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5 tips for acting natural in front of a camera (from a photo pro!)

The biggest hesitation people have about engagement sessions or their wedding day is how they’ll look in photos. Cameras have the magical ability to either make us love or hate how we look. Angles, positioning, lighting, and facial expressions all contribute to how you will appear in a photo. Not to worry, though — you […]

Ring shopping regret: I went window shopping for rings and now regret it

I went window shopping for rings and now regret it

I had a modest ring that I could afford bookmarked and budgeted. Then my fiancé convinced me that we HAD to go try on rings at a big box jewelry store. The men’s band and wedding set we found and fell in love with costs $8,000! And my reasonable little ring looks shabby and drab by comparison. I thought I could walk away, and I can. I just did not anticipate the other cascade of feelings…

Weddings and body image: get past needing to look “good” and start getting real

I’ve been photographing people in love for over a decade now, and the number one question I get asked as a photographer (by far!) is actually the wrong question to ask…

“Can you make me look good?” The only way to answer this question, is to bring it all the way around to body image. When the question, “Can you make me look good?” is asked, I learned that that’s not really what they’re asking…

The ghost of weddings past: Planning a second wedding when you’ve already been a bride

I’m engaged to a guy who’s never been married before, while I already did the Big Dream Wedding thing. I’ve been The Bride.

And this time around, planning a second wedding, is different in a LOT of key ways…

Think you need to lose weight for your wedding? Here are 5 Reasons NOT to

Trying to lose weight for your wedding? Here are 5 Reasons NOT to

Everyone wants to look their very best on their wedding day, right? For some brides, this can mean beginning harsh diets, working out wildly, and trying desperately to lose all possible extra weight… but why are we trained to do this? Here are a few reasons why you SHOULDN’T diet before your wedding…

Bridal 'best selves': when is too far?

Bridal “best selves”: when is too far?

As with many Offbeat Bride readers, this blog was a welcome antidote to the bridal mags and blogs that represent all brides as being white, thin, tanned, and perfect. Not that there’s anything wrong with those things, but when you don’t fit into that round hole, the bridal industry can make you feel a bit like Square Peggy. Aiming for perfection in any aspect of a wedding, whether it’s your letter-pressed invites or sun-dappled forest grove location, is asking for tears before bedtime.