

I am truly so excited and hope you’ll enjoy this new adventure with us!

Xo,

Andrea
Photographer
AdaLilly Photography

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📷 Credit: Katherine Calnan Photography
💄 Credit: Makeup by Miss Lu
Hair Piece: Prairie Love

 

 

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