Wedding Photography Tips ~ Getting Ready Photos

This is the first in a series of blog posts to help make the wedding day go as smoothly as possible!


Getting Ready Photos

~If there are “must have” getting ready photos, make sure that your photographer knows this and knows exactly what you want before the day of the wedding. Possibly starting a Pinterest board with your photographer can be helpful if your photographer is open to it!

~May be this is silly but it is important to have a clean room or have some “order” in the room … Sometimes at the hotel you can ask for the housekeeper to do it, this way is so easy to get better spots and photos!

~ Have all the detail items laid out when photographer arrives. Precious time can be waste trying to gather, the rings, shoes, flowers, perfume, family heirlooms and your bridal gift! These images can be taken while you are still in hair and make-up!

~ Try to find a room with the best natural lighting… this is good not only for the photographer, but the hair and make-up artists and the videographers.

~ Be specific with your photographer on your expectations for the images before the day of the wedding. Do you not wish to get photographed before you have any make-up on? Do you want to have a first look with your father and mother? This will help manage expectations and there will be no disappointments after the wedding.

~What about the groom? Do you want getting ready images of him and his men? Remember that these images take time and planning and you have to schedule enough time for the photographer(s) to capture this images.

~ What a coordinated look for you and your maids? Have everyone wear the same color robes or button downed shirts! The images will have a very clean feel, plus no one will smear their make-up!

~ Who will be helping you get into your dress? Your mom? Your bridesmaids? Make sure expectations are set beforehand. Also, if your bridesmaids are helping, think about what they are wearing. For a coordinated look, have all your helpers or helper matching what they are wearing, all in their dresses or

~ Remember to schedule enough time with your photographer if you want these images, if you are getting ready at the venue then the time frame is not as stressed. The photographer needs time to set up before the ceremony, get with the coordinator to find out the rules for photography during the ceremony and possibly get the detail shots of the reception. Rushing around it the last thing you want to worry about on your special day.

~ Make sure someone is assigned to help navigate wedding guests away from you and your maids while you are getting ready. The last thing you want is a picture of you in your dress hitting the interwebs before your husband to be has had a chance to see it in person!

~ Don’t forget to purchase a nice, strong (bonus points for pretty) hanger for your dress. The plastic ones break (believe me).

~ If you would like a photo of your invitation suite, bring that along too. This makes a nice backdrop for your detail shots of your ring.

~I always send my brides an email discussing her getting ready photos and suggest getting an additional room/suite next to the one she is in or down the hall, if possible. That is where I can shoot her details, she can get her hair and makeup done there, put her dress on their etc. If that’s not possible, I do ask that her detail items be on the bed and the room kept tidy but I can tell you that after shooting weddings for over 2 decades that rarely happens. Once the bridal party storms in, the friends and relatives stop by, the fruit trays arrive….well, it isn’t likely to happen. LOL I put it in an email though because in my mind, it is a legal document meaning that I’ve explained the benefit of having an additional “getting ready” suite. If the room looks like a tidal wave hit, shoot wide open and smile.
Thank you to all the photographers who contributed to this blog post!

Amber of A. Shaffer Photography

Debra of DK Photography

Emily of Emily Katharine Photography

Jaimi of Essentia Special Moments Photography

Mir of Mir Salgado Photography

Amanda of StarryEyed Photography

Thank you Tampa Shutter Sister!


Melbourne Wedding Photography ~ StarryEyed Photography

It was my pleasure to capture a lovely, intimate wedding in Melbourne, Fl.
Family and friends came together with the bride in this DIY wedding to make the day beautiful and memorable.

The bride’s sister is an amazing talented cake baker, she made an amazing cake and surprised the groom with an awesome groom’s cake!

StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne
StarryEyedPhotography Wedding Melbourne

Venue & Room Decor: Raddison Suites Melbourne, Florida
Details, Cake, Florals: DIY
Photography: StarryEyed Photography

What’s in my bag ~ Orlando Wedding Photographer



On a regular basis, my camera bag looks pretty much like this.  For a wedding, it is usually much more stuffed and I also have a second bag I carry around… but I figured I would not bore you with ALL my stuff!

I use a Lola Epiphanie camera bag! I love it!  I can stuff so much in it… would wouldn’t even believe me… but one thing that I love most about it is it looks like a purse.  When I am traveling, most people do  not even realize it is a camera bag.

I shoot with a Nikon D7000 and a 50mm 1.8.  (I have a back up camera, not pictured because I used it to take the picture.  Duh.)

I have a couple of other zoom lenses and my flash…

Extra SD cards, pen, business card, hard tie, and other small camera accessories (in the yellow star bag)

I also keep my purple star in my camera bag at all times.  It is a small charm that I picked up on my trip to Stockholm and it makes me happy.

The newest camera to to my proverbial camera bag is… a Canon AE-1 program! My first film camera!  Right now I am still learning (or re-learning… the first camera I ever used was a film camera in middle school!) and having fun.  I hope one day that it is something that I could incorporate into my business.




Thanks for taking a look into my camera bag with me!


Orlando Maternity Photography ~ Bonjour Bébé

About a year and a half ago, I was about ready to embark on the greatest adventure of my life thus far. I was eight months pregnant and my family and friends were coming together to celebrate the birth of my first child!

Now, my hubby and I opted to not find out the sex of the baby until he/she  joined us in this world. I know, not the norm… but it was an amazing surprise in the birthing room and it worked for us.

So, because of that planning a baby shower became a little more difficult. I did not want an all yellow baby shower, so I decided to focus the theme of the shower towards my interests.

We had a Parisian Cafe “Bonjour Bébé” themed shower! It was so much fun… pastries, biscotti (I know, Italian… but I love them!) and coffee cupcakes! It was the perfect way to welcome our little bundle of joy.  Again, I want to thank all of my dear family and friends who came together to make my shower simply perfect!












Shortly after, I was given my push present from my hubby!! I have the best hubby ever! It was such an amazing surprise.


A star to represent our new little star.


Me at 31 weeks. Can’t believe that was just a year and a half ago.

Beauty in the everyday ~ Flowers

I love flowers… receiving them, wearing them, photographing them… whatever it is… they makes me happy!

Today was a beautiful spring day in Florida.  (It actually wasn’t ridiculously hot!)  So, while the little one was home napping with daddy, I set out on a walk to capture some of the lovely flowers around my neighborhood.  While some of these flowers are grown with great love and care by some of my neighbors, others are here because Mother Nature has taken it upon herself to give the world some color.

Either way, I love the fact that my daily commute is filled with such vibrant reminders of the beauty in our everyday lives.

What is your beauty in the everyday?



Orlando Portrait Photography ~ Bella Jewelry

“To be doing good deeds is man’s most glorious task.” ~Sophocles
I was introduced (virtually) to Bella Jewelry via a past bride. She posted on Facebook about a friend who was selling jewelry. Ya know being a chick, the jewelry sparked my interest! The jewelry is all beautiful, hand-crafted pieces by an amazing woman, Katie.
Not only is the jewelry remarkable, the sales of this jewelry are going to a great cause. The artist, Katie, is making all this jewelry to pay for her medical bills. You can read all about her story (and check out her fabulous jewelry!) here. Bella Jewelry
I was fortunate enough, with the help of some of my wonderful friends, Belen and Kristin, to photograph this awesome stuff! So please, enjoy the images and go get some of this amazing jewelry yourself!