4 Stages of a Wedding Pt. 1

Around 60-70 percent of the photography will be from a narrative or journalistic approach. The rest will be portrait style, where I will help pose you and/or your family. This is helpful to capture great bride shots, bride and groom portraits, family, and bridal party photos.

For the sake of photography, I like to break the wedding into 4 segments. The first is…

Getting Ready

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Next, several shots of the bride getting ready are taken. When she is finished a few bride portraits are taken alone and then the Bridesmaids and family get involvedWilmington Wedding Photography, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Preparation, Wedding dress photos, Bridal Photography Wilmington Wedding Photography, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Preparation, Wedding dress photos, Bridal Photography Wilmington Wedding Photography, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Preparation, Wedding dress photos, Bridal Photography Wilmington Wedding Photography, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Preparation, Wedding dress photos, Bridal Photography Wilmington Wedding Photography, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Wedding Preparation, Wedding dress photos, Bridal Photography

The same is then repeated for the groom.

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Wilmington Wedding Expo

 

 

I attended the Wilmington Wedding Expo and got some great shots of the girls modeling the dresses and this little guy playing in the smoke machine.
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Wilmington Weddings Event

I took Matt, one of my new interns, on his first photoshoot at the Wilmington Weddings event. We got some great shots of the event and met with a bunch of wedding vendors at the beautiful venue at 128 South.128 South, Wilmington Weddings and Events, Jesse Stephenson Photography 128 South, Wilmington Weddings and Events, Jesse Stephenson Photography 128 South, Wilmington Weddings and Events, Jesse Stephenson Photography 128 South, Wilmington Weddings and Events, Jesse Stephenson Photography

Few Moves Moving Company Photoshoot

I took a couple of great shots both in and out of the studio, of my good friend Travis Few and his moving company Few Moves. We had a great time shooting with Grady the Dog and the guys.Travis Few, Few Moves, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Travis Few, Few Moves, Jesse Stephenson Photography,   Travis Few, Few Moves, Jesse Stephenson Photography, Travis Few, Few Moves, Jesse Stephenson Photography,

Professional Profile Photoshoot

I had the pleasure to take a few professional profile shots of Leslie Rasmussen and her coworkers at Pure Insurance.

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‘Veteran’s for Mindful Recovery’ Tankchair Demonstration

I was invited by Greg Blackwell to shoot the demonstration for this amazing adaptive wheelchair called the Tankchair. Many of us got to test drive the Tankchair. It allows the disabled the freedom to move throughout any terrain they please. One can imagine that the joy of being able to enjoy the natural world in the way you couldn’t before could make access to this product an overwhelming emotional experience. Jesse Stephenson Photography, Veterans for Mindful Recovery, TankchairJesse Stephenson Photography, Veterans for Mindful Recovery, Tankchair  Jesse Stephenson Photography, Veterans for Mindful Recovery, Tankchair Jesse Stephenson Photography, Veterans for Mindful Recovery, Tankchair

How to be Prepared for Your Senior Photoshoot!

1. Clothing: While you’re attempting to pick out the perfect outfits for your photoshoot try not to delineate too far from your original style. The aim of this photoshoot is to capture your essence and personality which you normally reflect in your everyday casual wear. Of course, if your casual wear is a t-shirt and gym shorts, then you may want to aim for a less casual look unless we will be shooting in a gym setting. Whatever style you feel the most comfortable in and reflects your personality will always work.

2. Color: When choosing your outfit be wary of the environment you are wishing to shoot in. Be sure not to make yourself obviously out of place in that environment. Also, be wary about the number of colors your outfit contains. Solid colors are preferred for close up shots. Neutral skin tone colors are usually not a great idea.

3. Environment: There are plenty of beautiful places in the Wilmington area and you may utilize any of them. Wrightsville Beach, Nature Preserves, and the Downtown Wilmington area are hotspots. Pick out places that you normally hang out at or would like to hang out at if you had more free time. Any place that makes you feel comfortable and at ease will produce the best representation of you.

4. Hair and Makeup: It is fine to do your own hair and makeup however, it is great alternative if you can get your hair and makeup down by your favorite cosmetologist. If you do choose to do your own hair and makeup, it is best if you try not to experiment with your hair or make up on the day of senior portraits. You should come in with the normal amount of makeup that you usually wear and a practiced hairstyle. Be sure to bring in your makeup just in case you need to freshen up. Beards and mustaches should be neatly trimmed a couple days before to prevent the obviousness of the trim.

5. Bring a Friend: The best way to feel comfortable when you meet a new photographer is to have someone you are already very close to with you. Comfort is very important in a photoshoot, because your facial expression will really show your uneasiness and our job is to capture your personality as best as we can.

Baby Mirna Yanes Photo Session

I had the pleasure of having a photo session with beautiful little miss Mirna Yanes.

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Janet and Gary’s Pre Wedding Photo Session at Wrightsville Beach

The night before Janet and Gary’s wedding I brought them out to north end of Wrightsville Beach at sunset to capture some great shots of the married couple to be.

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Wrightsville Beach Family Portraits

I had a wonderful beach photoshoot with my good friend D.J., his wife Katie, and their two kids. Jonah was really excited to get some great action shots of his killer jumps. As always, Wrightsville Beach was beautiful that day and the smells under the Crystal Pier from The Oceanic provoked a desire for their wonderful seafood.

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