Cape May, NJ Wedding at Mt. Vernon Beach | Samantha &Matthew

Cape May, NJ Wedding at Mt. Vernon Beach | Samantha & Matthew

 

Samantha’s dream wedding happened this past Memorial Day weekend! Her dream of a beach wedding happened in between the thunder and scattered showers. The gloomy day was not going to stop Sam and Matt saying “I do” in their simple yet beautiful beach ceremony.

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The guys copied the “Beatles famous picture” while crossing the street to get the trolley. The trolley arrived on the corner of the main strip in Cape May, to pick up the groom and guests and take them to Mount Vernon beach. It was a few minute drive but everyone seemed to enjoy getting to start the laughs and celebrating early.

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After a lovely ceremony we all jumped on the trolley and headed to the Victorian house that Sam and Matt rented for the reception. The backyard had a wonderful romantic beach theme for this cute intimate wedding.

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Congratulations Samantha and Matthew!

Love and Joy!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
©2017 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.

 

Wedding Planning for the Non-wedding Planner | Picking Vendors

Wedding Planning for the Non-wedding Planner | Picking Vendors

 

It’s time for another personal blog.

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Weddings are time for celebration and joy and I hear the day of is wonderful! I have found that trying to pick vendors can be challenging. As I sit here writing this, I am still missing a few, but I have found that getting some help has made the world of a difference. Matt and I started researching different venues and vendors a few days after our engagement. So many people were asking us about the venue, the photographer (many asked if I was doing my own pictures lol), and everything else. We had not started thinking about anything yet, because it was only the day after we got engaged.

 

It took Matt and me four months pick our ceremony and reception venue, but it only took me about 1 day to know who I wanted to be our photographer. If you are in the process of planning anything, you will see things like this happening. While Matt and I were going through all of the vendor research, we wanted to make sure that we liked each vendor we would be working with. Knowing that we liked and shared similar views as the owners, even if it would be someone else working with us on our wedding day, we knew that we would get along and have a great day. Matt and I are in similar industries that we need to be hiring for our wedding. This means that we know what we want, and it makes it a little harder to pick who we want to work with.

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While picking some vendor were easy, we are still on the fence for a few others, and for that … we needed some help. I asked Keara of Keara Anne Weddings for some help finding a florist, and she has been amazing! She sent me a great list of florists for Matt and me to review. If you are looking for a wedding planner, I highly recommend Keara. She takes everything you are thinking of and comes back with what you were thinking and more.

As for styling, we needed some help with the groomsmen and Matt’s outfit. Matt and I knew that we did not want him in a full tux, but what we wanted was proving hard to find. We asked stylist, Susan of Susan Padron Stylist, for some help and she came back with a few wonderful outfits. Now it’s time for us to just decide on the final colors.

Being Thankful all Year Round | Cherry Hill, NJ

Being Thankful all Year Round | Cherry Hill, NJ

 

It’s the time of year that we start to think about the things that we are thankful for. I have been working on this list all year long, because I’m thankful for all the little moments in my life. We all have so much to be thankful for, family (biological and the ones we choose), friends, and that we wake up each day with love in our life.

 

While I love all the little moments, the big moments that I am most thankful for this year are :

 

Matt proposing!

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Going to see Renae at college in Georgia with my mom and Tara.

 

Getting to shoot some amazing seniors.

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Taking my first family vacation with Matt’s family to Disney world.

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Spending time with my family.

 

Shooting sports and spending time on the athletic fields.

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Capturing the moments that families will hold dear.

Family Portraits

 

What you’re most thankful moments this year?

 

Shooting High School and Youth Sports | Blackwood, NJ

Shooting High School and Youth Sports

 

The fall is my busiest sports season, I spend most of September on a soccer, football, or field hockey field getting all of the pictures I needed for the collages I am creating. Because I spend so much time on the fields walking around with a camera in hand, I get a lot of questions from parents and friends about what settings I’m using and equipment. Today I want to share with you just a few of the settings I use.

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Shutter Speed: 3200, ISO: 800, Aperture: f/5

 

I have had my Canon 70D for a few years now and I love it. This does not mean that you have to run out and switch to Canon, I know they are expensive and I have seen some amazing photographs from different brands. The best thing I can recommend is find the camera that fits your budget and if you are going to try your hand at sports photography, be sure to get one that you can eventually grow into manual mode. I started on a point and shoot camera in full auto, but now I shoot on a DSLR and in full manual. I upgraded my starter kit lens to a 70-300mm lens, so that I could get those across the field shots.

