IZZY’S BAT MITZVAH

This past Saturday, my intern and I, got the chance to shoot our first Bat Mitzvah. We celebrated miss Izzy’s coming of age in the Jewish tradition. Thankfully Joel briefed us on the cultural traditions of the ceremony so we were able to capture all of the special moments. It was really exciting to see the Hora dance, where Izzy and her family were lifted in a chair in the middle of the dancing circle.

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RIVER ROOM WEDDING

Last Thursday we photographed Lisa and Elijah’s wedding at the River Room(link to river room site) in Downtown Wilmington. If you love the Downtown Wilmington area then this is a definite venue of consideration for your wedding. They were a very lively crowd and shooting them was thoroughly enjoyable, especially after everyone had a few drinks at the reception hall. We got some great shots, check them out:

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Wedding Detail Shots

Although the wedding ceremony is mostly about the people involved it is also very important to capture the setting and memorabilia. Someone spent a lot of time preparing the venue for the ceremony and it is necessary that we capture the venue before it has been populated by the guests. It is great to capture shots of the church or natural environment the bride and groom have chosen to have their ceremony at. Finding and photographing any special tokens the bride and groom have given each other including the rings is a great idea. After the ceremony, the reception hall becomes the subject of the detail shots. The tables, cake, and venue should all be captured in the most beautiful and artistic way possible. Here are some examples of my detail shots:

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Wedding Dress Photos

Before the bride gets ready on wedding day, the photographer will typically take the wedding dress to stage a photo of the wedding dress. The dress is a very iconic piece of the wedding. The history of the wedding dress dates back to when weddings were not necessarily chosen to occur by love. Marriages occurred to join families for benefits in wealth and social status. The wedding dress was then used as a symbol to reflect the wealth and social standing of the families involved. As marriages evolved towards the modern view, the families wealth and status were less cared about but, the beauty of the dress still remained as an important reflection of the bride and most brides spend a long time choosing the dress they want on their big day. So, capturing a great photo of the dress is very important. If you happen to be looking for a wedding dress in the Wilmington area, check out Camille’s of Wilmington. Here are some examples of wedding dress shots I have taken:
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The Bride and her Dad

 

 

Here are some great emotional shots of the Bride and her father:
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Posing for Your Wedding Photos

1. Making sure that you are ready on time will give the photographer enough time to get the best possible shots prior to the wedding ceremony. The more time you give your photographer, the higher quality memorable photos you will have.Wedding preparation, Wedding Photography, Jess Stephenson Photography

2. Practicing posing for your wedding photos is very helpful for the photographer and your own comfort. If you are uneasy about how you think you may look when you are posing your facial expression will show it. It helps to practice in a mirror or have a friend take a fun photoshoot of you. Check out these posing tips here.Posing, Wedding Photography, Jesse Stephenson Photography

3. Designating a person to help coordinate group photos is very helpful. The photographer is responsible for taking a number of formal pictures and having someone such as the wedding planner help gather the family helps make everything very efficient.Formal Wedding Pictures, Jesse Stephenson PhotographyFormal Wedding Pictures, Jess Stephenson Photography

Deciding on an outdoor wedding

There are so many beautiful places to have your wedding in the Wilmington area and you may decide you want an outdoor wedding. The beach and parks of Wilmington create a wonderful setting and mood and will create some wonderful pictures, but the weather can always be a very intimidating issue. If it doesn’t rain, too much sun in an unshaded area could also be a problem for your big day. Make sure to have a big shaded area nearby just in case the weather doesn’t cooperate. Even if the weather is near perfect make sure to wear sunscreen. You wouldn’t want to get a sunburn during your photoshoot a few hours before your ceremony. Here are a few pictures of weddings I have shot outdoors in Wilmington:Beach Wedding, Wedding Photography, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Outdoor Wedding
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4 Stages of a Wedding pt.4

Part 4 is the reception where detail shots of the room before people have arrived are taken and then shots of everyones arrival are taken. The rest of the reception will be documented similarly to the ceremony focusing mainly on special events such as the first dance, toasts, the party, and cake cutting.
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4 Stages of a Wedding Pt.3

Part 3 begins at the end of the ceremony, where all immediate family and the bridal party are involved in group photos. There are a list of must have shots:

  1. Bride, Groom, Celebrant
  2. Bride and Groom with Bride’s parents family and grandparents
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  4. The entire bridal party
  5. Several pictures of the bride and groom separate
  6. Bride and Groom at the ceremony location

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4 Stages of a Wedding pt.2

Part 2 begins at the start of the ceremony. This will simply be a series of photojournalistic shots taken of the ceremony. There will be two photographers taking photos and a GoPro set up to take a video of the ceremony.Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Ceremony, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Ceremony, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Ceremony, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Ceremony, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Ceremony, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Photography, Wedding Ceremony,