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Shutter Speed: 800, ISO: 250, Aperture: f/7.1

 

Depending on the weather my settings will change, if you are just starting out, try putting your aperture or ISO or both in auto. Slowly transition into manual that way you understand what each setting is doing. Learning your shutter speed might be the easiest one to learn when you are still learning to shoot sports. With that being said, I don’t recommend shooting any lower than 250 as your shutter speed. Once you get to 200 or lower with a fast paced sport your picture could get blurry.

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Shutter Speed: 1328, ISO: 6400, Aperture: f/5

 

I hope all this helps as you hit the fields in the last few week of the fall season.

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Wedding in Blackwood, NJ at the Palace | Denise & Brian

Blackwood, NJ Wedding at the Palace | Denise & Brian

 

When you love a holiday, how do you celebrate? With a wedding of course! Denise and Brian invited friends and family to their wedding Cinco de Mayo at the Palace in Blackwood, NJ. Brian and Denise are down to earth but love to party, and their wedding was the perfect place to do so. Although it was raining outside, you would never know inside with all the shining smiles. Denise and Brian chose Disney’s Aladdin’s “It’s A Whole New World” to walk out of their ceremony to.

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It stopped raining after the ceremony and we were able to slip outside for some bridal party and individual portraits.

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Of course you have to walk in with sombrero, if your wedding is on May 5th.

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After a night of dancing and a conga-line, they enjoyed their cake with a little icing on the nose.
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Congratulations Denise and Brian!

Love and Joy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

©2017 TLM Productions, LLC
Hired by David Tutera Photography as a second shooter.

 

Networking in your Network | TLM Productions

Networking in your Network

 

Networking. The word itself seems as though it has this stigma on it, but why? It’s just a word, right? This is where my answer gets weird, yes it is just a word, and yes the stigma surrounding it is there. If you look up articles on networking you will find many articles on how to network and networking for introverts and probably everything in between. While I am all for getting out there and going to the meetings, today I want to talk about having others help you network for your small business.

 

When I was in high school, I told my parents that I wanted to go to school for broadcasting. They thought I was crazy, but they started talking to their friends and realized that they in fact knew and a handful of people within the industry. My parents friends were outside of my network, but not that far out of reach. After graduation I reached out to their friends and was able to talk to a handful of companies, I probably would not have been able to get in the door otherwise. So after making my rounds of talking and even working for some of them, I started figuring out how to use my network to grow my business. I’m sure you have seen many times online somewhere that you can’t make it as a photographer, and while I am still building my brand and company you can do it.

 

I started out with taking photos for many of my family’s friends and even using my family to build my portfolio. Then my break into getting people who don’t know me! This is the amazing part of networking, I wanted to start shooting sports and it was hard to find my in with local teams. My mom one day got an email from a parent on my sister’s high school soccer team asking if anyone knew a photographer. I took the parent’s email address and reached out, I did 6 collages and 1 package of action shots that year! The parents of my sister’s soccer team were not in my network, but they were in my moms. I learned that I need to use my mom, dad, and sister’s networks in order to spread the order that I was a photographer and I am here. This brought me to asking my family to network for me, NO I did not stop building my network on my own. I continued to build and add their networks to mine.

 

I still go out to networking meetings and I have my favorite groups to meet with, but now I have more people networking for me too! My network has grown and so has my network’s network. I know this sounds funny, but as I get new clients and repeat clients they network for me. I have two favorite examples, the first one: I did a senior session for Lauren last year, she was one of my athletes that I had been working with for a few years. She had a lot of fun during her session and told her entire soccer team. I showed up to one of her games and when she saw me, she yelled across the field hello and said that’s my photographer! My second favorite, is a friend of my sisters did a snowy senior session with me. Maddy loved the pictures and posted one on Instagram, a friend of hers saw and loved the picture too and wanted to have their own session. We booked a family session with them and they love the pictures and gallery I did for them.

 

I will continue to network and grow my network with the help of my growing network and new found partners in networking.

 

I hope you are going to start networking within your network, too!

Media, PA Wedding Celebrating Two Cultures | Vishal + Ajila

Media, PA Wedding Celebrating Two Cultures | Vishal + Ajila

An unusually warm fall day in late September, a sweet ceremony in a romantic stone walled church. Candles flickering and love floating through the air, as the flower girl lets the rose petals fall gently to the floor. Vishal and Ajila’s intimate wedding ceremony was the perfect start to their life filled with tradition. Ajila’s elegant white dress and chapel length veil paired with Vishal’s James Bond style black suit, a wonderful fit to their lovely personalities. The stone walls of the Kings Mills building help show off the bold red of the bridesmaids dresses and the groomsmen’s ties as the group showed off how much fun they like to have. We think their favorite part of the bridal party pictures was when the groomsmen tried to carry Vishal off, but he was holding Ajila’s hand as she tried to give him a kiss.

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The fun didn’t end there, it’s time to change to outfit number two! Everyone went to change, because now it’s time to show off their party side and share in their Indian tradition. Ajila’s gorgeously stunning navy blue and gold saree looked amazing next to Vishal’s gold and maroon Sherwani, which he looked handsome in, by the way! We walked by, what we can only guess would be an outdoor ceremony space and did a few portraits there, before heading to an arch that just drew your eye to them, if your weren’t already just staring in amazement of how wonderful these two are together.

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Well, it’s time now to hit the dance floor and if you have not been to an Indian wedding before, you better bring your dancing shoes. Everyone was on the dance floor after the cake cutting and and I mean everyone!

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Congratulations to Vishal and Ajila!
Here’s to many years of happiness.

New York City Fashion Week

New York City Fashion Week

 

Have you ever felt like a kid in a candy store? This is how I felt on the train ride up to New York City on the second Saturday in September. Let me back track just a little. Earlier this year, I worked with Jamal a wedding and fashion photographer. We kept in touch over the last few months and fashion week was our opportunity to work together again. Now back to the kid in a candy store…

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I will say that I am not one with the best fashion sense (I’m working on it), but I love seeing the amazing designs that the designers come up with. Faraj Couture’s Mod Mara (www.modmara.com) was amazing! I could totally see myself wearing a few of her outfits out for a fancy date night. Glitter Trunk Fine Art Jewelry’s jewelry was beautifully paired with Faraj’s designs. The girl’s were so sweet and had a lot of fun when we headed out to the streets for some fun New York style fashion week photos.

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Thank you Jamal for inviting me.

 

Brand Ambassador for Makaila James | South Jersey Photographer’s Tale

Brand Ambassador for Makaila James | South Jersey Photographer’s Tale

 

There are many ways to promote and tell people about your company. Social media is an ever growing force, we can reach more people than ever before. I love networking with people in person and online. I met Monica through the Rising Tide Society’s social media, we were in an Instagram pod together and got to know each other’s services and products. Monica’s company Makaila James was looking for a few more brand ambassadors. Her ambassadors help promote the clothes that Makaila James offers, by showing the clothing off to their following on social media.

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I have to say Makaila James’ clothing might be my favorite online clothing site. Everything is so comfy and there is a large variety of outfits! I started out with a few of Makaila James “Haute & Fit” line shirts, they are great for working out or wearing around the house; Renae even joined in the fun of enjoying their comfort during a few of her workouts. My favorite one is a faded army green color that says ‘Be Kind.’

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Of course I had to check out their “Dresses” and I fell in love with ‘The Venice Maxi Dress.’ Not only is it gorgeous and stunning, but it also is wrinkle free, a lovely dark blue, and super comfortable. I wore ‘The Venice Maxi Dress’ during my engagement session at Bushkill Falls, (we were hiking/walking up stairs and trails) and this dress was so easy to walk and climb the stairs and hike on the trails. It truly is amazing!

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If you want one of these outfits or another shirt, dress, or shorts you can get TONYA15 and get 15% off.

 

I am looking forward to my next outfit from Makaila James!

©2017 TLM Productions, LLC

Branding Portraits with Keara Anne Weddings | Jenkintown, PA

Branding Portraits with Keara Anne Weddings | Jenkintown, PA

 

I love meeting people and getting to learn about them. Rising Tide Society is a great group for creatives and wedding industry people. I met Keara at our RTS June meeting at Ali’s Wagon in Philadelphia, we got to talking after the meeting and continued emailing over the next month. We wanted to work together and we figured out the perfect way to start, Keara is just starting Keara Anne Weddings, her wedding coordination company and needed some new headshots and lay flats that showed off her colorful style.

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Keara and I meet at her office in July, after a little rearranging a few things to get the best lighting, we got her office set up. We wanted to show off just a few of the items, that you will find on her desk during one of your in-person meetings. Keara is not only an entrepreneur, but also a mom, so we got a few shots of her adorable boys helping her work, and playing on the side of her desk.   

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After hanging out in her office for a little, we headed to downtown Jenkintown, PA. It was time for head shots and some lifestyle photos to finish off our session. I am looking forward to getting to work with Keara again. If you are looking for a month of / day of coordinator or just some help with your wedding planning be sure to check out Keara’s website here.

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Love and Joy.

©2017 TLM Productions, LLC